Month: January 2021

30 Jan 2021

Our 12th Year

After some time, the excitement of anniversaries kind of wears off. It’s the reason why some of us either love or hate our birthdays. I started to feel this way beginning last year because after you celebrate a milestone of 10 years, where do you go from there? The 11th anniversary is awkward and the 12th anniversary means you’ve been doing this for far too long.

My winter break this year from day-to-day work was filled to the brim with even more outside work. Every day we were pushing out content to Instagram, TikTok, and this blog to the point of doing that for two weeks straight had me burnt out. I had made a decision before that though that I would spend the following two weeks after pulling back. I cut off the Instagram Stories arm and while it wasn’t a full social media detox, just one portion of it made a difference.

For years, I had been so used to daily postings covering various aspects of my life both work and personal. Cutting it off cold turkey wasn’t easy though. Shortly after my break from posting started, something came across my way. Instead, Instagram decided to flag me for hate speech (my first ever!) I later verified with Elisa that what I was posting was not really hate speech and that we’ve both seen worse examples on the platform. Regardless, this was the sign that I needed. The universe said STOP.

Over the holidays, I caught a segment on Aimee Song’s IG where she was answering questions from her followers. When someone mentioned that they were just starting a blog and asked for advice on how to build a following, Aimee said “Don’t.” She said unless you already have a following, don’t put your energy into that and instead redirect it to a platform like Instagram or TikTok. Though this wasn’t directed at me nor was I in the same position, I felt a wave of discouragement. So much so that I reached out to Elisa and Veronica at the same time and asked “Are blogs dead?!” This was the year that I was crafting what I believed to be some of my most important writing pieces. Would it be for nothing?

I’d be lying to you if I said this didn’t impact me for days afterwards. I had to have a serious moment with myself wondering if it was not only a) worth it to continue, but b) could my life be okay without all of this? From time to time, Veronica is the voice of reason in my head. “Remember why you started.” When we began, this was never about being viral, getting fame or reaching influencer status. If that came, we would welcome it and learn how to navigate, but for years we were content just putting things out there.

On the flip side, my absence from the online world didn’t go unnoticed. Some even reached out to be to ask if I was okay because they hadn’t seen any activity from me. We’ve been doing this for so long that something has to be wrong if I’ve gone quiet. While well-intentioned, that idea also didn’t sit well with me. There may come a day where we walk away from all of this completely. I actually got a taste of that for two weeks while I was away and it wasn’t so bad. As I look ahead to 2021 and our 12th year, I’m reminding myself that I can only do this for as long as it makes me happy. When that joy is no longer there, it’s time to say goodbye.

For those of you who are still with us, as always, thank you! I have so much gratitude for those that continue reading my words and find value in my posts.

29 Jan 2021

This Weekend:

What We’re Watching: BLACKPINK: The Show

This was a completely last minute decision, but then I remembered that we’re still in a pandemic and what else are we doing Saturday evening? BLACKPINK was the K-pop girl group of my summer! We were more enthused about “How You Like That” than “Ice Cream,” but wasn’t everyone? Having only seen BTS’ online concert, I’m looking forward to another comparison point and a show at a reasonable hour.

What We’re Listening To: The Head and the Heart’s Live Concert at Pike Place Market on Amazon Prime

Okay so I’m cheating because this is sort of what I was watching, but also listening! Somehow, this got me feeling so emotional. Is it obvious that we’re homesick? I remember feeling such FOMO watching my friends down at the market for this set and knowing if I had been in Seattle that I would’ve been there since the morning finding the best spot in the crowd. If you’re looking for an easy watch, I highly recommend.

What We’re Wearing: The Flavr Blue sweatshirt

It has been so cold this week and with on and off rainy/stormy days, I’ve basically been living in cozy wear. This is one of my favorite sweatshirts of all time from a band I previously loved in Seattle. I love wearing this bright blue hue and in an oversize so that it can be paired easily with my leggings. Unfortunately, it’s sold out in their merch store, but luckily for me, this is one sweatshirt I’m never letting go.

What We’re Eating: Macadons

Lunar New Year came a little bit early to us in the form of these darling macarons! After having such a positive experience with [Macadons‘] BTS version, I really wanted to treat myself to another gift set. The flavors come in red bean, egg tart, and white rabbit (my favorite!) We’ll be snacking on these all weekend! Also we’re keeping up with the Seattle theme because Macadons is a Seattle-based bakery!

27 Jan 2021

A Kraft Valentine’s Day

We were slightly okay with this when we thought it was macaroni and cheese dyed pink. It’s unconventional, but we get it given the theme. However, learning that this is a sweetened version of mac and cheese, we have major reservations. First off, who is asking for this?

How exactly is the macaroni and cheese sweetened? ie) what gives it the sugary taste? According to a spokesperson, the shade of bright pink comes from beetroot and carrot concentrates. It could be worse, but it actually sounds healthy. As for the taste though, you’ll find fructose, natural flavors and vanilla extract. Basically, this meal is going to taste like candy.

While it is an interesting PR move, you won’t be able to find this special edition box in stores. Kraft instead will be holding a sweepstakes where 1,000 winners at random will receive one of these select boxes. You can enter now until February 8th [here]. And yes, while I’m completely confused by the idea, I did enter because I like to win.

24 Jan 2021

Louis Vuitton – FALL 2021 MENSWEAR

Even though I love men’s blogs, we have never extensively covered menswear collections the way that we do with women for every season. I’ve incorporated menswear into my own wardrobe the last couple years, but if we covered both women and men’s collections, Yow Yow! would be overrun with fashion. I’m choosing to highlight Louis Vuitton this time around because they recently invited BTS to their virtual show. And it got me questioning, will Louis Vuitton be outfitting BTS for their new comeback era? We all remember how well the Dior era went. As I flipped through the collection, each outfit I would decide whether or not I’d want to see the guys wearing it or not. I’m sharing my favorites below!

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24 Jan 2021

Inauguration Day Performance

After watching the actual event the morning of, I was so overwhelmed that I forgot there was an entire evening portion. As I was getting ready for bed, I caught up with a post that showed all the performances I had missed. To be honest, I didn’t care about everyone performing and this was the only one that I watched. But why did Katy Perry’s performance make me so emotional? There was something about the over extravagant fireworks and everyone watching them while listening to “Firework” that put me over the top.

It has only been a few days, but I feel incredibly relieved about everything. There has been a stiffness that I have felt for the last four years. And even just the last few weeks of silence paint a picture of what things could have been like all along.

24 Jan 2021

LoveShackFancy x Beach Riot

[LoveShackFancy x Beach Riot Jennifer Sweatshirt] – $164

Pre-pandemic, you would have had a hard time convincing me to spend my money on active/lounge wear. Even though we’re not spending much time outside of our homes these days, I’m a huge advocate for dressing up at home and that includes pieces that are active/lounge wear. Two brands that I’ve been following closely in the last year have just joined forces and it’s an 80’s party up in here. LoveShackFancy is known for their romantic and girly house dresses. After collaborating with Target in 2020 for a capsule collection, they’re back with a project involving Beach Riot. Though I don’t own any pieces from them, their swimsuits have been on my wish list for years!

Their latest collection together was made for an 80’s child or someone who needs every shade of pink. Here are our favorite pieces!

[LoveShackFancy x Beach Riot [Leah Top] and [Jade Legging] – $108 / $138

[LoveShackFancy x Beach Riot [Leah Top] and [Ayla Legging] – $98 / $128

[LoveShackFancy x Beach Riot Layla Top] – $118

[LoveShackFancy x Beach Riot [Georgia Top] and [Bike Short] – $118 / $118

For an entire look at the collection, visit their website [here]


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