Category Archives: Design

Style Girlfriend

First off, it’s not even an app! I’m actually very intrigued by Style Girlfriend because I can’t even tell you how many of my guy friends ask me for style advice on a regular basis. Actually the last interaction that comes to mind is Tommy on a shopping trip and sending me photos of every shirt in a store.

“What do you think about this one?”

“Do we like this one?”

“How’s this?”

I think my response was… “Isn’t Leslie [your girlfried] right next to you?!

From now on, when my friends ask me for style advice, I might just direct them straight to Style Girlfriend. However, what kind of good friend would I be if I didn’t check this out for myself to make sure that this was legit? It’s likely that the next time someone has a question, we’ll ask together and make sure that whoever is typing on the other end has an answer that matches mine. For now, we think this is a pretty good idea!

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Apple’s New Campus is Extravagant

This aerial tour of Apple’s new campus in Cupertino is kind of crazy. I knew it was going to be massive, but I didn’t know just how large and dominating it would be. The video (shot on a drone) by Matthew Roberts shows the work and progress that has been done up until pretty much today, but there’s still a lot left to finish before employees begin to move into the space in early 2017. I’ve actually driven by parts of this every now and then since this is in my backyard, and sometimes it’s a little overwhelming. I realize I work in tech and some of these things should still feel normal to me, but after three years, some parts of are a lot to take in.

I actually can’t wait to see all the articles that will be on this space after its completion.


*for real, I almost just wrote “Best, Katie” instead of Source…because that’s how many emails I’ve been writing lately.

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Wedding Mondays

Oh my goodness, it has been a long time since I’ve stumbled across a wedding video that I have fallen absolutely in love with. Eileen and Brian – what a stunning couple! I felt like I was watching this magnificent vintage wedding film that really pulled me into the setting with them. What I love about this film is that it was a lot more calm than what we’re used to seeing. We all know how much I love those high-energy packed wedding videos, but it’s nice – every once in awhile – to watch one that takes a step back. I found myself really enjoying this and I think you all will too.

We are obsessed. These photos and video are from Branch + Cole.

And to view the rest of the wedding feature, click here to visit Green Wedding Shoes.

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Pace Gallery – Menlo Park


This past spring, a few friends and I decided to check out the Pace Gallery in Menlo Park and we’re now sharing a couple of photos from the exhibit. For a couple months before that, I had seen tons of photos from people that were visiting and I just couldn’t wait any longer to see it in person. Let me just say that Menlo Park is not an exciting city. It’s the home to Facebook, sure, but it’s mostly just families residing here and stuff, but this is THE coolest thing in this city and it makes a ton of people flock to it so that they can all get cool Instagram photos.

I swear to you – when I arrived – everyone was dressed like a fashion blogger and that’s not something you usually see in Menlo Park. All that aside, the gallery is pretty cool. It was fun to stop by and it felt like it was right in my neighborhood since I didn’t have to drive all the way up to the city for it. It probably takes about an hour to go through it all, which is a comfortable amount of time. There’s also a separate building for a kids’ exhibit, but most of the adults enjoy going there too.




300 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Instagram Adds Zoom

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I remember when I first used Instagram, I always used to wonder why you couldn’t zoom in on the photos. You could do it on Facebook… and Facebook owned Instagram so… what’s up with that? Over time, I sort of just forgot about it and accepted the fact that zooming in on photos was just something that I was never going to be able to do on Instagram. Luckily for us though, the developers didn’t forget that it was a pain point for some users so that when they actually created the feature, users like me, would realize once again just how much we needed/wanted it.

I’ve used it a couple of times now within the last few days and while it’s nice to know that I have the option, it hasn’t made that much of a difference for me! Readers, what do we think? Is it really that big of a deal?

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“Single By 30”

Every time I finish my work day (I made my cut off time 9:00 PM tonight) I always think that I’m going to have the same amount of energy to put towards Yow Yow! and to be able to find material and be able to whip something up in time to post by the end of the night. For some reason, it was really easy when we were in school and we would do like 8 posts every night, but it’s so much harder as an adult!

Tonight, we’re keeping things pretty casual with a new series by Wong Fu Productions. I had read a preview about this earlier in the week – the story centers around two main characters – Kina Grannis and Harry Shum Jr. who are friends from high school. One night, way back when, they make a pact that if they are still single by the time they are 30, that they’ll just marry each other. Well… flash forward years later – they are 30! I’m not going to spoil it for you so you’ll just have to see what happens next. I think this is airing on YouTube Red though which means… it might cost some $$$, but the first episode which we’re showing here is free! If you like it, maybe you’ll continue on with the series. I mean, I definitely want to know what happens next!

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Airbnb’s New Tokyo Office

Tech company, Airbnb, has opened up a new office in Tokyo and as you can already imagine, it’s stunning. Personally, I’ve never had a chance to visit their office in San Francisco, but have always heard that it is one of the best offices out of all the startup and tech companies in Silicon Valley and San Francisco so it’s no surprise that Tokyo wouldn’t follow suit. At nearly 2,000 the square feet, this office was designed to blend both “local and global cultures” which you can see throughout these photos.

Per employee feedback, the theme of nature is heavily incorporated throughout the new design, with the end result serving as a breath of fresh air from the city’s chaotic Shinjuku district outside. Staff members can dine in the light-filled café and reception area, follow wooden paths to the various meeting rooms, and remove their shoes and relax on the tatami mats peppered throughout the office.


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Nike Unlimited

Believe it or not, there was definitely a time when I was growing up and not sure what I wanted to do after graduating, but just knew that I wanted to be creative. I thought I was going to turn to the advertising world! I remember still applying for these positions not even sure if I had the skills or knowing if I was qualified enough, but still gettin’ after it anyways because what did a college graduate have to lose? Well, we never landed there, but that doesn’t mean that I’m still not fascinated by it. I really enjoyed watching these Nike Unlimited Ads. I think they’ve been out for awhile now, but the narration in them is pretty engaging. I walked away from these feeling kind of inspired!

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Homesick Candles

I came across these last night and thought they were such a cute idea. As many of you know, the candle obsession in my home this year has been REAL real. I imagine that these would make really great gifts for any loved ones that have ventured off into their next city away from home. This Washington one is supposed to smell of hints of cherries, coffee, and rain – what else? To view the rest of the candles, click here.

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Let’s Talk About These Cupcakes

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato are performing in Seattle tonight so Cupcake Royale went ahead and sent these cupcakes over to Key Arena. How GOOD are these?! I’m dying at the one that says “Throw some bacon on it” – we still don’t know what that lyric means in that song, but we love these anyways.

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I spend a lot of time on Instagram and now with Instagram stories, my engagement feels like it has tripled. Between going through my feed and going through stories, I also spend time looking for new accounts to follow or just randomly browsing. One account that I stumbled across today was Plants on Pink. Too often, I find myself liking photographs of plants and I’m not sure why, but my eyes are drawn even more when it’s up against a pink or coral wall. There’s something about it that I find really pleasing and lovely.

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Would You Eat It?

This has my skepticism written all over it, however, I shouldn’t be one to judge. I like to think that I’m someone who is always willing to try something once before writing it off completely. Li’l Woody’s (a Seattle burger joint) and Cupcake Royale (a Seattle cupcake shop) are collaborating together on a new burger in which their cupcakes are being used as a bun and replacing what normally would be a bread. You may recall that I have tried something similar to this before in the past at San Francisco’s Straw in which my buns were donuts and I did NOT love it.

Seattle folks, would any of you try it? And if you do, can you let me know how it is?

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Make It Stranger

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We were so curious, we just HAD to try it out! Interestingly enough, I had some trouble coming up with what I wanted to use for this. Just to be clear – the blog’s name is Yow Yow! (believe it or not, this is something that my coworkers still try and debate with me because of the conflicting URL) but I wasn’t allowed to use just one line. I thought maybe I could put my location on the second line, but SEASF just looked really weird. This combination above still doesn’t even look that great, but it’s the closest thing we got!

Want to play around with making your own Stranger Things logo too? Click here.

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Blog Roundup

  • Frank Ocean’s album reportedly will be within 72 hours (Frank, pls) [Independent]
  • Meet the ATM for pizzas [Inside Hook]
  • The Filipino diving team is not good. Just watch. [Digg]
  • The captions to use when you post that first photo with your significant other [List]
  • Famous first landing pages [One Month Rails]
  • How the USA women’s gymnastics team picks their music [Fader]
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Instagram Stories

It was 7:00 AM on a weekday when I learned about Instagram Stories for the first time. I was 24% awake checking my inbox, checking my Facebook, checking my Instagram and then lastly landing on my Twitter – my normal daily routine. It was my Instagram feed that I learned about Stories though and it came directly from (almost) the source – Eva Chen, herself. Her latest post directed me to the Instagram account where I watched the video of the feature for the first time. What were my thoughts initially?

a) It’s too early to be watching something with this much high energy

b) I’m probably not going to use this

c) Would I ever be able to figure this out?

d) Is… this… Snapchat stories?

If you’re wondering if it’s normal for me to have at least 4 questions for almost everything in life – it’s true. This is actually my real life. all the time.


I quickly learned from my fellow colleagues/millennials (that’s what they call us at work) that this is exactly like Snapchat stories, but you know what? In the two weeks of using this product, myself, I’ve come to realize that no one really cares that it might be a copy cat. Meanwhile, Snapchat doesn’t know what to do with themselves so they went ahead and decided to create a super racist filter.

I had my doubts that I would be able to use Stories successfully, but after doing a deep dive with one of our interns, I felt pretty confident that I would be able to get the hang of it. I’ve learned a lot though and what I like the most about the product though is that it’s something to support the photos in my feed. Yes, I may spend a fair bit of time trying to curate the perfect feed, but Stories is different. It’s a little bit more “unscripted,” and it allows people to see the outtakes in my life. There are some things that make better photos and then there are things that make better snapshots in the form of instant photos and videos and THAT is stories.

One of the biggest complaints that I’ve heard about from people about Snapchat is that 1) it kills their batteries, but 2) they have to have a separate follower base. With Instagram, it’s a 2 in 1. I don’t need to create a separate follower base for Instagram Stories because they are already there. I actually had Snapchat over a year ago, but deleted it because I was over it. Meanwhile, I still had a lot of friends using the app and sometimes went back and forth as to whether I should download it. Well, now I have my answer.

After a couple weeks of using it, I’m officially hooked. I don’t normally include a lot of my friends in the photos in my feed, but it has been fun bringing them into my stories and highlighting the things we’re doing every day. How does everyone else feel about it though? Are you Team Snapchat or Team Insta Stories?!

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