Fish mom and your must add apps

2016. Oh 2016, how good you’ve been to me so far. To start the year right, I needed company with me to make it through 2016 and beyond. Guys, I became a fish mom. I got adopted 3 neon tetras and two guppies and gave the homes of all homes!

The neon triplets are named Fin (the largest one and feisty one – his fin was hurt in a battle of some sort in his previous home in PetSmart), Alpha (the middle child who was a bit shy in the beginning, but has assumed his name) and last, the smallest one Dot (who has a dot near his tushy). The guppies are lively little swimmers and rightfully named Tequila and Sunny. Cute little mofos.

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L-R: Neon Triplets, home sweet home, and the guppies (Sunny, left and Tequila, right)

In other words, TPO’s TOP5 is live and on its 2nd edition. This time, I wanted to discuss some apps I have handy on my phone! Enjoy!

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Links: 5) snapchat 4) happn 3) thinkfull 2) telegram 1) foodler
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TPO’s TOP5

2015 was an interesting year for me. I had moved on to an exciting career with a company that I’ve loved and supported for so long. I’ve always felt a connection with a working environment that truly put people first, and I felt that TELUS truly did that. They have such a corporate and community-invested structure that truly appealed to me.

One of my dear friends, forwarded an opening on a team she had come across. Coincidentally, one of her childhood and best-friend was a part of that team, the Creative Communications Service. We tackle internal communications with a whole different ballgame. My team is made of crazy amazing designers, publishers and communicators, and I’m so so lucky to be a part of it.

I was hired for a reason (other than my ability to design and baking banana bread and cookies, obvs), and I felt I had to bring something else to the table. I created #TGIF-Ryan, a bi-weekly feed, featuring Ryan Gosling. It was a hit. People opted in, people went nuts and people were upset when I retired it at the end of 2015. All in all, it was so much fun. Below is a little taste of 2015’s TGIF-Ryan…

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So what’s next? Well it was a challenge to redesign and set up something to top TGIF-Ryan, but never fear. I gotchu.

Introducing TPO’s TOP5, the new bi-weekly instalment for 2016! Each instalment will reflect a top 5 of sorts, and this week we start with SLANGS. I don’t know about you, but keeping up with slangs is challenging. So here’s your guide how you can handle slangs, that will make you So Pharaoh. Read up below, and let me know what you think!

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2016

 

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I can’t believe it. We’re merely days away from the start of 2016. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to bid adieu to 2015.

As some of you know, 2015 was a challenge for me. I had truly experienced a tough year, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I learned how to be stronger and leaner thanks to it all. And truly, I had come out as a newly evolved Tiffany.

I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for myself and everyone.  2016 is all about doing the things I had put on hold for so long and it’s time that I put myself first. From travelling, to family and friends… that will be my resolution. Do you have any resolutions?

Falling in love with yourself first doesn’t make you vain or selfish. It makes you indestructible.

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Well helloooo. Happy New Year’s everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, but boy oh boy, am I going to get back into it!

2015 is the year of improvement for me. I’m now officially in my late twenties guys. Mid twenties waved goodbye at me 2 months ago. It’s been quite the change. Back to what I had in mind, 2015 is going to be the year I do what I want to do. I wanted to take pottery class, I always have, and now I am. That’s right, once a week my DABBF (designer and best friends foreverrrr), Alicia, take up wheel spinning at a local community centre. Guys. GUYS. I already made a bowl. (I’ll let you know how it turns out at the end of this week’s class and if it keeps any liquid in).

But that’s just the beginning for me! There’s lots more that I’ll share shortly 🙂

Cheers, guys! Cheers to your 2015! Let me know what kind of shenanigans you’ve been up to?

PS. Here’s a late holiday and New Year greeting. xoHoliday2014

Breakfast with Miss Audrey

Today marks what would have been Audrey Hepburn’s 85th birthday. This post is albeit a little late in the day, but when I saw today’s google doodle at 7:32am, the opening sequence of the movie immediately evoked my memories and my brain had jumpstarted ‘Moon River’ in my head. Not long the vision of the cab driving down New York and stopping in front of Tiffany & Co was more than a memory. There was no way my day would have begun without watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s during breakfast hours.

I know what you’re thinking, I’m biased. Perhaps. This movie has been my go to, when I’m sick or sad… And it makes me all better by the end of it.

Audrey is so beautiful in every way, she really is the epitome of great beauty. Cheers, Audrey!

Judging a book by its cover

Everyone has their own bad habits that they’d rather not share. Whether it’s biting their nails, cursing at the slightest and smallest things, rolling their eyes and collecting Hello Kitty things, we all know you have one.

Unfortunately… I own ALL those bad habits. I actually have one more to share with you all today.

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Hello. My name is Tiffany and I am a book-cover-judger. Let me explain before you judge me (oh gosh… now I know how to books must feel).

I am not a design snob. Yes. Laugh if you may, but just because I am a Graphic Designer, it does not give me rights to judge a book by it’s cover. HOWEVER (all caps-worthy), I really can’t help it. If the cover does not catch my eyes, whether it be covered with bold colours, patterns, text, or have a huge Gold Foil Pressed Type (bonus brownie points), I might not even pick it up. Then there’s the last test  to determine if it is ‘Open-the-book’ worthy; does the cover feel good? I know… I’m a horrible person. But I refuse to spend time flipping through it’s pages, if the cover doesn’t feel lovely against my fingers.

Fortunately, I have friends who knows exactly how I am (God bless them). This holiday season, I received not one, but THREE books that all met my ridiculous standards. I’m so excited to dive deep (I’ve already flipped through numerous times, of course) into it and read between its lines.

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The first one I received from participating in the lovely Erin Anacker‘s Secret Santa Project. My Secret Santa did her research and got me this book, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity, which I have seen and passed numerous times in Chapters. This is exactly what I needed to get my 2014 going. I’ve been the sort of person, designer, friend (who knows what more) who always seem to reflect my thoughts, ideas and yearned the ‘ok’ from the people around me. Why am I letting others be the judge of me. Here I am on a whim, judging books like no tomorrow, but yet, I can’t just move forward with what I have to do. Nope. This book is the end and start of it. Thank you, Annalyn.

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Another bad habit of mine (I have no shame, really) is that I keep saying I’m going to try to do something, and I don’t. Take blogging for instance, the last time I blogged was back in February… of last year. So please, pardon me, while this rant post seem so lengthy. One of my darling friends, Alicia, have heard numerous times how I want to learn to knit… since 2010. It’s now 2014, I’m pretty sure she’s had enough and decided to give me this book, Knitting by Design, which was written, knitted, and designed by one of the designers (Emma Robertson) she met during Designer Vaca.

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What’s not to love about this book? It has a great matte cover and the photographs throughout, is by the talented Max Wanger (one of Alicia’s favourite photographers – ever!). The design, type, and layout throughout is flawless. I’ll let you be the judge of the book (not cover, because I did that already). I cannot wait to knit something… I might just start with the knitted hair bow-tie… because it seems easy and requires the less yarn. Thanks, Alicia… I’ll get that bow going.

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Everyone who knows me, knows accepts that I am a Kate Spade New York Groupie. This may seem odd, because Kate Spade New York isn’t a band. It’s a collection of clothing, shoes, watches and bags. I’m the kind of girl who would LOVE to be locked in an elevator with boxes, upon pretty boxes of Kate Spade bags – another bad habit of mine. Nevertheless, one of my darling best friends, Angela overdid herself this year with my Birthday/Christmas present. She bought me THE Kate Spade Bible; Things We Love. The cover itself SCREAMS Kate Spade, with its gorgeous Gold Foil Type (major brownie points!) and products sprawled all over. It’s a wonder how I’m still alive and typing. Below are just some of the excerpts of this beautiful book…. It really doesn’t do it justice.

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So what is the moral of today’s post? You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but really, no one’s looking.

Honestly, it’s actually to get going. 2014 has only begun, and I’m so excited of all the things that will happen this year. Stay tuned for more exciting news, and hopefully, a shorter post.

Cheers!

How to and inspirational pieces

I came across Keri Smith’s site a while back and frankly, I fell in love with her style. She has this superb sense of longing and realness in her work, that makes you want to grab whatever pieces of hers and just hold it in your arms and never let go…. Well at least for me.

This is the one of her ‘how to’ lists (which is more of a how
not to). I found it very inspiring, and very true. This is what kill a lot of artists, or moreover creative people and what we often take for granted of our own fruits of labour. Pay attention to number 1! HUGE killer.

Her illustrations are also to die for. Really bright, and assuring! Check it out for yourself.