Tag Archives: Seattle

Blog Roundup

– 5 of the best spots in Seattle to get your mac and cheese on [Seattle Refined]

– The profession that will get you the most dates and the professions that are attracted to each other [Refinery29]

– Careless tweeting and how it can change your life…for the worse. [NY Times]

– The time Taylor Swift gave breakup advice to a fan. [BuzzFeed]

– 9 Questions you wish you could ask Ariana Grande [Vox]

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Remix of the Day

Odesza – All We Need (ft. Shy Girls) (Beat Connection remix)

This is actually my favorite song off of the Odesza album so when I learned that Beat Connection was going to remix it up, I knew it could only get better from here.

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Edited Photo of the Day

I can’t get enough of this. To celebrate the Seahawks win yesterday, Michael Bennett hijjacked a police officer’s bicycle and took a ride around the field on it. This is one happy guy.

Here’s the original below, but we obviously love the version above more.

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Super Bowl 49 – We’re Comin’ For You!

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OMG how amazing was today’s game? Pooping our pants, passing out, and almost vomitting were just a few of things that Mandi and I thought were going to happen to us. I know, that’s really gross and stuff and not really appropriate for Yow Yow! but the end of the game had us nearly pulling our hair out. I really wish I would’ve gotten a photo of the scene that was Mandi’s living room – both her and I screaming and yelling and Eric with his head in his hands and sitting on the upper ledge of their couch while Ryan explained to us some rules that we forgot about.

For the first time ever, I joined my friends in watching a Seahawks game at a bar. There happens to be a Seattle bar pretty close to Mandi’s place called Danny Coyle’s, but I arrived there at 10:55 AM this morning – well before kickoff – and found myself standing in line. Yep, there was a line before 11:00 AM at a bar. When we got pretty close to kick off time, I realized that I probably wasn’t going to get in so Ryan and I split up from our friends and found ourselves at another bar. While it’s exciting to watch with a huge group of strangers that are all a little bit more crazier than us, I found myself being pushed and shoved a bit which wasn’t fun. Also you know what else isn’t great? Not sitting for an entire game! After the third quarter, my friends and I decided that we were going to leave our respective bars and regroup at Mandi’s place to watch the last quarter and boy… was that a quarter.

I don’t want to say that I didn’t think that we could make a comeback because we have plenty of times before, but there was a point in time where I was nervous and realized my anxiety levels reaching its max. That’s nothing new when I’m watching the Seahawks though.

Doug Baldwin, I love you. Pete, when you’re happy, we’re all happy and Russell, don’t cry – you’re going to the Super Bowl AGAIN!!!!! Seattle, I’m so happy to have come from you. Let’s do this one more time.

 

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Cover of the Day

I’m pretty sure that Ben Gibbard could cover anything – any song on the planet – and I would still be in love with it. I’ve been listening to “Archie, Marry Me” for a couple months now so when I heard that Ben had covered this song, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.

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NFC Champs (Again!) Here We Come!

Just in case you missed Saturday’s game, here are the only GIFs worth watching that will tell you all you need to know about our game against the Panthers:

This… and then this incredible 90-yard run. Kam Bam, you had quite the game on Saturday and now I’m even more excited for us to go against the Packers!

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Seattle, You Haven’t Changed

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I spent a grand ten days back home in Seattle for the holidays – the longest visit out of all of my visits since I moved to the Bay. Prior to flying back, I thought that my duration was going to be a bit too long for my own comfort, but I actually found myself really enjoying being home. In the past, I had to make all of my plans one week ahead and jam pack my entire day so that I could see everyone and not have to drive back and forth out of Seattle. This year, I decided to not really do any of that. The home was quiet, the silence was nice, and my parents are funny so they make for some pretty good company. On my second day home, my girlfriends from college and I brunched at Portage Bay in the land of Amazon buildings! This area is so quiet because people only come to Amazon to work on the weekdays.

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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

Everyone who knows me knows that I love data and statistics as long as it means that I don’t have to be one compiling all of it. This has always been one of my favorite posts to look back on, but boy is it just a little menace to put together. Lucky for me this time, I had Gossip Girl Season 1 to keep me company while I worked on this. It’s been quite the year for Yow Yow! We’ve focused on some new content mostly my transition from Seattle to the Bay Area and mostly just tried to do our best to keep up on all the news – the one thing that seems to keep me on my toes these days.

Yow Yow! is 6 years old now! Welcome to 1st grade, baby!

Stats from 2013 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2014 will be right and bold.

1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – –  1,400,602 total visits to Yow Yow!

*In just 2014, there were 105,260 visits to Yow Yow!

9,167 Posts, 3,152 Comments 12,122 Tags – – – – –  10,113 Posts 2,878 Comments 12,926 Tags (cumulative)

Top Post of 2014 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 5,133 views (written in 2012)

Top Post Written in 2013 – “18 Types of Asian Girls” – 1,552 views

Busiest Month in Terms of Views – January 2013 (24,905 views) – – – – – January 2014 (11,072 views)

Highest Average Visits Per Day – January 2013 (803 views) – – – – –  – January 2014 (357 views)

Credits + References

Worked with

  • Molly Moon’s Ice Cream

Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:

  • Pinterest.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Facebook.com
  • Quora.com
  • holliswongwear.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom

Music Festivals Covered:

  • Treasure Island Music Fest

Other:

*We reached 1,000 posts for “Songs of the Day”

*We reached 10,000 overall posts!

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Favorites of 2014

Favorite Style Icon: Lily Aldridge

Lily is a style icon both on the runway and on the red carpet. This year, we really got to see her show up at a lot of events dressed to perfection. She was featured in our “Snaps for a Snapshots” several times in 2014 so even by the numbers alone, she beats everyone else. We’re looking forward to seeing more of her in 2015 and someday taking over the head angel slot when Adriana and Alessandra retire.

Runner up: Jamie Chung

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Currently Craving:

There are two things in Seattle that just can’t be rivaled in the Bay Area: our oysters and our sushi. Basically, Seattle is killin’ it when it comes to seafood. My days here in the Pacific Northwest are dwindling, but there’s no way that I’ll be okay leaving without having oysters here first. A couple of weeks ago, a new seafood bar opened up near me and while it was “okay” for the Bay Area, something about it just didn’t quite feel like home.

There are plenty of places to snag fresh oysters in Seattle, but my number one pick? Taylor Shellfish! They’ve got multiple locations, but I’ve frequented their Melrose Market and Queen Anne location the most. Locals – where do you go to? I’m pretty curious!

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Yow Yow’s Top 10 Posts of 2014

Knowing what I know about how this year has been going for Yow Yow! I was a little bit nervous as to which posts would reach the top. It’s been a slow year, but it hasn’t been all that quiet. We’ve had a lot of fun with the blog and we’re going to continue doing so in the next year as well!

With that, here are our top 10 posts from the year 2014:

  1. 18 Types of Asian Girls
  2. Yow Yow! Visits Molly Moon’s!
  3. 16 Reasons Why We Should Root for the Seahawks @ the Super Bowl 
  4. Our Beef With The Bachelor
  5. Coachella 2014 Street Style (sorry for the broken links!)
  6. The Way Way Back Home
  7. Ariana Grande’s Dance Moves (and broken YouTube link womp womp…)
  8. Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams Are Engaged!
  9. Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg Are Engaged!
  10. C. Lowe By Scarlet & Gold
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Katie and the Coffee Factory

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I had been reading about the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room for the last couple of weeks, but having not been in the area, I wasn’t really aware of its location. After a brunch with some of my girlfriends this past weekend, Winny and Jennie told me that I couldn’t or rather shouldn’t really leave Seattle without seeing it and especially it being so close. Finding myself on the hill last night for happy hour and dinner with my other girlfriends Kelsey and Jeanette, I figured there was probably no better time to stop by. Driving down the hill, the store is difficult to miss with its illuminated logo. The area around it has also developed so much more in the last couple of years and there were people all around outside of the shop and a bustling crowd within.

It was surprising to see so many people at 8:00 PM in the shop, but it was packed. It wasn’t quiet, but it wasn’t loud yet there was so much commotion and a lot to be seen. I marveled at everything as if it was Willy Wonka’s Coffee Factory, which my girlfriends and I renamed “Katie and the Coffee Factory.”

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Song of the Day

Hollis & Kris Orlowski – Is This Christmas

This is getting me just a little bit excited to return home for the holidays!

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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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