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05.11.16

TOKYO TRAVEL / PART 1

TOKYO! what a trip. so much to see. so much to explore. overwhelming, but amazing. exactly why i wanted to go and try to find a bunch of spots to share with you. because you gottttta go. let’s dive in..

tokyo travel guide 1 | designlovefest

we took a 4 hour flight from hong kong to tokyo and arrived into the narita airport. the airport is pretty far from everything (about 1.5 hours) so we decided to take the to the sheraton hotel and then a 10 minute cab to our hotel. it was about $26 a person as opposed to an expensive cab ride ($150-200) but it’s up to you, really. i actually liked the bus ride, it was nice, easy to book as you exit customs, and runs every 30 mins or something fast like that.

i’m going to try to break down what we did by neighborhood because there is a LOT to see in tokyo, and everything is pretty spread out. my suggestion is to use google maps on your phone and computer to plan the trip. type in a place you want to go and hit the little “saved” star so you get a bunch of stars on your map and you know how to plan your day. you don’t want to be going all over the city if you can stick in one neighborhood in the daytime and another in the evening.

tip: we rented little wifi devices from  that gave us a signal throughout the whole trip. verizon didn’t have a good data plan for the places we were visiting. we got two for four people so the signal would be strong. honestly worked perfectly in hong kong, and almost perfectly in tokyo. would also highly suggest a for keeping that phone charged because maps takes up a loooot of battery.

tokyo travel guide 1 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 1 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 1 | designlovefest

MEGURO

natalie and i got in late and went straight to sleep but then met up with jen and jesse in the morning. it’s always fun to meet up with someone you know, somewhere new. it’s so exciting. the hotel we stayed in was the through . it was definitely one of the most unique hotel experiences i’ve had. there is only 18 rooms, and we were able to move around and see a bunch of them. some are very modern and minimalist and some are very wacky and themed (stuffed animal theme or ship theme! ha) the place kinda felt like an ace hotel, but in japan. i liked having my morning coffee in the lobby and the store on the 2nd floor is absolutely stunning (a must.) as far as location, i felt it was sort of out of the way from things we wanted to see and more chill and residential, but a great hotel regardless. and we did find a lot of cool stuff in the meguro neighboorhood that were worth checking out. there’s also a lot of vintage shopping here!

tokyo travel guide 1 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 1 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 1 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 1 | designlovefest

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03.04.16

TRAVEL MEMORIES

memory books | designlovefest

i just went on a trip to marfa texas with 7 of my girlfriends for my 30th birthday in january (see the post here and herewe all took so many photos and had so many amazing memories that i wanted to remember them forever. i thought it would be really fun to make these coffee table books for each of my friends filled with all of our trip photos. i was SO thrilled when they arrived! beautiful pink covers with rose gold foiled lettering. yes please….(and use the discount code DESIGNLOVE10 for 10% off your purchase)

memory books | designlovefest
memory books | designlovefest

look how thick the pages are in these! (i used the . you can choose from 12 different colors and different foils)

memory books | designlovefest
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i layed out the book on using a mixture of photos from real cameras, and i also added in tons of iphone pics. they all looked amazing, so happy with the quality.

memory books | designlovefest
memory books | designlovefest
memory books | designlovefest

it was very special sitting with each of my friends as they opened them and flipped through the pages with big eyes as we laughed at all the good times. these would make wonderful wedding albums, gifts for your parents, family albums. you name it. i want to make 300 of them!

use the discount code DESIGNLOVE10 for 10% off your next order. the code will be valid for one week only!

memory books | designlovefest
memory books | designlovefest

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02.09.16

REAL TALK / ADULT FRIENDSHIPS

adult friendships | designlovefest

we grow up hearing a lot of advice on dating and marriage and single life. but adult friendships, that’s another story. if you’re like me, your friends are like family to you. they take a lot of effort, compassion, time, compromise, and understanding…but the payoff is totally worth it.

topic: do you feel like it’s hard to make new friends as an adult? where do you feel like you’ve made some of your best adult friends? when you feel yourself drifting apart from a friend, how do we handle it? how much time do you expect from a friend? has a friendship ever felt more like an obligation to you?

it’s funny to see how different our answers are!…

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01.12.16

REAL TALK: WEDDINGS

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i’ve always been pretty open when it comes to sharing more personal stuff. i guess i’m just not the most private person. i also find it VERY interesting when people are able to talk about the real stuff happening in our day to day lives. i’ve been wanting to explore more personal, weird, awkward, intimate, questionable, thought-provoking topics on this blog for a while now. i have to admit, before i wrote this post (which thank you SO SO much for your thoughtful comments. i read each one of them and i feel overjoyed with the response.) anyway, before i wrote that post i was nervous about HOW i would introduce it and make it look cohesive with my blog. but now, since my site is taking a bit of a turn in the road and going the more scrappy route, i feel like it’s the perfect time.

remember when katie and i ran the weekly advice column? that one was a little more focused on career stuff (which we will still touch on) but this one is going to be more casual/personal focused. let’s see how it goes! i also have a team of great girls with different opinions and i think it will be cool to introduce different points of view. okay, let’s REAL TALK.

our first topic: WEDDING GIFT & THANK YOU ETIQUETTE. do you give a gift even if you don’t go to the wedding? do you think it’s rude to not buy off the registry? thank you notes, are they outdated or always required? do you really have a year to give someone a wedding gift?….read our thoughts!

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01.08.16

A NEW DIRECTION FOR DESIGNLOVEFEST

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i have to write my thoughts down on this topic because i stayed up until 3am last night thinking about it after i posted and got people talking about it. and then i couldn’t STOP thinking about it. so here it goes….

why did i first start blogging? let me take you waaaaaay back…

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