Category Archives: Design

Avocado Love Wool Sculpture

In case you haven’t had your daily dose of cutness yet… how sweet are these wool avocados?! They were designed by Hanna Dovahan and they’re precious.

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A Collection Part 42

For the first time, we are publishing an “A Collection” post and starting the next one immediately. Hopefully, this means that we can have another one posted within the next six months. These are Veronica’s favorite posts and I even texted her this morning to let her know that she could expect it this evening. These posts are so interesting to me because there is usually little to no content. Instead, it’s a post of 50+ images that I’ve collected over 6 months that evoke something out of me. There’s no rhyme or reason. I can’t go through each photo and say why I chose each one. I just know that it’s important to me, that it means something and resonates with me in some way or another. I’ve never actually talked to Veronica about this, but while this doesn’t hold much content, I almost feel like she probably knows what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling through a collection of images. Maybe you all do! You tell me. :)

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Blog Roundup

– 50 Incredible hotels to stay at in your lifetime [Business Insider]

– “Why I gave up a 95K job to move to an island” [Cosmopolitan]

– Getty Images is giving out 30K grants to Instagrammers [High Snobiety]

– Justin Rosenstein (co-founder of Asana) shares his tips for increasing productivity [Quora]

– Whoa, Bestie Row? [Lighter Side of Real Estate]

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Five Favorite Pins:

When I first moved into my place, I was completely set on building myself a little frame wall. After all, I had saved up these pins on Pinterest just waiting to do this and putting my ideas to work. When I lived in my studio, I had experimented with all sorts of decorating ideas. My first year, I was really into paper. I had put up a quote that I had seen once and cut the letters out of paper and taped them straight onto the wall. Straight elementary school. I think friends of mine thought it was a little bit weird, but I was completely excited about it because I had never decorated my own place or room before! The second year, I cut out a bunch of black cardstock that I was going to use as frames for photos, but then thought – let me see if I can do this alternatively and instead hung string over them and used clothes pins to hang photos over the cardstock. See what I did there? I had doublesided taped those cardstock pieces to my wall and when I moved out and took them down they ripped the paint off. Happy to say that I’ve upgraded now and am hopefully smarter at decorating! I’m working on adding to my frame wall tomorrow after my trip to West Elm so this post comes at a good time. Yes, I’ll be nailing things into the wall and I’m terrified, but here are some other ideas that I’m considering in the future if this current idea just doesn’t work out.

1. Shelving [Enter the Loft]

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Breather

When I drive up to San Francisco, I usually spend my entire day there. The upside to this is that I get to make plans and see everyone I want to see. The downside? When there are lulls between plans and I have nowhere to go during this time. Sure, I could linger at a park or a coffee shop during the downtime, but what I really wish I had is a comfortable space to unwind for a bit – kind of like a living space like my own home. I know what you’re thinking. Why don’t you just move to SF?! Yeah, I’ve thought about that too. I recently discovered this new thing in San Francisco though called “Breather.” It does exactly what I’m looking for! Basically, Breather hosts space all around the city that you can rent for any amount of time and you can use it to unwind (like I am!) or as a working space with other people. I also learned that a team that I work with has used Breather in the city before too and had nothing, but great things to say.

Have any of you ever tried it? Would you? If I do, I’ll let you all know!

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Doug McKenzie’s Tricks

I’m going to let you all in on a really nerdy secret of mine. I totally have a thing for magic tricks. Don’t get it twisted – I don’t find David Blaine attractive or other magicians, but if you can do magic tricks – I will watch you for hours. I was completely captivated by this video of Doug McKenzie though who has now started to incorporate technology and personal belongings like our phones into his latest tricks.

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Waffles & Honey – Mother’s Day Boxes

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I wish I could say that when it came to presents for my mother, I was always nailing it. The truth is this – she loves the Tieks and that’s a sure thing, always! This year though, I’d like to get a little bit more creative with my gifts so I’ve been doing some research and came across these three lovely Mother’s Day Boxes from Waffles & Honey. Now, she won’t really love this as much as I would getting these as a gift, but in case anyone is looking I still thought it was worth the post. These boxed type gifts have been what everyone is talking about lately and I think it’s just because people in general love getting packages with lots of little things inside. Pictured above is the Spa Day Mother’s Day Gift Box and here’s what it includes:

Each box contains:

  • The initial letter necklace of your choice, to represent the ones she holds most dear (Add additional letters using the drop down menu below ‘Add to Cart’ button). We are currently sold out of the heart and “x” charms.
  • An individually hand-poured candle made with pure soy wax and a wooden wick.
  • Hand-crafted Himalayan sea salt and grapefruit body scrub.
  • Artisan chocolate covered Brazilian espresso beans.
  • A relaxing bundle of dried lavender.
  • Our handmade Mother’s Day quote.
  • A note card for you to enclose your message.

Super sweet, right?! We are loving this idea by Waffles & Honey. Would you purchase this for your mom this Mother’s Day?!

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Food in Pretty Gradients

Foodie photography is something that I never get tired of. There’s so many different things that you can do with it and even over the years, I still feel like I’ve never seen the same thing twice. I really loved this series by Seattle-based photographer Brittany Wright because of the color and the different stages of the food from when it looks its best and when it looks its worse and when you no longer want to eat it!

To view the rest of the series, click here.

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Oh Joy! Weddings

One of my favorite bloggers, Joy Cho, announced this week that she was collaborating with Kin to share some of her best wedding DIY tricks! With wedding season just upon us, many of these DIYs will come in handy for those about to be brides. They’re also just useful tips if you’re someone that likes to entertain and host your own parties. I thought this table number DIY was genius and so creative. It also doesn’t seem like something that would require a lot of time. Readers, what do you think? Is this something that you could see yourself incorporating into your future wedding?

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I’m An AirBnB User

If being in my mid-20’s has taught me anything, it’s that I procrastinate way more as an adult than I ever did in college. Jennie and I are headed to San Diego next month for our bff Ashley’s 2nd graduation (grad student y’all!) and for an all-around girls’ spring break trip and as of today we have finally solidified our plans. Since the graduation takes place over Memorial Day Weekend, hotels were snatched up almost immediately. Jennie and I are normally “hotel” girls, but I thought this might be a pretty good opportunity to try out AirBnB since I never have before.

Surprising, right? I actually dug back deep into the archives and noticed that I first wrote about AirBnB back in 2013 – so not like it took me two years or anything to try it out myself. As a first time user, I felt really self conscious. Was it supposed to take me THIS long to settle on a place to stay at? Are the photos an accurate representation of what the place actually looks like? I will also note that I nearly messed up three times on the booking because the dates had somehow gotten switched in the process. Close. Call. In the end, we settled on a nice studio for the two of us – really we’re only looking for a place to sleep because we’ll be out and about eating and beaching the entire time.

Nadia told me that for some bookings you have to request to book – as in the host approves YOU. Is there anything more nervewracking? I was anxious for a few hours after that just hoping that Jennie and I would be selected and eventually we were and I received a message from the host via AirBnB right after the approval which put all my worries at ease.

Spring Break is on y’all.

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Never Liked It Anyway

When a relationship ends, every gift you’ve ever gotten from your ex becomes completely meaningless. Every urge to wear that leftover piece of clothing goes away. Every romantic gift that came with a sweet gesture just makes you rage. You could just toss it all out, or you could get a little something back for it. That’s where “Never Liked It Anyway” comes in. Instead of just dumping everything into the garbage, why not sell it?

There’s never any right way to get over a breakup, but if you haven’t found the solution yet, you might want to give this one a shot.

I don’t feel like trying out the site myself, but I’m curious about what kinds of goods you can get off of it. Readers, care to some digging for us?

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The Prettiest Easter Eggs You’ve Ever Seen

[Shop Sweet Things]

Growing up, Easter was probably one of my least favorite holidays. For one, Easter candy is just the worst! I hated those chocolate eggs and Peeps. I’d just rather be eating real marshamallows, please. However, two things that  I loved were Easter Egg hunts (the one time I was competitive as a child) and decorating Easter Eggs and getting my craft on. Here are just a few very pretty Easter Egg DIYs  that you can look forward to if you’re decorating this year!

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Facebook’s “How To” Videos

I can’t believe this is the first time I’m ever seeing these. When I was much younger, I felt like Facebook was so easy to navigate. These days, there are so many different functions and I always find myself second guessing before doing something drastic on the social networking site. I guess that’s somewhat of an overstatement though. I found these videos to be really quirky and cheeky. To view the rest, click here!

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Trend Worth Trying?

I must admit – when trendy items come out, I sometimes feel compelled to make the purchase myself. It only took me a year later, but I finally purchased myself a pair of Birknstocks and am still trying to figure out how I’m going to pull these off. I discovered bkr’s glass water bottles when I had read about Bri Emery gifting them in the gift bags for BlogShop and immediately became intrigued. They look so cute! However, I definitely don’t need a water bottle right now. I can’t even remember where I misplaced my mint colored Camelbak that I bought in college…

Readers, have any of you tried the bkr? Is it worth snagging?

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