19 Feb 2018
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!
Read more “Geronimo’s Installation at Lincoln Center”
27 Jan 2018
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.
25 Jan 2018
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
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?
06 Dec 2017
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.
26 Nov 2017
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11 Nov 2017
If you’ve ever stepped into an Aesop location, then you know that it is quite possibly one of the most beautifully designed storefronts in the retail world. I always remember the different locations I’ve been to – Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose – each never looking exactly the same. It’s such a fun experience to step into one. The brand recently set up shop in a new location – Chelsea, London and it’s just as chic as you would imagine. Both interior and design were inspired by the opening scenes in James Bond films and were brought to life in stores by Snøhetta.
Aesop Duke of York Square
22–24 Duke of York Square
10 Nov 2017
After New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, what city could possibly be next? Well, I secretly hoped Seattle because nothing ever comes to Seattle, but it is actually going to be Miami! Did anyone see that coming? While I’ve never been, I have no doubts at all that the creators won’t turn their new location into something amazing. I’m thinking lots of bright and tropical colors for their themed rooms and a whole lot of flair. Even though they announced it this week, the museum will actually open in just a few weeks in time for the holiday season. It will officially open on December 13th with tickets becoming available November 17th at 11:00 AM EST. A limited number of tickets will be on sale November 14th though so if I were you, I’d set your calendars for that and make the 17th your back up date.
Museum of Ice Cream Miami
3400 Collins Ave
Faena District Miami Beach, FL
By the way, we totally went to the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco too, but just haven’t gotten around to posting it yet!
19 Oct 2017
Vacation rentals these days are really taking things next level. Hotels and Airbnb not good enough for ya? Say hello to PlansMatter – a place where individuals appreciate great architecture. PlansMatter operates a lot like Airbnb, but every listing is a work of art. Get your Instagram queue ready. One difference though is that the site allows you to book not only homes, but also hotels that fit this mold. At first glance, I thought it would be a great concept, but probably not within my budget, which is a shame because this is something that would be right up my alley. After perusing a few listings, I’m noticing that some range from $100/night (at the low end) up to over a $1,000/night. Hopefully, this is a place where there is something for everyone!