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.
For months, all I heard about was the Disney Pixar short that all my friends said I had to see. I didn’t want to read anything about “Bao” for fear of spoilers and wanted to see it for myself. At the time, the only way I could was if I bought a ticket to go see “The Incredibles.” Dragging myself to a theater for one short seemed like too much work.
So I did what all normal people do in 2018. Wait for it to appear on the internet.
It’s a sweet story and I can see how it can resonate with many people and why it was a hit. Additionally, it’s another mark for diversity in film, which has been huge for the Asian community this year. These shorts have always been a favorite of mine. I hope that Disney will continue on this path to share more stories like this one.
As weddings continue to grow more and more expensive, the rise in elopements among my friends are increasing. Personally, two of my closest friends have already opted for very small weddings with a third confessing to me that she’d elope just last week. When you watch a wedding video like this though, it’s not hard to see why this route is attractive. There is so much to love in a wedding video like this one – stunning views of Santorini and the most beautiful slip wedding dress I’ve ever seen.
Pretty soon every television series I’ll ever need will be on Netflix!
Growing up, I have always had a hard time parting with my belongings. I was an avid collector of Pokemon cards, Beanie Babies, and Polly Pockets as a child. It felt like everything I owned had sentimental value. One thing I wanted to practice in 2018 was being able to live with less. Let’s call this a work in progress though. After hiring cleaners for my apartment this year, I felt like my life had changed. That’s a crazy thing to say, I know, but I was 10x more relaxed after they left and if I had done the work myself, it would’ve been my time and stress on the line. In fact, having a cleaner apartment made me want to maintain that cleanliness. I started a new rule for myself. Every time I leave a room in my apartment, something has to come with me. That something likely goes to the trash or back where it came from.
Marie Kondo, known for her method of “KonMari” – tidying by category and not by location, has a new collaboration with Netflix. In it, she emphasizes the importance of keeping items that only spark joy. In her new series, she’ll help a number of people who struggle with this every day problem using her method and changing their lives.
The series will premiere on Netflix starting New Year’s Day – just in time for you to kick your butt into gear with resolutions!