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01 Jul 2018

How We See Our Food

This photo cracks me up! Whenever, we feature food on the blog, it’s always coming from my point of view – directly what is in front of me or from above. I love this shot that Elynn captured of me when I wasn’t even looking at her. Obviously, I’m excited and clearly this is how I always look at my food before devouring it.

Elynn and I had ourselves an impromptu food tour that day starting with sushi for lunch, Salt & Straw ice cream as a snack and landing at Bar Crudo for their happy hour and early dinner. Oysters in the bay area tend to be more expensive than in Seattle. When Seattle has oyster happy hours, they are $1, but in San Francisco, you can expect them to be $1.50-$2.50 at times. No one likes raised prices, but what’s a girl to do when you’ve got a craving?

When someone asks me what my favorite hobbies are, the first thing I always say is eating out at different SF restaurants. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have my own love/hate relationship with it though. In the last few weeks, I’ve been more stressed than usual and have found myself not enjoying the meals that I typically love: pasta, burritos, sushi. I couldn’t even finish my Chipotle order just a couple of days ago. I never saw this correlation within myself until recently, but find it to be reasonable. It’s challenging to enjoy most things when you are unhappy or when you don’t feel like yourself. Now, there’s no need to worry and I’m confident I’ll be back to my normal self soon. Here’s hoping that I’m making eyes at my food just like above very soon!

16 Jun 2018

When Your Blog Is Broke

For what feels like a month, my blog has been somewhat broken. It’s not that I haven’t had time to fix it, but it’s complex enough that I need a solid chunk of time to work on it. For one thing, the sharing functions for every post that I write are no longer embedded in and if I want to share, I have to do it manually. On a scale of 1-10, I consider that to be not as major. The other problem though is that I’m no longer able to view my stats. I have no idea how many people are reading my posts or stopping by Yow Yow! every day. Initially this stressed me out. I’m a numbers and metrics person and I’ve always had that resource available to me ever since I started Yow Yow! As weeks went on and I lagged on getting this fixed, I started to realize that not knowing sort of gave me peace of mind. I could write freely without having to examine every stat and what it meant especially if most of the time it didn’t mean much.

Over time, I realized the blog stats were what I over examined before I even was introduced to things like Instagram and likes and hearts. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve just been able to focus on the writing and more importantly what I’m happy to write about instead of the stress of how certain pieces are performing. It has been a nice period of time (almost a time of innocence if you will) and I’m going to enjoy for it now, but soon we’ll get these stats back because it’s important to have data and it’s important to know how you can improve. Having just recently gone under a makeover with Yow Yow, it’s still crucial for me to track these things!

27 May 2018

Needed the Long Weekend

Having a three day weekend to kick off the summer season was such a delight. I know it’s not over yet, but I’m currently relishing in every little bit of it. It didn’t occur to me how much I needed one until it was actually here. I happen to be in a career where there is always work to do. Lately, it’s all I’ve been doing and it didn’t feel like it was a problem until it became one. Don’t feel sorry for me. I chose it for myself and for the most part, it is incredibly rewarding. Going into this weekend though, I’ve had to create more boundaries for myself than I ever had. Saturday, I had plans to head up to Calistoga with two of my close friends. I’d never been before and was so excited to spend some time in wine country. Because it was one of those all day trips, there just wasn’t going to be a time for me to work. Sunday was my cleaning, errands, and work day. And Monday was reserved for enjoying the last part of my weekend before going back to work. Kevin is also flying in for the day and of course, I don’t want to be working when there’s so many other things that we could be doing.

Readers, I hope you had a great weekend! I’d love to hear how you separate out your weekends and find balance or are you all just lucky enough that you don’t even have to think about work ever?!

27 May 2018

Wedding Mondays

I thought that I was going to be done with my wedding season when I reached the end of March. I had a record of 2 in one month – a first time for me – but I was prepared for my wedding season to end just as it was beginning. Lo and behold, a month went by and I found myself being invited to one more. The first guy in my close group of guys friends is getting married in August and all of us could not be more excited for the big day. Wedding Mondays is a series that is hard for me to keep regular these days for a couple of reasons. 1) They require finding the perfect video 2) It’s not like a normal post where you can just toss in a video and send it off into the interwebs. Each video is special and it requires me to do a little bit of commentary every now and then.

I know this is a little controversial, but I am obsessed with black bridesmaids dresses. I’ve been thinking about these for the last year and am almost sure that I’ll end up making that same decision for myself in the future. The details in this wedding are just exquisite. The florals, the embroidered denim jackets… and can I just mentioned that I love the fact that the bride and groom did their first dance to “Alabama Shakes – I Found You?” It’s the perfect modern day song for a first dance at a wedding. This post doesn’t do this wedding any justice so please, please, please head on over to their feature over at [Green Wedding Shoes]

18 May 2018

Fall Shoot

Sweater – Margaret O’Leary / Dress – Aritzia / Bag – Madewell / Shoes – Vince Camuto

If you’ve been following Yow Yow! since the very beginning, then you know that getting in front of the camera wasn’t always easy for me. To this day, I still don’t know what do with my hands or my arms. And when it comes to smiling? I’m the biggest critic for myself. If it has to do with clothes and fashion, I’m enjoying the photographs more to remember and look back on some of my favorite outfits. It has been nearly half a year since these photos were taken, but I’m so excited to share them with all of you.

I know that tech can leave a bad taste in some peoples’ mouths especially in San Francisco, but one of my favorite things about it is its ability to bring a community together. I have connected with so many people on Instagram in the most unique and interesting ways and that’s how I met [Kiyah]. She happened to be in SF the week that she reached out to me and we agreed to meet for a quick shoot as the sun was going down in the Mission District. I’d only ever shot with people I knew or from my own iPhone with my friends that I had to convince to shoot for me. I was curious how I might be in front of the camera with someone that I’d just met and surprised to find how effortless it was. It felt like we were old friends and this shoot ended up being the highlight of my week.

This is a topic that I want to continue in a later post, but I want to start it here. For years, there has been talk about how social media inaccurately portrays a person’s life and how this makes other people feel. The answer? Not great. It makes people feel like their life doesn’t amount to those that are living what looks like their BEST life on their feeds. It makes people feel like they are missing out. Many of us choose to not post in our most vulnerable states or when we are unhappy. As you may have read in a previous post, I don’t post very much at all when I’m not as happy in my own life. This photoshoot with Kiyah will always stick with me because on this day that I met her, I had just been in tears at work that same morning. I woke up and got ready so that I could be in good shape by the time we shot only to have my makeup run almost completely off by the end of the day. When I look at these photos, I can see that I’m not my usual bubbly self even through some of those smiles, but I often times wonder if other people will/can notice. Internally, I knew that I was off my game and while this is one example in my life, this isn’t the only example. Thanks to Kiyah’s amazing work and talent, she really helped us pull this off. I enjoyed my time with Kiyah so much that we agreed to meet again the next time she’s here in SF. To view more of her work, click [here] to visit her website.

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  • Not your average rainbow roll! Every piece of fish is seared and topped with different flavors of masago
  • Takin’ it easy
  • I spy a little face 😐
  • Double Carbs! Chinese donuts wrapped in thick rice noodles with soy sauce drizzled over the top 🙌🏽
  • Living in my summer vacation ☀️
  • My favorite go-to-snack these days - a fresh log of spam musubi! 😋
  • OK these first two days at home have been lovely, but where should I escape to out of the city for a day?
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  • I’m appreciating Kevin’s rooftop more than he is

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