Tonight I did something for the first time that I’ve never done with these posts. Since I started working on this post over the holidays while I was at home there were a few Christmas themed photos in this batch. As I scrolled through the preview, I didn’t feel that same spark or attachment to them as I once had. So while on my way to finish this post, I replaced those photos. Since we’ve been through 53 rounds of this and I’ve never once replaced any photos before posting, in some way, I felt like I was being inauthentic. Could my readers tell that I had swapped them out? Of course not. But I would know and that kind of ate me up for about 15 minutes.
We haven’t written our resolutions post yet, but this made me think of two previous resolutions I’ve had. A few years back, I had “say yes to everything.” The intent was good, sure. But saying “yes to everything” can sometimes do more harm than good. Sometimes you say yes to things when you don’t want to. Maybe saying yes to things causes you to spend money when you don’t want to. Have experiences that you don’t think you’ll appreciate. The next year I refined that resolution: do the things you want to do. And that has stuck around longer than saying “yes.” So if that’s what I truly believe, why not act upon that when it comes to this blog and my posts?
The fact that candles can come in all different flavors – even the weird ones – never surprises me. I love gravy more than the average human, but it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to have that scent wafting around in my apartment. My guess is that it would have me craving Thanksgiving or KFC and I’d have to satisfy that right away. Is this candle just a tease here? Also would lighting this make me feel like that I couldn’t escape that scent and I would essentially smell like gravy? I’m not sure how this outcome could be a positive one, but I respect the creativity.
One day you’re a start up and the next day you’re not. While everyone was out celebrating the long weekend, Munchery was shutting down their entire operation. 2019 claims yet another startup after Chariot. It may seem like somewhat shocking news now, but these days this happens more than you would think.
Munchery has been around for some time now, but they haven’t always had an easy ride. Last year, they shut down operations in all of their other cities to double down on their efforts in San Francisco. That amounted to laying off 257 of their employees. Even though Munchery had been on our radar, I didn’t actually use it for the first time until this past summer. Most of you know that I haven’t spent much time these days cooking on my own so meal convenience is important to me. Of course, I [used] Munchery during a time when I wasn’t working, but I liked the appeal of it. It came when it was supposed to and the meals seemed healthy and were delicious.
Meal start ups like Munchery haven’t been surviving well. Even Blue Apron seems like it is just hanging by a thread, but it’s all we got left so we hope they can stick it out.
Our Topanga may not have ended up with Cory Matthews, but she did get her fairytale ending with her husband Jensen. I’m well aware that Danielle Fishel is not her character, but watching this still felt like an extension of her life! Danielle and her husband Jensen married in Los Angeles amongst their friends and some of her former co-stars. Sabrina Carpenter who played her the best friend of her on-screen daughter was even one of her bridesmaids!
The two married held their wedding at the beautiful Carondelet House. As if the wedding wasn’t enough of a show stopper with all of the details, John Mayer sang their first dance song.
For all of the details and more, you can view their wedding [here] at Green Wedding Shoes.
When you’ve been to a handful of Instagrammable type experiences and museums, you feel like you’ve seen it all. Refinery29’s 29Rooms was my second to last and my favorite. After my last one – Candytopia – I was ready to call it quits. We’ll share more information on that later though!
29Rooms first premiered in New York where Refinery29 is located. Shortly after that, the exhibit came to LA. When I heard that they were making an appearance in SF, I had to see what it was all about, but I didn’t have high expectations. The idea of it is that 29Rooms is essentially that – 29Rooms for you to discover and interact with all in one place. Upon attending, I thought it would just be like any other photo-op kind of day. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more than that. When you purchase your tickets, you have to select a three hour time slot. Sounds excessive, I remembered thinking at the time. The honest truth is that Elynn and I spent the full three hours in the space and left when they made the announcement that it was ending to prepare for the next round of attendees.
Part of the reason why you need that time is for a couple of reasons. They are setting the expectation that it actually does take that long to get through everything. We didn’t manage to see every room, but made it to most. What prevented us from visiting each spot was some of the longer lines that we would have had to endure. I had been disappointed in the past when these experiences said to factor in 90 minutes total and I finished in 30. 29Rooms was the only one that seemed to get that expectation right.
It’s apparent that each piece was constructed with intent, time and care. Some pieces were done entirely by Refinery29 while others were in collaboration with celebrities like Demi Lovato or partnerships with Bravo. Others were purely for fun and as one might call it, “Instagrammable.” The most memorable were ones that had strong messages tied to them whether they were around politics or feminism. What made this experience better than the rest was that it was truly educational. I left the entire event with less pictures than usual and taking more information out with me. Leaving the installation made me feel like a better, more informed person. 29Rooms did something right on all levels. It was worth the cost, but the experience matched that unlike feeling like it was a cheap gimmick.
For more information on the installation experience and details on their next location, follow 29Rooms closely [here]
Located in the Jackson Square neighborhood of San Francisco, Shinola is one of my favorite stores to drop into. Their collection of leather goods, bags, and watches are the things that I dream about. Hearing now that they are opening a hotel in collaboration with Bedrock Detroit is the most exciting news. The photo above is just a sample visual of what’s to come and you know it will be stunning.
Shinola Hotel is located at 1400 Woodward taking over the place where a former sewing shop used to live (how fitting!) There will be 130 rooms and an event space as part of the hotel.
Watching this right after “Bao” for the first time was an emotional rollercoaster! I’m such a sucker for the few things that were highlighted in this short though: stop motion and cute stuffed animals.
Lost & Found tells the story of a friendship between two crocheted animal toys that discovered each other in the lost and found bin of a Japanese restaurant. One night, fox topples over into a water fountain and the dinosaur nearly sacrifices his own life to save her. The short was directed by Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe and produced by Lucy J. Hayes. You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see how this ends. But you’ll also grow to love the fox and dinosaur so quickly in the span of this short film. This story of their friendship is a powerful one.