Category Archives: Design

A Collection Part 43

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.

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Oh Joy for Brit + Co

Sugar and Cloth Gold Foil Tote Kit – $19

When it comes to gifts, I usually don’t have a hard time picking something out for the people I care about the most. I think over the years, I’ve sort of compiled a list of places that provide universally GREAT gifts – things that most people will enjoy no matter what. This week, I came across Oh Joy’s curated gifts through Brit + Co and we pretty much want everything. Who cares about passing it onto others?! Can’t we just keep these things for ourselves? They’re all at different price points too so there’s really something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite picks. We had to limit ourselves.

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How to Make Bubble Tea

I still remember being like 13 and Kevin introducing me to bubble tea when we were much younger. I used to find the whole concept to be really strange because boba – or the tapioca pearls – have no flavor whatsoever. Can we just admit that their only purpose is to make drinking the beverage a little more fun? Since moving to California, I’ve probably had more bubble tea here than ever in Seattle especially because my office is next to two shops and my coworkers and I frequent both places often. I came across this video through Herman today on How to Make Bubble Tea and it’s through a series on YouTube called Peaceful Cuisine. It actually is pretty nice to not have commentary in your ear ¬†about every step. Much more relaxing to watch and share too.

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The Luna Lamp

For as long as I’ve known, I’ve always been a kid that was obsessed with the moon. So when I saw this AMAZING lamp the other day on Cool Material, I thought hmm now wouldn’t this be cool in my apartment. However, I think it’s like too cool for my apartment actually. Made by Taiwanese design firm, Acorn Studio, this lamp is way cooler and more hip than any other floor lamp you’ve ever owned. The Luna Lamp comes in seven different sizes and receives its beautiful glow through energy efficient LED bulbs which have a lifespan of 10 years. You’re going to have this lamp fo’ life! You also hav the option of having it on the ground like in the photo above or hanging it up from a ceiling just like the real moon. Deliveries for the lamp will begin in March 2016. Get your orders in now.


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Dress Your Tech

I feel like such a little nerd, but ever since I received my Macbook Pro last week, I’ve been nerding out hard. It’s funny because I just had an Air before and there’s not that much of a difference except my Pro is a little bit heavier, but like… a LOT MORE POWERFUL and it’s AWESOME!

I’m not really one to decorate my gadgets and keep most of my techy things pretty simple, but I saw this wooden cover for a Mac on Cool Material today and thought I would share. You can order them in three different shades – Walnut, Cherry, and Dark Ebony. To make your Mac stand out a little bit more, click here.


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Nine Black Puppies

I can’t stop looking at this print. Is this not the best thing you’ve seen all day?

$20 for nine scrumptious looking puppies!


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PDX Rug for Sale

Because everyone loves the old carpet at the PDX Airport so much, they’ve turned it into a rug. And it’s perfectly hipster and retro in every way. I saw the carpet for the first time when I flew to Portland back in January (both the new and the old) and actually kind of understand why everyone loves it so much. It’s totally 90’s and adorable. You know you want this for your living room now. Don’t even lie to yourself. The rug pieces are 4’x6′ and require that you pick it up in stores for $280. If you want it shipped to you, you’ll have to pay for it entirely by yourself. Wow, serious business.


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Sunday’s Educational Lesson

Kind of. Here’s a very abstract poster reminder y’all to floss! What a great piece for…a bathroom? This post was brought to you by the talents of German painter Leonhard Hurzlmeier.


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Blog Roundup

– America’s most popular tastes broken down by state [GOOD]
– How employees feel their leaders could improve in the workplace [Harvard Business Review]
– Amazon got torn apart last weekend [New York Times]
– 2015’s most annoying words [Man Repeller]

– 5 scientifically proven ways to ease a hangover [Cool Material]

– An app to keep you safe when you’re walking home alone [GOOD]

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“Furniture is a large part of [a person’s] identity, which means you’ll deeply consider your furniture and desired aesthetic before buying it. We’ve designed our furniture to be a better fit for the modern user. Not only is it thoughtfully designed, but it also fits your budget and lifestyle since its easier to ship and assemble.”

Last week, I was introduced to a new company called Greycork, which was being advertised as furniture that was easier to put together than IKEA! How is that so? Well, it doesn’t require any tools to do it. Sound too good to be true? Maybe, but don’t you kind of just want to believe it? I mean look at these pieces. They are sleek, chic, and modern furniture that I can envision in the apartments of any average person in their 20’s. Um, where do we sign up?


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A Lesson on Coke

I’m not sure what happened, but tonight I found this absolutely fascinating! Growing up, my family and I always had either Sprite or Coke around depending on what my brother and I were into at the time. I wouldn’t normally have it with every meal, but I did enjoy it every once in awhile. When I got to college, I had more options for drinks and never got a coke. I now have coke as an option for a drink every day at work and don’t touch it. Well, maybe I do once a month as a treat. It’s crazy how much one can of coke can have such a huge impact. I was never that good at science back in school, but still found this super interesting to read.

Thank you Huffington Post for the very educational lesson.

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Blog Roundup

– I can’t even with these sushi beach towels [Colossal]

– The pain of being in love with someone you can never be with [Elite Daily]

– 15 rules for an unconventional wedding [The Coveteur]

– Things to avoid when eating out [The Guardian]

– The Real World is casting in SF next month, do you have what it takes? [7×7]

– Silicon Valley Dictionary – like Urban Dictionary, but a place where people only in tech can truly relate [Silicon Valley Dictionary]

– The most popular foods across the world calculated by Instagram [Photoworld]

– The best amenity kits in first class by airline [Afar]

– How to recover from an all-nighter

– Calculate how much time you’ve spent watching your favorite television shows []

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A few years ago, I learned about Smilebooth through DesignLoveFest and promised myself that the next time I had the budget for it, I would rent a Smilebooth for an event that I was planning. Really though – my love for photobooths started at the ripe age of 18 when I was introduced to USnaps back in December at my high school graduation all-nighter party. From then on, I brought it to Seattle University and now in California we use Smilebooth. What I love about Smilebooth is how easy it is to use, how you can fit an enormous amount of people into one photo, and how easy it is to share online via email and social media. They’ve really won over my heart – especially that Bay Area team. ;) I wanted to take some time to share some love because I’ve booked them for two of our company’s events now (and a 3rd one next month!) and they’ve been my favorite to work with. Here are some snaps from our party just a couple of weeks ago!

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The National Museum Installs a 10,000 Square Foot Ball Pit

To give visitors the experience of being at a beach indoors, the National Museum filled a very large space with a white ball pit. The interactive installation titled, “The BEACH,” includes all of your favorite beach accessories with¬†umbrellas, beach chairs, and floaties. The firm responsible for this installation, Snarkitecture, typically puts out pieces of work that blend a combination of both design and experience. The installation will call the National Museum in DC home through September 7th so if you have a chance to see it in real life, you definitely should!

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