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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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Blog Roundup

– Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s hack for taking the best photographs [Buzzfeed]

– The modern way to fall in love with anyone [New York Times]

– Founder of Ship Your Enemies Glitter is already regretting his viral business [Mashable]

– Why an unlimited vacation policy doesn’t work [Quartz]

– A hidden bar being a Coca Cola vending machine: Flask [Cool Material]

– Just a cheeky read that I can’t believe I enjoyed [Medium]

– MTV airs all of their programming today in black and white to honor Martin Luther King Jr. [MTV]

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 19

For most adults, baths aren’t really something you want to do to kick off your day, but if you certainly had the time, why not? I finally used my Lush bath bomb yesterday evening and it totally took me back to my childhood when baths were pretty much an everyday thing. Showers were scary at that age for me. Baths for me are a more recent thing though and Lush products are simply the best. They come in fun colors, they smell good, and the bath bombs last for so long. For someone like me who finds it difficult to find the time to just sit back and relax, bath time was perfection. It’s also just really easy to do. Recipe? A Lush bath bomb, lots of water, and a jambox to provide the soundtrack to your night.

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Super Bowl 49 – We’re Comin’ For You!

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OMG how amazing was today’s game? Pooping our pants, passing out, and almost vomitting were just a few of things that Mandi and I thought were going to happen to us. I know, that’s really gross and stuff and not really appropriate for Yow Yow! but the end of the game had us nearly pulling our hair out. I really wish I would’ve gotten a photo of the scene that was Mandi’s living room – both her and I screaming and yelling and Eric with his head in his hands and sitting on the upper ledge of their couch while Ryan explained to us some rules that we forgot about.

For the first time ever, I joined my friends in watching a Seahawks game at a bar. There happens to be a Seattle bar pretty close to Mandi’s place called Danny Coyle’s, but I arrived there at 10:55 AM this morning – well before kickoff – and found myself standing in line. Yep, there was a line before 11:00 AM at a bar. When we got pretty close to kick off time, I realized that I probably wasn’t going to get in so Ryan and I split up from our friends and found ourselves at another bar. While it’s exciting to watch with a huge group of strangers that are all a little bit more crazier than us, I found myself being pushed and shoved a bit which wasn’t fun. Also you know what else isn’t great? Not sitting for an entire game! After the third quarter, my friends and I decided that we were going to leave our respective bars and regroup at Mandi’s place to watch the last quarter and boy… was that a quarter.

I don’t want to say that I didn’t think that we could make a comeback because we have plenty of times before, but there was a point in time where I was nervous and realized my anxiety levels reaching its max. That’s nothing new when I’m watching the Seahawks though.

Doug Baldwin, I love you. Pete, when you’re happy, we’re all happy and Russell, don’t cry – you’re going to the Super Bowl AGAIN!!!!! Seattle, I’m so happy to have come from you. Let’s do this one more time.

 

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Elevator Etiquette

Being in an elevator with a bunch of strangers is already awkward enough. You’re confined to a small space and if you are on the top floor you have to make a stop each time to let more and more people off. You also have to watch people get on the elevator to go up one floor when they easily could’ve walked up the stairs and get there faster.

Today, I experienced my first instance of what I call “Elevator Bullying.” Unless I’m doing something after work, I typically just arrive without a jacket since I’m indoors the entire day. And whatever, I keep a hoodie and a blanket at my desk if I’m ever cold. Normal, okay? So when I arrived this morning to the parking garage walking towards the elevator and wearing my sleeveless blouse, I get called out by a random woman who asks me where my jacket is followed by a series of questions and comments about herself.

“Aren’t you freezing?” “I always wear a jacket even in the parking garage.” “Are you really not cold?”

Lady, there’s a heater in my car. Can you relax?

While we’re waiting for the elevator, two more of her co-workers join us and continue to berrate me.

“Where’s your jacket? “Do you know how cold it is out there?” “I’m wearing my long coat right now and I’m still freezing.”

Jesus christ, sir, I came from Seattle. This is California; it’s not that cold, okay?

At this point, I’m just dying to get off on my floor, but instead we go up to level 1 where a fourth co-worker joins us and good god – he’s wearing a puffer jacket (to make my situation even worse.) The guy already in the elevator with me goes, “See! This is appropriate attire for the weather we’re having.” They all chuckle to themselves and puffer jacket has no idea what’s going on so they tell him, “It’s okay, we’ll tell you later” because after they get off the elevator, they’re going to continue talking about me – the girl who showed up to her office without a jacket.

First off, I’m an adult. We aren’t co-workers and you don’t know me. You don’t get to talk to me like that. I can wear whatever I want. I wish in that moment that I would have been brave enough or quick enough to stand up for myself, but I know myself, and sometimes I don’t do well in situations like that and shrink to the back of the elevator embarassed. I realized though that it ended up bothering me all day because going to work and dressing the way that I do makes me feel happy and in this quick moment, a bunch of strangers had wanted to tear me down for something that had no relation to their life, but because they wanted to feel better about themselves – being older than me, being…I don’t know wiser than me and conscious about the temperature outside.

So readers, I’m telling you this story because it can be so quick to judge other people whether it’s in the elevator or out in public (yes, I’m guilty of this too,) but don’t think for a second that you know someone’s  situation or anything about them. Just keep your comments to yourself, k? Adults are bullies too and you don’t want to be one of them. Ugh. Wednesdays, man.

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Wedding Mondays

Every Sunday, I spend a small chunk of my day catching up on the wedding videos from the week so that I have something for you on Monday. Prior to any video watching though, I met up with a friend this morning for brunch – a friend of mine who just happens to be on the road to getting engaged. And wow, I couldn’t be happier for her! There was never any doubt in my mind that they wouldn’t end up together and I think the reason why everyone already feels like this is the right thing for them is because we kind of already consider them married. During our chat we must’ve covered everything under the sun – her relationship, my relationships, what it means to settle, and how so many people can be the same age, but be at varying stages in their lives. At one point, she looked at me and just said, “I can’t wait for you to have what we have. You deserve it.” Andddd what happened next was that my eyes welled up and I cried, “I want that too!” Sometimes we forget that we’re in public places, but the best friends to have are the ones that will talk to you about anything  – no matter where you are. I’m pretty lucky to have her.

So long story short, watching wedding videos today was a little bit more emotionally charged than usual. I was hooked on Leah and Mikey’s wedding the minute I heard the song. I hadn’t heard it before, but sometimes when you know, you know. I had to keep watching. I had to finish this video and I just knew that there was no part of it that was going to disappoint me.

First off, I love videos by Flora + Fauna. Secondly, how gorgeous is this J. Mendel gown? I am really hoping you all love this video as much as I do! For the full wedding feature, view it here at Green Wedding Shoes.

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Day One Journal

Whenever we start a new year, I look forward to hearing everyone’s resolutions and seeing what kinds of projects people take on for themselves. I mean, that actually used to be me with Yow Yow! The year before Yow Yow! we had 366 days in the year and I had a camera that I took with me absolutely everywhere. We called it Project 366. A picture a day to capture the end of my high school senior year and the beginning of my college freshman year. It was a lot of work… but when I look back on it? So worth it. Every day was documented and I never missed one. When you take on a project like that, you’re pretty much winning the New Year’s Resolution game.

Since the year has already started, I don’t think I can take on another project right now, but I was really drawn to Day One Journal. I find writing to be a great outlet and therapeutic – I know so because we’ve just been doing this thing for the last six years. I really hope that someone I know takes this on. What a great way to snapshot some of your quick thoughts and even share to social media if you so choose.

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Wedding Tuesdays

Well, this is not how we wanted to start out the year. Don’t worry, this is not going to move to Tuesdays. I really love having Wedding Mondays because even when I was in college, I always thought that it was the best way to kick off the week. For some reason though, it is hard for me to remember to write this post Sunday night/Monday morning before work. We’ve gotta get better at this!

Though sometimes lengthy, I’ll admit that I really love reading and/or hearing the stories of how couples met. No story is ever the same and while I know some couples might not say it, it’s important to remember that no couple is ever perfect. It can be so easy to get carried away with all of these wedding videos. I know I have many times. But personally, I’m not doing myself any favors when I believe that love is something so perfect. We see what we want to see and that’s why these wedding videos come out so perfectly. Sorry, is that depressing/upsetting? We’re just trying to be real here :)

Real talk though – I love this video mostly for the wedding reception. It is absolutely stunning and while it may be a little too fancy schmancy for taste, I still kind of like it. To view the rest of the wedding feature on Style Me Pretty, click here.

 

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Seattle, You Haven’t Changed

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I spent a grand ten days back home in Seattle for the holidays – the longest visit out of all of my visits since I moved to the Bay. Prior to flying back, I thought that my duration was going to be a bit too long for my own comfort, but I actually found myself really enjoying being home. In the past, I had to make all of my plans one week ahead and jam pack my entire day so that I could see everyone and not have to drive back and forth out of Seattle. This year, I decided to not really do any of that. The home was quiet, the silence was nice, and my parents are funny so they make for some pretty good company. On my second day home, my girlfriends from college and I brunched at Portage Bay in the land of Amazon buildings! This area is so quiet because people only come to Amazon to work on the weekdays.

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Currently Craving:

Similar to how they say you should never go to a grocery store while hungry, the same can be said about going to Pinterest when you’re hungry. Since I’ve been enjoying my time off of work these past few weeks, I’ve really had to fend for myself in terms of food. As much as I could avoid it, I tried to quit eating out…with the exception of Asian Box, and Arby’s roast beef sandwich anddddd a salad from Nordstrom. Today, was the first time that I’ve ever spent more time in my kitchen since I’ve lived here which isn’t saying much because I just made mac and cheese. Adult life is hard and I’ve forgotten how to make enough food in the kitchen that can fill me up!

Here is what I wish I were eating right now… now I’m just going to go make a can of corn. bai!

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My Most Important Lesson in 2014

It hasn’t been a year since Sam has passed away, but we’re nearing his birthday and he would have been 25 this year. He would’ve done 25 amazingly. In recent weeks, thoughts of Sam have come up a lot more and even more vividly than I would have imagined. Grief is something that I never experienced fully until we lost Sam and I think that what I have learned the most in 2014 is that grief is ongoing. We all hope to mourn in the moment when something happens and while we think that that may just be it, that’s not usually the case. I know that I’m going to mourn for Sam at least twice a year – his birthday and the day that he left us – and addititionally more days after that.

When I thought of him the other day, I was taken back to a time of our heart-to-hearts except what would’ve been the future. In it, we have those lengthy conversations that my friends and I have presently.

Sam was the kind of friend that always wanted to make sure that his friends were happy without ever expecting too much back. He’d ask you all of the right questions, but never doubt any of your answers. He was a really good listener in that way.

In what I dreamed to be a future chat Sam asked:

“Are you happy? What about him makes you happy? Would he be friends with us? Has he met your family? And what did they think? Do you think you’ll ever move back to Seattle? Are you happy with the way your career has turned out so far?” I’d answer all of his questions and at the end he would laugh and say “Ok bud, as long as you are happy.”

I don’t always remember the dreams that I have, but I’ve been dreaming about this one for weeks. This is the type of catch-up conversation you’d have with most of your friends as you move forward through life. However, this is not a conversation that I will ever be able to have with Sam. What saddens me the most is that I’m not going to watch Sam become a loving husband or a phenomenal parent and we can’t ever routinely catch up in our lives like we should be. My hope is that somewhere Sam is living out the life that he always dreamed of and that he’ll be able to tell me about it again in my dreams one day.

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SF’s Late Night Foods

I haven’t spent as many nights out in the city as I should be and last night happened to be a very unexpected late night. When I’m in Seattle, I know my go-to’s for food – Dick’s Drive In, street meat, Hot Mama’s pizza or Pita Pit (RIP.) However, I haven’t been around the block in SF to know what’s good around here. The people I was with last night introduced me to this very vibrant and colorful eatery called Coco Bang – the perfect stop for Korean bar food and open until 4:00 AM. Christ, can you imagine staying out that late? I’m pretty much a granny. After a night out, a shared meal of fried chicken, kimchi fried rice, and marinated beef was the perfect end to the evening. What I wish I would have tried? The cheesy corn that I’ll remember for next time!

So out of curiosity – SF locals – where do you go for your late night eating?

*note the photo above is not from Coco Bang, but just of kimchi fried rice for reference
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