Friday, November 21, 2014

Linds-terest: Holi-daze

It's been a few weeks, so I thought it was time for another installment of Linds-terest, my wrap up of internet goodness that I'm kind of obsessed with. This week, it feels like the holidays just exploded, probably prompted by my day at the Boston Bloggers Home for the Holidays event, and punctuated by the fact that I've already started making gift tags and even purchased a few Christmas presents already. I am ON IT this year, you guys. I've even started my 2014 Christmas list Pinterest board, coming soon as it's own post. As soon as I finish my DIY pennant banner (and you know, Thanksgiving is over), I am going to Christmas the crap out of this place. So let's explore these early goodies getting me in the holiday spirit.

Anna Kendrick for Kate Spade... Again.
I know what you're thinking. That perhaps I started this series just to continuously proclaim my love for Anna Kendrick and everything she touches. And if they keep releasing videos like this, well then yes, that's exactly what this is. After her 20 Questions interview, I didn't think it could get any better, until they debuted this little ditty, "The Waiting Game." I love this because: 
A) She's as adorable as ever. 
B) She spends the majority of the video conversing with a scruffy little pup, which conveniently, so do I.
C) Getting locked out of places is a specialty of mine. 

Also, how badly do I need that hat for my Christmas card photo?

I Heart Organizing: Photography Tips
I'd like to think I know a little bit about photography, but then sometimes I read these schmancy blogs and I'm like I may as well be shooting with a disposable camera. One of my favorite bloggers, Jen from I Heart Organizing, posted her blogging photo tips, and I loved getting a behind-the-scenes peek at how she makes her home look so good (of course, the meticulously organized drawers and perfectly coordinated decor doesn't hurt either). I also discovered one of her secrets: a basic lighting kit, which is now officially on my Christmas list. 


"Baby It's Cold Outside" by Michael Buble & Idina Menzel
Disclaimer: This is on my list this week, but just barely. I had to include it as one of my all time favorite holiday songs, but I'm not quite sure about this video. Instead of featuring the amazingly talented and gorgeous Michael Buble and Idina Menzel, there's two children I've ever seen lip synching their way through a little song and dance number that takes place in a hotel. My number one question is why, and my number two is could they have casted a pair of more mismatched children? I know that girls grow faster than boys, but that boy looks like he should still be on the playground and I would be stunned if that chick didn't already have her learner's permit. Also, they have changed the lyrics (because the song was so scandalous before with all of the unmentioned but implied sexual scenarios) to make it a little more kid friendly, and I have to wonder if this is a "what came first, the chicken or the egg" situation. Like, did they change the lyrics because they were planning on making the video with castoffs from the Disney channel, or did they cast the mini-me's because of the now family-friendly verses? Whether or not you're creeped out by this, it's still a great song by two of the best entertainers out there right now, so it's worth a listen. 

The Year of No Kardashian Kristmas Kard
Sometimes, if you're a good person and you pray really hard, good things happen to you. I'm kidding, but seriously, how excited am I that there will be no ridiculous Kardashian holiday card this year?! I will admit, there's a teeny part of me that will miss that crisp winter morning when I wake up and run to my computer to find that the card has dropped, followed by my mom and I spending a good hour critiquing it and pointing out all of the ways that the Scalera cards are superior. If you're thinking I need to get a hobby, I just need to point out to you that that is my hobby, and I don't judge you for doing macrame or whatever (that's a thing, right?). Unfortunately, all of the K's are too busy getting divorced or sparking a much heated debate about whether they have or have not had surgery to enhance their faces (or Adam's apple, either or) to take the annual family pic, which I find ironic, because I've always thought it looked like half of them were created by a Pixar animator and Photoshopped in anyway. 


24 Delightfully Festive Ways to Do Your Nails for the Holidays on Buzzfeed
I am a self-proclaimed nail art addict. I'm not a reenact entire scenes on your fingertips kind of girl, but I do enjoy a subtle ring finger bling. So when I saw this entire post on Buzzfeed filled with holiday-inspired manis, I clicked immediately, ready to do some serious Pinning to my Nailed It! board. I was a little turned off by some of the more elaborate ones (especially anything involving French tips... the year 2001 has come and gone, people). I mean, I don't like nutcrackers in my home and I certainly don't want them on my fingertips, especially if it requires more than one finger to complete the scene. My favorite has to be the plaid/sparkle combo, which probably existed before last weekend but I feel in some way is inspired by my ensemble for the Boston Bloggers Home for the Holidays event.


"Toast Talk" on A Piece of Toast
This has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but I read this post recently and I just thought it really hit the nail on the head with how women treat each other today. I have to admit, A Piece of Toast is a blog I have on my reader because so many other people seem to be obsessed with it, and I kind of never got what the big deal was. In my usual skimming, I noticed that this wasn't a fashion-related post, and I stopped to take a look (which is weird, because usually the site of a lot of text has the opposite effect on people). I don't want to give it all away, because I really think that this is something that should be shared and read, but it's about a new show that I'm obviously watching (House of DVF on E!) and their very free-flowing use of the word "bitch" in this week's episode. 


Now I'm not a total prude, but I just really don't think that profanity is an effective means of communication. My friends used to make fun of me in middle school because I refused to repeat swear words, not because of any strong convictions I had about what these words meant, but more because I always thought that people that used an excessive amount of profanity couldn't think of a more intelligent way to articulate their feelings. Obviously, I've grown up a bit, and admittedly let out an occasional four letter word here and there, but it's not anything that I feel shows any signs of class or intelligence. 

I was shocked at Diane von Furstenberg's repeated use of the word "bitch," right to the face of Kier, one of the contestants (who I don't particularly care for, but that's a whole other debate of whether or not she is rude versus watching out for herself and not making friends with the other girls). Frankly, I'm more confused as to why she agreed to be part of this show in the first place. I mean, I love reality television, especially when it's centered around an industry that I'm interested in, but I just thought DVF was so far above this. I also was envisioning it to be a behind-the-scenes look at one the world's most exclusive fashion brands, not a competition between eight barely qualified women for a position that may or may not actually exist.

Didn't mean to leave things on a heavier note, but what is a blog for if you can't share your feelings on an issue, amirite?