Hakuna Matata

It means “No worries!”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these days, you’ve heard the news, you’ve seen the trailer and you are counting down the seconds until The Lion King remake hits theaters.

Now, let’s be real – recreating a Disney classic is no easy feat, especially one that took home the Oscar and still has us tearing up from what was undoubtedly the saddest death in movie history (we’ll never forgive you, Scar). But it only took one minute and 32 seconds for us to jump on board with this remake, and the numbers prove it:

The star-studded cast doesn’t hurt either – Donald Glover as Simba, Queen B (Beyoncé, duh) as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and James Earl Jones back and better than ever, reprising his role as Mufasa.

Are we emotionally prepared to go through this again? Probably not. Will we still buy tickets on opening night? You bet. The new film isn’t out until July 2019, so for now, this quick teaser will have to do. And we won’t judge if you watch it a few dozen times either…

Posted by Carolyn

A Pastel-Colored Paradise

Need a pick-me-up on a cold, dark winter weekday? Go on Instagram and search #AccidentallyWesAnderson or @AccidentallyWesAnderson.

Ever since the debut of the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014, the dreamy, pastel-colored, perfectly-symmetrical Wes Anderson style has taken over in a whirlwind. While there were times that the fervor quieted down a bit, a new wave of it came gushing through all social media outlets earlier this year. Because, really, why not? It is a long overdue appreciation of beauty around us, in every corner of life.

Image Source: @AccidentallyWesAnderson 

For example, look at this photo of South Station in Boston – can you believe this is the ‘ordinary,’ or even ‘boring’ station that you have to come through every day as a part of your commute? But it is. In #AccidentallyWesAnderson, every mundane building is grand, every trivial thing is exciting, every hue is dreamy, and every moment is perfect. But #AccidentallyWesAnderson is not a loft art form, rather, it is simply rooted in the down-to-earth dailies. It inspires us, warms our hearts, connects us as a community, and reminds us that life is beautiful.

Posted by Zoe

A Little Self Love Goes a Long Way

Every day around 1pm, I’ll get up from my desk and make a cup of coffee or tea. Whatever I am doing, whether it’s finishing up lunch or an assignment, I almost instinctively head to the kitchen for that pick-me-up. As I sit back down, ready to continue my work, I catch my Yogi Tea bag out of the corner of my eye. If you’ve ever had Yogi tea, you know that each tea bag comes with a fun quote on the tag. Similar to my reaction to fortune cookies, I take it with a grain of salt and probably forget what it said in the next five minutes. However, a recent tea bag had a slightly different effect on me. It said:

“In the beginning is you, in the middle is you, and in the end is you.”

As young, social, working professionals, our minds are usually running 100 miles per hour. Consumed by thoughts of work projects, class projects, just-passed projects. Thoughts of new friends, ex-friends, ex-boyfri–pause.

You check in with your doctor; you check in with your mother; you check in on Facebook; but, when was the last time you checked in with yourself? Well, what does that mean?

I mean, when was the last time you filtered through your thoughts and made sure you were putting energy into the right places? When was the last time you taught yourself something that, although unrelated to your career, you have always wanted to learn? When was the last time you put your phone down? And I mean down. Like sound off, on the other side of the room, down.

This is your reminder to take a seat, a minute, a breath. Our minds become cluttered, and just like we do for our desktops, we need to clear them out and load up that recycle bin. Clear out negative relationships and spend more time building on the positive ones. Stop harping on projects that didn’t go as planned, and focus on conquering the next. Make time to finally learn guitar, or yoga, or another language.

In this craziness that we call life, it is easy to forget the importance of self-care. Don’t forget: your most important asset is YOU. Give a little self-love once in a while!

Posted by Carly

Career Pawsitivity

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We all know that the corporate landscape can be a dog-eat-dog type of world. But what you might not know is that having a dog could actually benefit you on your climb up the corporate ladder. According to a new survey, 93% of C-level executives grew up with a pet, whether a dog, cat, bunny, hamster or other companion. And 78% of those execs say that having had a childhood pet contributed to their career success.

Not only is having a pet beneficial for snuggles and unconditional friendship, having a pet offers lessons in responsibility, empathy and creativity. In fact, the survey found that 24% of respondents believe having a pet as a child taught them more valuable lessons than their first internship, and pets also helped C-suite executives develop other leadership skills: discipline, organization and the ability to identify and anticipate business needs.

But don’t worry if you didn’t grow up with a pet; there’s still time to benefit from being a pet owner now! The survey found that current pet owners have better time management, stick to a schedule and are good at multitasking because of their pets. And, pet owners look good in the eyes of their coworkers: 79% think colleagues with pets are hard workers and 80% feel more connected with coworkers who are pet owners.

Lucky for us at marlo marketing, we have Lulu as our office dog, which we all agree comes with plenty of pawsome perks!

Posted by Sylvie


Image Source: Popeyes via Eater

At this point, you’ve probably heard of or seen the trend of gold-coated food. Whether it’s chicken wings, bagels, lattes or milkshakes, restaurants and consumers have determined everything is obviously better if it’s covered in real gold.

“There’s no ambiguity, it seems to me, about what’s on offer with gold-plated burgers, wings and more,” menu consultant Nancy Kruse said at the MUFSO restaurant conference last month. “Operators are going for the Instagram gold as a means to build buzz and generate traffic.”

And if you think this trend is only happening at more upscale and/or trendy restaurants, think again. Just last month, Popeyes introduced their latest creation: boneless wings battered in champagne and coated in 24-karat gold.

Now, if you ask me, the idea of eating actual gold is a little concerning. Doesn’t necessarily seem like something you’d want to ingest – right? Turns out, however, people from different cultures have been eating gold for a long time. According to Eater, “…though research on long-term consumption of gold is limited, it is thought to pass through the digestive system without being absorbed into the bloodstream…”

So go ahead, jump on the gold-eating bandwagon and have the 24 karat gold chicken wings if your heart desires it. As for me? I think I’ll stick to traditional buffalo.

Posted by Victoria

A NUNU-NEW Clothing Line

Image Source: CELINUNUNU

It’s safe to say we’re all on the same page when I say this: Celine Dion is a true icon. She has done nothing but create beautiful music and encourage positivity. So, her newest project is certainly true to character.

In recent years, the (unfortunately) controversial concept of gender equality has become a major topic of discussion across the nation. With the focus remaining primarily on female empowerment and equality, men deal with inequality in other realms of our culture, too. Our very own Celine Dion has taken it upon herself to combat this issue with positivity and grace, as always.

The beloved vocalist has just announced her very own children’s clothing line, CELINUNUNU, a collaboration with NUNUNU, a children’s boutique specializing in unisex designs. CELINUNUNU will produce gender-neutral clothing styles with the hope to bring to light the issues of gender inequality across the country. The line will include over 70 stereotype-free styles created for children between the ages of 0-14.

In Celine’s own words, the main goal of this project is to “encourage a dialogue of equality and possibility.” She believes the ages the line caters to are the years in which children can find themselves as individuals and she doesn’t want the pressures and clichés of societal norms to effect the process. Celine has vouched that she tries to raise her own children with this same mindset, and hopes others will jump on board to the idea as well.

Bravo, Celine! We can’t wait to see what you create next.

Posted by Cayla

Time for a Christmas Netflix Binge!

Image Source: Netflix 

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s basically Christmas time. Lucky for us, Netflix has gifted us with an array of Christmas and holiday-themed movies. There is no better activity to escape the cold than to curl up in your pj’s with cocoa and a good Netflix movie or two.

Not only do we have the classic options like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Love Actually, Netflix has also surprised us with new titles like The Holiday Calendar, The Christmas Chronicle (released today), A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (releasing November 30) and The Princess Switch (upcoming).

With these new films, Netflix will have around 60 holiday and Christmas-themed movies, and there are surely more to come as the season continues. While Netflix doesn’t always have the greatest movie selection, Christmas themed movies almost always deliver loveable (read: cheesy) plots that keep you in high and jolly spirits– perfect for holiday prep.

I don’t know about you, but I know what I’ll be tuned into until Christmas time!

Posted by Sonia 

Hostess With The Mostest

For many, Thanksgiving is the best holiday out there. I mean, you’re literally gathering around a table for the sole purpose of consuming as much food as humanly possible without an ounce of judgement staring back at you. It’s a beautiful thing. But there’s one individual in every family that enjoys this day just a liiittle bit less than the rest of the crowd: the host.

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is a lot of work. And while hosting your hungry family is a very generous offer, it’s also very, very ambitious. In previous years, I never fully realized the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. I was kind of busy doing that whole consuming as much food as humanly possible thing we talked about. But this year, the generous, ambitious host for my family gathering is none other than my mother. And after many a call discussing the pending menu and strategic plans for the best dining room table placement, I have come to the conclusion that Thanksgiving, while delicious and judgment free, is an undertaking I could probably go the rest of my life without.

So, to all you gracious hosts out there (Hi Mom, I know you’re reading this), take a deep breath. Accept that it will not be your greatest hair and makeup day, Grandma will in fact bring the green bean casserole that nobody eats but you know she loves to make, and there’s a strong possibility your turkey will be overcooked. But lastly, and most importantly, enjoy yourself. It is a day to be thankful, after all.

Image Source: Giphy

Posted by Carolyn

Tide Is At It Again

Just when we were all starting to recover from the infamous “Tide Pod Challenge,” they’re back again. This time, the detergent brand has featured new packaging that looks questionably similar to college favorite boxed wine, Franzia…

While the company has said the new design is meant to be more eco-friendly, we’re still a little hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. To those out there that were popping Tide pods like Tic Tacs – you’ve been warned! Think I’m crazy? You be the judge…

Image Source: Tide via Thrillist

And like all great viral sensations, Twitter had a lot to say:

We know what you’re doing, Tide, and we’re not falling for it!

Posted by Carolyn

How YOU Can Help California Wildfire Victims

Image Source: Getty via Forbes

If you have not been directly impacted by the tragic California wildfires, it can be hard to understand exactly what victims are going through. The California wildfires have become the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. Additionally, hundreds of people are now missing as a result of the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, and thousands of houses are completely destroyed.

Although this devastating natural disaster may feel beyond your control, there are some ways you can help:

The Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) explains how donating money is the best way to support relief efforts. In order to ensure the effectiveness of your contribution, it is important to research organizations prior to donating. Referencing the Charity Navigator Tool is a great way to locate a trustworthy charity or nonprofit organization.

Many nonprofits seeking donations include The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund, American Red Cross, and The California Fire Foundation. You can also help animals affected by the wildfires by donating to VCA Charities, a nonprofit currently offering free pet boarding throughout northern California.

In addition to these nonprofit organizations, GoFundMe is providing a series of campaigns that allow you to donate to specific families who have lost their homes, as well as animals, educators, schools, and first responders impacted by the fires. Airbnb has also activated The Open Homes program, which will allow hosts in Northern and Southern California to provide victims with free (temporary) housing. The program will extend until November 29th, and hundreds of hosts have already opened up their homes to evacuees and aid workers.

Image Source: Getty via LAist

No matter where you live, you have the ability to help those affected by this extreme natural disaster. Making contributions, even if minor, can really go a long way. In addition to donating, taking the time to promote noteworthy charities or nonprofit organizations on social media can help make a difference.

Posted by Cassie

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