Up until just a couple of months ago, I was the sole person responsible for keeping my apartment clean. This wasn’t the first place that I’ve had to take care of on my own. I’ve always had what I considered to be a manageable space for 1-2 people. However, I noticed a change in my home recently that sent me in a tail spin! I needed some professionals and sought recommendations from friends for cleaners in the city. The idea of hiring cleaners was foreign for me since growing up, we never had them. In my household, Kevin and I were responsible for our weekly chores and as a family, we took care of the cleaning on our own. In a city like San Francisco though, almost every household had cleaners visiting monthly.
After the first cleaning, my home was now cleaner than when I first moved in a year and a half ago! How was that possible?! Having cleaners come once a month was great and all, but I could save some money if they came every other month. There needed to be a way for me to maintain the cleanliness on my own without help. One habit I’ve started to pick up is something I read online. Every time you leave a room, you take one item with you. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to throw it away, but you might also be putting something back where it belongs. It takes some time getting used to, but I like to believe it’s helping!
On top of having New Year’s resolutions, it’s important for me to begin each year with a fresh start. As much as I’m enjoying my vacation, I’m looking forward to getting back and decluttering my whole apartment. First on the list?
- Donating my clothes to Goodwill for my quarterly drop off. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t come back from Christmas without new clothes. In order to make space for them, I’ve got to do some kind of a purge. I haven’t adopted the KonMari way of “if it doesn’t bring you joy, throw it out,” but we’ll get there. Instead, if I haven’t worn a piece in the last year and believe I won’t for another, it goes into the bag. In the last two places that I have lived, my closet space has never been able to hold all of my pieces. Because of that, I’ve always had an extra clothing rack in my room serving as decor and functionality. To make sure that it stays organized, only my latest pieces will go on that. For further separation, the newest pieces are assigned to my wooden hangers. If I run out of the eight wooden hangers, it all goes into the closet. Of course, if you have lots of old clothes that are just not suitable for donation, you could always rent a junk disposal bin. A friend of mine who lives in Surrey hired a junk disposal bin from Trash King and was so impressed with how easy it was to get rid of all her old belongings. We are all guilty of holding on to our possessions for too long, but there is nothing quite like the feeling of a clean and clutter-free home!
- Go paperless. It’s happening. All of my friends are getting married and having kids and everything comes in a mail announcement despite us living in a technology-centric world. I don’t mind these, but what I do hate is getting all of the coupons in the mail that I won’t see for weeks, but take up my space in recycling. I put in the request to stop receiving these back in the summer, but am still waiting for this to be approved. This takes two seconds, but log into your bill accounts and make sure you go paperless. It’s easier than ever for businesses and individuals to go paperless with document scanning software, like the software provided by FilecenterDMS. There is really no reason or excuse for having physical files anymore. It’s better for you and the environment.
- Recycling Receipts. Nearly all retail places I shop at have my email address on file, but because I’m used to getting a paper receipt, I forget to ask for it electronically. Receipts are everywhere in my life. They can be found in my living room, in cabinets, my car, and my purse. Do we still even need them these days? I figured I won’t need them for grocery stores or drugstores so maybe I should ask them to hold it.
- Dumping Old Beauty Products. When it comes to makeup, I am very conservative with what I buy and how much I use. For a while, I was proud that I could make my BB cream last 6+ months! This stuff ain’t cheap! What ended up happening is that I would convince myself that I was at the end of a tube, start a new one, and still keep the old one storing it in a purse or my work bag for emergencies. This is the opposite of what you should do. When you’re done, you’re done. I live in a state of denial, always.
I grew up finding sentiment in the most unlikely of items. I’m convinced that it’s why it has made it so hard for me to part with things today. But 2019 will be different. I’m setting a goal and I want to say goodbye to all of the things that I know are doing nothing for me including my 8 year old nail polishes that I haven’t touched. I wish you all the best.
Duck House – Flaw
When you’ve been to a handful of Instagrammable type experiences and museums, you feel like you’ve seen it all. Refinery29’s 29Rooms was my second to last and my favorite. After my last one – Candytopia – I was ready to call it quits. We’ll share more information on that later though!
29Rooms first premiered in New York where Refinery29 is located. Shortly after that, the exhibit came to LA. When I heard that they were making an appearance in SF, I had to see what it was all about, but I didn’t have high expectations. The idea of it is that 29Rooms is essentially that – 29Rooms for you to discover and interact with all in one place. Upon attending, I thought it would just be like any other photo-op kind of day. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more than that. When you purchase your tickets, you have to select a three hour time slot. Sounds excessive, I remembered thinking at the time. The honest truth is that Elynn and I spent the full three hours in the space and left when they made the announcement that it was ending to prepare for the next round of attendees.
Part of the reason why you need that time is for a couple of reasons. They are setting the expectation that it actually does take that long to get through everything. We didn’t manage to see every room, but made it to most. What prevented us from visiting each spot was some of the longer lines that we would have had to endure. I had been disappointed in the past when these experiences said to factor in 90 minutes total and I finished in 30. 29Rooms was the only one that seemed to get that expectation right.
It’s apparent that each piece was constructed with intent, time and care. Some pieces were done entirely by Refinery29 while others were in collaboration with celebrities like Demi Lovato or partnerships with Bravo. Others were purely for fun and as one might call it, “Instagrammable.” The most memorable were ones that had strong messages tied to them whether they were around politics or feminism. What made this experience better than the rest was that it was truly educational. I left the entire event with less pictures than usual and taking more information out with me. Leaving the installation made me feel like a better, more informed person. 29Rooms did something right on all levels. It was worth the cost, but the experience matched that unlike feeling like it was a cheap gimmick.
For more information on the installation experience and details on their next location, follow 29Rooms closely [here]
Receiving my adidas UltraBOOST last year was one of my favorite presents! Sure, it was in a kids size, but honestly it made no difference. I’m a believer that you should own at least five different staple shoes at all times: a pair of boots, heels, fancy black heels, flats, and sneakers. Of these shoes though, I sort of think you can never have enough sneakers because they come in so many colors and variations. I read Hypebeast and Hypebae regularly that every time I visit the site, I’ve found a new sneaker that I need to add to my wish list.
I love the sleek look of these UltraBOOSTS, but because they aren’t perfectly white. Instead they’re peppered which gives them a little bit more of an edge. Currently it is on retail for $180. You can make a purchase for them [here]
As a contrast, I’m also a huge fan of these sneakers for men – the UltraBOOST 19 in “Dark Pixel.” Unlike the other pair, this base is dark and instead its details feature a multi-colored pattern that is still quite subtle. No price has been listed yet, but it’s set to be release in the new year on January 4th.
To read more about it, click [here]
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As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Swipe through to see my best of 2018 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.
It wouldn’t be a complete end of the year round up post without a say from our favorite former President. Please come back.
Located in the Jackson Square neighborhood of San Francisco, Shinola is one of my favorite stores to drop into. Their collection of leather goods, bags, and watches are the things that I dream about. Hearing now that they are opening a hotel in collaboration with Bedrock Detroit is the most exciting news. The photo above is just a sample visual of what’s to come and you know it will be stunning.
Shinola Hotel is located at 1400 Woodward taking over the place where a former sewing shop used to live (how fitting!) There will be 130 rooms and an event space as part of the hotel.
Langa Mavuso, Dylan Fine – Home
I don’t know how I was able to pin point this, but the first time I picked up a camera and took on photography, I knew people would be my favorite subject. Humans can be their truest and honest self when no one is looking. More often times than not, I’ll be people watching and catch a glimpse of something that I wish I had my camera for. Instead, I’m left to savor that moment. It wasn’t meant to be to capture that shot. Now looking back on it, it’s probably one of the reasons why I gravitate so strongly towards shots with people in them for my A Collection posts. People are and have always been interesting to me.
Stumbling upon this post for Shin Noguchi’s “Something Here” series in Japan takes me back. They remind me of some of my older photographs – many that I have lost at this point by now, but evoke a lot of those same emotions for me.
To view the rest of the photos and hear from Shin on this series, click [here]