I’ll never forget the day I discovered Riverdale on Netflix and finished the whole season in one weekend. It’s weird to say I grew up with Dylan and Cole Sprouse because of them in Big Daddy or The Suite Life… because they are actually younger than me. I really enjoy Cole in Riverdale though and I shipped him and Lili Reinhart almost immediately.
After a weekend of many visitors in town, I thought I’d take a weekend off for myself. I’m also taking care of some home stuff, which is keeping me closer. It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on some new Netflix releases including a documentary that I’ve been looking forward to, “Shirkers” and the new series, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” Both are quite different, but it’s nice to shake things up a bit.
In my own words, “Shirkers” is a documentary about three young teenagers who set out to make a film back in 1992. They enlist Georges Cardona who is their mentor to help them with it. In the process, he seemingly disappears and essentially ghosts the three of them. He vanishes along with all of the footage. The thrilling part of this documentary is getting to know who he is and the mystery that surrounds him. The best part is seeing three friends with an imagination and creating something from nothing.
On the other hand, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” – though about the same character – is nothing like “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” This is no TGIF! The show is produced by the same people who did Riverdale so if that gives you the scaries, this will too. I never watched Kiernan Shipka on “Mad Men,” but it’s refreshing to see her grow into her stardom. She’s a likable character, a woman wise beyond her teenage years who is a feminist and stands up for herself, her friends, and what is right.
Top – Aritzia / Pants – Alternative Apparel / Heels – Vince Camuto / Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs
If I’m going to spend an entire weekend out and about, I want to be in my most comfortable outfit. When Winny comes to town, we’re having two meals for every normal person’s one meal and finding new spots to venture off to. On this particular trip, we happened to be having a bowl of udon in Japantown and then came across this structure near our parked car. Despite it being a clear day with a blue sky, it was pretty breezy! Don’t mind the hair all over my face. Also, even though I like these photos, I don’t think I made the best decision in terms of picking a flattering outfit. Since the pants are already loose in itself, it probably would have been better to choose a more structured top instead of an equally loose top that I tried to make structured with a tuck.
Who: Angela Sarafyan
Wearing: Kate Spade New York
Where: InStyle dinner in Beverly Hills, California
We’re more than halfway through the month so it seems like now is an appropriate time for me to think about Halloween and how we’re going to celebrate. It’s not in my top five favorite holidays to engage in; it might not even be in my top 10 (are there 10?) but it’s a social holiday so you have to participate a little bit right? I’ve rounded up just a few ideas that I’ve either started to do or am considering and it’s so low key that no one will even blame you if you don’t participate at all.
- My OnDemand currently is full of Halloween themed films. I wouldn’t watch them normally at any other time during the year, but given that it’s the season, it’s an opportunity to freshen up with my favorites. I will throw one on and just have it in the background or I’ll full on participate and watch the entire thing without being on my laptop. Rare. This week so far, I’ve watched Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown and who knows? Maybe I’ll watch a few more.
- Since I’m two months into my new job, I’ve been debating whether or not it makes sense to dress up for Halloween in the office. Is this something people do? Will my friends even do it? One solution is this: find a costume that is so low maintenance that if you get to work and no one is dressed up you can remove pieces immediately to make it seem like you dressed up for a normal work day. My idea is Hamburgler, obviously. Steal it if you want!
- As I’ve lived in San Francisco longer, I’ve realized that it’s not always the easiest place to celebrate the holiday given the environment. I’m not in a neighborhood to have trick-or-treaters or even be able to get to them immediately with candy. It also does not make sense to have a pumpkin outside my door. I do like my decorations though. Instead of my usual flowers, I’ve been considering purchasing smaller pumpkins that I can paint and decorate and leave indoors to spruce up my living room.
- Allow yourself to have a cheat month. When else do you have an excuse to eat this much candy?! If every kid is going to do it, shouldn’t you also? I always thought that around Halloween, I’d have a small bucket of candies near my desk that I can have a piece every now and then. It’s also just a great way to win over your coworkers. Lucky for me, my offices have always had these lying around! They’re a hit.
- Get yourself out of the city and head to a pumpkin patch. I missed this field trip when I was in Kindergarten because I was sick and regretted it ever since. It felt like a prime part of my childhood was lost because of this! I didn’t get to go to another until I was in my early 20’s after college and it was a completely different experience. Even if you have no intention of buying a pumpkin, it’s the epitome of fall. It’s the fall version of a spring field of flowers.
Classixx, Panama – A Mountain With No Ending
Happy Saturday y’all! After having an active morning of brunch and spending some time outside at the Ferry Building this morning, I returned home to catch up on news and write. I haven’t had this solid chunk of time in awhile. Since having Yow Yow! I always wished that I could have more of a balance with writing and work. In my head 50/50 seemed inappropriate. In college, it likely was 75/25 – 75 being this blog. Since starting my new job, I’ve become immersed in it and in a way, it has been giving me a new kind of energy that I haven’t had before in my previous roles.
At the end of my work days, I have the time to write, but it’s easier to just work instead. That transition for me is easier. And I often feel like I just don’t have the mental capacity or energy to be as creative as I need to be. The way I started out this post doesn’t sound happy, but I promise we’re getting there!
As I reserve myself some time today to write, I think about what’s ahead for us. In just a couple of months, we’ll be celebrating 10 years of Yow Yow! Did anyone ever think that I’d be keeping this alive for this long?! Definitely not me! However, when you’ve had something as a routine for so many years, it’s hard to quit. Not to be confused with an addiction though. It hasn’t been an easy year. I migrated to WordPress.org. I hired someone to help me do that and that had its own set of challenges. We also weren’t recording my stats for some time. Every problem I didn’t need on my plate happened, but we made it!
We’re not quite at 10 years yet and while I’m thinking about how we should celebrate, I want to just add a quick thank you! The first readers of Yow Yow were my peers in college and they spread this blog by word of mouth like fire. It was so fun and as cringeworthy as those posts were, I love having 10 years of archives to look through. They are filled with not only personal moments, but pivotal moments in history, culture, and trends across music, fashion, and food. I wish I could say I had a grand plan for Yow Yow! but for now, surviving and staying afloat feels just as good.
I just read an article that said that Danity Kane was about to have another comeback and while that news doesn’t speak to me that much, I ended up getting nostalgic for old Danity Kane. The girl group had such a great run. They were talented. They put out bops. And they had an incredible friendship growing up in front of the camera. Everything was good until it wasn’t. Don’t we say that about everything though? The comeback will only consist of Aubrey’s new face, Shannon, and Dawn so unfortunately, it’s not quite the same.
While we wait for the comeback, I just want to post videos from their earlier (best!) days instead.
Who: Victoria Justice
Where: amfAR Gala 2018 in Los Angeles