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Sometimes I take the back alleys

We all know I am an avowed city girl, right? Backstory: grew up in the forest, moved to the city, then moved around to different cities, then settled in the city near my forest. I continue to make all sorts of logistical sacrifices to living my city-center lifestyle, including but not limited to having my son sleep in a walk-in closet and paying way more than I should for a mortgage. I love that I can walk out my front door and immediately be immersed in a flow of hungover hipsters, aging gay professionals, halfway house residents, Microsoft executives, and part-time yoga teachers/body workers/dance instructors/etc. who live in my 'hood.

But even as an avowed city dweller who loves swimming through people-stew every day, I still find myself sometimes taking the back alleys.

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Hilarious and stupid (in a good way!) home decor accents

Ok, fine: you don't want to over-do it with ridiculous novelty shit in your house. But a few stupidly hilarious accents here and there? Come on. I know you're feeling me on some Pac-Man wall decals or Hitchcockian bloody bathmat. Come with me while I pick out the best of the novelty mish-mash from Perpetual Kid, including soft-serve laps, retro door-stops, TARDIS USB hub, and the perfect Edgar Allan Poe painting for your goth foyer…

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Veganizing cinnamon toast muffins

We've linked to The Sweetest Vegan before, but I couldn't resist another video! This time, our sweet vegan is veganizing Paula Deen recipes, getting some sweet-ass southern comfort food fully vegan… including these cinnamon toast muffins that I want to shove in my face and perhaps rub all over my body.

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What would YOUR neighborhood sound like?

This design concept from UK designer Nicola Hume is called "Listen Here," and would make it so that locals could share the sounds of their hometown. The idea is that you could put wireless microphones around your favorite neighborhood locations, and visitors could listen to them via a public kiosk. The sounds would be mapped — so visitors could listen in, and then head off to go experience the sounds first-hand.

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Puerto Rico's unobtainable bathtubs

Last month I took a press trip to Puerto Rico to tour destination wedding and honeymoon venues (full Offbeat Bride post coming in a couple days!). It was a lovely trip, but I was keenly aware that many of the venues we were touring were TOTALLY out of range for 99% of my readership. We're talking $3000/night hotel rooms, $15,000 ballrooms, etc.

Rather than get frustrated, I decided I would start taking photos of some of these lovely venues' beautiful bathtubs so that we could all admire and be inspired. Most of these tubs are not in places most of us can afford, but that doesn't mean they aren't amazing!

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ZOMG Smells now has ZOMG SOAPS!

Do y'all remember ZOMG Smells from when we talked about them last fall? Well, I just happened to get my hands on a few samples of their brand spanking new ZOMG SOAPS. Needless to say, these soaps smell amazing — with names like Baby Unicorn Party and Dr. Zomg's Superlative Polytonic Mira-suds, you know they're at least going to smell interesting. But even better, SOME OF THEM ARE SPARKLY.

Come with me as I do my detailed testing right here in my bathroom.