Category Archives: People

Blog Roundup

  • Meghan Markle: I’m More Than An ‘Other’This isn’t a new post, but this was my first time reading this. With the announcement of the royal engagement, this is a reminder of just why we love her so much. 
  • On Blonde Girls in Cheongsams [Racked]
  • 5 Lessons from Jimmy Iovine [GOOD]

  • Alexa Chung answers questions while eating spicy vegan nuggets.
  • Airlines hate your smart luggage [Gizmodo]
  • Silicon Valley is sneaking models into their holiday parties [Bloomberg] This is absolute trash and disgusting. I hate hearing about this stuff. 
  • Google is rolling out a new feature that allows celebrities to answer the most asked questions about themselves – selfie style [Engadget]
  • YouTube will launch a paid music streaming service next year [Hypebeast]
  • Apple reportedly purchasing Shazam for $401 million [Hypebeast]
  • Hangover cures from your favorite food pros [Coveteur]
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Wedding Mondays

I had a few moments at work today where I kind of glanced off and started thinking about my own thoughts and what I happened to be thinking about was wedding videos. I hadn’t picked a video for today yet when I was at work. When I went to my bed last night and closed my laptop I had three videos up at the top of my tabs. Would one of them be it? Sometimes none of them are for that week. I started to ask myself why I loved wedding videos as much as I did. How could I possibly become very emotional about something that has absolutely nothing to do with me at all most of the time? It wasn’t just because of my background in event planning. It’s not cause I love romantic comedies. One of those reasons is because I love the work that goes into making an incredible wedding video. I currently work for a company that is heavily involved with media and I grew up in a family surrounded by the arts. It has been there for me since before I could remember and it’s still a part of my life now. A wedding video is a couple’s story, sure, but it can can convey so much more than that.

I hope you all will enjoy this wedding video. There are so many beautiful elements to this New York City warehouse wedding and their story will tug at your heart strings. For the full feature, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

Usually when I’m writing these posts, I’m multitasking. I’m watching the wedding video, I’m writing about it and I’m watching my television all at the same time. It takes a very special wedding video though for me to stop everything and give it my full attention. When it comes to Yow Yow! or any other platforms that I use, I don’t like to brag about my friends. They know how much I love them, but the only time I’ll truly do this is for Wedding Mondays.

Earlier this year, we celebrated Jennie and Zac’s wedding back in Washington and that evening was so wonderful that I wish I could go back. The day went by so fast, but I really enjoyed reliving that experience through this video. The entire day was something out of a fairytale, but more importantly, I loved our Princess Jennie getting everything she wanted that day! In some future posts you’ll find out why we call her that!

If this isn’t your first time here, then you may have heard me toss Jennie’s name around a few times. More often times than not, she’ll ping me on Mondays asking me if another Wedding Mondays post is coming her way. Well, this time it’s hers! Her and I share a love for wedding videos and actually spent a fair amount of time discussing hers and dissecting others (in a good way of course) Jennie and Zac are two of my favorite people to visit in Seattle and even though I’m seeing them when I’m returning to my hometown, they never miss a moment to play host whether that’s treating me out to dinner, sharing dessert with me at their home or letting me watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette on television with them. These two are just the sweetest and everyone loves being around them. I am so excited for them to share their life together.

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Blog Roundup

– Neopets and its internet girl culture movement [Rolling Stone]

– How to plan a wedding your guests will enjoy [Vogue]

– 5 Different women on getting dressed for work [Racked]

– What the “Stranger Things” logo could have looked like [Vulture]

– If you’re obsessed with “Jelena” like we are, here’s a timeline for every important moment in their relationship that you need to know [Vogue]

– My LinkedIn Photo [The New Yorker]

– 101 Ways to Make a $1000 [Money]

– Apple Park Visitor Center now open to the public [Inhabitat]

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Nick Jonas Gives Answers

Am I crazy for always wanting to post Nick Jonas videos? I mean, I think they’re great.

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Wedding Mondays

Too often, some of my favorite wedding videos are ones that really get a viewer going. I like the grand entrance, a good drone shot, and the most upbeat music – these will typically be what I call a “crowd favorite.” 90% of the videos that I showcase for Wedding Mondays fall into these categories. Other times, I like to slow things down a bit. Every Sunday, I visit my two favorite wedding blogs (like I do every week) and round up all of the “Real Wedding Posts.” I hope in all of them that at the end there is a wedding video. That is often not the case most of the time. For the ones that do have wedding videos, I mute the TV, focus on the video and begin watching each one. I typically will watch the video first before going back and looking at all the photos and reading the “How they met” story or the “Here’s what mattered the most to me on my wedding day” story. When I got to Portia and Ting, I didn’t know if I would love it. I had honestly just watched five videos before that I didn’t love and was about to call this week a wash and throw up my hands and say “No wedding Mondays this week, I guess.”

Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. The video starts out with heartfelt messages from guests (guests that I believe could be parents or relatives!) Then we get into how they met… the airport. Just strangers. Who happened to be going to the same destination and had spoken the same language. There wasn’t anything that could rival just how sweet this entire video was. I don’t want to give any more away so just watch for yourself!

Catch the entire feature here at Style Me Pretty

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Blog Roundup

– Every flight around the world right now [Flightradar24]

– 7 bad habits that actually make you sick [Valet Magazine]

– Restaurants are making their spaces more “Instagrammable” [Verge]

– Why you’re seeing Aesop everywhere [Racked]

– America’s best new restaurants in 2017 [Esquire]

– “What Were You Wearing?” an exhibit featuring the outfits of those who were raped on display at the University of Kansas [Chicago Tribune]

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Wedding Mondays

I know it feels like we just waved goodbye to wedding season, but even in October I’m looking ahead to what I already have for next year. Next up? Two weddings in March – one of which I’m a bridesmaid! Honestly, I couldn’t be more thrilled, but this just means that we’ve always got weddings on the brain. I don’t hate it. You already know that. I especially don’t hate the wedding video that I’m sharing with you all today. When you’re reading a post about a wedding being featured on a wedding blog site, it typically follows a general layout. You start with a photo – it’s simple, it’s the venue or the decor, the shoes, or the invite. Then you get scroll down and get to see your first glimpses of the couple, the dress, the wedding party. You’re basically unraveling a story. As you get more and more into the details, you sort of hope there will be a video at the end tying it all together. Ugh, isn’t that just like the true beauty of a wedding video?

This one between Aften and Brian is so sweet. There are no verbal exchanges, but there is a lot happening here. It also doesn’t hurt that they featured one of my favorite songs – can you guess which of the four it is?!

Enjoy!

For the entire feature, click here to go to Green Wedding Shoes! (okay the song is Olmos – Hold Me! but ALSO Telepopmusik – Breathe) Trick question, it was two.

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Blog Roundup

–  These museums actually allow you to have sleepovers there [My Modern Met]

– The evolution of women in stock photos over the years [New York Times]

– Here’s why you get better at things after 1-2 drinks [Mel Magazine]

– Advice vs. Feedback [Signal v. Noise]

– How to End a Bad Date [Man Repeller]

– Watching these two people tight rope between two hot air balloons gave me anxiety [Digg]

– Elevator etiquette in Japan [Medium]

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September Favorites

Favorite TV Show – Siesta Key (again!)

I tried my hardest to think of another show that I was consuming during the month of September, but to be honest, we were still obsessed with Siesta Key. The last four episodes of the show really turned things around for the reality series. It’s almost a completely different show than when it first started. I know that these kids are sort of the worst, but we can’t stop. In fact, I’ve found another co-worker of mine who loves the show as much as I do and we’ve started doing recap episode on our Instagram Lives. Things really escalated and we’re looking forward to the second season!

Favorite Album – Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me 

I’ve been playing “Sorry Not Sorry” on repeat since the day it came out, but my fear was that it was going to be the only song I liked from the album. I’m happy to share that that wasn’t the case. “Tell Me You Love Me” may have only just came out at the end of September, but that didn’t stop us from listening to this every single day. My favorites:

  • Sorry Not Sorry
  • Tell Me You Love Me
  • Ruin the Friendship
  • Only Forever
  • Lonely
  • Concentrate
  • Hitchhiker

Favorite Product – Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser – $28

I’ve never had a great routine of making sure that I washed my face every day and lately, I’ve been wondering how I could do that. I had this product in my stash and discovered that it was great for washing your face in the mornings or the evenings and when your face was already damp. Solution? Wash my face while I’m in the shower! So it’s not the best habit to have because you probably want to me washing off your makeup every night, but I feel like we’re taking baby steps in the right direction.

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Gap Icon Denim Jacket – $69.95

I believe the last time I owned a denim jacket, I was 13 and headed into middle school. Shopping with my mom, I couldn’t decide between a denim jacket and a corduroy one and convinced her that I needed to have both. Somewhere between middle school and mid-20’s adulthood, the need to have a denim jacket again disappeared! Only recently was I feeling the urge to have one back in my closet again. It is such a classic staple and I didn’t realize how much I had missed it. One Sunday afternoon, I popped into the Gap store in The Marina and saw what I had been looking for. I stood in front of the mirror for 20 minutes going back and forth between an xsmall and a small. If I had the xsmall, it would be perfectly fitted, but then I wouldn’t be able to have that oversized look or be able to layer anything underneath it. I couldn’t make up my mind, until finally, I had kept my friend Winny waiting too long while I was deciding. I chose the small. The small fit just fine. It didn’t look too big, but it would have enough room for me to layer pieces underneath, which I really wanted. I now wear this jacket almost every day and don’t know how I went ahead in life for so long without it.

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Bobby Hundreds | The Hundreds

This is the kind of stuff that I love sharing on Yow Yow! I’ve had a fascination with all things people since I was a kid. It’s one of the reasons why I’m a recruiter and my interest in people really has many layers. I now work at a company where we help to share peoples’ legacies and their stories so this kind of things jumps out at me almost immediately. Though I’ve never personally shopped at The Hundreds myself, I’m very familiar with the brand and the company that Bobby and Ben created. I watched this profile before bed last night and couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. There’s some good stuff in here and it’s worth the watch.

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Runway Model Teddy Quinlivan Comes Out As Transgender

23-year old Teddy Quinlivan is stunning and wildly successful having just come off the runways for Missoni, Versace, Fendi, Max Mara and more from this season’s Spring 2018 RTW. Concluding New York Fashion Week, Teddy shared with her fans another side of her – her bravery for coming out as transgender in three short videos documented on her Instagram. Speaking to CNN in an exclusive interview, Teddy explains her reason for why now and that she “decided to reveal my trans identity because of the political climate in the world right now – particularly in the United States.” She explained, “It’s political, but I’m also doing it for myself. I was ready to come out, but I think the times we live in elevated the sense of importance and urgency.”

We applaud Teddy’s bravery and for her sharing her story. Paris Fashion Week is up next and we’re looking forward to seeing Teddy continue to strut down the runway and rise in her career.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning everyone! I don’t believe that I’ve ever shared a wedding video from the team at Lalo Vargas before, but just a few seconds into watching the beginning of this, I knew we had to include it in our series. Since this was a Mexico destination wedding, you’ll see a few different scenes as part of the wedding weekend. I’ve been doing this series of Wedding Mondays for as long as I can remember. And just so you know, the whole interest in this from the beginning was always events. I was not that little girl that dreamt of her future wedding day when I was five like many might think. What caught my eye about this wedding though is that it was so elaborate, but authentic and genuine. Often times, you don’t see the whole wedding weekend. A few years ago, you didn’t even get a wedding weekend, you would have a day or an evening and that was it. I’m always going to be #teamweddingvideo and I love that this is a thing for our time. Yes, it does need to be something that gets budgeted, but it’s so worth it.

To view the rest of the wedding feature, click here to visit Green Wedding Shoes.

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10-Year Old Boxer – Jesselyn Silva

I’ve been holding onto this video for months – five months to be exact. It’s one of the longest periods of time that I’ve ever held onto something that I have wanted to write about, but then didn’t actually write about right away. This past spring, I took some time to try and be more reflective with Yow Yow! The quick day-to-day posts keep us going, but the real gems are the ones where I might spend a couple of days or a week thinking about. I’ll outline and do some research. I’ll take the time to conduct an interview to support my message. I considered my own situation – how many aspects of my own life were changing and how this blog has evolved over eight years.

As a woman in 2017, there are a lot of things that get me riled up these days. They are a lot of things that may not have evoked much emotion in me in previous years, but now everything has come to the surface. I thought about the women in my life and how each of them had a story to tell and how each story was vastly different. I’m still hanging onto this idea. I want to empower those in my network to share their stories of strength, love, gratitude and more. This video was going to be the kickoff for that series. However, in the last couple of months, I’ve had a change of heart. There’s another voice that I want to shed light on on Yow Yow! and I want to focus on creating that next series.

That being said, Jesselyn’s video is awesome. I’ve held onto it for this long so it clearly means something to me and as a post to share with others. Enjoy!

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Review: Jen Kirkman in SF

Since I moved up to the city, I decided that I don’t have a lot of excuses to avoid social outings on weeknights anymore. I’ve said “Yes!” to a lot of things and it has made me pretty busy, but more importantly – balanced. I’ve been a workaholic for the majority of my life and when I’m not working, I’m blogging, but sometimes to blog – I need to be doing other things as well. Would you believe that I’ve never been to a comedy show before? So I have been to an improv show in New York City on my trip with Mandi, but that’s a little different. Recently, I was invited to see Jen Kirkman at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco and after checking my social calendar and seeing I was free, I decided to bring along a couple of friends with me for the ride. San Francisco was the first stop on her tour so that combined with this being my first show made me very excited.

The experience was very educational. First off, I didn’t know there was going to be a two drink minimum. At my age, I would say that’s a little aggressive especially on a week night, but whatever. I knew that you couldn’t record, but learned that you also couldn’t take photos. Jen, however, gave us all permission to do so!

Since I don’t know too much about the comedy world, I’m sad to admit that I didn’t know a lot about Jen Kirkman beforehand. I did some research though. Jen previously worked with Chelsea Handler on her show, has several Netflix specials and is getting ready for her next one, and is a liberal that hates getting dumped. My GIRL! I’m not sure if this is the standard, but she ran through her agenda with us at the start of all the topics she would cover and I kind of liked that. I found myself looking forward to some topics and kind of building up that anticipation for it. 2017 has been a hard year y’all. The stuff going on in our country right now is very uncool. It’s stressful, irritating, and frustrating, but that doesn’t even begin to describe it. What I appreciated out of Jen’s show last night was her touching on these things. She was very direct on how she felt and even though the real life situation is very unfunny, she made it a lot better with one evening.

Jen will be on her “All New Material Girl” tour the rest of the season so if you’re interested, check out her upcoming cities and buy yourself a ticket.

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