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The [Condensed] Soup: September 5

Hey party people (this will make sense at the end of the post)

1. Parks & Rec Emojis

It's no secret I love Parks & Rec. I sang its praises last week when I showed you guys Tom Haverfoods, so by now you're probably like "K, chill, we get it"
But I really don't think you do.  This show is gold. And this Buzzfeed article entitled "15 Fantastic Parks & Rec Emojis We Need in Our Lives" was basically made for me as it combines my favorite show and my favorite iPhone feature: emojis. Word of advice though, don't bother looking at it if you don't watch the show.  You'll just sit there with a confused look on your face.

2. The Best of Both Worlds

Can't decide whether to get pizza or Chick-Fil-A? Fear not.  Now you can have the best of both worlds.  Thanks to this video/makeshift recipe on Post Grad Problems, we now know how to make the most heart attack-inducing pizza I've ever laid my eyes on.  To be honest, I would absolutely devour this entire pizza.  I'm almost positive Chick-Fil-A sauce is made with literal crack and the addition of the cheese, chicken, and waffle fries is just the icing on the artery-clogging cake.  Or pizza in this case. 

3. Progress

It's official, the apartment I signed the lease for a couple weeks ago is mine and I'm obsessed.  Having my own place is going to be super neat and I cannot wait to do things that people who live alone do.... whatever they may be.
However, my joy is frequently overshadowed by the constant stressors that come along with moving.  There is currently no furniture there, as evident by the bottle of wine being the only thing in the photo not attached to the wall.  In addition to the whole having to buy real furniture thing, I forgot about the fact that Internet is not free (ugh), and I have to make a phone call to Verizon later to set that up.  That should be fun. 

4. Colorful Heels

I am not a heels girl.  If you've never met me in real life, I'll just let you know right now that I'm just south of 6 feet tall and typically tower most, if not all, women in the room and some men. It's something I absolutely hate, but feel like I need to get over now that I'm an "adult".  A lot of things I attend for work require me to dress nicely, and sometimes flats just don't cut it.  I tend to stick to neutrals when it comes to formal/business attire, so I'm all about the pop of color shoes with otherwise bland outfits.  I included some of my faves above from splurge-worthy Kate Spade to super affordable Asos.
PS. Can we talk about these awesome scalloped heels from Chinese Laundry for only $70?! They look like something Kate Spade would make but for a fraction of the price! They sort of contradicts my "colorful heels" obsession since they're the epitome of neutral, but I feel like I just need to have them...

5. Friday Jam

This week, I'm all about the song "Party People" by Florida Georgia Line (hence the first sentence).  It pumps you up and makes you wish you were at a party on a boat or something... which can be somewhat depressing after a long holiday weekend, but whatever.

Happy weekend!

Caroline Printed Ballet Flat

I was browsing through my Shop It To Me email this morning when I stumbled upon these Tory Burch flats. I thought "oh, those are cute" and kept scrolling. I realized that a lot of great TB stuff was on sale, so I scrolled back up to check the price of the flats and realized they were almost 50% off!

Get them here!

I'm a huge fan of both the Caroline style and TB flats in general, and this price is honestly pretty great.  To some it may seem like a lot, but if you've ever owned these flats you'd know that they're worth every penny.  I've worn my Revas at least 2-3 times a week for the past 6 months that I've owned them, and I can honestly say they look almost the same as when I bought them.

No seriously, I wear them ALL the time....

The big difference between the Caroline style and the Revas is comfort.  While the Revas are sleek looking and versatile, they are very tough to break in.  The Carolines are prettymuch already broken in when you buy them and have an elastic band around the edge to prevent blisters or any sort of pain the first few times you wear them.  They're perfect everyday shoes, and this particular polka dot style is so cute.  They come in black too!

So if you're looking for a fun pair of flats for the fall, or are a Tory Burch addict and want to add to your collection, snatch these up while they're still available at such a good price! 

PS. Love the style, but don't have $130 to throw around? Check out these similar styles for fractions of the price!

The [Condensed] Soup: August 29

Labor Day Weekend has arrived and I have never been so ready for 3 entire days off. I will be counting down the minutes until this weekend begins (aka when my 5 hour drive is over), but until then, check out some of my favorite finds from this week!

1. Cool Science

A few male students just became the most eligible bachelors in all of college-aged America.  Four guys (pictured above) at North Carolina State have invented a nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with date rape drugs.  #genius.  Their Facebook page states "Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime." 
I mean, this is seriously awesome! Imagine how much peace of mind these 4 young guys just gave college students, their parents, and women in general. Not only that, but, in my opinion, the sheer existence of this product is probably enough to reduce the number of date rape attempts significantly. Science and technology are really amazing, aren't they?
Click here to visit their website, and if you'd like to donate money to support their endeavor, click here

2. Tom Haverfoods

Compared to #1, this is pretty insignificant... but funny nonetheless. If you're a Parks & Rec fan like me, you'll love this random website I found called Tom Haverfoods.  
If you do in fact watch the show, you probably remember the episode when Tom spouts off all the "alternate names" he has for food.  Well, this website is dedicated to that episode and all kinds of ridiculous names for food inspired by Tom. It'll keep you pretty entertained for anywhere from 5 minutes to a half hour, depending on your level of obsession with Tom.  I was on it for about an hour............
PS. Here's the original quote from the show (just in case you needed more of a reason to start watching): 
“Zerts are what I call desserts. Tray-trays are entrĂ©es. I call sandwiches ‘sammies,’ ‘sandoozles,’ or ‘Adam Sandlers.’ Air conditioners are ‘cool blasterz.’ I call cakes ‘big ol’ cookies.’ I call noodles ‘long-ass rice.’ Fried chicken is ‘fry-fry chicky-chick.’ Chicken parm is ‘chicky-chicky-parm-parm.’ Chicken cacciatore? ‘Chicky-cach.’ I call eggs ‘pre-birds,’ or ‘future birds.’ Root beer is ‘super water.’ Tortillas are ‘bean blankets.’ And I call forks ‘food rakes.”

3. Labor Day Sales

Holiday weekends always come with sales, and Labor Day is certainly no exception.  Most retailers are trying to clear out their summer inventory to make way for fall, so there are some great prices! Some of my favorite sales include Gap (everything up to 40% off), J.Crew (40% off), Kendra Scott (15% off), Old Navy (up to 50% off), Tory Burch (up to 30% off) Loft (50% off sale & New arrivals) and Bauble Bar (50% off summer styles).
In my opinion, Loft is having the best sale of them all.  There are a million bathing suits and super cute dresses on sale for $14 with an additional 50% off.... which means they're all $7. Seriously. I'm not kidding. Even this amazing bikini top and matching scalloped bottom.  If you have a vacation planned for the cooler months, now is the time to grab some cheap swim suits!
I included some of my favorite things from the Loft sale below. Click the links above to shop the additional sales as well!

4. End of Summer Playlist

Yeah ok I know I just posted this yesterday, but I'm jumping out of my seat with excitement for these next 3 days off and can't think of anything else fun to add. So go download all these songs and have fun wherever you're spending your holiday weekend!

Linking with Style Elixir & Farmer Bell!

End of Summer Playlist

People probably say this every single year, but this summer went so quickly.  It honestly feels like it was Memorial Day Weekend yesterday. Where did the past three months go?!

This weekend I'm heading to Pittsburgh and naturally, the most important part of my drive is the playlist. I'll be spending a lovely 5 hours on the road tomorrow and these songs are some of my favorites from this summer and summers past.  

I tried my best to not make the playlist diverse, but I couldn't help throwing in an unusually large amount of country songs.  They're the greatest tunes to jam out to in the summer.  

Check out my Road Trip Playlist from a few months ago for some additional suggestions!

Got any additional suggestions for my long drive tomorrow? Remember, I need 5 hours worth of music!

Insta-Activities: Summer Edition

The summer is coming to a close as we approach Labor Day Weekend (#LDW for those hip instagrammers) and I've decided to do a little recap of my insta-activities from my first "adult" summer. However, judging from these photos I'm sure one would never guess that the person taking them is an adult....

After my Memorial Day road trip to Virginia, I began to see some trends amongst my happenings this summer.  One of them being alcohol. Because when you only have weekends off in the summer, how can you not incorporate it into your daily activities?!

I know what you're thinking, and NO I am not the genius behind this brand of bubbly.  But I sure wish I was... 

My new favorite shirt.  A shirt I feel all beer lovers such as myself should own.  Do yourself a favor and, if you live in the Philadelphia area, check out Victory Brewing Co. I highly recommend their Summer Love Ale

I kid you not, this Blue Moon from Champps was as big as forearm.  It's size did not, however, prevent me from finishing it in record time.

So I had to attend two golf outings this past month for work and can I just say I absolutely love the sport of golf.  It takes up several hours of your day, usually includes a beer guy that drives around all day passing out free beer, and a cart that you can drive all around the course waving to people (at least that's what I used it for).  For clarification, no actual golf was played by me in either of these outings.  That would be laughable.

I went to the One Republic concert with one of my good friends sometime in July and it was amazing.  I always thought of One Republic as one of those bands that you hear all the time on the radio but never actually obsess over.  Well, if you go to one of their concerts, you'll have a reason to obsess.  They were amazing live.  I heard their song Something I Need for the first time that night, and now it's one of my all-time favorites.  The lyrics are enough to make you hate your single self, but still... it's a good jam.

If you live in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area, you've most likely been to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden more than once.  This is where the concert was held, and One Republic started playing right as the sun was setting.  Needless to say, it's an absolutely gorgeous spot for a concert.  Just don't wander any further than the parking lot..... Camden isn't exactly the friendliest city. (no seriously, it's the #1 most dangerous city in America)

If you didn't participate in National Slurpee Day at 7/11, what exactly are you doing with your life?
I'm thinking about using this picture to show to prospective dates. Thoughts?

I found myself at a few baseball games this summer as well.  Unfortunately they were Phillies games, so this Yankees fan had to sit back and watch them lose... twice. 

However, the second time I went I was in a luxury box for work, so that made watching the home team lose a little easier.
We had a pretty awesome view of the game and getting to use the bathroom in the suite rather than the filthy ones at the stadium was probably one of my favorite parts, second only to the free beer.

Sometime in July I went to Painting with a Twist with a few people and now painting while drinking wine might be my new favorite activity.  Seriously, it was so relaxing.  I recommend it to anyone who has a stressful week or just needs a break.  You completely lose yourself in your painting and you don't have to be a good artist at all, the painting always turns out way better than you expect!

Yeah so you're probably thinking "THIS was better than she expected?!" But to that I say, Picasso wasn't appreciated in his time either.  You'll see, a hundred years from now this will be worth millions.

About a week ago, I went to  Benihana with my family to have a going-away dinner for my brother and sister. I hadn't been to a hibachi restaurant in about a hundred years and forgot how incredibly mesmerizing it is to watch these chefs cook your food right in front of you.  I paired it with an enormous Kirin the size of my face and it's true, it's really the best beer to pair with any kind of Asian food!

A pic of the fam post-dinner.... the smiles on my parents' faces are courtesy of the fact that they no longer have any children living in their house.

What were some of your favorite activities from this summer?!


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