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The science of beauty

December 29, 2014

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not an avid beauty buff. I hardly wear makeup (although I appreciate the artistic prowess necessary to apply it, and I CAN do that) and as for hair, I like to experiment with different colors – sometimes unnatural, orange is a favorite – rather than styles.

It surprised me, then, when I started taking a liking to the beauty content I wrote myself out of pure need (aka slim budget and few internal copywriting resources). Here’s a recent favorite that I spun to pair with my other love: figuring out WHY things work.

Apparently the Outbrain crowd liked it too, because it was a hit! Well, actually 1,318,567 hits to be exact.

The science behind coconut oil for your hair – written by yours truly for Walmart Beauty.

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Font of the Day

November 28, 2014

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This font reminds me of sitting in math class, concentrating on solving a problem when all of a sudden your pencil snaps and it’s probably because Pencil is feeling vengeful for all the times you chewed on the eraser.  Then you’re pissed because a) you have no pencil and b) you’re still in math class.

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Slo-mo Wes Anderson is everything

March 24, 2014

I have a particular hankering to see a Wes Anderson movie right now, and I thought this slo-mo video that captures all those moments would make it better but it just makes it worse. Off to the movies…

WES from Alejandro Prullansky on Vimeo.

The tale of the secret Prince

March 22, 2014

Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.
– Prince

On Wednesday morning I was walking down the hallway at the technology company where I work to get coffee and was stopped by two coworkers talking about the secret Prince concert.

“I can’t go – but look, Kayla is all purple, she should go.”

I was wearing wine colored jeans and a purple flowery button-up, so yes, technically I was all purple. I stopped and struck a pose to model my outfit, then asked what they were up to.

My coworker then asked if I wanted to go. I had nothing to do that night. I said yes, because of COURSE you say yes to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity like a secret Prince show!

We met up outside the Fillmore where they banned all photography and video, so sadly I don’t have any to share.  What I can note is that Prince was wearing a cabernet flowered carpet jacket with fro and headband. His ladyband was amazing and talented. At one point, Prince was playing piano behind a veil of pink smoke just like in his videos.

Then he told us not to take photos with our smartphones because technology is all that is wrong with the world.

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Don’t hate technology, Prince, it brought you and me together.

Super Bowl Snacks!

February 2, 2014

Ahh, the Super Bowl. I’ve got vegetarians coming this year, and since I personally love to eat I wanted to make relatively healthy and low calorie snacks. We’re having a dog friendly event (4 dogs!) this year, make-ahead with ample time to sit and watch the game was a must. Here’s what’s on the menu at my house today:

Vegetarian Potato Skins & Spicy Jalapeño Poppers

These are great because although they seem like a lot of work, you can do other things between steps, and they can sit out for hours before anyone actually consumes them. Makes 20 skins and 20 poppers (we ate a few immediately because they were so good, which is why you see fewer in the photos).

  • 10 medium sized potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 green onion stalks, plus 2 more for garnish
  • Sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Pierce each potato several times with a fork or sharp knife. Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake until the skins are crisp and a knife easily pierces the potatoes, about 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Set the oven to broil.
  3. Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch intact; reserve the flesh for another use. Brush the insides of the potatoes with the melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Flip the potatoes over, brush the skin sides with butter, and season with salt and pepper. Evenly space the potato halves skin-side up on a baking sheet and broil until the butter foams and the skins start to crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes (keep a close watch so they don’t burn). Flip the potato halves over and broil until the top edges just start to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. Finely chop the garlic and 2 green onions, and mix with the cheddar cheese. Evenly fill each skin with cheese and garlic mixture. Place in the broiler and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the broiler and top each with 1 teaspoon of the sour cream and a sprinkling of the green onion. Enjoy!

Spicy Jalapeño Poppers

  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese (I used low-fat)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used Swiss because it was all I had and it turned out great!)
  • 1 tsp. Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped green onions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 jalapeños, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with Pam or olive oil spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, green onion, garlic powder, onion powder, hot sauce and salt and pepper (to taste).
  3. Spoon the filling into each jalapeño cavity. Then top each jalapeño with the shredded cheese. Place on prepared baking sheet, cavity side up. Bake until the filling is melty and the cheese on top is bubbling, about 15-20 minutes. If the cheese isn’t browning up fast enough and your jalapeños are cooked through, put in the broiler for 2 minutes to brown the tops.

Best Princess photos of 2013

January 1, 2014

She came, she saw, she napped, she made a lot of friends at the office and was an ambassador for the pit bull breed, Bureau of Congeniality and Snorgle Affairs – a very good year! Happy new year, bring it 2014!

 

 

 

I had fun today…

December 19, 2013

…creating the holiday “infographicard” for the professionals of Pearl.com!

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Font of the day

December 14, 2013

I was going to look for a silly holiday font and make fun of it, but then I had too many choices. I saw this one and it was actually pretty clever! For context, all the other ones are named something like “Christmabells” or my personal favorite, “Christmas Flakes.” Mmmm, tasty Christmas flakes.

 

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November 28, 2013

One day, when I own my own coffee shop

October 19, 2013

My husband and I are always talking about businesses to start, and at breakfast the other day we discovered the perfect way to marry literature and food: Literary-themed coffee shop.  Name tbd, but menu is redonk already.

It’ll be on Mission near my house, where the buildings are cheap right now and fixies and yogas are just starting to make their way into the neighborhood.

Menu ideas:

BREAKFAST
Green Eggs and Hamingway
J. R. R.  Egg Yolkien
French Toalstoy
Dan hash Browns

LUNCH/DINNER
Frank ‘n’ beans Herbert
CorMac-karthy and cheese
F. Steak and Pom Fritzgerald
Ground Chuck Palaniuk burger
Jane Au Jus-tin sandwich
Chile Jules Verde
Quinoa Achebe
Stephen King salmon
Mung Rolled Dahl
pAnn fried Rice
Fyodor Borsch-toyevsky
J.k. Fowl wings (chicken wings with blue cheese)
PiDante Diablo pasta

DESSERT
Stanislaw Lemon tart
Bananas Foster Wallace
Joyce Carroll Oatsmeal cookies
Mayan Chocolate Angelou

DRINKS
Emily Pickleson martini
Che Guava-era margarita
R.L. Stine of beer
Franz Koffeeka
Milkshakespeare

WILD CARD
Agar Agartha Christie mystery gel

Would you come?!?!  We’d have pretty books all over the walls and nice places to sit. 🙂