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Wedding Wednesdays – Wedding Confidence


Weddings are entrenched in age old traditions and rituals that some of us in the modern world choose to partake in and others that we leave behind. Today we’re going to talk about some things that have been  bothering me since I got engaged over 6 months ago and that, my friends, are wedding diets and bridal expectations.

I’ve had poor body image since sixth grade. My eating disorder began gradually in seventh grade and became uncontrollable my freshmen year of college. 3 months of inpatient rehab later, hours of therapy, an unbreakable support network of the best friends a girl could ask for, and I would consider myself in recovery for the last 6 years. I’m not perfect and my past with my eating disorder does not define me, but I still find it influencing my body image and relationship with food as years go by.

The reason I bring up this issue now is that in my last post I blogged about the joys of finding the perfect wedding dress. I absolutely LOVE my dress, I cannot wait to wear it for an entire day because it is beautiful and I feel beautiful in it. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t having an internal battle with myself and my dormant eating disorder. Wedding dresses are beautiful, but you aren’t always going to fit into the sample size dress. You are also sometimes going to get measured in front of a mirror in your bra and underwear, something I like to think of as my own personal hell. All I could think was, thank god this is happening now, when I am strong and stable in my recovery.

First thing’s first, a wedding diet is an option, NOT an obligation. Going on a wedding diet is not like hiring an officiant or getting a marriage license, it’s a choice, not a necessity and you can still tie the knot without one.

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Wedding Mondays

We’re doing things a little bit differently today! Instead of our usual wedding video, we’re sharing with you a v. adorable save the date. Now, there’s plenty of different ways that you can do Save the Dates and when you’re considering yours you should try and think about what both you and partner want. Are you wanting to be pretty simple or do you want to spend a little time on it. Not everyone has the time to do videos for theirs, but they DO end up being my favorite. In a lot of different articles that I’ve read about wedding planning, it seems like it’s very easy for couples to get carried away with all of their DIYs and projects, but I’m always reading the same advice – pick the few things that you want to make your own. When you’ve decided on that, stick to it, and stop looking at Pinterest so that you don’t go crazy and add more work to your plate. Not everyone can be this couple in the Save the Date video above, but it’s nice to dream.


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Wedding Wednesdays: Wedding Dress Shopping

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I have a big secret that I’m going to share with you today. I bought my wedding dress already. I bought it back in July in Los Angeles, my hometown, where I went with the leading ladies in my family. Wedding dress shopping is something that can seem overwhelming unless you take the right steps prior to the big shopping day. Today I will let you in on why my shopping day was so successful!

First, I went wedding dress shopping two times prior to the official shopping weekend. This was extremely helpful as it took the edge off when I eventually went as I felt comfortable in wedding dress boutiques and knew the right questions to ask. During these two preliminary shopping trips I was also able to try on plenty of different dresses so that by the time I got to the big shopping day in L.A. I knew the general color, style, and fabric that I preferred for my dream dress, which brings me to my second point.

Second, I tried on every single wedding dress silhouette, color, and fabric that is available prior to the official shopping weekend. You can scroll through Pinterest and ‘pin’ your dream dress a million times, but your opinion may change when you actually try the dress on. It’s important to give every type of dress a try, you may be surprised and fall in love with a ball gown when you always thought you’d end up in a mermaid. Keeping an open mind will eventually lead you right to the dress of your dreams.

Third, my Maid of Honor, is my sister and she’s pretty much the best person on Earth. She planned us quite possibly the most fun, girly, and organized wedding dress shopping day ever. We started our day with champagne and donuts while watching Say Yes to the Dress and doing our hair and makeup. My sister made us appointments at three shops and in between shop one and two we stopped for much needed brunch fuel. I would highly recommend keeping your shopping day to 3-4 boutiques so as to not overdo it by trying on way too many dresses. Also putting on gorgeous white dresses is surprisingly exhausting, especially when you’re having a glass of champagne at each shop!

Fourth, I knew my budget and stuck to it. I refused to try on a dress over my budget knowing that if it was already over without alterations it would completely be out of my price range after alterations and accessories (veil, shoes, belt, whatever you need to complete your bridal look). Wedding dresses are completely overpriced, let’s just be honest, we’ve all seen Say Yes to the Dress. I had no intention to spend $5,000 on a dress I will wear once for a few hours. Because of my strict budget, I shopped at smaller boutiques focused on local designers and also seriously considered a pre-owned or secondhand dress. Lucky for me, my perfect dress ended up being wonderfully under budget.

Fifth, I wasn’t afraid to commit. Once I found my dream dress I purchased it and made a conscious effort to stop paying attention to any pictures of wedding dresses unless they’re the pictures of me in my dress, which I must admit I look at weekly. That’s normal right?

Shopping for a wedding dress was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning thus far. I truly did not anticipate having such an easy time choosing my outfit for the big day and feel lucky to have had such a supportive team of women during the process. Here’s hoping all of our future wedding planning decisions are as easy as finding a wedding dress!

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We’re Talking Sushi

When I think about myself and my personality, I find it really amusing how heavily influenced I am by things I see on the internet or in social media. You know those targeted ads that you see on Facebook after you browse another website? I’m totally their audience. Kevin posted one article on my Facebook wall today about Anthony Bourdain about sushi and 15 minutes later, I found myself placing an order for takeout. Then, I watched this video from Eater that’s almost 4 minutes long of a girl eating sushi from chef Masa Takayama who is a 3-star rated Michelin chef – the only one from America. Real talk tho – I could probably eat sushi every day so this post dedicated to it means nada.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday (I almost wrote morning) evening everyone! We’re a little bit turned upside down today because it was not only a Monday, but also we fell back for daylight savings, and it was storming like crazy overnight in the Bay Area. I can’t remember when I’ve seen rain like that – probably in Seattle. I’m back to feeling like I have a much more regulated work schedule now so tonight, Yow Yow! has my full focus. And my dearest Jennie should be happy to know that we’ve got two more wedding videos in the queue after this one!

We  don’t have a wedding post to accompany this video today, but there are a lot of things that we love about this video that we’ll share. Still, even to this day, the first look still gets me. I’m so weird, but I was on the edge of my couch just thinking to myself “Is it gonna happen? Is it gonna happen? Is it happening yet? It’s happening!” Right now, all of my best friends are envisioning me in that exact moment. Secondly, that intro, the bride being the happiest ever, and WOW – can we just take a second to admire that reception space? Uh, we want to get married there.

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Wedding Mondays

Just because Yow Yow! hasn’t seen a Wedding Mondays in about two months doesn’t mean we’ve given up on it! This usually just means one of two things a) I’m really busy (which is true!) and b) there just hasn’t been any great wedding videos that I’ve wanted to share for awhile… until NOW. If anything actually, I’m thinking about weddings even more now because two of my favorite girls will be brides next year!

I’m catching up on two weeks of wedding posts from my favorite blogs today and this video was actually oe of the first that I started watching from the day. There’s no dialogue, which is fine, but the details that are highlighted in this video are beautiful. It all looked like an amazing day for the couple and their guests. Here’s hoping that my two weddings that I’m attending next year reach these levels! I have no doubts.

Also this bride had two dresses. You know how we feel about that. <3

To view the rest of the post, click here to be directed to Green Wedding Shoes.

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A Collection Part 43

Sometimes these photographs and things are little reminders to myself, but basically more of a collection of my own thoughts from the last couple of months.

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Wedding Wednesdays: Finalizing a Venue


HOT NEWS! My lovely fiancé and I finally decided on our venue and as of today, have signed the contract! It’s all very exciting and stressful and expensive and perfect all at the same time. I’m starting to realize that’s what most of wedding planning is: exciting, stressful, expensive, and perfect.

I know you were on the edge of your seat after the last post about venue hunting and so without further ado; we have obviously decided to get married in Yosemite National Park because how could we pass on that? We are both avid hikers, climbers, and travelers so choosing to get married in a National Park was like hitting the jackpot.

Here are three things we considered when finally choosing our wedding venue:

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Blog Roundup

  • Like mother like daughter – the sweetest story! [Medium]
  • How to run a record label [Fader]
  • Dating in the digital age [Vanity Fair]
  • Moving company helps those exiting from abusive relationships [laist]
  • Back to school tips for incoming freshmen [New York Times] OMG this was me 7 years ago
  • A look at San Francisco’s crazy rent rates [Thrillist] I was totally debating moving up to the city just a couple weeks ago!
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“The And” Project

I’ve been noticing this trend come up a few times in the last couple of months that revolve heavily around relationships, question asking, and exes! When I saw this one come up about two exes asking each other questions they always wanted to ask post-breakup, I actually thought of passing it up, but curiosity got the better of me. The first question that Ali comes out with is “Why did you cheat on me so many times?” which means that “The And” project is REALLY not afraid to just get into it. I actually enjoyed watching both parts and found myself getting just a teensy bit emotional because this kind of thing isn’t something that you can make up. It’s very real and raw and even though it has been two years later, those emotions and feelings are still there – true for most breakups.


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Wedding Mondays

I thought we were going to miss it! I was very very close to just closing my laptop and heading off to bed, but it doesn’t feel right to do that when you haven’t watched a single wedding video all week long and today is that day when you’re supposed to post one. And Jennie and Ashley are waiting ;) Aren’t you, girls?

Well, I have something to say about this wedding video. I don’t like this song. And I almost wanted to pass over it because of that, but then I reconsidered because I found another cheesy detail that I also thought that I would dislike, but then came to love – the fact that this couple had a red carpet at their wedding. However, when the bride and the groom are scriptwriters working in television and having their wedding take place on the CBS Studios Backlot, they can pretty much get away with anything. Really though, the details looked so good that I didn’t have a bad thing to say about it by the end of the video. In fact, I thought their reception set-up was absolute perfection. Need further proof?

We hope you enjoy Lauren and Andy’s wedding details and video as much as we did! See the rest at Green Wedding Shoes!

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Wedding Mondays

There was just too much quirkiness in this video that made me have to share this with you all today. Actually though, we’re behind on watching wedding videos! I didn’t watch any last week which meant I had two weeks worth to catch up on (in reality that’s not a whole lot since not every post comes with a wedding video) I was kind of captivated by this one at the start because doesn’t it just look like so much fun? I also think that the details from the post of the couple’s wedding were super sweet – the home flags that they incorporated into their photos to the black bridesmaid dresses from ASOS. Also we forgot to mention, it’s a Washington wedding! YAY!

Bonus: Now, not all of our wedding videos get to have this, but we also happen to have their proposal story and photos from Green Wedding Shoes too. Enjoy! This is our gift back since we missed last week. Sorry!

To view Anje and Alex’s wedding on Green Wedding Shoes, click here!

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Blog Roundup

– America’s most popular tastes broken down by state [GOOD]
– How employees feel their leaders could improve in the workplace [Harvard Business Review]
– Amazon got torn apart last weekend [New York Times]
– 2015’s most annoying words [Man Repeller]

– 5 scientifically proven ways to ease a hangover [Cool Material]

– An app to keep you safe when you’re walking home alone [GOOD]

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Good Night Thursday

When I was in college and writing on Yow Yow! late at night after doing all of my homework or sometimes just giving up on homework, I always wanted to try and end my night of blog posts with a funny video. Tonight, this video is that for us.

This kid crying is not funny. This kid crying is not funny.  But it is, I can’t help myself!

Poor kid. The first day is always hard, but I promise… it gets better.

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What Did We Just Watch

This University of Alabama Alpha Phi’s bid video is sparking up some controversy this week for playing into every kind of stereotype associated with sororities. There’s also a lot of criticism that the video is too blonde, too white, and too skinny. I mean the criticisms aren’t wrong, but we should address something else here – that this entire video is absolutely ridiculous. What’s with the music? Why are so many kisses being blown? I felt so silly watching this, but it was such a trainwreck that I had to keep watching to see what would happen next! The original video has since been taken down by the sorority, but as most of us know… things that get uploaded to the internet don’t die. Like this video.


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