Thursday, September 25, 2014

Home is where you hide your booze.

Well, lovelies, Tex has got some very big news for you. Can you -- oh, forget it, everyone hates guessing games.

I bought a house! Here in the lovely little 'burb of North Carolina* that I'm obliged to call home for the next three years, your ol' girl Tex has just picked up her very own piece of local real estate.

Now, Tex's house is coming into my life the way so many good things have: suddenly, cheaply, with absolutely no preparation, and completely naked.

So that means I've got to pick out everything: house numbers, fixtures, paint colors, exactly what vague shape I should place in my window to creep out my neighbors -- the works!

Now, Tex and Coda are deeply unqualified to do this kind of delicate work. So we've sought a little help from our friends.

My Scandinavian Home is a collection of profiles of beautiful homes in the classic and modern Scandinavian styles.

Sheepskins, modernist furniture, and tiny frightened plants barely holding ground against the all-encompassing dead white of the hinterlands abound!

Fun fact: these people comprise 87.9% of the global 'white indoor flat paint' market.

#CantStop #WontStop loving that cool scandinavian style, though. I mean, the folks showcased on Nordic Bliss will black-outline a botanical print or hang jewelry on a pair of antlers like it's their job.

Second fun fact: New citizens in Scandinavian countries are automatically issued 4 complimentary Eames chairs upon ingress.

My Friend's House is like going with your mom to visit that cool friend of hers who always wears something with fringe and has the most random things on her bottom shelf because she doesn't usually have kids over and seems like she would totally give you a sip of wine with dinner if you lived with her over the summer. It's all color and vibrancy and good humor and a little bit inappropriate, a little bit intriguing.

Get in there and get wild.

Then hop on over to visit the lovely abode of Aphro Chic, where house tours are a main feature, but the design is everywhere.

Sit down for interviews with urban homeowners to talk about what drives their unique designs -- and how they blend traditional and modern cultural mish-mash styles to make their homes gorgeous.

Then last, but hardly least (and no self-respecting hastily-written blog post would omit) -- a visit to The Inspired Room.

Equal parts tutorial and inspirational, this is the quintessential d├ęcor blog. Look at it, learn from it, and if you don't love it, keep your shitty-ass opinions to yourself. Got it? Cool.

Can't wait to see you guys at Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

future sound

Well, I think we can all agree that telling you beautiful people we're 'finally reliable bloggers' is a bad idea. It only brings misery and neglect. Kind of like that time Tex got all noble and left me at the mercy of Dead Rise and Full House reruns.

Speaking of Full House, allow me to introduce you to Full House Reviewed.

A labor of hate, Herculean in its magnitude, Full House Reviewed is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: every episode of Full House reviewed in order. By a man who hates the show. It's hysterical, it's eye-opening (seriously, how did I fail to notice that Michelle is a tiny little dictator?), and it's well worth your time. The best news is that the fun doesn't have to stop once you're finished with the Full House recaps because Billy Superstar is still at it with Saved By the Bell Reviewed - same great entertainment, half the hate.

All that Full House talk got you jonesing for a Tanner family marathon? Totally understandable. Unfortunately, I have no idea where you can find it. But does.

Continuing with our (accidental) theme of self-explanatory site names, Can I Stream (it) will tell you if and where every tv show and movie you can think of is streaming right now. The show you want isn't available for streaming? No worries. You can have Can I Stream (it) notify you when it is. And don't fret, they have an app. Because your awesome taste in movies should be as mobile as you are.

Need a little mental stimulation after that Secret Princes marathon? Check out Wait but Why.

The ultimate in procrastination sites, Wait But Why is the brain child of two friends, one of whom does an immense amount of research on whatever interests him and the other of whom panics quietly when he realizes he has no control over what his friend writes. It's a model we're pretty comfortable with here at TCKiT so we like to think of WbW as our wiser, younger, much more successful brother, who maybe pretends he doesn't know us. From explaining why sports fans are sports fans to breaking down how to beat procrastination (full disclosure: I haven't gotten around to reading that one yet) WbW is interesting and relatable in the extreme.

Yeah, you owe me one.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Let's get pretty.

Well, children, it's been a while. Tex has been very busy wearing black-rimmed glasses, frowning at powerpoint slides in mostly-white rooms, and buying lots of economy fare tickets to San Francisco (these activities are collectively and laughably known as "founding a startup"). But that's all settled now. The lawyers have gone home and Tex can dedicate her full attention to you, Cutty darling.

So we're going to get pretty.

First stop is London, to visit Shirley's Wardrobe.

An offensively beautiful collection of clothes you'd probably look ridiculous wearing (what are those puffy coats even made of?!), it's nonetheless aesthetic inspiration for the city-chic chick. If nothing else, it will remind you to keep your eyebrows plucked.

So with our wardrobe in order, we'll traipse along to visit Sarah, an old friend of Mummy's whose love letter to the world at large is Note to Self.
Beautiful clothes, beautiful notes, beautiful desks, and beautifully simple aesthetic curations. Oh, and Mummy went to prep school with her. Because of course Mummy went to prep school with her.


That done, we'll hop back across the pond to spend a little time with our favorite small-island girl at The Londoner.

Rosie's charm can be read from all the way across the Atlantic, and although her sweetness is sometimes a bit cloying, it -- like a good sticky toffee pudding -- never loses its charm. Follow Rosie's adventures exploring food, fashion, and all manner of other events in London; her travels abroad (she's currently in Phuket, if I recall); and her delightful days in the countryside with uncommonly handsome men of excellent standing.

And to round things out, we'll take the ferry over to pass a day or so with the dulcet-voiced darling of the emerald isle at her new writing post for Evoke.

Amy's always been an incredible delight and a light to our lives -- and her newest venture is cotton-candy fun to read. Soak in some celebrity gossip, do a bit of shopping, read up on how best to wash your hair and curl your eyelashes, and generally tumble around in a happy little sphere of techno-beautification. Yum.

And with that, dear readers, Tex and Coda must leave you. For we have promises to keep, and miles (read: bottles) to go (read: drink) before we sleep (read: drink). And miles to go before we sleep.
(poetic fade)