My Favorite YouTube Channels

by Jamie Sanford on July 21, 2016

Over the past few years, I have become an avid YouTube watcher. I tend to search YouTube first for content that is instructional in nature (recent example – I watched a bunch of videos on making flower crowns before I made this very successful one), and over the last few years, YouTube has become one of my top destinations online. I do not have a television in my bedroom, but I definitely check the YouTube app on the iPad to see if any of my favorite channels have posted new content. I am subscribed to over 50 channels; however, many of those are updating once a month or less.

Here are my current top YouTube channel picks!


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I found Nikkie through Nicole Guerriero, whose channel I have been watching for ages. I think this black and white look was the first video I watched, and the moment I fell in love was at 1:37. She is an incredible makeup artist, and so much fun to watch, which is what makes me a happy subscriber.

The Brain Scoop

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Emily Graslie started this channel on her own, and eventually, a brilliant mind at the Field Museum in Chicago hired her to come work at the museum and continue her YouTube channel. Not only are her videos super interesting and varied, but she is a wonderful role model for young women, especially those interested in STEM.

Mr. Kate

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Mr. Kate is a DIY mistress and interior designer with her own jewelry and accessories line. She has built an entire empire with her business partner/husband and a team of creatives in Los Angeles. Her videos range from personal style to travel to home decor.


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Tested has been through some changes in the past few years, but is now “Adam Savage’s Tested,” as Adam is the marquee name associated with both and this YouTube channel. The Tested team is much bigger than just Adam, and this channel serves videos of podcasts, Adam’s “one-day builds,” museum tours, tips and tricks on creating your own maker space, and more.

Helen Anderson

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Helen makes many videos from the standardized list favored by beauty/lifestyle vloggers, but her personality and delivery is absolutely why I’m still watching her channel. She’s a cool chick, and I imagine that other people watch her channel for the same reason that I do, which is that I strongly feel that if Helen can do it, I can do it.

America’s Test Kitchen

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If you are familiar with the television show, you’ll know exactly what kinds of videos are on America’s Test Kitchen’s YouTube channel. I love watching these and learning, and they also make great content for sharing on Noritake’s social networks.

USA Gymnastics

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Not sure how I initially found this channel, but it sent me down a path of binge-viewing gymnastics competitions from the past 40 years. I am now basically an expert in women’s artistic gymnastics.

Tweet me with your favorite YouTube channels so I can check them out!




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The Plating Game

by Jamie Sanford on May 23, 2013

The Brand Experience Project will be back next week.

As part of my job with Noritake, I get to work on projects like creating educational content. This particular project was to be shown at a Macy’s training event, and to also be shared with our customers, both current and potential.

I created the original script draft and am really proud that it stayed fairly intact!  Here is the final version of The Plating Game.

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Sights & Sounds 40

by Jamie Sanford on March 26, 2013

Sights and Sounds #40

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Juice Reboot + Drag Queens = LIFE.

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Unrelated, since I need to get in on said Juice Reboot, another video about making macarons.

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This is super interesting, a basic presentation of data on how walking for 30 minutes a day can significantly change your health and chances for a longer life.

Here’s an image from the Irish Thanksgiving we went to a few weeks back. That’s Tiffany holding Seamus O’Camel, and her husband John attempting to pin the shamrock on the camel. Will is photobombing in the back. Mostly I just think that Tiffany’s expression is PERFECT. I love it.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my home and what I would like it to be.  For the most part, renting in a New York-adjacent area means a not-so-big apartment for a not-so-small price. Granted, staying in the Dirty Jers is way cheaper and more spacious than actually moving to NYC, but we still pay the price for proximity.

I have long argued that I think it is ridiculous to assume that once you are married and share a bed with someone that you shouldn’t also be able to have your own room. I am jealous of people who have their own offices, because it is the closest thing to having your own room without it being a bedroom.

I posted a Roomspiration here that is one of my dreams for an office space.

So, I am going to start looking around for things that I can perhaps implement in my current home, and also keep track of things I might like to try in the larger home we will eventually locate.

This is the Broadway Lighted Vanity Makeup Desk from Vanity Girl Hollywood. I saw this in Carli Bybel‘s room tour video on her YouTube channel and have been obsessed ever since.

That drawer is definitely not enough to hold all of my beauty items, but I am sure I can get a little set of drawers or something to accompany it. That drawer would definitely be great to hold all of my everyday makeup that I am always digging in a box for when getting ready to go to work. I would really love a nice flat surface to lay everything out for easy access, and that drawer would fit the bill perfectly.

Yes, this would definitely work for me.

Vanity Girl Hollywood also has a great pair of tabletop lighted mirrors, which would be great to pair with an existing vanity or if I wanted to find something with more storage. This is the Starlet Lighted Vanity Mirror.

I would love to hear about anyone else’s solution for finding a good spot to do your hair/makeup/nails, especially those in small spaces like mine – leave it in the comments!

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Sights & Sounds 35

by Jamie Sanford on March 14, 2012

Sights and Sounds #35

Lots of random videos this time around. If you receive this post via email, it is best to go through to the actual post where the videos are embedded.

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It’s a hamster doing flips, which is one of the cutest things ever. This makes me want to get a hamster.

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The Obama reelection campaign is in full effect, and this video reminds me of how well they did the first time using the internet, and is a great timeline of some of the President’s best moments in the last few years. I will be voting for him again.

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Plus, they keep getting him to sing and it’s really endearing.

I’ve talked about my love for The Vampire Diaries before, and this is old now, but you can check out the crazy sexy cover shoot photos here on

Catherine of Red Carpet Fashion Awards, one of my most favorite blogs, got a look at the details of the recently shown Alexander McQueen collection. After the McQueen exhibit at the Met, I want to see all fashion up close and personal like this, and her post reminds me of that experience so much.

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Are you managing a page on Facebook? The Facebook team has a good video on controlling posts in the new Timeline for Pages.

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