favorite Netflix instant play movies

The movies on Netflix instant play can be hit or miss, but here are a few I’ve watched recently that were quite entertaining. Happy Friday!

John Mulaney: New in Town – As someone who finds overly crass or vulgar stand up comedians really grating, John Mulaney is my new favorite funny person. Not only is his self-deprecating nice guy act filled with hilarious impressions and tidbits of his life, but he also has a charmingly awkward demeanor that makes me wish we were friends in real life.

The Mind of a Chef – Foodies, put this on your list! This 16-episode series follows David Chang, founder of the uber popular Momofuku restaurants, as he goes on crazy cooking/traveling adventures with his chef friends. I never knew much about him prior to watching this, but I immediately liked him when he dined on fancy gourmet meals and munched on his favorite childhood snack (raw instant ramen noodles sprinkled with the seasoning packet) with the same exact amount of enthusiasm. His lack of pretension is delightful, and he just comes across as someone who is having an absolute blast doing work that he loves!

Somm – I know very little about wine, aside from the fact that it is tasty, so getting a glimpse into the world of wine connoisseurs was really interesting. In this documentary, 4 sommeliers prepare themselves to pass the grueling 3-day Master Sommelier exam, which has one of the lowest pass rates in the world. Their passion borders on obsession, and it’s incredible to see how honed their senses of taste and smell are – to the point where they can take a sip of wine and break down its background bit by bit back to its place of origin like a bunch of wine drinking superheroes.

Side Effects – Side Effects is a psychological thriller where Rooney Mara is prescribed antidepressant pills after a suicide attempt, and they cause her to experience some horrific…wait for it…side effects. This is one of those movies where you think you know what’s going on, before everything gets turned upside down, and then you’re like ok NOW I know what’s going on for reals, but nope, more twists ahead!

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pampered pooch picks

1. Truffle Mac & Cheese from Bocce's Bakery | 2. Cotton Rope Alligator Doy Toy from Harry Barker | 3. Specktacular, Off The Grid, and Stripey Soiree Dog Bowls from Waggo | 4. Oh My Dog Perfume from Puppy Kit | 5. Beefy Brown Ale from Bowser Beer | 6. Yummy Cupcake Dog Bed from Glamour Mutt | 7. Cream + Vermillion City Leash from See Scout Sleep | 8. Wooden Pet ID Tags from Cropscotch

I’m not gonna lie. Sometimes I look at Toby getting belly rubs on demand or squeezing in a quick morning nap before his afternoon nap, and I think that’s the life! My mom always accuses us of treating Toby like a child rather than a pet (she’s totally guilty of it too), and it’s true that we often can’t resist spoiling him when he gives us the sad puppy dog face. Looks like I’m not the only sucker out there – just look at all these fantastic goodies out there for dogs! As unbelievable as it sounds, your furry friend can now join you for a dinner date of truffle mac & cheese and a cold refreshing beer – cheers!

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frostbeard studio

Have you ever stopped and thought about what Dumbledore’s office might smell like, while delving into the adventures of Harry Potter and his wizarding friends? Or pushed aside the bloody dramas of Game of Thrones for a few seconds to wonder what it would be like to close your eyes and step inside Winterfell? Well thankfully Frostbeard Studio has answered all these pressing questions with their awesome line of book inspired candles! My inner bookworm is crying tears of joy.

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friday grab bag mar 7 2014

Happy Friday! I’m waaay too excited for the 40-50° weather that’s coming our way in the next few days. Being able to go outside without wondering if you have frost bite every few minutes sounds like heaven! This week I’m loving…

  • The whimsical design of this adorable foot stool, which could totally double as a furry step brother to Toby – ha!
  • This illustrated family tree print from Evajuliet. What a gorgeous way to celebrate your lineage!
  • The ice princess vibe of this sparkly crystal collar necklace from olive + piper
  • This impossibly chic couple who got hitched at City Hall in NYC. Big fluffy coat, leather jacket, and swoopy hair = perfection
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diy or buy a felt ball rug

Crafty folks: Have tireless sewing fingers and the patience of saint? Then go ahead and add this adorable felted ball rug tutorial from Mélimélo (this one from Catherine and Grace is also great) to your crafting list! The method of sewing each ball together looks far too complicated to me, but it’s nothing a little super glue can’t fix, amirite?

Not-so-crafty folks: If you want all the cheerful felted ball goodness without the pain, then this pick by Happy As Larry, via Amazon is for you!

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envelope lettering by erik marinovich

It’s exciting enough to find something in your mailbox that’s not a bill or piece of junk mail, so I can’t imagine how amazing it would be to find one of THESE waiting for you when you peeked inside. Erik Marinovich is a letterer based in San Francisco, who co-founded a design studio with the uber talented Jessica Hische, so you know he’s legit! The incredible envelopes you see here are part of his personal project, Do Not Open, which began when he started mailing thank you notes to friends and family in hand addressed envelopes. They became such a huge hit that he has decided to spread the snail mail love to the public – you can now submit your address for a personalized envelope of your very own! Design nerd swoon!

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