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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 trips 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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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

Everyone who knows me knows that I love data and statistics as long as it means that I don’t have to be one compiling all of it. This has always been one of my favorite posts to look back on, but boy is it just a little menace to put together. Lucky for me this time, I had Gossip Girl Season 1 to keep me company while I worked on this. It’s been quite the year for Yow Yow! We’ve focused on some new content mostly my transition from Seattle to the Bay Area and mostly just tried to do our best to keep up on all the news – the one thing that seems to keep me on my toes these days.

Yow Yow! is 6 years old now! Welcome to 1st grade, baby!

Stats from 2013 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2014 will be right and bold.

1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – –  1,400,602 total visits to Yow Yow!

*In just 2014, there were 105,260 visits to Yow Yow!

9,167 Posts, 3,152 Comments 12,122 Tags – – – – –  10,113 Posts 2,878 Comments 12,926 Tags (cumulative)

Top Post of 2014 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 5,133 views (written in 2012)

Top Post Written in 2013 – “18 Types of Asian Girls” – 1,552 views

Busiest Month in Terms of Views – January 2013 (24,905 views) – – – – – January 2014 (11,072 views)

Highest Average Visits Per Day – January 2013 (803 views) – – – – –  – January 2014 (357 views)

Credits + References

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  • Molly Moon’s Ice Cream

Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:

  • Pinterest.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Facebook.com
  • Quora.com
  • holliswongwear.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom

Music Festivals Covered:

  • Treasure Island Music Fest

Other:

*We reached 1,000 posts for “Songs of the Day”

*We reached 10,000 overall posts!

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Happy 2015!

Did anyone wake up looking like this this morning?! I hope all of you had a safe and very fun New Year’s Eve! My friends and I ultimately decided that we were going to save our moneys and not blow it on Vegas last minute to opt for celebrating in the city instead. Okay – actually, I made that decision because I needed to save my $$$ per my New Year’s resolutions post! We actually had a really fun time though and caught Mayer Hawthorne’s DJ set at PublicWorks which was amazing.

Naturally, we capped off our celebration this morning by hunting for open brunch places and wallowing over a very mediocre brunch. We also decided that the best kind of brunch to have when you’re hungover is not a fancy brunch because those generally don’t get finished up like they should because you’re so hungover. Instead the best brunch is a very mediocre one – just enough to get some solid food into you.

With that, we wanted to let you know how excited we were to start 2015! I’m going to be 25 this year and I can’t wait to see what’s going to be in store for us next with everything and Yow Yow! Onto year 6, y’all!

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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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In 2015, I Vow to…

Last year, I didn’t make a resolutions post. I had just moved to a new city and started a job a few months before and back then, I didn’t really know what to expect out of the year. In fact, sometimes I think when you go into things without any expectations at all, you end up surprising yourself. 2014 was a wonderful year filled with joy, challenges, wins, loss, and a whole lot of love both near and far. Having finally moved away from home for the first time, I learned how difficult it could be to not have visability into everything happening back in Seattle, but that I had to also survive on my own for the first time and not rely on others that I knew were just a phone call away.

Well it’s been a year. I took everything day by day and though I’m not writing this from Seattle, I finally feel like I have a firm grasp on my new home and my two feet on the ground. So there’s some things that I really want to strive for in 2015 and I think we can do it and we should. I’m about to turn 25 in a few months and I think naturally 25 is just meant to be an awesome year for everyone.

 

  • Be more of an adult – I’m going to get another credit card which I’m excited about because not only do I think it’s just time  for another one, I know it will really challenge me to be more on top of my finances. I’m going to discipline myself to save more and more each month because I’ve wasted a lot of time not saving when I could have. My dear friend Toby told me recently that she wish she would have started this when she was my age. She just bought a house and someday I’m going to need to the same! I’m also going to rip off a chunk from my student loans and there’s no better feeling than getting that balance closer to zero. The average time it takes to pay off your student loans is 10 years and my goal is to beat that!
  • Make smart purchases – I’m someone that loves gift giving, but I realize sometimes I do these outside of the gift giving windows ie) holidays/birthdays. I need to practice spending money not just for the sake of spending it, but spending it on worthwhile purchases. I also need to make sacrifices and understand when it’s okay to make a smart purchase for myself for things I really need even the ones that are a little bit more costly, but absolutely necessary.
  • Dress better – Working in tech, it can be easy to choose comfort over style. Getting dressed for work has never been easier because I know that I can literally show up in anything and be fine with it, but what I didn’t realize is that what I wear impacts how I feel about myself and my day. I recently tried to attempt the fancy sweatpants look because of the latest trend and realized I never felt as lazy as I did when I wore those to work. Like every new school year and every new year, it’s time to just purge the closet and start the new year off with a new wardrobe.
  • Channel Taylor Swift – I’ve got a love/hate relationship with Taylor Swift. I don’t always understand her, but what I’ve always appreciated is that she has a strong group of girlfriends always behind her. Team Katie was a nice reminder at home this time around, but I can’t take them with me back to the Bay and I’ve gotta have that strong support system with me down there too. I’ve forgotten how important it is to have those “girl nights” and I’ve really missed them!
  • Wear high heels – At 25 years old, I’m going to trade in my everyday flats for heels and my vasaline for lipstick. One thing that I’ve always struggled with is looking my age (sometimes that can’t be helped!) but sometimes you can change it and it starts with your every day routine.
  • Treat myself to a vacation – After moving away, I felt a really strong pull to visit Seattle often. I was lucky to have been able to 3 times this past year, but now that I know that Seattle just isn’t going anywhere, I’d like to take advantage of 2015 by taking a vacation for me and going somewhere for an extended period of time. I always said that since I never had the opportunity to study abroad, that I would save it until after I graduated school and it looks like that time is pretty much now.
  • Stay active – Last year, I took a few hikes and spent some time climbing. I’d like to do more of that this year and follow-through with some of the things I’ve been wanting to do like that dance class that I’ve been putting off and SoulCycle in the city.

So readers, as you inch closer to the new year, are you starting to write up your New Year’s resolutions? We’d love to know!

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Yow Yow’s Top 10 Posts of 2014

Knowing what I know about how this year has been going for Yow Yow! I was a little bit nervous as to which posts would reach the top. It’s been a slow year, but it hasn’t been all that quiet. We’ve had a lot of fun with the blog and we’re going to continue doing so in the next year as well!

With that, here are our top 10 posts from the year 2014:

  1. 18 Types of Asian Girls
  2. Yow Yow! Visits Molly Moon’s!
  3. 16 Reasons Why We Should Root for the Seahawks @ the Super Bowl 
  4. Our Beef With The Bachelor
  5. Coachella 2014 Street Style (sorry for the broken links!)
  6. The Way Way Back Home
  7. Ariana Grande’s Dance Moves (and broken YouTube link womp womp…)
  8. Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams Are Engaged!
  9. Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg Are Engaged!
  10. C. Lowe By Scarlet & Gold
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Are We “Facebook Official” Yet?

Let’s be friends and followers:

It feels good to be a full-time blogger during the holidays!

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Count Em’ 1, 2…60? 2014

In 2014, discovering new music proved to be a little bit more challenging than in previous years. When I was living in Seattle, there was never a shortage of shows, concerts, and music festivals. I suppose the same can be said for in San Francisco too, but what’s harder is finding the time. This year, for new music I relied heavily on blogs and my brother’s various Spotify playlists. With that said, we’re still pretty confident that the 60 songs we selected were awesome in 2014 and here’s our list for you.

Enjoy!

1. Panama – Always
2. Mutual Benefit – Advance Falconry
3. Wild Ones – Paia
4. Quadron – Crush
5. Lauryn Hill – Ex-Factor
6. Jessie Andrews, Comets We Fall – You Won’t Forget Tonight
7. How to Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember
8. Real Estate – Crime
9. Katy Perry – Birthday
10. M83 – I Need You

11. London Grammar – Hey Now
12. RAC, Matthew Koma – Cheap Sunglasses
13. Mayer Hawthorne, Kendrick Lamar – Crime – Vice Remix
14. Years and Years – Real
15. Blood Orange – Champagne Coast
16. Little Hurricane – Sheep in Wolves Clothing
17. Ra Ra Riot – Angel, Please
18. Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
19. Janelle Monae, Solange, Roman Gianaarthur – Electric Lady
20. Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked

21. Ariana Grande, Zedd – Break Free
22. Yeah Boy – Can’t Get Enough
23. Deadmau5, Colleen D’agostino – Seeya
24. Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne – Rather Be
25. Tinashe, Schoolboy Q – 2on
26. MisterWives – Reflections
27. Kiesza – Hideaway
28. Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp
29. Sam Smith – I’ve Told You Now
30. Capital Cities – One Minute More

31. Jeremih, YG – Don’t Tell Em’
32. Coucheron, Eastside, Mayer Hawthorne – Deep End
33. Porter Robinson, Urban Cone – Lionhearted
34. The Antlers – Corsicana
35. Electric Guest – Awake
36. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
37. Ariana Grande, The Weeknd – Love Me Harder
38. Chromeo, Toro y Moi – Come Alive
39. Usher, Nicki Minaj – She Came to Give it to You
40. Bad Rabbits – She’s Bad

41. Banks – Alibi
42. ODESZA, Shy Girls – All We Need
43. Joey Bada$$ – Waves
44. Darius – Hot Hands
45. Tennis – I’m Callin’
46. Slow Magic – Waited 4 U
47. Big Black Delta – Money Rain Down
48. Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap
49. Banks – Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)
50. Jessie Ware – Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe

51. Kendrick Lamar – i
52. Picard Brothers, Erik Hassle – Goodbye & Good Luck
53. AlunaGeorge – Supernatural
54. Danielle Andrade – Latch (Sam Smith cover)
55. Zak Waters – Pretty Wings
56. Alizzz – What IF
57. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – James Dean
58. George Maple – Talk Talk
59. DJ Mustard, Fabolous, Eric Bellinger – 4 Digits
60. Lana Del Rey – West Coast (The Grades Icon mix)

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Happy 6th Birthday Yow Yow!

WHOO! We are celebrating a birthday today y’all! Can you believe we’re already six years old? I still remember the first day I even created an account with WordPress. It was my first winter break in college during my freshman year and back then I thought the only readership I would have would be my friends and the people that lived in my dorm. I’m sure, like most people that start a blog, I only saw this going until I found another new hobby to latch onto. Little did we know…

Six years though. Six years of content, culture, and really really big life changes that I never imagined this blog would document. It hasn’t been the easiest year for us and I know I haven’t spent as much time on Yow Yow! as I would’ve liked because of my job, but at the end of the day, I’m still so grateful to have the best support team in the world. I know that when my parents remind me to take a picture of my meal while eating out and when my girlfriends fill me in on the new places in Seattle to check out over brunch that they want me to keep going. So we’ll do just that!

Thank you all for all of the support and love over the last six years! Here’s to the next one! We’re really looking forward to what’s in store for 2015!!

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Yow Yow! Visits Molly Moon’s!

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During my last visit to Seattle, I had an opportunity to visit the office of Molly Moon’s ice cream shop! The invitation for the trip was not only humbling for me as I learned that Molly Moon herself is a Yow Yow! reader, but also very special to me as Molly Moon’s opened up shop in Capitol Hill while I was a student at Seattle University. I still remember just how excited I was to be having an ice cream shop down the street from my dorm. It was frequented by my friends and I for my entire four years there and oh gosh – that smell of their freshly made waffle cones – how could anyone forget? It’s the kind of smell that you would want in your life every day if you could have it and actually – everyone that works at Molly Moon’s appears to be just that lucky!

Together, Veronica and I have visited a couple businesses within Seattle, but by far – Molly Moon’s was the most delicious. I was contacted by Emilia Arnold a couple of weeks before my return home and it just happened to work out that I could schedule a visit when I was in town. Before I had moved away, there was an empty space next to the ice cream shop. For a long time, there was some speculation that it might be a place where you get an inside look at how they were making their ice cream and cones – kind of like a Willy Wonka type of a shop. I later learned that the space was transformed into an amazing office space for their employees. Just see for yourself!

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Preview: Our Trip to Molly Moon’s

When I saw that the team at Molly Moon’s had emailed me a few weeks ago about coming by their shop on my next visit home, I was thrilled! Because it just so happened that I would be in town in a few weeks. Having been a student at Seattle University, Molly Moon’s was our neighborhood ice cream shop and a very dear memory to the college experience that both I and my friends had! Since then, the shop has expanded from two storefronts to six and we can only imagine that things are going to get better from here! Thank you Emilia and Molly for having us and being fans of Yow Yow!

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Our 10,000th Post!

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I know that this looks like a pretty “derpy” picture, but honestly this is how I felt when I saw that I was nearing my 10,000th post! Yes, I felt like I had three chins. Normal. I’m trying to wrap my head around how much time has gone by. It’s amazing that we reached 10,000 in 5 years. My first thought was “good lord, how much time have I spent on Yow Yow?” How did I manage to do this while being a full time student, interning every summer, and then eventually holding full time jobs. I don’t know how we did it – but we did and it was brought on through so much support from my friends, family, and even those that partnered with me back in Seattle.

It was too much pressure to make another monumetal post and it call it number 10,000 so I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks! Again! In 5 years and 10,000 posts I feel like most of you have seen me develop into a real human.

Here’s to another 10,000!

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Pin It!

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You guys, it’s not even funny how late in the game we are to enhancing things on Yow Yow! This morning, I spent an extra 5 minutes playing around with widgets and finally figured out how to add that “Pin it” button to my page. What does that mean for you exactly? Every time you see an image on Yow Yow! that you want to add to one of your Pinterest boards, you can now easily do it by hovering over the image.

So it’s a little bit offcenter and sometimes will appear over words, but the functionality is there and that’s all that matters!

Happy pinning y’all!

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Dress Your Tech By DesignLoveFest

When Yow Yow! was first created, we had a completely different layout. I changed the header every month representative of how I was feeling, but mostly because I wanted to see how Yow Yow! would look if constantly changed. With every new month and every new header, I would write a post introducing these things and describing what I was most looking forward to (sort of like how I did earlier today!)

Though we’ve stopped doing that on Yow Yow! I still try to keep up with changing my wall papers on my work laptop every once in awhile and I do it for that same reason. It’s nice to look forward to change and when there is change present, we act a little bit differently than we normally would. It throws off our routine in a good way. That’s why I am a huge fan of Dress Your Tech by DesignLoveFest. Every so often, blogger Bri Emery shares with her readers new desktop wallpapers that are highlighted on her website for you to snag yourself. The one pictured above is my current because of its simplicity and because it’s too perfect for summer. As fall approaches, I’m hoping that Bri will have other inspirations to share with us!

Check out the rest of the wallpapers from this series here.

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Hollis Wong-Wear in Mass Appeal

We have a little bit of something called a “soft spot” when it comes to former Yow Yow! guests getting media attention. Our girl, Hollis Wong-Wear walked the red carpet at the Grammys Sunday evening because if Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had won for Album of the Year she would have gotten to walk up on stage with the group to accept that award. Sadly, the win wasn’t in their favor, but that didn’t mean that the duo didn’t take home plenty of awards including “Best Rap Album.” Though we know her for her rift in “White Walls,” Hollis has played a huge role in the music that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis has made and that’s why we are so darn proud of her and can’t wait for what’s to come from not only her side project “The Flavr Blue,” but her solo project that she has slightly teased us with.

Check out her interview with Mass Appeal here and her Billboard interview on the red carpet here.

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