Ariana’s impression of Celine Dion is so spot on.
Ariana’s impression of Celine Dion is so spot on.
Miles Teller could possibly be one of my favorite new actors. I mean he’s not that new, actually, but I enjoy him in almost everything that he’s in. I’m still waiting to see Whiplash though and I heard he did a pretty good job in it! Also this appearance on Jimmy Fallon is golden.
It’s pretty crazy how often I find myself using Yelp. If I’ve never been to a restaurant before, I completely rely on them to give me honest reviews. Since I’ve used it so much, I guess I never realized the backlash that the company has received from other business owners, but it makes sense. In this new documentary, local filmmaker Kaylie Milliken questions Yelp’s business practices and conducts interviews with business owners who feel their businesses have been vastly impacted by the types of reviews that are found on Yelp about them.
I’m actually really interested in watching this. The film is halfway done already.
I used to post Jimmy Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” all of the time and as outsiders we find this to be funny because celebrities get this kind of stuff all of the time, but I thought this parody for an anti-bullying campaign was actually very impactful and showed me another perspective. After watching this, it really didn’t seem that funny anymore.
“We wanted to use the ‘Mean Tweets’ model because in a way, those videos give the message that cyberbullying is ok – even funny. But adult celebrities have the maturity and confidence to overcome these hurtful words. Children don’t. For regular kids, words can cut like a knife.”
Every Friday, my team has this tradition of playing old skool hip hop jamz in our pod. We call it Hip Hop Fridays. And when I saw this video, I thought it was perfection. Raise your hand if you watched this show after school when you were a child.
Late at night, I like to watch educational videos. No, but actually Jell-O is having a real moment right now. I never thought I would see Jell-O being mentioned in blog posts more than once a week, but that has definitely happened. Correction – I don’t expect to even hear about Jell-O once a year and we’ve already surpassed that quota. Why is everyone making a huge deal out of it right now?
As we all know, our favorite models Derek and Hansel walked the Valentino runway earlier this week and it wasn’t just a random decision. They are, in fact, making a Zoolander sequel and this was the most perfect way for them to reveal the news. Zoolander 2 is slated to be released February 12, 2016. Can you believe that it will have been 15 years since the first movie was released? I’m so curious now about what my 11-year-old self thought about that film.
And what! They also got to meet Anna Wintour. They really went all out for publicity.
Chef Roy Choi paid my office a visit the other day to talk about his new project loc’l with Daniel Patterson and to do a Q&A with my employees and it was awesome. For the last couple of years, I’ve been watching videos on him and his work through Doobybrain the blog that I read on a daily basis and each time I feel like I’m learning so so much not only about what good food really looks like, but why food is important and how it drives him in his work. It felt really special to have him in our office and talking about the things that he’s achieved. I both love and hate these kinds of things because a) it makes me wonder what I’m doing with my own life and then b) I leave these things feeling completely inspired! I’m pretty sure my co-worker and I were messaging each other during this whole talk and saying how we wanted to go change the world after this. I felt like I could especially relate to Roy when he talked about what his childhood looked like with regards to food – always a full fridge and just competely hearty meals prepared every night by our moms. S/o to Moms. His vision for just wanting to feed people is badass. I’m looking forward to trying out some of his food the next time I’m down in LA.
Also, hearing that Roy mentored Jon Favreau while filming “Chef” was super cool. I finally watched the film on Netflix a few weeks back and enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
This has to go down for being one of my favorite pictures of all time because hello- I’m the most awkward person ever. Probably a truth – Roy didn’t even know I was in the picture until after the picture was taken. I’m like five seconds away from just peeking out from behind his right shoulder.
I can’t believe I’ve never actually posted this before! I used to be a huge fan of Kaba Modern. Correction – I still am, but the group that appeared on America’s Best Dance Crew are all doing their own thing now so I’m still a fan of their work individually. Not too long ago, I taught myself some simple choreography by former Kaba Modern member Yuri Tag for Ariana’s “Break Free,” but soon after I was looking for another piece. This is one of my favorite Ellie Goulding remixes and the choreography done by three members of the former group is SO good. I haven’t had the time or made the time to actually learn this, but I haven’t forgotten about it. There’s even a tutorial for it too so that should make things a little bit easier?
Believe it or not, before I accepted my current job that I am in, I have always been a PC kind of girl. However, when it came time to choose my hardware, Kevin suggested that I try out using Macs just in case I might end up liking it better. Plus, if I didn’t, I could always revert back. While I do, indeed, love my MacBook Air, I haven’t quite adapted fully and still use a PC for my personal use. Actually, I might be one of the few employees at my job that prefers to use two laptops instead of combining both my work and personal. What can I say? It’s hard to let things go. I’m not that nerdy on the Mac though and have never really cared too much about Apple’s big announcements, but this new MacBook is sexy. Also, we hear you, Chet Faker and we’re convinced even more now than ever that we need to own this laptop. Nice song choice, Apple.
I knew before I watched this that this was going to be amazing. John Legend was always my first love before Sam Smith, but the two of them together? Stop it.
John Legend makes this song 10x better.
I actually forgot to mention that I got to see Sam Smith in concert last month with Francis very very last minute and it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. I thought “Lay Me Down” was going to have me in tears, but I kept it together. The other people around me didn’t though so there’s that.
I have to admit that when I first heard about Fresh Off the Boat becoming a television series on ABC, I wanted to boycott the show. I had seen the commercials for it and the acting sometimes made me cringe, but it wasn’t until Kevin told me that he was entirely caught up on the series that I thought it deserved a shot. How quickly I changed my tune…
I was afraid that by others watching the show that Asian Americans would be faced with those confirmations about our stereotypes or that everyone would immediately assume that my childhood was exactly like Eddie’s which was going to be portrayed negatively. In fact, my childhood and my brother’s was a lot like Eddie’s and it wasn’t portrayed negatively. I am now a fan of the show and I think it does something great for Asian Americans. It gives us something to relate to because I can guarantee you growing up, I never felt like anyone could really relate to me in this sense.
Describing the fallout after her assault, one Harvard student says, “I went to the dean of students’ office and she said, ‘I just want to make sure that you don’t talk to anyone about this.'”
Directed by Kirby Dick, The Hunting Ground tells the story of how major universities across the country are looking the other way when it comes to women getting sexually assaulted on campus to protect their name and their brand. I’m very fortunate to have gone to a school where this wasn’t a huge issue, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen outside of school. 1 in 4 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime and you should never tell anyone that this happens to to stay silent. I think this film is going to be very important and I think it sends such a strong message to both universities and other young women that could potentially find themselves in a situation like this. The film will be released February 27th in select cities.
Oh boyyyy, Ryan is taking me to see Andy Grammer this week and I’m so excited! The last time I saw him was when he did a show in Seattle while I was in college and since then he’s put out another album that I’m still getting myself acquainted with this week. At first, I wasn’t too partial to this song, but this music video is just too cute. Really looking forward to dancing along to this at the show Thursday in the city!
This is cute!