7.30.2011

red rover

It's gorgeous out, I've got the White Kids Love Soul Music mix on the stereo, and I had a delicious shower beer. What more could Saturday ask for?

  • Refreshingness: (9) Oh my god, so refreshing. I think it's the red grapefruit component.
  • Lack of slipperyness when you are holding the beer with potentially soapy hands: (8) Until I actually drop a beer in the shower, let's assume everything's going to score highly in this category. Hmm, now that I think about that (and about my somewhat storied clumsiness), it's amazing that I haven't dropped any of the shower beers yet.
  • Does it smell weird when I drink it right after using my bergamot body scrub?: (10) BERGAMOT + GRAPEFRUIT BEER = LOVE. This beer tasted super-good in the first place, and but when I drank it in a bergamot fog, it got even better. Well done, Shiner.
  • Bonus round: I think the label on this is really elegant and pleasantly designed. The only reason Shiner doesn't get the full 5 points is that it's a limited-edition summer beer, and thus won't be around in the spring and fall to extend the shower beer season. (+4)
Shiner Ruby Redbird shower beer score: 31 (out of 35)

7.29.2011

blame canada

Due to a bunch of fancylike work commitments today, I could not quite rock Casual Friday with my usual "this is absolutely not work-appropriate by any standards, even my highly suspect ones" aplomb.
Thus, I went full Canadian Tuxedo for the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival tonight. (Not particularly Canadian: the lack of shoes. I didn't leave the house barefoot, mind you; I'd just not gotten motivated to do more than stand up and take a photo at this point in the evening. Shoes were a step too far after the long workday.)

Chambray shirt, Forever 21; cutoffs, Russian thrift store jeans + scissors;
jewelry, Marc Jacobs, Until There's A Cure, and vintage.

7.24.2011

white flag

It's humid enough in Chicago at the moment that I really felt I would not have to steam the folded lines out of this silk tank. "I'll just wear it outside for 5 minutes, and the humidity will take care of that for me," I thought.


Silk cut-out tank, BB Dakota; skirt & bra, American Apparel;
cheap and plasticky sandals from some MN discount store.

I was wrong: the creases were still highly visible twelve hours later. But on the upside, I once again avoided doing anything resembling housework.

7.23.2011

think pink

By request from the lovely Otter, Shower Booze Saturday with sparkling wine! Yes, I've gone from PBR and High Life to sparkling wine in a can. Movin' on up.

  • Refreshingness: (5) This somehow felt less like a beverage and more like a breakfast. I was thrown. It is also a fair bit sweeter than I normally enjoy my sparkling wines, which made me think of drinking AndrĂ© but paying for Francis Ford Coppola's vanity vineyard.
  • Lack of slipperyness when you are holding the beer with potentially soapy hands: (10) It's a tiny can- you'd have to actually TRY to drop it.
  • Does it smell weird when I drink it right after using my bergamot body scrub?: (5) Ugh, yes. Something about the bergamot plus the sweetness of the wine made it smack me in the face with floral and sugar.
  • Bonus round: I was clearly in a bit of a mood when I got up this morning to drink in the shower (oh my god, first-world problems are the best problems), but IT'S A TINY PINK CAN OF SPARKLING WINE WITH A TINY PINK BENDY STRAW, COME ON, IT'S GODDAMN ADORABLE. (+5)
Sofia blanc de blancs shower booze score: 25 (out of 35)

7.16.2011

living the high life

Shower Beer Saturdays! Even though perhaps I over-imbibed slightly on Friday night and starting Saturday morning with a cold beer was not exactly first on my priority list.

Then again, High Life is pretty much always a good idea.


  • Refreshingness: (8)
  • Lack of slipperyness when you are holding the beer with potentially soapy hands: (8) The nubby bits on the bottle are good for this.
  • Does it smell weird when I drink it right after using my bergamot body scrub?: (7) Nope! The bergamot smell actually goes really well with the corn-and-lemony smell of the beer. Like an apertivo of exfoliations.
  • Bonus round: yes, it's cheap as fuck, but it tastes like grad school nostalgia to me. (+5)

High Life shower beer score: 30 (out of 35)

7.14.2011

no scrubs

Today, an email exchange I’d been having with a potential paramour took a hard right turn from flattery, flirtation, and general wooing into terse dismissiveness.

The cause? In a conversation about music, I mentioned the Ghostface Killah remix that was currently thrilling my brain, followed by my brief and surprisingly-not-aggressive defense of hip-hop when the potential paramour expressed his immediate disgust with my appreciation for hip-hop. (When I say "disgust", I mean instant "ugh, I can't believe you enjoy that" replies.)

Even the Wu-Tang Clan + Fugazi mash-up could not bridge that gap, it seems.
So: au revoir. Flattery is nice and all, but if you are going to roll your eyes every time I get excited about rap, you’re going to exhaust yourself in short order.

Mama said knock you out… of the dating pool.

7.09.2011

a nice head of foam

You all know the joy is that is shower beer, right?

God, I hope so: having a super-cold beer while standing in the shower is one of the most wonderful things about summer. Extraplusgood for having a window in my shower, so I can stand there with the window open, a breeze, a nice shower, and a lovely cold beverage.

(Note: shower wine does not work, nor do shower cocktails. You will get water and possibly shampoo foamy bits in your drink if the shower drink vessel is anything but a can or bottle. I suppose you could drink wine out of the bottle in the shower, if you really wanted to, but I feel that would end badly.)

There's still a good ten or so weeks of summer left, and as I am nothing if not boozily useful, I present the first in a series: Shower Beer Saturdays!

Today's shower beer: um, what do I have in my fridge? PBR? Looks good.


  • Refreshingness: (7)
  • Lack of slipperyness when you are holding the beer with potentially soapy hands: (8) Plus, if you drop a can of beer in the shower, it's less likely to break your toe than a bottle would be, I imagine.
  • Does it smell weird when I drink it right after using my bergamot body scrub?: a little bit, yeah. (6)
  • Bonus round: getting water in the beer does nothing to alter its taste, as PBR is basically water anyway. (+4)
PBR shower beer score: 25 (out of 35)

7.08.2011

long/short

COFFEE.

Also, a blazer worn over a probably-too-short-for-work-but-aw-fuck-it-the-boss-has-this-same-dress-and-she-wears-it-to-the-office-too dress fools people into thinking that it's appropriate office-wear.
Dress, Ann Taylor Loft; blazer, Banana Republic; bracelet, Until There's A Cure; heels, Seychelles.
My absurdly sans-bangs longish hair thing is courtesy A Lady, who has convinced me it's a good idea.