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Justin and Jimmy’s Secret Handshake

More like the longest handshake I’ve ever seen tho.

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Let’s Talk About “Unplugged” Weddings

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This photo was floating around the internet earlier this week and I thought that it would make a pretty good post as I have a few thoughts that I can weigh in on… Two of my dearest friends are getting married next year and I really have no doubts at all that their weddings won’t be amazing. However, a lot can change in the next year and trends are always coming and going so there are some things we should discuss.

Lately, I’ve seen a few weddings disclose to their guests that they want the ceremony to be an electronics-free zone. Despite how much time I spend on social media through this blog and my job, you may think that I would oppose this idea. I am, however, in support of it and here’s why:

  • No matter what you think, there is no way that the photo you capture on your phone will ever be as good as the photographer(s) that the couple has hired. Think about where you’re sitting, how unsteady your hand might be because you might be emotional and the not-so-perfect view you have.
  • You are not a professional. Let the pros do their job. After all, they’re getting paid for it! You should just enjoy yourself.
  • Let yourself be in the moment. If you’re too busy trying to get your photo, you’re going to miss that moment where you get to really soak in the bride walking down the aisle right in front of you.
  • It’s tacky – like the way people still bring their iPads to take photos at concerts. That’s what this looks like.
  • Lastly, for the photo above. Don’t obstruct the groom. This is his big moment too.

I know it’s hard, but you can put your phone away during the ceremony. You’ve got the whole rest of your night to whip that thing out and hashtag the crap out of the couple’s big day.


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A Barbie Campaign We Can Get Behind

These are definitely not like the Barbie commercials I saw as a kid. When I stumbled upon this late yesterday evening, I couldn’t wait to share it with my team the very next morning. Not only is it incredibly adorable, but it’s sending along a very powerful message that women can be anything. What we imagine can be a reality! I thought everything about how this campaign was executed was done perfectly from including non-actors for the scenario to the transitioning and even that line, “there’s no high school for the dog.”

These bright and confident young girls did such a great job. I want to share this commercial with every young girl including my favorite niece Lily who is absolutely in love with her Barbie’s.


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Five Favorite Pins: Pumpkins in 2015

  1. Give it a print! [Homey Oh My!]

My office is holding a pumpkin carving session this coming Wednesday and after reading the invite, it donned on me that I’ve only actually “carved a pumpkin” once. And by carve, I mean I watched my dad carve a pumpkin in front of me – your very standard jack-o-lantern. We weren’t all that big into Halloween growing up because let’s be real, all I cared about were them goodies. The candy bars, the lollipops, and mass amounts of sugar. I can only recall that one time where I watched my dad carve a pumpkin. My brother didn’t care about carving as a tradition either so I think my parents caught onto this and every year after that we just bought one pumpkin that we put out on our doorstep to signal to other children and parents that we had candy too. I think it’s great that people get into the spirit of Halloween with pumpkin carving and all of that, but here are some other ideas that I have for my future pumpkin:

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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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DIY Loft Kit

This is the kind of thing that terrifies me, but it doesn’t surprise one bit that it exists. If you’re living in your space and finding that things are getting a bit too crowded lately, but that you have high ceilings, why not build yourself your own loft?! Doesn’t this seem kind of dangerous? Just me? For just $3,115 you can purchase the DIY Loft Kit which includes all of the things you need to build your own loft. Uh, can we task rabbit a professional to do this for us?


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Pharrell Gets Interviewed by British Kids

Is this not the most adorable thing you’ve seen in a long time? Can I have a British kid? Pharrell did a press conference for his new book “Happy” and was asked questions by the most darling batch of kids.


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73 Questions w/ Emily Ratajkowski

I really like this cheeky Vogue series that they’ve been doing with celebrities. It’s kind of nice to see them in a low-key intimate environment, but still allowing viewers to get to know them in a different setting than you would on a red carpet. I’ve been following Emily on Instagram for a little while now and I find her to be pretty fascinating. She’s come a long way from being “just the girl in the Robin Thicke music video” and I’m excited to see what’s next (especially since her last movie was a bust.)

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How to Make Bubble Tea

I still remember being like 13 and Kevin introducing me to bubble tea when we were much younger. I used to find the whole concept to be really strange because boba – or the tapioca pearls – have no flavor whatsoever. Can we just admit that their only purpose is to make drinking the beverage a little more fun? Since moving to California, I’ve probably had more bubble tea here than ever in Seattle especially because my office is next to two shops and my coworkers and I frequent both places often. I came across this video through Herman today on How to Make Bubble Tea and it’s through a series on YouTube called Peaceful Cuisine. It actually is pretty nice to not have commentary in your ear  about every step. Much more relaxing to watch and share too.

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Dress Your Tech

I feel like such a little nerd, but ever since I received my Macbook Pro last week, I’ve been nerding out hard. It’s funny because I just had an Air before and there’s not that much of a difference except my Pro is a little bit heavier, but like… a LOT MORE POWERFUL and it’s AWESOME!

I’m not really one to decorate my gadgets and keep most of my techy things pretty simple, but I saw this wooden cover for a Mac on Cool Material today and thought I would share. You can order them in three different shades – Walnut, Cherry, and Dark Ebony. To make your Mac stand out a little bit more, click here.


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Marshawn’s Pepsi Commercial

I had a massive giggle fit after watching this. For my 2 year work anniversary, my manager promised and purchased me a Marshawn fathead to go up on our wall. This was a very hard thing for her to do given that she’s a hardcore 49er’s fan. Meh. But she says she likes Marshawn so this was okay.

#GoHawks! Can’t wait for the game today!

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Found Them First

A coworker of mine introduced this to me last week. Found Them First allows you to connect with your Spotify to let you know which artists you were listening to before they made it big! Kevin and I are always competing with each other about who introduced who first to a new band or artist – now we can just let this website tell us instead. I knew about 21 artists/bands before they made it big, what about you?

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Ari and Jimmy Do Impersonations

Ari has been a little bit idle lately (and so have we!) She appeared on Jimmy Fallon last night doing impersonations of Britney, Christina, and Celine and pretty much nailed it. Honestly, this was just another excuse to see her do the Celine impersonation I’m sure because she’s famous for it.

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