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Katie in the Kitchen

About a week and a half ago, my team took an offsite to Savory Kitchen in San Jose for a cooking competition and an early dinner! I’ve been on a few offsites with my team now, but this was probably the most fun. Plus, we’ve grown a lot in the last year so there are a lot more people to get to know. I wasted no time putting on my apron and promptly asking for a chef’s hat so that we could take this picture!

Our challenge? To construct a delicious flatbread. My team wasn’t very good at listening to instructions so instead of making one flatbread like every one else did, we made two different kinds. Maybe we thought we were bettering our chances, but it’s likely that we just misheard the instructions. Secondly, it is very hard to make a good flatbread with a glass of wine in hand. Even though our team lost, I was pretty happy with how tasty our flatbreads were. I would probably eat it again.

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A Visit to the Heath Factory

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Even though Mandi and I have been living in the Bay Area for almost two years now, there is still so much for us to explore so we typically save some time on the weekends for us to get together to do things that we love to do like hipster wedding expos, for example! This trip, however, was a very special one. Heath Ceramics was something that I learned about from my former manager when I first started working in California and a thing that I now find I should be working towards saving my money for! They are some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen! Since Mandi is newly engaged and planning every aspect and detail of her wedding, we sort of decided (or I suggested) that she should DEFINITELY be putting these on her registry. There’s really no better time to be asking for these. We decided though that we needed to take a closer look though so we signed up for a free tour so that we could learn more about Heath and see the factory for ourselves.

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Via IMBOYCRAZY

By no means do I ever feel like I’m going to reach a point in my life where I feel like I know everything. Sure, I’ve had my fair share of experiences, but I love seeking advice from my girlfriends and vice versa, I love to dish out my own advice too (if they ask!) Sometimes these pieces of advice come in various funny forms. I was having brunch with Neel (who was visiting from Boston for the weekend) and Spencer on Saturday when all of a sudden Neel hopped up from the table and said to me, “Katie, I have something for you! It’s from Yelly!” YELLY?! She is our mutual friend as well, but she hadn’t been at brunch with us so I was very confused as to what was happening. He came from his car with…

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Criss-Cross

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White top – Topshop by Nordstrom / Red skirt – Urban Outfitters

I think one of my favorite parts about writing some of these posts is remembering when and where I got these pieces and how I was feeling when I bought them. This was the third photo I took for my “color” series before I gave up completely, but it’s a good last photo. I wore my hair up in a ponytail that day because I’d been increasingly getting more and more annoyed with my hair (one of the reasons why I’ve been waving it more.) Even though color blocking isn’t used as much anymore, I still kind of like doing it. I bought this skirt from Urban Outfitters once in the sale section (yes, that meant I had to basically be on my hands and knees scouring the goods) and snagged this for $10! My mom thinks it’s a little kiddish and that I should stop wearing it, but it has its uses sometimes. The top is one that I bought with my bff Ashley before we both moved from Seattle to California and had one of our last dates Nordstrom during the anniversary sale. We did the same thing this past summer too, I think. We both had tried on the top and though we were going to be living in different places so it didn’t matter if we both bought it, I secretly still wanted it all to myself. Sorry Ash!

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A Touch of Gold

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Black dress – Aritzia / Black boots – borrowed from my mom / Gold wallet – Urban Outfitters

While on that “pop of color” train last week, I decided to make the modern little black dress something that was wearable in the day time. We were also in the middle of the NBA Finals that week too so I had to bring in the gold with one of my previously loved wallets. I’m no longer using this anymore because I’ve downgraded to a much smaller purse so it doesn’t fit, but I keep it around because you never know when it might be put to good use – like as a prop in a photo! We’re starting to even run out of back drops for these photos, but I feel like I saved this one for a very special reason. I just love the pink and green together. Everything just works so well!

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 22

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After watching a makeup how-to video by Nicole Loher recently and reading an article on WhoWhatWear, I learned a new word to add to my vocabulary. BB Cream. I’m still not sure what the BB stands for because when it comes to makeup, I’m just awful, but what I took from the article was that I needed to have it. A BB Cream is kind of what you would call a tinted moisturizer. It is often used for when you need something for your daily look and a) don’t have time or b) don’t want to put that much effort into your face. For the longest time, I thought my Benefit light oxygen foundation was something like a tinted moisturizer, but it just isn’t. It is truly a foundation. For the first couple of weeks, I was wearing my Olay moisturizer with the BB Cream and then my foundation and only recently realized that I was overdoing it. The BB Cream does exactly what I want it to do and gets the job done so I have since eliminated the foundation except for certain occasions. I’m so impressed by how great the BB Cream neutralizes my skin tone and easily makes it all one shade in a very simple way while keeping it moisturized all day. You really only need to use a pea-sized drop of it. According to bareMinerals, it’s one of their best selling products too! I use it in “Ginger.”

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We Love a Good Set of Stairs

Blue tank top – H&M / White skort – Aritzia / Wedges – DV by Dolce Vita

We’re starting to run out of interesting backdrops for my outfits! Leah and I actually discovered this the other day (not too far away!) and thought it worked well with the outfit scheme. We took this photo last Monday and back then I wanted to do a whole week featuring “pops of color!” but we only lasted 3 days, unfortunately. Instagramming is a hard lifestyle, apparently.

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Ingrid Nilsen Makes An Announcement

Oh my goodness, Ingrid Nilsen is one of my favorite video bloggers. I’ve been watching her videos for the last year and I’ve enjoyed her quirky personality and sense of humor. She also is just such a great role model, but today even moreso because she released a video that was the most important video that she has ever released and the most vulnerable we’ve ever seen her. She came out. And it was emotional and beautiful at the same time. Totally not ashamed to say that I cried mini tears when I saw her crying as well. Ingrid – so proud of you! This is HUGE and welcome to this new chapter of your life!

Also for reference on what some of videos are usually like, watch below!

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Introducing: Mandi

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At the end of last month I tweeted out a teaser that someone very special to me would be joining Yow Yow! for the next year… Readers, I am thrilled to announce that my Bay Area bestie, Mandi, who is newly-engaged, has invited us to join the ride on her wedding planning adventures! As many of you know, I’ve been running Yow Yow! for the last six and a half years and this blog is kind of like my baby so it’s a big deal when I get to invite my friends to write on my blog. Honestly though, I’ve never had any worries and it’s really special to be able to share this experience with friends that are closest to me.

Mandi and I had a ton of mutual friends in college and crossed paths several times through being involved at Seattle University, but were never super close until we both moved to the Bay Area within a couple of months of each other. Since then, her and I have been getting acquainted with our new home and trying our best to explore the city as much as we can! Oh yeah, I’m third-wheeling it with her and her fiance Eric!

As you can imagine, the wedding planning process is extensive and there’s a lot that her and I will be able to talk about on Yow Yow! Together, we’ve come up with a list of topics and I’ve basically given her Wednesdays to be her “Wedding Wednesday” platform since “Wedding Mondays” is already taken. However, we’re both still in the planning process so please don’t expect a post every Wednesday for now because we’d just rather underpromise than over. Tomorrow will be her first post though and we’re both extremely excited! Readers, please extend a very warm welcome to Mandi! She’s going to be here for awhile. ;)

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Wedding Mondays

Wow, I have something really really special to share with you all today. I’ve known quite a few people from high school and college that have gotten married in the last few years, but not all of them have had a wedding video so when someone I know has one, I get very excited! Very recently, a college classmate of mine tied the knot with his fiance (now wife!) Monica and they have an AMAZING wedding video. Justin and Monica got married at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barabara which I’ve always seen featured on wedding blogs and looks even more beautiful in their video than in just photos! I haven’t decided which moment in this video is the sweetest – seeing our friend Anthony tear up while giving his speech or seeing Justin serenade Monica… you can’t hear the song from the wedding video, but in case you were wondering… – it’s Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” We’re hoping Justin will send us the professional video of this if/when it comes out. Another major MAJOR detail that I love about this wedding is Monica’s Lela Rose wedding dress. It’s absolutely stunning, isn’t it?

Justin and I shared a few mutual friends and even worked together very briefly when I was managing another classmate of ours’ singing career during my senior year. Justin backed her up on vocals I think, but mostly accompanied her on guitar. I mean he was a gem and it’s been a few years since I’ve seen him, but in watching this video I just felt so proud of the person he grew up into. Justin and Monica – I’m wishing you both endless years of happiness together and a very loving marriage.

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The Week: 5 Things

Woof! Well it feels like this week just completely flew by us. I can’t believe I’m starting over again tomorrow on a Monday and doing this whole thing all over again. This week was feeling particularly chilly…except for today because I’m sweating all over my couch in 80 degree weather right now. I don’t mind the one-off days though so earlier this week, I threw on my favorite Brandy Melville sweater and equipped myself with a Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte. I’m back and forth between Starbucks and Blue Bottle these days and not sure why I can’t make up my mind. I think it’s because I get Blue Bottle for free, but Starbucks gives me that suga suga that I need to function.

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My First Airbnb

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One of my favorite things to write about on Yow Yow! are my first experiences! Over Memorial Day Weekend, I stayed in my very first Airbnb with Jennie and we learned a lot from our stay. Normally, we are just hotel girls. We like the easiness of it all and the convenience, but while planning for our trip, we knew that booking a hotel during a holiday weekend was going to be pricey. We’ve toyed with the idea of Airbnb before, but this time we actually went through with it. The first lesson that we learned is that if you find a booking you really like, don’t procrastinate! Two weeks before we decide to book, we found a great spot in San Diego with a pool! When we realized that neither of us had booked it, we went back two weeks later and it was already taken.

Though the spot we ended up saying (pictured above) was our second choice, it was actually pretty great! We stayed in a very cute studio in the North Park neighborhood which was connected to the owner’s house, but had its own entrance so it made it feel like we were completely on our own and were able to move about as we pleased. Two of our  girlfriends ended up staying with Jennie and I for one night and our host was very accommodating in letting us have them join in on our sleepover. Luckily the couch doubles as a fold out bed! Since Jennie and I knew we’d be out and about most of the time, we didn’t need very much and didn’t require a kitchen. However, there were a couple little things that we wished we had – ie) a television, a couple more power outlets, and mirrors for us to use to get ready in. As nice as the bathroom was, four girls in it is not ideal.

My other complaint was that Jennie and I were woken up at 6:30 AM one morning by the child and dog running around upstairs. It was a small hiccup and it only happened once during our stay, but  other than that it was pretty much a perfect stay. I love how our host had a very detailed manual for us when we arrived to show us restaurants in the area, how to use things in the home, and how to clean up on our last day which was important to me because I wanted to leave the house as clean as it was when I came into it.

I love hotels, but they aren’t always the most cost-efficient for my wallet so I’m really looking forward to my next stay at Airbnb whenever that will be! I just read an article recently though that Airbnb has used some new machine learning tactics to help hosts learn when to raise their prices on certain dates and weekends when there is high volume ie) when there are major events happening in their city and during holiday weekends, which makes me as a guest a little bit nervous.

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Wavy Hair is IN for the Summer

Black blouse – Madewell / Black pants – Aritzia / Black heels – Vince Camuto via Nordstrom

Every time, I wear this outfit, it always gets mistaken for a jumpsuit, but it’s actually just two pieces. What I love about this sleeveless blouse is that you can easily wear it to work and make it look professional enough for the day or dress it up for a night out which I have done plenty of times with a simple pair of jeans and heels. This blouse is made of silk and one of the very few pieces that I dry clean because I never want anything bad to happen to it. And these pants also get dry cleaned because I dished out a whole lot of money for the most quality pair that I could find at Aritzia. When I bought these pants, I was back and forth on ones that had buttons, that had a clip, or a zipper, but the best part about these is that it has none of those things and that you can just pull them on because they’re elastic! And these aren’t the first time you’ve seen these heels and they won’t be the last because I wear them with absolutely everything.

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#SeahawksMeetRachel

Over dinner tonight, I sat with my co-worker Emily discussing comparisons between Instagram and Twitter. I remember telling her that I felt a sense of urgency to always make sure that I was caught up on Instagram because I cared more about it than Twitter. With Twitter, we agreed, that there was just too much noise. There were advertisements, silly re-tweets, and much more volume than we could catch up on. Five hours later and I’m feeling guilty about what I just said. I don’t have time to read my Twitter feed during the day, but I make an effort to catch up with it when I get home and I scroll and I scroll and I scroll until I can’t anymore because I don’t want to miss anything.

Tonight while doing what I do every night, I found myself doing a double take.

Greg Scruggs

Greg Scruggs is our defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks. And Rachel Henley was a childhood friend. Her and I bonded over a weekend together along with 10 other girls from Washington while we shot photos for an issue of a magazine. She was two years younger than me, full of spunk and energy and always laughing. Her and Frankie got the cover out of the 12 girls and I remember being SO jealous. She spent most of her life battling from cancer. Though we weren’t able to keep in touch very much as we grew up, I tried to stay up to date on all of the girls I worked with back then. Social media helps you do that. I was especially happy when this video surfaced two years ago and Rachel was invited to hang out with the Seahawks. Jealous again, but also very proud of the woman that she grew up to be.

This wouldn’t be the first time that I would learn about a friend’s passing through social media, but it doesn’t change anything. Rachel had a whole life ahead of her that was taken too soon, but I know the Seattle community was strong in supporting her and that made her an even stronger fighter. Thank you Greg Scruggs for this incredible post that you wrote about Rachel and letting everyone know what a wonderful young woman she was.

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A Golden State Warriors Win

For our team’s offsite, we decided to attend a Golden State Warriors game. It wasn’t just any game though. It was last week’s GAME 5 where the Warriors learned that they were going to the NBA Finals! It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a basketball game and even though they aren’t my Supersonics, it is still just as exciting. I’ve really taken a liking to Steph Curry these last few weeks and even moreso to his adorable daughter Riley who completely steals the show at all of these post-game press conferences. Our seats were pretty good and I never felt like I had a difficult time seeing what was happening like I did when I went to my first football game. It was just exciting almost every second that we were there and so fun! I really took every advantage I could to ham it up.

Go Warriors! My prediction is that the Warriors will win in game 6 and Riley Curry will be at 4 post-game press conferences. I think I’m already going to be wrong about that last one though because I have yet to see her!

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