Category Archives: Design

An Octopus Playground in Shenzhen

Can I dial you all into a little secret? When I was younger, I used to actually want to design playgrounds for a living. In no way, shape, or form did my education ever take me on that path, but I still remember watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid and the scene when the group heads into the factory to find that everything is edible was like my dream. Personally, I wished that would’ve happened to me, but on the other hand, I always wondered how cool it would be to create something like that or bring something similar to that to life. Again, I know it’s a chocolate factory and not a playground… but you know where I’m headed with this right? Another example is in that episode of Arthur when Francine takes everyone to her dad’s workplace – the garbage dump – and there’s an amazing playground at the end of the episode!

Okay we just had a moment where I “nerded” out on this. To the point of the story now – a giant octopus playground has emerged in Shenzhen and look how glorious it is! These kids are so lucky. The most friendly octopus you have ever seen was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and UAP. Does this seem familiar to you at all? Hofman was also the designer behind the enormous bunny in Taiwan!

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning everyone! This video is a little different from our last post because this one is an actual wedding video as opposed to a video of an anniversary shoot. This wedding video comes to us from Green Wedding Shoes and features another fashion blogger getting married in Cabo! This video has a lot of fun, humor, and excitement to it so I’m happy to share it with you all this morning.

On another note though, I want to share with you something that I’ve been thinking about lately. We’ve been having our Wedding Mondays series for years… before those in my life were getting married. Often times in the past, I have made subtle comments on my Wedding Mondays posts or Instagram stories about details that I don’t love. Through some of the conversations I have been having lately, I’ve decided that I need to do a better job of expressing more positivity in this area when it comes to these posts and other peoples’ weddings. Just because someone has something in their wedding that may not be my style or something I would not have in mine does not mean that it is wrong. In fact, I am wrong for judging. The reasons why weddings are so special to couples is because it is their own and a reflection of them. The happy couples have enough pressure on themselves already in planning a wedding and they don’t need the rest of the world to comment. I need to set a better example for Wedding Mondays and I hope you all will understand and join me. :)

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A Collection Part 47

 

The theme of this collection is minimalism. Before I left my last job, my life was very noisy. My mind was constantly racing with a million thoughts. I wasn’t always able to communicate my feelings articulately. I was stressed with needing to be two places at once, and in general my home – my sanctuary felt cluttered. The time off that I had from working made me feel well again. I felt like I could take care of myself the way I needed to and get that clear head that I was seeking. I couldn’t remember a time where I was THAT happy! And that’s why it was also challenging to get back to work after that… but more on that later. This post is a collection of things that just feel simple to me. There’s not a lot of noise in them and as you’ll notice in these photos, more space than usual. Enjoy!

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Starbucks Japan Is Better Than Us

It’s almost like they are two different companies. With a menu already offering cherry blossom inspired beverages, Japan is now offering a drink on their menu (for a limited time) called American Cherry Pie Frappuccino. Did you guys catch that? It’s American, but it’s over in Japan and we’re so jealous! Yes, of course we want that pie topper for ourselves. Why does no other American Starbucks offer us a frapp on the same level as this one? If you’re visiting Japan this spring, make sure you drop in (for all of us that can’t) and purchase the drink offered from April 13 to May 16.

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Wardrobe Snacks

I’m really glad that this photo series had a name tied to it because I honestly didn’t know what to title this post. The foods featured in these photographs match very different wardrobes accompanying them and this is such a quirky shoot that we didn’t know what to do with it other than post it here. While reading my daily blogs tonight, this one stopped me dead in my tracks. This could be for a number of reasons – everything I read tonight was sort of blagh or I need a late night snack.

The idea was dreamt up by a creative duo including photographer Kelsey McClellan and prop/set stylist Michelle Maguire. The series is inspired by simple foods contrasted against various elements found in the clothing such as color, texture, and design.

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Wedding Mondays

Mandi and I had a controversial wedding conversation in which we came to an agreement that weddings these days can be… well, a little bit extra! Up until just a few years ago, I didn’t even really consider bridal showers to be a real thing. In fact, I will admit that I totally thought it was a ploy to just receive more gifts. It’s half that, but it’s also a great opportunity for you to have a more sophisticated get together with the women in your life that isn’t necessarily a (what could be) raunchy bachelorette party. For Wedding Mondays, we generally don’t feature many videos that aren’t a wedding video, but today is an exception. I came across an anniversary shoot captured with a video last night and it struck a chord with me. Whether I am married for a year or five years or ten, I very much still want that love to be well and alive. It’s refreshing to see how couples continue to show each other that in different ways. It may not be for everyone and yes, sometimes doing things like this will cost a little “extra,” but it is still a very special sentiment.

Be honest with yourself. You do not hate this.

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Nike Air Max 95 Candle

Stop what you’re doing. Look at this candle. BLESS this Nike candle and its existence. This is the greatest thing I have seen all day.

Now only if we could find a cute little holder for it to sit on…and of course, never light it ever.

Air Max Day actually falls on March 26th and to commemorate this special day, WHAT THE SHAPE released this amazing piece. These candles are available in pink, yellow, and white. We’ll take all 3, please. If you’d like to be the owner of this, you can visit their Facebook page to make a purchase.

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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!

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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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