Suit Up!

I cannot wait for tonight.

Not because, in a few hours, I get to dress up in an orange jumpsuit as Piper Chapman from OITNB, and not because it becomes socially acceptable to eat more candy in one week than I normally do in one year. Although these reasons are great, for me neither is as highly anticipated as seeing what Neil Patrick-Harris and David Burtka choose as their collaborative family costume.

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Don’t know what I’m talking about?

See below for some archives of the adorable foursome getting festive:

When the twins were 1, the family dressed up as Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell and a lost boy.

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When the twins turned 2, lions and tigers and bears, OH MY (cuteness)!

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Age 3, they were the most stylish Alice in Wonderland cast the world had ever seen.

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Last year, the twins were 4 and the family took it up a notch and went as zombies, werewolves and vampires.

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All images source Buzzfeed.com

Twins Harper and Gideon have set the bar pretty high—pretty sure when I was 3 I was dressed as Winnie the Pooh or an orange blob that slightly resembled a pumpkin… (thanks mom). What will the creative family choose for year 5?? For now, I will just anxiously await their 2014 reveal.

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Have We All Met Neville?

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If you were to skim through my Instagram feed, you’d quickly notice I follow a whole lotta pups, and a whole lotta fashion. What really gets me to go berserk with the double taps? When the two collide.

It’s for this reason that one of my favorite Instagram celebs right now is Neville Jacobs, the sassy bull terrier that belongs to Marc Jacobs. No stranger to the social world, Neville maintains an active account for his 83k loyal followers. I’m personally a big fan of Marc Jacobs, so it’s no surprise that his pup would be king of the fashion world K-9s.

Here are some of my favorite Neville moments:

Ready for rain…

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 Prepping for fashion week…

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Being absurdly trendy…

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Hating Monday morning…

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Rocking the leather jacket…

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…and last but not least, hanging with his best friend Charlie.

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No More Tricks or Treats

Halloween – the only day of the year where it is OK to accept candy from strangers. Think about it guys, Halloween might just be the weirdest holiday that Americans thunk up, amiright?! Most holidays give us an excuse to drink copious amounts of ‘Gansett without being judged or serve some sort of religious significance, but not Halloween, it’s just the last day of October where people dress up in weird costumes and frolic the streets in hopes of landing the house that’s serving up the king-size kit-kats. Well at least, that’s how it used to be. And then I got old.

Let’s do a quick recap of the phases of this bizarre holiday. It started out as an excuse to stay up past my bedtime and have a week-long sugar high from all the candy collected around the ‘hood. Then high school was filled with stuffing a bunch of under-agers into a basement and sneaking booze from parents (sorry, Mom), as we wore skanky costumes in hopes that one of the awkward testosterone-filled boys would come over and talk to us. The slutty costumes continued into college; it was all of a sudden acceptable to wear a leotard with tights out in public and call myself a “Black Swan”. But here I am now, an “adult,” and lost in this limbo between college Halloween and having kiddos of my own to whom I must explain that “you shouldn’t accept candy from strangers ever, but tonight it’s OK.”

So as a poor 20-something year old, I found that the best way for us mid-20 ladies to celebrate Halloween without going too far is by sporting the humorous DIY costume. Check out a few great ideas below!

My girl, Frida!

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Unibrows are sexy too…

For all my social media lovers out there…don’t just use Twitter, BE Twitter…

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One for the couples out there:

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This year, I’ll be trading in the bunny ears, tail and fishnets for something classier. Well, as classy as DIY can be…

Posted by Christina

Snapchat Loses Its Cool

Remember that time last year when Snapchat turned down Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerburg’s all-cash acquisition offer of $3 billion? We all (or was that just me?) thought 23 year old CEO Evan Spiegel had let his ego get the best of him, but now just about a year later his start-up is worth an estimated $10 billion and is actively seeking out and launching new ways to bring in revenue. Their latest venture? Advertising.

Yes, you heard me right, as of mid-October you can expect to see paid spots being pushed into your “Recent Updates” section – right below the video of your best friend dancing on a table and just above that clip of your ex singing along to your favorite song in the shower. These advertisements will be sent directly to Snapchat users and will be available to view for 24 hours before disappearing, just like any Snapchat Story post. Since Snapchat lacks the heavy user preference databases Facebook has, the ads will not necessarily be specific to your interests and habits, but rather will be randomly sent out to large groups (perhaps segmented by region, gender, or age – info the company does keep track of). Spiegel ensures his app’s loyal users that these advertisements will be “fun and informative, the way ads used to be, before they got creepy and targeted.” I, however, am just not convinced.

As a PR gal, I’m all about companies finding new ways to connect directly with their consumers. I appreciate creativity and am always fascinated by the innovative tactics brands use to make themselves known, but I just can’t wrap my head around viewing untargeted advertisements in the midst of catching up on the on-goings of my friend’s lives. Facebook sidebar ads are one thing (annoying yet avoidable), but video stories mixed into my feed masked as just another story update are a whole other. Sorry Spiegel, but I anticipate them to be a lot like those pop-up ads you can’t wait to skip before entering a website.

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You may be wondering why Snapchat is taking this controversial plunge and the company’s answer is simple: “We need to make money.” Because a $10 billion valuation just isn’t enough. Go big or go home, I guess!

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EMOJI-WEEN: Ideas I Should’ve Thought Of

If you know me, you know that I am obsessed with Halloween. I spend hours brainstorming multiple costumes to wear to each planned festivity and I pride myself in never having bought a costume. That’s right, you heard it! Never. It might be the sorority girl in me, but I love the DIY challenge. I don’t care what you say; buying a costume is like cheating the Halloween gods.

As you can imagine, making your costume every year requires an extreme level of creativity, imagination, and wit. You must be in-tune with pop culture and you also must keep an open mind about any and every costume possibility. Although I like to think I am and do all of these things, I feel like I’m always 10 steps behind. For instance, I use emojis every day. HOW did I not think to ever dress as one?! These are the people who are really owning the holiday. Hats off. I’m only slightly jealous of your creativity.

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And the Bacon Goes…Jiguel?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my travels around the world, it’s that food is the international language. We all need it and – whether we like to admit it or not – we all love it. A lot. It brings people together and, if we’re being honest, when someone offers you food you immediately like them a little bit better.

Cooking with another person is akin to learning everything there is to know about them (ladies, I’m serious. Pay close attention to your man next time he’s cooking…it’s telling) and – if you’ve done it right – you immediately become best friends. You don’t even have to speak the same language as someone to cook with them. Believe me, I’ve done it. Pointing and gesturing often does the trick and then, VOILA, you’ve created a scrumptious meal that’s cooked to perfection. A lot of smiling and “thumbs-upping” ensues while you enjoy the delicious meal together. You raise a glass to toast your success and you take a swig. That sound you’re making while you drink? You think “gulp” and they think “glyok glyok” – if they’re Bulgarian that is.

Turns out, while food may translate across all borders, the sounds we associate with it do not. That beautiful noise bacon makes while it’s frying fragrantly in the pan? In America it’s “sizzle,” in China it’s “zizi” and (my personal favorite) “jiguel” in Korean. That just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

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New scenario. You’re at the movies with your German friend, Leisl. While you’re happily “chomping” away on your popcorn, she’s over there “mampf”ing”. Come on – I can’t be the only one that finds that to be funny.

For some reason, after stumbling on these translations, I find them to be fascinating. I can’t get enough! “Nam?” “Paku Paku?” You can’t make this stuff up!

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All I can say is, next time you take a big “ggul gguk” of coffee, make sure it doesn’t burn your tongue.

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Next experiment? Using them on friends and family: “How many times have I told you not to goku goku your tea?!” (After saying it, nod triumphantly. Congratulations – you just spoke another language. You’re worldly). Respond to their blank stare with the words, “I’m sorry, do you not speak Japanese? My mistake.” (Smile again).

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If possible, food just became a whole lot more fun.

Images source First We Feast

Posted by Amy

Souping Is The New Black

It seems like nowadays everyone and their mother is doing a juice cleanse. You know, that torturous thing people do to themselves in which they forego food for juice for a few days in the name of “cleansing” and “detoxing.” Not exactly sure how this phenomenon happened. One day a juice cleanse meant attempting to choke down the lemon water, honey and cayenne pepper concoction that Beyoncé was rumored to drink before award shows. Now, it’s the norm to shell out at least $200 for a three day supply of juice.

I’ve been waiting for the juice cleanse craze to die down since I am essentially a zoo animal (shout out to the Franklin Park Zoo!) that requires hourly feedings of solid food and I could never get on board with “The Cleanse.” So you can only imagine my delight when I read about the next big thing in hipster body rejuvenation: Souping.

Yes, soup. An LA-based company called Soupure has debuted a new cleanse that still deprives you of solid food for days on end, but lets you drink soup! Claiming that juicing is not an acceptable meal replacement, Soupure offers a variety of soups, broths and water as a “more satisfying way to cleanse.”

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As First We Feast points out, “souping” is essentially just savory juicing, “a.k.a gazpachoing.” Sound appetizing? Sure, I love me some gazpacho, but I think I’ll continue with the whole solid foods thing as a “more satisfying way to live.”

Posted by Tracy