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The Perfect Beer to Pair with Sushi

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

I don't know about you guys, but I could eat sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if it was readily available.  I love it. And I'll eat every single kind, too.  Raw fish? Love it.  And the best part is, unless you eat an insane amount, you never feel that "I'm so full I can't move" feeling.  Yeah, some of the rolls aren't great for you, but if you stick to the rice, seaweed, raw fish, and veggies, it's a pretty nutritious meal! Not to mention it's the perfect thing to eat on Fridays in Lent when you can't eat meat.

So now that we've established that I'm basically a sushi connesseur, we'll move on to another thing I'm an expert on: beer.
I seriously love beer and except for my beloved margaritas, it's typically my alcoholic drink of choice.  While I'll drink almost anything from a Corona to a Guinness, I'm definitely more of a light beer kinda girl.  When I was approached with the opportunity to try Kirin, I jumped at the chance.  I mean once I like a type of beer it's very hard for me to stray from it and try new things. So the thought of trying a Japanese beer? Never would've crossed my mind.  Now that I've tried it (quite a few times at this point), it is for sure on my list of favorite beers.  Kirin Ichiban is rich with a very subtle hops taste, and Kirin Light is the perfect pale, crisp beer with a little more of an understated taste.

While sampling the beer I attempted to make sushi, and it actually wasn't a total fail!  The sushi-making was seriously so fun, even though it didn't turn out as nice as they make it in restaurants ;)  But it definitely tasted good!  I opted for a California roll, which contains avocado, cucumber, and crab.  This is one of the more basic rolls and perfect for those of you that are a little wary about eating raw fish. 

Dipped it in a little soy sauce and tasted just like a roll you'd order at a restaraunt! Not bad, huh?

Celeb chef Candice Kumai has partnered with Kirin to bring Japanese-style beer to the growing Asian cuisine movement.  Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light are perfect to pair with asian dishes, and their clean, fresh taste only enhances your meal. I would definitely recommend pairing Kirin Light with light meals like sushi, and Kirin Ichiban with heavier dishes like some of the awesome recipes that Kirin shares on their Facebook page.  Plus, remember how we talked about how sushi can be a yummy and healthy meal? Well pairing Kirin Light with it only tacks on 95 calories per bottle! If you ask me, that's a great excuse to have more than one.....

Do you like sushi? Make sure to pair it with a bottle of Kirin next time!

Things You Don't Care About + Shopbop Sale

Today is just so blah. I don't know about the rest of the country, but currently the Philly area is underwater and unfortunately I was not one of the people chosen to go on Noah's ark.
I have a 4 day weekend coming up (YAS) so naturally this week is moving at a snail's pace.
So two things today: 
I found this cute little TMI quiz on Words as Palindromes so if you're not into knowing little weird deets about me, just skip that part.   
And, as always, there's a sale going on and I'm all over it.  Shopbop is definitely a pricey website, but if you catch something you're lusting after at the right time, you can find some amazing prices! Their Friends and Family Sale is one of the best occasions to do this, so use the code INTHEFAMILY14 to save 25% on everything and, as with any other sale..... treat yo self.

1. What are you wearing?
Right this second? Well since it's currently nighttime as I type this, jammies. Oh wait... I should probably lie and say something cool. I'm wearing a floral frock that a designer gifted me for free (obvi), sky-high heels that are insanely uncomfortable but you would never know because my perfect face doesn't indicate it, gorgeous shiny jewels that all match each other and, of course, a designer handbag.  It's one of about 300 I own, because money is no thing.
(that was me being a mythical fashion blogger)

2. Do you have any tattoos?
No, but as I mentioned in previous posts I am obsessed with seeing and hearing about other people's tats.  

3. Piercings?
One in each ear.  hashtagboring

4. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Approximately 10 minutes and I'm not even kidding.  I always shower at night because duh, and I do my best to pick out my outfit, do my hair, and prepare whatever food necessary the night before.  My morning routine consists of hearing my alarm at 7 am and not actually getting out of bed until 8, putting on my pre-planned outfit (or picking a new one if I feel fat), making my hair look like I didn't just get out of bed, brushing my teeth, grabbing my shit, and leaving.  I kid you not, I put on my makeup and eat breakfast in the car while I'm in rush hour traffic and I always keep deodorant and a perfume roll-on stick in my bag to put on right before I go into my office.  Basically all you need to know is that I take any and every shortcut possible to give myself optimal sleep time.  

It's psychotic, really. 

5. How tall are you?
I don't want to talk about it. 

(I'm 5'11" and have a complex about it)

6. Zodiac sign?
The fish one.

7. Favorite quote?
Can't pick just one. 

1. "Say yes and you'll figure it out afterward." - Tina Fey
2. "There's power in looking silly and not caring that you do." - Amy Poehler

8. OTP (One true pairing)?
I'm obviously late to the party because I had no idea what this meant, but I googled it and it means like.... two characters in a show/movie who are good together? Sort of? Whatever, it's clearly April and Andy from Parks & Rec. 

10. What are your fears?
Well, everything.  I'm afraid of a ton of stuff.  But to give you the abridged version: 
1. Traveling to countries where the main language isn't English (Thanks, Amanda Knox)
2. Natural disasters. (PA is the safest place to live - I'm never leaving)
3. Getting sick (I am never sick and do not handle it well when I am)

11.  A place to visit?
Well contrary to the previous answer, I do actually enjoy traveling.  Like I said, I enjoy countries where I feel comfortable with the language so I'd love to go to England.  I also recently wrote this post about all the places I'd love to go around the US.

12. Favorite Color?
Navy & Mint green. Because I can't pick just one. Again. Sorry.

And here are some of my Shopbop sale picks. Don't forget, EVERYTHING is 25% off!

The [Condensed] Soup: April 11

Spring has sprung, people.... spring has sprung. Today's Condensed whatever is gonna be pretty lighthearted because quite frankly I'm in an AWESOME mood.  No making fun of news stories this week.... I'm sure there will be lots of that next week.  But for now, here are 5 random things I'm loving this week.

1. Animals Wrapped as Burritos

First off, I would just like to direct all of you to this link filled with 30 photos of small animals wrapped up like burritos.  If this doesn't make you happy then I feel like you might have some issues.  

 2. Prints

I. Love. Prints.  Love them.  They're an inexpensive (sometimes) way to decorate your room, work space, kitchen, or bathroom with cute little photos or quotes.  I've found that Etsy is probably your best bet for finding cheap and unique prints (remember my obsession with Lady Gatsby?), but I also found a few that I love from places other than Etsy that are featured above.
Some of my other favorite Etsy print shops include Preppy Printshop, Craft and Candor, A Spring Bear, and Ladybird Ink.

3. Art History's Burn Book

I found this tumblr entitled "Art History's Burn Book" a few days ago and I have not stopped laughing since.  The simple idea of placing Mean Girls quotes on famous pieces of art is honestly genius and all of the photos are so fitting.  My personal fave is the one pictured above. Don't forget to read the captions.  They just add to the hilarity.
If you want to keep up-to-date on these masterpieces without checking Tumblr all the time then don't worry.... you can follow them on Instagram: @MeanGirlsArtHistory

4. Tinder Pro

One of my Facebook friends shared this link about a guy who seriously rocks at using Tinder the other day and, much like Mean Girls Art History, I have not stopped laughing since.  Don't know what Tinder is? Good, you probably lead a way better life than I do . Seriously, does anyone know who this guy actually is? I would like to meet him... and then marry him. 

5. #BackThatAzzUp Friday

I know this song is slow and not as upbeat as my usual Friday jams, but I watched Stuck In Love this past weekend (watch it, seriously) and I can't get it out of my head.  It's also an excellent song to listen to on repeat while you're going to sleep.

Happy Friday, peeps.

Realistic Instagram Hashtags

#FoodPorn? #FashionBlogger? #OOTD? Every once in a while we all have those Instagram-worthy moments in our lives.  A gorgeous sunset, a killer outfit, or a beautifully presented plate of food at a hip restaurant that we just have to share with our followers. 
But realistically, no one's life is like that every day.... except of course fashion bloggers with no spending limit, "free spirits" that spend their whole lives traveling, and foodies.  These are some realistic Instagram hashtags that should be trending right now.


My motivation for packing my lunch pretty much tapers off on Tuesdays every week and because I don't make enough to treat myself to sushi or something every single day, I'm probably eating a granola bar I found at the bottom of my purse and a soft pretzel I bought for 69 cents at Wawa this morning while getting my coffee.  After I snap a pic of this, I'll probably choose the "Kelvin" filter just to bring out the deep tones in the Quaker Chewy Bar wrapper. 

#IWoreThisYesterday (#OOTW)

Is it Sunday? Oh, that means I've been wearing my high school softball sweatpants from freshman year since approximately 5 pm on Friday and have not taken them off since.  In order to Instagram this, I'll take an pic from a high angle so I can fit my sweats, my fuzzy slippers, and my stained white V-neck tshirt.  Add in the hand on the hip pose so I look skinny, obv.  I wonder how many people will ask me where my shirt is from?! Maybe I should tag "target" in the photo just so my millions of followers know where they can go to dress like me.  Great, all set.  I should probably hashtag #OOTW (outfit of the week) since I've been wearing this for 2 1/2 days now.  Doing #OOTD (outfit of the day) would just be lying.....


Not a day goes by that I don't get some sort of food residue on a piece of clothing.  It ranges anywhere from a tiny droplet of coffee on my already black shirt (no biggie) to dropping my bagel topped with peanut butter right on my white pants and walking around my office all day with a questionable brown stain on my crotch.   To get the most likes on this one, I'll strategically angle this pic to make whatever area of my body the stain is on look skinny and use the "Walden" filter to sort of make my life look like the set of an old western film.  


(no, this is not my actual office view)

In my opinion, Instagram makes it seem like everyone's home, office, and coffee spot are all located at the top of a beautiful hill overlooking trees and mountains or a glamorous city.  But, sometimes us regular peeps don't have a view.  I'm not really trying to brag here, but a picture of my office view includes a parking lot, a somewhat busy road, and a dilapidated home across the street that I'm pretty sure belongs to the man who sits on the sidewalk and yells profanities at cars passing by. I'll use a black & white filter for this one, just to give it a little bit of mystery and allure.  


Sunday Funday? Try Sunday Slumday.  What 20-something with a job and shit has the time or energy to wake up and day-drink?! Sundays are for sleeping in and being unnaturally lazy.  Unless this is the one weekend a month I force myself to socialize at brunch, an Instagram of my Sunday would include a Chipotle burrito wrapper and empty slurpee cup on the table, an iPad with Netflix playing, and my #OOTW. Not pictured: an enormous load of laundry and a half-assed attempt at preparing food for the week.  I'll do this one with #NoFilter just so people know how real I am.


I have never (and will never) used any of the hashtags #TurnUp #TurnDownForWhat or #TurnUporTransfer because I am 23, already graduated from college, and poor.  Gone are the days of 50 cent shots at the dive bar in my college down.  The most "turnt" I've gotten in the past few months is when I went crazy and ordered TWO margs at happy hour instead of one, and that ended in me eating spoonfulls of guacamole for dinner and passing out at 9 pm.  I don't really know what "turnt" actually means, but it sounds exhausting and I have too many episodes of House of Cards to catch up on to bother with any of that business. 

What are some realistic hasgtags you wish were floating around Insta-world?

Tea Party Tuesday Link-Up

Ever heard of a link-up? Neither did I until like a year ago.  Now I participate in them all the time and they're the absolute best way to find other fun blogs and browse interesting content that you can read when you're bored.... or procrastinating.  Either one.  Below you'll meet the fab blogger behind Keep Calm and Blog On.  Follow her & check out everyone else on the link up to find your new favorite blog!

IT'S TUESDAY and we have some linking up to do...

One of the best parts about blogging is meeting new friends from across the world. I've done this by participating in many link-ups and blog networks over the past year. After much deliberation, I've decided it's time to start my own. Since my blog has a major British theme going on, I thought a weekly tea party would be the perfect way to bring bloggers together. Of course you don't actually have to drink tea while you link up... but it is preferred! The rules are pretty simple - you can link up ANY type of post you'd like (fashion, travel, recipes, etc). I just ask that you link back and follow me and whoever might be co-hosting. 
Speaking of co-hosts - if you're interested in co-hosting a future Tea Party Tuesday, please email me here

The Rules:
1. Link up ANY post and link back here.
2. Follow Keep Calm and Blog On and your co-hosts.
3. Visit at least three other bloggers below and say hello.

Sip your tea and nibble your crumpets - let's hop to it...

Keep Calm and Blog On


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