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01 Dec 2019

Blog Roundup

  • In the 2010s, Instagram Became the World’s Filter [The Cut]
  • ‘Being Careful’ Won’t Prevent Revenge Porn [The Cut]
  • The 100 Best Movies of the 2010s [AV Club]
  • What to Do If a Package Is Stolen From Your Porch [Life Hacker]
  • Second Life Podcast: Sallie Krawcheck [WhoWhatWear]
  • 24 Things to Do With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers [Bon Appetit]
  • How Much It Costs To Run For President in the US [Digg]
  • 6 Things to Stop Saying At Work – – and What to Say Instead [The Everygirl]
28 Nov 2019

The Sill – Cow Hollow

One of the most fun parts about having Yow Yow! is writing about something and then having it be something you can experience years later. When [The Sill] first debuted in New York, we wrote about it on [Yow Yow!] back in 2013. I believe back then I may have called them a start-up, but they have a true store front now and they’ve landed in San Francisco. A week into their shop in Cow Hollow, I dragged Brad along with me so that I could see them in real life. The process was seamless. First you pick your pot, then your plant and then they put it all together for you so that you can bring it home without having to do any of the work yourself. Except for, well, keeping it alive. I suppose that’s where the real work comes in!

2181 Union Street

There are no shortage of plants store within the city, but I’m partial to this one for personal reasons. 🙂

24 Nov 2019

Wedding Mondays

I’ve been following [Lucie Fink] and her videos for years ever since she joined Refinery29. In fact, while I have no video talent whatsoever, she’s the one that made reconsider including more video. I’m still at beginner level and the closest I’ve gotten is with Instagram Stories, but she was my original inspiration.

What I have enjoyed about Lucie is that she opens up to her audience quite a bit. Over the years, we’ve learned about her career, her family, her present day life, and more importantly her relationship with Michael. We’ve followed her through her entire journey and it’s that kind of present-ness that I hope to have for Yow Yow! someday too.

I watched her wedding video while on my commute the other day and embarrassingly, found my eyes welling up with tears. Yes, this still happens to us.

22 Nov 2019

Rent the Heath Ceramics’ Designed Tahoe Cabin

I’ll never forget the first time I was introduced to Heath Ceramics. I was at my former manager’s home for a meal when the dishware caught my eye. How did everything feel so smooth? It was also my first time seeing dishware that was in color. Growing up, everything was white. When I moved into my own homes and purchased dishware for the first time, it still remained white.

From that moment on, Heath became a household name. Literally. As my friends started to marry off, the best piece of advice I could give them? Make sure you register at Heath Ceramics. I wanted to continue to pass this on as I knew no one would regret it knowing about them. My parents even received their first two Heath Ceramics pieces for Christmas for the last two years.

Now, the founders of the company have taken their own Tahoe cabina nd transformed it into one that you can rent on [Airbnb]. Naturally, the photographs and the overall aesthetic are a design lover’s dream. Staying here will cost you about $400 a night, but we think it may be worth it!


27 Oct 2019

Blog Roundup:

  • The Best Mountain Towns to Visit in America [Thrillist]
  • How Cam Models Changed the Porn World Forever [VICE]
  • The 12 Best Men’s Style Instagram Accounts [Gearmoose]
  • Meet the Uninfluencers [The Cut]
  • 25 TV Shows That Should Have Ended Sooner [VICE]
  • The Blobs Have Come for Restaurant Designs [Eater]
  • The 10 Coolest Places in America to Drink Craft Beer [Men’s Journal]
  • Why Talking to Strangers is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Mental Health [Mel Magazine]
  • N.E.R.D. to Reissue Debut Album In Search Of on Vinyl [Fader]
  • A Sugar Baby on Starting out with Clients, and Sex & Romance with Sugar Daddies [Hypebae]
  • ‘I saved $100,000 in 3 years’ [The Cut]
  • ESPN Cover Story – The Unbreakable Bond [ESPN]
  • A Guide to Asian Restaurants, by Ali Wong [Vulture]
  • Hosting Thanksgiving 101 [Eater]
  • The Most Underrated Productivity Technique Is Also the Simplest [Forge]
  • 5-Minute Finance Masterclass with Sallie Krawcheck [The Everygirl]
  • How To Wake Up At 5AM Everyday [Better Humans]
18 Oct 2019

Old Apple vs New Apple

For someone who doesn’t even own AirPods, it’s surprising to even myself that this is the second time I’ve blogged about AirPod cases. Is it completely wrong that I want to own AirPods just so I can have a cute case? Honestly, does it even matter? This case is a playful way of paying homage to the OG Apple monitor and we love it. I love seeing a timeline of how far Apple products have come over the years and this merger between the two is awesome. If you’re looking to own these and keep your ‘Pods safe, you can buy the case [here] from elago. I don’t know how this fairs in comparison to other cases, but $13.99 doesn’t seem so bad!


14 Oct 2019

Kate Jenkins’ Crocheted Baked Goods

If seen from afar, you wouldn’t even be able to tell that these were made out of crochet! Since we’ve had Yow Yow, these are some of the posts I love sharing. Growing up, all of my toys came from the toy store and nowhere else. Everything was plastic and like every other toy my friends would own. Pieces like these tug at my heart strings though. They are so unique and made with a certain kind of care that you just can’t find at a store. While I think these would make for interesting pieces in a home, I imagine that they’d be even more delightful for a child who dreams of being a future baker and coming up with their own creations out of these.

I’m in love with Kate Jenkins’ designs and if you love these, you can view more on her [Instagram].

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23 Sep 2019

Wedding Mondays

It is such a treat when I get permission to share a wedding video from one my friends. In our last Wedding Mondays post, it may have seemed like I was completely fed up with the series that I created on Yow Yow! but this post is quite the opposite. You may not believe me, but I likely would have posted this even if I didn’t know Anji and Sherwin. Prior to them hiring Kapsule Co. I had been following them on Instagram for some time. It’s unclear how I first discovered them, but I loved them for their simplicity and timeless elegance. It’s not just the weddings they shoot that fall into this category, it’s their natural aesthetic. The only downside? We wished the wedding video could have been longer because it left us wanting more – just like the day itself.

Sherwin and I met as coworkers back in 2014 and remained friends even after we both left the company. It was that same friendship that led us to working together again in present time. So of course, nothing could make this more special than seeing someone I’ve worked alongside closely for years get married! It was a perfect day in Winters, California. The venue itself was flawless serving all aspects of the day with four designated areas in one: ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dance party. I haven’t seen a better transition from one area to another in any other wedding that I’ve attended.

In addition to their Winters wedding, Anji and Sherwin also had a ceremony in China. This juxtaposition within the wedding video of merging these two events is one of my favorite parts and a nice addition given that many of their friends and family didn’t get to see this part since it was kept small.

Honestly, my commentary of this wedding doesn’t do it any justice. Instead, here’s a nice feature of it from the Park Winters [wedding blog] that is worth reading/viewing from start to finish!

07 Sep 2019

Chicago Will Be Home To Largest Starbucks

In a world in which you would believe Seattle would be the clear winner, it actually isn’t! Prior to Chicago now taking over with the largest Starbucks, that title used to belong to Tokyo. This November, the Chicago Starbucks will move into the 4-story 43,000 square foot store front that used to belong to a former Crate & Barrel. Like other Starbucks locations that you have known to grow and love, it will feature an array of teas, coffees, and cafe food selections. I’m really unclear on how it needs to be 4-stories, but I’m curious to see how the space will be used.


02 Sep 2019

Wedding Mondays

It’s been a little bit quiet on the “Wedding Mondays” front and there’s a perfectly good reason for that. In a way, we’ve sort of outgrown wedding videos! Don’t worry; I was as shocked as you when I discovered this revelation in myself too. Here’s how I got to this point though. When you’ve been watching wedding videos on a consistent basis for this many years, you’ve seen them all. When I first started this series, I would watch a handful and love every single one. Back then in 2009-2010, having a wedding videographer wasn’t as popular because it was another expense. As more and more vendors come onto the scene, I find myself identifying with very few.

More often times than not, I will start a video and within seconds, I know I don’t want to finish it. It’s not because I know it won’t be good, but because I know how it will end. Those aren’t the videos that I want to see anymore and of course, I want to stress that this is in no way meant to be disrespectful to a) couples or b) the videographers who have made a living out of this. But at the end of the day, I do decide what I want to post.

For Yow Yow! though we’ve just outgrown this tradition that we’ve known grown to love. I know this doesn’t come as a surprise because the time in between from every last “Wedding Mondays” post would start to stretch even longer. From time to time, there will be a video that I’ll come across and want to post, but it just feels like the right time to sunset this series. Don’t worry; I still love them. I still want every friend of mine to have a wedding video no matter what.

I chose this one today because it was, in my eyes, different! I love seeing shots of Europe and destination weddings mostly because I have never been to Europe myself. The detail shots completely make this and the bride’s headpiece was a scene stealer for sure. To view the entire post on Style Me Pretty click [here]


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