I can’t believe I still enjoy these movies, but Liam Neeson is just too good.
I can’t believe I still enjoy these movies, but Liam Neeson is just too good.
I grew up watching almost all of the reality singing television series, but none have ever really stuck with me as much as The Voice has. When I heard that Gwen Stefani and Pharrell were joining the judges’ table this season, I was excited, but I didn’t know if I had it in me to watch another season. I mean after six, you would’ve thought that we would have found all of the amazing singers by now. Not true. I caught the second day of blind auditions after work last night and was completely moved by two performances. I can’t believe I used the word moved. Let’s just say I liked them enough to throw them into a post and call it good.
While I’m very excited to see Ariana Grande in concert, I’m pretty disappointed to hear that she is such a diva in person and especially to her fans! It’s such a bummer. I would never pay nearly $500 for her meet-and-greet package, but I remember what it was like to idolize a young pop star when I was a kid and having parents that will go to great lengths to make you a happy kid – including my father who accompanied me to my first concert at age 7. Spice Girls. They’re really a girl group… for everyone.
The other day I had a talk with my manager about how a vacation home isn’t really a vacation because it can still be quite stressful trying to make time to see everyone and making plans. Instead, we reflected on how a true vacation is basically going to a beach and doing nothing while being surrounded by sand. That was a pretty nice image to think about for a few seconds. I can’t wait until I get to have a vacation like that (and I know it will happen, but we’ll need some time to get there!) So it’s fitting that I stumbled across this photography series of an Italian Beach Resort photographed from above by Bernhard Lang. Because of how crowded and how big it is, it doesn’t seem that relaxing to me or the type of thing I would be looking for, but I’m sure there are people that eat this stuff up. Regardless, the photographs are pretty amazing.
It’s no secret that rent in San Francisco and the Bay Area is pretty much absurd. In comparison to other cities around the rest of the country, we trump them all… and not in a good way. The worst part about coming home is catching up with my friends and talking about rent. So adult of us, right? And then they tell me that a nearby building in Bellevue is offering up a studio for $1,700 and I went, “Only 1,700?!” Because yes, that’s the kind of price I would jump for over what I am paying currently. The Bold Italic recently created a post comparing rent in San Francisco to other places in the country for the same price. It’s no shocker that everywhere else is better. Check out the full post here.
Happy football Sunday y’all!
Now THIS is a pretty great interview. Who says you can’t be friends with your ex?! I hate that dumb rule. They do it well.
All this week, I couldn’t wait for Thursday because that meant the first game of the season for our Seattle Seahawks! It was a great win and a great start to what is about to be an amazing season! Seattle looked gorgeous today and I’m really looking forward to being back there in less than a week. Today’s first game also meant a rivalry between me and a coworker. I’m very lucky that Seattle came out on top because being in 49’er territory, I probably would have never heard the end of it!
Want to hear something else that was brutal? We gathered for the game today at 5:30 and the sound in our cafe wasn’t working so we watched the entire first half of the game in silence. Then at halftime, we all rushed home to our respective homes and a television with sound.
Because of this technical difficulty, it meant I had to miss not only Pharrell’s performance at the pre-show, but Ariana Grande’s performance of the national anthem! Where can I get a bedazzled jersey like that? Amazing.
As the years go on, the “A Collection” posts get farther and farther apart from each other! When it comes to the end of summer, I always feel like it’s the most appropriate time to wrap things up. I started this post back in April, can you believe it? It’s about time we got this published!
Goodbye summer. Hello fall! We’re so excited to be in you!
In the most surprising reveal ever, everyone discovered this morning that Hello Kitty is not a cat. WHAT?! She looks very much like a cat to me and since I’ve believed this for so long, it’s very difficult for me to think of her as anything else. So it turns out that Christine R. Yano who is an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii has been studying Hello Kitty for years. Another mind-blowing fact. I didn’t think this was even possible.
Anyways, here are the new facts that we know:
When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. “I was corrected — very firmly,” she says. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”
Hello Kitty is British.
Kitty is actually named Kitty White and she has a full back story. She is a Scorpio. She loves apple pie. And she is the daughter of George and Mary White.
“She has a twin sister,” adds Yano. “She’s a perpetual third-grader. She lives outside of London. I could go on. A lot of people don’t know the story and a lot don’t care. But it’s interesting because Hello Kitty emerged in the 1970s, when the Japanese and Japanese women were into Britain. They loved the idea of Britain. It represented the quintessential idealized childhood, almost like a white picket fence. So the biography was created exactly for the tastes of that time
I don’t even know. My childhood -
- How a freshman in college looks at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the school year [New York Times]
- Sleep Hack: Keep your feet outside of the covers! [NY Mag]
- 2 ingredient sandwiches. Poor college students, I am with you. [Saveur]
- Band of Outsiders have canceled their runway show for NYFW this coming fall, however, they will be opening their store still on September 7th which is just as exciting. [Fashionista]
- Could Full House be on its way to a reboot? Boy Meets World did it with Girl Meets World so we think it’s possible! [Collider]
- A guy lives in various Airbnb’s in Hong Kong for a year. [Yearbnb]
Blue dancing along to her mommy’s performance from the MTV Video Music Awards.
I don’t have to much context on The French Laundry, but what I do know is that it is a restaurant in San Francisco considered to be a “very big deal.” And by very big deal, I’m sure it means that all of the plates have food on them that will fit in the palm of your hand, the prices are higher than you would ever believe for just a few bites and you have to make a reservations months in advance. Somebody, please clarify this for me if I am wrong.
San Francisco blog The Bold Italic recently had the most darling 4-year old review the restaurant and as you can imagine she had quite a few words to say. The best part of this review though? The photographs of her trying out the dishes for the first time. Apparently this post is well on its way to becoming one of the blog’s most popular posts ever.
To read the entire review and trust. it’s worth the read – click here.
- Because Burning Man begins this weekend and it is being completely overrun by the tech industry these days. [NY Times]
- Seattle’s 2014 indie rock bands [Seattle Mag]
- 10 SF Startups to watch [Strategy Eye]
- The Burning Man packing checklist [Fest300]
- Don’t give up on your space dreamz. I love flow charts. [GOOD]