Category Archives: Design

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.

To view the entire feature, click here for Green Wedding Shoes!

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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

For the entire feature and more photos, click here.

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James Turrell Skyspace

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Top and Shorts – Aritzia / Cardigan – Mom’s / Purse – Vince Camuto

Even after living in the Bay Area for a few years, there’s still so much that I haven’t uncovered yet. I had read about the James Turrell Skyspace at the de Young Museum and thought that it was such a beautiful place. I knew I would love it, but I didn’t know just how much I would fall for it. Manan couldn’t tear me away from the place! The funny thing about our visit is that we didn’t actually go into the de Young Museum. We drove all the way to Golden Gate Park just to visit the Skyspace and the outdoor garden. If you’re planning on doing the same visit as us, it will probably take you less than an hour. :)

And if you’re wondering if this is a good photo spot? Yes, it’s THE place for bloggers.

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Wedding Mondays

Every week, I’m excited to share a new wedding video with you, but it’s not every day that someone you don’t know actually accepts a recommendation from you for a vendor. My coworker, Vo, and I had had this conversation months ago. In fact, it felt much longer than that because when he brought this up to me, I had nearly forgotten about it entirely. Often times, my coworkers will come up to me at work and just starting talking to me about wedding ideas. Of course, this is not something that bothers me. In this instance, Vo’s girlfriend’s sister was engaged and looking for a wedding video vendor. At the top of my head, my first thought was Sharkpig. Many of my favorite bloggers have used them as a vendor and they’re famously known for their Super 8mm film. I didn’t think anything would actually come of it, but just a couple weeks ago, Vo sent their wedding video along to me and it was indeed, Sharkpig! Unfortunately, we don’t have any extra photos or a wedding feature to share with you this time, but I’m excited for you to see this video. It is full of love, excitement, and fun. Once again, Sharkpig continues to impress us and delivered on an awesome vid. To watch, click here!

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Wedding Mondays

I’ve always loved a scenic outdoorsy wedding in videos. How can you not? However, I didn’t have my true appreciation for them until I went to Mandi and Eric’s wedding in Yosemite. Those views and that peaceful quiet… they are so breathtaking, you’ll never ever forget what that’s like. Watching this video reminded me a lot of Mandi and Eric’s and it was so beautiful to watch. I know that all of you will enjoy this as much as I did. The wedding video has the recipe for all things that we’re loving in 2016 / 2017 wedding videos – the long sleeved wedding dress, the flower crown (which we still aren’t over!) and our favorite DIY details that are not overplayed.

Seriously, how sweet are these two?

It was so hard to pick my favorite 3; I think I had 10! Please go check out the entire feature on Green Wedding Shoes – it’s so worth it!

 

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Hello Kitty’s Latest Squad Member

Meet Aggretsuko! She doesn’t really look like this and I promise she’s got a cute exterior, but based off the intro video I just saw of her, she also has a dark side. Her tagline? She’s over it. Geez, can we adopt that too? Apparently Aggretsuko is just like all of her friends and Hello Kitty, but inside she’s got some rage. Notice how her name kind of just looks like another version of… “Aggressive?” or “Aggravate?” Aggretsuko is a red panda working as an office associate at a trading company (a working girl! We like this!) and she’s clearly packing a punch.

Watch her intro video here. I laughed the whole way through it.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

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It took me four years to finally visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. It’s one of the most touristy things I could have done in my hometown and we took a bunch of photos that have all been done before, but I didn’t really care. While I was visiting home this past summer, I took my dad on a special Daddy-Daughter date and the anticipation and hype were HIGH. I was pleasantly surprised that my dad enjoyed it just as much as I did and even got a kick when HE was trying to advise me on how to take better photos.

My sentiments are that the place is beautiful. The sculptures are incredible pieces of art and you get a whole venue full of them as opposed to when you visit random places throughout the country and only get to view one. If you have an interest to go visit the museum, you should do it. If your interest is 5/10, just look at the tagged photos on Instagram to get the same experience. The tickets are kind of pricey as museums go and because my dad is still a WA state citizen he got a discount. I didn’t. -_-

Not to get all mushy gushy, but the best part of this was actually doing this with my dad! Many of you may not know this, but my dad is an artist too so this is something that we really appreciated doing together. I’m looking forward to our next outing together where I drag him along to a KEXP radio station tour the next time I’m home!

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Meet Harry’s

Harry’s is starting 2017 strong. They just released this video yesterday describing more about the founders, the company and the business and I was completely hooked. It was so engaging. Why can’t every company have a video like this? We actually blogged about Harry’s originally back in 2013 and while I knew that they were still around and in business, things have been pretty quiet on their end. If you’re wondering also why this product reminds you of another quirky product, it’s because the co-founder Jeff Raider is also the man behind Warby Parker too.

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A Barbie Salad

Would you eat it?! People come up with the funniest things on the internet, but this one sort of takes the cake. It’s sort of interesting and creative, but gross in a way! I’ve included the recipe at the source if anyone is willing to try this out, but does anyone else find this hard to actually consume? Secondly, does this even taste… good? Please, please, please won’t one of you construct this?

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