Count Em’ 1, 2…60? 2014

In 2014, discovering new music proved to be a little bit more challenging than in previous years. When I was living in Seattle, there was never a shortage of shows, concerts, and music festivals. I suppose the same can be said for in San Francisco too, but what’s harder is finding the time. This year, for new music I relied heavily on blogs and my brother’s various Spotify playlists. With that said, we’re still pretty confident that the 60 songs we selected were awesome in 2014 and here’s our list for you.

Enjoy!

1. Panama – Always
2. Mutual Benefit – Advance Falconry
3. Wild Ones – Paia
4. Quadron – Crush
5. Lauryn Hill – Ex-Factor
6. Jessie Andrews, Comets We Fall – You Won’t Forget Tonight
7. How to Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember
8. Real Estate – Crime
9. Katy Perry – Birthday
10. M83 – I Need You

11. London Grammar – Hey Now
12. RAC, Matthew Koma – Cheap Sunglasses
13. Mayer Hawthorne, Kendrick Lamar – Crime – Vice Remix
14. Years and Years – Real
15. Blood Orange – Champagne Coast
16. Little Hurricane – Sheep in Wolves Clothing
17. Ra Ra Riot – Angel, Please
18. Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
19. Janelle Monae, Solange, Roman Gianaarthur – Electric Lady
20. Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked

21. Ariana Grande, Zedd – Break Free
22. Yeah Boy – Can’t Get Enough
23. Deadmau5, Colleen D’agostino – Seeya
24. Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne – Rather Be
25. Tinashe, Schoolboy Q – 2on
26. MisterWives – Reflections
27. Kiesza – Hideaway
28. Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp
29. Sam Smith – I’ve Told You Now
30. Capital Cities – One Minute More

31. Jeremih, YG – Don’t Tell Em’
32. Coucheron, Eastside, Mayer Hawthorne – Deep End
33. Porter Robinson, Urban Cone – Lionhearted
34. The Antlers – Corsicana
35. Electric Guest – Awake
36. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
37. Ariana Grande, The Weeknd – Love Me Harder
38. Chromeo, Toro y Moi – Come Alive
39. Usher, Nicki Minaj – She Came to Give it to You
40. Bad Rabbits – She’s Bad

41. Banks – Alibi
42. ODESZA, Shy Girls – All We Need
43. Joey Bada$$ – Waves
44. Darius – Hot Hands
45. Tennis – I’m Callin’
46. Slow Magic – Waited 4 U
47. Big Black Delta – Money Rain Down
48. Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap
49. Banks – Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)
50. Jessie Ware – Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe

51. Kendrick Lamar – i
52. Picard Brothers, Erik Hassle – Goodbye & Good Luck
53. AlunaGeorge – Supernatural
54. Danielle Andrade – Latch (Sam Smith cover)
55. Zak Waters – Pretty Wings
56. Alizzz – What IF
57. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – James Dean
58. George Maple – Talk Talk
59. DJ Mustard, Fabolous, Eric Bellinger – 4 Digits
60. Lana Del Rey – West Coast (The Grades Icon mix)

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Song of the Day

Copeland – Disjointed

Earlier this year, we announced that Copeland would be getting back together in 2014 to release new music. Here is one of the songs that they’ve been working on and it reminds me so much of the old stuff I once loved.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Wedding Mondays, everyone! It is most certainly engagment season! Isn’t it always around the holidays? I swear like 3 people from my high school got engaged this week alone and of course Facebook never misses an opportunity to remind me. Over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, I love love. I’m excited for everyone and especially when my own dear friends get into really loving and happy relationships which is exactly why now more than ever, I’m excited about Wedding Mondays. Love is all around so I just keep watching all of these videos.

The video I am sharing today is so lovely because it just isn’t over the top. It’s backed by Frou Frou, which I love and it so sweet without having any dialogue at all. I especially love the gold bridesmaids dresses. To view the rest of this Philadelphia wedding, click here to view the feature at Style Me Pretty!

 

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Happy 6th Birthday Yow Yow!

WHOO! We are celebrating a birthday today y’all! Can you believe we’re already six years old? I still remember the first day I even created an account with WordPress. It was my first winter break in college during my freshman year and back then I thought the only readership I would have would be my friends and the people that lived in my dorm. I’m sure, like most people that start a blog, I only saw this going until I found another new hobby to latch onto. Little did we know…

Six years though. Six years of content, culture, and really really big life changes that I never imagined this blog would document. It hasn’t been the easiest year for us and I know I haven’t spent as much time on Yow Yow! as I would’ve liked because of my job, but at the end of the day, I’m still so grateful to have the best support team in the world. I know that when my parents remind me to take a picture of my meal while eating out and when my girlfriends fill me in on the new places in Seattle to check out over brunch that they want me to keep going. So we’ll do just that!

Thank you all for all of the support and love over the last six years! Here’s to the next one! We’re really looking forward to what’s in store for 2015!!

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Song of the Day

Picard brothers ft. Erik Hassle – Goodbye & Good Luck

One of my favorite songs from the season which makes me excited to be compiling my favorite songs of the year very soon!

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In Design Stuff Today…

For the person who just can’t get enough of McDonald’s. I’ll admit though, these fry pillows are pretty cute. Really into this trend recently of making food things into beds. I think it speaks volumes about the people making these purchases.

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Song of the Day

Madeon ft. Kyan – You’re On

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Proud Owner:

Wilfred Diamond Mosaic Blanket – $85

I never thought I would cave in and buy an oversized scarf, but I totally did. It was kind of an accident, really. Back in October, I had purchased an Aritizia beanie that I loved, but thought I had lost. On the eve of Black Friday, I decided I couldn’t live without it and purchased a replacement only to discover a couple days later that the lost beanie was just sitting in with all of my other hats. So I returned the second beanie hoping to exchange it for something just as great. I found this scarf which was the price of the beanie…and then some. I’ve been feeling a little bit self-conscious that it’s just too overwhelming for me, but I’m still deciding to completely own it anyways. Sometimes I wrap it once while throwing the rest over my shoulder and sometimes I wear it as a shawl like a grandmother. Does it even matter how I wear it? It’s warm and getting me through this winter! It comes in a few different colors, but I love this red and blue one. Tommy says it makes me look very patriotic. Yay.

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HotelTonight

For my company’s holiday party last week, Ashley and I decided to give HotelTonight a try for the very first time. I’d been following the app for awhile now, but hadn’t quite found the perfect reason for me to even use it. Since our holiday party was in San Francisco and I didn’t feel like driving back south afterwards, I thought that we could not only get a room to stay in following the party, but also have a place to get ready with the girls as well.

As a first time user, I found it to be fairly easy. It was simple to enter in all of my information and book the room that I wanted without any hassle (except for the part where we forgot to confirm and had to go through the process a second time.)

Here are my biggest takeaways from using HotelTonight:

  • The later you wait to book a room, the cheaper it is. However, you should be weary that some rooms will get snatched up quickly and you might not want to wait. It’s important to just set a boundary for yourself as to how long you’re willing to wait to book.
  • This app is perfect for non-planners. As someone who is a planner and likes to be thrifty I kept checking the app every half hour to see if prices would change. It was kind of stressful. However, if you’re someone who likes to be adventurous and do things on the fly, HotelTonight is probably your dream app.
  • It’s important to figure out how much you’re willing to pay based on what you need. For us, Ashley and I decided that we just needed one bed and a bathroom. We got just that and a whole side of mirrors for us to use to get ready as a bonus for just $200. We really didn’t care to have any extra ammenities like a place that has a pool or a spa or living area within the room.

Using HotelTonight the night of my party was a really great idea. If I had to use HotelTonight in another city, that might make me a little bit nervous given that I might not know the neighborhoods as well and planning a trip in advance, you kind of want to have those details set prior. With that said, I would probably use HotelTonight again for events like the one that I just had. I also think they’d make for the perfect spontaneous date night!

PS: Does anyone know why their tagline “I want tonight to last forever” is so seductive? Just me?

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