gwendolyn faith is not a crayon.

Hello, I’m Gwen.

I work in advertising. I play in the kitchen.

I’m part tweenager. (Look at my iTunes playlist.)

I’m part Grandma. (Look at my oversize cardi collection.)

I’m part Romy or Michelle. (Look at the height of my hair.)

As a Christian, I'm learning how to glorify God in the everyday. To live into the status quo, like Jesus' own Manchurian candidate, and seep grace through its cracks.

I wish my life were a musical, but other than that, I’m pretty content.

(No surprise I also like to Yelp.)

The Casual Vacancy
The Explicit Gospel
Freedom
Gone Girl
The Chaperone
Cutting for Stone


Gwen Daniels's favorite books »


newyorker:

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Malcolm Gladwell explores the upward mobility of organized crime in America: http://nyr.kr/1o74GRS

“Crime was one of the few options available for advancement. The point of the crooked-ladder argument and ‘A Family Business’ was that criminal activity, under those circumstances, was not rebellion; it wasn’t a rejection of legitimate society. It was an attempt to join in.”

Illustration by Leslie Herman.

And as Gladwell suggests, Italian mobsters aren’t the only ones who have found alternative ways of pursuing the American dream, a sociological concept known as innovation. Like the flesh-and-blood Godfather, many of today’s thugs circumvent the law to achieve better for their families and themselves—but now, society deals with criminalized innovation in a whole new way.

Only two months ‘til Lexi marries Chris! We celebrated Lexi’s last days as a single lady with a bachelorette weekend in Lake Geneva, where we spent an afternoon on the water, took to the town, and drank plenty of red, white and more.

A big brunch with two plates of chilaquiles at Tiztal Cafe to celebrate a Sara Jane’s birthday.

A long walk to window-shop in Andersonville.

A cookout at Foster Beach to say goodbye to a friend on the move.

A field trip to YMCA Camp Duncan with the Littles, who were in adorable awe of the woods.

A day trip with a 3:00 wake-up call to a partner agency’s office in NYC.

An afternoon of field research.

A dinner at Parson’s Chicken and Fish with the small group girls in honor of Sara Jane.

A batch of the Barefoot Contessa’s coconut cupcakes with a rich white cake that’s one for the books.

A full day’s meeting with the clients in town.

A hearty helping of schnitzel + more at the Radler with the whole team.

A lot, a lot, of work in between.

After several late nights, early mornings and stress headaches at the office, my team and I saw our work pay off in a big way.
When I told my parents our success story, Dad responded with a T. Swift gif.

I Skyped up TS and recorded her reaction…

Thanks, Dad!
…And Taylor.

After several late nights, early mornings and stress headaches at the office, my team and I saw our work pay off in a big way.

When I told my parents our success story, Dad responded with a T. Swift gif.

I Skyped up TS and recorded her reaction…

Thanks, Dad!

…And Taylor.

brookesnooks:

Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all you paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.” ― Emma Watson

You don’t put corn on pizza?! Pink Parsley’s Pizza with Corn, Tomatoes and Mozzarella uses a pesto-style corn puree instead of traditional sauce. And luckily, if you buy or make a batch of dough ahead of time, the ‘za comes together in mere minutes—perfect if you’re absolutely exhausted from the past few weeks at work.
FYI: I used two ears of corn that yielded a scant cup and a half, so I’d recommend using three small ears.
photo via pink parsley.

You don’t put corn on pizza?! Pink Parsley’s Pizza with Corn, Tomatoes and Mozzarella uses a pesto-style corn puree instead of traditional sauce. And luckily, if you buy or make a batch of dough ahead of time, the ‘za comes together in mere minutes—perfect if you’re absolutely exhausted from the past few weeks at work.

FYI: I used two ears of corn that yielded a scant cup and a half, so I’d recommend using three small ears.

photo via pink parsley.

In the Ideal to Real TODAY/AOL Body Image survey, teenage girls revealed something unexpected: 65 percent said seeing their selfies on social media actually boosts their confidence…

The TODAY/AOL findings findings echo emerging social science on the impact of social media on self-presentation and self-image. Selfies seem inconsequential or goofy, but they can actually be incredibly important to teenagers, because they give teens a way to control the image of themselves that they’re showing to the world, experts say.

'It’s the first time you get to be the photographer and the subject of the photograph,' says Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, who has written extensively about this subject, particularly as it applies to teenagers and/or Millennials. 'Even though that seems very simple, that’s an extraordinary shift, historically. And control makes people believe in themselves.'

TODAY’s post on the Ideal to Real TODAY/AOL Body Image survey

Must I always be plagued by a desire for purple hair?!

(via spoonfullofsassy)

elizabethswardrobe:

Taylor Swift in an Alice + Olivia ‘David’ skirt and ‘Elenore’ top and Christian Louboutin ‘Miss Clichy’ heels in New York.

elizabethswardrobe:

Taylor Swift in an Alice + Olivia ‘David’ skirt and ‘Elenore’ top and Christian Louboutin ‘Miss Clichy’ heels in New York.

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profashional:

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Dying at this Eater graphic because ain’t it the truth?