“Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you. And never be so faithful to your plan that when you hit a bump in the road — or when the bumps hit you — you don’t have the fortitude, grace and resiliency to rethink and regroup. Plans or no plans, keep a little space in your heart for the improbable. You won’t regret it.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren shared this gem of wisdom when asked what she wishes she could tell her 22-year-old self. So valid and applicable, no matter what your age or career path. Consider this reason #4,598 that Elizabeth is on my short list of Women Who I Regularly Pretend Are My Mom. [Huffington Post]
You guys. It happened. O-Town has released their first single since announcing they were reuniting as a foursome without Ashley Parker Angel. The song, “Skydive,” is a mid-tempo jam off their upcoming album, Lines & Circles, which is set to be released on August 3rd. It doesn’t hold a candle to the Backstreet Boys’ new music (obviously), but it’s a solid boy band song (think One Direction on mild sedatives). The only thing is … after listening to it, I’m really, really feeling the absence of Ashley Parker Angel. Sigh. Turns out even a 70-piece orchestra can’t replace him. Listen below and see if you can wrap your head around O-Town Minus Ashley.
There are some people who seem to be physically incapable of sitting still, whose idea of a great Saturday morning is waking up early, running 10 miles, and pumping some iron. There are other people who seem to be physically incapable of leaving the couch, whose idea of a great Saturday is sleeping in til noon and ordering brunch delivery. It’s always seemed like there was a fundamental difference between these people, hasn’t it? And now science has an intriguing explanation, which comes to life in this charming animated video. Don’t worry, if you’re a member of the latter group, you don’t have to leave the couch to watch it. Just push play. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]
Any woman will tell you that choosing a purse is a surprisingly personal decision. When you carry the same bag every day, it starts to feel like an extension of yourself. It must protect all your most important belongings, go with all your outfits, and possibly double as a weapon if you find yourself cornered by a skeezy dude at the bar. To say your bag needs to be versatile is an understatement. In my opinion (which is, of course, very personal), this crossbody bag is perfect. Big enough to hold your wallet, cellphone, makeup, keys, and a book; small enough to not weigh you down; in a gorgeous burgundy color that works for all 4 seasons. Plus, this baby is made to last: it’s handmade in Portland, Oregon of military grade fabric that’s stain and water resistant. And if that’s not enough, you can customize the color and hardware to match your exact taste. Love. It. [$150, Two Hold]
When you move into a new house and you’re busy and disorganized and don’t live anywhere near a Target, sometimes intriguing social experiments arise out of nowhere. Case in point: I have lived in my new place for a month and still don’t have a full-length mirror. I just haven’t gotten around to buying one, which means that I haven’t had regular access to my full-length reflection for 30 days. There are a couple mirrors in the house that were left by the previous owners, but their placement only lets me see myself from the shoulders up. Everything below that, I’m just catching occasional glimpses in the glare of the our living room window and hoping I look OK. Here are five results of my accidental no-mirror experiment so far… Keep reading »