13 Oct 2018
This video took such a turn! Since my dad was allergic to cats and dogs as kids, we never had pets. The one thing that I could get away with though was Sea Monkeys. I had ordered them through the book fair at school – I know, not a book, but it counts as some sort of activity. Kevin and I followed the instructions to make the sea monkeys come alive and at first we found it fascinating. Within the week though, we watched these weird creatures multiply, die, and then sometimes attack each other. As a kid, this kind of scared me so the Sea Monkeys didn’t stick around that long and they had to go. Learning more about the history of the creator though was super interesting and not what I imagined.
03 Sep 2018
Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you all had a restful and relaxing weekend. Having recently started a new job and taking a month off beforehand, it was tough to jump right back into it. I’m grateful that I had a long weekend to help with the ease of this. Right before starting work, I went to not one, but two back-to-back weddings. They were both in the Bay Area which meant two things a) I got to experience more of the place I get to call home and b) I didn’t have to travel far to celebrate my friends.
Tonight’s wedding Monday is also another San Francisco wedding! I’ve been following Nikki on Instagram for some time and have always admired her style. Her feed is full of looks we want to emulate and of course, #travelgoals. I recently watched her entire Instagram story outlining the details of her wedding from her invitations, to her looks, to the venues that she used and each one was chosen with such intent. The video highlights a beautiful day with an extremely loving couple. I’m pretty sure this video doesn’t even do their day justice, but we couldn’t not feature it.
09 Aug 2018
When it comes to home improvement shows, I often feel like I missed the boat on the HGTV craze. I’m the kind of person who wants to make my home feel comfortable for everyone and myself, but I don’t often have the resources or know-how to do it. Airbnb’s fascinate me, especially as someone that grew up loving hotels. When I first saw this trailer for “Stay Here,” I thought it was for another Netflix original film. To my surprise, it’s all about working with property owners to make their short term rentals a place people actually want to stay at. “Stay Here” premieres on Netflix starting August 17th for those of you who are interested!
08 Aug 2018
Lucy Sparrow may have just set up the cutest supermarket you’ve ever seen. After creating similar exhibits in both London and New York City, she brought her creative expertise to Los Angeles. At the Standard Hotel in downtown LA, you’ll find a market with some recognizable items and while none are edible, they are all available for purchase. All 31,000 pieces!
With every project, Lucy’s number of items have increasingly grown. When she first started out in London, she had 4,000 hand-sewn products. In New York, the number of items increased to 9,000 with items selling out in just a matter of days.
I’m obsessed with these qt pieces and wish I could see this myself! Readers, if you’re in LA – check out the pop-up at the hotel that is showing right now until August 31st.
07 Aug 2018
With Virgin America merging into Alaska Airlines, we had to find another new safety video to love, right? I haven’t actually seen the Lego movie yet, but these characters are adorable. How cute is this entire video? It actually surprises me that more airlines haven’t moved to this format. It certainly does help with being more engaged and paying attention. I just flew United this past week for my trip and don’t remember watching the instructions at all.
02 Aug 2018
I love hanging out at Sea-Tac Airport – maybe to an unhealthy extent. If I’m getting dropped off, I go early so that I can have dinner at one of my favorite local spots or shop at the Sub Pop store before heading home. Local vibes are everywhere at the airport and it’s one of the things that I love. Known for being a city with a famous music scene, there is no shortage of love for the community there. The Sub Pop store is easily the best last stop on your way out as you can pick up some great merch – records, tees, etc. You’ll even hear some of Sub Pop’s local artists overhead as you’re walking through the airport.
Now, the record label is taking over the skies! It was just announced today that they’ve got their own branded Boeing 737-800.
“The jet’s wrapping makes it look like a Sub Pop musician’s instrument case, only in much better condition,” Sub Pop co-president and founder Jonathan Poneman said in a statement. “It’s definitely the sickest jet on the tarmac!” Alaska Airlines’ managing director of brand marketing and advertising Natalie Bowman added, “This partnership brings together two independent, local brands that are committed to doing things a little differently.”
02 Aug 2018
photo cred | Matthew Tucciarone
I know what you guys are going to say. Do I honestly need to attend another Instagrammable pop-up? [Candytopia] in SF will officially be my fourth! I know I’m paying a bit of money to attend these, but I can’t help it. I have to see how these all pan out, right? Also, we’re on a streak…meaning we must attend them all!
Candytopia actually originated out of Los Angeles and now it’s coming to both New York and San Francisco. I bought my tickets for Elisa and I for the opening day on September 6th and I gotta say – that queue process was quite smooth. I always get nervous when I’m buying tickets for these things that I’m going to run into some sort of glitch, but it was the most painless one that I was a part of and I was in and out of there in less than five!
If you ever dreamed of experiencing something like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” this would be it. The only downside is that you won’t be able to eat everything you touch, but that’s not such a bad thing when everything you see will be touched by everyone else. Like the Museum of Ice Cream and The Color Factory, there is of course a pit of some sort and this one happens to be filled with marshmallows!
For more information and more snaps from the LA version, click [here] Tickets also went on sale yesterday and no word yet on if they are sold out, but get yours soon so that you can be ahead of the game.
30 Jul 2018
Do I have any New York City readers here?! [The Color Factory,] which originated in San Francisco is landing in New York and I’m letting you know so that you can jump on those tickets!
My friends and I were so lucky to [attend]Color Factory on day 1 and it has been a hit ever since. I know that there a lot of mixed reviews regarding these Instagrammable events or whatever you want to call it, but my best advice is to go in and have the experience you want to have. If you want to take photos, do it. If you want to leave your phone at home and just play, you should also do that! I’m really excited that the team behind [Oh Happy Day!] is taking their baby on the road to another city though! It’s a huge accomplishment and they deserve to have the opportunity to spread their joy to everyone else.