27 September 2013, 13:38
Photo of Natalie Bloom’s workspace, via The Design Files.
The days keep ticking by. There are only 97 days left in the year, a fact which has me slightly reeling, but also has me feeling reinvigorated with purpose and clarity. I’ve been asking myself how I can make these 97 days count the most, and prioritising putting time into my dreams. Otherwise, they’ll never come to fruition!
I don’t know about the weather where you are, but it has definitely been cooling down in NYC. I picked up a Michael Kors white leather jacket (similar) the other day and have been wearing it practically non-stop. If it’s chilly where you are too, go make yourself a cup of tea and read through this lot!
I’m totally loving these 101 travel tips. There’s plenty of new information in there, even for hardened travellers!
Paul Jarvis wrote the short and sweet guide to video interviews. Essential reading for bloggers and wannabe media darlings!
50 ways to be ridiculously, shockingly generous — and feel ridiculously, shockingly good. Thanks, Alexandra. You always bring the goods!
How does Diane von Furstenberg start her day? By sending out an email that doesn’t benefit her at all. How fabulous is that?
On bullshit jobs:
Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.
How can we change bro culture? This piece has some ideas.
Would you ever go to a toilet-themed restaurant? I’m not sure I would…
We’re immensely proud to count Justine Musk among our blogcadettes. She just turned 41 and here are 41 things she knows for sure.
Check out this assortment of sculptures on the beach!
These compilations of historic NYC crime scene photographs — a mix of “then” versus “now” — are great. Plus, it’s always nice to be reminded that life went on before you!
DANGER! Chocolate fudge in a jar! A recipe so easy even I could do it.
An abandoned elevator shaft hides secret museum in NYC. This is wonderfully bizarre. Its treasures include the shoe that was thrown at George Bush!
Secrets of supremely happy people.
According to psychologist Peter Kramer, resilience, not happiness, is the opposite of depression: Happy people know how to bounce back from failure.
My friend Ruby from The Numinous (which you need to check out!) tweeted this article, Take Your Body With You, on the temptation to avoid all “impure” earthly things on the path to being spiritual. It is gorgeous.
God or spirit isn’t waiting somewhere outside the world, cheering you on to escape this mortal coil, but rather is present in every particle of creation. Everything is not only alive, but soaked with divinity, dunked in “god-ness” or “goddess-ness.”
Madonna did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit and it was, of course, amazing. (Plus, Snoop Lion wades in to comment. I mean… !!!)
Becoming a meme and what it all means.
I’d like to stay in all 8 of these treehouse hotel rooms. Won’t you join me?
Very interesting: The Top 7 Online Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2014.
You can always count on Danielle Meder for a damn good piece. Cool Front/Hot Mess is all about the new fashion scene.
The reason fashion feels so stagnant at the moment is because it is always the same people writing about the same designers dressing the same celebrities. ... The people who think change is the problem never seem to consider that change is their problem. ... When people say that fashion is doomed, they are admitting only that fashion is moving on without them.
Do you believe in the power of no?
Here are six ways to grow a “brand you” business, from Fast Company.
Why do productive people have empty schedules? Love. LOVE!
More brilliance from Alexandra Franzen: sorry, “working on a novel” is not a business model. True that!
How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps. Thanks to Eva for flicking this one through!
This enterprising author sold a million self-published books... !
This enormous read on Eyes Wide Shut is absorbing and brilliant.
What does it really cost to write and publicise a book?
We always say at The Blogcademy that commenting culture has changed. Here’s proof.
I love this feature on my friend Betsy: Spirit in the material world.
Dinner with a psychic twist! Wowsers.
Are you really your own boss? Here are some great ways to more efficiently manage yourself.
Harsh but eye-opening writing tips from great authors.
Erica Jong’s novel, Fear of Flying, is now 40 years old. Does it hold up?
Did you catch the weird Kimmel skit that makes fun of Kanye and Kanye’s response? Here’s why Kanye is right.
I loved, loved, loved what Tara Stiles had to say about shopping to impress others.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting a rollerskating rink!
I enjoyed this experience: What planet are you on?
When deciding who to spend time with, ask yourself, “Is there stillness within this person?”
Wow. Corey Feldman knows how to party…
I love Louis C.K.
“You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there. That’s being a person. Because underneath everything in your life there is that thing, that empty—forever empty. That knowledge that it’s all for nothing and that you’re alone. It’s down there.”
Have a great weekend, babe!
30 August 2013, 11:22
Some months are better than others, and I don’t know about you, but for me, August was a banger! There was a lot of really cool content created this month, too… Here are my favourite bits and bobs from around le web.
New Research Shows Success Doesn’t Make Women Less Likable. So go for it!
Madonna’s Diet Is the Hardest I Have Ever Tried. No huge surprises there, I gotta say!
5 Reasons You’re Earning More Money but You’re Still Miserable. Thought-provoking and dead-on, I’d say.
“Even in the heart of middle America, housing seems to play a surprisingly small role in the successful pursuit of happiness,” Dunn and Norton write. “If the largest material purchase most of us will ever make provides no detectable benefit for our overall happiness, then it may be time to rethink our fundamental assumptions about how we use money.”
Rabbit went to a death cafe and had some conversations about the afterlife.
I’m always forced to reexamine the way I look at things when I read anything by Molly. It Don’t Gitmo Better Than This: inside the dark heart of Guantánamo Bay, is no exception.
40 Days Of Dating is an experiment between two friends… And it’s so cool.
I adore Lisa Devlin — both as a photographer and as a person — and I think you’ll love her post on why she’s not giving up.
Johnson summed up the conventional wisdom this way: Americans are fat because they eat too much and exercise too little. But they eat too much and exercise too little because they’re addicted to sugar, which not only makes them fatter but, after the initial sugar rush, also saps their energy, beaching them on the couch. “The reason you’re watching TV is not because TV is so good,” he said, “but because you have no energy to exercise, because you’re eating too much sugar.”
If you’re obsessed with Orange Is The New Black or loved But I’m A Cheerleader (so good!), I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy apartment hunting with Natasha Lyonne. And I can’t lie, I’m pretty excited that she lives in my neighbourhood!
Your worst case scenario is probably not that bad. Here’s proof.
Fantasy, Reality, and the Myth of ‘Real Sex’: What ‘Porn Sex vs. Real Sex’ Gets Wrong.
Marriage can be awesome… But it can also be a wake-up call. Here are 3 things this guy wishes he knew before he got married.
James Altucher is an odd one, so it makes sense that he wrote 33 unusual tips to being a better writer.
Here’s how to build a career worth having.
Everyone says they want a virtual assistant, but when push comes to shove, sometimes we just don’t know what to DO with them! Never fear, here are 101 tasks to outsource.
Want to know how to get more money in your piggy bank? Start here.
Zooey Deschanel is awesome as shit.
“My theory is that people in this day and age want to dismiss things. So they want to be able to dismiss you,” Deschanel says. “They say, ‘You don’t belong, you don’t deserve this because here’s why, and let me find an intellectual argument for why you wearing pink or cuff sleeves or a bow makes you not worthy of your accomplishments. Everything you’ve done doesn’t matter because you wore the wrong thing or you speak in a way that’s feminine or you identify yourself as feminine.’ And I just think that’s bullshit. And smart people are doing it, and that’s surprising to me. I’ll give them being smart, but they’re being very shortsighted.”
I’m a bit obsessed with Blogcast FM. Check out Srini’s interview with Linda Siversten on the birth of books that lie within us.
Louise Hay tells her self-publishing story.
Absolutely fascinating: Lings Cars and the art of persuading visitors to buy. Even if you have the ugliest design ever — on purpose! — the psychology of marketing is still effective!
Sarah Wilson has a guide to eating paleo in New York City. Even if you’re not paleo, this guide is helpful for anyone who wants to eat good, healthy food!
A fascinating voyage into the life of artist and mystic Brion Gysin and his legendary invention the dream machine, a device that projects stroboscopic light, provoking a “drugless high” and cinematic hallucinations.
Srini on truth, art and interviews.
Restaurants in Paris are taking their cues from California?! This is weird!
Aching to get away? Here are the 10 best wellness retreats for summer and fall.
International playgirls take note: here are 11 ways to get home faster if your flight is delayed.
Fascinating stuff… The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding.
If I had to leave Earth, I’d want to go and live on this pink planet.
This is probably the most epic Craigslist Missed Connection ad ever written.
Kirstie Clements, ex-Vogue, on size zero. Of course, it’s easy to denounce it once you’re not getting paid to promote it, no?
I enjoyed this… Toward a Theory of Creativity in Diverse Creative Women by Sally M. Reis from University of Connecticut.
Other explanations of why there are so few eminent women creators have to do with time commitments. Researchers who have offered historical explanations about the limited number of women creators argue that women were burdened with family responsibilities, child bearing, and limited educational opportunities. Contemporary researchers argue that creative women may have too many demands on their time, feel guilty if they attempt to do creative work in time that should be spent with their family, or in some cases, dislike working alone for the periods of time necessary for creative accomplishment (Callahan, 1979; Kerr, 1985; Ochse, 1991; Piirto, 1991; Reis, 1987, 1998). Some researchers have noted that the same years in which Lehman (1953) found the height of male creative productivity to occur characterize the peak period of women’s responsibilities to children (Reis, 1998). Some contemporary researchers have noted that in our society, exceptionally able women experience considerable stress related to role conflict and overload, which many reduce creative urges. (Ochse, 1991; Piirto, 1991; Reis, 1987, 1998).
Personality traits emerging from interviews or other primary source data included determination, motivation, various ways of manifesting creativity, patience, and the ability to take — and in some cases thrive on — risks. Determination was clearly exhibited by every study participant throughout her life. The ability to strive for success and to continue to work hard, sometimes under adverse odds, with or without the support of family, was evident in most cases. The participants explained their motivation and their creative processes differently. Some were certain it had developed from the positive role modeling of their parents. Others believed they developed their motivation because of their strong need for a purpose in life such as preserving the environment, being a successful female composer, or bringing theater to disadvantaged urban youth. Still others believe that their motivation came from a desire to produce, to leave a mark upon the world, or from the sheer joy of the creative act. Their creativity is also evident in their love for their work, the sheer volume of their work, and their persistent evolution into higher and more challenging talent forms.
I worked with Ellie Brett — the Media Bombshell — and it was transformative. Her blog is full of useful stuff, too, like what’s the secret to giving a great media interview?
What a Supermodel Taught Me About Comparing Yourself to Others. “A few months ago, I walked in to my yoga class and discovered that the woman on the mat next to me was a famous lingerie supermodel. Gulp.”
Have you ever wondered why 11:11 pops up so often? A great video from Gabrielle Bernstein. So good!
Inspiration Point with Jonathan Adler is a new show. “Love and chakra-tingling shit” is the first episode.
It’s a prison. The white picket fence is the prison bars. The bank is the guards looking in. And the need to protect your family keeps you in a solitary confinement of guilt and anxiety and stress.
Nicolette checked out Tarina Tarantino’s studio and, well, it’s glorious.
Fascinating: Do you have any interest in swapping eating for Soylent?
The so-called lies of lifestyle design (+ the secret truth about tim ferriss). So good… We’re very proud to have Justine Musk as a blogcadette! Justine’s post was in response to this, which is also worth a read.
101 fashion tips and tricks every girl should know. Some of these are completely genius!
I love Victoria Beckham. This profile is a goodie.
Ever wondered how success spoiled and saved David Bowie?
These alternate brand slogans cracked me up.
The true story of a seven year marriage is touching and true.
Want to know what Valentino gets up to over a 24-hour period? Now you know. (Calling your closest friends to say goodnight is so cute!)
Carine Roitfeld has her own documentary now too.
This reading of hate mail is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen!
26 July 2013, 10:26
I have to admit I was shocked when I looked at my editorial calendar yesterday and saw that it was already time to do my monthly link round-up! How has your July been treating you?
Here are some of the best things I’ve read, watched and listened to over the past month. I hope you enjoy ‘em!
Kirstie Clements, ex-editor at Vogue Australia, tells all!
Overwhelm us with joy! YES please!
Kids dressed as characters from Moonrise Kingdom. I am so not into cutesy kid stuff, but this is beyond adorable.
Rita J King is pretty fascinating, and her “how I work” story inspires me to do bigger things.
What’s in Prince’s fridge?! (This is real!)
I loved Laurie Penny’s piece on being a manic pixie dream girl.
Zoe tells us how to deal with a whopping big (under the surface) pimple. Bookmark that one!
In case you were wondering, here’s why working for a modern print publication is awful.
If you’d like to give meditation a crack, Oprah and Deepak Chopra are holding a free course!
I loved what Shauna had to say about trying a cleanse!
This is for you if you have trouble telling someone how to sex you up.
Goosebumps for Grown-Ups. Ahahaha.
Ever wonder why Etsy and crafting is experiencing such a major resurgence? Emily Matchar wrote a book on the allure of the new domesticity, and this interview with her is fascinating.
In her new book, Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, Matchar examines the DIY trend in a variety of manifestations—Etsy culture, “mommy” blogs, backyard chickens, from-scratch cooking—and sees a retreat to domesticity at the heart of it all. Homesteading, homeschooling, homemaking—home, home, home. The promise of the New Domesticity is that by circling our wagons and “doing it ourselves,” we can compensate for the lack of stability and work-life balance in the workforce and the failure of the government to ensure safe food, high-quality education, and sustainable environmental practices—all while making cool stuff! Moreover, Matchar is troubled by the way that this trend affects women economically, encouraging them to give up financial independence while breathing new life into old ideas about what women’s work should look like.
More doing, less promoting: the key to creating great work. Go Paul! I love this: “Promotion is necessary, but for the most part, it feels like I’m looking backward at what I’ve already made. I’d rather be looking forward, at what I’ve yet to create.” That’s how I felt about blog comments!
On Wednesday, I co-hosted Hay House Radio with Gabrielle Bernstein. If you missed it, listen to the archived episode! (We had sooooo much fun, I can’t wait to do it again soon!)
Rape Joke: a poem by Patricia Lockwood.
James Altucher tells you how to self-publish a bestseller.
So, apparently Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey aren’t friends. Lana wrote a mean song about her... And, of course, it leaked.
Bill Murray reading poetry. Sometimes, it’s exactly what you need.
Ben and Jerry’s knows your personality based on your favourite ice cream flavour. Mine? If your favorite flavor is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, you’re more likely to be ambitious, competitive and a visionary. Sure. I’ll take that.
This Tumblr Will Ruin Your Favorite Childhood Books And It’s Amazing. No, really, it’s amazing.
Books are selling better than ever… So why are publishers so scared?
VSCO Cam is a great iPhone app for editing photos… But there’s a bit of a learning curve. This is a great guide.
Texas has kept a record of death row inmates’ last words.
Want some new music? Check out Bend But Don’t Break by Blueprint and Illogic!
Bicycle helmets can be fashion statements...
I just stopped drinking coffee, so I’m fascinated by this study on how caffeine might cramp creativity because it inhibits the two main characteristics of creative thinking: unconscious processing, or what T. S. Eliot called idea incubation, and connecting the seemingly unconnected.
I loved this interview with Gabby!
Stop competing with other women... And kick your own ass, instead!
Jay-Z on fame. (There are more parts to the series, totally worth watching.)
Have a great weekend,
28 June 2013, 11:51
Greetings from lovely Minneapolis! Shauna, Kat and I just got in yesterday and we’re already completely charmed by the Twin Cities. We’ve been living that lake life, cruising on Lake Minnetonka and enjoying a lifestyle that couldn’t be more different from the last week we spent in New York!
The three of us are lying on a bed, blogging, listening to Prince… It all feels very appropriate. We can’t wait to explore the city later on today, and given the number of you who have commented on my Minneapolis Instagrams, it seems likely we’ll run into some of you, too! (If you do see us, say hi. It will be awesome!)
Now, without further ado, your monthly Carousel…
I met Kitty Cavalier this month, and she is superb. This interview with her is great, too.
Who still listens to Limp Bizkit in 2013?! You’re about to find out…
3 Ways To Say No To People Who Want To Pick Your Brain, c/o Marie Forleo.
WTF, America?! A few lessons Kate Northrup learned from visiting Paris.
Apparently, the Long Island Iced Tea is the trashiest drink.
I didn’t even know Ren and Stimpy’s Adult Party existed. Honestly, how weird!
Ryan Lochte is a human jagerbomb. This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read.
He behaves like someone who would go to Paris and eat at an Outback Steakhouse. Who would replace each key of his computer with exclamation points. ... His command of the English language can only be described as “occasional.” He says one of his favorite movies is What Woman Want, with Mel Gibson, which is not actually the title but could serve as his own Cro-Magnon-y mission statement.
The same writer wrote Man Have Sex With Girl In Cave: Dissecting Gigolos, why I love watching Ron Jeremy fuck and if you gaze into The Hills, The Hills gazes also into you. Brilliantly funny.
Ever wanted a backstage pass to America’s ghost tour industry?!
I’ll Take Manhattan. “Tell me again why I’m supposed to love Brooklyn?”
I’m talking about the other Brooklyn — I like to call it the Sunday Styles–section Brooklyn, named after the pages of the popular New York Times section. ... The borough felt at the same time overexposed and self-righteous. I wanted everyone to stop acting as though my happiness in life hinged on falling in love with Brooklyn.
The little girl from Mrs Doubtfire quit acting, and wrote about why child stars go crazy.
Don’t ask an unhappy man how to be happy.
Aw: New York City dogs.
Ooh, the weirdness! When Your Media Handler Goes To The Bathroom, aka, Michael Douglas loves to go down on the ladies.
Jason Calacanis wrote this about the end of empathy online in 2009 and it becomes more and more relevant as time passes. Essential reading for the internet generation.
John Galliano has given his first post-rehab interview to Vanity Fair. The entire thing is in the July 2013 issue, but there are some great snippets online.
“What had started as self-expression turned into a mask,” Galliano says. “I lived in a bubble. I would be backstage and there would be a queue of five people to help me. One person would have a cigarette for me. The next person would have the lighter. I did not know how to use the A.T.M.”
F- to the ascinating: The Tyra Banks Matriarchy: A Scholar’s Take on America’s Next Top Model.
Kris shows us the process of creating this cute postcard.
Aspiring international playgirls take note: here’s how to travel with a friend and not kill ‘em!
What Ash learned from scooping ice-cream... And how you can apply it to your small business.
You can complain your way to a breakthrough using EFT!
There’s Bigfoot in Them Woods, on the necessity of wonder and mystery in creativity
Where Rehab Meets Reality, about Dr Drew and walking the line between medicine and entertainment. I love Dr Drew, and I think he does the best he can, but not everyone agrees!
Want to buy Coco Chanel’s house?
These behind the scenes photos of actors laughing are so cute!
I loved what Gabby has to say about how to handle negative people. I never thought of it like that, and it’s genius in its simplicity!
Some will always say you’re wrong. Derek Sivers knows what’s up.
You have to know your preferences well, because no matter what you do, someone will tell you you’re wrong.
Living With Less. A Lot Less. I’ve linked to this guy’s amazing minimalist apartment before.
Here are a whole lot of ways to go bats during this Mercury retrograde.
The real you just emerges.
If you don’t know what your dream job is, don’t go into debt trying to figure it out.
Jerry Seinfeld took Ricky Gervais out for coffee, and I giggled the whole time.
Sometimes removing is exactly what’s needed.
Steven Soderbergh is retiring from film. He did an interview with plenty of good bits.
I was watching one of those iconoclast shows on the Sundance Channel. Jamie Oliver said Paul Smith had told him something he hadn’t understood until very recently: “I’d rather be No. 2 forever than No. 1 for a while.” Just make stuff and don’t agonize over it. Stop worrying about being No. 1. I see a lot of people getting paralyzed by the response to their work, the imagined result. It’s like playing a Jedi mind trick on yourself, and Smith is right. That’s the way I’ve always approached films, the way I approach everything. Just make ’em.
Collaborative Publishing, and why it’s never just “self” publishing.
AM: I think that the current interest in occult and magical activities among musicians and artists is kind of to be welcomed, and in some ways perhaps predictable and inevitable. I think that our culture has gone about as far as it can in having no content or meaning to its art, and I think that an attempt to invest meaning in our culture and in our art by imbuing it with a sensibility of magic is probably necessary, and, like I said, probably inevitable, and certainly long overdue. I salute it considerably.
Here’s how to buy happiness. Hint: buying a home doesn’t make your life feel any more satisfying. And wanting expensive things make us happier than actually buying them.
Behind Kanye’s Mask, from the New York Times.
I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.
What can Frances Ha teach us about friendship? I loved this.
I haven’t seen this one yet, but I bet it’s good: Tim Ferriss interviews Neil Strauss on the creative process.
If you’re seeking more happiness or prosperity, why not rearrange your office according to feng shui?
As I said on Twitter, this sixth grade heavy metal band brought tears to my eyes from SHEER AWESOMENESS.
This is the very first profile on Paris Hilton, from 2000.
You can tell who is part of the online community for the right reasons.
In No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood, comedy writer Henriette Mantel rounds up a troupe of female entertainers and authors whose essays explore various facets of what it means to be happily child-free.
It is not an experiment in which I will have the chance to participate. Motherhood is not in the cards for me. Is it a loss? How would I know? I’m too busy living. I am blessed with a full, healthy, and interesting life. And then every once in a while, true to my gender, I ask myself: How would I feel if I were someone’s mother? And how would that someone feel about me? I will never know. “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
Melissa Etheridge thinks that Angelina Jolie made “the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer”.
My babe Loulou wrote an excellent piece about our energy in relation to social media.
Seth Godin on respect and love...
Time to invest in magic. Time to take the risk and leap into the unmapped, unsafe and unreliable territory where love lives.
Dare is the world’s first plus-sized fashion magazine!
This interview with Rick Rubin is just so good.
Your camera doesn’t matter.
Madonna on her most recent tour: “The world needs to be inspired — it’s my job, it’s all of our jobs to bring people up.”
This video love letter to NYC is compiled of one-second shots, and it’s gorgeous.
Here’s how to stay focused in a distracted world.
A fantastic interview with Pam Grossman, on magic and esoterica.
...Balance is stagnant, and frankly, not a very realistic goal: life is constantly in flux, so we have to continually recalibrate. But what we can strive for is equilibrium. It’s a much more fluid concept, and I think as a paradigm, is also a much more forgiving way of looking at life. It implies that life is kinetic and always changing, but that we can use our awareness and other tools to keep ourselves in relationship with it in a fulfilling and healthy way.
This is the cutest couple from a New York yearbook. Aw!
Sofia Coppola on the Bling Ring and privacy in celebrity culture.
Marilyn Manson interviewed by Larry King.
Loved Sarah Wilson’s Conscious Club talk… Lots of info here she doesn’t share on her blog!
Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais in conversation about comedy. So great!
31 May 2013, 09:22
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!
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