Category Archives: Design

A Tiny Home

I remember when I first looked at my place in San Francisco, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to bring all of my belongings with me. I was downsizing, sure, but I wondered if my furniture would feel out of place or if rooms would be too crammed. I wondered if I would feel comfortable in my own home. What I’ve come to realize in the last few months is actually the downsizing was actually a positive thing for me. In my old place, I maybe had too much space that it never truly felt like a home because there were so many corners and areas not even being used at all. I love the idea of living with less and utilizing donations to pass on things that I don’t need anymore to those that do or to make room for other new items. I’ve been interested in the idea of tiny homes lately and here’s one that I thought I would share with you all!

What do y’all think? It’s actually not so bad, right?!

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Airbnb | Experiences in NYC

It has been known that Airbnb has been working on Experiences for awhile, but this is the first time I’ve seen this advertisement and I really love it. I currently work for a company that focuses more on the production side of things within tech so while I’ve always had an interest in this sort of thing (you’ve seen content like this before on Yow Yow!) I feel like my senses for this are now a bit more heightened. There are a few things that attracted me to this idea. Some of my favorite trips have been the ones where I have had experiences there that I could only have in that location ie) going to a pineapple farm in Okinawa, Japan. Now, my mother and I sort of stumbled upon that by chance, but if you’re a planner like me, then this is something that you want to know about and book ahead of time. I’m sure so much research went into this project to learn about the history of the cities and the neighborhoods in addition to finding the individuals to be a part of this to guide guests. I’m quite impressed by all of that. Readers, do you think you’d try Experiences out? Everyone has a very different way of traveling so I’m assuming this might not be for everyone, but are there some of you that would take advantage of this and what would you like to do? Up next – Airbnb tackles restaurant reservation and decides to eat up OpenTable. Just kidding! But, we all know it’s sort of coming so anything can happen!

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Things That Should Exist For Single People

I’ve been reading the blog A Cup of Jo since early college and recently (or at least within the last year or so) they’ve been highlighting the work of artist Mari Andrew. She does an illustration for the blog weekly and I find them to be so relatable and perfect for sharing! Here’s a little treat for you on this Sunday morning. <3

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Five Favorite Pins: Outdoor Pools

1. The option that is barely a pool

We were gifted with quite the heat wave over this holiday weekend and you know what? I didn’t hate it that much! It was so nice to feel a little bit of the South Bay heat that I’m used to up in the city and it was fun. Sure, you’re sticky and your clothes stick to your body more than the usual, but you get to eat outside, you can walk around the neighborhood later at night, and you don’t need a light sweater or jacket. What I wanted more than anything this weekend was an outdoor pool! We haven’t done a Five Favorite Pins post since last December, but as I was daydreaming about all of the pools I wanted to have in my life, I figured it was a good time for a roundup.

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The Cream Event

Whenever the topic of conversation lands on weddings, my friends always say the same thing, “I love weddings. They are SO much fun, but so incredibly expensive especially if you are a part of them.” Now, this isn’t new to any of you. Weddings are expensive. This industry is sometimes madness to me and while I have shelled out quite a bit of $$$ for my friends, I can’t help, but do it out of love and knowing the fact that if it were me in their shoes, they would do the same for me.

This year, Bash Please brought their wedding expo to San Francisco for the first time and there was no way I was going to miss it. I’d been following them for years and have loved all of their ideas from previous weddings so I knew that their vendors at the event would be top notch and that it would feel like attending another wedding myself! I think a lot of my girlfriends would have loved to come to something like this, but the one girlfriend of mine that I wanted to take more than ever was Elisa. She got married just a couple of months after we went to the expo and was having a very small wedding in Mendocino, which meant that a lot of these vendors wouldn’t actually be a need for her. Regardless, I wanted her to still go through this experience and have fun with it! We sampled some of the best hors d’oeuvres and desserts, drank from four different kinds of cocktails, spent some time in the photo booth (a favorite of ours!) and got down on the dance floor. Side note, I entered the dance contest with my friend Kim and we got out in the first round. It wasn’t our finest moment, but like – were we even really given a fair chance?!

We were greeted with these refreshing Agua Fresca’s the minute we stepped foot into the venue. How cute are these little mini milk containers?

at the Bentley Reserve in San Francisco

Savory sorbets for an appetizer!

The prettiest dining table set up we ever did see

Overall, Elisa and I had a blast. We hope that The Cream event returns to San Francisco in 2018 because we will definitely be there. For those of you wondering if you can still attend an expo without being engaged, the answer is yes! No one is asking your status so go just for the fun.

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Electric Rosé Wine Co. – Rosé-in-a-Pouch

Having read about canned wine for most of the year, I decided that a few weeks ago I would try my first can through Underwood. It wasn’t life changing, but it was a drinking experience unlike one I have ever had before. First off, I need to debunk one assumption – one can of wine does not equate to one can of beer. In fact, one can of wine is more like 2-2.5 glasses of wine and it will mess you up. The Underwood brand is quite good though. I’ve never had boxed wine, but now that I’ve had this, I don’t see any point in going back just cause.

To make things a little bit more exciting, Electric Rosé Wine Co. is providing us with another option with Rosé-in-a-Pouch and we are ALL for this. With packaging this cute, the pouch is giving us 90’s feels and reminding us of our favorite Capri Sun pouches. For every case that is sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Water2Wines dedicated to creating clean and sustainable water for those in the world needing it.

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Food Tutorials by David Ma

Following instructions or a recipe doesn’t always come easy to me. Sometimes I get tripped up on even the simplest steps. Other times I am better reading things out loud or just viewing a visual. Food artist, David Ma, recently created these recipe tutorials and molded them from the inspiration of four very well-known directors. My favorite is this “S’Mores” one inspired by Wes Anderson. At the source, you can check out the other pieces that will remind you of Quentin Tarantino, Michael Bay, and Alfonso Cuarón.

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Pumpkin Spice is Coming

Y’all, I don’t know if you know this – but I drink Starbucks pretty much every day. I’ve been very fortunate that all of my offices have always been within a block and that I am quickly able to develop new friendships with my favorite baristas. For the last five months, I’ve been on a repetition of Toffee Nut Lattes, but all of that will soon change! Pumpkin Spice is coming and this year Starbucks is announcing a new change to the PSL. Instead of just purchasing in stores, you can now find it at your nearby grocery store (out later this month!)

According to the release, the beverage consists of “high-quality arabica coffee with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices, and creamy milk.”

The drink will be iced, and comes in a 14-fluid-ounce bottle for $2.79.

Additionally, Starbucks is releasing Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee, so you can brew your own at home. The light roast coffee features notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Starbucks suggests adding a splash of cream and sugar in order to get a similar taste of the PSL. An 11-ounce bag will run you $9.99.

Personally, I prefer my Pumpkin Spice Latte to be hot so this doesn’t actually apply to be, but it’s funny to see how this cult favorite is expanding! The article says the drink is slated to return mid-September, but I’ve pretty much been asking my baristas every day for the last week if it’s arrived… and I know at some point they’ll probably let me have it a little earlier.

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A Trip to the Color Factory!

I was introduced to the Color Factory in mid-July about a couple weeks before the actual opening through a press email. The Pop-Up was organized by Oh Happy Day– a team of creatives that I’d been following for years. They’re famous for all of their DIY ideas and in general just bringing more color and happiness to things. When I heard that they were behind this project and collaborating with other well-known artists in this space, including Geronimo Balloons, I didn’t even bother trying to dig for more information. I bought the tickets the first chance I got and for Day 1!

By the time it opened officially, they were completely sold out for the month of August. Interestingly enough, they only planned to be open for one month, but decided to extend through September because of demand. Personally, I love things like this. Not only is it something to do, but it’s fun to be a part of a pop-up experience! The collaborators put so much work into it and it’s beautiful. People of all ages will love it. In a way it’s sort of like a giant playground for adults.

Here’s what I love about it:

  • When you get tickets, you select a designated time and you need to arrive within 30 minutes of your window in order to get in. This really stressed me out because it was the first day and trying to rush there in San Francisco traffic, I wasn’t confident if I could make it. It ended up working out and the reason why they do this probably is to control the crowds. During each half hour, they know how many people are actually going through the pop-up. The best part is that it never got too crowded! I could get the pictures that I wanted and I didn’t feel rushed. I could just go at my own pace.
  • It can be educational. Each piece has a little description and a note about the artist so that you can learn as you go along.
  • It’s interactive! There’s a lot that you can see, but you’re also taking part as the creator too.
  • Going through the pop-up takes about an hour, which I think is pretty decent for the ticket price. I heard the Museum of Ice Cream takes around 30 minutes, which doesn’t seem very long to me.
  • Everyone is so friendly! The staff was so incredibly nice and you can just tell that they’re having a great time with you. There’s a lot of love and passion that went into making this for the people of San Francisco.
  • There are designated areas within the pop-up that allow you to take photos hands-free! All you have to do is get a photo card when you arrive and program it with your name and email address and then at these spots, you would scan your card and then a timer will count down until it takes your photo. It’s great because you don’t have to take a bunch of selfies and you can do group photos altogether. The area where they can improve is probably being a little bit more clear about where to stand in the photo so as to not include other people or be off center.

Things that could be better:

  • The snacks throughout are a nice touch, but it’s not a lot. It’s no Museum of Ice Cream. You’re not really going for the food anyways.
  • It can be pricey! It’s a fun experience for sure, but ticket prices are higher than what I thought they’d be.
  • When I said earlier that it’s a giant playground, I really meant it. As cool as this pop-up is, I imagine that there’s a lot of germs around because you’re touching so many things, you’re even doing a scratch and sniff and there’s a ball pit. Maybe… take a shower when you get home.
  • It’s sold out already and you have to put your name down for September. :(

Also – just to note, this place is a Boomerang heaven! I actually ended up taking more Boomerangs than photos and the reason why I’m limiting some of them here is because I think you should go and see it for yourself! I definitely don’t want to spoil it for you. Don’t make the same mistake that I did though. On your way out, you can continue the “color tour” by picking up a map that will take you to other colorful spots all around San Francisco in conjunction with The Color Factory opening!

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In A Heartbeat

Happy Saturday everyone! It looks like I’ve been busy on Yow Yow! today and that’s because I’ve mostly spent my day dedicated to it after a long week at work. I’m now getting to catch up on some things that I’ve been meaning to watch, read, and listen to and here is one of those pieces. In a Heartbeat is a short animated film about a boy named Sherwin who has a crush on another classmate of his. In a time where there is so much hate and negativity in the world, I seeing something that promotes love and acceptance above all else. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.

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A Collection Part 48

48 posts and counting! I’m convinced that writer’s block is a thing that happens to everyone. I can still remember being in college and becoming upset at myself when I knew I had waited until the last minute to complete a paper. Typical. Writing always came easily when it wasn’t out of desperation and when it wasn’t at a time that I needed it the most. These “A Collection” posts are my favorite because they don’t ever require writing, but I like to write a little piece to go along with it anyways. It’s nice to just sift through a bunch of images and decide on the spot if I want to include them or not. I will usually know within a second and if I’m thinking about one for too long, that might also mean something too. I like to think that all of the images represent the mood that I’m in or a period in my life. I never actually write out the exact feeling at that moment and we’re completely okay with that. If you read into these a bit though, you can always sense a type of pattern.

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Fast Food Merch

Is it just me or is there something happening right now? Uber announced earlier this week that they were collaborating with McDonalds and that when you ordered them through UberEats, you’d also be getting some McDonalds merch – one of which includes a burger printed onesie. This is cool and all, but KFC is sort of doing a similar thing, and while I would never ever wear something like this, I’m actually more partial to the KFC merch than the McDonalds. Just look at this.

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Yow Yow! at the SFMOMA

Top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Duster – Azalea / Jeggings – Uniqlo / Boots – J. Crew

The time in between when I left my last job and when I started my current job was the most calming and peaceful experience I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to share more about that later on with you. I had been wanting to check out the newly opened SFMOMA for quite some time, but never could find the opportunity to until I realized that I no longer had to work away all my weekends. Wenwen was a member of the museum so she took Leah and I one afternoon and it was so much fun! Growing up, I always loved going to museums. They were my favorite kind of field trips and because my father is an artist, I naturally grew up with art around me.

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Blog Roundup

  • How 6 Asian Women Have Grown to Embrace Their Beauty in a World Influenced by Western Ideals [Bustle]
  • Molly Young: How I Shop [Fashionista]

  • The Ken Doll rebooted [GQ]

  • Square unveils customizable prepaid debit cards [The Verge] These are really cute!
  • How to take good photos of fireworks this coming 4th of July [GOOD]
  • Women in tech speak frankly on culture of harassment [New York Times]
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Museum of Craft and Design

My friend Megan was in town for a felt exhibition by Janice Arnold at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. With an extra invite in her pocket for the opening, I didn’t think this was something that I could actually turn down. I was so curious and of course I knew of felt because of the material, but had never really dove much deeper than that. The exhibit itself, felt like a dream. Everything was beautiful, light, and incredibly delicate. The felt hung overhead like canopies  – the most beautiful canopies you would have ever seen. I love this photo above because you can see how fort-like it looks, but also how very pretty it all is.

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