This week, Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom announced the launch of IGTV. If you loved creating content on stories, then you’re going to love IGTV because instead of just having bite-size content, you can now have a recorded video up to an hour long. I was told that if I updated my app that I’d have IGTV within it so that I can watch the videos of those I already follow, but have yet to see it appear. Instead, I decided to download the standalone app so that I could see what this was all about.
So far, I’ve watched a couple of videos, but the biggest takeaway is really that it’s a longer version of Stories. The format that I seem to be drawn to within IGTV is anything that resembles a Q&A or an interview, but ultimately I love the bite-size content more because it feels shorter. If I were at work, I wouldn’t feel comfortable watching an entire video off of IGTV.
It has been less than a week and since I don’t have it fully integrated into my app just yet, I want to be able to give it a fair shot. At some point, I even want to try recording my own IGTV video or putting a string of videos together for my own channel. Until I’ve given it some more thought though, we’re going to put this on hold!
Readers, have you tried out this feature and are you into it? I know everyone was quite bullish on Stories at first, but look at how quickly you all adopted that into your lives!
In the last year, I’ve read so many articles and watched many many videos about the “Made-For-Instagram” type exhibits. For the most part, I’ve shared all of my thoughts here – The Color Factory and The Museum of Ice Cream SF. I understand everyone’s love/hate relationship for it, but I also think it represents an interesting point in time that we currently live in. It’s this idea of delighting people and making others feel like their a kid again. There’s a heavy component focused on getting those perfect shots and dressing up for outings like this and while that’s the worst part for me, I can admit that I am contributing to that as one of those attendees.
I think this video is well made though and paints these exhibitions in a good light. Look at how much fun they’re having! Not too many people have covered this, but for me personally, as much as I enjoy going to these events, I have such a hard time just going through it. I do stress about getting the shot that I need or looking back at my photos at the end of the day and wishing I could have taken a shot differently. For that part of the experience, I don’t think I’m doing it right and I know I’m putting additional pressure on myself. How annoying is that? This weekend, Refinery29 is in town for their 29Rooms exhibit and we’re going to go through this entire thing again. Here’s hoping that I can get out of my head and into just enjoying myself and the event.
I thought that I was going to be done with my wedding season when I reached the end of March. I had a record of 2 in one month – a first time for me – but I was prepared for my wedding season to end just as it was beginning. Lo and behold, a month went by and I found myself being invited to one more. The first guy in my close group of guys friends is getting married in August and all of us could not be more excited for the big day. Wedding Mondays is a series that is hard for me to keep regular these days for a couple of reasons. 1) They require finding the perfect video 2) It’s not like a normal post where you can just toss in a video and send it off into the interwebs. Each video is special and it requires me to do a little bit of commentary every now and then.
I know this is a little controversial, but I am obsessed with black bridesmaids dresses. I’ve been thinking about these for the last year and am almost sure that I’ll end up making that same decision for myself in the future. The details in this wedding are just exquisite. The florals, the embroidered denim jackets… and can I just mentioned that I love the fact that the bride and groom did their first dance to “Alabama Shakes – I Found You?” It’s the perfect modern day song for a first dance at a wedding. This post doesn’t do this wedding any justice so please, please, please head on over to their feature over at [Green Wedding Shoes]
2018 is supposed to be my year of self care, however, we haven’t been talking about it that much! Throughout the year, I’ve been trying to discover what my balance is between doing what’s good for myself and my body, but that I don’t enjoy as much and then…self-indulgence. Most of the time, instead of straddling between both, I lean heavily on indulgence, but what else is new? College me would’ve loved to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today with all of my friends, but late 20’s me is too tired for all of that. Instead, I’ve had a really peaceful day that felt balanced between a bit of work, socializing, and some of my favorite things.
Today, I’m proud to have not put any toxins into my body (alcohol) and instead had a nice milk tea and pampering of one of my favorite masks. During the busiest times, it often feels like we don’t even have the time to take care of ourselves. I can say that as of lately, more than ever, I’ve felt that I haven’t had enough hours in the day. There were a few times in the last couple of weeks that I even considered pulling an all nighter to complete some of my tasks from work. That sort of thing just isn’t acceptable after college!
However, you celebrated today or didn’t, I hope you all had a day that you just enjoyed. Currently, I can’t believe how late it is and how not tired I am. I’m also enjoying a new show – Killing Eve and wearing my mask (above) for longer than 15 minutes and loving every part of it.
For this mask, it’s recommended that you wear it for 15 minutes before washing it off. The other alternative is wearing overnight, which seem like two extremes to me. Readers, do you ever consider wearing any of your masks overnight when you head to bed? My biggest worry is that I end up with a mess on my pillowcase the next morning since I’m more of a mover when I’m sleeping. Would love to hear your thoughts on this!
Since we haven’t done a Wedding Mondays in weeks, I thought I could do a solid by giving it to you one day early. I’ve been holding on to this special video for a whole month! The team behind this piece was the same group that did [Mandi and Eric’s] wedding video so they’ve really just become my favorites. Every time I see a wedding video from Grimace Films, I know that I won’t be disappointed. They do such an incredible job of capturing timeless and iconic moments throughout. For this one, it’s shots of her detailed headpiece, her beautiful beige dress, and that walk back down the aisle with just the two of them. Also, how fun did that after party look? Geneva and Jeremy seem like the most fun couple and we’re sure no guest of theirs could possibly have a bad time at that wedding.
Ever since we heard about the Museum of Ice Cream, we had been hoping it would land in San Francisco. This fall, I finally had my experience! As expected, it was dripping in millennial pink. The staff was incredibly welcoming and if you think you’re too tired to attend after a day of work, get ready to be woken up from your first step in.
Now, we all know that I’ll never turn down a photo opp and especially in a place that is so Instagrammable, but I have to let you all in on a secret. I’ve loved the Color Factory and the Museum of Ice Cream, but every time I go to one of these things, I can’t help, but feel an immense amount of pressure. It’s the pressure to get the right angle, the perfect shot that is clear, focused and with impeccable lighting. On these days, I spend more time in front of the mirror trying to find that perfect outfit and I don’t want to be. These events were created so that you can live out your childhood dream again and just be a kid – to walk through the space as if wasn’t really 2018 and you’re not permanently glued to your phone.
It’s hard isn’t it?! I still have some shots here to share with all of you, but happy to say that I didn’t get a shot of everything and that I’ll always be able to look back on this as just a fun evening after work with my friends. I’ll never forget the photo where we’re posing girl band style.
So it has been a month; is Vero still a thing? It was early March when I was flipping through my Instagram stories one day and started noticing a few of the people I followed posting about their new accounts to Vero and beckoning others to follow them. Naturally, I had to do my research. I am someone that does get that FOMO feeling sometimes so I didn’t want to be on the outside of it, but I also know that new trends in tech and social media come up frequently. It’s hard to adopt them all. I already struggle to keep up with my favorites so if I’m going to make a new account, it better be a good one.
To put it simply, Vero is supposed to be Instagram, but better. The app promises that there aren’t any ads. In addition to sharing photos, you can share the things you like right now – books, music, movies, etc. I’ll admit, the intro video is quite compelling and visually pleasing. This alone almost sold me… almost. But not quite, because…a little bit more research brought us to this piece. Honestly, it wasn’t even research because this sort of things was shared everywhere and spread like wildfire across the internet. I’m not convinced yet that this is a platform that I need to join, but I’m willing to hear your thoughts if you’ve given it a go!
Earlier this year, I discovered a drugstore product that I wish I had found years and years prior. Pimples and acne are the worst, but as we all know, they come in a variety. Sometimes it’s right on the surface, beneath the surface, or come in as a blackhead with skin grown over, etc. I’m prone to getting the type of pimples that grow beneath the surface and take forever rising to the top. The result is that they end up being a bump on your face that you don’t want to pop because it will likely make it even worse or start to scar.
I had been reading a few articles about this to see how I could get rid of them safely. Most highlighted a warm compress as being the #1 option, but who has the time for that? Then I read about these acne stickers. They were pretty inexpensive at just $6.50 a pop so I thought I would try and find it at my local drugstore. Unable to find them, I relied on a source I knew would have them – Amazon.
This product in particular comes with 36 stickers, but only two sizes – regular and large. They say that you can put them on during the day and cover it with makeup, but I didn’t do a good job of hiding it so I stick to wearing it only in the evenings and overnight. The sticker is meant to be put over your affected spot and acts as a non-drying way to clean up clogged pores. In the morning your sticker should appear white because it has pulled out all of the oils and pus. It’s half disgusting, but half satisfying. It allows your blemish to not be picked at during this time and removes all of the bad stuff without making it worse. Whenever, I feel a new “beneath the surface” blemish coming through, this is my first act of defense.
On average, the process of putting together one of these posts takes about three months. To find images, I have about 10 Tumblrs that I circulate through. Each post roughly has about 50 images, but today, this one has less. I’m posting this one now though because I’m close to 50 and there won’t be any other Tumblrs that I’ll be viewing within the next couple of months. It has also been three months since I posted A Collection Part 49. I’m telling you all of this because that is the only structure I have when it comes to making these. There are no themes. I don’t spend any time re-arranging them in a certain order. The differences in size of images would normally bother me anywhere else, but not here. There are no patterns for colors. I can’t explain to you why I selected this image over that one and I don’t want to. I look at these photos so quickly and I save them in an instant the same way a normal human being would fill out one of those personality tests that you’re not supposed to think too much about it. That’s it! Since the migration, every other post before this has been skewed to the left. Starting now and with post #50, we’re going to center it. It just looks better!