Saturday, May 24, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up

Source: personally photographed

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! Are you doing anything fun or exciting for the holiday? We are heading down to Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland to spend today with my boyfriend's family (his youngest niece is turning 6!) and then hanging out with some wonderful friends for the rest of the weekend in Chestertown. After a number of stormy days here in PA, I'm looking forward to some sun and warm weather. 

Hope you have a fantastic holiday, and in case you get stuck inside due to rain, here's a weekly wrap-up for your enjoyment:

  • Memorial Day weekend signals an onslaught of summer projects. If you're looking for inspiration, Sherry and John at Young House Love should get you in the mood. 
  • This week the National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened itself to the public. So how do you promote a site like this while paying due service to gravity of the subject matter? I’ll let you be the judge, but here’s a look at the new ad campaign.
  • Do you have your summer reading list already? I recently finished this book and loved it. Next up is Malcolm Gladwell’s new book (I just have to wait for my boyfriend to finish it first). 
  • Speaking of shopping locally, these guys are making it super easy to support vendors Nearby.
  • And, some words of wisdom to close the week on . . .

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Best Commencement Speeches

It's already late May and it’s officially graduation and wedding season. As it turns out, for the first time in a seven of years, I don’t have either type of event on my agenda this summer -- and I'm totally torn. While I’m glad to be saving some money and look forward to the extra free weekends, at heart, I’m just sucker for the pomp and party that comes with such occasions. 

What I do love, without actually having to attend a ceremony, are all the commencement speeches available online. Perhaps you've seen, but recently a team at NPR handpicked the best 300 graduation speeches since 1774.

Source: NPR

I’ve been perusing through the list, but I think one of my favorites will always be Conan O'Brien at Dartmouth in 2011. He's included amongst NPR's selections, but here's the direct video from YouTube.

The tried-and-true Vermonter that I am, I (not so secretly) love his shout out to the Green Mountain State/Ben & Jerry's. And as always, he's hysterical through the whole thing!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Discovery: An Awesome New Magazine

Last month my boyfriend and I took off for a long weekend trip to visit my grandparents in Florida. It was an amazing trip. To be fair, it’s always an amazing trip, but I’ll get into my love affair with the Sunshine State some other time. For now I want to share an amazing discovery I made while searching for in-flight reading material.

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Now, I enjoy items like Vogue, InStyle, and Real Simple as much as the next person, but they always seem the rotate the same "articles" about the best eyebrow shape for your face and how to organize your life in 10 easy steps. I mean … enough is enough. Don't you agree? 

If so, you need to check out renegade COLLECTIVE. I guarantee you’ll find it’s a much-needed breath of fresh air. 

Source: Renegade Collective / Collective Hub

RC is incredibly innovative and takes interesting perspectives on regular topics covered by mainstream women’s magazines. You’ll find pieces covering fashion, design, travel and food, but everything is more content based and truly tailored to the modern career woman. The editors also make an effort to blend hard-news issues with the regular fluff you find in a lot of journals, so instead of only profiles on film stars and supermodels, you also find personable interviews with people like Jennifer Robinson, renowned Australian lawyer and member of the legal team representing Julian Assange. 


As a result, you find yourself educated while being entertained, learning about things from entrepreneurism in fashion design to the delicate nature of navigating customs as a controversial human rights lawyer.

Taking a note from Jack Kerouac, the RC Team describes that its magazine is for the “mad ones”, the “game changers, rule breakers, thought leaders and style makers”.  A bold statement, but I think it absolutely delivers. The reader comes away motivated. I felt inspired to push myself creativity in my work and in my personal life. How many magazines these days are able to provoke their readers in such a way?

And not to stress the point further, but it’s also just a beautiful journal to flip through. I promise, I'm not being paid to promote this in any way and I don't work for RC (I wish!) It's just my favorite new thing to read. I hope you enjoy it too!

P.S. It looks like they also have a total blast putting together the magazine.