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Monday, August 18, 2014

Pin Picks: 5 ideas for a better brown bag

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Take lunch to a new level with fresh ideas from Lunchbox Dad and chef Jamie Oliver. Swap a sad sack for a bento box, give the PB&J a timeout with surprising sandwich alternatives, and get tips on getting more lunch out of your lunch money. For even more brown bag inspiration, visit Pin Picks.

Trade a brown bag for a box

Give the PB&J a break

Use your imagination

Make a power snack with spirit

Add surprise to a sandwich

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to school with Fawn Shoppe owner Danni Remender

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Danni Remender is co-owner of Fawn Shoppe, an online children’s boutique stocked full of make-believe, originality and adorable clothes. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Rick, a writer for Marvel Comics, and two cute—and of course, very well-dressed—children, Edie, age 4 and Tommy, age 3, who both start school this year. Here, Danni talks about motherhood and shares the back-to-school goods you gotta get.


Edie and Tommy start school this year. Are you ready?

I’m equally excited and sad at every milestone. I’ve been so fortunate to stay home with them—and feel completely spoiled at the notion of being there for it all—but as they and Fawn Shoppe grow, school is the next great step for all of us.

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Do you have any fond memories of when you were in school?

One time I stashed bubble gum in my belly button so I wouldn’t get in trouble. It was there all day, and by the time I made it home, my dress and stomach were forever bonded.

What are some of the coolest school supplies you’ve seen this year?

I adore the colorful Kanken backpacks. They’re so well made and fun.


Wouldn’t hurt to have some of the coolest sunglasses by Son + Daughters.


What are the must-have pieces for Fall?

Anything Nico Nico or Bobo Choses—they’re basics with an edge, but very wearable.


What are your favorite children’s books?

“A Sick Day for Amos McGee” is beautifully illustrated and such a sweet story.


We also love “The Day the Crayons Quit.” My kids think the nude crayon is so funny.


Favorite toy?

I’m a fan of beautiful, well-made blocks. These Miller Goodman blocks are in constant rotation in our house. Along with all the Grimm’s pieces, too.


You have such definitive taste. Have you always been interested in design?

I’m really such a nerd for kids clothing and design. It started long before I had children. I’ve always loved great design and now I have an outlet with Fawn Shoppe.

How do you and Fawn Shoppe partner, Kristin Swati, work together?

We spend countless hours going down rabbit holes of inspiration like MilK magazine, Instagram and Pinterest, where we’ve discovered lots of beautiful brands. When we have ideas, we either pat each other on the back or say “that’s a terrible idea.”

Pinterest helps us organize our ideas. We use both public and private boards, comment on each other’s Pins and look at collections together.

When it’s time to place an order, we agonize and over analyze every detail and decision. But it’s always fun to guess what will be popular next season.

What will be the big thing in your Spring/Summer 2015 collection? Can you give us any hints (pretty please)?

I’ll just say that the watermelon is what the flamingo was this year.

So, how do you juggle it all—work and parenthood?

I’m not sure it can ever be perfect, but I try and stay attentive to whatever task I’m doing at that time. I love both work and parenthood, so I find ways to make it work. For instance, a major time-saver for me is getting up before the kids. If I’m trying to do both work-related things and playing with my children, I’m generally making mistakes.

Any advice for new parents?

Take advice with a grain of salt and trust your gut. Everyone has an opinion, but you know them better than anyone—you’re their advocate

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Create video collections on Pinterest with Vevo

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Looking for a new way to enjoy the sounds of summer?

With the new Vevo player, you can discover, save and watch your favorite music videos right on Pinterest. And when you’re on Vevo.com or the Vevo iOS app, you can save videos to your Pinterest board—just tap the share icon, then the Pinterest button.

Create a visual mixtape today with music videos, original shows, live concerts and more. To get started, check out Vevo’s video collections—Top of the Charts is my favorite!

Follow Vevo’s board Top of the Charts on Pinterest.

Follow Vevo’s board VMAs 2014: The Nominees on Pinterest.

Follow Vevo’s board Ain’t Nothing but the Old School on Pinterest.

Follow Vevo’s board 11 Live Nirvana Performances You Have to See on Pinterest.

Follow Vevo’s board Country Music Happy Hour on Pinterest.

Vaishali Parekh, currently Pinning to 20/20 Experience.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Pin Picks: 6 camping ideas and hacks

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When was the last time you woke up outside? Tents, s’mores, gadgets and hacks—here’s some campspiration to send you out into the great outdoors (or your backyard). For even more camping how-tos, visit Pin Picks.

Hang out in the trees

If sleeping on the ground isn’t your bag, meet the Stingray Tent.

Sleep under the stars

Clearly Arches National Park rocks.

Gourmet s’mores?

Yes, please.

The art of glamping

Make your tent feel like home.

Hiking essentials

How to be smart when you set out for a trek.

Forget something?

Duct tape’s got talent.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Kyle Snarr: Digital marketer, blogger and camper

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Accomplished digital marketer and blogger Kyle Snarr grew up near the Appalachian Trail, slept under a family of four bears and can’t go camping without bacon. Here he talks about the importance of unplugging from technology, five outdoor essentials everyone should have and the two things you need to be successful in life.

What’s the most important thing to learn how to do before going camping?

These days, it’s how to unplug, especially for a family. When we’re camping with our kids, it’s a no device deal. Often times we’re in places with next-to-no coverage anyway, but we really leave the tablets home and when we arrive at our destination. The iPhones get left in the glove box.

We take pictures with a Canon DSLR that we know is gonna get way hammered. After the trip, I’ll sort through the best images and upload to my social streams. Better to be in the moment than trying to post or Pin something in the middle of it all.

I think this video by the folks at Poler Stuff really sums up this sentiment well:


What are the five things you’d never go camping without?

1. Bandana

Bandanas are super functional. They’re great to tie things up. Soak ’em with water and they’ll cool you down. And they look stylish too. I just found one from Penham Supply Co. recently and got if for my wife since we just moved to New York.


2. Timex Weekender

I’m a watch guy, but definitely do not want to take a nicer watch camping, especially with kids. So I rely on a basic Timex Weekender watch with a nylon strap when camping. They’re great looking watches that are inexpensive, so who cares if it gets scratched. It even has an Indiglo face when you need to quickly check the time in the middle of the night without firing up a flashlight.


3. Sandals

I’ve hiked in some sort of sport sandals for years and have never ever had any issues. When I do need hiking boots, I use a pair I got decades ago. Sandals are perfect for scrambling over red rock or diving in a lake. And you can wear them nearly year round. Just add some wool socks—trust me, it’s okay.


4. Beanie

It doesn’t matter where you are or what time of year it is. Pack yourself a beanie. You’ll definitely use it. They look cool and they’re awesome for pulling down over your eyes in the morning when the sun starts blasting through your tent wall.


5. Bacon

Everything is better with bacon, especially camping. Hey, I like ready-to-eat stuff, it’s all good. But I’m smuggling bacon along for the ride whenever possible. Waking up in a sleeping bag to the smell of boiling bacon is pure bliss.


Latest camping gadget you love?

Recently, I’ve been geeking out on Opinel pocketknives. These knives have been made almost the exact same way in the Savoire region of France for over a hundred years. They’re simple, solid, very inexpensive and just plain beautiful. They’re great for whittling, as well as cooking and eating. And they have some cool, kid-friendly models too. Folks will often paint, decorate or customize their wooden handles as well.


Best camping hack you’ve learned?

One thing we’ve learned over the years of camping with a brood of kids is: bring a broom! When you’re backpacking, you’ve generally got a lightweight, two-man tent that you can pick up and shake out before packing it. When your family doesn’t fit in anything less than a six-man tent, you need to sweep out all that red dirt dust before you roll it up.


Oh yeah, be sure to toss some kitchen shears into your camping crates too. We use them constantly.


Most memorable camping trip?

A few years ago in Tahoe, my wife and I were awakened by a bear who’d climbed a tree directly above our tent—along with her three cubs. No joke.

Favorite place to camp with kids?

We’ve fallen in love with desert camping in Southern Utah. Places like Goblin Valley State Park are perfect because we would inevitably end up playing hide and seek in the hoodoos with our kids all day long. I can honestly say they’d rather go there than Disneyland… but don’t ask them that!


Where did you grow up?

Just an hour north of NYC, right near where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Hudson River. That location really provided an amazing balance between access to both culture and camping.

Both my wife and I come from serious camping families. Growing up, I don’t remember ever going on a single vacation that didn’t involve sleeping in a tent at some point. My wife grew up similarly in the Bay Area, spending her summers in Yosemite. So both of us are really committed to providing that sort of balance to our kids today. We’ve made it a point to take our kids to at least three national or state parks every year.

You recently moved from Salt Lake City to New York City. What do you think?

SLC has this amazing feeling of being on the verge of something big. The creative, technical and even foodie culture there is bubbling into some real awesomeness and I already miss it. My favorite hangout was Guzzi’s Vintage Burgers and Fries—affectionately referred to simply as Guzzi Burger. They have insanely good grub. And if you ever have the chance to go there, always say “yes” to the grilled onions. Always.


It’s also fantastic to be in New York where it seems like everyone is just excited to be part of building this new dynamic, interconnected world we’re now living in. And now I’m on the hunt for a burger joint in NYC to call my own. Suggestions welcome!

How do you discover new things?

I’m definitely an iPhone power user. I’m constantly bouncing back and forth between Pinterest and Flipboard. I’m plugged into some really great feeds via Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and Instagram that I’ll quickly consume in Flipboard. When I see something I dig, I copy the link from there and immediately Pin it with the Pinterest iPhone app.

When you get an idea, how do you capture it?

I use digital tools like Pinterest to get inspired and organize those pieces of inspiration. When those then give me a new idea, I actually take that idea to a very analog place. I’ve got a pile of small notebooks, usually with graph paper, where I jot down my original ideas in a very journalistic way. I try to be sure to write in my journal at least once a week.

How do you use Pinterest?

I use Pinterest as a hyper-curated expression of the things I’m inspired by and that really represent my personal aesthetic. I actually have certain rules and criteria that anything I want to Pin has to fit into. I feel like if you set up some pretty strict rules for yourself, it’s easier to know what not to Pin and people begin to learn what to expect from you. This increases the chances of meeting folks online who are cut from the same cloth as you—and that’s just cool.

What’s your mantra?

I feel like there are really only two things you need in life to be successful. You just need to work hard and be cool. You can work as hard as possible, but if you’re not cool to folks, you’ll fail. On the other hand, you can be cooler than cool and if you just float around and never do anything, you’ll eventually fail too. You need both and when you have them, you’re golden.

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To see more outdoor gear, hacks, hikes and campsites, check out Pin Picks: Roughing it the easy way.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Pin Picks: BBQ & grilling tips you can’t miss

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Summer isn’t over yet—there’s still time for good food in the great outdoors with friends. Whether you’re a grilling first-timer or die-hard, fire it up and try one of these BBQ recipes or hacks. For even more tips on eating outside, check out this week’s Pin Picks on Pinterest.

Grilling oysters

Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” learns how to grill with a super-secret ingredient from Bon Appetit.

DIY fire pit

Build a fire pit from scratch in your very own backyard—with only five materials and tools.

Smoky ribs

Master those baby back, baby back…ribs! You can never have too much flavor.

Rosemary skewered grilled mushrooms

Don’t forget to eat your veggies.

Grapefruit whiskey sour

Old meets new: take a classic cocktail and give it a refreshing spin.

Grilled pineapple

Who said you can’t grill fruit? Have your pineapple and eat it too.

Onion rub?

Here’s an au natural way to make your grill non-stick.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Start a conversation about a Pin

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Every day, people send more than two million Pins. Sending a Pin is a great way to let someone know you found something they’d love. We wanted to make it easier for you to have a good old fashioned conversation about those Pins. So now, when someone shoots you a Pin, you’ll be able to reply with a message or send a Pin back!

More good news: you can also send Pins and messages to multiple people. Say you’re organizing a camping trip with friends—try sending Pins to the whole gang so you can figure out where to go and what meals to make. If you need a reminder of who’s bringing what, just pull up the conversation right from your notifications.

We hope this will help you plan projects, swap creative ideas and share your best discoveries with each other.

To learn more about sending and replying to Pins, see it in action.

—Tom Watson, Product Designer, currently Pinning to Tiny

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Pin Tip: An easier way to find things you’ve Pinned

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Remember that great idea you Pinned a while back and always meant to try? Ready to give it a go? Here’s how to get right to it.

1. Make sure you have the latest version of our app on iOS and android

2. Go to your profile

3. Type in whatever you’re looking for in the Search your Pins field

To make your Pins even easier to find, you can always add more details to your Pin descriptions.

For more good ideas, follow our Pin Tips board.

Happy Pinning!

—Dong Wang, Software Engineer, currently Pinning to Animal 動物

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Pin Picks: 10 why-didn’t-we-think-of-that home hacks

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Small bedroom? Hang your table. No closet? Grab a ladder. Zero storage space? Sleep on it. No matter the problem, there’s a solution. Find your fix with these clever (and cool) home hacks.

1. Skateboard shelf

Give your room a laid back vibe by repurposing an old skateboard deck as a shelf.

2. Toilet paper holder

Add a pop of color to your bathroom by using bright rope or a shoelace to hold toilet paper.

3. Ladder wardrobe

This is a simple way to organize your clothes or outerwear. Leave the wood natural, or paint it to match your room.

4. Hanging table

Open up a small space and create an eye-catching effect by hanging a tabletop.

5. Suitcase chair

Mix old and new by adding cushions to a vintage suitcase. Perfect for travel fanatics!

6. Cement side table

Add a natural touch to a space with cement blocks. Plus, the cubbyholes organize mementos, books and plants. For a top, wood works, too.

7. Pallet desk

Use a wood pallet to make a slim desk with built in storage. (So smart!)

8. Hammock

Create a place to relax, inside or outside, with a canvas drop cloth and hardware.

9. Rope divider

Mentally section off a room with jute rope and wood.

10. Brick wall

Cover a wall with thin 1/2” bricks to create a warehouse effect.

—Amy Schaefer, Writer, currently Pinning to home.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Pin Picks: 10 comic book greats

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In the spirit of Comic-Con this weekend, here are 10 legendary comic book artists and writers—plus, a few you might not know, but should.

1. Brian Bolland

British-born Bolland is one of the definitive artists of Judge Dredd. He also worked on Batman: The Killing Joke, which explores the Joker’s origin and is one of the most controversial Batman stories.

See Brian Bolland comics on Emerson’s board.

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2. John Byrne

Byrne is best known for his work on Marvel Comics’ X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the 1986 relaunch of DC Comics’ Superman franchise. He scripted the first issues of the Hellboy series and produced Next Men, Danger Unlimited and a number of Star Trek comics.

See John Byrne comics on Eric McRay’s board.

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3. Steve Ditko

Ditko is the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics’ heroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

See Steve Ditko comics on Joshua Clark’s board.

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4. Will Eisner

Eisner was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and in 1978, he popularized the term “graphic novel” with the publication of his book A Contract with God. His series The Spirit was recognized for its experiments in content and form.

See Will Eisner comics on Nicholas Eduardo’s board.

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5. Dave Gibbons

Gibbons started his comic book career in horror and action titles for IPC and DC Comics. He’s known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, which include the miniseries Watchmen and the Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything”.

See Dave Gibbons comics on Louis Lomaxx’s board.

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6. Jack Kirby

Kirby created Captain America with writer Joe Simon. He also created the Fantastic Four and the Hulk, and while working alongside Marvel’s Stan Lee, illustrated Thor and The Avengers.

See Jack Kirby comics on Gary Swindell’s board.

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7. Stan Lee

Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men and many others. Additionally, he led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division in a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

See Stan Lee comics on Edson Kapa’s board.

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8. John Romita, Jr.

At the age of 13, Romita, Jr. first contributed to Marvel Comics with the creation of the Prowler in The Amazing Spider-Man #87. Recently, he’s been working with writer Mark Millar on Kick Ass, the comic that spawned the mega-hit movie and a sequel.

See John Romita, Jr. comics on Chris Innsmouth’s board.

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9. Jim Steranko

Steranko is most famous for his iconic cover of the Hulk. He also worked on the super-spy feature “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in Strange Tales and created conceptual art and character designs for films including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

See Jim Steranko comics on Manny Popoca’s board.

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10. Osamu Tezuka

Tezuka is a Japanese artist and author who invented the big-eye style of anime. He is known for his work on Astro Boy, Phoenix, Black Jack, Princess Knight and Buddha.

See Osamu Tezuka comics on Meghan B.’s board.

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And here are a few more comic book artists you might not know, but should.

Eleanor Davis’ new compendium of short stories How To Be Happy will debut at SPX 2014.

Michael DeForge is one of the designers for the popular animated TV series, Adventure Time.

Drew Friedman’s caricatures and comics have graced the pages of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Village Voice and Mad.

Jesse Jacobs’ art-book slash graphic novel depicts all manners of beast running, crawling and slithering towards death’s cold embrace.

—Amy Schaefer, Writer, currently Pinning to design.

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