Some may call it a nightmare or annoying to have lived in a hipster nation for four years, but can I just say – I loved every second of it? The Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle is one place that I cannot shut up about. My only qualm with it recently is all the basic people that have started to overrun it around the time when I left. I’m a music snob and I’m somewhat of a hipster snob, unfortunately. At the end of January (good lord, it has taken me about a month to write this post) Kevin sent me this Gawker article about where to find neighborhoods like my favorite Capitol Hill all over the country.
Who wants to plan a road trip? I need to be with my people.
Check out the article here! Do you live in any of these places? Are they really that hipster? Did the Gawker do a good job or did they disappoint us?
Hipster beard transplants are the subject of one of the most interesting things I have read this week. Why is it that we love them so much? Does it make a guy instantly cool? Do girls swoon over them so much that we forget just how itchy/scratchy/scruffy they can become. Seriously, it has the ability to irritate a girl’s face, but yet we’re willing to take that because of how good it looks? Yes.
Men are desiring this look so much that they are ready to shove out $3,000-$7,000 to gain a little more facial hair and to become a little more hip.
Let’s get to the science of things. How does one acquire a hipster beard via transplant?
The doctor takes hair from the patient’s head, then implants it using micro-incisions on the face. This is done under local anesthesia and takes about eight hours. If the man is balding and would rather preserve what little hair he has left, this process can also use chest hair.
Once the hair is implanted, it will fall out. But, the idea is that the root remains in the man’s face and continues to grow into a full beard.
Leave it to my co-workers to teach me something new everyday. This app has been out since late October, but the trailer for it was just too good and blogworthy. If you’re tired of having to continuously type in your password, all you have to do is install the Knock app. Knock twice on your iPhone and your Mac unlocks. I’ve heard that it doesn’t work every time and it might be a little bit silly if you are constantly knocking on your phone and it doesn’t unlock, but we are the generation of laziness so… YOLO?
I can’t remember if I have mentioned this on Yow Yow! yet, but this month I am helping my friend Toby with her wedding planning gig and as her trusted little “minion” I accompanied her to Michael’s the other day so that we could pick out decorations! I’m so excited about this opportunity because it’s a combination of two things that I already love – weddings and event planning. We’ll keep you posted every step of the way.
When you’re in college, most of your friends typically live near school not just because it’s convenient for you and your friendship, but because it is convenient for them as well. When college ends, your friends disperse and that’s when the real challenge occurs. How do you remain close when you are no longer a couple doors down or a few blocks across? Meghan as since relocated to Maple Leaf in Seattle and we spent the afternoon catching up on her porch. Last year, I asked Meghan to write a guest post for Yow Yow and usually I leave this open ended hoping that my friends writing will share a story about themselves or their own insight. Instead, she wrote a mini biography on me and it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve asked her to write a follow-up post for Yow Yow! again and I have no doubts at all that she won’t surprise us with something spectacular.
Sunday brunch right on Lake Union!
I hadn’t been back to the Seattle Art Museum Outdoor Sculpture Park since it first opened – literally opening day! It was so nice to return to this space to see how it has changed over the years. We also didn’t want to miss an opportunity to “make” a photograph artsy ourselves.
When we decided to eat at Momiji for dinner we didn’t expect that they would have outdoor seating now next to their Japanese Garden. Of course, we had to take advantage of it and on a sunny Sunday.
With the nice weather out in Seattle, I have been spending less time on the computer and more time outside and with great company! Obviously by doing that, I have gotten behind on posts for the week. Apologies. Instead of making an individual post for each, we’re doing a roundup and playing catch up!
1. First off, the beaded cap on kids will be the most endearing thing you’eve ever seen. Just imagine what it looks like to see a 4-year old girl instantly transform into a bearded man. That’s some circus stuff right there.
2. The knitted bearded cap is so warm! I’ve worn it for a total of 6 minutes now and have already had to take it off for fear of becoming too hot in it.
3. It’s so Seattle. Beards. Cap. Mariners. A creation like this is something that would only come from this city.
4. You can instantly hipster-fy your bearded cap by adding a pair of hipster glasses to it. I chose Warby Parker.
5. There is nothing better than going to a Mariners game and seeing a bunch of goofy looking people in a sea of bearded caps! Instant bonding moment.
Bonus Reason: You might be able to sip your beer through the mouth hole…but we haven’t tried this move yet.
It used to take me over six months to go back to a blog that I haven’t visited in a while. With my new routine and schedule and the absence of homework, I am able to get through my blogs a lot quicker which frees up more time for me to be creative and to spend more time on posts that mean a lot to me instead of just posting and being done with it. Most of the photographs in this A Collection post came from one blog and go figure it’s called Thriving Twenties so of course we can relate hence why we love it.
If this cover of Kindling Quarterly doesn’t scream hipster cuteness, then I don’t know what does. I would love to run into this piece of art at my local Barnes & Noble and next time, I’ll actually be on the hunt.
And the mission statement?
“Kindling Quarterly is an exploration of fatherhood. Through essays, interviews, editorials, art, and photography we highlight creative individuals whose work and lives are inseparable from their role as a parent. There is no shortage of familiar portrayals of dads in media yet we aim to present a thoughtful dialogue about fatherhood that is missing from our cultural landscape. Men who are active caregivers are not a novelty and we do not depict them as such. While the subjects of our stories are fathers, each issue appeals to anyone interested in art, creativity, and community. Kindling Quarterly playfully assesses and celebrates the multitude of experiences that form contemporary fatherhood.”
4 years. Can you believe it? It’s surreal to me that I’ve kept Yow Yow! going for this long, but at the same time having Yow Yow! is also kind of like my very own personal diary. It’s kind of cool! I get to look back on some bad writing, some bad photos (or photos that are no longer photos) and some really embarrassing moments in history.
At the same time, I’ve also had the opportunity to witness AMAZING things in history. This year, Yow Yow! didn’t change much, but I did. I graduated from college y’all! As a small child, that day seems so far away – light years away! I’ve got my degree. I found myself a big girl job. I fled from Seattle – never thought that would happen either, but it had to someday. 2012 was good to me and 2013 (I hope) will be even better for us – me and Yow Yow!
So let’s get to the numbers, shall we?
Stats from 2011 will be on the right and italicized while stats from 2012 will be left and bold.
750,119 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – – 1,128,873+ (since the day isn’t over yet and this does not include up until New Year’s Eve) total visits to Yow Yow!
*In just 2012, there were 377,996+ visits to Yow Yow!
5,510 Posts, 1,153 Comments 8,763 Tags – – – – – – – – – – 7,067 Posts 2,187 Comments 10,229Tags (cumulative)
Top Post of 2012 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 43,998
Top Post Written in 2012 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 43,998
Busiest Month in Terms of Views – January 2011 (31,761 views) – – – – – – – — October 2012 (49,821 views)
Average Visits Per Day – February 20122 (1,060 views) – – – – – – – – – October 2012 (1,607 views)
*Busiest Day – October 5, 2010 (4,239 views)
Credits + References
*We hit 1 million hits y’all!
*And I finally got to meet one of my interviewees in person – Miss Euna Kho (Bearbot)
*Yow Yow! also participated in the blackout back in January for SOPA