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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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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

Wowowow. What a year it has been for Yow Yow!

I’m not all that sad to see 2013 go because I am so looking forward to what 2014 has in store for us. 2013 was a big transition year for Yow Yow! Postings became a little bit more consistent because I was no longer in school and it started to become predictable that I would just log on right after work. It’s nice to be able to have a set schedule to be honest. When I was in school, I would post any free moment I had, which was great because maybe sometimes I would be inclined to write a post about something because it was convenient. However, I appreciate now, that I get to wait until the end of the day to sort out my thoughts and to spend some time thinking a little bit more about what I am writing. Yow Yow! has turned 5-years old! It’s hard to believe that this blog has been with me for that long and that some of you have watched me transition, grow, and hopefully write better content in that time. Thank you x 23984298 to everyone who has supported the blog during this time. If I didn’t have that, I may not still be writing today. We know for sure though that Jennie and Ashley have at least helped me keep Wedding Mondays alive.

Stats from 2012 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2013 will be right and bold.

1,130,911 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – -  1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow!

*In just 2013, there were 163,975 visits to Yow Yow!

7,067 Posts, 2,187 Comments 10,229 Tags – – – – –  9,167 Posts 3,152 Comments 12,122Tags (cumulative)

Top Post of 2013 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 15,726 views (written in 2012)

Top Post Written in 2013 – “Meet: Hollis Wong-Wear” – 2,071 views

Busiest Month in Terms of Views – October 2012 (49,821 views) – – – – – January 2013 (24,905 views)

Highest Average Visits Per Day – October 2012 (1,607 views) – – – – -  – January 2013 (803 views)

*Busiest Day – October 5, 2010 (4,239 views)

Credits + References

Worked with

  • Gilt City
  • Postmates
  • Dry Soda
  • Gratify
  • Nordstrom Wedding Suite at the Seattle Nordstrom Flagship

“Women Who Are Making It” Series:

  • SuChin Pak
  • Molly Young
  • Kendall Herbst
  • Hollis Wong-Wear

Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:

  • Pinterest.com
  • Facebook.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Android.pinterest.com
  • holliswongwear.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom

Music Festivals Covered:

  • Capitol Hill Block Party
  • Bumbershoot

Other:

*We started a new series on Fridays called “Take Me There” and “Truth and Words” Sundays

*We ended the series “Thought Catalog Roundup.”

*New graphics and headers by Leanna Robb! [Facebook, Twitter, Blog]

* We made a Facebook page! Like us.

*We packed up and moved to the Bay area! [Seattle, forever <3 - I promise]

*Veronica became an official part of Yow Yow!

*We received our very first press passes for Yow Yow!

*We started “Conversations From 20-Somethings.”

*We hit 1,000+ subscribers!

*We followed-up with some of our previous guest writers from a year ago:

*We made some videos! Like this unveiling video below:

and one last hoo-rah with Space Girl

*We had a memorable Twitter interaction:

Here’s to what we hope will be a very exciting 2014!

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Happy New Year!

2014 looks good. 2013 written out just looked awkward. – Jackson

Happy happy New Year readers! I hope all of you had a very fun and safe time celebrating. 2013 for me was such a time for learning in all aspects. They say that the first year out of college is one of the most challenging years that you will ever have to go through and truer words have never been spoken. In a year, I changed jobs, left my hometown of Seattle and moved to the Bay, and kept by my side the most amazing group of people in my life. I took on the biggest challenge of my life by moving to a new city and starting a new job in another state, but it was the best decision I could have ever made. My co-workers think I’m a dork because I literally cannot wait to get to work every single day. I am a lucky girl.

Here’s to another year with Yow Yow! We’re looking forward to adapting in our new home and working with some incredible individuals and companies.

 

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Yow Yow’s Top 10 Posts of 2013

This is a pretty healthy mix that I am happy with. This is probably one of my favorite posts to compile every year because I am always so interested in seeing what readers are drawn to the most. I’m not able to get a whole lot of stats from WordPress or the stats that I mainly need, but I’m so thrilled to know that two of our interview posts were a top read this year. Working with both Hollis and Molly was  such a treat!

  1. Meet: Hollis Wong-Wear (Yes, this too is one of my favorite posts!)
  2. 2013 Golden Globe Awards
  3. 5 Reasons Why I Love the Mariners Bearded Cap
  4. Is Ballard Becoming the Next Capitol Hill?
  5. Emma Watson for GQ UK May
  6. U.S. Map of Highest Paid Public Employees in Each State
  7. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
  8. The Names of McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets
  9. Meet: Molly Young
  10. Coachella 2013 Street Style
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Favorites of 2013

Favorite Style Icon: Alexa Chung

This should really come as no surprise. Since Alexa Chung came into my life, I have always been a fan of her outfit choices. I noticed last year, I selected Taylor Swift, but really – Alexa blew her and everyone else out of the water in 2013. With her new book that we are dying to read and collections of hers popping up all over the place, we are looking forward to what she’ll be bringing to the table in 2014.

Runner up: Kiernan Shipka

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Happy Holidays from Yow Yow!

Happy holidays readers!

It has been a pretty exciting year for Yow Yow! and in addition to celebrating the holiday season, we’re also celebrating our 5th birthday! Every year that I write this post, I look back on the fact that when I started this blog I was just a measly little freshman living in Seattle. The biggest problem I faced was whether or not I was going to pass my math and theology courses – a very small detail that has no presence in my life today. Friends and family of mine have watched me truly grow up into an adult and as a blog we’ve gone through some happy times as well as really difficult times. There are times when I go an entire day without writing on Yow Yow! especially as of late, but when I receive a like, or a comment, or encouragement from friends… those are things that motivate me to keep on with the blog.

For the first time ever, I flew back home for the holidays and I have to say that it feels like I might be four years behind. Many of my friends from college weren’t from Seattle so they were used to this flying back and forth during the winter season every year. Now that I’m here, I realize that my time in Seattle is so sparse and that more than ever my time is completely stretched. It exhausts me thinking about it which is why I have to take little naps every day to survive. However, being home is now something I look forward to and can really appreciate. With that said, Yow Yow! though not regularly updated as much as we are used to is a lot like home for me. It’s always going to be a part of my daily life in some way or another and as I write here I want to make sure that every post is as meaningful as it should be and treated with care.

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COUNT EM’ 1, 2…60? 2013

The addition of Spotify in my life has made constructing this list so much more easier. Every year, we count down my favorite songs and in previous years we have had 50, but last year we upped it to 60 and I saw no reason to bring it back down to 50 again. 2013 was an incredible year for music all across the board. I was pleasantly surprised by artists and bands that returned onto the scene and was excited to listen to a new batch of musicians as well. Though I no longer work within music, it is something that continues to be a huge part of my life. This year, Yow Yow! earned passes under our blog name for Capitol Hill Block Party and Bumbershoot – an opportunity that I never thought I would have. I didn’t do anything differently this year with my passes like interviewing artists or bands, but it’s this kind of opportunity that sets the tone for where I want to take Yow Yow! If I want to do that in years to come, I can look into it.

I’m excited to share with you all my top 60 songs of 2013 and as always, these are in no particular order:

1. Hey Marseilles – Bright Stars Burning
2. Carousel – Stay Awake
3. Fifth Harmony – Miss Movin’ On
4. Olympic Ayres – The View
5. Robert Raimon Roy – Axela
6. Wintersleep – Dead Letter & The Infinite Yes
7. Hannah Georgas – Enemies
8. Calvin Harris, Ayah Marar – Thinking About You
9. Ivan & Alyosha – Running For Cover
10. Young Wonder – To You

11. Toro y Moi – Touch
12. Inc. – The Place
13. The 1975 – Chocolate
14. Dustin Tavella – Everybody Know (Douchebag)
15. Local Natives – Bowery
16. Ariana Grande, Mac Miller – The Way
17. MDNT – Dream Catcher
18. Fiona Apple – Valentine
19. Kaskade, Marcus Bently – Let Me Go
20. Robin Thicke, T.I. Pharrell – Blurred Lines

21. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It
22. Mariah Carey, Miguel – #Beautiful
23. Laura Izibor – Ring
24. Justin Bieber – Take You
25. Michael Franti & The Spearhead – I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)
26. Bad Rabbits – Can’t Fool Me
27. Estelle – Love The Way We Used To
28. Pharrell Williams – Happy
29. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Schoolboy Q and Hollis – White Walls
30. Small Black – Breathless

31. The Flavr Blue – In My Dream
32. High Highs – Open Season
33. Mayer Hawthorne – Reach Out Richard
34. Drake ft. Majid Jprdan – Just Hold On We’re Going Home
35. Phantogram – Black Out Days
36. Sampha – Without
37. Lorde – A World Alone
38. Phoenix and R. Kelly – Trying to Be Cool (Remix)
39. Zak Waters – Sleeping in my T-Shirt
40. Yuna – I Want You Back

41. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
42. Lord Huron – Ends of the Earth
43. Lemaitre – Cut to Black
44. States – I Hope You Stay Gone
45. Seven Lions, Myon & Shane 54, Tove Lo – Strangers
46. Banks – What You Need (The Weeknd cover)
47. Jessie Ware – Sweet Talk
48. Justin Timberlake – Pusher Love Girl
49. Campfire OK – When You Have Arrived
50. Ra Ra Riot – Keep It Quiet

51. Sam Smith – Lay Me Down
52. The Flavr Blue – We Can Go Blind
53. RAC – Let Go ft. Kele and MDNR (Sir Sly remix)
54. Katie Noonan – Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover)
55. Lorde vs. Biggie – Can I Get Witcha Love Club (Carter Mashup)
56. Caught A Ghost – Sleeping At Night
57. Body Language – The First
58. Emma Louise – Temporary Friend
59. Colorama – Old Fashioned Girl
60. Ariana Grande – Honeymoon Avenue

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“I Guess I’ll Manage”

I wish I could say exactly when I became a fan of Molly Young’s, but the date is unclear to me. What I do know is that years ago, I stumbled across her blog “Magic Molly” and I’ve been returning ever since. Molly is a talented and witty writer who on the side just happens to work at Warby Parker on top of writing for all of these other publications. Magic Molly? Or just Super Molly? [That was terrible.] Anyways, we had the opportunity to interview her on Yow Yow! earlier this year for our “Women Who Are Making It” project and we’re thrilled to see that she’s still being awesome. Her article “I Guess I’ll Manage” was in the New York Times last week and if you’ve got some time to read (it’s a quick read!) you should check it out here.

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Take Me There:

It’s been quite some time since I’ve taken a vacation for myself. And by vacation, I mean I want to go somewhere extremely warm where I can be in the water for 75% of the day. I may have left the Seattle cold for California, but believe it or not – the Bay Area has it’s own version of winter too and it’s not that much warmer. My co-worker told me that for Christmas break she was going to spend her entire week in Costa Rica which led me to ask myself what I’ve been doing with my life. Why aren’t I in Costa Rica? Why do I have no plans to go anywhere warm for the next several months?

Life choices need to be evaluated, clearly.

The photo above is of Surreal Palawan, Philippines . Doesn’t it look like a dream?!

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Hollis Wong-Wear for Billboard Magazine

photo cred | Behzod Sirjani

One of the best parts about writing for Yow Yow! is having the opportunity to interview individuals that I admire and individuals that do something completely different with their craft than I do. We were thrilled to have Hollis on the blog earlier this year as part of our “Women Who Are Making It” series. We always knew that she was going to be a big deal someday and she’s well on her way to getting there. Recognized for her chorus in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “White Walls” along with being an all-around icon in the Seattle music scene for her work behind the scenes on their music videos and working with Blue Scholars, Hollis is a woman of many talents. She has her own band, The Flavr Blue, which I listen to daily and now she’s got an article by Billboard Magazine. You can read it here.

Congrats Hollis! No one is more deserving than you and we’ll be rooting for you every day.

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Take Me There:

Ruh Roh! We’re running a little bit behind on Yow Yow! posts lately so I’m spending my Saturday night playing catch up. I’ve been doing a bit of traveling lately between here and Seattle and booked myself a spring weekend trip, but other than that I don’t have too many vacations planned for myself. I don’t mind it though because traveling can really take a lot out of you. I recently flew back to Seattle for the holidays while in the midst of a nasty cold and let me just say that it was the most miserable flight I’ve ever had. I didn’t get to meet any new people like I usually do (mostly because I didn’t want to interact with anyone while looking so haggard) and I also suffered from that horrible ear popping/not popping thing when your flight is about to land. You know the reasons why most babies and toddlers cry around the descent? I felt their pain. I thought I was going to lose it.

Anyways, so I’m not trying to travel far distances right now especially when I’m not at my best, but here is a pretty picture of a maze gardens at Ruspoli Castle in Northern Lazio, Italy. I remembered that I had seen it in editorial shoots before so when I came across it on Pinterest again, I bookmarked it. Who knows if I’ll ever make it there!

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Out on the Town: 12/7

This is our first “Out on the Town” post since I moved to the Bay Area so I am thrilled to share with you that Lissie will be performing in San Francisco this coming Saturday, December 7th at The Independent.

Doors: 8:30 PM

Show: 9:00PM

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TIckets are between $18-$20 and can be bought here. We heard that this show is possibly sold out, but readers – she’ll also be in Seattle this Thursday, December 5th at The Crocodile. If you have a chance, be sure to purchase your tickets here.

I’ve actually been a fan of Lissie’s for years and as a booker in Seattle, she was an artist that I was incredibly interested in working with. The first time that I was hooked on her music was when I heard her cover of Kid Cudi’s “The Pursuit of Happiness” and to this day it is still one of my favorite covers. I recently had a chance to ask Lissie some questions to preview her big show in the city this coming weekend. We are thrilled to have her on Yow Yow! and are excited to see what’s in store for her.

Q: Why do some artists go by a stage name?
Lissie: I can’t speak for anyone else but growing up being called lissie I never knew anyone else with that name so I thought it was unique and simple

Q: What kinds of rituals or routines do you go through before the night of a show?
Lissie: Steam my vocal chords, warm up voice and drink tequila

Q: For a new artist, what is the best way to go about promoting your music and expanding your audience?
Lissie: Well I think it’s good to have a solid team around you,, like a publicist to get you interviews and opportunities to get in front of people and a booking agent to get you on the road. Of course you can DIY but personally my mind is not organized in that way.

Q: What is it like be a speaker at a TED Conference and speaking on the music industry?
Lissie: It was amazing! The whole conference was so varied, inspiring and interesting! I didn’t speak on the music industry. I played a couple of songs and spoke about music being a way to process emotions and provide hope.

Q: What is the timeline for promoting a new album and what aspects are required in order for it to be successful?
Lissie: I’d imagine its different for different people but for me we started about 5 months before the release, hitting the road again, doing promo and festivals. The weeks before and of release lots of interviews and TV. And social media during the whole process,, the making and completing and then building excitement leading up to it! I’m not sure there is a sure fire way to insure success though. You could spend tons of money on ads & shove yourself down everyone’s throats and still not be successful. At the end of the day you gotta have a great “product” to promote.

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Take Me There:

When I was living in Seattle, I used to always carry my laptop around with me and try and document from every little place I’d ever blogged at. I used to think that each location was giving me a new burst of inspiration or a new perspective. There are so many places you can do this from in Capitol Hill. What I found out was that I didn’t get a surge of creativity, I was just finding a new location for people watching. Only then, would that inspire a little bit of something for me. This summer, I’ll be in the Bay Area with San Francisco just a drive away and I can’t wait to see what will come out of Yow Yow! through these places.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Yow Yow!

Of course we’re blogging on a holiday! Happy happy Thanksgiving y’all! I hope all of you have had a lovely holiday spending time with your friends and family and indulging on a huge feast. I know I did. It’s been a year for both me and Yow Yow! First off, I needed to include this music video of Pharrell’s “Happy” because it’s one of my favorite jamz and I probably listen to it on a weekly basis. I first heard it on the Despicable Me soundtrack and recently learned that he had turned his song into a 24 hour music video. I don’t have time to watch all of that so I just included this one. It seemed like it would be good enough.

At our company Thanksgiving last week, I admitted something quite embarrassing to my co-workers in the middle of dinner…with a mic. “If you think that I’m excited here in the office, you should just SEE ME while I’m commuting on my way to work!” I couldn’t believe I actually said that, but it’s so true. Every day, I am so excited to go to work. I’m really lucky to be a part of a company that lets me work in the social media space, that lets me merge my work with blogging and music into my role, and that allows me to take chances and risks. 2013 has done a complete 180 and I know it’s because of this job.

All that aside, I’m very grateful for my family, friends, and the opportunities that Yow Yow! has provided me. This blog has led me here and I can’t wait to see where we are going next.

Happy holidays readers!

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