Friday, June 28, 2013


via etsy

I can't believe I've never told you guys about my favorite hair tie. I've talked about an alternate method of keeping long hair out of your face (I actually have it in my hair as I type this), but never elastics. 

Hair ties are tricky business. You'd think any ol' drugstore tie would do, but nope. Some pull on your hair, others slide right off, some are too big for a braid but too small for a pony tail, some cut into your wrist, some stretch out really fast.

I've been wearing these elastics every single day for the past year or so, and they are, by far, the best hair ties I've ever tried. They're not the most fashionable things to have on your wrist, but at least it doesn't cut off my circulation. Cool bonus: they sell this mystery pack where they'll send you 30 different colored ties. It was exciting to go through to see what I got when they first arrived.

I am not even close to needing another pack (despite my cats' best efforts to steal them), but if I were to get one now, I'd get this and this.

PS. I store all my hairties in one of these and it is super functional and fantastic.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Made Me Laugh

I've never been a fan of Disney movies (although, to be fair, I've never seen most of them). So the nostalgia is totally lost on me. This hilarious gif fairly accurately describes how I feel about all Disney-related conversation I am accidentally part of. :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Jam Gem

led to the flood

Busy days programming means listening to a lot of artist (Baths, in my case :) radio, and stumbling on a gem of a jam every once in a while.

take your pick: youtube | spotify | itunes | rdio

PS. I also really like Miasma Sky, Incompatible, and No Eyes from that album.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Two Cool Inventions

(via quora)

The first product blew my mind. The second one (sugru) I had heard of before, but the video was too amusing not to post.

Had you ever heard about either of these? People are so cool.

Have Passport, Will Travel


Remember all these mushy posts about becoming a citizen? Consider the process complete! I received my passport yesterday. The cool thing is that Russia still recognizes me as their citizen, so now I have three passports: a Russian internal passport, a Russian foreign passport, and (duh) an American passport. The trifecta.

I'm ready to travel the world without the hassle of visas! (Starting with Denmark and Sweden in July/August.)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Baths @ El Rey

soooo manyyyy butttoooonns

It's only Monday and I'm already thinking about next weekend. But hey, you would be too if you were going to see Baths Friday night with this sexy lady.

I got introduced to Baths on the Yelp ski trip. This playlist has been my go-to programming music ever since. I'm kind of scared I'll be tempted to bust out my laptop and start coding at the concert. :)

There are so many good tracks (and some questionable ones), I couldn't pick a favorite. But this is the first track I heard by Baths. And if you like it, you should come! I have a feeling it's going to be awesome.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Off to a Good Start

about to laugh face
I do apologize for the stupid face, JZ. I just could not, for the life of me, do a normal face for a photo yesterday.

Last time I saw this cool cat was exactly a year ago. It doesn't feel that long. (Probably because we geech (google chat) a lot.) We went to a wedding! It was one of those perfect SoCal days with plenty of breeze and sunshine. So fun! Thanks for inviting me, JZ.

Did you know that tonight the moon will be the largest/brightest of the year? I'm getting my binoculars and heading out to my balcony to grill corn and peaches at 7:29 pm.

Hope you have a lovely supermoon evening!

And just for fun, here's a moon-themed song I love.

PS. Here's an admittedly amateur photo I took of the supermoon in 2012.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Things That Made My Week


I can't believe just last Friday I got up at 5 to stand in line for a WWDC UI lab at 5:30 am.

After getting an appointment shortly after they let us into the building at 8 am, I had the "breakfast" above. YUM. A software engineer's life tastes of coffee and simple sugar.

And it's summer already? Didn't we just celebrate New Year's?

Here are some things that made me happy to be alive last week:
- being back home with my cats (yes, i'm lame)
- the world's tallest dog (reminds me of my grandparents' dog who I clearly remember being horse-sized)
- knowing that true happiness comes from within (inspired by this touching story)
- d'orsay flats are the hotness (i got this pair, but if it doesn't work out, these look good too)
- tj's fruit jellies
- this girl cracked me up
- letter from comic sans (via joanna)
- yogorino making forrest grin
- a mid-week facetime with mama and papa
  in which mama made breakfast while I was making dinner :)
- a morning yoga class

Is time flying for you too? Do you have any summer goals? Mine are simple: swim + not lose my mind in a no-a/c apartment.

this fine lady is keeping me chill

Everlane Summer Sandals Review


As I've mentioned before, I am a huge fan of Everlane. I jumped on the bandwagon when they first released their t-shirts and, far too many purchases later, haven't looked back.

When they first teased their sandals a couple of months ago, I immediately put all my summer sandal candidates on hold and patiently waited for the simple beauty that Everlane's sandal would undoubtedly be. And it is beautiful, no?

I ordered the black pair the day they came out. (It happened to be during WWDC!)

All my shoes are a consistent size 8. Everlane's website instructed me to order 1/2 size smaller than my regular size. And in my experience, their sizing blurb is spot on. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me in this case.

I'll be honest with you. A more fitting title for this post would be Bigfoot Tries on Everlane Sandals, because that's what happened. (Graphic photo follows. Read on at your own risk :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Heat vs. Spurs

bosh having an emotional moment (via nationalpost)

Are you guys watching the game tonight? I am stoked and I'm not even sure which team I'm rooting for.

Last game was intense! Did anyone catch it? I was rooting for the Spurs the whole game. In the fourth quarter, with just seconds on the clock, LeBron James looked like he was about to cry. I didn't want him to cry so I started cheering for Heat. (We all know the deep impact my cheering made on the outcome of the game.) That's when they tied up the score and took the win in OT.

They say that Heat is going to win. Agh. Both teams are so good. I just want them all to win! (I'm such a girl.) Who are you rooting for?

PS. Basketball players are hilarious actors.

Update: Uhh. Why wasn't Ginobili taken out? The end of 4th quarter was hard to watch.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Found: Best Band-Aid

Band-Aid (1965)
photo via denis goulet (i have no idea what the ad says)

I use knives/graters/mandolins a lot. I also keep my knives really sharp. And while I don't typically cut myself while cooking, my downfall is not being careful when washing these things. Blood makes me queasy, so when this happens you'll see me standing next to the sink (wasting water) while I rinse the cut and sob hysterically compose myself for 10 minutes or so.

I never thought the type of band aid really mattered, so I've been using freebie band aids from race bags, career fairs, and such. And you know the drill. They come off, the edges roll up, they look grimy just a couple of hours in. I ran out of my supply of those recently, so I ordered these.

On Monday I had the misfortune of needing one. Nearly 48 hours after applying it (to the knuckle area, mind you), it was still going strong. I almost forgot it was there! I took it off just now, and while I do still see the cut, I can bend my finger without it hurting. I am totally impressed.

(So impressed, that I actually gave my cut/cat-scratch-prone coworkers some packs. I can't stop talking about these.)

Lesson: don't rush washing a ridiculously sharp knife + not all band-aids are created equal.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fun (and Hilarious) Discovery

This is Arnold's workout tape. And it puts P90X to shame, my friends. I feel like I'm getting a workout just listening to it.

Wanna know how I found this gem?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Like Riding a Bike

photo by martijn gotta love the guy's expression in the background

Something funny happened at WWDC...

People Using iPhones at WWDC


Much of the time between sessions was spent waiting in line to get into the next session. People would, almost hilariously, stare down at their phone the whole time.

I took so many photos of people using phones at WWDC, I could make a tumblr. But really, it's hardly surprising. What do you expect from a bunch of app developers at a tech conference?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Missing Home


I miss these two animals. Can you believe it? Sessions and labs are really fun. (I get to see Vampire Weekend play at the Bash tonight!) But I can't wait to drive home.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blue Bottle

blue bottle

Sessions, labs, crazy inspiring people -- all awesome components of WWDC. Add a short walk to the Ferry Building for Blue Bottle coffee to the list.

And just for fun, this is a hilarious Jony Ive redesigns things tumblr.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013



As unhappy as I was about waking up at an ungodly hour to watch the keynote yesterday, my first WWDC has been really awesome. Can't wait to see what the rest of the week brings.

(Oh, and I got my white sneaks!)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Things That Made My Week

photo via theyardpdx

Tomorrow is the ballet performance. We've all been working really hard on our technique, now it's time to let our muscle memory do the job, and dance with soul! It's going to be long day starting at 8 am with group pilates at the theater. 

On Sunday I was really looking forward to going to the Everlane summer preview party. But it looks like I'm not going to be able to go because I need to make it to San Francisco before registration for WWDC(!!!!!) closes at 7 pm. 

Here are some things that made me smile this week:
- tensions run high in the newsroom (anchorman 2 worthy)
- want to know about the naked mole rat? this is a good (hilarious) place to start
- i might be the most excited person to attend WWDC '13
  the official app and this article are getting me so pumped
- winning a morning-long email argument at work
  it ended with: "Ok, put it under settings."
cat diary and dog diary (mostly for my dad)
- "Gary always used too much mustard." from here (via joanna)
- re-reading some of David Sedaris' short stories before bed

Hope you have a great weekend!

(I need to relax, breathe, and stop being so giddy/nervous/crazy.)

LeBron James Flops

gif via deadspin

Do you follow the NBA? I generally don't like watching sports, but I can really get into basketball. It's so fast paced and the players' skill blows my mind. My understanding of the rules is sketchy (to say the least), but somebody recently pointed out flopping and I see it all over the place now.

It's such (schm)acting! I love it. I think we can all agree that LeBron James is an animal, but his flopping is hilarious. Here are some more LeBron fake fouls.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer Pastels

via emilyvia shihlingluke

Can we agree that a light floral wrap dress is the epitome of feminine? It might actually be too feminine for my tastes. I love it on Emily with nude heels, but I'd probably wear flat sandals to tone it down a bit. 

And don't you love that it's peony season, finally? Actually, you probably don't give a shit. BUT $6.99 for a bunch at Trader Joe's can't be beat. The only catch is to get there before they sell out.

Soft Waves

I know what ya'll are thinking. How is your hair so beautiful, Olga? No? Shucks. Well, this is as good as it gets, folks. This is what a good hair day looks like for me.

My hair does what it wants. You can curl, blow dry, hairspray it all day. It will return to its natural flat self as soon as I walk out of the bathroom. I've come to terms with it (read: given up), and never wrestle with it anymore.

Imagine my delight when these accidental barely-waves stayed with me all through the day.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Kings of Summer

I'm not that into movies. Not enough to see them in the theater, anyway. But ever since Joanna posted about The Kings of Summer, I've been dying to go see it. It has been compared to Stand by Me and The Sandlot, both of which I love. I'm pretty sure this is going to be a slam-dunk favorite. Biaggio looks like such a funny character.

Can't wait for it to be released to more theaters so I don't have to drive to the butt of LA to see it. Are you as excited as I am?

All images from here. Oh, and this is the song from the trailer.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Best Birthday Cake

best birthday cake

I'm going to go ahead and say and this is the best birthday cake I've ever had/made. It doesn't take all day to make and decorate, kind of quirky, travels well, and tastes great. It's tiramisu cake! It kind of looks daunting (all those sections and paragraphs of directions) but it's totally easy once you've made it once or twice.

Bonus: it doesn't look hokey like a lot of birthday cakes, but is still festive. I usually do a star shape on the top (how to draw the perfect star, if you're wondering :), but you can customize the decoration easily. Just print out the shape, cut, and lay on top of the frosted cake before dusting with cocoa. I once did the silhouette of the school mascot for a class reunion party. It looked so cool! You could even cut out letters to spell something out. Just don't go too small/intricate. I made that mistake once (tried to do "happy birthday, magali") and ended up with an indiscernible pattern. I'd go with "YAY!", obviously.

And do I really need to sell on tiramisu?

PS. It looks great with these tall candles.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Officially Stoked


Remember this? Yeah, scrap that. BOOM.

Ballet Performance

Hey, so, remember I dance with a bunch of amazing young dancers? It's awesome. It gives me a few hours a week to leave all anxious thoughts behind and focus on my body and expressing myself (or rather, the instructor's directions) through movement. A year of two group classes per week plus a handful of private lessons with Lisa later, I've improved a ton.

Our performance is next Saturday (and tickets are on sale here). I'm only in one piece, but I'm totally nervous and excited if only to say that I danced on the same stage as some of the girls that will go on to become incredible professional dancers. You should come!

PS. My piece is the last one before intermission, so bring flowers/candy/panties to throw on stage as the curtain comes down.