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Hi, From Beat Connection

We’re not posting very much this evening or this weekend because it’s Thanksgiving week. I’m on PTO starting tomorrow and in an hour my auto-response for my work email is going to turn on. Been waiting a long time for that to happen y’all. I figured if there’s one thing that I could write about tonight while procrastinating packing my bags, it’s about Beat Connection – one of my favorite bands out of Seattle. These guys are like… my age? And they’re not bad. I actually just saw their show when they were here in SF earlier this month at The Independent. It was basically a room full of Seattle transplants. I didn’t get data on this, but you could just tell that the crowd was from Seattle and not from SF. I’m actually pretty excited for this group to blow up a little more. They released their album Product 3 last month and it’s all I’ve been listening to when I commute from South Bay to SF. I would tell you all of my favorite songs, but honestly – the whole album is good. Here’s a performance of Rosealene though it’s much better live.

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What We Wore to Taylor

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Tank top – Nordstrom / Shorts – Brandy Melville / Hat – Nordstrom / Booties – Munro (Nordstrom)

We actually blogged about our entire Taylor Swift concert experience a long time ago, but I remembered that I never talked about what I wore and this was an outfit that I was pretty excited about. It was one of the hottest days of the summer and this was the only big concert that I was going to be attending all season long so I had to make this count. I didn’t know what I was going to be wearing the day or even the week before, but I had an idea. I woke up early the morning of the concert just so I could go to the mall to make everything all fit together. Once I had the clothes, that hat became the last piece. I saw it on display right as I was about to head out of Nordstrom and I’m not a HUGE hat person by any means, but little did we know that this very hat would be making lots of appearances in our outfits after this day. I really love this shot because this was right next to our Taylor tailgate and this wide open space before everyone arrived was perfect.

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Last Weekend’s Halloween Weeding

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I think as I’m getting older, I’m enjoying Halloween less and less. So this year when my friend and co-worker asked me if I would join him as his +1 to a wedding on Halloween, I jumped at the opportunity! First off, I’ve always wanted to go to a wedding on a holiday. There’s a huge faux-pas around weddings on holidays because people like to complain that they are being taken away from their own personal holiday to celebrate a couple’s big day, but let’s just be real here for a second – whatever you would’ve been doing instead of that wedding still probably could’ve been just as lame. You want to throw a wedding on New Year’s Eve, 4th of July, or Halloween? Sign me up! That’s booze, food, entertainment, and a dance party provided for you. What more could you want?

It’s not a secret. I love going to weddings. Each one that I’ve been to is very different and I think there’s something that can be learned from every experience. So of course I shared everything that I observed with Mandi the next day after, but thought that some of you might enjoy this as well.

I sometimes hate pros and cons lists, but this seemed like the easiest way to organize.

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What I Loved:

  • The theme – I’ve never really heard of a wedding that wasn’t themed and happened to be on Halloween. This one in particular wasn’t even Halloween themed though. The dress code ended up being a little bit of steampunk – a style of dress that the groom normally wears and nearly every guest dressed on par. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! Since I didn’t know the couple, I played it safe by wearing a dress and the tiniest little top hat hair clip atop my head. There were 6 other people wearing the same small hat so I felt like I was nailing it.
  • Personalized wedding – I had heard from other guests that the couple loved decorating, making things, and of course Pinterest. The personality of the couple shined through in every aspect of the big day. This is a bold statement as I’ve been to quite a few weddings, but this one felt the most personalized weddings I’ve ever attended. You could tell that there was a lot of love and heart that went into every piece. Even when we arrived to the venue two hours early, the bride, groom, and wedding party were still running around trying to get things done. It didn’t matter, it all looked great anyways!
  • Bridesmaids in colors – The bridesmaids all wore dresses in similar fabric, but in bold colors like red, yellow, blue, pink, orange. You may think that the rainbow look is a bit much at the front of the alter, but they all looked stunning.
  • The venue – I had never been to a wedding on a ranch before and I sometimes find the whole idea to be a little bit risky for a lot of reasons. However, the couple did their best to really spruce things up. There were lots of decorations everywhere and they were able to transform the venue into a very beautiful space. The major downside though? Poop smells everywhere and lots and lots of bugs.
  • The bride and groom’s speech – I found it really sweet that the bride and groom took some time at the end of dinner to thank their guests in their own personalized way. Instead of reading their own words though the bride ended up writing a speech for the groom to say and vice versa. It ended up being one of the funniest parts of the evening and really enjoyable for the guests regardless of how well you knew them or not.
  • Personalized vows – The ceremony itself was about 15 minutes, which was awesome because the heat was so unforgiving that day. I especially love the trend of personalized vows at weddings though. Nearly everyone is doing it and I hope it squashes out all those boring traditional ones that people still continue to do. I’m not sure why anyone is still choosing to do their vows like this.

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Not so much love:

  • Cocktail Hour – The best part of this was the cheese and crackers. I don’t know why or what was happening, but the cheese was exquisite. I even tried to go back for seconds right before dinner, but it was all gone. What I didn’t love though? No other appetizers except for chips and salsa. This was one of my biggest negatives because I just don’t believe that this is appropriate as an appetizer for a cocktail hour or a wedding.


  • Dinner – This is probably the thing that wedding guests care about most at any wedding. My coworker was a vegetarian and the dinner was BBQ from a food truck, however, he let me know that the couple had asked for dietary restrictions when he RSVP’ed so I wasn’t worried early on. However, the worry set in when we were the last table called up to get food and by the time we got there a lot of the food had already run out including the rice, which was one of the few vegetarian dishes served in the buffet line. Also, the best part of dinner was the garlic bread, which is a side so dinner was a flop overall.
  • Bathrooms – A wedding venue can’t always be 100% perfect. The venue was beautiful and rustic, but there were some parts that were REAL rustic – like the fact that there were porter pottys instead of real bathrooms. They were the nicest that I’ve ever come across (not saying a whole lot), but it still wasn’t great. My coworker and I didn’t have a bathroom to change in when we arrived to the venue so the two of us had to take turns changing outfits in the back of my car!
  • Timing – It’s one of those things that people overlook as being important, but as someone who used to do quite a bit of event planning, this is something that I pay close attention to. Since the wedding itself was kind of carnival themed – there was an hour and a half after dinner that was set aside for dessert (pie!) and a bunch of carnival games that the couple had set up in a separate space. This was really cute and included a ton of homemade games like Skeeball, balloon darts, shooting games, corn hole, etc. but it turned out that the 90 minutes of time was too long. The dance party was happening right after this, but I was starting to get a bit restless and didn’t want to spend that entire time eating pie so I wanted to dance party to start sooner. If I could’ve done things differently, I think I would’ve had both things going at the same time to give guests options. By the time the dance party had started, more than half of the guests had already left.
  • Photobooth – The backdrop was cute. The props were there. The only thing that wasn’t present was an actual photographer. If you don’t have someone taking photos, you should give your guests a way to take the photos themselves with a clicker. Everyone that went through the photobooth had to awkwardly ask other guests to take pictures of them and it just disturbed the flow.
  • No hard alcohol – This was the first time I’ve ever been to a wedding where there was zero hard alcohol! In the past, I used to think that it wouldn’t make much of a difference, but I started to notice that it did more and more as we went further into the night. As much as I love my beer, wine, and cider, I really wanted a signature cocktail of some sort. Someone recently let me know though that these are actually really expensive. I think my reaction was something like, “Really?! Even if it’s just two signature cocktails?!”
  • Open Mic speeches – So the award for the most awkward part of the evening goes to the moment when the bride and the groom opened up the reception floor the rest of the guests for open mic speeches. There’s a couple reasons why this is a huge no-no. This can go on for much longer than you want it to and secondly, #nofilter. As in #nofilter from the guests’ mouths. There were a number of guests from the groom’s side that came up kind of saying the same thing “Hey so-and-so, we don’t really know you so well, but congratulations!” “We never get to see you very much and the last time we met you and etc, was last Thanksgiving and you seemed really happy…we wish we got to see you more!” “We’re so happy for you, but we wish you would come visit us more so we can get to know you better.” AGH! Trainwreck! Just a tip – if you’re going to have people do speeches at your wedding, make sure you approve everything.

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Happy Halloween!

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Things we can say about this photo:

  • Can you tell our costumes were actually kid size?
  • The badge on the right shoulder of my costume says “100% cute”
  • My coworkers asked me today if I was wearing a life vest or if I was a missing child on the side of a milk carton. Rude.
  • We went easy on the costume at work today for the office because tomorrow we’re off to a themed wedding where we won’t be in Halloween costumes exactly, but still dressed up nonetheless in non-traditional wedding attire.

Should be fun! Happy Halloween everyone and stay safe!

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Oak + Fort Comes to SF!

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I just learned this week that one of my favorite brands out of Vancouver, Oak + Fort, had decided to open up their 2nd US store in Hayes Valley in San Francisco so I made plans this weekend to head over there and bring my co-worker Jen with me. The store was pretty much made for her and I think she now loves it way more than I do. Lucky for her, it’s right down the street from her home. The store specializes in a lot of oversized pieces, but really prides themselves on comfort so everything is super snuggly and warm – just what we’re looking for in the Bay Area this fall! So I walked away with three beautiful pieces and Jen loved everything so she snagged like 10! We also had the best time with all of the ladies working there who let us chit chat with them and let me bop around in their shop in the oversized scarf that I ended up bringing home with me. Maybe we’ll just come back for the friends.

Here are the pieces I took home:

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Canyon Child

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One of the best things about having Yow Yow! is that when my friends do amazing things, I get to talk about it! Gelesia recently launched her new clothing line Canyon Child and I couldn’t be more proud. I actually got to have a sneak peak of it when I was in LA visiting her last month and she even let me try on the dress photographed above after I begged her to let me to. I mean, okay, I didn’t have to beg that hard. Gelesia is probably my best-dressed friend of all though and since we were teenagers in high school she’s always been a trendsetter and had a style unlike anyone else’s. What I love about this line is that it combines both her style and a very southern California look. Her pieces are flowy, delicate, airy, and are incredibly versatile to be worn to any occasion – whether that’s lunch, to coffee, running errands, etc. We hope you’ll check it out!

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Yow Yow! Down South

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Last week, we traveled down to the south for the very first time! I had been looking forward to this trip for awhile and after 4 days of hard work with my team in Houston at the Grace Hopper Conference, a few of us had planned ahead of time to wind down in Austin the weekend after. Houston was whatever, but Austin was extremely cute and charming. If I had to describe it, it was probably a more fast paced Portland, but with that same darlingness and Southern charm that you might expect. When planning this trip, we all kind of prioritized what mattered to us the most 1) Food 2) A great Airbnb in an awesome neighborhood and 3) the ability to get around – so we got a rental car and I played Soccer Mom the entire weekend!

It’s still summer in Texas so with the hot hot heat, we headed over to Barton Springs for the afternoon where we laid out and sort of got into the water.

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Taylor Swift Eve

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Crop top – Aritzia / Skirt – H&M / Birkenstocks

We’re so behind on our posts that this outfit dates all the way back to August! Nearly a year before Taylor Swift’s actual “1989” show in Santa Clara, my coworkers bought about 20 tickets so they could all go together. They kept asking me if I had wanted to go, but I kept turning down the opportunity because I didn’t think I was a big enough fan to be deserving enough to go. Also, I hadn’t listened to her “1989” album at all except for the songs that had been released on mainstream radio (big mistake on my part.) As we got closer and closer to the actual concert date, I started to experience FOMO. Luckily, a couple tickets opened up and I raised my hand right away! I was so excited that I decided to wear a crop top with my outfit the next day in true Taylor fashion. I hope I made her proud!

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Yow Yow! In Houstin/Austin!

I thought I would give you all a heads-up… I’m headed to Houston/Austin this week! During the work week, I’ll be in Houston and then come Friday, my coworkers and I will be flying off to Austin for a weekend of non-stop eating, bar-hopping, shopping, and sun! There won’t be any posts while I’m gone, but I promise to write something up when I return so you can see all of the photos and see the places we went. I actually haven’t been excited about a trip like this in a long time. I’ve never been to Texas before or even the south for that matter. It’s always more fun when you can go somewhere new. Plus, one of my favorite college friends, Nicole, is currently living in Austin so it will be nice to see the city through her eyes. It’s her last week before she moves to Dallas. Have a great week y’all!!

P.S. you can follow all of my Texas adventures on my Instagram this week!

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Craving Creamsicles

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Dress – Urban Outfitters / Sandals – by Qupid purchased at Moorea Seal boutique in Seattle

Just when we thought we had run out of shooting locations in Mountain View, we came across this gem of a wall. I must’ve worn these sandals 6 out of the 7 days during the week and this was a dress that I bought years ago that I decided to bring back to life. It was tucked away in my closet next to a bunch of other dresses that I hadn’t touched in awhile and at one point, thought that I would donate it. I at least didn’t think it was a good fit for the summer because the fabric feels more like it is for fall and winter, but we made it work. Let’s just call it the dress for all seasons. This scarf was given to me by my mom and I had never worn this all together before, but it’s quite a match isn’t it?

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Grieving is Grieving

On a night when I needed a whole lot of sleep, I didn’t get any at all. A little exhausted from work, a little woozy from two of the special cocktails the bartender made for me (also at work) and with three bites of chow mein in me, I gave up on my Friday night. It was 9:30 PM and I was constantly tossing and turning. Falling asleep should have been easy for me given the factors, but also it’s something I’ve never had trouble with.

I thought about the shooting that had happened in Oregon this past week and all of the families that never had a chance to say goodbye to the loved ones they had lost. And then I remembered when we lost Sam a year and a half ago and how it pained me that I also never said goodbye to him because we thought we would always have time. Very rarely do we get that sliver of time though. It triggered it. Something that I had only talked about with one other person in my life at the time, but have kept it hidden since.

When I heard the news, I knew I had to fly to Salt Lake for the funeral. I hadn’t talked to Sam since I had moved away from Seattle and we didn’t keep in touch even after I had settled here, but I felt like I had to be there. Three of my best guy friends were flying from Seattle and Sacramento and in a way I felt like I was half there for Sam and half there to support my friends in being his pallbearers. My friends had told me that they knew that I was there for them too, which was a comforting feeling. It was like something out of a movie and it was the toughest scene to watch and be a part of.

Salt Lake was beautiful. What an extraordinary place. The mountains were the closest I’ve ever seen them and it’s amazing. This wasn’t the way that we had all hoped to be in the city for, but if there’s something that we were grateful for – it was seeing the hometown that Sam grew up in – seeing and walking through the halls of his childhood home. It was meeting his friends that he had a childhood with and went to high school with – learning about Sam’s life through them. They were so far removed from his college years that they were wanting the same from us – to hear the stories that we had to share. They’d say in response, “Wow, that sounds exactly like Sam.” And we were relieved that we all knew the same person, that we didn’t know two different people.

There’s an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” where Robin cries on the subway like she doesn’t give a damn and doesn’t care that strangers are watching her. I remembered walking to my gate after saying goodbye to two of the boys and feeling like I had been strong all weekend. That’s what I thought I needed to be for them. It was a different story when I finally got to my gate and sat down. Talking to Jodie over text since she couldn’t make it, I completely had that “Robin” moment. I was upset at not saying goodbye when I should’ve. I think for a second, I wondered a few things:

What are people thinking of me right now?

Is anyone going to come over and ask if I’m alright?

Do I even want anyone to approach me right now? 

Do I owe anyone an explanation? I don’t exactly want to tell people that my friend just passed. 

This isn’t going to be the last. It isn’t going to get any easier and I realized I have no solution for making this better for myself. Every time these tragedies happen, I take a minute. This is usually the time when people say that time is too short and you need to tell your loved ones how you feel. They’re not wrong. I’m a big advocate of saying how you feel in the moment and being honest with your emotions, but you know what always gets in the way of us doing that? Our pride. We don’t want to be the first to apologize. We want our friends to reach out to us first and we want to feel wanted more than we want to make others feel wanted. Isn’t that an interesting truth?

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Five Favorite Pins: Fall Themed Foods

Brown Butter Pasta [Project Foodie]

This is the first time in my life that I’ve probably ever been this excited about fall. I think that’s the “Seattle” in me though because living back there, summer was never enough. Now I’m looking forward to dressing in layers, Thanksgiving (though I’m not sure what my plans are yet) and more importantly all the fall themed foods and drinks we’ll be having. Here are just a few of my favorites.

It’s always during the fall and winter months that I find myself craving pasta. There’s something about a lot of carbs that makes you feel really warm and full. There’s no better feeling than that, right? I love the taste of brown butter which is featured in the pasta above and the idea of cracking an egg over it.

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Don’t Call Me A Hair Virgin

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Readers, I have something MAJOR to share with you. For the first time ever, I finally colored my hair. I remember for the longest time I swore I would never do this because I really loved my natural hair color and I liked that the California sun would lighten it up during the season. It gave me these really pretty gold and bronze colored strands that people seemed to find interesting. However, we have to get honest here – I was starting to sprout a couple gray hairs and they weren’t the trendy kind where your whole head is gray.

For me, fall has always been a time of transition. It was the time when I would buy new clothes before going back to school and new school supplies. September is when all of the coveted magazines come out with their thickest issues detailing every upcoming trend. It’s a time to start over. This past summer, I wore my hair wavy almost every day. This fall, we went for the hair painting. I’m still not quite used to it yet and I have this nagging fear that it’s going to end up clashing with some of my outfits (probably not true at all) but I’m going to give this a shot. I mean… dyeing it back right away would be crazy and… expensive.

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The Happiest Shoot Ever

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Tank top – BP Nordstrom / Shorts – Aritzia / Belt + Sweater – Madewell / Birkenstocks

There are some days where we feel completely off when it comes to doing these mini photo shoots. Then there are days like this where I’m at my most comfortable and my photographer and co-worker Sandy is completely nailing it. This was the first time I’d ever worn this outfit to work and now actually looking back on it, it looks very disco to me. I remember getting dressed this morning and thinking I needed to trade in my Birkenstocks for a pair of roller skates. I remember it also being a scorching hot day as well, but I usually bring a cardigan of some sort since the air conditioning in the office can be unforgiving. We can’t ever win with the right temperature in California. The next few pictures in these series don’t vary much for the top one, but we still thought it would be fun to include.

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Bay Area Eats:

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I’m not even lying to you. As I’m writing this post, I was thinking about what I was going to have for dinner tonight and thought about just aborting this post and going to get myself a Poki Bowl! Then I remembered, I couldn’t leave in the middle of the Emmy’s Red Carpet. It will just have to wait. Poki Bowl just opened in San Jose earlier this summer and I made a stop here about two months ago after work for a dinner date with a friend. When I arrived, the line was out the door. There wasn’t any seating inside or outside because it was so crowded and I’ll admit, I was a little bit nervous that I wouldn’t be able to order before they closed. Was it worth the wait though? Of course. You can order in two different sizes and because this was my first time, I stayed safe and got the regular. For this bowl you get three scoops of fish! WHAT?! I chose a scoop each of tuna, salmon, and yellowtail – all my favorites and a side of crab meat, avocado and spicy mayo over rice. It’s a hearty meal so if you eat here, you better make sure you come hungry.

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