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Five Questions with Jonathan Lo

Jonathan Lo

Jonathan Lo is author of the blog, Happy Mundane, where he strives to find beauty in everyday things. Whether he is recommending a new throw pillow or sharing a recent travel experience, his mundane aesthetic shines through. He is principal of his own design studio, J3 Productions, has been featured on HGTV, and has been profiled in publications like Better Homes and Gardens and Elle Decor. He was also named one of the ten most followed men on Pinterest.

Here is one of many great stories by Jonathan:

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1. How can we use your motto “there’s beauty in your dish soap” in our everyday lives?

I think it’s important to take a few moments each day to appreciate the beauty around you. It can be found everywhere and anywhere, whether it’s a nicely designed space to the dish soap bubbles in your kitchen sink!

2. What is “The Octopian”?

TheOctopian.com is a new website that we (j3productions.com) recently launched. It’s a lifestyle site that focuses on architecture, style, travel, design, with a little mix of science fact, and fiction.

3. What do you like about living and working in suburbia rather than in a big city like New York or L.A.?

I think there’s benefits to both types of locations, but ultimately I think what’s most important is HOW you live, not where you live.

4. Could you tell us a little about a typical day in the life of Jonathan Lo?  

When I’m not travelling, I usually start my days with breakfast and then walking my dog, Pepé, around the neighborhood. I then catch up on my favorite websites and blogs, then head to the office and then get to work! After that I come home, take Pepe out again, and end the day watching gloriously trashy tv, only to wake up the next morning to start it all over again!

5.  What are some of your favorite Steller stories?

Notes from the Road" by Lord cherry
"Creative Creature/ Sean Santiago" by Dabito
U/we" by Satsuki Shibuya
DIY Lego Skull Planter" by Ben Uyeda

To see more from Jonathan:

Go to Discover and search for Jonathan Lo or find him on this week’s Featured Authors.

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This Week’s Featured Stories, Part 2 of 2

Happy Wednesday! We’re excited to share this week’s next group of Featured Authors. Visit the famed Royal Hawaiian with Jonathan Lo, see the art of the letterpress in Seattle with Ursula Rosien, take a tour of the beautiful Getty Villa with Arthur Maciel, and learn all about the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco with Rezel Apacionado - All this week with these Featured Authors:

To see more stories from these authors, visit the Featured Authors page under Discover in the app this week.

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This Week’s Steller Featured Authors, Pt. 1 of 2

Happy Monday! We’re excited to share this week’s next group of Featured Authors. Go for a wander around Chicago with Graham Wolfe, explore the amazing cold water surfing opportunities of Norway with Adam Moran, see the people of Marrakech through the lens of Michael Kestin and see the art of fire in motion with Alan Eason - All this week in the following Featured Author stories:

To see more stories from these authors, visit the Featured Authors page under Discover in the app this week.

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Five Questions with Chris McClean

Chris McClean

Chris McClean is an award-winning graphic designer and photographer who was worked with brands such as Burton, Nike, and Quicksilver. He has also made a number of very successful surf films that document the sport in unexpected locations like the North Sea. He recently returned from a trip to the Maldives, where he has been working on a series of four short  films featuring surfers William Aliotti, Teiki Balian and Matt Smith. Chris’s beautiful Steller stories showcase some of his unique adventures around the globe.

Here is Chris’s latest story:

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1. Could you tell us more about your stunning Sea Drift series on Steller?

Sea Drift is a byproduct of various filming projects around the globe documenting surfing. I was capturing images of not just surfing, but also culture, lifestyle, and travel on a Fuji x100s and thought Steller would be a great outlet.

2. You’ve made some successful surf films, including Uncommon Ideals and Beyond the Scars. Could you tell us about how you got into filmmaking, and if you have any new films in the works?

It kind of developed out of the success of Uncommon Ideals, which was an idea to document the North Sea. Channel Four picked up on it and commissioned a second in the series, and it got legs from there. I’ve been on the run ever since. Currently there’s a series called Atlantic Diversions running on Epic TV featuring trips to the Faroes, Ireland, and the Canary Islands.

3. What’s your preference and why – cold or warm water surfing?

Thats a hard one, both have solid arguments in their favour. Cold waves are generally empty and warm ones are well, warm, and you can ditch the wettie which always feels great. But I love surfing at home with my mates best where it’s 5°C or 41°F in winter, so yeah cold is best – haha.

4. What do you think that humans are so drawn to the ocean?  

We crave that sense of freedom, the unknown. It’s mysterious and unexplorable, unfathomable. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sums it up beautifully:

My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.

5.  What are some of your favorite Steller stories?

So much good stuff but I loved Kenneth Christian Osborn’s Double Exposure story, Cairo Foster’s skate stuff is great and recently came across Absinthe Minded Swede who has some great-looking stories, like this one.

To see more from Chris:

Go to Discover and search for Chris McClean or find him on this week’s Featured Authors.

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This Week’s Steller Featured Authors, Pt. 2 of 2

Happy Wednesday!  It’s time for Part 2 of this week’s Steller Featured Author stories.

In the following stories, you’ll go to Portugal to see where cork comes from with Igor Josif, learn about the tools of the illustration trade with Elaine Biss, see how to make a delicious summer desert with Karin Stienemeier and get a great DIY idea from The Eventful Life.  Enjoy!

To see more stories from these authors, visit the Featured Authors page under Discover in the app this week.

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This Week’s Steller Featured Authors, Pt. 1 of 2

Happy Monday!  We have another set of great stories to share this week from Steller Featured Authors.  In this week’s first group, you’ll get to travel to Morocco with surf adventurer Chris McClean, explore Ecuador with Jon Glassberg with the #LeadNowTour, get creative with Gowan Park/Popillust and take in the wonder of Thailand (including a tiger visit!) with Sandy Noto. Enjoy!

To see more stories from these authors, visit the Featured Authors page under Discover in the app this week.

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Five Questions with Emily Harrington

Emily Harrington

Emily Harrington is one of the world’s top rock climbers. She is a five-time National Champion, a two-time North American Champion, and has placed podium in World Cups. She’s reached the highest levels in the discipline of sport climbing, free climbed 2500 foot walls in remote parts of the world, won ice climbing competitions, and summited the world’s tallest peaks (including Mount Everest in 2012). You might also have seen her in Apple’s recent Ipad Air commercials. She recently traveled to France with her sponsor, The North Face, and a crew from National Geographic to document the history of climbing there and the development of the sport as we know it today.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is Emily’s story on her recent trip:

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1. How did you get into rock climbing?

I started at age 10 on one of those little artificial towers at some fair or outdoor festival or something. I was instantly hooked and begged my dad to take me to the climbing gym. From there, I spent nearly every day after school in the gym and eventually joined the Junior Climbing Team, was introduced to competitions and outdoor climbing, and the rest is history.

2. What would you consider your greatest climbing experience?

I think it was a few weeks ago actually! I climbed this route in the Verdon Gorge (France) called Tom et Je Ris. It’s a 60 meter, steeply overhanging section of cliff lined with rib-like protrusions called tufas. The protection was super spaced and the route begins 300 feet off the ground, so it’s this really intimidating airy experience just to be up there. I can honestly say it’s some of the most beautiful climbing I’ve ever done. It was also important to me because the route is graded 5.14, an elite level of rockclimbing that I had not achieved in over two years. I’ve recently branched out in my climbing career and have been trying to learn new styles and expose myself to other disciplines, which has taken my focus away from sheer difficulty climbing. My success on this route gave me the confidence and motivation I needed to realize I can still push my limits in the realm of hard climbing in addition to pursuing other styles.

3. Could you tell us more about France’s Verdon Gorge?

The Verdon is an incredible place, a massive system of gorges characterized by sheer limestone cliffs 500-1200 ft deep. It is significant to climbers because it is considered the birthplace of modern day sport climbing, which means it was the first place in the world where climbers focused on the actual movement over the rock face using just their hands and feet. Before, climbing was a means to reach somewhere: a summit or the top of the cliff was the ultimate goal, and people would use whatever means necessary (artificial protection) to reach the top. During the late 70s and early 80s, the Verdon evolved into a place where climbers began to test their physical and mental strength on the steep blue limestone, using protection in the form of bolts and ropes only if they fell and not for assistance. It’s an impressively gymnastic and demanding sport, emphasizing strength, flexibility, creativity, and determination.

4. What do you like to do when you’re not climbing?  

I love skiing and trail running; and I’m getting into mountain biking and kitesurfing, pretty much anything in the mountains or on water I can get into. I also enjoy just hanging out at home in Tahoe with friends. Sometimes I get tired of traveling and just being in one place for a while is relaxing.

5.  What are some of your favorite Steller stories?

Christian Pondella “Ascent" & "Denali National Park

Jon Glassberg’s “Lead Now Tour" series

Alpenglow Expeditions “The Guide Life

Sarah Vanilla Bean “Cooking + Baking Logs

To see more from Emily on Steller:

Go to Discover and search for Emily Harrington or find her on this week’s Featured Authors.

Download Steller for free:  www.appstore.com/steller

 

This Week’s Featured Steller Authors, Part 2

Happy Wednesday!  We have an exciting + diverse new group of Steller Featured Author stories to share today.  

This week:  Tour the amazing spaces of the Fig House and go behind the scenes with the culinary masters at Room Forty catering with Lindsay Stetson Thomspon (@mstetsondesign).  See where to go, what to see and where to eat in Berkeley, CA with Maci Britt (@macielisebritt). Make your next Sunday unforgettable with Vine & Bone’s (@vinebone) latest recipe that’s sure to please. …And go behind the scenes with Violet Grey in their latest #SetLife story with Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley (@violetgrey).

Check out their great stories right here:

To see more stories from these authors, visit the Featured Authors page under the Discover section in the app this week.

Download Steller for free: www.appstore.com/steller

This Week’s Steller Featured Authors, Pt. 1 of 2

Happy Monday!  We have an exciting + diverse new installment of Steller Featured Author stories to share today.  What’s common between all of them?  Amazing experiences, perspectives + stories.

This week:  Ascend above the clouds on incredible Ama Dablam in the Himalayas with professional rockclimber and adventurer, Emily Harrington (@emilyaharringto).  Take in a full majestic day at Yosemite National Park with photographer Jeff Bartlett (@photojbartlett). Get creative and share your own #seewhatisee story with Jordan Foy (@jordanfoy)…And get a tour of the wonderfully creative street art of Rome with Anna Scrigni Alema (@anna_scrigni).

Check out their great stories right here:

To see more stories from these authors, visit the Featured Authors page under the Discover section in the app this week.

Download Steller for free: www.appstore.com/steller

Five Questions with Jennifer Chong

Jennifer Chong - San Francisco City Guide

Jennifer Chong is a freelance photographer, designer, and author of the lifestyle blog, jchongstudio. Her work centers around food, travel, and style, and has led to collaborations with major brands like Anthropologie, American Express, and Target. Jennifer’s recipes and travel guides are simple, inspiring, and always beautifully photographed. In her San Francisco City Guide she shares some of her must stops for visiting the City by the Bay.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is Jennifer’s story:

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1. What do you think makes San Francisco one of America’s great cities?

I love San Francisco – the people, the food, the views. I’m biased as some of my best friends live there so every chance I get to see them it’s a pleasure. I love that you don’t have to have a car to get to all your favorite eats and it’s not freezing cold like New York.

2. Can you tell us about one of your most memorable travel experiences?

In 2010 I traveled to South East Asia for two months to teach English and travel. It was the most amazing experience of my life. My parents grew up in Laos and immigrated to the U.S. after the Vietnam War. I felt that life in SE Asia was so simple and laid back, and that we worked harder in the States but enjoyed less. I know my parents came here to offer us a better life, but on the flip side of things I learned it was important to take it easy and just enjoy what you’ve worked so hard for.

3. What makes a great travel guide?

My favorite travel guides are from friends and locals. Learning from their personal experiences, finding and discovering what they love about a place.

4. You have many delicious food stories on Steller. Where do you get your recipes?  

My recipes are inspired by the places I’ve been or foods that I have tried. I don’t consider myself a great cook or a recipe developer for that matter, but I like taking flavors from a meal I had while dining out or traveling and bringing those into my home.

5.  What are some of your favorite Steller stories?

There are so many great ones to choose from, but I especially love Lindsay Stetson’s road trip series, Jonathan Lo’s color series, Casey Keasler’s travel stories, and Luisa Brimble’s food stories.

To see more from Jennifer on Steller:

Go to Discover and search for Jennifer Chong or find her on this week’s Featured Authors.

Download Steller for free:  www.appstore.com/steller