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15 Aug 2020

This Weekend:

What We’re Watching: Selling Sunset

In the past week, a couple of friends have recommended this show to me and I had promised to give it a one-episode shot. While my work is involved with real estate, I have never gravitated towards shows like this, Million Dollar Listing or even Property Brothers. None of those shows have ever been in my rotation. However, Selling Sunset has a bit of a different vibe and I’m catching a real estate + The Hills hybrid. The similarity could be from the fact that producer Adam DiVello was not only tied to this show, but also Laguna Beach and The Hills. So far, I can see what makes it so addicting! It also helps that each episode is about 30 minutes long so you’re really just flying through them.

What We’re Listening To: Henry Green

I’ve been listening to Henry Green now for the last month and was surprised it took me so long to notice him. His sound is just easy listening. It’s great as a backdrop for writing in the evenings and even during the work day. Our favorites include his cover of “Electric Feel,” but also his most recent album “Half Light” in its entirety.

What We’re Wearing: [Daily Ritual Terry Cotton & Modal Quarter-Zip Sweatshirt] – $29.50

I’ve been on the hunt for a half-zip sweater for months, but could never find the right one. Often times, it was the material, the half-zip itself, coloring, or there was an issue with the price point. It wasn’t until another Instagrammer I followed [@spreadfashion] posted about this one that I decided to take a chance. First off, we’re brand new to online clothing shopping. Secondly, this is from an Amazon retail brand and I have never thought to purchase pieces from them. The blogger mentioned that she purchased this in a large size because she likes things a bit roomier. That meant I, too, was also going to be purchasing this in not my usual size. To make matters more stressful, my package was late. Then, it was lost! I couldn’t even order another one because both the size and color were sold out. Luckily, my half-zip arrived a few more days later and I haven’t parted ways with it since!

Che Fico has been one of my favorite go-to’s during shelter in place and they’ve been offering a diverse menu since the start. Now, offering even more flexibility, there are breakfast options! Since shelter in place started, I’ve been taking care of breakfast on my own most weekends as an alternative to the usual brunch meals I would have had. However, today was a special treat. Their breakfast sando includes a scrambled egg, prosciutto cotto, and strawberry jam. The thought of mixing jam with my eggs gave me some pause, but it was actually quite delightful.

10 Aug 2020

A Guide to K-Dramas

I recently started doing quick guides on various topics for Instagram, but there’s only so much text that you can fit into one box. Some themes just require more explanation! Since quarantine began, I’ve been going deep into the rabbit hole of K-dramas. For starters, it’s never been a genre I thought I would be remotely interested in. However, other friends of mine wondered what took me so long. All it took was a little extra time on my hands and of course, a soft spot for a good romance story.

Crash Landing on You – 16 Episodes – (Netflix)

You never forget your first. I started watching Crash Landing on You without ever knowing the synopsis of the story or that it was one of the highest rated dramas in Korea ever. The plot follows a South Korean heiress who accidentally lands in North Korea while paragliding. Upon landing in the trees, she runs into an army officer who should turn her in, but helps her hide. I call Crash Landing on You the gateway drama. There’s something for everyone whether it’s action, comedy, romance, or a thriller. It has an all-star ensemble of a cast, but I’ll admit when I watched it the first time, I got turned around trying to remember who everyone was. This drama will forever hold a special place in my heart and has produced the most tears.

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08 Aug 2020

Hulu Cancels “High Fidelity”

Announcing their renewals and cancellations this week, Hulu has decided to cut “High Fidelity.” This wasn’t a show that was highly publicized, but it was worth watching. Somewhere in the middle of quarantine, I finished “High Fidelity” in two days and was sure that they’d be picked up for a second season. Not knowing how “Rob’s” story will continue is deeply disappointing. At times, I will admit, Rob was frustrating. She was our best friend that couldn’t get her life together and at times, she was us who was truly a mess. Her story, nonetheless, was beautiful. In my list of things watched in quarantine, “High Fidelity” had the best soundtrack of all.

The news of the cancellation is quite confusing in itself. “High Fidelity” received rave reviews and Zoe Kravitz as the lead was incredibly relatable. On top of that, she was one of the executive producers on the show. In today’s climate where everyone is calling for more diversity in television, the cancellation feels likes the wrong move. Even if “High Fidelity” were to switch to another network or streaming platform, the chances would be low. We’re not sure why that is given Zoe Kravitz is tied to it and the show already has a fanbase. For now, we’ll be crossing our fingers that it can be saved!

07 Aug 2020

Pen15 Season 2 Trailer

Despite entertainment studios being on pause right now due to COVID-19, it doesn’t feel like there’s a shortage in things to watch. We’ve had five months of this and I haven’t run out of movies and television shows. In fact, new things are being added to my list all the time. The one thing that has changed is that I don’t forget when things are premiering now because I mark it down somewhere. That is essentially how much time we have.

One series that I’m looking forward to returning this fall is PEN15. In my opinion, there isn’t another show quite like it. Actresses Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play younger versions of themselves from middle school and it is as uncomfortable and awkward as you would imagine. They may be surrounded by younger actors and dressed up in pre-teen clothing, but at the end of the day they still remind me of adult me! The first half of season two (7 episodes) premieres on Hulu September 17th.

04 Aug 2020

AXIOS on HBO – President Trump Exclusive Interview

What an exhausting four years. Over this time span, I continue to watch almost every interview that he is a part of – not because I’m a supporter – but because I need to see it. It’s important to not only be informed, but to see the other side and let me tell you – the other side is bizarre. There wasn’t much hope early on that I could be proven wrong, but we try and go into things with an open mind. At this point, I’m convinced that anyone that opens their mouth to form full sentences will be more qualified for this position.

As I watch the interview, I feel like I’m laughing externally, but crying inside because this state of the world we’re in in a true mess. The best part of this interview actually is Axios National Political Correspondent, Jonathan Swan, who exerts an incredible amount of patience in this interview. He embodies the frustration that we all feel, but instead of being over the top condescending, he challenges. How did we get here?

04 Aug 2020

The Instagram Post That Had Us Spinning

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2004 or 2020?!

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When Kristin Cavallari posted this Instagram last night snuggling up to her former high school boyfriend Stephen Colletti, I did a double take. Even the caption “2004 or 2020?” really had me going for a minute! In fact, so much so that I had to confirm it myself to see if in her stories she was wearing the same outfit as the photo. We know this cast never really ages much anyways so it was anyone’s guess! I hate to jump the gun on shipping rumors, but we do know that Kristin and Jay Cutler announced their divorce earlier this year. Is a reunion in the works for these two? Do former high school relationships have a shot many many years later?

04 Aug 2020

Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast Is the Quarantine Show You Didn’t Know You Needed

After reading about how Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast was the show to watch in quarantine and watching myself, I’m here to say that this series is a hidden gem. Maybe it has always lived on Netflix, but never once did I see it on my recommendations until the day that I was looking for it. I’ll admit, the thing that brought me to the series was a several episode guest stint by Park Bo Gum, but that alone made me finish the rest of the season. In a world where Vanderpump Rules and Love is Blind, Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast is a breath of fresh air.

For those who don’t know, Hyori is one of the most famous K-pop stars. She first debuted in a girl group before going solo and having her own successful career. Somewhere along the way, she got married and bought a home with her husband on Jeju Island. While she is famous, the two live a humble lifestyle. Known for her glam looks and heavy eyeliner, on the show you wouldn’t be able to tell that Hyori was a pop star. Often times, she’s dressed down in casual lounge wear just like us in quarantine!

For two seasons, guests shuffle in and out for several days often overlapping with other guests. The guests are self sufficient though. They have their own plans, but have meals at the bed and breakfast prepared by Hyori, her husband and the celebrity staff member at the time. Guests help out around the home and not every guest has their own bedroom. Everything is super scrappy and that’s what makes this show so likable. In America, we consume television shows where wealth is the main subject. Even though the show could have gone there, they don’t at all. Don’t come here looking for drama because all you will get is innocent humor.

The episodes are always a little over an hour, but you don’t need to consume it all at once. In fact, it’s the perfect show to come back to which I didn’t know existed. I watched this every day during my lunch break until I finished! I’m biased, but truly the best part of the series is that when Park Bo Gum arrives, everyone falls in love with him including a married Hyori.

04 Aug 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Michelle Obama Is Hosting A Brand-New Relationship Podcast [Vogue]
  • A Typing Test For You Because… Why Not? [Source] I’m at 94 WPM!
  • Mask Wars? New Yorkers Will Sit This One Out. We’ve Already Seen Enough Death. [Vogue]
  • The Definite 50 Worst Teen Drama Couples of All Time [Buzzfeed]
  • Actually, Mark Zuckerberg Is Wearing the Correct Amount of Sunscreen [Mel Magazine]
  • People Share 30 Reasons Why Group Projects Are the Worst [deMilked]
  • How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Became The Unexpected Launchpad for Musicans of Color [Hypebeast]
  • Can’t Fall Asleep? 17 Ways to Make You Feel Tired AF [Greatist]
  • How Dating My Reality Show Director Opened Me Up to a Real Relationship [Refinery29]
  • Who Influences the Influencers? [High Snobiety]
  • Every Decision is a Risk. Every Risk is a Decision. [FiveThirtyEight]
  • Nirvana Performing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” In A Music Store A Week Before Its Release [Kottke]
  • How Black & White Photography Became A Complicated Symbol of Female Empowerment [Refinery29]
  • The 20 Best Reality Show of All Time [Esquire]
  • The Best Instant Noodles [Wire Cutter | New York Times]
  • Padma Lakshmi Wants Us to Eat More Adventurously [New York Times]
  • Designer Creates $3,900 Wetsuit That Looks Like A Real Suit [deMilked]
  • Take A Look Inside Numbering’s Safe Deposit-Themed Flagship Store in Seoul [Hypebae]
  • J. Cole Is Training to Be in the NBA – Can He Actually Do It? [High Snobiety]
  • Soup Base Ramen Noodle Wrapper [Cool Material]

31 Jul 2020

This Weekend:

What We’re Watching: Umbrella Academy Season 2

I never thought that I would enjoy superhero type shows, but in the last year I’ve been gravitating towards them. It has been a year and a half since we were first introduced to Umbrella Academy on Netflix, but now they are back for season 2. The cast includes who I consider a veteran, Ellen Page, as a lead, and a few newcomers to watch. We’ll be holed up all weekend finishing this!

What We’re Listening To: Eric Nam – The Other Side

It’s a weird time to be releasing new albums and such isn’t it? Eric Nam is someone I recently have been getting into, but I can’t even really remember how I first heard of him. He was raised in the states, but left it to become a singer in South Korea where he’s thriving. Eric has songs both in English and Korean and we’ve got a mix of both on our playlists. He just released his latest album this week and this song is a bop.

What We’re Wearing: [Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Plush Upstate Sweatpants] – $69.50

I’m not the type of person to own many pairs of sweatpants, but these have converted me into a fan. I own a long sleeved dress by Lou & Grey made in the same Signaturesoft Plush so having this in pants form is a dream. The good thing about quarantine is that no one can see me wear these many days in a row.

https://www.louandgrey.com/signaturesoft-plush-upstate-sweatpants/483049?skuId=25978551&defaultColor=2222&catid=cat4260019&selectedColor=2222

What We’re Eating: Ju-Ni’s Red Crab, Ikura, Salmon, and Hokkaido Uni Bowl

Ju-Ni has been getting me through this quarantine with all of their delicious bowls. Every time they create a new one, I can’t help myself from trying it. This bowl was delicious if you’re a fan of all of the above, however, fair warning that it is quite filling. The uni is creamy and the crab is heavier than it looks so if you’re going to order this, just make sure you come hungry.

28 Jul 2020

2020 Emmy Nominations

The benefit of staying indoors is that it gives us plenty of time to catch up on television before the Emmys. Nominations were revealed this morning and we’re excited for a few! While I’m thrilled that Paul Mescal has been nominated for “Normal People,” I wish there had been more recognitions for the series. Additionally, we’re excited about Watchmen, Succession and Zendaya for Euphoria. Jimmy Kimmel will host the completely virtual award show on September 20th. Unfortunately for us, that means no red carpet post for us this year!

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