23 May 2020

Instagram Will Allow Video Chat Up To 50 People

Pauline De Leon/Hypebae

Due to COVID-19, the rise in video calls has soared more than ever before. I remember even earlier this year before all of this happened, a coworker of mine told me that she regularly does FaceTime with her group of girlfriends every Saturday morning to figure out their plans for the day. I couldn’t even remember the last time I had used FaceTime and video calls that weren’t for work were rare. These days, it’s a constant. There is no shortage of channels that people can use to connect with others and that number is growing. After Facebook announced that they’d let their Messenger users video chat with 50 people, Instagram has now decided to hop on board.

For the time being, the feature is only enabled in the United States, but is expected to become more widely available. Your only prerequisite is to have Facebook Messenger already downloaded since it will be an integration of the two platforms.


23 May 2020

Saturday Check In: Long Weekend Edition

Even though it feels like we’ve been experiencing summer for a couple weeks now, this is usually the weekend to solidify it. As a treat, I was able to also take off Friday giving myself a four-day weekend that I didn’t realize I also needed. With all of us still in shelter-in-place (some practicing, some not) the delight of a long weekend doesn’t hit the same as it once did. It’s hard to feel like we are entering summer when we essentially have something already that resembles a summer break.

Despite that, I’m noticing that time is just flying by, but also that it’s hard to tell the differences between a weekday and a weekend. Normally during Memorial Day Weekend, we’d be headed out on a day trip or even taking a trip. A year ago, I was in Denver with my girlfriends and this year we’re just going to have to get creative. In an article that I read about time in quarantine, a sentence stood out to me.

“People lose track of time when the future is in question,” – Refinery29

Without anything to look forward to whether it is plans or trips, I’m noticing that it’s easier for me to get my days and weeks all mixed up. Those moments in my calendar year were what helped me to identify my seasons and the time of year. Currently, all of that is lost. However you choose to spend your Memorial Day Weekend, I hope you’re taking care of yourself, practicing social distancing, and hanging in there!

Here are two pieces that I read related to me writing this post:

  • The Trouble with Quarantine Fridays [Digg]
  • Time Is Slipping Away From Us All [Refinery29]

22 May 2020

Blog Roundup

Before this year, I didn’t know that May was Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage month. While it has been a slow journey for me to become more acquainted with my culture and history, I know now I can appreciate this much more at my age. I think some of this has to do with the environment I grew up in and not having that kind of community until after graduating college and starting my career. Without even knowing how special this month was, we got into Korean drama all on our own and started to read and watch pieces that were all tied to the celebration of this month. By no means do I think that means I’ve done all the work that there is, but I’m excited to continue educating myself. I’ve really been enjoying this and have shared a majority of them here with you all!

  • Studio Ghibli Producer is Giving Free Drawing Lessons Online [High Snobiety]
  • Trump’s Refusal to cover up actually reveals his greatest fears [The Cut]
  • 11 Phrases People Love to Hear [The Ladders]
  • Forget Productivity: Let ‘Wuliao’ Be Your Quarantine Philosophy [Refinery29]
  • How to Make Pancake Cereal – TikTok’s Latest Food Trend [Hypebae]
  • MSG is a Valuable Kitchen Staple, If You Know How To Use It [The Takeout]
  • Where New Yorkers Moved to Escape Coronavirus [New York Times]
  • It Is Scientifically Proven That Flowers Make You Feel Better [Vogue]
  • The Ultimate Guide to Instant Noodles [Eater]
  • The Childhood Sweethearts Who Eloped to the Mountains [The Cut]
  • What K-Pop’s Beautiful Men Can Teach Us About Masculinity [Refinery29]
  • How Street Culture Shaped Asian-American Identity [High Snobiety]
  • Jay Park on K-Pop and Cultural Appropriation [VICE]

22 May 2020

Song of the Day

The Weeknd – In Your Eyes Remix ft. Doja Cat

Doesn’t it just seem like Doja Cat is the darling of 2020? All of her songs have been bops and she’s clearly a hit amongst the generation currently on Tik Tok. I haven’t heard one song that I didn’t love from her and this collab is perfection.

20 May 2020

The Shoes We’re Dreaming About Wearing Someday

It feels strange to say that we have an urge to buy all of these shoes right now because I feel like we never have that moment! I think that’s my internal feelings telling me that I clearly miss the outside world and taking my shoes out. When it comes to shoes, I generally skew minimal, but there’s something very “spacey” about these ones that I’m attached to. The AF1 trainers (bottom) are sporting a very casual camouflage-print that you may not notice at first sight. While I like how eclectic these are, purple is one of my favorite colors so I’d probably be more likely to wear the top pair. These will be available in June!


If you’re looking to get a head start on fall, these corduroy Dr. Martens might do the job. Personally, I don’t own a pair, but have been trying to find the most perfect ones for the last year. I’m a sucker for corduroy, but have always leaned towards them for skirts and jackets, never shoes. This might be the unique piece I’m looking for to complete the closet. This boot in particular is an updated version of their classic 1460 boot and a collaboration between the brand and Undercover’s Jun Takahashi. This boot release will be available on the Dr. Martens website starting May 23rd.


And last, but not least, how can you not love this understated, but cheeky pair of Nike’s Blazer Mid “Sketch.” I’m not a fan of shoes that look like something has been done to them yet the prices have soared and are ridiculous. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about – the pairs of shoes that have been “intentionally” scuffed because that was the design. “Sketch” is not one of those pairs. This is actually a quirky take on the iconic “Swoosh” that we can get behind. They are being sold [here!]


19 May 2020

Music Video of the Day

Isn’t this song so catchy? I never believed that I could be a Harry Styles fan after liking only one song off his debut album, but this one has been a game changer. It’s also pretty weird to watch a music video like this because life as we know it will never be like this in the near future. Here’s hoping that our restrictions will lift when it is safe again and we can have summer days like this.

18 May 2020

A Massive Wave

An enormous wave installation has landed at the Seoul Aquarium and we can’t stop watching this video of it. From the outside, the waves look like they are contained to the glass structure and are crashing into the windows. However, as an individual walking by, the waves will look massive, but you won’t be able to hear the installation. That’s because the installation is an anamorphic illusion. Designed by digital agency, [District] the piece was created using an advertising screen.


18 May 2020

Target’s Summer Collection of Designer Dresses

Today was the day that we caved on our shopping habit. It started with a father’s day card, but ended in a checkout that was both a card and a candle (for me.) We then followed it up by purchasing not one, but two pairs of leggings from Aritzia. Once you get started, there is no going back! To top off all my purchases, we just learned that Target is releasing a highly anticipated collection just in time for restrictions around the country to start lifting.

In a new collaboration with brands that include Cushnie and LoveShackFancy, Target is releasing a line of delicious dresses that are about to fill our closets. There will be more than 70 different dresses to choose from all ranging between $40 and $60. Dresses will hit Target.com starting June 6th and in stores June 15th. Here are our favorite picks!


Lisa Marie Fernandez

Lisa Marie Fernandez




18 May 2020

Wedding Mondays

Photo: Annabel of Belathee

It hasn’t been easy seeing all of my friends having to postpone what will be the most important day in their lives. This was supposed to be a big wedding year for us and it’s all of a sudden not. Some of my friends have decided to postpone an entire year while others are still finding ways to honor their original date. I’ve been waiting to find the perfect socially distanced quarantine wedding to share with all of you for Wedding Mondays and I think we did!

Elaine Welteroth and Jonathan Singletary met as kids at church through their mothers. It wasn’t until adulthood that they would finally end up together. Their story depicts how they planned to marry in their hometown of where they met back home, but COVID-19 had other plans. Not wanting to let go of their original date – 5/10/20 the couple moved forward and married right on their stoop. Following the exchanging of their vows was the best wedding block party I’ve ever seen! The photos are a must to look at, but we’ve also got a video that captures it all. For the full story, check out their wedding feature on [Vogue]

18 May 2020

What We’re Listening To Today:

We’re already feeling withdrawals from the final two episodes of The Last Dance yesterday evening. As a gift to us, Spotify created a playlist featuring every song that was played during the documentary. We’ve only just started to press play, but this is exactly the Monday motivation we needed.


  • did y’all think we were going to run? 😛 can you run in ultraboosts?
  • ☺️ when it’s summer we still wear all black 🖤
  • this is where we live now 🥰
  • The only way we’re getting through quarantine is @juni_sf meals
  • We’re making an even bigger leap back into the archives now! I took these at Tết - the Vietnamese New Year Festival back in Feb 2008 and to this day, it’s still one of my favorite photo sets. The vibrant colors always get me 🥰
  • I’m enjoying these throwback photos more than I thought I would. I didn’t have an Instagram until mid-2012 and that’s mostly because I was still using a BlackBerry. Sometimes as we change computers, carrying over those photos with you is too much of a hassle, but I’m now seeing that there’s a reason why some of these still live on Facebook and Flickr.

My team in 2011 will agree with me on this. Campfire OK was one of the best bands we worked with that year. 💯 would book them over and over again and we sort of did. Coffee House didn’t always draw in an enormous crowd, but once a month these were my favorite nights. I love looking back and remembering how talented the individuals I worked with were, but also they were the kindest humans. ❤️
  • I was so excited for my move to California back in 2013, but it wasn’t exactly great timing for Yow Yow! Just before I left, we were able to partner with @nordstrom ‘s wedding suite, @mollymoonicecream , and @drysoda on some of my favorite collaborations.

Elliot Suhr captured these photos for us beautifully. I honestly should have hired him to do all of our collab photos. And even though this is a semi-candid shot of @vronlimhughes and I on our way out of our meeting with Dry, it’s a reminder of how far we’ve come with Yow Yow! Her opinions are the ones I trust the most and to this day she still edits the pieces I have the hardest time writing and is the last set of eyes before they go live.
  • 😆 I’m about to shake up my grid aesthetic! We have limited options when it comes to shooting at home, but now seems like a better time than ever to revisit some photos that we’ve never shared before. Despite this very moody look, I had a great time at this wedding in Yosemite back in 2016 ❤️
  • 🍔 🤤

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