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And now that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is live, I can finally share with you all of my purchases from this past week!

‘Maisie’ Top Coat for those blistering winds in San Francisco in the fall/winter and trips to Seattle!

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For nights out in the city and dress-up work days – Topshop Cutaway Wrap Back Shell. The draping is just the best part of this top.

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Grey Munro ‘Kara’ Suede booties – for the perfect long-sleeved dresses to wear with in the upcoming season!

I’m very fortunate to have had Ashley and Nadia save me by having the Nordstrom card and giving me early access to the Nordstrom sale this year, but who knows if I’ll have that special treatment next year. Looks like it’s time to apply for my own card :)

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The Weekend: 5 Things

Thank goodness I had Ash by my side this past weekend because I definitely couldn’t have walked away with my TopShop purchases from Nordstrom without her! Um. Hi. I need a Nordstrom card. If you haven’t been living under a rock then you know that it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! ie) the most celebrated time of the year for Ashley and I. Early access is great. It’s a privilege I don’t have, but need. If I had to wait until it was open to the public then I’m almost sure everything I wanted would have been sold out by then.

This movie is kind of insane.

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We threw an impromptu bachelorette party!

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We discovered these qt bears in a store in the Mission that turn into neck pillows when you turn them inside out. I would just keep it as the bear.

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I decided this morning that I wanted to embark on a journey of trying all of the “Fried Egg Sandwiches” in San Francisco. This one is from Market and Rye and while I loved the taste of their bacon, I didn’t really love their mustard aioli. It’s not their fault, I just don’t like mustard.

 

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Wit & Wonder!

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Photo Cred | Nordstrom Seattle Instagram

If I could hoard anything in my life, it would probably be all of the goods from the Wit & Wonder! pop-up shop at the Nordstrom Flagship in Seattle. I made my first trip there when I was home for the holidays and ended up coming back with coasters in the shape of toast. Toast. Coasters. I haven’t used them once. Some people thought it was real toast. That’s another story though. The pop-up shop is full of goods that represent Seattle pride and are home to gifts that can be given to just about anyone in your life – friends/family/etc. I just saw this photo on their Instagram from today and discovered that the pop-up shop changes seasonally. Well, isn’t that the kind of news that I just dream of? I’ll be back for all of this next month.

Gimme gimme. Moar.

(I’m Britney.)

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Design Your Own DV by Dolce Vita Sandals

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I don’t think I have ever been this excited about shoes. I’m absolutely obsessed with DV by Dolce Vita sandals and after making my first purchase for wedges last summer, I’ve been on track to continue buying them on an annual basis. While in San Diego, I finally purchased a pair of flat sandals that I am wearing as we speak. When I received an email in my inbox from Nordstrom this week announcing that you can customize your own DV by Dolce Vita sandals, I nearly jumped out of my seat – and by seat I mean I squirmed in the corner section of my sectional at home. Granted, any pair you customize yourself can actually be bought online as is, but it’s so much more fun to feel like you created your own. Currently, I am deciding between the one pictured above (tan+yellow) or (tan+blue)

To view all the options you can create, click here.

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The Way Way Back Home

It’s a weird experience to be coming home for the first time. The city that you once had infinite time in is now limited and there’s a little bit of anxiety surrounding it because you want to do everything you can in that time fame, but you always want some time to yourself. There is really no happy medium. I now know what it’s like though to be on the side of it when my friends from out of town would visit and couldn’t see me every time they were here. I don’t think I have ever taken Seattle for granted, but this visit as well as my visit from Thanksgiving has made me appreciate so many of the little things that I once loved about my hometown.

Driving on I-5 into the city with traffic or no traffic is still one of the most peaceful and calming rides that I would choose to take any day especially when it comes to driving North on 280 to San Francisco. The Space Needle is still the prettiest overrated tourist spot in the city but the surrounding skyline is the absolute best. Capitol Hill is just as cool as I left it. The sushi in Seattle trumps the sushi in San Francisco any day.

It may not be “home” anymore, but it is still very much a part of my life and Yow Yow!

My first night wouldn’t have been complete without a meal from the Nordstrom Cafe with Ashley. Confused by what our meal should be, we opted for a child’s pasta and Creme Brulee. How adult of us. ^^

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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

Wowowow. What a year it has been for Yow Yow!

I’m not all that sad to see 2013 go because I am so looking forward to what 2014 has in store for us. 2013 was a big transition year for Yow Yow! Postings became a little bit more consistent because I was no longer in school and it started to become predictable that I would just log on right after work. It’s nice to be able to have a set schedule to be honest. When I was in school, I would post any free moment I had, which was great because maybe sometimes I would be inclined to write a post about something because it was convenient. However, I appreciate now, that I get to wait until the end of the day to sort out my thoughts and to spend some time thinking a little bit more about what I am writing. Yow Yow! has turned 5-years old! It’s hard to believe that this blog has been with me for that long and that some of you have watched me transition, grow, and hopefully write better content in that time. Thank you x 23984298 to everyone who has supported the blog during this time. If I didn’t have that, I may not still be writing today. We know for sure though that Jennie and Ashley have at least helped me keep Wedding Mondays alive.

Stats from 2012 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2013 will be right and bold.

1,130,911 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – -  1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow!

*In just 2013, there were 163,975 visits to Yow Yow!

7,067 Posts, 2,187 Comments 10,229 Tags – – – – –  9,167 Posts 3,152 Comments 12,122Tags (cumulative)

Top Post of 2013 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 15,726 views (written in 2012)

Top Post Written in 2013 – “Meet: Hollis Wong-Wear” – 2,071 views

Busiest Month in Terms of Views – October 2012 (49,821 views) – – – – – January 2013 (24,905 views)

Highest Average Visits Per Day – October 2012 (1,607 views) – – – – -  – January 2013 (803 views)

*Busiest Day – October 5, 2010 (4,239 views)

Credits + References

Worked with

  • Gilt City
  • Postmates
  • Dry Soda
  • Gratify
  • Nordstrom Wedding Suite at the Seattle Nordstrom Flagship

“Women Who Are Making It” Series:

  • SuChin Pak
  • Molly Young
  • Kendall Herbst
  • Hollis Wong-Wear

Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:

  • Pinterest.com
  • Facebook.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Android.pinterest.com
  • holliswongwear.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom

Music Festivals Covered:

  • Capitol Hill Block Party
  • Bumbershoot

Other:

*We started a new series on Fridays called “Take Me There” and “Truth and Words” Sundays

*We ended the series “Thought Catalog Roundup.”

*New graphics and headers by Leanna Robb! [Facebook, Twitter, Blog]

* We made a Facebook page! Like us.

*We packed up and moved to the Bay area! [Seattle, forever <3 - I promise]

*Veronica became an official part of Yow Yow!

*We received our very first press passes for Yow Yow!

*We started “Conversations From 20-Somethings.”

*We hit 1,000+ subscribers!

*We followed-up with some of our previous guest writers from a year ago:

*We made some videos! Like this unveiling video below:

and one last hoo-rah with Space Girl

*We had a memorable Twitter interaction:

Here’s to what we hope will be a very exciting 2014!

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“You Look Very Coachella Today”

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(ASTR dress, American Apparel pullover, mother’s belt, mother’s shoes, Forever21 headband)

It’s been awhile since we’ve had an outfit post sans Space Helmet, but we’re bringing it back! I don’t think I could have ever pulled this outfit off in Seattle during November, but luckily that’s just not an issue in the Bay. Inspired by an outfit I saw last night on Pinterest, I decided to pair together some of my favorite pieces, but that have never actually been worn together. The last time I wore this dress was when I was wine tasting up in Sonoma, but it’s a pretty perfect dress to wear for any summer wedding. Since I missed my chance, I was determined to find a way to make it into this season somehow. The story about how this dress came to be in my closet is quite interesting. I was shopping for a garden-party themed dress for my going-away, but I didn’t think that it was the most appropriate. While tribal boho chic, it didn’t scream garden party. I must have come back to this dress three-four times during my shopping trip because I couldn’t make up my mind, but ultimately I decided that if it didn’t work out for the party, it might for another occasion. I didn’t regret my decision!

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Madewell Leafstitch Crewneck

I’m not a blogger that writes about her shopping hauls, but I actually kind of had one, myself, last weekend. Having been living in the Bay for about a month, I came to the realization that the way that I was dressing in Seattle was going to be significantly different than how I would dress here. A shopping trip was just necessary.

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Seattle Trying to Be San Francisco

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photo cred | Nordstrom Instagram

Yesterday, I had what we call a “Seattle moment.” I threw on my flannel, listened to The Head and the Heart album and grabbed my usual at the nearby Starbucks. Actually, yesterday was kind of a big deal because it was the day the barista finally acknowledged me as a regular. I love when this happens. Since I’ve moved, I haven’t really missed Seattle other than the food and like you know – friends and family. I didn’t even miss it yesterday, but internally something in me was longing for Seattle. So when I came home to catch up on my tweets and Instagrams I saw that Seattle had gone through some kind of a fog ordeal and that’s when it hit me. Seattle and I were in sync yesterday. We were thinking of each other.

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Nordstrom Wedding Suite

Editor’s Note:

In 2011, I told a professor of mine that I wanted to drive Yow Yow! in the direction of collaborations. Since then, the Nordstrom Wedding Suite has always been my number one. Founded in Seattle and my favorite brand since I was a little girl shopping alongside my mother, I respected the brand’s innovative ideas, responsibility and urgency in customer service, and company values. With an exquisite reputation recognized in the Northwest and across the entire country, Nordstrom is a company that continues to expand on their core competencies to deliver quality and style. With the weekly Wedding Mondays and occasional Wedding Wednesdays, I’m sure all of you know by now how much I think about this topic on the reg. A long time dream of mine to work with the Wedding Suite, I knew that I couldn’t leave Seattle without this collaboration. Thank you so much to Sarah and Cara for not only being flexible in scheduling so that I could visit before I moved, but having Veronica and I visit and sharing your space with us. You’ve truly made a dream come true!

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“It’s so much like Say Yes To The Dress!” shouts Katie when we walk into Nordstrom Wedding Suite’s fitting room. We were fortunate to get a glimpse inside the Wedding Suite before opening hours a few weeks ago. A Yow Yow! dream for ages, we luckily had a chance to sit down with Stylist, Sarah Walton after touring the suite.

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Just a little over 2-years old, the Nordstrom Wedding Suite began as one of the brothers’ vision that began in Bellevue before it moved to the flagship store in downtown Seattle. Since then, there are 18 suites across the country with the flagship store suite being the only one in the Pacific Northwest. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nordstrom is renowned for its exceptional customer service and it doesn’t disappoint in the world of weddings. With several exclusive designers, style concierge, and a love of making brides happy and satisfied with Nordstrom’s reputation for customer service, the Wedding Suite is more than just a gown boutique; it’s a commitment to unparalleled wedding services. Here’s a small glimpse into Sarah’s everyday life at the suite: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Katie: How do you define the Nordstrom bride?

Sarah: Every bride is so different! Truly. I’ve seen every kind of bride. I’ve seen a budget bride, I’ve seen a bride with no budget. I’ve seen everything in between. It really varies, but they do expect that customer service and that’s why they come here for that. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Katie: What would you say are some of the best summer wedding trends you’ve seen this year?

Sarah: As far as bridesmaids go, doing the different styles, different colors – that eclectic mix. As far as brides, a lot of brides don’t want the full dress, they want something fitted like the mermaid style. They want the lace, something simplistic, not over-the-top, but really elegant and effortless. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Katie: There are several wedding boutiques around here in Seattle, so other than customer service, how do you feel Nordstrom sets themselves apart?

Sarah: A lot of the designers that we carry aren’t offered at other boutiques. Some of our designers are Nordstrom exclusive. If there’s a particular gown [brides] want, they know they can get it here. Another thing we’re able to do is certain designers, even if we don’t carry their style here, we can look into bringing the style from the vendor so there are options. We can’t do it with Vera Wang unfortunately but we can with other vendors. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Katie: For fall wedding trends, what are you looking forward to seeing this season?

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Katie: I think I’d want to see for fall, a burnt orange a little bit. I feel like that hasn’t shown too much or been showcased at all.

Sarah: I have a bride that’s getting married next month who’s maybe doing a burnt orange. So we decided in her hair, instead of doing a headpiece she’s going to do orange dahlias.  And then we styled her fiancé in the men’s department and he’s doing a grey suit with a burnt orange pocket square and a light baby blue shirt to kind of tie in those colors.

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Katie: I love that new brides and couples are actually drawing away from the traditional scope and kind of playing around with it and making it more their personal styles. So just a few opinion questions now, headpieces or veils?

Sarah: Probably a headpiece but sometimes both.

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Katie: You can wear both at the same time? How does that work?!

Sarah: I had a bride recently who did an art deco themed wedding. She had an original 1920s headpiece that she paired with a Vera Wang veil that her aunt had actually kind of bustled. So she sculpted the veil and added the headpiece overtop it and it looked absolutely incredible.

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Katie: Would you prefer a first look or wedding until the ceremony?

Sarah: I’m a big advocate for at the ceremony. You can capture that moment of genuine surprise, you know? It’s a really authentic moment and I think it’s worth waiting for.

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Katie: In the next few years, where do you hope to see the Wedding Suite go from here?

Sarah: Wow, I just think that this has already seen such immense success that it’s just going to keep growing bigger and bigger. We’re going to reach more brides and I think we’re going to see a presence in more cities as opposed to now we just have 18. I definitely see that number growing. I think a lot of women don’t think to come to Nordstrom when looking for wedding gowns and I have so many brides who say, “Wow, I didn’t even know this existed!” 

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Out on the Town: 9/12

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Jason Wu will make a personal appearance on behalf of Lancome at the Nordstrom Flagship on Thursday, September 12th. If I were in town, I wouldn’t miss this event so I figured I had to pass it on to all of you local readers.

Meet designer Jason Wu and discover the new Jason Wu for Lancome, exclusive to Nordstrom. Lancome National Artist Darais and the Artistry team will teach you how to recreate the Jason Wu Fall Beauty look. Private Cocktail party follows. Space is very limited; qualifying purchase required. Reserve your appointment today with the Lancôme counter.

Thursday, Sept. 12th
On Floor signing with $100 purchase of any Lancome Product: 5-6 PM
Private Cocktail Party with Jason Wu: 6:30-7:30 PM

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Collaboration Preview:

Readers, yesterday I finally accomplished a long-time dream of mine by visiting the Nordstrom Wedding Suite and collaborating with them for Yow Yow! Veronica and I took a visit to the suite yesterday to learn about the designers they carry, how Nordstrom sets themselves apart from other bridal shops in Seattle, and how they go above and beyond for their customers.

Nordstrom is truly an exquisite retailer here in the Northwest and one that has a recognized reputation across the country and internationally. I am so proud to have collaborated with them before I left and cannot wait to share with you the amazing photos we took from our visit and our write-up.

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Currently Craving:

photo cred | Nordstrom Blog

I always seem to crave desserts more in the summer and this white chocolate mousse with summer berries looks good enough to eat for breakfast!

Want the recipe? It’s all yours!

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Nordstrom’s New Cocktail Bar Habitant

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A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in Bellevue Square only to find that they were constructing a cocktail bar right in the middle of the store. At first, I thought I might have been in the wrong place, but then I remembered that Nordstrom is probably the most innovative retailer right now and that this is really no surprise at all. Habitant looked cool. It was swanky, trendy, and the type of place I would probably want to go to. My friend Jodie who was with me at the time was a little shocked by the idea and nervous that drinking while shopping would lead to some serious damage to her wallet.

Habitant opened last Friday and is now serving up drinks and little bites! To read the full details, click here.

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On a detour from our Seattle adventures yesterday, Ashley and I stopped into our favorite flagship – Nordstrom. I had been looking for a great pair of sandals for awhile and spotted a pair from the DV by Dolce Vita line last month. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the one I wanted in my size so I was just about ready to throw in the towel when Ashley convinced me to try again and directed me to these pair of wedges. I’ve always been more of a “flats” type of girl out of comfort, but appreciate dressing up in heels and thought that having a pair of wedges would be perfect for summer or …summer weddings!

This pair is also by the same line and can be found in BP shoes.

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