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I Just Don’t Get…

Hipsters.

Hot Hipster.

Hipsters are intriguing as a cultural study, but another sect of culture that I don’t fully comprehend. Hipsters are usually on the wealthier side of the spectrum, but they usually dress like they’re poor. Hipsters love fake horn-rimmed glasses, hats, scarves, tiny tight sweaters, layers of poor people clothing, scruff, giant bags, flannel, deep v-necks, and general homelessness-type attire that costs more than my rent. They usually segregate themselves to a certain part of town that is more “artsy” by their standards and can be conquered by their single-speed bikes (Silverlake, Los Feliz, Williamsburg, Greenwich, Wicker Park, The Design District, the entitre Northwest), filled with coffee shops and, of course, Parliament cigarettes and PBR. In my personal theory, that is mostly what they consume aside from some vegan options, thus keeping their skinny and non-muscular figures in tact. Unfortunately, they listen to most of the same music as I do, but this just means they have pretty excellent music taste. I tend to bump into these types at concerts. They flock to vintage stores, tight jeans (women’s jeans, tapered jeans, and skinnies especially), dark hair, side-swept bangs, and serious faces. Walk into American Apparel to find your inner hipster today. The tighter the better, and you might as well pick up smoking and a mustache while you’re at it.

How did hipster-dom become something so big? Where do they hold summits on what is appropriate hipster gear and hipster food? Can I study hipsterology somewhere???

not a hot hipster. more typical.

Maybe I should just stalk the Design District instead. For more examples of hipsters, refer to the LATFH site here.

Harry Potter Heaven

As many of you know, I have been waiting for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open for approximately 3-4 years or since they announced it. Universal’s pushed back the opening date a few times, and each time my little heart gets sadder. Finally, it opened as a personal birthday present to me, merely one week after I turned too old to pass for a legit HP fan. No worries, I am still planning to go in July, and I will enjoy every second and probably take 1000000 photos for Dennendore. I can’t remember the last time I got so excited about something that I watched a poorly done ABC special on it. Anyway, I am going to melt in the heat as I drink butter beer, go on rides, and enjoy Hogwarts. You should be jealous.

Unless, that is, you’re over 265 pounds. The “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride cannot accommodate anyone over 265 pounds, but it also has to do with body shape (as in if you’re tall and weigh that, it might work out). The cars just can’t handle obesity very well. Other rides at Universal have some seats to handle larger people, but this ride is not one of them. All rides have some sort of weight restriction no matter where you are, so now you might have to go on a diet to enjoy the ride. People are complaining, but really, the park can’t have everything fit to everyone. So beware before you head out there!

Douchelord of the Day

Jon Gosselin could be the douchelord for so many reasons… but I crown him now for this heinous tattoo (photo from Radar Online):

I’ve read the book, and it is definitely NOT called The Man With the Dragon Tattoo. It is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, she weighs about 120 pounds less than Jon Gosselin, and she is not into Ed Hardy. As a matter of fact, she’s around the age of Jon Gosselin’s latest girlfriends (early 20’s). He claims the tattoo is to signify how he’s making a change in his life. Unless he starts spending quality time with his children and not the children he dates and stops wearing Ed Hardy and tacky earrings, I won’t notice a change. Though I am sure we can all agree Kate is quite the ____, it doesn’t mean he has to be a douchelord of the day. That tattoo is awful. Thanks Jen for sending this quality photo to me, and thanks Jon Gosselin for being today’s douchelord of the day.

Greens To Go

I am OBSESSED with my mint nail polish. I bought it about two months ago and have been wearing it since then. You can find Revlon’s Minted color at places like CVS or Walgreens, and it’s merely $5. I get compliments every time I wear it, and the color is a must-have once you start to tan. I have even inspired some people to purchase this already.

As you can see above, the nailpolish is mellow enough to be understated, yet bold enough to still stand out as different.

Mint is the must-have for nails this season, and so are other shades of greeny blues. I think the reason I love the Revlon one is because it’s kind of creamy. You have to do two to three coats, but it dries fairly quickly and I find the brush very easy to use.

A lot of brands are offering up this hot color and other kinds of greens, so if you can’t find it at your drugstore, here are some other similarly cute and trendy nailpolish colors for you:

Buy the best green tone for your skin and wear it all summer long.

I Just Don’t Get…

Ravers.

photo courtesy of scott

What is this raver culture that I cannot comprehend?

Raves started in England, and they were parties where people listened to electro dance music and techno, so nothing has changed since then… They like peace, love, unity, and respect- basically, they’re new-age hippies.

That’s great and all, but why do they dress like the ladies above? And why do they trade beads? I don’t get it, but they all went to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles this past weekend. What’s with the tight clothes, the bras, the neon, the furry hooker boots, and the prevalence of Hello Kitty? Someone help me comprehend. Dennen??

Douchelord of the Day

Ke$ha. Anyone who has a $ sign in their name should automatically fall into douchey crowning glory, but it wasn’t until I was reminded of her “singing” today why she belongs right here. Ke$ha does not sing. She talks to the tune of music, and the reason I really can’t stand her? Her talk-singing music is catchy, gets stuck in my head, and I find myself slightly enjoying the horror and disdain that is her, single-handedly ruining singing as a profession. I don’t understand why she neglects to shower, dresses like a poor hooker, and pretends to be drunk all the time. I truly am appalled and yet amazed at the same time- how did she become famous?

supes classy

Did you know that when you Google search her, “Ke$ha is ugly” is one of the top auto-fill options? I have no idea what’s under that hot mess, but I kind of agree thus far. Ke$ha is desecrating on the sanctity of my ears and eyes, but I am singing her stuff anyway- FAIL. Enjoy being the Douchelord of the Day!

Update: please read Lara’s opinion on hot mess Ke$ha here at http://clarafications.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/kesha-needs-to-get-laid/

Jersey Shore Does Twilight

If you enjoy watching Jersey Shore, this clip will definitely make you laugh– they bring some GTL and pickles up to Forks with Snooki as Bella here.

Summer TV

Since the only shows I watch in the summer are things like SYTYCD and Top Chef, I usually end up watching DVDs of older shows, get hooked, and fuel my addiction to television. Last summer I was all about Dexter (WATCH IT NOW), and this summer I just got hooked to two more shows- Chuck and Mad Men.

Chuck starts with a guy named Chuck (clearly) who got expelled from Stanford, reasons unknown, and works at the Buy More. Buy More is exactly like Best Buy, and his position is like an employee of the Geek Squad except they’re called the “Nerd Herd”. You have to love the rhyming, right? He lives with his sister in Los Angeles, and he accidentally ends up downloading government secrets into his head. Oopsies. He has two handlers that end him up in trouble but try to keep him out of trouble at the same time, and this show explores his life now that he has all this knowledge. There’s action, comedy, and sentimental parts too. You can’t help loving Chuck and even his dorky best friend, Morgan. The show is on NBC, but while it’s on summer hiatus buy the DVDs on Blu Ray on Amazon here.

Mad Men begins in 1960, and the show lives up to the critics’ hype and all of its Emmy/ Golden Globe awards. MAd Men centers around an advertising exec, Don Draper, in his office in New York City. The culture of corporations is quite different than mine… and different in a bad way mostly. They smoke in the office (sick), women are merely secretaries and objects 80% of the time, and women who are housewives are expected to be there with dinner ready and the kids taken care of in the ‘burbs. I love their outfits and Christina Hendricks and January Jones are gorgeous. The new season starts July 25th so I guess I better watch all three seasons ASAP! Enjoy for some drama and lots of intriguing historical information as well. I, for one, am quite relieved I didn’t live then… I would’ve been miserable. Buy all three previous seasons at Amazon and get caught up over the next month in time for the premiere!

-Whitney J. Manson

Easy Italian

My brother told me a few weeks ago that as a child, I would only eat toast or cheese or something with a combination of  the two. I’m afraid to admit those still rank high on my favorite items list, but you know what, at least I can say I’m consistent. Since I eat like a kid, maybe your kid will like these too. They’re really simple to make!

  • Mazola Pure® Cooking Spray
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 envelopes Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup very warm water (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 ounces pepperoni slices
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Spray a 9-1/2-inch deep dish pie dish. Mix the ingredients that go in the dough and spread over the pie dish. Cover the batter with pizza sauce, layer with pepperoni, and then sprinkle the top with cheese. Place it in the unheated oven and turn it on to 350 degrees Bake the dish for thirty minutes and serve.

Pasta dishes can get boring, so spice up some regular rotini with some fun:

Boil whole wheat pasta according to the directions on the box. Smother in the sauce of your choice and mix in mozzarella cheese and crushed croutons or garlic rounds. Continue to cook until the cheese is melted and serve! This dish goes great with a Caesar salad on the side.

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