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A Cheeky Advertisement from Victoria’s Secret

Did you ever think it was possible for Victoria’s Secret to release in advertisement that wasn’t full of lingerie, sultry music, and smoldering gazes? Well, the impossible happened. The other day, they released a short featuring one of their most playful angels – Lily Aldridge! She is, as some of you may know, my favorite angel! In this video, we watch Lily prepare for her dinner party that she is hosting and shows us how not-so-perfect she really is. Not only is it pretty cheeky in itself, but it is relatable. I know every time I used to cook for my friends, I would always be a little bit flustered and running around like a chicken with its neck cut off.

In the short, Lily goes through several outfit changes because of her mishaps and the change is so subtle that it doesn’t even feel like a Victoria’s Secret advertisement. 

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Edible Chocolate LEGOs

I loved this photograph so much that I had to move forward in writing a post about it. Seriously though, how good do these LEGOs look? Don’t you want to eat them? Or at the very least, play with them? I was a candy fiend growing up, but even as I saw this post and thought this looked amazing, I knew that if my kid self still existed that I would get this ALL over my hands. I never was really great with chocolate and it almost always just ended up melting all over me.

These chocolate LEGO bricks were created by illustrator and designer Aikhiro Mizuuchi. And how were they done exactly?

Chocolate is first poured into precisely designed moulds that after cooling can be popped out and used as regular LEGOs.

Oh, that doesn’t seem so complicated.


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In Fashion Start-Up News

I may be working at a tech start-up, but that makes me even more fascinated with start-ups that are directly related to my interests. Last week, two very big things happened. One fashion start-up got acquired while another with so much potential (so we thought) shuttered. So how does that happen? Competition? Because that’s just the nature of the game? I’ve been wondering about this for awhile and I don’t really have the research or the data to back it up, but I find it to be very very interesting.

Prior to Trunk Club getting acquired by Nordstrom officially, I had been reading about the rumors of this weeks before. Trunk Club is a shopping service for men who don’t like to bring themselves to shop at retailers or the mall. The Trunk Club man works closely with a stylist to share what his interests are and what he is most comfortable in and the stylist puts together a “trunk” – some of which you would find above and sends it straight to your doorstep. The items you like, you get to purchase while the ones you don’t can be returned back. I thought it was an incredible service. I witnessed someone receiving a trunk once and I wrote about it on Quora. There hasn’t been a really great equivalent for it for women other than Stitchfix, which I heard was a hit or miss sometimes. What I’m still trying to figure out is what being acquired really means. What will the Seattle retailer do with the Chicago start-up? How will Trunk Club change itself? How will Nordstrom incorporate themselves into Trunk Club? I have so many questions.

The second big piece of news is that Hukkster shut down last Friday. They had a pretty awful name, but a great idea and supportive backing. The star-up raised $4.5 million dollars in venture capital over the last two years. The start-up which allows users to save items they like on the websites of their favorite retailers and receive notification of when the price has dropped was founded by two former J. Crew employees. Additionally, it was backed by the Winklevoss twins. For an idea that would have gained so much popularity among people – women especially – I am surprised that it only lasted two years.

It’s not a bold statement by any means, but I think it’s clear that anything can happen in the start-up world. One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone. It’s amazing to be in this industry and I’m learning so much, but I can’t wait to see what will happen next in the years to come.

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Joan Smalls x Free People

I always thought that to wear Free People you had to be a certain type of girl. The girl that shops at Free People is a free spirit, a flower child, and pretty easygoing. She wears light-weight fabric, fringe, and bell-sleeves for long sleeves. As much as I loved the brand, I frequently felt out of place when trying on their clothes. I felt like I was trying to be a girl that I just wasn’t, but so desperately wanted to be because who wouldn’t want to be the girl who wore Free People, right?! She was just too effortlessly cool. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way and maybe the brand recognized this. So what did they do? They picked a girl who wasn’t your typical Free People girl and made her into one and it worked! When I think of Joan Smalls, I think of edgy, a little dark, dangerous, and risky. She is someone who resembles more Erin Wasson than hippie child, but yet she made it work. Here are a few of her latest shots from the brand that make me want to run out and buy these exact outfits.

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Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crochet

Normally, I would find something like this to be a little bit odd and maybe on the creepy side, but I find these oddly beautiful. These crochet wrappings were done by Joana Vasconcelos. As part of an ongoing series, Joana has been wrapping all sorts of animal and insect sculptures – but not any ordinary sculptures that you can find anywhere. These sculptures were actually done by artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905), one of the most notable Portuguese artists from the 19th century.

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Caught In A Beauty Bind

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I trade off between spending the week down in the South Bay and my weekends up in San Francisco. Though I’ve done this so frequently, I always end up forgetting to pack something in my weekender and this weekend that “thing” happened to be my entire beauty bag! We had plans to go out that night and while I wish I could say I am comfortable enough with myself to go completely make-up free, that wasn’t the case. I managed to find a moisturizing lotion where I was staying so I had the base covered, but the next thing I needed to do was prioritize. I asked myself two questions: What did I absolutely need to have and where can I get it?

I’m not someone who is big on makeup and knowing everything, but I think I can get by on the basics that my mama taught me. On the priority scale, I decided that I needed black eyeliner, eye makeup remover (if I could get it – to take off the previous night’s work,) mascara, and a foundation.

First stop? Sephora. You might be wondering why I didn’t choose to go to a drug store first and I wondered about this myself, too. Too often, I find myself actually using products from Sephora rather than drugstore brands and while these were just going to be “back-up buys,” you never know when you’re gonna find something that you can either a) end up using for a longer amount of time or b) replace something you already have that maybe needed to be replaced.

Sephora is a store that gets abused by their customers. Too often, people come into the store that don’t want to buy their own makeup and test products all day long until they’ve done their entire look for the night or had someone else do that for them. Using samples at Sephora to do your makeup is kind of gross because as sanitary as they try to make it, that doesn’t usually happen. Gross. I went into the store with a fresh face and only moisturizer and I knew I might speak to some consultants, but I wasn’t going to take advantage of them by not buying anything. The first place I headed to was near the cash register where they have a lot of their basic products in much smaller sizes. The price ranges from about $8-$15. Here is where I picked up a duo combo of eyeliner and eye makeup remover as well as my Tarte mascara.

I’d been wanting to replace my foundation for quite some time as I have been using my Chanel for at least a year. (Should probably throw that out by now, right?) I’ve always been interested in using Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and this was the perfect opportunity. A consultant matched it with my skin tone. I asked if he could try it on my entire face so that I could see it and I walked away with that purchase at around $36. Altogether from the day I spent about $50 on four things.

Long story short, if you’re ever caught in a bind like this – pick the items that you need and head to your nearest Sephora :) It sounds like they asked me to say that, but I promise they didn’t.

Note: I didn’t love the eyeliner and the makeup remover because it was too greasy so we didn’t include it in the photo.

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Blog Roundup

- The Best and Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover [Greatist]

- Some things we don’t really like about San Francisco (don’t worry, we like the rest!) [Refinery 29]

- Cocktails Inspired by Wes Anderson films [Paste]

- What you should never wear to a wedding [WhoWhatWear]

- “I Found Out The Hard Way That My Cousin is a Porn Star” [The Hundreds] Wow – best thing I’ve read in a long time.

- Nicole Richie tells Oprah about the easiest and hardest part about marriage. [Refinery 29]

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The Bachelorette Season Finale Last Night

Spoilers ahead! Last nights “After the Final Rose” was a jaw dropper. We all know what could potentially “happen” during a Fantasy Suite date, but there’s a little part of us that doesn’t – unless it gets outed like it did last night. In the past, contestants like Emily Maynard and Sean Lowe have passed on the Fantasy Suite, whereas Juan Pablo clearly didn’t. With Andi, we weren’t quite sure. That is, until Nick – the runner-up aired out their dirty laundry for all to see asking her directly why she made love to him if she didn’t love him.

Embarrassing.

I’ve been reading on a couple of blogs today and there are a few different stances. Some are wondering if Nick slut-shamed her. Some are wondering if he had been dying to say something like that on live television because she had refused to see him since the show ended.

Here are my thoughts and I’ll try and condense them:

  • Nick seems like a pretty sensitive guy. He is dealing with a heartbreak or maybe it’s just for show, but he looks a little bit torn up. I don’t think he meant to slut shame her, but I think maybe for him (and there are many people that have this point of view!) being intimate in a relationship means a lot more to him than maybe for her. I don’t think it’s wrong for him to question that.
  • If it’s bitterness or resentment towards Andi, then yes – she’s right, it is definitely a low blow. It’s true that that is private and no one really needs to know that.
  • Thirdly, didn’t it seem like everyone was airing out her personal life last night on that episode? First, Nick then Josh and wanting babies? That’s what she gets for being on The Bachelorette I guess.

Overall, … I wish she would have ended up with Marcus. Okay, no. Nick was not the fan favorite throughout the show and I don’t know if people would have been all that happy if they had ended up together anyways. We finished another season though. We hope Andi’s happy. Please tell us who the next Bachelor is. I hope it is Arie.

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Hilary Duff’s New Single Is Not Good

But, seriously. It’s almost like Lizzie McGuire revived her singing career and she didn’t, herself. I half-expected Aaron Carter to appear out of nowhere because this song and this video were so horrid.

Ouch, is that too harsh? Chasing the Sun? R U 4 real.

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Essie to Launch Vending Machines

First, there were cupcake vending machines, then there were beauty vending machines launched in airports across the country. Essie has now decided to get in the mix and here’s why we think it’s a fantastic idea. First off, if you’re like me then you know what it’s like to be an impulsive shopper and boy – are you aware of the negative effects that come with it. You can walk by a store and you have the self-control to not go in because you know you don’t want to make a purchase or you know you can’t afford what’s in it. But then you walk by something that’s a little bit easier and accessible. Nail polish. It’s cheap. It’s quick. You know it’s going to last you awhile. The vending machine is right now and it’s packed with 48 different shades. There’s just no way you can say no. If I walked by an Essie machine at the airport, I’d probably almost immediately by two.

Starting this month, Essie will unveil their vending machines in mall and airports across the country starting with JFK and Oakland in the JetBlue terminals. It’s a smart move for the company because airports were designed to make you wait around for hours and hours and with delays unpredictably happening, you never know when you’ll need some nail polish to keep you a little bit busy. As for having the vending machines in the malls, I think that’s a bit tougher since you’re right where you’re competition is.

Readers, what do you think? Would you ever purchase Essie polish from a vending machine at the airport?

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Internet Things

I’m not sure why I found this to be so humorous, but I did.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer

Well what kind of blog would we be if we didn’t post this trailer as it was released today? I don’t really understand the hype around this movie or these books. Though I haven’t read the books myself, I had a number of people tell me that it wasn’t well written and that they didn’t enjoy reading it. That’s what my friends said about Twilight too, but there were still so many people watching that. I had to watch the trailer because I was intrigued. I figured if it was being released on The Today Show that this had to be a big deal. After watching the trailer, my views on it haven’t really changed. The film is being released on Valentine’s Day of next year – nearly 7 months from now! This was just a 2:25 minute trailer and everyone went nuts. There’s not much else to say about the weird sounds at the end… didn’t that just remind you of some kind of a horror movie?

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Japanese Food Puns

Here at Yow Yow! we’re suckers for all things that are cute in this world. On a scale of 1-10 these stickers designed by MISoHAPPY of Japanese food puns are a 13. For just $6 you’ll get a set of 7 stickers and we guarantee that anyone that comes across these will love them.

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Airbnb’s New Logo

We’re a little bit late on this because this news was actually revealed last week, but WE didn’t get a chance to really talk about it and now I want to. Airbnb has long been overdue for a makeover so I’m pretty excited to see this new change in them, but – you guys – this logo… are you seeing what I’m seeing? I realize it’s an upside-down heart, but it also looks like… other things. It ain’t wrong, I mean maybe that’s what they wanted – to spark some buzz and conversation, but I can’t help but giggle just a little bit every time I see. Yes, I’m immature.

Here’s some things that I do like about their rebranding though:

  • The fact that their branding video includes a flag on a planet. Space stuff really tugs at my heart strings
  • This video makes me feel warm and fuzzy kind of like a Google commercial
  • Anyone can draw their logo! It’s so easy I bet a toddler could do it.
  • It’s colorful
  • I liked how they were able to do so many things with that little A. It was adorable.
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Snowpiercer As A Children’s Book

Well, the cover of this book definitely looks a lot happier than what the movie actually was.

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