Category Archives: Design

Starburst – All Pink Pack!

Let’s just say that there was never any doubt that the pink Starburst was clearly the best Starburst of all. As a result…what we’ve all known for a very long time… the makers are letting us have what we want for a limited time only – ALL PINK STARBURSTS. You can purchase them in this bag pack pictured above for $4 (a steal really) or a 12-pack of pink Starbursts for $1. How much does a regular Starburst pack even cost? I feel like, not that. Beginning in April, you’ll be able to get your all pink at retailers including Target, Walmart, and Amazon. Happy snacking!

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning everyone! Catching up on wedding videos yesterday, I really only had less than a handful to watch. It seems like some of my favorite wedding blogs didn’t highlight very many last week, but luckily I had this one in my back pocket from two weeks ago. Today, we’re highlighting a desert wedding video from Samantha and Joe, who just happens to be a part of Fitz and the Tantrums! Mandi and I have been talking about this trend of desert weddings lately and while it sort of seems to be played out, I’m still actually very much in love with the idea! It wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice and deserts don’t have much of a personal value to me, but I do like how secluded it can be and how its still outdoors, but still very very pretty. Desert shots just look really good to me. I mean, just peep some of the photos I’ve included below!

To view the entire feature, visit Green Wedding Shoes!

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Finding Beyoncé

It’s 2017 and by now, the children that are growing up probably have no idea what “Where’s Waldo” is. The people behind Sugoi Books are bringing this little part of our childhood book back and this time with “Finding Beyoncé” In a new 40-page illustrated book, children must pick out their Beyoncé in chaotic events that typically might surround the R&B singer.

“We’ve put together a glorious illustrated tribute to Queen B where you get to swim through the pages and find out where’s she’s hidden on the page,” the publisher wrote on the product page. “Think Where’s Waldo but with way more sass.”

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McDonald’s Cherry Blossom McFlurry

I haven’t had one of these since I was a kid, but when I saw this announcement I was immediately curious about it. First off, how cute is it that they have a Cherry Blossom McFlurry?! Can American McDonald’s have one too? Conveniently timed with the cherry blossoms in Japan, this McFlurry is topped with sakura mochi (rice cake sauce) and has swirled in bits of soft pink waffle cone. Yum! This special McFlurry is available starting today in Japan McDonald’s and is being priced at $2.60 USD or 290 yen. This special treat will be available through March until early April.

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Coffee Spread

Good morning! We’re sliding in this post just in time for you to have your breakfast and for you to ponder and consider if you would like your coffee to be spreadable and on toast. Full honesty, I looked at this and not one part of me had any doubts about it at all. First off, I believe in giving most everything a shot, but this doesn’t sound bad. We have toast at breakfast. We have coffee for breakfast. Ain’t nothing wrong with simplifying some processes. What do y’all think? Would you give it a try?

Japan’s spreadable coffee will be available starting March 1st.

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Design Love Fest x Target Collection

Whenever I learn about some of my favorite bloggers designing and collaborating on collections, my heart gets all warm and tingly. As a part-time blogger with a day job, these are the things that I only dream of. I’ve been following Bri of DesignLoveFest for years though and am constantly inspired by her creativity and how open she is with all of her readers. She’s someone I’ve looked up to. So when I learned that she linked up with Target to put together this fab collection of travel accessories and luggage, I nearly lost it. I’ve done the most traveling I have ever done in my life in the last two years and while I’m not a pro of knowing all the tips and tricks (Ugh, I don’t even have TSA pre-check yet!) I recognize the importance of traveling well and being prepared with all of the necessities. Here are our favorite picks and once you get a peek at the collection, you’ll probably want the entire set. Don’t delay though, one piece is already sold out online!

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Wedding Mondays

Good morning everyone! Well, after that Oscars fiasco last night, I think we all need something that will distract us from remembering how awkward and embarrassing that was for all involved. I’m excited to share with you this morning a wedding video that Ashley and I got to pick out together while she was visiting last weekend. It’s a long one at 14:43, but as always, it’s worth the watch. Ashley and I were watching this between commercial breaks of The Walking Dead last Sunday so I think if you have a chance to watch it from beginning to end, you’ll be able to appreciate it more than we could. What we loved about this video was that every moment highlighted had a purpose. There’s a reason for it being 14:43! Longer wedding videos also give you a chance to really get to know the couple and every facet of their personality, which can’t be said for a lot of wedding videos most of the time. There’s a lot of love in this as well as joy, laughter, and fun. We hope you’ll enjoy the video as much as we did! Also here are a few of my favorite shots and if you’d like to see more, just head on over to Green Wedding Shoes afterwards.

We sort of have a crush on desert weddings lately!

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Instagram Allows Multiple Photo and Video Posting

Announced this morning, Instagram is now allowing all users within the next few weeks to begin posting up to 10 photos and videos that can be viewed in a swipeable carousel. To clarify, some companies and businesses that have ads on Instagram have been allowed to do this for some time, but now all users will be able to. The idea behind this is that now users will be able to share their entire experiences instead of having to always choose the best photo from an event to post. It reminds me in a lot of ways of Facebook’s photo albums.

I love Instagram as a product; I don’t think that’s a secret at all. I’m also very impressed that the company seems to be releasing new products and features almost every couple of months unlike a lot of other tech companies in this area. It keeps things really exciting and I think they’re off to a pretty good trajectory given that they have 600 million monthly users. I’m not quite sure if I’ll be using this feature yet though because I’m worried that it could affect how many likes I could get when I like seeing how many likes I get for an individual photo. My other concern too is that if people feel they can post an album of 10 photos/videos, will this diminish the quality of the photos selected, given that Instagram has already set the bar pretty high in making it known that you can post one really good photo. Whatever the case, I’m interested in seeing how other bloggers and influencers will use this product over the next few months and if it’s something that I’ll take a stab at!

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Stumptown’s Sparkling Cold Brew

Could Stumptown win the race in who has the better packaging over Blue Bottle? Which do you prefer – cans or cartons? Now, I’ve been loyal to Stumptown since my days in college, but I haven’t had a sparkling cold brew before and naturally we’re a little bit hesitant about trying new things. One of my favorite bloggers, Oh Joy!, has this important lesson/trick that she does with her kids though which is that she doesn’t allow them to say they don’t like something if they haven’t tried it before. So we’ll just reserve our opinions until we’ve had a taste! I am still a huge fan of these old school looking cans though. The three flavors available are Honey Lemon, Original and Ginger Citrus. Another thing to note about this beverage is that each can contains half as much caffeine as you would find in any normal cold brew so don’t expect that quick jolt that you would normally be having.

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Hater

In 2017, there’s a dating app for every kind of person. For a long time, I thought the most creative was “Farmers Only,” but as dating apps grew in popularity, there was no limit or bounds for the specific type of person you might be looking for. With that said, the more specific you are looking for, the less options you end up having. One dating app that came onto the scene this week was “Hater” – for those who have a mutual hate for something. It doesn’t seem like the most warm and fuzzy foot to jump off on, but if it works for people, then why not? According to Vice, if you hate Taylor Swift, camping, or Donald Trump (which I imagine to be a larger population here) then you’re in luck! There’s other people just like you and they might even be compatible with you too.

The app will officially launch February 8th (just in time for Valentine’s Day!) and upon signing up, you’ll get to swipe on all the things you hate. After that, you’ll begin getting matched up with others that have a mutual hate just like you. Currently the app has 2,000 topics you can swipe on, but it’s not clear if you have to do all 2,000 as soon as you sign up. How time consuming! Eventually the people behind the app hope that they can generate more topics for people to hate so that it can build itself out through their users.

For more information, check out Vice – happy swiping!

 

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Sushi Kit Kats

Don’t worry, no one is asking you to mix your favorite candy bar with raw fish, but how cute are these sushi themed Kit Kats? From left to right, you’ve got Tuna, Sea Urchin, and Tamago and I’d say the brand did a pretty good job of rendering these.

Tuna is raspberry atop white chocolate rice while the urchin is really Hokkaido Melon and mascarpone cheese Kit Kats wrapped in seaweed. Tamago is pumpkin pudding.

For your chance to purchase Sushi Kit Kats, you can get them at the Ginza location between February 2nd-4th. It’s limited to those who only spend over ¥3000 JPY (approximately $26 USD).

Kit Kat Speciality Store
104-0061
3-7-2 Ginza
Chuo-ku
Tokyo

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Summer Getaway in LA

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I had the opportunity to take a pretty last minute trip to Los Angeles this summer and every time I go back for a visit, the list of places to go continues to get longer. We were just there in fall of 2015 to see Gelesia, but even still it felt like there wasn’t enough time to do everything. On this trip, we checked out a few new places and returned to some of our old favorites! I’ve never imagined Los Angeles as a place that I could call home, but I wouldn’t mind spending an entire week there. We’ve still got plenty of neighborhood to explore. During our trip, we must have had four meals a day and only retreated back to the hotel for sleep and getting ready for the day/night’s activities. I know we’re six months away from summer, but we can’t wait to get back there already. I hope you enjoy our LA photo diary!

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Our first meal off the plane was going to be Lemonade, but since I had heard that LA just got a Shake Shack, YOU KNOW I made us pivot. How good does this look?

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Homegrown in the Bay Area

It’s only a matter of time until all my Seattle favorites come to me here in the Bay Area! Finding out that my favorite Seattle sandwich shop, Homegrown, was making it’s mark here was the biggest surprise that I learned of this month. They are not only opening just one location, but three. That feels major to me. One of the things that I love about Homegrown is how sustainable they are. They use fresh ingredients and all of their sandwiches are yummy. In case you’re wondering what my favorite is though, it’s the classic Turkey, Bacon, Avocado. It’s almost midnight and I’ve been feeling like I needed a snack an hour ago so this is not a great time to be writing this post.

You can find the first location of Homegrown in the city on 222 Battery St. (already open!) The next two locations will be in Danville and Lafayette. Those aren’t exactly that much closer to me, but we may just make the trek for it. If only they would consider a South Bay location…

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Wedding Mondays

Okay, now I’m definitely convinced that my new favorite wedding videos are ones that highlight the outdoors. There’s no way that didn’t start with Mandi and Eric’s. I may have grown up in Washington, but the most “outdoorsy” my family ever got was a trip to Snoqualmie Falls when I was five years old. I’ve lived near the most gorgeous sights and views for the majority of my life, but never took advantage of them. And now that I’ve seen them in photographs and wedding videos, all I want to do is see them in real life. Doesn’t this wedding video kind of look like a music video? The couple are so edgy and we basically want to be them in real life, but will never be cool enough.

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Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams Are Married

When we first announced that the two were engaged back in 2014, the news became very popular on Yow Yow! I had no idea that y’all were also fans of Pretty Little Liars and Suits (my two favorite shows at the time!) Or maybe you all just like hearing news of engagements. That is also true for me too. Well, we’re happy to announce that Troian and Patrick finally got married this past December in the most unique and creative way. They treated their guests to a 3-day wedding celebration around a theme that centered on their first date, “Fort Day.” I’ve seen several outlets posting about their wedding, but I thought the best photographs actually came from Hello Magazine in Canada so that’s what we’re sharing with you today.

Troian with her father

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