My Favorite YouTube Channels

by Jamie Sanford on July 21, 2016

Over the past few years, I have become an avid YouTube watcher. I tend to search YouTube first for content that is instructional in nature (recent example – I watched a bunch of videos on making flower crowns before I made this very successful one), and over the last few years, YouTube has become one of my top destinations online. I do not have a television in my bedroom, but I definitely check the YouTube app on the iPad to see if any of my favorite channels have posted new content. I am subscribed to over 50 channels; however, many of those are updating once a month or less.

Here are my current top YouTube channel picks!


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I found Nikkie through Nicole Guerriero, whose channel I have been watching for ages. I think this black and white look was the first video I watched, and the moment I fell in love was at 1:37. She is an incredible makeup artist, and so much fun to watch, which is what makes me a happy subscriber.

The Brain Scoop

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Emily Graslie started this channel on her own, and eventually, a brilliant mind at the Field Museum in Chicago hired her to come work at the museum and continue her YouTube channel. Not only are her videos super interesting and varied, but she is a wonderful role model for young women, especially those interested in STEM.

Mr. Kate

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Mr. Kate is a DIY mistress and interior designer with her own jewelry and accessories line. She has built an entire empire with her business partner/husband and a team of creatives in Los Angeles. Her videos range from personal style to travel to home decor.


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Tested has been through some changes in the past few years, but is now “Adam Savage’s Tested,” as Adam is the marquee name associated with both Tested.com and this YouTube channel. The Tested team is much bigger than just Adam, and this channel serves videos of podcasts, Adam’s “one-day builds,” museum tours, tips and tricks on creating your own maker space, and more.

Helen Anderson

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Helen makes many videos from the standardized list favored by beauty/lifestyle vloggers, but her personality and delivery is absolutely why I’m still watching her channel. She’s a cool chick, and I imagine that other people watch her channel for the same reason that I do, which is that I strongly feel that if Helen can do it, I can do it.

America’s Test Kitchen

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If you are familiar with the television show, you’ll know exactly what kinds of videos are on America’s Test Kitchen’s YouTube channel. I love watching these and learning, and they also make great content for sharing on Noritake’s social networks.

USA Gymnastics

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Not sure how I initially found this channel, but it sent me down a path of binge-viewing gymnastics competitions from the past 40 years. I am now basically an expert in women’s artistic gymnastics.

Tweet me with your favorite YouTube channels so I can check them out!




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Ardent1 Ring Selection

by Jamie Sanford on October 1, 2011

Ardent1 Ring Selection

I love Etsy binging, where I just start searching for one thing and end up on a tangent of searches, an endeavor that always turns up interesting and beautiful things. I came across the Ardent1 jewelry store and I love the rings, all cast in silver from different materials. Let’s take a look at my favorites.

This one is actually cast from green onions.  Love.  Green onion ring from Ardent1, size 7.25, $90.

Cloud Lace Ring from Ardent1, size 8.25, $90.

I really like this one. Crown Lace Ring from Ardent1, size 5.75, $90.

Cast from a real fern! This is my definite favorite.  Multiple sizes available from Ardent1, $75.

Check out the entire selection from Ardent1 here on Etsy.

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Blog Recommendation: Swagger 360

by Jamie Sanford on March 16, 2011

Today’s site recommendation is a fabulous style blog that I’ve been following for a while, Swagger 360. Brought to us by Karl Edwin Guerre, the focus is largely on men’s style, with women (generally) featured in posts focusing on details such as shoes or accessories. The “Sick Shoe Game” posts are probably my favorite, but I enjoy everything I’ve seen on the blog. I’ve been meaning to feature the blog on my site for a while, but was especially wanting to do so today, since watching this fantastic short film covering Guerre and Swagger 360 in Paris during fashion week. It provides a fantastic view of Guerre’s thought process and follows him while he shoots.

Watch the film here.



Swagger 360 interview with Karl Edwin Guerre during fashion week in Paris from olivierlalin on Vimeo.


Go subscribe to Swagger 360 now.

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100 Films in 2011: Zoolander

by Jamie Sanford on February 18, 2011

Covering a movie that I’ve seen way too many times.

12. Zoolander (Not available for streaming on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the trailer for this fine piece of filmmaking.

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I really love this movie.  It’s on my list of movies that I will definitely watch if I catch it on TV, and I already own the DVD.  However, I couldn’t pass up the chance to feature it here.

David Bowie makes an appearance which automatically raises the awesome factor on this movie.

There’s a scene featuring the music of Wham! and a strange concoction known as “orange mocha frappuchinos.”

Will Ferrell as Mugatu and this dog are likely my favorite part of the movie.  Also, I want a sweater like that that says JAMIE across the chest.

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Or I want to just be as hot as Milla Jovovich as Katinka Ingabogovinan…na.

Owen’s Wilson‘s arms are the most male model-like thing happening in this movie.

I can highly recommend this movie for watching and purchasing, because it is incredibly quotable and fun.  If you enjoy other movies with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, this one should be added to your collection.

Blue Steel is so much better than the Zoolander DVD cover.

The Zoolander Special Edition DVD is available from Amazon for $8.99.

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The Vampire Diaries

by Jamie Sanford on February 7, 2011

The 3 stars of The Vampire Diaries which airs on the CW on Thursday nights.

At this point, I try not to watch too many new shows because I don’t want to watch any more television than I already do.  However, in the fall of 2009, I recorded the first episode of a new show called The Vampire Diaries, because I am into Twilight and I’ll try out other vampire stuff.  (Surprisingly, I watched the first season of True Blood and wasn’t super into it.)

Here’s the trailer for the pilot episode of the show:

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It gets so much better than that.

The best part about getting sucked into The Vampire Diaries is that my Twilight-hating husband likes it too!  He started watching the show with me from behind his computer but soon enough, he was actually sitting on the couch, watching it with me.  This never happens but with this show, you need to watch.  They don’t mess around, every episode has big things happening.  There are no “throwaway” episodes here.  Plus, the major trio of characters (well, there are 4 if you count that Nina Dobrev plays 2 characters) are all hot and the boys have their shirts off a lot.

Anyway, I would almost not recommend watching new episodes of this show.  I would say go get this DVD of Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries right now.

This DVD set of The Vampire Diaries, season 1, is available from Amazon for $38.99.

Season 2 won’t end until May, but if you really want to catch up after watching season 1, then you can watch episodes on demand from Amazon for $1.99 an episode.

Let these hotties draw you in to this show:

Are you already watching this show? If not, have I piqued your interest?

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