Odesza! AlunaGeorge! Pillowtalk! Les Sins!
If only I weren’t going to be in San Diego for Memorial Day Weekend… (actually I’m really excited about this trip!) California has such good music festivals.
I experienced my first California earthquake in the middle of the night! When I lived in Seattle, I remembered how those earthquakes felt and none were ever at the level of this one. Going through it, it felt a lot more powerful than I had realized. The earthquake affected all of the Bay Area hitting Napa and Sonoma the hardest and registering at a 6.1 magnitude level. This was the strongest earthquake to shake the Bay Area in the last 25 years.
We’re all safe here in the South Bay and I hope everyone else is doing the same!
Happy happy month of June readers! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this day to come for such a long time because it finally means that we’ve officially hit summer. Granted, we’re in California and it’s summer 11/12 months pretty much (highly exaggerated) but it just means that I don’t have to worry about the rain that I am used to holding my breath about back in Seattle at this time of the year.
It’s amazing to me how much has changed in just 365 days. Around this time last year I was in Seattle and wondering what my next adventure would be. Applying to jobs and interviewing for them is a full-time job in itself. I am so grateful that I have landed one that I love coming into work to every day. As a kid, I never wanted to move from Seattle, but here I am. Best decision I’ve ever made.
I hope all of you have an amazing and sunny month! I’m very much looking forward to summer parties, my best friend moving to the Bay Area for the summer and plenty of time spent outdoors.
It has been 6 months since I moved to California from Washington. WHOA! How is it going, exactly? I’m having fun. I’m having fun – literally every day. I don’t hate it here – not even in the slightest. As a kid, I remember being a brat and telling everyone that I would never leave Seattle because I just loved it too much. In all honestly, moving here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Moving for a job is one of the best life-changing experiences I’ll ever have.
California is beautiful. The air isn’t as clean as it is in Seattle. The water definitely isn’t as clean as it is in Seattle. And no way is the sushi better here in any way shape or form.
The sunset, however, are gorgeous. The sunny days every day are what motivate me to get up every morning. California is lovely.
That was a long way to preface this video actually, but basically this guy from Boston was asked to make a video about his trip to California and on his four days he covered both the Northern and Southern areas even meeting individuals along the way to help enhance the video.
It’s odd how much it is starting to feel like spring in California. It is January and already it is appropriate to sit outside for lunch here in the Bay and I can’t say that I hate it! I’ve only been to Santa Cruz once before, but I’m itching to make another trip and yes, I definitely want to ride on the gondola. Does anyone know how? If so, I’d like to know. Santa Cruz is such a majestic city to me. I’m not sure why I wanted to use that word to describe it, but I find it to be really very pretty. The last time I went there, I watched a bunch of surfers which wasn’t all that exciting to me because I don’t surf, myself, but it’s a cute little beach town and you wouldn’t find anything like it in the Pacific Northwest.
I feel like I’ve let everyone down by being nearly a day late on posting this, but better late than never. Coachella’s lineup is amazing, isn’t it always? Kevin asked me if I had thought about going this year and the answer I gave him was “Well, I always think about going to Coachella every year, but it’s a matter of whether or not I think I have the money for it.” Yes, going to Coachella is probably an amazing experience says everyone that I know that goes every year, but sometimes I think I’m just happy watching it on a stream as well.
Someday, I might just change my tune. I haven’t forgotten that it was my dream goal to make it to every single major music festival in the US for one year yet.
When I returned to the Bay Area from Seattle over the holidays, a co-worker had told me that it had been warm all week long while I was gone. It was in the 70’s to be exact and knowing me, I kind of took that idea and ran with it by wearing wedges upon returning back to work. It still isn’t quite summer yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not getting excited for it to arrive here! I’m already penning a list of things that I can’t wait to do and while I have never been HUGE on national parks, I’ve heard such great things about Yosemite. Yes, it’s a tourist spot, but I’m used to it by now because in Seattle I was surrounded by them. How gorgeous is this view? It’s the perfect distance away from the city, but still close enough to drive to. Let’s see if I’ll get there this summer.
It isn’t often that I let another store into my shopping roster, but when Sheila provided with a recommendation, I took it to heart. Last weekend, I stopped into Brandy Melville and instantly found myself swooning over their pieces. The shop was filled with knitted sweaters, the softest cotton, and endless hues of neutral colors. Why weren’t these pieces already in my closet?! I walked away with a knitted sweater – just to test out how much I would love it – and found myself wearing it twice this week. Sure, I have favorites. I’m expecting that my next trip to Brandy Melville will result in me breaking even more of my wallet. I was surprised to learn that most of the pieces (excluding pants) were one size fits all. In my head, I wondered how that was even possible, but then i realized how genius that idea was. I’m a huge fan of oversized clothing and while I know that doesn’t do much for my height, I always vote for comfort. If there’s any store here that embodies the “California” girl, this would probably be it. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my Brandy Melville purchases on Yow Yow!
I know that this song refers to Southern California, but there weren’t that many great songs about Northern California. Plus – this song is a throwback that we love!
Readers, thank you so much for being so patient with me. It’s amazing that I’ve kept Yow Yow! alive for this month as I’ve been preparing for what is one of the biggest life change I’ve ever had to make. Writing for Yow Yow! has always been therapeutic for me so naturally when moving got to be too stressful, I would fall back on writing content for this blog and that is one of the reasons why not too much has changed here and why my friends and family have become annoyed with the lack of productivity on my move.
I get it now. Moving is one of the worst things to ever go through in this world. It’s the biggest hassle, the biggest inconvenience, everything you can think of, but I believe my friends when they tell me that it is also so good for you and I’m excited for what awaits me at Point B!
It’s always exciting to learn when new festivals are popping up and that seems to be happening a lot these days! I remember when I witnessed an incredible music festival in San Diego shut down when I had plans to attend it a second year. Budget cuts are the worst, but they out of everyone’s control especially to those who enjoy these music festivals the most. With that said, California is gaining another festivals after losing one several years back.
The First City Festival held in Monterey, California has an incredible lineup for its first year out including: Passion Pit, Beach House, Toro y Moi, Washed Out, Capital Cities, Electric Guest, Tennis, and many more. Want to learn more about the artists? Free People has provided a great playlist to get you all caught up in time for the big show in August.
My California friends think I am a nut, but every time I am there I have to make two stops. One at In N’ Out for obvious reasons and the other at Rubio’s because I am obsessed with their fish tacos. Now, I realize Rubio’s is a popular chain in California, but honestly – I just can’t get that here in Seattle and right now it is all I want.
A trend that I am loving with retail stores is when they take their goods out on the road with them. Urban Outfitters had their pop-up shop. Warby Parker is spending weeks in different cities interacting with the locals and meeting their fans. Now, BHLDN is introducing their traveling trunk show to celebrate the third location of their newest store in California. They will hit up 6 Anthropologie stores on their travels (including Seattle!) and bringing with them their gowns for brides-to-be. BHLDN gowns are gorgeous, classic, and vintage, but a girl’s wedding day is going to be one of the most important days of her life so selecting one without trying it on can be a little nerve-wracking.
While perusing one of my favorite blogs, Holiday Matinee, I came across this photo series by a friend of the blogger’s – Angella d’Avignon. The shots were all taken from Southern California and makes me miss this area so much especially since I used to visit frequently when I was younger. Here are just a few shots, but check out the photographer’s 50 favorites here.