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Web Time Wasters

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How was your week, guys?
  I saw The Wombats at The Varisty (by myself!), introduced friends to my favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican place, went to the opera, got my quarterly taxes done and continued my quest to furnish my apartment exclusively with things from my friends’ garages, Goodwill and Craigslist.

Enough of my jibber jabber!  Good links for you!

I love Salon’s series about ‘My Brilliant Second Career.’  This woman went from sales rep to long haul trucker and totally, totally loves it.

If you feel like you haven’t accomplished enough for your age (regardless of how old you are) here are two good reality checks:  Betty White’s life by the numbers and notes on being 30.

The internet and your cultural irrelevance – at age 28.

Then again, the Internet is a new kind of barometer for keeping track of
exactly how old you feel: how many things you don’t get, how many
mini-Internet worlds you can’t find the door to; exactly how many
crickets in the world you can no longer hear chirping. Unlike in
generations past, when (I imagine) you just kept doing what you and your
same-aged friends did, and aged into obscurity in comfort on a cloud of
your own tastes and generational inclinations, until you died either
thinking you all were still the coolest or not caring anymore about
being cool, these days the Internet exists in part to introduce you to
all these things you didn’t know about, but in part to remind you how
much there is out there that you’ll never know about.

Cute girls, in beautifully style vintage tweed, riding bicycles!

Kaylah’s bedroom is adorable.

I love few things more than quirky details.

I’m doing my best to eat more seasonal produce (though I struggle to resist the siren song of avocado on toast).  Let’s all make silky parsnip carrot soup.

Advice from a fellow Virgo on staying motivated

Holy convenient.  Thanksgiving From Your Laptop.  Playlists, invitations, food delivered to your door.

Funneh.  How Blogging Became My Boyfriend.
My blog has introduced me to so many great people, and if we ever break up, I hope they choose me.

I’m wiping the drool off my keyboard.  Stuffed Aubergine Rolls.

If November was an accessory, it would be this bag.  (And they’re made in Duluth, Minnesota!)

I’m decorating my place at the moment and I’d like every.single poster Miss Moss chose here.

You Are Not So Smart: A Field Guide To The Psychology of Our Stupidity

Current obsessions: roasted broccoli, my grey skinny jeans (I wear them six days a week and wash them on the seventh), making myself hot, decadent breakfasts every morning, going to my gym’s 9:00 am yoga class populated exclusively by senior citizens, Franny and Zooey (I know I listed this last week, but it’s so good, I’ve been dog-earring and underlining like an eager freshman English major).

What links and things have you been loving this week?

Web Time Wasters

While I’m out traveling the east coast, a few other bloggers have been kind enough to take over Web Time Wasters for me!Hi, I’m Katie! I’m the girl half of the duo behind House of Humble. I like cups of tea, crochet and colourful tights. My boy (Reuben) and I blog about our adventures in crafty thing making, yummy thing baking and picture taking. These are a few of my favourite linky things:

This print is almost too cute.

I love when bloggers do big, exciting, wonderful things. Kaelah is launching a little shop in a vintage caravan and Vanessa has designed a cute collection of dresses. Very, very inspiring.

Rose Granola sounds pretty and delicious!

Here in Australia it’s spring time right now, so I’m thrilled to be able to join in on the Pumpkin Latte madness with this yummy iced version.

This rainbow swing seat is magical.

I am a thriftaholic. These thrift tips from Elsie are gold!

This clever girl runs a business in Paris making sandwiches and cakes and delivering them by bike! What a sweet idea.

How cute are these pet mansions?! So fancy.

Green tea is good. Learn how to do it right.

Check out these pictures from vintage Ikea catalogues. Pretty snazzy, no?

What wonderful things did you find on the internet this week?

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Friends!  How was your week?  I spent most of it hanging out with my family, deep in the woods of rural Minnesota, working my way towards carpel tunnel, so I can have a bit of free time when I head to the east coast on Tuesday.  In Boston, I’ll be staying with a friend who went to graduate school at Harvard (!) and she suggested we check out a trivia night at one of the pubs in Harvard Square.  So that should be ego crushing.

Stop talking about yourself, Sarah!  I want links!

On the Savvy Living boards, we’re talking about Hootsuite vs. Tweetdeck, how we organize our closets and readjusting to ‘real life’ after a vacation.

How gorgeous is this skirt?  And I bet it would be pretty easy to replicate…

Hypnotizing!  Photographs of high-speed destruction

For those of us who work in our yoga pants from the kitchen table (read: freelance) Freelancing In Style

A fantastic (relatively bite-sized) visual overview of New York Fashion Week!

How to change your eating habits if you REALLY love food.

Gala’s self-love manifesto is fantastic.

How to stop being indecisive and make a decision already!

In the event that you need another reason to give up soda.

Helpful!  Buzz words for your resume

3 minutes inside the head of a 2-year-old.  Hilar.

Stephanie Levy is an American artist living in Europe, traveling and interviewing other creatives.  Let’s try very hard not to hate her for living our collective dream life, okay?

Yes!  Top 10 quick dinners. (My quick dinner = microwaving a Quorn “chicken” patty and eating it with honey mustard. I usually eat it standing up, while checking email.  Fancy!)

Did you find anything great on the interwebz this week?  Leave the links in the comments!

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Snow on Cuba Mall in central Wellington (HD) from Ro Tierney on Vimeo

How was your week, friends?  Mine was fantastic.  Remember how I moved back into my old flat in Wellington, New Zealand last spring?  Apparently real estate deja vu is my thing now – I’m moving back into the same apartment building that I lived in pre-nine-month trip!  Except this time, the apartment will be a little bigger, with better closets and nicer floors.  Amazing, no?Okay, Sarah.  Stop talking about housing.  Gimme links.


This is the reality of a fashion editor.  Mary gets pitched weird stuff constantly, here are some of the hilarious, weird, totally unnecessary fashion products people want her to promote.


On the Travel Savvy boards, we’re talking about carry-on only travel, our favorite sites to book travel and organizing medication when we’re border hopping.I was really lucky to grow up without major body issues (well, not any worse than the average painfully thin girl with a triangle perm and glasses).  This post on teaching children body positive habits is great.

The ampersand is one of my favorite pieces of punctuation (that and the oxford comma) so I obviously love this post.

I was surrounded by couples who had actively made the choice to be together and I had a lot of time to think. To notice that couples who are happy are couples who actively work to make their partner happy. 

What to say to someone who’s sick.  (hint: not “it’ll be okay.”)

Holy useful.  The print-out-able, take-along-able ‘should I buy it?’ card!

An incredibly helpful (and honest) look at the perks and pitfalls of blogger partnerships and product placement.

A blog devoted exclusively to cover songs.  Yes, please.

I really hope you don’t have a crappy job.  In the event you do, here are 10 ways to survive it.

Woman I am currently fascinated by: China Machado
Born Noelie Dasouza Machado, the product of 400 years of inter­marriage among Portuguese colonials and the local women in Eastern trading ports like Goa, where her maternal grandmother is from, and Hong Kong, where her Portuguese gold-trader father met her mother.  Growing up in Shanghai’s wealthy French Concession, Machado spoke French in the streets, Portuguese at home, and Chinese to the servants—that is, when the family had servants: In their first occupation of the city, the Japanese confiscated her father’s business and their palatial garden home. The extended family, all fourteen of them, had to move into one apartment.

For the Harry Potter-lover in your life: a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter DIY

Holy awesome.  A Parisian cafe that only serves fondue and baby bottles full of wine?!

I’m disappointed I didn’t think of this blog series first: People Are Awesome.

Clutch purse + make up bag + a million useful interior pockets = The Makeup Clutch

Did you find any amazing this week?  Leave them in the comments!

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How was your week, guys?  I’ve been feverishly crossing items off my 32 New Things list in an effort to get more done before my birthday.  I’m also leaving the lake to move back down to the Twin Cities.  I’m just renting a spare room from a buddy while I continue my search for my dream apartment.  If you’ve got an inside scoop on any cute one-bedrooms in Uptown or Nordeast Minneapolis or the Cathedral Hill/Grand neighborhood of St. Paul, let me know!  Also: any loft, anywhere.Now!  Amazing things from the depths of the Interwebz.

Have you heard about The Commuting Paradox?

According to a paper by the Swiss economists Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, a person with a one-hour car commute must earn 40 percent more money to have a sense of well-being equal to someone who walks (or rides their bike) to work. Fey and Stutzer say that people underestimate the down side of a long commute when choosing a home, and that psychologically, a long commute often negates the benefits gained by living in the suburbs.

Holy awesome.  McSweeney’s new children’s book uses thermal ink to reveal secret images?!

My girl Kristin Luna (yes, that’s her real name) is kind of a big deal travel writer.  About a million people email her each week wanting to know how one goes about becoming a big deal travel writer.  I love her answer.

I love me some ridiculous Top 40 dance music.  So I obviously love Jess’s take on Every Pitbull Song Ever.

If you guys are outdoorsy or assembling a travel wardrobe you must must must check out Steep And Cheap.  The website features one insanely good deal at a time, until the limited quantity is sold out – you can get $70 Icebreaker tops for $30, compression sacks for $12.  Check it every day!  (Thanks, Lauren!)

I also love thematic manicures.  Leopard print manicure how-to, anyone?

8 questions to ask that aren’t “So when are you getting married?”

What You Can Do is amazing.  Choose an issue you don’t know much about (Clean drinking water! Domestic violence!  Prostate cancer!) watch a one-minute video about the topic, click a link to do more.  Yes.Hilarity ensues when my girl Erin brings her son to Disneyland.  And by hilarity I mean public urination, spraying Chinese tourists with his mist bottle and wearing his Mickey ears on his bare bum.

If you (like me) are hunting for The Best Apartment Ever, check out Padmapper.  It pools apartment listings from Craigslist, and, locates them on a map and even allows you to search based on how recently the ad was posted. (Thanks, Kaitlin!)

Organization porn: check out Alpha Virgo Nubby Twiglet’s gorgeously organized life.

On the Savvy Living boards we’re talking about ideas for fun family vacations, how to be a good host and our favorite super healthy snacks.

My obsession with caravan travelers continues: check out these gorgeous photos.

So awesome.  So, so awesome.  Move, eat and learn around the world in three short films.

On the Yes and Yes Every Buddy boards, we’re talking about how to get over an ex, friending each other on Twitter , if we know how much money our friends earn and current obsessions, round 3.Share any links you’ve loved in the comments!

Web Time Wasters

When I was living in Wellington, NZ with one of my best friends, we would pretty regularly have two-person dance parties to get out of a funk/wake up/get ready to go out.  The above video is a fairly accurate representation of what said dance parties looked like.How was your week, guys?  I worked and wrote 1,000 things, started planning my Birthday Adventure (road trip! camping! islands! kayaks!) and caught up with old friends.  And!  I went to a local beauty pageant where one of the contestants wore a camouflage formal dress and shot a compound bow for her talent!

Now!  Bring on the links!

Yes.  How to be fabulous in three easy(ish) steps.

I am completely entranced by these sparkly shoes.

Useful!  How to be your own stylist!

This is so lovely! The Charmed Life Challenge – 60 ideas to make the rest of your summer extra magical.

On the Every Buddy Boards we’re talking about music we’re currently obsessed with, our best thrift shop scores and tips/tricks for working from home.

For those of us who are busy/slightly anti-social: Three Parties From Your Laptop (invites, playlists order the food all from your computer!)

My obsession with Russia continues!  I love these 100-year old photos of ethnic diversity within Russia.

Aren’t you glad that food trucks are popular now?  I sure am!  (When I moved back from Asia, I was sorely, sorely disappointed by America’s lack of street vendors.  I want to stand on the sidewalk, eating food with my fingers as traffic zips by, dammit!)

Whaaat?!  A virtual summit taught by 100 amazing teachers for free?!

On the Travel Savvy boards, we’re talking about last-minute travel deals and how to win at being The Best House Guest Ever.

Such an adorable idea – teeny, tiny photo albums made from your instragram photos!

Also!  I’m sending out the Yes and Yes Gazette (read: newsletter) today at 2:00 pm CST.  It will include a 90s mixtape.  So if you wanna sign up, now might be the time.  Just sayin.”