Tuesday, July 30, 2013


more like too rough

image via Simply Delicious

Tuesdays have become my least favorite day of the week.  Somehow they have surpassed Monday in awfulness.  Maybe Monday is just never really as bad as I expect it to be, so it's come to feel like a small victory?  Tuesday on the other hand just seems stranded in the abyss of the work week, so far isolated from the weekend and without the innuendo of Hump Day or the downward slope of Thursday.  Luckily, there are always simple, little things to find joy in, even on Tuesday.  And, is there really anything more beautiful or delicious than a cool, ice coffee at 7:30 in the morning?  I think not.  That one cup holds so much hope and the promise that with it, you can truly conquer anything; or at least you can sit in your pajamas for ten more mintues.  So without further ado, here's a few pictures to pour over after you pour yourself a cup:

image via Amy Johnson

 image via Junko Hazuki

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In Case You Missed It: J.K. Rowling's New Book

back and better than ever

 image via The Telegraph

World's Coolest Mom and all around amazing human being, J.K. Rowling, has put out another book in addition to the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.  But, being the sly fox that she is, no one knew about it until recently.  This tweet first tipped me off, and on the drive back from Louisville, NPR filled me in on the rest (listen to the story here). Apparently, Rowling published the mystery under a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.  Galbraith was getting a fair amount of praise for the work, until someone at The Sunday Times got a little suspicious—the novel was almost too good for a first time writer.  Ironically enough, someone else agreed and alerted The Times via twitter that Galbraith was in fact none other than Rowling.  After that, the twitter account mysteriously vanished.  Further inspection revealed that not only did the two share publishers and editors, but Galbraith's photo couldn't be found anywhere either.  They even brought in a linguist who noticed similarities in style, syntax and diction.  Eventually, they put two and two together when they were unable to get a hold of Galbraith for an interview.  

If you're looking for a copy, the title of the book is The Cuckoo's Calling, which debuted in April and is available on Amazon for $17.  The story chronicles the untimely death of a model and the investigation that ensues when her brother hires a veteran-turned-private investigator to find out what happened.  Rowling said she was enjoying the anonymity, but there's also speculation she might have been the anonymous tipster herself.  What do you think?  Either way, I can't wait to curl up in a blanket and read this!

image via NPR

Monday, July 15, 2013

Color Crush: Butler, Please

the perfect blue hue

image via essie

We just got back from Forecastle and are absolutely exhausted.  I know that I'm probably not going to be in the mood to find anything too fancy for work tomorrow morning, so I figured a quick coat of nail polish was the right ticket to jazzing up my first day back.  I picked up Butler, Please from CVS, and it's the perfect pop of color for summer: bright enough to make you smile with just a hint of matte to tone things down a notch.  
Get it for $6 on Amazon.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Kentucky for Kentucky

Kentucky kicks ass

all images via Kentucky for Kentucky

Dissatisfied with the Kentucky state slogan, Unbridled Spirit,  Kent Carmichael, Griffin VanMeter, and Whit Hiler (friends and Native Kentuckians), took it upon themselves to re-brand the state in what might be my favorite act of renegade marketing ever.  After thinking long and hard about what made their motherland so great, they came to the conclusion that Kentucky just kicks ass, plain and simple. There was nothing else to it.  So, they took to the streets to spread the word, and people took notice.  These guys have an eye for design, a penchant for history, and plenty of humor.  Check out their ads below or browse their shop here:

Abe Lincoln: I Hope To Have God On My Side, But I Must Have Kentucky

Monday, July 8, 2013

Weekend Edition: July 4th

season's greetings

How was your 4th of July?  Despite some rain, ours was great!  Our friends Janine and Justin B. drove down from Virginia to come hang out with us.  So, naturally, we showed them the best that Greenville had to offer.

On Thursday morning, we took them to Tupelo Honey for brunch.  This was the first time that we had been to the new location in Greenville, and it was amazing.  It's right off Main Street, around the corner from Anthropologie.  The inside was so cute, and the dividers between the tables are salvaged window frames.  I wish I could have snapped a picture of them; but if you look closely, you can see them over Justin's shoulder.

I can't lie, the biscuits might be my favorite menu item.  That jam is just too good, and I don't even know what it is! Blueberries? Blackberries?  All I know is that it goes really well with the Flying Hive Honey Rye Ale.

I went for the fried chicken BLT with a side of fried green tomatoes.  (Hey, when in Rome, right?)  I liked it a lot, and it made for great left overs, but a word to the wise:  approach with caution if you're not a fan of dijonnaise.  Next time, I'm going to get something off the breakfast menu since they serve all day!

It started pouring after we left, so unfortunately we couldn't grill outside.  But, we camped out in the living room and made the best of it.  I made spiked raspberry lemonade, and Justin hooked up my dad's old record player to some new speakers, and good ol' Bruce kept the party going. 

Even Bandit got into the spirit of the season :)

Friday night, we went to a Drive game at Fluor Field, a must on your To-Do List if you're ever in Greenville. 

The stadium is so pretty, and it was built to look like a mini-Fenway.  (The Drive are a single-A farm team for the Boston Red Socks.)  Plus, the food and beer are way cheaper than the Nats games we were used to up in D.C., and Sweet Caroline's has some of the best ice cream I've ever had.

At one point, they had a contest where these guys had to race to thaw out and put on a frozen t-shirt, which was hilarious and would probably make for a great bachelorette party game.

Then on Saturday, we headed to Asheville to tour some breweries.  First stop was Pisgah followed by trips to Highland and French Broad.

If you get a chance to go, the Spring Ale at Highland right now is super good!  Just the right amount of hops.

Thanks so much for coming down guys; we had a blast!  If anyone ever needs travel tips in the Upstate or has some to share, just let me know.  And if you're curious about the brewery tours, here' are a few more details.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Best News of the Week

plus other great things the internet gave us

Best News of the Week goes to Scotland!  Scientists have finally solved the great mystery of the Loch Ness Monster.  As it turns out, it was probably just the Earth's plates shifting all along.  Congrats on being rid of a national terror, guys!  

In other news...

Rob Delaney proves you don't need a vagina to be a great feminist

A certain English word has taken Germany by storm

If you can't make it to Harry Potter World, take a tour with the streetview on Googlemaps

When Disney didn't want to pay Robin Williams, they just gave him a Picasso painting

Here's a quick guide to Sofia Coppola 

This dog parade was probably way cuter than anything you did on July 4th

The Atlantic broke down the necessary steps to appreciate Yeezus


Here's what guys look like in their girlfriends' clothes.

Worst News of the Week goes to the cost of a hangover.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Flower Power

everything's coming up roses

One of the best parts of summer is all the color, and I especially love when it's time to break out the floral prints. Bright hues and big, bold patterns? Sign me up!  Here's what I wish I had blooming in my apartment:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Parenting Done Right

have you seen this wizard?

Tuesday is trash day in our neighborhood, and today I stumbled upon what may be the greatest, and easiest, DIY idea ever while walking Bandit.  It appears that some lucky kid had a kickass Harry Potter-themed birthday party (Prisoner of Azkaban no less), where guests were able to take pictures in this photo booth.  As a 22 year old, I can honestly say I wish I had been invited to this party. So, props to you cool parents for not only raising literate children but also for knowing the magic of some cardboard, sharpies and little imagination!  
image via theRPF.com

Monday, July 1, 2013

Music Midtown

Atlanta's music festival

image via Music Midtown

Wow, it has been a crazy past few weeks, but somehow things are finally calming down, despite Fourth of July preparations! In my my brief absence from the blog, I found out about Midtown Music, and I had to share.  The festival is happening on Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st in Atlanta, GA and is being held in Piedmont Park. After Shaky Knees, I couldn't think of a better way to say farewell to summer than another festival in Atlanta; plus, the lineup is insane.  (It's the only tour date for the Arctic Monkeys even remotely near Greenville!)  Check out the rest of the lineup below:

image via mxdwn.com

Tickets are insanely cheap too, with the early bird prices going through August 1st.  A day pass starts at $40, or you can go for the whole weekend for just $90.  If you can get a day off work and play hooky, I think it would definitely be worth it!