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My Biggest Issue with The Bachelorette Premiere This Week

It’s no secret that I have a love / hate relationship with The Bachelorette. I don’t always believe that finding love on a reality television show is possible (except for Catherine and Sean!) but I can’t stop myself from watching anyways because I’m generally rooting for good things to come out of the show. I went to my first viewing party with co-workers this past Monday and it was really fun to explain to some of them how exactly the show works and to see how quickly they changed their minds between Britt and Kaitlyn. We had to remind them that the producers completely lead audiences to believe a certain way because of the way they edit things and how calculated every scene is.

Before the season started, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. I wasn’t happy about the guys having to choose between Britt and Kaitlyn, but I can see why the producers thought this would be entertaining. In my opinion, it didn’t seem fair. The girls already have to go through enough and just when they think they’ve been chosen they still have to compete? I’m glad that this was done and over with after the first episode though.

However, my problems didn’t end here. I was actually livid about a remark I heard from one of the guys on the show and even more upset that the media completely grazed over this instead focusing on the intoxicated contestant that was booted before the rose ceremony and the slut shaming that we saw from Kaitlyn having to apologize for her actions. (we’ll discuss this in another post after we watch the episode where this happens.) The line in question that I am referring to is when one guy was discussing who he’d pick, “Britt is more of your trophy wife. Kaitlyn is more of your wife.”

I’m not oblivious. I know that trophy wives exist and I know that there are women in this world that are happy being labeled a trophy wife, but you are not allowed to just refer to someone as a trophy wife. When you say that someone is a trophy wife, does that make you feel better about yourself as a man? Does that make you feel more masculine? This guy just met Britt for the first time and assumed because she was naturally very pretty that she didn’t have more to offer than being a trophy wife. I was really disappointed to hear this and am even more curious now to hear Britt’s reaction on this having seen the first episode. A guy once told me to my face that he believed that “Asian women were the modern day trophy wives.” Really? Asian women? All of them? He might as well have thrown a drink in my face because that was the equivalent of how I felt when I heard that. In case you were wondering what happened after that? Friendship over. For the men that read this blog, please. Please. Don’t ever say this to a women. Unless they want to be referred to in this way, it is a degrading statement and it’s 2015, we’ve come a long way to be put back into this position.

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In Case You Missed It…

Taylor Swift – Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar

Talk about some serious build-up, I feel like we’ve been waiting for this music video for over a week and the anticipation was only slightly killing us. I didn’t even see all of the celebrities that were featured in it. Meredith, were you even there?! It’s a pretty extravagant video, but here’s how we felt about it afterwards:

  • More than ever, girls everywhere wish they could call Taylor one of their girlfriends
  • Katy Perry, this song about you? If so, I think this is directed at you.
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10 Thoughts From This Week

  • Sleepovers with your girlfriends as adults are still just as fun as they were when you were kids!
  • No one can ever make you feel bad about whatever you decide to do with your own dating life. Don’t give into peer pressure. Do what you want to do and date who you want to date when you feel like dating.
  • Jon Gosselin is only seeking full custody for one of his kids. He has 8 total and this is all sorts of messed up.
  • In life, people aren’t going to know how to communicate over email and will send you snarky emails. Don’t react by sending a snarky one back. Be a professional.
  • This week I flooded two bathrooms while taking a shower.
  • This article about a Silicon Valley Startup Castle has the most ridiculous requirements.
  • The dreams that you have about your work life are telling you something. It’s okay if you’re not sure what that message is just yet. I’ve been spending all day trying to figure it out.
  • There will come a time where you will have a dessert that you find to be too sweet for you. That would be the Coldstones Cherry Vanilla ice cream I had last night celebrating Avi’s birthday.
  • Friendship is a two-way street. Just like a relationship, you shouldn’t settle for anything less if you feel like you’re being treated unfairly.
  • Reading this article about modern day dating made me really upset. My generation is really disappointing.
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Review: S’mores Frappuccino

I recently found myself at Starbucks for a midday afternoon caffeine kick and while I was there, thought it would be a great opportunity to try the new S’mores Frappuccino. It wasn’t too long ago that we blogged about its new existence. I came into my local Starbucks and told them right up front, “I’m going to order the S’mores frapp because I’m going to blog about it.” When it arrived at the counter, the barista told me that she was a little nervous because she heard it was going to be on my blog. Poor girl. Basically the frapp is a “campfire in a cup.” It actually had a hint of a coffee taste in it and while it was good and sweet (exactly what I thought it would be) it was WAY SWEET. Like just filled to the brim with sugar I’m sure. I can’t believe I used to have frapps on a weekly basis back in college, but now I know why – because they got me completely wired. Do I think I would order this again? Probably not, but that’s only because I’m an adult and drinks like these would probably give me headaches. Did it taste like a real s’more? Absolutely. I also really like the crumbled graham crackers at the top for the extra added crunch. Also,  I have just one little nitpicky detail which was that there was a glob of chocolate syrup on the bottom. Serious question – is it my job or the barista’s job to make sure that it is stirred in well? I had gotten a gulp full of it which really alarmed me.

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A Collection Part 42

For the first time, we are publishing an “A Collection” post and starting the next one immediately. Hopefully, this means that we can have another one posted within the next six months. These are Veronica’s favorite posts and I even texted her this morning to let her know that she could expect it this evening. These posts are so interesting to me because there is usually little to no content. Instead, it’s a post of 50+ images that I’ve collected over 6 months that evoke something out of me. There’s no rhyme or reason. I can’t go through each photo and say why I chose each one. I just know that it’s important to me, that it means something and resonates with me in some way or another. I’ve never actually talked to Veronica about this, but while this doesn’t hold much content, I almost feel like she probably knows what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling through a collection of images. Maybe you all do! You tell me. :)

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Blog Roundup

– 50 Incredible hotels to stay at in your lifetime [Business Insider]

– “Why I gave up a 95K job to move to an island” [Cosmopolitan]

– Getty Images is giving out 30K grants to Instagrammers [High Snobiety]

– Justin Rosenstein (co-founder of Asana) shares his tips for increasing productivity [Quora]

– Whoa, Bestie Row? [Lighter Side of Real Estate]

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Breather

When I drive up to San Francisco, I usually spend my entire day there. The upside to this is that I get to make plans and see everyone I want to see. The downside? When there are lulls between plans and I have nowhere to go during this time. Sure, I could linger at a park or a coffee shop during the downtime, but what I really wish I had is a comfortable space to unwind for a bit – kind of like a living space like my own home. I know what you’re thinking. Why don’t you just move to SF?! Yeah, I’ve thought about that too. I recently discovered this new thing in San Francisco though called “Breather.” It does exactly what I’m looking for! Basically, Breather hosts space all around the city that you can rent for any amount of time and you can use it to unwind (like I am!) or as a working space with other people. I also learned that a team that I work with has used Breather in the city before too and had nothing, but great things to say.

Have any of you ever tried it? Would you? If I do, I’ll let you all know!

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How to Survive in a Free Falling Elevator

Don’t act like you haven’t thought about this before.

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The Hundreds Staff Interview: Alina

Every now and then I come across things on the internet about various people and I’m like “Yeah, cool they have traits like me. We have stuff in common” Then I come across this interview of some girl named Alina who I’ve never heard of in my life and I’m like “This girl IS me.”

We don’t look alike, but I’m pretty sure we’ve got the same vocabulary and that we’re the same person.

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Blog Roundup

– Because everyone here is obsessed with Blue Bottle’s New Orleans Iced Coffee – here’s how you can prepare your own at home! [BlueBottle] – I pretty much do the short version of this every morning at work ;)

– Our favorite Craigslist Ad of the week.

– How Slack is changing workplace culture [Slate]

– Secret shutters [Circa]

– Emily Schuman talks about how she created her successful blog [Inc.]

– Seattle start-up Tune provides for women studing computer science at UW [Geekwire]

– Kanye changes the name of his new album to “Swish” [The Fader]

– How to execute on choreographing an unforgettable music video by the choreographer who did Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck” [The Fader]

– An acoustic performance by Lauryn Hill of “Doo Wop (That Thing)” [Pitchfork]

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Doug McKenzie’s Tricks

I’m going to let you all in on a really nerdy secret of mine. I totally have a thing for magic tricks. Don’t get it twisted – I don’t find David Blaine attractive or other magicians, but if you can do magic tricks – I will watch you for hours. I was completely captivated by this video of Doug McKenzie though who has now started to incorporate technology and personal belongings like our phones into his latest tricks.

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Waffles & Honey – Mother’s Day Boxes

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I wish I could say that when it came to presents for my mother, I was always nailing it. The truth is this – she loves the Tieks and that’s a sure thing, always! This year though, I’d like to get a little bit more creative with my gifts so I’ve been doing some research and came across these three lovely Mother’s Day Boxes from Waffles & Honey. Now, she won’t really love this as much as I would getting these as a gift, but in case anyone is looking I still thought it was worth the post. These boxed type gifts have been what everyone is talking about lately and I think it’s just because people in general love getting packages with lots of little things inside. Pictured above is the Spa Day Mother’s Day Gift Box and here’s what it includes:

Each box contains:

  • The initial letter necklace of your choice, to represent the ones she holds most dear (Add additional letters using the drop down menu below ‘Add to Cart’ button). We are currently sold out of the heart and “x” charms.
  • An individually hand-poured candle made with pure soy wax and a wooden wick.
  • Hand-crafted Himalayan sea salt and grapefruit body scrub.
  • Artisan chocolate covered Brazilian espresso beans.
  • A relaxing bundle of dried lavender.
  • Our handmade Mother’s Day quote.
  • A note card for you to enclose your message.

Super sweet, right?! We are loving this idea by Waffles & Honey. Would you purchase this for your mom this Mother’s Day?!

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Food in Pretty Gradients

Foodie photography is something that I never get tired of. There’s so many different things that you can do with it and even over the years, I still feel like I’ve never seen the same thing twice. I really loved this series by Seattle-based photographer Brittany Wright because of the color and the different stages of the food from when it looks its best and when it looks its worse and when you no longer want to eat it!

To view the rest of the series, click here.

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Psychology Behind Restaurant Menus

The Atlantic sat down with  FUDS: A Complete Encyclofoodia from Tickling Shrimp to Not Dying in a Restaurant author, Arthur Meyer, to discuss how restaurant menus trick us into making us hungrier and more loose with our wallet.

…tee hee author Arthur. I did that on purpose.

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