I’ve never stayed at an Ace Hotel location, but I’ve also never heard a bad thing about them. Even though their newest location won’t open up until April 16th, 2020 officially, they are now starting to accept reservations. Architect, Kenga Kuma, known for also being the principal architect of this year’s 2020 Olympic Stadium, was a partner to the brand in this latest design. All of this, of course, ties together because the hotel will open just in time for the big event!
“I intended to design a cultural catalyst for various people to visit and create a seamless relationship with Kyoto’s community,” explains Kuma. In a previous life, the historic section of the building used to be the headquarters of Kyoto Central Telephone Company, originally designed by architect Tetsuro Yoshida.
In addition to accommodations, services onsite include gardens, a gallery, event spaces, and a cafe and three additional restaurants. Each of the 213 hotel rooms will host classic Japanese soaking bathtubs and original art by Saniro Yunoki. As you can imagine, the hotel will be stunning, but will come at a price. Reservations are [open] and during high season will start at $400 USD a night.
Mattel’s Barbie collection has come a long way from my days of playing with the dolls. Back then, I can barely recall if Barbie had an Asian American doll, but nonetheless, the dolls that I did receive were your standard and signature. It didn’t have a negative impact on me then or garner any kind of reaction from me because I didn’t know any better. In 2020, I’m happy to see Mattel reflecting beauty in all different sizes, shapes, and skin tone.
Barbie introduced the “Fashionstas” line back in 2016 to highlight those were plus-size, tall and petite sizes. Now, they’ve taken it a step further with its latest collection. The latest batch features dolls that have varying hairstyles and are disabled. Even Ken, got a little bit more progressive and showing off longer locks!
For some amount of time, I thought that I was only one wishing that this was a feature! I know it can be exhausting, but I like being dialed into all of my apps on various platforms. It’s one of the reasons that I love having iMessage because I can use it from my phone easily, sure. However, if I’m charging my phone in the other room and on my laptop, I can still get to my messages. In fact, it may even be faster from my laptop because I can type faster. There have many times where this is the case, but I can’t respond to a DM from someone from my laptop. It always fascinated me that this wasn’t an original feature. Now, it looks like it’s in the works at least in the form of testing with a few users initially.
Hopefully it will test positive and roll out to everyone. Also, does anyone else feel like Instagram has been releasing a ton of new features lately?
When I was recently back home in Seattle, I was surprised to find that Capitol Hill’s neighborhood was completely transformed. There were alley ways full of shops, new restaurants, and a bakery on every single block. Everything was branded to a tee and it felt clean. I wanted to share this bit because it seems like that was the hope for Flourist Bakery and Flour Mill as well. It was the opportunity to redefine a Vancouver neighborhood alongside other shops that would come into play.
These photos from Conrad Brown are absolutely stunning. The way in which they are shot remind me of cafes in Asia.
We will never get tired of sharing stories about city installations. New York City does such a great job about this, but we love seeing these types of things worldwide. 12 giant seesaws have landed in the garment district and not only glow, but play sounds as they are being used. At length, seesaws can range from 16 to 24 feet and are powered by LED lights. The installation was put in place to encourage play and will be around until January 31st!
In the best thing that I watched today, this Chinese New Year ad by Nike. I know what you’re thinking. How can an advertisement that is only 1:30 speak so much to me? This underlying feeling of watching something that is so true to your life is an emotion that I won’t ever get tired of. I hope that we’ll have more advertisements like this not only from Nike in the future, but from other brands as well.
I am not yet the owner of AirPods, but with how often my friends are talking about them, that time isn’t far away. After a poll, it is easily the most favored Apple product of all. Apple has agreed to engrave emojis on your AirPods cases (that have been purchased) free of charge. For all new orders, you can choose any emoji to be engraved helping you to never lose these again hopefully! It’s a tough decision especially since there are so many great ones!
Growing up, I didn’t need complicated desserts to satisfy a sweet tooth. Hand me a package of Oreos, Nilla Wafers, or bake me a cake from a boxed mix and I would be good to go. It has been fascinating to see years later though that there are so many different flavors being released by Oreo. In their latest development, they are merging my classic favorite dessert with one that I love ordering out: tiramisu! Known for its layers, Oreo will attempt to replicated that with two layers of creme instead of one. We can expect these to hit shelves this coming April!