Thursday, July 31, 2014

what to watch this summer

it basically monsooned today in greenville. we had flash flood warnings and everything! and, it doesn't look like the rain is going to let up anytime soon. judging by the forecast, this is the perfect weekend to get comfy on the couch and catch up on some of the TV you've been missing. if you're looking for some suggestions, here are seven shows that justin and i have been into lately:

1. fargo — if you only watch two shows this year, they need to be true detective and fargo. (true detective isn't on this list because we watched it in real-time during the winter). kissing cousins, fargo has all the weird, creepiness of a good murder mystery with the comedic relief that makes so many FX shows shine. throw in a strong female lead and some regional dialect, and you've got me sold. plus, the charming and disarming cast of characters are brought to life by some very familiar faces. 

2. the americans — another winner from FX! if you're into wigs and illicit love affairs, this is the show for you. kidding! sort of...there are a lot of wigs in this show, which never cease to make me giggle. but seriously, this show is great. justin and i picked a weird time to start watching, what with all the  russian chaos in ukraine, but that sort of makes it a little easier to understand the mindset of the 80s. the concept is captivating: russian spies, trained explicitly to impersonate americans, have set down roots in northern virginia when all of a sudden an fbi agent moves in next door. now if that isn't primetime drama, then i don't know what is. also, i love all the mom jeans and leather boots that keri russel wears.

3. the leftovers — not going to lie, the leftovers is some pretty heavy shit. it's really good, but it will also leave you mulling over episodes for a few days. do no watch if you're looking for a feel good sitcom to curl up with and enjoy a bottle of wine with next time you're home alone. set in some kind of post-rapture-esque future, the apocalypse didn't exactly go according to plan. life continues as normal just with a lot more despair, a lot more cults and a lot more unanswered questions that hit you right in the gut. the only real flaws of this show are justin theroux's awful back tat and the shitty opening credits.   

4. silicon valley — think of this as the antithesis to the social network. a group of misfit, lovable geeks launch their own software company instead of completely selling out to their universe's apple. in the process, they have to figure out finances, tech sabotage and girls. hilarity ensues.

5. penny dreadful — we just finished this tonight, and i have to say, this is my new favorite. i really got into this show, much to my own surprise. (showtime is really becoming a contender.) imagine american horror story filled with all your favorite literary characters and then throw in a dash of hope for the existence of goodness. the story chronicles the epic battle between light and dark with gothic london serving as the purgatory in between. eva green kills it as the female lead, and it's great to see josh harnett back on the screen again.

6. vice — if you haven't tuned into vice yet, do it. each episode is like two mini documentaries. they cover everything from the bizarre (like fat farms for girls in mauritania and sending dennis rodman and a team of harlem globe trotters to north korea) to the topical (like terrorist camps in dagestan and the women's rights movement in india). best of all, you don't have to feel guilty about sitting down and watching a whole season in one sitting. it's education after all. knowledge for the masses? i'll drink to that.

7. review  this show is such a simple concept, it's amazing no one thought of it sooner. andy daly reviews whatever people write to him's as basic as that. except, no one knows that's his job. he commits so wholeheartedly to every inquiry, from racism to eating 15 pancakes in one sitting, that you can't help but laugh and cringe all at the same time.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

national lip stick day

image via pinterest

in honor of national lip stick day, i thought i would share this great quote from dita von teese. the transformational power stored in one tiny little tube never ceases to amaze me. here's to being fearless, empowered and flawless!

image via the coveteur

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

tapas and tinis

last week, emily and i went to tapas and tinis! justin actually won the tickets from town magazine on instagram, but then he had to go on a business trip and couldn't come, which was a major bummer. luckily, the folks over at town were really nice and let me use the tickets anyway...and that is how emily and i ended up at such a swanky affair.

tapas and tinis is the kickoff before euphoria holds their big festival in september (september 18th - 21st to be exact). for this event, they teamed up with town and van gogh vodka, plus enlisted the talents of liquid catering and performance food service. the party was held at the loft at soby's, and it was an absolutely gorgeous evening to be up sipping pink and purple cocktails on the roof while enjoying the sunset to the tunes of the erica berg collective. and the food! the food was was absolutely incredible, just room after room of delectable bites that spanned pretty much every culture from korean to italian. i even tried oxtail for the first time! plus, to cap it all off, they sent you home with a swag bag packed with greenville goodies and feeling like a VIP. we had so much fun. if this is just a taste of what euphoria is like, i have a feeling that the festival in september is not to be missed. get a sneak peak for yourself below:

photos 1-6 are my own / 7 is from euphoria / 8 -14 are from town magazine

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

dollar shave club

i finally did it guys. much to justin's relief, i signed up for dollar shave club and i will stop stealing his subscription. (shaving cream. save the money. dolla dollah shave clubbbbbb...i can't be the only one who sings that every time they think of this brand, right?) anyways, if you aren't already on this band wagon, this is your chance to hop on. 

i'll admit that i am probably the worst at shaving. given the choice between shaving my legs or sleeping in an 10 extra minutes, i will always take the extra sleep. my office is freezing anyways, so wearing pants in the summer isn't that inconvenient...right? also, what is with the price of razor blades these days?! you can actually buy a razor with three razor blades for less than the cost of a pack of refill blades. it makes absolutely no sense. so, that's where dollar shave club comes in. 

with your first shipment, you get a razor handle, a sample of shave butter and your membership card, plus your monthly allotment of four blades and your monthly newsletter. someone literally hand-delivers a razor blade for every week of the month right to your doorstep. it's amazing — no more excuses and no more dull blades. the shave butter is tingly and refreshing, i think i will definitely be investing in the full size very soon, and the bathroom minutes are hilarious and great embodiment of what dollar shave club is all about: the art of being funny, stylish and sharp. watch this video to see what i am talking about:

from the quality to the convenience to the branding, dollar shave club has it all. i splurge and go for the roughly one dollar per week option ($6/mo) because i have become accustomed to a certain four-blade lifestyle over the years; and honestly, for that price, why not. but, there are other great razors, too, like the dollar per month option and the premium option. if dollar shave club sounds like something you could get into, join here! (also, if you use this link, i would really appreciate it. i can earn free razors, and you can generate your own link for friend referral when you create an account!)

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

a closer look at spectrum jewelry

after the trunk show last weekend, i can't stop day dreaming about spectrum jewelry. it's earthy but chic, and the perfect complement to any outfit. plus, it's surprisingly affordable considering that each piece is crafted by hand. i'm debating between buying one of the pieces below but am having some major trouble narrowing it down — so tell me, which is your favorite?

large single bead necklace $20

copper cuffs, baby $18

dusk $58

chevron painted leather $25


they have great stuff for guys too!

oh henry $18

wooden cufflinks $22

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Friday, July 4, 2014

red white & blue tom collins

happy fourth of july! last week, i won these amazing vintage georges briard glasses from shindig furnishing's instagram contest (thanks again guys!), and i knew i had to dream up a cocktail to put in them. since nothing goes better with a cookout than lemonade, i went with a red, white and blue twist on a tom collins — a traditionally british drink — to mimic america's own evolution. best of all, this is a pretty low-cal cocktail. i made my own blueberry simple syrup using splenda and, unlike tonic water, sparkling water is calorie-free. these are so light and refreshing, you won't have to feel guilty about having more than one. recipe below:

here's what you'll need:

2 oz gin
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz of blueberry simple syrup
la croix cran-raspberry sparkling water
blueberries and raspberries to garnish

1. pour your gin over ice
2. add your lemon juice and simple syrup
3. throw some berries in for good measure
4. fill your glass the rest of the way with sparkling water
5. stir and enjoy!

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