Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Sunday Six: March 9th, 2008

I woke up to discover that I lost a hour due to daylight saving time, which feels like I overslept. I'm an early bird so waking up at 7:30am is rather disappointing in terms of all the book reading, studying, television watching, online shopping, and cooking I could have done from 6:00am to 7:30am.
  1. It's Girl Scout Cookie® season! On Friday, I bought a box of Thin Mints and almost bought a box of Peanut Butter Patties. By Saturday morning, I had finished the entire box of Thin Mints for breakfast. Yum -- even though I felt gross for the rest of the day. Buy your cookies now and support your local Girl Scout troop -- you know it's springtime when the cookies start selling.
  2. Sophia from Chic and Charming gives us a rundown of the new Abercrombie & Fitch lingerie store: Gilly Hicks Sydney. The store concept is highly sexualized -- literally to the point of blatant porn. The quality of the lingerie looks to be good and I think it would be a fine place to shop for comfortable and flirty underwear, but at the same time I'm having the horrendous anticipation of seeing preteen girls with their Gilly Hicks Sydney thong sticking out of their Hollister jeans. The corporate office can't not expect the little ones to tag along with their big brothers and sisters. I think I would blush if I entered the store -- even though I own plenty of underwear from Victoria's Secret and Agent Provocateur that would make my mommy blush and have no trouble walking into those stores. While to me Victoria's Secret and Agent Provocateur have always symbolized empowering yourself and looking great for yourself to the most minute details, Gilly Hicks Sydney distinctly feels like it's more about what you do with the lingerie off.
  3. I'm guessing that many of you don't subscribe to RSS feeds and instead click around to your favorite blogs everyday. In case you ever get sick of that, I recommend Google Reader (my personal favorite) or Bloglines. They're both extremely easy to use and RSS feeds allow you to subscribe to any type of blog, from Livejournal to Xanga to Blogger. This way, you can access all the latest entries from your favorite blogs on one single page. Google Reader is especially convenient if you already have Gmail.
  4. On the New York Magazine homepage, there's a headline that says "Blair to Teach at Yale". Obviously it was about Tony Blair (more reason to apply to Yale!), but one reader commented on the article: "I've been so Gossip Girl deprived, I thought this post was about Leighton Meester at first." Me too, me too.
  5. Speaking of Blair Waldorf, does she not put the rest of us to shame? As the article from the Official Gossip Girl Blog reads:
    Blair Waldorf is just seventeen years old but she is remarkably mature and accomplished for someone so young. Ms. Waldorf lives on the Upper East Side and attends the Constance Billard School for Girls where she is active in SGA, yearbook, French club, the Youth Against Cancer group, peer leadership and the equestrian club. She is also part of countless event committees. [...] Ms. Waldorf's statement stated she was hoping to be part of the Yale class of 2013, as well as 'continue to summer in Southampton, perfect her French, and volunteer her time to children's charities.'"
    I've always been proud of the fact that the characters from Gossip Girl are in the same class as me.
  6. For one of my friend's 17th birthday this week, I tried to bake her strawberry-sour cream cupcakes with lemon-sour cream frosting. I used this frosting recipe and omitted the vanilla extract because I wanted it to retain a sour lemon taste, and then used Gala's cupcake recipe as a base and added a cup of regular sour cream and replaced the water with strawberry juice. The cake part tasted fine -- but I thought my frosting wasn't as appetizing. I wanted to color the frosting dark green like strawberry tops but the color remained mint green no matter how much food coloring I put in.
It is now 9:00am, but I think it should be 8:00am.

Miss Couturable
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