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10 Mar 2019

Blog Roundup

  • Nearly a Decade Later, The Hills Comes Back to Reality [Interview Magazine]
  • Chocolate Fights Coughs Better Than Codeine, Says Science [Coast Living]
  • Second Life Podcast: This Is How Revolve Chooses Its Influences [WhoWhatWear]
  • Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Conspiracy [Ohnotheydidnt] made me laugh
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Will Close 40 Stores This Year [Fashionista]
04 Mar 2019

Wedding Mondays

It’s hard to not love a wedding video that doesn’t start out with this kind of energy! Benedetta and Jeff exude this very free-spirited love that is infectious. Also, how can you not love a video that features their son?! I’ve been holding onto this wedding video for some time now, but knew that it would be a favorite when I saw it. I’m very excited to be able to share this with you all this evening and hope that it kicks off your week right.

For the rest of this beautiful feature, click [here] to visit Style Me Pretty! This dress and her hair are my favorite details, but watching the video, you’ll notice she also had a stunning second dress!

21 Feb 2019

A Day In The Life Of A Sushi Chef at Sushi Noz

These are the types of short stories that I could watch forever. By now, and in Yow Yow’s existence, we’ve likely watched nearly 50 of these. I never get tired of them because while they are similar stories, each one varies so vastly from each other. It took me a minute to realize that Sushi Noz is actually located in New York City.

Even though I’ve only been to New York once, I still see it as one of the best food cities in the country. It’s home to many extraordinary chefs and these scattered gems. I don’t know how anyone could ever get tired or bored eating in New York. The way that this was made was also beautifully done. And even though we’ve already brushed our teeth for the night, watching this made me crave sushi.

17 Feb 2019

Blog Roundup

  • I Spent A Day At The ‘World’s Best Airport’ And It Was Pretty Good [Vice]
  • Second Life Podcast: Sierra Tishgart [WhoWhatWear]
  • You Can Skip These Oscar-nominated Movies [Lifehacker]
  • I’m An Asian Woman Engaged To A White Man And, Honestly, I’m Struggling With That [Huffington Post] I liked this viewpoint, but honestly, left more to be desired.
  • 2018 Was A Breakthrough Year for Asians in Hollywood, but Not at the Oscars [The Ringer]
  • The Best Romantic Comedies Of All Time [Vogue]
  • Danielle Nachmani’s beautiful wedding captured by [Vogue]
  • How to Make Your Small Wins Work For You [TED]
  • Dreaming About An Ex? An Expert Explores 20 Reasons Why [The Cut]
  • The Stories Behind 12 Showstopping Rom-Com Dresses [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Behind The Most Iconic Kisses In Romantic Comedies [Entertainment Weekly]
  • An “All That” Revival Is Coming Back to Nickelodeon [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • 4 Lessons After Eleven Years in Silicon Valley [Medium]
  • How I Get It Done: Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell [The Cut]
  • 100 Best Dishes in San Francisco for 2019 [7×7]
  • Coca Cola Is Coming Out With A New Orange-Vanilla Flavor [Hypebeast]
  • Reactions To A Gentrified House In The Bay Area [Ohnotheydidnt]
17 Feb 2019

In The News… Companies Doing the Wrong Thing

We’re not even through the month yet and I continue to be frustrated with the type of news I see from companies and organizations that should know better. It’s the same old story. And I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. But when these pieces come out, it causes me to wonder a couple of things. Decisions aren’t made on the whim. Like many orgs, these decisions go up a chain of people for approval. This happens at startups and non-startups. The companies in question are massive organizations. Secondly, my next question is wondering who is in the room. How many people make these decisions and who do they represent? Because it’s clearly not their customers.

I could dive deeper into each piece, but it’s not worth the time – right now. For now, I want to put this out there and make it known and it’s likely we’ll have to circle back on this again. Here are the pieces in question:

  • Vogue Brazil Fashion Director Resigns Over Slavery Birthday Party Photos [Ohnotheydidnt]
  • Delta and Coca Cola Under Fire For Plane Crush Napkins [Ohnotheydidnt]
  • Gucci Apologizes and Pulls $890 Sweater Decried As ‘Haute Couture Blackface’ [Ohnotheydidnt]
16 Feb 2019

Review: Netflix’s “Dating Around”

It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve watched plenty of reality dating TV shows in my lifetime and personally save two hours of my Monday night to remotely watch The Bachelor with two of my best friends in Seattle. When I first heard about this show (without watching the trailer) I remembered thinking “What’s so different about this one?” Right? Because when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. However, it was a text from Mandi tonight at dinner that prompted me to give it a chance. Mandi knows all too well about my dating life and TV life for that matter.

I have to commend Netflix for the way they produce their shows. I promise I’m going to get into the meat of the content and why this show is different, but aesthetically, this show does a phenomenal job of painting what dating looks like for my friends and I. I’ve been watching the Bachelor for years, but even now I’ve got the formula down. I know exactly what’s going to happen in every season and the type of characters they are going to cast. There’s always a sea of blondes. You’ve always got a crazy villain. You have someone with a unrealistic job title. And of course, the dates. So extravagant that it’s not real life at all. What is real life though is drinks, maybe dinner, and maybe something for afterwards if the night has gone well. This is the formula that is true – that Netflix highlights and that I can get behind.

I’ve only watched three episodes so far for a total of 90 minutes, but I can’t get enough. I caught myself nervously laughing when a girl made a cringe-worthy comment. It could’ve been a disaster, but it wasn’t! She recovered. My eyes widened when I saw one of the girls go in for a make out sesh at the end of the night. In my head I thought, “Was that too much?” “Is that what people do on first dates these days?” Sure, this is New York, but everyone has a different dating style and it’s incredible to observe.

Let’s talk about the diversity in this series. It’s not a sea of blondes actually. In the 2nd episode, we’ve got a career woman who is Indian and a divorcee and in the 3rd episode a gay Asian man. This first couple episodes alone are already years ahead of The Bachelor franchise. Something I always think about in dating culture is how it feels like you are repeating the same type of conversations. Where are you from? What do you do for a living? How do you spend your weekends? And if you’re a serial dater or racking up a couple dates a week, it can feel tedious. Instead, these conversations for first blind dates are digging a bit deeper. They are getting into values, upbringings, and real dating challenges to find out if the person in front of them is a future match. For some, this feels like hard hitting topics to discuss on the first date, but maybe it’s just a sign that these folks are looking for something more serious. It’s an interesting watch, but I like to think it’s going to serve as a playbook for current daters who find trouble with this process today.

My favorite part of the show? We haven’t even talked about the set up yet and we’re well into this post. The show revolves around one individual. They go on five blind dates and throughout the 30 minutes, we see a snapshot of each of them. It feels fast, but the conversations are there and Netflix is capturing the most important parts, that you feel like you know everyone well by the end of it. For each episode, the main character wears the same outfit and is at the same restaurant which provides consistency. It’s as if it is one long date, but you know that it’s five separate occasions. By the end of the five dates, the main may choose to go on a second date and you’ll see who they pick! There isn’t any commentary or any context. It’s also not very obvious who they are going to pick. But this is my favorite part! It’s always satisfying when I pick the right person! Classic me finding someway to turn this into a game.

There’s no word yet on whether or not this series has been given the green light for a second season, but we like what we see.

30 Jan 2019

A Collection Part 53

Tonight I did something for the first time that I’ve never done with these posts. Since I started working on this post over the holidays while I was at home there were a few Christmas themed photos in this batch. As I scrolled through the preview, I didn’t feel that same spark or attachment to them as I once had. So while on my way to finish this post, I replaced those photos. Since we’ve been through 53 rounds of this and I’ve never once replaced any photos before posting, in some way, I felt like I was being inauthentic. Could my readers tell that I had swapped them out? Of course not. But I would know and that kind of ate me up for about 15 minutes.

We haven’t written our resolutions post yet, but this made me think of two previous resolutions I’ve had. A few years back, I had “say yes to everything.” The intent was good, sure. But saying “yes to everything” can sometimes do more harm than good. Sometimes you say yes to things when you don’t want to. Maybe saying yes to things causes you to spend money when you don’t want to. Have experiences that you don’t think you’ll appreciate. The next year I refined that resolution: do the things you want to do. And that has stuck around longer than saying “yes.” So if that’s what I truly believe, why not act upon that when it comes to this blog and my posts?

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22 Jan 2019

Speed Dating 20 Girls

You guys, I consumed a ton of videos over the weekend, but this was my favorite. Before 2016, my idea of speed dating was exactly like that one scene in “Hitch” except that film made it so much cooler. Spoiler alert – I have tried speed dating before and it was awful! Either speed dating isn’t for me or I’m a bad dater. It’s unclear. Whatever the case, there’s no way to remove the awkwardness from it.

A few years ago, there was a startup that my friends and I all talked about – Grouper. You (the single) bring along two girlfriends to meet with three other singles of the opposite gender. It’s sort of like speed dating, but with less numbers and in a more controlled environment. This video reminds me of this and something like The Bachelor franchise.

What I don’t like about this video is how focused it is on technology and using cell phones. Think about how awkward it is for “Jon” to just be sitting in the middle in front of everyone, but not actually conversing with them while he has the chance. What I like about this video though is that he’s asking the hard hitting questions. Sure, his interests vary from mine, but it’s what is important to him and it’s actually weeding these women out. He can visually see who is leaving the circle because of his questions rather than say, being ghosted? Imagine how efficient dating could be if everyone got their pool of people like this.

21 Jan 2019

Blog Roundup

  • Job Alert: Become the keeper of this San Francisco lighthouse for a $130,000 a year [The Manual]
  • A 4-year-old Trapped In A Teenager’s Body [The Cut]
  • Second Life Podcast: Aimee Song [My Domaine]
  • Design Sponge Will End Its 15-Year Run In 2019 [Design Sponge]
  • Sen. Kamala Harris announced today that she would be seeking a 2020 Democratic nomination for president and we are HERE for it.
  • Visualizing the Highest-Paid Job In Every State [Howmuch] TLDR: become a doctor like your parents told you to.
  • Spotify to Release New In-Car Music Player in 2019 [Hypebeast]
21 Jan 2019

Wedding Mondays

Our Topanga may not have ended up with Cory Matthews, but she did get her fairytale ending with her husband Jensen. I’m well aware that Danielle Fishel is not her character, but watching this still felt like an extension of her life! Danielle and her husband Jensen married in Los Angeles amongst their friends and some of her former co-stars. Sabrina Carpenter who played her the best friend of her on-screen daughter was even one of her bridesmaids!

The two married held their wedding at the beautiful Carondelet House. As if the wedding wasn’t enough of a show stopper with all of the details, John Mayer sang their first dance song.

For all of the details and more, you can view their wedding [here] at Green Wedding Shoes.

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