And as the night gets later, the content gets
And as the night gets later, the content gets
Bless my parents for never taking me to get a photo with the Easter bunny because this is terrifying. How that girl is still smiling is beyond me. Even as an adult and looking at this photo, I feel like I’m anticipating my own nightmares. With that said, Happy Easter! We never celebrated really so I don’t know what to wish you all, but I guess… a happy Sunday! I hope you have a fantastic brunch and a great last day before the work week.
Can I dial you all into a little secret? When I was younger, I used to actually want to design playgrounds for a living. In no way, shape, or form did my education ever take me on that path, but I still remember watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid and the scene when the group heads into the factory to find that everything is edible was like my dream. Personally, I wished that would’ve happened to me, but on the other hand, I always wondered how cool it would be to create something like that or bring something similar to that to life. Again, I know it’s a chocolate factory and not a playground… but you know where I’m headed with this right? Another example is in that episode of Arthur when Francine takes everyone to her dad’s workplace – the garbage dump – and there’s an amazing playground at the end of the episode!
Okay we just had a moment where I “nerded” out on this. To the point of the story now – a giant octopus playground has emerged in Shenzhen and look how glorious it is! These kids are so lucky. The most friendly octopus you have ever seen was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and UAP. Does this seem familiar to you at all? Hofman was also the designer behind the enormous bunny in Taiwan!
I mean c’mon… what is everyone listening to this weekend? It’s not streaming Coachella, it’s Kendrick’s latest release “DAMN.” It was the first thing I started playing when I arrived at the office yesterday and even as I fell asleep last night, I could’ve sworn that when I woke up this morning that the album was playing as the soundtrack in my dreams. Kendrick is extraordinary and I’m convinced that there isn’t ever a time when I get tired of hearing his music. I’m excited about this album. Okay, between him and Khalid, I’m still pretty amped up on Khalid, but favorite rap album of the year so far? Kendrick, of course. What is everyone’s favorite track? Even though “HUMBLE” is a great pump up jam, I really enjoy the slow ones like “YAH,” “LOVE,” and “XXX.”
There has been a little bit of controversy surrounding this show, but it honestly does. not. matter. I’m really excited to be checking this out. It is sometimes crazy to me to think about the evolution of Netflix and how they were just a DVD mailing service to streaming and now their own programming. Other series on my list include Terrace House and 13 Reasons Why. What about all of you? Any recommendations?
Also! Big ups to Allen Stone who is having his song featured in this trailer! YES!
That time has come; it is beginning to get very challenging for me to blog every night after work. Sometimes when I come home now, I just leave my laptop closed and sit and reflect – sort of like the way I reflect on my hour long commute to work into the city. That being said, I’m enjoying this new stage in my life. It feels exciting and stimulating to me and for the first time in a long time I get to combine the career I’ve had for the last 4 years along with my creative passions from high school through college. We’re dedicating our Saturday to Yow Yow! today so just stick with us and please do continue to let me know via email what kind of content you’d like to see on the blog!
I don’t watch Survivor, but I do follow a blog called Oh No They Didn’t and have been since middle school/high school. Basically they capture all of the biggest highlights in pop culture in a day and after I used to come home from classes and/or work, I use Ohnotheydidnt to catch me up on everything. The first clip I watched tonight was from the latest episode of Survivor (sorry spoiler alert) of one contestant who outed another contestant for being transgender to save himself from going home.
I pretty much watched this with my mouth open for nearly the 13 minutes because I just COULD NOT believe that this happened. It is despicable and incredibly inappropriate for someone to do this and also call it being “deceiving.” Anyways, I have a lot of feelings about this, but more importantly, there’s a lot to be learned and observed from watching this so I wanted to share it before I went to bed.
This stuff cannot happen.
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.
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!
Favorite TV show: Big Little Lies
During my time off, I had a lot of time to try a lot of different things and a lot of time to binge on all of my favorites! Here are just a few of the things that I’m sharing with you all that I was obsessed with! This is my first time doing this too so if I’m missing a category that you want to see, just leave a comment and I’ll see if I can include it for April.
I know I can’t be the only one who fell in love with Big Little Lies. I had to renew my cable this past month and initially it did NOT include HBO. So of course we made sure to pay a little extra for HBO every month so that we could finish out the series. Plus… I just love HBO. These women are phenomenal. I never read the book, but really enjoyed the series and am crossing my fingers that we’ll get a second season out of this. I think the series did a great job of shedding a light on abusive relationships in a way that wasn’t too over the top, but very real for most.
Favorite Album: Khalid
Welp! We wrote a whole post earlier in March about what we were listening to all weekend long and it’s safe to say that we’re still listening to it. I’m so excited about Khalid’s career and even though we just got this album, I’m looking forward to more music from him.
Favorite New Product: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30
Thank you thank you thank you Kiehl’s for sending me this! Since I opened this up, I haven’t stopped using it and now I can’t get enough. Once you develop a relationship with a moisturizer, it can be really tough to open yourself up to something new and want to try another one. I’ve admired Kiehl’s for years, but never found a product that I would be interested in trying until this one came along. The last moisturizer I was using was a good one. The downside was that it didn’t have SPF (a problem in 2017!) and then as time went on, I started realizing some of its flaws, which is that if you use too much of it on your face, your face will just have too much oil on it. This Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream doesn’t feel that way. It’s a moisturizer that I’m also noticing works really well as a primer too.
Favorite Closet Item: Wilfred Lavaltrie Bralette
The answer is yes. You need this in every color. Any woman will tell you how uncomfortable wearing a bra can be. I hate the underwire and what I want the most is a bra that doesn’t feel like a bra. It is in fact, just a bralette! These are so pretty and delicate and perfect to wear under tees and spring sweaters. Also, if you’re someone that’s very new to lingerie, this is a fantastic gateway. Pair with your favorite pair of panties and that should do the trick!
Since we have a serious crush on Rami Malek, we’ll pretty much watch anything he’s in. I’m actually very excited about this career and where he’s headed. Upon watching the trailer, it’s easy to get stuck in that thought that he’s being pigeon-holed into the same character he is in Mr. Robot, but the movie trailer still has me very curious. I’m looking forward to seeing his transformation as what we believe to be as him being a normal family man turned into fugitive.
Malek as a hard-working family man named Jonah who seems burned out by his life. During one of his shifts as a nighttime hotel concierge, he meets a conspiracy theorist named Brown (played by DJ Qualls). A series of clips showcases Jonah battling with his psyche as he evades the police by hiding out in remote areas. We eventually find him alone on a mountaintop, but the details leading up to the scene are vague. Watch the trailer above and catch Buster’s Mal Heart, written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, in select theaters April 28.
Blouse + Pants – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto
When I made the move to a startup from the corporate world, I was so excited to ditch my business casual pieces. “Wait, so you’re telling me that I can basically come to work wearing nearly everything from my closet…and that’s okay?!” This was just one of many perks I got to have in moving to a new job. What I later on discovered was that I didn’t actually like the casual wear. As many of you know, I’m not someone that likes to wear jeans and a t-shirt. So again, even though it wasn’t required, I still found myself buying pieces like this blouse and these pants from Aritzia. They are both considered “business casual” and acceptable in my current workplace and previous workplace, but they don’t remind of those stiff pieces that I had to wear before that made me feel so uncomfortable. I’ve now found a pretty happy compromise. :)