Category Archives: Design

Blog Roundup

  • Meghan Markle: I’m More Than An ‘Other’This isn’t a new post, but this was my first time reading this. With the announcement of the royal engagement, this is a reminder of just why we love her so much. 
  • On Blonde Girls in Cheongsams [Racked]
  • 5 Lessons from Jimmy Iovine [GOOD]

  • Alexa Chung answers questions while eating spicy vegan nuggets.
  • Airlines hate your smart luggage [Gizmodo]
  • Silicon Valley is sneaking models into their holiday parties [Bloomberg] This is absolute trash and disgusting. I hate hearing about this stuff. 
  • Google is rolling out a new feature that allows celebrities to answer the most asked questions about themselves – selfie style [Engadget]
  • YouTube will launch a paid music streaming service next year [Hypebeast]
  • Apple reportedly purchasing Shazam for $401 million [Hypebeast]
  • Hangover cures from your favorite food pros [Coveteur]
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Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

2018’s Color of the Year is “Ultra Violet” and I am totally into it. It reminds me of one of my favorite emoji’s – that very mysterious crystal ball. I also think that it reminds a lot of the universe or the galaxy, which takes me back to one of the subjects I truly loved in school – astronomy and anything having to do with space.

Every year that Pantone announces the color of the year though, I never really know what this means? Do fashion houses take note of this and create collections based on the color of the year? Do we magically start seeing it everywhere that we go? Because even though this past year’s color was “Greenery,” I’m very much convinced that it was millennial pink.

Also, what’s the science or thought process that goes into selecting the color of the year?

Whatever the case, I’ve always loved this shade and if it means that we’ll be seeing it in some of our summer weddings, then I do not have an issue with it.

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Color Factory Extension

The team behind the Color Factory have announced that they are extending into Jan – Feb 2018! If you missed out on the first and second wave, now is your chance to head over there before it is gone for good. I loved having a shot of going on day 1 and if you love Instagram, then this is the perfect setting for all of your backdrops and boomerangs.

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW – Thursday, December 7th at 11:00 AM PST. These will make pretty great holiday gifts also!

Here’s the link that you’ll need to go to.

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Blog Roundup

– Neopets and its internet girl culture movement [Rolling Stone]

– How to plan a wedding your guests will enjoy [Vogue]

– 5 Different women on getting dressed for work [Racked]

– What the “Stranger Things” logo could have looked like [Vulture]

– If you’re obsessed with “Jelena” like we are, here’s a timeline for every important moment in their relationship that you need to know [Vogue]

– My LinkedIn Photo [The New Yorker]

– 101 Ways to Make a $1000 [Money]

– Apple Park Visitor Center now open to the public [Inhabitat]

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Thanksgiving Themed Ice Cream Flavors

Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

When Elynn was up in the city recently, we stopped by the new Salt & Straw location in Hayes Valley for what seemed like a pretty soft opening for them. I could be happy with just about any flavor there, but know that they’re also a shop that likes to push the boundaries a little bit. While we were there, I noticed that they had a very special Thanksgiving menu up and while I love almost all Thanksgiving dishes, I didn’t know how well it would translate into ice cream. Would it actually taste good or would it just be a little bit weird? Being the stuffing fan that I am, I opted to try a sample. What’s the best way to describe it? Well, you know how some people enjoy sweet breakfasts or savory? It’s kind of like that. I didn’t mind the flavors and actually thought their rendition was pretty spot on, but at the end of the day, I wanted something that tasted like ice cream and went for my standard coffee – Salt & Straw style.

These flavors will be available until November 22nd so make sure you try them before time runs out! They’ll be available at both their locations in Pacific Heights and Hayes Valley Continue reading

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SPiN Comes to Downtown Seattle

This December, ping pong social destination, SPiN will be expanding to a prime location in downtown Seattle, Washington. SPiN, originally from New York is a place where friends can gather together to play ping pong in a more social setting.

SPiN Seattle will open its doors at 1511 6th Avenue and will occupy nearly 10,000 lower level square feet of the historic Decatur Building. Originally built in the 1920’s, this Seattle landmark will offer tournaments, monthly programming, private lessons, corporate parties and casual play.

“SPiN’s culture inspires and connects people through ping-pong while celebrating creativity, diversity and inclusivity.” Says SPiN CEO, Pieter Vanermen. “We chose Seattle as the next city because of its rich culture, technological innovation and a growing community devoted to originality that aligns with the SPiN brand. We are absolutely thrilled to launch and invite the public to come witness what SPiN is all about.”

Designed by the architectural firm, Barker/Nestor, the new Seattle location will be a mecca and playground for all ages. The newest location will offer 12 Olympic-style ping pong tables, private lounge spaces and a full-service restaurant and bar that can accommodate anywhere from a few people to 300 guests. The space includes the perfect setting for intimate connecting thanks to plush lounge seating and extraordinary art features-perfect for any celebration or group activity.

If you’re looking for a spot to host your next party or outing, this will be it. There’s also a SPiN location here in San Francisco and this post is reminding me that I still need to check it out myself!

 

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Aesop in Chelsea, London

If you’ve ever stepped into an Aesop location, then you know that it is quite possibly one of the most beautifully designed storefronts in the retail world. I always remember the different locations I’ve been to – Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose – each never looking exactly the same. It’s such a fun experience to step into one. The brand recently set up shop in a new location – Chelsea, London and it’s just as chic as you would imagine. Both interior and design were inspired by the opening scenes in James Bond films and were brought to life in stores by Snøhetta.

Aesop Duke of York Square
22–24 Duke of York Square
London
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Museum of Ice Cream’s 4th City

After New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, what city could possibly be next? Well, I secretly hoped Seattle because nothing ever comes to Seattle, but it is actually going to be Miami! Did anyone see that coming? While I’ve never been, I have no doubts at all that the creators won’t turn their new location into something amazing. I’m thinking lots of bright and tropical colors for their themed rooms and a whole lot of flair. Even though they announced it this week, the museum will actually open in just a few weeks in time for the holiday season. It will officially open on December 13th with tickets becoming available November 17th at 11:00 AM EST. A limited number of tickets will be on sale November 14th though so if I were you, I’d set your calendars for that and make the 17th your back up date.

Museum of Ice Cream Miami
3400 Collins Ave
Faena District Miami Beach, FL

By the way, we totally went to the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco too, but just haven’t gotten around to posting it yet!

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Blog Roundup

– Every flight around the world right now [Flightradar24]

– 7 bad habits that actually make you sick [Valet Magazine]

– Restaurants are making their spaces more “Instagrammable” [Verge]

– Why you’re seeing Aesop everywhere [Racked]

– America’s best new restaurants in 2017 [Esquire]

– “What Were You Wearing?” an exhibit featuring the outfits of those who were raped on display at the University of Kansas [Chicago Tribune]

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PlansMatter

Vacation rentals these days are really taking things next level. Hotels and Airbnb not good enough for ya? Say hello to PlansMatter – a place where individuals appreciate great architecture. PlansMatter operates a lot like Airbnb, but every listing is a work of art. Get your Instagram queue ready. One difference though is that the site allows you to book not only homes, but also hotels that fit this mold. At first glance, I thought it would be a great concept, but probably not within my budget, which is a shame because this is something that would be right up my alley. After perusing a few listings, I’m noticing that some range from $100/night (at the low end) up to over a $1,000/night. Hopefully, this is a place where there is something for everyone!

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A Tiny Home

I remember when I first looked at my place in San Francisco, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to bring all of my belongings with me. I was downsizing, sure, but I wondered if my furniture would feel out of place or if rooms would be too crammed. I wondered if I would feel comfortable in my own home. What I’ve come to realize in the last few months is actually the downsizing was actually a positive thing for me. In my old place, I maybe had too much space that it never truly felt like a home because there were so many corners and areas not even being used at all. I love the idea of living with less and utilizing donations to pass on things that I don’t need anymore to those that do or to make room for other new items. I’ve been interested in the idea of tiny homes lately and here’s one that I thought I would share with you all!

What do y’all think? It’s actually not so bad, right?!

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Airbnb | Experiences in NYC

It has been known that Airbnb has been working on Experiences for awhile, but this is the first time I’ve seen this advertisement and I really love it. I currently work for a company that focuses more on the production side of things within tech so while I’ve always had an interest in this sort of thing (you’ve seen content like this before on Yow Yow!) I feel like my senses for this are now a bit more heightened. There are a few things that attracted me to this idea. Some of my favorite trips have been the ones where I have had experiences there that I could only have in that location ie) going to a pineapple farm in Okinawa, Japan. Now, my mother and I sort of stumbled upon that by chance, but if you’re a planner like me, then this is something that you want to know about and book ahead of time. I’m sure so much research went into this project to learn about the history of the cities and the neighborhoods in addition to finding the individuals to be a part of this to guide guests. I’m quite impressed by all of that. Readers, do you think you’d try Experiences out? Everyone has a very different way of traveling so I’m assuming this might not be for everyone, but are there some of you that would take advantage of this and what would you like to do? Up next – Airbnb tackles restaurant reservation and decides to eat up OpenTable. Just kidding! But, we all know it’s sort of coming so anything can happen!

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Things That Should Exist For Single People

I’ve been reading the blog A Cup of Jo since early college and recently (or at least within the last year or so) they’ve been highlighting the work of artist Mari Andrew. She does an illustration for the blog weekly and I find them to be so relatable and perfect for sharing! Here’s a little treat for you on this Sunday morning. <3

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Five Favorite Pins: Outdoor Pools

1. The option that is barely a pool

We were gifted with quite the heat wave over this holiday weekend and you know what? I didn’t hate it that much! It was so nice to feel a little bit of the South Bay heat that I’m used to up in the city and it was fun. Sure, you’re sticky and your clothes stick to your body more than the usual, but you get to eat outside, you can walk around the neighborhood later at night, and you don’t need a light sweater or jacket. What I wanted more than anything this weekend was an outdoor pool! We haven’t done a Five Favorite Pins post since last December, but as I was daydreaming about all of the pools I wanted to have in my life, I figured it was a good time for a roundup.

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The Cream Event

Whenever the topic of conversation lands on weddings, my friends always say the same thing, “I love weddings. They are SO much fun, but so incredibly expensive especially if you are a part of them.” Now, this isn’t new to any of you. Weddings are expensive. This industry is sometimes madness to me and while I have shelled out quite a bit of $$$ for my friends, I can’t help, but do it out of love and knowing the fact that if it were me in their shoes, they would do the same for me.

This year, Bash Please brought their wedding expo to San Francisco for the first time and there was no way I was going to miss it. I’d been following them for years and have loved all of their ideas from previous weddings so I knew that their vendors at the event would be top notch and that it would feel like attending another wedding myself! I think a lot of my girlfriends would have loved to come to something like this, but the one girlfriend of mine that I wanted to take more than ever was Elisa. She got married just a couple of months after we went to the expo and was having a very small wedding in Mendocino, which meant that a lot of these vendors wouldn’t actually be a need for her. Regardless, I wanted her to still go through this experience and have fun with it! We sampled some of the best hors d’oeuvres and desserts, drank from four different kinds of cocktails, spent some time in the photo booth (a favorite of ours!) and got down on the dance floor. Side note, I entered the dance contest with my friend Kim and we got out in the first round. It wasn’t our finest moment, but like – were we even really given a fair chance?!

We were greeted with these refreshing Agua Fresca’s the minute we stepped foot into the venue. How cute are these little mini milk containers?

at the Bentley Reserve in San Francisco

Savory sorbets for an appetizer!

The prettiest dining table set up we ever did see

Overall, Elisa and I had a blast. We hope that The Cream event returns to San Francisco in 2018 because we will definitely be there. For those of you wondering if you can still attend an expo without being engaged, the answer is yes! No one is asking your status so go just for the fun.

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