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Life After A Heroin Overdose

I’ve been watching a number of these videos for the past couple of weeks and boy, are they hard to watch. Alex overdosed on heroin when he was just 17 years old and since then, his mother has become his full-time caretaker. He is 30 years old now and while he’s getting better, it will be a long time for him to be able to fully do things on his own.

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Happy Saturday!

Good morning, everyone!

It has been a long time since I’ve had an entire Saturday to myself waking up in my bed and being out of the city. As much as I love spending my weekends up there, I actually really love my time at home and being able to get my errands done at a reasonable time and spending some quality time with the blog. Earlier this week, I found out that I will be traveling for three weeks in October back and forth from Phoenix, Pasadena, and Seattle with San Francisco in between each of those cities! Knowing that already, I decided that I wanted to spend my time up until then really focusing on maximizing my summer here in the Bay and making a list of all the things I want to do before things get too crazy!

One of them is just spending an afternoon by the pool. While it seems to be sunny here year around, it’s not always as warm as it might be in the summer time. One of my favorite things has been to lounge poolside with my mini jam box. On that note, I watched a pretty interesting video this morning of a pool that took $2 million dollars to construct! It looks amazing, but wow, think of all of the things you could buy with that money that is not a pool.

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Blog Roundup

- 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]

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The Seattle Hipster

So this video came out in 2011 and even though Capitol Hill has changed a lot since then, the one shown in this video is the one that I love and miss. Someone posted this the other day which then showed up on my Facebook feed with a caption along the lines of “thank god, I don’t live anywhere near downtown.” Child, please, Capitol Hill didn’t want you to begin with.

I love Linda’s brunch. I love Unicorn drinks and $2 PBR’s. Haters get out.

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My Day in a Nutshell

My office building held a very alarming fire drill today. It was the most formal fire drill we’ve ever had because there were traffic guards, people wearing orange vests, and ice cream carts. Welcome to Silicon Valley. We understand how much a fire drill is inconveniencing you so you get an ice cream bar, YOU get an ice cream bar, YOU GET AN ICE CREAM BAR!

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Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to make this the Song of the Day, but as I listen to the song a second time and then a third time, I realized how much it was growing on me. I wanted to keep this simple though so here are just my thoughts on this:

  • Continue embracing your white girl dancing self, Taylor!
  • The songs in which she decides to talk instead of sing. Why doesn’t anyone give her feedback to not do that?
  • It’s true, being a country singer is kind of like the gateway to stardom. Look at how far from country she is now!
  • I hope the rumors are true and that she actually is dating Karlie Kloss.

So wait, which song is better – Taylor’s or Mariah’s?

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Five Favorite Pins: Closet Organization

When it was summer and nearing fall, I always remembered cleaning out my closet and getting ready to insert in a new fall wardrobe. However, that just couldn’t be done without getting rid of the old. It’s amazing how much I’ve acquired over the years and how hard it is for me to let go of pieces even without even wearing them for an entire year. Why do I do this to myself you might ask? Because I’m a hoarder. No, because I’ve pretty much convinced myself that while I may not have a use for it now – some day I will look at that piece and incorporate it with something that I’ve recently bought. Trust. This never works. It never happens. You just end up taking up lots of space and running out of hangers. I have a bag in my room that I’ve gradually added pieces to that I am hoping to donate and it is an ongoing project. Well, I’m not in school anymore, but I still believe that fall is the perfect time to give your closet a refresher and here are just a few of my favorite pins that I hope will inspire me to take the next step in re-organizing my own closet.

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One of the very first purchases I made when I moved into my new place this year was a clothing rack. It not only helps to fill out my room a little bit more, but it makes for a really simple and great display. You can use it in a variety of ways, but I’ve mostly used it to hang my newest pieces so that I can separate it from my older ones and remember to wear these ones (my newest and favorites) often! You can buy one anywhere, but yes, I went cheapo and purchased mine from IKEA where they have several at different price levels.

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Chris Walla Departs Death Cab For Cutie

It is with such a heavy heart that we report Chris Walla’s departure from Death Cab For Cutie. Technically, this news was released yesterday morning, but I couldn’t even bring myself to write about this until late today. Death Cab For Cutie was the first band that I consider myself having any attachment to growing up. Having followed them from their first album until their latest and having seen them perform three times it is hard for me to grasp what the band will look like without Chris. I remember on my journey to becoming a music booking extraordinaire, I made my end goal being able to book either Minus the Bear or Death Cab For Cutie.

While most people are huge fans of their front man Ben, I’ve always been a fan of Chris. Chris, at one point, even ventured off to create his first solo album which I remember having on repeat during my teenage years. The band has been together for 17 years until now and while I am sad about this news, I know that this is just normal – that it happens to many bands, but I just didn’t want it to happen to my band.

Chris will perform his last show with the band on September 19th in Victoria B.C. for the Rifflandia Festival. His full statement released to The Stranger can be found at the source below. We’ll miss you Chris. Thanks for everything.

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A Cheeky Advertisement from Victoria’s Secret

Did you ever think it was possible for Victoria’s Secret to release in advertisement that wasn’t full of lingerie, sultry music, and smoldering gazes? Well, the impossible happened. The other day, they released a short featuring one of their most playful angels – Lily Aldridge! She is, as some of you may know, my favorite angel! In this video, we watch Lily prepare for her dinner party that she is hosting and shows us how not-so-perfect she really is. Not only is it pretty cheeky in itself, but it is relatable. I know every time I used to cook for my friends, I would always be a little bit flustered and running around like a chicken with its neck cut off.

In the short, Lily goes through several outfit changes because of her mishaps and the change is so subtle that it doesn’t even feel like a Victoria’s Secret advertisement. 

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Edible Chocolate LEGOs

I loved this photograph so much that I had to move forward in writing a post about it. Seriously though, how good do these LEGOs look? Don’t you want to eat them? Or at the very least, play with them? I was a candy fiend growing up, but even as I saw this post and thought this looked amazing, I knew that if my kid self still existed that I would get this ALL over my hands. I never was really great with chocolate and it almost always just ended up melting all over me.

These chocolate LEGO bricks were created by illustrator and designer Aikhiro Mizuuchi. And how were they done exactly?

Chocolate is first poured into precisely designed moulds that after cooling can be popped out and used as regular LEGOs.

Oh, that doesn’t seem so complicated.


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In Fashion Start-Up News

I may be working at a tech start-up, but that makes me even more fascinated with start-ups that are directly related to my interests. Last week, two very big things happened. One fashion start-up got acquired while another with so much potential (so we thought) shuttered. So how does that happen? Competition? Because that’s just the nature of the game? I’ve been wondering about this for awhile and I don’t really have the research or the data to back it up, but I find it to be very very interesting.

Prior to Trunk Club getting acquired by Nordstrom officially, I had been reading about the rumors of this weeks before. Trunk Club is a shopping service for men who don’t like to bring themselves to shop at retailers or the mall. The Trunk Club man works closely with a stylist to share what his interests are and what he is most comfortable in and the stylist puts together a “trunk” – some of which you would find above and sends it straight to your doorstep. The items you like, you get to purchase while the ones you don’t can be returned back. I thought it was an incredible service. I witnessed someone receiving a trunk once and I wrote about it on Quora. There hasn’t been a really great equivalent for it for women other than Stitchfix, which I heard was a hit or miss sometimes. What I’m still trying to figure out is what being acquired really means. What will the Seattle retailer do with the Chicago start-up? How will Trunk Club change itself? How will Nordstrom incorporate themselves into Trunk Club? I have so many questions.

The second big piece of news is that Hukkster shut down last Friday. They had a pretty awful name, but a great idea and supportive backing. The star-up raised $4.5 million dollars in venture capital over the last two years. The start-up which allows users to save items they like on the websites of their favorite retailers and receive notification of when the price has dropped was founded by two former J. Crew employees. Additionally, it was backed by the Winklevoss twins. For an idea that would have gained so much popularity among people – women especially – I am surprised that it only lasted two years.

It’s not a bold statement by any means, but I think it’s clear that anything can happen in the start-up world. One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone. It’s amazing to be in this industry and I’m learning so much, but I can’t wait to see what will happen next in the years to come.

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Joan Smalls x Free People

I always thought that to wear Free People you had to be a certain type of girl. The girl that shops at Free People is a free spirit, a flower child, and pretty easygoing. She wears light-weight fabric, fringe, and bell-sleeves for long sleeves. As much as I loved the brand, I frequently felt out of place when trying on their clothes. I felt like I was trying to be a girl that I just wasn’t, but so desperately wanted to be because who wouldn’t want to be the girl who wore Free People, right?! She was just too effortlessly cool. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way and maybe the brand recognized this. So what did they do? They picked a girl who wasn’t your typical Free People girl and made her into one and it worked! When I think of Joan Smalls, I think of edgy, a little dark, dangerous, and risky. She is someone who resembles more Erin Wasson than hippie child, but yet she made it work. Here are a few of her latest shots from the brand that make me want to run out and buy these exact outfits.

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Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crochet

Normally, I would find something like this to be a little bit odd and maybe on the creepy side, but I find these oddly beautiful. These crochet wrappings were done by Joana Vasconcelos. As part of an ongoing series, Joana has been wrapping all sorts of animal and insect sculptures – but not any ordinary sculptures that you can find anywhere. These sculptures were actually done by artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905), one of the most notable Portuguese artists from the 19th century.

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Caught In A Beauty Bind

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I trade off between spending the week down in the South Bay and my weekends up in San Francisco. Though I’ve done this so frequently, I always end up forgetting to pack something in my weekender and this weekend that “thing” happened to be my entire beauty bag! We had plans to go out that night and while I wish I could say I am comfortable enough with myself to go completely make-up free, that wasn’t the case. I managed to find a moisturizing lotion where I was staying so I had the base covered, but the next thing I needed to do was prioritize. I asked myself two questions: What did I absolutely need to have and where can I get it?

I’m not someone who is big on makeup and knowing everything, but I think I can get by on the basics that my mama taught me. On the priority scale, I decided that I needed black eyeliner, eye makeup remover (if I could get it – to take off the previous night’s work,) mascara, and a foundation.

First stop? Sephora. You might be wondering why I didn’t choose to go to a drug store first and I wondered about this myself, too. Too often, I find myself actually using products from Sephora rather than drugstore brands and while these were just going to be “back-up buys,” you never know when you’re gonna find something that you can either a) end up using for a longer amount of time or b) replace something you already have that maybe needed to be replaced.

Sephora is a store that gets abused by their customers. Too often, people come into the store that don’t want to buy their own makeup and test products all day long until they’ve done their entire look for the night or had someone else do that for them. Using samples at Sephora to do your makeup is kind of gross because as sanitary as they try to make it, that doesn’t usually happen. Gross. I went into the store with a fresh face and only moisturizer and I knew I might speak to some consultants, but I wasn’t going to take advantage of them by not buying anything. The first place I headed to was near the cash register where they have a lot of their basic products in much smaller sizes. The price ranges from about $8-$15. Here is where I picked up a duo combo of eyeliner and eye makeup remover as well as my Tarte mascara.

I’d been wanting to replace my foundation for quite some time as I have been using my Chanel for at least a year. (Should probably throw that out by now, right?) I’ve always been interested in using Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and this was the perfect opportunity. A consultant matched it with my skin tone. I asked if he could try it on my entire face so that I could see it and I walked away with that purchase at around $36. Altogether from the day I spent about $50 on four things.

Long story short, if you’re ever caught in a bind like this – pick the items that you need and head to your nearest Sephora :) It sounds like they asked me to say that, but I promise they didn’t.

Note: I didn’t love the eyeliner and the makeup remover because it was too greasy so we didn’t include it in the photo.

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Blog Roundup

- The Best and Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover [Greatist]

- Some things we don’t really like about San Francisco (don’t worry, we like the rest!) [Refinery 29]

- Cocktails Inspired by Wes Anderson films [Paste]

- What you should never wear to a wedding [WhoWhatWear]

- “I Found Out The Hard Way That My Cousin is a Porn Star” [The Hundreds] Wow – best thing I’ve read in a long time.

- Nicole Richie tells Oprah about the easiest and hardest part about marriage. [Refinery 29]

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