What’s Poppin?

There’s nothing I love more than a nice, big bucket of movie-style popcorn; artificially buttered, colored and salted. I always go for the jumbo size, with refills, because I never want to EVER brave that awful feeling when it seems as if I might run out. I also love stopping by movie theaters to pick up some popcorn and bring home to watch my favorite rotating shows – This Is Us and Grey’s. As unfortunate as it may be, however, it’s not always convenient (or healthy) to stop by my closest SuperLux to grab popcorn every other night. Sometimes I have to settle for the sad, home-made, slightly healthier version.

Or do I?

Sprint & Hulu have recently partnered up to reward Sprint Unlimited customers with eight limited-edition popcorn flavors inspired by the most popular shows currently streaming on Hulu. The idea behind this is to enhance the watching experience by aligning your taste buds with the topic of the show – almost creating a 4D-watching experience.

Food & Wine dishes a preview of flavors that customers can look out for:

This Is Us fans can expect their poppable snack to be extra salty, like the tears you shed watching week after week, while Buffy fans should get ready for popcorn with a serious garlic bite, to ward off those vampires, of course. Those who watch and love the FX comedy Always Sunny can look forward to popcorn that tastes like Philly Cheesesteaks made. Other flavors include a Seinfeld popcorn that tastes like nothing (for the show about nothing) and a Cheers-inspired flavor reminiscent of the beer and pretzels served at one of TV’s most iconic bars.”

Sorry AT&T, Verizon & Netflix, but Sprint & Hulu cornsiderably outdid you on this one.

Posted by Olivia

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Bird is the Word

In late October, a cyclist flipped off Trump’s motorcade as it drove by her. Juli Briskman told CNN, “My finger said what I was feeling, I’m angry and I’m frustrated.” She then added, “health care doesn’t pass, but you try to dismantle it from the inside, five-hundred people get shot in Las Vegas; you’re doing nothing about it. You know, white supremacists have this big march and hurt a bunch of people down in Charlottesville and you call them good people.”

Since the incident, the photo has gone viral as well as the story of her termination.  As the fears of unemployment began to settle in, a gofundme campaign, titled “Thank You Juli Briskman,” was created on her behalf. The page surpassed the $100,000 goal in less than 10 days, and is still actively receiving donations. And with each donation, another middle finger is added in support.

Image source: Twitter

Posted by Kaylin

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Drake With The Mic Drop Moment

Drake, Drizzy, Champagne Papi, whatever you want to call him… he’s one of the most popular hip-hop artists today. He also has cultivated a reputation as being quite the sensitive and emotional rapper. So it’s really no surprise that the man formally and legally known as Aubrey Drake Graham paused in the middle of a recent concert to stand up for some of his female fans.

From his viewpoint on the stage, Drake noticed that a male attendee appeared to be groping women in the audience. Upon noticing the inappropriate and unwanted touching, the singer promptly called out the man in front of everyone. His exact words? ““If you don’t stop touching girls, I’m gonna come out there and f*** you up, bruh,” as was captured in video taken by the crowd. He continued: “I’m not playing with you. If you don’t stop putting your hands on girls, I’m gonna come out there and f*** your ass up.”

Damn. Watch below to see that he was not messing around:

In light of the countless sexual assault stories coming out in the news lately, it’s very refreshing to see such a famous face stepping up to publicly slam the sleazy.

Posted by Ilana

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And Shazam… You’ve Got a New Wardrobe

Since its launch back in 2012, the Shazam app has revolutionized how people hear new music, identifying a song that’s playing in real-time at the click of a button. I remember thinking how great a concept this would be for other things in life, especially as I was about to leave for college and desperately needed to revamp my clothing choices. What would be better than an app that recognizes all the amazing clothes that you see celebrities wear online (but are obviously way too expensive for the broke college student that I was)?

ScreenShop is here to provide a solution to all your clothing needs. The recently-launched app is set to change the way people search and shop for clothes by tying in the “screenshot” option that smartphones offer. How it works is simple – screenshot an outfit or clothing item of your liking and ScreenShop will find exact or similar pieces in a wide range of prices and sizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  ScreenShopIt

As communication adapts to the digital age, co-founder and co-creator Molly Hurwitz says that shopping and style is no different. She states, “As a woman who loves fashion and shopping, I lean on friends and influencers who have great style… ScreenShop is our way of helping consumers actualize the fashion inspiration on their social media feeds, providing them with an easy way to immediately shop the styles they see and love.”

Preach it, girl. This is something that serves people everywhere, whether inspired by a celeb’s recent outfit or in desperate need of the denim jacket that your sister’s best friend’s cousin wore in an Instagram photo that you just happened to stumble across (*wink*).

And who to back this revolutionary venture? No one other than social media and style queen Kim Kardashian West, who met Hurwitz through a friend and serves as a key advisor. Kim says that it’s no secret how much she loves social media and, “being able to shop from her feed is something that she only dreams about.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: BravoTV

The app has so far received stellar reviews on social media and is free to download for IOS and Android.

Now can someone please create the food version of this? Because I would love to devour the burger that the same sister’s best friend’s cousin posted three weeks ago…

Posted by Katie

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Butter Shortage in France? Tragique!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all know 2017 has been a crazy year, but a butter shortage in France – the land of butter and pastries – has to be up there on the list of crazy things. France consumes 18 lbs. of butter per capita – three times that of the United States. The French consumers have been slightly panicked, as grocery store shelves were consistently low in stock, and major newspapers are covering the butter shortage. There is of course, a hashtag for this catastrophe #BeurreGate. (For those who took Spanish instead of French in high school, beurre is French for butter.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We could get into the economical and institutional causes of the butter shortage, but instead let’s look at social media’s reaction as that is always more fun and more relevant around here.  Brittany, a region in France famous for its butter cakes and butter candies, has been an easy target for the #BeurreGate jokes. A short film has even been created, showing a satirical depiction of Brittany with no butter – with dramatic butter-theft operations included. A French dairy company has even provided its phone number as a butter-crisis hotline, and recommends you check on your friend in Brittany. Hey — as they say — one person’s tragedy is another person’s comedy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait?

How often do you choose a restaurant based on how long you think the wait is going to be? For me, wait time is one of the only deciding factors. I don’t care if a restaurant is five stars – the hottest new spot in town – if I can’t get a reservation or get a table within 30 minutes I am going to trot over to the three-star place two doors down (my fellow colleagues on the restaurant team are rolling their eyes right now).

In yet another move to make our lives easier, Google has announced a new feature: average wait times for around 1 million restaurants. The waits times are calculated “based on anonymized historical data,” according to a press release referenced by Huff Post. Whatever that means..

On Google mobile or desktop, all you have to do is type in the restaurant’s name, and the average wait times will pop up under the existing “Popular Times” feature. Here’s what it looks like on the desktop for one of our fave local spots, Yvonne’s:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is also a “live” feature, to show what wait times are that very moment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image source Google via Huff Post

Google says by Thanksgiving it hopes to have wait times for grocery stores. (Pro tip: don’t wait until the day before Turkey Day to get your bird!)

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What About Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Spoiler alert! Contrary to the title of the book and movie, you couldn’t have a real breakfast at Tiffany’s… until now!

On November 10th, the Tiffany & Co. New York flagship store opened the doors to the Blue Box Café for the first time. Located on the fourth floor, Blue Box is obviously decorated with the iconic Tiffany’s blue – from the wall and chair coverings to the plates and salt-and-pepper shakers. The menu includes items such as the indulgent $29 coffee and choice of avocado toast, truffled eggs and smoked salmon – all served on the new Tiffany’s Everyday Objects line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Source Tiffany & Co. via Food & Wine

I see many a bridal shower and girl’s trip breakfasts being held here…Holly Golightly would’ve been so proud!

Posted by Christina V

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280 Characters of Blah, Blah, Blah

I have mixed feelings about Twitter allowing us to now have 280 characters to rant and rabble. On one hand, it eases frustration of cutting down tweets, but on the other hand, I’m a true advocate for the ‘less is more’ philosophy.

While some people have used these extra words to ramble on about sweet nothings, others have used this new advantage in the best way possible.

I present to you, the best use of 280 characters that I’ve seen since the news broke:

From a marketing perspective, this update offers a great opp to be creative but, at the end of the day, Twitter is just giving us more space to vent, complain and share our opinions. So thanks for solving this huge issue, Twitter, there just aren’t enough opinions out there in the world right now… #sarcasm #280characters

Posted by Christina B.

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BK Stands Up To Bullying, But Would You?

Based off of Burger King’s most recent advertisement, the answer to that question is no. No, most people wouldn’t (and didn’t) stand up to a high school bully.

These past few weeks, Burger King has really caught my eye in the marketing world. Coming a long way from one of their most sexist, tasteless ads, Burger King has really turned the marketing corner. Just recently, they debuted a thought-provoking, innovative video that directly addresses one of the country’s biggest on-going problems: bullying.

Source: Burger King Youtube Channel

As seen in the video, Burger King shows real-life footage of people’s reactions after watching a high school student be bullied in comparison to having their whopper be “bullied”. Though some people may argue that this campaign is comparing apples to oranges, the statistics never lie: 95% of people reported the bullied sandwich and only 12% of people stood up for the bullied student.

It’s easy to think that you would report a bully, but it was also clearly easier for those 95% percent of customers to report the whopper instead. So thank you, Burger King Creative Team, for producing a powerful video that really drives the bullying message home, a valuable reminder to us all.

Posted By Olivia

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Self-Marriage

Women marrying themselves has become a growing trend across the world. An Italian woman, Laura Mesi, recently married herself in an official ceremony with approximately 70 witnesses. She received all sorts of media buzz with stories on Vogue.com, NY Daily News and much more.

According to Coveteur, the ceremony is referred to as ‘sologamy.’ The piece also describes that because of the growing popularity, a resort in the Riviera Maya, The Rosewood Mayakoba, has launched a three-day retreat devoted for people marrying themselves called the Marry Oneself Ceremony. You can’t make this stuff up!

I’m curious to see how big this trend gets, and if more hotels will begin offering a similar packages. This could potentially take another turn which could entail travel agents booking destination weddings and/or honeymoons. The marketing opportunities are endless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Lana

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