16 Jul 2018
Merry Christmas from Brad and I halfway through the year! Last December, I got wind that Brit + Co was hosting their Holiday House down in Cow Hollow and needed to see it for myself. I had missed it the year before, but wanted to see their version of an infinity room and DIY craft stations. It was a small space, but Brit + Co utilized it well. Brad and I ended up spending a good 45 minutes there checking out every single nook and cranny. We posed in front of what feels like every single backdrop on display, took polaroids and put them in the best frames and lastly took this photo above where a real life Santa should have been, but wasn’t.
I know it seems like I can’t seem to make up my mind about these Instagrammable pop-ups and the truth is, I still haven’t come to a conclusion. I love to see how other businesses and companies put their spin on it. Brit + Co’s holiday house was up for the majority of December and completely free for visitors to stop in. Brad and I went the first week it opened so it ended up being a little less crowded that evening – perfect for us to try everything out!
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16 Jul 2018
Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
I was completely prepared to hate this song, but it’s a total bop and I’m so into it. The only thing that gets me is that this song isn’t even relevant to them anymore. Aren’t they all in committed marriages with kids?! Whatever the case, I’m not spending too much time thinking about it and just added this to my Summer 2018 playlist.
16 Jul 2018
In 2018, I wouldn’t call myself an avid Pokemon follower, but what the heck happened to Pikachu? Honestly, I’m indifferent. I loved the original Pikachu look, but this upgrade is so cheeky and endearing that I don’t hate it. Is this a semi-half bowl cut? Does it look like Pika has a little bit of a glossier sheen? Its bangs even look better than bangs on a normal human being usually. We give this look 8/10.
Apparently, this look isn’t permanent, but rather a haircut you can give your Pikachu in a new video game. If you’re a fan of the original look, don’t you worry. It hasn’t gone anywhere.
16 Jul 2018
Treasure & Bond Print Pleated Top –
$59 – $38.90
With everything going on these days, I nearly forgot that this sale was about to happen! Thank goodness for my girlfriends and our group text to remind me of the first day for early access. I’m trying my hardest to save my money during my time off right now so it doesn’t make sense to make purchases on things that I don’t need, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has always been perfect for the staples you do need. Around this time, I usually consider the items I’m hoping to make a purchase on for fall or items that I already own that could use an upgrade. Previously, those items have been a pair of classic black heels, booties, a wallet, and a purse – all of which I have purchased during this annual sale.
Ashley and I stopped by during Early Access this past weekend and while it was thrilling to see the pieces out, there wasn’t anything that I truly needed. That doesn’t mean though that I don’t have a list of things that would be “nice-to-have” and that’s what I’m going to share with you now!
Update: Now that I’ve finished working on this post, I’m convinced I need all of these items. Send help?
Kenneth Cole Envelope Collar Wool Blend Knit Coat in Camel –
$230 – $149.90
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16 Jul 2018
Dress – Aritzia
Every time holiday party season comes around, I always have some idea of the type of dress I want to wear. By mid-November, I’ve considered color, fabric, length, and accessories – all down to a tee so that I’ve honed in on exactly what I want. If I’m trying on other dresses, it’s mostly because it’s for fun or I need a gut check. Never did I ever think that in 2017, I would be looking for an updated LBD though! I knew I wanted something lacy, black, and with sleeves. I also knew that this would be a very popular style and that any party I went to, I would come across many other dresses like this one. Luckily, the fact that I would have chosen an unoriginal style did not bother me. This was one dress I didn’t have in my closet, but knew would be timeless for years to come.
I’m happy to report that since making this purchase, I have now worn it for 3 occasions total – a fancy holiday party, a dressed down holiday party and a bachelorette party! Sometimes the little black dress can seem a little bit like a cop out, but in my honest opinion, I think you can never have enough. There is always a use for one and there are so many variations of them to own. Also for those of you who have seen this photo and thought that my hair looked extremely long, there’s just a little girl sitting right behind me. My hair has never been this length!
16 Jul 2018
One thing I always ask my candidates when I’m extending an offer is when they want their start date to be. Some of them will want to start sooner rather than later, but most will ask for some time off – two weeks at least. Some news on my end… I was just recently a candidate! And the time off I’m getting? Nearly a month. I can’t remember the last time I had this amount of time to myself, probably never. The last time I had a month in between jobs, I was moving cities and that in itself had a lot of tasks tied to it that made it less relaxing than I had hoped. This time, I get to spend it being here. For weeks, I’ve been asking friends and family to share with me all of the tips and advice they had on how to spend my time and it seemed to align with what I had intended for myself!
For a brief moment, I wondered if I would get bored. Then I remembered that I never get bored. In my time off, I’m celebrating a couple of weddings and taking a trip that I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. I’m very grateful to have friends that can take a vacation with me on such short notice! We’re headed to Las Vegas, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Normally, I probably would have tried to find time to squeeze Seattle in, but as I have been visiting more frequently, I thought I would use this time to travel somewhere new. I’m going to get some adult errands out of the way – all the things I couldn’t do or made myself too busy for while I was working. Lastly, I’m going to spend a lot of time creating new content. Yow Yow! has never had my undivided attention and for the first time ever, I get to focus entirely on it. However, I don’t want this time to be used only for work because yes, even writing for Yow Yow! is something I consider work. I want to explore the San Francisco neighborhoods I haven’t been to and get out of the city. I’m going to catch up on the articles I’ve been meaning to read and find the time to listen in on more podcasts so that I’m continuing to learn as well.
If you’ve ever had this kind of luxury with time before, I’d love to hear how you spent it!
16 Jul 2018
Who: Emmy Rossum
Wearing: Carolina Herrera
Where: Beats by Dre for Violet Grey party in Los Angeles