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A Collection Part 48

48 posts and counting! I’m convinced that writer’s block is a thing that happens to everyone. I can still remember being in college and becoming upset at myself when I knew I had waited until the last minute to complete a paper. Typical. Writing always came easily when it wasn’t out of desperation and when it wasn’t at a time that I needed it the most. These “A Collection” posts are my favorite because they don’t ever require writing, but I like to write a little piece to go along with it anyways. It’s nice to just sift through a bunch of images and decide on the spot if I want to include them or not. I will usually know within a second and if I’m thinking about one for too long, that might also mean something too. I like to think that all of the images represent the mood that I’m in or a period in my life. I never actually write out the exact feeling at that moment and we’re completely okay with that. If you read into these a bit though, you can always sense a type of pattern.

Enjoy!

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A Vending Machine for Homemade Meals

Now I haven’t done too much international traveling, but I’ll never forget my trip to Japan and how amazed I was by not only everything there, but the amount of vending machines everywhere! Those vending machines get so much use by the locals that it feels like such a norm as opposed to here in America. It’s also entirely normal to just buy decent food at a gas station according to my friends.

I loved this story about vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, who refills his curry and rice concoction twice a day using rice that he grows from his own farm.

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Blog Roundup

  • How 6 Asian Women Have Grown to Embrace Their Beauty in a World Influenced by Western Ideals [Bustle]
  • Molly Young: How I Shop [Fashionista]

  • The Ken Doll rebooted [GQ]

  • Square unveils customizable prepaid debit cards [The Verge] These are really cute!
  • How to take good photos of fireworks this coming 4th of July [GOOD]
  • Women in tech speak frankly on culture of harassment [New York Times]
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Blog Roundup

We’re doing a different format this week. This two-part article about a girl who texted her boyfriend to commit suicide is now facing nearly 20 years in prison. Read the two parts to the article here:

  • The Bizarre Trial of the 20-year-old Who Texted Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself [Vice]
  • Inside the Tense Courtroom When the Suicide Texter was Found Guilty [Vice]

Other roundup news:

  • Chance the Rapper Hires American Sign Language interpreters for upcoming shows [Hypebeast]
  • What Would Happen If You Never Used An Alarm Clock? [Digg]

  • Skateboarding legend Brain Anderson on coming out [The New Yorker]
  • I was an investor, she was a founder. [Source]
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Wedding Mondays

Elisa had asked me the other day if I had posted any good Wedding Mondays videos lately and the honest answer was that I hadn’t – not since May. If I could, I’d have one ready every week. I went through my wedding blogs today – like I do every Sunday – trying to find the right one. The end of it let me down. So then I sat and thought about it a little bit more. Did I have any… in the queue? Was it in my notes and had I just somehow not gotten to a few of them yet? Sure enough, there was one. It was like the universe knew I needed a wedding video and saved this one just for today. It’s special because as soon as I watched it, I kind of knew why I had been saving it for so long. It was so unbelievably perfect. It didn’t come with a wedding feature. In fact, I don’t know where it came from. It looks like I had just stumbled upon it somewhere and knew I needed to save it so I saved just the link for the video.

There is so much that I love about this video though. I know nothing about these two people; there’s no story that accompanies it except only their dialogue. I love that Meg wore several dresses the night of her wedding – something I, too, believe in. :) The best part? The two got married on New Year’s Eve! I’ve been thinking for some time now that having a wedding on New Year’s Eve is genius because most people hate this holiday. Most don’t want to make plans for New Year’s Eve so why not host the best party ever to kick off the year?

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Blog Roundup

  • How a 6-year old became one of Japan’s Instagram icons [Vice]
  • A woman’s journey to having a career in beauty after growing up on welfare [Allure]
  • A history of those Real World vs. Road Rules challenges [Buzzfeed]
  • Hear women discuss the sexism they face in Silicon Valley – a video [Wired]
  • Why you feel exhausted [Man Repeller]
  • This quiz will tell you your favorite rom-com [Livingly] I got How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and it’s true I’ve seen that movie a million times.
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Wedding Mondays

I just returned home yesterday after witnessing one of my very first friends from college marry the love of her life in Raleigh, North Carolina. And it only seemed right that you all would have a post from me today for Wedding Mondays. Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day! I’ve been saving this wedding video for some time. There are so elements that I love – the couple Peggie and Miles for their fun loving spirit, the fact that their wedding video is backed by Cults, and the decor. I’m nowhere near my own wedding day, but I know that I love greenery more than flowers and I love a lot of light and if that should include candles in my day – then so be it! I couldn’t embed the wedding video here, but you can watch it here on their feature by Green Wedding Shoes!

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Blog Roundup

– How the music of Big Little Lies makes the show [The Atlantic]

– Should you get married in your twenties? [VICE]

– Golden Gate Bridge will install a safety net for those that attempt suicide [CNN]

– How to increase your productivity [Fast Company]

– Jimmy Fallon was on top of the world. Then came Trump. [New York Times]

– Go see Magic Mike Live with your mom [Refinery29]

– Victim and attack share their story of rape and reconciliation together [CBS]

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Wedding Mondays

Over time, keeping up with Wedding Mondays has become more and more challenging for several reasons. It takes some time to sift through the wedding blogs that I love to see if there are any videos featured in the posts from the previous week. Secondly, over time, my bar has gotten kind of high. The good thing is that hopefully we’re showcasing more wedding videos that you like or that are new to you and inspire you like they do for me. The hard part is that some weeks there aren’t any videos I want to feature. I’ve gotten to be okay with that over the years, but there’s a part of me that gets irritate when I can’t share something consistently every week.

All it took was a second. That first note in TRACE’s “Honey” and I was completely sucked in. Then came the desert shots and the personalized vows all set to the sounds of “Honey.” I was so glad that it wasn’t Walk the Moon or any other cliche wedding song because it just would have felt out of place. Hopefully, you’ll love this as much as I do!

Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video, but you can view it here and the rest of the feature on Green Wedding Shoes.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday! I am so excited to share this wedding video with you all this morning because it just happens to be done by Grimace Films – the same videographers that also did Mandi and Eric’s wedding this past fall! From the looks of this wedding, you would have no idea that Talia and Tim had their original wedding venue fall through six months before their special day, but everything in the end turned out to be okay for them. Surrounded by their friends and family, the happy couple still had their dream wedding set in Palm Springs at the Colony Palms Hotel. Also, I’ve never seen a wedding that included synchronized swimmers as part of the entertainment, but I like being surprised by the features that I see. Watch the video above for all of the darling details and join in on Talia and Tim’s day of joy! For the full feature, visit Green Wedding Shoes.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning everyone! This video is a little different from our last post because this one is an actual wedding video as opposed to a video of an anniversary shoot. This wedding video comes to us from Green Wedding Shoes and features another fashion blogger getting married in Cabo! This video has a lot of fun, humor, and excitement to it so I’m happy to share it with you all this morning.

On another note though, I want to share with you something that I’ve been thinking about lately. We’ve been having our Wedding Mondays series for years… before those in my life were getting married. Often times in the past, I have made subtle comments on my Wedding Mondays posts or Instagram stories about details that I don’t love. Through some of the conversations I have been having lately, I’ve decided that I need to do a better job of expressing more positivity in this area when it comes to these posts and other peoples’ weddings. Just because someone has something in their wedding that may not be my style or something I would not have in mine does not mean that it is wrong. In fact, I am wrong for judging. The reasons why weddings are so special to couples is because it is their own and a reflection of them. The happy couples have enough pressure on themselves already in planning a wedding and they don’t need the rest of the world to comment. I need to set a better example for Wedding Mondays and I hope you all will understand and join me. :)

View the rest of the feature here on Green Wedding Shoes.

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A Collection Part 47

 

The theme of this collection is minimalism. Before I left my last job, my life was very noisy. My mind was constantly racing with a million thoughts. I wasn’t always able to communicate my feelings articulately. I was stressed with needing to be two places at once, and in general my home – my sanctuary felt cluttered. The time off that I had from working made me feel well again. I felt like I could take care of myself the way I needed to and get that clear head that I was seeking. I couldn’t remember a time where I was THAT happy! And that’s why it was also challenging to get back to work after that… but more on that later. This post is a collection of things that just feel simple to me. There’s not a lot of noise in them and as you’ll notice in these photos, more space than usual. Enjoy!

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Wedding Mondays

Mandi and I had a controversial wedding conversation in which we came to an agreement that weddings these days can be… well, a little bit extra! Up until just a few years ago, I didn’t even really consider bridal showers to be a real thing. In fact, I will admit that I totally thought it was a ploy to just receive more gifts. It’s half that, but it’s also a great opportunity for you to have a more sophisticated get together with the women in your life that isn’t necessarily a (what could be) raunchy bachelorette party. For Wedding Mondays, we generally don’t feature many videos that aren’t a wedding video, but today is an exception. I came across an anniversary shoot captured with a video last night and it struck a chord with me. Whether I am married for a year or five years or ten, I very much still want that love to be well and alive. It’s refreshing to see how couples continue to show each other that in different ways. It may not be for everyone and yes, sometimes doing things like this will cost a little “extra,” but it is still a very special sentiment.

Be honest with yourself. You do not hate this.

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Casting JonBenet

JonBenet Ramsey and I were the same age so when the story broke out about her death, I was really too young to process it. To this day, even though there was sort of closure, there wasn’t really. People are still making documentaries about it and sharing their theories so naturally, this is one of those cases that I also never let go. I’m still very fascinated by all of it and often wonder what JonBenet’s life would have been like today had this not happened to her and why it seems like everyone close to her involved was let off the hook. This trailer was incredibly haunting to me, but still captivating enough that I might log into my Netflix account (which I do less than a handful of times a year) to watch this when it premiers on April 28th.

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Blog Roundup

  • This photo of Myspace Tom is iconic. [The Verge]
  • What causes workplace depression [Science Nordic]
  • The stereotypes we create when we discuss gender [Psychology Today]
  • Chrissy Teigen opens up about her postpartum depression and this is so important. [Glamour]
  • Netflix is experimenting with “Choose Your Adventure” for their original shows [The Fader]

  • Jerrod Carmichael talks about his comedy show airing on HBO tonight. Anyone else watching?! [The Hundreds]
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