Category Archives: Design

“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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PlantsOnPink

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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.

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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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Kellogg’s NYC

Can you imagine anything better than going to a restaurant that serves your favorite cereals during any meal time? Kellogg’s is making childhood dreams come true with their new joint in New York in which you can truly have breakfast all day during their hours of 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM of course. I wish I could have seen this IRL when I was in New York, but now we’re just adding it to our list of to-do’s when we go back for a second time!

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Blog Roundup

  • 5 Things that are harder than registering to vote
  • Gay Marriage, A Year Later [New York Times]
  • Kevin Durant leaves OKC to join the Warriors. Just give them the trophy already. [ThePlayersTribune]
  • Lollapalooza Columbia cancels entire festival because headliner Rihanna pulls out for fear of Zika Virus [Nylon]
  • Photographing the real Barack Obama [The Guardian]
  • Productivity is about what you don’t do [Jocelyn Glei]
  • The one food you should never eat according to Anthony Bourdain [TIME]
  • JetBlue does something sweet for mothers on Mother’s Day [Travel + Leisure]
  • How awkward are you? (a quiz!) I got the “I’m not awkward, which is awkward.” Man, can’t win [Man Repeller]
  • How to say “Thank You” [James Clear]
  • A generator that guesses your age and status based on what apps you have on your phone. [Washington Post] This wasn’t entirelyyyy accurate for me.

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Currently Craving:

In the Bay Area, all my friends and I have been obsessed with Poke lately. There have been so many spots popping up around us including one that is just 5 blocks away from our workplace which in our opinion – is a little dangerous! I happened to be a little famished when I saw this Poke burger show up on the interwebs today and since I’d never seen something like this before in my life, I had to share it. Do y’all think it would taste good? Sometimes when I eat raw fish, I’d rather just enjoy it on its own and in its purest form so mixing it with a burger… I may have some hesitancies!

Interested in making it yourself? Here’s the recipe for you!

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Candle Container DIY

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After developing a love for candles earlier this year, I didn’t want these pretty containers to go to waste every time a candle completely burned out. I figured I probably wasn’t the only person that ever had this thought though. Luckily for me, Anthropologie had already written a post for this on how you could re-use your candle containers for other things you might need to store. Now many of you already know that I’m not much of a DIY girl, but I was very serious about my candles so I made it work. You can also do the same by following this very handy dandy tutorial that I did too. Basically, to reuse your container all you have to do is pour boiling water into it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Continue cleaning it out until all the wax is gone and here’s the most important tip though – when you rinse it out in the sink, there will be leftover residue so just make sure you clean the wax left in your sink too because it’s the worst.

There are so many uses for a candle container; you can use it for your bathroom, office space, garden, accessories, etc, but I took the bathroom route and now it is a very cute holder for all of my qtips and cotton balls! The possibilities are sort of endless.

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How Ice Cream Sandwiches Are Made

These are always some of my favorite videos mostly just because I find them to be fascinating. There’s always a box of ice cream sandwiches in my freezer so this was very relatable to me.

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