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You’re Amazing Butt.
Submitted by Coujo (via iamchuckyouarepie), these pants are hands-down ridiculously amazing. And the only acceptable time, in my opinion, that leggings can be worn without a dress/tunic outside of exercise activities.
Only $24.99 from Romwe.
While I’m dressing dino and talking butts, I want this Dino Shapes Skirt from Drop Dead.

You’re Amazing Butt.

Submitted by Coujo (via iamchuckyouarepie), these pants are hands-down ridiculously amazing. And the only acceptable time, in my opinion, that leggings can be worn without a dress/tunic outside of exercise activities.

Only $24.99 from Romwe.

While I’m dressing dino and talking butts, I want this Dino Shapes Skirt from Drop Dead.

Free soft pretzels Friday

Thanks to Philly Pretzel Factory, you can get a free pretzel — no purchase necessary — at any Philly Pretzel Factory location (in more states than Pennsylvania) tomorrow, April 26, in celebration of National Pretzel Day.

You know, in case you want to save the 50cents you normally spend on a pretzel from a cart.

Stream Denison Witmer’s New Album
If you’re looking to listen to something soft and reflective, go ahead and stream Dension Witmer’s new album over at Paste (via Tangzine). The self-titled album is his ninth — a fitting time to sound introspective.  Produced by Philadelphia’s Devin Greenwood and with guest performances by Sufjan Stevens, Rosie Thomas, and William Fitzsimmons, it comes out on April 30 on Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Denison is playing an album release show with friends Soporus this Saturday, April 27, at Johnny Brenda’s.

Stream Denison Witmer’s New Album

If you’re looking to listen to something soft and reflective, go ahead and stream Dension Witmer’s new album over at Paste (via Tangzine). The self-titled album is his ninth — a fitting time to sound introspective.  Produced by Philadelphia’s Devin Greenwood and with guest performances by Sufjan Stevens, Rosie Thomas, and William Fitzsimmons, it comes out on April 30 on Asthmatic Kitty Records.

Denison is playing an album release show with friends Soporus this Saturday, April 27, at Johnny Brenda’s.

You’re Amazing: How to Make It

Here is a tutorial (via Inspired to Share/The Neighborhood) on how to make a kite with paper, skewers, a straw, tape and string. Oh and scissors. I wonder: Does it fly? There are no pictures of that happening.

I went to a lot of weddings about 5 years ago when I was still a student and had little expendable income. I gave very few wedding gifts and promised a lot of handmade kites because I like kites and I want to share them/that like for them. I have yet to deliver on those kites. I have been collecting materials (discarded umbrellas and leaky tents), and I tried a couple prototypes a couple years ago, but the mechanics/balance was off and they only flew about four feet off the ground. I became discouraged.

Sorry friends. The list of kites I owe haunts the back of my mind, if that is any comfort.

Maybe these paper kites will work. There is a template.

Make a Kite

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Stream Junip: Junip on Pitchfork Advance

This is working for me on a warm, overcast day while I rock the bleary-eyed computer-screen-stare and think, “Ugh. It’s only Tuesday?”

Amazing: Cheeks I’d like to kiss
Dinosaur sideburns two ways.
I think a Triceratops could also be worked out. DiploD can work on it for the wedding….
(via Coujo:Neatorama)

Amazing: Cheeks I’d like to kiss

Dinosaur sideburns two ways.

I think a Triceratops could also be worked out. DiploD can work on it for the wedding….

(via Coujo:Neatorama)

On Bangs and Eyebrows

Seeing these pictures of Model-Morphosis (via A Cup of Jo) in February, I noticed that most of those models have some eyebrows going on. I decided to let my eyebrows grow in to see what happens. Now, I’m not trying to be a model, but I’m also not trying to have to pluck or wax my eyebrows for the rest of my life.

Growing in eyebrows is a little scary looking or at least self-conscious-making (and a lot slower than you would think), but I have the perfect cover: I got bangs.

Wanting a hair change without cutting my hair, I had been thinking about bangs but was worried that the texture of my hair (fine and wavy) and my daily bike commute would make them impossible.

Then I saw this post: Ask Sarah: How Do I Get Bangin’ Bangs on A House in the Hills

That picture combined with the tips for fine-haired bangs immediately convinced me. I found a salon a block from my work and made an appointment for during lunch. Considering I had never been to this salon before, I got very lucky — she gave me exactly what I asked for, despite a c-curl and a cowlick in the bangs area.

With the bangs, I could hide the growing-in eyebrows during their awkward months. Perfect.

And it turns out that bike helmets are great for keeping bangs flat. (Let’s see how that works out once it warms up and the commute gets sweaty…)

The thing about bangs though, is that they grow. Much faster than the rest of your hair, which I really just don’t understand. The rest of my hair does not grow half an inch in three weeks.

So this morning, I trimmed my bangs. And you know what happened next.

The first trimming I did myself a few weeks ago went so well I was confident I could pull it off again. And I did — they are even but a wee bit short, leaving my eyebrows partially exposed.

I have three options:

1. Pluck or wax my brows
2. Wear my large-framed glasses all the time
3. Tell myself that probably no one is looking at my eyebrows (except that I’m flying to Phoenix to visit my family this weekend and family are the people that notice these things, along with the people who sit next to you on airplanes if they’re anything like me) and no one cares about eyebrows (clearly I care about eyebrows and I can’t be the only one, in fact there are a surprising number of tumblrs devoted to eyebrows…)

Glasses it is.

Midnight Faces — Feel This Way (via Tangzine)

Saxon Shore co-founder Matthew Warn (known as Matt Doty before he got married) has started a new band called Midnight Faces with Phil Stancil on vocals. Produced by Jason Martin (Starflyer 59, The Drums), their first full-length album, Fornication, will be out June 18.

For those of you used to Saxon Shore, Midnight Faces is decidedly different. While the lyrics may be brooding, the sound is definitely poppy in a good, catchy, easy to listen to kind of way. The Washington, D.C. based duo is booking tours for the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

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"Feel This Way" comes from the Midnight Faces EP, which is available for download now.

In other news of Saxon Shore members and members-former, Soporus will be opening for Denison Witmer’s album release show at Johnny Brenda’s on April 27.

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Philly Coffee Shop Ranked #1 in America

My favorite neighborhood coffee shop, Ultimo, was ranked #1 in America by TheDailyMeal.com. Now, I don’t know what kind of authority The Daily Meal is, but I’d say that’s pretty good.

Hear that America? We have more than cheesesteaks, TastyKakes, and aggressive sports fans here — we have really good coffee served by really nice people in a really cozy spot.

Ultimo, thanks for bringing some pride to South Philly.

(Photo by aultimo via Flickr)

Like a Lion

We all know that we were lied to at points in our educations — it turns out that Christopher Columbus was a horrible human being (and a product of his time) and the functions of trigonometry will NEVER be useful outside a classroom — but there’s one that gets me, one that really makes me irrationally angry every year:

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.


First of all, would it not have been easier just to teach us the month that we had to remember, the single word, “March,” than to make us chant this entire phrase?


Lion Cub Close-Up

Secondly, it’s not true! It’s just not true! Where was this phrase created? I grew up 75 miles east west of Philadelphia, the weather patterns are not that different. Why did I fall for it then? Why am I now annually disappointed and enraged? My poor little kindergarten brain won’t let it go.

Lamb Close-Up

March is a lion all the way through. It continues to be lion-y into April. It is not the April showers that will bring the May flowers that I am worried about, it is the persistent roaring lion-y wind that I cannot abide! Wind is not lamb-ish!

Perhaps there is a part of the country/world where this phrase (can it even be called a pneumonic device?) applies, but it is not true in the Northeast. Stop teaching it to young impressionable minds. Wind exists. Already living in an angry city, every March (and into April), this makes me shake my fist at the weather and my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Zeamer, whom I adored.

(Lion Cub and Lamb via The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose — I really like the Baby Fox and Baby Porcupine)