Rounding ‘Em Up

A brief blog hiatus almost always leads to a newsweethottness round up. So here you have it:

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MISADVENTURES MAGAZINE
This recently-launched online magazine — “by and for adventurous women” —  is like the perfect best friend: smart, entertaining, and interesting, with impeccable taste. The site itself is beautifully-designed and features content that ranges from practical (DIY guides and recipes, product reviews) to informative (interviews, adventure essays) to aesthetically inspiring (travel photography, music recommendations, poetry). I’ve been contributing some book & film reviews and a few photos here and there. Go see it for yourself.

CLOTHING SWAPS
Free clothes from friends. Need I say more? I hosted one last week and it was easy, fun, and I walked away with super cute pants, shirts, dresses, and other assorted accessories. Get some friends to clean out their closets and people can take whatever suits their fancy. Leftovers go to charity.

USING CLOTH NAPKINS
They’re cuter. Plus, they don’t crumple as easily and it’s better for the environment. Wins all around!

HOUSE OF CARDS
I finally jumped on this bandwagon in an attempt to fill the Breaking-Bad-shaped-hole in my heart. House of Cards doesn’t quite measure up (I’m not sure if any show ever will be able to fill that dark void), but it’s still an excellent show nonetheless. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are both phenomenal in their roles as a smart, ruthless, power-hungry couple trying to move up the DC chain. I’m only halfway through Season 1, but I’m already excited to catch up for Season 2’s release this week.

‘HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME,’ BY DRAKE
I want your hot love and emotion, ennnndlessly… listen here.

REFUSING TO WATCH THE BACHELOR
Never have, never will. Please feel free to join me in boycotting. This article clearly articulates the reasons for my staunch stance.

REFUSING TO USE THE PHRASE ‘AMAZEBALLS’
Please don’t. Just don’t. Seriously, stop. Now. Please. That phrase — along chevron stripes — needs to die. Today, if possible.

AMERICANAH (BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE)
Caveat: I’m only about a fourth of the way through, but so far this book is amazing. This beautifully written story explores issues of race, immigration, and love, and made several notable Best Books of 2013 lists, including NPR’s and The New York Times.’  You’ve likely seen thirty-six year-old Adichie before — her TED Talk addressing “The Danger of a Single Story” (below) went viral a few years ago and she was recently featured in Beyonce’s video for her new song “Flawless.” No offense, Pulitzer Prize, but let’s be honest — appearing in one of #QueenBey’s videos is probably the new highest honor that could possibly be granted to an author.

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