Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get ready faster!

My #1 tip for getting ready fast in the morning?

Chop off your hair!

I highly recommend it!

If you have thought about it, the time is now! Besides, hair grows back.

I got a great haircut from my hairstylist Erin at Salon Blu last night. She did such a great job! This is day 1 post-haircut, and sometimes it takes a few days for your hair to adjust to a new 'do. I think my hair will get more wavy as it settles in. We shall see!

I was inspired to cut many inches off of my hair because the hairstyles below are so cute! Fixing my super thick, longer hair took a lot of precious morning time. My new chic shorter 'do takes 15 fewer minutes  - that's almost 2 extra hours now free in my week!

Today's Advice

Wash your arugula carefully!

... so you don't get food poisoning! (Like me. I swear my salad looked fine...)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nailed it

This is so cool! If I have time maybe I'll try it.

candy corn nails!

See a great how-to here.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Smell you later

Elephants have about 2000 olfactory genes.

Humans only have about 400.

Niimura Y, Matsui A, Touhara K. 2014. Extreme expansion of the olfactory receptor gene repertoire in African elephants and evolutionary dynamics of orthologous gene groups in 13 placental mammals. Genome Res doi:10.1101/gr.169532.113 

40 degree differential

I woke up this morning and it was about 40 degrees F, and then I took a walk this afternoon and it felt like 80 F in the sun! Fall temperatures are giving me whiplash.

I think it's supposed to cool off in time for Halloween.

But for days like today, I reach for:

silk blouse, jcrew

levis! nuff said

ballet neck sweater, loft

cassina pumps, vince camuto

shamrock earrings, etsy (so cool!)

hudson moto mini, rebecca minkoff

my favorite St. Croix Hook bangle

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dancing for Science!

Watch this video to promote scientific research at IRB Barcelona!

My friends at IRB Barcelona created a short video to promote themselves, and receive a small donation (1.2 euro) each time their video is clicked!

Tell your friends!

IRB Barcelona has ambitious goals in making crucial steps forward in the fight against diseases, including cancer and metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and many others. Our hope is that our research will one day make a difference in your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Storm Clouds Brewing

Another new pub! My friends and I stopped by Storm Clouds Brewing in downtown Raleigh the other evening to celebrate an N+1 birthday (why count after 30?). 

My first impression is that this is my kind of place! Simply decorated, plenty of room (we were a party of 12), a tasty looking menu (including fried pickles), and a wide assortment of beer. And a beer wall! And a wall that opens up to the patio! (It was wonderful weather that evening)

clouds brewing

As for the beer wall, it is in fact a wall with 7 or 8 taps. You are given an RFID bracelet, and tap it on the wall next to the beer you would like to try. Then you can dispense it into your favorite beer mug (they have quite an assortment!). Since you are charged by the ounce, I was able to try a few different beers without commitment issues.

beer wall wristband

wall of beer

We had a fun time, and I expect we will return again soon. Check it out if you have the chance!

watch out for these guys

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fear in the hearts of men (Shopbop)

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of men like Shopbop sales.

As you may have heard, Shopbop just ended the annual Friends and Family sale. I don't know why it's called "friends & family", because I have not one acquaintance or blood relative that actually works for Shopbop. I guess Shopbop feels differently about me than I do of them.

I have documented my search for a smallish handbag, and while I was browsing the sale, I discovered this one.

hudson moto mini bag, rebecca minkoff

I have an affinity for red-orange, it filled a gap in my wardrobe, and it was on sale. I should have waited until next month, but I was weak. As I try to keep my acquisitions diverse, it would have been better had I purchased a bag from another designer. However, this one appeals to me because it is sturdy, stylish, and relatively simple (no fringe, fur, crazy dangling bobbles, odd locks, etc.). Nothing to make it Diana-proof, haha. I was also happy that there is a leather strap, instead of chains - which are just not worth the extra weight, in my opinion.

Lets see what I can fit in here! It's pretty small on the inside.

Stuff that fits in this bag:
glasses case
ID, cards, cash
My engraved Space pen
cell phone

and not much else. I think this will do well enough.

I declare mission accomplished :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shaggy Sweater Update

Re: this post - I ended up deciding on this sweater. It might not go with everything, but I love it!

Congratulations to my friends the Beards :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Death Star

Just kidding. Mimas looks very similar, with its giant crater!

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

In case you don't know your moons, Mimas orbits Saturn, and is named after a giant in Greek mythology. The crater is name Herschel (after the moon's discoverer), and it the crater diameter is 1/3 the diameter of the entire moon! That must have hurt.

Mimas is located in the wide E ring of Saturn.

And check out the weird temperature variations on this moon. Looks like PacMan!

This figure illustrates the unexpected and bizarre pattern of daytime temperatures found on Saturn's small inner moon Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles, in diameter). The data were obtained by the composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) on NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the spacecraft's closest-ever look at Mimas on Feb. 13, 2010.

Quick Stitch Fix

Today's Advice:

The Clock is Ticking!

The Persistence of Memory, Dali

Let us not WASTETH 
our precious time!

So... I shall

This week, I signed up for Stitch Fix, an styling service that send you clothing based on your style profile. As I spend a lot of time hunting, and not a lot of time finding items that I like - I think this will work for me. I think I will be more inclined to try new things when this package arrives on my doorstep.

And now for some FAQs.

Who - StitchFix is "Your partner in personal style."

What - "Our professional stylists will pick out items they think you’ll love —sometimes a little out of your comfort zone, but that’s part of the fun." Online stylists review your style profile and send you a box (5 items) of clothes and accessories for you to try. If you like it, keep it. If not, send it back.

When - Boxes of items arrive automatically from every 2-3 weeks, or monthly. You pick.

Where - StichFix. Log in and create your style profile. You can also leave a note for your stylist if there's something you're really looking for.

How (much) - There is a $20 styling fee, which may be applied to the items you purchase. Plus, the cost of your items. If you keep none of your items, you will be charged $20. If you keep all 5 items you get a 25% discount. Your style profile asks you how much you *ideally* would like to pay for different items like jewelry, scarves, pants, etc...

My first box will arrive on November 22 (a little over a month from when I first registered), and I am curious to see how well things will fit. My style profile lists my sizes, but my measurements are not included. On their website, it says they partner with over 200 brands like Collective Concepts, Kut From The Kloth, Daniel Rainn, Kensie, L.A. Made, Sanctuary, Mystree or Tart. And of course, I wonder what sort of things my stylist will pick?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Asheville Oktoberfest

Have dirndl will travel

We recently traveled to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina for a quick weekend trip. We went to go to the Oktoberfest street/beer festival, and some R&R.

Saturday was the festival, which was on Coxe Avenue, which was closed off to protect us lively, beer drinking pedestrians. With our ticket, we received a tiny stein for tasting the different beers. The street was lined with many different (mostly local) brewery tents, where they kindly filled our mini-steins. 

My what a fabulous dirndl!

At the end of the street, there was a fabulous band, the Stratton Mountain Boys. They are super friendly and have a fantastic accordion player! At the Oktoberfest they played traditional Austrian music (and the chicken dance). They even brought along their alpenhorn! 

The Stratton Mountain Boys

They had an alpenhorn playing contest, which I entered. It was tough! It has a mouthpiece the same size as a trombone. I didn't win, but I sure didn't lose! There was an older woman who couldn't even make a toot.

look at me go!

tooting in style

overachieving friend Erin tried to play the star spangled banner.

Overall, we had a super fun time, and we hope to go back again soon.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Well Koalafied

Tasty Beverage

"Don't Forget to Drink Today".... maybe that sends the wrong message. But I guess that's the right message if you happen to own a super cool bottle shop like Tasty Beverage Co.

Did I mention they have some great cheese!? Exciting!

If you're there, say hi to my sister.
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