Month: February 2019

24 Feb 2019

Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Puffer Dresses

Puffers are not, by any means, a new invention within fashion. It is, however, having a moment! Growing up in the Northwest, it was a staple to have some kind of a puffer vest or jacket. Every person I knew had at least one or was on the other end of the spectrum and had one in every color in every piece. This past Christmas, we gifted my mom with her very own puffer jacket and then I ran into a handful of friends that also had them. What I was doing was setting myself up to make a puffer purchase as well. Sure enough, Aritzia was having a sale on TNA puffers and that was enough of a sign for me.

Having a standard puffer jacket is a good decision for all sorts of reasons. As I’m following fashion month, I’m also starting to notice collections of puffers that appear in unique ways ie) the bottoms of dresses or puffer jackets transforming into other pieces. This post of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s interpretation of them caught my eye. Partnering with brand, Moncler, these puffers are a vision of color and patterns. Naturally, we’re obsessed.

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24 Feb 2019

The North Face – Tech Denim Capsule

This spring, The North Face is releasing a new collection of tech denim for their Urban Exploration line. I’ve had an interest in wearable tech for some time, but this is the first I’m hearing of it coming to denim. What makes this line unique is that their COOLMAX® technology will “offer moisture-wicking and breathability features, keeping the wearer dry and cool.”

The pieces will be available in a denim jacket, denim blouse, and wide-leg denim pants. This spring, you’ll be able to find the collection at UE Asia and UE Europe stores as well as the brand’s prototype store in Williamsburg. The collection is unisex.

Readers, would you wear it? I love the idea of these pieces coming in a material that I haven’t worn before, but I do think the branding is a bit much. Personally, it may not be for me.

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23 Feb 2019

The Jonas Brothers To Reunite

In news I needed this week, there is a rumor that The Jonas Brothers will be coming back together again. The brothers disbanded back in 2013 and back then, it seemed like things got pretty complicated. I think the break did the boys some good though. Kevin focused on his family. Joe created a band called DNCE and they put out some poppy hits while my favorite Nick Jonas became a solo star. He also got married, but whatever.

Is the a world ready for a Jonas comeback though? It looks like they’ll be returning with a couple of changes / developments. In tandem with the comeback, they’ll also be releasing a documentary and they are dropping “Brothers” from their name. From now on, you can just refer to them as “JONAS.”

Of course, this is all speculation. There is no official confirmation yet, but we hear it’s on the way!

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23 Feb 2019

Why It’s Okay To Slow Down

This week has been a particularly trying week for me. For the last 5-6 years working in tech, I’ve always had this sense of urgency looming around me. It’s something that I’ve also discussed on Yow Yow! from time to time. Even when I’m not working, I could always be working. On the weekends, I have to actively make myself stop. It’s not a concept that people outside of the Bay Area are familiar with – those people tend to think I’m crazy. Those working in tech though battle with similar complexes.

As of late though, that sense of urgency has lessened and while this is a good thing for me both emotionally and mentally, my brain had a hard time registering. I was able to leave work early this week. Somehow, I managed to beat rush hour – something that never happens! I made dinner at home with plenty of time to spare. And I had more than enough time to write on Yow Yow! but I didn’t use it all. Instead I started my bedtime routine early, fell asleep to a podcast and got more hours of sleep in a night than I could last remember on a weekday.

But why couldn’t I be satisfied? There were several moments in this evening where I remembered sitting dumbfounded and wondering what to do with my time. Was I bored for the first time? Why couldn’t I be happy having the extra time? Was there a particular reason why I felt like I needed to work even after returning home from the office? I figured, there MUST be something wrong with me.

tl:dr there’s not; but there is a reason for this. For the last few years of my working career, work has been non-stop. In the past, it has run my life. What this is is a blessing in disguise. This bubble that I live in tells people like me that you are only successful if you continue to give your life to your job. I have felt guilty in the past choosing myself over work. It will take me a couple of weeks (hopefully just one week) to get used to this feeling and to explore what could be my new routine. In the meantime, I know that things can pick up any moment. During this period, I’m excited to give more time to Yow Yow! I also planned my first vacation that is truly just for me since I’ve been a working woman. Next up? Taiwan this spring!

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