Three years ago I dumped my long-term, all-access cable TV subscription for not one, but two much younger and instantly gratifying streaming video sites – Netflix and Amazon Prime, and let me tell you, the three of us have never been happier. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the monotonous channel surfing, bad reality TV marathons and educational PBS programs of my previous Comcast relationship, but I must admit, what I really miss the most are commercials. Now, I’m not talking your terrible local cable furniture warehouse screaming sessions or your Bob-O-Pedic Mattress Master reruns, I’m referring to the rare and elusive commercial that leaves you cackling on the couch while you forward the YouTube link to your friends.
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This year’s most masterful commercial series award goes to none other than Old Navy, which has finally dropped their colorful kiddy-pandering, family focused shtick and brought out the big guns: the tiny, blonde, comedic genius that is Amy Poehler. Each one of Old Navy’s 40 second commercials star Amy playing hysterically well-stereotyped roles such as a hippy-dippy spa concierge, bitchy restaurant hostess, neurotic lawyer, Judge Judy-esqe Judge, and my all-time favorite, a pretentious gallery owner, that from my past experience as a contemporary art gallery docent was so spot on it left me in hysterics.
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Not only is the SNL-esque repartee pure comedic gold, but each and every clip includes multiple borderline-gratuitous shots of the model’s very well-shaped derrière, that to be honest, actually make me want to go out and buy $19 Old Navy pants (coming from a person that has mild panic attacks in big-box department stores this is quite a feat). Well done, Old Navy, well done.
Posted by Jenna
I live and die by the mantra “…but it’s cute when I do it” when it comes to just about everything. Whining about how I’m still starving even though I just downed not one, but two breakfast sandwiches while my boyfriend still hasn’t finished his one and only (it’s cute when I do it). Complaining that it’s too cold out even though I chose to wear a skirt with no tights in January in Boston (it’s also cute when I do this). And bless his soul, my boyfriend usually smiles and agrees that it is cute when I do it, but then explains to me that I will feel full once my brain catches up with my stomach and that me being cold is my own fault and instantly refers to me as being in gremlin mode (don’t worry I don’t multiply with water).
So when I came across BuzzFeed’s ‘article’ on guys offering solutions to 12 girl problems I knew I had to read it, since I know many of these girl problems are likely ones I’ve encountered that have gotten me the gremlin title. These no nonsense answers are just what us girls sometimes need to hear…
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While not all of these are really possible (I will never pluck my eyebrows with keys, tie fishing line to the bottom of my skirt and my shoes or staple my hair back) I appreciate the bluntness of the answers. So next time you’re veering into gremlin mode think back to these and wonder “is there really no way to get my hair out of my lip gloss?”
Posted by Gillian
To all my Netflix bingers out there, I’ve got a new one for you. But you don’t need an account, or even a computer for that matter. Your next binge-worthy addiction comes in the form of a podcast. Yes, I said podcast, and no I’m not being sarcastic. If you haven’t heard of Serial, stop everything you’re doing and start streaming.
In its first season, Serial tells the story of a real-life 1999 Baltimore murder, with a new episode released every week. Producer Sarah Koenig explores the case of Adnan Syed, a popular high school senior who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee in 1999. What’s interesting about the story is that Adnan was convicted without any physical evidence linking him to the crime, but on the testimony of one person, his friend Jay, who pinned the murder on him.
Koenig was actually contacted by Adnan Syed from his jail cell, who asked her to take a look at his case. Koenig was a former reporter at the Baltimore Sun who wrote about a corrupt defense attorney who used to throw cases in hopes of making more money on appeals; as you can probably guess, that attorney was Adnan’s lead criminal defense attorney.
Koenig says she agreed to take a look at the 15 year old case and soon became obsessed with it. From tracking down Adnan’s old classmates to pouring over every little detail from the attorney’s case notes, Koenig has spent months working to uncover details that could prove Adnan’s innocence.
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Addicting in the way of True Detective and House of Cards, Serial is revolutionizing the podcast, generating buzz everywhere you turn. Just look at your Twitter feed on Thursday mornings. There’s even a subreddit dedicated to the show, with many redditors trying to uncover details to help solve the case.
Since starting Serial, my commute has become 100x more interesting and I find myself scrutinizing the details and/or coming up with conspiracy theories in my head before falling asleep. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself, there are still episodes left in this season and plenty of time to catch up in one week! Get started here: http://serialpodcast.org/.
Posted by Tracy
My favorite holiday of the year is quickly approaching (Thanksgiving, DUH!). In my world, nothing beats the crisp cool air, warm apple pie and football on the couch post-feast with the fam. And, oh yeah, did I mention the meal?! Turkey, potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce has to be one of the best meals in existence.
Though I have never been one to see food as “art” (my fellow marlo-ites on the restaurant team are shaking their heads right now), I am loving what San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein is doing with a T-Day spread this year. Rothstein’s collection titled, “How Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Meals,” envisions ten renowned artists’ interpretation of a Thanksgiving meal, from Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, complete with swirled mashed potato and gravy sky…
…to Warhol’s provocative pop art.
Check out all of Hannah’s creations on her site: http://www.hrothstein.com/thanksgiving-special/.
Maybe Hannah’s prints will inspire you to create your own masterpiece this Turkey Day (that is, if you can wait that long to dig in!).
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Posted by Erin D.
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You’re getting ready for that big event — you have your tan sprayed on, hair blown out, new Jimmy Choos snug on your feet, but wait you forgot something… your breasts. That’s right, you can now get temporary breasts my friends. Brace yourselves.
For a few thousand dollars you can now sport a pair of DDs for a mere 24 hours. Plastic surgeon Norman Rowe deems these bad boys “vacation boobs”. Thinking about turning your mosquito bites into watermelons, but afraid to commit? In twenty minutes (that’s a third of your lunch break, marlo friends!) your boobs will inflate into voluptuous melons, but be warned — after 24 hours they will deflate. This could make a one night stand even more awkward than it already is (not that I would know…).
Maybe it’s because I’m already #blessed with a chest, but I really don’t understand the need to go bigger (back pain people!), especially for only one day. I guess this falls into the go big or go home philosophy? In any case, just make sure if you go home with a dude he’s aware that your balloons will be deflated by morning. Now that’s a Cinderella story I’d love to watch unveil.
Posted by Christina
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you’ve undoubtedly heard Taylor Swift’s new head bobber “Shake It Off.” Even if you’re not a fan of T Swift (or if you’re like me and still in denial about the fact that her music can be somewhat good), the video is pretty cute. Donning a variety of outfits and dancing around with the best of them, the infamous heart breaker sure knows how to make fun of herself. Admittedly, that makes me like her a little bit more.
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Right now, it seems all anyone can talk about is how “haters gonna hate hate hate hate” (even my father has filled me in on this fact…), but maybe what we should be talking about is how perfect the song is to shake things off – aerobic style. As a child of the ‘90s I’m sure even T Swift herself couldn’t imagine how well her catchy tune would pair with a 1989 aerobic workout. Or maybe she does – the “1989” title of her newest album seems a bit more than fortuitous.
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Thankfully, the great minds of the Internet always know how to keep us entertained. As if an ‘80’s aerobic video isn’t giggle-worthy enough in itself (men kicking their legs sky high while wearing unitards, anyone?), syncing it with Taylor’s track is simply genius. The routine seems to have some “shake” elements itself, which work only too perfectly with the song’s theme. As we have entered the season for giving thanks, I can say that this video makes me thankful for two things: 1) the existence of late ‘80’s to early ‘90’s color palettes (oof) 2) no one has uncovered a Richard Simmons routine to sync to today’s popular music. Need I say more?
Posted by Amy