Category Archives: Life

The Seattle Hipster

So this video came out in 2011 and even though Capitol Hill has changed a lot since then, the one shown in this video is the one that I love and miss. Someone posted this the other day which then showed up on my Facebook feed with a caption along the lines of “thank god, I don’t live anywhere near downtown.” Child, please, Capitol Hill didn’t want you to begin with.

I love Linda’s brunch. I love Unicorn drinks and $2 PBR’s. Haters get out.

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My Day in a Nutshell

My office building held a very alarming fire drill today. It was the most formal fire drill we’ve ever had because there were traffic guards, people wearing orange vests, and ice cream carts. Welcome to Silicon Valley. We understand how much a fire drill is inconveniencing you so you get an ice cream bar, YOU get an ice cream bar, YOU GET AN ICE CREAM BAR!

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Wedding Mondays

It has been awhile since we’ve had a true Wedding Mondays post so today that’s what you’re getting. Swamped by work for these past few weeks, I’ve been playing catch up just getting through all of the weddings that I have missed. After I write this post I need to go back three weeks on Green Wedding Shoes to make sure I’m all caught up! Today’s post is really special because you not only get one video, but you get three! When I first read about this wedding on Style Me Pretty, they were highlighting a choreographed dance that the couple’s friends performed for them at their wedding and that they were a part of. In my head, I think I went – “oh boy, another poorly done choreographed dance from a couple that took maybe 5 weeks of a class for this.” Style Me Pretty teased the video by saying that things were about to get really good, but I didn’t believe it. Until I watched it. And thought it was so good that I had to watch it 3 more times after that.

It really is THAT good. So we’ve got three videos to document Connie and Tyler’s wedding – the choreographed dance, the proposal, and then the wedding  film. I watched it in that order and it was the correct order to watch in order to fall in love with this couple more and more.

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Bay Area Eats:

After eating my favorite Fried Egg Sandwich from Plow two weekends in a row, I decided it was finally time to mix it up a little bit. Outerlands is a brunch spot that I have been itching to try for quite some time. After hearing such good things about it and having a friend that lives somewhat nearby, I decided to set up a date. It’s in the Sunset after all so there’s really no other reason to go over there other than this place. We may have waited nearly an hour or maybe an hour and a half or so to be seated, but it was worth it. Also, this is San Francisco and if you’re not waiting that long for brunch then you’re not going to a very good spot.

(That’s not exactly true, but sort of.)

I decided to order “Eggs in Jail” and for those of you who have been reading Yow Yow! for quite some time, you know that this is a meal that Veronica and I made almost every other week because we were just SO POOR! We were 22 years old and completely satisfied with the childhood meal of frying an egg into the middle of a piece of a toast. On a Friday night, we would each eat two of these, but not before accidentally burning and ruining two before we could eat.

Outerlands made our favorite dish even better by adding tomatoes, bacon, and what we think could be a cauliflower drizzle. We’re really not sure. What I am sure of is that I really loved this twist on a classic college meal. What a throwback!

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Out on the Town: 8/23

I haven’t made my way to as many events in San Francisco as I would’ve like so I feel like by posting about them, I’m making some sort of a commitment. Will anyone else been there? I haven’t listened to Rogue Wave since I was a teenager and obsessed with that song “Eyes.” Are they still a pretty dream pop sleepy band? This is no Capitol Hill Block Party by any means, but I missed Outside Lands last weekend so…

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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Almost Back

They’re almost here! August 25th to be exact. As much as I would love to say that having the Pumpkin Spice Latte year around would make me a happy girl, I know that I just wouldn’t be as excited about them if they weren’t a limited novelty. We certainly wouldn’t write posts about them like this on a yearly basis. I am very pleased about the return though and happy that it is coming sooner than the fall. It will still be the summer because I live in California and technically it is summer the whole year round.

Yum. I am going to drink you every single day.

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Salt Lake City Engagement Session

I know we spend a fair amount of time on wedding videos, but I must admit it’s not the only thing I love about weddings. When you consider a wedding, you have to think about all of the aspects that go into it. There are so many little pieces that it makes sense that it takes a year long engagement to get there and all of the decisions along the way. Every once in awhile, I stumble across an engagement shoot that I can’t take my eyes off of or a wedding story that I just have to share. Wedding videos were a start on Yow Yow! but I think over time, we might expand to other details. Hopefully you’ll be on board with us for that too!

I’ve seen so many engagement shoots that emphasize setting and being around scenery and the outdoors. This downtown Salt Lake City shoot strips all of that down. It’s so simple and so perfect.

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Currently Craving:

You know a meal is special when you eat it two days in a row. While my work sometimes caters Asian Box and serves it in mass, I actually went to Asian Box two days this week because I wanted to have the real thing and of course my very own personalized box. Asian food to me has always been comfort food. For some people it’s mac and cheese and for many of my friends in my circle, it’s a burrito, but for me? Rice. How very Asian of me. 

One man described it to another person behind me in line the other day as the Asian Chipotle. First, you choose your grain (rice or noodles) then your meat, your toppings, and your sauce. There are so many great options and you really can’t go wrong, but in case you’re interested in what I order… I’ll let you in on my favorite:

  • Long grain Jasmine rice
  • Lemongrass marinated pork
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Crispy Shallots
  • Scallion Oil
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Pickled Vegetables
  • Fresh Lime Squeeze
  • Caramel Egg
  • Tamarind Vinaigrette 

Yum. 

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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It’s been some time since I’ve had a weekend of eating, but that’s exactly what this weekend was for me. Ashley completed her 8-week internship at Stanford and to celebrate, we filled our stomachs with the most delicious food. Her younger sister was also in town so we made sure to take her to all of our favorite spots in the South Bay.

First off, My Lovecats ring finally arrived and I haven’t taken it off since…except in the shower because I am terrified of getting it wet. It is the most darling little ring I have ever purchased for myself and I am even thinking about making the move to additional stacks.

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Caught In A Beauty Bind

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I trade off between spending the week down in the South Bay and my weekends up in San Francisco. Though I’ve done this so frequently, I always end up forgetting to pack something in my weekender and this weekend that “thing” happened to be my entire beauty bag! We had plans to go out that night and while I wish I could say I am comfortable enough with myself to go completely make-up free, that wasn’t the case. I managed to find a moisturizing lotion where I was staying so I had the base covered, but the next thing I needed to do was prioritize. I asked myself two questions: What did I absolutely need to have and where can I get it?

I’m not someone who is big on makeup and knowing everything, but I think I can get by on the basics that my mama taught me. On the priority scale, I decided that I needed black eyeliner, eye makeup remover (if I could get it – to take off the previous night’s work,) mascara, and a foundation.

First stop? Sephora. You might be wondering why I didn’t choose to go to a drug store first and I wondered about this myself, too. Too often, I find myself actually using products from Sephora rather than drugstore brands and while these were just going to be “back-up buys,” you never know when you’re gonna find something that you can either a) end up using for a longer amount of time or b) replace something you already have that maybe needed to be replaced.

Sephora is a store that gets abused by their customers. Too often, people come into the store that don’t want to buy their own makeup and test products all day long until they’ve done their entire look for the night or had someone else do that for them. Using samples at Sephora to do your makeup is kind of gross because as sanitary as they try to make it, that doesn’t usually happen. Gross. I went into the store with a fresh face and only moisturizer and I knew I might speak to some consultants, but I wasn’t going to take advantage of them by not buying anything. The first place I headed to was near the cash register where they have a lot of their basic products in much smaller sizes. The price ranges from about $8-$15. Here is where I picked up a duo combo of eyeliner and eye makeup remover as well as my Tarte mascara.

I’d been wanting to replace my foundation for quite some time as I have been using my Chanel for at least a year. (Should probably throw that out by now, right?) I’ve always been interested in using Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and this was the perfect opportunity. A consultant matched it with my skin tone. I asked if he could try it on my entire face so that I could see it and I walked away with that purchase at around $36. Altogether from the day I spent about $50 on four things.

Long story short, if you’re ever caught in a bind like this – pick the items that you need and head to your nearest Sephora :) It sounds like they asked me to say that, but I promise they didn’t.

Note: I didn’t love the eyeliner and the makeup remover because it was too greasy so we didn’t include it in the photo.

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Blog Roundup

- The Best and Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover [Greatist]

- Some things we don’t really like about San Francisco (don’t worry, we like the rest!) [Refinery 29]

- Cocktails Inspired by Wes Anderson films [Paste]

- What you should never wear to a wedding [WhoWhatWear]

- “I Found Out The Hard Way That My Cousin is a Porn Star” [The Hundreds] Wow – best thing I’ve read in a long time.

- Nicole Richie tells Oprah about the easiest and hardest part about marriage. [Refinery 29]

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National Ice Cream Month

Since I’ve moved to California, I am almost certain that I have consumed 80% more ice cream than I ever did in Seattle. Especially since it is National Ice Cream month, I’ve been having it on a regular weekly basis. It doesn’t help that there just happens to always be a shop nearby. My friend Sheila recently introduced me to what is one of the most bizarre flavors I have ever tried. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s the best flavor I’ve ever had, but it is definitely intriguing enough that you would eat it until the very last bite. I believe she told me that the cereal milk ice cream that she either made herself or purchased was inspired by Momofuku. To really up your taste game, be sure to include cereal with it! Duh, right? I think when I had it, Sheila offered me corn flakes, but this cinnamon toast crunch pictured above looks like a game changer.

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