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Four Summer Faves By Style Expert and Trend Tracker Catherine Moellering.

We here at POPgoesTheWeek aren’t just interested in Lindsay Lohan’s latest blood alchohol reading or looking at videos of dogs playing tetherball (although we enjoy that too). We also fancy ourselves as ‘on-trend’ or at least trend-aware.
So as part of our “Four Summer Faves” series let’s hear four of Trend Tracker Cathering Moellering’s favorite summer items… from a simple scarf to the best salt for your margarita!

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We here at POPgoesTheWeek aren’t just interested in Lindsay Lohan’s latest blood alchohol reading or looking at videos of dogs playing tetherball (although we enjoy that too). We also fancy ourselves as ‘on-trend’ – or at least trend-aware. We like to know what people are into, or what we should be into. So this summer we’re talking to people we love… people who always have the info on everything. You know who those people are… they always have a great restaurant idea. The recommend a great a song you should get from iTunes. They knew about that funny online video before you did. They’re the kind of person who knows what’s in the damn flavored butter you like at that restaurant you ate at last night… even if they weren’t there.

Today we’re hearing from Catherine Moellering. Moellering is a trend forecasting and consumer intelligence expert. As Executive Vice President of the Tobe Report, Moellering and her team of editors determine trend direction and tell retailers what’s hot. In other words, she goes to virtually big fashion show in every country and then comes back and tells the stores what the whole damn world is wearing / doing / showing / making, etceteras.
(Oh yeah… And she’s funny.) We’ll get into her story further another day. But for now, let’s hear four of her favorite summer items… from a simple scarf to the best salt for your margarita! Here they are, in her own words:

The Summer Scarf

If you’re looking for an easy way to update your summer staples, the summer scarf may be your answer.  In addition to making you look French and therefore instantly more chic, a summer scarf keeps bare shoulders warm in hyper air-conditioned offices, stores and restaurants.  Look for light weight fabrics with a little something extra like tribal prints or pom pom trim.

At left, the beachcomber scarf, $48.

At right, Theodora and Callum Ikat Scarf $75

 

The Gel Pedicure

I admire those women that can keep their fingers and toes looking freshly polished for a week or more but I am not one of them.  This is particularly vexing in the summer when the-call-of-the-open-toe-shoe becomes impossible to ignore.  Enter the Gel Pedicure.  While it’s a little more expensive and takes a little longer than your normal buff and polish – the results truly last up to 6 weeks. Personally, I am a fan of the “Axxium Soak-Off Gel Lacquer.”  It comes in a range of OPI colors – my pick is “You Don’t Know Jacques.”

Maldon Sea Salt

Trust me on this one, summertime is the right time to pimp your salt.  For sprinkling on farm stand tomatoes or grilled meats, there’s nothing like Maldon’s salty flakey goodness.  Plus, casually leaving a box of this stuff on your counter will give you instant culinary cred. “Oh that?  That’s just my finishing salt harvested from the Essex fens.”

    1. Guests-Won’t-leave-Margaritas

And since we’re on the subject of salt, I will leave you with my recipe for “Guests-Won’t-Leave-Margaritas” (which may or may not be a good thing.)

Since I like to enjoy my parties, I make an enormous batch of these and let my guests serve themselves from a large glass jar with a ladle (which, again, may or may not be a good thing.)  The last time I did this, about half of my guests spent the night and the other half started eating the raw lentils I was using as a fancy garnish under my passed hors d’ouevres (true story.)  Happy summer!

Servings: 8

*1 cups chopped fresh mint leaves

*1 teaspoons kosher salt

*8 cups crushed ice (served on the side)

*3 cups good quality tequila (obviously, you can move onto less expensive tequila as the night progresses – who will know?)

*2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (you will need approximately 16 limes – trust me, it will be worth it)

*2 cups Triple Sec

Given the name of the cocktail, plan your guest list accordingly.

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VIDEO:Rolled Ice Cream, Cheetos Bagels And Grasshoppers Are Just Some Of The Unusual Things Brian Balthazar Has Eaten On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

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You’ve seen pop culture expert, Brian Balthazar, appear on The Wendy Williams Show quite a bit over the last few years. He even co-hosted the show on three separate occasions. It wasn’t until his last visit where he and Jason Biggs chowed down on a KFC Cheetos Chicken Sandwich that it hit me: Being on the daytime talk show makes Brian Balthazar hungry!

The proof is in the pudding…pun definitely intended. Carla Hall made sure to bring some snacks for Brian when they cohosted together.

Sure, Wendy is known for telling us to “grab a snack and come on back”…

But you’d have to be absolutely famished to want to eat fish sliders at 10am.

He’s gotten so hungry he resorted to eating GRASSHOPPER TACOS on the show!

Could it be that Brian isn’t actually hungry though? Could he just be a brave soul willing to be the taste tester so we don’t have to? Could my theory be flawed?!

I suddenly feel like maybe we owe Brian a big thanks…

Either way, it’s fun to watch! Click below to take a look at a compilation of all the fun stuff Brian Balthazar has eaten on The Wendy Williams Show!

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Can’t Go Out? Here’s Six Ways You Can See The World Right From Your Very Own Home

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Turns out there are plenty of ways to beat the boredom blues!

Countries around the world are being asked to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Most businesses, attractions, theaters and museums have been closed down to help prevent the spread of the virus. Just last night here in the U.S., it was announced that the self-quarantine guidelines are to remain in place until April 30th of this year. Another month at home doesn’t have to mean another month of carb-loading and channel flipping though! There are actually quite a few ways to keep your brain stimulated during these unprecedented, sedentary times. Below you will find six ways to experience the world from your very own house…and don’t worry, I wouldn’t put anything on this list that would require changing out of your comfy sweats.

Virtually experience the happiest place on Earth.

Safe to say we can all use a little happiness during these troubling times so why not turn to the home of happiness itself, DisneyWorld. YouTube channel, Virtual Disney World, offers dozens of 360 degree videos that allow you to virtually experience DisneyWorld attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas and more. These videos are fully immersive meaning you simply pan your VR-headset, phone or tablet in any direction to experience all of the excitement happening around you. Now, you can relive the magic you’ve loved your whole life anytime from anywhere! *Giant turkey leg smell not included….unless you’re actually cooking turkey legs while watching these videos, in which case I applaud your commitment.

Tour a national park on Google Earth.

Take a hike…well sort of. Hiking is a fun activity that can be done alone or with very few others, remember we are in socially distant times, but making your way to a trail might be a challenge these days. Public transportation schedules have been drastically altered and even if they weren’t, a crowded train or a bus just sounds like the breeding ground for some heinous germs right now. You could try to carpool but again…germs! You can avoid any viral risk by simply checking out one of the 30+ virtual hikes on Google Earth. Last year, Google Earth released virtual tours of some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Grand Canyon National Park, Redwood National Park, Everglades National Park and so many others are featured in this exciting experience. On your “hike” you will see some of the most breathtaking trails and views these parks have to offer. Best part? You don’t need bug spray.

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Check out some of NYC’s finest street art.

It’s hard to feel particularly cultured when you’re wiping the crumbs from your second lunch off your overly worn pajamas. With that being said, we should not let our love for the arts fade like our flannels have. Instead, check out some of New York’s coolest street art via Google Arts and Culture. Their online experience 9 Amazing Street Art Murals In New York provides a fully immersive, virtual tour of some amazing art. In this tour you will see stunning artwork from prolific artists such as Eduardo Kobra, Keith Haring, Banksy and more. No need for a MetroCard to see these murals which is great because now you can put that $2.75 towards your next Seamless order.

Sing along while streaming your favorite Broadway shows.

Broadway has taught us all how defy gravity but now it’s helping us defy boredom too! Theater has been the perfect vehicle for escapism since it’s inception and now you can escape without even leaving your home! BroadwayHD is a streaming service that began broadcasting beloved Broadway shows back in 2015. With over 300 shows in their catalog, you can belt along to all of your favorite shows without having to worry about being escorted out of a theater. The platform is currently offering a free 7-day trial along with a very affordable $8.99/month plan. A one-year subscription is still cheaper than tickets to just one broadway show!

BroadwayHD

Virtually wander through some of the most impressive museums.

Staring at the same four walls of your apartment for weeks on end definitely won’t keep your mind stimulated, trust me I know. Combat the brain laze by learning about some of the world’s most fascinating arts and histories. Many of the world’s finest museums are offering virtual tours that provide users with a fully immersive experience. Never made it to that dream trip to Paris? Tour the Lourve from your couch! Embarrassed by how out of breath you were when you finally climbed all of those stairs getting into The Met? Skip the stairs and see it all online! Never perfected that English accent? That’s ok, no one will hear you on this virtual tour of The National Gallery in London! There are dozens of museums providing these tours and you can find most of them through a quick internet search. I listed a few below because this is the most brain stimulation I plan on having today.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Musei Vaticani, Vatican City

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Natural History Museum, London

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Go to a house party.

NOT LITERALLY!!! We all know with the social distancing guidelines the last thing we should do is host a house party. To remedy our social urges is the new digital platform called HouseParty, which allows users to throw virtual parties with their friends. Like on many other live-streaming apps, HouseParty allows you and your friends to simultaneously FaceTime. What makes this app special, however, is its gaming feature. With HouseParty you and your friends can choose from a variety of party games to play all while maintaining a safe distance. The app is available for iOS, Android, macOS, and Chrome and is truly putting a new twist on classic pajama parties.

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Be sure to try something new today otherwise you might just go crazy. We are living in unprecedented times so we might as well try some unprecedented ways of entertaining ourselves. Stay safe out there and stay socially distant…only physically of course!

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AWWW: A Rescue Team Of 9 Was Needed To Rescue 1 Adorably Chubby Rat

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Over in Bensheim, Germany a rotund rodent got herself into a jam when she tried to squeeze through a hole of a manhole cover only to get stuck…and honestly, I can relate. When I was 8 years old I tried to squeeze my thunder-thighs-in-training into a children’s swing and it took my dad and three other grown men to get me out. I am the German fat-rat!

Volunteer firefighters were called when a young girl noticed the fat rat was stuck and no time was wasted to help the poor critter. Eight firefighters and at least one animal rescuer appeared on the scene to safely extract the chubby critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told BBC “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip. There was no going forward or back.” When asked why anyone would even want to save something so many are repulsed by Sehr said “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.”

Alls well that ends well! Hopefully no authorites will be needed to help me shimmy out of these skinny jeans I thought looked cute this morning…in the meantime, check out the entire rescue below!

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