30 Nov 2018

Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” Music Video

The highly anticipated music video for “thank u, next” is officially out! I was a little behind and not sure when to expect it until I heard it was noon pt today. Just a little bit after my lunch break, I took a few minutes to watch. The music video pays homage to four of my favorite early 2000 films: “Bring it On (2000),” “Legally Blonde (2001),” “Mean Girls (2004),” and “13 Going on 30 (2004).” There are even more than a handful of guest cameos in the music video as well including one member of the “Kardashian” klan.

“thank u, next” has been a hit since it debuted and the music video is likely one that will be talked about all weekend long. I had watched the behind the scenes special yesterday evening before the release and almost wish I hadn’t because I had found it to be a bit anti-climatic. That being said, the song is still my favorite and will absolutely be on my list at the end of the year for being a top 50 song. Which Ariana character best resonates with you?

25 Nov 2018

I’m So Thankful

We spent four days away for Thanksgiving break this year – my longest yet! I remember thinking as I booked the trip that this may have been too long. Too long for what you may ask? From work? Away from San Francisco? Are those actually legitimate reasons? I schlepped my work laptop with me all the way to Orange County believing I’d have some time to check in on work periodically or get through some emails. Turns out, I didn’t. I didn’t really have the time and when I did, I opted for quality conversations with my family and watching bad Netflix holiday movies.

The work can be never ending. I have the type of job where I can go to bed and wake up the next morning to a completely full inbox after hitting zero. It amuses me more than it worries me. This year, after starting my new job I wanted to actually try to have more work life balance. Yes, it’s a thing people say they strive for, but it’s actually much harder to do! Work life balance doesn’t just come to you. It’s not inherent with the job that you decide to work at or the company. As an individual, you have to create those boundaries and after years of not doing that, it’s an area where I need practice. In a way, I feel like I’m reversing myself backwards because I’ve gone so far off the deep end!

All that said, this isn’t my biggest concern. I have so much to be thankful for in 2018 – my health, my career, my family, my friends, and my beautiful home. These are the constants that keep me very happy and content in my life. I’m looking forward to making the small improvements that enhance my life a bit more in 2019. Readers, thank you for continuing to stick with Yow Yow! Now let’s get to year 10.

25 Nov 2018

New Favorite: LoveShackFancy

Marina Dress – $295

There once was a period of time recently where I saw my closet embracing menswear like pieces. I loved all things oversized and I strayed away from appearing “too girly.” I’d like to announce that that period of time has ended. These days, my eyes are doing double takes on all things lace, floral, and pink. One brand that has caught my eye in the last few weeks is LoveShackFancy. It is every girly girl’s dream and likely what a younger me envisioned myself wearing well into my 20’s. The pieces are a bit pricey so if you consider purchasing, look at it as an investment piece. Get creative in finding new ways to wear it to give it a second, third, or fourth life. Your bank account will thank you for it! Here are just a few of our favorite pieces that we’re drooling over:

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  • One week till my OOO is on
  • Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten sick because you chose to dress inappropriately for the weather 🤚🏽 that was me Friday night without my jacket over my holiday party dress.
  • Over ordered
  • Sundays at the farmer’s market 💐🍎🍊🥬
  • Why pick when you can have both? 💁🏻‍♀️
  • Blessed that this year’s holiday party landed on a Friday so that I have two days to get right. 🙏🏼
  • salt 〰️ sand
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