My new customized phone case

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I had the pleasure of working with Caseapp, a customized phone case company from Sweden. Most people close to me know that I’m obsessed with phone cases — it’s such an easy and cute way to switch things up when you need a small, refreshing change in your daily routine every once in a while. So when Caseapp reached out to me, I couldn’t resist! They offer a whole range of designs but more uniquely, the function to design your own case.

For my first case, I wanted to make something special and unique to me — something no one else could replicate! A while ago, I commissioned art from an artist named Misato (Instagram here). She created both an icon and a full-color work of me, which I love and wanted to carry around with me wherever I went! I also wanted the case to incorporate other aspects of me. As Instagram is both a job and a hobby of mine, I used Canva to create an Instagram-themed design using both of these photos — it was made to look like an Instagram profile,. I reached out to three of my best friends and asked them for comments they’d like me to put on there (from them) so I could carry around their positive messages of love and friendship, as well. I submitted it to Caseapp in high resolution and voila! It was done!

 

Not only did I receive my cases quickly, I have been so impressed by the quality. I ordered their “extra protection tough” cases for my iPhone 8+, which is infinitely more durable than most standard cases*. I have a large collection of phone cases that differ in function and design — some of them are more novelty than functional, others are more functional and less cute. It’s an unfortunate trade-off, having to sacrifice one for the other. However, I’ve found a happy medium in my new Caseapp case — both cute & incredibly protective!

*The photos don’t demonstrate this but this case has a lip/buffer, which is a slight protrusion around the front of the case which prevents the iPhone screen from shattering, which is SUPER important.

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I have gotten so many compliments on my case and how unique it is — in fact, after I posted my case to Instagram, several people asked me if I could design one for them as well!

If you’re interested in designing and purchasing your own Caseapp case, feel free to use my discount code to get 20% off at checkout: EMILYAEYOUNG20.

 

Lots of love,

Emily

Note: These products were generously gifted to me by Caseapp. All opinions are my own.

One year out — my thoughts on postgrad life

 

Photo by Andrew Koo Photography.

Last week I attended the commencement for the university I work for, and it was admittedly bittersweet. It hit me that it’s been over a year since my own college graduation. I am no longer a “recent graduate” (although I will continue to insist I am for the next few years because RECENT IS A RELATIVE TERM!).

So much has changed in the span of a year. Some important observations and lessons I’ve learned:

Things that do not dictate your career path: your major. Things that do: your drive

For a long time, I believed that I would only be able to find jobs that corresponded with my major. It wasn’t until my friend, Cat, reassured me that I could absolutely deviate from this and pursue something new, that I decided to take on social media and marketing. For me, it was difficult to get my foot in the door but it was entirely possible — and it happened!

It’s okay to not know. There is no set timeline for when you need to accomplish things. You should absolutely take the time you need.

It’s only been a year and I’ve gone through quite a few career path changes. As time goes on, I’ve been getting new ideas and adapting my plan accordingly. It took me a while to embrace this feeling of uncertainty — I’m the sort of person who prefers to have everything figured out (organized and color coded) yesterday. For a long time, I compared myself to my successful friends in medical and graduate school, and felt like I was lagging behind. There is no timeline. You have the right to go at your own pace!

This is an excellent time to explore beyond the bounds of your comfort zone — especially when it comes to making friends and networking.

After graduation, I moved back home to the small town I’d lived in my entire life. All of my friends also moved back to their respective homes… around the world. The friends I’d spent the last four years with were suddenly long distance friendships, and I was suddenly surrounded by high school peers I hadn’t seen or spoken to in years. It was jarring, to say the least. Suddenly I had to make new friends all over again. I’m lucky to have met so many lovely people through Instagram (maybe a post about Instagram friendships & networking coming soon?). I’ve also met some amazing people through my job and reconnected with some old high school friends too.

The great thing about working is that once 5 o’clock hits, you’re free to do what you want. Most of the time, there are no deadlines looming over my head past normal working hours. In college, there was this general sense of anxiety that you when you weren’t in class or working, there was always something additional you could be doing — more studying, more preparation, extra credit, thesis brainstorming, and more. With a job, you have time to yourself to explore new hobbies (and pick up old ones) and rest.

Learning what you don’t want to do is a necessary step towards figuring out what you do want to do.

In the end, some jobs and internships weren’t careers I wanted to continue to pursue. Even so, I am incredibly thankful for the lessons they taught me. I was able to narrow down my options, move on and find something else I wanted to do.

I really miss college. But I’ll be okay.

Do I miss midterm season? Fire alarms? College parties? Mediocre boba? No. I don’t. What I do miss: my community. My final year of college, I lived in a suite with six of my best friends. I’d say hi to dozens of friends on my way to and from classes, listen to lectures about intersectional feminism from inspiring professors, and head off to work with some of my favorite people at the campus coffeehouse. I really, really miss my college community. And while I don’t have that anymore, they’re with me forever in some of my most cherished memories.

If you’re a recent graduate, I’d love to know:

How did you adjust to postgrad life?

Love,

Emily

First blog post | Lavender Festival 2018!

My friends and I visited the Lavender Festival at Highland Springs Ranch over the weekend! Highland Springs Ranch is a large expanse of land in Beaumont, CA (not too far from Palm Springs) that functions as an event venue and hosts a variety of different festivals!

When I saw the photos of the lavender fields on Instagram, I knew I had to go. I’ve been really into essential oils, diffusers and soothing scents recently and lavender is one of my favorites!

The parking wasn’t too bad early in the morning (I arrived there around 10). Despite the ranch advising to park in the local high school lot and take the shuttle to the fields, I would not recommend this route — there were maybe a hundred people in line by 11:00am, and the queue was barely moving. Instead, go early, get street parking near the fields, and walk!

The festival was so charming. They had an array of food options and I loved my lavender Arnold Palmer. My friend got herself a blueberry lavender glazed doughnut, and my other friend enjoyed a lavender crepe. They hang string lights in the trees, maintain a small farmers’ market, organize horse-drawn carriage rides, and play music that makes you feel like you’re living in a Disney short. They even have live musicians covering classics by Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

The experience made me want to venture out into the countryside more often and do apple picking in the fall or visit some strawberry fields in the future. As someone who’s only lived in Los Angeles and London, it’s very easy for me to get stuck in the busy city life mentality. This festival was a lovely day trip and temporary escape to a simpler time.

Lots of love,

Emily

 

Welcome

Hi there! Thanks for visiting. My name is Emily Shon and I am a content creator, specializing in social media and digital marketing. I am also a food, travel and lifestyle influencer currently based out of Los Angeles, CA.

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(This photo was taken of me by my friend, Jenn Lui.)