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17 Jun 2018

Made-For-Instagram Exhibits

In the last year, I’ve read so many articles and watched many many videos about the “Made-For-Instagram” type exhibits. For the most part, I’ve shared all of my thoughts here – The Color Factory and The Museum of Ice Cream SF. I understand everyone’s love/hate relationship for it, but I also think it represents an interesting point in time that we currently live in. It’s this idea of delighting people and making others feel like their a kid again. There’s a heavy component focused on getting those perfect shots and dressing up for outings like this and while that’s the worst part for me, I can admit that I am contributing to that as one of those attendees.

I think this video is well made though and paints these exhibitions in a good light. Look at how much fun they’re having! Not too many people have covered this, but for me personally, as much as I enjoy going to these events, I have such a hard time just going through it. I do stress about getting the shot that I need or looking back at my photos at the end of the day and wishing I could have taken a shot differently. For that part of the experience, I don’t think I’m doing it right and I know I’m putting additional pressure on myself. How annoying is that? This weekend, Refinery29 is in town for their 29Rooms exhibit and we’re going to go through this entire thing again. Here’s hoping that I can get out of my head and into just enjoying myself and the event.

17 Jun 2018

Blog Roundup

  • The Unexamined Privilege of Gilmore Girls [Slate]
  • I’m a food writer — with some food issues [Food52]
  • Navigating a Digital World After 40 Years in Prison [Splinter News]
  • Airbnb’s new font “Cereal” [Fast Co.]
  • How to go out alone as a man [GQ] – honestly women can do the same thing too!
  • Poke bowls as the next convenience food [Buzzfeed]
  • Tough questions on self care in the workplace [Girls’ Night In]

  • Why Mister Rogers’ Message Of Love And Kindness Is Good For Your Health [GOOD]
  • How to pair wine with Shack burgers [Grub Street]
  • Best practices for leaving work early [7×7]
29 Apr 2018

Blog Roundup

  • You are what you eat on your pizza. April pizza horoscopes. [Bon Appetit] (one month later)
  • McDonalds’ interior design tricks [Market Watch]
  • Q-Tip will teach a music course at NYU this fall [Pitchfork]
  • Ace Hotel will be opening a location in Japan next year – Kyoto to be specific [Hypebeast]
  • Nike admits they could do a better job with hiring women and minorities in leaked internal memo [Hypebae]

  • A behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen at KFC. This was FASCINATING to me.
  • Why I wondered what happened to the Steven Alan store in Hayes Valley [Fashionista]
  • Who picks out the playlists you hear while shopping? [Racked]
21 Apr 2018

Museum of Ice Cream SF

Ever since we heard about the Museum of Ice Cream, we had been hoping it would land in San Francisco. This fall, I finally had my experience! As expected, it was dripping in millennial pink. The staff was incredibly welcoming and if you think you’re too tired to attend after a day of work, get ready to be woken up from your first step in.

Now, we all know that I’ll never turn down a photo opp and especially in a place that is so Instagrammable, but I have to let you all in on a secret. I’ve loved the Color Factory and the Museum of Ice Cream, but every time I go to one of these things, I can’t help, but feel an immense amount of pressure. It’s the pressure to get the right angle, the perfect shot that is clear, focused and with impeccable lighting. On these days, I spend more time in front of the mirror trying to find that perfect outfit and I don’t want to be. These events were created so that you can live out your childhood dream again and just be a kid – to walk through the space as if wasn’t really 2018 and you’re not permanently glued to your phone.

It’s hard isn’t it?! I still have some shots here to share with all of you, but happy to say that I didn’t get a shot of everything and that I’ll always be able to look back on this as just a fun evening after work with my friends. I’ll never forget the photo where we’re posing girl band style.

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26 Feb 2018

Blog Roundup

  • A team of 14 female Nike designers reimagined the Air Force 1 and Air Jordan 1. The result? 10 new creations. [Fashionista]
  • Most popular shows on Netflix in 2017 by state [High Speed Internet]
  • How to: cut down your wedding list [Vogue]
  • How to nail your first 5 minutes [Valet Mag]

  • Frank Ocean interviews Timothee Chalamet [vman]
  • Why do Google, Airbnb and Pinterest all have similar logos? [Fast Company]
  • The 10 best films from the last decade [Cool Material]
  • How to break up with your phone [New York Times]
  • 10 Cooking mistakes home cooks make [Cool Material]
19 Feb 2018

Geronimo’s Installation at Lincoln Center

Jihan Zencirli made me love balloons. I remember being enamored with his installations the very first time I saw photos of  one of them. Since then, companies and brands have enlisted the help of his company, Geronimo, for their own events and obviously, to get people talking about them. Using vibrant colors and balloons of all sizes, his installations can fill up a space to the point of making them feel like they’re almost overflowing. His most recent design above was in Lincoln Center to celebrate the New York City Ballet. For the last month, this installation has been living here and has been open to the public for viewing. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to drop in by the 24th on its last day!

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27 Jan 2018

The City of LA’s Job Posting

I’m a little behind on the news clearly, but I’m lol’ing at this ad that the city of Los Angeles put out seeking a Graphics Designer. The entire thing was done within Microsoft Paint and responders are applying to the position in almost the same cheeky way that it was put out into the world. It’s nice to see that some places still have a sense of humor. Big ups to whoever decided to follow through with this. Since this tweet came out, it has received 30K retweets and 74K likes.

Don’t miss the boat! Get your applications in now.

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25 Jan 2018

The Color Factory

By now, just about everyone has heard The Color Factory in San Francisco. It’s like the Museum of Ice Cream here, but this one came first! When the pop-up first arrived, not too many people had heard about it. I had a little bit of knowledge because the creators came from Oh Happy Day a blog and team that I had been following for years. I luckily was able to snag tickets for my friends and I the first day it opened – which is honestly the best because you get to experience it all before everyone else. 

By the time word had got around and the first day had taken off, they were completely sold out for next month. Interestingly enough, they only planned to be open for one month, but decided to extend through January and February of this year, but is also still sold out at this point. The collaborators put so much work into it and it’s beautiful. People of all ages will love it. In a way it’s sort of like a giant playground for adults. In this day and age though, anything that provides you with Instagram backdrops is going to sell. Like the Museum of Ice Cream, The Color Factory is just as fun. It’s fun to be a kid again and take photos, but I did notice that even for myself, it was at times, hard for me to enjoy it because I was constantly thinking about my next photo. It was a lot of pressure!

After attending the pop-up, here are the things I loved and some things that maybe could have gone better through my observations:

Here’s what I love about it:

  • When you get tickets, you select a designated time and you need to arrive within 30 minutes of your window in order to get in. This really stressed me out because it was the first day and trying to rush there in San Francisco traffic, I wasn’t confident if I could make it. It ended up working out and the reason why they do this probably is to control the crowds. During each half hour, they know how many people are actually going through the pop-up. The best part is that it never got too crowded! I could get the pictures that I wanted and I didn’t feel rushed. I could just go at my own pace.
  • It can be educational. Each piece has a little description and a note about the artist so that you can learn as you go along.
  • It’s interactive! There’s a lot that you can see, but you’re also taking part as the creator too.
  • Going through the pop-up takes about an hour, which I think is pretty decent for the ticket price.
  • Everyone is so friendly! The staff was so incredibly nice and you can just tell that they’re having a great time with you. There’s a lot of love and passion that went into making this for the people of San Francisco.
  • There are designated areas within the pop-up that allow you to take photos hands-free! All you have to do is get a photo card when you arrive and program it with your name and email address and then at these spots, you would scan your card and then a timer will count down until it takes your photo. It’s great because you don’t have to take a bunch of selfies and you can do group photos altogether. The area where they can improve is probably being a little bit more clear about where to stand in the photo so as to not include other people or be off center.

Things that could be better:

  • The snacks throughout are a nice touch, but it’s not a lot. It’s no Museum of Ice Cream. You’re not really going for the food anyways.
  • It can be pricey! It’s a fun experience for sure, but ticket prices are higher than what I thought they’d be.
  • When I said earlier that it’s a giant playground, I really meant it. As cool as this pop-up is, I imagine that there’s a lot of germs around because you’re touching so many things, you’re even doing a scratch and sniff and there’s a ball pit. Maybe… take a shower when you get home.

18 Jan 2018

Would You Wear It? Ugg Edition

One of my favorite trends to look back on is the Ugg boot. Second place? The Juicy Couture sweatsuits. These staples were iconic and they weren’t just trends; they were staples. Everyone you knew had one and if you didn’t, you were on the outs. What I love about the Ugg is that while they weren’t always the most visually pleasing, they were comfy as hell. Before I owned actual Uggs, I had knockoffs and when I purchased the real ones from Nordstrom, I was ecstatic. In fact, they’re staring at me right now from my living room. They’re the most basic of basics, but I can’t knock the Ugg brand for trying something different.

Partnering with French label Y/Project, they created a thigh-high Ugg boot that debuted at Men’s fashion week in Paris this past Wednesday. So what do we think? Still ultra cozy? Would you wear it? Which pair is your favorite and who’s the ideal person that can pull this off?

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06 Dec 2017

Color Factory Extension

The team behind the Color Factory have announced that they are extending into Jan – Feb 2018! If you missed out on the first and second wave, now is your chance to head over there before it is gone for good. I loved having a shot of going on day 1 and if you love Instagram, then this is the perfect setting for all of your backdrops and boomerangs.

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW – Thursday, December 7th at 11:00 AM PST. These will make pretty great holiday gifts also!

Here’s the link that you’ll need to go to.

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