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Yow Yow! Does Portland!

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First vacation of the year – check! I’m finally now at an age where it has become maybe not a little bit easier, but more convenient for my cousins and I to get together. When we were younger, we were on family tripsĀ and there were a lot more people around, but now that we’re adults, we get to plan the trip and we get to do all the things we like doing. There’s a sort of an independence that comes with it and I think that’s why I enjoyed my weekend in Portland so much. A handful of my cousins are still in school ie) Grad school, dental school, etc. They’re all smarty pants! Kristie and I have never actually been to Portland before and since one of our cousins is currently living there and in school, we knew it would be the perfect place to visit first.

I had been itching to experience Portland for myself because for years all I’ve heard was that it was better than Seattle, worse than Seattle, more hipster than Seattle, etc. And now that I’ve finally seen it, I have my own opinions to make. First off, Portland is gorgeous. The trees, the bridges, the water – all things that reminded me of home without actually being at home. I love the little neighborhoods – Alberta, Alphabet District, Pearl, NW 23rd – it’s like any other major city that has their own area. I did, however, find the pace of Portland to be much slower, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something I’m not used to. Our cousin also let us borrow his car the first day we were there and I found it to be fairly straightforward to get around. Let’s talk about the things we ate though since that’s usually the only reason why we write these posts.

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Weekend Ventures: Portland

Looks like I’ll be able to check off one of my New Year’s resolutions very soon! Earlier this year, I vowed to travel more in 2015. At almost 25, I feel like I’m finally ready to take on all of the vacations and weekend trips that I always dreamed of slash never had the chance to take advantage of while I was in college. On an upcoming “cousins” trip, I’m excited to finally be able to explore Portland! I’ve driven through Seattle’s number two city twice now for road trips to San Francisco, but never had a chance to actually see the city. I hear that it is very much like Seattle, much more hipster, and full of delicious food. I love the Bay Area, but I’m looking forward to getting my Pacific Northwest on just for a little while. We’ll be creating a little packing list that we’ll post about soon just for the trip on Yow Yow!

Since I’ve never been before, does anyone have any suggestions?

I can’t wait to brunch, but it will be easy to find places I think because…Yelp. I’m also excited to try Salt & Straw, Stumptown in its own city AND of course Voodoo Doughnuts. I know it’s completely overrated, but I just have to.

After talking with my manager this week, she even encouraged me to go to one place a month in 2015. Can you imagine the damage that could do to my bank account? I’m excited nonetheless and I’m just going to take it one trip/adventure at a time just so I don’t wear myself out. :)

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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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A Collection Part 41

Happy almost New Years readers! We’re really looking forward to 2015 and what’s in store not only for me, but also for Yow Yow! We never go into the new year with a plan so it’s always a surprise for us. There’s a whole lot of love today in this post because well, everyone is getting engaged and love is just all we’re thinking about right now.

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An LA Thanksgiving

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For the first time ever, I abandoned Seattle for Thanksgiving! Instead, I ventured just a little bit further south for warmer weather and my relatives. It’s a little bit strange to be celebrating a fall/winter holiday in 80 degree weather, but I am not complaining. It was definitely a nice change from the chilly temperatures in the Bay and the first snowfall in Seattle this past weekend. With a year of being a California resident under my belt, I have so much to be thankful for:

  • A supportive family
  • Really great friends
  • A job that I enjoy coming to every single day
  • A home that provides me with a creative space and so much comfort
  • And lastly, a neverending urge to continue exploring this new area

One year late, I’m still loving this city and having the most fun I’ve ever had.

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West Coast Touring

It is good to be home. This past month while I was away from Yow Yow! I was back and forth between the Bay Area and Phoenix, Pasadena, and Seattle. I used to always wonder what it was like to be on tour and now I feel like I’m finally getting a small taste of it. I went through five airports, went through security six times, met hundreds of people and ate amazing meals. I am tired. I am also very grateful that I had opportunities to spend my weekends traveling always at home. It’s a pretty great place to be! ^^ We were tourists for the day!

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The Weekend: Last Weekend’s Seattle Trip

For the first time in a long time, I finally took a vacation! I was returning home for the wedding of my beautiful friend Natalie, but decided that a weekend just wasn’t enough so I tacked on a couple of extra days and tried to go off the grid from work. For someone who hasn’t really taken a true vacation (outside of company holidays) not checking email was extremely hard for me! I’m the only person on my team who gets a notification to my phone every time a new email comes into my inbox and it’s helpful in urgent cases, but causes me to have a sense of urgency 24/7. Having to ignore that on vacation was tough, but got easier as the long weekend went on. Here are just a few snaps from a very memorable return home.

Seattle greeted me with the most beautiful end of summer weather!

Every time I’m home, I find myself completely stretched for time and wanting to eat at all my favorite places and not enough home cooked meals as I would’ve wanted! I was supposed to catch up with a friend for happy hour at my favorite place in college – Cha Cha’s, but when I heard that he would be late, I made a very quick decision to sprint like 7 blocks down the hill to Taylor Shellfish for half a dozen oysters. That’s all I thought I would have time for! They must’ve thought I was crazy for running in and out of there and…by myself, but it was so worth it!

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An Italian Beach Resort Photographed From Above

The other day I had a talk with my manager about how a vacation home isn’t really a vacation because it can still be quite stressful trying to make time to see everyone and making plans. Instead, we reflected on how a true vacation is basically going to a beach and doing nothing while being surrounded by sand. That was a pretty nice image to think about for a few seconds. I can’t wait until I get to have a vacation like that (and I know it will happen, but we’ll need some time to get there!) So it’s fitting that I stumbled across this photography series of an Italian Beach Resort photographed from above by Bernhard Lang. Because of how crowded and how big it is, it doesn’t seem that relaxing to me or the type of thing I would be looking for, but I’m sure there are people that eat this stuff up. Regardless, the photographs are pretty amazing.

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A Collection Part 40

As the years go on, the “A Collection” posts get farther and farther apart from each other! When it comes to the end of summer, I always feel like it’s the most appropriate time to wrap things up. I started this post back in April, can you believe it? It’s about time we got this published!

Goodbye summer. Hello fall! We’re so excited to be in you!

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Yow Yow! Goes Back to Seattle!

I’m starting to think that no matter how often I go back to Seattle or how long I stay, it will never be enough. I took a trip back last weekend for the long holiday and those three days quickly escaped from me. While I saw most of the friends I wanted to see, I didn’t see all of them. I didn’t get to eat at all my favorite places or venture back to my old hometown. We did as much as we could though! However, it looks like some of the things that we didn’t get to do will just have to roll over into our next trip!

Pictured above: a view of the prettiest chandelier at The Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard. I absolutely love this little town and this was my first time stopping by this restaurant. It opens at 4 and you’ve got to be in line by the time it opens if you want to grab a seat without waiting. We got pretty lucky!

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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Happy Monday everyone! We’re not having a Wedding Mondays this week because we simply just believe in quality over quantity and there hasn’t been enough quality to post. However, we’re making up for it with a lot of personal posts :) My parents were in town this weekend to visit me and we had a grand ‘ol time exploring the beautiful Bay Area! We ate until we each gained 5 pounds and even though I’ve been here for almost a year now it still felt like I was on a family vacation.

On their second night, we went out to Sushi Tomi in Mountain View. Here is just a little snapshot of what we put into our tummies.

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I ventured over to Napa for the first time. BIG DEAL because I feel like I always preference Sonoma. I had discovered on Quora that Artesa was one of the prettiest wineries to visit so we put it at the top of our list! It really was as amazing as this photograph looks and so much more. Napa and Sonoma are both just full of hidden gems.

No matter how old I get, I think I will still really enjoy staying at hotels. That’s something that I think my Mom and I share a love for. We called The Lodge in Sonoma home for a night! I didn’t get to experience the pool while I was there. It was my biggest regret.

What would a family trip be without a family movie night about a fake family?

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One of my close friends from college was in town this weekend and better yet – on his 24th birthday! We had to take him out, naturally. After dinner at Range and dessert, we were sent off with these adorable mini macarons. The boys pretty much swallowed it whole, but Hailey and I still treated it as if it were regular size and took bites into it. I want these forever.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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We kicked off this weekend with a trip to Planet Granite with the co-workers! I didn’t do any bouldering this time, but I did climb twice before I called it quits. It has been a long week, you guys. Instead of going to the usual Sunnyvale gym, we ventured over to the one in Belmont. As much as I love climbing and how strong it makes me feel, I know that it’s no cardio. I wish I could be incorporating a little bit of that into my activities too. Nevertheless, I was still feeling the pain this morning on my shoulders and fore arms.

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Henry’s sister Grace was in town this weekend visiting so naturally we had to take her to our favorite Sonoma winery – Ram’s Gate! We sampled 8 different kinds each of us favoring one more than the other. I was pretty partial to the very sweet white wine. Don’t ask me to tell you what it exactly was because I definitely don’t remember.

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One pretty happy family here.

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Is there anything better than lounging on this deck? Absolutely not.

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I find that on Sundays I always have very intense cravings for food. Today, it happened to be sushi so I drove 20 minutes away for these nomz right here. I just polished this off and I don’t plan on moving or getting up anytime soon. Thanks for the grub Niji’s!

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The Best Airline Snacks We Wish We Had All The Time

For the past three weeks, I have been traveling up a storm to Salt Lake City to San Diego to Monterey. I’m happy to announce that I will finally get a chance to stay at home this upcoming weekend. Thank goodness. I can’t tell you how many bags of peanuts and pretzels I have collected from traveling on Southwest. Are they trying to make us all suffer from thirst? I’ve never been thrown so much salt on one flight. While I don’t prefer those types of snacks, I have traveled on other airlines that have provided me with better food options. I will never forget the time that I had the best lime cookies I have ever tasted on JetBlue. Every now and then I decide to do a search for them online and find myself getting nowhere.

Just kidding, I found out they are discontinued.

Travel and Leisure recently compiled a list of 17 of the best snacks found while flying and…we’re hungry. Naturally.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

I just realized that the past two posts in the series have been 5 Things: The Weekend. I’m not sure if it really works both ways so we’re taking it back to the original. This year’s birthday celebration was similar to years prior in that I prefer to stretch it out. After celebrating with my friends the weekend before my birthday, I decided that the weekend after I would travel to sunny San Diego to visit my BFF Ash!

It was an incredible weekend full of shopping, seafood, and pampering.

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My weekend actually got started on a Thursday since I was flying out Friday morning. On Thursday evening, I drove up to the city (what?! In the middle of the work week!) to catch London Grammar at The Independent. I had listened to a few songs before randomly, but never consistently. They were amazing live and with a packed house, it was pretty apparent that nearly everyone in the room was a hardcore fan. I didn’t feel worthy enough to be there, but I did feel pretty lucky since I heard it was a sold out show. Hannah was phenomenal. Her boys are pretty dreamy too.

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During our shopping trip at Fashion Valley, we stopped by “Typo” – a division of Cotton On that sells cute desk accessories, trinkets, and home goods. How cute are these straws? They’d be perfect for any summer soiree.

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Pacific Beach was perfection and so are my new favorite sandals by Dolce Vita. More on that later.

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Whoooo!! This girl is my best friend. Since we’ve been friends, we’ve never spent a summer apart and this year, we won’t have to because we’ll both be in the Bay Area while she is interning at Stanford. Summer 2014 – the summer of Ash and Katie.

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We found the Oh Joy! collection at Target and we fell in love. Definitely more on this later.

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