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A Collection Part 40

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!

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Forgotify

I discovered Forgotify while perusing other blogs earlier in the week and couldn’t wait to actually check it out for myself. Basically, Forgotify pulls up the songs that have never even once been listened to on the app. Can you believe that there’s a reported 4 million of them? The first one I pulled up was a classical piece…Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: No. 1: Heartwounds to be exact. And I couldn’t even begin to tell you what that means.

Try it yourself here!

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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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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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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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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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The French Laundry Reviewed By the Cutest Four-Year-Old

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.

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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.

[Avenue Lifestyle]

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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