Category Archives: Design

Ziplining Comes to Bellevue

photo cred | Seattle Times

Most people like to believe that ziplining is something that you can only do in Costa Rica or some other exotic location. Bellevue, WA is squashing that rumor and even moreso because Bellevue in itself is not an exotic location at all. As of last weekend, Bellevue Zip Tours is now open to the public in Eastgate Park.

The area in which this course is located is actually quite beautiful. I’m pretty sure that I’ve done several ropes courses in this area throughout my college years so it wasn’t that much of a surprise to me that they set up the tours here. In fact, I think it’s a great idea and an activity that will see a lot of action especially during the summer. In June, Bellevue Zip Tours will only be available on weekends, but starting July – they will be open every day for business.

Tours are approximately 2.5 hours (depending on how big of a group you go with), and $69 per adult, $44 for kids. While the riding age minimum is 9, riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

To learn more, click here.

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Every State’s Favorite Sandwich


Of course, Washington would land with the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich. This infographic is pretty tiny, so make sure you click the photo above for a more enlarged version.

Or you can click here.



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Wedding Mondays

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a lovely and well-rested weekend. I’m really excited to be sharing Mimi and Allen’s wedding with all of you this morning. It was a pretty special discovery earlier this week and I love it for more than just one reason.

First off: the song. Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry is one of my favorites from this year.

Secondly, that dress. Have you ever seen anything more magnificent?

Thirdly, they had their first look on a carousel.

*mic drop*

That’s it! You don’t need another reason to love this wedding video because that about sums it up.

And as I’ve been promising, here is the full feature on Green Wedding Shoes. The pictures are stunning.

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The Best Airline Snacks We Wish We Had All The Time

For the past three weeks, I have been traveling up a storm to Salt Lake City to San Diego to Monterey. I’m happy to announce that I will finally get a chance to stay at home this upcoming weekend. Thank goodness. I can’t tell you how many bags of peanuts and pretzels I have collected from traveling on Southwest. Are they trying to make us all suffer from thirst? I’ve never been thrown so much salt on one flight. While I don’t prefer those types of snacks, I have traveled on other airlines that have provided me with better food options. I will never forget the time that I had the best lime cookies I have ever tasted on JetBlue. Every now and then I decide to do a search for them online and find myself getting nowhere.

Just kidding, I found out they are discontinued.

Travel and Leisure recently compiled a list of 17 of the best snacks found while flying and…we’re hungry. Naturally.


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Wedding Mondays

Having Ashley next to me watching wedding videos to see which one would make the cut for Wedding Mondays isn’t anything I’ve ever done with another person. It was interesting for us to collaborate and decide what makes a good video. Sometimes we have similarities and sometimes differences. Before we watched this video, we thought that it would be okay, but not that we would love it. We ended up loving it. The details were so on point. The couple just extremely beautiful in every way. We both are so excited to share this video with you all and Jennie – if you thought you loved last weeks, you’re going to love this one.

Here is the entire post by Green Wedding Shoes! Congrats Lauren and Kyle!

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DailyCandy to Shut Down in April

Earlier this week, I learned that lifestyle blog DailyCandy will be shuttering in April. While I don’t have all the time in the world these days to keep up with some of my favorite blogs, I am still sad to learn this news. Lifestyle blogs encompass so many topics ranging from health, technology, relationships, life, etc and cover much more ground than your standard fashion blogs. Another reason why I am partial to DailyCandy is because our former guest interviewee Suchin Pak was a correspondent for the lifestyle blog and regularly contributed to the site. Above is one of her segments on gadgets in technology that she was obsessed with at the time.

DailyCandy will surely be missed.


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Oh Joy! for Target

I have never felt more behind in blogging than I do right now. However, I just did a very adult thing that is due on April 15th every year so in some way, I feel like I’m on a roll.

Since I heard about Oh Joy!’s collection for Target, I have been dying to blog about it. By now, I’m sure most of you have seen some of the images. Seeing them in person at the store was just as great too. Here are some of my favorite picks below. I wish I had a party to throw soon so that these purchases would be worth it!

These adorable two-toned vases are holding paint brushes, but could they potentially hold my makeup brushes too?

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Wedding Mondays

Good evening everyone! Kevin said that I was sluffing on Wedding Mondays today just because he didn’t have one waiting for him this morning. I forget a lot of little things, but I never forget what is supposed to happen on Mondays. We’ve been a little bit behind on the blog for the past couple of days, but I’ve been away! I just spent the second part of my birthday celebration in San Diego and because I was there, I had Ashley (another Wedding Mondays follower) by my side to help me pick out the next two videos (this ones and next Monday’s) Wedding Mondays video. I’m a huge sucker for long relationships and when I heard that this one spanned seven years, my heart was a flutter. The commentary and speeches from friends and family were so sweet and enough to make the cut for this week.


Enjoy! Here’s the rest of the post at Style Me Pretty.

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Starbucks Evenings

Seattle coffee chain Starbucks is introducing a new concept to their stores called “Starbucks Evenings.” We all know what it’s like to arrive at our own local Starbucks for the morning rush, but it looks like the chain is hoping to bring either a new crowd or that same crowd to their stores after work as well. Unveiling in major cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Portland, Starbucks will begin to sell alcoholic drinks and offer up appetizer and dessert menus to customers after 4PM. Food items will include chicken skewers, macaroni n’ cheese, and chocolate fondue with a selection of wines and beers varying at different stores.


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Wedding Mondays

Happy Wedding Mondays!

I’m more than a little late today, but that’s partially because I was celebrating my birthday! To make up for lost time, I decided to give you an extra long wedding video today, but don’t worry – it’s worth every second of your time. With that said, I’m going to make this pretty short, but enjoy the video and the super cute post here at Green Wedding Shoes!


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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning, everyone! We’re creeping up on what will be a very busy next couple of weeks, but I couldn’t be more excited. I’m thrilled to be celebrating my birthday in a new home this year, taking my first ever vacation in a job, and going on a trip with the people I enjoy working with everyday! It’s an exciting time to turn 24. I’m actually also very excited that the video I’m sharing with you today is kind of like a part of my life going full circle. Normally, I would prefer a wedding video, but this time we’re doing a slow-motion photo booth. It’s one of the better ones I’ve seen because I think I’d like to be friend with every single person featured in it AND even more importantly the wedding take places in Seattle and features USnaps – another vendor that I have worked with previously in my college days. The slow motion photo booth was done by another company, but that’s okay – USnaps was still there to provide the instant snapshot.

And here’s the Style Me Pretty featured post here.

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Visit California!

It has been 6 months since I moved to California from Washington. WHOA! How is it going, exactly? I’m having fun. I’m having fun – literally every day. I don’t hate it here – not even in the slightest. As a kid, I remember being a brat and telling everyone that I would never leave Seattle because I just loved it too much. In all honestly, moving here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Moving for a job is one of the best life-changing experiences I’ll ever have.

California is beautiful. The air isn’t as clean as it is in Seattle. The water definitely isn’t as clean as it is in Seattle. And no way is the sushi better here in any way shape or form.

The sunset, however, are gorgeous. The sunny days every day are what motivate me to get up every morning. California is lovely.

That was a long way to preface this video actually, but basically this guy from Boston was asked to make a video about his trip to  California and on his four days he covered both the Northern and Southern areas even meeting individuals along the way to help enhance the video.

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First Kiss by Tatia Pilieva

I generally try to ignore viral links passed around on Facebook by my Facebook friends because they’re things that don’t interest me and to put it simply, I think some people like to make a big deal out of nothing. I saw the “First Kiss” video yesterday appear on my newsfeed several times.

“This is so beautiful.”

“Ugh beautiful”


^were just a few of the comments I saw on the thread. WHAT? Am I a bad person for not feeling anything at all? I mean, I’m a huge romantic at heart and you would think that this kind of thing would hit me hard. Hello, Wedding Mondays, anyone? But I watched it and I mean I REALLY watched this – maybe I was trying too hard? and I didn’t see it.

Here’s where I think people felt their heart strings were being tugged at -

  • Awkwardness – it’s relatable. We’ve all been there. We know what it was like to kiss someone new for the first time and it’s somewhat endearing to watch.
  • Black and White - it’s really very pretty, isn’t it?
  • Soft Music - Whoa, what is this light-hearted tune I’m hearing? I’ve never heard anything like this before on the radio?
  • Romantic Comedy Syndrome – Yeah, it feels like we’re watching one.

Last question – why is everyone featured in this so attractive? Is this real life? After watching this, are people going to have some sort of expectation about this and kissing strangers? I’ve got a lot of questions – was there a medical examination done after selecting the strangers?

What does everyone else think about this video?

To be continued…


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Could We Live in These Houses?

Vault House, USA

I spend a fair amount of time appreciating posts that feature very complex housing arrangements. The architecture is always something that you never thought that you could dream of and there is no question at all that these houses aren’t beautiful, but it never seems to feel like “a home.” Luckily for me, I don’t have to think about buying a house anytime soon anyways so I suppose I have nothing to worry about. These homes featured on this Gizmodo post are a dream. For more examples like the one above, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

It was recently brought to my attention that my brother’s friends are pretty entertained with our Yow Yow! series “Wedding Mondays.” In a word, I am flattered. Some of our series have kind of fell off the wagon like “Take Me There,” but I am fully committed to Mondays and sharing some of the best wedding videos with all of you. On a side note, I recently became exhausted with “Take Me There” because I was tired of trying to discover new places that I wanted to go to. Right now, I’m perfectly content with where I am.

Wedding Mondays is really near and dear to my heart and it’s fantastic to know that people are looking forward to it! I actually love watching these videos and making sure they are good enough to post on Yow Yow!

The one featured today is not like anything we’ve seen before. I know I’ve thrown that out a few times, but…seriously. The style of filming is all different. The transitions are on point. And additionally – good lord, that dress and the most attractive couple ever! Happy Monday everyone! It certainly feels like summer already here in the Bay – apparently we skipped spring.

And here’s the accompanying post on Style Me Pretty!

Hi Heing
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