Happy Weekend & Links

August 29, 2015

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How was everyone’s week? I had one of those weeks where everything was a blur, and although I felt really busy, I don’t feel like I got anything done. You know the ones? So, I’m playing a little catch up this weekend, and blog posting will be back to its normal schedule next week! Hope you’re having a great weekend, and here are some links, if you’re in a browse-y mood…

 

Fun planners by the gals of Ampersand Shop.

Myths about sunscreen safety.

Easy-to-make frozen banana pops.

Need these sleeping in pants.

Once a year, at the end of August, Toro, Spain hosts an epic wine battle.

Love the design of this leaning corner floor lamp.

On making friends (as an adult).

A beautiful boho-inspired wall hanging.

Lime-grapefruit-gin punch sounds delicious.

27 book recommendations.

 

(Photo from Instagram.)

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Why Time Flies

August 25, 2015

Why Time Flies

Can you believe it’s AUGUST 25TH already?! The summer is flying by! My sister, who works in a high school, starts back at school next week, which blows my mind. It seems like yesterday when she called to say she’d survived another year with angsty teens and was looking forward to lazy summer days. But where did the summer and lazy days go? It feels like I missed half of them and, even worse, it feels like this summer flew by faster than the last. But, of course, that isn’t possible…right?

Well, I recently came across this fascinating project Why Time Flies by Austrian designer Maximilian Kiener. A theory that was first presented by Paul Janet in 1897, Kiener’s interactive presentation explains why time keeps moving faster and faster as we age…

“It’s because we perceive time relative to the ‘absolute’ time we can compare it to…When you are four weeks old, a week is a quarter of your life. By the end of your first year, a week is just a fiftieth of your life. By the time you turn 50, a whole year will be a fiftieth of your life.”

Why Time Flies

Kiener also points out: “Waiting 24 days for Christmas at age 5 is like waiting a year at age 54.”

“Your summer vacation in your first year in college will feel as long as your whole 76th year.”

“After 30, the acceleration slows, each year from then on will be under 3% of your life and similarly short.”

Why Time Flies

Fascinating, right? So when we say ‘time is flying by’–it’s because it actually is. Kiener ends with a good piece of advice that we’ve all heard many times before: “Life is short. Do things now!”

Check out the whole interactive presentation here, if you’d like, and then go out and enjoy the rest of the summer! x

 

(Image from Laura.)

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Happy Weekend & Links

August 22, 2015

weekend vibes

Happy Saturday! Any fun plans for the weekend? We’re taking it slow, mostly. We have a few appointments to see apartments in Brooklyn–wish us luck!–but otherwise, we’re soaking up a relaxing weekend. What about you? Is anyone going on an end-of-summer vacation? As always, some fun links from around the web for your weekend reading…

 

#ManBunsofDisneyland. Ha!

This human constellations photo series is beautiful.

16 books to add to your reading list.

Oh my gosh: bear family with 5 cubs takes over New Jersey family’s backyard and pool!

A beautifully decorated rental made to feel like home (taking notes).

This glass-bottomed “sky pool” that’s 10 stories up and suspended between two builds is crazy!

Such a pretty phone case.

These figs and ricotta cheesecake popsicles are the prettiest things.

How to easily turn mason jars into a drinking glasses. Genius.

A guide to decorating any space.

 

(Rental home via Jacquelyn. Photo by wildbird.)

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On Making Hard Decisions

August 21, 2015

On making hard decisions | The City and us

Yesterday, I was struck by this Ted Talk by Ruth Chang, which explores how to make hard decisions. Ruth explains a hard, early-adult decision that she struggled with and that many–myself included–have struggled with: choosing between two careers.

She says: “If only I knew what my life in each career would be like. If only God or Netflix would send me a DVD of my two possible future careers, I’d be set. I’d compare them side by side, I’d see that one was better, and the choice would be easy. 

But I got no DVD, and because I couldn’t figure out which was better, I did what many of us do in hard choices: I took the safest option. Fear of being an unemployed philosopher led me to become a lawyer, and as I discovered, lawyering didn’t quite fit. It wasn’t who I was. So now I’m a philosopher, and I study hard choices, and I can tell you that fear of the unknown, while a common motivational default in dealing with hard choices, rests on a misconception of them.

It’s a mistake to think that in hard choices, one alternative really is better than the other, but we’re too stupid to know which, and since we don’t know which, we might as well take the least risky option. Even taking two alternatives side by side with full information, a choice can still be hard. Hard choices are hard not because of us or our ignorance; they’re hard because there is no best option.

This hit so close to home for me, so I thought some of you might like to see it as well. Here’s the full talk, if you’d like to watch–15 minutes well spent, promise…

Thoughts? I couldn’t agree more with every point she made about making hard decisions.

 

(Image by Francesca Di Vaio.)

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5 DIY Home Projects I Want to Try

August 19, 2015

5 DIY Home Projects

Last night I was simultaneously scouring Craig’s List for apartments for rent and browsing Pinterest for cute and easy DIY home projects. Since we’ve moved around quite a bit lately–this will be our third move in a year and a half, I haven’t felt that strong sense of home at either of our NYC apartments, yet. But one thing that I think will help build that homey feeling is a few cute and homemade decor pieces. So, here are five projects I’m excited to try (bonus: they seem relatively quick and inexpensive):

1. This hanging copper hat rack is so pretty–it doubles as wall decor!

2. This book planter DIY is a fun way to recycle old magazines.

3. I’d love to hang a few of these wooden triangle shelves on the wall behind our bed.

4. A rustic wall-mounted shelf to decorate with photos and trinkets, and to use for storage.

5. And these mini copper planters (by Ashley) add an industrial touch, which I love.

DIY copper planters

Done any fun DIY home projects lately? Or any you’re dying to try?

 

PS. How to feel settled in a new place and another quick and easy DIY home decor project.

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New IFC Series: Documentary Now!

August 17, 2015

Have you seen previews for the new IFC docu-comedy Documentary Now! created by Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers? The six-episode series is hosted by Helen Mirren and is a parody of some of the world’s best-known documentaries.

Here’s what IFC says about the new series, premiering this Thursday: “Starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, each episode is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking, and honors some of the most important stories that didn’t actually happen.

Paying homage to everyone from the Maysles to Errol Morris, topics range from guerilla-style filmmakers who vastly underestimate the danger in exposing a drug cartel to a soft rock doc about a Chicago band’s rise to fame with their hit album “Catalina Breeze.” ”

And Seth Meyers told Entertainment Weekly, “A lot of the great documentaries bring you ‘never-before-seen’ footage. And even though in this case every part of our show is ‘never-before-seen’ footage, within that footage there will be scenes framed as ‘never-before-seen.’ ”

Here’s the trailer, if you’d like to watch…

The first episode is a tribute to the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, the story of eccentric “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter “Little Edie” living in a dilapidated East Hampton mansion, and looks hilarious.

Thoughts? Will you watch it? Have you seen any good comedies lately?

 

(Photos and trailer from Documentary Now!)

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Happy Weekend & Links

August 14, 2015

Weekend Drinks

How was everyone’s week? We’ve been slowly moving out of our apartment and putting our stuff in storage this week since we’ll be house sitting in DUMBO for about a month starting tonight. So, I’m ready for the weekend and a glass or three of rosé. Also, I can’t wait to get settled in DUMBO…moving can be stressful even when everything goes smoothly, amirite?! Hope everyone had a good week. Here are some fun links for your weekend reading…

 

These wallpaper cakes are the coolest!

A helpful tool for scheduling calls and video conferences across time zones.

T-Rex in the middle of gigantic corn maze…in Vermont.

Dating Conundrum: Dinner vs. Drinks.

Speaking of wine, are you using this app yet?

An Introvert’s Guide to Eating and Drinking Out.

This guy’s replies to Target’s gender neutral move are hilarious!

How cute is this boho hammock?!

And if you’re in a shopping mood, Forever 21 is nailing the 70s-inspired theme right now. Love this suede jacket, these peep-toe booties, and this crochet-trimmed dress and crochet-trimmed tank.

 

(ImageCorn maze link from Cin.)

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Do or Don’t: Unfinished Hems

August 13, 2015

Do or Don't: Unfinished Hems

The other day on the subway, I noticed a stylish women in a chic 70s-inspired look, which is so popular in the city right now, and I also noticed the unfinished hems of her jeans. It was a subtle detail but the slight untouched feel was unique and effortless.

So I did as anyone would do and I googled “unfinished hem trend” later that evening. Turns out, raw and unfinished hems are a thing, and it’s more popular than I thought…

Do or Don't: Unfinished Hems

Do or Don't: Unfinished Hems

Do or Don't: Unfinished Hems

Since my first unfinished-hems sighting, I’ve seen it a few other times around NYC, and, to be honest, this intentionally unkept look is growing on me. It’s especially cool with a pair of heels, don’t you think?

Thoughts? Would you ever wear jeans with unfinished hems?

 

Images: HonestlyWTF, We Wore What, StyleCaster, Song of Style.)

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Lupen Grainne Photography

August 12, 2015

Lupen Grainne Photography

Remember this post with the beautiful, vintage-like nature photography? Lupen Grainne’s photographs are some of my favorites, ever. I started following Lupen’s Facebook page around a year ago, and I love seeing her images pop up in my feed. Her photos are from all over the world, and she recently traveled to Greece and shared so many stunning pictures from her trip. Here are a few of my favorites (and I’d highly recommend following her on Facebook)…

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Etsy Find: Handwoven Merino Wool Blankets

August 11, 2015

Etsy Find: Handwoven Merino Wool Blankets

Have you found anything good on Etsy lately? I love discovering handmade products and beautiful shops on Etsy, which is why I also love writing this Etsy Find series for the blog.

Last night, I stumbled upon the Uruguay-based Texturable Decor shop. Everything in the shop is made with natural and sustainable fibers and fabrics, and the yarn is 100% hand-spun Morino wool. I’d love that deep blue blanket tossed over the back of our (future) couch. And this black and white, plaid checkerboard blanket reminds me of fall.

Etsy Find: Handwoven Merino Wool Blankets

How cozy would it be to wrap up in one of these and sip a cup of strong coffee?

 

(Images by Texturable Decor.)

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