Category Archives: Design

In Design Stuff Today…

For the person who just can’t get enough of McDonald’s. I’ll admit though, these fry pillows are pretty cute. Really into this trend recently of making food things into beds. I think it speaks volumes about the people making these purchases.

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HotelTonight

For my company’s holiday party last week, Ashley and I decided to give HotelTonight a try for the very first time. I’d been following the app for awhile now, but hadn’t quite found the perfect reason for me to even use it. Since our holiday party was in San Francisco and I didn’t feel like driving back south afterwards, I thought that we could not only get a room to stay in following the party, but also have a place to get ready with the girls as well.

As a first time user, I found it to be fairly easy. It was simple to enter in all of my information and book the room that I wanted without any hassle (except for the part where we forgot to confirm and had to go through the process a second time.)

Here are my biggest takeaways from using HotelTonight:

  • The later you wait to book a room, the cheaper it is. However, you should be weary that some rooms will get snatched up quickly and you might not want to wait. It’s important to just set a boundary for yourself as to how long you’re willing to wait to book.
  • This app is perfect for non-planners. As someone who is a planner and likes to be thrifty I kept checking the app every half hour to see if prices would change. It was kind of stressful. However, if you’re someone who likes to be adventurous and do things on the fly, HotelTonight is probably your dream app.
  • It’s important to figure out how much you’re willing to pay based on what you need. For us, Ashley and I decided that we just needed one bed and a bathroom. We got just that and a whole side of mirrors for us to use to get ready as a bonus for just $200. We really didn’t care to have any extra ammenities like a place that has a pool or a spa or living area within the room.

Using HotelTonight the night of my party was a really great idea. If I had to use HotelTonight in another city, that might make me a little bit nervous given that I might not know the neighborhoods as well and planning a trip in advance, you kind of want to have those details set prior. With that said, I would probably use HotelTonight again for events like the one that I just had. I also think they’d make for the perfect spontaneous date night!

PS: Does anyone know why their tagline “I want tonight to last forever” is so seductive? Just me?

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A View of Our Solar System

The sun is absolutely massive. This image was done by Roberto Ziche.

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The Atlantic Profiles Treehouses

When I was a kid, all I ever wanted was a treehouse. I mean, what kid didn’t want that? I remember sitting at my dining table during  meals and asking my Dad why we couldn’t just turn the two large trees in our backyard into a treehouse.

“They don’t both have to be tree houses, just one would be okay.”

Looking back on that idea now, I realized that it wouldn’t be feasible at all to have those trees be turned into treehouses. I’m pretty sure they don’t have the strength, but it was a nice thought back then. I really enjoyed watching this video from The Atlantic though about adult treehouses. They seem to do pretty well on AirBnB and there’s even an area in Washington that houses many different treehouses that you can visit and trek through that I’m still hoping to see someday. Personally, I think I would need a lot more space to stay in one. The second one profiled in this video seemed the most appealing to me, but the third one would be quite difficult.

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Girl Scout Cookies via The Internet

The Girl Scouts are getting it in with technology and have announced that this upcoming cookie season, cookies will now be available to purchase online. While frequent buyers are probably really excited to learn about this, a few of us (myself included) are wondering what took so long. I suppose it’s part of what makes the brand so great though. Buyers love knowing that there’s an actual “cookie” season and that we can buy from local troops outside of our neighborhood grocery stores or near our workplaces. This next year, troops will still be doing that, but adding the internet component. Announced on Monday, Digital Cookie is an online platform that will support the selling of the cookies, but will not be an online store. What does that mean exactly?

Well, the Girl Scouts will still need to initiate every sale.

Girl Scouts can reach out to people by email, and only that recipient can access the girl’s profile. If the email is forwarded, the link to the Girl Scout’s profile will be broken, a Girl Scouts representative told Mashable.

The reason behind this is ultimately for the girls’ safety. All sensitive information about the individual Girl Scouts are kept hidden and most of the interactions with the digital platform are overseen by their parents. Through this, the organization is hoping that their Girl Scouts will learn the following skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Additionaly, they also have a chance to be exposed to working with apps and test their skills in online marketing.

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Hipster Business Name

There are so many of these in San Francisco, it’s insane. Click here to find your own. Might also work for blogs as well.

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While I Contemplate My Lunch Plans

How to make a very thick Japanese pancake. Yum.

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A Giant Birdsnest

I first saw these pieces maybe a couple of years ago on the internet and now it looks like they are being brought back! The giant birdsnest for human looks like the ultimate comfy, but when I envision my future home, I just don’t know if there would ever be a place for it. It does look like it takes up a lot of space, doesn’t it?

The gigantic, cozy nest is made from a foam-padded wooden backwall that’s covered with wooden panels and filled with egg-shaped cushions that allow for ergonomic sitting positions. Designed by the Israel-based design firm OGE Creative Group, the Birdsnest is a “new and inspiring socializing space: a fusion of furniture and playground” where ideas come to get incubated.

The birdsnest is available in four different sizes and range from 2,700 – 7,900 Euros. The largest birdsnest can accommodate up to 16 people! While it may not be the perfect fit for my home, I would strongly advocate it for a friend’s home or even my office.

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What Is On Netflix

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with Netflix. While I’m overjoyed that Netflix allows me to stream movies when I want and provides me with great entertainment for the weekend, I become frustrated when I can’t even figure out which movies I want to watch. The scrolling capabilities can only take you so far. If I happen to somehow come up with a movie I want to watch, it’s likely that it isn’t available. So Netflix, you don’t have to expand your library – I can see that you’re being generous already, but please, won’t you please, let us see what is in you a little bit more?

I ran into this exact problem last night. Sometimes, I just want to give up, but luckily today I discovered “What is on Netflix?” I see that other people were having the same problem as me. With this website updated weekly you can see the top rated movies from both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes that are streamable on Netflix.

It’s all we ever wanted. Netflix, take note. Are you seeing this?

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Google Inbox

I’m always looking for new ways to better manage and prioritize all of my various inboxes – for my personal, blog, and work email accounts. Even when I feel like I’ve got it down, I know that there’s always something that I can be doing better. Learning how to tackle email in college was never as hard as it is now. It’s something that I wish my professors would have taught me back then! When Inbox was released earlier this week, I hadn’t learned that much about it, but quickly saw it fill up in my Quora feed and was immediately intrigued by it. I saw an opportunity to snag an invite from a former intern that worked with us and jumped at the chance. I downloaded it, but am still trying to find my way around it and am wondering if I will use it more often from my mobile now than on the web. Also, I thought I would be receiving a few invites to give out as well, but my app is missing the golden ticket!

Does anyone have any tips on how I’ll be able to have my own invites, too? I think it’s also a matter of time before Google makes the app available to everyone too so maybe having the ticket won’t be necessary.

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Dogs of the World – Prints

Can you believe it has been a whole two weeks since I blogged on Yow Yow?! I think this is the longest we’ve ever gone without writing a post – even if it’s just a little one. I’ve actually really missed Yow Yow! a lot and am very much looking forward to being on a normal schedule soon so that I can regularly post. I came across these dogs of the world prints what feels like a month ago and have just been waiting to post about this. Interestingly enough, the day I came across this post, I was at a bar in San Francisco that had an entire wall of framed photos of dogs. It had nothing to do with the name of the bar. It was entirely random.

To view all the adorable little doggies, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Wedding Mondays everyone! I’m getting to that point in my life where weddings are not just something that I seek out on my own because I love them. I’m getting to this age where it starts to become my entire newsfeed. I mean, I don’t hate it though. My manager once told me that people love seeing these stories pop up and that’s why when someone gets into a relationship or gets engaged or married, they have a gazillion likes and are always at the top of your newsfeed as a top story.

Today’s Monday has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions so if you’re looking for something that might make you tear up a bit, this wedding video will most likely be IT. I’ve never been a huge fan of speeches at weddings because sometimes I don’t find them funny or I just think they drag on a bit. When my friend got married this past month, her younger sister made an amazing toast and this one reminded me of that.

To view the rest of the gorgeous photos click here to read the feature on Green Wedding Shoes. Also, don’t forget to check out Kelcee’s stunning gown.

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Blog Roundup

- 10 Things We Learned at Fashion Week. 1. In America, we plan on having a summer. [GQ]

- 10 Dangerous Works of Architecture [Flavorwire]

- What’s it like to be a bike messenger in NYC? [BuzzFeed]

- Burger King Japan made something called a black burger and we don’t think cheese should be that color. [Grubstreet]

- F**ktionary – the new Cards Against Humanity that everyone will be talking about [Cool Material]

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A Very Chill Bunny

How adorbs is this v. chill bunny hanging out in Taiwan. The installation was made to be a giant bunny looking up at the sky and was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. Hofman, typically famous for his giant animal character installations created this bunny based on an East Asian folklore about a bunny who lives on the moon.

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This or That: Reusable Water Bottle

When I was a very young and innocent freshman, I went on a field trip with my History of Costume Design class to an evening play. The girl that I had been sitting to (who was the sweetest gem) pulled out a bottle from her bag and stealthily put her mouth over the mini tube. Was she sipping? Breathing? It was awfully dark. I later came to the conclusion that it was not a vaporizer and that it was just a Camelback water bottle. Now, it’s silly to think that these two things could be mistaken for what they really are, but I had never seen a Camelback before and I clearly didn’t know what kind of college I was at.

When I stumbled across this overly trendy waterbottle designed by Memobottle, I knew I had to write a post about it – if not for the product itself – at least my anectdote. The reusable waterbottle not only comes in glass, but also metal and plastic. I mean do you really want to be carrying a glass water bottle around with you? Landmine. Except for those Bkr ones – those are pretty qt.

These waterbottles are totally our future.

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