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Count Em’ 1, 2…60? 2014

In 2014, discovering new music proved to be a little bit more challenging than in previous years. When I was living in Seattle, there was never a shortage of shows, concerts, and music festivals. I suppose the same can be said for in San Francisco too, but what’s harder is finding the time. This year, for new music I relied heavily on blogs and my brother’s various Spotify playlists. With that said, we’re still pretty confident that the 60 songs we selected were awesome in 2014 and here’s our list for you.

Enjoy!

1. Panama – Always
2. Mutual Benefit – Advance Falconry
3. Wild Ones – Paia
4. Quadron – Crush
5. Lauryn Hill – Ex-Factor
6. Jessie Andrews, Comets We Fall – You Won’t Forget Tonight
7. How to Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember
8. Real Estate – Crime
9. Katy Perry – Birthday
10. M83 – I Need You

11. London Grammar – Hey Now
12. RAC, Matthew Koma – Cheap Sunglasses
13. Mayer Hawthorne, Kendrick Lamar – Crime – Vice Remix
14. Years and Years – Real
15. Blood Orange – Champagne Coast
16. Little Hurricane – Sheep in Wolves Clothing
17. Ra Ra Riot – Angel, Please
18. Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
19. Janelle Monae, Solange, Roman Gianaarthur – Electric Lady
20. Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked

21. Ariana Grande, Zedd – Break Free
22. Yeah Boy – Can’t Get Enough
23. Deadmau5, Colleen D’agostino – Seeya
24. Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne – Rather Be
25. Tinashe, Schoolboy Q – 2on
26. MisterWives – Reflections
27. Kiesza – Hideaway
28. Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp
29. Sam Smith – I’ve Told You Now
30. Capital Cities – One Minute More

31. Jeremih, YG – Don’t Tell Em’
32. Coucheron, Eastside, Mayer Hawthorne – Deep End
33. Porter Robinson, Urban Cone – Lionhearted
34. The Antlers – Corsicana
35. Electric Guest – Awake
36. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
37. Ariana Grande, The Weeknd – Love Me Harder
38. Chromeo, Toro y Moi – Come Alive
39. Usher, Nicki Minaj – She Came to Give it to You
40. Bad Rabbits – She’s Bad

41. Banks – Alibi
42. ODESZA, Shy Girls – All We Need
43. Joey Bada$$ – Waves
44. Darius – Hot Hands
45. Tennis – I’m Callin’
46. Slow Magic – Waited 4 U
47. Big Black Delta – Money Rain Down
48. Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap
49. Banks – Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)
50. Jessie Ware – Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe

51. Kendrick Lamar – i
52. Picard Brothers, Erik Hassle – Goodbye & Good Luck
53. AlunaGeorge – Supernatural
54. Danielle Andrade – Latch (Sam Smith cover)
55. Zak Waters – Pretty Wings
56. Alizzz – What IF
57. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – James Dean
58. George Maple – Talk Talk
59. DJ Mustard, Fabolous, Eric Bellinger – 4 Digits
60. Lana Del Rey – West Coast (The Grades Icon mix)

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Happy 6th Birthday Yow Yow!

WHOO! We are celebrating a birthday today y’all! Can you believe we’re already six years old? I still remember the first day I even created an account with WordPress. It was my first winter break in college during my freshman year and back then I thought the only readership I would have would be my friends and the people that lived in my dorm. I’m sure, like most people that start a blog, I only saw this going until I found another new hobby to latch onto. Little did we know…

Six years though. Six years of content, culture, and really really big life changes that I never imagined this blog would document. It hasn’t been the easiest year for us and I know I haven’t spent as much time on Yow Yow! as I would’ve liked because of my job, but at the end of the day, I’m still so grateful to have the best support team in the world. I know that when my parents remind me to take a picture of my meal while eating out and when my girlfriends fill me in on the new places in Seattle to check out over brunch that they want me to keep going. So we’ll do just that!

Thank you all for all of the support and love over the last six years! Here’s to the next one! We’re really looking forward to what’s in store for 2015!!

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Proud Owner:

Wilfred Diamond Mosaic Blanket – $85

I never thought I would cave in and buy an oversized scarf, but I totally did. It was kind of an accident, really. Back in October, I had purchased an Aritizia beanie that I loved, but thought I had lost. On the eve of Black Friday, I decided I couldn’t live without it and purchased a replacement only to discover a couple days later that the lost beanie was just sitting in with all of my other hats. So I returned the second beanie hoping to exchange it for something just as great. I found this scarf which was the price of the beanie…and then some. I’ve been feeling a little bit self-conscious that it’s just too overwhelming for me, but I’m still deciding to completely own it anyways. Sometimes I wrap it once while throwing the rest over my shoulder and sometimes I wear it as a shawl like a grandmother. Does it even matter how I wear it? It’s warm and getting me through this winter! It comes in a few different colors, but I love this red and blue one. Tommy says it makes me look very patriotic. Yay.

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HotelTonight

For my company’s holiday party last week, Ashley and I decided to give HotelTonight a try for the very first time. I’d been following the app for awhile now, but hadn’t quite found the perfect reason for me to even use it. Since our holiday party was in San Francisco and I didn’t feel like driving back south afterwards, I thought that we could not only get a room to stay in following the party, but also have a place to get ready with the girls as well.

As a first time user, I found it to be fairly easy. It was simple to enter in all of my information and book the room that I wanted without any hassle (except for the part where we forgot to confirm and had to go through the process a second time.)

Here are my biggest takeaways from using HotelTonight:

  • The later you wait to book a room, the cheaper it is. However, you should be weary that some rooms will get snatched up quickly and you might not want to wait. It’s important to just set a boundary for yourself as to how long you’re willing to wait to book.
  • This app is perfect for non-planners. As someone who is a planner and likes to be thrifty I kept checking the app every half hour to see if prices would change. It was kind of stressful. However, if you’re someone who likes to be adventurous and do things on the fly, HotelTonight is probably your dream app.
  • It’s important to figure out how much you’re willing to pay based on what you need. For us, Ashley and I decided that we just needed one bed and a bathroom. We got just that and a whole side of mirrors for us to use to get ready as a bonus for just $200. We really didn’t care to have any extra ammenities like a place that has a pool or a spa or living area within the room.

Using HotelTonight the night of my party was a really great idea. If I had to use HotelTonight in another city, that might make me a little bit nervous given that I might not know the neighborhoods as well and planning a trip in advance, you kind of want to have those details set prior. With that said, I would probably use HotelTonight again for events like the one that I just had. I also think they’d make for the perfect spontaneous date night!

PS: Does anyone know why their tagline “I want tonight to last forever” is so seductive? Just me?

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Warby Parker in SF

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When I learned that Warby Parker would be opening up a shop in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, I couldn’t contain my excitement! I had read about all of the other shops they had opened around the country and knowing that they would have one so close to me meant that I had to take a trip there not long after its debut.

The shop is gorgeous and set up to look like a library as shown above. The book are essentially props, but they’re real books! Natalie and I even pulled a couple out to see that they were all still entact.

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Currently Craving:

A couple of weeks ago, I had the meal of my life on my day off at Takahashi Market in San Mateo. For weeks, I had been craving Loco Moco and now I’m finding myself in that same situation right now. You know how when you’ve been wanting something for some time and then you eat it and then you want it every week until you decide it’s time to stop? That feeling seems to happen to me a lot. Asian food is my comfort food and there’s nothing like a hot loco moco to make you feel warm and full on a rainy day. Must. Eat. This. Weekend. I think it’s about time that I started introducing Hawaiian food to another someone too so I’ll be rallying the friends soon.

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Currently Craving:

Fact: If you google “MSG Crackers” this will come up. Growing up, I didn’t know that this stuff was littered with MSG and now I’m not surprised, I was hooked on this stuff and could’ve eaten half the bag if my parents didn’t set parameters for me every day. Truth – I was only allowed to eat 1-2 a day because they were so addictive. I actually haven’t had these in a really long time, but recently my friends and I became fascinated when we learned that a ramen place we ate at had a small container of MSG that you could add to your broth. That seemed crazy to us. Then I remembered that MSG addiction is real and it totally happened to me with these crack crackers!

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Black Friday Shopping Woes

Apparently, when it comes to jewelry I’m still a complete n00b. I stopped into Madewell this past Black Friday and when I spotted these rings on sale for just $10, I knew they were a steal. After putting that bottom one on (it’s a size 5 and I’m a size 4) I found myself completely stuck with my finger starting to turn white. My skin looked completely squeezed from the ring and I was panicking. I didn’t think that would happen since it was one size larger, but I later found out from my cousin that thicker rings size differently?

So I ask the salesperson for help on getting the ring off and she says, “No, I don’t want to hurt you.”

Okay, but like what are we going to do about this ring?

She suggests that the front has lotion, but they really only have Purell. That may work. When she sees that I’m trying to be careful with the Purell, she goes “I don’t care how much you get on the ring.” She probably just wanted it off or maybe she just hated me. If you think about it, I’m kind of like this bratty kid that had to try on everything at home and she was the babysitter that wanted me to not touch anything. And honestly, I didn’t think it was going to come off! Until it did, and I was so mortified about the situation that at that point I couldn’t even buy it.

Thank god for Cyber Monday, right?

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When I’m At Nordstrom, I’m Home

You can take the girl out of Seattle, but you can’t take the Seattle out of the girl. How long have you all been waiting for me to finally say that? I may be living in a new city now, but there are a few things that I can’t quite shake – my Starbucks, my Seahawks, and my Nordstrom. I’m a loyal woman. I generally save Sunday’s for my comfort foods so when I eat out, I’ll go to my favorite Asian restaurants or anything with seafood (though it doesn’t really compare to Seattle, let’s be real.) Today, however, I ventured into a place that I only usually go to in Seattle – the Nordstrom cafe.

As a kid, if I were shopping with my mom, I would always beg her to take me to the Nordstrom cafe. I’d get my usual bowl of tomato soup or clam chowder and a cheese pizza from the kids menu. As I got older, I moved onto the Asian Chicken Salad or one of the pastas and the bistro club. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with most things on the menu. Back in the day, Nordstrom only had one cafe, but now most stores have two restaurants within the retailer.

I know it sounds weird to have such an attachment to a retailer, but the company is doing everything right so at the end of the day how can you not?

  • It started when I was a toddler. Santa photos were never taken anywhere else except Nordstrom.
  • Meal times with my mother were always at the cafe
  • Every employee I’ve ever come across there has been outstanding. When I need something, I let someone know what I’m exactly looking for (either by brand or describing the style) and almost always, they never fail.
  • Convenience. Not able to find something in the store? Pay for it there and they’ll ship it to you or locate it at another store location.
  • 3 words. Nordstrom Wedding Suite.
  • They never not respond to my tweets to them and I love it!

Vince Camuto

Plus they helped me find this pair of Vince Camuto’s today!

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An LA Thanksgiving

Santa Monica

For the first time ever, I abandoned Seattle for Thanksgiving! Instead, I ventured just a little bit further south for warmer weather and my relatives. It’s a little bit strange to be celebrating a fall/winter holiday in 80 degree weather, but I am not complaining. It was definitely a nice change from the chilly temperatures in the Bay and the first snowfall in Seattle this past weekend. With a year of being a California resident under my belt, I have so much to be thankful for:

  • A supportive family
  • Really great friends
  • A job that I enjoy coming to every single day
  • A home that provides me with a creative space and so much comfort
  • And lastly, a neverending urge to continue exploring this new area

One year late, I’m still loving this city and having the most fun I’ve ever had.

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Treat Yo’self!

Sure, it’s a Parks and Rec reference, but it was also a saying that my friend Tori said to me in college all of the time. Her and I worked very closely together and saw each other almost on a daily basis. Every time I put in a few extra hours or became extra stressed – she never made me feel bad for that glass of beer, that dessert that I bought for myself to indulge in, or anytime I did something when I should’ve been doing my homework or actual work. She would say to me in a very direct way, “Treat yo’self gurl!” Every now and then, I still think of her saying that to me when the times are tough and as always, I follow her advice accordingly.

One of my favorite ways to unwind is with a bath! When I was younger, I found these to be really inefficient because I always thought showers were so much faster, but there’s something really relaxing about sinking into a bath and lighting a candle. I spoiled myself awhile back by trying a bath bomb and today because it was Black Friday, I did myself a solid by buying this one above from Lush. $7 bath bombs on a monthly basis are within my budget constraints, right? If not, we’ll make sure they are.

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Bay Area Eats:

I was lucky enough to have a random Wednesday day-off yesterday and was ready to take full advantage of it. For quite some time I’ve been craving Hawaiian food especially because when I was living in Seattle, I could always count on Kevin to go to Kona Kitchen with me. I decided to Quora question where I could find the best Hawaiian food in the Bay Area and my coworker suggested I try Takahashi Market in San Mateo. It’s not exactly right in my backyard, but I made the drive anyways because I could really go for a warm meal of Loco Moco on a cold and rainy day. I hadn’t been to this place before so I didn’t know what to expect. It really is just a market place and I think most people just order take out, however, there are few tables outside that you can sit and eat at. I considered just taking out and driving all the way back home, but no one really wants cold loco moco! So I bundled up and hunkered down and ate my meal. It was worth it. Believe it or not, this was my first time actually order loco moco despite having plenty of Hawaiian meals in the past. I loved the beef patty, the rice smothered in gravy and of course the sunny side up egg. It’s the perfect brunch meal and I can’t wait until the next time I come back so I can order their unagi and ahi poke!

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Currently Craving:

I’m not the adult I envisioned myself to be when I was a child. When I was in 4th grade, our teacher had us interview another student within our class and one of those questions was “What is the food you like the least?” Amanda responded with brussel sprouts and while my mom had never actually introduced me to this vegetable at all growing up, I was pretty impressionable as a child and decided to go the next 14 years without ever having it all because of that one assignment. I recently ate out a restaurant where they were serving up roasted brussel sprouts and you know what? I didn’t hate it? It’s kind of like the sister side of fries, but much more trendier and hip. In fact, I had a meal on Friday in the city where I ordered a slider and a side of brussel sprouts! I think the kid version of me would be pretty disappointed, but my adult self feels like I made a good decision choosing a healthier alternative. Life. is. hard.

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Bay Area Eats:

I was feeling the brunch cravings hard this morning so I posted this latergram Instagram photo when I woke up around 8:30. I actually ate this meal a couple weeks prior. How deceiving, right? Well little did I know that only a few hours later, we would actually be having this exact same meal again! Do any of you ever have that feeling when you have one amazing meal and then you feel like you want it again just a few days or even a week later?

I really love Cafe Borrone for their simple breakfast. They make some incredible basic scrambles that you can add things to. I had the #4 which includes their salsa, sour cream, and avocado with a side of chicken apple sausage. I’m also a huge fan of their french toast (half portion) which is perfect for sharing.

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Gastown Walking

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Beanie – Wilfred // Coat – Topshop by Nordstrom // Leggings – Aritzia // Boots – Hunter // Scarf – borrowed from Mom

Remember the days when I was just too self-conscious to be posting photos of my outfit that we used a space helmet to make things a little bit easier? I’ve learned that when you’re traveling for work, it’s importnat to set aside time for yourself on your trips where you do things that are just for you. Taking advantage of being home in Seattle very recently, I decided to take a trip with my family up to Vancouver so that we could do a little eating and a whole lot of shopping. This was something that Kevin and I used to do when we were younger – taking day trips up to visit our favorite boutiques. Naturally, it was pouring and made for the most unpleasant experience. Shopping in the rain is the worst, but I’m glad I was able to return home with a few new pieces that I love.

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