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The Hundreds’ Staff Interview: Josh

The Hundreds just released another staff interview for their Illustrator Josh. It’s funny, but it’s still not as good as Alina Nguyen’s!

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A Sushi Chef Reviews Cheap Store-Bought Sushi

I will admit that when I lived in Seattle and worked pretty close to a Whole Foods, I would sometimes buy their overpriced sushi because I couldn’t help my craving at the time! I haven’t actually done this in like two years now because I’ve really learned my lesson with bad sushi and that I shouldn’t sacrifice quality for convenience when it comes to sushi. Real life – sushi just isn’t an inexpensive food so once you get over that hump, you’re going to be okay splurging more for it at a restaurant.

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Blog Roundup

– Los Angeles Photographer Emily Knecht captured herself in crying selfies for the last three years. [i-D]

– The best and worst airlines, airports, and flights – a summer 2015 report [FiveThirtyEight]

– The one haircut that all women love on men [Esquire]

– How good is your eyesight? I scored 20 and this was so much harder than I thought! [iGame]

– This device blows a bubble to notify you of your upcoming meetings. [Swiss-Miss]

– Shaving dogs into cubes is becoming a new trend in Japan [MTV]

– When to close your eyes [Instagram]

Most Exclusive Website [Herman Yung]

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That Last Bachelorette Episode

Since I happened to be in Seattle this past week, I was very lucky to be able to watch The Bachelorette’s most scandalous episode of the season with my 3 favorite girlfriends. Every week, we’ve all watched it from our own homes – me in California and the three of them seprately in Seattle all of us texting each other throughout the two hours for our reactions, but this time it was so much better to be in one living room together!

In case you missed it, Kaitlyn had the sex with Nick Viall on The Bachelorette. Obviously, nothing was shown, but audiences could definitely hear what went on behind closed doors. Someone should remind them to not only take the mics off, BUT to not leave the mics turned on either. In the past, getting to this stage in a relationship on the show usually happens within the last two episdoes at the fantasy suite when there are usually just three suitors left. In Kaitlyn’s case, she had 9 guys left vying for her love and a long road ahead of her. For reference, the last Bachelor/Bachelorette to be intimate before the fantasy suite was Juan Pablo and Claire.

At the end of the episode, I just had to ask the girls: so what did you think?

All of us agreed that what she did was wrong. It was wrong because there were still 9 guys left and essentially still very early on in the process. When you are down to just three contestants, it seems more okay because you are starting to get more serious and having that deeper connection. It doesn’t look great on Kaitlyn because it was on television for the whole world to see it. Do we feel that she is being treated unfairly though or being slut-shamed for what she did? Absolutely. From the very beginning of the season, we saw a preview of this clip as to what we could expect from Season 11 and it seemed like this was a very pivotal moment in Bachelor/Bachelorette history. When this happened to Juan Pablo, we didn’t know it was happening until it happened. Kaitlyn didn’t get the same treatment.

I met with a former professor the next day who also watches this show and engaged in this conversation with me as well. She asked me, “Where does Kaitlyn go from here? How does she redeem herself?”

I thought it was a great question because honestly – if I were in Kaitlyn’s shoes, I wouldn’t know what to do either. Part of why I’m disappointed in what Kaitlyn did was because now this sets an expectation for the other men. In their eyes, they might now feel that they have to sleep with Kaitlyn in order to feel like they’re ahead which puts Kaitlyn in a very uncomfortable position that no other woman really wants to see her have to be in. It feels a bit unfair though as I’m writing this because while she did make herself feel a little “easy” to Nick, she wasn’t doing something that was wrong with regards to dating because when most women date, intimacy is an important part of that. However, the girls and I decided that it is wrong when you are exclusively dating 9 men at the same time.

Readers, would love to hear your thoughts on this on this episode if you have any!

 

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Via IMBOYCRAZY

By no means do I ever feel like I’m going to reach a point in my life where I feel like I know everything. Sure, I’ve had my fair share of experiences, but I love seeking advice from my girlfriends and vice versa, I love to dish out my own advice too (if they ask!) Sometimes these pieces of advice come in various funny forms. I was having brunch with Neel (who was visiting from Boston for the weekend) and Spencer on Saturday when all of a sudden Neel hopped up from the table and said to me, “Katie, I have something for you! It’s from Yelly!” YELLY?! She is our mutual friend as well, but she hadn’t been at brunch with us so I was very confused as to what was happening. He came from his car with…

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Ask Me Anything!

Readers –  I am loving that I get to spend a lot more time on my blog lately and as of recently have been feeling a huge burst of creativity and inspiration in the types of posts we can create for Yow Yow! I’m also digging on the engagement with more comments and interaction with you all. I wouldn’t mind getting a little bit more personal on Yow Yow! though so I’d love to invite you all to ask me some questions that I can answer for you in an upcoming post.

Feel free to leave a comment with your question or shoot me an email at Katie@itsyowyow.com

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2 Kinds of People

When I first landed on this post, I didn’t read any of it. Instead, I did the wrong thing and went through the illustrations done by @inoffensive and tried to figure out which illustration I identified with the most. I was hoping that as I went on further, I would be able to figure out what this was all about and I didn’t so I had to go all the way back to the beginning. This Tumblr of images basically shows people that we typically do choose one thing over the other and by doing so, this shows us what kind of people we are. To view all of the illustrations, click here.

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Chunky Knits by Anna Mo

No one loves a chunky knit more than I do! When I spotted the chunkiest of chunky knits designed by Anna Mo, Istarted to imagine how wonderful it would be to just OWN one of these.

To knit these mammoth material works the Ukraine-based Mo not only uses extremely thick sections of wool, but also XXL needles to produce her three-inch-thick stitches.

These photographs can be silly, but I like seeing how they can be used as a blanket or even as an accessory piece to furniture.

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Instagram’s Redesign

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Oh my goodness, Instagram rolled out a redesign of user profiles this week and it is gorgeous. I love how clean and simplified everything looks like now along with the rounded profile pictures which are popping up everywhere! This is a huge upgrade from what it looked like before because now the photos are larger and more of a focus. It’s funny how excited I got about this, but I think a lot of that excitement has come from me working in tech now.

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Ingrid Nilsen Makes An Announcement

Oh my goodness, Ingrid Nilsen is one of my favorite video bloggers. I’ve been watching her videos for the last year and I’ve enjoyed her quirky personality and sense of humor. She also is just such a great role model, but today even moreso because she released a video that was the most important video that she has ever released and the most vulnerable we’ve ever seen her. She came out. And it was emotional and beautiful at the same time. Totally not ashamed to say that I cried mini tears when I saw her crying as well. Ingrid – so proud of you! This is HUGE and welcome to this new chapter of your life!

Also for reference on what some of videos are usually like, watch below!

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My First Airbnb

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One of my favorite things to write about on Yow Yow! are my first experiences! Over Memorial Day Weekend, I stayed in my very first Airbnb with Jennie and we learned a lot from our stay. Normally, we are just hotel girls. We like the easiness of it all and the convenience, but while planning for our trip, we knew that booking a hotel during a holiday weekend was going to be pricey. We’ve toyed with the idea of Airbnb before, but this time we actually went through with it. The first lesson that we learned is that if you find a booking you really like, don’t procrastinate! Two weeks before we decide to book, we found a great spot in San Diego with a pool! When we realized that neither of us had booked it, we went back two weeks later and it was already taken.

Though the spot we ended up saying (pictured above) was our second choice, it was actually pretty great! We stayed in a very cute studio in the North Park neighborhood which was connected to the owner’s house, but had its own entrance so it made it feel like we were completely on our own and were able to move about as we pleased. Two of our  girlfriends ended up staying with Jennie and I for one night and our host was very accommodating in letting us have them join in on our sleepover. Luckily the couch doubles as a fold out bed! Since Jennie and I knew we’d be out and about most of the time, we didn’t need very much and didn’t require a kitchen. However, there were a couple little things that we wished we had – ie) a television, a couple more power outlets, and mirrors for us to use to get ready in. As nice as the bathroom was, four girls in it is not ideal.

My other complaint was that Jennie and I were woken up at 6:30 AM one morning by the child and dog running around upstairs. It was a small hiccup and it only happened once during our stay, but  other than that it was pretty much a perfect stay. I love how our host had a very detailed manual for us when we arrived to show us restaurants in the area, how to use things in the home, and how to clean up on our last day which was important to me because I wanted to leave the house as clean as it was when I came into it.

I love hotels, but they aren’t always the most cost-efficient for my wallet so I’m really looking forward to my next stay at Airbnb whenever that will be! I just read an article recently though that Airbnb has used some new machine learning tactics to help hosts learn when to raise their prices on certain dates and weekends when there is high volume ie) when there are major events happening in their city and during holiday weekends, which makes me as a guest a little bit nervous.

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Non-Profit Stirs Convo About Abuse w/ Emojis

Swedish non-profit, BRIS, recently released a new app that includes this set of emojis dispalyed above to shed more awareness on abuse and allow kids to express themselves to others using an emoji when they aren’t able to speak up.

“A lot of kids feel really awful for all kinds of different reasons, and [these emoji] are easily understood symbols for some of those different issues,” BRIS spokeswoman Silvia Ernhagen told The FADER. “Many children have difficulties in putting words to their problems, so this is a way to help them to express themselves as well as encouraging them to actually speak about their feelings and ask for help when necessary.”

When we think of how we use emojis we’re used to displaying really cute and funny images, but it’s so interesting to see these painted in another light. Seeing these cause us to look at some of the most common emojis we typically use in a worse way. I’m hoping that these emojis strike a more positive response and are of use to others in need through the non-profit’s work.

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Avocado Love Wool Sculpture

In case you haven’t had your daily dose of cutness yet… how sweet are these wool avocados?! They were designed by Hanna Dovahan and they’re precious.

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