bookmark it, LOL edition: suri’s burn book

 

I came across this Tumblr, Suri’s Burn Book, earlier this week. Basically, it’s a satirical blog written from the perspective of Suri Cruise in which she provides commentary on celebrities’ (particularly celebrity’s children) fashion and ability to handle fame. I spent a whole evening reading through it and I could not stop laughing. I’m sure some people would say it’s not right to make fun of children’s clothes or imitiate Suri Cruise in such a manner, to which I would say to those people it’s clearly all in good fun and when you come to my house you can just ignore the book on the coffee table.

You really should take a look at the Tumblr, since photos are always included and add to the commentary, oftentimes being the sole focus and not just accompaniment. Here are some stand-alone quotes that cracked me up:

  • “Either get your things monogrammed or just expect that people know who you are.”
  • “Amy Poehler’s ginger baby is not amused. He is, however, still extremely ginger.”
  • “It’s not cute, it’s not clever, and it’s not symmetrical, which are three of my highest priorities for haircuts and for life in general.”
  • “I feel like her eyes are silently asking for help. Perhaps she’s just realized that her name is Maxwell, and Jessica Simpson is responsible for her.”
  • “Even I know better than to pretentiously tweet about my bad days, even though I assure you I have them. Just yesterday, my chef tried to serve me pancakes instead of waffles, and it threw me off for the rest of the morning.”
  • “Blue Ivy Carter showed up in Paris yesterday without shoes on. Going barefoot in Paris is like showing up to the Oscars in a denim miniskirt. A frayed one.”
  • “All I would want to discuss with the President is equal pay for equal work, and the ridiculously high tariffs on French cheeses.”

 

welcome to the new and improved beagle & bear!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Beagle & Bear at its new location and in its new format! Dan, the amazing man that he is, has always supported my interest in and efforts at blogging, and generously set me up with this domain and switched the blog over to WordPress. I am very excited about all the opportunities and possibilities awaiting the new and improved Beagle & Bear, and hope you are, too!

If you’re a regular follower of the blog, please make sure to change your bookmark from the old location at Blogger to our new location here. And if you’re a regular follower or a newcomer, be sure to look around! The left sidebar has links to Beagle & Bear elsewhere on the web, as well as the archive. The top navigation bar provides links to the various pages on the new Beagle & Bear: the new about page, changed contact information and updated policies, recommended reads such as blogs and favorite websites, and a list of regularly featured series. There is also handy search bar that allows you to search the site easily.

Please note that in posts created before March 26, 2012, some links within the posts may direct you back to a past post at Beagle & Bear’s old Blogger location. Any such post can also be found here on Beagle & Bear’s new site if you search for it by title or by one of the categories under which it is filed. Eventually these links will be fixed so they will direct you to the past post here on the new site instead. Your patience during this transition period is greatly appreciated : )

So again – welcome! Have a look around and let me know what you think. 

 

bookmark it: the everygirl


About
The Everygirl was created by Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss, two lovely ladies from Chicago who met through the blogging world, forged a friendship, and discovered they had common goals and ideas. Soon The Everygirl was born for “creative, career-driven” women. Its mission is simple and admirable: inject fresh perspective, never skimp on the details and advice, remain budget-friendly, and to “always remember what it was like when we were first starting out.” More background information about The Everygirl’s purpose can be found here, while more information about Alaina and Danielle can be found here.
Content – Main Components
The main components of The Everygirl are its features on career, fashion, finance, living, travel, and health. The Everygirl also has a blog, which is updated five days a week and contains posts on such categories as Blogwatch, giveaways, job postings, The Everygirl updates, and Use Fancy Words.

Content – Other Elements
One of the major aspects of The Everygirl that clearly and immediately sets it apart from similar sites is its Handbook concept. Basically, in addition to reading features as they appear on The Everygirl site, readers can also download, e-mail, save, and print features from the Handbook section of the site. There, each feature is compiled into a magazine-like format for readers to keep and use just like they would a print magazine. On a more minor note, the site also contains links to The Everygirl on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Tumblr, as well as a live Twitter feed and a Facebook “Like” box. Of course, The Everygirl also features contact information.


Styling and Ease of Use
The design of The Everygirl is all-around fantastic. Its logo, colors, and graphics are simple, bold, and beautiful. The home page is pleasing to the eye, and allows readers to begin browsing and using the site without any trouble. Visitors who would rather use the navigation bar to get to specific pages won’t be disappointed, either. Each webpage is well-organized and aesthetically pleasing, as well. Often, the webpages are actually a grid of images of the content related to the topic of the webpage. Hovering over an image will cause an headline and excerpt/description to appear. The features grid can actually be sorted even further by clicking on a specific category in the features drop-down menu on the navigation bar. Once a reader has selected a feature, it can be enjoyed by scrolling through a large photography slideshow at the top of the page and reading the article below. Some articles are even interactive – if the article features products available for purchase online, readers can click on the image and be taken to the site that sells it.
Personal Thoughts
I know The Everygirl only launched this week, but I am already totally in love with it. I was looking forward the debut of another lifestyle-blog-esque site from bloggers I enjoy, and The Everygirl exceeded my expectations. I appreciate the overall purpose and goals of the site, adore the About and Co-Founders pages, love the overall design of the articles and the site itself, and greatly enjoy the content. I can’t wait to visit regularly and gain plenty of ideas, inspiration, and guidance from such a pretty and upbeat resource.


**Information for this post gained from browsing the site and reviewing this blog post. All photos are screenshots of The Everygirl and not the author’s original work.

things i’ve been meaning to blog about, bookmark it edition: food 52

After I started a job in Columbus, life got very hectic and I took an unplanned break from this blog. Since leaving that job and moving again, I’ve returned and recommitted regularly blogging at Beagle & Bear. Part of that returns includes a blog series called “Things I’ve Been Meaning to Blog About,” which is made up of posts I intended to publish in summer or early fall but haven’t yet. This post is part of that series.

Over the past couple years, I have become really interested in cooking and baking, as well as entertaining in the home. I love gaining more knowledge about the art of cooking and baking, whether it be by finding new recipes, learning about winepairings, or reading about sustainability. That being said, I was so excited this summer when I came across the amazing website and community Food 52. Food 52 is definitely not a new website, but it is new to me!

Food 52 was founded by Amanda and Merill (experienced food writers and the brains behind The Essential New York Times Cookbook). They wanted to bring a major part of what they love about cooking, sharing and socializing, online. Food 52 began as the vehicle for a specific project: creating the first crowd-sourced cookbook in 52 weeks. Basically, Food 52 posts themes (such as Best Beef Stew or Best Winter Cocktail) for which community members can then submit recipes. From the recipe submissions, the Food 52 staff compiles a list of recipes that the community can check out and then vote upon. The winner of that theme’s challenge is included in that year’s Food 52 cookbook. (A more detailed and probably less confusing explanation of the contest system can be found here). So far, Food 52 has produced two cookbooks and a holiday iPad app.
In addition to the awesome recipe contest, cookbook-building aspect of Food 52 (which has its own section on the site), the website also includes the following sections:
  • Recipes: An extended recipe section that features all Food 52’s recipe articles and the options to search by category name or through a search bar
  • Articles: Detailed articles on recipes by Food 52 staff, community members, or well-known cooks, holiday/seasonal ideas, entertaining tips, wine, cookbook reviews, etc.
  • Hotline: A message board/forum section in which the Food 52 staff and community members ask and answer food and cooking questions
  • Cooks: A section of the website for community members, full of articles such as Cook Spotlight, Winner’s Q& A, Latest Community Picks, etc.
  • News: The top food news stories from around the web, separated into categories
  • Shop: a Food 52-curated online shop with spotlight items and special offers
You can also sign up for Food 52’s electronic newsletter to be delivered to your inbox.
I can spend literally hours on this site. It’s pleasing to look at, easy to navigate, and full of information and inspiration. I highly recommend it!
All photos, Food 52

get fit get strong & bookmark it: fitblrs

While I haven’t been as consistent with my efforts as I want to be, or able to fulfill all of my goals, I am working hard to become more fit and healthy. Lately, on the days when I just don’t feel like working out, or I am thinking about giving in to some extra cookies, I have been looking to the Internet for motivation.
I usually go to Pinterest or Twitter where I follow fitness experts, magazines, and other people like myself who are working to get into shape. Recently, though, I discovered “fitblrs,” or tumblrs dedicated to fitness inspiration. The following four were my favorites of the ones I found:
Do you use the Internet or your smartphone to motivate your fitness goals and routine? How so?

bookmark it: the glitter guide








Have you visited the month-old Glitter Guide yet? Founded by Taylor Sterling, a favorite blogger of mine, it is a website that, in its own words, “offers fun, colorful and chic lifestyle tidbits from fashion to fitness; each topic injected with a healthy dose of sparkle.” The site has a super clean, attractive look that I wish I could emulate on this blog. It is easily navigable, containing drop-down tabs for each of its five main sections (fashion, beauty, lifestyle, shopping and trends) and an internal search bar. To make enjoying Glitter Guide even easier, fans have the opportunity to subscribe to a daily newsletter. Glitter Guide is also available on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.
I have been going to Glitter Guide everyday – I can’t get enough of it! I love the eye candy the site provides, as well as being introduced to new ideas and new bloggers. The lifestyle section is my favorite, but I enjoy all of them. I definitely recommend you make time in the near future to explore the site. You’ll fall in love!

bookmark it: hello giggles

If you are looking for some humor in your life, check out the new website Hello Giggles. What is it?

“Founded by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel, producer Sophia Rossi and writer/Internet Sensation Molley McAleer, hellogiggles.com is the ultimate entertainment destination for smart, independent and creative females. Everything hosted on the site will be lady-friendly, so visitors need not worry about finding the standard Boys Club content that makes many entertainment sites unappealing to so many of us.” (source)
The site has many different categories on which articles and videos are featured. In addition to having a great deal of variety, Hello Giggles has a great, easy-to-use (and cute!) navigation area along the left side of the site:

See the “Contribute” section up above? Hello Giggles encourages its readers to “submit your favorite original and found videos, text posts, and photos,” making the site a truly interactive experience.
You can subscribe to the site via RSS. You can also follow Hello Giggles on Twitter and Facebook (in fact, “liking” Hello Giggles on Facebook allows you to comment on posts).
Have you explored Hello Giggles yet? What did you think?


photos from Hello Giggles

bookmark it: the little things

I recently discovered an adorably upbeat tumblr called “Just Little Things.” It is run by Nancy, who describes her tumblr as “A list of all the simple things we should appreciate.” As of today, there are over 350 little things listed, most of which have been suggested by the tumblr’s community of followers. Some of my favorites are featured below:
What are some of the little things that are making your day today?

bookmark it: the burning house

Have you heard of The Burning House? It is a website devoted to documenting what items people would save if their house was burning down. The site’s description says,

“If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.”

The site contains really interesting entries, all of which evoke different personalities, moods, and sentiments. A few of my favorites are above. People of all ages, occupations, and locations are featured on the site.

Would you consider submitting your own photo and list to The Burning House? What items would you include?




bookmark it: boost your esteem

I recently discovered this pretty awesome tumblr called Boost Your Esteem. It’s run by a woman named Liz, who writes,

One month away from graduating with my psych degree, I’ve been completely disappointed by the lack of funding for programs and further education focused on raising the self confidence of adolescents and young adults. Being forced to choose between continuing my masters in clinical or general psych, I chose neither, and decided to take a year off. In the meantime, I’m directing my efforts toward bringing self confidence boosting programs and camps to the web.”

Her tumblr, in addition to featuring some anecdotes about her personal life, is filled with answers to followers who wrote in for advice, discussions about staying physically fit, notes on inspiring music, and numbered “self-esteem boosters.” Overall, the tumblr is upbeat, inspiring, and gives off a great sense of community and positivity. I highly recommend you check it out and share it with your friends and any young women you know. Some of my favorite self-esteem boosters are pictured below:



























Pretty neat, huh? Have you come across any self-esteem projects on the web or programs in your community?