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The Lounge / / Cold Brew Coffee

The summer heat is upon us which means totally different makeup routines, workouts and food choices. No longer do I crave the hand warming effects of a scalding cup of deli coffee. Now I want the glacial temperature of an iced coffee, specifically a cold brew. 

Why am I totally and completely obsessed with cold brew? Despite some initial wariness of this being a hipster fad, I assure you they may have hit it on the nose with cold brew. Not only does it have lower acidity than regular coffee, its easier to make and it actually gets better the longer it sits in the fridge! It takes days for cold brew to go stale. If I can walk into a steamy city kitchen in my usual morning zombie state and pour myself a cup of already made coooooooool coffee then my day has just started off so much better. 

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If you fancy yourself an intermediate to advanced coffee snob...here's an easy recipe to make your own cold brew: 

Steep ground coffee (preferably coarse) in water using a coffee filter, cheese cloth or nut milk bag. While steeping, store in a room temperature or colder setting, soaking for 12 hours or more. Cold-brewed coffee doesn’t go stale as quickly as hot-brewed, so feel free to make a big batch and enjoy the ease of your new morning coffee!

Or if like myself you're kind of like...meh thats just not how I roll, use my Starbucks hack:

Starbucks just introduced their new cold brew! Not only is it delicious, it makes me so much more zippy than the regular iced coffee. I have no idea why this is, but I am so fine with it.  Hooray! Order a Venti Cold Brew No Ice. You get twice as more as you would usually get without the ice, and since its already cold it dosent really need it. Whatever you don't drink put in the fridge for the next day! Cuz duh cold brew gets better the longer it cold brewwws. So not only do I wake up to Starbucks only a few steps from my bed, its so much easier on my NYC budget. They are also running a promotion if you buy 5 iced drinks you get the 5th free! YASSS FREE! 

Also, a lot of better grocery stores sell organic pre made cold brews. Check out this ranking of best cold brews. Stay cool and enjoy!

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Record Player / / Zoolander

Zoolander is one of the most On Point Fashion Docs of all time.

Here's Some Crucial Life Lessons we Learned from watching this Cinema Classic currently on Netflix

David bowie is a god and needs to have a Daytime Courtroom drama where he doles out Swift & Fierce Walkoffs of Justice.

Attitude is everything, especially when you and your Archenemy are both Rocking Snakeskin.

It's okay to unplug, and wear dope fuzzy sweaters.

Friendtime is Crucial, Seatbelts are Not. 

Sometimes you just need to Let Go and Let Hansel

Life isn't all about how you look, but have a good Selfie Face ready at all times.

Will Ferrel is Creepy as Fvck. 


Until we are graced with this Epic Sequel, Shop Our Zoolander Looks

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Guest House / / Ange's Favorite Podcasts : This American Life

I'm a bonafide Podcast Junkie. Love Them. Story podcasts while I drive, science podcasts when I clean, social media podcasts with my coffee, I love them all. Podcasts get a bit of a bum rap because most talk radio is totally trash. I mean, do people honestly enjoy fart jokes before 9am? And the idea that only people with no social life listen to Podcasts. LIES! 

Personally, I'm a fan of unbiased news, interesting facts, insider tips to my profession & stories. Amazing Stories. More dramatic than any HBO show we could dream up, peoples real life experiences are literally, the stuff life life is made of. 

With that being said, the first podcast I'm highlighting is This American Life

There's a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. It is the most popular podcast/radio show in the country. Now the veritable kingmaker of public radio, Ira Glass has revolutionized nonfiction storytelling by using a voice that's personable, modest, and emotionally engaged. I also find him pretty handsome, but thats besides the point. The stories are funny, sad, inspirational, dramatic...everything good stories should be. This American Life had a too short lived Show on Showtime a few years ago, check out one of those episodes below: 

CLICK HERE to listen to some of the best episodes EVER or I would recommend going to THIS AMERICANLIFE.ORG to listen. They have every episode available in the archive and also a 24.7 episode live stream via tune in. You can also do what I do and download the Podcast App so you can listen on the train or in the car! If you are doing some Traveling this Holiday weekend, give This American Life a try! Enjoy!


Thanks to our Contributor Ange for this post!

Angela works as HOC's Marketing Director & when she's not hovering over the Instagram, she enjoys manicures, taking pictures of clouds and getting white girl wasted while watching Bill Murray movies. Currently doing important Mobwife related research at the Jersey Shore. Follow her Journey Here

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Guest House / / Ange's Deck Party

It's 'Drink Boozy Apple Cider on the Deck' Weather and I couldn't be more excited. As we delve into Fall, I'm putting away my Custom HOC bathing suit and Local Natives Records for some more comforting Autumn Essentialls. 

Check out some of my October Obsessions Below

Thanks to our Contributor Ange for this post!

Angela works as HOC's Marketing Director & when she's not hovering over the Instagram, she enjoys manicures, taking pictures of clouds and getting white girl wasted while watching Bill Murray movies. Currently doing important Mobwife related research at the Jersey Shore. Follow her Journey Here