Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Discussion Questions for Mindy Kaling's 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?'

1. Grade the book, A-F.

2. Compared to other memoirs you've read, how does this one stack up?

3. What was your favorite essay in the book? Why?

4. What parts did you find most relatable?

5. To what do you attribute Mindy's success in Hollywood? Her passion? Her ambition? Pure Talent? Luck?

6. Are there deeper themes to the book as a whole, or is it just a light-hearted, funny read?

7. Did you find any relevant career advice?

8. Is Mindy a good role model? Is she one of your's?

9. A lot of Mindy's humor is self-deprecating. Do you think she is too hard on herself? If so, does that perhaps speak to the pressure of celebrity?

10. What is the deal with young celebs writing memoirs? Are you over it? Who would you want to see come out with one?


- Cameron

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Week of August 25


Bey and Sam completely killed it last night at the VMAs.

The trailer for the Brittany Murphy (Lifetime) biopic is out, not sure what to think about this one...

The Emmys are on tonight!  Any predictions??

Finally, real-time updates for the Green Line will be available before the end of the year!

One of our favorite gals, {av}, shows you the yummiest (and photogenic!) ways to use the ever-popular ingredient, avocado

It looks like Wahlburgers will have its second location opened within the next nine months or so.  Now, to wonder when Fenway will happen!

Thought you'd never see a GoT star in our great city?  Think again.

Have you heard of the stylist giving haircuts to homeless people in Manhattan?

Think you may be working too hard?  Try this test first...

What will be thought up next?  We can now charge our phones on jewelry!

Ever wonder how to take a better photo?  Here are 20 ways!

We hope you take advantage of this week's warm temps, fall is just around the corner!  Have a great one!

- Meredith

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer Vacations

Forget The Cape. Head west instead and enjoy the serene beauty of the Adirondacks!

Friday, August 22, 2014

That JCrew Gingham Shirt

There have been some ridiculous social media accounts out there in past years.  A few relate to features or "assets" of celebrities (e.g. this after Oscars 2012), others are notable TV characters. No matter what, they seem to be created by people with far too much time on their hands.  At any rate, let's be real and admit they can be entertaining.

The latest obscure social media account has to be @ThatJCrewGinghamShirt.  As a classic staple in a guy's wardrobe, particularly one in New England, we've all see this shirt.  It flatters most, it's lighter than flannel and is pretty much seasonless.  Now, it's wearers are being captured from all over and shared via instagram, because, I guess, why not?  Let's hope this ridiculousness continues!

- Meredith

all photos from TJGS's instagram

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dreamy Denim from Urban Outfitters

As avid readers of the stylish blog, They All Hate Us, we JUGs have become quite the fans of distressed denim and how veristile the look can be. Paired with a peplum top and heels and you're shabby chic glam. Paired with sneakers and a comfy tee or sweater and your the real American girl. 

So, what's not to love? Um, making them! If you're like me, I hate buying jeans and trying to distress them myself. Not only is there the risk factor in the possibility of wasting money on your newly ruined pair of jeans, but it also takes a lot of effort and generally comes out looking forced. 

Luckily this fall Urban Outfitters has the answer to our distressed denim dreams. With numerous options of BDG ripped jeans (all under $100), we're set for fall. My top picks to buy: this white pair and this light wash pair.  

I can't wait for tailgate season. I'm busting out the white pair with a comfy gray sweater and my black slip on vans, fo' sho!

- Suzanne

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flash Tattoos

Last week, Cam, Suz and I attended an even hosted by Nine West to introduce their new line and collaboration with InStyle magazine.  Although the shoes were major, we were also very much into the flash tattoo table.  This trend is a great one to try, especially if you're like me and have never been ready to commit to a tattoo for longer than the great 3-4 day staying power of flash.  The metallic colors appear more like jewelry than something stamped onto your body and for short money!

What do you think, will you be trying this trend?

- Meredith

all photos via pinterest

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Week of August 18th

It's Monday again. How did that happen? Who knows, but we do know a few things that we'd like to share with you...

Boston Bloggers, don't forget to register for the end of Summer Soirée at Precinct Kitchen + Bar August 26th.

Boston style blogger, City Tonic just posted a fab collab with NYLONmag to promote the relaunch of their online shop NYLONshop. How cute is that mod mini skirt?

H E A L T H   &  F I T N E S S
This chocolate banana shake is next on my morning smoothie line up.

Can't bear to do away with dessert? Here's 4 Ways to Healthify Your Ice Cream from Glamour Magazine.

I love this. Dating advice from a mother of an arranged marriage. So worth reading!

C A R E E R  &  A D V I C E
How the talented bag designer Clare Vivier got her start will probably surprise and inspire you to start acting more on your instincts.

Feeling underpaid? Do your homework and find out. This and other advice on how to get paid your worth.

This new online shopping app, Spring, could literally kill my bank account.

I N   T H E   B E A N
If the mayor can do one thing for me this year it would be to bronze a statue of Robin Williams in The Boston Public Garden.

Have a great week!

- Suzanne

Friday, August 15, 2014

Apartment Envy: Dreams + Jeans

How adorable is this East Village apartment? It belongs to Alex Yeske, blogger behind Dreams+Jeans and graphic designer for Madewell. As her first shared apartment with her boyfriend, I think they do an excellent job of creating a clean and open gender neutral living space, don't you? Check out the full apartment tour on Design*Sponge here.

- Suzanne

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Latest Obsessions: Jungalow Planters

1. Himmeli Hanging Planter, $57
2. Kati Von Lehman Etched Planter, $65
3. 4 Tier Rope Planter, $125
4. Delphi Blue Hanging Planter, $80

After drooling over these two inspiration rooms on pinterest, I've decided to take matters into my own hands and use a few hanging planters to give my North End apartment a modern jungalow vibe! The good news is that if these planters are too expensive for ya, there are tons of DIY tutorials on pinterest too....maybe a good craft night idea?!

- Cameron

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Daily Read: House of Turquoise

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I have been waiting in anticipation for a while to post about one of my favorite daily reads, House of Turquoise, by turquoise-lover Erin Moser out of Minnesota.  As a fellow admirer of home decor and also one somewhat turquoise-obsessed, I am constantly bookmarking Erin's posts that feature various homes and design projects across the globe.  She offers some serious inspiration and the oceanic theme is one that always draws me in.  Too much of a good thing is a great thing in this case!

It sure doesn't hurt that a good amount of posts are in New England and/or have that New England influence.  Call me sheltered (no pun intended), but I will swoon over shingled siding any day!  To boot, Erin's Pinterest page welcomes countless visual candy, with a full dose of turquoise, just the way I prefer it to be!

- Meredith

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week of August 11


E N D  O F  S U M M E R  C H E C K L I S T

Can you believe it is already the second week in August? So much to do...and so little time left! Here are a few JUGS-approved activities for your end-of-summer short list:

  • picnic on Boston's Harbor Islands
  • see an outdoor movie at Christopher Columbus Park
  • search for vintage finds at SOWA
  • finally check out Revere Beach
  • get farm fresh corn and tomatoes at the farmer's market
  • take a walk in the Arnold Arboretum
  • see the Magna Carta at the MFA
  • get a new bikini on super sale somewhere


Blog Better Boston just opened registration for the third part in their summer series - BBBos Learning Labs: Ask the Experts featuring tips from some of our favorite ladies at Bostinno, ECBA Law Offices, and Good Girl Gone Blog.

The JUGs are also excited to meet some fellow bloggers and fashion experts at the 9W<3InStyle event on Wednesday with Leah Karp.

And though we can't make it, we are pumped to see photos from the BHLDN Open House with Boston Bloggers!

H E A L T H  &  F I T N E S S 

YESSSSSSSSS: 7 Ways Drinking Wine Can Improve Your Health and Happiness.

Mark your calendars - Free BollyX Class at the Hatch Shell on September 4th.

I absolutely swear by these 10 Tips for Better Living. And if you're new to meditation like I am, this is a great place to start.

New challenge - no complaining for 7 days.

B E A C H  R E A D S

The next JUGs book club discussion is just around the corner. Grab Mindy Kaling's Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me and check back soon for discussion questions.

Have a great week!
- Cameron