Last night, Haylee took me to dinner downtown. Outside of the restaurant was this unreal view of the city. I took advantage of it.
Snow. And it's only getting started.
Back in Cincinnati, sources tell me it has been 60s-70s, which has been a record high for December. Personally, I don't have a problem with the cold. It reminds me of when we we're gone every weekend on hockey trips. It's a weird thing, but I absolutely love it.
Lucky for me, I hear it snows a bit in Utah.
My goal with these new hats we're to be able to wear them with anything.
This is the hat I've been wearing everyday for almost 2 months and I couldn't be happier with the way they turned out.
I'm planning on growing and continuing to release more stuff in the coming months. I'm basically just making things I want to wear and giving other people the option to wear it as well. I'm aware these hats aren't for everybody, and quite frankly I really don't care. Essentially, it's what I like. It's my style. I'm not doing anything but me.
I love my city.
It's Fall Time.
Live from the airport, as I wait for my flights SLC-ORD-CVG. Going home for Thanksgiving. Football. Family. Food. Christmas.
I waited to long to write this post. . we're boarding now.
Setting the night on fire.
My buddy, Daehan Jang, knows how to do exactly that.
This past weekend we celebrated our friends' Carlie & Jackson's wedding. The reception took place in this old mansion in downtown Salt Lake City and I'll say I haven't been to anything else quite like this one.
Growing up in Cincinnati, I've never been to a mormon wedding/reception, so it was a little different from most weddings i've been too. For example, we toasted with cokes instead of champagne. . . which I thought was actually pretty cool. It actually felt like I was living in a Coke commercial.
All in all, it was a beautiful evening with some of the best friends.
There are two types of people.
The ones who would "die" for their cup of Starbucks (predominately "white girls."), and the ones who absolutely despise them and categorize them as "corporate sellouts."
Me personally, I think it's great. You won't see me flipping out if I don't have a coffee with that famous green and white mermaid on it, but at the same time, I think they consistently make an above average cup of coffee. Pricey? Absolutely. But in the end, it get's the job done.
I'm aware there are much better places to get coffee and we love to support the mom and pop shops just as much if not more. Now, believe it or not Starbucks started the same way as that little store at the market in Seattle, and marketed themselves into the massive empire they are today. Which I find incredibly fascinating and admirable.
From a branding/ marketing standpoint alone, to make coffee, a bitter drink that contains water and a bean, as "cool" as it is impressive to say the least. I could elaborate more on this but I won't at this time.
What I'm getting at is that I love the red cups. My favorite i've seen from any store at any time. Straight up.
Rarely is anything ever as "cool" as it looks.
Over the last few months I've been the designated photographer of my friend, Daehan Jang's, instagram page. Daehan enjoys the smell of the rubber as you open up your box of fresh kicks for the first time. Which is exactly what he portrays on his YouTube channel as well as his instagram account.
Every shoot I find myself laughing at how we go about producing the shots, but this one more so than usual.
We tried a number of different things to get the shot exactly how we wanted it. One effect, was our friend Sam's fog machine he bought for Halloween. The idea was going to make for a really awesome effect until we discovered we didn't have an extension chord and the machine wouldn't reach the frame.
Naturally, being the innovators we like to think we are, we thought to shoot the smoke into a box, carry it to the shot, then dump it in the frame (as seen done below by Sam. That's a sign of true friendship.)
Practical effects are the way to go any opportunity you have to use them. It made for a fun night and a great shot (below).
After hearing about everything that happened tonight in Paris, I contacted our AirBnB host who gave us a place to stay this summer in Paris.
The man's name was Simon and where we stayed was blocks away from where one of the attacks were.
I still haven't heard from Simon but I don't expect to for at least few more days. I can't even imagine the tension and fear that is going on in the city.
It's weird how I feel so connected to Simon and his family even though we were there for a week. The way I see it, anyone who opens up their home and gives what they have to complete strangers is what family is. Last night had me pretty shaken up, but all we can do is pray.