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Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! I was trying my hardest to stay completely off of my computer yesterday because I wanted to enjoy the time with my family and *successfully* achieved my goal. To top things off, I didn’t buy anything during Black Friday. Self control, like whoa!

Actually, I didn’t really feel like I needed to buy anything. I had recently purchased two holiday party dresses (I only needed one) so that felt like enough for me. On top of that, I’m headed to Boston next weekend and saving money just always sounds like a really good idea. I was very lucky to have celebrated three Thanksgiving this year! A record! Every year, my company hosts a Thanksgiving with an entire feast and it’s one of the most darling events we hold each year. Last weekend, I also attended Mandi’s Friendsgiving which was also very sweet and started with a win from the Seahawks. That’s always a good thing especially since we’re having an embarassing season so far. Here are a few photos from all three events for you to enjoy below. This year, I am very thankful for:

  • family in different places that I can see for the holidays
  • the best friends anyone could ever ask for
  • a job that I enjoy coming to every day
  • a home that feels like home every day
  • good food. almost all the time

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Before these became everyone’s favorite centerpieces!

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Wedding Wednesdays – Wedding Confidence


Weddings are entrenched in age old traditions and rituals that some of us in the modern world choose to partake in and others that we leave behind. Today we’re going to talk about some things that have been  bothering me since I got engaged over 6 months ago and that, my friends, are wedding diets and bridal expectations.

I’ve had poor body image since sixth grade. My eating disorder began gradually in seventh grade and became uncontrollable my freshmen year of college. 3 months of inpatient rehab later, hours of therapy, an unbreakable support network of the best friends a girl could ask for, and I would consider myself in recovery for the last 6 years. I’m not perfect and my past with my eating disorder does not define me, but I still find it influencing my body image and relationship with food as years go by.

The reason I bring up this issue now is that in my last post I blogged about the joys of finding the perfect wedding dress. I absolutely LOVE my dress, I cannot wait to wear it for an entire day because it is beautiful and I feel beautiful in it. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t having an internal battle with myself and my dormant eating disorder. Wedding dresses are beautiful, but you aren’t always going to fit into the sample size dress. You are also sometimes going to get measured in front of a mirror in your bra and underwear, something I like to think of as my own personal hell. All I could think was, thank god this is happening now, when I am strong and stable in my recovery.

First thing’s first, a wedding diet is an option, NOT an obligation. Going on a wedding diet is not like hiring an officiant or getting a marriage license, it’s a choice, not a necessity and you can still tie the knot without one.

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Wedding Wednesdays: Wedding Dress Shopping

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I have a big secret that I’m going to share with you today. I bought my wedding dress already. I bought it back in July in Los Angeles, my hometown, where I went with the leading ladies in my family. Wedding dress shopping is something that can seem overwhelming unless you take the right steps prior to the big shopping day. Today I will let you in on why my shopping day was so successful!

First, I went wedding dress shopping two times prior to the official shopping weekend. This was extremely helpful as it took the edge off when I eventually went as I felt comfortable in wedding dress boutiques and knew the right questions to ask. During these two preliminary shopping trips I was also able to try on plenty of different dresses so that by the time I got to the big shopping day in L.A. I knew the general color, style, and fabric that I preferred for my dream dress, which brings me to my second point.

Second, I tried on every single wedding dress silhouette, color, and fabric that is available prior to the official shopping weekend. You can scroll through Pinterest and ‘pin’ your dream dress a million times, but your opinion may change when you actually try the dress on. It’s important to give every type of dress a try, you may be surprised and fall in love with a ball gown when you always thought you’d end up in a mermaid. Keeping an open mind will eventually lead you right to the dress of your dreams.

Third, my Maid of Honor, is my sister and she’s pretty much the best person on Earth. She planned us quite possibly the most fun, girly, and organized wedding dress shopping day ever. We started our day with champagne and donuts while watching Say Yes to the Dress and doing our hair and makeup. My sister made us appointments at three shops and in between shop one and two we stopped for much needed brunch fuel. I would highly recommend keeping your shopping day to 3-4 boutiques so as to not overdo it by trying on way too many dresses. Also putting on gorgeous white dresses is surprisingly exhausting, especially when you’re having a glass of champagne at each shop!

Fourth, I knew my budget and stuck to it. I refused to try on a dress over my budget knowing that if it was already over without alterations it would completely be out of my price range after alterations and accessories (veil, shoes, belt, whatever you need to complete your bridal look). Wedding dresses are completely overpriced, let’s just be honest, we’ve all seen Say Yes to the Dress. I had no intention to spend $5,000 on a dress I will wear once for a few hours. Because of my strict budget, I shopped at smaller boutiques focused on local designers and also seriously considered a pre-owned or secondhand dress. Lucky for me, my perfect dress ended up being wonderfully under budget.

Fifth, I wasn’t afraid to commit. Once I found my dream dress I purchased it and made a conscious effort to stop paying attention to any pictures of wedding dresses unless they’re the pictures of me in my dress, which I must admit I look at weekly. That’s normal right?

Shopping for a wedding dress was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning thus far. I truly did not anticipate having such an easy time choosing my outfit for the big day and feel lucky to have had such a supportive team of women during the process. Here’s hoping all of our future wedding planning decisions are as easy as finding a wedding dress!

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Yow Yow! In Houstin/Austin!

I thought I would give you all a heads-up… I’m headed to Houston/Austin this week! During the work week, I’ll be in Houston and then come Friday, my coworkers and I will be flying off to Austin for a weekend of non-stop eating, bar-hopping, shopping, and sun! There won’t be any posts while I’m gone, but I promise to write something up when I return so you can see all of the photos and see the places we went. I actually haven’t been excited about a trip like this in a long time. I’ve never been to Texas before or even the south for that matter. It’s always more fun when you can go somewhere new. Plus, one of my favorite college friends, Nicole, is currently living in Austin so it will be nice to see the city through her eyes. It’s her last week before she moves to Dallas. Have a great week y’all!!

P.S. you can follow all of my Texas adventures on my Instagram this week!

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Wedding Wednesdays: Finalizing a Venue


HOT NEWS! My lovely fiancé and I finally decided on our venue and as of today, have signed the contract! It’s all very exciting and stressful and expensive and perfect all at the same time. I’m starting to realize that’s what most of wedding planning is: exciting, stressful, expensive, and perfect.

I know you were on the edge of your seat after the last post about venue hunting and so without further ado; we have obviously decided to get married in Yosemite National Park because how could we pass on that? We are both avid hikers, climbers, and travelers so choosing to get married in a National Park was like hitting the jackpot.

Here are three things we considered when finally choosing our wedding venue:

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How to Keep Up With Yow Yow!

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As I mentioned last week and as you may have noticed, the posts are dwindling with every day that goes by! I won’t be able to post every day to Yow Yow! during my busy season, but one place where you can catch me posting is on Instagram. It’s so much easier to snap a photo then to research and construct a post to write. Please follow and keep up with my daily life here!

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Just A Couple of Updates

Hi everyone!

Hope you’ve been having a fantastic week. You may have noticed that things have been a little bit quiet lately on Yow Yow… maybe you’ve been wondering why that is or maybe you haven’t. I’ve had a lot of time to write on Yow Yow! over the summer, but now I’m about to dive head first into my busiest season of work. That means really late nights at the office and less time in the evenings to spend reading news and finding material for the blog. We’ll try and keep this up to date as often as we can, but if you don’t hear from me for a few days, well – you know where I’m at.

This week is the start of Spring 2016 fashion week and usually we are VERY much on top of the coverage, but because of the busy-ness of work and some travels, we’re going to push the coverage back until I return from the weekend. I hate starting things and not finishing or getting behind and I don’t want to lose my spot on where I’m at with the coverage. :)

I’m taking a personal weekend for myself and visiting one of my favorite people in the world! More on that later though… :)


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Wedding Wednesdays: Picking A Venue

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Eric and I have been engaged for almost four months. Four months is a long time, some people plan an entire wedding in four months (which by the way is nuts, don’t do that.) And you know what we’ve done in four months? Not a whole lot. We’ve spent two weekends looking at venues and have come up with no venue and therefore no date. For us, choosing a date and finding a venue come hand-in-hand. We didn’t want to be stunted by this “must have” date to then find a perfect venue without any availability. We did narrow down the months we liked the most and therefore are open to any weekends in April and September 2016. The problem is that now April seems impossible as time continues to fly by and we haven’t gotten that much closer to finding our perfect venue.

About all Eric and I knew going into venue scouting was that we like the idea of having a venue that represents us – meaning outdoors. Eric and I have spent our last 6 years together hiking various mountain ranges, summiting peaks, biking around cities, running through parks, and bouldering and so for us, emphasizing the outdoors is key. Getting married in Northern California is both perfect and stressful because we literally have TOO MANY options. I know, I know, that sounds ridiculous, and please feel free to play me the world’s smallest violin for this sob story, but it’s true. There are hundreds of wedding venues if you keep an open mind and aren’t exactly sure what you want and this becomes overwhelming quickly.

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Wedding Wednesdays: Budgeting

Creating a wedding budget is simultaneously one of the most important, stressful, and challenging aspects of a wedding. Lucky for us, we have a wedding planner to help us get organized. But even before our wedding planner was involved, we sat down and discussed our budget together and with our families. I thought it would be helpful, since talking about a budget is such a dull topic, to make this blog into a sort of handy list. So let’s dive into some things we considered in creating our budget for our wedding.

1. Talk to your family

First thing’s first, who is financing this wedding? Traditionally, the bride’s family funds the wedding entirely with the groom’s family covering the rehearsal dinner/Friday evening events. Now that we’re in 2015, this isn’t as much of a given as it used to be and nor should it be. Besides the obvious sexism ingrained in the bride’s family covering all the costs, it is just not realistic for a lot of families to finance a wedding anymore. Have you seen the cost of a caterer? For my fiance and I, we have decided to finance a majority of the wedding ourselves, but our families are kindly pitching in as well. Knowing what they can contribute from the beginning gave us a framework for our overall budget. A good way to approach this is to have conversations with both of your families separately and simply let them know that if they want to help financially, it’s much appreciated, but by no means should they feel obligated to do so.

2. No debt

By no means should anyone, ever, under any circumstances, go into debt to have a wedding. I mean, come on people. Weddings are getting out of hand as it is and you want to go in debt for one? Buy a house for Pete’s sake! Keep in mind that you are entering into a marriage and don’t lose sight of the overall meaning of a wedding. Also remember that no one is going to pay any attention to your centerpieces. At the end of the day all that matters is that you and your partner have declared your love and lifelong commitment to each other in front of all of your closest friends and family. Not to mention have the party of a lifetime afterwards. I don’t know about you, but I’ve thrown pretty great parties with some simple decorations and some good whiskey and ginger beer.

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Wedding Wednesdays: Guest List

Let’s talk about what is arguably one of the most awkward wedding topics: figuring out one’s guest list. The reason I say this is awkward is because people are completely and utterly shameless when it comes to weddings. Take it from me, people will invite themselves and their friends to your wedding with no prompting almost immediately after you get engaged. It’s really quite impressive. I’m going to proceed in telling you about how my fiance and I created our guest list, this is not to say that it is the only way to choose people to invite to your wedding, but it is what is right for us.


Eric and I both have small families so initially the guest list was easy. Just as a weird fun fact about my fiance, he has zero cousins. Isn’t that weird? What are the odds? Anyway, after listing the obvious people: our families and our wedding party, we emailed our family members asking for any of their personal requests for our guest list. We assumed they would have a few people that we had not thought of and that should be obligatory invites, if you know what I mean. At that point, we focused on our friends near and far, longtime and short. It is important to us to have friends invited that have played integral roles in our relationship. For us this means roommates who watched us grow up together, friends who heard about the frustrations of long distance relationships, and those who have supported, loved, and celebrated us over the last 5 ½ years. This may look different to many other couples wedding planning, but for us even if we haven’t spoken regularly with our freshmen year roommates or our friends on the East Coast, we want them to know that they are important to us and that we have appreciated their unconditional love and support throughout our years together. Whether they decide to make the trek to the Bay Area is up to them, but sending the invitation to the ones we love most will be the best feeling in the world.

In other news, the infamous issue of the plus one. Because Eric and I are logical and friend-centered people, we decided to allow ourselves the freedom to pick and choose who gets a plus one so as to eliminate the awkwardness of a stranger on the dance floor. This may sound harsh, but what this really means is that those in relationships will of course get a plus one for their significant other, standard protocol. Those that are not in a relationship and that will know enough people at the wedding to feel comfortable, have a great time, and travel the distance independently, will likely not get a plus one. For us, the perfect wedding is intimate. The perfect wedding means an entire weekend of activities with our most cherished friends and family, celebrating a love and a life that we have always been so sure of. These activities may include a hike or a bike ride, a brunch, and a welcome BBQ and these are things we hope everyone will enjoy and come together around. Eric and I have settled on 160 people on our guestlist and for us, this is the sweet spot.

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Happy 4th of July!

Three-day weekends are soooooo nice. Even though I’m just one day in, I’m already feeling pretty relaxed and rejuvenated. What is everyone up to today?! 4th of July isn’t one of those holidays that I love looking forward to or even love celebrating, but it’s still nice to get together with friends and family. When I was a kid, we always threw a party with our neighbors and friends which was such a happy memory for me. However, as I got older they just become BBQ’s and fireworks and kind of all over the place. Last year, my three girlfriends were in town from Seattle and we had so much fun catching up with other friends from college and attempting to watch the fireworks from the city. This year, I wanted to do something that was even more non-traditional of the holiday, but am not able to do that because I didn’t plan ahead. I wanted to treat myself by going to a spa and staying overnight! Is that crazy? I can’t think of anything more pampering for myself. Maybe I’ll just do that in a few weeks :)

Whatever the case, have a safe and fun 4th of July y’all!

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White top – Topshop by Nordstrom / Red skirt – Urban Outfitters

I think one of my favorite parts about writing some of these posts is remembering when and where I got these pieces and how I was feeling when I bought them. This was the third photo I took for my “color” series before I gave up completely, but it’s a good last photo. I wore my hair up in a ponytail that day because I’d been increasingly getting more and more annoyed with my hair (one of the reasons why I’ve been waving it more.) Even though color blocking isn’t used as much anymore, I still kind of like doing it. I bought this skirt from Urban Outfitters once in the sale section (yes, that meant I had to basically be on my hands and knees scouring the goods) and snagged this for $10! My mom thinks it’s a little kiddish and that I should stop wearing it, but it has its uses sometimes. The top is one that I bought with my bff Ashley before we both moved from Seattle to California and had one of our last dates Nordstrom during the anniversary sale. We did the same thing this past summer too, I think. We both had tried on the top and though we were going to be living in different places so it didn’t matter if we both bought it, I secretly still wanted it all to myself. Sorry Ash!

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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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Wedding Wednesdays: Hiring a Wedding Planner


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After 5 ½ years with my incredible partner, Eric, we’re now blissfully engaged! This means we have to plan a wedding, but where do we even begin? There are endless amounts of wedding blogs, countless Pinterest boards, several wedding expos each year in every city, and hundreds of wedding vendors to comb through when one gets engaged. And let me tell you, you get engaged and almost immediately the questions come pouring in. Did you set a date yet? Where are you going to get married? What are your colors going to be? Are you kidding me people?! I just got engaged six weeks ago. What I can tell you is that we decided to hire a wedding planner and so far we are incredibly happy that we did!

You may be asking yourself, why did we hire a wedding planner? Do we have a limitless budget for our wedding that we can splurge on a planner? Absolutely not. My fiance and I are funding a majority of our wedding independently. What you might not realize about wedding planners is that they can save you a ton of money not to mention save you from becoming bridezilla and spending every night after work emailing vendors.

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Introducing: Mandi


At the end of last month I tweeted out a teaser that someone very special to me would be joining Yow Yow! for the next year… Readers, I am thrilled to announce that my Bay Area bestie, Mandi, who is newly-engaged, has invited us to join the ride on her wedding planning adventures! As many of you know, I’ve been running Yow Yow! for the last six and a half years and this blog is kind of like my baby so it’s a big deal when I get to invite my friends to write on my blog. Honestly though, I’ve never had any worries and it’s really special to be able to share this experience with friends that are closest to me.

Mandi and I had a ton of mutual friends in college and crossed paths several times through being involved at Seattle University, but were never super close until we both moved to the Bay Area within a couple of months of each other. Since then, her and I have been getting acquainted with our new home and trying our best to explore the city as much as we can! Oh yeah, I’m third-wheeling it with her and her fiance Eric!

As you can imagine, the wedding planning process is extensive and there’s a lot that her and I will be able to talk about on Yow Yow! Together, we’ve come up with a list of topics and I’ve basically given her Wednesdays to be her “Wedding Wednesday” platform since “Wedding Mondays” is already taken. However, we’re both still in the planning process so please don’t expect a post every Wednesday for now because we’d just rather underpromise than over. Tomorrow will be her first post though and we’re both extremely excited! Readers, please extend a very warm welcome to Mandi! She’s going to be here for awhile. ;)

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