Now Trending – Best Links Week of 12.1

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Someone fell of the face of the planet for a few days… and that someone was me. I basically stopped responding to (most) texts, e-mails and phone calls and definitely wasn’t blogging, let alone even scrolling through Twitter or Instagram. And it felt great. I went to work and drank too much wine and… I’ll stop there. It was a pretty amazing few days and I’m sad they are over.

Enough being cryptic. Here are the best links I managed to more or less round up on Thursday night. Did you miss me or what?

Travel
UNESCO named five new Cities of Design… mainly cities I’ve never heard of but would now like to visit.

I need to go back to Hong Kong and eat all of these foods. Egg waffles, be still my heart.

I love these Judgmental Maps of Cities. But where is the map of San Francisco and all the mean things about the Marina? (i.e. SoulCycle, green juice, yoga pants)

Lifestyle
Are you throwing a holiday party? Here are three things your guests care about and three things they don’t. I should really stop trying to make everything homemade.

I’m a fan of good denim. Here’s a cool guide on caring for your jeans.

I’m super into this 500 square foot studio in LA for obvious reasons… mainly because my studio is just barely bigger and I don’t know what to do with it.

What kind of Instagrammer are you? (Hint: Probably an asshole-ish one because most of us are.) Take this Instagram Personality Quiz.

Food
I seriously need to up my food photography game. I love these food photography tips from Matt Armanderiz of Matt Bites.

Obsessed with the idea of these homemade vegan chocolate chips from Fit Foodie Finds.

Are you kidding me with these Macaroons with Beet, Chocolate and Coconut Cremes?

Butternut Baklava Bites are basically all of my favorite things in one place: butternut squash, pistachios… need.

Pinot Noir Marshmallows!? I think I know what my friends will be eating on New Year’s Eve… maybe I should make champagne infused ones?

Chat with me:
Are you throwing a holiday party this year? Tell me all about it! What are your weekend plans? Do you think I was being cryptic or do you think I was probably just off being boring?

30 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 12.1

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons on December 5, 2014 7:09 am

Ohmygosh YES! I have to unplug from blogging work and emails at least once a week or I start to get batty! I’m with you =) This weekend for moi is full of military mando events that I’m dreading but will endure solely for the food! Haha! Hope you have a great one and thanks so much for the link love!
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:52 am

Hope there were some goodies there!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on December 5, 2014 7:20 am

Pinot Noir Marshmallows must go into the wine hot chocolate from last week. And then my life will be complete.
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:52 am

Why is Kylie always so on point? She has the best recipes.

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Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on December 5, 2014 9:02 am

Excited to check out this links! Thanks for putting this round up together. Have a great weekend.
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:52 am

Glad you liked!

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Pragati // Simple Medicine on December 5, 2014 9:54 am

I’m not throwing a holiday party this year because I’m still recovering from hosting Thanksgiving. I am drinking lots of wine under my Christmas tree and that always feels like a party.
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:51 am

That is definitely a party… now just for a tree…

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Carly @ Musings of a Wanderer on December 5, 2014 9:57 am

Great links! I am in love with those foodie pics! Everything looks delicious!
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:51 am

If only I could photograph that well…

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Alanna on December 5, 2014 10:23 am

Loving the food photography tips, I was just telling myself I need to up my game as well. Have a great weekend!
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:48 am

I need to commit to a DSLR I think…

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on December 5, 2014 10:42 am

Definitely being boring.
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:48 am

Too busy being boring to check my phone. Did I tell you I broke a wine glass? (Not one you made me, a crappy Target one) This was the place to tell you.

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on December 5, 2014 10:58 am

Thanks for the food photography tips! Those are great :) I love the judgmental map of cities too ;)
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:47 am

I almost want a print of them…

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on December 5, 2014 12:30 pm

Egg waffles from Hong Kong are the best. Seriously. Food of my childhood! Hope you enjoyed your break from social media. Excited to check out the photography tips! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:47 am

Hope they were helpful :)

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Justine Y on December 5, 2014 1:17 pm

We all need to fall off the face of the planet every once in awhile. :) And I loved that guide for taking care of jeans!
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:47 am

Yay, someone else appreciates jeans!

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Kay @ Kay Bueno on December 5, 2014 2:25 pm

Ugh, the actual infographic doesn’t seem to exist, but this breakdown is the best image of SF neighborhood people ever.

http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/01/this_infographic_nails_san_francisco_neighborhood_stereotypes.php
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:46 am

I wish it were a Marina girl and not a Marina guy…

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on December 5, 2014 3:28 pm

It does feel so good to take a breather from everything!
Off to check out the judgmental maps, the insta quiz, and those photography tips! Great links my freind!
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:45 am

Hope you enjoyed all three :)

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Farrah on December 5, 2014 5:42 pm

I love those egg waffles. ;_; I need to try making em’, but if you’re in SF, a lot of milk tea shops should have them! (They may not be quite as glorious, but they’re still good! :] ) I’m apparently a cat on instagram! :P

Hope you enjoyed your days off from social media! :]
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:44 am

Oooh good call, I’m going to have to go find them.

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Liv @ Healthy Liv on December 7, 2014 1:09 pm

Sometimes, it’s great to unplug, relax for a few days, and just be present! Nothing wrong with that at all :)
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:43 am

For sure!

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on December 8, 2014 11:50 pm

Were you at work getting wasted off of some good cabernet or what?! Ha. Sometimes dropping off is nice for a bit. I need to do it more often!
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Cassie on December 12, 2014 12:54 am

Hahaha I wish, my life would probably be way more interesting. No, just drinking way too much wine with a friend from home who was in town ;)

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