Hello Kitty is Not a Cat

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 -
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Blog Roundup

 

- 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]

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Music Video of the Day

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang

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Cover of the Day

Say Lou Lou – Instant Crush (Daft Punk cover)

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2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

Kerry Washington in Prada

I may have missed the entire show from being at work and out to dinner, but we’d never miss a chance of covering the red carpet.

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What We’re Listening To This Week

Ariana Grande – My Everything

I mean – you already know, right? I’ve been really excited about this album for a very long time.

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Only GIF Worth Sharing From Last Night

Blue dancing along to her mommy’s performance from the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy happy Monday everyone! I’ve been itching to share this video ever since I saw the details of Cindy and Chris’s special day on Green Wedding Shoes. Cindy was a gorgeous bride and I adored her dress – something I don’t think I could have ever pulled off myself. However, the best part about this wedding? The couple share a love for all things science and animals and that was very apparent in the theme of their wedding. Now I’ve included the video for you above, but the pictures? Swoon worthy for sure! Here are just a few of my favorite snaps.

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards [Arrivals]

Ariana Grande in Moschino top and skirt. This is kind of a hard look for Ariana who is known for her sweet strapless dresses, but this IS her night after all – opening the VMA’s, debuting the music video for “Bang Bang” and releasing her latest album “My Everything” tonight!

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Goodbye Vs. Ghost

I run into this dilemma quite often. Every time I’m at a social gathering, a dinner party, a work event, etc. I never know when it’s appropriate to start making the rounds and saying goodbye or if I should just keep my head low and quietly duck out. I’ve done both and I’ve never quite perfected because each time I feel like I look like the most awkward turtle in the room. When I found this flowchart on A Cup of Jo this morning, I thought that I had struck gold! Finally – a chart for people like me who just don’t know what to do. Readers, what do you think? Do you agree? Would you make some changes to this chart?

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Aritzia Fall 2014 Lookbook

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I was having dinner with my dad earlier this week on the outdoor patio of Cascal when I noticed two things – the winds were picking up and the outdoor overhead heaters were turned on. Surely, that’s a sign that fall is on its way and we no longer will be in the sweltering heat. As much as I love the summer, I am very excited for fall. the cozy knit oversized sweaters, dresses with tights, and of course the pumpkin spice lattes that debut this coming Monday. Aritzia is one of my favorite retailers and I constantly live in their pieces no matter what season it is. Here is just a taste of what they are offering for the fall and we can’t wait.

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The Bay Area Rattled

I experienced my first California earthquake in the middle of the night! When I lived in Seattle, I remembered how those earthquakes felt and none were ever at the level of this one. Going through it, it felt a lot more powerful than I had realized. The earthquake affected all of the Bay Area hitting Napa and Sonoma the hardest and registering at a 6.1 magnitude level. This was the strongest earthquake to shake the Bay Area in the last 25 years.

We’re all safe here in the South Bay and I hope everyone else is doing the same!

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Sleepover @ IKEA for the Night

For one night only, IKEA is letting you live out that scene from 500 Days of Summer on August 31, 2014. In a partnership with Airbnb, IKEA is letting the families of three winners stay overnight at their store in Tempe, Sydney. The store has decked out three promotional rooms for this event and while we don’t have any photographs, we know it’s something that most would be thrilled to have the chance at doing. The three themes? Rustic charm, inner city living and modern elegance. So how much does it cost to stay in one of these rooms? 12 Australian dollars.

“Airbnb gives people access to the most unique listings around the world from treehouses to yurts to villas, and now we’re adding Ikea to the list,” Eva Ross, Local Operations Lead at Airbnb Australia, said in a statement. “The experience is sure to thrill any guest.”

There’s one proviso in the fine print: “By entering, you agree to be part of an event that will be covered by the media,” it says. “Oh, and that you will be woken in the morning in a remarkable way. Nothing frightening — we promise!”

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