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26 Dec 2019

Blog Roundup

  • How Often Should I Clean My Water Bottle [Mashable]
  • How To Protect Your Home From Burglars, According to Burglars [Mel Magazine]
  • This Is The Longest Walkable Distance on Earth [Popular Mechanics]
  • Second Life Podcast: Eva Chen – Director of Fashion Partnership @ Instagram [WhoWhatWear]
  • Cap Your To-Do List At Three Things Every Day [Medium]
  • Which Airline To Fly Based On The Free Snacks [Huffpost]
  • The Rise and Fall of Jell-O
  • Man Surgically Implants Tesla Key Into Hand [Hypebeast]
  • 11 Things In Your Kitchen You Need to Throw Away Now [Food & Wine]
  • If You Don’t Want To Have Kids, You Don’t Have To Want To Have A Career Instead [VICE]
  • How To Ride An Escalator [Life Hacker]
  • There’s A Scientific Reason We Watch The Same Things Over and Over [The / Thirty]
  • 11 Things That Are Amazing When They’re Good, Terrible When They’re Bad [Mel Magazine]
  • 10 Sleep Myths People Actually Believe [My Domaine]
  • Proverbs For the Modern Dating World [Medium]
  • 5 Things You Can Do Today To Help Close the Pay Gap [Create Cultivate]
  • How to Be the Mentor You’ve Always Wanted [Marie Claire]
  • The Science Behind How Dating Apps Are Changing Our Brains [The Every Girl]
  • How to Get a Selfie with Elizabeth Warren in 8 Steps [New York Times]
  • The Case for Actually Being Honest When People Ask How You Are [Self]
  • Confessions of a Serial Outfit Repeater [Vogue]
  • How to Spend 48 Hours in San Francisco [Cupcakes & Cashmere] many of these are right in my neighborhood / are my favorites!
  • 5 Habits of People Who Don’t Feel Lonely [GOOD]
24 Dec 2019

Bite Me

We love a good packaging and “Bite Me” is no exception. From the quotes on the gum packaging itself to the packaging looking like an actual mouth, we were easily sold. The tooth-shaped pieces come in fun flavors like blackberry, blueberry, pummelmint, and citrus smash. Designed by recent Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Zoe Schneider, you can view more of her work here through her [Instagram] Even though they are such different products, I’m loving the use of the pink and red hues. The whole branding reminds me a little bit of Glossier.

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24 Dec 2019

“Solara”

Two of the things that bring the most satisfaction from 2019: slow animations and gradients. We shared the Egg McMuffin animation last week so this time I want to give you a taste of Zoer’s piece. In an effort to transform the way we look at car yards, French artist [Zoer] in collaboration with the country’s region, Nouvelle Aquitaine created this. Located in France’s oldest car scrapyard, it took 144 cars to make this possible.

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20 Dec 2019

Satisfying Egg McMuffin Animations

France recently announced that McDonald’s would be serving Egg McMuffins all day in their restaurants. To celebrate, agency TBWA created these animations show how one of these iconic sandwiches gets made. We’ve done a lot of writing in the past few days since we’ve been off work, but watching this on a loop has been the most satisfying.

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20 Dec 2019

Instagram’s Week of News

photo credit | Sarah Johnson

It’s no secret to anyone that I spend most of my time on Instagram. Essentially, it’s an extension of Yow Yow! and this blog, but it’s the best way to keep in touch with my friends both near and far away. The platform has changed a lot in the last few years and while I don’t always agree with every decision in the moment, I understand the rationale behind it. This week, was a big week for Instagram news, but they were little pieces so you might have missed it! We’ll providing a recap here:

Instagram Bans Vaping Ads [Hypebeast]

Influences and companies alike have been benefiting from Instagram as a platform. Earlier this week, I think a spokesperson from the team announced they wanted to make it easier for influencers to truly create a living for themselves through their own partnerships. One partnership that they’ll be cracking down on though is vaping. Given all of the recent news around JUUL, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

“Branded content that promotes goods such as vaping, tobacco products and weapons will not be allowed,” stated Instagram’s announcement. “Our advertising policies have long prohibited the advertisement of these products, and we will begin enforcement on this in the coming weeks.”

One thing that I didn’t notice until now is that JUUL actually removed their Instagram account back in November of 2018.

Instagram Will Start Using Artificial Intelligence To Combat Bullying [Refinery29]

While I enjoy Instagram, I am aware that the rise in cyber bullying has increased significantly in the last few years because of these apps. In an effort to try and combat the cyber bullying, Instagram is giving what I call users a “second chance.” Powered by artificial intelligence, Instagram detects when a comment you’ve written may be harmful or offensive and gives you three options. You can delete the comment, re-word it, or leave it as is. However, just that warning, alone could cause someone to think twice and that’s the important part of this tool.

Use Multiple Photos In Your Stories With New “Layout” Feature [Hypebae]

I was literally scanning the app store just last week trying to see if there was an app that could do this! Instagram granted my wishes. Now with the menu tool under “Stories” you can layout your photos. This will be most commonly used for any series of shots you may be taking all at once or maybe “before” and “after” photos. For Layout, you can have it as a two-box template, three-box template, four-box template and six-box template. The feature, however, does not yet support videos.

19 Dec 2019

Golden Gate Park Gains A Ferris Wheel

To celebrate Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary in 2020, the park will open up a ferris wheel. While I don’t spend a ton of time here, despite how close I am to it, this is a place where I could spend a full day at. Any time friends of mine come to visit, going to Golden Gate Park feels like a staple because of everything it has to offer – the Japanese Garden, museums, or even the Conservatory of Flowers. There isn’t a shortage of things to do here.

As touristy as a ferris wheel sometimes seems, I still love the novelty of it. To ride this one, you’ll have to fork up $18 so it better be good. The Ferris Wheel will stand at 120 feet tall which is as high as the observation deck at the De Young Museum. The ride itself will be about 12 minutes long and each carriage will hold 10 people.

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18 Dec 2019

LoveShackFancy Launches Homeware Collection

The one time I ever threw a soiree for myself and meant it was for my going away party to the Bay Area. I had planned many events leading up to this before – benefits, birthdays, surprises and concerts, but this was personal. I used some of my sign on bonus to rent out a venue space with my friends and family and themed it “garden party.” Maybe that theme is out nearly six years later, but I still swoon over it.

LoveShackFancy is my new favorite brand from the last year and in addition to their beautiful dresses, they are now launching homewares. It’s basically everything you would want to have a garden party on the regular. The line is currently available online and soon in stores at their very own shop in Palm Beach.

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15 Dec 2019

Introducing: Lyft Rentals

I know I’ve had a busy week at work when I completely miss news like this! How did we not know that Lyft was now offering rentals? I liked how straightforward this ad was, but I’ll be curious what people think once it starts getting used. There are so many services like this these days that it’s hard to know if Lyft can a) differentiate themselves or b) break into the market.

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. 🙂

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