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Weekend reading


Hello friends! What wonderful plans have you got for the weekend? Mine include diving into this series by Marissa Meyer. I love fairy tales and I’m always interested in their retelling. This series looks really promising and as its cold out, I cant imagine a better way to pass the time.

So to close the week, here are a few fun links from around the web..

More books to look forward to in this article.

Snow boots are inevitable during winter, but there are some chic yet comfy alternatives. Check them out here.

You know how you get those cravings for cupcakes or chips? Well, turns out, there’s a scientific reason behind all that!! Whew! Here is the article in full.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Its all about the bass

Have you heard this one? Its one of those catchy, irresistible tunes that have you humming along (almost) against yourself.  Its also currently the No.1 song and has even gone platinum! Of course, along with success, comes criticism that this song isn’t all that its message purports to be.  Have a listen and let me know what you think..

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Detroit’s comeback?


Hello friends, can you believe how this week just flew by?  I hope you have a great weekend ahead of you!

For this Friday’s roundup of interesting links, I thought I’d focus on the city of Detroit.  Detroit is frequently in the news and unfortunately, its often bad news.  It is mind-boggling to think that it was once one of the richest (if not the richest) city in America.  From its glory days in the 20s to today’s crime-ridden, bankrupt city, the million dollar question of the day is whether it is possible for Detroit to become a healthy and thriving city once more.

It is a daunting task but there are encouraging signs, if we look closely.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is the crown jewel in the city’s artistic and cultural life.  I have to admit that I was skeptical but one visit was enough to convince me otherwise. It truly has a rich and varied collection and one to be proud of.  When Detroit filed for bankruptcy, one of the city’s assets that was cited as a possible source of revenue is the art collection of the DIA.  Fortunately, GM, Ford and Chrysler otherwise known as the big Three have pledged to help save the city.  Three cheers, I’d say! Here is the news.

One group has come up with their own  innovative take on the writer in residence program. Toby Barlow  and his group set up Write a House with a goal of renovating vacant homes around Detroit and giving these homes to writers.  By restoring homes in different neighborhoods, they hope to build and foster a thriving artistic and literary community.  So far, there have been applicants from  South America, Europe and India in addition to writers from other states.  Accepted writers must agree to live in the house for 2 years, pay modest fees for insurance and taxes and more importantly participate in Write a House’s literary activities. And write of course. At the end of the two year period, the writer gets the house for life.  Isn’t this just a wonderful idea? For more details on the program as well as how to donate to the program, read all about it in their website.

Another group that has decided to make downtown Detroit their headquarters is Shinola.  Shinola is proud to say that they are reviving an American tradition of quality manufacturing in a city they believe in.  They have a thriving line of hand made watches, built right in the heart of downtown Detroit and they custom make a line of beautiful bikes.  And that’s just for starters. I had the pleasure of seeing them work up close (more on that in a separate post later!) and its impressive to see.  For lovers of quality handcrafted goods, this is as handmade as it gets.  Learn all about Shinola here.

Detroit wasn’t always just burned out abandoned houses. Once upon a time there was no shortage of lovely mansions. To catch a glimpse of its rich past, check out the Fisher Mansion which is currently for sale at a cool price of 1.5 Million.

So is Detroit ready for its comeback?


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Fun Friday links

20140530-084830-31710090.jpgHello friends, its a lovely sunny Friday in our part of the world! I feel like the weekend has begun.  What lovely plans have you got for the weekend? Before heading out, check out these lovely links…

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but there’s something to be said about lovely colored gems.  And their popularity is seemingly back on the rise.

After reading this article, this reminded me of a book I’ve had for awhile (but have not had the occasion to read) on this very topic. Buried Jewels (reprinted under the title Jewels: A Secret History) by Victoria Finlay is all about her search for the origins and stories behind certain gems.  I can’t wait to dive into it this weekend!

While we’re talking about books, I read an interesting article about the rise of bookshop cooperatives as a response to the declining number of independent bookstores. I love this idea!!  Where do I sign up to get on board?  Here is the full article.

Last but not the least, how about trying out some new photo-enhancing apps over the weekend? There are 5 photo apps that you need to download if you want to do more with your photos.  Check them out here.

Eh voila! Happy Weekend everyone!