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WORD! Each other not Eachother?

December 20, 2014

Does anyone else have a problem with the word (or words) eachother or is it each other.

According to Mignon Fogarty (our favorite Grammar Girl)…  In standard English, “each other” is always two words. Sometimes people who are learning English find this confusing because the pair can sound like one word in spoken English.

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Brainy, Closet Revamp, Cocktail Chatter, Uncategorized

The Closet Revamp: What to Toss and What to Keep

February 5, 2013
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Admit it.Your closet is in need of some serious organization. But before you can even begin to find the perfect place for your shoes and purses, you’ve got to figure out what you should keep and what you should toss.

Do you have a dozen black cotton dresses that you keep because they all look soooo different, five pairs of eerily similar boot cut jeans (just in case you take up horseback riding) and entire drawers filled with “sleep shirts”? You’ve only got a limited amount of space to house your clothing and all those unused items are taking up valuable real estate. It’s time to establish some priorities. Make a detailed list with a tally of everything you have in your closet, organized by type and color. For example something like this:

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This way, you’ll get a real sense of categories and colors where you have way too much. You’re now ready for your first sweep. Shut your door–because anyone who is walking by will be scared of what’s going on. Your room will look pretty dysfunctional but in the end you’ll have a well-organized closet.

Remember those categories where you had too much? Pull all the clothes in those categories and start placing in one of four piles: Toss, Giveaway, Sell or Keep.

Toss: there shouldn’t be too many items in this category — as this is stuff you will literally throw away. Clothes that have a ton of holes or are stained and can’t be cleaned.

Giveaway: this is for items that are in good but not great condition. Staple items like t-shirts that you sleep in, pajamas and old shoes that can still be worn. You’ll donate these items to a thrift store.

Sell: everything in this pile is in perfect condition. You’ll send these items to a consignment store. We like TheRealReal (they’ll send you a fedex label and you’ll mail your items!)

Keep: see that wasn’t so hard.



Beauty, Cocktail Chatter

How to take a GOOD party photo!

October 12, 2012
Marin Magazine party pic

For most of us taking a good photo is not easy! Chin up, cheeks in, smile/ don’t smile…suck in your gut! It’s overwhelming. We’ve enlisted the help of Mo De Long (behind the camera), a professional photographer who specializes in making people look good!


MO’s Tips!
1. Turn partially sideways to the camera, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot.  
2. Pull head forward slightly to minimize any appearance of a double chin. Also try the swallow and hold method.  To do this, swallow and while holding the swallow, smile naturally.
3. Hold arms slightly away from your body or hand on the hip. This keeps upper arm flab from flattening out and therefore appearing flabbier.
4. Pull shoulders back, chest forward and gently suck stomach in.
5.  Try the look away method.  To do this, look away from the camera, then turn towards it, breaking into a smile just before the camera clicks. Your smile will appear fresh, not frozen.

What not to do:

1. Never stand fully facing the camera and no slouching.  This makes you look boring and often wider than you are.

2. Never tilt your head back to avoid a double chin.  This just makes your neck look weird and strained.

3. Do not be the girl on the end, the people on the ends of group photos will look wider than the rest.  If you find yourself on the end, use the arms on the hip method so the elbow will appear to be the wide part of your body and not your hip.

4. Do not hold your smile for too long.   Take a break by looking  away and then turning back to the camera.

5.  Do not wear baggy clothes.  If you have to, wear a belt to accent your waist. Baggy clothing can make you look wider than you actually are.

Brainy, Cocktail Chatter

Best Facebook Birthday Notes

October 9, 2012
birthday facebook

While it might seem a bit narrow to dedicate an entire post to saying “happy birthday” to someone on Facebook, after a recent office birthday, we are inspired to share some of our favorites ideas. Speed limit signs of their birthday – this works well with 25, 45 and 55. Any cakes or sweets … especially if they include a birthday candle and our personal favorite hearts -because it’s all about love, right?

Another great way to get the point across that you like this person and think they are worth a few minutes of cutting and pasting is posting a song.

Happy Birthday sung by the Beattles,

Beyonce in London

Jack Johnson

Jack Black

We’d love to add to this list so let us know if you have any favorites.

Keep in mind that it is illegal to use photos without attribution or permission … or it might not be. After 20 minutes of reading through many legal posts on ‘fair use’ ‘third party’ jargon, we can’t figure it out. Feel free to use these..