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I’m in New York.

I came up to NYC to visit the rents for the weekend – As you read this I’m hopefully through the rumored longass lines to see the Rain Room at the MoMA.  The exhibit ends July 28th so there’s only a week left! I’ve heard mixed reviews… some people loved it and some people thought it was a waste of hours of their lives. hmmm…

While we’re on the topic of New York, I wanted to introduce you to the website:  Humans of New York

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Humans of New York is a project created by Brandon, a bond trader turned photographer, who goes around New York taking photos of people and hearing their stories.  In the section about the photographer, he says “I’ve taken nearly 5,000 portraits and written 50 stories. And I’ve met some amazing people along the way.

The captions under the photos are equally as awesome and fun to read as viewing the photos 🙂 Take some time and scroll through – maybe you’ll even see someone you know (I know less than 10 people in NYC but I can’t help looking for them)! The photographer even has a book coming out that would make a great addition to a lonely coffee table!

Hope you’re enjoying your Monday!

site found via A Cup of Jo

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Tuesday Dudesday: Books books books.

Physical Books … how old fashioned.
Being a steward of all things digital as I am it is a little weird that when it comes to books I really prefer the physical copy rather than the electronic version.
(Gasp)
I’m not sure what it is – maybe it’s because I stare at a computer screen for at least 8 hours in a day or maybe it’s nice to have something tangible in this world of digital relationships and text based conversations.
Too much?
Anyway there is this cool site I found a while ago called PaperBack Swap:
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PaperBack Swap allows you to post your books and trade other users for their books. How it works is you post your books and when someone wants it – you send it to them (pay the 2 dollars in postage) and they get your book. Once this transaction occurs you get a credit which allows you to request a book from a user and they in turn send it to you. I think when you first start you get one credit for free but I could be wrong.

I have used this service quite a few times and it is awesome for those who enjoy physical copies of books and don’t mind waiting a few days to receive them. Plus it’s basically free (minus postage).

They also have a CD Swap and a DVD Swap.

Check ’em out.

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Bookworm.

Ever since the BF got our iPad, I have rediscovered reading- sort of a sad statement, really, but true. So… in case you need some reading inspo, here are the books I have read in the past 6ish months:

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1) Brain On Fire – A true story about a young 20-something woman who fights “crazy” and death for a month before being successfully diagnosed, treated, and healed enough to write her story.  Definitely recommend.
Amazon Rating: 4.5/5

2) Wonder This is a sweet and sometimes a little sad book about a young boy born with facial deformity. Makes you realize how easy most of us have it. Told through multiple people’s perspective.
Amazon Rating: 4.8/5

3) Life of Pi – Read before the movie. The movie does a fairly good job of keeping to the storyline but the book is obviously better because it goes into way more detail. If you haven’t seen the movie, I recommend holding off and reading the book first. THEN see the movie in 3D.
Amazon Rating: 4.2/5

4) The Art of Racing In The Rain – After not really digging the opening sample of this book, I decided to give it another try and was pleasantly surprised. This story is narrated through the eyes of the family dog who is super ____________ and desperately wants to be a human.  Im pretty sure this will be a movie soon enough.  Great animal-lover book.
Amazon Rating: 4.6/5

5) Gone GirlAnother book that will most likely be a movie soon. Crazy murder mystery with a surprise twist at the end! Easy read and perfect for your next vacation/beach trip.
Amazon Rating: 3.8/5

6) Glass Castle- This is an autobiography describing the author’s unique, nomadic childhood. It was okay but kind of depressing at times.
Amazon Rating: 4.6/5

7) I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself This was the first book where I didn’t read the “sample” before I downloaded it. That was probably a mistake. While I happen to love Jennifer Kirkman in Funny or Die’s Drunk History, and I agree with her on almost all of her (humorous but genuine) reasons, I wouldn’t really recommend this book… she drove home her points a little to hard for a little too long. We get it. You don’t want kids.
Amazon Rating: 4.3/5

8) Defending Jacob – Twisty murder-mystery about a DA who ends up working a murder of a boy at his son’s school. The last quarter of the book or so gets super intense! I kept yelling “OH MY GOSH!” and having to stop to tell the BF what happened. It was like that.
Amazon Rating: 4.3/5

9) Seriously… I’m Kidding  – I’m a huge fan of Ellen and I guess I expected her book to be on par with Chelsea Handler (If you haven’t read her books, get on it before reading any of the books in this list – so. funny.). This book is written in sort of a stream-of-thought style which is humorous but not hilarious. My favorite part was the letter to the mall security towards the end. This book would probably make a better audio book (which is also available).
Amazon Rating: 3.8/5

10) Currently reading: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?Just started this one. I think Mindy is so cute and funny so I hope this book is, too!
Amazon Rating: 4.3/5

11) Need to eventually finish: The Power of Habit – good book about how your brain creates habits. It’s been moved down my priority list… I’ll finish it eventually.

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great gatsbyGreat Gatsby – Just like everyone else, I read this book in high school but wanted a quick reminder before the movie. (have yet to see it but love Baz Lurhman stuff! (ex: Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet).
Amazon Rating: 4.2/5

dave ramseyThe Total Money Makeover (on CD) – The BF recommended this one to me. Great way to remind yourself that being “financially fit” is important. Easy, actionable step-by-step guide to financial health.
Amazon Rating: 4.5/5

Comment with any other books you recommend! I am always looking for something new and worth it!!

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Observational.

I love art. I love seeing other people’s art and inspiration. The site I’d like to show you today shows you glimpses into an artist’s sketchbook and the high fashion world.


What I Saw Today displays men’s fashions through the eyes of the artist Richard Haines. In fact, his sketches have become pretty famous and he’s been featured in lots of fashion magazines, brands, etc.

I seriously love the way he sketches. I don’t know what it is. I think I really appreciate the confident, dark pencil strokes- (vs. those bullshit noncommittal sketch lines that most people/artists (including myself) find themselves doing). He definitely seems to capture not only the clothing but the overall vibe of each of his models.

Although Haines’ niche – or at least what he’s known for – is men’s fashion, he does do other subjects as well (including women and nakies (my “back to childhood” term for naked people)).

If I were one of those models I would for SURE want a copy of myself that he’s done… hell, if I was MYSELF I’d want a copy of his work – even if it WASN’T  me. Too bad he doesn’t do poster-size (and poor-girl budgets). I could totally see some of his stuff being potential “soulmate art” for my place.

What do you think? Do you love this as much as I do?!

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Understand this.

So I admit. I find myself listening to that radio station that plays the same 6 songs over and over. As a result, I notice that I can sing along to most of the songs – even if a) I’m not paying attention to what they’re/I’m saying (see Blues Traveler’s “Hook” or b) I am singing (or attempting to say) what the artist is – with no thought as to what they actually mean.

This website is designed to help those of you out there who are struggling with problem b. Okay… so I take that back. It probably won’t help. But if you’re at least looking for something entertaining – and often humorous–  check it out.

It’s called:



Understand Rap (don’t you just love their logo/look!?) is a website that takes lines from rap songs and “translates” them into concepts that the average person  (or, more accurately, people like your mother and grandmother (as the website’s book title so nicely explains))… can understand.

I think my favorite part about this website is when they choose to explain phrases that are not only totally obvious, but seem to be written by a 68 year old female high school english teacher! It’s seriously awesome.

Example:

I think that last one is one of my favorites…she pales in comparison to the woman that I am courting.” How can you not get at least a chuckle out of that!?

Not only can you view explanations, you can also explain OR ask what lyrics mean. Check out the book, too! I think it could make a great coffee table book or even a gift for any of your friends/family with a sense of humor.

Try your hand at an explanation! Or maybe you’ve been wondering what that one rapper was trying to say? Either way… what are some of your favorite explanations?

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