Instagram’s First Selfie

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- Credits to Mashable

“Selfie” officially became Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2013 in November. Usage in the English language has increased by a whopping 17,000% since last year, according to Oxford.

Now, let’s take a little trip back to the roots of the the social-media era’s most loved (and loathed) mode of photographic self-expression. It’s probably safe to assume that most selfies still happen on Instagram, where 55 million photos are shared each day. The hashtag #selfie has been used on Instagram 57 million times, the company said. Above, according to Instagram, is the first photo tagged #selfie in the photo-sharing network’s short but illustrious history. It was uploaded on Jan. 16, 2011 by user Jennifer Lee. Then, on Jan. 27, 2011, the day Instagram first introduced hashtags, Lee added the fateful #selfie hashtag.

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New Updates on the Way

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Every year, I update the websites domain name, so that I ensure that withsummerlove.com stays as it is. I feel so happy whenever I do this. It seems like just yesterday when I paid for the name for the first time. I have had the blog for a while now, but I think the name has been around for two years now and this upcoming one is the 3rd. I have also added an extra feature. I have removed the advertisements that WordPress adds to the end of each post. I never noticed them before, but once I did, they started getting on my nerves. What I love about my theme is that it’s very simple and the text is easy to read without any distractions. Those advertisements are unnecessary. Getting rid of them in my opinion is just another step further to enhance the blog.

 

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Muji Has Everything

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I have always used MUJI products, even before they opened in Kuwait. I used to go to the store every year in London to get everything I need. Now, I don’t need to! Their flagship store in Avenues has everything. I recently bought one of their carpets for my room. I have been searching for months for the perfect size, color and material. I found all that in MUJI. I also got bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers that were extremely soft and light weight.

The following was written as part of an email sent to me from MUJI.

Known for its skillful fusion of innovation and practicality in over a range of 3000 products, the retail import from Japan is known for bringing in a notion of simplicity and a sense of calm in every day’s life. Ever wondered how? MUJI’s appeal, for those who are unfamiliar with the brand, is its philosophy of “no brand quality goods”—products that are simple in design and unadorned with labels. MUJI revels in ingenuity. Almost all of MUJI products are natural yet delightful, compact yet functional, non-descriptive and yet exceptionally Japanese…

Some of MUJI’s products are a ‘must-have’ for all as they are known for their unique Japanese creativity and functionality. For instance, the famous shrink-wrap, which is packaged as small cubes, is ideal for traveling and hardly takes space in your luggage, and the multi-cape can be worn in 14 different ways, which is perfect to adjust to our lifestyle!

Another best-seller is the MUJI travel neck cushion. MUJI offers you two options, the first one made with 0.5mm styrofoam beads, which provides you with the ultimate comfort when traveling, whether you are in the airport, on the plane, or in the car. The other version is a smart, easy to carry and lightweight cushion foldable into its own pocket-sized travel pouch. Both of them are available in a large variety of colors.

When it comes to storage tricks, no one can beat MUJI as the brand offers semi-transparent storage options that are packable, stackable and collapsible to name some of them the Acrylic makeup boxes or the PP storage boxes are the top products sales of MUJI all over the world.

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Qout Market Tomorrow

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The second Qout Market is coming up and I’m so excited. Last time I went there I got some much food. It was crazy crowded, but extremely fun and the atmosphere was amazing. I have a few pieces of advice for people that are going to go there for the first time.

  1. The only things you should have on you is a carry bag, cash and car keys. Don’t carry a purse because then you will have too many  things to carry. Just put your personal items in your pocket or a carry bag. And don’t forget your debit cards in case you run out of cash and need to withdraw from a cash machine.
  2. Come early! Last time many of the vendors were sold out by 3pm. No wonder they made it this time from 10am-7pm. My suggestion, be there at 10am.
  3. Don’t walk around with a huge group. It’s harder to buy and to be able to get what you want if you’re with a lot of people. If you came as a group, separate and then meet up after a while to see what everyone got!
  4. Get your camera. The setting is really beautiful and worth taking pictures of. However don’t take forever taking pictures of the food because people will be waiting in line.

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And it was nice finally meeting Kulsum from Journey Kitchen. I really recommend passing by her stand. I’m in love with her packaging and her almond butter was heavenly.

Be there tomorrow from 10am-7pm in the last floor of Al Raya’s parking!

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Nuqat – Executing Culture Shock

Last month, I attended the three-day Nuqat conference about Executing Culture Shock. I really enjoyed my time there. The lectures made me look at art and design very differently. I realized how hard it is to make such beautiful things. Of course things get harder when culture gets involved because people don’t always accept art as a form of expression. Many times, art is censored because the culture wouldn’t accept it. It traces back to traditions and what the current norms are.

One of the lecturers, Alanoud Al Sharekh, talked about censorship and the forbidden in our region when it comes to art and media. Her speech was one of the best. Thank God for technology because all of the lectures are available on Nuqat’s YouTube Channel.

Here’s Al Sharekh’s speech (skip the first 3 min to immediately start with the speech)

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Distracted

I can’t believe it has been so long since my last post. The funny thing is I always update the blog’s Twitter, Instagram and even reply to comments on posts, but I forget to actually post. It’s just that I have been distracted lately and blogging isn’t the top of my list. This time I have no excuse. This has happened to me in the past, but I had the will to start fresh again. I will not be making promises anytime soon because I honestly don’t want to be upsetting anyone.

When I first started reading blogs, I used to be so annoyed when bloggers stopped posting for some personal reason. Now, I truly understand how those bloggers feel. However, I forgot, as a reader, how it feels to not be able to read something you became a fan of. It’s because I stopped reading blogs. All the news that I would read on a blog can now be found on the blogs Instagram account, so why go to the actual website?

Most of my inspiration for my posts came from reading blogs. If the reading part is missing from this equation, then where will my inspiration come from. I don’t want to blame this on Instagram, but on me for being so lazy. I used to spend at least an hour a day catching up with news from different blogs. Maybe, I lost interest on the blogs I read and need new ones to boost my energy.

Any new blogs out there worth reading?

 

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The Butler – Movie Review

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For those of you stuck in Kuwait during the Eid, I would really suggest going to the movie The Butler. I can’t remember the last time I spent Eid Al Adha in Kuwait, so before anything Eidkum Imbarak, and I hope everyone enjoys their break (btw I’m not spending it in Kuwait, follow my journey on my Instagram account: Withsummerlove). The best part of Eid is that there are so many movies to watch and most of them are really good. The princess Diana movie is also out and many are recommending me to watch it, but I still didn’t find the time to do it.

The Butler refers to a lot of American history, so for those of you that no nothing about it you might have some difficulty understanding the significance of certain scenes. It talks about the life of a butler that served for a few decades in the White House. The butler was African American and it showed his struggle with his family and how they went through all the racial issues and segregation from the Civil rights movement, to Vietnam and up to this day.

 

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Shower Head Changes Color to Save Water

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A new shower head system will be out in the market early 2014 that changes color to alert the person that they have spent enough time in the shower. When the water is turned on, the Uji shower head is green and it gradually changes color until it becomes red, which indicates that its time to turn it off . The prototype is currently set to “hit red at seven minutes”, but since it’s still a work in progress the inventors are considering making a version that allows you to set your own time.

The water wouldn’t suddenly turn off because the time is up. It’s like setting an alarm clock, it’s just there to notify you. Shower time, according to one of the co-inventors Brett Andler, has decreased by “12 percent.” It’s priced at $50 and Uji makes sure that you will save “about $85/year installed. It’s great for families with smaller hot water tanks or teens who take too long in the shower.” I can’t wait until this is sold in the US and hopefully soon in Kuwait. It will save water, time and money.

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The Sushi Infographic

The best part of this infographic is that it says sushi is good for you, but not when it’s deep-fried and dipped in mayonaise (which is what most sushi in Kuwait looks like). Healthy sushi is the one that has rice, fish and occasionally some vegetables.

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We Clap Differently Because of Social Media

A video I found interesting by Vsauce that talks all about clapping and how it originated.

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