31 May 2013, 08:22
May was a crazy good month! At least, it was in the context of online content. I felt like I was constantly saving links for you guys, and here they all are! I’m sure you’ll find plenty to keep you busy…
You’ll have to blame Shauna for sending this to me: Excerpts from Vanilla Ice’s Wikipedia page, offered without comment...
Yaz wrote about the top 10 superfoods for crazy glowy skin. How could you not click on that?!
The Weird Sexual Lives Of Young Girls. So awesome.
What do you do when you want someone who doesn’t want you back?
Why are women so goddamn great in business? Click that to find out!
It’s okay to poop at work. I can’t believe this is an article!
Here are the best bike rides in NYC. You might just see me on one!
I adore Gabi and her plus-size swimsuit range is TOO GOOD.
Ouch, here are 47 tattoos that are being regretted as we speak.
How to retire in 10 years. Whoah!
On the Hollywood dream: “They’re wondering, “How? How do I get noticed?” The hunger for this thing wafts off them like a wave of humidity on a hot day.”
Very interesting: how not to say the wrong thing.
Do you agree with this list of the ten best fictional boyfriends? I think I would have to add CLIFF from Bring It On! And Gomez from The Addams Family, though I guess he was a husband…
This made me laugh… 8 photos you don’t see on Instagram (but probably should).
Kinda nerdy, but good if you’re interested in online advertising: Facebook, Google Ad Execs Spar Over The Value Of A Click.
Need some more inner peace? Yaz wrote about the top five meditation apps. Hooray!
This dog has four prosthetic legs!
If any airline was going to do it, of course it would be Virgin… Vivienne Westwood is designing their new uniforms.
Paul Jarvis swears a lot. I can empathise!
If Twitter Bios Told The Truth. My favourite: “My employer will fire me if I tweet the wrong thing, but at least they provide health insurance.”
GQ interviewed Ricky Gervais and there are some real gems in there. I think the journalist was a bit rough, though!
(On David Bowie) I remember, I think, the first time that I knew him when it was his birthday, I sent him an e-mail that said “57???? Isn’t it about time that you got a proper job? Ricky Gervais, 42, comedian.” He sent back: “I have a proper job. David Bowie, 57, Rock God.”
(On his new show, Derek) I hope so. I hope it is surprising. If I don’t surprise, just watch The Office again. If I don’t constantly surprise and polarize, there’s no point, really.
Stop playing the I’m all alone game.
Will yoga give you a perfect ass? Maybe not. Yoga’s 21st Century Facelift & the Myth of the Perfect Ass(ana).
I kinda loved this story on Leo and Tobey’s bromance. I had no idea about any of this!
Here are 42 flowers you can eat, if you feel so inclined!
Kris Atomic wrote about the joy of accounting. As she says, “It’s not cute to misunderstand the basics of accounting. If you’re a self-employed woman in your twenties working in the arts or fashion, there are more than enough opportunities for financial institutions to treat you like you’re a moron, trust me. There’s no need to make their job easier by not actually knowing what’s up.”
If you have apartment angst, this will make you feel better… I promise.
This review of Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet is awesome. After I read it, I went on a rampage, reading the author’s other pieces where she tries the celebrity diets of Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and Jackie Kennedy... Fascinating.
Ryan Gosling! Eat your cereal!
Do you believe in alien abductions? A group of experiencers meet up every year to talk about it, and Vanity Fair covered it. And uh, once you start researching, there is a lot of information out there. This hybrid children site is fascinating.
3 things that make drag queens endearing. I loved this. The world is a better place with drag queens in it!
Madison Moore is the most fierce professor… Ever.
NY magazine’s profile on Michael Douglas — and Behind The Candlebra (which was SO AMAZING!) — is an excellent, utterly engrossing read.
I always enjoy reading the hows and whys behind a story arc on a show I love. It’s kind of like writer porn. With that in mind, here are the New Girl showrunners on building the second season toward its “big kiss”—and the aftermath.
When it comes to email pitches, no means no!
Completely brilliant: The Big Wins Manifesto. As Ramit says, you can’t outfrugal your way to being rich.
Ever wanted a glitter floor? (I will not be responsible if your significant other is FURIOUS about this!)
When it comes down to it, manners don’t change that much. Here are some art of conversation do’s and don’ts from 1866.
The silence that, without any deferential air, listens with polite attention, is more flattering than compliments, and more frequently broken for the purpose of encouraging others to speak, than to display the listener’s own powers. This is the really eloquent silence. It requires great genius—more perhaps than speaking—and few are gifted with the talent…
Cheerfulness, unaffected cheerfulness, a sincere desire to please and be pleased, unchecked by any efforts to shine, are the qualities you must bring with you into society, if you wish to succeed in conversation.
Ricky Gervais on the difference between American and British humour.
My reflexologist, Deborah Flanagan, wrote about the best DIY reflexology gadgets, so you can get the perks without spending the dosh!
Rabbit went to skinny-mini speed-dating. And you probably know this already, but she is one of my favourite writers ever.
Here are some things that Sarah Wilson doesn’t own.
Lessons in Contentment from Billionaires Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger from Leo of Zen Habits.
You don’t have to be local. I identify with this a lot. When I lived in Melbourne, I didn’t connect with anyone locally — I was focussed on being global. And as much as I love NYC, I operate the same way here: I put my attention on the world more than I put on my local community. A good read.
Olivia’s story about getting facial feminization surgery is intense.
Also, Zoe Saldana is maybe bisexual? “I might end up with a woman, raising my children…that’s how androgynous I am.”
You can watch this documentary for free and perhaps you should: Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream.
The way you turn your face in your profile picture says a lot about you.
Anger is normal, but it’s our choice as to what we do with it.
Scientific American on why rituals work.
International playgirls take note: 10 hotel secrets from behind the front desk!
Seth says you should buy the book. And I love what he says about consistent bloggers vs bloggers who only show up when they have something to promote.
I absolutely love this piece on Beyonce and how we need to stop policing everything she does in the name of feminism.
How does Chris Brown get away with it? This is something I have often wondered…
The ancient Egyptians had ritual sex and public drunkenness as a form of worship!
How to spend half a million dollars on clothes... And what it all means. Absolutely fascinating and extremely well-written (by the guy who wrote Friday Night Lights).
The ritual became the same: online bingeing timed to any mood, feeling anxious, feeling depressed, feeling flat, feeling excited, and desperately wanting another excitement hit. (I am on medication for mild bipolarity.) So utterly displaced, I increasingly felt that life, which is a process of drowning in minutiae, was even more of a process of drowning in minutiae. Clothing took me out of it.
How intense are these YESpaper paper sculptures?! I just keep imagining a wall covered with them!
Here’s how Austin Kleon writes.
What happens when you take an online sabbatical? You realise the internet isn’t the problem, you are.
I’m loving this blog by Five Star Greece. While I won’t be renting a $6000 villa anytime soon, their perspective of what to do in the Greek Islands is fabulous, and the whole thing is a stellar example of how to really use a blog to support a business.
More Greek Islands daydreaming fodder. Drool.
Very cool: Github for writing novels.
This apartment is so cute, I love it!
Resentment is the biggest relationship killer.
Can you learn to be okay with being unpopular?
Being unpopular as an adult means that we’re being authentic. It means that we’re being so loyal to who we are that we’re not willing to morph into something else just to please other people.
Here’s how to really enjoy a day off!
‘Fat Talk’ Compels but Carries a Cost. To summarise, despite the fact that it bonds us as women, it harms more than it helps. But you knew that already, right?
Four pricing principles to never forget, including this gem: “If they’re not willing to pay you, then they’re not your customers.”
VICE interviewed Alexis Neiers, of Pretty Wild fame. (She was part of the Bling Ring, too.) She’s sober now and a lot has changed. Apparently she was living in a Best Western while they filmed Pretty Wild, addicted to heroin and plenty else. I had no idea!
Which emotions do dogs actually experience? Ah, this is so interesting!
They’re going to put a pool in the East River this summer. That’s amazing and insane all at once.
Erin had some very astute thoughts about body image and self worth.
Don’t make things for everyone... I beg of you!
Make a Wish: The 11:11 Phenomenon And What It Means, courtesy of the AstroTwins.
Um… This made me laugh. Thanks, Sean.
Invisible People is humanising the homeless.
And on a drastically different note, How I Helped Mark Cuban Make A Billion Dollars — And 5 Things I Learned From Him.
People are starved for love and affection. They thrash out everywhere to find it (business, games, relationships, etc) because they didn’t find it as children. And when they see someone else get love (money), they can’t understand it. Love doesn’t exist so how did X, Y, or Z get it? It must be luck.
Would you like to read a list of common misconceptions? Honestly, this could keep you busy for WEEKS! For example, Jesus was probably born in September. (Such a Virgo, as if there was ever any doubt!)
100 books that should be written is basically the best idea for a design project EVER, and funny as hell.
Tina Fey responds to her critics. Bravo.
12 insights from Seth Godin on the emotional marketing revolution. Ugh, I love him so much! And by the way, here’s his Creative Mornings talk!
Here’s a list of all of Stefon’s hottest clubs. This post has EVERYTHING: ghosts, banjos, Carl Paladino, a stuck-up kitten who won’t sign autographs, furkels…
Which of these four personality types are you: Upholder, Questioner, Rebel or Obliger?
Creative people say no… So stop feeling guilty and start saying it!
Ever wondered what it’s like to approach women?
22 ingeniously defaced textbooks and exam papers. I truly love things like this.
We have to stop worrying about the younger woman, and “the chilling fear that you’re going to end up alone for no reason other than that you dared to age.”
This is how Americans learned to love diamonds.
Flappers with sad eyes: 20 exquisite sorrows.
What Ever Happened To Hip Hop?
How to piss off every New Yorker in 36 seconds.
Catherine Baba for NARS. LOVE!
Photo from Charcoal Alley. I love the colours!
26 April 2013, 07:37
April is quickly drawing to a close, prompting us all to say old woman-esque things like, “Where does the time go?” and, “You call this spring?!”
As always, I’ve been busy squirreling away the best things I’ve read, heard or seen to share with you. Here are my top picks for the month. Make yourself a big green juice, dig in, and enjoy!
I loved this article on native advertising’s brokenness... And how to fix it.
Fascinating reading: Book experts weigh in on the publishing industry’s revolution. There’s certainly a big shift going on…
“It’s an enormous joke on us writers: Collectively, we’re an almost comically introverted bunch; yet in order to find readers, we’re compelled to morph into crack marketers and self-promoters.”
Flights of Fancy: How To Have Your Own Party In The Sky by Ms Veronica Varlow. Planes can be fun, you know!
7 Reasons Kale Is the New Beef. Get yo’ kale on!
Molly wrote about getting an abortion at age 20 and it’s extremely good stuff.
Tablet Hotels made a little guide to New Zealand! (Kat and Shauna, take note! I can’t wait to take them there in November!)
Leo wrote about how to get your family on-board with life changes.
John Cleese on creativity.
Louis CK on platform and recognition: “There’s people that say: “It’s not fair. You have all that stuff.” I wasn’t born with it. It was a horrible process to get to this. It took me my whole life…”
This is a brilliant way for bloggers to use images legally!
There are some very cute (and consistent!) narrative links between Sex and The City and The Carrie Diaries. Here they are!
I really enjoyed this article on Girls — and even if you don’t watch the show, this piece has some really good and poignant things to say about how our generation was raised by the internet and all the things that come with that. Thanks to Janne for sending it on to me!
Jen on why working from home wins. I mean, obviously.
Derek premiered earlier this year on Channel 4 in the U.K., and will soon be available for streaming on Netflix. Gervais sealed the deal with the on-demand video site after sending an email to chief content officer Ted Sarandos that said, “Netflix is the future. I want to do something.” Sarandos quickly replied, “Anything you want.”
I’m very excited about Betsey Johnson’s reality show. Here’s a minute-long trailer!
Happy ending massages for women? Yep, they exist…
Sarah Wilson asked me to contribute to this post on best productivity tips.
Sally Hope came to The Blogcademy in L.A. and I instantly connected with her. She is badass, and I think you’ll like her too… Especially when you read this piece. Apparently I’m dauntingly positive and optimistic… Know what I say to that? Fuck off.
This story about people coming together in the aftermath of the Boston bombings gave me goosebumps.
Get back to your astrological awesome!
Any interest in seeing a James St James chola makeover? Oh, who could say no to that?!
How a First-Time Author Got a 7-Figure Book Deal, c/o Tim Ferriss (of course).
Rabbit wrote, Aren’t We All Jennifer Aniston?
In part, there is a feminist thirst for Role Models because we want to see ourselves making it. As women we want to see ourselves represented. But we then ask that our female celebrities speak for all of us and here they lose autonomy. They become Jennifer Aniston, who is the spokesperson for a brand of bottled water. To be a Role Model, too often, is to be unallowed to fuck up, especially if you have contracts with Neutrogena and L’oreal.
Writing for page views is a soul-killer.
Those of you who have been reading since the beginning might remember that I am in love with Rita Konig! Her apartment is so cute.
If you have not yet ripped into your spring cleaning, here are 9 spring cleaning hacks to make your apartment livable again. On a similar note, here’s the complete guide to selling your unwanted crap for money (hooray!), and how to spring clean your Mac.
Not deep, but still funny: 27 life lessons I learned from rap and hip-hop.
3 Articles That Crafted My Perception Of Exceptional Magazine Writing from Thought Catalog. Loved this. The first article she mentioned, about Ashley Olsen, I remember reading at the time, and it’s superb. The third one, on India Syndrome — where people from the West visit India and go mad — is completely fascinating.
After reading about India Syndrome, I found this piece on how transcendental meditation is the new status symbol. The New York Times wrote about David Lynch as a transcendental meditation guru a couple of months ago.
Fast Company did a massive piece on how Jenna Lyons has taken J.Crew from ugly duckling to fashion arbiter!
The Cut wrote about public dieting by way of MyFitnessPal and their ilk. Thoughts?
I absolutely LOVED this piece about a girl learning about erotica through making sexy chocolates. So well-written. Love!
Here are some lessons from the blogging elite. It’s interesting, all of these people use their blogs to serve a different purpose, and have different challenges. Worth a watch.
Uh-oh! 5 ways your brain is tricking you into being miserable! Don’t let it trip you up!
It’s ridiculous to imagine the roles reversed — there aren’t any sad ballads about people snowboarding.
News is bad for your health. Yup. “It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether.” And that’s coming from The Guardian!
Here are 11 perfect Parisian picnic spots. I’ll be bookmarking this for future use!
Thomas Keller says passion shouldn’t drive you.
If you’re releasing a book, you should definitely consider creating a blogger’s kit to help bloggers share the information around.
How does Kris Carr stay happy and healthy when she travels? Watch this video to find out!
Self-publishing is the future, and it’s great for writers!
Advice for babes on the dating scene: try telling the truth. The 10 truth skills listed in the sidebar are brilliant and applicable for everyone.
Here are some hotels that were once abandoned castles!
Eeeesh. Some of these surprised me: brands you didn’t know were owned by giant corporations.
Here are David Ogilvy’s ten writing tips.
Chris Guillebeau wrote some product launch lessons: bloggers, take note.
Sweet Yaz interviewed me on her cute blog! Madlibs style!
Mr Rogers, remixed.
The full-length Bling Ring trailer is even better than the teaser.
My boy, John!
Have a lovely weekend,
29 March 2013, 10:08
Photo by Ruth Swanson.
It’s time for your monthly Carousel! I hope you’re loving this epic new format; I am! If you’re not joining us at The Blogcademy: Portland tomorrow, then this will definitely keep you busy!
Women tearing down other women is out of control, as seen in this article: Sheryl Sandberg isn’t the perfect feminist. So what?
Gay and Katie Hendricks can teach you how to detox your relationship. (I love them!)
Remember my piece about the vampire ball from the start of the month? Rabbit — who invited me in the first place — wrote about it too. I love her piece so, so much. Rachel Hills read it, and wrote about “schtick”. And then Rabbit had some more thoughts on the matter.
Si’s write-up on the four horsemen of the relationship apocalypse is brilliant. A must-read for anyone in a relationship (or who wants to be in a healthier one!)
Wow, brilliant! Coffitivity provides ambient background noise of a coffee shop to keep you focussed and working!
Anne Hathaway is not your friend and can’t we just get over it already?
I am 100% into these girl code rules!
Here’s a cute infographic pitting London against New York City!
2013 is totally the year of the witch... And I don’t mind at all.
In case you were wondering, here’s why NYC is the greatest city in the world. Not that I’m biased, or anything!
Here are 22 things happy people do differently.
Danielle went to India for six weeks to study yoga. Her photos and stories are beautiful and thoughtful.
Alex wrote a great piece on how to attract people you can count on. So good. Love it.
Here are some tips on refreshing your blog through updating and recycling your older content.
Uh, whoah. I am quite keen to make the gluten-free version of this deep dish single lady salted vegan chocolate chip cookie.
Hahah, I loved these suggested Cosmo headlines.
I was hit by a wave of nostalgia when I started thinking about things I was doing on the computer in 1997! Oh lord, that shot of Windows 95… The incredible ugliness!
I literally CANNOT believe they’re getting rid of Google Reader. I’ve been using it religiously since… Well, since whenever they first created it! If you’re panicking, Lifehacker put together a list of the best alternatives. I have transferred all my feeds over to Bloglovin and I’m enjoying it!
At Fashion 2.0, I was asked by Racked what I didn’t like about technology. Any guesses as to what my answer was?
I’m not a big drinker, but after my friend Tommy’s birthday a couple of weeks, I really needed this Sunday morning hangover mixtape!
If you’re not where your parents were when they were your age, don’t feel bad. We’re all in the same boat.
Here are 8 tips for editing your life that work for any budget.
I love this interview with Anjelica Huston.
There are two levels of truth today. There’s the truth that goes on between people, and then there’s the realitytelevision truth. In those days, there was only one kind of truth—what you were and what you were trying to do in the world—as opposed to “presented truth.”
I loved this interview with Paul Kostick, location scout!
A review of Salt Sugar Fat, a new book by Michael Moss.
If you adore Joseph Campbell, like I do, give this a listen!
Just laughed until I cried reading these texts you don’t want to get from your parents!
Sick of being told what to eat all the time? Yeah. I like this article: Cook Your Own Food. Eat What You Want. (Think for Yourself.)
I loved getting a peek inside Jordan Ferney’s 500 square foot apartment which she shares with her husband and two little boys! Now that is maximised space!
How to design your brand with Matthew Manos, who I met at TEDxCMU and think is the bee’s knees!
About 25,000 deaths in the United States in 2010 were linked to sugary drink consumption.
For writers: shut up and write the book.
A good question: do you create anything, or just criticise others?
This is so silly, but what does your hair say about you? (Do you agree?)
Wow, this woman lives in Manhattan on $1000/month... And she’s writing a book about it.
What’s your favourite motivational saying? Some of these are great, and some are just funny. Especially the Aristotle/Socrates exchange on weight-lifting.
Yoko Ono has some style advice for men, including the following…
“When you see a rainbow in the sky. Breathe it in. And make your room into a rainbow room.” (Yoko Ono)
I swooned reading this: You know that The Blogcademy has changed your life when…
Netflix knows everything about you.
Gerard Butler did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, and he comes across as such a cool, down-to-earth person.
This desk is so cute, and very inspiring!
Is there life after work? This article inspired me to close my laptop after I read it.
Becoming The All-Terrain Human. WOW. This guy is inspiring!
Sometimes in his all-day solitary runs, stopping only to eat berries, he can seem half-feral, more mountain goat than human. He likes to move fast and touch rock and feel wild, he told me; he feels most at ease and performs best when wrapped by the silence and beauty of the mountains. He can’t abide cities for more than a few hours.
What are you running after? I asked Jornet. Having beaten men, do you now want to challenge the mountains? He gently corrected me. You don’t beat the mountains. You go when they permit, he said. The speed records and “firsts” aren’t important except for motivation, he insisted. Then he mentioned the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Hughes Galeano, who once likened the ideal of Utopia to the horizon — goals that retreat even as we chase them. “The important thing is not to catch something,” said Jornet. ... What matters in life is the pursuit, and everything we learn along the way. “The important thing,” he said, “is moving.”
I adore these 18 not-so-secret truths for the creative badass. Worth committing to memory!
From Jessica Mullen, here are 8 ways to trust that everything’s working out.
Kris Carr wrote about how to work less and live more, including such gems as “you’re not as indispensable as you think you are”, and giving the advice to just delete emails. YES. FREEDOM!
I haven’t seen it, but apparently The Carrie Diaires isn’t doing so well. Candace Bushnell defends it in this interview.
Love! Here’s a riot grrrl documentary from 1996!
Heartwarming: interviews with children whose parents are gay.
Steve Braunias is a badass, and he’s going to give $500 to the most well-written sentence of the year.
Lexie was inspired by my prom post and created a prom playlist full of, as she says, “idyllic hits from the 50’s”!
Veronica wrote about how to make a long flight a wild adventure!
On writing post-fatherhood. I think everyone should read this, parent or not.
Marilyn Manson’s MTV diary. It’s old, but great.
I’m so excited for Sofia Coppola’s new movie!
“We are who we choose to be.”
Rethinking the Bucket List: Kathleen Taylor at TEDx TampaBay.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
1 March 2013, 09:22
You know you’re getting old when you regularly feel the temptation to talk about how much “time is flying”! Either way, age be damned, how is it March already?!
Now, for all of you who were panicked about the lack of weekly Carousels, never fear! Here it is, in monthly format, and you’ll notice that it’s a biggie! I like doing it this way… It makes it feel more special!
Alright, go make yourself a cup of tea, and then dig in!
This is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever heard: Desperate Measures? Bloggers Faking VIP Status By Paying For Their Own ‘Swag’. Wow!
In other blogger news, Youtube is introducing paid subscriptions, which I think is great! An excellent way for bloggers to create another stream of income, and have fun at the same time.
I like Isaac’s advice to a parent whose daughter has been scouted as a model. Should I let my teen daughter become a model? (I watched Girl Model last year and it has haunted me ever since.)
Veronica wrote about the keys to adventure.
Helen Mirren, speakin’ out for childless women everywhere!
Can you imagine if America was connected by a modern rail network? This makes it seem so real... Too bad it will probably never happen!
Here are 30 DIY photo projects to try!
How do you feel about strip clubs? Do you ever go to worship at the temple?
If you’ve ever wanted to know how to moonwalk properly, this is the guide for you!
This made me laugh: 7 things I would rap about if I had any musical talent. How about you?
Danielle LaPorte writes about our common ground of suffering (and why not to be star struck).
Here’s how to never give up on being an entrepreneur. Great graphic!
Deborah Needleman put a beautiful 79 year old woman on her first cover for T magazine. I love this quote…
“I think we’re sort of post-everything. We’re post-race, post-feminist, but I feel like we’re not quite post-age. And we should be.”
Austin is one of my favourite cities, and if you’re planning on going, you should definitely give Jane’s guide to Austin a once-over!
Kim lets us know that we will be rejected. And that’s okay.
I love any and all features on Frank Ocean, so this New York Times piece is no exception.
I need this: Mailbox. I signed up, but there are still 140,000 people ahead of me in the line… Man! I hope it’s worth the wait!
Have you ever had to deal with an imitator? Jess Lively wrote about what it means, and how to switch your thinking about it.
This profile on everyone’s favourite astrologer, Susan Miller is fantastic.
Are women less shallow than men? Should you choose a partner who is sweet but not attractive? Should we compromise?
Girls are allowed to care what men look like, to appreciate beauty in a man, whereas women are not.
Are the Frenchreally that much better than us?!
Cuteeee… Origrami is a new way to print Instagrams!
Kate wrote about being thin to make up for everything else.
When you end codependency, you find out who you really are.
Ever wondered what your favourite Daria character says about you?
For bloggers: 73 things I learned at Alt Summit.
Why do relationships fail? Here are four tips to make love last.
Independent Fashion Bloggers asks, do blog readers care about fashion week?
I loved these enormous piece on the making of Pulp Fiction, from Vanity Fair.
These photos of the Gowanus Batcave are captivating.
This piece on the inherent weirdness of the fashion industry is very real.
Deepak Chopra and Oprah are doing a 21-day meditation challenge starting March 11! It’s perfect for beginners, so if you’ve ever thought about giving meditation a try, you should sign up and get into it!
This is an eye-opening read: social work in the Tenderloin will kill something inside of you.
Shauna tells us the one thing she wishes someone had told her when she started blogging. Good stuff!
Kat wrote about taming the email monster, and TRUST, you should read this. She is the fastest emailer I’ve ever met!
In February, these neon love messages were all over Times Square.
Naomi and her family are making an effort to unplug on Sundays. Would you ever do the same?
50 Awesome Pre and Post-Workout Snacks for gym bunnies comme moi!
Um, if you want to be scared away from childbirth forever, read this. I wish I had never clicked on it, but hey… !
Do you make this exercise mistake? I’m not sure how much of this I agree with, but I don’t think there’s any value in killing yourself at the gym every day! Just have fun with it.
19 things you should stop doing in your 20s. Do you agree with this list?
This is one of the best things I’ve read in ages: What Are You Going to Do With That?
“The kind of imagination I’m talking about is moral imagination. “Moral” meaning not right or wrong, but having to do with making choices. Moral imagination means the capacity to envision new ways to live your life.”
“Moral imagination is hard, and it’s hard in a completely different way than the hard things you’re used to doing. And not only that, it’s not enough. If you’re going to invent your own life, if you’re going to be truly autonomous, you also need courage: moral courage. The courage to act on your values in the face of what everyone’s going to say and do to try to make you change your mind. Because they’re not going to like it. Morally courageous individuals tend to make the people around them very uncomfortable. They don’t fit in with everybody else’s ideas about the way the world is supposed to work, and still worse, they make them feel insecure about the choices that they themselves have made—or failed to make. People don’t mind being in prison as long as no one else is free. But stage a jailbreak, and everybody else freaks out.”
“It is one of the great testaments to the intellectual—and moral, and spiritual—poverty of American society that it makes its most intelligent young people feel like they’re being self-indulgent if they pursue their curiosity.”
This piece on celebrities, the red carpet and judging one another’s looks, is fascinating.
Photojojo wrote an excellent guide to using Vine, with plenty of creative ideas to make your Vine more fun!
I love this couples shoot: From sunrise to sunset, a day in the life of us. I want to do one that’s similar!
A study has shown that the American diet causes early puberty.
Here’s why you should research as you go.
The 5 Reasons Girls Type Like Thissss is pretty funny… And eye-opening!
If I were to write a love letter to my dad. Beautiful.
You can read the first draft of Hugh McLeod’s new book, The Art Of Not Sucking, if you click right there.
Don’t Call Lena Dunham ‘Brave’... She’s a baller.
Turn your Polaroids into erasable to-do lists! Cute.
Leo’s advice to his kids is sweet.
Reddit’s Ask Me Anything threads are brilliant. Especially this one: I Am Astronaut Chris Hadfield, currently orbiting planet Earth.
Here is a statistical analysis of 10,000 porn stars and their careers. And yes, it is quite interesting!
My boy Dhru put all his excellent Facebook posts in one place. Brilliant stuff.
Alexandra Franzen gives us 5 ways to write a blow-your-mind manifesto. This is a must-read for anyone with a blog or an online business!
More women are taking their husbands’ last names… Sort of. (I love that Jay-Z changed his last name to Knowles-Carter. I mean, damn. That is so cool.)
This piece on getting models into fighting shape is a pretty eye-opening read.
Brilliant: In Praise of ‘Fake’ Women.
The most “inauthentic” female entertainers should be heralded as celebrity spokespeople in the crusade against imposter syndrome because their shape-shifting is so visible, and because they’ve accrued so much wealth and power as a result. But the fact that these women all found success after changing themselves is used as a way to discredit their work.
None of us are in a position to allege what’s “fake,” especially when we’re talking about people who make their living — a very good living — entertaining us. Nicki Minaj puts it another way: “And if I’m fake, I ain’t notice cause my money ain’t.”
Finding The Next Bryanboy: “Becoming a famous fashion blogger is less about peacocking at fashion week than, well, having an actual talent and something new to say.”
Wow! Fake internet girlfriends are a lucrative business. Who knew?!
This is absolutely amazing & so inspiring: 6 rooms into 1: morphing apartment packs 1100 sq ft into 420. And I agree with what Graham says, that the skill of this century is editing- or life editing. He believes that if you edit your stuff, space and even friends you can have more money, health and happiness.
If you get more sleep, your partner will like you more. Not so surprising!
Have you ever given yourself a virtual makeover?
An interview between Miranda July and Lena Dunham = awesomeness.
DUNHAM: People sometimes have this idea that there’s something schizophrenic about wanting to apply your artistic energy in different places, but I think there’s a new definition emerging of what it means to be an artist that is almost more about having a point of view than about having a mastery over a particular material.
JULY: I do have to say, when interviewers want to spend a lot of time talking about how curious it is that I work in different mediums, I feel like it really dates them—I think, “Oh, you’re an old-timey person.” Which is fine.
Top 10 Awkward Celebrity Interviews. Ahhh my god. YES.
Darren from Problogger tells us Why No One Wants Your Free Download (And 5 Steps to Make It a Must-Have).
Here are a few feng shui basics on how your space can affect your mood.
Autumn’s piece on models, eating disorders and labor is excellent.
I’m completely fascinated by Sophia Amoruso, and her $100 million company.
You can make a flipbook from your Vine videos now!
I absolutely love this piece: 10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job.
Don’t believe me. Stay with a boss that hates you. A job that is keeping you locked on a chain around your neck, tantalizing you with incremental increases in pay and job title. Stay in a culture that is quietly replacing the entire middle class. This is not anyone’s fault. These are the tectonic plates of economics destroying an entire suburban culture that has lasted for almost 100 years.
At Thought Catalog, they’re advising us not to write about the people you have loved. What do you think? (I think the world of literature would be a sad place if people didn’t tell those stories.)
If you’ve ever advertised on a blog — or want to give it a try in the future — Kat’s post, 10 ways to make sure your blog advertising works, is a must-read.
New York magazine investigates why women hate Hathaway but love Lawrence. It’s a weird phenomenon. I don’t get it. But then, I don’t care much about celebrity culture, either!
One of my favourite rappers, Blueprint, says that if you hate your job, you should get a different one... He’s right, of course!
Veronica knows everything about how to be glamorous on the go. Here are her secrets!
I loved this piece from the Daily Beast: Our Insincere Pointless Cult of Apology. Amen.
As best I can tell, everyone on the Internet is upset, their tender feelings inflamed by insensitive jokes, panting with exhaustion from the endless search for new outrages, demanding that people they don’t know offer them abject apologies for saying things they don’t like.
Harville Hendrix, legendary marital therapist, tells us two simple ways to upgrade your relationship... And who couldn’t use a little upgrade?!
I took a second to check in on Susannah Breslin’s Forbes blog this morning, and thought these pieces were worth sharing: This Is Why You Can’t Market Yourself, and Why Working Out Is More Important Than Working.
Some of my friends at the Clean Program made this fascinating video about how food is information. Definitely worth a watch.
So inspired by these videos…
Phew! See you on the flipside!
2 February 2013, 17:22
Roses on Rue Saint-Honoré. Love!
First things first: if you’re reading this in your RSS reader or by email, be sure to click through to the site! This morning, my incredible husband performed a miniature facelift on galadarling.com, & it’s looking like a whole new blog!
Words cannot explain the excitement! There are many more changes to come, but this is a fabulous beginning, non?!
I put Carousel on hold while I was away, & I’ve been enjoying my blogging series so much that for the time being, I’ve decided to cut down Carousel’s frequency to once a month. I’ll see how I feel once the series is finished (6 weeks time!), & we’ll take it from there!
Now, without further ado, here are some of my favourite things from around the web from the last couple of weeks! Grab a cup of tea, get cozy & start readin’!
Sarah Wilson reminds us that our brains love being grateful.
Oh my goodness: why camera angles are critical.
I basically hang on every word Seth Godin writes, & this is no exception: most people don’t believe they are capable of initiative.
I liked seeing behind the scenes of Emily Henderson!
Garance Dore tells us exactly how she makes her money. Interesting, isn’t it? I respect her for doing it, but I don’t think it’s necessary to give that kind of breakdown. Why should anyone have to justify anything?
Well & Good interviewed me about my five beauty obsessions.
In preparation for The Carrie Diaries, this man is recreating Carrie Bradshaw’s closet. Extreme!
This Fast Company piece on the wild, wacky, profitable world of Boing Boing is an insightful read.
You all know by now that I love TEDTalks. This one, Image Is Powerful, by Cameron Russell, is a dissection of beauty by a model. It is so great. She was interviewed on CNN, too, & it’s worth watching.
A peek inside Kelly Osbourne’s closet.
MTV interviewed POS, & he knows what you should do with your stuff…
Take a look at the standard way of the world. Everybody goes to school, then they go to college, then they get a job. Does that fit your life or are you just doing it? Take a look at stuff. It’s possible to take this whole life and shape it so that it’s something that fits you as opposed to trying to fit so hard in to it. That’s the root of it. That’s the real reoccurring theme of the record, fucking doing what you want, because it will lead to happiness.
Did you know that Pingraphy allows you to pre-schedule pins on Pinterest? Weird, huh? I suppose this would be good for bloggers — pinning your own images before a post goes live — but I can’t see many other advantages!
Slug did an Ask Me Anything & if you love Atmos like I do, it’s fun to read.
Laurie Penny wrote a great piece on feminism, transphobia & free speech.
NY Magazine broke down the hidden costs of being in a relationship.
I LOVE this post, lateness is my pet peeve: No, you are not running late, you are rude & selfish.
Kinda like a car crash that you can’t look away from… Here is what happens when you cast Lindsay Lohan in your movie.
These comments by Megan Fox are intense! Maybe the only explanation is, as Mystic says, she is having a really heavy Saturn-Pluto transit!
I can never resist clicking on an article titled something like 15 reasons why people move to New York City.
My friend Dhru is one of the wisest men I’ve ever met. He’s started to do these really excellent posts on Facebook, & they’re too good not to share. Here’s one he wrote about being a work-at-home entrepreneur. I love this: “Life hacking blogs are great, productivity tips are cool, but at the end of the day you’re either doing the work or you’re not.” Here’s another one on the power of really committing to something. It is brilliant. (I always end up summarising Dhru’s posts to other people in person, definitely the mark of something that had an impact!)
Best news story ever: Elderly couple looking for a jumble sale end up at an illegal rave!
Your lifestyle has already been designed. Read this one.
There’s so much truth to what Jennine says about how the fashion blogging bubble has burst. When I tweeted to tell her I enjoyed it, she said it seemed like something no one was talking about. They are, just not in public! This is a good follow-up, too: how to survive the next stage of blogging.
Yet another reason why Virgin is the best airline: Richard Branson replies to a letter.
Whenever I hang out with Rabbit, we inevitably end up discussing Paris Hilton. Weird, I know. She wrote about Paris & it is effing fantastic.
Endlessly proud of Molly’s columns for VICE. This one is no exception: Shooter Boys & At Risk Girls.
The right way for a white girl to be angry is to turn her anger inwards. She should be a victim, like the patients in Reviving Ophelia, a psychiatrist’s late 90s textbook on broken girlhood. She should starve or cut or blow boys who treat her badly. A crusading shrink should scoop her up, and return her to good grades, tasteful clothes, and happiness—heart and hymen intact.
If you have no plans for the summer, maybe you’d consider renting Little Edie’s Grey Gardens?!
Why don’t successful people & organizations automatically become very successful? This is a brilliant & quick read… & I am so inspired to do a “life audit”!
These colour photographs from Paris in 1914 are completely glorious, & are really fuelling my desire to go back to Paris when it’s warm! (I’ve been four times, all in winter! What?!!!)
Revlon’s chief marketing director, Julia Goldin, has some career advice for you! I particularly liked the tip about being able to unlearn our fears.
I feel like this photo is the perfect example of who I was. This was me getting ready to go clubbing. When I was at this point of my life I was staying up until about 4 or 5 am and sleeping in until at least noon, I drank, I partied and I worked. That was it. That was my life in a nutshell. When people would ask me to describe what I did I pretty much just said i worked and would go clubbing. Now my list of things I do, or have done is so much bigger and well, a lot less destructive to myself. I am not only a happier person in life, but I am a happier person all around. And even more important, happier with myself.
This interview about the appeal of vintage lingerie is a good read.
Emily Henderson shares her tips for shopping on Craigslist, how to make your office space look & feel bigger, & answers the question, how do you get people to pay you for your time & talent? (That one’s a good read for anyone who offers a creative service.)
Have you delved into David Lynch’s interview project? So cool!
Best idea for a menswear blog ever: put the clothes on your dog!
Love these posters of Paris. Even better, they’re only $24 each on Etsy.
12,000 bells hanging from a tree? Why not! But I wish there was a video! I want to know what it sounded like!
It’s a Charleston flash mob! Cute.
Courtney Love covering Jay-Z’s 99 Problems. It doesn’t get much better than that, my friends!
Enjoy your weekend!
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