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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #18: The Black, Brown, and Voyeuristic Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #18: The Black, Brown, and Voyeuristic Edition

Wear: Dansko Larissa Sandals in Black

I have been searching for wedge sandals for the past two summers. I'm very particular about what I'm looking for, which is why it's taken me two years of searching to finally find something that fits the bill. I'm already 5'7" and perfectly comfortable with my view of the world as it is, so I wasn't looking for something sky-high. I also didn't want anything too complicated or over-embellished, and most importantly, I was looking for comfort. When I spotted these Dansko wedge-ish sandals at Nordstrom a few weeks ago I was instantly smitten, and once I tried them on, I knew they were exactly what I'd spent two years looking for. It helps that I've also always wanted Danskos - they're an essential part of my favorite fantasy fashion look, "Older, refined dance teacher."

Watch: Gogglebox

I mentioned Gogglebox in Thursday's post about watching foreign tv through legal channels (TV PUN INTENDED), and I promised to give myself permission to rave about it today. Because, guys: GOGGLEBOX. It's a show wherein you, the audience, watch other people on their couches as they watch shows that were on TV that week. Does it sound inane? WELL YOU'RE INCORRECT. It's the most amazing thing to ever hit television. There's quite a variety of viewers from across England for you to watch, so there's something for everyone. You've got Steph and Dom, the wealthy couple who own a grand estate and are never without their cocktails. Or how about Sandy and Sandra, the best friends of 30 something years who refer to each other as "Queen Bee?" Then there are the Malones, who have at least four Rottweilers and always have snacks set out on their ottoman. And how can we forget Leon and June, the most adorable octogenarian couple you've ever seen. This is just a sampling of the delightful families willing to invite you into their homes to watch that week's TV with them!

But Gogglebox isn't just about watching people react to gross medical shows or embarrassing X Factor auditions. Oh no. Through Gogglebox I've gotten really interested in next month's UK general election, and I've been educating myself about the political process in Britain. See, Gogglebox is, if anything, educational programming. Plus, they introduced me to this commercial, which made me SOB.

Gogglebox is on every Friday (although this season may be almost over), and the most recent five episodes are available to watch online on Channel 4.

Want: Dansko Larissa Sandals in Caramel

Seriously, I'm so in love with these shoes I need them in brown too.

I Can Finally Stop Brushing My Hair With A Fork

I Can Finally Stop Brushing My Hair With A Fork

Say "¡Hola!" To Your New Favorite Gizmo

Say "¡Hola!" To Your New Favorite Gizmo