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Link Tank #55: Quaran-Lockdown Edition

by Jamie Sanford on July 13, 2020

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I have fallen off with blogging in the last few months, but I’m giving myself a pass because things have been very weird and scary.

Let’s get into the links!

Oh, first of all, we rescued little Sophia here, right before we started working from home. The timing was perfect and she has been such a wonderful addition to our lives while we have been unable to go out and do things as we would normally.

  • Black Lives Matter – click here for a list of resources. Sign a petition, make donations, DO SOMETHING.
  • Register to vote.
  • Here’s a whole channel on YouTube with videos for dogs, featuring birds and squirrels. I’m this person now. We put them on for Sophia and call them “her stories,” my grandmother’s phrase for her favorite soap operas.
  • Hamilton is on Disney+. I have already watched it twice, the second time with subtitles, which is quite helpful if you can’t follow all of the lyrics.
  • The Baumgartner Restoration YouTube channel is excellent content if you want to watch something mesmerizing and relaxing. I never knew how complicated art restoration was, but now I do, and it is fascinating.
  • More excellent video content – I’ve mentioned this before, but the Wild Earth channel streams live safaris from Africa every day, and all of them are posted for viewing the replays. Watching elephants play in the water will definitely make you feel at least a little bit better at any time.
  • I am not done with it yet but I am really enjoying Adam Savage’s book, Every Tool’s a Hammer.
  • We weirdly had to buy a repellent spray for animals, since we had a groundhog trying desperately to live underneath our porch. We bought this spray since it just smells bad to them but won’t hurt them. Weirdly enough, it sort of smells like onions. However, we haven’t seen any more evidence of the groundhog being under our porch since then. Good luck finding somewhere else to burrow, little groundhog.
  • My friend Paula recommended this Cerave cream and I can vouch for it as making my skin baby soft.
  • I bought one of Jamie Beck’s Isolation Creation posters, and I love it. It is a beautiful piece of art, and will always be a reminder of such a strange time in the world. I bought this one, but there are many more to choose from.
  • Last one – if you use Instagram, you should go follow @dnice immediately. He hosts excellent DJ sets on Instagram Live, called Club Quarantine. They have been a bright spot during such a bizarre time.

Stay well, friends. <3

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Link Tank #54: Home and Interior Shopping Edition

by Jamie Sanford on September 9, 2019

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I recently bought a house with my husband, and have done more shopping than I expected to, and spent way more money than I expected as well. I’m told that all of this is normal.

So, what did I buy? Let’s get into it!

Zinus Suzanne Metal and Wood King Bed Frame. I will never regret upgrading to a king bed, I love it!

Command Picture-Hanging Strips. I’ve only used one set of these so far, but they were great. I’ll circle back when I decide to remove them from the wall.

BN-LINK Wireless Remote Control Outlet Kit. We got these to sort out selected outlets that don’t have a switch affiliated with them. A cute and simple solution.

Thermacell Mosquito Repelling Lantern. This was recommended by a colleague and we think it works? Plus, it’s cute.

Generic magic eraser sponges, set of 50! I think now that I might not have needed 50, but I have a basement for storage and now I won’t have to buy any more for at least a few years.

Krud Kutter, as recommended by Apartment Therapy. It doesn’t have a terrible smell and does good work in the kitchen!

Gorilla Grip Gripper Pad, for under the rug in my dressing room. So far, this is working excellently.

Marble-look contact paper. I had to recover the shelves in my linen closet, and this did the trick! It’s a bit more expensive than some of the other options online, but the quality is really great.

I have more items that I’ve purchased, naturally, but I intend to create some future posts about creating spaces in my home from start to finish, something I haven’t had so much experience with before!

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Link Tank #53

by Jamie Sanford on April 29, 2019

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DONE! Brook Lynn Hytes with one of the best runway presentations on Drag Race, EVER!

Chefs tell you how to doctor brownies up when you are using a boxed mix.

I am not a hoarder and can part with a ton of things without issue, but I do have the issue of “I bought this and haven’t used it as much as I would have liked, so I can’t toss or donate it” and blog posts like this one about identifying which kitchen items are actually getting used and getting rid of the rest are quite motivating.

The best Instagram accounts for vintage home stuff.

If you like makeup at all, you should watch RawBeautyKristi try out magnetic eyeliner and lashes because it is everything. You have to watch all the way to where she simulates wind with a blowdryer.

Watch Cardi B’s stylist travel to Paris to find Mugler looks for the Grammys, and then all of the other prep to get it all ready for Cardi to wear.

This closet is an IKEA hack for the ages! I’m obsessed with the color.

This creamy dijon chicken looks divine.

This Lifehacker instructional on how to go through the process of deleting your Facebook is one to save for the future. I haven’t removed myself from Facebook yet but it seems inevitable.

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Link Tank #52

by Jamie Sanford on January 25, 2019

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It’s almost February already!

The dresses from the Spring Viktor & Rolf show need to be seen and appreciated.

There’s being extra, and then there’s buying a chest full of macarons for $900.

I was sort of surprised at this piece on Song of Style, but really enjoyed it nonetheless. The Critical Issue Virgil Abloh is Solving.

These drone photos by Martin Sanchez are breathtaking.

The Tasty 101 video series is great, and this pie video is really informative. We actually made their ultimate chocolate cake and it did NOT disappoint.

I don’t need convincing about the enduring appeal of Nine Inch Nails, but there’s an article on it anyway.

Flamingo foster parents! So cute.

Over 10 years since Lady Gaga entered the scene with next level pop music! Here’s a look back at The Fame era.

This article on the costume development for BlacKKKlansman is fascinating.

I love pop culture references in art pieces. This store on Etsy is dedicated to pieces inspired by The Big Lebowski, which barks right up my tree.

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Link Tank #51

by Jamie Sanford on July 13, 2018

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This video about mixing face powder is mesmerizing.

Interesting look at habits that are keeping you from being a great communicator.

I am pretty interested in this master class on photography by Annie Leibowitz. At $100, I expected it to be much more expensive.

I need a house so I can get a Frank Lloyd Wright bird feeder.

Why you need a Roth IRA. I enjoy reading Two Cents pieces.

This is certainly one take on Trent Reznor’s 50 Greatest Songs. I don’t necessarily agree with this list, but I would put many of these into my own top 50.

At a very different place in the musical spectrum, Dave Matthews performed a short acoustic set at NPR.

After 10 years on Twitter, it took a negative tweet regarding Tonya Harding and her appearance on Dancing with the Stars for me to get trolled! All thanks to Yahoo Entertainment for including my tweet in their story.

Throwback to the Gary Numan show from last December. I need to see another one soon.

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