Link Tank #40

by Jamie Sanford on February 17, 2017

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This documentary is called 10-Meter Tower. Go watch it! It isn’t super long but it is all of us.

I didn’t make this cheesy bread bowl for the Super Bowl, but I seriously considered it because it looks ridiculously good.

Life advice from unexpected guru Stacy London.

3 tips for improving your Instagram photos.

13 things to give up in order to be successful. I found this one a little challenging.

How to dress in order to boost your productivity. Important for those who work remotely.

I saw this herb fougasse on The Great British Bake-Off, and I really want to try making it.

Making your own overhead camera mount!

I cannot recommend enough that you go see Britney Spears in Las Vegas. The show is so fun, the production value is insane, and Britney dances THE WHOLE TIME. So fun.

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Valentine’s Day is back again, and a very modern problem with this day is being reminded by your social media channels of past relationships that still might linger in the depths of your Facebook albums or adorable tweets.

Not everyone wants to see this kind of content, and so I was thrilled to see this message when I checked Timehop early this morning. (Timehop is one of my most-used apps of 2016, which has continued into 2017.)

I did not have to swipe up to safety and so didn’t – I’ve been with the same person since long before Timehop was even conceived. However, since it is marked as Sponsored, I’m guessing an identification of said sponsor would have been evident had I swiped up? I have checked Timehop over 200 days in a row, and I haven’t found any of their sponsored content or posts to be upsetting or obtrusive.

Update: Timehop’s swipe up leads you to a list of life hacks to make yourself feel better if you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day. It’s too long for a screenshot from my phone, but it is very cute.

Well played, Timehop. I will see you tomorrow.

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Brennan’s in New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on February 6, 2017

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

I set up a surprise trip to New Orleans last month, to celebrate Will’s birthday (and also mine, to be honest). During multiple visits to New Orleans, we had heard about the famous breakfast at Brennan’s, but hadn’t managed to actually eat there. We stopped in while we were there to try and get reservations, and ended up having a proper birthday breakfast for Will on the morning that we left.

It did not disappoint in any way. Let’s take a look.

The famous pink exterior.

It was dark and rainy that day, but the holiday decor brightened everything up.

The interior is amazing and over the top, but perfectly so.

Look at these panels!

I’m not sure what the provenance of the bell necklaces are, but they were waiting for us at the table and put on us as soon as we were seated! I took these home, trimmed the ribbon, and made them into ornaments for my Christmas tree a few weeks later.

This is unfortunately blurry, but you can get the idea.

We both had eggs Benedict, but Will had the artisanal version. We had sides of bacon and grits.

I had told them it was Will’s birthday when we made the reservation, and so after breakfast they brought him this amazing dessert with a collar of cotton candy (with glitter!) and a candle. He also received a gift of a Brennan’s apron, which I can confirm he has been using.

After an incredible breakfast experience, we left, maximizing our last bits of this trip before heading back to the airport.

I cannot recommend enough that you have breakfast at Brennan’s when you visit New Orleans. It was delicious and special and completely worth our time.

Happy trails!

 

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BeardBro Packaging | Brand Experience Project

by Jamie Sanford on February 2, 2017

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An ad on Facebook totally worked on me, and I purchased a BeardBro for Will’s Christmas stocking. When I received my shipment, I was so incredibly happy with the packaging. I had just been through it with the NYX order packing issues, so this was a welcome change.

Tiny and perfect. This is the opposite of what I experienced with NYX. For a moment, I wanted to chalk it up to the BeardBro people only selling one thing, but it turns out that they sell a variety of items, so hopefully they are this efficient with all of their shipped packages.

My only wish is that these could have some sort of fun branding or identifying marks.

Of course, the BeardBro comes with an instruction manual.

My favorite part of this is the mention of the BeardBro YouTube channel, because watching a video has to be easier than trying to read along while you shave.

Shout out to Melbourne! I went to college with many people from the Melbourne area.

This is the product sleeve. The design and branding here is great. I love a subtle logo image in the background, instead of plain grey.

Looking at this item, you can see that the square sleeve is ideal.

I think I sort of offended my husband with this purchase, as he has yet to use the BeardBro. I will continue to hold out hope.

The BeardBro is available here.

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Palm Latitudes in Dunedin, Florida | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on January 30, 2017

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

A few months back, I had breakfast with some of my family in Dunedin, Florida. After breakfast, I took a side trip to Palm Latitudes, a longstanding store that is exceptionally Floridian. Sadly, they have no online presence for me to link to. However, I took a lot of photos, so let’s take a look.

Subtlety is nowhere to be found.

If you ever need to decorate a vacation rental and want to stick to a theme, look no further.

They sell clothing, decor, all manner of items.

Hats!

I love a mermaid anything, so I was excited about the mermaid merch.

I am really entertained by the shell bra on the plush one.

I got 2 new mermaid ornaments for my Christmas tree.

Do people still buy travel-themed gifts like this? I would totally have that octopus painting though.

I was not kidding about decorating your beach condo.

You can visit Palm Latitudes on your next trip to Dunedin, Florida.

Happy trails!

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