16 Feb 2021

A COS Spring

The start of Fashion Week always has us pining for future seasons. In what feels like a very weird time for climate, I’m just about ready for spring all over again. Lighter shades and weightless linens sound like the perfect getaway from what feels like some serious chilly-ness these days. COS’ spring is giving us all of the essential basics we’ll need. Their Spring/Summer collection should be online soon. Here are my favorites:

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15 Feb 2021

An Evolution Of Lara Jean’s Outfits

Saying goodbye to our favorite characters is never easy especially when you’ve grown to love a heroine like Lara Jean. For the last three years, we’ve watched Lara Jean blossom from a shy high school student into a young woman who chooses to love herself as she makes a tough choice on the verge of college. My friends say that the level of confidence that she has gained in these years is one that we always wished we had. It has been such a pleasure and a joy to witness her growth. As we say goodbye to her this weekend after watching the last installment, I feel like it’s necessary to revisit some of her best looks. Thank you for everything LJ!

Is it just me or did seeing this outfit make you want to go out and buy your own bomber jacket again? The pink so so 80’s, but modern at the same time.

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15 Feb 2021

On Our Hiatus

There are very few times in Yow Yow’s! life where we’ve stepped away for a bit. Over the holidays is when I feel the most content charged, but I forget that periods of that can also lead to my own burnout. In January, I left the city for a cabin 90 minutes away. We still had access to wifi and I was still active on most of social, but selective. Instead of sharing immediate stories from my stay, I waited until I returned back to San Francisco. Nothing was preventing me from sharing out, but I needed this for myself.

The two weeks that I chose to go silent were two weeks in which the world chose to be loud. It started out as a slow burn with Bean dad and white women Mahjong before it escalated to our Georgia runoff win, the insurrection and Trump being banned on Twitter and Facebook. Somewhere in the mix, there was a Soho Karen.

I couldn’t break my rule of not posting during this time. The plan was to return home and share my thoughts afterwards. That time never came. It was a combination of the news just not being relevant anymore and myself not feeling the need to comment anymore. It may seem like an obvious lesson here, but news is timely. It’s one of the reasons why we ask our friends whether they are ‘living under a rock?’ when they’re a day late to a story breaking.

When the moment has passed, we should let it. In 2021, we act as if we all need to have commentary on everything. Shouldn’t the focus be on being better listeners? There’s a race to get to the news first and to have our take on it, but more often than not, it’s not our voice that needs to be heard. Stepping back for two weeks made me realize that I could sit back every once in a while. Why not let someone else’s voice be amplified? I thought this challenge for myself would be difficult, but it wasn’t. In fact, it only showed me how easy it could be to step away someday and be completely okay with all of this.

15 Feb 2021

Blog Roundup

Patricia Chang
  • Instagram Really Isn’t Optional For Restaurants Anymore [SF Eater]
  • Ella Emhoff and Amanda Gorman have been signed to IMG [Fashionista 1/2]
  • Even the White House Logo Got a Makeover [Fast Company]
  • How to Make McDonald’s Hash Browns At Home [The Takeout]
  • BTS Is Heading to ‘MTV Unplugged’ [NYLON]
  • The Most Popular Brand in Every Country, Mapped [Digg]
  • This Concept Video for Virgin’s Hyperloop Transit System [Mental Floss]
  • Why Aren’t More Asian American Costume Designers Helping Tell Our Own Stories? [Fashionista]
  • Former FBI Agent Analyzes First Date Body Language | WIRED [Source]
  • How to Adjust Covid-19 Social Distancing Pods When Someone Gets Exposed [Vox]
  • The Many Lives of Steve Yuen [The New York Times Magazine]
  • Jenny Han Talks ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ [Call Your Girlfriend]
  • ‘My People Are Dying in Silence – and I’m Here with A Megaphone’ [AdWeek]
  • Nordstrom Introduces Black_Space to Amplify Black Designers [High Snobiety]
  • I’ve Never Been More Prouder – Or More Heartbroken – to Be Asian American [Byrdie]
  • 38 Moments to Talk About From the “To All The Boys” Series [The EveryGirl]
14 Feb 2021

Song of the Day

All Star Opera – Be Right Back

Every so often, I find myself getting homesick for Seattle and the easiest cure to bring me back is listening to music from home. In case it wasn’t obvious, we haven’t been home in over a year due to COVID and it’s unlikely that we won’t be back anytime soon. All Star Opera is a group that formed after I left the city, but I’ve become a fan of theirs from afar. “Be Right Back” is a track that’s easy listening. It’s one that I would’ve listened to on a summer evening in Seattle driving on I-5. Instead, now I’m listening to it driving up the 101. It’s the same, but different. This track was released back in November on YouTube, but much more deserving of just 70 views so can we give it some PNW love?

14 Feb 2021

Snaps for a Snapshot

Who: Zendaya

Wearing: Aliétte’s criss-cross-neckline, cut-out and high-slit signature gown

Where: “Malcolm & Marie”

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Technically this isn’t an event and usually that’s what this series is for. We also haven’t watched this film yet. Should we? I hear it’s quite long. The dress, however, is something that can’t go without mentioning. Since the early previews, I have been wondering about this dress. It is such a glam look that is perfect for Zendaya. That alone, makes us want to see more of it in the film. Cutouts have been named a trend for 2021, but admittedly, I haven’t loved everything I’ve seen. Some of it doesn’t seem as wearable as they may appear, but this dress 100% is.

14 Feb 2021

Apple – Chinese New Year – Daughter

With its release back in January and less than 5,000 views, I’m surprised that this hasn’t garnered more attention. This year, more than ever, stories surrounding both Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year are significant. In the last week alone, I’ve become more educated on traditions and taboos around this holiday than ever before.

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