My friends and I say all the time how when we were growing up, we were so glad that platforms like Twitter and Instagram didn’t exist. Social media is my every day. Because Yow Yow! exists, there’s no getting around it. There’s even an element of it in my job! If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I’m a frequent poster for both feed and stories. In my morning commute, I use this time to scroll through my Twitter feed. For the last month, my mood has been up and down. If we’re really being honest, I’ve mostly just spent more time offline on all my platforms than I’m used to. I wasn’t tweeting or retweeting. I was posting less on Instagram and in the last week barely using Stories.
For years, there have been many reports about how social media affects one’s happiness. First it started with this idea of FOMO and depression. Seeing posts from other people in your network or friendship circles causes you to doubt your own life. It’s still a thing today, but more widely talked about. What I’ve been noticing for myself in the last week is that when my mood is down, I just avoid social media completely. I don’t have the energy to blog or post or record. I wondered why that was because a part of me almost thought that I would do the opposite. Many people use social media to make their lives seem more enhanced and desirable and instead I found it easier to run in the other direction. I’m not sure if anyone else does the same, but it felt the most comfortable for me at the time. I only noticed this in myself when my mood had a spike and then the postings came again.
Social media is always going to be one of those things that continues to fascinate me. Sometimes, it even scares me! If this is social media in 2018, what are we going to be like in 2019 and beyond?
Is anyone sensing a theme with these pieces? I have been on a break from traveling for the last month and already we’re itching to take our next vacation. And this time, I mean a real vacation – one that includes a destination where I can be on the beach all day for all the days (okay, a week!) and can fully disconnect. That means, no blogging, no emails, nothing about work, but yes to Instagram posts and stories. We have to have some boundaries. I don’t own too many pieces like the ones below, but it’s never too late. They all seem like the breeziest comfort pieces I have ever laid my eyes on. I have nothing in the works yet for a trip planned, but am already excited to start dreaming up my ideal vacay and learning what it really means to relax.
Top – Margaret O’Leary / Skirt – Brandy Melville / Purse – Forever21
As we all know, my closet for the most part is a home for neutral colors. When I received this sweater from [Margaret O’Leary] I was so excited to have what I considered a bit of a statement piece. My eyes were so glued to the beautiful blue hue and having stripes in a very non-traditional way. I was up to the challenge of trying to style this alongside the pieces I already had. The result? A little bit of retro and we kind of love it! What you can’t see in the photo is that actually closer to the hem line of the sweater there is a bright and bold red stripe. This blue was so fun though and when it came to picking bottoms, I went for my classic corduroy skirt from Brandy Melville which has a history of going with just about anything!
I have left this poster up on my tabs this week not only as a reminder to post it to Yow Yow! but because it is so beautiful! The colors!! Oh my goodness, everyone knows that I have a major soft spot for this music festival because in a way, it sort of helped shape my youth. This was the event that I looked forward to every summer, more than Capitol Hill Block Party (early on at least) more than Seafair (because that has never been my thing ever) and more than the Bite of Seattle. Bumbershoot has always been a family friendly music festival that brings musical and comedy acts from all over the world into one place. There is also a huge emphasis on local acts. This year, I’m especially excited to see Portugal. The Man so high up on this lineup.
Since we haven’t done a Wedding Mondays in weeks, I thought I could do a solid by giving it to you one day early. I’ve been holding on to this special video for a whole month! The team behind this piece was the same group that did [Mandi and Eric’s] wedding video so they’ve really just become my favorites. Every time I see a wedding video from Grimace Films, I know that I won’t be disappointed. They do such an incredible job of capturing timeless and iconic moments throughout. For this one, it’s shots of her detailed headpiece, her beautiful beige dress, and that walk back down the aisle with just the two of them. Also, how fun did that after party look? Geneva and Jeremy seem like the most fun couple and we’re sure no guest of theirs could possibly have a bad time at that wedding.
The trailer for Crazy Rich Asians debuted earlier this week and I’ve just been waiting to write a post about this. I haven’t read the book yet, but am making it my goal to finish it before the movie is released this summer on August 17th. I like the trailer, but I think I’m probably going to love this film even more. This is the first major Hollywood film with an all-asian cast since Joy Luck Club. In case you needed a refresher, Joy Luck Club came out 25 year ago.
My parents will laugh at this, but long ago, I dreamed of being an actress. I tried out for the school’s play in elementary school and when the audition process ended at 8PM and was way past my dinner time and closer to my bed time, I told my mother I wanted to quit. I didn’t have the stamina for that back then and that’s okay, but as I got older, I started to think about who my role models would be in the Asian community in this industry. I looked to Suchin Pak who was a news correspondent on MTV’s TRL and then went on to tell the stories of many others. I looked to Lisa Ling who more or less did the same thing, but over at CNN. I looked to my professor who was more like me in many ways that I could never imagine. I’ve always had a love for tv and movies and I couldn’t wait for those times when the Asian character was no longer just an overachiever in school with tiger parents. This is one of those moments and I don’t think it’s going to disappoint.
Based on the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan, the romantic comedy is about Rachel (Constance Wu) an American professor who finds out her Singaporean boyfriend is actually from one of the richest families in Asia.
The film is directed by Jon M. Chu and also stars Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Sonoya Mizuno, Gemma Chan and Awkwafina.