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Soppy Pt. 2

I can’t believe that it was back in 2013 that I wrote about Soppy for the first time. It feels like just yesterday that I was falling in love with these illustrations of a real-life couple turned cartoon as they venture into moving into together for the first time and fall in love. Well, a year and a half has gone by and the comic has spiraled into a book that was just published back in December. So cute – someone get this for my birthday pls. Comic artist Philippa Rice captures all of those precious little moments that couples in real life know to be so so true of themselves – choosing what to have for dinner that night, who owns what side of the bed, and brushing your teeth side by side. Swoon, right? Trust – you’re going to want to click for more.

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Bay Bridge to Darken on Friday

There are so many pretty parts to San Francisco, but the Bay Bridge lit up is definitely near the top of the list. I remember when I used to have this view on a weekly basis and how much I a) loved it and b) took it for granted when it was no longer a constant. It is absolutely gorgeous. This coming Friday, however, the lights from the world’s largest LED light sculpture will come down as there was only a contract for a 2-year display.

People loved the Bay Lights so much, though, that the nonprofit organization behind it, Illuminate The Arts, managed to raise $4 million to make the exhibit a permanent fixture.

The 25,000 LEDs will come down so Caltrans can perform maintenance on the bridge cables. They’re planning on having them back up by February 2016, though, just in time for Super Bowl 50.

We’re so sad to see them go, but time flies and as long as they’ll be back, we won’t pout about it.

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Girl Scout Cookies Can Be Yours Year ‘Round

Every year around February and March, the look in my friends’ eyes start to get crazy. Thin Mints and Samoas are all anyone cares about and all anyone is talking about. The sight at a Girl Scout troop is enough to send people sprinting towards them with $20 dollar bills. I know all this because that girl was once me. Uh, I was the one with cookies on the brain – just to clarify – not in a Girl Scout troop. Earlier this week, it was announced that Wicked Cool Toys would be putting out a Girl Scouts Cookie Over – yep! Just like the Easy Bake – so that you can make your own Girl Scout Cookies whenever you feel like eating them. The only downside? You’re going to have to wait for fall, but after that, you  can have these cookies whenever you want instead of just once a year.

The oven will include a Thin Mints cookie mix, and the company will offer replacement packets for Trefoils, PB Sandwich, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Caramel, Chocoalte Chip, Sugar, and Oatmeal. According to the press release, “there’s also a viewing window that lets bakers see the treats they’re making and a warming station to heat and melt delicious cookie coatings and frostings.”

Christmas list – check!

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Japan’s Sweet Robot Bears

It’s official. Japan is totally winning on the generosity scale. Designed by a Japanese robotics company called RIKEN, the “Robear” was designed to assist the elderly in a number of ways by lifting them in and out of their beds and helping them into and out of their wheel chairs – a task that can sometimes be a burden for caretakers. Japan is expecting a much larger elderly population in the next coming years and sees the Robear as a huge benefit so that those who would like to take care of their elderly parents can instead tend to their jobs and have the Robear step in. Wow. Can I just have a Robear for assisting in my day to day life?

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Emojis Get Diverse

Oh my goodness, readers! I am so excited to share that emojis will be represented in more than one skin tone now. Beginning mid-March, a public beta program will be open to those using OS x 10.10.3. To change the skin color of the emoji, all you have to do is hold on any emoji. Yesssss.

Also… never forget…

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North West Emojis

North West is one cute baby, there’s no denying that. She also happens to be a baby of many emotions though so illustrator Jen Lewis, who has called North a “perfect tiny human” decided to create an emoji set dedicated to her. There aren’t any plans to release these yet for use, but oh my goodness, this is something that I would pick up real fast!

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Yow Yow! Does Portland!

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First vacation of the year – check! I’m finally now at an age where it has become maybe not a little bit easier, but more convenient for my cousins and I to get together. When we were younger, we were on family trips and there were a lot more people around, but now that we’re adults, we get to plan the trip and we get to do all the things we like doing. There’s a sort of an independence that comes with it and I think that’s why I enjoyed my weekend in Portland so much. A handful of my cousins are still in school ie) Grad school, dental school, etc. They’re all smarty pants! Kristie and I have never actually been to Portland before and since one of our cousins is currently living there and in school, we knew it would be the perfect place to visit first.

I had been itching to experience Portland for myself because for years all I’ve heard was that it was better than Seattle, worse than Seattle, more hipster than Seattle, etc. And now that I’ve finally seen it, I have my own opinions to make. First off, Portland is gorgeous. The trees, the bridges, the water – all things that reminded me of home without actually being at home. I love the little neighborhoods – Alberta, Alphabet District, Pearl, NW 23rd – it’s like any other major city that has their own area. I did, however, find the pace of Portland to be much slower, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something I’m not used to. Our cousin also let us borrow his car the first day we were there and I found it to be fairly straightforward to get around. Let’s talk about the things we ate though since that’s usually the only reason why we write these posts.

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Suzy Kuzy Knit Beer Mitts

I’m such a sucker for really unique items like this. Just this weekend in Portland, the cousins and I stopped by this design shop called LVLY on Division Street in Portland where we came across a ton of amazing items – one of which includes the Ostrich Pillow, which we have talked about before. This knitted mit, however, was designed for beer bottles and beer cans. They’re perfect for the football season! Except… the Super Bowl is about to happen and it’s in Arizona and something like this probably isn’t necessary. There’s always next year! Want your own? Check out the product on Cool Material here.

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Starbucks Observes MLK Day in a Powerful Way

Well done, Starbucks team. This simple and clean message was exactly what we needed to see and the best way to celebrate MLK Day.

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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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Bit Planner: In-Office LEGO Calendar

This looks like the type of thing that I would totally mess up on my own, but it is an interesting idea to keep schedules in synch. I would assume that this might work easier for a small office than a larger one.

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Budsies

I don’t know why I’m completely enamored with this, but I am. Budsies is a company that transforms your kid’s drawing into a customized stuffed animal! We’re totally past the point of Christmas, but wouldn’t this have been a great gift? I was never a great artist growing up, but everyone I knew definitely had an imaginary friend and they always talked about them during show-and-tell. I like to think back then that if Budsies existed when I was a child that they just would’ve been “making lives” whatever that really means. Here are a few examples of some of their work and it’s pretty darling.

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Yow Yow’s Top 10 Posts of 2014

Knowing what I know about how this year has been going for Yow Yow! I was a little bit nervous as to which posts would reach the top. It’s been a slow year, but it hasn’t been all that quiet. We’ve had a lot of fun with the blog and we’re going to continue doing so in the next year as well!

With that, here are our top 10 posts from the year 2014:

  1. 18 Types of Asian Girls
  2. Yow Yow! Visits Molly Moon’s!
  3. 16 Reasons Why We Should Root for the Seahawks @ the Super Bowl 
  4. Our Beef With The Bachelor
  5. Coachella 2014 Street Style (sorry for the broken links!)
  6. The Way Way Back Home
  7. Ariana Grande’s Dance Moves (and broken YouTube link womp womp…)
  8. Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams Are Engaged!
  9. Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg Are Engaged!
  10. C. Lowe By Scarlet & Gold
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In Design Stuff Today…

For the person who just can’t get enough of McDonald’s. I’ll admit though, these fry pillows are pretty cute. Really into this trend recently of making food things into beds. I think it speaks volumes about the people making these purchases.

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A View of Our Solar System

The sun is absolutely massive. This image was done by Roberto Ziche.

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