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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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Currently Craving:

photo cred: Misadventures with Andi

Last weekend when I was in LA, George made Gelesia and I a late night snack of grilled cheese sandwiches at the end of our night and since then I’ve been craving my favorite one in San Francisco from Mission Cheese! They make a really scrumptious one called “Chedd or Alive” – Cabot & Vella cheddars, Apple’N’Ale chutney. Reminds me of home! And fall! This used to be one of my favorite and easy meals to make in college before I hunkered down and finished a long paper that I put off or some tedious assignment. The grilled cheese will probably always hold a special place in my heart. AWWWW <3


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Milk Jar Cookies

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While I was in LA last weekend, I mentioned to Gelesia that we had to stop by Milk Jar Cookies before my flight. I actually blogged about them two years ago when they first opened their shop on Wilshire, but because I don’t visit LA that often, I never had a chance to stop by. Luckily, Gelesia is like me and we LOVE eating multiple meals a day and both have a sweet tooth. She had never been there either so it was kind of fun discovering and introducing something new to her! We were hoping to get to the airport around 5ish and the shop itself was closing at 5 so we made it in with five minutes to spare! I was so worried I actually decided to call them up and ask them if they could maybe you know… stay open for a couple minutes after. They couldn’t guarantee it – as expected, but it was worth a shot! We were nearly frantic about these cookies. Gelesia and I weren’t the only ones who had the idea of coming in right before closing because as soon as I arrived, a line quickly formed behind me. I felt slightly guilty that I was about to purchase a dozen cookies (there was barely a dozen left!) knowing that there might be some people behind me that were going to be unhappy with me snatching them up! I guess I’m just really glad/lucky that I came when I did.

How darling is this shop though? It’s literally a pastel dream. Because I like my co-workers so much I purchased a dozen for them to share the next Monday and encouraged them to cut them in pieces so they could try a bunch of flavors. My favorite Sherwin decided to eat a whole Rocky Road cookie though because he didn’t read my email that closely. Kid couldn’t help himself!

  • Banana Split
  • Chocolate Chip Walnut
  • Chocolate Pecan Caramel
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
  • Rocky Road
  • Lemon Blueberry (which G and I shared on the car ride to the airport!)
  • White Chocolate Raspberry

I’m not even lying to you; these are the best cookies I’ve ever had. Sometimes I think I’m on the verge of shipping myself another dozen because I love them so much.

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Even the box was all done up! Each cookie came in its own plastic wrapping with a sticker detailing which flavor it was. When I sent the email out to my coworkers that I had brought these back I told them that it was “literally a party in your mouth.” And the box is a party too.

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Yow Yow’s LA Weekend!

Alright, well if you couldn’t guess it from my not-so-subtle hint last week, I was in LA last weekend! My darling friend Gelesia is engaged and getting married next year and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her. She’s been with her fiance for about six years and I really didn’t want to meet him for the first time on their wedding day. We had been talking about visiting each other for a few months now, but with her launching her own line and wedding planning, it seemed like a better idea for me to visit her right before my busy season. We enjoyed our weekend so much together that we’ve agreed that we’ll be making two trips a year to see each other in our respective cities. Next year, she’ll get a couple extra trips from me because of her bachelorette party and her wedding day, but I’m not complaining!

Above is one of the last photos we took from the weekend (at my request!) When I visited her, I couldn’t help myself from looking through some of the pieces she was creating. I fell in LOVE with this dress and begged her to let me try it on and let me wear it for a photo in her backyard. Also, how great is this view of downtown LA?

For a throwback, here’s a photo from when I last visited Gelesia six years ago in LA! We were babies and I overedited this photo.


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Summer Uniform


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

I felt like I was a little bit under pressure writing this post because this really was my summer uniform, but this week felt more like fall than anything else! I wanted to get this dress into a post before we completely shifted seasons. Summer in the Bay Area is so easy. There were so many days where all I had to do was throw on a dress, my favorite pair of sandals and if I had some extra time – wave my hair. I’m going to miss how seamless this all was, but I’m really looking forward to fall and bundling up in layers. It’s been extra cold in the office lately and outside so those chunky sweaters are what I’m longing for.

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The Academy Is… 10 Year Anniversary Tour

When I was 15 years old, I remember listening to The Academy Is… – Slow Down for my whole commute on the way to school while riding the bus. I completely forgot about this band until I saw this post honestly. The music that I listen to these days is much more different than anything I used to listen to when I was 15, but it’s really nice to kind of look back on it. I was so scene back then! It’s kind of endearing to remember all the bands I used to see in shows and how music was kind of my everything way back when. The tour stops in San Francisco near the end of this year, but I’m not sure if I’ll actually be around for it! I’m sure that this would be amazing though – I have no doubts. I’m still amazed it has been 10 years.


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How to Keep Up With Yow Yow!

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As I mentioned last week and as you may have noticed, the posts are dwindling with every day that goes by! I won’t be able to post every day to Yow Yow! during my busy season, but one place where you can catch me posting is on Instagram. It’s so much easier to snap a photo then to research and construct a post to write. Please follow and keep up with my daily life here!

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Just A Couple of Updates

Hi everyone!

Hope you’ve been having a fantastic week. You may have noticed that things have been a little bit quiet lately on Yow Yow… maybe you’ve been wondering why that is or maybe you haven’t. I’ve had a lot of time to write on Yow Yow! over the summer, but now I’m about to dive head first into my busiest season of work. That means really late nights at the office and less time in the evenings to spend reading news and finding material for the blog. We’ll try and keep this up to date as often as we can, but if you don’t hear from me for a few days, well – you know where I’m at.

This week is the start of Spring 2016 fashion week and usually we are VERY much on top of the coverage, but because of the busy-ness of work and some travels, we’re going to push the coverage back until I return from the weekend. I hate starting things and not finishing or getting behind and I don’t want to lose my spot on where I’m at with the coverage. :)

I’m taking a personal weekend for myself and visiting one of my favorite people in the world! More on that later though… :)


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My co-workers are really funny. We have this email thread called “Clean Up Your Trash” going on at work because sometimes we have a little bit of trouble picking up after ourselves. Whenever a co-workers spots a piece of trash – leftover plate, dirty napkin, crumbs on the floor, etc – we’re supposed to take a picture of it and add it to the thread to publicly shame them even though we don’t know who did it. Pretty recently, I was trying to re-stock the utensils during lunch when the whole bag ripped open and all of the forks fell to the floor around my feet. I was hoping that no one caught this, but as soon as I looked out into the cafe, there Jason was – cellphone in hand snapping away.

This picture showed up in an email later on that day with the hashtag #cleanupyourtrash.

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Bay Area Eats:


Well, now that we are on the topic of it being the last week of summer, it seems approrpriate to write a post about my favorite cold treat of the season: ice cream! I’ve been obsessed with Tin Pot ever since I moved here from Seattle and I don’t think that’s going to stop anytime soon. They are just the cutest little ice cream shop over in Palo Alto. They’re original flavors are great, but I love that they can change things up every once in a while by adding seasonal flavors, special floats, and limited edition sundaes!

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