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Finding Beyoncé

It’s 2017 and by now, the children that are growing up probably have no idea what “Where’s Waldo” is. The people behind Sugoi Books are bringing this little part of our childhood book back and this time with “Finding Beyoncé” In a new 40-page illustrated book, children must pick out their Beyoncé in chaotic events that typically might surround the R&B singer.

“We’ve put together a glorious illustrated tribute to Queen B where you get to swim through the pages and find out where’s she’s hidden on the page,” the publisher wrote on the product page. “Think Where’s Waldo but with way more sass.”

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McDonald’s Cherry Blossom McFlurry

I haven’t had one of these since I was a kid, but when I saw this announcement I was immediately curious about it. First off, how cute is it that they have a Cherry Blossom McFlurry?! Can American McDonald’s have one too? Conveniently timed with the cherry blossoms in Japan, this McFlurry is topped with sakura mochi (rice cake sauce) and has swirled in bits of soft pink waffle cone. Yum! This special McFlurry is available starting today in Japan McDonald’s and is being priced at $2.60 USD or 290 yen. This special treat will be available through March until early April.

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Barry Jenkins’ Intended Oscar Speech

I might have expressed too much anger on Twitter Sunday night after the wrong film was called for “Best Picture” and the reason why is because this flub did not give “Moonlight” the attention it deserved. There have been many articles and critiques written about this already so I don’t want to echo anything you’ve already heard, but the cast of “Moonlight” didn’t have their opportunity to truly shine. Instead, the whole event was directed at Warren Beatty, Steve Harvey, “La La Land,” and now there is even a cover in which “La La Land” and “Moonlight” have to share the spotlight together. That was really unnecessary.

Since Sunday night was such a fiasco, Barry didn’t get to deliver the speech that he intended. That has been released today though and I thought I would include that for all of you to read:

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“Given what happened in those last 10 minutes of the ceremony, I don’t know how I managed any words at all,” Jenkins concluded. “It is what it is.”

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Virgin America’s First Class Shoe

This past fall, Virgin America collaborated with Eleven and Milan’s SearchnDesign to create a truly one-of-a-kind pair of sneakers. I mean… have you ever seen a pair of sneakers with wifi and a video screen built in? Is this something that you would ever necessarily need? Maybe not, but it’s still cool to say that you have them! Made out of Italian leather (the same ones that Virgin America’s first class seats are made of)  these are the first of its kind to have all of these features and a built in charger. What can’t these sneakers do? There was only one pair made and they were auctioned off on eBay for a whopping $97,877.77. Wow. Don’t worry, it’s all going to charity and the proceeds were given to Soles4Souls, which is committed to fighting poverty through clothing and shoes distribution.

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Coffee Spread

Good morning! We’re sliding in this post just in time for you to have your breakfast and for you to ponder and consider if you would like your coffee to be spreadable and on toast. Full honesty, I looked at this and not one part of me had any doubts about it at all. First off, I believe in giving most everything a shot, but this doesn’t sound bad. We have toast at breakfast. We have coffee for breakfast. Ain’t nothing wrong with simplifying some processes. What do y’all think? Would you give it a try?

Japan’s spreadable coffee will be available starting March 1st.

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Target Launches Beauty Boxes

I was just reading a question on Quora yesterday where someone asked what the best way to discover beauty products was. In 2017, I would chalk it up to three things: samples, your friends, and beauty boxes! I may be well into my 20’s, but I can admit that I’m not a pro when it comes to doing my makeup. I still get even the basics of it wrong so when there’s an event like a company’s holiday party where I need my face to look good, I leave it to those who do it best. Getting your makeup done at a counter or a store allows the people doing your makeup to tell you exactly what each product does. A lot of the time, I swear I’m just doing guess work when I’m by myself. I also rely on my friends to tell me what they love to use and why it works for them. Lastly, one of the best trends for makeup is with beauty boxes. Samples are your best friend. It’s like getting into a non-committal relationship with your beauty product and I can’t think of anything better. Well, I can think of one thing that is better. Beauty boxes by Target!

Target is officially launching their monthly subscription box that will deliver their top selling products to your doorstep for a record breaking price of $7. My eyeliner costs more than that and that’s just one piece. For their upcoming March box, you’ll be receiving these products at a $25 value: MISSHA’s Time Revolution Essence, Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Lip Shine, Skinfix’s Foaming Oil Cleanser, and more by Dove and Soapbox. There are all sample sizes, but I think from looking at the box, everyone can tell you’re getting more bang for your buck here.

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Design Love Fest x Target Collection

Whenever I learn about some of my favorite bloggers designing and collaborating on collections, my heart gets all warm and tingly. As a part-time blogger with a day job, these are the things that I only dream of. I’ve been following Bri of DesignLoveFest for years though and am constantly inspired by her creativity and how open she is with all of her readers. She’s someone I’ve looked up to. So when I learned that she linked up with Target to put together this fab collection of travel accessories and luggage, I nearly lost it. I’ve done the most traveling I have ever done in my life in the last two years and while I’m not a pro of knowing all the tips and tricks (Ugh, I don’t even have TSA pre-check yet!) I recognize the importance of traveling well and being prepared with all of the necessities. Here are our favorite picks and once you get a peek at the collection, you’ll probably want the entire set. Don’t delay though, one piece is already sold out online!

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Instagram Allows Multiple Photo and Video Posting

Announced this morning, Instagram is now allowing all users within the next few weeks to begin posting up to 10 photos and videos that can be viewed in a swipeable carousel. To clarify, some companies and businesses that have ads on Instagram have been allowed to do this for some time, but now all users will be able to. The idea behind this is that now users will be able to share their entire experiences instead of having to always choose the best photo from an event to post. It reminds me in a lot of ways of Facebook’s photo albums.

I love Instagram as a product; I don’t think that’s a secret at all. I’m also very impressed that the company seems to be releasing new products and features almost every couple of months unlike a lot of other tech companies in this area. It keeps things really exciting and I think they’re off to a pretty good trajectory given that they have 600 million monthly users. I’m not quite sure if I’ll be using this feature yet though because I’m worried that it could affect how many likes I could get when I like seeing how many likes I get for an individual photo. My other concern too is that if people feel they can post an album of 10 photos/videos, will this diminish the quality of the photos selected, given that Instagram has already set the bar pretty high in making it known that you can post one really good photo. Whatever the case, I’m interested in seeing how other bloggers and influencers will use this product over the next few months and if it’s something that I’ll take a stab at!

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Stumptown’s Sparkling Cold Brew

Could Stumptown win the race in who has the better packaging over Blue Bottle? Which do you prefer – cans or cartons? Now, I’ve been loyal to Stumptown since my days in college, but I haven’t had a sparkling cold brew before and naturally we’re a little bit hesitant about trying new things. One of my favorite bloggers, Oh Joy!, has this important lesson/trick that she does with her kids though which is that she doesn’t allow them to say they don’t like something if they haven’t tried it before. So we’ll just reserve our opinions until we’ve had a taste! I am still a huge fan of these old school looking cans though. The three flavors available are Honey Lemon, Original and Ginger Citrus. Another thing to note about this beverage is that each can contains half as much caffeine as you would find in any normal cold brew so don’t expect that quick jolt that you would normally be having.

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“I Am An Immigrant”

It may appear to be a very simple message, but there’s no denying how powerful this video is. Created by W Magazine and featuring 81 of the biggest names in the fashion industry, these individuals are taking a stand against President Trump’s recent immigration ban. I’ll keep this short because I recently shared my own thoughts about the immigration ban, but I think it’s incredible to see an entire industry voicing their thoughts on some of the recent decisions that have been made.

In this video, you’ll see Diane von Fursternberg, Jourdan Dunn, Adriana Lima, and Anja Rubik just to name a few.

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Abercrombie’s New Store Redesign

Could it be? Has Abercrombie transformed their stores into a place I am now very curious to walk through and peruse? All signs point to yes! Gone are the days of navy and dark colored interiors with dim lighting. Abercrombie has woken up with brighter and warmer open spaces. According to this photo provided by Abercrombie, it is very well lit and reminds us of stores like J. Crew and Banana Republic. Well, I’m pleased, because I’m pretty sure the last time I was in an Abercrombie, I needed to use my cell phone flashlight just to navigate. The best part of this is that the stores will feature a “lighter, cleaner, gender-neutral fragrance.” YES.

On February 17th, the store pictured above will be revealed to customers in Columbus, Ohio.

The brand describes the new fitting rooms, designed as two small rooms within a larger suite so that friends can try on clothing and show each other privately, as “a comfortable haven from the mall or street.” They’ll also have “thoughtful amenities,” like light and music controls and a phone charging station.

And there are more amenities beyond the dressing rooms — we’re talking spaces for seasonal capsule collections, a fragrance “apothecary,” multiple checkout counters, and the option to pick up online orders and place online orders while in the store.

I’m looking forward to checking one of these new stores out in person once they re-open in the Bay Area!

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The Eve of the Super Bowl

This video needed more Marshawn. Of course we’ll be watching the Super Bowl tomorrow, but it’s always less fun for us when the Seahawks aren’t in it. In case anyone is wondering though…um, we’re rooting for the Falcons!

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Hater

In 2017, there’s a dating app for every kind of person. For a long time, I thought the most creative was “Farmers Only,” but as dating apps grew in popularity, there was no limit or bounds for the specific type of person you might be looking for. With that said, the more specific you are looking for, the less options you end up having. One dating app that came onto the scene this week was “Hater” – for those who have a mutual hate for something. It doesn’t seem like the most warm and fuzzy foot to jump off on, but if it works for people, then why not? According to Vice, if you hate Taylor Swift, camping, or Donald Trump (which I imagine to be a larger population here) then you’re in luck! There’s other people just like you and they might even be compatible with you too.

The app will officially launch February 8th (just in time for Valentine’s Day!) and upon signing up, you’ll get to swipe on all the things you hate. After that, you’ll begin getting matched up with others that have a mutual hate just like you. Currently the app has 2,000 topics you can swipe on, but it’s not clear if you have to do all 2,000 as soon as you sign up. How time consuming! Eventually the people behind the app hope that they can generate more topics for people to hate so that it can build itself out through their users.

For more information, check out Vice – happy swiping!

 

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