Bon jour Dames Nation!
It is we, matriarchs of another nation, the Adult Fans of One Direction, aka AFOOD Nation, Cassie Niespodziewanski and Candice Tindell! You might know us from some of our tumblr greatest hits like this 100% real dialogue from the week Zayn left, or perhaps this totally chill primer on Harry’s Big Dick Energy? You might also recall when Candice described Harry as a High Class Renaissance Venetian Courtesan. Perhaps one of Cassie’s high art doodles? Even after the boys announced their “hiatus”, we stuck around and still post about our favorite four boys. With Niall and Harry on tour for the better part of a year-and-a-half, we had plenty to melt down about. We do so love a good fandom meltdown.
Exclusive footage of the inside of our brains when we think about 1D
If you don’t know us for screaming about four boys, we’re tickled to meet you. We first met in college theater eleven years ago, and sometime around 2009, our brains fully merged, a phenomenon we refer to as “SAME BRAIN” when we don’t just finish each other’s sentences, but say a full, original sentence completely in unison. We moved to Chicago after school and in late 2014, fell down the One Direction Rabbit Hole.
In which Harry is Harry and Niall is all of us
Our entrance to the fandom is not unlike many other stories: Cassie showed Candice a picture of Zayn’s CryBaby hair from the 2014 AMA’s, and when Candice revealed she couldn’t name any other member of One Direction besides Harry, we watched the ‘Steal My Girl’ music video so Cassie could educate her. Three hours of music videos and “1D Funny Moments” later, we were hooked.. In February of 2015, after much impassioned texting about the start of the On The Road Again Tour, we started our blog. In the four years since, we’ve met incredible people from all over the world, from right near us in Milwaukee, Germany, the UK, Australia, Malaysia, New York City, L.A., and everywhere in between. We are constantly awed by the dynamic, interesting, smart, funny, lovely women we now count among our dear friends. In April of 2018, we even travelled an ocean to see Harry twice, meet some of our favorite blog friends, and fulfill a dream of going to the UK together. We can’t imagine what our life would look like if it weren’t for One Direction, but there would be infinitely less joy... and fewer sequins.
Candice (on left) is a Niall girl but she’s also an avid reader and checks out no fewer than four books from the library at a time. She sings in a band and hopes that tricks people into thinking she’s cooler than she is. At her day job, she attempts to dismantle the patriarchy one training at a time.
Cassie (on right) is a Harry girl, but she sometimes does improv and sketch, cooks and records it on Instagram (@chasspod), and live tweets the Bachelor (@Chasspod), and is personal makeup artist to her friends and loved ones. Today is also Cassie’s actual 30th birthday, and she can’t think of any better gift than fervently gushing about her favorite things to all of you.
Links and Sundry from CANDICE!
I definitely peaked gigging at the House of Blues Chicago.
In Defense of Cake
Cake is my favorite food. But it’s January. So while many are well into their healthy resolutions, I remain steadfast in my devotion to cake.
It’s easy to see how cake got a bad reputation. Many deem it too sweet, basic, and merely a celebratory tradition on birthdays and at weddings. For me, it’s a more refined, decadent way of life. So, I’m here to remind you just how important, dare I say holy, cake is to our own history: Some regions of America can track their history in the sorted layers of their cake recipes’. And Ruby Tandoh (of GBBO fame and fellow 1D stan) wrote a beautiful article that explores our historical relationship to sugar and it’s intersections with race, class, and sexuality. And did you know that slaves used to dress up like their master’s and mock them at cake walks?
To get closer to cake in 2019, I recommend All About Cake by Christina Tosi (of Milk Bar infamy). It’s beautiful, decadent, and unpretentious.
Some among us claim they’re “not dessert people”. I understand that it’s a matter of taste, but my god at what cost? Life’s too short; let me eat cake.
A New Year’s Resolution
I’m a terrible cook. Okay, not totally true. I can make about six things well. But traditionally, if a recipe requires a protein other than chicken breast (I know), and more than 10 ingredients (I know, okay), I immediately bypass it. I was raised on casserole. Sue me. Luckly, my father has taken to using my parents’ kitchen like a medieval innkeep (brewing beer, bread from scratch, and cheese making etc) and introduced me to America’s Test Kitchen. Yes, unlocking everything on their website comes with a small monthly fee, but their YouTube channel is a great way to cheat the system. They have great recipes, tips, and, perhaps my favorite, product reviews. In fact, their executive editor, Lisa McManus, is so delightfully salty about underperforming kitchen tools that it feels more like you’re part of a sassy gossip session with your beloved, career-driven aunt. Oh, these idiots made the thermometer handle too short and you’ll burn yourself? Go off, Lisa.
Slather your Skin in Luxury
You know what’s great? Luxurious skin care products. You know what even better? Affordable luxurious skin care products. Look no further than The Ordinary. The only problem? The descriptions of their products are lengthy and confusing. I have in no way tried every one of their products, but here are some of my favorites.
Skin concern; fine lines and wrinkles
Retinoids are great if you know how to use them! I recommend their most gentle product which has all the same benefits of normal retinols, but isn’t as irritating. Start using once a week and work up to three times a week. You shouldn’t layer this product with Vitamin C treatments or acids. It’s a good dupe for so many products!
Skin Concern; Dullness, dark spots
Vitamin C is your friend! It’s great for skin brightening and fading dark spots over time. This product has helped fade some of my lingering acne scars. Full disclosure, Vitamin C does have a metallic smell and a stinging sensation the first couple of times you use it. Great dupe for this!
Skin Concern; Pimples, acne, redness
The Ordinary’s combination of Niacinamide and Zinc is a great, less drying alternative to salicylic acid though both can address pimples. I use the Niacinamide and Zinc when I have hormonal breakouts and my skin is red and angry. Salicylic acid and witch hazel can help with pimples and overly-oily skin. Be careful and work up to more uses a week so as not to dry out your skin. Dupe and Dupe.
For everyone; Oils and Hydration
For years, I thought that denying my skin hydration would help cure my oily skin and acne. Big Time Whoops. I recommend oils for anyone. My favorites are the Marula, Argan, and Rosehip oils. Bonus: they can also be used on things like dry hair, cuticles, and dry elbows! The Marine Hyaluronic is also a great alternative to the stickier formulation of hyaluronic acid.
I can vouch for both of their makeup primers and their caffeine solution is an instant eye de-puffer! Their lactic acid is a great way to exfoliate without using a harsh scrub and a great dupe for this cult beauty product.
Get Involved without Getting Overwhelmed
I work in sexual violence prevention so I know how overwhelming getting involved can feel. You don’t have to do everything, but it’s empowering to do something! Here are some good places to start: