Mighty Life List
Nov 30 2012

Weekend Soundtrack: Yeah Girl Yeah 2012

Five girls gathered around one mirror, getting ready for a night on the town — doing each other’s eye makeup, doing the robot, laughing until champagne comes out our noses. WHAT! I love this song. Turn it up.

Yeah Girl Yeah on Spotify
Yeah Girl Yeah on Rdio

Playlist:
(I’ve recommended some of these before, but I wanted them all in one place.)

Hey Mama, Matt Kearney
Something Good Can Work, Two Door Cinema Club
What I Like About You, The Romantics
You Be Killin Em, Fabolous
W-O-M-A-N, Etta James
Hey Sexy, Die Antwoord
Girls on The Dance Floor, Far East Movement
Short Skirt/Long Jacket, Cake
No Duh, K.FLay
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Michael Jackson
Like the Way, Aer
Take it Off, The Donnas
Polite Dance Song, the bird and the bee
Gold Digger, Kanye West and Jamie Fox
Rill Rill, Sleigh Bells
Groove Me, King Floyd
Little Red Wagon, Audra Mae & The Almighty

What do you listen to when you’re getting ready to go out?

Nov 29 2012

Foreclosure Quilts by Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark calls her Foreclosure Quilts an “historical record of difficult times.”

The above is “A map of the Forest Hills neighborhood in Cleveland, OH. The navy rectangles represent foreclosed or abandoned lots. The green applique patches show where community gardens have been planted on top of empty lots.”

(via design skool)

Nov 27 2012

12 Days of Christmas Gifts

We’re keeping it symbolic here, because what the hell is your true love going to do with seven swans?

A Partridge in a Pear Tree


Feather Letterpress Cards, $15 from Satsuma Press
A tiny bit of partridge.


Ambition Pearwood Rollerball Pen, $80 from Faber Castell
And a pear tree pen.

Two Turtle Doves


Wood Ear Bud Holder, $27

Three French Hens


French Macaron, $21

Four Calling Birds


Pie Birds, $2 each

Five Golden Rings


The Quintet Necklace, $48 from Lemonade Handmade

Six Geese A-Laying


Tenga Egg Six Pack, $23

Seven Swans A-Swimming


1955 Pleiades, Seven Sisters, Constellation Map Print, $6

Eight Maids A-Milking


Kraken Black Spiced Rum, $18

Nine Ladies Dancing


Disco Ball, $30 from Amazon

Ten Lords A-leaping


White Balancing Blocks, $55 from The Curiosity Shoppe

Eleven Pipers Piping


Grover-Trophy Slide Whistle, $11

Twelve Drummers Drumming


Timex Brown Leather Easy Reader Watch, $54

If you liked this, you might also like last year’s 12 Days of Christmas picks. Have you ever wanted to make a 12 Days of Christmas package? Leave your suggestions for alternative ideas in comments.

Nov 26 2012

5 Tips for Building an Organized Wardrobe

*This post is sponsored by the team at Old Navy, who were also with us at Camp Mighty.


Women’s Belted Cap-Sleeve Knit Dress $25, Perfect Crew Neck Tee $8, The Rockstar Super Skinny Jean $19, Faux Leather Ankle Boots $28, Pop-Color Blazer $40, Softest Sweater Scarf $17, Ankle Strap Flat $25

My closet is out of hand. If your home environment reflects your interior life, apparently a librarian and a go-go dancer are at war in the communal dressing room of my brain.

Fortunately my friend Anna Beth has a system for getting dressed that’s helping me edit things down. She touched on it in her Mighty Closet, but did a whole panel at Camp Mighty outlining how to edit your closet and home. The panel was sponsored by Old Navy, so she chose a bunch of their clothes from this season to illustrate her points. So if you need anything to round your wardrobe out, these are a few of the slides from her presentation. My five favorite tips:

1. Get your classics in place.
This is the part I neglect. You know, the “foundation” part? Once you have basic traditional pieces in place, you have a wardrobe. Stop there, or build, but if you’re having trouble getting dressed, it’s probably because you’re missing some classics. Anna Beth’s are pictured in these slides, but Tim Gunn also has a great wardrobe basics list, and I did a piece on wardrobe classics for The Morning News a while back that’s also a good starting point.


Metallic Stripe Sweater Dress $35, Women’s Sequin Ballet Flats $25, Leopard Wool Blend Coat $59, Pin Dot Tights $8

2. “Neutral” isn’t just black.
Classic prints like stripes and polka dots, as well as metallics and animal prints, tend to go with everything and also add a little interest.

3. While you’re building, restrict your palette.
While you’re choosing your basics, decide on a neutral — black, grey, white, navy, beige, brown. This way everything you build on matches everything else. I like navy and slate grey because they go well with each other, gain character as they fade, and make the bright colors I love look more upscale.

4. Enjoy yourself.
This part I have down. I’m an avid thrift store and bargain shopper — so there’s an constant influx of inexpensive, interesting clothes, which I then Gollum until I can’t find the things I actually need. Getting dressed should elevate your mood, but your clothing budget will stretch further if you mostly rely on fun pieces only to punctuate your basics.

5. Embrace the uniform.
Most days, Anna Beth wears some variation on T-shirt, blazer, jeans, scarf, belt, boots, and one piece of accent jewelry. My uniform is usually a dress and some flats with cardigan. Pay attention to the building blocks of the outfit you wear most, and then invest in variations on that theme.

So easy, right? Basics in a neutral color of your choice, add some fun pops as punctuation, and invest in uniform pieces when you get a better feel for your style. Brilliant, Miss Anna Beth.


Photo by JetKat Photo

You’ll find all of Anna Beth’s tips on ABChao.com if you want more info.

And now I have a little piece of nice news. During AB’s Camp Mighty presentation, Old Navy gave each attendee a free pair of jeans and gave us a bunch to donate as well. Go Mighty found out that Larkin Street Youth Services needs both jeans and gift certificates as part of its holiday gift drive for the homeless teens they support. We’re sending certificates for 50 pairs of jeans (thank you Old Navy!), but there’s a whole wish list of simple things they need by December 14.

New clothes are such a confidence booster for everybody. While you’re shopping for yourself, consider throwing a gift certificate or clothes in your cart for the kids and sending them over. And if you do? Please let us know in comments honor-system style, and we’ll enter you to win your own free pair of jeans from Old Navy. Cute stuff for everybody, boom.

Nov 23 2012

Weekend Soundtrack: Camp Mighty 2012, Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Here’s what I had in my headphones last weekend between sessions. Music for hot-tubbing under the desert stars.

Camp Mighty 2012, Ace Hotel Palm Springs on Spotify
Camp Mighty 2012, Ace Hotel Palm Springs on Rdio (missing a few)

The playlist:

Shut it Down from Sarah Jaffe
Sound Proof Room from Elle Varner
Homeward Bound from Simon and Garfunkel
48 Roses from Mariachi el Bronx
Sound of Silence from Kina Grannis
Be Here Now from Ray LaMontagne
Run Away with Me from The Spring Standards
Jolene from Dolly Parton
Shine for Me from Sin Fang
Little Baby Sister from The Kopecky Family Band
Ruin from Cat Power
Woo from Anthony Hamilton
The Pool from The Reduction Agents
Every Space from Lauren O’Connell
Primitive Girl from M. Ward

What do you listen to when you want to feel happy and relaxed?

Nov 22 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, Turkeys


Glitter feather tutorial from Ryan and Michelle

Today I’m:

It’s fun to have a traditional Thanksgiving with all the trimmings, but one of the nicest Thanksgivings I ever had was with a boy who was leaving for a trip around the world a few days later, and moving away from the city for good. We walked around San Francisco holding hands and talking, found an Indian food place that was open, and toasted each other with Mango Lassis under white twinkle lights.

Wherever you are this year, I hope you find a way to make it just right. Happy Thanksgiving, sweet things.

Nov 20 2012

Camp Mighty: I’ve Got Your Dark Matter Right Here

The Space Camp party was all right, I guess.

Camp Mighty Space Camp action

Every year when the geeks stand around drinking Tangtinis in their physics-jokes costumes, I want to weep with relief. You are my people.

On the other hand, Pluto is such a bummer lately.

Team Mighty is a little more upbeat.

I can’t wait to tell you all about the talks, projects, goals, and ideas that made my brain full over the weekend.

In the meantime, a few attendees requested Camp Mighty gift certificates so they could give a camp trip to loved ones for the holidays. Those will be available for the next few weeks! Enjoy the registration loophole while you can.

Also, a huge thanks to Smilebooth, which is the most epic photo booth available. Damn, you guys are good at what you do. You find more Camp Mighty photos right here.