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31 Dec 2019

Justin Bieber: Seasons

True to the timeline of the original announcement, we’re now getting a sneak peak of Justin’s trailer for the docu-series. We also know that it will be premiering on YouTube at the end of this month. Similar to the announcement and hearing “Yummy” for the first time, it’s also the backing track for this trailer as well. I wasn’t a die hard fan of Justin’s growing up, but I liked what YouTube did with Demi Lovato’s documentary and likely will watch this one as well.

29 Dec 2019

Favorites of 2019

Favorite Style Icon: Zendaya

What a year it has been for Zendaya! Between Spider Man and Euphoria, she’s had quite a year. And with that, many more opportunities to showcase her looks on the red carpet. We highlighted Zendaya for Snaps for a Snapshot multiple times in 2019 that was a no-brainer she’d be our pick. We can’t wait to see what she serves up for us in 2020.

Runner Up: Brie Larson

Favorite Getaway: Taipei

Okay, when you’re comparing a week long international trip to three domestic weekend trips, there’s an obvious choice here. As much as I enjoy my job and make excuses that it’s hard for me to find time to get away, this trip was worth every minute and penny. Catch my entire recap of the trip [here!]

Runner Up: New York

Favorite Artist: Maren Morris

I got invited to a Maren Morris show earlier this year and it blew me away. I started listening to Maren early on through a referral back when she just had her EP. Those were my five favorite songs for awhile! There was a brief hiatus somewhere in between that made me miss her entire first album. After that concert, I spent months going back through her discography and it was all I listened to.

Runner Up: Hayden James

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Fleabag

I still can’t go over how sad I am about there not being a third season of this series! Most of the time, I’m watching new shows without ever having much context about them and this was the most pleasantly surprising of all of them. It’s also the show that I continue to share with all my friends who haven’t seen it.

Runner Up: Watchmen (still in the middle of this by the way and loving it!)

Favorite item purchased this year: [Oak + Fort Bag 1913]

When it came to my work bag, I always thought I needed something that could transport my laptop from home to the office easily. It didn’t matter too much to me what that looked like. For years, I’ve basically been using this Madewell [tote.] There isn’t anything wrong with it and it’s completely functional. The downside? It’s a little bit too oversized for what I needed. While it had so much storage space, I felt weighted down by all things that I was bringing with me. It also made it challenging going from the office to evening plans. So while my new bag has less space, it is a great transition bag as well!

Runner Up: Orange Leopard Print Dress

Favorite Albums (in no particular order):

  1. H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her
  2. Anderson .Paak – Ventura
  3. Maren Morris – GIRL
  4. Maggie Rogers – Heard It In A Past Life
  5. Ariana Grande – thank u, next
  6. Kehlani – While We Wait
  7. Khalid – Free Spirit
  8. Hayden James – Between Us
  9. Mark Ronson – Late Night Feelings
  10. Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 01
  11. Tycho – Weather
  12. Snoh Aalegra – – Ugh, those feels again
28 Dec 2019

My Favorite Post of 2019

Technically, my favorite post is about another piece, but stick with me here. In previous years, I’ve gone through the year archive to pick out 10 posts that I’ve enjoyed writing. I’ve spent the last couple of days reading this piece by Topic Magazine – [The Only Woman in the Room: 17 Stories of Music Before the Internet Changed Everything] As we speak, I’m not done reading, but I knew it was going to be my favorite.

My stint in music was nearly a decade ago, but it was the best job I ever had. There’s a resounding theme in all of these stories. It can be challenging to be the only woman in the room in a sea of men in this industry, but if you persevere, it can be the most rewarding. I didn’t know what I was doing at age 16, but somehow I had the chance to take on a lot of responsibility. I was the marketer, the promoter, the booker, the manager and the merch girl all at once! Even though I left behind the idea of a career in music, it hasn’t stopped me from thinking about it often. I’m a believer that we can’t stick to one career our whole lives. Maybe we’ll have a second life, but maybe we’ll boomerang.

Articles like these are important. They give us historical knowledge into truly what music was like before the internet. Additionally, they inspire young woman who want to work in music, but don’t know how to get their foot in the door. This can be their road map and it’s so crucial to have this for nearly every type of path. Whether I change careers or not, this is an article that I’m going to return back to for years to come.

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]
25 Dec 2019

Diary of a Song | Lover

Every time Taylor Swift releases a new album, I’m always a little bit unsure at first. Despite that reservation, would you believe that I’ve actually attended her last two major stadium tours? Neither can I. I wasn’t super impressed with her first two single releases, but when “Lover” came around, everything stopped. It was the only single on her latest album to have me this captivated. Simple, pretty, classic – it embodied all the traits of a true love song. Some may ever say, a “first dance” song at a wedding?

24 Dec 2019

#Bieber2020

He’s back. Not only are we getting a new single after the new year, but 2020 will grace us with a new album, tour, and docuseries. I can’t believe this is my first thought, but is there anything worse than competing against your ex in the charts? It wasn’t too long ago (but okay, it felt like ages) that Selena debuted two new songs and had a rough performance at the AMA’s. Her first single evidently took a swipe at Bieber, but will he return it right back?

I’m not partial to either of them, but musically, if we had to choose, it would be Bieber.

24 Dec 2019

What We’re Listening to This Week:

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I hope all of you have had a chance to wind down your work this week so that it gives you the time and space to be with loved ones. Ahead of my holiday break, I was feeling an immense amount of guilt taking nearly three weeks off. The last time I had close to this much time off was when I was in between jobs. It’s nice now to be fully employed and supported in taking the time off and giving myself that mental break from work.

My routine has definitely taken a huge shift! I haven’t had any caffeine since I’ve been home. I’ve also somehow managed an afternoon nap nearly every day. Basically, I’ve reverted back to child status and I don’t hate it. We’re getting in one more full day of writing today after lunch and wrapping presents tonight, but tomorrow I’m going to stay offline. It’s not like any of you will be on here anyways. 🙂

23 Dec 2019

Count Em’ 1, 2…70? 2019

I’m not sure when it was that I started to become weary of reporting when it comes to my own data, but this year’s Spotify Wrapped is heavily skewed. Sure, I definitely did listen to 69 hours of Shawn Mendes. But would you expect a low number for someone you were anticipating on seeing in concert? Of course not. Maybe Spotify’s Wrapped and Top Songs for 2019 is correct, but in true fashion, I manually went through my own playlists and made this list myself.

Even though this is time consuming, I wanted to have a place where all of the songs I’ve ever included on these lists for Yow Yow! could live. So I recently made a new playlist just for “Count Em'” – pushing 600+ songs. Spotify included a new data point that showed my top song for every year that I had an account, but I didn’t want to leave anything out!

This year, we were quite heavy on the mainstream pop, but I’m not embarrassed by it one bit. Shawn Mendes was incredible in concert and I’m pretty sure I shed a tear. Also, we added 10 more songs to the countdown because I make the rules here.

1. Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita
2. Maren Morris – RSVP
3. Sam Smith, Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
4. Jonas Brothers – I Believe
5. A R I Z O N A – I Was Wrong
6. Bebe Rexha – (Not) The One
7. Petit Biscuit, JP Cooper  – We Were Young
8. Ariana Grande – needy
9. Mark Ronson, Lykke Li  – Late Night Feelings
10. BURNS, A$AP Rocky, Sabrina Claudio – Energy

11. Hayden James, NAATIONS – Nowhere To Go
12. ayokay, QUINN XCII – Kings of Summer
13. Captain Cuts, Zookëper, Georgia Ku – Do You Think About Me
14. Shy Girls, Seiho – Hallelujah
15. PRETTYMUCH – Phases
16. SG Lewis, Ruel – Flames
17. Riah – Growing Up
18. Lizzo – Good As Hell
19. Alexander Lewis, Brasstracks, Armani White, BXRBER – Pearl Magnolia
20. Troye Sivan, Gryffin – YOUTH (Gryffin Remix)

21. Kehlani – Morning Glory
22. Meek Mill, Ella Mai – 24/7
23. GATTÜSO, Disco Killerz – Million Things
24. Loote – Your Side of the Bed
25. Yuna, G-Eazy – Blank Marquee
26. Austin Millz, Claire Ridgely – Broke Boy
27. The Veronicas – Think of Me
28. Big Wild – Purple Sand (My Home)
29. Vice, Jason Derulo, Ava Max – Make Up
30. Mahalo, DLMT, Lily Denning – So Cold

31. Autograf, John Splithoff – Hold Me Back
32. Charlie Puth  – Cheating On You
33. Audien, Echosmith – Favorite Sound
34. L.A. Rose – Heat
35. WENS – Life
36. ELLIANA – Emotional
37. Johnny Knox – Falling Over You
38. Ralph – For Yourself
39. The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha, Asketa, Nathan Chaim – Call You Mine
40. Hayden James, Elderbrook – Remember You

41. Tycho, Saint Sinner – Pink & Blue
42. King Henry – Let You Know
43. Brasstracks, SAYGRACE – Follows
44. Khalid, Disclosure – Talk
45. Camila Cabello – Easy
46. Kygo, Chelsea Cutler – Not Okay
47. The Head and the Heart – Running Through Hell
48. Phantoms, Shaylen – Are You Up
49. Victoria Monet – Love You Better
50. TINI, Alesso – Sad Song (Alesso Remix)

51. Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
52. Cooper & Gatlin, Tep No – Break (Tep No Remix)
53. Duck House – Flaw
54. Kaskade – Nobody Like You – Sun Soaked Mix
55. Bon Iver – Sh’Diah
56. Jonas Brothers – Sucker
57. Local Natives – Café Amarillo
58. Winston – Peach Crush
59. K. Flay – Blood in the Cut
60. Friendly Fires, MEDUZA – Heaven Let Me In

61. Lil Nas X – Old Town Road
62. BTS, Halsey – Boy With Luv
63. Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You
64. Bonobo – Linked
65. Flume, Vera Blue – Rushing Back
66. BANKS – What About Love
67. My Brothers & I, La Felix – Always Be Loving You
68. Ariana Grande, Social House – boyfriend
69. Little Hurricane – What the Stars Need
70. Normani – Motivation

22 Dec 2019

Blog Roundup

  • The 8 Best Starbucks Holiday Drinks Around the World [Hypebae]
  • Why Hiring ‘Rebel Talent’ Is the Best Way to Grow Your Business [Inc]
  • Eating Chilies Cuts Risk of Death From Heart Attack and Stroke, Study Says [CNN]
  • The 10 Best Breweries of 2019 [Hop Culture]
  • Denny’s Is The Best Punk Venue In America [VICE]
  • Apple Will Reward $1.5 Million USD Bounty to Anyone Able to Hack An Iphone [Hypebeast]
  • Facebook Will Run Its First Super Bowl Ad Next Year [Hypebeast]
  • Donald Glover is Andrew Yang’s “Creative Consultant” [Fader]
  • Antelope Canyon Is Shutting Down Its Photography Tours [PetaPixel]
  • If You Can’t Find A Spouse Who Supports Your Career, Stay Single [Harvard Business Review]
  • Frank Ocean and Travis Scott Will Headline Coachella 2020 [Hypebeast]
  • America’s Best New Restaurants in 2019 [Bon Appetit]
  • 40 Favorite Interview Questions [First Round]
  • When You Hit Send Even Though You Know You Shouldn’t – podcast [The Cut]

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