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Review: Ariana Grande’s Honeymoon Tour

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the first day for Ariana’s pre-sale tickets to go on sale (September 15, 2014) and I had downloaded some app called “Fahlo” so that I could gain access to buy tickets first. After they were purchased, I thought waiting 7 months for the actual show was forever. Turns out, it was. That’s a long time to wait to go to a concert, but it was so worth it. I didn’t have any doubts about her vocals because as most of us know – she’s kind of a powerhouse. With that said though, I definitely have a lot of feels about the show itself.

Let’s start with the positives.

Singing – She sang her songs in a different way than I’ve ever seen her perform them before at any event, show, or performance that I had to stream on YouTube so it’s unlikely that she was lip synching. If she did lip synch at all, it was most likely for “Hands On Me” which is fine because that’s not her best song anyways and doesn’t exactly highlight her range. There were so many times when the audience was just in awe of her vocals and you just couldn’t even look away from her because it was that. amazing.

Dancing – Ari used to get a bad rap for not being a great dancer because of the dance moves that she produced while always performing “Problem.” In her defense though, that’s not really a track where you need to go all out for. I had read articles before about how people have said that she’s actually a really good dancer, but just hasn’t had a chance to show them off. Well, I think it’s because she was saving them for the Honeymoon tour! I was actually super impressed with her moves and she looked adorable as always.

Outfits – For her tour, Ariana worked closely with Emmy-award winning costume designer Marina Toybina who designed the seven looks that she took the stage with. Each outfit was cute, sparkly, and sexy in true Ariana fashion. Also, let’s not forget that each outfit had a pair of matching cat ears, which was probably the best part. Glowing cat-ears were also being sold as part of the merch and it was probably one of the best merch pieces I’ve ever seen. The cat ears glowed in a hue of colors and sometimes even with the beat of her songs. The more I saw them in the crowd, the more I wanted them… that was until Sheila and I learned that they cost $40! We’re assuming that they only cost about $5 or less to make, but whatever – it’s a day later and I still want a pair.

Instrumentals – I couldn’t get enough. Her mini orchestra transitioned into her songs beautifully especially for “One Last Time” and “Tatooed Heart.” I love seeing this kind of thing at shows because I find that artists often get lazy and rely on a DJ or a backing track and having strings there on stage with her brought her songs to life in a really refreshing way. If you want a sneak peek at what this actually looked like, here’s a video that she shared with her fans prior to the tour starting.

Opening Acts – I can’t believe I’m considering this a positive because when I first caught sight of the opening act, I was completely over it. How quickly I change my mind… So Sheila and I ended up missing Cashmere Cat which was a huge bummer. We didn’t know if he’d actually be there or not so the whole thing was very confusing to us. After CC, Rixton took the stage – a UK boyband that we’d never heard of before, but somehow grew to love by the end of their set. Tbh, their songs aren’t all that great, but they can really nail some covers. When I watched them cover “Frontin'” by Pharrell, “Fine China” by Chris Brown, “Uptown Funk,” Beyonce, and Sam Smith, I was sold. The last song of their set was actually a song that played on the radio and was considered Top 40, but we had no idea they were the ones behind it. Embarassingly enough, Sheila and I just thought it was yet another cover.

And now… for the negatives. I know… I just wish I didn’t have any!

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Choose Beautiful

If you could describe yourself, would you choose to say that you were “average” or “beautiful.” In Dove’s new campaign, the brand creates two pathways with these two labels and each woman has to decide which path to take. The film was shot in five major cities internationally and the perspectives that these women shared afterwards was pretty telling. According to Dove, 96% of women chose to describe themselves as “average” over “beautiful” in this experiment.

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Oh Joy! Weddings

One of my favorite bloggers, Joy Cho, announced this week that she was collaborating with Kin to share some of her best wedding DIY tricks! With wedding season just upon us, many of these DIYs will come in handy for those about to be brides. They’re also just useful tips if you’re someone that likes to entertain and host your own parties. I thought this table number DIY was genius and so creative. It also doesn’t seem like something that would require a lot of time. Readers, what do you think? Is this something that you could see yourself incorporating into your future wedding?

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Never Liked It Anyway

When a relationship ends, every gift you’ve ever gotten from your ex becomes completely meaningless. Every urge to wear that leftover piece of clothing goes away. Every romantic gift that came with a sweet gesture just makes you rage. You could just toss it all out, or you could get a little something back for it. That’s where “Never Liked It Anyway” comes in. Instead of just dumping everything into the garbage, why not sell it?

There’s never any right way to get over a breakup, but if you haven’t found the solution yet, you might want to give this one a shot.

I don’t feel like trying out the site myself, but I’m curious about what kinds of goods you can get off of it. Readers, care to some digging for us?

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Stanford Unveils A New Kind of Financial Aid

Stanford University recently announced a revision to their current financial aid plan. Beginning with the class of 2019, any student whose parents are making under $125,000 a year will now receive a full ride to the university. That is…Amazing. When I read this news, I remember feeling overwhelmed and happy knowing that so many talented students will have this opportunity to attend such a great university without this huge burden on their shoulders.

I still remember when I was applying to schools and even hesitating to apply some universities because I didnt want to be trapped under a lifetime of debt regardless of whether or not I could get in. I didn’t even want to try. Seeing the price of tuition just made me want to give up. This new change for Stanford students is going to make an incredible difference and I hope other universities across the country will join in and start making revisions to their own financial aid programs as well to accomodate the increasing costs of tuition just about everywhere.

Also just for reference, one year at Stanford for an undergraduate costs $65,000. If you times that by 4, you get $260,000 for an entire undergraduate career.

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Facebook’s “How To” Videos

I can’t believe this is the first time I’m ever seeing these. When I was much younger, I felt like Facebook was so easy to navigate. These days, there are so many different functions and I always find myself second guessing before doing something drastic on the social networking site. I guess that’s somewhat of an overstatement though. I found these videos to be really quirky and cheeky. To view the rest, click here!

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Trend Worth Trying?

I must admit – when trendy items come out, I sometimes feel compelled to make the purchase myself. It only took me a year later, but I finally purchased myself a pair of Birknstocks and am still trying to figure out how I’m going to pull these off. I discovered bkr’s glass water bottles when I had read about Bri Emery gifting them in the gift bags for BlogShop and immediately became intrigued. They look so cute! However, I definitely don’t need a water bottle right now. I can’t even remember where I misplaced my mint colored Camelbak that I bought in college…

Readers, have any of you tried the bkr? Is it worth snagging?

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Wedding Rules You Can Throw Out

What I love about weddings changing over time is that traditions get completely thrown out. I’ve known for a few years now that I wouldn’t have a very traditional wedding and while some people may not be okay with it, I definitely am. I’ve been to more than a handful of weddings and in this time have learned what I like and don’t like. I recently came across this article on Refinery29 about the 10 Wedding “Rules” You Don’t Have to Follow and I couldn’t agree more with their lists.

Wedding Rules I Won’t Be Following: 

  • Having a bouquet toss
  • Having a garter toss
  • Cake cutting

All these things completely take away from the party that you’re supposed to be throwing and can be really stiff and awkward in the night. I’m going to give my bouquet to whoever wants it and I could care less about who shoves cake into the other person’s face first. It isn’t a very attractive photo op to begin with. Just to be clear, if my dear friends decide to have these things be a part of their wedding, I won’t knock it. In fact, I’ll particpate myself, but I could never envision my own wedding with these things included which is just fine because every wedding should be a little bit different. :)

Wedding Rules Being Broken That I Love: 

  • Opting for a first look instead of waiting until the walk down the aisle to see the bride/groom
  • Bridesmaids wearing white. This is OKAY. Guests wearing white to someone else’s wedding is not.
  • Brides being walked down the aisle by BOTH the father and the mother. I find this to be super sweet.

Current Wedding Trend I Don’t Understand:

  • Combining last names

I recently had a Facebook friend tie the knot who was planning on merging half of her last name with half of her husband’s last name in order to make a new last name together. I thought this was pretty bizarre and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, but it’s interesting “trend” nonetheless.

Are there any that I have missed? Do you agree with ones that I both love and hate or disagree?
I’m such a little critic.

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Seattle’s Water Activating Illustrations

My home is looking to make rainy weather fun again for locals by installing illustrations and games on sidewalks that only appear when it rains. Man, this guy looks so happy. This totally defines Seattle locals so much haha

The series “Rainworks” was designed by artist Peregrine Church and isn’t a new development. In fact, some of these illustrations started popping up in the city last year. Each installation was designed to be environmentally safe with a water-repellant coating that can keep the pieces lasting anywhere from 4 months to a year. How fun for everyone in Seattle!

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Blog Roundup

– 8 Graphs That Capture the Truths of Breaking Up [The Bold Italic]

– How addicted to the internet are you? [PsychCentral] I received a healthy score of 14! What did you all get?

– The Secrets of Highly Efficient Napping [i09]

– How my old neighborhood of Capitol Hill is evolving and unfortunately, not in a good way [Seattle Times]

– The science of why Legos are so painful to step on [Quartz]

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Wong Fu Productions: How Old Is She?

You really can never tell with Asian women…

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Cover of the Day:

This New Yorker cover full of Hillary-themed emojis was too adorable to not post. They’re not as cute as the North West set, but we’d still be pretty happy with this anyways. Designed by artist Barry Blitt, these 30 emojis were designed to model off of some of our favorite emojis currently and some looks that she is known for. My favorite? HOBviously the one with her sunglasses.

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30-Day Minimalism Challenge

For the past few months, I’ve been feeling a little bit unhinged with my days and weekends being less and less structured. I’ve been enjoying it because it allows me to plan less – something that I have a hard time doing – and giving myself time when I need it for extra time hanging out with friends on the fly or taking a few extra hours to sleep in. After doing this for so long, I think I’m ready to have more of a balanced set schedule again or at least disciplining myself. This extra time has enabled me to spend more time on Yow Yow! but that means that I’m much more connected to my laptop than I need to be and I think more time offline would probably be good for me. I came across this 30 day minimalism challenge which seems perfect. It’s simple and not too demanding, but sticking to it for 30 days could really improve how I’m doing things in my life. I’m not at a point where I feel like I can accept doing it just yet especially since I run this blog and work in tech, but I thought I would share it in case anyone else wanted to test themselves. You have 10 days to decide if you want to jump on it or not! For full rules and details, click here.

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Birchbox Man

If I had a more flexible income, I would most definitely purchase myself one of these monthly subscription boxes so when I hear of other people doing it around me, I am envious. Who doesn’t love packages, right? Especially ones that are full of goodies that you can use and hopefully use over and over again. Birchbox is widely known for their monthly packages for products directed towards women, but now the guys can get in on the action with Birchbox Man. Each package includes 3-4 samples set for grooming, along with an accessory or gadget, and styling tips. If you’re able to find items that you love out of the package, you can  buy the full-sized version of the product at the Birchbox Man online store.

Pls can one of my friends just do this so I can live vicariously.

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I’m Part of a Recall Y’all!

Actually this is more scary than exciting, but Kraft has called for a re-call for 242,000 boxes of macaroni and cheese because they believe that 6.5 million boxes of mac and cheese might contain pieces of metal!

In a press release the company gave instructions so customers can find out if they’ve bought any of the possibly contaminated boxes. The issue has affected boxes of the “original” flavor size 7.25-oz with the expiration dates September 18, 2015-October 11, 2015. The boxes must also have the code C2 below the expiration date.

In their company statement, Kraft said, “Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it. They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund.”

 

I actually just got up to go check my Kraft boxes and discovered, to my surprise, that they are no longer in my cabinets. It’s cool, I guess I’m currently containing metal then.

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