Game Night with Codenames: Deep Undercover

I love entertaining! As an alternative to going out with friends to a bar for drinks, it can be so fun to play host for a fun night in. I love having people over and catching up while sipping on homemade cocktails, and preparing fun party foods. And, obviously it’s not a perfect night in without entertainment – like a board game or card game. Seriously, what better way to have a successful fun night in, than a few drinks, some snacks and a good game!

My new go-to game for parties is Codenames: Deep Undercover! This adults-only party game is perfect for a night of laughs and sleuthing with your grown-up friends!

A new spin-off of the hit game Codenames takes players Deep Undercover with all-new words, art and mature play. Codenames: Deep Undercover is available exclusively in North America at Target and

Codenames (the original game) has been a smash hit since its release, it was most recently nominated for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres and the won the Origins Awards for Game of the Year, Best Family Game and Fan Favorite. This version combines the original gameplay with an adult theme making it perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties, ladies nights in, or game night at the local bar!

The game is played in two teams, red against blue. Each team has a spymaster – seated on the same side of the table. The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. The teammates know the agents only by their “codenames” – which are hilarious and naughty [like Prostate, Dominate, Fist, Catcher, Joystick, Nipple, and Sack… just to name a few. Hahaha]!

The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the “Assassin!” If a team member chooses him, he’ll run the fun for everyone.

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Toronto's Broken Social Scene have today shared "Skyline," the third track released from their upcoming album Hug of Thunder, out on Arts & Crafts on July 7th, 2017"Skyline" is available for purchase and streaming HERE. The track is released in advance of Broken Social Scene's appearances at both Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain and headlining Field Trip in Toronto, ON this weekend.

Broken Social Scene have also unveiled the Broken Playlist App for Spotify.  With over 100 songs in their critically acclaimed catalogue, the Broken Playlist App creates dynamic, one-of-a-kind playlists of Broken Social Scene songs for whatever mood you want - from make out music to beach days to road trip anthems and more. Click HERE to check out the app.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
06-03-17  Toronto, Ontario @ Field Trip
06-24-17  Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend
9/16/17  Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre 
9/17/17  New York, NY @ Meadows Music & Art festival
9/19/17  Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 
9/21/17  Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel 
9/22/17  Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle 
9/24/17  St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant 
9/26/17  Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman 
9/27/17  Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater 
9/28/17  St. Paul, MN @ The Palace 
9/29/17  Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom 
9/30/17  Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore 
10/1/17  Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater 
10/3/17  Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/5/17  Portland, ME @ State Theater 
10/6/17  New Haven, CT @ College Street 
10/7/17  Boston, MA @ House of Blues  

We Come in Peace

Do you believe in extraterrestrial beings? I spent my weekend doing my part in the investigation. With my handy disposable camera in tow - I set off to explore Area 51 - in search of the strange and unusual.

It was such a cool, and down right odd, experience. We drove about 2 hours outside of Las Vegas to a very small town called Rachel, Nevada. There we explored the Extraterrestrial Highway, dined at the famous Little A Le' Inn, and even peeked inside the back gate of the actual Area 51 (from 10-20 feet away, of course).

My alien hunting gear included a linen top from Zara, green cotton shorts from J. Crew, wayfarer sunglasses from Shauns, and brown, leather sandals from Naot.

Shirt: Zara (similar); Shorts: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Shauns; Shoes: Naot

Driving in Cars

Reporting from Sin City... Yep, I'm still living in Vegas. In fact this month marks my 10th month living away from Manhattan. It's still taking a bit of getting used to. Not being able to walk wherever I want to go... Having to drive a car just to go shopping, or dinner... or anywhere... by itself is a notion that I'm struggling to adjust to. But slowly I'm getting used to it.

Do I know whether or not Las Vegas is my final stop (probably not)? No. But, it's opened my eyes to new things, new experiences, new people... It's made me stronger and wiser... Even more free. For that, maybe having to drive a bit isn't so awful.

This Las Vegas look is cool and casual - pairing my favorite pair of dark denim with a tee from the cool, new brand Daftstar Apparel, and a brand new pair of Guess boots.

Top: Daftstar Apparel ($64)Denim: Big Star Denim ($98)
Shoes: C/O Guess ($110)

All Photography by Irvine Manalang