Casper Stay Inn

I stumbled onto a cool find when I saw that my friend, Cosmo Baker was DJing a sleep event at the Institute of Contemporary Art back in June.

Yeah, a sleep event.

There’s this mattress and bedding company called Casper, and they held a screening of “The Science of Sleep” by Michel Gondry along with a complimentary open bar and tour of the gallery as Cosmo spun a set.

Free alcohol? Sleeping in public spaces? Chill music? Three of my favorite things mixed together in one event that may as well have been tailored just for me?

I RSVP’d immediately.

Sadly, I had to cover a shift at work and couldn’t make it.

I heard it was a great time, so I was bummed I missed it.

But a month later, I received an email from a Casper representative informing me that they were back in Philly for a weekend long napping event at The Schmidt’s Commons(I mean The Piazza, because we all know nobody is trying to call it that for another few years) and that I should come. They’ve spent the whole summer travelling across the country with their “nap pod” trailer where people can book 15-minute naps. Doing so allowed people to try out Casper mattress, pillows, and sheets first hand. They also had staff there to provide further information and answer any questions.

I was intrigued yet again. I really can’t think of a better way to sell mattresses and bedding than to have potential customers actually go to sleep on your product. Anyone can lay on a comfy mattress and confirm that it is indeed comfy. But how are you supposed to know if it’s your kind of comfy until you go to sleep?

Booked myself a nap for Saturday.

Missed it again.

So why am I reviewing this?

While my experience with Casper has not included how great their bedding probably is, I can say that they have fantastic customer service. I’ve corresponded with their representative, Alyse, since the ICA event, and she encouraged me to write about the company and US tour even though I couldn’t make it to the Stay Inn. My good friend, Marisa, has featured Casper on her blog too, for their “Own Your Bed Head” project a few years back.

I can’t wait until Casper comes back to Philly so I can add to this and tell you how comfy the beds are. Alyse said she’d keep me posted. In the meantime, if you’re in the Dallas area, Casper is headed your way for their last stop of the Stay Inn Summer tour. You should check them out this weekend, September 8-10. Give them a social media shout out and let me know what I’m missing.

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Nate, @looked

I’ve only been talking about featuring awesome people on my blog for two years now, and it’s finally time I hop on that.

So sometime last year I met up with a mutual on Tumblr. He sent me a message saying he just started getting into photography and he liked my look and wanted to shoot with me. I’ve always been interested in modeling, but never knew how to start. So an amateur photographer paired with an amateur model seemed like the perfect opportunity.

We met in Old City and walked around, took pictures, and talked. Nate shot a bunch of candids mostly, and I posed for a few frames. It was really fun, nothing too serious or pressured. We definitely need to have another photo walk soon. Here are some shots from the day.

Here is some more of his work,

You can find him on Tumblr and Instagram.

Check him out!