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05 May 2018

Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 35

[Caudalie Moisturizing Mask]- $39

2018 is supposed to be my year of self care, however, we haven’t been talking about it that much! Throughout the year, I’ve been trying to discover what my balance is between doing what’s good for myself and my body, but that I don’t enjoy as much and then…self-indulgence. Most of the time, instead of straddling between both, I lean heavily on indulgence, but what else is new? College me would’ve loved to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today with all of my friends, but late 20’s me is too tired for all of that. Instead, I’ve had a really peaceful day that felt balanced between a bit of work, socializing, and some of my favorite things.

Today, I’m proud to have not put any toxins into my body (alcohol) and instead had a nice milk tea and pampering of one of my favorite masks. During the busiest times, it often feels like we don’t even have the time to take care of ourselves. I can say that as of lately, more than ever, I’ve felt that I haven’t had enough hours in the day. There were a few times in the last couple of weeks that I even considered pulling an all nighter to complete some of my tasks from work. That sort of thing just isn’t acceptable after college!

However, you celebrated today or didn’t, I hope you all had a day that you just enjoyed. Currently, I can’t believe how late it is and how not tired I am. I’m also enjoying a new show – Killing Eve and wearing my mask (above) for longer than 15 minutes and loving every part of it.

For this mask, it’s recommended that you wear it for 15 minutes before washing it off. The other alternative is wearing overnight, which seem like two extremes to me. Readers, do you ever consider wearing any of your masks overnight when you head to bed? My biggest worry is that I end up with a mess on my pillowcase the next morning since I’m more of a mover when I’m sleeping. Would love to hear your thoughts on this!

13 Apr 2018

Glossier Goes West

Earlier this week, the cult beauty brand announced that they were opening up shop in Los Angeles. Glossier is expanding…and fast! Already an icon in New York City, just a little over a month ago or so, Glossier took over one of my favorite sandwich shops in the Mission to make it’s own pop-up. I went there last week and it was madness. However, more on that later. Having raised just $52 million back in February for their Series C, it seems as though the brand is using this funding to expand out further not only in new products, but in brick-and-mortar spaces. This will be their 2nd permanent location after their one in New York City and it is slated to open this coming May.

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01 Apr 2018

Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 34

Earlier this year, I discovered a drugstore product that I wish I had found years and years prior. Pimples and acne are the worst, but as we all know, they come in a variety. Sometimes it’s right on the surface, beneath the surface, or come in as a blackhead with skin grown over, etc. I’m prone to getting the type of pimples that grow beneath the surface and take forever rising to the top. The result is that they end up being a bump on your face that you don’t want to pop because it will likely make it even worse or start to scar.

I had been reading a few articles about this to see how I could get rid of them safely. Most highlighted a warm compress as being the #1 option, but who has the time for that? Then I read about these acne stickers. They were pretty inexpensive at just $6.50 a pop so I thought I would try and find it at my local drugstore. Unable to find them, I relied on a source I knew would have them – Amazon.

This product in particular comes with 36 stickers, but only two sizes – regular and large. They say that you can put them on during the day and cover it with makeup, but I didn’t do a good job of hiding it so I stick to wearing it only in the evenings and overnight. The sticker is meant to be put over your affected spot and acts as a non-drying way to clean up clogged pores. In the morning your sticker should appear white because it has pulled out all of the oils and pus. It’s half disgusting, but half satisfying. It allows your blemish to not be picked at during this time and removes all of the bad stuff without making it worse. Whenever, I feel a new “beneath the surface” blemish coming through, this is my first act of defense.

 

07 Jan 2018

The Beauty Products We Couldn’t Live Without in 2017

2017 felt like the year that I was not only collecting products, but educating myself on them more than average. I was constantly talking with my friends about what they were using and getting feedback via Instagram and Instagram Stories on what was working and what wasn’t. In 2018, my hope is that I do the opposite. I learn to live with less! How can I become more creative and resourceful with what I already have to avoid spending more money – another New Year’s resolution that we’ll get to soon. One thing that I learned about myself this year is that I no longer need to have a facial once a season. I used to convince myself that this was what I needed because seasons in the Bay Area were so harsh on my skin and so different that I needed to restart and refresh my routine with a facial. Turns out, I was lying to myself and didn’t need it and making excuses. You can create your own facials at home and you can moisturize and exfoliate your skin without breaking the bank. My favorite products in 2017 did JUST that. They looked like they could’ve been more high-end, but were actually affordable and did the job and more.

Glossier Boy Brow – $16

2017 was the year that I discovered that I could do something with my eyebrows! I don’t know what took us so long, but just like everyone says, Boy Brow really is a game changer. A few swipes of these across my brows keeps everything together and more importantly, natural looking. I also learned how to fill in my own eyebrows this year as well, but it’s not something that I feel like I can pull off as an everyday look rather than more of a day to night. Boy Brow gives me that everyday feel, but also cuts down on my getting ready time. For $16, you’ll be happy with this purchase, I promise.

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27 Dec 2017

A Collection Part 49

We don’t always time these posts with the end of the year, but it feels good, doesn’t it? Even as I search for photos it’s nice to be able to put something together that wraps up the end of the year and my feelings towards a new year. The start of this post doesn’t look anything like the end of this post, which I think is pretty different for a change. You can definitely tell that I’m feeling some sort of way by the end of this. What is it exactly? That I’m holding on to millennial pink? That I’ve got a love inanimate objects? Those things, but maybe a couple of other things that aren’t so obvious.

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24 Dec 2017

Yow Yow’s Top 10 Posts of 2017

It isn’t hard to push out a post when I need to. They can range from anything to a YouTube video to a song on Spotify or a quote against a printed background in an interesting typeface on Pinterest. While I like to think that varying lengths of posts make Yow Yow! really interesting, it’s those essays that I spend the most time on that I’m proud of. 2017 was a year of changes not only for me personally, but for Yow Yow! There was a lot happening in the world that I wanted to share an opinion about and I’ll admit, I don’t always get it right. I’ve received some criticism over the last year for some of the pieces that I’ve written, which challenged me, but I also received positive feedback as well. Overall, it felt like a step in the right direction. As much as I love writing about food, music, and fashion, I can’t let Yow Yow! only be about that. And the reason why is just because that’s not what I’m only all about. Thank you all for letting me stretch my creativity with this and for continuing to stick with us.

  1. The Moment I Found Out I Wasn’t White
  2. Color Factory in SF
  3. The Ladies of The Bachelor – Bridal Photoshoot 
  4. The Panic At Westfield Mall
  5. I’m Moving…Again!
  6. SPIN Comes to Downtown Seattle
  7. Beauty for Breakfast pt. 31
  8. That Next Chapter
  9. Clinique Vs. Crayola Chubby Sticks
  10. So You Want To Leave Your Job
11 Nov 2017

Aesop in Chelsea, London

If you’ve ever stepped into an Aesop location, then you know that it is quite possibly one of the most beautifully designed storefronts in the retail world. I always remember the different locations I’ve been to – Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose – each never looking exactly the same. It’s such a fun experience to step into one. The brand recently set up shop in a new location – Chelsea, London and it’s just as chic as you would imagine. Both interior and design were inspired by the opening scenes in James Bond films and were brought to life in stores by Snøhetta.

Aesop Duke of York Square
22–24 Duke of York Square
London
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05 Nov 2017

October Favorites

Favorite TV Show – Riverdale

I’ve been hearing about this series for awhile now, but never saw myself as the kind of person that could binge watch a show. It is only in its second season though so you may have though “well, better to start now than when it is in its 4th, right?” When Kevin was in town, he set up my Netflix for me so that I could watch directly from my TV and that was life changing. After he left, this was the first show I turned on and within just a few days, I had finished the entire first season. I love a good CW series and didn’t find myself resonating too strongly with Dynasty (a new series from this past fall.) The show reminds me a little bit of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, but not complex enough that I get confused by all the story lines. I’m also particularly excited by this romance between Betty and Jughead. I’m familiar with the comics, but not the storyline from the comics so it’s almost like beginning this series with a fresh start!

Favorite Album – Odesza – A Moment Apart

In the years that they’ve been around, I had never gotten a chance to see Odesza live up until just last weekend! Obviously, I’m super biased towards any musician or band that comes out of Seattle, but there’s something special to see someone charge $5-8 for a ticket all the way up until now when they’ve sold out three nights in a city that isn’t their hometown and I’m forced to buy it on Stubhub. I’ve been listening to this album weekly since it came out and was even more excited when I found out I’d be seeing them in concert at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley – a first for me! There’s not one song that I don’t like. Listen to it from start to finish.

Everlane Pima Micro Rib Long-Sleeve Crew – $30

I was really lucky when I had the chance to buy this tee in stores last weekend because now it’s totally waitlisted. Bummer! I have a couple of simple black long-sleeve tees already at home, but it feels as though you can never have enough. There are so many fabrics to buy them in, fits, some can be a turtleneck. This one, in particular, I knew I didn’t have and needed to have. It’s ribbed material and completely fitted so when you wear it tucked into pants, it’s very chic and since it’s already in black, naturally slimming. Since I purchased it, I’ve already worn it three times and I’m glad I got it before having to wait until March. At just $30 a pop, I wish I would’ve known sooner so that I could buy this in all the colors.

Favorite Product – Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask – $44

My collection of masks at home are growing! While I love trying new products, I started to have this inkling that the products I was receiving or being gifted with weren’t always the ones that were best for my skin. Were they for more general skin types? For those with dry or sensitive skin? I was using all different kinds, but I wasn’t sure if anything was actually happening so I decided to a store I trusted to find something that fit what I was looking for. I landed on this Malin + Goetz mask, which has been my favorite. I use it twice a week and for only five minutes, which means I don’t have to wait around for a long time for it to do its thing. As soon as it hits your skin, it begins to start foaming so make sure you put on a thick layer and get every inch of your skin for it to be in full effect. It’s still early and I’m not sure if I can pin point any differences yet, but my hope (or what I was promised) is that my skin will start to look brighter and break out less.

22 Oct 2017

Blog Roundup

– Every flight around the world right now [Flightradar24]

– 7 bad habits that actually make you sick [Valet Magazine]

– Restaurants are making their spaces more “Instagrammable” [Verge]

– Why you’re seeing Aesop everywhere [Racked]

– America’s best new restaurants in 2017 [Esquire]

– “What Were You Wearing?” an exhibit featuring the outfits of those who were raped on display at the University of Kansas [Chicago Tribune]

14 Oct 2017

September Favorites

Favorite TV Show – Siesta Key (again!)

I tried my hardest to think of another show that I was consuming during the month of September, but to be honest, we were still obsessed with Siesta Key. The last four episodes of the show really turned things around for the reality series. It’s almost a completely different show than when it first started. I know that these kids are sort of the worst, but we can’t stop. In fact, I’ve found another co-worker of mine who loves the show as much as I do and we’ve started doing recap episode on our Instagram Lives. Things really escalated and we’re looking forward to the second season!

Favorite Album – Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me 

I’ve been playing “Sorry Not Sorry” on repeat since the day it came out, but my fear was that it was going to be the only song I liked from the album. I’m happy to share that that wasn’t the case. “Tell Me You Love Me” may have only just came out at the end of September, but that didn’t stop us from listening to this every single day. My favorites:

  • Sorry Not Sorry
  • Tell Me You Love Me
  • Ruin the Friendship
  • Only Forever
  • Lonely
  • Concentrate
  • Hitchhiker

Favorite Product – Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser – $28

I’ve never had a great routine of making sure that I washed my face every day and lately, I’ve been wondering how I could do that. I had this product in my stash and discovered that it was great for washing your face in the mornings or the evenings and when your face was already damp. Solution? Wash my face while I’m in the shower! So it’s not the best habit to have because you probably want to me washing off your makeup every night, but I feel like we’re taking baby steps in the right direction.

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Gap Icon Denim Jacket – $69.95

I believe the last time I owned a denim jacket, I was 13 and headed into middle school. Shopping with my mom, I couldn’t decide between a denim jacket and a corduroy one and convinced her that I needed to have both. Somewhere between middle school and mid-20’s adulthood, the need to have a denim jacket again disappeared! Only recently was I feeling the urge to have one back in my closet again. It is such a classic staple and I didn’t realize how much I had missed it. One Sunday afternoon, I popped into the Gap store in The Marina and saw what I had been looking for. I stood in front of the mirror for 20 minutes going back and forth between an xsmall and a small. If I had the xsmall, it would be perfectly fitted, but then I wouldn’t be able to have that oversized look or be able to layer anything underneath it. I couldn’t make up my mind, until finally, I had kept my friend Winny waiting too long while I was deciding. I chose the small. The small fit just fine. It didn’t look too big, but it would have enough room for me to layer pieces underneath, which I really wanted. I now wear this jacket almost every day and don’t know how I went ahead in life for so long without it.

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  • Living in my summer vacation ☀️
  • My favorite go-to-snack these days - a fresh log of spam musubi! 😋
  • OK these first two days at home have been lovely, but where should I escape to out of the city for a day?
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  • I’m appreciating Kevin’s rooftop more than he is
  • Last night’s ramen gifted us with the thickest slice of pork ever and a side of butter corn 🤤
  • Weekend hangs at the shopping plazas
  • Had a craving for the sush last night 🍣
  • Dessert, always

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