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I Want That Wednesday: Serial Notebook

You guys, please tell me you’ve all been listing to Serial. It’s. so. good.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s an NPR podcast, a spinoff of This American Life, where they tell one story over 12 weeks, with a new episode out each Thursday. (Only online, never actually broadcast on the radio.)

This “season,” Sarah Koenig, the reporter-turned-narrator, tells the story of Adnan Syed, a then-high school senior who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfiend, Hae Min Lee. Each episodes delves into a different topic surrounding the case, from Hae and Adnan’s breakup to inconsistencies in the investigation to Adnan’s alibi.

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It’s all kind of messed up really, but it makes for great storytelling. It absolutely appeals to the old-school reporter in me. Not only is it a type of long-form journalism, but it harkens back to the days when people used to crowd around the radio to listen to their favorite programs. In this world of instant gratification (think new shows being released all at once à la Netflix), it’s refreshing to me that people are excited for Thursday to come each week so they can listen to another part of this documentary.

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But tomorrow is the last episode! I’m so sad. (If you haven’t been listening but would like to start, you can catch up on all the episodes online.) Luckily, the podcast gained such popularity that enough donations came in to have a second season. Woohoo! I can’t wait to find out what the story will be.

If you would like to donate to Serial in a way – or just know a super fan that you still need to buy a Christmas gift for – NPR just released a Serial notebook in the This American Life Store! I want.

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Serial Notebook, $15, This American Life Store

(Images: SerialThis American Life)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.

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I Want That Wednesday: Metallic Playing Cards

My favorite part of Christmas shopping is picking up stocking stuffers. I love buying those fun, cheap, completely unnecessary items—they sometimes end up being more meaningful than bigger gifts.

89d3ad3afdd4abdecc34ad16b8734a4cNow, I don’t know that these gold playing cards are especially meaningful, but they’re definitely cool. They’d add a luxe touch to an otherwise ho-hum game night or holiday party. Plus, they’d just be a good conversation/game starter as part of a coffee table vignette.

Metallic Playing Cards, $18, Anthropologie (also available in rose)

(Images: Anthropologie)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.

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I Want That Wednesday: Carry On Cocktail Kit

I hope everyone out there is arriving safely to their Thanksgiving day destinations. It took me three hours to get from Chicago to my parents’ house, a drive that usually takes less than an hour and a half… Let’s just say I was extremely cranky and in desperate need of a drink when I finally made it.

Those of you hitting the airports for transportation, I stumbled upon a great solution for your in-flight cocktailing needs—just in time for the holiday season!

d5179df5dffd3690aec94c8e4b371795The Carry On Cocktail Kit provides all the makings for two Old Fashioned cocktails—just add ice and whiskey. (From what I gather, it’s illegal to drink your own mini bottles of booze on the plane, so either risk it or buy from the flight attendant.)

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 10.03.26 PMAs you can see, the components included are: carry-on tin, recipe card, spoon/muddler, aromatic bitters, cane sugar and linen coaster.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 9.59.45 PMSo even if you’re stuck sitting on the tarmac or that toddler won’t stop kicking your chair, at least you can have a nice cocktail to take the edge off. Cheers my friends!

The Carry On Cocktail Kit, $24, carryoncocktailkit.com

(Images: The Carry On Cocktail Kit)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.

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I Want That Wednesday: Amy Poehler’s New Book!

Amy Poehler, the Saturday Night Live vet and star of Parks and Recreation—and a major lady crush of mine—released a memoir yesterday, and I’m dying to read it! From what I hear, Yes Please covers everything from hosting the Golden Globes with Tina Fey to having a “great face for wigs” to being a world-class snooper. If Amy herself is half as charming as her characters, I’m sure the book will be a bestseller in no time.

2D274905957270-YesPlease.blocks_desktop_mediumYes Please by Amy Poehler, $18, Amazon

(Image: Amazon)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.

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I Want That Wednesday: Bell Flush Mount Lamp

Why do rental apartments always have such terrible lighting fixtures? Well, I mean, I guess it’s because they probably buy the cheapest thing in bulk for all their units/buildings whether it’s hideous or not and never replace it. Maybe I’d have a bit more sympathy if I was the landlord, but I’m the tenant who has to look at these ugly ass “crystal” or “smoked glass” (some quite literally, like someone put too hot a bulb in there at some point) flush mount fixtures in my entry, kitchen, bedroom, etc.

I took it upon myself to swap out the light in the dining room (the perks of having an electrician as a father!). It’s almost definitely against the terms of my lease, but it makes such a huge difference. That’s a pendant light though, so it was much easier to find an appropriate replacement.

But as I prepare to paint my kitchen this weekend (it desperately needs it!), I keep looking at the two crappy flush mount fixtures and wondering if there’s any stylish alternatives out there. Enter CB2’s Bell Flush Mount Lamps:

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I’ll let the description speak for itself:

minimal to the max. Oversized bell beams modern in a sculptural two-tone design by Studio 1A.M. Based in Chicago and Los Angeles, the designers were “inspired by organic and vintage-modern designs that achieve a soft but minimal and versatile aesthetic.” Bright white painted steel shade lights up overhead or on the wall with brass-painted interior that amplifies the glow. Light up the room with our cut-glass or vintage-style filament bulbs.

Gimme, gimme, gimme!

Bell Flush Mount Lamps, $60, CB2

(Image: CB2)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.

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I Want That Wednesday: Silver Ridge Studio Prints

I’ve coveted this print for, quite literally, years…

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I can’t even remember where I first ran across it at this point, but I think it’s so beautiful. I love the colors and her freckles. And I’m crazy envious of her voluminous ‘do.  I guess I haven’t snatched it up only because I’m not sure where I’d put it right now. But you will be mine some day, Rosa. You will be mine.

And maybe some of your stylish friends can come too…

Watercolour prints by Silver Ridge Studio, $35-$250/each, Etsy.com

(Images: Etsy)

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I Want That Wednesday: Cheetah Flats

For a home and design blog, I feel like I talk about shoes a lot. Sorry…

But this is exactly the time of year when I want to buy soooo many new shoes! I love sandals, but give me all of the boots and flats instead. OK great, thanks.

Until that happens, I’m on the hunt for the perfect pair of cheetah flats. Almost all of my fall/winter clothes are black, so cheetah print provides a nice contrast. But it’s been a struggle to find just the right pair… until now. Say hello to Felicia:

 

I know pointed-toe flats are all the rage, but I’m more a fan of the classic ballet style. (The pointy ones suffocate my toes, especially now that they’re used to the big toe box on my running shoes!) My plan is to throw together a little look like this:

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I know I say I’m only in the market for cheetah print, but what’s also exciting is that Sam Edelman makes this shoe in (at least) 19 colors. 19! If I end up liking these, I can definitely imagine coming back for the Saddle and Sharkskin ones.

What are your go-to flats for this fall?

Sam Edelman Felicia Flats, $90-$110, Zappos

(Images: Zappos, Polyvore)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.