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10 Mar 2019

Blog Roundup

  • Nearly a Decade Later, The Hills Comes Back to Reality [Interview Magazine]
  • Chocolate Fights Coughs Better Than Codeine, Says Science [Coast Living]
  • Second Life Podcast: This Is How Revolve Chooses Its Influences [WhoWhatWear]
  • Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Conspiracy [Ohnotheydidnt] made me laugh
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Will Close 40 Stores This Year [Fashionista]
06 Mar 2019

Someone Great

It’s true, Netflix can keep pumping out movies for 20 somethings and I’ll still continue to watch them. In “Something Great” Gina Rodriguez is a music journalist who just landed her dream job in San Francisco. Her boyfriend of nine years, however, isn’t ready to make the move from their home in New York. As a result, the two break up. To cure her heart break and get her ready for her big move, Gina sets out for the best night out on the town.

Something Great debuts on Netflix on April 19th.

17 Feb 2019

Blog Roundup

  • I Spent A Day At The ‘World’s Best Airport’ And It Was Pretty Good [Vice]
  • Second Life Podcast: Sierra Tishgart [WhoWhatWear]
  • You Can Skip These Oscar-nominated Movies [Lifehacker]
  • I’m An Asian Woman Engaged To A White Man And, Honestly, I’m Struggling With That [Huffington Post] I liked this viewpoint, but honestly, left more to be desired.
  • 2018 Was A Breakthrough Year for Asians in Hollywood, but Not at the Oscars [The Ringer]
  • The Best Romantic Comedies Of All Time [Vogue]
  • Danielle Nachmani’s beautiful wedding captured by [Vogue]
  • How to Make Your Small Wins Work For You [TED]
  • Dreaming About An Ex? An Expert Explores 20 Reasons Why [The Cut]
  • The Stories Behind 12 Showstopping Rom-Com Dresses [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Behind The Most Iconic Kisses In Romantic Comedies [Entertainment Weekly]
  • An “All That” Revival Is Coming Back to Nickelodeon [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • 4 Lessons After Eleven Years in Silicon Valley [Medium]
  • How I Get It Done: Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell [The Cut]
  • 100 Best Dishes in San Francisco for 2019 [7×7]
  • Coca Cola Is Coming Out With A New Orange-Vanilla Flavor [Hypebeast]
  • Reactions To A Gentrified House In The Bay Area [Ohnotheydidnt]
17 Feb 2019

In The News… Companies Doing the Wrong Thing

We’re not even through the month yet and I continue to be frustrated with the type of news I see from companies and organizations that should know better. It’s the same old story. And I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. But when these pieces come out, it causes me to wonder a couple of things. Decisions aren’t made on the whim. Like many orgs, these decisions go up a chain of people for approval. This happens at startups and non-startups. The companies in question are massive organizations. Secondly, my next question is wondering who is in the room. How many people make these decisions and who do they represent? Because it’s clearly not their customers.

I could dive deeper into each piece, but it’s not worth the time – right now. For now, I want to put this out there and make it known and it’s likely we’ll have to circle back on this again. Here are the pieces in question:

  • Vogue Brazil Fashion Director Resigns Over Slavery Birthday Party Photos [Ohnotheydidnt]
  • Delta and Coca Cola Under Fire For Plane Crush Napkins [Ohnotheydidnt]
  • Gucci Apologizes and Pulls $890 Sweater Decried As ‘Haute Couture Blackface’ [Ohnotheydidnt]
16 Feb 2019

“Yesterday” Movie Trailer

I may offend some people with this statement, but I’ve never been a true Beatles fan growing up. It wasn’t in my wheelhouse and it wasn’t passed down to me by my family. I obviously have a great appreciation for the band and their music though. And I recognize how iconic they are. “Across the Universe” though never did it for me. It’s funny, isn’t it, how some bands and artists can mean the world to one person and not to the next. I think that band for me is actually Death Cab for Cutie. Do we think they’d ever get a film though?

I watched this movie trailer the other week for “Yesterday” and gravitated towards it pretty quickly. Actor Himesh Patel play Jack – a character who loves performing covers of The Beatles. One day he wakes up only to realize that The Beatles never existed. As he’s playing their songs to his friends and family, they believe them to be originals as opposed to covers. This picks up and he rises to stardom out of nowhere!

“Yesterday” is in theaters starting September 19th and stars actress Lily James and is directed by Danny Boyle. The film also boasts cameos from James Corden and Ed Sheeran.

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16 Feb 2019

Justin and Hailey Bieber x Vogue

Like the rest of the world, I was completely shocked when this cover story came out. It’s no secret that Justin and Hailey have been together for some time now so this wasn’t breaking news. How they ended up together after a whirlwind romance though was. It felt like we were in this ongoing back and forth between Justin and Selena for years. Then out of nowhere, Hailey swooped in to become his wife. While their romance seemed fast, they’ve actually known each other for years. To be honest, we don’t know that much about her. She isn’t quite the media star that we know other celebrities to be. And while she does come from a famous family, Hailey is quite elusive. It has actually served her well! It makes us think that there must be something pretty special about her if she can tame down a firecracker like Justin.

The cover and shoot is shot by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz and highlights what life with the Biebers are really like. I found their photoshoot to be quite endearing actually.

Is it just me or does this photo feel a little bit out of place than the rest? It’s candid sure, but not the best of the both of them.

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15 Feb 2019

PEN15

My friends and I have all been talking about this new show on Hulu – PEN15. Middle school or in my case junior high, could not have been a more awkward time in my life. Now that I’m well into my adult life, I sort of feel like that’s the case for everyone. You say things that you don’t no the meaning of. And you completely react irrationally all of the time. It’s why our parents hate us the most during this time and why we probably hated them.

I finally had the chance to watch the first episode of PEN15 this evening and loved it. It’s as cringeworthy as you would expect, but a kind reminder to yourself that things could have been much worse. It’s a fast watch since all of the episodes are just 30 minutes!

11 Feb 2019

Creating Saturday Night Live: Cue Cards

I’m probably going to sound like a grandma here, but one of my favorite things to do is watch Saturday Night Live (at 8:30 PM) on Saturdays! Even if the whole show is a snooze, I’m at least in it for the performances and Weekend Update with Jost and Che. Since working in music, production in general has always been fascinating to me – of any kind. I really enjoyed this quick bit on how cue cards originated on Saturday Night Live and how they’re still being used.

02 Feb 2019

Are We Ready For A “Gossip Girl” Reboot?


There is such a thing as having something coming back to you too soon, right? It’s not that I’m not FOR this, but it’s that I don’t feel like I’m yearning for a Gossip Girl reboot yet. Last year, when I was working like crazy, I would constantly have Gossip Girl on in the background. It was the first time that I had truly watched every single episode without skipping one. The series ended in 2012, but that doesn’t feel like it was that long ago for me.

So the question is, are we even ready for a reboot? The CW is currently hosting two reboots right now: Charmed and Roswell, New Mexico. I can confirm that the new Roswell is nowhere near as good as the original. Charmed – I haven’t even considered watching.

It’s unclear right now if the reboot will mean a fresh new cast or if our favorites will be returning. Both Blake Lively and Leighton Meester have made comments in the last couple of years about whether or not this could be possible and it skews positive.

In an interview with Variety back in 2017, Lively had this to say about a reunion:

“It sort of all depends. Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it’s hard work and I’ve got my babies, and I don’t want to be away from them that much. But I’ve just learned in life you never say never. I’m looking to do something that I haven’t done yet, not something that I did. But would I do that? Who knows — if it was good, if it made sense.”

What do we all think? I would love a reboot, but only if the original cast could return. I might be a little bit too old to still be watching shows about high school students.

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30 Jan 2019

A Collection Part 53

Tonight I did something for the first time that I’ve never done with these posts. Since I started working on this post over the holidays while I was at home there were a few Christmas themed photos in this batch. As I scrolled through the preview, I didn’t feel that same spark or attachment to them as I once had. So while on my way to finish this post, I replaced those photos. Since we’ve been through 53 rounds of this and I’ve never once replaced any photos before posting, in some way, I felt like I was being inauthentic. Could my readers tell that I had swapped them out? Of course not. But I would know and that kind of ate me up for about 15 minutes.

We haven’t written our resolutions post yet, but this made me think of two previous resolutions I’ve had. A few years back, I had “say yes to everything.” The intent was good, sure. But saying “yes to everything” can sometimes do more harm than good. Sometimes you say yes to things when you don’t want to. Maybe saying yes to things causes you to spend money when you don’t want to. Have experiences that you don’t think you’ll appreciate. The next year I refined that resolution: do the things you want to do. And that has stuck around longer than saying “yes.” So if that’s what I truly believe, why not act upon that when it comes to this blog and my posts?

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