Las Vegas Travel Essentials | Las Vegas Vow Renewal

by Jamie Sanford on October 24, 2016

It has been almost 5 years since we were in Vegas, renewing our wedding vows on our 5-year anniversary.

We leave in a few weeks to go to Las Vegas to renew our vows again and enjoy time with the 28 people that will be coming along with us! I figured it would be a good time to come up with a post full of essential items and some overall style tips for Las Vegas.

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Instant cameras! This is a bit retro, but they are FUN, and the photos are great souvenirs.

Sunglasses. It is the desert so this is obvious, but this might be a good time to live your sunglasses fantasy. One of my favorite things about Las Vegas is that the decadence of everything makes me want to take things to the next level, when I wouldn’t normally do so in my everyday life. If you need to keep it simple, get some flashy sunglasses.

Sequinned accessories. Shine and sparkle are accepted and encouraged, so why not?

Themes! We are staying at the Flamingo, and I must have it on the brain because I find myself noticing any and all flamingo things that I see.

Non-athletic sneakers. I cringe every time I see someone in a touristy location trying to make their running shoes work as stylish footwear. It does not work. Please go find some cute sneakers that are going to be comfortable as well as better looking than your gym shoes. I am partial to Vans, they are my favorites.

Let me know what your Las Vegas style tips and essentials are on Twitter!




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Vans x Star Wars | Brand Experience Project

by Jamie Sanford on March 3, 2015

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This is going to be backwards, since I usually would go through a website experience first, and then talk about the packaging of my order, but I’m working in reverse. I’m sure no one will mind, this is a win.

I am a loyal Vans customer, I have owned many pairs of Vans over the years and am generally devastated when I get to the point where I have worn my shoes out and need to part with them. (RIP, gemstone-printed Vans that got caught in the mud at the hot air balloon festival. I will miss you forever.) My trusty current pair of Authentics are getting a bit sad, so I went online to buy a new pair before an upcoming trip we have planned.

I am not really into Star Wars, but I totally ordered Star Wars Eras (Star Wars Eras can be found here for $24 less than the $60 I paid). I am drawn to black and white everything, and so these were the ones that captured my fancy. When they arrived, I got a nice surprise, not unlike this one from MAC a while ago.

Let’s get into the packaging.

The box isn’t custom, but the size and shape does seem pretty specific to Vans products. The tape on the box is customized, which I still think is a great way to brand a box without incurring huge charges for creating custom boxes in multiple sizes.

The invoice isn’t folded or in an envelope, but it was placed pretty perfectly in the box.

This is where it gets good. It turns out that the Star Wars shoes have customized boxes! I’m not even that into Star Wars (blasphemy for some, I know) but this is GREAT. So much fun.

The other side of the box. Side note, why are we seeing a TM on “May The Force Be With You” but there is no apparent registration mark on the Star Wars logo? Is it hiding? I’m a stickler for consistency with these marks and I find this strange.

Box interior – my shoes are separated so as not to scuff its match.

The traditional Vans label paired with the Star Wars tag.

Stormtrooper detail.

The back of the Star Wars tag.

All in all, a simple but effective packaging from, but definitely bonus points for the customized Star Wars box that will DEFINITELY be hanging out in my closet and will make me smile on a regular basis. I don’t know how much more of a branding win I can express than that. Great job Vans!

I will return soon with a review of and a special feature on the custom Vans tool.


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Instagram Roundup #9

by Jamie Sanford on October 10, 2012

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This is a picture of my laptop screen. I was watching Cosmos with Carl Sagan and could not stop enjoying his AMAZING fashion.

We decided not to move this year so naturally a bigger storage unit was in order, to free up space in our current apartment for easier living. I want to have a photo shoot in our storage facility so badly, because it is really gorgeous. The wood floors, the amazing light (during the day – not the unfortunate fluorescents), I love it.

Working for Noritake means occasionally doing some photography on the fly.

…and sometimes that photography requires creative lighting fixes. Since we have fluorescent lights in the office, I taped one end of a section of bubble wrap to a computer monitor, and attached the other end to my head to diffuse the harsh reflection of the big square light panel overhead. I put the bubble wrap over my hair and put my sunglasses on top. It worked like a charm.

I went to Vans to buy sneakers, and obviously ended up with these Hello Kitty versions.

We have been in and out of said storage unit quite a bit lately. Here we are in the elevator over the weekend.

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