Link Tank #22

by Jamie Sanford on April 17, 2015

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(Source) Are you watching Elementary yet? It really is my favorite show on TV. Archer too, but that’s a very different beast.

Last year’s World Champion in Formula One is sometimes just the guy who gets asked to take a family photo. I love it.

Someone took the effort to make Hansel’s funeral shirt from Zoolander. I want one.

Shallot, walnut, and goat cheese pizza. You know you want it. Or you don’t, but I totally do.

Marie Forleo talks to Grace Bonney (of Design Sponge) for 30 minutes! This is a great video.

Another recipe! French onion soup grilled cheese.

Shauna has a great plan for keeping your blog files organized.

If you start looking at Apartment Therapy home tours, you will not come out the other side until hours later.

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Instagram Roundup #121

by Jamie Sanford on April 8, 2015

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We had beautiful views on our flight to New Orleans.

We had the greyest day when we were driving in Mississippi and Arkansas.

I was sad to see this amazing sign attached to an abandoned motor hotel.

The beautiful ceiling in the Fordyce Bathhouse.

We stopped in Little Rock and took a look at the capitol building.

Another grey day, lots of blown-out skies in Natchitoches, LA.

Pale girl problems.

I had this bourbon root beer float one night in New Orleans. Will had quite a few Sazeracs.

Bourbon Street at dusk.

We did get the sun eventually, when we got to NOLA.

We had the best weather on the last day of our trip.

In participation of #inspirapril on Instagram, I shared this photo of my new favorite shoes. These are the Allisa by Dr. Martens. Unfortunately they are sold out!

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Wedding Photos You Do Not Need

by Jamie Sanford on April 5, 2015

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I am not a wedding blogger. However, in my work for Noritake, I read a lot of wedding magazines, a lot of wedding blogs, etc. I have never seen this particular topic covered, and I am so incredibly frustrated by it to this day that I am compiling a list of the wedding photos you do not need to take.

(Please note that my wedding photos are not good in the first place. William and I look strange to me in all of them, and I am struggling to share them here. I have weird makeup and hair, it’s a whole thing. Will confirms that I don’t look right either, so I guess it is good that we agree?)

We look much better and more like ourselves in the photos from our Vegas Vow Renewal, back on 11-11-11.

I should photoshop that shinyness out on all of us.

1. Photos of groups that do not include your new spouse.

We wasted SO MUCH TIME on our wedding day taking versions of photos that didn’t include both my husband and me. Why it didn’t occur to me when Mom was giving me her photo list, I do not know. However, this is the real shit: no one wants formal, posed wedding pictures (especially of groups) that don’t include both people getting married. It is asinine to get photos of you, your parents, and your siblings without your new spouse. We did not think of this and so I have a version without Will and with him. It is a complete waste of time to do this.

2. Photos of subsets of groups of 6-8 people or less.

If you have between 6 and 8 people in a photo, you probably do not need to take additional versions of that photo with smaller subsets of the first photo. More than that, I can understand that it might be worthwhile, but it really can save you time in the long run.

3. Wedding party photos that don’t include all of the wedding party.

I will be sad for the rest of my life when I look at my favorite picture of the wedding party and then realize that my 2 nephews aren’t in it. If you have babies as ring bearers I can understand it, but the kids were both old enough to have been in all of the photos. This was a miss on my part – and made the photo I love so much almost unusable because of the missing party members.

I also am not 100% certain that I needed individual images of myself with every one of the bridesmaids, and Will didn’t need himself with every one of the groomsmen.

4. More than 3-5 poses of you and your new spouse.

File under “pay the money for a photographer that you really like and trust.” (This is a whole other story, but we ended up with the shadiest photo studio.) We missed almost our entire cocktail hour because we were being photographed together. The photos are pretty awful, and none of them ended up anywhere except in the proof album. The photographer had every opportunity to look at the screen on his camera and suggest something else, and just didn’t.

We had spent so much time before the wedding doing photos (I think the first look is a great idea, we didn’t really do it that way but the idea is lovely) that we were tired of smiling after the ceremony. We could hear all of our guests in the cocktail space having a great time, and continued taking photos, even though we were both over it. In hindsight, I think we thought that this was what we were supposed to do. I am older and know better now.

I see no reason why you should not be able to sit down with your photographer at the beginning of any cocktail hour photo times and ask to see the images that have already been taken of you and your new spouse. If we had done this, I’m sure we would have agreed that we were fine with what was there. In addition, candid photos of our guests at the cocktail hour could have been taken. Sadly, we don’t have any photos from the cocktail hour at all.

5. Anything else that does not interest you!

Ultimately, you are the boss. In addition, you know what kind of style you and your betrothed have, and what sorts of images are appropriate for you.

I recommend making the shot list weeks before your wedding, and reviewing it more than once (and then once more) to see if you can eliminate unnecessary photos. Your wedding day will go by in a blur, and you will probably never look back and say “wow, I wish we had taken this picture without you, honey.” Minimize the number of posed wedding photos, and maximize the time spent with people you love. Tell your photographer to take LOTS of candid photos of your guests, they are so fun!

What wedding photos do you wish you hadn’t wasted time taking? Share in the comments!

Update/Follow-Up: Upon re-reading this post, perhaps the reason we don’t look right is because we aren’t wearing anything close to our normal stuff. We really did do and wear what we thought we were supposed to, and that is a waste of your time. I should have been wearing a black dress and I should NOT have had those nails. I cannot stress enough that you should be YOU on your wedding day.

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Missing The Mark #3: NY DMV

by Jamie Sanford on April 1, 2015

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I have been told recently that my use of a GPS Device (a Garmin) is ridiculous since my phone has a map functionality. (I bought a new car last year that has a lot of phone integration but not a big navigation screen.)

I should have listened to myself and kept using it, since I managed to get a ticket in NYC last week for using my phone to access the map while driving. I should have stuck to the Garmin.

Anyway, I accept that the officer was uninterested in the fact that I showed him the map, so I ended up with the ticket. It is OK, I accept the ticket and will totally pay it and not use my phone as a map in the car anymore.

This is where it goes downhill. I received the ticket in the morning, and then tried to log on to the NY DMV website in order to pay it in the afternoon, thinking that it would be in the system so I could give them my money easily. It turns out that this isn’t the case.

Going to the direct link they gave me to “e-plead,” it seemed like all I needed was my information and the ticket and I would be able to pay the fine without issue.

On this page, I chose to enter my name and birthdate, since my NJ driver’s license number isn’t the same length as the NY licenses. I entered everything correctly and clicked “submit.”

Fast forward to 5 days later, and I’ve been experiencing this error every single time. I was told by someone else (who doesn’t work for the DMV) that since my ticket was handwritten that it might take a few days to show up in the system, but come on. It is 2015. This is ridiculous. You’ll note that this error page in NO WAY indicates that your ticket might not have been entered into the system yet. Today, I decided to click the link to contact the Traffic Violations Bureau.

I called this number and went through about 5 different menu trees, then managed to be put on hold for over 15 minutes, all while having to endure a repeated torture of steel drum music.

The jig is up, New York, I am fully aware that I am NOT in a tropical locale with no cares in the world.

So when someone picks up to talk to me, I clearly state that I’ve been trying to pay my ticket online, but that I keep getting an error. She asks me for the ticket number and the day I received the ticket. After making me hold again, she comes back with a simple “It isn’t in the system, you should pay it in person or send a check in the mail.” Absolutely no mention of a delay, when it might be available to pay online, nothing.

What the hell? This seems like a MASSIVE issue within the NY ticketing system. I was initially shocked when I was handed the yellow carbon copy of the ticket I received, with all of my information written on there by hand. Who does that in 2015? I cannot possibly believe that the NYPD doesn’t have a computer in all of its cars for this reason, especially traffic cops who are giving tickets out all day.

Anyway, so now I do not know what to do. I was not given an envelope to pay this ticket by mail, and I don’t really want to pay that way, since I will not have proof of payment until the check is cashed. This is why I wanted to pay it online. I am not in NYC enough to have an opportunity to go pay it in person.

This system is in dire need of a review and revamp. I do not think I would be writing this post if they had posted something on the website about a delay between receiving the ticket and having it be available for payment, but at the same time, the back of the ticket says I only have 15 days to pay it. How long can I wait for this to come available online? So late that I should have just sent a check?

NY DMV webmasters, please feel free to contact me if you would like me to consult on how to fix this dated and frustrating system.

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Photography – Southern Vacation

by Jamie Sanford on March 31, 2015

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As I did when we went to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in November, I mostly played tourist with photography on this trip. I took all of the images in this post with the Sony NEX-6.

The first part of our trip was spent on the road from New Orleans to Hot Springs, during which it rained almost the whole time. I had to stop and take a picture of this foggy bridge.

The best part of going somewhere during the off-season is having places to yourself. We were alone for at least 95% of the time we were in the Fordyce Bathhouse at Hot Springs National Park.

This photo is of the steamer room at the bathhouse.

This is the men’s gymnasium at the bathhouse. Definitely frozen in time.

Between Hot Springs and New Orleans, we stopped overnight in Natchitoches, LA. Natchitoches (pronounced nack-a-tish) is famous for meat pies and for being the location where the classic Steel Magnolias was filmed. We found a free local newspaper with a Steel Magnolias tour map, which led to us driving around the town all morning, me quoting the movie the whole way.

Our first order of business upon arriving at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans was to book an airboat swamp tour. We used Airboat Adventures, and it was super fun.

I mean, photos of the beautiful buildings in the French Quarter are required, right?

I haven’t made it to Brennan’s on any of my trips but apparently their breakfast is amazing.

We had wickedly cold weather for 2 of our days in New Orleans. I felt bad for the people who came ridiculously unprepared for such weather.

2 weeks after Mardi Gras, and there were random beads hanging off of all sorts of places.

I said in an Instagram comment that New Orleans is one of the places I don’t mind going back to. I want to see and explore new places, but both Will and I have a crazy affection for this particular city.

We will definitely be back. Despite the cold that was colder than we would have liked, it was a lovely trip.

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