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Yow Yow! Does Portland!

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First vacation of the year – check! I’m finally now at an age where it has become maybe not a little bit easier, but more convenient for my cousins and I to get together. When we were younger, we were on family trips and there were a lot more people around, but now that we’re adults, we get to plan the trip and we get to do all the things we like doing. There’s a sort of an independence that comes with it and I think that’s why I enjoyed my weekend in Portland so much. A handful of my cousins are still in school ie) Grad school, dental school, etc. They’re all smarty pants! Kristie and I have never actually been to Portland before and since one of our cousins is currently living there and in school, we knew it would be the perfect place to visit first.

I had been itching to experience Portland for myself because for years all I’ve heard was that it was better than Seattle, worse than Seattle, more hipster than Seattle, etc. And now that I’ve finally seen it, I have my own opinions to make. First off, Portland is gorgeous. The trees, the bridges, the water – all things that reminded me of home without actually being at home. I love the little neighborhoods – Alberta, Alphabet District, Pearl, NW 23rd – it’s like any other major city that has their own area. I did, however, find the pace of Portland to be much slower, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something I’m not used to. Our cousin also let us borrow his car the first day we were there and I found it to be fairly straightforward to get around. Let’s talk about the things we ate though since that’s usually the only reason why we write these posts.

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It’s Almost Sunday!

I don’t know about all of you, but we’re getting incredibly excited for the Super Bowl on Sunday! To get all of you on the same level, here is Marshawn’s press conference with Skittles. I just feel so bad for how much he gets fined. Won’t everyone just leave him alone and let him be him?

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The Money We’ll Never Have

Oh geez, we’re only one month into the year, but already all I’ve been thinking about is money. I’m thinking about my friends who are buying places, a 401K (which FYI I hate thinking about. Logging into Fidelity is death.) my co-workers who are light years ahead of me in investing and whether or not I’m going to continue renting next year. These days, the thought of money is just running my life, but isn’t it for everyone? My friend Toby told me over the holidays that if there’s one advice she could give me it would be tosave. Save now. But unless I’m doing it automatically, it’s difficult for me to know the best way to do that.

Can saving be eating out just one a day on the weekends? Skipping my morning coffee? Spending less on my credit card every month? There’s really no right or wrong answer. I think every 20-year old I know is just trying to figure it out on their own. I stumbled upon this infographic today about what someone has to earn in every state in order to be in the top 1%. Well, it’s just the 1% so the best thing about this infographic is knowing you’re not alone!

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Anthony Bourdain on In-N-Out

Little Big Burger in Portland yesterday. In-N-Out for dinner tonight. If I had a Seattle’s Dick’s Drive In tomorrow, I would have been nailin’ it. No joke though – I love In-N-Out. Can’t believe I went so long not living in the same state as it…

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A Note on Wedding Mondays

We promise we’re not being lazy. Sometimes, there just aren’t any videos that we feel stronly about sharing with all of you and when it comes to Wedding Mondays, we’re not going to skimp.

Not every video is going to make us tear up, but we want it to evoke some kind of feeling and for the past two weeks, none have struck a chord with us. Wedding Mondays will continue, but we can’t promise that they’ll be a wedding video waiting for your here every Monday, but we’ll do our very best to make this happen for you… because we’re happier when we can have a Wedding Monday!

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Currently Craving:

For years, I’ve been listening to all of my favorite LA bloggers raving about the egg sandwich from Eggslut. I’ve seen the pictures. I’ve heard what they had to say. And now, this video. I die. I had my very first egg sandwich when I moved to the Bay Area and I haven’t stopped ordering them since. (BTW the best one to order is from Plow in Potrero Hill) My friend Mandi and I have such a love for egg sandwiches that we have even considered trying every single one at every brunch in SF and rating them for all of you on Yow Yow! We haven’t given up on this idea yet. I can’t wait to try Eggslut the next time I’m in LA!

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Suzy Kuzy Knit Beer Mitts

I’m such a sucker for really unique items like this. Just this weekend in Portland, the cousins and I stopped by this design shop called LVLY on Division Street in Portland where we came across a ton of amazing items – one of which includes the Ostrich Pillow, which we have talked about before. This knitted mit, however, was designed for beer bottles and beer cans. They’re perfect for the football season! Except… the Super Bowl is about to happen and it’s in Arizona and something like this probably isn’t necessary. There’s always next year! Want your own? Check out the product on Cool Material here.

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Weekend Ventures: Portland

Looks like I’ll be able to check off one of my New Year’s resolutions very soon! Earlier this year, I vowed to travel more in 2015. At almost 25, I feel like I’m finally ready to take on all of the vacations and weekend trips that I always dreamed of slash never had the chance to take advantage of while I was in college. On an upcoming “cousins” trip, I’m excited to finally be able to explore Portland! I’ve driven through Seattle’s number two city twice now for road trips to San Francisco, but never had a chance to actually see the city. I hear that it is very much like Seattle, much more hipster, and full of delicious food. I love the Bay Area, but I’m looking forward to getting my Pacific Northwest on just for a little while. We’ll be creating a little packing list that we’ll post about soon just for the trip on Yow Yow!

Since I’ve never been before, does anyone have any suggestions?

I can’t wait to brunch, but it will be easy to find places I think because…Yelp. I’m also excited to try Salt & Straw, Stumptown in its own city AND of course Voodoo Doughnuts. I know it’s completely overrated, but I just have to.

After talking with my manager this week, she even encouraged me to go to one place a month in 2015. Can you imagine the damage that could do to my bank account? I’m excited nonetheless and I’m just going to take it one trip/adventure at a time just so I don’t wear myself out. :)

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Steamy Music Video of the Day

Mom Dad, don’t watch this. You’re not going to like it.

But, I’m actually singing this song everyday in the car on the way to work in the mornings.

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Starbucks Observes MLK Day in a Powerful Way

Well done, Starbucks team. This simple and clean message was exactly what we needed to see and the best way to celebrate MLK Day.

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Dakota Johnson x Vogue

With 50 Shades of Grey being released next month on Valentine’s Day, it’s not exactly a shocker that Dakota Johnson is Vogue’s February cover girl. The more I see the ads for this movie, the more I get excited for it despite having never read any of the books. I mean I didn’t think too highly of the books to begin with, but all of my girlfriends loved it and couldn’t get enough. The movie will do for me.

It’s funny actually though because this is Dakota’s first huge breakout role. The last thing I even remember her in was The Five-Year Engagement so I’m kind of excited to see how she does with Anastasia. Click the cut for more gorgeous looks from this spread:

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