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Picks Of The Week

Obsession of the week: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray.

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

Sea Salt Spray

I love this hair product! I can create easy, beach breezy hair in seconds. The seriously salty solution is sprayed into damp or dry hair. Comb through and twirl your strands a bit. I just let it dry naturally on the run. I feel like I have hopped straight from Lumahai Beach to work. I bought it for $6 on

Free download of the week: The Northern’s “All I Live For”.

After a successful fundraising campaign, these talented dudes released their brand new album this week. You can download the first song off “The Shadowlands” for free, but you should probably pop over to iTunes or Amazon and snatch up the whole kit and caboodle. I can’t wait until my copy arrives in the mail!

Video stream of the week: “A State of Mind” on Netflix.

Most people know very little about North Korea, but not because we’re all ignorant. The communist country is completely closed off to the world and rarely lets in outsiders. In this British documentary, filmmakers were given an unprecedented look into North Korea in 2003 (when Kim Jong Il was still alive and ruling) as they follow two girls training for selection in the Mass Games, a gymnastics and dance performance of 80,000 children that cements nationalism into the country’s young participants.

The film is not so much about the Games as it’s about the loyalty citizens have to their ruler. I was shocked by the extreme hate for the United States, which is taught in schools, and the way privileged families live in close quarters and are rationed a chicken and five eggs per person per month. These facts are nine years old but I can’t imagine the country has progressed much with its internal way of life and power being passed down through family members, who are worshiped by the people.

Song of the week: “Keep Your Head Up” by Ben Howard

I just discovered Ben Howard. He sounds like a folksy James Blunt with better lyrics, and I’m not comparing them because they’re both British! He sounds Blunt-y. Sort of Tracy Chapman-y at times. She’s American.

It’s been a bit of a rough week, and this song is uplifting!

And because I can’t get enough of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” here’s Howard’s cover, which according to AOL Music’s blog, Howard wasn’t too thrilled to cover.

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One Response

  1. Mom says:

    How very timely. Just yesterday while in Target, I was telling Elliot how I wish there was a hair product out there that was like a moose but not a moose. I was overwhelmed with the number of hair products on the shelves so I just gave up on my search for a not-moose-like product. I think the sea salt spray is what I was looking for. I’ll have to check out

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