Category Archives: Design

Google Inbox

I’m always looking for new ways to better manage and prioritize all of my various inboxes – for my personal, blog, and work email accounts. Even when I feel like I’ve got it down, I know that there’s always something that I can be doing better. Learning how to tackle email in college was never as hard as it is now. It’s something that I wish my professors would have taught me back then! When Inbox was released earlier this week, I hadn’t learned that much about it, but quickly saw it fill up in my Quora feed and was immediately intrigued by it. I saw an opportunity to snag an invite from a former intern that worked with us and jumped at the chance. I downloaded it, but am still trying to find my way around it and am wondering if I will use it more often from my mobile now than on the web. Also, I thought I would be receiving a few invites to give out as well, but my app is missing the golden ticket!

Does anyone have any tips on how I’ll be able to have my own invites, too? I think it’s also a matter of time before Google makes the app available to everyone too so maybe having the ticket won’t be necessary.

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Dogs of the World – Prints

Can you believe it has been a whole two weeks since I blogged on Yow Yow?! I think this is the longest we’ve ever gone without writing a post – even if it’s just a little one. I’ve actually really missed Yow Yow! a lot and am very much looking forward to being on a normal schedule soon so that I can regularly post. I came across these dogs of the world prints what feels like a month ago and have just been waiting to post about this. Interestingly enough, the day I came across this post, I was at a bar in San Francisco that had an entire wall of framed photos of dogs. It had nothing to do with the name of the bar. It was entirely random.

To view all the adorable little doggies, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Wedding Mondays everyone! I’m getting to that point in my life where weddings are not just something that I seek out on my own because I love them. I’m getting to this age where it starts to become my entire newsfeed. I mean, I don’t hate it though. My manager once told me that people love seeing these stories pop up and that’s why when someone gets into a relationship or gets engaged or married, they have a gazillion likes and are always at the top of your newsfeed as a top story.

Today’s Monday has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions so if you’re looking for something that might make you tear up a bit, this wedding video will most likely be IT. I’ve never been a huge fan of speeches at weddings because sometimes I don’t find them funny or I just think they drag on a bit. When my friend got married this past month, her younger sister made an amazing toast and this one reminded me of that.

To view the rest of the gorgeous photos click here to read the feature on Green Wedding Shoes. Also, don’t forget to check out Kelcee’s stunning gown.

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Blog Roundup

- 10 Things We Learned at Fashion Week. 1. In America, we plan on having a summer. [GQ]

- 10 Dangerous Works of Architecture [Flavorwire]

- What’s it like to be a bike messenger in NYC? [BuzzFeed]

- Burger King Japan made something called a black burger and we don’t think cheese should be that color. [Grubstreet]

- F**ktionary – the new Cards Against Humanity that everyone will be talking about [Cool Material]

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A Very Chill Bunny

How adorbs is this v. chill bunny hanging out in Taiwan. The installation was made to be a giant bunny looking up at the sky and was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. Hofman, typically famous for his giant animal character installations created this bunny based on an East Asian folklore about a bunny who lives on the moon.

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This or That: Reusable Water Bottle

When I was a very young and innocent freshman, I went on a field trip with my History of Costume Design class to an evening play. The girl that I had been sitting to (who was the sweetest gem) pulled out a bottle from her bag and stealthily put her mouth over the mini tube. Was she sipping? Breathing? It was awfully dark. I later came to the conclusion that it was not a vaporizer and that it was just a Camelback water bottle. Now, it’s silly to think that these two things could be mistaken for what they really are, but I had never seen a Camelback before and I clearly didn’t know what kind of college I was at.

When I stumbled across this overly trendy waterbottle designed by Memobottle, I knew I had to write a post about it – if not for the product itself – at least my anectdote. The reusable waterbottle not only comes in glass, but also metal and plastic. I mean do you really want to be carrying a glass water bottle around with you? Landmine. Except for those Bkr ones – those are pretty qt.

These waterbottles are totally our future.

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Wedding Mondays

Readers, I hope you all had the loveliest Monday! I took my first mini vacation in a very long time this past week and returned home to Seattle for some wedding fun and a whole five days of sunshine! Can you believe it? It’s usually around this time that Seattle starts to get a little bit colder, but as soon as I got back, I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to need the Uniqlo down vest that I had packed with me. So after attending that wedding myself, I would say I’m definitely in this little spirit of love today and am pretty excited to share with you this video. Now, this one has a more serious tone to it, but as a video that I can resonate with given that I’ve attended a couple of traditional Vietnamese weddings in my day… (In my day… I’m not that old, I just really wanted to say that.)

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

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Samovar – San Francisco

When I first moved to the Bay Area, my goal was to immediately find replacements for all of my favorite spots in Seattle. Samovar quickly bacame that for me as I needed to replace Remedy Teas on the hill. I’ve been to Samovar twice now at two different locations. Like Remedy Teas, Samovar serves meals, snacks, and a high quality selection of teas. I had read not too long ago that they were putting in a new location in the Mission that was supposed to be a very simplified version of their other stores. They weren’t kidding. There aren’t any meals here, but you can pick up a snack if you’d like. I’d almost view this location as an express Samovar because there’s no seating at all and you aren’t meant to be perched up here for awhile like you might at other locations. Beautiful though? Yes, of  course.

To view the rest of the post and more photographs by The Cool Hunter, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

She’s a contributing editor for Vogue and he’s a Dutch shoe designer so there’s no way that this wedding wasn’t going to be the most extravagant thing you’ve ever seen. Actually just looking at their wedding photos kind of looks like they are on the set of a shoot. The best shoot ever. The gorgeous wedding took place in Italy and invitees included style icons like Oliva Palermo and Christie Brinkley. Her bridesmaids’ dresses – can we just own this for every day use?

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How Crayola Crayons Are Made

Last weekend, someone showed me a series of “How Things Work” type videos. I probably watched about 6 of them and now this week, I’m posting my own which I find to be kind of funny. I actually was genuinely interested in how Crayola Crayons were made though and I find this to be quite fascinating. This video was done by Wired.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Wedding Mondays everyone and happy Labor Day!! Before we get started on talking a little bit about this video we’re featuring today, I wanted to take a second to dedicate today’s Wedding Monday to Heing and Shirley – my brother’s friends that got married yesterday in Seattle! Heing has been a follower of the Wedding Mondays series for some time now and while it is unconfirmed if he ended up having a video or not, we’re crossing our fingers that he did so that we can post it up here!

I absolutely loved Chelsea and Graham’s boho wedding in Maui. I thought that her look was perfect and everything about the ceremony was beautiful, but the tear jerker moment? Chelsea’s speech at the reception. What a strong couple they are. Here’s wishing them a very happy marriage together!

For the entire feature, click here to view the gorgeous photos on Style Me Pretty.

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Pin It!

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You guys, it’s not even funny how late in the game we are to enhancing things on Yow Yow! This morning, I spent an extra 5 minutes playing around with widgets and finally figured out how to add that “Pin it” button to my page. What does that mean for you exactly? Every time you see an image on Yow Yow! that you want to add to one of your Pinterest boards, you can now easily do it by hovering over the image.

So it’s a little bit offcenter and sometimes will appear over words, but the functionality is there and that’s all that matters!

Happy pinning y’all!

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Wedding Mondays

Happy happy Monday everyone! I’ve been itching to share this video ever since I saw the details of Cindy and Chris’s special day on Green Wedding Shoes. Cindy was a gorgeous bride and I adored her dress – something I don’t think I could have ever pulled off myself. However, the best part about this wedding? The couple share a love for all things science and animals and that was very apparent in the theme of their wedding. Now I’ve included the video for you above, but the pictures? Swoon worthy for sure! Here are just a few of my favorite snaps.

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Sleepover @ IKEA for the Night

For one night only, IKEA is letting you live out that scene from 500 Days of Summer on August 31, 2014. In a partnership with Airbnb, IKEA is letting the families of three winners stay overnight at their store in Tempe, Sydney. The store has decked out three promotional rooms for this event and while we don’t have any photographs, we know it’s something that most would be thrilled to have the chance at doing. The three themes? Rustic charm, inner city living and modern elegance. So how much does it cost to stay in one of these rooms? 12 Australian dollars.

“Airbnb gives people access to the most unique listings around the world from treehouses to yurts to villas, and now we’re adding Ikea to the list,” Eva Ross, Local Operations Lead at Airbnb Australia, said in a statement. “The experience is sure to thrill any guest.”

There’s one proviso in the fine print: “By entering, you agree to be part of an event that will be covered by the media,” it says. “Oh, and that you will be woken in the morning in a remarkable way. Nothing frightening — we promise!”

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Happy Saturday!

Good morning, everyone!

It has been a long time since I’ve had an entire Saturday to myself waking up in my bed and being out of the city. As much as I love spending my weekends up there, I actually really love my time at home and being able to get my errands done at a reasonable time and spending some quality time with the blog. Earlier this week, I found out that I will be traveling for three weeks in October back and forth from Phoenix, Pasadena, and Seattle with San Francisco in between each of those cities! Knowing that already, I decided that I wanted to spend my time up until then really focusing on maximizing my summer here in the Bay and making a list of all the things I want to do before things get too crazy!

One of them is just spending an afternoon by the pool. While it seems to be sunny here year around, it’s not always as warm as it might be in the summer time. One of my favorite things has been to lounge poolside with my mini jam box. On that note, I watched a pretty interesting video this morning of a pool that took $2 million dollars to construct! It looks amazing, but wow, think of all of the things you could buy with that money that is not a pool.

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