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Instagram Challenge: OUTSIDE YOUR WINTER WINDOW

January 27, 2016

Instagram Challenge | Outside Your Winter Window | UncommonGoods

 

The next Instagram Challenge theme is OUTSIDE YOUR WINTER WINDOW.  We did a little something different when deciding which photo to use to promote this contest. I tried to picture what winter looked like outside the windows of my past, but as a native Floridian turned New Yorker, my mind kept shifting between palm trees and piles of dirty city snow. We talked about snow globes, snow gauges, and starry landscapes.  We imagined deer roaming through a winter wonderland. Ultimately, these abstract perspectives of what this season looks like inspired us to use artist Renée Leone’s vibrant piece Blizzard. This image illustrates her perspective on winter in Chicago, specifically from North Avenue Beach and Lake Shore Drive. Through geometric patterning, she created a personal portrait that not only depicts what she saw in this particular location, but also what she felt.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Gaby Germaine

January 26, 2016

Gaby Germaine | UncommonGoodsGaby Germaine, UncommonGoods Associate Creative Director

My home town is…
Smack dab in the middle of the heartland, Van Meter, Iowa.

I’m inspired by…
Hard working people, nature, color, and kindness.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
That this Thomas Edison quote I love is 100% accurate. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from some amazing people who have not been afraid to work and to work hard.

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Instagram Challenge: COMMUNITY

January 13, 2016

 

Instagram Challenge | Community | UncommonGoods

Photo courtesy of treasuresandtravelsblog.com

Our next Instagram Challenge theme is COMMUNITY. There’s no guidebook to show us what a community is supposed to look like. It’s a concept that holds a special meaning to everyone and, with modern technology, it can live virtually anywhere. Here at UncommonGoods, we know we wouldn’t be anywhere without our passionate and diverse community. When we think of our community, we picture our neighbors in Brooklyn, our inspiring artist family, our fellow B Corps partners, our team, and, most importantly, we think of you. Whether it’s breaking bread with your blood relatives, or watching Community with your closest companions, we want to see what this concept means to all of you! While sharing your photos, be sure to use the hashtag #UGInstaFun to be in the running for a $50 gift card. Visit here to see the creative entries we’ve received so far and scroll down to view inspiration from UncommonGoods’ community. (Check out #InsideUG to see more team photos!)

Instagram Challenge | Community | UncommonGoods

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Laura Cabrera

January 12, 2016

Laura Cabrera | UncommonGoodsLaura Cabrera, Recruiter

My hometown is…
Brooklyn, NY; however, I reside in Queens, NY.

I’m inspired by…
A mother’s strength, when they have a child battling cancer.

If I could learn to do one thing perfectly, it would be…
Making lasagna.

My guilty pleasure is…
Cheese of any kind, and coffee.

Within the next 10 years, I hope to be…
Able to volunteer a chunk of my time at any children’s hospital and help parents, children, and siblings get through their tough days.

If my 6th grade teacher could see me now, he or she would say…
“Your English has improved, and do you remember the preposition song?”

My favorite food of all time is…
That’s a hard question…because I like food.

An uncommon fact about me…
I’m an identical twin.

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Buzz-Worthy: Attention-Getting Goods

January 7, 2016

It already seems like years ago that everyone was debating the colors of the infamous dress that broke the Internet back in the first weeks of 2015. (We were a #blueandblack office!) There’s no doubt that we witnessed some crazy trends this past year.

Through all the noise, it turns out that you didn’t need a pizza-loving rat to go viral in 2015. We took a look back at our biggest trending moments, from getting published in print, to appearing live in front of a studio audience, to becoming “Instagram famous.” We’re excited to share our top talked-about products of 2015!

Pistachio Pedestal 

Featured in the December issue of Food Network Magazine.

Pistachio Pedestal | Food Network Magazine | UncommonGoods

2016 Bubble Calendar

See it pop on the TODAY Show.

2016 Bubble Calendar | UncommonGoods

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit 

Featured in Parade Magazine’s online holiday gift guide.

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit | UncommonGoods

People Feeder

Featured in the December issues of Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine and Real Simple Magazine.

See it in Real Simple’s online gift guide for men!

People Feeder | UncommonGoods

DIY Smartphone Projector

See it on LIVE With Kelly and Michael’s online gift guide for teens.

DIY Smartphone Projector | UncommonGoods

Mary Jane’s Earrings

Featured in the August issue of Bust Magazine.

Mary Jane's Earrings | UncommonGoods

Wine Sack 

See it in action on the Wendy Williams Show and the TODAY Show.

Wine Sack | UncommonGoods

 

Foodie Booties

Featured in the December issue of Food Network Magazine and modeled by the adorable @FoodBabyNY on Instagram. 

 

Foodie Booties | UncommonGoods

Hot Dog Booties | UncommonGoods

 

The Mug with a Hoop

See it in action on New York’s PIX 11 and WGN Chicago

The Mug with a Hoop | UncommonGoods

 

Planet Lollipops

Recommended in Fashion Consultant Clinton Kelly’s online shopping guide and featured in US Weekly’s holiday gift guide.

See it in US Magazine’s online gift guide for foodies!

 

 

Planet Lollipops | UncommonGoods