Traveling is a Beach
WATCH OF THE WEEK
Noah Levenson, the author of the viral coloring book Color Me Kanye as well as the books based on MTV shows Girl Code and Guy Code, has now created “Weird Box,” an online interactive film that seamlessly integrates the viewer’s Instagram photos into the narrative. The social media-powered experience starts by prompting users to enter their Instagram handle. Once the film starts, Levenson and Canadian actress Katie Boland play a couple that argues over a strange box of photos that Boland finds in her bedroom. The twist? They’re photos from viewers’ real profiles. Not only is “Weird Box” an interesting commentary about social media and obsession, it takes things a few steps further by making the viewer a central character in the story.
Despite the rise of wellness and the continued growth of healthy eating, many people still don’t have access to affordable, nutritious food. Everytable, a healthy grab-and-go restaurant, believes healthy food is a human right and is using an interesting strategy to alleviate this issue. The LA-based eatery prices menu items by neighborhood, with prices fluctuating according to the economic makeup of the surrounding community. With locations in DTLA, Santa Monica, South LA, and Baldwin Hills, Everytable is not only making healthy food more accessible in less-affluent neighborhoods, it’s even proving to be a cheaper option relative to other restaurants in prosperous neighborhoods. Sounds like a win-win to us.
Virgin Airlines recently announced a new perk that we hope other brands will adopt ASAP. The aptly-named Departure Beach is Virgin’s new beach lounge concept for passengers waiting to board their planes. Rather spending all day at the airport on their last day of vacation, Virgin will pick up passengers from their hotels and transfer their luggage to the airport. Meanwhile, the passengers will be taken to the Departure Beach, where they can check into their flight, print their boarding passes, and enjoy amenities such as refreshments, showers, wi-fi, and more. Scheduled to launch in Barbados in time for Summer 2018, Departure Beach harkens back to a time when the experience of traveling was as luxurious as the destination.
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Dare we say, we’ve officially hit peak rosé. From 40 oz. bottles to gummy candies flavored with the blush-colored beverage, this summer favorite is seeping its way into every facet of life. Taking rosé to even more new places is indie brand Native, which recently launched a limited edition set of brunch-scented deodorants. Perfumed with essential oils, the star of the $30 all-natural and aluminum-free set is its rosé scent, although it also includes other boozy brunch scents such as Mimosa and Sangria. Already sold out of its first run, the trending set proves that rosé is here to stay and keep BO at bay.
Thankfully, there never seems to be a shortage of people working to advance the rights of underserved groups. This week, we’re highlighting the Arts Not Parts initiative, which was created by Gen Z-run studio Irregular Labs and a teenage girl named Grey to protest the rise of “bathroom bills” around the country. The project’s goal is to use “creativity to combat contempt,” tapping over 45 artists, organizations, its creative community, and the public to create original Arts Not Parts posters—which can be downloaded and hung in public restrooms to spread awareness. With support from notable names like Sia and NYLON, this initiative is clear example of the cultural shift in defining gender and identity.
One of our favorite new apps, AirDine allows hosts to seamlessly invite people from all over the world to get together for a multicultural dinner party. Available in 23 countries, the free peer-to-peer service works by allowing hosts to post their venue, meal plan, and price per plate. From there, other users are able to send requests to attend, which the host can accept or decline. After dinner is over, the user is automatically charged for the meal, asked to rate the experience, and the host receives payment within three days. Just as Airbnb turned people’s homes into hotels, AirDine is looking to turn them into supper clubs.