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Pop of Pink

I'm the first to admit that I tend to stick to neutrals. I'm a huge fan of any outfit that involves beige, black, or navy (not all together, of course).

I've also never been one to flaunt anything hot pink.  I'll wear it occasionally, but it's never my first choice.  I don't know if it's the fear of looking like a Barbie or what, but I'm just not a pink kind of gal.

Lately, however, I've been seeing a ton of black and white outfits with little pops of pink in them and I am obsessed.  It's very Kate Spade-esque and I feel like pairing a hot pink accessory or top with an otherwise plain outfit is the perfect way to dress it up.  Below is a little outfit inspiration board to help me get out of my neutral funk.

Seriously, can I have everything?! Shop the post (+ more) below if anything catches your eye ;)

Quotes to Inspire the Funny Girl

Sarcasm and self-deprication are like second languages for me.  I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm a Debbie Downer or anything, but I like to think that I keep it real and don't act fake.

I find myself seeing girls post inspirational quotes or bible verses and I sometimes laugh at how little they apply to my life.  I don't know about you, but I need realness.  Hearing something absurd that Marilyn Monroe said does not help nor inspire me.  In fact, it mostly just makes me LOL at the fact that so many girls love Marilyn Monroe and look up to her when she smoked, drank, did drugs, and was insanely promiscuous.  An article from Thought Catalog sums it up pretty well here... but I digress.

Because of this, I've come to live by little sayings and quotes from girls that I actually feel like I would be friends with if I met them: funny girls.  You know, the Tina Fey's and Amy Poehler's of the world. Rather than idolizing singers, models, or sex symbols, none of which I could ever relate to on ANY level, I stick to what I know: humor.

Here are a few inspirational quotes from some of my all-time favorite funny gals.

... because what's life without a little humor? ;)

The Perfect Beer to Pair with Sushi

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

I don't know about you guys, but I could eat sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if it was readily available.  I love it. And I'll eat every single kind, too.  Raw fish? Love it.  And the best part is, unless you eat an insane amount, you never feel that "I'm so full I can't move" feeling.  Yeah, some of the rolls aren't great for you, but if you stick to the rice, seaweed, raw fish, and veggies, it's a pretty nutritious meal! Not to mention it's the perfect thing to eat on Fridays in Lent when you can't eat meat.

So now that we've established that I'm basically a sushi connesseur, we'll move on to another thing I'm an expert on: beer.
I seriously love beer and except for my beloved margaritas, it's typically my alcoholic drink of choice.  While I'll drink almost anything from a Corona to a Guinness, I'm definitely more of a light beer kinda girl.  When I was approached with the opportunity to try Kirin, I jumped at the chance.  I mean once I like a type of beer it's very hard for me to stray from it and try new things. So the thought of trying a Japanese beer? Never would've crossed my mind.  Now that I've tried it (quite a few times at this point), it is for sure on my list of favorite beers.  Kirin Ichiban is rich with a very subtle hops taste, and Kirin Light is the perfect pale, crisp beer with a little more of an understated taste.

While sampling the beer I attempted to make sushi, and it actually wasn't a total fail!  The sushi-making was seriously so fun, even though it didn't turn out as nice as they make it in restaurants ;)  But it definitely tasted good!  I opted for a California roll, which contains avocado, cucumber, and crab.  This is one of the more basic rolls and perfect for those of you that are a little wary about eating raw fish. 

Dipped it in a little soy sauce and tasted just like a roll you'd order at a restaraunt! Not bad, huh?

Celeb chef Candice Kumai has partnered with Kirin to bring Japanese-style beer to the growing Asian cuisine movement.  Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light are perfect to pair with asian dishes, and their clean, fresh taste only enhances your meal. I would definitely recommend pairing Kirin Light with light meals like sushi, and Kirin Ichiban with heavier dishes like some of the awesome recipes that Kirin shares on their Facebook page.  Plus, remember how we talked about how sushi can be a yummy and healthy meal? Well pairing Kirin Light with it only tacks on 95 calories per bottle! If you ask me, that's a great excuse to have more than one.....

Do you like sushi? Make sure to pair it with a bottle of Kirin next time!

Things You Don't Care About + Shopbop Sale

Today is just so blah. I don't know about the rest of the country, but currently the Philly area is underwater and unfortunately I was not one of the people chosen to go on Noah's ark.
I have a 4 day weekend coming up (YAS) so naturally this week is moving at a snail's pace.
So two things today: 
I found this cute little TMI quiz on Words as Palindromes so if you're not into knowing little weird deets about me, just skip that part.   
And, as always, there's a sale going on and I'm all over it.  Shopbop is definitely a pricey website, but if you catch something you're lusting after at the right time, you can find some amazing prices! Their Friends and Family Sale is one of the best occasions to do this, so use the code INTHEFAMILY14 to save 25% on everything and, as with any other sale..... treat yo self.

1. What are you wearing?
Right this second? Well since it's currently nighttime as I type this, jammies. Oh wait... I should probably lie and say something cool. I'm wearing a floral frock that a designer gifted me for free (obvi), sky-high heels that are insanely uncomfortable but you would never know because my perfect face doesn't indicate it, gorgeous shiny jewels that all match each other and, of course, a designer handbag.  It's one of about 300 I own, because money is no thing.
(that was me being a mythical fashion blogger)

2. Do you have any tattoos?
No, but as I mentioned in previous posts I am obsessed with seeing and hearing about other people's tats.  

3. Piercings?
One in each ear.  hashtagboring

4. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Approximately 10 minutes and I'm not even kidding.  I always shower at night because duh, and I do my best to pick out my outfit, do my hair, and prepare whatever food necessary the night before.  My morning routine consists of hearing my alarm at 7 am and not actually getting out of bed until 8, putting on my pre-planned outfit (or picking a new one if I feel fat), making my hair look like I didn't just get out of bed, brushing my teeth, grabbing my shit, and leaving.  I kid you not, I put on my makeup and eat breakfast in the car while I'm in rush hour traffic and I always keep deodorant and a perfume roll-on stick in my bag to put on right before I go into my office.  Basically all you need to know is that I take any and every shortcut possible to give myself optimal sleep time.  

It's psychotic, really. 

5. How tall are you?
I don't want to talk about it. 

(I'm 5'11" and have a complex about it)

6. Zodiac sign?
The fish one.

7. Favorite quote?
Can't pick just one. 

1. "Say yes and you'll figure it out afterward." - Tina Fey
2. "There's power in looking silly and not caring that you do." - Amy Poehler

8. OTP (One true pairing)?
I'm obviously late to the party because I had no idea what this meant, but I googled it and it means like.... two characters in a show/movie who are good together? Sort of? Whatever, it's clearly April and Andy from Parks & Rec. 

10. What are your fears?
Well, everything.  I'm afraid of a ton of stuff.  But to give you the abridged version: 
1. Traveling to countries where the main language isn't English (Thanks, Amanda Knox)
2. Natural disasters. (PA is the safest place to live - I'm never leaving)
3. Getting sick (I am never sick and do not handle it well when I am)

11.  A place to visit?
Well contrary to the previous answer, I do actually enjoy traveling.  Like I said, I enjoy countries where I feel comfortable with the language so I'd love to go to England.  I also recently wrote this post about all the places I'd love to go around the US.

12. Favorite Color?
Navy & Mint green. Because I can't pick just one. Again. Sorry.

And here are some of my Shopbop sale picks. Don't forget, EVERYTHING is 25% off!

The [Condensed] Soup: April 11

Spring has sprung, people.... spring has sprung. Today's Condensed whatever is gonna be pretty lighthearted because quite frankly I'm in an AWESOME mood.  No making fun of news stories this week.... I'm sure there will be lots of that next week.  But for now, here are 5 random things I'm loving this week.

1. Animals Wrapped as Burritos

First off, I would just like to direct all of you to this link filled with 30 photos of small animals wrapped up like burritos.  If this doesn't make you happy then I feel like you might have some issues.  

 2. Prints

I. Love. Prints.  Love them.  They're an inexpensive (sometimes) way to decorate your room, work space, kitchen, or bathroom with cute little photos or quotes.  I've found that Etsy is probably your best bet for finding cheap and unique prints (remember my obsession with Lady Gatsby?), but I also found a few that I love from places other than Etsy that are featured above.
Some of my other favorite Etsy print shops include Preppy Printshop, Craft and Candor, A Spring Bear, and Ladybird Ink.

3. Art History's Burn Book

I found this tumblr entitled "Art History's Burn Book" a few days ago and I have not stopped laughing since.  The simple idea of placing Mean Girls quotes on famous pieces of art is honestly genius and all of the photos are so fitting.  My personal fave is the one pictured above. Don't forget to read the captions.  They just add to the hilarity.
If you want to keep up-to-date on these masterpieces without checking Tumblr all the time then don't worry.... you can follow them on Instagram: @MeanGirlsArtHistory

4. Tinder Pro

One of my Facebook friends shared this link about a guy who seriously rocks at using Tinder the other day and, much like Mean Girls Art History, I have not stopped laughing since.  Don't know what Tinder is? Good, you probably lead a way better life than I do . Seriously, does anyone know who this guy actually is? I would like to meet him... and then marry him. 

5. #BackThatAzzUp Friday

I know this song is slow and not as upbeat as my usual Friday jams, but I watched Stuck In Love this past weekend (watch it, seriously) and I can't get it out of my head.  It's also an excellent song to listen to on repeat while you're going to sleep.

Happy Friday, peeps.


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