Sometimes these photographs and things are little reminders to myself, but basically more of a collection of my own thoughts from the last couple of months.
I really like this cheeky Vogue series that they’ve been doing with celebrities. It’s kind of nice to see them in a low-key intimate environment, but still allowing viewers to get to know them in a different setting than you would on a red carpet. I’ve been following Emily on Instagram for a little while now and I find her to be pretty fascinating. She’s come a long way from being “just the girl in the Robin Thicke music video” and I’m excited to see what’s next (especially since her last movie was a bust.)
Congrats to Viola Davis for taking home the Lead Actress in a Drama win at the Emmy’s last night and being the first African American woman to do so.
I had a massive giggle fit after watching this. For my 2 year work anniversary, my manager promised and purchased me a Marshawn fathead to go up on our wall. This was a very hard thing for her to do given that she’s a hardcore 49er’s fan. Meh. But she says she likes Marshawn so this was okay.
#GoHawks! Can’t wait for the game today!
I’m so glad that my coworkers and I have similar senses of humor. One of my team members shared this with us yesterday during our quiet afternoon on Friday and I’m pretty sure the four of us just erupted in laughter the whole time. Hopefully this will make your Saturday morning a little bit brighter!
The two of them doing the “Single Ladies” dance at the US Open. They’re really having a week and the world. is. loving. it.
Also, I typically love these “History of Rap” things and they’ve always been my favorite, but this is probably my least – why so many pauses and breaks in between?!
After being a week behind on blogging, I was introduced to a new Instagram account yesterday that I am completely enamored with. As most of you know, Instagram is something that I have been spending a little bit more time with in the last few months so when things like this happen, I get a little giddy. This Instagram with the handle “Socalitybarbie” is totally killing it. From the poses, to the captions, to the scenery, this Barbie emulates all of our favorite Instagram stars and pokes a little fun at it while doing so.
The account was created by an anonymous wedding photographed based out of the Pacific Northwest.
As the ingenious photographer told Wired, “Either your Instagram photos look just like her’s or you know at least one person who does.”
Yep, I can’t even hide that this has been my life lately.
I mean as if we didn’t already know this by the end of the last season of The Bachelorette! What took them so long to announce it? Maybe because they didn’t want all of the people auditioning for the show to only be there because of Ben and wanted to still have that element of surprise. I bet that by doing this they eliminated some of the crazies. Ben Higgins was a favorite of mine throughout the last season, but I couldn’t really picture him with Kaitlyn. He reminded me of Catherine from Sean Lowe’s season though in which he kind of stayed under the radar, but was always very classy and a gentleman. It wasn’t until Katilyn had asked him if he was a virgin that Ben started to lighten up a litle bit and show a more humorous side to him. And then all of the girls died and were like Kaitlyn/Nick/Sean who?
Exactly. It’s Ben’s turn now and we can’t wait!
If you’ve been following my Instagram page for the last four months, then you may have noticed a signifcant change in the way that I’ve been posting my photos as opposed to when I first started my account. My co-worker Emily is someone that I find pretty knowledgeable in Instagram given that she runs an account for her cats that does reasonably well. When I picked her brain awhile back about how I could gain followers for my account so that I could build upon Yow Yow, she gave me a very simple answer: Hashtags.
But wait, doesn’t that look kind of spammy?
“Not if you put all of the hashtags in the comment section instead of the caption.”
Interesting. So I followed her advice. We happened to be together on “Caturday” at Dolores Park and after editing my photo and posting it, she helped me line up a variety of hashtags. (#cutecats #Saturday #DoloresPark #SF #adorable #cute #cats #catz etc.) Shortly after, the likes poured in. We ended at 54 and I was hooked. I convinced myself that I could do this experiment for another week, but naturally that ended up being four months. I was really put off by the hashtags at first so after I had received the desired number of likes that I was hoping for, I would go back and delete my hashtags comment. However, I learned that if I kept it there without deleting that users would continue to like my photos even weeks after.
That was just one of the things that I learned from this project, but I actually learned a lot more and have some pretty interesting stats to include in this post as well. Let’s start with the stats:
In my four months of doing this I had:
This is still my favorite photo from this time period.
This is still the most liked photo at 73 likes and the first photo in the series of “outfit” posts.
Tools that I use:
So we’ve done 4 months of this. What now? Well, to be honest, Instagram has been way more fun since I started wanting to take better photos that I don’t really want to go back to what I was doing before. We’re going to continue on with the photos, the outfits, and the hashtags, and we’re looking forward to more learning and what happens next!
– How to run an electronic music festival. Honestly one of the best things I’ve read in a long time and is laying the basic foundation for planning any music festival. [The Fader]
– Cereal Milk Affogato – Yum. [Grubstreet]
– Why you should be a morning person [Medium]
– Millennial men aren’t the dads they thought they’d be [NY Times]
– Bachelorette Andi Dorfman is writing a tell-all about her breakup with Josh Murray [EW]
– According to Facebook research, “Lol” is totally old school. [Refinery29]
– Every single Starbucks Frappuccino flavor ever. [Refinery29]
As if I needed another show to watch. Every time I keep thinking about Mr. Robot, I end up writing “Mr. Robert.” What? I’m currently on episode 2, but I’m obsessed with this show and Rami Malek who is just superb and in some ways kind of a dream boat? We were all thinking it. Where did this guy come from? The last time I remembered seeing him in anything was Short Term 12 and I think he played a completely different character than he does now. Wow. Acting, right?! It’s amazing. A few of my co-workers have told me that they have stopped watching because they find the show to be too dark. But amongst Pretty Little Liars and Bachelors in Paradise, I could use a little dark every now and then.
So it looks like this is happening today. Apparently Gigi Hadid was the matchmaker in all of this and we’re not totally opposed to it because we really like Kendall Jenner. A part of me does feel very sad for Olivia Culpo though. And then there was a part of me that hoped Nick Jonas would just get back together with Selena Gomez. Oh the conflictions…
Taylor Swift said Happy Birthday to her BFF Karlie Kloss today and hey – Calvin Harris just happens to be in the photo too. We see you, Taylor.