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Redesigning the College Snuggie

Let’s face it. There’s been a lot of talk about Snuggies in pop culture this year. “The blanket with sleeves” came out of nowhere and gripped the nation. From themed bar tours to the Washington Post’s annual Peeps diorama contest, you’re never far from Snuggie’s influence.

And if that weren’t enough, the brains that brought you the outstanding three-color collection have upped their game and expanded their product line to include… collegiate licensed Snuggies!

If you haven’t seen them in their full glory, take a gander:

Picture Source: Blanket Wars (Even better, this picture is from a blog post entitled “OU Will Choke Versus Texas.”)

How does one make an eyesore like the Snuggie even more hideous? Make it look like it was made from the contents of the clearance rack at the fabric store. That fabric ain’t just for pajamas anymore!

Though I’m not (yet) a member of the cult of the Snuggie, I understand why people would buy them. Who doesn’t like being warm? And being able to eat whilst wearing a blanket? Or the ability to change channels without exposing bare arms to the draft of a room?

I also understand why people would want collegiate Snuggies in particular. Every sports fan relishes the opportunity to show off a little team spirit. I mean, if I got a Snuggie, you’d be darn sure I’d get a college team one. (Looks like I’d have to get Texas though, because the makers of Snuggie don’t offer a UVA one. Good research on that one, I must admit. They know their audience, and UVA alums likely wouldn’t bother with a Snuggie: it would clash with their ties or pearls.)

Well, instead of continuing to mock Snuggie, I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf and offer a design suggestion: K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, stupid.) Good design should be minimalist, simple and straightforward. Not cluttered.

How should Snuggie go about this? Pretend to make team sweatshirts, just with tons more fabric. Like this:

Or this:
Yes, UVA can have its own Snuggie after all!
Texas should prominently display the Longhorn logo on burnt orange. Carolina the interlocking NC on its signature Carolina blue hue. Virginia Tech would use the interconnected VT. Florida: the Gator. The Jayhawk for Kansas. You get the picture. Make it simple. Make the primary team color the star, not the blinding repetition of several logos.

How would you redesign the collegiate Snuggie? Would you make them like replica jerseys with the ability to personalize a name and number on the back? Add a belt in a contrasting color? Build in a foam finger at the end of one sleeve? Share your ideas in the comments section!

Final two pictures edited from this image.


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Disgustingly Good Eats

What do you do when the gastronomic world of chicken fried steak with gravy, chili cheese fries, and Oreo brownie sundaes aren’t unhealthy enough?

You throw a bacon cheeseburger on a Krispy Kreme glazed donut instead of a bun! Check out the insanity!

When on a friend’s recently Dugg’d pages list, I found this incredible delicacy. Apparently it was served in Google’s New York office in celebration of the cafeteria’s chef’s birthday. On my next birthday I’ll have to remember to serve up artery-clogging goodness to my family, friends, and peers.

Now seems a good as time as ever to pronounce my love for adventures to find outstanding(ly bad for me) food. A few months ago, one of my friends came up with the brilliant idea to go on a Texas BBQ-themed road trip. We drove down 183 for about 30 miles or so and did a spur of the moment tour of the towns of Lockhart and Luling, Texas. In Lockhart we sampled the ‘cue of Smitty’s (my favorite of the trip) and Kreutz, and made a quick walk-through at Black’s Barbecue in order to briefly relax our stomachs. In Luling we saw a ton of campaigning for the town’s Watermelon Thump Queen, the pinnacle award at the town’s annual watermelon festival. But we also took a whack at that town’s best BBQ joint — The City Market. In filling our bellies to our content, we took a stab 3 of what Texas Monthly named the top 5 BBQ joints in Texas for 2008.

Yes, I have a hankering for more trips like this in the future. It’s been a dream for the past few years to sometime make it to the North Carolina State Fair where I’ve heard legends about the deliciously bad-for-you delicacies: fried Twinkies, fried Snickers bars, and fried who knows what else. All of them will one day be mine! Stay tuned to my post in 2015 when I finally get to fulfill my dream! In the meantime I’ll lick my lips and gaze at the holy grail:

Special thanks to Channel M for her tantalizing write-up of the NC State Fair last year (and source of above picture). I can’t wait to have my heavenly deep-fried experience as well as the chance to see pig racin’ for myself!


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Austin Lovin’

I’m head over heels… for Austin freakin’, Texas!

I have lived here almost a year and I can’t get over how much I LOVE this place! The weather, the food, the sports, the music, my school, my job, and again, my God, the foooooood. I have eaten Tex-Mex approximately 289 times since I moved here, and this is very likely not an exaggeration.

A short list of what I love about this town:

  • Red River — my favorite street in Austin. Home to lots of fun music venues like Stubb’s and Emo’s. And delicious food like Moonshine, Austin’s best brunch, and Ironworks, probably the best BBQ in town.
  • UT football games — the roaring crowds, the occasional Matthew McConaughey sighting, a real band, sweating to death and screaming at the ‘Horns… What could be a better way to spend a Saturday?
  • Austin City Limits — you already know this
  • Zilker Park Botanical Garden
  • Peter Pan — BYOB mini golf
  • road trips to close-by towns to sample Texas-style BBQ (beef brisket, etc.)
  • that awesome snowcone place beside P. Terry’s on Lamar, just north of intersection with Barton Springs
  • UT’s on-campus oasis, the Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex, for outdoor lap swimming when motivated, and lazy poolside relaxation
  • kayaking on Town Lake
  • movies at Alamo Drafthouse
  • funky and fun coffeehouses like Spiderhouse, JP’s Java, and Mozart’s

And well I wouldn’t even scratch the surface without a full list of my favorite Tex-Mex places thus far, I must stress. I’m always looking to add more to the repertoire:

  • Chuy’s — great queso, delicious food
  • Hula Hut… sister restaurant of Chuy’s but with a patio overlooking Lake Austin. They mix Polynesian and Tex-Mex flavors. I’m partial to their BBQ chicken tacos.
  • Guero’s Taco Bar — yummy South Congress place where you can eat chips and salsa and watch bands play while you wait for your table
  • Torchy’s Tacos — might be my new favorite. Fresh and exciting ingredient combinations… I recommend the Brushfire taco, filled to the brim with Jamaican Jerk chicken, mango, sour cream and a spicy “Diablo” sauce.
  • Freebirds — the Texas chain beats Chipotle at its own burrito game. And the chicken is always wholly cooked! (Though kudos to Chipotle for having intoxicatingly delicious guacamole over and over again.)
  • Taco Shack — my weekend go-to breakfast taco staple… simple, no fuss
  • Trudy’s — this college town favorite has legendarily strong Mexican Martinis and limits you to two per outing
  • The Oasis — panoramic views of Lake Travis and the self-claimed “Sunset Capital of Texas”
  • Iguana Grill — the lesser known Lake Travis treasure that I’d have to say beats The Oasis on the Tex-Mex food and live music, and certainly rivals its sunset allure

I know there are quite a few obvious “can’t miss” places I didn’t mention in Austin, but there are lots more places I need to see! Still haven’t gone to Barton Springs or Greenbelt, but I’ll be working on making it to both places in the coming weeks.

Happy 4th of July! Go out and enjoy the best of wherever you live has to offer!

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Sunshine and Tabula Rasa

Long time no post. Due to my laziness I think I’ll just make lists of tasks I hope to accomplish this summer… and other miscellaneous thoughts.

Goals for this summer:
1. Get advertising internship (check)
2. Take two summer school classes (signed up, much more to do)
3. Learn Illustrator
4. Learn InDesign
5. Learn AP writing style
6. Read more books… and finish them!
7. Write!
8. Less internet, more sleep.
9. Work on ads on my own

1. Road trip to Houston for an Astros game at Minute Maid Park, preferably when the Braves are in town
2. Quality time at Barton Springs
3. Explore more of Austin/Hill Country
4. More BBQ-inspired road trips
5. Swim more, run more, maybe even bike or learn to row?
6. Get tan, relax in the sun
7. East Coast vacay in August: Outer Banks, Virginia Beach, Key West (keep dreaming)… somewhere beachy

Places where I’d like to go, but probably lack the time (these are “nearby” as in within Texas):
1. Big Bend National Park
2. South Padre Island

Restaurants I’d like to try:
1. Roy’s (Hawaiian fusion)
2. Casino el Camino (gigantic burgers)
3. Juan in a Million (breakfast tacos)
4. Z Tejas (upscale Mexican)

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