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Blog Roundup

– Throwback! Facebook is bringing back the “away message.” [Nylon]

– What Spotify users prefer to fall asleep to. Any guesses? [Billboard]

– Anthony Bourdain’s 3 best tips for eating out when traveling abroad [Entrepreneur]

– 20 mistakes inexperienced managers make from an Amazon exec via Quora [Business Insider]

– An illustrative guide to the most annoying trends on Instagram [Distractify]

– Summertime in a cup! Starbucks is introducing your campfire favorite (S’mores!) as a frapp. It will hit stores April 28th and you better believe we’ll be the first to try it! [Refinery29]

– The best food to order at every single major league baseball park [Esquire]

– Late night munchies? SF has got you covered. [Refinery29]

– 5 career mistakes that are OK to make in your 20’s [WhoWhatWear]

– Overdue, but we said goodbye to The Bold Italic :( [The Bold Italic]

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Currently Drinking:

I’ve already been to 85C in San Jose three times now in one week. I’d say we have a problem. I was actually planning on writing a post this week about the different ways that I’ve been saving my money lately and one of those things is because I have stopped drinking Starbucks every day on the reg and instead drinking the Blue Bottle Coffee that is now provided at work. I had a good thing going for me for the last couple of months… until this past week. On Kevin’s last day, we went to 85C for breakfast and I was caught in a whirlwind of delicious and warm pastries, a variety of desserts I could only dream of behind glass cases, and best of all – the sea salt iced coffee. This thing is heaven. I typically don’t drink coffee on weekends because I’m not working as hard and don’t need it, but I found myself making the drive to 85C on Saturday AND Sunday just so I could get this iced coffee. It’s all downhill from here…

I would drink this everyday if I could. There goes that whole saving money thing I established.

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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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Blog Roundup

– Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s hack for taking the best photographs [Buzzfeed]

– The modern way to fall in love with anyone [New York Times]

– Founder of Ship Your Enemies Glitter is already regretting his viral business [Mashable]

– Why an unlimited vacation policy doesn’t work [Quartz]

– A hidden bar being a Coca Cola vending machine: Flask [Cool Material]

– Just a cheeky read that I can’t believe I enjoyed [Medium]

– MTV airs all of their programming today in black and white to honor Martin Luther King Jr. [MTV]

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A Collection Part 41

Happy almost New Years readers! We’re really looking forward to 2015 and what’s in store not only for me, but also for Yow Yow! We never go into the new year with a plan so it’s always a surprise for us. There’s a whole lot of love today in this post because well, everyone is getting engaged and love is just all we’re thinking about right now.

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Currently Craving:

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Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families and friends. I know, I for one, am enjoying my time back in Seattle and I think it’s going to be hard to return back to the Bay after such a lengthy and relaxing vacation.

Today, I was denied from both Starbucks and my favorite Dick’s Drive In because of the “holiday hours,” and while I didn’t get to satisfy my cravings, it meant that these employees got to reap the benefits of being at home with their loved ones just like I had the opportunity to all week. It just means that my hankering for sweets is at an all time high though. We already dug into our container of peppermint bark, but I’ve been without caffeine all day, which is… concerning. It’s a little too late to be drinking caffeine now, but how good does this gingerbread hot chocolate pictured above look? AMAZING.

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Coffee Couple

Here is some adorableness for your Tuesday night. This lovely stop-motion film was made using 1,000 cups of coffee!

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Katie and the Coffee Factory

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I had been reading about the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room for the last couple of weeks, but having not been in the area, I wasn’t really aware of its location. After a brunch with some of my girlfriends this past weekend, Winny and Jennie told me that I couldn’t or rather shouldn’t really leave Seattle without seeing it and especially it being so close. Finding myself on the hill last night for happy hour and dinner with my other girlfriends Kelsey and Jeanette, I figured there was probably no better time to stop by. Driving down the hill, the store is difficult to miss with its illuminated logo. The area around it has also developed so much more in the last couple of years and there were people all around outside of the shop and a bustling crowd within.

It was surprising to see so many people at 8:00 PM in the shop, but it was packed. It wasn’t quiet, but it wasn’t loud yet there was so much commotion and a lot to be seen. I marveled at everything as if it was Willy Wonka’s Coffee Factory, which my girlfriends and I renamed “Katie and the Coffee Factory.”

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This or That: Reusable Water Bottle

When I was a very young and innocent freshman, I went on a field trip with my History of Costume Design class to an evening play. The girl that I had been sitting to (who was the sweetest gem) pulled out a bottle from her bag and stealthily put her mouth over the mini tube. Was she sipping? Breathing? It was awfully dark. I later came to the conclusion that it was not a vaporizer and that it was just a Camelback water bottle. Now, it’s silly to think that these two things could be mistaken for what they really are, but I had never seen a Camelback before and I clearly didn’t know what kind of college I was at.

When I stumbled across this overly trendy waterbottle designed by Memobottle, I knew I had to write a post about it – if not for the product itself – at least my anectdote. The reusable waterbottle not only comes in glass, but also metal and plastic. I mean do you really want to be carrying a glass water bottle around with you? Landmine. Except for those Bkr ones – those are pretty qt.

These waterbottles are totally our future.

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Samovar – San Francisco

When I first moved to the Bay Area, my goal was to immediately find replacements for all of my favorite spots in Seattle. Samovar quickly bacame that for me as I needed to replace Remedy Teas on the hill. I’ve been to Samovar twice now at two different locations. Like Remedy Teas, Samovar serves meals, snacks, and a high quality selection of teas. I had read not too long ago that they were putting in a new location in the Mission that was supposed to be a very simplified version of their other stores. They weren’t kidding. There aren’t any meals here, but you can pick up a snack if you’d like. I’d almost view this location as an express Samovar because there’s no seating at all and you aren’t meant to be perched up here for awhile like you might at other locations. Beautiful though? Yes, of  course.

To view the rest of the post and more photographs by The Cool Hunter, click here.

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A Collection Part 40

As the years go on, the “A Collection” posts get farther and farther apart from each other! When it comes to the end of summer, I always feel like it’s the most appropriate time to wrap things up. I started this post back in April, can you believe it? It’s about time we got this published!

Goodbye summer. Hello fall! We’re so excited to be in you!

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Out on the Town: 8/23

I haven’t made my way to as many events in San Francisco as I would’ve like so I feel like by posting about them, I’m making some sort of a commitment. Will anyone else been there? I haven’t listened to Rogue Wave since I was a teenager and obsessed with that song “Eyes.” Are they still a pretty dream pop sleepy band? This is no Capitol Hill Block Party by any means, but I missed Outside Lands last weekend so…

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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Almost Back

They’re almost here! August 25th to be exact. As much as I would love to say that having the Pumpkin Spice Latte year around would make me a happy girl, I know that I just wouldn’t be as excited about them if they weren’t a limited novelty. We certainly wouldn’t write posts about them like this on a yearly basis. I am very pleased about the return though and happy that it is coming sooner than the fall. It will still be the summer because I live in California and technically it is summer the whole year round.

Yum. I am going to drink you every single day.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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It’s been some time since I’ve had a weekend of eating, but that’s exactly what this weekend was for me. Ashley completed her 8-week internship at Stanford and to celebrate, we filled our stomachs with the most delicious food. Her younger sister was also in town so we made sure to take her to all of our favorite spots in the South Bay.

First off, My Lovecats ring finally arrived and I haven’t taken it off since…except in the shower because I am terrified of getting it wet. It is the most darling little ring I have ever purchased for myself and I am even thinking about making the move to additional stacks.

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