I meant to write this post before I left, but then time got ahead of me and I completely forgot altogether. There haven’t been any posts this week because I’ve been hard at work with my day job and traveling for the first time with my company. I don’t talk about what it is that I do on Yow Yow! because I generally like to keep my blog life and my work life separate. However, I will say that I work in recruiting and I attended the Grace Hopper Conference in Phoenix this week celebrating women in tech!
It was the first time that I had ever been to anything like this and I found it to be not only a really positive event, but truly inspiring. It’s incredible to be amongst many talented women each expressing their passion for tech and striving for success for themselves. The conference is filled with sessions and talks throughout the couple of days, but also a career fair every day for three days. It was the most exhausting thing that I have ever been a part of, but I loved telling people what we do and seeing people come to our booth to let us know how much they love our product!
I also happened to collect the most swag that I have ever obtained at an event. It was awesome. Pouring it all out when I got home felt like Christmas. A very tech Christmas.
So my job is at its peak season currently which means Yow Yow! posts will be few and far between unfortunately. I didn’t receive a press pass for Treasure Island next weekend and am realizing now how tough it is to build up Yow Yow! in the Bay with a full time job. I think I’ve always known that. I wish I could have both, but I am very fortunate and lucky to have my job and I wouldn’t choose to have it any other way.
During my last visit to Seattle, I had an opportunity to visit the office of Molly Moon’s ice cream shop! The invitation for the trip was not only humbling for me as I learned that Molly Moon herself is a Yow Yow! reader, but also very special to me as Molly Moon’s opened up shop in Capitol Hill while I was a student at Seattle University. I still remember just how excited I was to be having an ice cream shop down the street from my dorm. It was frequented by my friends and I for my entire four years there and oh gosh – that smell of their freshly made waffle cones – how could anyone forget? It’s the kind of smell that you would want in your life every day if you could have it and actually – everyone that works at Molly Moon’s appears to be just that lucky!
Together, Veronica and I have visited a couple businesses within Seattle, but by far – Molly Moon’s was the most delicious. I was contacted by Emilia Arnold a couple of weeks before my return home and it just happened to work out that I could schedule a visit when I was in town. Before I had moved away, there was an empty space next to the ice cream shop. For a long time, there was some speculation that it might be a place where you get an inside look at how they were making their ice cream and cones – kind of like a Willy Wonka type of a shop. I later learned that the space was transformed into an amazing office space for their employees. Just see for yourself!
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.
We had a very lazy Saturday last weekend and while we only had planned to watch one movie, we ended up watching two documentaries back to back. Blackfish is a documentary that I had been wanting to watch for a long time. I still remember when it first came out and/or was released to Netflix and that’s all anyone was talking about on my newsfeed. I’m not sure why I didn’t take the opportunity to watch it then. It’s probably because I knew that it would always be there when I was ready to watch it. And boy, do you have to be ready to watch something like this.
I had been to Sea World once as a kid and didn’t think too much of it back then. I felt like it was a zoo with just a ton of water which is essentially what it is. However, watching this film, I felt a little bit scared for not only the orca whales, but also the humans that are constantly at risk when they are working with them. As a spectator at Sea World, you never really view it that way. Watching this was pretty depressing and afterwards, I felt like it took a lot out of me even though it was informative. We made sure that the next documentary we watched was kind of the opposite of this.
One of my brother’s best friends worked on this film last year as an editor and while this may seem biased – I actually think it is one of the best editing jobs I’ve ever seen. I’m such a sucker when it comes to kids and I knew I was planning on watching this documentary for a long time, but someone else needed a little bit more convincing. “I don’t really want to watch a movie about golf” “I don’t know anything about it.” But really, we’re not watching the film because we like golf or know anything about it. We’re watching it because these kids are amazingly talented and also because of the relationships they have with their parents. It’s pretty interesting to observe. While I’ve never been much of an athlete or a competitive person, I felt like I related with Amari who is a 7-year old in this movie who constantly beats herself up when she makes a mistake. I might not like competing with others, but I definitely can relate to competing with myself and know that feeling all too well. She’s also got the most sass out of all these kids, but really all of them are pretty great.
I didn’t know it at the time when I was taking this shot, but I was totally following in the footsteps of my blogging icon Joy Cho of Oh Joy!
It has been several years since I read her blog for the first time, but I am still such a huge fan of hers and her daughter Ruby of course! I also had the pleasure of meeting Joy last year at Anthropologie in Seattle when she was helping them launch their Petites collection. Joy really is such a great role model for women everywhere and I’m having a great time enjoying reading Blog Inc. Even though I’ve been doing this for some time, everything that I’ve learned, I’ve learned by doing and by intuition so it’s refreshing to really dig in and learn from an expert!
(We’re twins here too!)
I came into work on a Sunday yesterday to get ahead for the week and in a moment of weakness – or just a moment that I didn’t want to spend working, I took a snapshot of my desk set up. I’ve always enjoyed seeing how other bloggers arrange their desks and find it interesting what people generally keep on them. The Essie nail polish should probably come home at some point, but the soap was a gift from my manager from Paris and generally makes my entire desk area smell good. My wedding bride lego was a gift from an old friend (because she had collected too many of them) but also because I just love weddings and there’s really no better place for it than at my desk.
My Seahawks gave me an anxious-ridden win today, but we pulled through nonetheless! Because of that, I’m currently craving Kukuruza Beast Corn from the Seattle popcorn shop. I’ve never actually tried the lime and blueberry mixture, but I’m completely mesmerized by these colors and the Seattle Seahawks spirit! Unfortunately, this was only available for a limited time, but I’m crossing my fingers that a) it will be back and b) the next time it’s back I’m actually back in Seattle to snag myself a bag of it!
This shop is just my favorite – it’s pretty exciting to see how much they’ve expanded since I last ate their popcorn in college!
For the first time in a long time, I finally took a vacation! I was returning home for the wedding of my beautiful friend Natalie, but decided that a weekend just wasn’t enough so I tacked on a couple of extra days and tried to go off the grid from work. For someone who hasn’t really taken a true vacation (outside of company holidays) not checking email was extremely hard for me! I’m the only person on my team who gets a notification to my phone every time a new email comes into my inbox and it’s helpful in urgent cases, but causes me to have a sense of urgency 24/7. Having to ignore that on vacation was tough, but got easier as the long weekend went on. Here are just a few snaps from a very memorable return home.
Seattle greeted me with the most beautiful end of summer weather!
Every time I’m home, I find myself completely stretched for time and wanting to eat at all my favorite places and not enough home cooked meals as I would’ve wanted! I was supposed to catch up with a friend for happy hour at my favorite place in college – Cha Cha’s, but when I heard that he would be late, I made a very quick decision to sprint like 7 blocks down the hill to Taylor Shellfish for half a dozen oysters. That’s all I thought I would have time for! They must’ve thought I was crazy for running in and out of there and…by myself, but it was so worth it!
Every night, around the same time every night, I do this thing where I start to get a little hungry and like that scene in Hook I start to think about what I would want to be eating if I could just magically make it appear! I know people are two things: a spam person or not a spam person, but I was raised on this stuff and had it for breakfast almost every weekend so I most definitely am a spam eater. When I was in Seattle last weekend, I was upset that I didn’t have time to stop by Kona Kitchen to pick myself up some of these and a side of mac salad! Oh the woes of no longer living in Seattle…
Just constantly hungry.
I celebrated my one year anniversary today at work and it is so hard to believe that a year has already flown by! It feels like it was just yesterday that I started and I think that’s just speaking volumes to my experience here and how much I am loving my job and the people I work with. I remember growing up and telling the world that I would live in Seattle forever because I just “loved the city and I knew I wasn’t going to love another city as much as my home.” How wrong I was… it has been the best game changer.
On another important note, it might be time to retire this Zara dress that I love so much. It has been a wonderful two years and while I didn’t think I was growing anymore, I most definitely have. It is a sentimental snapshot because this is the same dress that I wore last year during my garden party going away. We’ve come full circle y’all! I’m happy to have acquired not only this balloon, but yet another milestone!