Tag Archives: This or That

Blog Roundup

  • 5 Things that are harder than registering to vote
  • Gay Marriage, A Year Later [New York Times]
  • Kevin Durant leaves OKC to join the Warriors. Just give them the trophy already. [ThePlayersTribune]
  • Lollapalooza Columbia cancels entire festival because headliner Rihanna pulls out for fear of Zika Virus [Nylon]
  • Photographing the real Barack Obama [The Guardian]
  • Productivity is about what you don’t do [Jocelyn Glei]
  • The one food you should never eat according to Anthony Bourdain [TIME]
  • JetBlue does something sweet for mothers on Mother’s Day [Travel + Leisure]
  • How awkward are you? (a quiz!) I got the “I’m not awkward, which is awkward.” Man, can’t win [Man Repeller]
  • How to say “Thank You” [James Clear]
  • A generator that guesses your age and status based on what apps you have on your phone. [Washington Post] This wasn’t entirelyyyy accurate for me.

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Sleeping on Airplanes

How do people do it? I feel like this is something I should have mastered by now as an adult, but I really haven’t at all. After getting 3 hours of sleep last night and having to wake up at 5:00 AM to get ready for a 7:40 AM flight, I was pretty much counting on getting some sleep for my 2 hour flight to Seattle. But when that flight came, I was completely unprepared and I’d love to know how people do it? There are so many factors on a flight that I think can deter just about anyone from getting some sleep so here are my thoughts on that and maybe some things I’ve probably been doing wrong.

  • How do you get some sleep when there are… natural odors around you that might prevent you from sleeping because you’re trying to find another way to just breathe normally?
  • There’s a child behind you. They can’t seem to get their feet firmly planted on the ground.
  • Every time we take off, I’m afraid to close my eyes because I fear that someday I’m going to be that one person that is sitting next to one that doesn’t realize they have motion sickness and that is my WORST fear.
  • What if you’re in the middle seat (like I always am – I realize that this is sort of my own fault though) and the person in the window needs to get up and use the bathroom?
  • You don’t want to miss the flight attendants when they come by with snackies and beverages
  • I listen to my music on low when I’m on a flight with my eyes closed. Does the changing of a track affect me from sleeping soundly? Probably and then there’s that whole thing about wanting to switch songs if you don’t like it so you have to open your eyes for that too.
  • If you’re in the middle seat, do you just sleep completely upright? These are things that I think about.

Oh man, I really hope I’m not the only one that has these thoughts.

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Currently Craving:

In the Bay Area, all my friends and I have been obsessed with Poke lately. There have been so many spots popping up around us including one that is just 5 blocks away from our workplace which in our opinion – is a little dangerous! I happened to be a little famished when I saw this Poke burger show up on the interwebs today and since I’d never seen something like this before in my life, I had to share it. Do y’all think it would taste good? Sometimes when I eat raw fish, I’d rather just enjoy it on its own and in its purest form so mixing it with a burger… I may have some hesitancies!

Interested in making it yourself? Here’s the recipe for you!

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Candle Container DIY

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After developing a love for candles earlier this year, I didn’t want these pretty containers to go to waste every time a candle completely burned out. I figured I probably wasn’t the only person that ever had this thought though. Luckily for me, Anthropologie had already written a post for this on how you could re-use your candle containers for other things you might need to store. Now many of you already know that I’m not much of a DIY girl, but I was very serious about my candles so I made it work. You can also do the same by following this very handy dandy tutorial that I did too. Basically, to reuse your container all you have to do is pour boiling water into it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Continue cleaning it out until all the wax is gone and here’s the most important tip though – when you rinse it out in the sink, there will be leftover residue so just make sure you clean the wax left in your sink too because it’s the worst.

There are so many uses for a candle container; you can use it for your bathroom, office space, garden, accessories, etc, but I took the bathroom route and now it is a very cute holder for all of my qtips and cotton balls! The possibilities are sort of endless.

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How Ice Cream Sandwiches Are Made

These are always some of my favorite videos mostly just because I find them to be fascinating. There’s always a box of ice cream sandwiches in my freezer so this was very relatable to me.

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Vivian Moves to Brooklyn

When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Clifford the Big Red Dog. There was something really amusing to me about something that’s supposed to be very small being completely enlarged. This photo series of Vivian the dog is pretty much the real life version of that. Before you ask if this is real… it’s not – don’t worry! Using Photoshop, Vivian’s owner, writer, illustrator, photographer, and director Mitch Boyer created this adorable photo series and a children’s book out of this project. The book is titled “Vivian the Dog Moves to Brooklyn” which is a true story of Vivian and Mitch’s moving journey that happened just a couple of years ago.

Knowing that each year over 5.5 million kids between the ages of one and nine move to a new home in the United States, Boyer decided to format the book as a tool to help children feel more comfortable during periods of relocation and transition. The 32-page book will feature Vivian as a six-foot-tall version of herself, adjusting to life in Brooklyn alongside Boyer and meeting some furry friends along the way.

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Currently Craving:

It’s nearing 11:00 PM which means that the almost midnight craving wave is starting to come over me and what do we want?! None other than a good ‘ol fashioned hot dog. Have any of you ever seen that film, “Now You See Me?” There’s a scene in that film where they talk about a subject who gets led into doing something because he’s been getting clues and hints about it for a duration of time. When you start to hear and see something that just keeps coming up, you naturally find yourself craving that. Well, today my dad told me he ate a hot dog. Step 1. Then I was in Capitol Hill in the Pike/Pine area where I normally pick up a hot dog after a night out like I did in college. Step 2. and Step 3 – I just came across this article on Cool Material outlining the 12 best unique hot dog toppings. If that’s not a sign, then I don’t know what is.

You can make yourself even more hungry HERE.

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“What Do You Mean” if it was released in 1985

This is the greatest thing that I’ve heard all week. That cover photo, that background music, the sax solo! If only we could go back in time…

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Man Poses As Apple Employee; Says Ridiculous Things

This guy dressed up as an Apple employee and spewed out the most ridiculous things to other customers. How did no one catch on to this including the employees that actually work at the store?

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A Collection Part 45

Interestingly enough, we don’t have a lot of thoughts to share about this A Collection Part post. The last 3 months have been a blur, but a good one. I think we’ll have some thoughts that we can share tomorrow that we’re building up, but for now let’s just enjoy these.

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The Hills Celebrates 10 Years

Okay so technically it was last week, but we’ve put off writing this post and now we’re catching up! [Hi Beth!] For those of you who don’t know, we watch a lot of television – specifically a lot of REALITY TV and we aren’t ashamed of it. The Hills came onto the air 10 years ago and it was iconic. Every girl wanted to be Lauren and if you didn’t, you were probably a Heidi, Whitney or Audrina which was okay too! I think it was about a year ago that I discovered MTV had the old seasons on OnDemand and I played a serious game of catch up watching episode after episode after episode. Naturally, they flew by because they were just 20-25 minutes. We learned a lot about love [no combat boots at the beach, please] and friendship in that every time we get in a fight with our friends, we shout out, “You know what you did!”

Also who could forget that classic lonely black tear shed on Lauren’s face.

But what’s the most important lesson of all?

You NEVER chose the boy over Paris. Lauren learned a tough lesson with that and god, the world never lets her forget it! Honestly this list could go on, but we want to keep this short. :)

So it was announced last week that there will actually be Hills special airing on MTV in August and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’re going to see where Lauren is at (married and being successful of course) and learn more juicy details about what it was like to film for the show.

The producers actually already shared some pretty good details that I poured over last week regarding the series and it’s something I think you’ll all find interesting as well – if you’re a fan, that is! You can check it out here!

 

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In Really Scary Things Today…

The character from The Ring through the first pitch at a baseball game in Japan.

C’mon…they couldn’t have just picked a celebrity like everyone else?!

If you’re looking for more creepy moments, just watch this video because she brings out two of her “dead” friends.

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An Ugly Christmas Sweater, What’s That?

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Ugly Christmas Sweater – Amazon / Skirt – Aritzia

Every year, the last day of work before our holiday vacation, everyone is invited to wear their own ugly Christmas sweater. It’s not that we’re NOT a team player or anything, but… we don’t buy things that are ugly. ;)

Actually though, I love my favorite Christmas sweater vest a very long time ago from college and when I saw this sweater on Amazon under the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” category, it was practically calling my name. It’s so “me!” We love this little hideous thing.

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Oreo Wonder Vault

Back in February, Oreo partnered with Weber Shandwick along with Iontank, 360i, The Martin Agency, and Carat to bring to New York City locals the Oreo Wonder Vault! I wish Mandi and I would’ve known about this while we were there because I definitely would’ve put this on our list of things to see, but from the articles that I’ve been reading about it, it seems as if it might’ve been in commission for just one day! So what’s behind the mysterious door you ask? Well, behind the door, passerbys had access to new Oreo flavors that they could’ve picked up six days before the actual release. Apparently, it was the Filled Cupcake Oreo. Yum!

Oreo provided some additional facts about the wondrous “vault”:• As many as 50 prototype flavors and more than 100 additional ideas can be in the Wonder Vault at any time.

• Usually 12-18 months of creation, including monthly tastings, get us to the perfect, delicious flavor but some flavors spend years in the Vault before they are ready for release.
• We make our initial prototypes by hand. Once we feel confident in the flavor, we create a batch in our bakery and the process goes from there with taste tests along the way.
• We try every flavor of crème coming out of the vault on both chocolate and golden cookies to get to the just-right combination, and we are always experimenting with new ideas to make sure we deliver the most delicious treat possible.
• The limited edition process never stops; we have lots of flavor ideas just waiting to make their way to the world.

We’re not sure if the vault is still working or available, but can someone in New York go check for us?! It’s on 18th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Please and thank you!

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