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Web Time Wasters

One Week In Japan from Mike Matas on Vimeo. (thanks, jackie!)
How was your week, guys?  I spent mine engaging in accidental networking, attending this awesome dance party, buying a bike and working up the nerve to ride it in the city (instead of just on bike paths and in the country) and introducing others to the enduring awesome of Summer Heights High.

Enough about me!  The links!  Here they are!
What does heaven taste like?  Oh, a blue cheese, date and hazelnut torta.  I think you’re technically supposed to use these as appetizers with chips or crackers.  I ate it with a spoon, directly out of the container, standing in front of the fridge.  That’s how good it is.

Oh, the lolz.  It’s hard being two years old.

I was in the process of writing a post about dealing with haters.  But then I read this post and Kris Carr says everything I was going to say.

What do you think about this?  Attractive people are less shallow
research has shown that good looking people are stereotyped as being
more confident, warm, dominant, stable and socially skilled, among other
things, and being treated this way could encourage exactly these sorts
of behaviours and attitudes.

If you use Twitter for your company or to promote your own products, this is a must-read.

On my list of things to become mediocre at: spelling.  This website will help me get there, I bet.

This is a fantastic read: What I Know About Beauty Now That I’m In My 30s.
We laugh at Snooki’s tan because it reveals our private application of
graduated tanning cream; we snark at Kardashianesque eyelashes because
we have the good taste to stop at one coat of Sable Brown. Maybe if we
were more transparent about the preparations we took for the performance
of public life, we might better be able to understand what we’re after
with all our careful work.

13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day (there are funny dog photos at the end of that link, guys.)

Yessssss.  Step 179 toward becoming an adult: Stop enjoying things ironically.  Just enjoy them.
(My non-ironic enjoyments are: Jersey Shore, The Lawrence Welk Show, eating cake batter, Totinos pizza)

Let’s all buy this
design/DIY book immediately, shall we?  (Even Design Sponge likes it and you know Grace knows what’s up)

A ven diagram that represents the reality of the to-do list.

A rainbow-tipped french manicure?  Yes, please!

Awe.some.  Travel gear for every destination.

If you’re self-employed, you’ve probably had this thought process: I’m not the best.  Should I refer work elsewhere?

Current obsessions: painting my apartment colors that make me happy (rather than colors that match), thrifting a million sundresses, friendly old dogs, fantasizing about playing catch in the park (?!), neon accents on everything.

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Rapper Salesman Mr.Watanabe by Kim Kyung-Hoon from Kim Kyung-Hoon on Vimeo.

Friends! How was your week? I started 2012 by jumping into a frozen Lake Minnetonka (how Purple Rain of me, right?) and getting my monthly tacky pedicure.Enough about me!  Awesome links for you!

These tiny leather pouches are adorable!

What should you say when you don’t want kids and everybody keeps asking you about it?

On changing course and building the life you want.
You’re not in a race through an obstacle course, checking off your
adherence to societal standards, one by one. As we get older, it becomes
even more clear that our happiness and well-being are often more
important than the perceived clout we get from a job title. If you’re
not in school for a career that you feel passionate about, it tends to
only get worse with time.

Is this why you love reading?

I contributed to The Reinvention Project a free (!) 30-day program that comes straight to your inbox and gives you tips on transforming different areas of your life – money, health, career, relationships.  Go sign up!

Signs of affection.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to make one of these banners?

Just like everyone else, I wanted to be a ballerina when I was but a wee Von.  What happened to the real-life subject of the incredibly popular children’s book A Very Young Dancer?

Ready, set, go!  30 things to start doing for yourself.

In case you need reminding: Models’ faces before photoshop.

This is a fascinating read!  You, too, can be a self-creation.
You can begin again. You don’t have to let your past, your
circumstances, your name, even your face, hold you back. You can be
anything you want to be… or at the very least, you can appear to be
whatever you want to be. Maybe it’s the same thing.

My girl Sal is putting together this fantastic podcast with two other powerhouse ladies: Strong, Sexy, Stylish.

Have you guys heard of Penelope Trunk?  She’s a well known blogger who is, at the moment, blogging about her abusive marriage and the internet has a lot to say about it.

If you work for yourself, it’s important to choose work that pushes your business forward, right?

Whenever I stay with someone, I’m engaged in a personal contest to Win A Being A Houseguest.  Here’s how to be a great host.

Leave your favorite links of the week in the comments!

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Sign from Oh, Dier

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?

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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!