Link Tank #48

by Jamie Sanford on February 12, 2018

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RuPaul is giving you all of the wisdom.

I am super into the Olympics, and I have been on Mirai Nagasu’s team since she was a tiny teenager winning Nationals in 2008. She was robbed of an Olympic slot in 2014, and she just proved why she is on the team in 2018 with an AMAZING long program for the figure skating team event! It’s weird to be proud of someone you don’t know but I am doing it anyway.

In other Olympic news, Buzzfeed is here to make sure we know how hot the U.S. Men’s Bobsled Team is, because damn.

Jayne Mansfield had a house called the Pink Palace. You definitely want to look, it is amazing.

If you are in upstate New York and are looking for something to do, go see the Seneca White Deer. I can’t wait to do this!

One of the best things about how terrible the world is right now is the wonderful writing that is coming out of it. Someone made the cinnamon rolls that Mario Batali shared in his “sorry about the sexual misconduct” email, and this piece is amazing.

Trixie Mattel is for everyone. This GQ profile is wonderful.

This absolute fantasy photoshoot on In the Frow, at Kennedy Space Center, makes me want to be a model.

I love the 90s classic Batman Forever, and here’s a great Hollywood Reporter story of how it came about.

Here’s a 3+ hour film about the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. This was the Nancy and Tonya Olympics!

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While I do not fly as much as I used to, I have managed to largely stay loyal to United Airlines for many years. I figured that at some point I would attempt to purchase flights with those miles so I wanted to gather them up. After having been largely unsuccessful at planning trips using miles, I started using the miles to buy meals at Newark airport. I have a good amount of miles though, so I would really like to purchase flights.

It all goes downhill from here.

My issue is essentially this – United.com will not allow you to create one reservation with one segment paid with miles and one segment a regular flight purchase. This is what happened when I entered my preferred travel dates and told United.com to “search award travel” and then chose flights that worked for me.

Why. I know from other shopping that the return flight for 2 people doesn’t cost anything near $1,264, so why would I pay for that many miles?

One step earlier in the process, here’s the screen presentation after I’ve chosen one segment.

I have already chosen flights that will cost 25,000 miles. There are NO options available on all of United.com for me to spend less than an additional 25,000 miles for 2 tickets, so why am I not getting a message here, telling me that and allowing me to proceed to search for the return flights as I would normally, while not shopping for award travel? This should not be so complicated.

Let’s fix it!

Here it is. I have greyed out the page and created a pop-up so the situation is incredibly clear.

I could be redirected to the same version of the page I see when I’m looking to purchase flights with actual dollars and not miles.

Is United banking on the fact that this is frustrating and so most people will give up and just buy the flights they want? Come to think of it, I have not heard anyone tell me that any one airline is amazing at this.

If you know of one, let me know! I would genuinely like to hear about it.

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Best of 2017 | Kat Von D Beauty

by Jamie Sanford on January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

I have more “important” posts to work on, about goals and such things, and I will get to that, but during a discussion of “2017 beauty favorites,” I realized that Kat Von D Beauty is absolutely my favorite makeup brand of 2017.

In addition to new products, I’ve picked up some items that are on their way out that made their way to Marshall’s.

There are links below, but here’s a breakdown of some favorites:

  • Lips: I got a few studded kiss lipsticks at Marshall’s, including in the shade Lovecraft, which is my new favorite lip color. I also picked up liquid lipsticks, including sets of minis. I don’t like having mini versions of most products, but liquid lipsticks are perfect for downsizing.
  • Perfume: Kat Von D Beauty has 2 perfumes, Saint and Sinner. I like them both and have small versions of each one.
  • Face: As Kat Von D Beauty shifted to offering the Shade & Light face palette with interchangeable pans, the originals made their way to Marshall’s, so I picked mine up for half price. I am a contouring newbie, so we will have to see how it goes, but so far, I find these powders to be incredibly blendable and easy to apply lightly so I don’t look like a mess.
  • Eyes: I did not get all of the eyeshadow palettes released this year, that would be too many, but I did pick up some of the Shade & Light Eyeshadow quads at, you guessed it, Marshall’s. It is paint-by-numbers eyeshadow, and is great if you want something super simple and fast, but that still looks like you tried. I also picked up the limited-edition Metal Matte Mini palette, since I have the monster-sized one, and I love it so much, but it is not portable. The mini is a great option, and if you haven’t tried out the Metal Crush eyeshadows, this is the perfect way to try multiple colors at a much better price point. The regular Metal Crush eyeshadows are $21 each, and this palette is $39, so you can see the value.

Links to these products are below. Happy 2018!

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2017 Instagram Roundup

by Jamie Sanford on December 29, 2017

It’s that time again. The end of the year, and lots of Instagrams to go through.

Let’s get right into the yearly recap.

After a chill NYE with the boys, we went to our favorite park on New Year’s Day. We would end up on a lot of trips to this park all year.

Pete was in NJ for work, and we had a few chances to hang out.

Wine tasting with the boys.

Back at the park, too warm for a normal winter.

We escaped to Florida for a little trip, and toured the campus of Florida Southern College. You can see my full posts on this experience here.

We also went to the Everglades and took an excellent airboat tour.

We also managed to be there at the right time for a trip to the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Back at home – I took this photo of my favorite immigrant.

Different views of the Flatiron Building.

Estate sailing has not become old yet. Old houses are still the weirdest, most interesting museums.

Dad visited and we went to Rutt’s Hut, because you have to.

I posted about the Met Costume Institute’s “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” Exhibition a LOT. It was beautiful.

We had a great evening with Stevie Nicks.

We went to our first air show. (Together, that is.)

We went to a local zoo and William bonded with the budgies.

Back to Florida for a wedding and we finally went to the Giraffe Ranch with Mom and Dad! Look at this beautiful creature! <3

Amazing skies at Mike & Amy’s wedding.

An uneventful July ended with a bang, when I got an email about a surprise Nine Inch Nails show on a random Monday night at Webster Hall.

Random stop at the Gingerbread House, which has seen much better days.

More estate sailing, and another weird thing I should have purchased.

Got together with the girls and selfied with Wadee’ah.

Went to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival with William, and we had poutine in the cold.

We got fancy for David and Brian’s wedding!

Halloween dinner.

We love the fall. A lot.

Will and I had a photoshoot to feature my forest queen antler headpieces. Images can be seen here.

We ventured out to a different park, this time at Ramapo Reservation.

We went to a most excellent Gary Numan show on Will’s birthday. Here’s a video of one of my favorite songs from the show. Watch out for the arm at the very end. So good.

We have not traveled nearly as much this year as we have in the past few, but I intend on changing that for next year. Here’s to another year of Instagrams!

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Link Tank #47

by Jamie Sanford on December 12, 2017

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I’m still so sad that Prince isn’t in our world anymore.

Go listen to the 11/18 episode of the Slate’s Working podcast, with Miz Cracker. I remember baby Miz Cracker from when we met during a drag pageant in 2012, and her evolution has been astounding and amazing, but not surprising. I’m so glad that the world is getting to know her.

This story about how Sarah is total garbage in The Craft is depressing af to someone who enjoyed that movie. I’m still Team Nancy though, she was so badass.

These cute holiday gnomes from Sweet Paul are darling.

Britney’s Blackout was underappreciated and overshadowed by her personal problems. This recap of the influence it had, including words from Britney, is wonderful.

Another queen that I love is Trixie Mattel, and this story on her evolution is fascinating. Way to go, Tracy.

Amazing rockumentaries that you should have seen by now.

I love Archer so much that Archer quotes should be counted as another language that I speak. This is NSFW.

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross created their own version of the Halloween theme. It’s a little late in the year for me to share, but it is creepy.

Until next time.

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