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Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman (A Review)

“Dangerous Woman” is officially out and we cannot lie to you. It’s all we have been listening to for the past week. Good news though! I’ve listened to it so much that I can rank all of the songs in my favorite order (something I never do) and I’ve got a little something to say about each one. Before we get into all of this, here are my initial thoughts –

  • We’re so happy that “Focus” is not on this album because (we’re all thinking it!) it did not meet the bar for the rest of this album.
  • Ariana’s album was originally going to be called “Moonlight,” but then was changed to “Dangerous Woman.” Both are singles on her album and it doesn’t make a difference to us.
  • This album is everything we hoped for and has exceeded our expectations, but just like every other album of hers there are songs that we love and hate.

I can’t believe how long I’ve been a fan of Ariana’s. I think it started when she first appeared on Victorious singing, but when “The Way” came out with Mac Miller, I was hooked and that was back in 2013! She’s come so far since then and now with her third album “Dangerous Woman” she’s really coming out strong. We’ll get to the “why” in a second.

Our favorite songs: (tbh I like all of them except for “Side to Side” with Nicki Minaj. We’ve never loved the reggae feel unfortunately so we put this last)

  1. Touch It
  2. Knew Better / Forever Boy
  3. Moonlight
  4. Into You
  5. Bad Decisions
  6. I Don’t Care
  7. Leave Me Lonely
  8. Let Me Love You
  9. Thinking About You
  10. Sometimes
  11. Dangerous Woman
  12. Everyday
  13. Be Alright
  14. Greedy
  15. Side to Side

1.  “Touch It” wasn’t originally my favorite song off the album and to be honest I only started listening to it more frequently within the past couple of days, but we love it because of its complexity and the range in the verses. Let’s just assume that Ariana isn’t writing her own songs (she most likely isn’t) but the lyrics of “Touch It” are so beautiful and you might mistake them for being something dirty at first glance, but it’s actually very pretty. I think we’re just pleasantly surprised by it all. My favorite? The bridge –

Remind me why we’re taking a break
It’s obviously insane
‘Cause we both know what we want
So why don’t we fall in love?
Baby, let’s be in love

2. “Knew Better / Forever Boy” – Ugh this is so good. It was tough to put this 2nd because I actually think it’s my favorite song overall. Because it’s featured near the end of the album, I don’t think it’s going to get the attention that it deserves though. She probably won’t even include it in her tour. This is so 90’s to me the fact that it’s two different songs in one that are connected and make perfect sense together. The first part is sexy and seducing like every young girl is playing coy when she sings this jam (just like Ariana would!) but very quickly after a 1:30, you start to see the song shift. The beat picks up and this starts to sound like something you’d hear in a club. I don’t think we’ll get tired of this and lucky for us it’s the longest track on the album.

3. “Moonlight” is very pretty, but Ariana is totally following her MO with this. Every album of hers always starts out with something very soft that highlights her vocals, but isn’t a banger. Who remembers “Honeymoon Avenue” and the “Intro” of her sophomore album “My Everything?”

4. We might have placed “Into You” a little bit higher on our ranked list after watching the music video this week. It’s so steamy and the way that the song is structured allows for so much buildup. It makes a lot of sense that this song is actually doing better than “Let Me Love You.” Our favorite part is the pre-chorus. Sometimes it’s so good that you miss it entirely:

Oh baby, look what you started
The temperature’s rising in here
Is this gonna happen?
Been waiting and waiting for you to make a move
(Woo, oh, oh, oh)
Before I make a move

5. “Bad Decisions” – BOY is this a girl anthem. To be entirely honest, this whole album is a girl anthem, but sometimes the ladies need something like that whether it’s a) building up your confidence again b) to feel good about yourself or c) to pull you out of that shitty breakup. This is totally something that I would probably sing along to with my girlfriends and it’s clearly one of the sassiest singles on her album. Our favorite line? “Ain’t you ever seen a princess be a bad bitch?”

6. “I Don’t Care” is nice. This is a perfect spot for it on our ranked list. It reminds me a lot of her previous songs with the strings, but one reason we love it is because you would think that this song would be really in-your-face and aggressive. Obviously, she’s singing about not caring about what people think about her (could she be referring to that infamous donut incident) but instead it ends up being a very pretty track. It’s light and airy and suggests to all of us that this is the kind of approach we should be taking instead of just getting upset. Classy Ari.

7. “Leave Me Lonely” – Look at our girl reviving Macy’s career again! We like this song because it’s so unexpected – whoever thought Macy would make an appearance, but the contrast between both of their voices makes this such a good single. We love how dramatic it feels and sounds – kind of like a track for a Bond movie. This song was clearly put on this album to showcase Ariana’s vocals and they did a good job with it. Before the album came out, I watched a video of her performing this song and while it wasn’t high quality, it was very clear to me how powerful of a track this would be. I think this is going to come up a lot more and I wouldn’t be surprised if she released this as her next single down the line.

8. “Let Me Love You” – the worst part of this was watching all of those teaser videos for this music video on her Instagram and then learning that the music video was released on Apple Music. What the heck! Some people have said that this song would’ve sounded better with Big Sean than with Lil Wayne, but what can you do? It’s not a song that we love or hate, but it doesn’t stand out to me. If I had to choose between this and “Love Me Harder…” well I think you know the answer.

9. “Thinking About You” – It’s not a bad single, but it needs a little something extra. Throughout the song (every time I listen to it) I’m always waiting for something to “wow” me, but it never comes and I never stop trying to convince myself to stop looking for it. As the last track on the album, I don’t feel like it will get any attention, but it’s okay because every album has to have some filler tracks.

10. “Sometimes” – I keep thinking that this song is intro-ed with Bruno Mars, but it’s totally not him! Another pretty track, but honestly it’s a snooze fest until you get to the bridge. Sometimes I’ll pass by the whole song just for the bridge because it’s the most exciting part of the track. If the rest of this song were up to this tempo, it’d be in good shape! There were some missed opportunities here.

I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know
Why it never worked, but it’s going to now
You don’t know, you don’t know, you don’t know
What it does to me when I feel you around
Is it love? Is it lust? Is it fear?
But it’s hard to breathe when you’re touching me there
Hard to breathe when you’re kissing me there
Hard to breathe when you’re not here

11. “Dangerous Woman” – If this wasn’t the first single released off her album, it probably would’ve ranked higher, but at this point we kind of feel like the song is overplayed. We will say, however, that this track completely BLOWS “Focus” out of the water and we’re so glad that she began promoting her new album with the track because it put her in a good place to soar the charts. Another vocal-highlighting track, but for good reason.

12. “Everyday” – This song sticks out like a sore thumb to me on the album. It tries very hard to be hip-hop and with Future on the track, but I don’t feel like she’s fooling anyone. It’s much to aggressive for her in a different way and I think even I would feel a little awkward watching her try and perform this song in concert.

13. “Be Alright” – I was pretty surprised that she came out with this song as the second debut off the album. I was really excited when I heard it for the first time on Saturday Night Live, but since I’ve had time to listen to the other tracks off the album, this one has kind of dropped off my list of favorites. It’s your typical “feel good” type of song, but it’s nothing special. I liked it more than “Greedy” so it’s a step up from that, but not by much.

14. “Greedy” – This is a bop for sure, but it’s not for everyone. When I try to think of who this song would appeal to, I’m kind of confused. It just feels like a pop filler for this album for me. It doesn’t showcase her vocal that much; the lyrics aren’t as captivating to me. It just kind of feels like a song that is just there.

15. “Side to Side” – I can’t get into this.

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Oh…Didn’t See You There

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Dress – Oak + Fort / Choker – Free People / Socks – SmartWool 

We love this dress. Not only is it super warm and functional for those fall/winter months, but it’s a pretty cute piece as well. What I like about this and what makes it okay for me to wear to work is that it’s conservative in the front, but once you get the side view – you see those slits! I was also going through a pretty heavy SmartWool socks period in my life and wanted to wear these with every outfit. I later came to realize that because of how thick they are, they don’t work well with these black boots of mine and end up making my feet sweaty so we’ve since retired this look. And because of this look, we decided to not wear this choker as a choker and loosely made it worn as a necklace.

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China’s Most Racist Commercial

I was absolutely floored when I viewed this commercial earlier this evening. Already, it has been viewed over 4 million times and that’s probably because it is completely ridiculous. It has been awhile since I have posted anything this controversial and I went back and forth for a few minutes wondering if I even should at all, but then I remembered that college me probably would’ve posted this and ripped it apart without any hesitation and we never want Yow Yow! to become soft or just fluff. So let’s talk about this commercial for a second.

There’s so much wrong with this video, it’s almost tough to figure out where to begin. Here are my issues with it:

  • Why does the black man in this ad have to come in with stains on his face and shirt whistling at the woman? This is playing into the stereotype that black men are more sexually aggressive towards women and that’s not okay.
  • The woman then puts something into this mouth (detergent) and then proceeds to shove him into the washing machine – looks to be kind of like in a violent manner if you ask me.
  • Lastly, he comes out of the washing machine no longer black, but now a light skinned Asian man. He also happens to be so clean (stain-free) and so white.

Nothing about this commercial, made by Chinese detergent brand Qiaobi, is okay. It is difficult enough to have to still in 2016 watch acts of racism occur in our own country and while I’m not naive in believing that this doesn’t happen outside of the United States, it still is very disappointing to see this.

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Bay Area Eats: Rumble Fish

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I sort of think that if I were forced to have sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day that I wouldn’t be that upset. While the sushi here in California doesn’t exactly compare to Seattle, I still feel pretty lucky that I have some spots nearby that I really enjoy! One of them is in downtown Mountain View on Castro Street. Since I’ve been here, I have yet to find another sushi spot that can make a seared salmon. When Rumble Fish opened sometime in late 2015, I decided to test my luck. It was a good move because now the seared salmon is all I eat from there! If that picture above makes it look like the seared salmon melts in your mouth… it’s because it does.

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Song of the Day

NAO – Girlfriend

We are so looking forward to this next album. “Girlfriend” is such a pretty single – the second we heard it, we were dreaming up choreography. I’m really excited to be getting back in the studio soon. We’ve been rusty, but there’s so much that we can do with all the songs that we’ve been loving recently. Who knows – someday maybe I won’t be so shy and we’ll put a video up on Insta!

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Our Obsession w/ Glassybaby

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If you’ve been following us on Instagram lately, then you may have noticed a series of photos featuring handblown glass candle votives. One friend of mine even asked me if I had become Glassybaby’s latest spokesperson because they have made so many appearances on my feed. Nope! I just think they are extremely gorgeous and pretty. Every time I see a collection of them, I feel inclined to take a photo. Earlier this year, I mentioned that I had become obsessed with having candles in my home so it’s not totally surprising that they were the gateway to Glassybaby. I’ve actually known about the brand for a few years as they are originally from my hometown of Seattle and I had had a few girlfriends (Jennie – in particular!) who has been collecting and decorating her condo with them for years.

I kept visiting their Stanford Shopping Center location this year and each time I would pick out my favorites and of course, snap a photo while I was there. It didn’t take long though until Glassybaby started noticing some of my photos on Instagram and I was contacted by Alyssa (an employee of the company) who invited me to Berkeley to meet with her and visit their studio and hot shop. #goals.

The space was absolutely beautiful! Having done some event planning prior to recruiting, event spaces are something that I have managed to develop crushes on and this was one of those spaces. There was so much natural lighting and open space not to mention you can watch the Glassybabys being made right in front of you. It was a pretty cool experience to witness and we’re so glad that Alyssa gave us the opportunity!

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Every day the hot shop focuses on 6 different Glassybaby’s to make. Spoiler Alert! They let me take home Bay Lights that day and I’ve been keeping it lit ever since.

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Sass Game Strong

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Dress and hat – Aritzia / Sweater – borrowed / Tights – Free People / Booties – Munro (Nordstrom)

I’d be lying to you if I said every day I woke up in the morning 100% knowing what I was going to wear and was completely satisfied with it. 85% of the time I plan my outfits the night before, but I still have those days where I might spend 90 minutes trying on 5 different outfits before I leave the house. Even then, I’m still not okay with it. This was one of those days where I felt a little bit uninspired and decided to borrow my friend and coworker’s cardigan. Sandy is also my photographer most days! I really love the contrast in these two photos though because as many of you know, I wasn’t always super comfortable being in front of the camera – throwback to that space helmet that we loved so much in college and always had over my head. That’s why this photo below is still funny to be because clearly, I still am very bashful about this thing that we’re doing!

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Ariana Grande – Into You Music Video

Ariana Grande released her new music video for “Into You” and it’s a steamy one! I’ll have to admit that this wasn’t one of my favorite songs at first, but after watching this and listening to it a few more times, it has really grown on us! As you all know, her new album is ALSO out. We’ll be discussing this soon in another post as well, but for now we’re just sharing the video. The best part? There’s a twist at the end! Any guesses on what is REALLY happening in this music video?

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Blake Shelton and Jimmy Fallon Eat Sushi

Like, what? Blake Shelton – what do you eat? If I could, sushi would be our breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Cara Delevingne x W Magazine

This cover was so enticing to me that I had my money on it that the rest of the editorial spread would be just as good and that we’d probably have to share it on Yow Yow!

Turns out…we were right.

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Sonia by Sonia Rykiel

A collection shot to look like a recording studio? Well Sonia certainly knows how to tug at our heart strings.

Also, as you all may remember Resort is always my favorite collection so we’re excited to get things going again for this and can’t wait to see what’s in store especially after viewing this one!

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That One Time It Rained

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Dress – Aritzia / Cardigan – Oak & Fort / Belt – Mom’s / Gold ring – Catbird / Silver ring – LA boutique

Today was actually the hottest day of the week and I had this feeling walking to my car this morning and realizing just how grateful I am to live in a place like California where it is sunny 95% of the time. I never realized how much this could affect my mood especially since I’m from Seattle where it rains so often. It never seemed to bother me that much before, but when you spend most of your days in sunshine, it can make all the difference. One of the things that I used to hate about rainy days in Seattle is that you had to be completely covered. Locals in California still kind of believe that too, but I wanted to defy the usual. So what if it’s raining, you can still wear a dress without tights and you’ll survive. I had never worn this outfit altogether before so I paired my favorite long sleeved Aritzia dress (yes I have like 4 black Aritzia dresses, okay?) with this Oak + Fort cardigan that I wear once a week pretty much. I didn’t want my long sleeved dress to get lost in this though so I decided to roll up the sleeves of my cardigan so that they could make an appearance. This belt is my mother’s which I stole a very long time ago. It’s a pretty long belt so sometimes it’s annoying to have to wrap it around lots of times. On this morning, I managed to come up with this one way of tying my belt and I have never been able to do it again (even while looking at this picture as an example!)

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Carpool Karaoke w/ Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas

This is actually the first time that I’ve ever watched an episode of Carpool Karaoke and HOBviously we watched because Hellooooo Nick Jonas! I was incredibly entertained by this though and watched this twice before bed just last night! We love you Nick and Demi seems like a girl we could probably call a homie.

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