links // since i’ve been gone

We’re going to call this, “The Best of the Internet since January.” Because, well, it’s been a while. What I lack in timeliness, I make up in content. That could be a lie, but either way, I enjoyed them (and they cover a wide reach of topics). Today, I offer you champagne, mixed race commentary, dance, cheese, pasta, and a KFC romance novel. And a few other bits of greatness.

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Also, a trip to see the Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum

links // life, love, and other musicals


I would hope that I could start off this recap in a different way than last week. But, sadly, it’s still applicable. This week was rough. It’s the sort of week where you question the sanity of the world and then think, this is why people can’t have nice things, or guns. Definitely that last one. I mean, if one kid can’t have peanuts, the whole school goes peanut free to save the one kid — just saying. It has been interesting to watch responses from the “religious communities,” I specifically am not calling them the Christian communities because the “pastors” who said made offensive statements about how this was what God intended because the victims were gay does not serve the same God I do. So needless to say when a trending topic on Facebook was how Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales, wrote a blog post regarding Orlando, I visibly cringed in fear. What was he going to say, was I going to feel sad because i love Veggie Tales, I had a lot of questions. But it was actually good. And so I leave you with my favorite part of the post:

But my prayer for the rest of us – especially those of us who call ourselves Jesus followers – is that we would resist the siren song of fear. This side of heaven, security is an illusion at best. We are never more than one drunken driver or cancer diagnosis away from a life-altering or life-ending event. Never. And yet paradoxically, as followers of Jesus, we are always secure. The love of Christ is all we need, and no event on Earth can take that away from us. As followers of Jesus, we are safe. Always. In all neighborhoods. In all circumstances. At all times.

And so it falls to us to demonstrate fearless living to our friends and neighbors. As Justin Martyr before the Romans, Deitrich Bonhoeffer before the Nazis, Martin Luther King Jr. before the racist whites of Birmingham, we have access to supernatural peace. A peace that allows us to stand before the threat of the sword, the gallows, the firebomb, the terrorist, the cancer diagnosis, and respond as all those saints before us – with love. Supernatural love that comes from supernatural peace. Supernatural love that drives out fear. Supernatural love that is the key to showing a frightened nation a better way. — Phil Vischer

And in addition to the above, a few random reads for the week and a whole lot of feel-good Tony Awards news.

TONY AWARD EDITION: All Things Hamilton (or all of Broadway).

There are so many feelings on the theater world in this post-Tonys moment. From the opening to the other opening to the closing and everything in between (yes, each one of those is a different clip). Hamilton won 11 Tonys. Renee Elise Goldsberry, aka Angelica, made me cry. Lin-Manuel Miranda gave the most amazing and delightful speeches. All of the actor winners in the musical category were persons of color (say what?!). There was audience karaoke during the commercial breaks (are we surprised since this was in fact hosted by James Corden). And, the #HamilDoc is coming to PBS in October (Happy Birthday to me).

links // pineapples, panama, and puppies

Let’s go ahead and kick off this new feature, that no one needs and yet I am providing, with the realization that this is going to be a journey across the internet and into my brain. Two things most people could do without, but wait…the two things I’m providing. #ImSoSorry #Blessing

  • Is the only thing about Panama that you pretend to know a canal? Well now there are the Papers and with the great genius of Reddit user and Vox, there is now a cartoon about Panama, shell corporations and piggy banks
  • Puppies with save your brain or at least that is what Soul Pancake has led me to believe. And there are CORGI puppies!! Eek!
  • Martha Stewart Weddings wonders if you want an adorable mobile-bar/coffee shop at your wedding? Is there anyone who would answer no to that question?
  • Because everyone needs a pineapple cup for their summer beverages and parties
  • Sometimes I wish it was 1940 still, and then I remember there were a few issues way back when. So instead, I will just say this Mashable article about 1940’s fashion photography is amazing.
  • Listening to Jessie Mueller singing at the Waitress press viewing. Also being excited to see her perform at the end of the month!
  • A football player does ballet.

All Things Hamilton (or all of Broadway).

MCC’s Miscast was this past week and beside the amazing Aaron Tveit singing RENT and Cynthia Erivo doing Yentl, the kids of Broadway went all Schuyler Sisters. Work! Also, if you want to cry you can do so by reading A.Ham’s last letter to Eliza. Get the tissues out.

weekly links // 02

This week the girls at 100 Layer Cake did an awesome feature on wedding cocktail mixology featuring the dapper gentlemen at Pharmacie LA. I love that they are bringing mixology to the wedding world (and other events of course) and I would love a chance to sample a few of their specialties. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge…which really just means I’m going to have to find myself LA soon…preferably with an event to attend.

Looking for a convenient way to gather addresses for your next party. Postable is for you.

You Away Messages — via Twitter

Sometimes you wonder do I need to be over the top when party planning. Then you find out Kate and Andy Spade like Triscuits, meatloaf and Duncan Hines cake…and all the sudden, the world is yours again. — Bon Appetit

50 Shades of Chicken, enough said.

If you think that using photoshop to create art is tedious, imagine using salt. — the Kitchn

Autumn Grilled Cheese Options — Design Sponge

JetBlue and a GOTV campaign had a baby. It’s adorable. — JetBlue Election Protection

Is it time for co-ed swimming relays at the Olympics. I sure do hope so — Olympic Talk, NBC

Kate Spade and Paperless Post have a Baby.

Cast Bronze Jewelry from the ever awesome Kate Miss

“I know that some of you take your issues with the Beast and his willingness to submit the village bettie to Stockholm Syndrome so easily, but give the guy a break. You’ve been locked in a gothic castle for 20-some years with a bunch of singing furniture, you tell me you won’t take the first thing that walks by your front yard and make it come play some card games with you, even against their will. Regardless of problematic plot points, though, all is inherently forgiven the second he gives that girl a library. Come on, a library. And then as if that weren’t enough, he almost dies for her, and turns into this super-hot guy with that whole sexy Renaissance long-hair look. Keeper if I’ve ever saw one.” — Thought Catalog

Halloween costume ideas from Oh Happy Day. Imagine clouds and flowers.

weekly links is a new weekly (surprise!) series featuring my favorite things discovered on the the internets. It doesn’t have a permanent day of the week home yet, but it’s working on it.  

roundup: a few favorites

So I may spend too much time reading random things on the internet and I also tend to get in trouble for not emailing the best of the best to friends. Normally the convo goes:

Me: ohmygosh did you see the…[insert random viral video here]
Friend: ummm, no…you didn’t send it to me???

Thus, this week’s favorites…starting with the Ben Folds Five and FRAGGLES!

Are you at a Hipster Wedding?  — Refinery 29

Dr. Suess Inspired Wedding, Part 1 (Part. 2) — Green Wedding Shoes

Meet The Pie Hole, Los Angeles

Best Proposal Ever via Jeni’s