Sometimes these photographs and things are little reminders to myself, but basically more of a collection of my own thoughts from the last couple of months.
I found this video by Cosmo editor Amy Odell to be pretty cheeky. In it, she recreates some of the most viral Instagrams herself and explains how much work it really can be from tying laces for an hour and posing in a way in which her breasts inch towards her navel. What does that even mean? I’m now on this path to watching lots of Instagram how-to videos. This is going to be on a long night.
Emma Roberts got in front of the cameras for Aerie recently and the pictures that came out of this campaign look stunning. Not only are they gorgeous (and she is too!) but they are also untouched which is something we can always appreciate. The young actress who has been promoting her new television series “Scream Queens” also held an intimate dinner last week to celebrate the campaign in Los Angeles.
Oh my goodness, happy Monday everyone! I’ve been really excited about the things that we’ve been posting this weekend and I don’t know anyone that hates starting off their week with adorable things. So that’s what we’re doing! This photo series of a baby rabbit’s first 30 days is all that you need and gosh – the captions that follow each photo? Enough to melt all hearts.
Click here for the ultimate cuteness.
If you’ve been following my Instagram page for the last four months, then you may have noticed a signifcant change in the way that I’ve been posting my photos as opposed to when I first started my account. My co-worker Emily is someone that I find pretty knowledgeable in Instagram given that she runs an account for her cats that does reasonably well. When I picked her brain awhile back about how I could gain followers for my account so that I could build upon Yow Yow, she gave me a very simple answer: Hashtags.
But wait, doesn’t that look kind of spammy?
“Not if you put all of the hashtags in the comment section instead of the caption.”
Interesting. So I followed her advice. We happened to be together on “Caturday” at Dolores Park and after editing my photo and posting it, she helped me line up a variety of hashtags. (#cutecats #Saturday #DoloresPark #SF #adorable #cute #cats #catz etc.) Shortly after, the likes poured in. We ended at 54 and I was hooked. I convinced myself that I could do this experiment for another week, but naturally that ended up being four months. I was really put off by the hashtags at first so after I had received the desired number of likes that I was hoping for, I would go back and delete my hashtags comment. However, I learned that if I kept it there without deleting that users would continue to like my photos even weeks after.
That was just one of the things that I learned from this project, but I actually learned a lot more and have some pretty interesting stats to include in this post as well. Let’s start with the stats:
In my four months of doing this I had:
This is still my favorite photo from this time period.
This is still the most liked photo at 73 likes and the first photo in the series of “outfit” posts.
Tools that I use:
So we’ve done 4 months of this. What now? Well, to be honest, Instagram has been way more fun since I started wanting to take better photos that I don’t really want to go back to what I was doing before. We’re going to continue on with the photos, the outfits, and the hashtags, and we’re looking forward to more learning and what happens next!
A few years ago, I learned about Smilebooth through DesignLoveFest and promised myself that the next time I had the budget for it, I would rent a Smilebooth for an event that I was planning. Really though – my love for photobooths started at the ripe age of 18 when I was introduced to USnaps back in December at my high school graduation all-nighter party. From then on, I brought it to Seattle University and now in California we use Smilebooth. What I love about Smilebooth is how easy it is to use, how you can fit an enormous amount of people into one photo, and how easy it is to share online via email and social media. They’ve really won over my heart – especially that Bay Area team. ;) I wanted to take some time to share some love because I’ve booked them for two of our company’s events now (and a 3rd one next month!) and they’ve been my favorite to work with. Here are some snaps from our party just a couple of weeks ago!
To give visitors the experience of being at a beach indoors, the National Museum filled a very large space with a white ball pit. The interactive installation titled, “The BEACH,” includes all of your favorite beach accessories with umbrellas, beach chairs, and floaties. The firm responsible for this installation, Snarkitecture, typically puts out pieces of work that blend a combination of both design and experience. The installation will call the National Museum in DC home through September 7th so if you have a chance to see it in real life, you definitely should!
– Los Angeles Photographer Emily Knecht captured herself in crying selfies for the last three years. [i-D]
– The best and worst airlines, airports, and flights – a summer 2015 report [FiveThirtyEight]
– The one haircut that all women love on men [Esquire]
– How good is your eyesight? I scored 20 and this was so much harder than I thought! [iGame]
– This device blows a bubble to notify you of your upcoming meetings. [Swiss-Miss]
– Shaving dogs into cubes is becoming a new trend in Japan [MTV]
– When to close your eyes [Instagram]
Happy National Donut Day y’all! More importantly though, why aren’t we celebrating donuts every day? When I was growing up, my parents would always surprise my friends and I with donuts the next day if we had a sleepover at my house and it was the best treat. I’m a huge fan of the generic chocolate and allover sugar donuts, but these days, donuts are starting to look a lot prettier. Almost too pretty to eat… Here are 5 of my favorite looking donuts. I don’t always know what they taste like, but they sure are nice to look at!
Lemon poppy seed donuts w/ vanilla glaze [Comfort of Cooking]
For the first time, we are publishing an “A Collection” post and starting the next one immediately. Hopefully, this means that we can have another one posted within the next six months. These are Veronica’s favorite posts and I even texted her this morning to let her know that she could expect it this evening. These posts are so interesting to me because there is usually little to no content. Instead, it’s a post of 50+ images that I’ve collected over 6 months that evoke something out of me. There’s no rhyme or reason. I can’t go through each photo and say why I chose each one. I just know that it’s important to me, that it means something and resonates with me in some way or another. I’ve never actually talked to Veronica about this, but while this doesn’t hold much content, I almost feel like she probably knows what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling through a collection of images. Maybe you all do! You tell me. :)
Foodie photography is something that I never get tired of. There’s so many different things that you can do with it and even over the years, I still feel like I’ve never seen the same thing twice. I really loved this series by Seattle-based photographer Brittany Wright because of the color and the different stages of the food from when it looks its best and when it looks its worse and when you no longer want to eat it!
To view the rest of the series, click here.
The Grammys were not that long ago, but everyone is still talking about the couple of the night – Ariana Grande and Big Sean. There was even one funny meme of the two of them posing together in front of a prom-inspired background. Adorable. In this series of photos, Vogue captures the two of them as they get ready for the big night.
So having two best friends on the cover of Vogue is awfully sweet and kind of adorable. How can we hate it? The editorial is even better because the two friends ventured all the way to Big Sur for this photoshoot. Check out the goods underneath the cut!