05/08/2015

YS Obsessions: Armi Millare on Pinterest

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There are a lot of things — material things — I’ve come to terms with accepting as part of my list of obsessions. From interior design and jewelry to eyewear — these things I didn’t know I liked that much until I came across this miracle of a social media app called Pinterest. My obsession with Pinterest has changed the way I’ve dealt with things and I am not even half sorry. I’ve even gotten all my friends to join in. Even if Pinterest has tried to control the number of sign-ups down to a few invitations (three per account) every couple of weeks, I always end up using all of mine and find three friends to coerce enough for them to finally join my obsession.

This problem did not surface until one lonely night when, alone in my bed, I went daft over interiors and saw this tiny little “P” sign right on the corner of the photo. I clicked it and then the Pinterest logo appeared and gave me a choice to either log in or sign up. Of course, my bored self chose to sign up and that basically marked my losing sleep for many, many nights since.

As soon as I had signed up, I just pinned whatever I could find to death and didn’t realize it was already five in the morning when I stopped to finally sleep… for a nine a.m. meeting.

Now I use Pinterest for things I really want but cannot immediately acquire. To me, at least, it feels like I’m buying something and kind of having it in a way, electronically, without fully committing to it — which is one of the best things about it. I’d like to call my relationship with Pinterest a meta-obsession. In a nutshell, I’m basically obsessed about something that feeds my other obsessions.

I got Jake (Verzosa, renowned artist and photographer) into it, as well as my brothers, and even people I had just met on a recent vacation, so basically, everyone! I owe the current renovation of my office/music to Pinterest. Gone are the days when you have to literally cut out pictures or draw things for the carpenters to copy when you want something done a certain way. Now, the way to go is to just screencap it and just send it via iMessage, and that’s it.

It’s a great tool for people like myself who aren’t very visual. I know what I like when I see it, but I don’t think I’ll have an easy time describing it and for everything you could think of, you just type it on that search field and have a grand time pinning for as long as there’s a WiFi connection. I’m not saying you should get on it but if you do have the time, do give it a shot ‘cause you never know what you might find there — like how I’ve found the very bed I’m sleeping in tonight.

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