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Apple With A Bold Statement

I’m using my Friday night to catch up on the crazy things that happend this week and the one thing I’m thining about in particular is the comments by Jimmy Iovine, record exec at Apple.

To promote a new series of commercials for Apple Music, Jimmy went on to say a few things that he thought would help support this campaign. Instead it did the opposite. The commercial features Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige, and Tariji P. Henson all listening to playlists on Apple Music together. Great. Fine. Then, he said this:

“Women find it very difficult at times, some women, to find music.”

“I just thought of a problem. You know, girls are sitting around talking about boys, or complaining about boys, when they have their heart broken or whatever. And they need music for that, right? So it’s hard to find the right music,” he said.

Thank you Jimmy. I’ve never needed a boy to help me find the music I enjoy listening to and I certainly do not need Apple Music either. Retract and apologize all you want, but people aren’t going to forget that you made some pretty disappointing comments.

And his apology in case anyone cares:

“We created Apple Music to make finding the right music easier for everyone — men and women, young and old. Our new ad focuses on women, which is why I answered the way I did, but of course the same applies equally for men. I could have chosen my words better, and I apologize.”

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Hangout 2016

And so it begins…the first of the music festival lineups to start rolling out. I’m actually pretty impressed with this lineup and a little curious about Miike Snow. Damn. I hope that means that new music is on its way. Actually, who are we kidding – I know how this works. That is most definitely what’s happening. “Heart is Full” was just released last month, but I’m not entirely sold on it yet so we’re hoping there’s better on the way.

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Kendall and Kylie x The Top Shop

The Jenner sisters have unveiled their second collection with Top Shop and I’m surprised I’m even saying this, but I’m pretty impressed with some of the pieces. Not only are they the things you want to wear for your upcoming holiday party, but there’s a whole lot of black – which means that it’s versatile and you can wear them over and over again for a number of occasions. We’ve always been a fan of re-wearing things from our closet.

The collection will be available online and in the UK on Friday, Nov. 20, as well as at U.S. Topshop locations and select Nordstrom stores worldwide on Dec. 4.

Out of the 15 piece collection, here are just a few of our favorites! – but actually that dress that Kendall is wearing above is just THE BEST.

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RIP Seattle’s Gum Wall

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In the saddest piece of news that I’ve read all week, the Seattle gum wall in Post Alley next to Pike Place is coming down! First off, two decades worth of chewed up spit up gum is up on this wall and while some people find it to be completely disgusting, guess what – I don’t hate it. Not one bit. I still take every person that has ever visited me in Seattle to this place because I think it’s fantastic. Why the city would want to clean this thing up is beyond me. They should probably worry about the random poo poo on the streets instead of this.

The sticky spread currently spans 54 feet and climbs eight feet high up the alley wall—there’s an estimated 150 pieces of gum per brick, and over one million wads total. It’s a collection 20 years in the making, started by audience members waiting in line for improv shows at the Market Theater.

The cleaning will start sometime this week and is expected to last a couple of days. Yeah, there’s THAT much gum on it. I wonder if people will start throwing up their gum after the cleaning. It’s what I would do. This thing is an icon.


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Welcome to Seattle, Uniqlo!

Uniqlo finally opened their first location in Seattle yesterday (well specifically Bellevue!) Of course, everything exciting happens when I leave for California. They had our girl Hollis Wong-Wear in their campaigns and isn’t she the most darling thing ever?! I hope all of my friends back home are enjoying the opening of the store. We love this brand so much, but it’s no secret that I’ve been spoiling myself with them for the last two years since I’ve been in California and there are no shortage of their shops. :)

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The List App

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My coworkers have been talking about the new “List App” at work so while some of us were in Texas last week, we decided to download it. This list that I wrote earlier this week kind of offended some people, but I think it’s kind of funny to test the boundaries a little bit, isn’t it? No one wants to see a boring old list about something useless. I actually enjoy how simple the app looks and that you can follow different people outside of your network like celebrites. My favorites so far are Lena Dunham, John Mayer, and Bobby Hundreds. I haven’t quite figured out the app just yet and I’m not sure how long I’ll be using it for, but it’s a combination of Twitter and Buzzfeed. Some say it’s just a fad, but for now I’m going to continue writing on it just to see how I like it. We generally write a lot of lists on Yow Yow! so that’s one of the reasons why I found it interesting in the first place. Feel free to follow!

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Doing Away with “On-Call” Shifts

Everyone has to have a first job somewhere, right? Some of you may not know this, but my first gig as a working girl was at my local mall at Limited Too. I held that job for a solid three months and obtained it when I was 16 when I could even begin to work. I always heard from countless people that working in the food industry and in a restaurant is one of the best jobs you could get growing up because it’s going to teach you a lot about patience, customer service, time management, working with people in general etc, but you know – working in retail is also no walk in the park. I was constantly on my feet, building displays for new shipments of clothes, acting as a personal stylist for young girls ages 6-13, and working that tricky register.

Lately in the news, there has been a lot of talk about “on-call” shifts – something that I also experienced when I was working at Limited Too. Basically what this means is that if you are employed by a retailer that enforces an on-call shift, you not only get your set schedule for the week, but also shifts where you might be “on-call” as well. It means you may or may not have to work that shift, but you’ll know a couple hours before that on-call shift if you have to come in when your manager calls you from the store. Why does this suck? Because it’s short notice. It’s not really a part of your schedule, but even still, you have to be available and ready to go in if called so you can’t make other plans.

After New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman started questioning how legal this was amongst retailers enforcing this policy, a number of retailers have started getting rid of it.

The inconvenient policy got blasted in April when New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, sent letters to 13 major retailers, questioning the legality of scheduling shifts with such short notice. In June, Victoria’s Secret ditched the policy due to an employee lawsuit, and one month later, Abercombie & Fitch (in addition to its Hollister and Abercrombie Kids brands), did away with the policy as well. Urban Outfitters squelched the scheduling M.O. earlier this month.

And J. Crew announced this week that they’re done with it too! This is an incredible step for retailers for ensuring that their employees are re-instating a healthier work-life balance. Should be interesting to see who’s going to follow suit next!


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Blog Roundup

– Big Boi and Phantogram collaborated on a new album together and we can’t wait for it to be released. [Time]

– Ciders are making it onto the drinking scene [Valet Mag]

– 14 drinks you’re not allowed to order after you turn 30 [Cool Material] AMF should’ve made this list.

– The most Instagrammed location in every state [Cool Material]

– Former Facebook employee is building a very high-tech hotel in Palm Springs [CNN]

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea Buys Stumptown

Anytime there’s ever news about an acquisition, there’s always some sort of negative connotation, right? I’ve never actually had Peet’s, but I have heard that what they serve is pretty strong. And Stumptown? Well, that was just a block down from me when I lived in Capitol Hill and went to school. Fun fact: it also played the role of being the setting of my first coffee date! So naturally, it holds a special place in my heart. Stumptown was special to a lot of people though. It was independent, charming, and belonged to the Northwest… and well New York I guess, but still. Since I’ve been in California, I’m obviously not drinking it as much so the change doesn’t have a huge impact, but I’m curious as to how other regulars feel about the acquisition.

Apparently, the change will be kind of subtle. Stumptown won’t be carrying Peet’s products and vice versa, but Peet’s will help give Stumptown more exposure, which I assume will be introducing more Stumptown locations across the country and beyond. That can’t be a terrible thing, right?

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ICYMI: President Obama’s Statement On This Week’s Shooting

It’s becoming harder and harder to watch these every couple of months. President Obama is clearly very fed up over this situation and I think the rest of the country is too.

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Blog Roundup

  • Like mother like daughter – the sweetest story! [Medium]
  • How to run a record label [Fader]
  • Dating in the digital age [Vanity Fair]
  • Moving company helps those exiting from abusive relationships [laist]
  • Back to school tips for incoming freshmen [New York Times] OMG this was me 7 years ago
  • A look at San Francisco’s crazy rent rates [Thrillist] I was totally debating moving up to the city just a couple weeks ago!
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Portugal. The Man’s Surprise Concert For Students

One of my favorite bands when I was a teenager gave back to a small community this week in a HUGE way and it’s just another reminder of how much I really loved being a part of the Pacific Northewest music scene. When I was younger, Portugal. The Man was the biggest band I had ever booked at the time. I was 16 then? 17? And they’re still doing great things together.

Portugal. The Man along with Stubhub and the faculty from one middle school joined together to surprise their students with not a private concert of 3 songs from the band, but also $35,000 worth of instruments for their students to use. Among these instruments that were revealed from underneath sheets were trumpets, saxophones, french horns, violins, cellos, and a few more.

“We started off playing in band as kids so it’s very important for us to be able to come back and do something,” said bassist Zachary Carothers.

I was also in my middle school’s band for four years and started when I was just 10 years old so this means a whole lot to me. This gesture from the band and everyone involved is really extraordinary. You can read more about the surprise and the details of how this happened here.

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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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Alexander Wang’s Anniversary Collection

To celebrate 10 years of Alexander Wang, he’s bringing back some classic favorites in his latest anniversary collection. The #Wang10 capsule is a celebration of his 10 best selling looks. Just a month ago, his team reached out to fans to vote on some of their favorite looks  (which I also participated in) and as promised the ones with the highest votes would be brought back and sold once again. The 10 were narrowed down from 25. Some of these looks are iconic and very true to Alexander Wang. He really is just a phenomenal designer. The looks are currently available for pre-order here. Get them while you can because it’s likely that they won’t ever come back…or maybe they will in another 10 years!

To view the rest of the looks and the story, visit Fashionista.

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Frank Flakes

Just two days before Frank Ocean was set to appear at FYF Fest, he pulls out! His replacement? Kanye West of course. This is actually something that I’ve always wondered about having worked in the music industry, but I’ve never found the answer to. What happens when an artist flakes out on the lineup that they are supposed to be a part of? Does the artist leave the music festival organizers high and dry? Does the flaky artist help the organizers by coming up with a possible alternative for them like my interviewers do when they can’t make an interview? Unlikely. Does the artist get penalized/black listed from said music festival? I have so many questions.

However, the biggest question that I have is – where is Frank Ocean? He promised us that new album in July and we’re almost done with August. Now he’s pulled out of FYF which is making me even more concerned. Is the album not done? Will there even be an album? Honestly, I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time now and I hope that he’ll have a good reason for us when this is over.

Here’s the new FYF Lineup poster. Wow, those organizers worked really quick!


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