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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?!

Apartment Wish List

A few weeks ago I posted this bad boy on Instagram...

I am officially an adult (I mean, sorta) and signed the lease to my first apartment! After a solid month of daydreaming in my head what I want it to look like, I've begun shopping for it.  I'm certainly no interior designer and quite frankly I find the amount of furniture and decor choices overwhelming.  I've changed my mind at least 20 times, but I've finally decided I want the color scheme to be navy and neutrals.  But this might change in 5 minutes so I'll keep you posted.

Considering I'm 23 years old and haven't even been working in the real world for a year yet, I'm extremely limited, budget-wise.  I'm all about Ikea right now and will probably get most of my staples from there.  But a girl can still window shop, right? I've been scouring One Kings Lane, Serena & Lily, and West Elm almost weekly to get inspiration.  Their pieces are gorgeous and, while they're out of my price range, I love finding something on there and then making it my mission to find a less expensive version of it. 

Here are some of the items on my wish list so far.  
(I find it hilarious that, if I were to purchase all of these, the total would probably be more and an entry-level yearly salary.)



What are some of your favorite places to window shop? And where do you go to find more affordable pieces?

The [Condensed] Soup: August 22

So today I got ready for work and took one step outside only to realize that I forgot to put shoes on.  So yeah, happy Friday.

1. Ice Bucket Challenge

We've all seen it. Probably about a hundred times if you're a millennial and ever check Facebook.
I've seen a lot of people get annoyed by it and even go as far as to say they will "defriend" anyone that does it. I totally understand getting annoyed with social media trends, but what I think these people don't realize is that this is truly making a difference.  At first I sort of snarked at all the videos.  I thought it was sort of silly until I watched this and the video above. Not only that, but the ALS Association has received over $41 million in donations from this. That is insane.  So before you turn your nose up at all the videos you see on your Facebook feed, watch those videos and realize how much good this is actually doing.

2. Little League World Series

Image Source: Brett Carlsen for The New York Times
I don't know about everyone else, but I love the Little League World Series.  I swear I get so wrapped up in these games, you'd think I had a child playing in them.  There's something so fun about taking a break from watching the huge multi-millionaire professionals and seeing a bunch of kids get their chance to compete on a national stage. 
By now I'm sure you've heard about Mo'ne Davis, the 13 year old girl who absolutely killed it this year.  She plays on the team from Philadelphia, so I had even more fun rooting for her knowing she was from my area. She has the poise of a seasoned MLB pitcher and a fast ball that can strike out even the biggest, most intimidating hitters.  I find her pretty darn inspirational for someone who is a full 10 years younger than me! Unfortunately, she and her team lost on Wednesday night in a tough 8-1 game against the team from Las Vegas. Nevertheless, she made history as only the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series and has so much to be proud of.  #GirlPower
PS. This speech from Dave Belisle, the coach of a team from Rhode Island, is one for the ages.  It may make you cry.... totally not speaking from experience or anything. 

3. A Recipe From God

I think we're all aware that I don't cook.  Like ever.  I keep thinking that's going to change soon, and maybe it will.  But for now, I'll stick to drooling over recipes I find on Pinterest. 
This one from the blog Hun What's For Dinner? looks BANGIN'.  I love pierogis (pretty sure that's the actual spelling) because I mean what's not to like? Dough stuffed with potato and cheese is really all you need in life.  Unfortunately, my selection is limited to the frozen Mrs. T's kind that you buy at the supermarket that you boil and eat plain.  But after seeing this, I may have to step up my game. I would probably eat cardboard if it had cheese, sour cream, and avocado on it so this will definitely be one of the first things I make in my new apartment.... If I ever get around to actually using my kitchen.

4. Stackable Cuffs

Instagram: @catiescott3
So bracelets usually drive me crazy.  I rarely ever wear anything on my wrists other than a watch because after about a half hour, anything else just starts to annoy me.  But lately I've been getting really into dainty little cuff bracelets.  They're perfect to pair with a watch, and because they're usually pretty fitted and not dangly, they don't become annoying for intolerant people such as myself. I've included some of my favorites above, along with a few that I actually own and love. 

5. #BackThatAzzUp

I know, I know, it's sooo predictable, but I had to.  I genuinely hated this song at first, but the more you listen to it the more catchy it becomes.  I imagine that's how becoming addicted to crystal meth works. 


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