Bastille Day: Eat and Play Around the World

Even if you’re thousands of miles away from France, you can still toast the Blue, Blanc and Rouge for Bastille Day.

The French national holiday, which falls on July 14 every year, marks the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution in 1789. In France, our local Skouters will commemorate the historic event with parades, fireworks and parties. A few of our favorite Bastille Day traditions:

EAT

Wine, cheese, chocolate — we can thank the French for many of favorite indulgences. Here are four easy recipes you can make to indulge in these cultured treats. Bon appétit!

Chocolate strawberry crepes:

PLAY

In France, the lawn game pétanque is a favorite way to celebrate and enjoy some friendly competition with friends. With origins in South France, the outdoor activity is similar to horseshoes and bocce. Learn about where you can find a game here.

LEARN

Here is a quick (and pretty fun) article giving you the 411 on the French celebration. Enjoy learning about what your French Skouters are doing today!

Be A Part of the Skout Family!

Skout isn’t just a great platform to meet new people, it’s an amazing place to work! Our office is conveniently located in the beautiful SOMA district of San Francisco, and filled with everything you need to be happy at work. This includes: a stocked kitchen, shiny new Apple products, a game room, and a hammock in case you need to take a break. Skout wants you to be productive, but physically and mentally healthy, so we offer premium health, dental and vision coverage as well as a free gym membership.

At Skout, we work smart, play hard and get this – we actually like hanging out with each other! Think you’d make a good fit? Check out our careers page, or send us an email at careers@skout.com

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Memorial Day, the Skout Way.

Business Insider just deemed New York City, Miami, Washington DC, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas the top 5 cities you need to visit this Memorial Day weekend. While these places are awesome, they may be a little out of reach if you’re short on time or money. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t have an action packed weekend elsewhere! For those of you who want to celebrate Memorial Day, but don’t want to wait in long lines or pay $15 for a watered down Vodka Soda, here are 5 other ways you can enjoy your long weekend.

1. Hiking: Hiking is a great way to take advantage of a day off and get in touch with Mother Nature. Gather up the troops and enjoy the view! The best part? It’s usually FREE! Suggested trails in the United States: Pacific Coast Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Trinity River Trail, Shark Valley, Buckeye Trail.

2. BBQ: Any day is a good day to celebrate with food. If the weather permits, invite some old and new friends to a park or your backyard for a barbecue! Make it a potluck and see who brings the most delicious dish. Suggested food: Potato salad, baby back ribs, hot dogs, ice cream, or something a little different like lumpia or elote.

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3. Camping: Camping is a good way to take advantage of a three day weekend, especially with family or friends. Get on Skout, and see what popular campsites are in your area and who else will be there. Don’t forget the s’mores! Suggested campsites: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort, Bayou Segnette State Parks, Enota Mountain Retreat, Keaiwa Heiau State Park.

4. Staycation: For those of you who don’t know, a staycation is a vacation at home. You can be lazy in bed all weekend without a care in the world, or visit local attractions you’ve never been to before. If you have some extra cash, spend a few nights in a hotel or b&b and feel like a tourist in your own city! Suggested activities: Bike ride through the city, have a picnic in the park, visit a museum, attend a local open mic night.

5. Shopping: Where there’s a holiday, there’s usually a holiday sale not too far behind. Since you couldn’t make it out of town, why not splurge a little and go shopping? You’ll find some of the best deals out there this weekend! Suggested stores: Walmart, Best Buy, Sears, KMart.

Whether you decide to barbecue or attend a pool party, don’t forget that Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen soldiers. Have fun, be safe, and don’t forget to share your Memorial Day weekend stories on Skout and see what everyone else is doing too. Skout On!

 

Survey Says: Princess Leia Still Has Hottest Buns in the Galaxy

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In honor of Sunday’s Star Wars Day, we polled our global user base (here on Earth) to find out which character from the Star Wars franchise still maintains the most solar sex appeal.

Of more than 120,000 Star Wars fans who responded from 22 countries, both males and females unanimously expressed their penchant for Princess Leia! While 50 percent of males surveyed said they still have a thing for the Princess, with Natalie Portman’s Padme Amidala coming in a distant second with only 15 percent of votes, 30 percent of females concur that Carrie Fischer’s Princess still has the most sex appeal. 

Who says men and women are from different planets? Both genders also agreed when it comes to who they’d least like to explore the universe with …Gungan outcast Jar Jar Binks! Better luck next year.

Skout Takes a Stand on Shirtless Bathroom ‘Selfies’

Article published here on the New York Daily News.

Bathroom selfies banned from flirting app Skout after it’s proved they lower appeal

The ‘cliché of shirtless people showing off their abs’ is now taboo on Skout, a match-making app used by 220 million worldwide. Celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber, however, may be the worst offenders.

At least one social network is putting the kibosh on bathroom selfies.

Skout, the so-called flirting app, has banned oversharing snaps of shirtless singles flexing their muscles in the mirror or stripped down in a tub full of bubbles, à la Rihanna, who posted steamy bath time photos on Instagram last year.

“This cliché of shirtless people showing off their abs — we’re not having that,” Skout’s global PR manager Jordan Barnes said.

Miley Cyrus, of course, is one of the celebrities who has posted nearly nude shots from the bathroom.

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Miley Cyrus, of course, is one of the celebrities who has posted nearly nude shots from the bathroom.

The app, used by more than 220 million people worldwide, will no longer approve shirtless selfies taken in restrooms, powder rooms or water closets.

“If you’re dressed, it’s fine,” Barnes said.

The bathroom selfie is a trend embraced by celebrities on social media. Last week, Nicki Minaj posted a string of shower selfies, and Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber are also perpetrators.

Geraldo Rivera tweeted this towel snap — but Skout, for one, wants none of it.

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Geraldo Rivera tweeted this towel snap — but Skout, for one, wants none of it.

Even non-celebrity figures indulge in the showy shots — a close-up of Anthony Weiner’s pecs leaked in 2011, and who can forget Geraldo Rivera’s nearly nude mirror selfie?

Barnes said Skout’s decision came after market research revealed that the toilet-side snaps don’t increase users’ popularity.

Rihanna's bath time fun time picture will no longer be welcome on one social-media site.BADGIRLRIRI/VIA INSTAGRAM

Rihanna’s bath time fun time picture will no longer be welcome on one social-media site.

Response rate drops 43% for people whose photos include a bathroom selfie, she said.

“People just don’t want to see that stuff if they’re really going to start talking to someone,” she said.

Dating coach Laurel House points out another downside of the ubiquitous mirror selfie.

“It makes it look like you don’t have any friends to take photos of you,” she said.

Barnes credits the “digital and mobile revolution” for the influx of the TMI trend.

Skout and mophie do SXSW!

Ever wondered what it’s like to hang with the Skout team? Well now you can find out, and earn some kickass prizes and party invites along the way.

Skout and mophie have teamed up to bring you the ultimate SXSW Survival Kit. Is there anything worse than a low iPhone battery? We. Think. Not.  During the weekend of SXSW Interactive, March 7-9, spot and grab one of the team members by their awesome Skout tees and you’ve got a shot at winning one of the SUPER AWESOME SXSW Survival Kits complete with mophie juice packs, party invites, Skout swag and more. We’re here to make sure you don’t miss a single Skout message, tweet, Facebook update, Instagram #selfie, hilarious Vine or incriminating Snapchat. SM

In case you don’t already have a mophie pack, we’ve still got your back. Visit the mophie Hanger, located at 5th and Waller, to get even more hooked up (and charged up) during SXSW Music, March 13-14.

At ANY time during SXSW, upload a picture to your Skout Buzz, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SkoutSXSW in your Skout swag and you’ll get Skout points dropped into your account on the house. Because we love ya’.

Worried you won’t be able to track us down in Austin? Worry no more. Follow us and join the convo here:

Facebook: facebook.com/skout

Twitter: @skoutapp @mophie #SkoutSXSW

Instagram: @skoutapp

Ready, set, SKOUT!!!

Skout Swag Photo Contest!

Hey Skouters! Want your chance at 10,000 Skout points? We thought so! We’re kicking off a series of new challenges for our community to reward you for being so totally awesome. Today’s is a photo contest: #mykicks. Here’s the scoop:

It’s no secret that our Skouters are super fly, and we want to see your Skout swagger.  Upload a picture to your Skout buzz in the next 24 hours (and share via Twitter and Instagram please!) with the hashtag #mykicks showing how you rock your freshest shoes. Make sense? The winner will get 10,000 POINTS and will get an awesome feature here on the Skout blog. Make sense?

Winner will be announced next week. Ready, set, swag!

 

#SkoutSuccess

We’ve said it before, and we’re saying it again. There are many things that make being a part of the Skout team such a rewarding job, but one of the greatest is hearing success stories from those who matter most to us: our amazing, awesome, passionate community members. We’ve made it our mission at Skout to enable as many connections as possible all over the world, and our hope is that those connections will change peoples lives.

At the end of the day, hearing success stories makes the juice worth the squeeze, and we want to hear more of them! We know you have stories to tell, and our ears are open. Tweet us using the hashtag #SkoutSuccess to share your story about how Skout has impacted your life. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Share away, Skouters!