Category Archives: Design

Tour Google’s Latest Pop Up in NYC

Google is and always will be just a fascinating company to me. Some of the things they work on and the different teams that they house sometimes overwhelm me because not only is it just a lot in volume and size, but Google has their hands on everything – apps, phones, home, maps, etc. Pretty soon, sometimes I worry that we won’t really need anything else because Google will just replace everything and make it better. I didn’t know that they opened a pop up recently in Soho until I read about it on Doobybrain, but definitely thought it was interesting enough to share. If you get a chance to view it in real life, you should!

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Gelesia’s Wedding Featured

Today was a BIG day for my friends and their weddings. Not only did Mandi share her wedding video with the world, but Gelesia’s wedding was also featured on Desiree Hartsock’s blog! (for those of you who are Bachelor and Bachelorette fans out there, you know who Desiree is!) In 2016, my two dearest friends had two amazing weddings and I’m so happy that I was able to be there for their special day.

Gelesia’s Ojai wedding was something of a dream – very pretty, romantic, and so very detailed. It was completely *her* What I love about G’s wedding is also how much time and effort she spent into a lot of the details ie) crafting the details of her table set up, making her bridesmaids’ skirts, etc. All of these amazing details were captured wonderfully by her talented photographer, Katie Pritchard, who we love and often see featured over at Green Wedding Shoes. I’ve picked just a couple of photos to give you a sneak peak, but you’ll want to click on over to the feature on the blog for much more!

To view the entire feature, click here.

Photography by Katie Pritchard

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Wedding Mondays

I can’t believe we are finally getting to share this. It feels like I’ve been asking Mandi nearly every week since she got back from her honeymoon if the wedding video was ready yet. “Did you get it?” “Did they send it back?” “When is it coming?” I don’t want to say that we’ve been waiting for this day forever because we’ve been saying that about her and Eric’s wedding all along, but the wedding video is a close second!

Mandi and I haven’t had a chance to write about the wedding day yet (but we will!) but one reason why this wedding video is so special to us is – okay – scratch that I can’t speak for her – one reason it is important to me is because this entire day and weekend was so beautiful. I remember getting back from the wedding, not wanting to be back at work, and telling all of my colleagues just how amazing it was to be there with them in Yosemite. And as much as I could go on and on about, the pictures that I took (which weren’t a lot) are nothing in comparison to this video right here.

Also, for as long as I’ve been friends with Mandi, she has always known about Wedding Mondays. We talk about wedding videos all the time – the ones that I post, the ones of people we know who also get married and have wedding videos. When she chose Grimace, I had no doubts at all that this wouldn’t be something incredible. I’m not just saying that because Mandi is one of my closest friends. In fact, I posted about Grimace before she even chose them as a vendor so when she announced to me that they were the one – it was a perfect fit. The videography is so good. The drone wasn’t overkill. The music – just what we needed and the transitions – ohhhhh the transitions! Every detailed that I wanted to see made the cut. I could go on and on about this wedding video, but I want to stop typing and let you watch now.

Thank you so much to Mandi for sharing with us her wedding journey and also her wedding video.

 

*also hi! I made my very first wedding video debut.

 

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Airbnb Launches Trips

Airbnb made a major announcement today at the company’s annual conference, Airbnb Open, in Los Angeles. In addition to already allowing their users to book rooms and homes from other hosts, Airbnb is highlighting a new feature that lets guests plan their trip as an entire experience. It’s interesting because the way in which they described it really resonated with me. I don’t often plan many trips unless they have a purpose – party, event, visiting, etc. and when I begin to think about a trip that I could take for myself that is fun, it sort of stresses me out! Where would I go? What would I do that allows me to have the entire experience and isn’t completely touristy and you know, *basic?* Their new feature was designed exactly for people that have the same travel anxieties as I do. With Airbnb trips, which will launch in 50+ cities next year, you can filter through activities that you want to include on your trip either as a one-time thing or several activities that can last a few days – also called “immersions.” Basically, you’d be allowed to pick and choose from different experiences to create a travel schedule for yourself.

“If you want to have an amazing trip, you end up basically on a research project,” says CEO Brian Chesky, who announced the news onstage today at the company’s annual Airbnb Open conference in Los Angeles. Still, he adds, “you’re in line, you’re lonely, you’re outside, and you’re doing things locals never do.” Airbnb Trips is a way around that, Chesky says. “if you have a passion, an interest, or a hobby, you can share your community with other sin the world.” Airbnb is starting with 12 cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Paris. The goal is to launch Trips in more than 50 cities by next year.

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Would You Eat It?

This is so weird to me. Pringles is coming out with a new line for the holidays that includes “cookie flavored” chips. But, why can’t we just eat cookies without it having to be in chip form? The flavors we have to choose from include: Pecan Pie, Sugar Cookie, and Salted Caramel. I think I am… not rushing to try any one of those! However, I am a fan of the packaging; nice move on coating it with Christmas sweater print. You’ll be able to buy these in your local grocery store soon, but like maybe you’ll just want to buy regular cookies and regular chips instead.

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Unsatisfying Moments by Parallel Studio

It’s fun to just watch this and check off all of the incidents that happen to you, right?

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A Blue Bottle Cafe in Tokyo

Meanwhile, Kevin informed me today that Seattle still has zero Blue Bottles. lol.

Blue Bottle opened a new location in Tokyo this fall and was designed by the team at Schematic Architects. This marks their 5th location in collaboration with Schematic and by coincidence, this new location in Nakameguro just happens to be right across the street from the former Schematic headquarters.

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3-23-16 Nakameguro,Meguro-ku
Tokyo
Japan

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Style Girlfriend

First off, it’s not even an app! I’m actually very intrigued by Style Girlfriend because I can’t even tell you how many of my guy friends ask me for style advice on a regular basis. Actually the last interaction that comes to mind is Tommy on a shopping trip and sending me photos of every shirt in a store.

“What do you think about this one?”

“Do we like this one?”

“How’s this?”

I think my response was… “Isn’t Leslie [your girlfried] right next to you?!

From now on, when my friends ask me for style advice, I might just direct them straight to Style Girlfriend. However, what kind of good friend would I be if I didn’t check this out for myself to make sure that this was legit? It’s likely that the next time someone has a question, we’ll ask together and make sure that whoever is typing on the other end has an answer that matches mine. For now, we think this is a pretty good idea!

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Apple’s New Campus is Extravagant

This aerial tour of Apple’s new campus in Cupertino is kind of crazy. I knew it was going to be massive, but I didn’t know just how large and dominating it would be. The video (shot on a drone) by Matthew Roberts shows the work and progress that has been done up until pretty much today, but there’s still a lot left to finish before employees begin to move into the space in early 2017. I’ve actually driven by parts of this every now and then since this is in my backyard, and sometimes it’s a little overwhelming. I realize I work in tech and some of these things should still feel normal to me, but after three years, some parts of are a lot to take in.

I actually can’t wait to see all the articles that will be on this space after its completion.

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*for real, I almost just wrote “Best, Katie” instead of Source…because that’s how many emails I’ve been writing lately.

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Wedding Mondays

Oh my goodness, it has been a long time since I’ve stumbled across a wedding video that I have fallen absolutely in love with. Eileen and Brian – what a stunning couple! I felt like I was watching this magnificent vintage wedding film that really pulled me into the setting with them. What I love about this film is that it was a lot more calm than what we’re used to seeing. We all know how much I love those high-energy packed wedding videos, but it’s nice – every once in awhile – to watch one that takes a step back. I found myself really enjoying this and I think you all will too.

We are obsessed. These photos and video are from Branch + Cole.

And to view the rest of the wedding feature, click here to visit Green Wedding Shoes.

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Pace Gallery – Menlo Park

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This past spring, a few friends and I decided to check out the Pace Gallery in Menlo Park and we’re now sharing a couple of photos from the exhibit. For a couple months before that, I had seen tons of photos from people that were visiting and I just couldn’t wait any longer to see it in person. Let me just say that Menlo Park is not an exciting city. It’s the home to Facebook, sure, but it’s mostly just families residing here and stuff, but this is THE coolest thing in this city and it makes a ton of people flock to it so that they can all get cool Instagram photos.

I swear to you – when I arrived – everyone was dressed like a fashion blogger and that’s not something you usually see in Menlo Park. All that aside, the gallery is pretty cool. It was fun to stop by and it felt like it was right in my neighborhood since I didn’t have to drive all the way up to the city for it. It probably takes about an hour to go through it all, which is a comfortable amount of time. There’s also a separate building for a kids’ exhibit, but most of the adults enjoy going there too.

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300 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Instagram Adds Zoom

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I remember when I first used Instagram, I always used to wonder why you couldn’t zoom in on the photos. You could do it on Facebook… and Facebook owned Instagram so… what’s up with that? Over time, I sort of just forgot about it and accepted the fact that zooming in on photos was just something that I was never going to be able to do on Instagram. Luckily for us though, the developers didn’t forget that it was a pain point for some users so that when they actually created the feature, users like me, would realize once again just how much we needed/wanted it.

I’ve used it a couple of times now within the last few days and while it’s nice to know that I have the option, it hasn’t made that much of a difference for me! Readers, what do we think? Is it really that big of a deal?

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“Single By 30”

Every time I finish my work day (I made my cut off time 9:00 PM tonight) I always think that I’m going to have the same amount of energy to put towards Yow Yow! and to be able to find material and be able to whip something up in time to post by the end of the night. For some reason, it was really easy when we were in school and we would do like 8 posts every night, but it’s so much harder as an adult!

Tonight, we’re keeping things pretty casual with a new series by Wong Fu Productions. I had read a preview about this earlier in the week – the story centers around two main characters – Kina Grannis and Harry Shum Jr. who are friends from high school. One night, way back when, they make a pact that if they are still single by the time they are 30, that they’ll just marry each other. Well… flash forward years later – they are 30! I’m not going to spoil it for you so you’ll just have to see what happens next. I think this is airing on YouTube Red though which means… it might cost some $$$, but the first episode which we’re showing here is free! If you like it, maybe you’ll continue on with the series. I mean, I definitely want to know what happens next!

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Airbnb’s New Tokyo Office

Tech company, Airbnb, has opened up a new office in Tokyo and as you can already imagine, it’s stunning. Personally, I’ve never had a chance to visit their office in San Francisco, but have always heard that it is one of the best offices out of all the startup and tech companies in Silicon Valley and San Francisco so it’s no surprise that Tokyo wouldn’t follow suit. At nearly 2,000 the square feet, this office was designed to blend both “local and global cultures” which you can see throughout these photos.

Per employee feedback, the theme of nature is heavily incorporated throughout the new design, with the end result serving as a breath of fresh air from the city’s chaotic Shinjuku district outside. Staff members can dine in the light-filled café and reception area, follow wooden paths to the various meeting rooms, and remove their shoes and relax on the tatami mats peppered throughout the office.

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Nike Unlimited

Believe it or not, there was definitely a time when I was growing up and not sure what I wanted to do after graduating, but just knew that I wanted to be creative. I thought I was going to turn to the advertising world! I remember still applying for these positions not even sure if I had the skills or knowing if I was qualified enough, but still gettin’ after it anyways because what did a college graduate have to lose? Well, we never landed there, but that doesn’t mean that I’m still not fascinated by it. I really enjoyed watching these Nike Unlimited Ads. I think they’ve been out for awhile now, but the narration in them is pretty engaging. I walked away from these feeling kind of inspired!

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