Proud Owner:

Converse

After a couple of months disciplining myself from any shopping trips, I finally caved! And for good reason – cause it was my birthday after all! Last weekend, Kevin and I ventured up to Union Square for a little “light” shopping. I had never been to the Converse store before and wasn’t planning on buying anything because I didn’t think I needed a new pair of sneakers. During a phase in high school I thought that I HAD to have a pair of purple vans and then quickly got over that phase. But while walking through the Converse store, my eyes landed on this pair of Converse. It was nice because it didn’t come in some outrageous bright color and it was a subtle black and white – something that I would wear every day. It had to be mine. And so it was. You can’t tell from this photo, but the black top where my toes are is made out of leather! It only took me 25 years, but I’m now a proud owner of a pair of Converse!

I’m also wearing this with a pair of jeggings that I purchased from Uniqlo. Never in my life did I think I would own a pair of these, but once I slipped these on, I knew that it was a match made in heaven. I would probably wear these every day or every other day if it were socially acceptable. I realize that decision is solely up to me and that no one really cares anyways.

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Seattle’s Water Activating Illustrations

My home is looking to make rainy weather fun again for locals by installing illustrations and games on sidewalks that only appear when it rains. Man, this guy looks so happy. This totally defines Seattle locals so much haha

The series “Rainworks” was designed by artist Peregrine Church and isn’t a new development. In fact, some of these illustrations started popping up in the city last year. Each installation was designed to be environmentally safe with a water-repellant coating that can keep the pieces lasting anywhere from 4 months to a year. How fun for everyone in Seattle!

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Blog Roundup

– 8 Graphs That Capture the Truths of Breaking Up [The Bold Italic]

– How addicted to the internet are you? [PsychCentral] I received a healthy score of 14! What did you all get?

– The Secrets of Highly Efficient Napping [i09]

– How my old neighborhood of Capitol Hill is evolving and unfortunately, not in a good way [Seattle Times]

– The science of why Legos are so painful to step on [Quartz]

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Song of the Day

Jamie XX ft. Romy – Loud Places

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Wong Fu Productions: How Old Is She?

You really can never tell with Asian women…

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Lilly Pulitzer for Target Lookbook

It’s very rare for me to not be excited about a designer x Target collaboration. When I was living in Seattle, I would promise time and time again that I would be making purchases from these exclusive collections, but if I had to be really honest with myself – it was just too hard to get to a Target from the city. I’m finally just a mere 10 minutes from one and I’m hoping that I can snag one of these adorable pieces for my closet. As if I haven’t done enough shopping for my birthday lately…right? To view the entire lookbook, click the source at the bottom of the post.

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Song of the Day

Tinashe ft. A$AP Rocky – Pretend

I’ve been listening to a lot of Tinashe and Jhene Aiko lately and am absolutely loving it. This song is one of my recent favorites!

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Osheaga 2015

Kendrick is going to have one busy summer!

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Vogue Features the New Brat Pack

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In this new spread for Vogue, Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, Gigi Hadid and Ansel Elgort are the latest stars to be envied in the young pop culture world.

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Cover of the Day:

This New Yorker cover full of Hillary-themed emojis was too adorable to not post. They’re not as cute as the North West set, but we’d still be pretty happy with this anyways. Designed by artist Barry Blitt, these 30 emojis¬†were designed to model off of some of our favorite emojis currently and some looks that she is known for. My favorite? HOBviously the one with her sunglasses.

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Song of the Day

Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up

Birthday week calls for only upbeat songs.

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Wedding Mondays

I think I love this video because it’s not like anything I’ve ever seen before. Readers, would you be happy, upset, or relieved if your wedding were a complete surprise?! A part of me would find this gesture really sweet, but 95% of me would’ve really wanted to have a wedding that was all my own and one where both my partner and I could plan. Despite my own opinions, I absolutely loved this video. It sounded like the bride planning her own wedding was more stressful than fun so it’s great to see that those closest to her were able to step in and pull off the ultimate surprise.

What a qt couple. Their vows were too much!

To see the entire feature on Style Me Pretty, click here!

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30-Day Minimalism Challenge

For the past few months, I’ve been feeling a little bit unhinged with my days and weekends being less and less structured. I’ve been enjoying it because it allows me to plan less – something that I have a hard time doing – and giving myself time when I need it for extra time hanging out with friends on the fly or taking a few extra hours to sleep in. After doing this for so long, I think I’m ready to have more of a balanced set schedule again or at least disciplining myself. This extra time has enabled me to spend more time on Yow Yow! but that means that I’m much more connected to my laptop than I need to be and I think more time offline would probably be good for me. I came across this 30 day minimalism challenge which seems perfect. It’s simple and not too demanding, but sticking to it for 30 days could really improve how I’m doing things in my life. I’m not at a point where I feel like I can accept doing it just yet especially since I run this blog and work in tech, but I thought I would share it in case anyone else wanted to test themselves. You have 10 days to decide if you want to jump on it or not! For full rules and details, click here.

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