Obsessed: 40 Days of Dating

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When I get sick of dating I just take a breather and fill my time with other things, like watching an entire season of Scandal and dancing around my house while blaring good music. When Jessica Walsh got tired of dating she decided to date her best friend of four years, Tim Goodman. They’re both designers who live in New York and since they found themselves both single at the same time – fate, yes? – they decided to embark on a “relationship experiment.”

There are rules in place to keep the experiment an experiment: one of which is going to therapy together – a little fast, right? – and another is they must see each other every day. Note: the 40 days is already complete, but they’re only posting one new entry a day – told from both of their perspectives, original art and other quirky stuff included which keeps it oh so interesting. So far things have gotten pretty juicy, and let’s just say I award them both considerable cool points to let it all out there like they do.

It’s weird, it’s beyond interesting and has completely taken 5-10 minutes of my attention each day. They’re currently up to “Day 18” and I must admit, after a certain something finally happened I am all the more curious to see the end result come August 18th.

Don’t be boring. Take a look and let me know your thoughts.

http://fortydaysofdating.com/

XOXO,

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Dear B: There Is No Jon Hamm Equivalent?

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Dear B,

I woke up this morning and just like any other Tuesday I started making my four-course breakfast because that’s what I do. So yeah, I’m standing there flipping my spinach/feta/egg white omelet, sipping my freshly-pressed coffee and then it hits me: I will never find a Jon Hamm. There’s Jon Hamm and then there’s every other guy out there. I’ve never even met a guy that has come CLOSE to being Jon and well, now I am thoroughly depressed. How am I supposed to get through the day?

SOS,

K***

Dear Kristen Wiig,

Let me start by saying that we have all come to this harsh realization at some point. It’s tough, watching Jon be broodingly handsome in a suit for an hour every Sunday night and then watch him be his hilarious, scruffy-faced self on SNL and talk shows, alike. He’s just out there doing his thing, being his unattainable self with this beautifully normal girlfriend who he’s basically married to, driving around LA acting like we’re not all watching. So while he’s doing all of THAT, the women of America are in the trenches, dating and not dating, depending on the day.

My advice?

Do keep eating breakfast – excellent practice, keep it up. Feel free to send any of that my way via carrier, preferably on weekdays.

Don’t watch old episodes of Mad Men or 30 Rock. Not the time.

Do think of Jon Hamm as Don Draper, circa Season Six. Thinking of him as a dysfunctional, lying mess helps.

Don’t watch this. Or this.

Do date an attractive guy with a personality and decent style. Style can be learned, personality cannot.

XOXO,

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Quick! 5 Must-Do’s Before Summer Is Dunzo.

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How is it already JULY? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was stuck at work until 4:59pm on Fridays and shopping online for sundresses that I was so sad wouldn’t be wearable for another couple months. I can’t believe my favorite season is half way over BUT the positive side is that it’s July not October. We still  have plenty o’ time left to be everything summer and awesome so without further adieu, here’s what is left on my  list…

1. Find the perfect floppy summer hat

True story: I found the most perfect floppy hat made of straw dyed in perfect tropical colors and so I wore it to Bonnaroo. It survived carny crays and a torrential downpour during Tom Petty but somehow I lost it during the drive back. I appreciate your thoughts during this difficult time. I’m on the search again for another floppy hat and if you spend any time outside you should too.

2. Read a book

I know, this one is tough with so many WORDS but you will get through this. Then you’ll feel smart and feeling smart gives you confidence and well, confident people are just the best. Feeling a little uneasy? Start with something ridiculous and borderline not literary – there’s that confidence building again – THEN move on to something that you will actually be proud of having read.  I suggest Gone Girl, Bel Canto and anything by Emily Giffin.

3. Change it up

This doesn’t have to be major so please, no “I am who I am!” diatribes. If you want to keep it chill try a new sunscreen or maybe instead of pink nails go for black which is even more rebellious this time of year because it’s typically categorized as a winter color. YES I SAID THAT. For those cavaliers out there who are looking for something a little more drastic, change your hair color but don’t get short bangs. Trust me.

4. Be a surfer…or date one

I live in Nashville and there are no said waves in Nashville other than the frightening wave pools at various water parks. No thanks. I do sometimes try to channel my inner surfer girl a la Blue Crush by spraying salt water spritz in my hair – hello beach waves! You can do that, too. It counts. It also counts to date a surfer or a guy who has surfer-like qualities, which include but are not limited to: messy hair, great arms, no-fuss attitude and the shelf life of skim milk.

5. Stop Procrastinating

Get after it! What have you been meaning to do for the past 2 months that you keep putting off due to an array of excuses that you can’t quite remember now? Go to that spin class you heard was so great. Take your clothes to the dry cleaner like the adult that you sort of are. Finish your book. Find your dream job! Call some friends up and take that road trip. It’s now or never, and the dog days of summer are the perfect time to be busy doing the stuff you’ve been putting off.

XOXO,

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Ladies of the World: George Got Dumped.

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I did not foresee this twist of celebrity fate – George Clooney is infamous for loving and leaving gorgeous women but being so dashingly handsome and humanitarian about it that no one can fault him. People.com, who knows pretty much everything (right?), is reporting that Stacy Keibler broke things off because they just “wanted different things.” Solid reason for a break-up but one has to wonder:

  1. Did she wake up this morning crying “What have I done?!” as she saw the end of Ocean’s Eleven on TBS?
  2. How is George taking this break-up? Is he blaming himself? Is he driving his Bentley by Stacy’s house and eating mint chocolate chip ice cream by the carton?

Let’s be real, George is probably going to take this like the Cary Grant that he is and start a new film company, write a memoir and/or go on a bro-trip with Affleck to some tropical locale while building wells to bring freshwater to millions. So with all that being said and Batman moving on to the next one, here are some lovely ladies who would look even more lovely by his side:

  • Jessica Chastain (she needs some fun in her life)
  • Olivia Wilde (chic)
  • Katy Perry (break up with John Mayer, please)
  • Marisa Tomei (remember her?)
  • Karen Elson (ginger, fabulous and NORMAL)

XOXO,

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How To Remain Calm When You’re Really Un-Calm.

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I work in PR. PR is equal parts amazing and straight up stressful, like most jobs I would imagine (with the exception of a Parisian nun and/or private elementary school assistant librarian – those seem pretty chill). These past couple weeks have been full of situations and interactions with people that have made me question my sanity and ability to keep it together.

An author’s flight got delayed due to a massive storm and my sole job was to pick said author up and make sure he arrived on time and in one piece to an event of which he was the emcee. My flight got delayed and I was forced to bond with other stranded Nashvillians while we watched a grown man in camo cargo shorts berate a poor Midway Airport employee for kicking him off the plane due to him hitting another passenger who was “not down with him not being a Blackhawks fan.” An old bf with a trust fund and a partying problem texted me, not to reconnect but to ask for career advice. Charming.

Sometimes you can remain calm and other times, well, you want to come through the phone/rental car/airplane boarding line and lose any semblance of class you might still have. My phrases of choice include, but are not limited to: I’m sorry what? What is wrong with people? America! Well, my friends, I don’t have all the answers but I sure do have some solid suggestions to help keep things classy –

1. Smile coyly and nod. Laugh, if appropriate. Everyone around you will see how nice you are and relax a little, helping you relax.

2. In a sticky spot? Think about something/someone awesome in your life or something awesome that’s coming soon in your life. This too shall pass – trust.

3. Repeat “I know what I’m doing” 5+ times in your head. Note: YOU DO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING.

4. If your boss is stressed you should not be. Whatever you have to do to make that a fact, do it. It’s part of your job to show your boss you work best under pressure and they need not worry. If you have to cry, go outside.

5. Breathe.

XOXO,

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