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Happy 4th of July!

Three-day weekends are soooooo nice. Even though I’m just one day in, I’m already feeling pretty relaxed and rejuvenated. What is everyone up to today?! 4th of July isn’t one of those holidays that I love looking forward to or even love celebrating, but it’s still nice to get together with friends and family. When I was a kid, we always threw a party with our neighbors and friends which was such a happy memory for me. However, as I got older they just become BBQ’s and fireworks and kind of all over the place. Last year, my three girlfriends were in town from Seattle and we had so much fun catching up with other friends from college and attempting to watch the fireworks from the city. This year, I wanted to do something that was even more non-traditional of the holiday, but am not able to do that because I didn’t plan ahead. I wanted to treat myself by going to a spa and staying overnight! Is that crazy? I can’t think of anything more pampering for myself. Maybe I’ll just do that in a few weeks :)

Whatever the case, have a safe and fun 4th of July y’all!

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A Sushi Chef Reviews Cheap Store-Bought Sushi

I will admit that when I lived in Seattle and worked pretty close to a Whole Foods, I would sometimes buy their overpriced sushi because I couldn’t help my craving at the time! I haven’t actually done this in like two years now because I’ve really learned my lesson with bad sushi and that I shouldn’t sacrifice quality for convenience when it comes to sushi. Real life – sushi just isn’t an inexpensive food so once you get over that hump, you’re going to be okay splurging more for it at a restaurant.

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Katie in the Kitchen

About a week and a half ago, my team took an offsite to Savory Kitchen in San Jose for a cooking competition and an early dinner! I’ve been on a few offsites with my team now, but this was probably the most fun. Plus, we’ve grown a lot in the last year so there are a lot more people to get to know. I wasted no time putting on my apron and promptly asking for a chef’s hat so that we could take this picture!

Our challenge? To construct a delicious flatbread. My team wasn’t very good at listening to instructions so instead of making one flatbread like every one else did, we made two different kinds. Maybe we thought we were bettering our chances, but it’s likely that we just misheard the instructions. Secondly, it is very hard to make a good flatbread with a glass of wine in hand. Even though our team lost, I was pretty happy with how tasty our flatbreads were. I would probably eat it again.

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A Visit to the Heath Factory

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Even though Mandi and I have been living in the Bay Area for almost two years now, there is still so much for us to explore so we typically save some time on the weekends for us to get together to do things that we love to do like hipster wedding expos, for example! This trip, however, was a very special one. Heath Ceramics was something that I learned about from my former manager when I first started working in California and a thing that I now find I should be working towards saving my money for! They are some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen! Since Mandi is newly engaged and planning every aspect and detail of her wedding, we sort of decided (or I suggested) that she should DEFINITELY be putting these on her registry. There’s really no better time to be asking for these. We decided though that we needed to take a closer look though so we signed up for a free tour so that we could learn more about Heath and see the factory for ourselves.

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Via IMBOYCRAZY

By no means do I ever feel like I’m going to reach a point in my life where I feel like I know everything. Sure, I’ve had my fair share of experiences, but I love seeking advice from my girlfriends and vice versa, I love to dish out my own advice too (if they ask!) Sometimes these pieces of advice come in various funny forms. I was having brunch with Neel (who was visiting from Boston for the weekend) and Spencer on Saturday when all of a sudden Neel hopped up from the table and said to me, “Katie, I have something for you! It’s from Yelly!” YELLY?! She is our mutual friend as well, but she hadn’t been at brunch with us so I was very confused as to what was happening. He came from his car with…

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Wedding Mondays

With Father’s Day being just the day before, we really couldn’t help ourselves by selecting a wedding video that highlighted a touching relationship between a father and a daughter. Ashley and Mike’s wedding looked like a ton of fun for not only them, but all of their guests. Honestly, what’s not to love in this video?

  • Their gifts to each other
  • Speeches from their friends
  • Chinese lanterns
  • Their big reveal and first look
  • Lastly, those Geronimo balloons! MY FAVORITE!

Ugh, I loved all of the elements featured in this wedding video.

To view the entire feature and all of the photos, visit Style Me Pretty.

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Criss-Cross

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White top – Topshop by Nordstrom / Red skirt – Urban Outfitters

I think one of my favorite parts about writing some of these posts is remembering when and where I got these pieces and how I was feeling when I bought them. This was the third photo I took for my “color” series before I gave up completely, but it’s a good last photo. I wore my hair up in a ponytail that day because I’d been increasingly getting more and more annoyed with my hair (one of the reasons why I’ve been waving it more.) Even though color blocking isn’t used as much anymore, I still kind of like doing it. I bought this skirt from Urban Outfitters once in the sale section (yes, that meant I had to basically be on my hands and knees scouring the goods) and snagged this for $10! My mom thinks it’s a little kiddish and that I should stop wearing it, but it has its uses sometimes. The top is one that I bought with my bff Ashley before we both moved from Seattle to California and had one of our last dates Nordstrom during the anniversary sale. We did the same thing this past summer too, I think. We both had tried on the top and though we were going to be living in different places so it didn’t matter if we both bought it, I secretly still wanted it all to myself. Sorry Ash!

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Ask Me Anything!

Readers –  I am loving that I get to spend a lot more time on my blog lately and as of recently have been feeling a huge burst of creativity and inspiration in the types of posts we can create for Yow Yow! I’m also digging on the engagement with more comments and interaction with you all. I wouldn’t mind getting a little bit more personal on Yow Yow! though so I’d love to invite you all to ask me some questions that I can answer for you in an upcoming post.

Feel free to leave a comment with your question or shoot me an email at Katie@itsyowyow.com

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Five Favorite Pins: Five Ways to Eat Fruit

Now that it’s summertime, it’s pretty much the prime time to be eating fruit whenever possible. I actually try my hardest to eat fruit on a daily basis, but sometimes fruits just taste better at other times during the year. You all know what I’m talking about. So while it’s fun to eat things raw and out of the packaging (my parents despise when I do this and think that everything should be rinsed out) it’s also nice to spice things up a bit. Here are five of my favorite ways to do just that:

1. Literally spice it up! 

At work, our chef sometimes likes to put a little cayenne pepper on our watermelon for a little kick and it’s my favorite only because it’s a little bit of an unexpected surprise. Try it on watermelon and pineapple and this recipe also suggests using a little lime juice as well.

[Free People]

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Wedding Mondays

We are doing this so last minute! I didn’t think that I was going to have one for today and for a split second even thought that I could just hold it off until next Monday, but then I thought… I have 33 more minutes left and I don’t want to disappoint. I was first drawn to this wedding because of Amanda’s stunning wedding dress from Basix Black Label purchased at Lovely Bride. The details, the long sleeves, and the beading – it’s all a romantic’s dream. Her and Sean seem like a very classic couple and the New York backdrop was a no brainer selection for them. Usually when I’m scrolling through all the pictures of a wedding that I can’t wait to see more of, I usually hold my breath hoping that there’s a wedding video at the end waiting for me. Sure enough, there was. Sean’s daughter intro’ed the video with a touching speech followed by the bride and groom sharing vows and footage of the flawless couple.

I love that Amanda wore her hair up for the ceremony and photos and down for the reception. It’s perfect.

To view the rest of the feature on Green Wedding Shoes, click here!

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Wedding Wednesdays: Hiring a Wedding Planner

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[right after Eric propsed on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai]

After 5 ½ years with my incredible partner, Eric, we’re now blissfully engaged! This means we have to plan a wedding, but where do we even begin? There are endless amounts of wedding blogs, countless Pinterest boards, several wedding expos each year in every city, and hundreds of wedding vendors to comb through when one gets engaged. And let me tell you, you get engaged and almost immediately the questions come pouring in. Did you set a date yet? Where are you going to get married? What are your colors going to be? Are you kidding me people?! I just got engaged six weeks ago. What I can tell you is that we decided to hire a wedding planner and so far we are incredibly happy that we did!

You may be asking yourself, why did we hire a wedding planner? Do we have a limitless budget for our wedding that we can splurge on a planner? Absolutely not. My fiance and I are funding a majority of our wedding independently. What you might not realize about wedding planners is that they can save you a ton of money not to mention save you from becoming bridezilla and spending every night after work emailing vendors.

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