Month: March 2014

The Art of Baking: Chromatic porn food series.

My friend showed me the Rose video, and I fell in love with the concept of the entire video.

I did a quick search and found the rest of the “Chromatic porn food serie” from Carte Noire. The most accurate title to ever title (… well, chromatic food porn sounds a bit better). Every video centers around one color and through that color, one dessert. As a dessert lover (I’m one of those “I’m suddenly hungry again/I have a separate stomach for dessert” people when it comes to sweets), these videos are just drool-inducing.

If you had any doubts that baking/pastry making is an art, these videos will get rid of any doubts. Seriously. Every single second is gif worthy.

I’ve embedded all four videos in the series so far. Watch below for visual and aural (good god, the music+sounds make these perfection) art:

For more similar videos (like ones based on pastries, etc.), click here.

-amy

p.s. jaune is my favorite (serious yum). which is your favorite?

Julep Maven Subscription Box Details

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After months of debating about it, I finally got a Julep Maven box. They’ve changed their policies since I first heard about them like 1+ years ago, so I decided to get a box before more changes occur. Since most subscription box blogs subscribed to Julep before these changes occurred, I haven’t seen many posts about joining for the first time after these changes and decided to make a post to help other new subscribers like me. I first heard about Julep back in late 2012-early 2013 so I’ll try to break down the differences between then and now as well as explain how the box works a little.

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Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

I recently got into eyeshadows, especially since I started my third rotation a few weeks ago. I figured that since I knew no one in this lab before starting, they wouldn’t know or think it was weird that I was suddenly wearing more makeup. Plus, my field (synthetic biology) is oddly male-dominated, at least among the graduate students. I say it’s odd because overall, the field of bioengineering typically has a higher percentage of females than other engineering disciplines do. In my current rotation, most of the postdocs that I work with are male too, so based on prior experience (not stereotypes, I hope), I figured that they wouldn’t notice or care about a bit of eyeshadow.

Another reason was that I recently read this rather old thread on reddit, where a girl observes people’s reactions when she wears varying amounts of makeup.
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Things I want: Totes, totes, totes ma goats

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I really want a leather tote bag. Like in a cognac-y or dark chocolate brown leather but how can I say no to olive green…

Not sure which one I’ll eventually (and by eventually, I mean waaay in the future) buy, but here’s a compilation of “reasonably priced” (maximum of $300) totes that have caught my eye.

tote Collage

click for larger image

1. Linden Leather Tote from FORESTBOUND, $300 *
2. Ashbury Tote from Banana Republic, $130
3. The Transport Tote from Madewell, $168
4. The Vintage Tote Bag from Whipping+Post, $175 *
5. Olive Green Genuine Leather Tote Shoulder Bag from etsy user rutinet, $99.99
6. Leather Tote from Cuyana, $150
7. Leather Tote (Tall) from Cuyana, $150 *

* = my favorites

– amy
p.s. another collage (used picmonkey- super fast/easy to use). changed the theme. yay changes!

Graduate school (biology) interview overview series: part 1

I feel like graduate school interviews are like a marathon (not that I’ve actually participated in a marathon… you’d have to ask Tammy about that) and that any interviewee deserves a ribbon or medal of some sort. Or cookies. Lots of cookies.

After getting my first interview invite, I started doing research about what they entailed and what I was supposed to do during them. And interviews are pretty much like a way for you to sell yourself to the professor (and school/program, but mainly the professors that are interviewing you) as a well-adjusted/sane individual who really knows his/her research inside and out, without coming off as arrogant. I had to go through various people/blogs/forums to get answers to my questions and it was a huge hassle. So I’m compiling an overview of my experiences that someone will hopefully find helpful in the future. The post will be tailored for graduate interviews in the biomedical sciences/biology/immunology but might be helpful for interviews in other programs/topics.

I’ll break this post down into parts This post got way too long so I decided to break this down into several posts: how I prepared, general/most common questions I was asked, what I (and others) wore, what questions you might want to ask and other miscellaneous things/tips.

under the cut: How I prepared (to talk about my own research and interviewers’ research)

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Things I want

Now that my graduate school interviews are over, I have a shit load of newfound free time and I pretty much spend all day just browsing for things I want.

Been drooling over these earrings and I’m waiting for a promotion or free shipping deal before I take the plunge. Mainly because I HATE paying for shipping.  All the earrings I currently have or have been given are classic gold, silver or black and they’re great for everyday wear and work with any outfit. So I’m hoping these will be my pretty/formal/colorful earrings that I wear for special occasions.

I’M SO PURRTYYYY. click the photo for the link

I’m still trying to take out my labret studs from my 5-month-old-but-healed lobe piercings. I started really trying to get them out three days ago and it’s an ongoing process. But once I get these labret studs out, the earring extravaganza is on.

-amy