Bring on spring! We would feel much more ready if we had all of these pieces.
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:
Typically I publish this list a week or so before Christmas since Kevin has said that he has used it for inspiration when shopping for presents for me in the past, but this year we just went straight to it and told each other what we wanted. This post is extremely accessory/jewelry heavy which is completely new for me, but with 2015 just around the corner, I figured – why not? I’m probably not going to get any of the things on this list, but I’m very much okay with it. Adult me needs to save $$$ anyways.
Earlier this week, I donned a black knitted hat with my outfit that hugged the back of my head perfectly. Granted, this is the first time of the fall season that I’ve worn a hat so I shouldn’t be surprised by the reactions I received by my co-workers, but I totally was.
“Oh hey! Hat!”
“Whoa, you look good today.”
“You should wear hats more.”
So I got to thinking – what other hats could I branch out into. I’ve always wanted to own a beanie, but I felt kind of weird about it because I had side bangs and trying to manage them under a hat was a little bit tricky. I saw this one by Wilfred at Arizia this past weekend in Vancouver and while it was a price that I would not normally pay for a hat, I knew I was going to get a lot of use of it. It started with me wearing it right out of the store and the rest of my day trip.
Last weekend, someone showed me a series of “How Things Work” type videos. I probably watched about 6 of them and now this week, I’m posting my own which I find to be kind of funny. I actually was genuinely interested in how Crayola Crayons were made though and I find this to be quite fascinating. This video was done by Wired.
I don’t know how many times I have to say this. You have one job and your job is to not wear white to a wedding. Why is it so hard for people to get this right? Don’t wear white. The bride wears white. You do not wear white. And while you’re at it, don’t wear cream or beige or off-white. Even if you accessorize with colorful pieces – a cardigan or a belt, you are still not allowed to wear white. We utilize every other color in the color scheme on this bride’s special day because we do not want to upstage the bride. I’m not saying you can’t stand out in your own way at all though and here’s how we can help you still do that without making this dreaded mistake that seems to happen every wedding I go to. A part of me wants to walk up to the person and just ask, “So… you wore white.” My bff Ashley on the other hand says that if anyone wears white to her wedding, they are immediately out. Good rule, Ash. We’re behind you on this one.
1. Have an amazing clutch to go with your dress. I love this one from Zara that’s only $79.90.
I feel like I’ve said this before, but the best part about not being in school is being able to purchase new pieces for fall and being able to wear them right away! When I was growing up, my mom and I would always set aside time for school shopping (obviously, my favorite time of the year) and as soon as I came home with the bags, she would say to me, “Okay, now no wearing these until school start!” At the time, I hated being patient and waiting, but knowing myself and how clumsy I was back then I’m almost sure that I would’ve ruined something before school started. It was great for her to let me build up this anticipation over my clothes. Even though I don’t do this anymore, I still remember it fondly and understand why it was the way it was :)
So today I made some purchases.
I’ve been wanting a vest for awhie now! I used to wear vests similar to this one from Old Navy when I was in elementary school and now I feel like I’m coming around full circle with this vest that is much more sophisticated and from Uniqlo.
Since relocating to California, I’ve been getting a little bit lazy with my outfits and resorting to a much more relaxed look. There’s nothing wrong with that, but jeans and a t-shirt can get a little stale after some time. This fall, I vow to be my old self from college and am hoping to dive back into some of those looks that I loved taking a risk on. I saw this skirt in the display as I was walking by H&M today and I knew that once I got into the store that I had to hunt it down. The high waist, the zipper in the back, the textured pattern – all things that I love.
I never thought that I would have my very own mini jambox, but I caved! We were hosting a small pool party this past weekend and a party just wouldn’t be complete without one! I never thought that I would have a reason to get one, but then he reminded me that I listen to my music 24/7 when I’m in my home and that having the jambox sounds better than having music come out of my phone or my laptop. He was right, clearly. It sounds AWESOME! The sound quality is pretty perfect and it’s simple to use… because there are only like 4 buttons.
At the end of the day, though I fought it, it was a purchase that needed to be made. It’s even better because it was also a present. :)
I finally caved! After weeks of having the Catbird website up on my tabs prolonging my purchase of the LoveCats ring, tonight I found myself in a moment of weakness. I had just come back from dinner and I had finished a long work day and was about to pick up where I left off when I decided that making this spend would be a worthwhile one. I’m not sure why it took me so long to purchase this ring. I went through a lot of effort to get here. I kept it up on my tabs which meant that I looked at this tab everyday or rather it stared me back in the face. Secondly, I didn’t know my ring size so two months ago I went into Tiffany’s to just get my ring size taken from someone working there.
And now we get to see you in like 10 days.
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!
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.
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 :)
You know how people kind of hate the nails on a chalkboard sound? That never really happens in real life, but sounds similar to that one have a tendency to make me absolutely cringe! I’ve been using my Apple mouse on my wooden desk at work for about 9 months. Up until recently though, I was really starting to feel the metal at the bottom of the mouse scratch across the wood to the point where my shoulders would perk up and my whole body would tighten. Last week, I had my last straw and realized I just HAD to buy myself a mouse pad. It came today and it’s from Think & Ink Studio. Super cute right? It looks great with the desk and wasn’t all that expensive. To check out some of their other products, click here.
I may not always be the best “maker” or the queen of DIY, but when I see other people making cool things, I want them. I’m a child at heart so I love all things tassels, confetti, pinatas, and noise makers. Confetti System and Geronimo Balloons? Those are right up my alley! I’d want them for every future party I throw and my dream wedding if I could. So when I discovered recently another company that does exactly that, I knew I had to share it with all of you. I discovered Prospect Goods through my Instagram feed and I guess you could say I made a pretty immediate follow decision. Since I’ve started following them, I’ve been glued to their photos more than I would imagine.
Can I just purchase a pinata to use as a decoration? I just want to hang it up in my home.
Actually, this seems to be a reoccurring thing happening for me. I purchased “Ralph” for my birthday to be smashed during my birthday week and today he is still sitting and smiling at me from the desk across.