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In the Know with G & Do.: Week 2

Guess who got her wisdom teeth out today? This girl. Most of my friends had theirs extracted the summer before college, but I was lazy. Definitely paying for it now. I know it’s a good thing to do in the long run–they need to come out before they wreak havoc on the seven years (yep, you read that right) of orthodontic work I suffered through in middle and high school. I am NOT letting anything mess with these hard-earned chompers, so I bit the bullet (heh) and got ‘er done today.

I still can’t feel my lower lip, but things are looking up. My mom brought me a Jamba Juice and I’ve given myself a free pass to watch all the Netflix I want this weekend–really, life could be a lot worse right now.

With all this time on my hands, I’ve collected some really interesting articles for the second installment of my new weekly series. Read my justification for dumping yet another “links I love”-type column on the blogosphere here. Call it an “In the Know Manifesto” if you wish. I’m going to blame how giggle-worthy I’m finding these rhyming titles right now on the Oxycodone. In the know. G and Do. Manifesto. Heh heh.

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TO CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION: the New Republic article I posted last week about why the Ivy League and entire “elite educational system” is screwing Millennials over is still a huge topic of conversation in the education sphere. The article has been shared over 162,000 times on Facebook and lots of great reactions to the article (including a few on The New Republic) are still being published.

I got some really great responses to the article in the comments section of last week’s post. Short Term Style said something I really liked: “Bottom line is that choosing your school needs to be SUBJECTIVE and entirely your own. I’m studying Fashion & Textiles, so why would I go to an Ivy-League caliber liberal arts school?”

Answer is, there’s no reason to. A school’s “rank” and brand equity are definitely worth something, but not nearly as much as a curriculum that’s perfectly suited to your needs–and that curriculum could be anywhere. So here’s an interesting article at The Huffington Post called “The 14 Best Colleges You Can Get Into, According To Money Magazine“: each of the colleges on the list has an over 50% acceptance rate and is still an awesome (and probably much less expensive) place to get an education.

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Trello on the iPhone. Twitter, @davisfnp.

TO GET A LITTLE MORE DONE: Wired just published a glowing review of a new “online tool” called Trello, calling it the “Pinterest of to-do lists.” Sold. My school’s news site just switched to Trello to organize all our upcoming stories, so I’ll be using it a lot come fall; I think I’ll start learning it now!

TO SHOP A LITTLE SMARTER: This isn’t a new article, but I discovered it this week and decided to share because it’s still relevant, especially with everyone doing back-to-school shopping this month. In May, Buzzfeed posted a long-form exposé on how clothing at outlet stores is produced. Many think–I thought–that clothes at outlet stores were simply extra inventory, but it turns out that many retailers at least partially fill their outlets with clothes specially made for the outlet, many of which never are sold in the real store. Many times, these made-for-outlet pieces are designed to be sold at a lower price point and could thus be of lower quality.

Some of the stores that do this? Nordstrom Rack, J. Crew Factory, and Saks off Fifth. I’ve always regarded outlet malls as a great place to find a deal, but my estimation of them greatly changes if it turns out I’m buying cheaper merchandise there. I’m going to investigate this matter more–I’ll keep you all posted.

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TO GET A FRESH PERSPECTIVE: Many (it appears even most) Americans get a little creeped out about drones flying overhead.  Not America’s favorite homemaker. No, Martha Stewart has a drone–and apparently, so does her “farm worker,” who uses the camera on his to take pictures of Stewart’s 153-acre farm in upstate New York. This week, the domestic goddess turned prison inmate turned born-again good Samaritan wrote a very entertaining essay for TIME Magazine enthusiastically defending her new favorite toy. Is she in on the joke? I want to know so badly.

TO JUSTIFY YOUR FAKE LOUIS VUITTON BAG: Olivier Rousteing gave a quote to The Independent sharing his refreshing perspective on designer knockoffs. Most designers fight to protect their fashions tooth and nail, but Rousteing has a much more relaxed take on the situation. “I think it was Coco Chanel who said if you’re original, be ready to be copied,” he reasons, and then goes on to say that seeing Zara and other stores copy Balmain’s ideas actually makes him happy. Say what?!

Depending on whom you ask, intellectual property is either dying or transforming into something better. Some say video streaming, fast fashion and other Internet-era advancements are devaluing people’s creative work. Others side with Rousteing, arguing that those same advancements are actually allowing for an unprecedented swell in creativity, collaboration, and human progress.

 

I really hope this installment of In the Know will produce as much conversation as last week’s. Please let me know what you think of these pieces. Whether you agree or disagree with them (or me!), I want to know in the comments.

Here’s to hoping your weekend is looking a little less painful than mine! Any fun Netflix movie recs would be greatly appreciated.


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In the Know with G & Do

I’ve been wondering since I started this blog if I should do a regular roundup of other web pages I find interesting. On one hand, I’m reluctant to add another “weekly links” series to the blogosphere. Since the style/lifestyle blog market is already so saturated, I’m really trying to limit my posting of the types of content you see in lots of other places. I figure that since so many other people do “Five Things” or “favorite links” type posts, I have a limited ability there to make an impact or establish myself as a credible voice.

On the other hand, I’m not a specialist in much. Beyond comparing denim washes and choosing typefaces, I don’t have expertise in a lot of the areas that I’d like to include in a blog about my interests. The great thing about being a journalist and/or content creator now is that I no longer have to be a specialist to create a valuable publication. Journalism today is as much–or more–about curating quality content from other places as it is about creating that content myself. Learning how to source and curate content is just as important as learning to write it.

With that long-winded justification in mind, here goes a new series focused on sharing the most interesting ideas I come across within the week. I hope these pieces will give you some food for thought, or at least some talking points for conversations where you’d like to sound more informed than you are (because let’s all be honest here, that’s most conversations). Get in the know with G(abriella) and Do(lce) below (haaaaa get it?? I rhyme??)

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Futura forever, photo from Death to the Stock Photo

TO JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION: Everyone’s reading this New Republic article by a former Yale professor denouncing not only the Ivy League but the entire “elite” educational system. Tl;dr: the pressure to construct the perfect resume and college application is euthanizing the souls of America’s youth. We’ve constructed an oppressive, race/class/gender-biased educational system that makes social mobility beyond difficult and discourages the pursuit of true learning and personal growth in high school and college.

Reactions to the article are divided. Some dismiss the polemical tone of the article as, in my friend Michael’s words, “butthurt.” Carly Heitlinger over at The College Prepster pointed out that the author “definitely has an agenda.” While that’s true, many of his points resound with my own observations and frustrations with the college application process. As a scholarship student at an elite private school, I witnessed the SAT-coaching, resume-padding fervor at its highest level…and, to be quite honest, hated what I saw. That’ll be its own post someday.

TO JOIN IN THE FUN: The Internet is having a great time making fun of my woman crush Blake Lively’s new shopping website, Preserve. This article by Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel with a hilarious and optimistic twist on the situation sums up the best, most scathing critiques.

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A shot from Preserve.us (are we supposed to read that phonetically?) Twitter, @SamuelAAdams.

TO MAKE LIFE A LITTLE EASIER: I love lists in every form. The queen bee of lists, in my book, is the to-do list. Here, the Huffington Post gives six great pointers to make every day’s list more effective.

TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW: See this incredible video I found on my Twitter feed today about the history of typography. In five minutes of adorable stop-motion, The Atlantic’s Ben Barrett-Forrest teaches typography fundamentals and introduces the world’s most influential fonts. Think of this video like chia seeds: a small part of your daily Internet diet packed with nutritious information.

TO WIN BIG: Make a Pinterest board full of color inspiration and submit it to Rescue Beauty Lounge for a chance to co-create a custom nail polish color with “polish mixologist” Ji Baek. Manicure addicts, this is your chance to make a dream come true.

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How cool is this example of Adam Harvey’s CV Dazzle? Twitter, @vincent_vella.

TO SOUND EDGY TO THAT HIPSTER: Mention this story by The Atlantic‘s Robinson Meyer about his attempt to camouflage his face from facial recognition software. He used a special technique called, wonderfully, “computer vision dazzle,” or “CV dazzle” for short. Invented by designer Adam Harvey while studying at NYU, CV dazzle uses avant-garde hair and makeup styling to mess up the way computers are able to read and identify the contours of the face. Props for looking awesome and being called “dazzle.”

TO GET INSPIRED: Watch this short video by Citizen Watches. In just over 90 seconds, it charts the evolution of the wristwatch, from the tick-tock of the very first one to today’s finest luxury model. The filming is very cool, as director Johan Kramer used a different vintage camera to shoot the scenes from each time period for an authentic retro look. The best part, though, is the saying at the end of each scene: every time a new upgrade for the watch is created, “The End” flashes across the screen. But then in the next scene, something new and even better is discovered. It’s a great reminder that every design is part of a constantly evolving world, and while nothing we create is permanent, every innovation is an important building block toward the next great discovery.

 

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