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How was your week, guys? I swooned at my dude’s movie premier and then we celebrated with a Sunday of brunch and then supper club. #gluttony.Links for you!

I have lots of spots open in November’s Network of Nice. Do you need a hookup? Career advice, friends in a new city, want to talk to someone who’s gone through something you’re struggling with now? Or you could offer up a hookup! Share travel tips about your city, advice about your career field, or beta test your new offering or fine tune some skills! Send me 50ish words as sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org.

I loved this collection of posters for ladies.

I’m totally into this ‘wedding dress’ that’s really a sweater, a long skirt, and a pair of shorts.

Push pop confetti = awesome.

If you live in the Midwest and get your energy from Excel, you can enroll in their Windsource program. For less than $1 a month, you can switch your energy from non-renewable to renewable. It took me 30 seconds to switch!

Clever ways ways to scarf your hair next summer.

A sweet video of Lupita Nyong’o telling us how she maid money in college (or tried).

I loved Mariah’s tour of her little trailer!

Do you get a cold or flu after you fly? All the canned air and trapped germs aren’t good for us. Here’s how to stay healthy.

Are you sick of flashing everyone when you bike in a skirt? A nearly-free solution with two things you probably have in your purse right now.

As per the usual, Mallory Orthberg is hilarious about history.
When the time came to design their coat of arms, no one could accuse the Hohenzollerns of not knowing their own minds.
“Two Tom Bombadils, a weird-ass bird, and a bell that turns into a dress.”
The heraldist protested. “My Lords, I–”
“Two Tom Bombadils. A weird-ass bird. A bell that turns into a dress.”
So it remains to this very day.

Oh, Thailand. You’re awesome.

Organic, small batch soap that smells like coffee and has a cat on the paper. Into it.

I love the idea of buying a big box of postcards and sending them out over the course of the year. This box of cute cards would get us started.

Your daily weep: A feral cat helped a man who was homeless turn his life around.

In 2010, Bowen published his first book, “A Street Cat Named Bob — and How He Saved My Life.” It quickly became a best-seller. “My life is completely like a sort of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ [story],” Bowen says from his flat in London. “Flipped upside down.” Bowen has gone on to write four more books — three children’s titles and a new book, “The World According to Bob.”And a few Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: Picking your luxuries: a guide to living well with less, How to rock at blogging. Or life. Or both., How to cure homesickness.

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How was your week, guys? Mine was buuuuusy! I worked some magic for Elizabeth and Maggie, took a little day trip to enjoy the fall colors and helped two good friends wedding it up. Fun!Links! For you!

I’ve got space for two more hookup requests and heaps more hookup offers in October’s Network of Nice. Send me 50ish words (sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org) about your un-Googleable, non-promotional hookup and I’ll tell the internet all about it. If you’re launching a new product and need beta testers or want to hone some skills (in exchange for feedback and testimonials) before you launch a freelance business, The Network of Nice is a great place to start!

I love the idea of the Good and Cheap cookbook – recipes to help you eat well on $4 a day. You can download the whooooole book in pdf form here (for free!). Let’s all thank Leanne for her lovely, important work by tipping for said pdf, yeah?

Some good tips for getting through your period.

Fair-trade, ethically made, beautiful tops. Sold!


Soooo helpful: what to do you say when someone tells you about their mental health diagnosis?

Thank us for telling you.
Part of my anxiety about disclosure is that I fear having intruded upon you in some way — as if you’re going to go home and rue the day you met me, because now you have to deal with knowing this thing that I know all the damn time.
If it’s a recent diagnosis, tell us that our choice to seek the professional help that resulted in that diagnosis was a mature, brave one.
Because it is, and because we often feel that we should have done a better job of “toughing it out,” or “dealing with it on our own.”

Some thoughts about what happens when police wear cameras.

Good for Halloween (or just, you know, life)

This, too!

Did you know I’m on Instagram? Posting photos of myself in no makeup and camping? Let’s be friends!

Idea for every photographer I know: barter your photography skills for room and board as you travel around the world. Shantanu has been doing just that for 27 months!

Love this! 3 ways to start making your life feel like an adventure.

Real talk: your problems aren’t as complicated as you think.

Because, for real, it (whatever your “it” is) can be simple. Which, hold up, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be EASY, but easy is overrated and comfort is often the opposite of greatness, so let’s just all agree that being who we want to be takes work and that sometimes that work feels impossible and frustrating and sometimes we lay on the floor and cry for no reason. Yes? Okay. But the fact that things might be hard doesn’t mean that they need to be complicated. 
And that’s our problem: we overcomplicate things.Two books I’ve been loving: Americanah and The Happiness of Pursuit. So good!

A guitar-playing cat at 0:30

I’m totally into this pendant made from …. concrete?

Have you ever been swayed by a pushy salesperson? Here’s how to stand your ground.

Considering going freelance? 5 things to do before you go it on your own.

Yes! 10 foreign words we need in English! (“komorebi (n)The sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees.”)

WWEWD? (What would Elle Woods Do?)

Impressssive! DIY concrete countertops!

Some Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: 10 things blogging has taught me6 Pulse-Quickening Places To Find Inspiration, How to stop being a pessimist.

5 Ways To Deal With Trolls, Unsubscribes, and Unfollows

How do you deal with trolls? How do you cope with the inevitable unfollows and unsubscribes that come with working online? I've been online for 9 years and these are my best troll-defeating tricks!

A few months ago I discovered

In one handy dandy space, you can see how all your tweets are faring.
Which ones are the most popular (this one was retweeted 13 times and favorited 9 times)
How many clicks they get (this one only got six)

And, rather horrifyingly, how many people unfollow you.

In case you were wondering, that’s the sound of me developing a complex about the 96 people who have unfollowed me over the last three months. Sure, 467 new people followed me BUT WHY DO THOSE 96 PEOPLE HATE ME? Do they really think tweets about cranberry moonshine are that offensive?

Ultimately, sharing your life and insights on the internet is going to lead to a good dose of rejection. People will unfollow and unsubscribe. You’ll probably get troll-y comments and you might even get written up on that One Website That Shall Not Be Named where strangers will call you a ‘forever teenager.’

I’ve spent the last nine years attempting to develop a (slightly) thicker skin when it comes to internet rejection.

5 ways to deal with trolls, unsubscribes, and unfollows


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How was your week, guys? I had The Most Fun catching up with friends from New Zealand and introducing them to the wonders of Minnesota. This weekend, I’m in Wisconsin meeting up with a friend who moved to Chicago. When I found out that Wisconsin has a desert (!!!) I decided we obviously needed to see this place that also happened to be half way between our cities.

Enough about me. What about you, internet? 

I’ve got space for three month hook-up requests in August’s Network of Nice. What do you need help with that’s not Google-able?

I am so insanely jealous of Kyla’s new pet.

A little story about maintaining a friendship across time zones and international borders.

Yes! 5 epics ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

Cute! A DIY glitter mason jar.

Jordan relocated for the summer, away from her home and all her ‘stuff’ and is finding it surprisingly easy. I loved this post:

It feels good, and I didn’t expect it to. Kendrick turned to me in bed last night and said, “It’s weird; you seem so relaxed out here and I was expecting you to be so panicked.” I am. And it’s not because we’re “settled in”; I feel more relaxed than I did even before I found out we were moving. At home, it seems like my days so often get tangled up in a haze of plans and rushing and things I have to do and people I have to see and stuff.Here, all we have to do is be with each other, eat when we’re hungry and swim when we’re hot, work when it’s daytime and sleep when it’s night. There are no throw pillows on the bed, so it takes only moments to make in the morning. There are no plants that need watering, or pipes that need fixing, or rooms that need decorating. I don’t have different-sized bowls or specialty knives or a cheese grater, and so I make whatever food I can, and it’s easy and tastes pretty good and that’s all that any of us cares about.

Aren’t these time machine care packages a great idea? Such a good gift for a friend celebrating a big birthday.

Isn’t this clock adorable?

Carly’s been teaching at a school for special needs kids for five years and now she’s helping them raise money to buy a bus. By doing silly things on camera!

I can’t believe someone thought of this cookbook before I did.

Are these pants worth $168?

Is something more important because it can be measured?

YES. What I Instagrammed vs. What Is Really Happening.

Related: are we friends on Instagram?

Things to eat/bake/cook: frozen desserts, frozen raspberry champagne, braised radishes, fire shots.

I loved this story about people actually talking to strangers and how if affected their day.

Dr. Epley and Ms. Schroeder found that when one person took the initiative to speak to another in a waiting room, both people reported having a more positive experience. Far from annoying people by violating their personal bubbles, reaching out to strangers may improve their day, too.
I’ve heard such good things about this app – pity it’s Iphone only!
What do you think of these temporary tattoos?
I need this print for this winter. And a cheeky photo for any of your friends who are moving away.Such a cute phone case!


Nobody says, “Everybody has a pleasant laugh.” Nobody says, “Everyone is athletic to somebody.” Nobody says, “You are an amazing writer, whether you know it or not.”
Beauty is the only trait that everyone gets free access to. Why?
Because we have created a culture that values beauty above all other innate traits… for women, at least. Men are more often valued by their success, which is seen as a result of talent and hard work, despite how much it depends on luck and knowing the right people.

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What’d you get up to this week, guys? I ate and drank in lots of backyards and found time to fit in two matinees – Maleficent (so good!) and Obvious Child (also so good!) It finally feels like summer is here For Real and I’m looking forward to eating my weight in cherries and corn on the cob and wearing sundresses every day for the next three months.

Links for youuuuu!
I’ve got space for three hook up requests and innumerable hook up offers in July’s Network of Nice. Get at me!

I always hoped that if I got on Buzzfeed it would be because I wrote or created something amazing (like, you know, a cat calendar) but a sponsor post devoted to my genetically-inherited hair color? WHATEVER I’LL TAKE IT.

I loooooove reading about people’s morning routine! Why is it so fascinating?!

My morning routine is currently eighteen tasks. It didn’t start this way.
It started with flossing my teeth after showering and marking on the wall calendar that I did. One thing. If I forgot, I’d run up to the bathroom and floss as soon as I remembered.
Once the flossing habit was established I added an additional task: clean my glasses. Same process; cross it off on the calendar once completed, do it immediately if I realized I hadn’t yet. 

Looking for a pretty app that will help you share your photos and stories?

Perfect t-shirts, made in America (that aren’t American Apparel. Yuck.)

An outfit I could never pull off but love nonetheless.

Aren’t charcoal beauty products awesome/weird? The fact that they’re black somehow makes me think they’re more effective. Here’s a roundup of eight.

Oh, good question. Should you splurge on vacations or a nicer home?

Daaaaang! Life coaches, don’t quit your day job. What they don’t tell you in life coaching school.

Love this! How to strike up a conversation with anyone.

So often, we end up having a one-sided conversation with some of our favorite shop clerks, baristas and receptionists. They say something along the lines of, “Hi, how are you doing today?” and we reply, “Great, thanks.” Then: crickets. We’re completely guilty of this when we’re in a hurry or our minds are elsewhere. However, for the sake of being present and slowing down our busy lives, we’re all trying to respond with “Great, thanks. How are you?” instead.

I loved these photos of prom couples. So sweet and awkward!

Did you know that the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art just made hundreds of images Creative Commons?!

Animals photo bombing. Of course.

We can all agree the price on these jean shorts in THE STUPIDEST, right?

Reminder: you can ask for what you want.

Related: what happens when a high school student asked a famously reclusive, interview-averse star for an interview in the school newspaper? This.

I don’t care what the fashion police say. I love these and I will wear them forever and ever, ahem.

Before you say you’re “so OCD” when what you really mean is “I’m organized and prompt” I’d encourage you to read this.

Hooooooly helpful. A million ways to repurpose content.

This skirt isn’t right for my body type, but I’d like you to buy it, wear it, and report back. The color is to die for!

Wisdom, as always, from my friend Alex: How to diffuse conflict (almost) instantly — and get angry people to calm down + be cool.

Some Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: How to show your friends you love them, True Story: I dated a married man, Dino walk of shame.

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How was your week, guys? I roadtripped across North Dakota (and saw the western hemisphere’s tallest structure – which I totally didn’t know was in North Dakota), and this weekend I’ve been celebrating Memorial Day in a traditional fashion: 100 backyard parties. I also discovered that pizza waffles reheat well on grills and everyone loves them!

Anyway. Links for you!

I’ve got two spots open for hookup requests in the June Network of Nice and mannny spots open for hookup offers. Send me 100 words about the (non-promotional, non-Googleable) help you need or can provide!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to research a historical novel?

Remember sensory details. It’s the sensory details that bring a setting to life for a reader, so don’t skimp on them. Pillage the research books for mentions of food, animals, fragrances, weather, scenery, materials, music–anything and everything that can lend a touch of reality.
Cute. A rockclimber who brings his cat!What happens when all the fashion bloggers start to look the same?

Yes! I love a good roundup of cheap, effective beauty products. Here are five.

Loved this: 5 rules for writing a kick ass to-do list.

Related: a simple trick for dewy summer skin.

Things to cook/bake/eat: rice and beans (four ways), pickled chard stem, pistachio crusted asparagus with feta.

I loved this – photos of concert goers that match the musicians.

NOOOOOPE.Do you already know about Zoey and Jasper? A rescue dog and her little boy? And they dress in matching outfits?!!!

What does the word ‘ghetto’ really, actually mean?

This current use of “ghetto” is also curiously mismatched to the history of ghettos. Venice’s ghettos were home to prosperous merchants. Warsaw’s ghettos housed resistance fighters. Harlem was a ghetto when it hosted a transformative literary and cultural movement. Chicago’s Bronzeville was home to the black professional class — ghettos, by removing citizens’ freedom to live where they want, force schoolteachers next to drug dealers, working families next to whorehouses.

Just a collection of pretty, joyful, colorful images.

A good message.

Did you know that a textile factory could be so gorgeous? I didn’t.I’ve written before about how to deal when all your friends get married and have kids. Now, in first person: Once We Become Parents We Don’t Want To Hang Out With You Anymore (But Not For The Reasons You Think)

We just can’t focus on you very well when we have to simultaneously keep an eye on our kids making sure they don’t choke, drown in randomly placed vat of water or get a head injury bumping into the pointy corner of a table. We spend a lot more time and energy worrying about keeping our brood alive than you might imagine. A lot of times we host events you don’t get invited to. Again, this isn’t because YOU aren’t fun, it’s because our events aren’t fun, at least not for most adults.I didn’t know “urban rustic” was A Thing but now that’s how I want all my spaces to look.