Midweek Musings: Macarons & Melodores

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

1. 73 Questions with Iggy Azalea \\ Vogue

I am a huge Iggy fan. It is amazing to see women making waves in music, particularly in hip-hop. Iggy has a sleek style plus she writes many of her own raps, which is pretty sick. These 73 Question videos Vogue puts out are so fun, and a great way to get inside their subjects' heads. (& houses! Iggy has her own recording studio!!!)

2. Lavender Macarons \\ Ike & Jane, Athens, GA

This might have been a twist of fate or just a bout of irony, but the very same day I craved Macarons and Googled where the cheapest place to ship me some would be, my friend Lucy announced that Ike & Jane (the cutest little bakery here in town where she works) started selling them again!!!!!!! HOORAY!!! Another cool bonus? Lucy bakes many of the goodies there and the Macarons are homemade by her!! (Although she says they are a pain to make...oops, sorry Luce) Don't mind me, I am just going to pop over every day after class and get my macaron fix. My favorite flavor is Lavender, though they come in vanilla, strawberry, orange, and pistachio. The Lavender ones are the most gorgeous lilac color and so delicious!

PS: If you are an Ike & Jane fan, or just have an unquenched sweet tooth, follow them on Instagram! Their pictures are so cute and will make your mouth water.

Treated myself yesterday morning to a few. :) Feeling very Parisian.

3. NYC Guide: 10 Ways to Not Look Like a Tourist \\ A Cup of Jo

Now that the fact that I will be spending 10 weeks this summer in the city of my dreams has sunk in (sort of), I've started reading and bookmarking article after article and blog after blog. I particularly like Joanna Goddard's NYC Guide that outlines all kinds of cool tips and off-the-beaten-path spots for those traveling to the City. This post made me laugh but I also took strict notes. My approach to becoming a New Yorker is definitely going to be a "fake-it-till-you-make-it" one. I'm planning on spicing up my wardrobe and walking on the right side of the sidewalk, but it might be difficult to lose the wide-eyed wonderment and leave my camera at home... 

Image from A Cup of Jo

4. Inside Gap's Plan to Get Back Into Your Drawers \\ Fast Company

Fast Company's article sets the stage with a grim statement: "the classic American shopping emporiums that put downtown Main Streets out of business in the 1960s are now themselves on their way to extinction." Detailing Gap's new approach to stay relevant to modern consumers, the article dives into marketing and retail strategies behind brands like Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy. After reading the article, I was particularly pleased to see one of the Old Navy commercials on TV featuring designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliot (see image below) who are featured as Old Navy's style ambassadors for the spring. I live in Gap and Old Navy and Banana Republic, so to see them reinventing their style and not giving up is inspiring. My fingers are crossed they will be successful!!!

Image from WWD

5. The Melodores \\ YouTube

Maybe I am just getting a little anxious for Pitch Perfect 2, but my roommate Mathilde recently showed me some of the Vanderbilt Melodores' videos on YouTube and now I am obsessed. I've always loved covers of songs, so the way the Melodores deconstruct the melody and make popular songs their own is so fun and fascinating. Also, on a separate note, Jewel's reaction at 2:48 matches mine exactly. (#SWOON)

ALSO: Note, matching outfits on point. Okay, bye.

That's all kids! Sorry for supporting your procrastination today. What struck your fancy this week?

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