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19 Jun 2020

Gabrielle Union | Self

Editorials and cover shoots in the times of COVID are wild aren’t they? When this all first started, I don’t think anyone really knew how these would resume, but sure enough and a couple months later, we’re here. I have been loving seeing how celebrities and models are getting creative, but this one of Gabrielle Union for Self takes the cake. If we all didn’t know that this was during quarantine, we’d think it was a typical cover shoot. The best part of this, however, is that all of the photos were shot by her 13-year old step daughter Zaya. For the entire cover story, read [here] We’ve loved Gabrielle since her days on 10 Things I Hate About You and Bring It On, but these days she’s shining even more as a role model.

14 Jun 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Stunning Hotel Pools From Around the World [Getaway]
  • Asian Snacks Are More Popular Than Ever in America. Here’s What That Says About Asian Americans [Refinery29]
  • 28 Black Films That Are Infinitely More Informative Than “The Help” [High Snobiety]
  • How to Do Thoughtful Work When You Just Can’t Focus [Fast Company]
  • America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic [The Atlantic]
  • I’m Supposedly An Adult. What Time Should I Go To Bed? [Mel Magazine]
  • A Socially Distanced Live Music Venue Will Open in London Later This Year [Hypebae]
  • What Luxury Brands Can Learn From Looting [GQ]
  • 5 Photographers Speak on Responsibly Capturing and Sharing Protest Images [Nylon]
  • Twitter Now Asks You To Read An Article Before Sharing It [Popular Mechanics]
  • Grammy Awards to Remove “Urban” Term From All Its Categories [Hypebae]
  • What’s Going On in CHAZ, the Seattle Autonomous Zone? [The Cut]
  • 50 Things Every Man Should Own [Cool Material]
  • Eddie Huang on the Oppressive Whiteness of the Food World [Grub Street]
08 Jun 2020

Wedding Mondays

photo by | Linda McQueen

I was hoping that I would find coverage on this “micro” wedding that occurred this past week and lo and behold, Vogue had it featured. Like many other couples, Kerry Anne and Michael’s dream wedding was also impacted by COVID-19. The date for their “micro” wedding had been set, but while they were planning for their day, protests around the country were being ignited. While some couples may have opted to avoid the commotion, Kerry Anne and Michael found themselves right in the middle. These photographs are not only stunning, but they will go down in history for being a part of this iconic and massive movement.

For their entire couple story and many more photos, visit the [source]

06 Jun 2020

Blog Roundup

  • The 50 Most Influential Nike Dunks in History [High Snobiety]
  • Donald Trump, The Most Unmanly President [The Atlantic]
  • The Professional Whose Job It Is To Wear Your Clothes Before You Do [Fashionista]
  • Millions of Amy Coopers [The Cut]
  • When You Are Your Parents’ Retirement Fund [Refinery29]
  • Why Remote Work is So Hard — And How It Can Be Fixed [The New Yorker]
  • How Coronavirus Spreads Outdoors vs. Indoors [Vox]
  • adidas and AllBirds Are Joining Forces [Vogue]
  • Impulse Shopping Helping Americans Endure Coronavirus Lockdown [Study Finds]
  • In Quarantine, Cooking Is Our Love Language [The Cut]
  • An Influencer Responds to Backlash for a Black Lives Matter Protest Selfie [Dazed]
  • The Appeal of the TikTok Everyhouse [Curbed]
22 May 2020

Blog Roundup

Before this year, I didn’t know that May was Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage month. While it has been a slow journey for me to become more acquainted with my culture and history, I know now I can appreciate this much more at my age. I think some of this has to do with the environment I grew up in and not having that kind of community until after graduating college and starting my career. Without even knowing how special this month was, we got into Korean drama all on our own and started to read and watch pieces that were all tied to the celebration of this month. By no means do I think that means I’ve done all the work that there is, but I’m excited to continue educating myself. I’ve really been enjoying this and have shared a majority of them here with you all!

  • Studio Ghibli Producer is Giving Free Drawing Lessons Online [High Snobiety]
  • Trump’s Refusal to cover up actually reveals his greatest fears [The Cut]
  • 11 Phrases People Love to Hear [The Ladders]
  • Forget Productivity: Let ‘Wuliao’ Be Your Quarantine Philosophy [Refinery29]
  • How to Make Pancake Cereal – TikTok’s Latest Food Trend [Hypebae]
  • MSG is a Valuable Kitchen Staple, If You Know How To Use It [The Takeout]
  • Where New Yorkers Moved to Escape Coronavirus [New York Times]
  • It Is Scientifically Proven That Flowers Make You Feel Better [Vogue]
  • The Ultimate Guide to Instant Noodles [Eater]
  • The Childhood Sweethearts Who Eloped to the Mountains [The Cut]
  • What K-Pop’s Beautiful Men Can Teach Us About Masculinity [Refinery29]
  • How Street Culture Shaped Asian-American Identity [High Snobiety]
  • Jay Park on K-Pop and Cultural Appropriation [VICE]

18 May 2020

Wedding Mondays

Photo: Annabel of Belathee

It hasn’t been easy seeing all of my friends having to postpone what will be the most important day in their lives. This was supposed to be a big wedding year for us and it’s all of a sudden not. Some of my friends have decided to postpone an entire year while others are still finding ways to honor their original date. I’ve been waiting to find the perfect socially distanced quarantine wedding to share with all of you for Wedding Mondays and I think we did!

Elaine Welteroth and Jonathan Singletary met as kids at church through their mothers. It wasn’t until adulthood that they would finally end up together. Their story depicts how they planned to marry in their hometown of where they met back home, but COVID-19 had other plans. Not wanting to let go of their original date – 5/10/20 the couple moved forward and married right on their stoop. Following the exchanging of their vows was the best wedding block party I’ve ever seen! The photos are a must to look at, but we’ve also got a video that captures it all. For the full story, check out their wedding feature on [Vogue]

14 May 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Alison Roman and Chrissy Teigen’s Feud Is About More Than Selling Out [Vox]
  • Protesters Inadvertently Prove They Can Work Out Anywhere [The Cut]
  • I Am 35 and Running Faster Than I Ever Thought Possible [New York Times]
  • Pedestrian Etiquette Guide for SF During the Pandemic [Curbed]
  • The Rise and Fall of TOMS
  • If you’re ordering pizza, make sure it’s not coming from Chuck E. Cheese [Food&Wine]
  • For Asians, Treating Our Mental Health Issues Feels Like Having to Pick a Side [Refinery29]
  • 17 Infuriating TV Moments That Should Have Never Happened [Buzzfeed]
  • The Hottest Thing A Man Can Do [The Cut]
  • Inside Masa’s $800 Takeout Sushi Box [Eater]
  • Center Stage Turns 20: [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Welcome to the Summer of Maude Apatow [WhoWhatWear]
  • Berkeley Will Fully Close Its Streets to Create Giant Outdoor Dining Rooms [SF Eater]
09 May 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Banksy Honors Healthcare Workers With New Artwork [Hypebeast]
  • ESPN Moves Up Release Date of 3 Upcoming Films [Sports Illustrated]
  • 5 Ways to Keep Bacteria Out of Your Beauty Products [Byrdie]
  • How to Structure Your Days When Time is Fake and You Have Endless Chores [VICE]
  • 21 Times TV Shows Killed Off a Character and Ruined the Entire Series For People [BuzzFeed]
  • In Conversation: Hayley Williams [Vulture]
  • Asian Parents Are Starring in the Most Wholesome TikToks [Buzzfeed] I honestly wish I were in quarantine with my dad cause I know we’d make the best dancing TikToks
  • TV Marianne Is Too Hot and Normal [The Cut]
  • 10 Cooking Mistakes Most Home Cooks Make [Cool Material]
  • Cloth Masks to Shop Now [Vogue]
  • Spike Lee’s love letter to New York [Fader]
  • That Isn’t Actually Michael Jordan’s House in ‘The Last Dance’ [High Snobiety]
05 May 2020

My Favorite People to Follow on Instagram Right Now

It’s not a surprise to anyone that we’re all getting more screen time during quarantine. I’ve stopped feeling triggered by my weekly Apple update that tells me I’ve spent x percent more time on my phone than the previous week. What I’ve noticed, however, is that quarantine content is sometimes bringing out the best content. Influencers that I used to love before for their shopping and travel content have sort of faded. And now, those that I never paid too much attention to are rising to the top of my list. Here are some of my favorites on Instagram at the moment!

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For years, you’ve watched me share a new quote or words of wisdom every Sunday. As cheesy as it may be, I happen to still like this even outside of Yow Yow! traditions. Illustrator Alessandra Olanow [aolanow] does this in the best way. Every day, we receive a new post from her and in uncertain times like these, I feel comforted by her words and cheeky illustrations. It’s also a nice thing to look forward to each day.

I didn’t actually start following Chef [David Chang] until recently after watching his latest show on Netflix. Because of that, I’m not familiar with the content he had pre-quarantine, but I’m loving what he’s posting now. You can tell that he hasn’t perfected his social media game and he’s not trying to. David struggles with opening cans one handed while filming in the other and daily frustrations with his family that he’s the one cooking every day. It’s entertaining and informative none the less. The things that he’s making aren’t anything like from his restaurants. They are simple meals using ingredients that you already have at home which anyone can relate to.

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TGIF #homeschool

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I cannot relate to any parent right now that is having to not only work from home and home school their children. Parents have always been the ultimate multitaskers, but this is truly next level. Since none of my own friends are at this stage in life yet or rather, their kids aren’t as grown, I’m getting a lot of satisfaction from [Max Greenfield’s] daughter just trolling him.

We had to throw another foodie Instagrammer in here! Shelter-in-place happened right around the time that the latest season of Top Chef began. Now [Padma Lakshmi] and David are friends, but they really do provide two different perspectives on at-home cooking during quarantine and social media content. Padma’s sharing recipes and filming as she’s cooking with step-by step instructions. Along the way, she’s even got her daughter helping her (and sometimes trolling her) throughout. It’s a fun behind-the-scenes look of seeing Padma in the kitchen and at home when she’s not playing host.

While in quarantine, we actually shared that [Harley Viera-Newton] and her husband Ross were hosting live DJ sets on Saturday afternoons. Since I’ve attended at least 3 Saturdays in a row now, I figured it made sense to add her to my list. It’s funny to say that this stream is the one thing that I look forward to on Saturdays, but we try and make it into a whole thing. I dress up, have a drink in hand and sometimes I’ll even find myself dancing in my living room even if it is silly to do on my own. I know that this can’t last forever because of course Harley and Ross have to return to their normal lives at some point, but it’s something I really have enjoyed.

03 May 2020

A Collection Part 57

It’s safe to say that this is the first time I’ve ever created “A Collection” while in quarantine. Let’s hope that in this lifetime, we don’t ever have to live through another pandemic. I used to look forward to these posts for a number of reasons. They were so different than any of the usual posts that I normally did for Yow Yow! Instead of spending a lot of time around the words I was using, this was my visual diary. It was calming for me to dig through the archives of Tumblr accounts I manually followed (I don’t have a Tumblr account!) and make a decision on what photos to include. It wasn’t always a simple yes or no. There’s certainly an intent for each one that is selected and for how I’m feeling at the moment.

Being in Shelter-in-Place now already for a month and a half, I thought I would have gotten to this post much sooner. It seems like I’ve found my calm through a number of other outlets during this time.

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