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Wedding Mondays

Hello everyone! Happy Monday morning! I just realized that it has been nearly a month since we’ve had a Wedding Mondays video post, however, I suppose we make up for it in posts about weddings in general. I am thrilled to share with you all a refreshing video this morning though – after all, it has been awhile!

Kyndra and Trevor decided they wanted their wedding to embody these three themes: romantic, whimsical, and dreamy and wow – did they accomplish that. Their beautiful wedding in Texas looks like a boho-dream come true.

These bridesmaids’ dresses all come from Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Etsy! The bride’s dress is Anna Sui for BHLDN.

Enjoy! To view the rest of the feature, you can visit Green Wedding Shoes.

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Quadstock 26

I still remember the early days of Yow Yow! and when I was a college student writing posts about Quadstock. Quadstock isn’t one of those things that defines me, but honestly, I wouldnt have minded if it was one of those things. I worked on this festival behind-the-scenes for two years and on my third year, I was running it along with my co-chair. It has been three years since I last did it and even though I’m very far removed from the Seattle University community and this organization, I still feel really proud of how far it has come and I get just as excited about the reveal of the lineup as I do for any other music festival. Beat Connection as a headliner is just downright amazing. They are well-respected within the Seattle music community and they’re going to do a great job of closing out the night. Also when I found out that SEAC was still doing the unveiling party, my heart skipped a beat because I’m so proud and thrilled that something I started is still continuing five years later!

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Seattle Summer Recipes Anytime

Today is the first time in a long time that it doesn’t really feel like summer in the Bay Area. All week, the forecast has been telling me that today was going to be filled with showers and a bit of lightning so we’re indoors being productive. One of my favorite things about summer in Seattle is the seafood you get to have all season long. Granted, seafood is good pretty much anytime, but it just tastes better in the summer. Plus you get to eat outdoors and stuff and oysters are more in season at the end of summer anyways! Though I’m not much of a cook anymore – let’s just call it a hiatus – that doesn’t mean I don’t have cravings. From my Pinterest board, here are five of my favorite seafood recipes that we believe were made for the summer. We haven’t tried them yet, but maybe you can and let me know what you think!

Crisy Salmon with Strawberry Basil Salsa via Heather Christo

*My go-to fish that I always prepared for friends

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Psychology Behind Restaurant Menus

The Atlantic sat down with  FUDS: A Complete Encyclofoodia from Tickling Shrimp to Not Dying in a Restaurant author, Arthur Meyer, to discuss how restaurant menus trick us into making us hungrier and more loose with our wallet.

…tee hee author Arthur. I did that on purpose.

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Natalie Tran – Asians in Media Talk

A few years ago, my brother introduced me to Natalie Tran’s videos and I found them to be pretty comical, but this is – by far – the most powerful video that I’ve ever seen from her and I’m really excited to share this with everyone.

Growing up, I’ve experienced having to answer every question under the sun about my heritage and the stereotypes that come along with it. The “where are you from?” question is one that I know all too well. In addition to “…but where are your parents from?” like Natalie mentioned, I’ve also gotten much more.

“You’re full Asian? But your eyes are SO big.”

“You must be really good at math.”

“Are your parents fresh off the boat?”

“Are your parents upset that you didn’t go on to be a doctor?”

“Do your parents speak any English?”

“Wait – say something in Vietnamese. Anything!”

It’s interesting for me to look back on my childhood and the types of things people expected me to answer. There were plenty of times when I received questions from those that were Asian that also confused me. “What do you mean you can’t eat spicy food? Didn’t you grow up on this?” “You only have a few Asian friends? That’s weird.” “If you grew up speaking Vietnamese, shouldn’t you still be pretty fluent?”

In the end, I think having to endure these types of questions has probably made me a stronger individual. At first, I felt pulled in a number of directions and naturally – it’s these questions that cause you to question yourself and who you are and who you should be. But we’re not alike. Not any of us. I don’t have to radiate “Asianess” to show that I’m proud of my heritage and where I came from. I want to show that in my actions and the things that I can accomplish. And goodness, it’s crazy to think of the things I still have to experience in 2015, but that just means that we still have a ways to go.

It’s important to know and continuously remind everyone through media or through our everyday relationships that not all Asians are the same and that racism does very much exist on both sides so let’s help each other out and just let people be who they are and be okay with that.

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Blog Roundup

– Throwback! Facebook is bringing back the “away message.” [Nylon]

– What Spotify users prefer to fall asleep to. Any guesses? [Billboard]

– Anthony Bourdain’s 3 best tips for eating out when traveling abroad [Entrepreneur]

– 20 mistakes inexperienced managers make from an Amazon exec via Quora [Business Insider]

– An illustrative guide to the most annoying trends on Instagram [Distractify]

– Summertime in a cup! Starbucks is introducing your campfire favorite (S’mores!) as a frapp. It will hit stores April 28th and you better believe we’ll be the first to try it! [Refinery29]

– The best food to order at every single major league baseball park [Esquire]

– Late night munchies? SF has got you covered. [Refinery29]

– 5 career mistakes that are OK to make in your 20’s [WhoWhatWear]

– Overdue, but we said goodbye to The Bold Italic :( [The Bold Italic]

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Choose Beautiful

If you could describe yourself, would you choose to say that you were “average” or “beautiful.” In Dove’s new campaign, the brand creates two pathways with these two labels and each woman has to decide which path to take. The film was shot in five major cities internationally and the perspectives that these women shared afterwards was pretty telling. According to Dove, 96% of women chose to describe themselves as “average” over “beautiful” in this experiment.

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Blog Roundup

– The summer music festival economy explained. [Vox]

– Ellen Pao announces that Reddit will no long allow for negotiation in salaries during the hiring process. [Salon]

– After 3 years of dating, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have decided to go on a break. [People]

– Karlie Kloss encourages young girls to code! Yeah! [Fashionista]

– Surprised babies are more curious and eager to learn. [GOOD]

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Stanford Unveils A New Kind of Financial Aid

Stanford University recently announced a revision to their current financial aid plan. Beginning with the class of 2019, any student whose parents are making under $125,000 a year will now receive a full ride to the university. That is…Amazing. When I read this news, I remember feeling overwhelmed and happy knowing that so many talented students will have this opportunity to attend such a great university without this huge burden on their shoulders.

I still remember when I was applying to schools and even hesitating to apply some universities because I didnt want to be trapped under a lifetime of debt regardless of whether or not I could get in. I didn’t even want to try. Seeing the price of tuition just made me want to give up. This new change for Stanford students is going to make an incredible difference and I hope other universities across the country will join in and start making revisions to their own financial aid programs as well to accomodate the increasing costs of tuition just about everywhere.

Also just for reference, one year at Stanford for an undergraduate costs $65,000. If you times that by 4, you get $260,000 for an entire undergraduate career.

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What 25 Feels Like

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When it was my birthday last week, Diana and I held a mini photo shoot. I really wanted to capture exactly how I was feeling that day and at this moment of being 25. Also, I purchased my pinata Ralph last year with every intention of smashing it, but I’m such a little hoarder and I didn’t have the heart to do it! So now Ralph and I are celebrating our birthdays together every year. We took a few photos this day, but this one is probably the best. I’ve really matured y’all.

*This is a Birkenstock post. Ever since I bought these, I’ve been struggling to find a way to make these work with my outfits, but I’m not quitting yet.

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Currently Craving:

I’ve been having a major craving for sweets lately…and Seattle. That could only really mean one thing… it’s time to book a trip home! Thanks to Cupcake Royale for posting this delicious picture that appeared on my Twitter feed today and giving me a nice hungry reminder. These chocolate cupcakes have marshmallow dipped in chocolate to top it off. Yum. Nomzzzz.

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