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FF45: 6 Favorite Podcasts

friday-favorites-header Happy Friday! Podcasts and audiobooks are perfect to listen to while I work, so over the past few years I’ve become an enthusiastic subscriber. I’m an avid NPR listener and love radio classics like This American Life and Radiolab. I was thrilled when TAL announced Serial and even more thrilled when it blew up like it did. We’re experiencing this amazing surge of quality radio/podcast content and I can’t get enough! Here’s six of my current faves. Make sure to share your favorites in the comments! xo julie-klausner-podcast

1. How Was Your Week? with Julie Klausner
Julie Klausner is a comedy writer who’s starring in Difficult People, a comedy series debuting on Hulu in August. She wrote the show and is starring with Billy Eichner. Amy Poehler is producing a la Broad City and I am STOKED. Her sense of humor almost perfectly mirrors my own and I devour every word of every pop culture focused rant she shares on her formerly weekly comedy podcast, How Was Your Week? She’s a proud cat lady, Real Housewives enthusiast, music nerd, and feminist. Listening to her show feels like hanging out with the BFF I always wish I had!

In addition to her hilarious monologues, Julie interviews celebs and her friends in the comedy/entertainment world. She brings out the fun in whoever she speaks with and I learn something new about each person.

Some favorite episodes: Ep. 182: Joan Rivers | Ep. 188: The Cast of Advanced Style | Ep.140: Camille Paglia

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2. StartUp
Last year, Alex Blumberg saw a need for producing more high quality podcasts. He left his job at NPR’s Planet Money to start his own media company, Gimlet. He decided to chronicle the ins-and-outs of starting his own business in real time. He shares the details that no one talks about like money, investors, the strain on your friends and family, and finding business partners. I love the honesty, candid exchanges, and surprising details that Alex and his team share.

The second season that’s currently airing follows another start up company–Dating Ring, an online matchmaking service. I love this season even more than the first because it shares the additional struggles that an all-women team face. Plus, matchmaking, online dating and the sociology behind it is fascinating to me. I can’t wait to hear the latest juicy news every week!

Some favorite episodes: Ep. 1.1: How Not to Pitch a Billionaire | Ep. 1.2: Is Podcasting the Future or the Past? | Ep 2.1: Origin Story | Ep. 2.5: Playing With Matches

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3. Reply All
Reply All was the first podcast produced by the aforementioned Gimlet Media. You’ll think I’m being paid by them after this post because I’m raving about their shows so much but they’re doing such great work! Reply All is a show about the internet. Stories of weird new apps, public shaming, Craigslist, relationships in the internet age, fandom craziness, and even instagram famous dogs. Hearing smart, funny people discuss these topics in a way that doesn’t make me want to slam my head into my keyboard is so refreshing.

Some favorite episodes: Ep. 2: The Secret, Gruesome Internet for Doctors | Ep. 5: Jennicam|
Ep. 6: This Proves Everything | Ep. 15: I’ve Killed People and I Have Hostages | Ep. 18: Silence and Respect

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4. RuPaul: What’s the Tee? with Michelle Visage
If you know me at all, you know that RuPaul is my personal diety. Not only is he a fabulous performer, but he’s just so wise and full of motivational advice–seriously! If you haven’t heard him talk about spirituality and conquering your inner saboteur, you need to get on that shit.

What’s The Tee? is basically my dream. Every two weeks I get to spend an hour hanging out with RuPaul and his BFF Michelle Visage. They discuss everything from Drag Race, hair and make-up tips, and pop music to finding your tribe and living your best life. Trust me, you need this in your life.

Some favorite episodes: Ep. 15: Bareback Betty | Ep. 16: Uncle Tom with Leah Remini | Ep. 18: Blame It on the Lupus with Kristen Johnston | Ep. 27: The Traffic Dummy with Wendi McLendon-Covey

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5. Your Dreams My Nightmares
Your Dreams My Nightmares is my favorite illustration/design podcast. Illustrator Sam Weber does long, personal one-on-one interviews with some of the most exciting contemporary commercial artists working today. I love the honest discussions on art schools, freelance life, and the politics of commercial art. He hasn’t been updating much lately, but if you’re interested in these topics, this show is a must-listen.

Some favorite episdoes: Ep. 95: Internet Famous with Leah Goren, Walter Green and Josh Cochran | Ep. 34: Kali Ciesemier and Sam Bosma | Ep. 14: SooJin Buzelli

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6. Mystery Show
Gimlet’s newest podcast is Mystery Show, hosted by the adorable Starlee Kine who you may recognize from This American Life–always a good sign. Listen along as Starlee solves people’s tiny mysteries. The only requirement is that they can’t be solved just by googling. What ever happened to the video store that closed mysteriously the day after I rented a movie? What was possibly the motivation for getting a vanity license plate that says “I LUV 911″? Who’s the owner of this personalized belt buckle I found in the gutter when I was a kid? This show is human interest as its best and I’m hooked already.

Some favorite episodes: Case #2: Britney | Case #3: Belt Buckle

FF44: Ban.Do’s Party House

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Photos courtesy Emily Henderson, Kelsey TuckerRefinery29 photographer Tessa Neustadt.

One of my favorite interior designers/bloggers, Emily Henderson, shared a recent project this week: the grand and glittery remodel of Ban.Do‘s studio house in L.A. I’ve been able to think about little else this week!

I’m obsessed with every tiny detail of this place–the glitter wallpaper, neon signs, bright pops of color around every corner, custom plexi-glass inspiration boards, and the surprising flea market rug in Jen’s office that somehow works just right. White peg boards are my favorite part of my own craft show display and Ban.do’s use of them for product display is super inspiring! I can only hope to channel half the girl-focused fun that these ladies do in both my work and home space. Goals!

FF43: Lazy Oaf

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Lazy Oaf is a graphic, print-focused label and storefront from London that just makes me yell “YES!” every time they add a new design to their online shop. Every piece is playful, silly, and edgy. I love the over-sized, cropped shapes in their styles.

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Lazy Oaf frequently collaborates with illustrators and designers, making the quirkiest prints that just melt my heart. I’m instantly won over by any use of goofy animals and swear words. :)

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I own one Lazy Oaf dress and it’s one of my closet favorites. It’s casual, happy, and SUPER comfortable. I’d own that oversized baby-doll dress in every print possible if I could! I just snagged another on ebay this week (Lazy Oaf is the only brand whose ebay alert hasn’t been canceled to stop me from over-shopping lol) and I’ve been rushing to my doorstep every day in vain, anxiously awaiting its arrival. Happy birthday to me, from me! ;)

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Don’t forget that I’ll be at Macy’s at West County Center tomorrow at 2pm for a fun spring fashion event! Join me and host Courtney Kerr for a runway show celebrating spring fashion and vacation style, mini makeovers, music, and personalized Macy’s garment bags if you spend $75 or more (while supplies last).

FF42: Samantha Pleet & UO

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I’m always excited to see what Samantha Pleet is up to each season. I’ve been an admirer of her dreamy, minimal, feminine designs for years. She makes dresses and separates that feel just cute and quirky enough to give me heart eyes, but always channel this too-cool woodland boho fairy vibe that makes me question if I’m cool enough to pull them off.

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Pieces from Samantha’s latest collaboration with Urban Outfitters have been popping up on some of my favorite style blogs and I’m loving how quintessentially Samantha Pleet they feel! The signature twists around the waists, scallops, and matching sets are adorable and immediately recognizable. I’ll definitely be camping out near the racks at my local store to try and snag a piece!

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Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.

FF41: Aidy Bryant x Dusen Dusen Home

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This week Design*Sponge announced a collaboration between perfect angel baby, Aidy Bryant and Dusen Dusen for their first home collection, debuting Fall 2015. I had hearts in my eyes immediately and want to share this news with the world!

I’m obsessed with Aidy. Not only is she hilarious and charming on SNL every week (I legitimately listened to Back Home Baller at least once daily for two weeks after it came out) but she has adorable personal style. Her instagram is my happy place.

Dusen Dusen is also a big crush of mine. I love their fun color palettes, simple shapes, and whimsical patterns. Everything they make feels so fresh and fun. I often feel such serious, melancholy vibes with high end brands, but Dusen Dusen girls look so carefree. They definitely have an easy-going attitude and a sense of humor. Like, “I care about looking cute, but don’t take fashion so seriously, man!” No pretension.

I’ve mentioned that I’m so into interior design inspiration lately so this pairing is my dream come true. They suit each other so perfectly! Now if only I could afford any of it! Haha.

Photographs by Brian W. Ferry, via Design*Sponge

FF40: Wish I Was Wearing

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1. Jeffrey Campbell Cut-Out Booties // 2. Ashlyn Fluffy Knit Skirt + Shirt
3. Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel // 4. Denim Pencil Skirt // 5. Madewell Bucket Bag
6. Lazy Oaf Oversized Shirt // 7. Miu Miu Patent Leather Slippers
8. Wildfox Oversized Sweatshirt // 9. Lazy Oaf Oversized Cropped Sweatshirt
10. Hue Fleece Lined Leggings // 11. Nishe Skater Dress // 12. Plastic Cat Eye Sunglasses

I’ve been trying to utilize my Pinterest more lately. It’s a fun tool, but I often just forget about it. There’s a lot of content to wade through! Since I’ve been so into interior design inspiration, Pinterest has become more practical. I started a “Wish I Was Wearing” board last week and enjoy pinning new favorites every few days. Seeing them all laid out together looks so pretty and gives me a clearer image of where my tastes are, too!

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Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.

FF39: Vogue Footwear

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1. Geared Up Boot
2. Lady Is A Vamp Flats in Light Pink
3. Looking Sharp Flats
4. Black Magic Lady Boots
5. Gone Fishin’ Sandals
6. Clever Edge Heels
7. Lady Is A Vamp Flats in Black

I was introduced to the fine folks of Vogue Footwear at one of ALIVE’s blogger events. They really made an impression on me with their interesting silhouettes and edgy materials. I’m proud that such a cool brand is headquartered locally! You can really tell that they’re interested in making fresh and interesting styles. Those Geared Up Boots and pink sparkly flats are incredible!

Disclaimer: This is the first of two blog posts in collaboration with Vogue Footwear. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience.

FF38: EyeglassDiscounter.com

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1. Kate Spade Amara/S Jaz Sunglasses $199.00
2. Geek V.O. 2 Red Glasses $80.00
3. Kate Spade Demi/F FB1 Havana/Teal Glasses $199.00
4. U.S. Eyewear Scholar Series Boston Green Glasses $30.00 $15.00!
5. Geek 201 Black/Silver Glasses $80.00
6. Heart-Shaped Sunglasses with Mirror Coated Lenses $15.00
7. Leopard Cateye Glasses $19.99
8. Suzanne Midnight Tortoise Sunglasses $30.00
9. Modern Optical Harper Blue/Purple Glasses $40.00
10. Academic P2031 Leopard Glasses $28.99

I was recently contacted by EyeglassDiscounter.com to see if I’d be interested in sharing their products with you. We all know I have a serious thing for discount glasses and I’m obsessed with hunting for the perfect pairs online. After checking them out, I said yes pretty immediately!

Eyeglass Discounter has been operating as a family owned and operated business since 1982. They have a fantastic inventory of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses including frames from Kate Spade, Ray-Ban, and Tiffany & Co. I love how easy it is to use their drop-down menus to select your prescription, anti-reflective options, lens materials, and more–it makes it easy to track how expensive your glasses will end up being. That’s sometimes a nasty surprise for me after entering my strong prescription!

It was easy for me to pick 10 of my favorite designs! I looove all the colors that are available. They have a great sampling of basically any shade you might want.

They’ve been a great brand to interact and work with! If that’s any indication of their level of customer service, I expect nothing but friendly helpfulness when ordering your frames or sunglasses.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post paid for by EyeglassDiscounter.com

FF37: Sporty Style

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I feel like varsity jackets and sports wear inspired pieces show up every few years and I’m always kind of “meh” about the whole thing. I’m not athletic in the least and usually feel like a big phony wearing anything that remotely suggests otherwise. And normcore? Barf.

I see sporty happening in a larger way this year. Lately I’m feeling drawn to simple varsity stripe details on sweatshirts and pants and fun urban-meets-athlete crop tops and pencil skirts. I’ve been feeling less like a phony and more like I’m enjoying a tongue-in-cheek, ironic reference to how un-sporty I am. I was trying to channel those vibes at Fashion Week.

Who knows, but for whatever reason I’ve found myself typing “varsity” into the search bar of my favorite online shops. Ain’t mad about it.

1. Varsity Cropped Sweatshirt // Love Culture
2. Over the Knee Knit Socks // ASOS
3. Scuba Knit Varsity Jacket // Forever 21
4. Sporty Pencil Skirt // Anthology via Shoptiques
5. Buttoned-Back Varsity Sweater // Forever 21
6. Milly Sporty Trim Jogger // BooHoo
7. Mia Zip Front Stripe Trim Bralet // BooHoo
8. Metallic Varsity Striped Leggings // Forever 21
9. Tennis Skirt // American Apparel

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.

FF36: What to Wear to STLFW

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ALIVE Magazine’s Style Notes blog asked me to style a look for St. Louis Fashion Week in honor of the kick-off party (tonight!!!) and this is what I put together!

I’m so into the silhouette of a cropped top with a pencil skirt lately–especially when the top plays with volume, like a sweatshirt or a fluffy or flowy fabric. You all know my affection for the backpack trend, plus a chunky boot, fun novelty earrings, and a moody shade of lipstick make this look the perfect ensemble for a kick-ass babe hanging out at fashion shows in October.

1. Cropped Sweatshirt by Dimepiece
2. Jalapeno Skirt by Lazy Oaf
3. Beyonce Fabric Button Earrings by O’Darling Designs
4. Platform Boot by Miista Yolanda
5. Vintage Re-Issue Sling by Fossil
6. “Sin” Lipstick by MAC

Check out all the other fabulous looks put together by STL bloggers here!

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.