Tag Archives: Design

Fashionista.com Receives A Makeover

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I didn’t get to do too much digging around, but yesterday one of my favorite fashion blogs, Fashionista, unveiled their new look and I am absolutely loving it. I don’t think there was anything really wrong with their previous layout, but one of my biggest qualms was having to continue to scroll down to read content. If I ever felt overwhelmed, it was because of that, maybe. With the new layout, photos accompanying the articles are brought right to the front. The text is much easier to read and timestamps – oh my gosh – the timestamps are much more visible! In the previous layout, I was either guessing or squinting my eyes trying to figure out the date. That’s just not a problem with the new layout.

Fashionista.com – we give you a thumbs up! Thanks for making my fashion blog reading so much easier.

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Wedding Mondays

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a lovely and well-rested weekend. I’m really excited to be sharing Mimi and Allen’s wedding with all of you this morning. It was a pretty special discovery earlier this week and I love it for more than just one reason.

First off: the song. Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry is one of my favorites from this year.

Secondly, that dress. Have you ever seen anything more magnificent?

Thirdly, they had their first look on a carousel.

*mic drop*

That’s it! You don’t need another reason to love this wedding video because that about sums it up.

And as I’ve been promising, here is the full feature on Green Wedding Shoes. The pictures are stunning.

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Design Your Own DV by Dolce Vita Sandals

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I don’t think I have ever been this excited about shoes. I’m absolutely obsessed with DV by Dolce Vita sandals and after making my first purchase for wedges last summer, I’ve been on track to continue buying them on an annual basis. While in San Diego, I finally purchased a pair of flat sandals that I am wearing as we speak. When I received an email in my inbox from Nordstrom this week announcing that you can customize your own DV by Dolce Vita sandals, I nearly jumped out of my seat – and by seat I mean I squirmed in the corner section of my sectional at home. Granted, any pair you customize yourself can actually be bought online as is, but it’s so much more fun to feel like you created your own. Currently, I am deciding between the one pictured above (tan+yellow) or (tan+blue)

To view all the options you can create, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

Having Ashley next to me watching wedding videos to see which one would make the cut for Wedding Mondays isn’t anything I’ve ever done with another person. It was interesting for us to collaborate and decide what makes a good video. Sometimes we have similarities and sometimes differences. Before we watched this video, we thought that it would be okay, but not that we would love it. We ended up loving it. The details were so on point. The couple just extremely beautiful in every way. We both are so excited to share this video with you all and Jennie – if you thought you loved last weeks, you’re going to love this one.

Here is the entire post by Green Wedding Shoes! Congrats Lauren and Kyle!

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Anthropologie April Lookbook 2014

Garden inspired looks are always going to make me swoon. Naturally, Anthropologie created a whole lookbook devoted to them. *sigh*

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My co-workers always manage to introduce me to the latest trends here in the Bay Area and I’m super grateful to them for it. A few months ago, Nadia mentioned “Twistbands” to me, but I was reluctant to try them out since I’m so used to having just my standard black hair ties wrapped around my wrist since 5th grade. The only time I ever replaced them was when I lost one of them. This past weekend in San Diego though, I fell in love with a gold and black Madewell bracelet that I opted to wear instead of my hair ties. Obviously, this was a pretty quick transition. Not only are they super cute and come in fun colors and prints, but they also make it so that when you tie your hair up, there aren’t any creases.

When Nadia told me last week that she was placing an order for Twistbands, I decided to give it a try. I selected one pack and when they arrived today, I couldn’t have been more excited. Technically you should wear them as hairties, but I love having them just on my wrist as bracelets. With an all-black outfit today and my DV by Dolce Vita wedges, these Twistbands couldn’t have matched any better.

To browse Twistbands and possibly make a purchase, click here!

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Oh Joy! for Target

I have never felt more behind in blogging than I do right now. However, I just did a very adult thing that is due on April 15th every year so in some way, I feel like I’m on a roll.

Since I heard about Oh Joy!’s collection for Target, I have been dying to blog about it. By now, I’m sure most of you have seen some of the images. Seeing them in person at the store was just as great too. Here are some of my favorite picks below. I wish I had a party to throw soon so that these purchases would be worth it!

These adorable two-toned vases are holding paint brushes, but could they potentially hold my makeup brushes too?

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Visit California!

It has been 6 months since I moved to California from Washington. WHOA! How is it going, exactly? I’m having fun. I’m having fun – literally every day. I don’t hate it here – not even in the slightest. As a kid, I remember being a brat and telling everyone that I would never leave Seattle because I just loved it too much. In all honestly, moving here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Moving for a job is one of the best life-changing experiences I’ll ever have.

California is beautiful. The air isn’t as clean as it is in Seattle. The water definitely isn’t as clean as it is in Seattle. And no way is the sushi better here in any way shape or form.

The sunset, however, are gorgeous. The sunny days every day are what motivate me to get up every morning. California is lovely.

That was a long way to preface this video actually, but basically this guy from Boston was asked to make a video about his trip to  California and on his four days he covered both the Northern and Southern areas even meeting individuals along the way to help enhance the video.

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Could We Live in These Houses?

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I spend a fair amount of time appreciating posts that feature very complex housing arrangements. The architecture is always something that you never thought that you could dream of and there is no question at all that these houses aren’t beautiful, but it never seems to feel like “a home.” Luckily for me, I don’t have to think about buying a house anytime soon anyways so I suppose I have nothing to worry about. These homes featured on this Gizmodo post are a dream. For more examples like the one above, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

It was recently brought to my attention that my brother’s friends are pretty entertained with our Yow Yow! series “Wedding Mondays.” In a word, I am flattered. Some of our series have kind of fell off the wagon like “Take Me There,” but I am fully committed to Mondays and sharing some of the best wedding videos with all of you. On a side note, I recently became exhausted with “Take Me There” because I was tired of trying to discover new places that I wanted to go to. Right now, I’m perfectly content with where I am.

Wedding Mondays is really near and dear to my heart and it’s fantastic to know that people are looking forward to it! I actually love watching these videos and making sure they are good enough to post on Yow Yow!

The one featured today is not like anything we’ve seen before. I know I’ve thrown that out a few times, but…seriously. The style of filming is all different. The transitions are on point. And additionally – good lord, that dress and the most attractive couple ever! Happy Monday everyone! It certainly feels like summer already here in the Bay – apparently we skipped spring.

And here’s the accompanying post on Style Me Pretty!

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Chanel’s 2014 Fall RTW in a Super Market

Every season, Chanel is always a show that I look forward to. It’s not one that we always feature because maybe at that point in time, I don’t find their collections to be all that wearable, but if there is anything that I am more fascinated by than the clothes, it’s the show itself. For his Fall 2014 RTW show, Karl Lagerfeld created a faux super market with branded items like pasta, canned goods, and even home goods. It was apparent that a whole lot of detail went into planning the show and the thing about this is that had it been an ordinary show – the audience members would never even notice these details.

This show was not an ordinary one though. After each model walked out on the runway, they continued to stay and mill about the grocery store as if they were actually shopping. This made me wonder what the true underlying message is I think Fashionista said it perfectly:

[The set] spoke to the clothes in such a big way, in terms of a grocery store being the great equalizer. All types of women — from hip, young things to polished doyennes — inevitably need to pop into one for some reason or another. So you had girls in crop tops and leggings — so many leggings, from pink and shredded to glittery and purple…not to mention black and white tweed — to fancy ladies in classic skirt suits, like the one who walked out in a pink ensemble, accompanied by a personal butler to carry her myriad Chanel shopping bags.

After the show ended, guests and show attendees were invited to take home a complimentary fruit or vegetable, but naturally some people tried to actually loot the other goods. Can we blame them? Wouldn’t you want pasta out of a Chanel box, too?!


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San Francisco in 23 Pieces

I came across this print by a local artist and illustrator named Lisa Congdon on The Bold Italic today and thought it was a perfect post for Yow Yow! How cute is this? According to her, these are the 23 items that make San Francisco the city that it is. Want it? It’s only selling for $20!

I wonder what 23 items would best represent Seattle…


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Wedding Mondays

Happy Wedding Mondays and almost slightly more importantly – happy March! It’s my birthday month and this year I’m celebrating it in my new home. I’m also jetting off to San Diego to celebrate with my best friend. As always, the birthday never really does stay contained for one day. I used to have a handful wedding videos in my queue ready for whenever Monday came around, but I’m not sure if the popularity of wedding videos has diminished or if my favorite blogs just are featuring them less. I somehow always manage to find one just the night before. I know Ashley and Jennie wouldn’t be too pleased with me if I had skimped out on a Monday.

The video above from Veronica and Shawn’s wedding is an absolute dream. When  I first saw that it was 9 minutes, I was hesitant. Ain’t nobody got time for that! To my surprise, I ended up watching the entire thing from start to finish. Worth it. The first half was split up into the “getting ready” and the ceremony while the last half was the entire dance party. Whenever I give advice about weddings, I usually tell people that you could do away without a photographer for the dance party. Why? Because people don’t tend to look so hot when they are in motion and dancing. Overall, it just makes for an unflattering photograph. I do, however, support videographers at the dance party. This is, by far, the best example. Look at how much fun everyone is having. Don’t you want to BE at this weeding? Don’t you want these guests to be your friends? The answer is just “yes” to all of those questions.

Here is the post from Green Wedding Shoes – Enjoy!

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In Design Things…

I’m really just a huge fan of this squirrel feeder.


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Wedding Mondays

Happy Wedding Mondays everyone!

I am thrilled to share this wedding today from Ann-Marie and John. The wedding highlights plenty of non-traditional aspects which I love from the blush pink wedding dress  to the photos taken before the ceremony. I’m also a huge fan of the decorations they’ve created for this special event – paper goods that I think were done by Ann-Marie herself. It can be tricky when you decide to DIY your entire wedding, but with a solid theme and a realistic vision, I think it can be executed perfectly.

This looks like a wedding that I would love to attend. For more highlights and gorgeous photos, click here for the feature on Green Wedding Shoes.

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