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2017 Instagram Roundup

by Jamie Sanford on December 29, 2017

It’s that time again. The end of the year, and lots of Instagrams to go through.

Let’s get right into the yearly recap.

After a chill NYE with the boys, we went to our favorite park on New Year’s Day. We would end up on a lot of trips to this park all year.

Pete was in NJ for work, and we had a few chances to hang out.

Wine tasting with the boys.

Back at the park, too warm for a normal winter.

We escaped to Florida for a little trip, and toured the campus of Florida Southern College. You can see my full posts on this experience here.

We also went to the Everglades and took an excellent airboat tour.

We also managed to be there at the right time for a trip to the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Back at home – I took this photo of my favorite immigrant.

Different views of the Flatiron Building.

Estate sailing has not become old yet. Old houses are still the weirdest, most interesting museums.

Dad visited and we went to Rutt’s Hut, because you have to.

I posted about the Met Costume Institute’s “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” Exhibition a LOT. It was beautiful.

We had a great evening with Stevie Nicks.

We went to our first air show. (Together, that is.)

We went to a local zoo and William bonded with the budgies.

Back to Florida for a wedding and we finally went to the Giraffe Ranch with Mom and Dad! Look at this beautiful creature! <3

Amazing skies at Mike & Amy’s wedding.

An uneventful July ended with a bang, when I got an email about a surprise Nine Inch Nails show on a random Monday night at Webster Hall.

Random stop at the Gingerbread House, which has seen much better days.

More estate sailing, and another weird thing I should have purchased.

Got together with the girls and selfied with Wadee’ah.

Went to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival with William, and we had poutine in the cold.

We got fancy for David and Brian’s wedding!

Halloween dinner.

We love the fall. A lot.

Will and I had a photoshoot to feature my forest queen antler headpieces. Images can be seen here.

We ventured out to a different park, this time at Ramapo Reservation.

We went to a most excellent Gary Numan show on Will’s birthday. Here’s a video of one of my favorite songs from the show. Watch out for the arm at the very end. So good.

We have not traveled nearly as much this year as we have in the past few, but I intend on changing that for next year. Here’s to another year of Instagrams!

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2016 Instagram Roundup

by Jamie Sanford on December 30, 2016

As always, I can’t believe it’s time for year-in-review posts!

Let’s go over the best in my Instagram for the year.

Estate sailing was in full effect early in the year. It’s a good way to keep busy on grey winter Saturdays.

It snowed, a lot.

Another estate sale, this time with handpainted garbage cans.

Estate sailing with the boys. Not sure how I would survive without my partners-in-crime.

More estate sale decay.

We had this amazing visitor at my office.

We spent a lot of time in the park system of Bergen County. It was colder this day than we planned for.

You know things are changing when part of the party consists of trying to make the babies smile in unison.

The beginning of warmer weather means more opportunities for Flatiron Building photos.

We located some more of my ancestors in local cemeteries!

We escaped the room!

I planned another random adventure, this time to Penn’s Cave in Pennsylvania.

I made my first flower crown and we went to the NYC pride parade.

We went on a ferry boat in Lake Ontario to a wonderful wedding!

I got to wear one of my favorite dresses EVER.

I visited my friend Wadee’ah and watched her make cake for her custom cake company, Terry’s Heaven-Lee Bakery.

We went to Florida for Nan’s 90th birthday. One day, Will and I invaded her house and we made Pistachio-Rose Clouds, which are super delicious.

Nan’s birthday party definitely had a theme. Mom had been talking about it for 2 years.

We stayed at a house with this view in early August, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

We caught some lightning outside of our window. I think this is the best lightning photo I have ever taken! The Sony NEX-6 has served me well.

We took a few trips to the Met, one in particular to see Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

Still regretting not buying what we called the Chewbacca painting at one of the oddest estate sales that we’d ever been to.

When the light looks like this, you have to take a photo.

I was already obsessed with the Snapchat bee filter, so I had to try it again once I decided to go with turquoise hair.

Will accompanied me to the Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Market party, where he then indulged me by trying all of the photobooths.

Here’s our family photo at the pumpkin patch/apple farm.

Halloween look number 1 was a complete success. I took an existing headband with battery-powered skulls and turned it into a gothy flower crown.

I fully embraced any and all 90s style throwbacks that I could.

Cooler weather and changing leaves put us back on track for long walks in the woods and on trails.

We went to Las Vegas with 28 other people and renewed our wedding vows for our 10th anniversary.

The Bellagio fountains have the same level of picture-worthiness as the Flatiron Building.

I created a number of travel detritus still-life photos. They are one of my favorite ways to create memories of our trips that are really fun to look back on.

Still trying to be a little bit of a photographer, and then being surprised and mildly annoyed when my subject turns on me and then I accidentally make a photo that is WAY better than what I intentioned. It feels like cheating.

I surprised Will with a trip to New Orleans for our birthday weekend!

Here is Will in the Napoleon House, our new favorite bar.

We got to spend a few minutes with Jason after a dinner at Sylvain, a new favorite in New Orleans. I’m going to collaborate on a New Orleans guide with William in Q1.

Back home and back to estate sailing. We ended up in a top 5 weirdest house, with an OBGYN’s office in the basement. Brian’s face says it all.

It was exciting to be home for Christmas and to be able to have Christmas Eve with Brian and David, who just recently got engaged! I love nothing more than adventuring with these 3 men, and spending a quiet Christmas Eve with them was the best. We ate some delicious Honeybaked Ham and extravagant side dishes, played Bucket of Doom, and exchanged gifts. It was relaxed and amazing.  (The previous link is an affiliate link, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link.)

I think that is all for the recap. I am wishing you all the best for 2017.

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My Top 5 Favorite Apps of 2016

by Jamie Sanford on December 22, 2016


I am surprised that I haven’t created one of these posts in the past! I’ve been an iPhone user for almost 6 years, and apps have pretty much taken over.

Here we go with my top 5 favorite apps of 2016.

1. A Color Story

A Color Story is the best photo editing app I have tried, and I have tried a LOT of photo editing apps. You can adjust curves! For anyone who uses Photoshop, you know how valuable this is in a phone app.

2. Instagram

I joined Instagram in the middle of 2011, and as of 11/30/16, I am 3 posts shy of 3,000 images posted. That’s a lot of estate sale photos. I do miss the old algorithm, because I don’t feel like I see as much as I want to anymore.

3. Hilton HHonors App

I don’t know why it took me as long as it did to start using the Hilton HHonors app. We took a lengthy road trip last Christmas and stayed in Hilton hotels all the way, racking up points along the way. The app is so easy to use that I don’t ever go on the regular website anymore to book Hilton hotels. I can’t think of a higher compliment than that.

4. Timehop

Why spend all of this time putting content on social networks if it can’t create a beautiful set of memories to look back on? Timehop is GENIUS and if you aren’t using it, you are missing out. Every morning, I check to see what I did 1 year ago, 2 years ago, etc. It is one of my  favorite apps ever.

5. Slack

Unlike most people who use Slack, this is being used in my personal life, not my professional life. I would love to start using it in my professional life, but for now, I have a lovely group of friends in a group, with multiple threads for us to talk about whatever comes to mind. I love that I can use this so easily from my phone.

Honorable mentions:

  • Whatsapp: for texting internationally, there is no better option.
  • Facebook: for all of your unneeded political opinions.
  • Wunderlist: for creating and sharing lists – the one used the most for me is Will and I’s shared grocery list.
  • Glympse: mildly creepy but you can share your GPS location with someone else. Will and I use this for when we are meeting somewhere and cannot provide updates by text due to driving etc.
  • Snapchat: good times with those filters.
  • Later: this has been great for posting Instagram content for Noritake.
  • Tumblr: for aggregating lots of content about specific things I am interested in, I haven’t found anything better.
  • Spotify: playlists, playlists, playlists.
  • Twitter: for commentary during live events I’m watching on TV, there is nothing better.

Tweet at me with your favorite apps of the year.

 

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Another quick Brand Experience Project post today, after an unfortunate experience with a brand that is new to me.

During the Olympics, I became enamored with Sarah Robles, a badass weightlifter from the US, who won a bronze medal!  As is standard procedure now, I searched for her and started following her on Instagram. I was even more excited when I saw that she had a brand partnership with 360 Stretch Denim by Svoboda. (Total props to Svoboda for this. 1, Sarah is an amazing example of a plus-size woman killing it, and 2, having her lift in the jeans to show their stretch power is genius.) I couldn’t remember having heard of the brand, but I made a note to check them out, since I am fairly obsessed with finding the perfect pair of jeans.

I went on their website and was sold on the shape and the dark wash. The website was standard, so I won’t review that, but the shipping experience is where I start to have issues.

My order is shipped! This is great.

It starts to go downhill when 6 days later, the tracking link tells me that USPS hasn’t received the item yet, and I expected it to have been delivered.

More upsetting is that no one writes me back until September 2 – after I send another email, and then post a comment on one of their Instagram photos asking for someone to get back to me.

“I got this series of emails now. They were in junk. Sorry.” This is not the tone I would expect after having to reach out to a company multiple times about where my items are in the shipping process. You’ll note also that while the first email indicates that I will receive an update in an hour, I do not receive said email until the following day. An update email with a message of “My apologies again for the delay, I am now waiting to hear back from USPS and will get back to you as soon as I hear from them” would be preferable.

The second email is much friendlier. I appreciated the second shipment, but was surprised that Jessica didn’t indicate to me that the shipment had been upgraded to priority, which meant that I received my jeans in 2 days.

In addition to this unfortunate correspondence, I went back to Instagram to get a screenshot of my question, only to find that my question has been deleted.

This is the image I commented on. It isn’t there anymore, because it was deleted. My question was pretty innocuous, so I am baffled as to why they deleted it, instead of taking the opportunity to show how quickly and well they could respond to a customer issue.

In my work for Noritake, we have only ever deleted one Facebook comment, and that’s because it was HIGHLY offensive and inappropriate. I am a strong believer in addressing customer issues publicly – not only because it is vital to answer customer complaints, but it creates a public record of service. In addition, if I was irritated enough about a deletion, I would probably feel compelled to post MORE about my experience, creating a bigger issue. This is a miss by the Svoboda social team.

Tweet me with your thoughts on companies that delete customer questions!

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Instagram Roundup #126: 2015 Year in Review

by Jamie Sanford on January 1, 2016

Here are all of the other Instagram Roundups!

The first Flatiron photo included snow!

I had dinner in January with my sister and her mother-in-law, Joan. Sadly, at the end of this year, Joan lost her battle with cancer. #fuckcancer

We continued going to estate sales, including the best one ever, at a teacher’s former home.

March brought a road trip through parts of the south, and we ended up in New Orleans, a favorite destination.

We went on an airboat tour, and I got to hold this little gator!

In April, I went to Florida for my Mom’s birthday, and surprised everyone else in my family too!

Mom and I baked together.

I also fished with Dad and Pete.

I also hung out with my nephew Cooper.

It was a year full of visits to our local parks.

I also tried new chip flavors, like All Dressed, from Canada.

I took a wonderful course called Miracle Worker, and met a bunch of amazing ladies.

I got to spend much time with wonderful friends.

David and I conquered the corn dogs at the fair.

We went to a mineral museum to see a room of fluorescing rocks!

I found a rooster at the state fair that looked like David Bowie’s character in Labyrinth, Jareth.

I wore a hat at almost every opportunity.

Lots of instafortunes.

We had 2 lovely weekends at the Jersey Shore.

We had a ball at #theknotgala in October.

More Flatiron photos were taken.

Halloween was eventful and one of the most fun I have had in ages.

I tweeted something that charmed me and it became my most popular tweet ever.

I took William to Pennsylvania for a weekend of trains.

I got to have dinner with my beautiful sister in November.

We went to Sandy Hook in NJ – more on that soon.

We took a holiday road trip, and started out strong, getting selfies with Santa Claus and Ms. Virginia!

We also had a great stop in Charleston, South Carolina. I wish we would have had more time there.

In addition to seeing our family, we got to spend time with friends. The selfie stick resulted in too many options to not share them all.

We made our final stop at Congaree National Park on our way home. A lifetime of smirky selfies with this wonderful man will never be enough.

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