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23 Feb 2018

Zendaya’s Secret Talent

This is the first time I’m ever catching this Vanity Fair series, “Secret Talent Theatre,” but I find it incredibly endearing. I, also, am someone that loves to bite into my ice cream and while I do suffer from teeth sensitivity, it doesn’t really stop me either. How cute is our girl Zendaya in this?!

19 Feb 2018

How Do Figure Skaters Choose Their Music?

Have any of you been glued to the Olympics for the last couple of weeks? It’s consuming so much of what my friends and I have been talking about, but to be honest, I haven’t watched as much of it as I would’ve liked. 1. I’m obsessed with Chloe Kim and her father. And 2. Ice skating comes second to that. Other than that, I couldn’t tell you who won in each event or how many different events there were.

When I’m work and interviewing candidates, I typically ask them to me the last thing they learned. Then when they ask me that question back, I’m almost completely caught off guard. Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of these Vox type videos, but also that Suchin Pak podcast on saving money. They are providing me with a lot of great material to share when people ask me what I’ve been learning! This one on how ice skaters choose their music featuring US Olympian Adam Rippon is so fascinating to me.


03 Feb 2018

Warby Parker for Little Ones

The eyewear brand is tapping into a new market after having so much success since their launch in 2010. For the first time ever, they are unveiling a collection of glasses just for kids. Frames will start at just $95.

“Over the years, we’ve heard from customers on the hunt for smaller — but just as good-looking — options for their kids,” said Warby Parker’s Co-CEO and Co-Founder Dave Gilboa, in a press statement. And starting Tuesday, fans of the brand will be able to purchase mini specs for their tot-sized offspring at any one of its eight New York City stores during a 12-week pilot run.

These playground-friendly glasses are scaled-down versions of longtime favorite frames — Wilkie, Lyle, Louise, Percey, Chamberlain and Daisy — and will be available in an assortment of equally treasured hues — Peony, Jet Black, Eastern Bluebird Fade, Oxford Blue Crystal, Crystal, Oak Barrel and Tea Rose Fade. The smaller-shaped glasses come in two sizes: A junior size for kids aged eight and up and a junior-junior size for littler ones, aged four (peak adorableness) to seven.

Growing up, I still remember my first pair of frames and as hard as I tried to find the most stylish pair, I never won. Functional sure, fashion forward? Not so much. I’ve been a fan of Warby Parker frames since they began so it’s wonderful to hear that now kids can get in on the action.


27 Jan 2018

The Cheesecake Factory’s Brown Bread

Whenever I’m at The Cheesecake Factory with any group, the classic “Brown Bread” is what everyone goes for first! It’s the perfect blend of sweet, salty, and savory and is topped with oats. For as long as I can remember, everyone has always wondered how they could get their hands on something like this and now, we can. Soon, you’ll be able to purchase this bread in three different forms, I might add, directly from your grocery stores. And if you’re more of an online shopper, it will be available for purchase there as well. I will eat this with everything.


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.


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.

19 Jan 2018

The Jonas Brothers Return to Instagram

I’ve been a fan of the Jonas Brothers since the very beginning so when the trio announced in 2013 that they were breaking up, I was crushed. It wasn’t unreasonable decision. Kevin was married and starting a family. Nick was pursuing his own ventures and Joe seemed like he was doing the same.

Earlier this week, the Jonas Brothers Instagram account revived itself. It’s interesting to see that at the time of their breakup, they were just at 57.1K followers. Now, four days later, they have 235K followers because everyone is expecting a comeback! Maybe they brought back the account just as an archive, but maybe it means something more. I, for one, would love them to do a reunion tour.

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?


13 Jan 2018

Taylor Swift – “End Game” Music Video

For the first time in my life, my anticipation revolving around a Taylor Swift music video release was at an all time high. “End Game” is easily one of my favorite singles off of her album, which is crazy because I don’t even like Ed Sheeran, but I still find myself rapping his verse anyways. Another surprising revelation? I typically dislike any song where Taylor Swift is talking and singing at the same time, but I guess when it’s rapping and singing, it feels different to me. So I was around for the release because it was only 9PM PT after all and then I went on to watch the video four more times.

Long story short: I like the song better than the video itself, but I like this music video better than LWYMMD and Ready For It.

Let’s get into some other observations though:

  • Why is Taylor Swift partying in Miami, Tokyo, and London?
  • Also, this song references drinking quite a bit and she’s basically partying at every location – is drinking a new thing for her?
  • No Katy Perry even though it was rumored
  • The girl CAN DANCE now. I’m not saying it was a lot of movement, but enough for us to feel confident that she wasn’t as bad as she was several years ago.
  • Where can we get that pink toy video camera thing that appears in the “London” scene?
  • Taylor has completely upped her fashion game.


  • watchin u grow
  • Having my favorite night in with candles and my space heater 😴
  • f o r w a r d
  • pretty little things
  • 🌝🌚
  • sunny for now
  • *sigh*
  • Daylight savings is the best because it’s still bright out when I leave work ☀️
  • mood today.

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