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24 Jun 2018

Instagram Launches IGTV

This week, Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom announced the launch of IGTV. If you loved creating content on stories, then you’re going to love IGTV because instead of just having bite-size content, you can now have a recorded video up to an hour long. I was told that if I updated my app that I’d have IGTV within it so that I can watch the videos of those I already follow, but have yet to see it appear. Instead, I decided to download the standalone app so that I could see what this was all about.

So far, I’ve watched a couple of videos, but the biggest takeaway is really that it’s a longer version of Stories. The format that I seem to be drawn to within IGTV is anything that resembles a Q&A or an interview, but ultimately I love the bite-size content more because it feels shorter. If I were at work, I wouldn’t feel comfortable watching an entire video off of IGTV.

It has been less than a week and since I don’t have it fully integrated into my app just yet, I want to be able to give it a fair shot. At some point, I even want to try recording my own IGTV video or putting a string of videos together for my own channel. Until I’ve given it some more thought though, we’re going to put this on hold!

Readers, have you tried out this feature and are you into it? I know everyone was quite bullish on Stories at first, but look at how quickly you all adopted that into your lives!

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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]
05 May 2018

Social Media and Happiness

My friends and I say all the time how when we were growing up, we were so glad that platforms like Twitter and Instagram didn’t exist. Social media is my every day. Because Yow Yow! exists, there’s no getting around it. There’s even an element of it in my job! If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I’m a frequent poster for both feed and stories. In my morning commute, I use this time to scroll through my Twitter feed. For the last month, my mood has been up and down. If we’re really being honest, I’ve mostly just spent more time offline on all my platforms than I’m used to. I wasn’t tweeting or retweeting. I was posting less on Instagram and in the last week barely using Stories.

For years, there have been many reports about how social media affects one’s happiness. First it started with this idea of FOMO and depression. Seeing posts from other people in your network or friendship circles causes you to doubt your own life. It’s still a thing today, but more widely talked about. What I’ve been noticing for myself in the last week is that when my mood is down, I just avoid social media completely. I don’t have the energy to blog or post or record. I wondered why that was because a part of me almost thought that I would do the opposite. Many people use social media to make their lives seem more enhanced and desirable and instead I found it easier to run in the other direction. I’m not sure if anyone else does the same, but it felt the most comfortable for me at the time. I only noticed this in myself when my mood had a spike and then the postings came again.

Social media is always going to be one of those things that continues to fascinate me. Sometimes, it even scares me! If this is social media in 2018, what are we going to be like in 2019 and beyond?

07 Apr 2018

Vero

So it has been a month; is Vero still a thing? It was early March when I was flipping through my Instagram stories one day and started noticing a few of the people I followed posting about their new accounts to Vero and beckoning others to follow them. Naturally, I had to do my research. I am someone that does get that FOMO feeling sometimes so I didn’t want to be on the outside of it, but I also know that new trends in tech and social media come up frequently. It’s hard to adopt them all. I already struggle to keep up with my favorites so if I’m going to make a new account, it better be a good one.

To put it simply, Vero is supposed to be Instagram, but better. The app promises that there aren’t any ads. In addition to sharing photos, you can share the things you like right now – books, music, movies, etc. I’ll admit, the intro video is quite compelling and visually pleasing. This alone almost sold me… almost. But not quite, because…a little bit more research brought us to this piece. Honestly, it wasn’t even research because this sort of things was shared everywhere and spread like wildfire across the internet. I’m not convinced yet that this is a platform that I need to join, but I’m willing to hear your thoughts if you’ve given it a go!

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]
26 Dec 2017

Favorites of 2017

For once, I’m feeling very on top of my end-of-the-year round up posts. Normally, you would see some of these after the new year, but I guess you can thank the Seattle snow for keeping us indoors these last few days and unlimited downtime. Of course, I’m not mad at it because during the rest of the year, we never get this time to sit down and just write.

Favorite Style Icon: Margot Robbie

Is anyone as excited as I am to see I, Tonya?! I still remember watching the teaser trailer like it was yesterday and while I don’t see movies in theaters often, I’m willing to break my rule for this one. Margot Robbie has been on my list of style icons to watch for some time, but it was this year that I started to notice that outfit after outfit, she was consistently nailing it. Whether it’s getting glammed up for the red carpet or dressing down, Margot’s accessories and beauty look are always a perfect match. With the upcoming award season, we can’t wait to see what she does next.

Runner Up: Gal Gadot

Favorite Getaway: Pescadero / Half Moon Bay

It may have only been a day trip for me, but it was definitely one of my most unforgettable memories from the year. After leaving my job and not having too much time in between to start my new one, it didn’t make sense to come back home or plan an extravagant getaway. The good thing about California though is that there are no shortage of destinations to venture out to even in one day. I picked what I thought to be very quaint and cute, but maybe not a huge tourist attraction, found a friend that was in the same boat as I was and we took off! It was a random weekday and so quiet out on the road, but exactly what we needed. It was so fun to just go to the beach and explore this land that no one was at. It was the most calm and serene that I had felt in the last few months and I knew after that day that we had made a good decision about the trip.

Runner Up: Disneyland

Favorite artist of the year: SZA

Wow, was this a tough decision to make. If I could have had two tied for first place, it would have been SZA and Khalid! But I had to make a choice and the reason why I picked SZA was because I felt her music was so much more relatable to what I was going through this year. 2017 was entirely a year for me and focused on me and listening to her in a weird way made me feel like I could do anything. I owned my mistakes, my flaws, made decisions on a whim, drove away from my comfort zone and never looked back. She’s amazing.

Runner Up: Khalid

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Siesta Key

You know a show is special when you and your coworker make a whole Instagram Live dedicated to it. Siesta Key was the standout reality series of the year for me. The commercials and trailers penned it as your next generation Laguna Beach, but it is so much more than that. I could talk about this show for hours, but instead of doing that I will just say that the show returns to MTV on January 15th so you should use your time now to get caught up on season 1.

Runner Up: Riverdale

Favorite item purchased this year:

If I could have a wardrobe that only came from Aritzia, I would never be unhappy. I wasn’t expecting to find this dress when I stepped into the store that day. In fact, I was on the hunt for a Teddy Jacket over at Uniqlo and when I didn’t find it, I stopped into Aritzia for lightening round shopping fest. This dress was one of the first pieces that caught my eye and right away I knew I had to try it on. I didn’t even have an event to wear it to if I had bought it (luckily that came later!) but I knew I had to have it. It fit me in all of the right places and was so elegant and beautiful. The great thing about a classic LBD is that there is always going to be an occasion to wear it to. I look forward to keeping this in my closet forever ever.

Runner Up: Gap Denim Jacket

Favorite albums (in no particular order):

  1. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  2. Khalid – American Teen
  3. Dua Lipa – Self Titled
  4. SZA – Ctrl
  5. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  6. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
  7. ODESZA – A Moment Apart
  8. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  9. Shawn Mendes – Illuminate
  10. H.E.R. – Self Titled

Favorite Online Past Time: Twitter

When I hate you, but I actually love you. I hate that it was the political turmoil that brought me even closer to Twitter in the last year, but it’s completely true. It’s a large source for my news, but it’s also one of the platforms that can make me laugh consistently. Who knew 180 characters could do that for you… or … however, many characters they allow now? I wish I could say that I was refined and listened to podcasts on my commute, but no, I’m the girl in the backseat of my Uber and Lyft furiously scrolling through my feed to see how much I can get through before I’m dropped off at my local Starbucks.

Runner Up: HQ, Instagram, what else?

10 Dec 2017

Blog Roundup

  • Meghan Markle: I’m More Than An ‘Other’This isn’t a new post, but this was my first time reading this. With the announcement of the royal engagement, this is a reminder of just why we love her so much. 
  • On Blonde Girls in Cheongsams [Racked]
  • 5 Lessons from Jimmy Iovine [GOOD]

  • Alexa Chung answers questions while eating spicy vegan nuggets.
  • Airlines hate your smart luggage [Gizmodo]
  • Silicon Valley is sneaking models into their holiday parties [Bloomberg] This is absolute trash and disgusting. I hate hearing about this stuff. 
  • Google is rolling out a new feature that allows celebrities to answer the most asked questions about themselves – selfie style [Engadget]
  • YouTube will launch a paid music streaming service next year [Hypebeast]
  • Apple reportedly purchasing Shazam for $401 million [Hypebeast]
  • Hangover cures from your favorite food pros [Coveteur]
26 Nov 2017

Blog Roundup

– Neopets and its internet girl culture movement [Rolling Stone]

– How to plan a wedding your guests will enjoy [Vogue]

– 5 Different women on getting dressed for work [Racked]

– What the “Stranger Things” logo could have looked like [Vulture]

– If you’re obsessed with “Jelena” like we are, here’s a timeline for every important moment in their relationship that you need to know [Vogue]

– My LinkedIn Photo [The New Yorker]

– 101 Ways to Make a $1000 [Money]

– Apple Park Visitor Center now open to the public [Inhabitat]

Instagram

  • Living in my summer vacation ☀️
  • My favorite go-to-snack these days - a fresh log of spam musubi! 😋
  • OK these first two days at home have been lovely, but where should I escape to out of the city for a day?
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  • I’m appreciating Kevin’s rooftop more than he is
  • Last night’s ramen gifted us with the thickest slice of pork ever and a side of butter corn 🤤
  • Weekend hangs at the shopping plazas
  • Had a craving for the sush last night 🍣
  • Dessert, always

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