Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Great Girl Scout Heist of 2013

a day that will live in infamy

image via Jezebel
Today in bat shit crazy news, it was revealed that nearly $19,000 worth (yes you read that correctly) of Girl Scout cookies went missing in Spartanburg, SC yesterday-just a hop, skip, and stone's throw away from Greenville.  Apparently, over the past two weeks, about 450 cases of Girl Scout cookies went missing from Carey Moving & Storage.  For those of you who don't know, that's 5,400 boxes and, at around 23 cookies per box, about 124,200 cookies.  The missing cookies were only discovered after an initial delivery and subsequent inventory check.  After much debate at work, I have come to the conclusion that only a criminal master mind could have devised and executed such a plan.  I am thoroughly convinced, by my own greed and no real facts, that these cookies would go for at least double their face value out of season.  However, this heist does raise a few very interesting questions, such as:

How does one not notice FIVE THOUSAND boxes of Girl Scout Cookies are missing?

How many boxes did they have to begin with?

After 40 years, did these storage people finally give in to the sweet, sweet temptation?

For the love of God, why did the thieves leave the Samoa's and take the short bread cookies?!*

Where are they unloading this product? Is there a baked goods black market I don't know about? Craigslist? Ebay? How do I get some?

How does one even transport 124,200 cookies? Did they just hook up a POD to their pick up and drive off into the sunset?

How many times did these people watch Ocean's 11?

and finally,

Who the fuck would steal from the Girl Scouts?!

*This leads me to believe these criminals may not in fact be masterminds.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Weekend Edition: Bad Books

bad books, good music

Word to the wise, if you ever get a chance to see Bad Books live, know that you’ll be getting an evening of killer, moody indie rock with a generous helping of variety show banter throughout the set.  It’s rare to see two best friends together on stage having the time of their lives, but that’s exactly what happened Sunday night in Columbia.  Kevin Devine and Andy Hull (with the entire Manchester Orchestra crew providing back-up) looked genuinely excited and glad to be in the room playing music together in front of a very enthusiastic crowd. It was dark, hilarious, rollicking, intense, and a concert I will never forget.

Set highlights included a raucous rendition of "Holding Down the Laughter” and the very powerful “It Never Stops” as the beginning of the extended encore. Honestly the whole thing just made me wish I could learn an instrument and tour around with my best friend (having kids sing my songs would be too much to ask at that point, right?).

Also, holy hell people, if you don’t have Bad Book’s II already, consume it right now.

image via Rolling Stone

Check out Bad Books and the two opening acts below:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Personality Test

Jung, Myers, & Briggs

Have you ever taken a personality test?  My friend Janine is a Psychology major, and she got me, Justin, and her boyfriend (also named Justin!) to take a Jung Typology test-aka the Myers-Briggs test.  Each of our results were dead on; it was pretty surprising.  

I was an ENFJ.  After a quick search, I found that "ENFJs are friendly, energetic, and imaginative.  They tend to see the best in others and often put their organizational skills to good use facilitating relationships and looking after the emotional needs of those around them.  They are passionate about serving others and enjoy creating supportive and harmonious environments.  They are excited about possibilities for positive development, and have a talent for creating innovative solutions to problems facing people.  They appreciate everyone’s unique contribution to the world, and take care to treat others with dignity and respect.  Charming and friendly, ENFJs are often excellent communicators.  They enjoy getting to know people, finding it easy to connect with others.  ENFJs tend to have strong values and have no difficulty sharing their opinions and ideas.  ENFJs are loyal and desire deep and genuine relationships.  They are quick to devote themselves entirely to helping a friend and are hurt deeply when the sentiment is not reciprocated.  ENFJs are responsible and conscientious.  They value structure and procedure, often using their developed organization skills to clearly define responsibilities and keep others focused and on track.  They readily take the initiative and strive to set a good example for others to follow.  ENFJ is one of the less common types in the population.  ENFJs make up 3% of the general population, 3% of women, and 2% of men.  Famous ENFJs include Oprah Winfrey" and supposedly Barack Obama.  (more here)  

Justin an ISTJJanine an ESFP, and Justin B. an INTJ.  
Take the test for yourself to find out what you are!

Fun fact:  Myers and Briggs were a mother daughter duo!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Oscar Shorts

it's like tapas for film

For Valentine's, Justin got us tickets to go see the Oscar nominated Live Action short films (along with this amazing card).  It probably goes without saying, but they were so good!  Without giving too much away, here's the details:

Live Action
Asad Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura 
This was my favorite.  A dark comedy, the film follows a young boy in Somalia who never gives up hope despite the tough conditions of his village as they experience a drought.

Buzkashi Boys Sam French and Ariel Nasr
This film was so incredibly visually striking from the breath taking city scapes to the way the character's faces were shadowed and illuminated.  Set against the snowy mountains of Afghanistan, it chronicles the relationship between a father and son who come from a legacy of blacksmiths.

Curfew Shawn Christensen 
This was my second favorite.  Shawn Christensen wrote, directed and starred in this short which chronicles an evening his character spends with his smart-ass, fourth-grader neice.

Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele trailer
This film is hard to describe without giving too much away, but visually it has a Steam Punk kind of aesthetic while orally it showcases the dynamic linguistic history of Belguim.

Henry Yan England details
Not much is available online about this film (not even a trailer), so I'll respect Yan England's apparent wishes and not reveal the plot.  I will say that if you're in any way, shape, or form interested in French that you should try and get to a screening of this short.  The vocabulary isn't too complex and it's a great way to practice your compĂ©tences françaises.

Along with the rest of the nominated films, above is one of my favorite animated shorts that also happened to get nominated this year; and below is the Disney nominee which I hear is amazing.  If you get the chance to go to a screening this weekend for any of the categories, I highly recommend it!


Inocente Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine trailer

Kings Point Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider trailer

Mondays at Racine Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan trailer

Open Heart Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern trailer

Redemption Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill trailer


Adam and Dog Minkyu Lee trailer

Fresh Guacamole PES trailer

Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare David Silverman trailer

Head over Heels Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly view

Paperman John Kahrs 

A guacamole recipe if you're looking for a snack to eat Sunday.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weekend Edition: Asheville

gone to carolina in my mind

When Justin's mom was here, we took a day trip to Asheville.  It's only an hour from Greenville and is one of the art hubs of the south.  We walked around downtown and popped into the shops in the Grove Arcade, a historic building from 1929 that was "envisioned as the most elegant building in America." That's where I found the amazing octopus lamp pictured below, but my favorite shop in Asheville was Three Dogs Bakery.  They had a whole case of pup friendly confections and even had dog beer!  The first floor of the art museum is free and right it's showcasing work from local students, many of whom are being entered into a national competition.  We also saw some of the local landmarks and snapped a few pictures of the mountains.  As you can see by my rosy cheeks it was really cold and had snowed the day before, so unfortunately, we only stayed for the afternoon.  I can't wait to go back in the spring to eat, hike, and maybe take in a show at the Orange Peel or walk around the Biltmore estate.  Check out our pictures below:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mad for Plaid: Kate Spade Edition

Spring/Summer 2013

When it's not snowing in Greenville, the winter is actually pretty mild here.  Lately it's been 65 degrees at least once a week which has me pining for spring.  I stumbled across the photo above on tumblr (follow me!) and was absolutely smitten with this girl's jet set style.  When the February issue of Glamour came out, Zooey Deschanel was wearing a similar dress in her spread.  It turned out to be Oscar de la Renta, but my first guess was that it was from the Kate Spade Spring/Summer 2013 collection.  I love the way they did their gingham; the exaggerated spacing between the lines gives the print a sophisticated feeling instead of reminding you of a tablecloth.  Plus, they paired it with everyone's favorite color for spring, mint, and my personal favorite, neon.  When I looked back at the runway show, the fabulous Mondrian print caught my eye as well.    It's a bit of a splurge but such a darling way to transition your plaid prints into spring...Hey,a girl can dream, right?  The entire collection is available online and you can check out my favorite looks below:

images via Fashionising

Mad for Plaid: Gingham

Mad for Plaid: Mondrian

Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekend Edition: Greetings from Greenville

upstate, downtown

As you may or may not know, Justin and I have recently pitched camp in Greenville, SC (not to be confused with Greenville, NC).  Between his mom and sister coming down this past weekend and my parents coming down the week before, we've been doing quite a bit of tour guiding.  Greenville has an awesome downtown area that's within walking distance from our place that we absolutely love.  It's a gorgeous mix of refurbished brick warehouses and contemporary architecture that's bisected by the Reedy River.  Not only did the city planners made sure to incorporate plenty of green space (what must be a nod to the city's namesake) by building the Falls Park on the Reedy, but they also set aside subsided artist housing and studios as well.  Usually there's babies and puppies all over the park, but this weekend it was so chilly that it was pretty empty.  We ventured out despite the weather and got caught in the first (and maybe only) snow of the season.  Justin's mom got some great pictures, and I snagged a few shots with my iPhone   So without further ado, here's the latest from Greenville:

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Best News of the Week

plus other great things the internet gave us this week

Best news of the week goes to the adorable (and not so adorable) dogs of the Westminster Kennel Club.  If you missed the show on Monday and Tuesday, check out the contestants here.  They were all so funny; and as someone who can not afford the pet deposit on their apartment, I wanted them all.  Also, talk about an upset with that little Affenpinscher beating out the Old English Sheep dog! Drama, suspense, laughs.  Folks, Westminster is truly a roller coaster of emotion.

In other news:

Martha Stewart has a new baking show on PBS

Kate Spade's new line, Saturday, is having a pop up shop on before it launches in March

The Postal Service has a new single

Somone has finally chronicled the ethical debate surrounding Spanx wearing

Jennifer Lewis made some awesome Wes Anderson and Arrested Development valentines

Jezebel wrote a kickass response to that critique of the women on House of Cards

Blue Ivy's face is finally revealed

A new Monster's University trailer came out

Justin Timberlake's new video directed by David Fincher debuted causing ladies everywhere to swoon

and someone made this hilarious valentine power point

Worst news of the week goes to the Cooper Union possibly having to start charging tuition.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wes Anderson Valentines

le chagrin d'amour


The wonderful Jennifer Lewis, who was responsible for the Wes Anderson character info graphic over at Flavorwire, is back but this time with Wes Anderson valentines.  After my last post, I just had to share and add these to the list.  See all the cards here, and my favorites are below: 

She made Arrested Development ones too!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Quick Guide to Flowers

a rose by any other name would smell as sweet

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck" -Emma Goldman

Flowers are a  simple way to make grand gesture.  They're romantic and sweet, and there's something very intimate about them.  Everyone knows that carnations are huge Valentine's Day faux pas, but red roses can come across as cheesy as well.  Show your girl you know what she likes and try giving her a bouquet of these instead:

pink roses



stargazer lilies




Gerber daisys

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Westminster 2013

the shopping network of dogs

purchase poster here

Last night was the first evening of the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden.  This has to be one of the most bougie things I can imagine, and yet I love absolutely every minute of it.  This year, they recognized two new breeds- the Treeing Walker Coonhound and the Russel Terrier.  

images via Westminster

The way the competition works is that dogs must win their breed in order to compete for  their respective group.  The groups are broken down into Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding which were shown last night and Sporting, Working, and Terrier which are on tonight.  Once you win your group, you advance to compete for Best in Show.  So far, the group results are: 
Hound-American Fox Hound
Toy- Affenpinscher
Non-Sporting- Bischons Frises
Herding- Old English Sheepdog 

image via Denver Post

Every time I think I've seen the perfect dog for me, another fluffy little muffin trots up and steals my heart.  The show is really informative if you're in the market for a pet.  It shows you what a wide variety of dogs are out there; plus, they give information about the ancestry of the breeds and their temperaments and dispositions.  (I think my dream job would be collecting all this data...  Imagine being at a cocktail party and telling people you were a dog historian!)  Besides the facts, the pups all have personalities that speak for themselves.  These dogs are absolutely hysterical whether they're so cute only their mother could love them or they're misbehaving and jumping 5 feet into the air.  Check out some of the behind the scenes pictures below:

images above and more via Denver Post

P.S.  This little guy won last year

image via Yahoo