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TweeValleyHigh: Kristina and Tallulah

I think this is really important to point out considering how often the phrase is thrown around. Not every quirky girl is a "manic pixie dream girl." 

This brings up a lot of interesting points. I briefly interned in music PR, which is probably a whole other beast.

Buzzfeed // An Ode to Old Dogs

Since getting a dog, I am drawn to animal articles, especially this one about senior dogs, since Tallulah is technically "senior." 

Buzzfeed // Two Ingredient DIY Tries

This is as complicated as things need to be.

Mashable // Common Tourist Scams

This is really frightening since there are so many, but it seems like pretty useful info!

I'm not even a big Harry Potter fan, but he just seems like such a nice, smart fellow!

I think the only one I'm guilty of is the razor..I must remedy that!

I love this list since any one of these small things can turn someone's day around.

I love that makeup was considered essential for the war effort.

Marie Claire // Best Websites For Women

This is a great list, I have many of these already bookmarked. Marie Claire was really on top of things this week. I don't usually save so many of their articles.

Mashable // Inspiring Comedian Quotes

Great advice Kristen Wiig!

Kristen Wiig

Food File: The Lunch Menu

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad[Photo via Plum Pie]

I anticipate Food File to either be food I tried to recreate or a pretty list of links. This section used to be called "Food Porn," but Food File seems much more appropriate. Let me direct you to this week's recipe from the blog Plum Pie.

Jason and I decided we should make a (relatively) healthy lunch which would last most of the week. I'm not sure where I initially saw the link, but the recipe seemed similar to something my grandma used to make. We decided to give it a try. I love fruit and nuts in my chicken salad, but I'm used to a certain sweetness. Like it says in the recipe, this version is a bit more savory than sweet. I definitely tasted a tanginess that was new to me. We substituted walnuts for pecans and I assume both work fine. It was quite a bit of mixing and I'm really glad we doubled the recipe. It made about 4 lunches each. The picture I took is pretty sad, but the chicken salad was delicious.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Other recipes I recently came across come from Lauren Conrad's site. They have some super delicious-sounding suggestions!

Lauren Conrad // 4 perfect Tea Sandwiches

Lauren Conrad's 4 perfect Tea Sandwiches

Tales of a Sad-Sorry Beauty Writer

TweeValleyHigh's Kristina wore a flower crown to the Botanical Gardens.
In the past year, I have graciously been gifted items to potentially review, some of which I requested for xoJane. Since then, I either put off reviews or got a few xo articles cancelled. As I move away from xoJane to concentrate on Twee Valley High, I ended up with a lot of guilt over this lack of content return. My policy has always been "consideration only," but these companies took the time to send me something special and I'm hoping to remedy this lack of beauty content. At this point, I've tried quite a few products so I'd love to share my favorites! 

Most likely, I won't share products I was less than super into. I'm a big fan of honesty, but I don't think anyone wants to hear the negative stuff. I can always change my mind on this though so let me know if you feel differently. Obviously, if I promised a review to a specific company, I will always be honest, whether that's positive or negative. 

Today I'll start with a product I love, but is sadly out of my price range.

MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

This fancy pants facial serum was sent with a few other samples and, since I was not yet an oil convert, I wasn't sure how useful it would be. I eventually came to the conclusion that...

..THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. If I had all the money in the world, I would bathe in it. I wore it before bed and it made my face all glow-y beautiful and shit (official reviewer-speak). At this point, I've used it all up, down to the last drop. I even added water to the tube to make it last longer. I was sad when it was gone. The serum is made up of organic prickly pear, rose oil and argan oils, which I kid you not, made my whole face look better instantly. I must be used to the cheap stuff since instant results are like a bizarre-o beauty world I don't live in. The site uses the word 'radiant' a lot, which is appropriate since it's pretty much the best word to describe your face post-serum usage. Apparently you can also use it as a primer if you're going for a dewy, moisturized look. I never quite tried that.

Like I said, I can't afford it regularly so I'm making due with coconut oil or grape-seed oil as nighttime moisturizer. It's definitely not the same though and I think I'll officially "be a grown-up" when I buy this for myself. It's one of those "beauty splurges" people talk about. 

*I was provided products courtesy of MUN for promotional consideration, but was not compensated or obligated to post a "review." All opinions are 100% my own.*

Links I Love!

Kristina Uriegas does nautical chic!

Happy Friday! Are you ready for today's links? I'm particularly excited because I found many of them in the past week, which means I still have a long list to pull from. I hope you enjoy these while you take an internet break from work!

Something to remember in a city like this...

Seriously amazing article. I love when this guy writes for xoVain. I feel like I really learned something!

This is too cute!

I found this interesting, but sad timing that the article came out around the same time they fired 70 employees...I don't see a job opening up in the near future..

Veronica Lake's biography and sad story.

I was surprised at this sad, fascinating story about such a legendary beauty.

I cried my eyes out...made Jason look through it..and cried some more. PMS might have been at play, but it's still a great list!

I have yet to download this app, but it sounds amazing. Plus I use their last app quite often. It's definitely worth the 99 cents. The team at a Beautiful Mess seem totally unstoppable!

God Help the Girl was directed by Stuart Murdoch and comes to theaters September 5th.
After so many years, knowing Stuart Murdoch was creating something special, I feel a sense of pride at his film finally being done. It looks like a combination of Moonrise Kingdom, The Virgin Suicides and, of course, a Belle and Sebastian video. I can't wait to see his director debut. September 5th can't come soon enough!

Stuart Murdoch directs God Help the Girl.

I don't even watch SNL, but for some reason, this stuck a chord. It goes to show that your big break might not be what you think and there's no reason you won't move on to bigger and better things.

Mood Indigo by Michel Gondry stars Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou

I can't wait to see this!! It combines so many things I love...Audrey Tautou, french films and whimsical  elements. This may be Gondry's most whimsical film yet!

Anyhoo, hope everyone has a great weekend! xo

Twee Valley High's Kristina Uriegas does nautical chic!

Inspiration of the Week: Old Movies I Caught on TV!

Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift star in 1951's A Place in the Sun.
As much as I love vintage, I don't often watch a whole lot of old movies. The pacing is slower than I'm used to so I'm rarely "in the mood." That said, once I start one, I usually fall in love. The style and story win me over and I get totally sucked in. 

Flipping through the channels, I recently caught two movies in one night. A Place in the Sun (1951) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963). Although they are vastly different time periods and styles, each film impressed me for different reasons. 

A Place in the Sun is obviously renowned since it went on to win SIX Oscars. The ending was a downer, but the film itself was memorizing. I'm ashamed to say I'd never seen Elizabeth Taylor act. Her incredible presence transcended the silver screen. She was both beautiful and complex. Montgomery Clift also gave an amazing performance as the perfectly mysterious George Eastman. Overall, a wonderful film that left me with that high-brow, pondering feeling. 

Gidget Goes to Rome is another story. This fluffy film was just straight-up adorable. I need to see more Gidget films since the style is so similar to my own. The early sixties is definitely my time period!

Do you have any favorite old films? I need recommendations! Some of the ones I love include Funny Face and Bye Bye Birdie. I love a good musical, but I won't turn away a drama.

Gidget Goes to Rome (1963)
Gidget Goes to Rome (1963)