15 Ways to Greet a Co-Worker

I think I’ve done like 75% of the above.

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Something Funny For You

Step 1: Think of a friend that you have known for 7-8+ years.

Step 2: Go to their Facebook page – – > go directly to “See Friendship”

Step 3: Scroll down the wall that you share until you get very far back. Back then there wasn’t Messenger so all of your messages were actually written on their wall when I’m sure they were more text appropriate and not meant for the public…like they are now.

I was trying to find some old photos of Gelesia and I ahead of her wedding and instead stumbled across some of the best exchanges we’ve ever had! Oh to go back to the days of some public shade-throwing and girl talk.

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What We’re Listening To:

It’s starting to feel like sum sum summer time here in the Bay Area with it being close to 80 degrees tomorrow! I’m in for a pretty wild weekend next weekend being in LA, Ojai, and then Tahoe so this weekend is all about brunching and chilling out to the absolute max. Mayer Hawthorne recently released his latest album and it feels as if we’ve been missing him since like 2012 or something. I caught a DJ set of his a little over a year ago and while it was great to see him back on stage and trying out something different, I know that deep down, I really just missed his usual set. I’m still getting used to a lot of the new songs on his album “Man About Town,” but here are a few of my favorites. It’s okay – sometimes you can’t just listen to an album the first time and right off the bat love every song. That’s just life and stuff.

My recommendations:

  • Cosmic Love
  • Book of Broken Hearts
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • The Valley
  • Get You Back
  • Out of Pocket
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Mission Chinese Makes Us Miss Myspace

Herman Yung shared this amazing screenshot on his blog of Mission Chinese’s restaurant website looking like an old school Myspace layout. There’s so much to love about this and so much nostalgia, but is this the right move for them? I mean, where’s the link for the menu even! (cause honestly, that’s usually all I care about.) True story – I actually tried to log into my old Myspace account the other day so I could pull up something to write a post later on this week and found myself being completely shut out. It made me a little sad. I remember when updating my Myspace and altering the html and css made me the happiest teenager in the world.

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Outfit Throwback

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Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Sneakers – Converse

I went through a phase in high school / college where I was building up a pretty serious collection of cardigans. My everyday uniform really just consisted of a dress, a cardigan, and my favorite pair of Keds. It was simple, but it was all that I really needed. This photo is kind of funny to me because 25-year old me in this picture looks like I’m back in high school again and we don’t entirely hate it. It’s nice to see when some things don’t change.

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Yow Yow’s First Bachelorette Party!

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We figured since we are just a little bit more than a week out for G’s wedding that it was probably time to share our tales and photos from her bachelorette party! I can’t believe that one of my favorite girls is getting married – it’s unreal and I get a little bit emotional thinking about that day as it gets nearer. If a wedding video can bring out the tears, then what is this wedding going to do to me?! It’s been close to a month and a half since all of us ventured to Puerto Vallarta to celebrate Gelesia’s last days of singledom (kind of!) and can I just say that I went into this thinking that I would know all I needed to know about a bachelorette party, but that was not true. No one told me that the amount of drinks you might consume might surpass a Friday night out in college. Anything to celebrate our girl though!

This was my first time being in Mexico and wow – was it beautiful…we stayed at the gorgeous Velas Vallarta Resort through one of the girls’ timeshares and every day we were either poolside or on the beach. It was only four days, but trust – that it was probably a vacation that all us needed at the time.

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Wedding Mondays

So we couldn’t figure out how to embed the video into this post. We’ll just lead you straight to it…here!

Just a few words about this video though…

I’ve always said this and I still believe it – the song you use for your video is sometimes all that makes it. You can’t tell me that you watched this video and didn’t feel like dancing along with it. Also, for years we loved up on Sharkpig. This is no different. They’ve really perfected something here and it makes watching their videos all the more enjoyable. With G’s grand California wedding just around the corner, we are getting so so excited for it. I can’t believe I’m seeing one of my favorite girls get married. It’s unreal.

To view the entire feature click here for Green Wedding Shoes.

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To Be a “Leftover” Woman in China

“People think that in Chinese society, an unmarried woman is incomplete.”

When you know the story of how your parents met when they were teenagers and how they were married in their early 20’s along with the rest of your aunts and uncles, this naturally already puts some social pressure on you. For years, I wondered if that would be me (I knew through college that it wouldn’t!) Then with every year, that curiosity starts to make you a little bit nervous. Luckily for me, in 2016 – people are meeting their partners later on in life and that’s okay! I’ve never been someone who aspired to be just someone’s wife – and I’m not saying that people who marry young are, but I wanted to spend my 20’s working really hard and focusing on my career. This meant a lot to me. However, that thought of settling down is in the back of my mind and I think others have similar feelings as well. This, I think, is normal.

Until I watched this video, I never knew about the kind of pressures that Chinese women faced when they were later on in their 20’s and unmarried. I can’t believe that there is an actual term for it; shengnu – “leftover woman.” To hear how these women’s parents were speaking out about their daughters being unmarried and what it does to them was heartbreaking. There was so much guilt that went along with it, but the video ends on a positive note and sends a very strong message that all of us can stand behind – that you shouldn’t settle, that it’s okay to be strong, independent, and have a career.

This was my favorite thing that I watched all week and really resonated with me. I hope you’ll all take the 4 minutes to watch it. :)

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Snaps for a Snapshot

Who: Kendall Jenner

Wearing: Balmain

Where: 2016 MTV Movie Awards

There hasn’t been that much coverage on the 2016 MTV Movie Awards yet and the weird thing is that a lot of celebrities are ending up in photos that are from backstage or the after party as many opted out of the red carpet. Embarrassed much?

We love this look from Kendall though because of the high-low dress (a trend we’re loving this season!) and these incredible lace ups. Peep her Instagram account to see the work that went into getting her in these.

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Blog Roundup

  • Cheese triggers same part of the brain as hard drugs [Standard]
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Instagramming your proposal [WhoWhatWear]
  • 30 Traditional Wedding Rules You Should Break [Style Me Pretty]

  • An adorable trip between a dad and his daughter [Upworthy]
  • How much should you spend on a wedding gift [WhoWhatWear]
  • 17 Reasons Why People Have a Mid-Life Crisis in Their 20’s [Thought Catalog]

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When We Try to be Professional

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Top – Brandy Melville / Skirt – H&M / Booties – Munro – Nordstrom

I work at a start-up so fancy business professional attire isn’t required for me, however, that doesn’t mean that I can just slum it. I can’t even bring myself to wear a t-shirt and jeans most days – y’all know that’s just not me anyways. I also work with a lot of external people in my company as well so I try to maintain appearances. On this particular day, I felt like dressing up a little bit more. This is probably an outfit that I would have worn when working in finance and while I’ve gotten rid of most of those pieces, there are still a few that I have kept behind (just in case!) You never know when you’ll need them. This is one of my favorite outfits to wear to work because it’s length-appropriate, professional, and still makes me feel comfortable throughout a work day.

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Life Loops

Sometimes these things don’t need an explanation. I loved this and just like Herman, I agree, this could’ve been way longer and I would’ve been hooked all the same. This animation of life loops was made by Geoffroy de Crécy.

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A Girl and Her Bed

If there’s one inanimate object that I love from my home, it’s my bed. My Pendleton blanket is a close second, but that’s another story. When I was younger and living in my parents’ home, my bed felt like a container and was routine. I definitely don’t look at it the way I do now. I got into my bed at the end of the day, spent 8 hours in it, and then when my alarm went off the next morning I promptly got out of it so that I could go to school. Get in. Sleep. Get out. Repeat.

Today, my bed is sort of my safe haven – an incredibly safe space. When I wake up in the morning, I treasure those moments of buffer time that I give myself (about 30-45 minutes) before I hop into the shower and head to work. My bedroom is a clean slate – pretty bare walls and the blinds completely open to let the light in. Some people hate it, but I love it. I’ve never been one of those people that uses blackout curtains in a hotel room. I check my emails and challenge myself to see how many I can delete/respond to from the bed to make my morning work easier. I question why my phone next to my alarm clock creates such static and I toy with it and distance so that I can use my phone and get a clear signal from the top 40 radio station at the same time. After a shower, the bed provides me with warmth before I make decisions about what to wear that day.

At the end of the day, the pillows provide support for the weight that I’ve carried in my head and on my shoulders that day. The pillows aren’t perfectly white like I wish they could be. They’re stained… with makeup, with mascara, and a lot of feelings that we sometimes relieve onto them. Instead of the upbeat poppy music that we used to wake us up earlier in the day, the Jambox helps us wind down sometimes with a little Quadron, but most of the time Leon Bridges. At night, my bedroom is lit from the street lights outside, the glow of an Anthropologie candle, a dim light – the only light from my room, and the screen of my phone. We have a routine for the evening too: email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest. Spotify off. Jambox off. Sleep.

We don’t leave everything at the door when we go to the bedroom and that’s okay. You can’t always go to bed happy sometimes you’re just angry or some other emotion, but we still start every day new and I like that my bedroom and my bed holds those emotions for me along with the quirks.

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