On a recent outing to Half Moon Bay, Kevin’s only wish was a trip to the Taco Bell Cantina on the ride home. To our dismay, when we arrived it was completely fenced up for remodeling. As of today, the remodel is done and the restaurant is back open for business! Though I haven’t been here personally, I’m pretty sure it’s the nicest Taco Bell to ever exist. Not only is it beachside, but it’s one of the few Taco Bells that serves alcohol – a rare commodity. How can you not have your nachos with a cold beer or a glass of wine though?
Having grown up with an artistic parent, I am naturally drawn to different interpretations of art. [Colossal] is one of my favorite blogs because of how they are always highlighting different artists. I’ve never seen the same thing twice here and it’s an outlet for me to be able to share on Yow Yow! as well. Based out of LA, Joseph Lee creates portraits using different strokes, colors, and amounts of oil paint. Collectively, they all add up to a portrait, but the level of strokes bring about a certain kind of texture and depth.
Lee began painting as a way to channel his creativity after a failed acting audition. “After working on a long project, I needed to protect my energy and be selfish with my time,” he told Shape/Shift Report. “I don’t have any formal artistic training and coming from a theater background, human behavior and emotions were the closest references I had to paint.”
I’m fast to admit that breakfast is not a part of my daily routine on the weekdays. I often wonder actually if that impacts my work or how focused I am in the morning not having anything in my stomach. On the weekends though, I live for brunch and feel spoiled by my options in San Francisco. Since breakfast is one of my favorite meals, [Tessa Dóniga]’s take on how breakfast is broken spoke to me. Here are some of my favorites that I wanted to highlight:
The first time I noticed “like” counts was when there was a shift in how it was displayed after you hit a certain threshold. It was years ago, but users remember this. In recent years, the pressures of even having an Instagram account have spiraled. As much as I love Instagram, I’m grateful the platform never existed when I was growing up. As a late 20’s person, I, too feel the pressures of FOMO and validation. I know that at 14, that feeling would have been 10x what it is today.
In a recent test, Instagram is removing the “like” count on photos publicly. As a user, you will still see the number of likes you have on a given photo, but no one else will. While I think this is an interesting move in a good direction, there’s still a long way to go. Validation also comes in the form of how many followers you have and engagement. How many comments do you receive per photo? These two things are not being adjusted at this point.
I think we can agree that this is a positive step towards a healthier wellbeing and mental state when dealing with Instagram. One criticism that I foresee is how this affects influencers and those that rely on likes as a metric for business. Without this, businesses and brands have to do more research on the types of individuals they partner with. It might mean taking a chance on how this reach affects them. If that’s the only downside, then I think I’m okay with it. It is something to consider especially for those that have quit their day jobs to pursue this as a full-time gig though.
Since this is still in exploratory stages, it’s too soon to tell what the impact will be. If this product change helps people feeling better about themselves, then I think it’s worth whatever risk there is to take. I’m looking forward to seeing how this change progresses, but curious to hear your thoughts! Is this move by Instagram a positive or a negative one for you? Do you care what happens to influencers? Should any of us consider how this affects influencers at all?
There was a point in time where that space helmet on Amazon was a very cool thing to own. Now when I see it in my home, it’s just a reminder of the other identity that Veronica and I had created for myself. This photo series by Karen Jerzyk makes me feel seen! If we would have continued on with Space Girl for a few more years, we probably could have reached this level of cool! But since we didn’t, this post is all about our appreciation for Jerzyk.
For me, birthdays can act as complete shifts in your life. It was decided that this year, I wouldn’t celebrate the way I normally would and opt for smaller gatherings. The morning after last weekend’s wedding, my friends and I seemed to all decide that we were going to change our perspectives on how we had been “doing life.” In my day-to-day, my weekdays are now packed with activities every night while my weekends are seemingly quite open.
I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t it worse to go out and have a night of drinking during the work week? Yes, it’s completely irresponsible, but I don’t make the rules here! I will say, that it does feel great to wake up in the morning on the weekends without a hangover and with a complete and clear mind to tackle the day. It also means I can make it to my 11AM workout class without any regrets.
This moment right now is not in balance, but I have some high hopes that we’ll be able to get there. Eventually.
Think we can keep Wedding Mondays going regularly again? I’m headed to my first one of the year at the end of the month and I’ve got weddings on the brain. It looks like it might be a light year for me, which just means that I’ve got more love to share at the two that I’m attending. Jen and Jeremy’s wedding video is a breath of fresh air. I queued up more than a handful yesterday and this was the first one right out of the gate. It’s certainly not like any other wedding video we’ve seen and it was elegant and simple in its own way.
It’s hard to not love a wedding video that doesn’t start out with this kind of energy! Benedetta and Jeff exude this very free-spirited love that is infectious. Also, how can you not love a video that features their son?! I’ve been holding onto this wedding video for some time now, but knew that it would be a favorite when I saw it. I’m very excited to be able to share this with you all this evening and hope that it kicks off your week right.
For the rest of this beautiful feature, click [here] to visit Style Me Pretty! This dress and her hair are my favorite details, but watching the video, you’ll notice she also had a stunning second dress!