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  1. Prince
  2. Woody Allen (“OLD Woody Allen.”)
  3. Los Angeles
  4. 90′s Hip Hop
  5. Vintage Painted Signage
  6. Dogs
  7. Vodka + Sparkling Grapefruit
  8. Road trips
  9. Dancing
  10. Making playlists
  11. the beach
  12. cheese.

Nikki is the powerful lady behind my most recent aesthetic transformation, and I’ve been hounding her for a list for months! Looking at it now, it feels perfectly Nikki, perfectly Los Angeles, and perfectly American–right on time for the 4th of July weekend.

If you live in Los Angeles, go see Nikki for new hair and bitchen’ company. In the words of my wise friend, Jennifer, “Change your hair, change your life.”

After: Whoa, baby! See what I mean?

Before: blah. My life suuuucks.








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an aqua and coral colour palette

terrible jokes

hard cheeses



tall iced non-fat five-pump chai from Starbucks



the smell of grapefruit (but not the taste)


*Emily was the awesome photographer at my friends, Mark and Valerie‘s, wedding! I was the officiant. It was so fun! See some shots over at the blog.


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  1. Rocksteady, Alton Ellis
  2. the Piggot Brothers
  3. Lotus Flower, Radiohead
  4. Being Erica
  5. Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear
  6. Mike McHugh, Creative Sweet TV
  7. Candy (the stuff you eat)

“Today’s obsessions: awesome AND distracting.”

check out Music Monday at the blog to be distracted like Aly :)



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  1. You Were Always on My Mind, Elvis Presley
  2. Koh Gen Do -#001
  3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
  4. BIC Crystal Ballpoint Pens
  5. Creme Abricot – Christian Dior
  6. Veuve Cliquot
  7. Tina Turner
  8. Eiffel Tower
  9. Coco Chanel
  10. Bichon/Poodles

Laura Westmoreland     Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Jeans (from Jnco to James, I’ve loved them all)
  2. Steak (thick cut, rib-eye, butter, A1 on the side)
  3. Italian movies (The Conformist, Blow Up, Caro Diario)
  4. Bernice Bobs Her HairW and all the short stories of  F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
  5. Paul Simon’s Graceland album
  6. Pearl Jam (I am serious, ages 12 – 20)
  7. The Wonder YearsW
  8. The Baby-Sitter’s Club #1 /Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love books (let’s be honest, they are the same thing)
  9. Summer Camp
  10. Dracula (Bram Stoker’s, Coppola’s, Sesame Street‘s)
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  1. Howard Roarke from The Fountainhead by Ayn RandW
  2. Iceland
  3. “The Birth and Death of a Day,” Explosions in the Sky
  4. The Moon
  5. Fogged up Car Windows at 4 am
  6. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
  7. Two legs to walk with
  8. Ice cream
  9. Road Trips
  10. Water

“1,2,3, and 6 are highly recommended.  And as the teacher in Perks of Being a Wallfower said to Charlie when he handed him The Fountainhead: “Be a filter, not a sponge”


Alessio Tummolillo   Student/Writer   Lugano, Switzerland
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  1. The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
  2. David Hockney
  3. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  5. Sunrise
  6. Blue, Joni Mitchell
  7. The American, Henry James
  8. Espresso Vivace (Seattle)
  9. Skippy Dies: A Novel, Paul Murray
  10. Peugeot
Anne Howard   Student   WA
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  1. ferries (the boat kind)
  2. The Big Lebowski
  3. PoutineW
  4. Brown aleW
  5. disc golf
  6. libraries
  7. Irish Breakfast teaW
  8. Bill Bryson
  9. Ella Fitzgerald
  10. bikes
Reid   Student   Portland, OR
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  1. Beyond the Mountain, Steve House
  2. Snatch
  3. Pineapple Express
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Blueberry Pie
  6. Tea
  7. Flight of the Conchords
Azhar Zaheer     Lahore, Pakistan
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  1. All music by Seal
  2. Favorite Nigerian Food: Jollof Rice + Dodo (fried plantain) with grilled chicken
  3. Stinson Beach, CA
  4. Cuba (Cayo CoCoW!)
  5. Propeller Head Music Software
  6. Volkswagon (“Love my Jetta”)
  7. Transformers  (and the soundtracks)
  8. Facebook  (every so often that is!)
  9. Duke University
  10. Apple iPad
Rotimi Thomas   Graduate Student   Durham, NC
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  1. The Death of Bunny Munro: A Novel, Nick Cave
  2. Strangeland, Tracey Emin
  3. The King’s Speech (“I was a sceptic, but it’s brilliant”)
  4. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
  5. Jessie J’s cover of the Naked and the Famous’ ”Young Blood”
  6. August SanderW ‘s photography
  7. Miranda (TV series on BBC)
  8. Arsenic & Old Lace
  9. Victor Hugo’s Delicatessen in Edinburgh (by the Meadows)
  10. Kitchen, Nigella Lawson
Hannah McGlynn   Student   Edinburgh, Scotland
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  1. Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard,” WilcoW
  2. The Dark Is Rising, Susan Cooper
  3. German
  4. Danish Butter Cookies
  5. BockW
  6. Devotion to the Cross, Pedro Calderon de la BarcaW
  7. Scotland Yard Family Game
  8. Contact Mics
  9. Mille Bornes Card Game
  10. Madame GeorgeVan MorrisonW


Rob Little     San Francisco, CA
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  1. The NBA Playoffs
  2. JetBlue Cheeps
  3. Haley Reinhart on American Idol
  4. Baconalia at Denny’s
  5. Empire Records
  6. The Infanta” by The Decemberists
  7. Parks & Recreation
  8. Community
  9. Mine Is Yours, Cold War Kids
  10. Diet Coke


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  1. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, Benjamin Hale
  2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  3. Pumpkin Spice Granola
  4. 20 under 40
  5. Down comforters
  6. Wax & Wire,” * Loch Lomond
  7. The New Abs Diet
  8. Parks & Recreation

*follow the link to listen to Loch Lomond’s “Wax & Wire” and download their album,  Night Bats, here.

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  1. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  2. “Echidna’s Arf” and “Don’t you Ever Wash that Thing?” from Frank Zappa’s Roxy & Elsewhere
  3. Rock My Religion, Dan GrahamW
  4. Darkness/Light/Darkness,* Jan SvankmajerW
  5. Coast to Coast AM with George Noory (10:00 every night on 640 KFI)
  6. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook, Sally Fallon
  7. The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein
  8. The World is a Beautiful Place,* Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  9. The Wonderful World That Almost Was, Paul Thek
  10. Mr. Show

Read Greta’s thoughtful explanations in The Magpie Blog!

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  1. The Food Network: Giada De Laurentiis , Paula Deen, and Ina Garten
  2. Act a Fool,” Lil John
  3. Pretty Woman
  4. The News,” Jack Johnson*
  5. My aunt’s tamale pie recipe
  6. Egg in a basketW
  7. 80 year old women in my body pump class
  8. The Gipsy Kings
  9. Daughters,” John Mayer
  10. “Kill them with kindness” (“Just the expression…it’s what I say to myself when I want to punch people.”)

*follow the link to listen!

Mari Egan   Student   Davis, CA
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  1. Where the Heart Is
  2. Justin BieberW
  3. Jersey Shore
  4. Twilight
  5. Pretty Woman
  6. Rascal Flatts
  7. Confetti Cake
  8. Natalie PortmanW
  9. My Momma (?)
  10. The Notebook
Taylor McCrary     Davis, CA
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  1. Lund University
  2. Vastgota Nation
  3. Soder Spoletorp
  4. Gerdahallen
  5. Lundabocker
  6. Nova Lund
  7. Kaffe
  8. TGR-stores
  9. Swedish SnapsW
  10. Northern Lights


Lauren Christine   Student   Lund, Sweden
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  1. The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown 2006- Fast Division*
  2. Frankie Manning and Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers* (“Especially Hellzapoppin from 1941″)
  3. Wildflowers, Tom Petty
  4. Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times, Willie Brown
  5. Cooking with Trader Joe’s
  6. Take a Little Piece of My Heart, Erma Franklin
  7. “Forever,”  Ben Harper (Welcome to the Cruel World)
  8. Sea Green, See Blue,* JayMay (Autumn Fallin)
  9. The Loose Marbles performing in New Orleans with Meshiya Lake*
  10. Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris

*this Magpie list is link-crazy; click around for Jaymay on youtube, lindy-hop madness, and a New Orleans street performance with Meshiya Lake!

Valerie Brown   Political Aide   Oakland, CA
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  1. Dr. Who
  2. God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys
  3. Harry Potter Books and Movies
  4. Reddit
  5. Funny cat videos/photos
  6. Really good food
  7. Travel
  8. Sleeping
  9. Gel Pens
  10. The combination of Peanut Butter and Chocolate.


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