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Tips for Traveling in Iceland!

In the past six years, the number of foreign tourists traveling to Iceland has more than doubled. In fact,  the average yearly growth rate of tourism has been 21.6% since 2010. So after seeing four different groups of friends make the trip in a matter of two months, I decided to check it out for myself to see what all the hype was about. And if there’s nothing else you get out of this post, get this: it’s well worth it, and you should go ASAP! To make it even easier for you to plan a trip, below are some of my tips for traveling through the country:  Read more

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Thank Goodness it’s Tumblr Friday — check out some of our favorite Tumblr pages!



Shaquille’s Pick:

Where did you hear about this Tumblr page? Browsing Tumblr

What makes this Tumblr page interesting? I’m pretty sure that everyone knows that Cutliners love GIFs! Well this page combines two of my favorite things: GIFs and science. Have you ever wondered how popcorn pops? Or what a smoker’s lungs looks like? Maybe you’re the type that finds objects in trajectory around the earth interesting? (Like me.) Then this page is for you!


Esther’s Pick:

Where did you hear about this Tumblr page? Browsing Tumblr

What makes this Tumblr page interesting? I’m not a huge DIY fan, but this adorable Tumblr blog shares some fun ideas - from homemade dry shampoo spray and body butter bars, to cute Ikea hacks and rope coil baskets. I’m definitely going to try some of these DIYs during a relaxing weekend at home.

Rachel’s Pick:

Where did you hear about this Tumblr page? PopSugar

What makes this Tumblr page interesting? It’s hilarious!


Taylor Swift’s Love Story with Social Media

I’m an avid Taylor Swift fan. As in, I’ve thought about her every day for the last eight years. Is she getting her daily serving of fruit? Is she driving safely and under the speed limit? Did she read Yahoo News Digest today? These are the questions that keep me up at night.

Earlier this summer, Taylor bylined a piece for the Wall Street Journal on the intersection of tech and music, and my bedtime thoughts became a bit … deeper. One thing in particular that resonated with me was her point about how high quality concert videos and live tweet updates of her every move are easily accessible and leave fans demanding new content daily. We’re living in a world where getting a selfie with a celeb has replaced the autograph and anyone can watch [in real time!] concerts on Instagram, meet and greets on Vine, and track hashtags like #WhereisTaylorSwiftNow.

Social media defines fame and power these days, so I’m not surprised Taylor has jumped on every major social media platform out there to interact with her fans. In fact, she says in her byline that she knows actresses who get hired based on who has the most Twitter followers! She also predicts that “in the future, artists will get record deals because they have fans, not the other way around.”

Bottom line: social media has forever changed the entertainment industry and tonight my Taylor thoughts before bed will include variations of “When am I getting my selfie with her?” and “Can she leave a comment like this on MY Instagram pictures?!”


Rise, Walk & Shine

Millions of people have trouble waking up in the morning. Personally, if I can get on my feet, I know I’ll be okay, but the struggle to make it that far is beyond difficult! I used to tell myself that I would leave my phone on the other side of the room so I could get up to turn the alarm off, however, I stay up late sending texts and checking out Twitter with my phone right by my side. So every morning my five alarms go off five minutes after each other... after I press snooze a billion times. On the worst days, I sometimes frantically wake up half an hour later realizing that I didn’t even get to press snooze before my alarm finally decided there was no hope.

In this struggle, I am not alone. About 40 percent of Americans press snooze on multiple occasions before finally waking up. The makers of Clocky have created something very useful that we can now use to help us curb this bad habit. Available for purchase at $46, Clocky is an alarm clock that will jump up to 3 ft off of your night stand and roll around your room until it is turned off. You must physically get up out of bed, find Clocky, and turn it off. This will make sure that you’re up and moving so that you won’t have the yearning to turn right over and go back to sleep.

If you need help getting your day started, Clocky may just be the way to go!


One More Way to Obsess Over Your Pet!

It’s no secret... my husband, Adam, and I are dog lovers. Big ones. In fact, much of our everyday life revolves around our four legged furball, Sophie. And we admit it -- when we travel for work or pleasure, we always miss her and wish she was right by our side, which is why we’re pretty excited about the Petcube.

As PureWow reports, the Petcube is a new device that keeps you connected to your pets from anywhere in the country. You can stream HD video, use a laser pointer to get their attention or get them up and moving, and even communicate with them through a microphone and speakers. And the best part is that you can access it all from your smartphone. The mobile app is also designed to let you communicate with other pet owners too (playdate anyone?)!

Petcubes are now available for pre-order and will retail for $199 when they launch in 2014. So pet-obsessed readers -- get out there and get a Petcube!

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Spotlight on Evernote Food

In PR, attention to detail is key. Everyone seems to organize themselves differently though -- some do so with email folders, others with to do lists. Personally, I love spreadsheets. That is until I tried to organize my all consuming obsession with food.

Organizing my thoughts around meals, from  imagining my next dining experience to keeping track of the newest restaurants, isn’t easily accomplished with spreadsheets.  Recently, however, I made a discovery that changed the way I wield my passion for food. A  feature of the amazing Evernote app, which is a tool  designed for note-taking and archiving notes (whether that’s a to-do list, a website, a picture or a voice memo), Evernote Food, has solved my food manifesto fears.  Let me tell you why.

It helps you remember food you love: I can take snapshots of my delicious fried pork cheek and stone fruit appetizer (yes, I ate that).  And along with a picture of  my corn pappardelle with gypsy peppers and foraged mushrooms entree (yep, I ate that too!), I can add personal notes on the ambiance of the restaurant, who I enjoyed the meal with, or if I’m lucky (a foodie can dream) the chef’s personal compliments.

You can keep your recipes in one convenient location: whether you’re at a dinner party and need to jot down the name of that extra special Valle de Sol Ancho Chile Powder the hostess used in her homemade enchiladas, or at happy hour and want to savor the memory of cocktails with your co-workers, Evernote Food makes it easy. Since you can access the app online and on your mobile phone, there is no need to go back and forth between separate lists -- you can keep your foodie finds and facts in one place!

You can also find restaurants nearby to satisfy the curiosity of your taste buds. With the help of Foursquare, Evernote Food allows you to use map view to save places next to your home or office that you want to try.

Thanks to the app, I’ve enjoyed countless meals and memories of fun times with friends. Below are some of the meals I’ve saved on the Evernote Food app, and I’m already drooling thinking about my next one. If you’re a foodie like me, check out the Evernote food app for yourself!!

Photos (from top to bottom): MKT Restaurant’s One Big Cosmo, Boulevard’s Nettle Soup w/ Asiago Grilled Cheese Croutons, Quince Caviar w/ Creme Fraiche and Quince’s Rooftop Garden Flowers, Laura North: Grilled Avocados.


Random Musings, Uncategorized

Best of the Best

I find end-of-year and/or “best of” lists fascinating. They’re a great, digestible way to commemorate the year, and I love that I always learn something new. With that said, there are so (arguably, too) many out there. And they cover a massive range of topics and industries. That’s why I’ve started keeping tabs on my favorite ones! In no particular order, here are my top 10:

1. 2012 Yahoo! Year In Review sheds light on “the standout news & pop obsessions”, measured by our search habits.

2. If you’re curious about the most popular songs across all genres in 2012, then you’ll appreciate Billboard's annual list of the top 100 songs of the year (according to radio play and measured by Nielsen).

3. According to Google, we watch 4 billion hours of video (just on YouTube) a month. That’s crazy! Check out YouTube Rewind 2012 for a look at the 10 most popular videos on YouTube this year. Shocking Spoiler Alert: Psy’s Gangnam Style, which was recently named the first video in the history of YouTube to surpass a billion views, takes the top spot.

4. TIME shares the 50 Best websites of 2012 (special shout-out to Cutline client, Grockit, for making the cut!) and identifies the most influential people of the year.

5. Thanks to Internet memes, who could forget Olympic Gold Medalist, McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” face? WIRED pulls their favorite memes of 2012, spotlighting McKayla and others, here.

6. 2012 was a huge year for hardware. Google entered the tablet wars, Apple released new, improved versions of all their primary products, and Jawbone released Big Jambox -- my new favorite way to listen to music. For a look at the 50 best gadgets that arrived on the scene this year, check out Complex’s solid compilation here.

7. I’m always surprised by Apple’s annual list of best apps (in a variety of categories) for iPhone and iPad, and 2012 was no different. This year, Apple chose Action Movie FX as its iPhone App of the Year, while Paper is the iPad App of the Year.

8. To my knowledge, Google doesn’t release an official list of best Android apps but luckily PC Mag does! Check out what their staffers believe to be the “100 Best Android Apps of 2012” here.  

9. Huffington Post pulled 81 of the most amazing photographs from around the world this year, and it may be my favorite list of all. You can check it out here. Each and every image is awe-inspiring.

10. Finally, and for the foodies, I love Bon Appetit’s list of the 10 best new restaurants of the year (in the US). It’s what motivated me to wait almost two hours to get a seat at San Francisco’s State Bird & Provisions (which takes the top spot). And it was worth it.

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2013!



A few reasons why I love HBO’s The Newsroom

It’s been a month since the first season of The Newsroom ended and I still find a way to bring it up in conversation (almost) daily. So I figured it’s time to blog about it!

Here are just a few of the many reasons why I love The Newsroom:

  • Every episode is well-written and exciting. This should come as no surprise since it’s a product of Aaron Sorkin’s mind. Yes, the same Aaron Sorkin who created The West Wing and wrote the screenplays for The Social Network and Moneyball.
  • It has an all-star cast. The Newsroom is (a fictional) behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program and I find all the characters equally sharp, witty, and most importantly, likeable. Jeff Daniels is probably my favorite playing the role of head anchor, Will McAvoy. But Olivia Munn, Emily Mortimer, Dev Patel and Sam Waterson also play their parts effortlessly.
  • I can’t wait for next season. Some of my favorite episodes from the first season were related to how the cast handled the Casey Anthony trial and when Bin Laden was killed, among many other real news moments of 2011. Thoughts are running rampant on what Aaron will focus on next season...the presidential election? Penn State? Healthcare? Gun control, again? With such a big news year, the possibilities are endless and anticipation is high. Thank you, HBO, for commissioning a second season.
  • HBO GO. The Newsroom airs at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights. Which, after a hectic weekend, or even after a calm weekend, feels pretty late to me. Enter HBO GO! I frequently caught up on the latest episodes of the first season using the HBO GO app on my iPad and iPhone. It’s free with your HBO subscription and it’s a great way to get unlimited access to all your favorite HBO shows, movies, sports, comedy, etc. There’s little to no wait time for new episodes and they also have pretty cool bonus features and behind-the-scenes extras.



A few ideas on how to stylishly protect your devices

It’s been a while, but this year I forced myself to make some New Year’s resolutions. One of my resolutions is to take better care of my stuff - especially my devices.

I love new (and good looking) gadgets - anecdotally, I think I fell out of my chair when I discovered Cutline’s 2011 holiday present was a Kindle Fire - but I’m admittedly the worst at taking care of them. Which is why anyone who knows me has a hard time understanding why I’ve historically been an anti-case person. My argument has always been twofold: 1. I can’t find any that appeal to me aesthetically and 2. I just don’t like the way they feel.

Well, thanks to California-based companies DODOcase and Society6, times are officially changing! My laptop, iPhone, iPad, etc are no longer prancing around in their birthday suits because I found cases that really work for me.

Here are just a few reasons why:


1. They have a cool story. “The DODOcase philosophy is simple, manufacture things locally and help keep the art of book binding alive and well by adapting it to a world of e-readers and iPads. Each DODOcase cover has its own unique character as it was hand made in San Francisco using techniques developed hundreds of years ago.”

2. They look really good. If you’re into the simple feel of a Classic Moleskin Notebook - then a DODOcase is 100% for you. And for a small premium, you can get your initials stamped on the cover. (I opted for a navy blue iPad case with gold initials, and the finished product is legit.)



1. They also have a cool story. Essentially they work with thousands of artists from around the world and produce a variety of cases / protective skins, using high quality materials, and ship the finished product to the buyer on behalf of the artist.

2. The selection is INSANE and so different from anything I’ve ever seen before. I perused iPhone cases and Laptop skins alone, for hours. (Probably shouldn’t admit that but there really are so many special designs to choose from!)

If you’re like me and unintentionally but frequently give your devices beatings that they don’t deserve, hopefully DODOcase and Society6 can help ensure that shattered screens result no more. They’ve worked for me thus far...knock on wood.



Thank a Veteran Today

Here at Cutline, we like to celebrate holidays. And today is no exception. In fact, today is an especially awesome holiday because it’s a chance to thank the tens of millions of soldiers who have fought, and continue to fight, for our freedom. And in Silicon Valley, many tech companies have also been celebrating Veterans Day by honoring all of the heroes who have served in the military.

Here are just a few of the ways that tech companies are honoring veterans:

  • Today’s Google Doodle features a watercolor by Mike Dutton, a Google staff member, who is the son of a Vietnam vet. And Google is also sponsoring a new project, Google for Veterans and Families, to help returning veterans get help, connect with their fellow service members, and explain their experiences to their loved ones.
  • LinkedIn, naturally, focuses its Veterans Day efforts squarely on helping veterans find new opportunities, including a free one-year Job Seeker subscription for all current and former US veterans.
  • Grockit, a social learning company, that’s actually run by a Navy man, is also discounting its service for veterans, active military personnel and their families.
  • BranchOut, a company that expands your career network to include your Facebook friends, worked with The White House to form the Veterans Job Bank, a new search tool to help connect veterans with employers nationally by delivering jobs listings directly to former members of the military.
  • Facebook and CNN are partnering to let Facebook users upload pictures of veterans they want to recognize for their service. Users can and tag "CNN iReport" in the photo for it to appear on iReport's Facebook page.

Lastly, while it has nothing to do with technology and is a few years old, this video of dogs welcoming soldiers home is the best thing you’ll see all day. Feel free to post a few other ways companies are honoring veterans, in the comments below.

Happy Veterans Day, from Cutline.