So here’s the thing, when I first heard Selena Gomez’s single “Kill Em With Kindness,” I was pretty much over it. I couldn’t get into it, I didn’t want to listen to it on the radio, I never wanted to hear the song if it were up to me. But when I heard that River Tiber decided to remix it and slow it down a bit, I thought – maybeeeeee I can give this a try. Sure enough, it felt like a completely different song – one that I would actually like to listen to on the reg. I can’t embed it here, but you can listen to it over at The Fader.
The Erised – Liar
I was recently introduced to a company that has made a new type of mattress popular to young adults called Casper. They started a new project collaborating with bloggers about what advice they could give to young professionals and I was surprised, but flattered to be asked to be a part of it. My first thought was – “Who… me?!” As a mid-20 something, I can honestly say that there are a whole lot of days where I don’t feel like I have it all together and from what I hear, that’s pretty normal. If there’s anything I’ve learned so far about being in my 20’s, it’s that these are my most transformative years (at least as far I’ve seen!) Who I was at age 20 is vastly different from who I was at age 25. How I ran and organized my life at 22 and graduating college is far from the daily routines I hold as a 26-year old working girl. For me, the most exciting part of this all is that at 20 years old, I never envisioned this future for myself. It was a total surprise. And not knowing what the next 4 years of my 20’s will hold is something that I’m looking more forward to. Hopefully the lessons I’ve learned so far that have helped shaped my 20’s are something that you might find useful too!
Say “yes” to the things you want to do / Say “no” to things that disinterest you
Seems like a no-brainer, right? For me, this was one of those things that was easier said than done. In my early 20’s, I was a total people pleaser. I never wanted to leave a friend hanging or let someone down when they were so excited to do something that I was pretty much lukewarm about it. Not wanting to disappoint anyone, I would suck it up and in the end, I was just hurting myself. It wasn’t until my mid-20’s that I realized saying yes to things I didn’t want to do was eating up my own time, which I find to be very precious (we’ll get into that a little bit later!) Also, friends of mine would become upset if I didn’t have an opinion when they asked me if I preferred one thing over the other. Instead of voicing that I didn’t want to do either, I would say – “Whatever, it doesn’t matter to me, you pick!” In my head, I thought I was being flexible when really to them, I was being more difficult. It wasn’t until I started voicing my opinions with someone that I dated that this became more apparent to me because he would end up telling me that he *liked* how honest I was about what I did and didn’t want to do.
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Clifford the Big Red Dog. There was something really amusing to me about something that’s supposed to be very small being completely enlarged. This photo series of Vivian the dog is pretty much the real life version of that. Before you ask if this is real… it’s not – don’t worry! Using Photoshop, Vivian’s owner, writer, illustrator, photographer, and director Mitch Boyer created this adorable photo series and a children’s book out of this project. The book is titled “Vivian the Dog Moves to Brooklyn” which is a true story of Vivian and Mitch’s moving journey that happened just a couple of years ago.
Knowing that each year over 5.5 million kids between the ages of one and nine move to a new home in the United States, Boyer decided to format the book as a tool to help children feel more comfortable during periods of relocation and transition. The 32-page book will feature Vivian as a six-foot-tall version of herself, adjusting to life in Brooklyn alongside Boyer and meeting some furry friends along the way.
Hat – Nordstrom / T-shirt – Madewell / Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Skirt – Brandy Melville
I think this outfit will probably go down in history as being one of my favorites! What I love about this look is that it incorporates a lot of what fall reminds me of. Funny though cause this photo was actually taken during the winter time, but I love that there’s clearly a color scheme to this and a handful of different textures along with the color black at both the top and bottom of the outfit. I’m pretty proud of this one! Fall/winter in California is nothing complex – sometimes all you need is a light sweater and that’s why this outfit just works very easily. It’s not uncommon to have bare legs during this time of the year either. This look would definitely not work in Seattle during the winter time.
PJ and Jevon Doe – Tell Me
It’s nearing 11:00 PM which means that the almost midnight craving wave is starting to come over me and what do we want?! None other than a good ‘ol fashioned hot dog. Have any of you ever seen that film, “Now You See Me?” There’s a scene in that film where they talk about a subject who gets led into doing something because he’s been getting clues and hints about it for a duration of time. When you start to hear and see something that just keeps coming up, you naturally find yourself craving that. Well, today my dad told me he ate a hot dog. Step 1. Then I was in Capitol Hill in the Pike/Pine area where I normally pick up a hot dog after a night out like I did in college. Step 2. and Step 3 – I just came across this article on Cool Material outlining the 12 best unique hot dog toppings. If that’s not a sign, then I don’t know what is.
You can make yourself even more hungry HERE.
We haven’t heard from Frank Ocean in awhile and the last time we did talk about him on Yow Yow! or our Twitter, it was because we wanted him to finish delivering on his album that he promised us. When I read this letter and I think about my thoughts towards that… it seems kind of selfish because this response that he wrote about Orlando is much more powerful and makes the need for his album feel small and significant. I’ve always admired Frank not only for his music, but because of how I felt his music spoke to us. His songs are still some of my favorites and this letter just solidifies how impactful his voice can be irl in addition to his lyrics. Thank you, Frank.