25 January 2013

Friday Un-Favorites

Because this cold weather has me feeling a little snarky {I mean...it IS supposed to be the most depressing week of the year} and wanting to change things up a bit, I thought it would be fun to do a list today of things that I am most definitely NOT feeling.*

Cake balls.  OK, first of all, I can't say "cake balls" without giggling like a 10-year old.  Sorry, you cannot say "cake balls" with a straight face.  And if you can, I probably don't want to be your friend.

Second, EW EW EW EW.  I should preface this by saying that I don't have much of a sweet tooth and I think there are few things more disgusting than most every type of frosting/icing, ESPECIALLY if it comes from a can.  I have to stop myself from gagging every time those Duncan Hines frosting mix-ins commercials come on. SO GROSS.  We had pie at our wedding because there was no way in hell frosting was going to be a part of our special day.  So taking cake, mixing it with copious amounts of frosting-from-a-can, and then dipping it in that weird "chocolate" you can buy at Michael's is just not something I understand.

Chevron.  I kind of love/hate that now it's trendy to hate on chevron.  I have been hating on chevron since chevron became a thing again.  I am so tired of seeing it everywhere.  Dresses, pillows, rugs, shoes, monogrammed cell phone covers, and on and on and on.  How is it that so many people wear chevron tops and don't realize that they kind of look like Charlie Brown? When little old church ladies talk about how "hip" chevron is, you know it's no longer hip.  Time to find a new pattern and move on, people.
Wedding blogs.  I NEVER thought there would be a time when I said that.  I love weddings and my dream job is to be an event planner.  But every wedding blog and every wedding on it looks exactly the same to me these days.  It's either "hipster-Anthropologie-quirky" wedding with craspedia {ugliest flower ever} and succulents or "I AM FROM THE SOUTH LOOK HOW SOUTHERN I AM" {I say that as someone from the South who served biscuits and grits at her wedding} or "fancy ballroom affair that requires use of rhinestones and a lighting scheme".  Even the photography is uninspiring.  It's all of the same detail shots.  Everything seems so contrived and impersonal and just DONE.  I don't think that I had the most unique wedding ever; there are definitely things I copied or pictures I wanted taken because I had seen them on a blog.  But seriously...no more yellow-and-grey color palettes with a typewriter for a guest book and drinks served out of Mason jars with stripey straws.

Overly styled Instagram photos.  Maybe this is just the green-eyed monster rearing his head because I have zero talent for styling things.  I can appreciate a lovely photograph and I also appreciate the aesthetic necessity of styling.  But I am over every.single.picture on Instagram being styled to death.  If I'm doing my nails, you can bet that I don't have five different shades of blue laying just so, on a pure white background, next to an open window to catch the light perfectly.  Like, if you're doing your nails, just take a picture of it.  You don't need to make it a big production {unless you're a professional blogger or photographer and that's how you make your monies}.  It just feels disingenuous.  Ditto for these alleged vignettes.  Most of the time it seems more like a way for you to show off your expensive candle/perfume habit.

Anyone else feeling snarky today?  What's one of your Friday Un-Favorites?

*Please note that this is meant to be all in good fun.  Don't get your panties in a wad if there's something on here that you love.  We can still be friends and not agree on everything.  No, really, it's true.

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19 comments:

SHF said...

I think I am seriously the only person in blog land who hasn't tried cake balls. Cake on a stick just sounds so weird to me! Plus if I'm going to eat cake, I want an actual piece!

SHF
thechroniclesofs.blogspot.com

Regine Karpel said...

I don't like chevron on wedge sneakers!
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The enchanted home said...

Your snarkiness cracks me up, unlike you I love cake....WISH I didn't. Totally agree about chevron, soooo overdone as are a few other trends that I am so sick of seeing. Wedding blogs, I do enjoy looking at them from time to time but you are right most of the weddings nearly resemble each other.....funny! Hey its about agreeing to disagree right? Another Friday un favorite of mine is the "intended mis matched room", I cannot stand it, it looks ridiculous in my humble opinion and if some hot designer slaps their name on it, people ooh and aah but if its just "Jane down the streets" house..then its scoffed at. Sorry, pink stripes, lime green chevron and leopard DO not work together. EVER!
There...I feel better:)

Worthington said...

I hate and will never eat cake balls - gag.

I am 100% in agreement re: your Charlie Brown chevron comment!

So glad the snark you brought on about weddings did not happen at my wedding. Not even a lighting scheme! YESSS. Relief.

MCW said...

This is probably one of my favorite posts of yours ever. I cannot stand any of those things either. I love how people who live in NYC have the rustic farmhouse weddings. Makes no sense, I swear when I get married one day I will have picnic tables, beer and crabs. And there will not be a single pictures of my feet or my grooms socks. Oh, and my house has no chevron anywhere!!!

MCW said...

Oh and what drives me crazy is moms who dress their kids a like all of the time in monogrammed outfits. I love the idea for special occasions, but really..how much money are they wasting??? They can't even hand down the clothes!

Chelsea said...

This was hilarious to read! Perfect for a gloomy January morning ;)

xoxo
Chels

xx BHB said...

I KNOW you played along for the Over It List and I'm so glad you're regurgitating it here.

GOODBYE, CHEVRON.

GOODBYE, CAKE BALLS. YOU ARE NOW WORSE THAN CUPCAKES.

{Jessica} said...

Ahahahaha! I love this post. While I still like chevron and have to disagree with you on that one, I am TOTALLY with you on both the wedding and instagram snark. I'm honestly just glad I'm already married and don't have to deal with the weddings hoopla anymore - there's so much pressure to make everything so personalized and unique. And yet, they all end up looking the same. Mason jars are SO done. And instagram. Just don't even get me started on that.

Jennifer said...

Hilarious! I went through a phase after my wedding where I didn't want to hear or see anything about any weddings, not even my own. It was like post-partum depression but for weddings (and not that serious). I unsubscribed from all of my wedding blogs the day I got back from my honeymoon.

jerri said...

Love the snarkiness on a cold snowy January Friday. Ditto about the cake balls (and I laughed when I read "cake balls" and now laughing as I type it). Media has over exposed the hell out of some trends........

L said...

Can we add EVERYONE and their dogs having D-SLRs??? And presumably just to take photos of their cake balls. I probably should have one as a designer who needs pictures of her work, but um, hello, they are EXPENSIVE. Stop making cake balls and taking Godless amounts of photos of them with your $2k camera and spend some time putting away money for something like retirement or your kid (who's photographed constantly with said camera while dressed head-to-toe in Crew Cuts)'s education. End. Rant.

Annie said...

Funny post. I appreciate most of these points, but I will say that the point of Instagram is to take an ordinary but artistic picture and tweak it to make it something special. A lot of very talented people use it as art, and I think that's rad.

You know what DOES piss me off about Instagram? Seeing someone use it as a place to sell their used clothes. That is definitely not the intention behind Insta. Use it for art, not for selling your old, used clothing. LAME.

Ok, I feel better now. :)

AEOT said...

Cake balls are gross. Really gross. I hate them. I live to bake and would NEVER make something like that for anyone. Yuck.

Chevron doesn't bother me....yet. But I have none in my house or in my closet, so I obviously don't love it either.

LOVED Molly's comment about the monogramming. Yes, I certainly monogram a few things for special occasions, but, good Lord, peeps, your child's initials are not going to make or break every outfit/occasion and how in the world can you afford to have everything monogrammed? There are a lot of things I don't monogram that I could/should just b/c they are so cute that I want my second boy to wear them! I guess part of it is different for me as well as my boys both are in daycare full time and smocking/monogrammed/expensive items just end up ruined a lot and then I feel guilty about it. I do have a few pricier outfits for church and occasions but they outgrow stuff SO fast that it's rare that I buy a lot of that stuff! Also, hello college is expensive and I'd much rather save a crap ton for that than on monograms that last 3 months!

Jamie said...

Glad to hear someone else likes pie over cake. Give me a piece of chess pie and I'm happy. Does that make me sound too Southern? I totally love your wedding observations. I think the same thing but didn't know how to articulate it. The whole "I'm so Southern" theme really irritates me. My own snarky thing is how much I hate Pinterest. This is a trend I really don't understand.

LPC said...

Frosting hate!!!!!

I'm with you:).

McV said...

Yes, yes, and yes, again!

ms. mindless said...

Girl, you are SO speaking my language. Right now, I am so ready to shoot those brides (since I'm in the biz now). I cannot tell you how many calls I've had this month from brides who got engaged over Christmas/NYW who are planning a "vintage, rustic, farmhouse wedding with mason jars, twine and wildflowers with lots of DIY on a budget." No lie. All day, every day. I have one bride with a wedding I'm doing in June who told me that her wedding's "theme" is gray, yellow and chevron. You would want to cut her.

ms. mindless said...

I forgot the blogger thing I am the most sick of. The month by month updates of a baby with the moth sticker onesies. WHO on earth cares that your baby is sitting up, looking at the dogs, smiling or is in the 75th percentile for height and 25th for weight and BRAGS that their baby is tall and skinny? I cannot deal with those mommy bloggers. I would take all the chevron, anthro/hipster inspired weddings and mason jars in the world to get rid of the baby (and pregnancy) updates.