3 Podcasts for bloggers new and old

In light of the east coast snowstorm this weekend, I’m hoping that today’s post brings something fun for those who might be hanging out indoors to hibernate from the cold. I’m a huge fan of podcasts because they’re such an easy way to digest information, especially while commuting or to have playing in the background when doing chores.


Over the winter break, I went on a podcast listening binge and uncovered a handful of stand-out episodes of podcasts. These are the top 3 podcasts for bloggers that I thought were so fascinating to listen to and learn from.

#1: The Lively Show: Life after blogging (episode)
What this episode is about: Jess Lively, host of The Lively Show, is a blogger and former independent jewelry business owner. In this episode, she interviews John and Sherry of the popular home renovation blog, Young House Love. They discuss what it was like to run a popular design blog for 7 years, the skills learned from blogging, why they decided to leave the blogging world, and how to apply the skills they learned to future career opportunities.

Why you should listen: As someone who has been blogging for 5+ years, the question of “What’s Next?” pops into my mind from time-to-time. Hearing about YHL’s the transition from blog life to the next career opportunity was fascinating. There are so many skills that being a blogger and social media influencer requires and hearing about the ways others have transitioned their skill sets from one role to the next is inspiring! I won’t go into too many details before spoilers are revealed, but let’s just say this episode is really eye opening!

#2: Stuff mom never told you: The hidden lives of fashion bloggers (episode)
What this episode is about: This episode was actually recommended by Nicole of Writes Like a Girl, so I knew I had to add it to my queue. It explores the behind-the-scenes of how much work goes into blogging and the dilemmas related to the blurred line between “blog life” and “real life” that are sometimes crossed by those who are writing them. It’s fascinating to hear stories of bloggers who act a certain way during things like friend outings – or even their honeymoons – for the sake of blog content.

Why you should listen: This episode was absolutely fascinating! Sometimes it’s hard to get caught up in how “perfect” someones life appears based on how they decide to curate their life on social media. It’s easy to forget that not everything is perfect all the time and that bloggers brand themselves to essentially capture and curate a certain aesthetic and lifestyle appeal. This episode not only helped me to be more reflective about the importance of not “keeping up with the Joneses”, while also giving a whole new level of appreciation to the bloggers who have dedicate their lives to building their own brand.

#3: Start up (full podcast)
What this podcast is about: Based on the title, you guessed it! It’s about starting and running your own business (which many blogs are now turning into). While this isn’t specifically fashion or blogging related, the topics covered in each episode are really informative, as they chronicle the start of Gimlet Media, the company that is launching this very podcast (pretty meta stuff, eh?).

Why you should listen: Start Up not only shows the happy-go-lucky-sunshine moments of starting a business, but also pulls back the covers and reveals when things go wrong. Whenever we hear about start ups in the media, they’re always success stories that seem like ideas that “made it rich” overnight. In reality, many months – sometimes years – are put into a start up idea before anyone takes notice or an offer for acquisition is made. This podcast helped me better to extrapolate the steps it must have taken some of the top fashion bloggers to launch from being their own personal writer to growing a team to produce content.

What are some of your favourite podcasts or episodes? I’m so curious to know, outside of podcasts for bloggers, what you’re listening to!

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Picture perfect mugs

After a short weekend getaway to San Francisco for the Labor Day weekend (has it already been 2 weeks since?), I have a big backlog of photos to go through. Aside from visiting friends and doing our usual food tour of favourite places in the Mission, we also stopped by the Boba Guys new shop location in Union Square (more on that later).

Before posting about the open house for their new shop, I couldn’t help but share some photos of these camping mugs that were newly released in their Mission store. There were only 100 produced and by the time I got there (2 weeks after their announcement), there were only 3 left!

boba guys enamel mugs
boba guys enamel mugs (bottom)
boba guys enamel mugs
boba guys enamel mugs

So glad I could call this pair my own. They’re handmade and topped with enamel for a one-of-a-kind treat! I’m obsessed with the clean design, both of the mug and the packaging. There’s nothing that makes me happier than clean, thoughtful design.

Happy Friday!

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Trending: Colours for a summer wedding

Recently, I’ve noticed my Pinterest home page has been flooded with wedding inspiration. So much confetti, gorgeous gowns, pins of mix-matched dresses in a specific colour pallete, and DIY projects for center pieces! Having been through wedding craziness as a bridesmaid in two weddings last year, I don’t envy brides when having to decide on dresses that will work for everyone in the bridal party.

theknot-yellow
DIY scalloped lanterns (source) // wooden cow table cards (source)

Looking through all the pins and quickly peeking at wedding blogs, yellow is the it colour of this summer! This sunny colour is increasingly garnering more attention as a standout color that has yet to be overdone. One thing to keep in mind when using it in a wedding party is that particular tints of this soft hue do not complement all skin tones. The same can easily be said for 2012’s it colour, orange. Although it is possible for an entire bridal party to pull of a dress in the same hue, using such a bright colour as an accent like a sash, heels or flowers, or giving your bridesmaids the freedom to find the version that is perfect for them might help ease the initial worries of yellow being too bright. The mismatched aesthetic is another trend growing in popularity, which works in the favour of this season’s cheerful brightness.

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(source)

For another trending summer hue that works better with most skin tones, teal is a great option! It looks stunning when paired with a whole spectrum of pinks, which makes a teal dress easy to accessories. Another equally flattering colour that will add a dose of sensual romance to your palette is plum, which was really popular last fall. To help transition this rich shade to give a more summery feeling, combine it with accessories that feature brighter hues like lime, nectarine or hot pink.

As you can probably tell, I’m going through a bit of wedding fever with all your pins! After last summer being full of weddings to attend, this year feels a lot less exciting. In my circle of friends, this year seems to be the year everyone’s getting engaged. *Fingers crossed* for more wedding madness next year! :)

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Los Angeles weekend away part 2

I’m going to preface this post with how much I love my Windows Phone. I got the Lumia 920 last year and debated long and hard between the Lumia and an iPhone. It’s true that the WP platform has less apps than iPhone (sigh…still no Instagram), but the one thing I couldn’t say no to is the amazing camera. I find myself carrying around only my phone instead of both my phone and DSLR nowadays. All the photos that were taken in these LA recap posts were taken with my Lumia and I am so impressed!! Not having to tote around a DSLR on vacation definitely makes traveling light easier.

So the second half of the weekend in Los Angeles was spent at the Getty museum, checking out the amazing furniture and other finds at Nick Metropolis, running into Seattlites at Venice beach, and, of course, eating delicious food that’s special to LA. The first stop was the Getty Museum, which in itself is a work of art:

The J. Paul Getty Museum
The J. Paul Getty Museum

Yeah. This castle-looking building is a museum! Can’t not mention he cactus garden and a huuuuge floral garden walkway. If we had more time in LA, I’m sure it would’ve taken a weekend in itself to explore all the nooks and crannies of this museum!

Next stop: Pink’s hot dogs

Pink's hot dogs

I’m not a huge fan of hot dogs, but I’ll give it to Pink’s for converting me to temporarily think that hotdogs > burgers. Pink’s is known for their chili dogs, but as usual, I got distracted by the witty names of menu items and went for something with a punnier name. On the left is the chili dog, and I ended up getting the “Lord of the Rings” dog, which was onion rings topped with barbeque sauce. haha come on…. the name is pretty good, no? *cricket, cricket*

Nick Metropolis

Another really neat place we made a stop off at was to see the collection of furniture and other collectibles at Nick Metropolis. I swear I’ve seen Nick’s shop featured on some TLC show within the last 5 or so years. The selection of goods range from old school Hollywood signs to 1920s flapper-styled mannequins to 1940s military trunks (still with the original owner’s uniform, photos, and letters. Nick himself was really friendly and showed us the really unique gems currently in his shop (the military trunk being one of them).

Nick Metropolis - Blue

We also had the pleasure of meeting Blue, the sweetest, most affectionate Chihuahua I have ever met. Blue is one of the workers at Metropolis’ dog and she is such a cutie. She usually sits near the front entrance of the shop and will occasionally be allowed to run round the shop. She loves people and wants to play all the time. Such a big difference between Blue and other yappy Chihuahuas I’ve met in the past. (Go figure the most interesting thing in the shop for me is a new animal friend ;) lol)

Last stop: Venice Beach! Gosh, looking at this photo makes me wish there was a more accessible beach in Seattle where I could kick my shoes off and sit in the sun for hours on end!

santamonica
Eddy Lee art

While walking the Venice Beach strip, we stumbled upon the artwork of Eddy Lee. Believe it or not, he’s originally from Seattle (!!) and recently moved to sunny California. The work above is part of his Versus series, where each piece s a modern twist on a popular classic. It’s pretty incredible to see such beautiful work being displayed at beach side. I left with a print of the “Vs Michelangelo” piece, which is currently sitting on my work table waiting to be framed and mounted.

The weekend away in LA was filled with a lot of art and inspiration! After staying stationary in Seattle for almost half a year (with the trip back home to Toronto for the Christmas holidays), it’s nice to step away and see how different the world is outside of the Seattle boundaries.

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Los Angeles weekend away part 1

If you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll know that the last couple of weekends have been filled with a bit of plane hopping. The first stop was Los Angeles! I wish I has some fancy shmancy reason for going on a weekend trip, but in all honesty my friends wanted to go and we just booked our flights to make it happen. We planned a rough itinerary on the weekend before the trip, but we ended up revamping plans as the days came.

The first stop on the night we arrived was to In-N-Out. If you know how much I love McDonald’s (a lottttttt), you might not know that In-N-Out is actually my favourite burger place! Considering there are no In-N-Out burgers in Seattle, I was pretty much on the verge of running to the counter to place my order for animal fries. YUMMMMM!!

In-n-out

The next morning started off with gorgeous sunny skies, which made us all really excited for our first full day of exploring the city. We stopped off for breakfast at M Cafe, whose menu is designed to be “contemporary macrobiotic cuisine”.

LA morning
LACMA

Growing up in Toronto where organic/vegan/dairy alternatives/biodegradable cutlery is not part of popular everyday culture, Seattle was already a bit of a shock. Going to LA was an even bigger eye opener for how seriously people take their almond or soy or coconut milk alternatives. I was honestly surprised by how good the dairy-free, sugar-free buckwheat pancakes were!

Post breakfast, Mother Nature decided to literally rain on our parade. Instead of driving around the city and stopping by Korea and Chinatown, we ended up at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There was a special Stanley Kubrick exhibit open, and traveling with big fans of A Clockwork Orange and Space Odyssey 2001, we couldn’t not pay a visit to LACMA.

Sunset at Echo Park

The day was wrapped up with a trip to Echo Park to watch the sunset. It’s kind of crazy to see how beautiful the sky is outside of a bustling city. Gosh, I wish I could walk around with palm tree-lined roads every day!

Stay tuned for part 2 of the LA trip recap this week!

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