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Look what you’ve done to ‘em!
Christmas is now exactly one week away, my homies. Have you started shopping for presents yet?
Neither have I.
But fret not! Laurenoutloud’s annual BIG CHRISTMAS SMARTPHONE GIVEAWAY is here to save the daaaaay (like, for one person, who won’t be announced until Dec. 25th, so you should probably go and buy one of those Hickory Farms meat log and cheese log things for your grandpa anyway.)
BEHOLD: The lovely HTC One X smartphone, available in Canada on the TELUS Network (hence the adorable baby cheetah image I found on their Facebook page.)
This is a dope phone, guys: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, Super fast 4G LTE capabilities, a 4.7-inch HD display with a Gorilla Glass screen, 1080p video and still photos, integrated Beats™ audio for smoooooth listening… You can learn more about its features and specs here.
As for why I’m giving one away on my blog, MORE CHEETAH!!!
Earlier this season TELUS became the first Canadian carrier to eliminate activation fees — more specifically their $35 activation fee for new customers and $25 equipment exchange fee for renewing customers who purchase new devices. It’s all part of their “ongoing efforts to make the customer experience clear, simple and easy.”
To spread the news about this and some of the other ways TELUS is listening to customers, my telec’homies have given me this smartphone to give away.
All you’ve got to do to win it is…
As in canned goods. Non-perishable food items of any kind that you intend to donate to a food bank qualify, actually. If you could have used it to get into one of those “5 bucks of 2 canned goods for entry” holiday dances in high school (other people had those too, right?) you can use it to get into this contest.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Locate a food bank or food donation drop box near you. Most major grocery stores and office buildings have food drives going all month!
2. Take a canned good (or 50, whatever) to said food drive box.
3. Take a picture of yourself donating the can / holding the can you’re about to donate / the box you’re putting the can into. You get my drift. Take a photo as “proof” — I’ll trust that it’s legit because if you fake it, you’re likely too cheap to shell out for a smartphone plan anyway.
4. Upload your photo to a publicly viewable URL online. Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Imgur or your own domain all work just fine!
5. Paste your link, along with your name and email in the comment section of this post.
Out of all entries recieved, a computer will choose the winner randomly (legally, I’m told this is the safest way to run a blog contest) and I’ll be contacting you ON CHRISTMAS DAY, Just like Santa Claws.
Ooh – and heads up, you can also order TELUS’s 2013 adorable baby animal calendar right now, foh free. I got mine in the mail yesterday and pretty much lost it over the goats on the cover. Baby animals can’t be beat. They just can’t. I chose TELUS as my wireless provider when I was 16 based on the piglets alone and never looked back.
P.S. THIS KID:
Wu Tang Girl ain’t nothin ta.
Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat: A Photo Essay that will probably make you call your grandmother
Meet Misao, an 88-year-old Japanese farmer, and her nifty-eyed ride-or-die companion for NINE lives, Fukumaru.
Misao found Fukumaru (“God of fuku”(good fortune) + “maru”(circle)”) abandoned in a shed on her property as a kitten. She decided to adopt it, and since that time they’ve been inseparable.
Misao’s granddaughter, photographer Miyoko Ihara, has been documenting the her grandmother’s life for 13 years — and thank goodness for her efforts.
The photos in her new book dedicated to the pair are stunning and the story they tell is as heartwarming as it is gutwrenching.
“Partly because they are both hard of hearing, my grandmother and Fukumaru are always looking into each other’s eyes. They’re really close,” Miyoko said in an interview with Nippon.com “Fukumaru is so happy and contented at my grandmother’s side. When I take a picture of the two of them together it’s like I’m photographing myself as a little girl.”
I was bawling by the time I got to this one (spoiler alert: the cat doesn’t die. I just tear up easily when it comes to animal things.)
You can buy Ihara’s book here for 3,800 yen. Worth every penny (yenny?) imho. Apparently, it’s taking Japan by storm.
In other cat related goodness THIS:
Happy day after Caturday.
Few things make me happier than cute clothes or cute animals. Hilarity is one of them — especially when it’s of the irreverent, absurd, smart and / or sarcastic variety. The kind of humour that makes you open your mouth and go “HA!” or “BWAHAHAHA” or “YES.”
This tank top by Market Twenty Seven made me do all of those things:
Please excuse my post-popsicle mouth.
I first discovered Market Twenty Seven a few weeks ago when they retweeted something snarky I said about orange people.
Anyhoo, I fell in love with M27 before I even know what their shop sold based on their yomom.ma custom URL shortener (RIGHT!?!) and choice Twitter stylings:
— Market Twenty Seven (@mtwentyseven) August 7, 2012
#backwhenIwasakid I carried my shank in a mini backpack.
— Market Twenty Seven (@mtwentyseven) February 23, 2012
— Market Twenty Seven (@mtwentyseven) August 4, 2012
“Like most boys and girls, the sisters behind Market Twenty Seven grew up in a home of severe dysfunction,” reads the shop’s about section. “As a result, these girls learnt not how to be decent, loving or kind, but rather they realized that love can be shown through many different channels, including, but not limited to: sarcasm, cruelty and (playfully) offensive remarks.”
I don’t find their cards / prints / apparel offensive, but maybe a pearl-clutching myaw-case would.
It matters not. These tops are adorably hilarious, not to mention soft. I have the skinny betch giraffe (see above, duh) and this cute little Polar Bear tank.
Fitting, as Sean and I are both up to a full Litre a day of Diet Coke… each. I know. It’s OOC. Can I go to rehab for Cola? It’s my very worst health habit. I’m straight up addicted. IT’S SO HOT DANG REFRESHING!!!!
I also have a big crop of their wicked cards, including this, my favourite one:
Like these cards as much as I do? Well guess what? You can ha dat.
Market Twenty Seven will be giving one LaurenOutLoud.com reader 5 cards of his or her own choice. I highly reccommend this be one of them because the kitty is cute (as long as, for the love of god, you don’t send it my way.)
To win, simply:
- Like Market Twenty Seven on Facebook
- Tell them which card you like most (mention that I sent you, too)
- Leave a comment here to let me know that you did and you’ll be qualifiedm, bang bang boom!
… That’s a Hanson song, isn’t it?
Nope. Nope, says Google. This.
I used to thing the least douchey-looking one was cute… I wonder what he’s up to these days?
No, j/k, I don’t. NO TIME FOR WONDERING! TIFF imminent. More (so much more) on that later.
Henry Dryer was a 92 year old nursing home patient with Dementia. Before one brilliant caretaker gave him an iPod stacked with Cab Calloway and the like, he was largely mute — almost catatonic — unable to recognize his own kids.
But then, but then, but then… (This story has a happy ending. You’ll still cry.)
In a superviral clip from the soon-to-be-released documentary “Alive Inside,” he sings, dances and is generally the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. If I can be so insensitive as to call one of my elders cute. Whatever. He is.
Prepare to laugh and cry and immediately feel an urge to sell everything you own to buy iPods for old people:
What a treat it is, after one heckishly busy yet super exciting week (note my lack of blog posts here over the past 3 days) to spend Saturday evening watching TV in my parents’ basement with a tiny Siamese angel:
That’s Mini, aka “Sneaky Dee” — my brother’s new cat and my first fur-niece. She’s staying here for the weekend before heading back to Brodie’s place forever.
The chance to chill with Mini tonight was totally worth the 4 hour drive from Toronto to Chatham. That plus, like, seeing my parents and eating tons of delicious home food.
In total, I’ll be home for less than 24 hours, but that’s A-OK. I needed to see my folks.
I had thought to leave Toronto on Friday right after work but there was a lot going on in the city last night and I was feeling too dancy for the 401…
Last night I found a dancing hat!
Feb 11, 2012 | Source: Keek.com
NOTE: That hat was a prop for the photobooth at Ford’s Blue party last night. As much as I’d like to take credit for that sick ensemble, I cannot.
I made that little Keekmercial to thank Ford Canada for inviting me to their nice party, and also for hooking Casie and I up with a car to drive to Texas for SXSW. Like, THANK you. So nice.
You guys can totally use my commercial during the Superbowl next year, I don’t even mind
Speaking of things I enjoy, Elsie Larson’s got a tutorial for making your own heart sweater on A Beautiful Mess right now. Colour me smitten and then red:
Dyyyooooooode! I want to make this right meow. I would, too if I knew how to sew and / or refrain from piercing my own flesh every time I attempt a DIY project.
Wouldn’t Channing Tatum and I look great in this?
A link list feels appropriate right now and I’ve got so many to share from this week, but alas – it is bed time.
Brunch with my parents and grandparents tomorrow morning. We’ve got some celebrating to do More on that later later later and lots of links too. But for now, here’s a lulzy wee Jeopardy clip…
Har har har. Hey, it’s Saturday night. You can forgive me for posting something wild
That’s George and he’s a mother-loving star. 81 years young rocking an iPhone 3G, but completely aware that the camera quality on his phone is inferior to mine. He’s not upgrading to the 4S though. He’s waiting for the 5 like me.
George reads his books on a Kobo that his daughter bought him. He doesn’t use Facebook but thought this shirt was kind of funny once we explained what it means:
We’ve been filming a commercial in maybe the sickest production studio I’ve ever seen these past couple of days and, I must say, if I’m half as cool as these seniors when I’m an octogenarian I’ll be mighty pleased with myself.
Proof that it’s never to late to start your acting career!
Sheet, my girl Annie (below) is in everything. Have you seen the WWF’s sweater day commercial yet? It’s great. Keep your eyes out for minute 1:04 to see the most adorable blonde in Teeyoh:
Annie played the role of “Lauren” in this piece. Future Lauren. I hope I actually look that good when I’m her age. She’s totally pretty, eh?
That’s about all I can say about this so far, but I’ll be sure to post the finished spot once it’s live.
Must crash. So tired. More on all of this (AND THE MAGIC THAT IS THE BOOM SHOW!) later. For now, please enjoy this sheep tornado:
I KNOW I DID!!!
Here’s the thing about Santa Claus: He’s one shady, misogynistic mother f***er.
Oh sure, he may bring you a fat sick filled with everything you could have asked for and more on Christmas, but he’ll be back for payment later that week, believe you me. He’ll be back and he’ll be looking for a blow job. From your cat.
That slimy jerk, having his way with my precious innocent angel!
Ahhh, jk jk. If anyone came away from that scenario feeling violated, it was one of (or all of) our dinner guests on Saturday night who had to witness the action up close.
“Oh, don’t mind the cat. She licks everything. Well not like.. everything. She doesn’t lick people… unless you want her to. But not in a dirty way. I’m not implying that you would ever try to get my cat to lick your genitals. I’m just saying…”
Now, for something that’s actually pretty important:
Did you know if you say “beer can” with a British accent, you have also just said “bacon” with a Jamaican accent? TRY IT. (via This Tweet)
Nizzle, OUT! More Boardwalk Empire and family time. We went out for sushi this evening and it was lovely. My bed here is like a cloud and mirrors are everywhere
This is the first and last time you will see me celebrating kitten heels, beleedat.
Yeah, I’m late to the game. These shoes came out in September but I live in Canada so these are just hitting the shelves in my hood right now. I stumbled upon a pair at the Little Burgundy on Queen West today and was all “How do I… how do I even handle this?”
One minute, I’m popping into some shops on my lunch break to “check out the sales” and the next thing you know, I’m on my knees close to tears because they don’t have any left in my size.
For the best, I suppose. I’m not (supposed to be) frivolous Lauren anymore – I’m responsible Lauren. Responsible Lauren doesn’t drop $160 (before tax) on shoes she’ll wear thrice – she spends her money on car insurance and parking tickets and bills and rent and other boring, sensible “grown up” things.
My latest shopping spree was last night. It involved me dropping a good chunk of change at Walmart on DIY plumbing supplies after I clogged the downstairs toilet with cat litter. You’re not supposed to flush that stuff, even if the package says “flushable”, I guess. At least not in mass quantities.
Who knew? (everybody, maybe).
Guess what though? The feeling I got from solving that problem was better than any post-shoe purchase high I could have experienced from the Litas. I felt accomplished. Self sufficient, even! I was quite amped, as you can, er, see…
LAU LAU FIXED THE TOI-LET! #IndependentWoman
Dec 12, 2011 | Source: Keek.com
I felt like a strong independent WOMUHN after unclogging that toilet (all by myself, thank you very much), but hot dang do I still love myself a sexy splash of soaring nostalgia on my pieds. Thanks, mommy, for talking me out of that purchase when I called in crisis.
You’re right. That money would be better spent toward something like a new coat, or boots I’d rock more than a few times… like some black Litas or motorcycle boots or some nice Doc Martens! Been wanting these for a minute:
I’ll have to settle for constructing my own feline footwear – for now. Thank goodness for Internet, ja? I just found this compendium of Crazy Cat Lady moments from the Simpsons… in German. God bless Youtube. Sweet, free, 24/7, 365, always enjoyable Youtube. I love you.
I love to see Toronto people lighting up the web. It gives me hope and, in this case, makes me laugh very much.
OH! Before I forget – thanks to everybody who entered Santa Claws’s big Samsung Galaxy SII 4G Superphone Giveaway. Over 95% of those who commented made it onto the list. So good, y’all.
Alas, I’m not one to judge who deserves anything more than anybody else (though a few comments impressed me quite thoroughly) so I enlisted a random number generator to pick from the qualified entrants. The winner was Anne Cayer – another Canadian blogger that I was lucky enough to discover through this contest. Congrats Anne – Hope you enjoy your new phone!
Errybody else keep your peepers peeled ’cause I’ve got another giveaway popping off tomorrow. A little one, but a fun one. Way fun
Meet Santa Claws. He’s a fluffy orange feline with a heart that beats for people food and an affinity for giving presents to laurenoutloud.com readers:
NOW meet the White Samsung Galaxy S II 4G.
She’s a slim, speedy stunner with alllll the right specs in alllll the right places. The new kid in school who might just give the prom queen a run for her money.
This sexy beast has got a wicked-fast 1.2GHz Dual Core application processor, 16 Gigs of internal memory, and 8 megapixel camera with flash (a 2MP front-facing camera as well for gratuitious selfies), Full HD (1080P) video recording and playback, that unbeatable ultra vivid 4.3″ AMOLED plus screen… and a pretty solid marketing campaign behind her too.
You know how much I enjoy a well done advertisement
Are you swooning? I’m swooning.
I can have the entire Galaxy in the palm of my hand and it weighs less than a freaking sushi stapler. This is a hot, hot phone.
Are you dreaming of a White (Galaxy SII 4G for) Christmas?
Well you’re in LUCK, dear friend, because Santa Claws is giving away one of these puppies (thanks to Samsung Canada) right here on laurenoutloud.com this week.
On December the 11th, Santa Claws will draw one name from his “nice” list to win the superphone. I’ll announce the winner here on December the 12th.
All you need to do for an entry into the draw is leave a comment telling me about something nice you’ve already done or intend to do this holiday season.
Tweet a link to this contest (be sure to @laurenonizzle and @SamsungMobileCA) for one extra entry.
Good luck making it onto
Willy Santa Claws’s “nice” list! Trust me… naughty is not where you want to be.
Yeah, that’s right. I took my cat to meet Santa. Don’t judge.
The concert starts at 12:30pm and the set will last for 30 minutes. Follow the #nexusthesheepdogs hashtag for updates!
PS – Huge Thanks to Groundskeeper Willie for playing Santa Claws. He makes a lovely kitten kringle, doesn’t he?