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29 Dec 2016

My Favorite Posts of 2016

Typically when I write “end-of-year” posts, I’m always pulling up what I wrote the year before in another tab as a reference. I already know that I didn’t do too much writing this year so it will be ambitious to find 12 posts that I really liked as opposed to last year when that feeling was so easy for me! That being said, I think there are going to be a few treasures in here that we can highlight. They may not be the posts that rank to the top in terms of views, but they are the posts that I enjoyed writing the most and the ones that you know I probably re-read a dozen times before feeling comfortable posting. Thank you all for another fantastic year… now let’s head into our 8th year of Yow Yow! This blog is now older than my previous Polly Pocket collection (7 years!)

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  • This Happened Tonight – I honestly don’t know if this is enough to consider it one of my favorite posts, but this is me totally just fangirling out over here. It might be on my list of funny moments in 2016, but whatever the case – this needed to belong on SOME list and I chose this. I think I like this post just because it reminds me a little bit of how I used to write in the old days – you know back in 2009/2010 – no filter – just blagh! whatever I felt like spewing out at the time. If you read the post though (and you know me!) then you know I’m suppressing my feelings here for the sake of appearing normal on Yow Yow! If only this weren’t so short lived…

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  • Happy 7th Birthday Yow Yow! – We’ve never celebrated a Yow Yow! anniversary like this before. The number 7 has no significance to me or Yow Yow! but after all this time, you kind of just feel like you need to do something different. We were already doing regular outfit photos, so I thought – why not throw in a balloon?! One of the best parts about this post is that Aritiza decided to feature this photo above for their Instagram account. I was ecstatic, but very quickly commenters started to notice that the balloon didn’t actually look like a “7” and actually looked like… male genitalia. So almost immediately, my excitement did a 180.

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  • Looking Back: Space Girl – It’s a weird thing to be in front of a camera. I’m not a natural by any means. Every shoot, Elynn probably takes on average 15-25 photos and while we sometimes get 2-3 really good ones, the rest are of me opening my mouth, fixing my clothes, talking, being awkward, you name it. We’ve come such a long way… this post was incredibly special to me though. Space Girl was everything to me when we were in college. I never could get comfortable in front of the camera and having this helmet on made me feel invincible. When we stopped using it and went back to outfit shoots, you can plainly see how hard it is for me in these photos, but I will never forget the gateway that Space Girl provided for me to get me to where we are today.
  • Wedding Mondays – I know what you’re thinking. How can you choose a favorite? We’ve highlighted so many incredible wedding videos in 2016, but one that I keep going back to (in addition to Mandi’s of course!) is this one featuring Jean (from Extra Petite) and her husband Nick. To this day, we still can’t wrap our head around the three dresses, but we think it’s amazing. Secondly, Long Haul films is no longer doing wedding videos so that makes this one extra special. (see what I did there?) Also, when I was in Boston this past fall for work, I got to stop by the Boston Library and see this venue myself and we fangirled the  same amount we did for BJ Novak. It was just as amazing in person as it is in the video…
  • Revisiting Casual – I like to look at “Casual” as something we continue to pass on. Every year, I’ve gotta share it with someone new and last year that was Manan. Together, him and I watched the entire series from start to finish and he loved it as much as I did! No surprises there – everyone I’ve ever shown this too has fallen in love with the series so it’s not too late if you decide to hop on the bandwagon. We’re still accepting fan club members. In all honesty, relationships are hard, okay? I’m never 100% content with mine and in 2016 it’s tough to date. If I knew in the long run that I was going to be okay then I would love to have that off my shoulders, but if Casual has taught me anything and if life has taught me anything – it’s that it’s all about timing. We have to let things play out the way they are supposed to. Thank you Casual for continuing to be a positive force in my life year after year.

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  • And When We Give Back – It was such a surreal experience to be speaking with students that had been accepted to Seattle University as the class of 2020. Let that sink in a little bit. When I was a kid, I used to think that college was almost the end all be all. It was hard for me to imagine being a woman with a career – not because I didn’t want to have a career, but because it just seemed so far away. I’m fortunate that my friend who works at admissions asked me to do this panel because it put a lot into perspective. It was a very humbling experience to be giving advice to students as to why Seattle U was a great school for me even though I kind of do this in my real life job too. Additionally, it made me appreciate my parents in a way that I haven’t before. Seeing the parents of these accepted students was a little bit entertaining; they were SO nervous. I wondered how my parents were able to handle me going off to college with such ease and tranquility when that is very clearly not the case for most.
  • To Be a “Leftover” Woman in China – Never have I ever ugly-cried so hard over a YouTube video, but this struck a chord with me. It’s 2016 and the pressures of settling down or being in a committed relationship are still very much a priority for most. It’s overwhelming at times! I loved hearing the stories of these young women – young women that I can identify with and find to be so brave for doing something like this. I’m glad the video had a happy ending too, a newfound perspective for their parents.
  • A Girl and Her Bed – I never write pieces like this and I remembered being very on the fence about it because it seems abnormal for me to dispel some serious feelings about a part of my daily routine. In reading it over though, I think the post is kind of beautiful. I’m using words that I don’t normally use and I’m being vulnerable in a way that I haven’t with Yow Yow! before.

  • “The Panic in Central Park” – Is this my favorite TV moment in 2016? Yes. I must have watched this episode at least 25 times and at one point, once a day for a week. We had given up on Girls the season before this one, but after hearing about how much commotion this episode stirred, we hopped back into it. Luckily, for this episode, you didn’t need to know what was happening before it. It was like it’s own standalone episode and it was a beautiful piece. Marnie may be one of the most annoying characters in the series, but in “The Panic in Central Park” she was all of us. We’ve all had that scenario – some version of it, sometimes shorter or longer or more fun or less fun than what Marnie had, but we all got to the same theme at the very end of it.
  • Our Twenties: How We’re Doing – “Be good to yourself” – a friend once advised me. Too many times in a year, I find myself complaining about how I don’t have this or don’t have that. How annoying for those around me that have to listen to this! The truth is, your 20’s aren’t easy. They were never supposed to be so it’s important for us to cut ourselves some slack. Earlier in 2016, I wrote about my New Year’s resolutions. This post though was sort of like our midpoint review. Initially this started out as a mini-project with Casper, but I ended up actually enjoying this more than I thought I would and had a lot of fun with it.
  • Aging and Alone in Manhattan’s Chinatown – I have a thing for pieces that remind me of my sweet Grandma Ruby. This profile by Mantai Chow truly captured a look into the life of an elderly living in Chinatown. I remember watching this video and thinking back to how I never worried about those that lived there because they had what I believed to be a strong community. In reality though, it seems much more lonelier than I thought. These individuals are more brave than I could ever be especially this woman profiled. Hearing her story was one of the highlights in Yow Yow’s 2016.

  • Let’s Talk About New York! – We made it to 12 posts! With all the trips we took this year, how could we not include our favorite one? It took me 26 years to get to New York, but I couldn’t have asked for a better traveling partner and tour guide. Mandi and I took the next step in our friendship and explored New York City together. She was a pro – obviously having done grad school there and me? Well, I could barely have a successful run on the subway without having a mini freak out. There was never a moment for us to stop because we were constantly on the move. And even though we had made a very packed itinerary for our trip, we only ended up doing half the things we were supposed to. I guess that just means we have to go back.
16 Feb 2016

Revisiting Casual

Every year, I re-watch Casual and every year, I try and introduce a new friend to it. It was somewhere around five years ago that this series was introduced into my life and I never get tired watching it! What I love about this series is that no matter what your relationship status currently is or what you’ve been through, there’s some sliver that you can relate to in the two characters. I’ve re-watched this series every year but at different times in my life and even though I know what’s going to happen, I’m able to look at it in different perspectives. I mean I’ve watched this while going through a major breakup and this year as I have been single for awhile, but pretty content with where things are in my life. Everything is just about timing isn’t it? I actually hate when people use that word when talking about relationships because sometimes it just sounds like BS except when your friends and family are actually right.

At the start of this year, I told Manan about the series and we ended up watching it over again together. Since his reaction was positive, I thought it was time again to re-share with all of you. 🙂 To start from the beginning click here.

21 Jul 2013

Cover of the Day

Obadiah Parker – Hey Ya

I probably listen to this cover on Spotify once a week, but I’ve actually never posted this so I had to share it with all of you. The first time I heard this was watching my favorite web series, Casual. And we all know how I feel about that series, don’t we? I know Sundays are typically saved for rest and relaxation so if you haven’t checked it out yet, now is the time to start. Seriously. You can finish the entire thing in a day (I do it once a year) and you won’t regret it.

13 Jun 2012

Caller ID

Bree recently brought this new YouTube video to my attention featuring my favorite actors from Casual and done by the same director, Jay Diaz.


07 May 2012


Remember when I was obsessed with a short series online called Casual this past fall? I thought it was the greatest thing I had ever seen and I passed it onto five of my close friends who also grew to love it. Casual is just a story about a boy and a girl who start out “casual,” but then become so much more. Their relationship blossoms into something more complex, but also something that surprises even them. The direction and the story line are incredible and I will talk about this forever and strive to pass it on to everyone I know. I actually just watched the entire series again last week. I also learned last week though that they were turning it into a feature film! I’m not sure if this will just include every episode put into the series or if it will include more footage, but nevertheless – I am excited for it.

You can watch the entire series here.

22 Dec 2011

Katie’s Favorites of 2011

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Favorite Style Icon: Zoe Saldana

Zoe wins again and again with her presentation on the red carpet and at press events. Here she is wearing a Calvin Klein dress in my favorite color for 2012: MINT!

Runner Up: Elle Fanning


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Favorite Event of the Year: Capitol Hill Block Party 2011

Two out of three days was just enough to make this festival not only the highlight of my summer, but the most memorable moment of the year. Who can turn down a weekend of great company, amazing live performances, free goodies, front row at Cults, stellar weather and meal breaks at all of my favorite restaurants just outside of the gates? You can’t.

Runner Up: Girl Talk at the Showbox SODO and being on stage!

Read more “Katie’s Favorites of 2011”

23 Oct 2011

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope all you have had a nice and relaxing weekend. I spent some much needed time with dear friends and family and now I’m gearing up for yet another week of classes. This week, we’ve got two big events happening!

First off, the season finale of Casual will be released tomorrow. I’m disappointed to see the show end and am surprised at how invested I have become in these characters when I still don’t even know their names. It is one of the best web series I’ve ever seen and if you’ve got a little time, you could finish the entire three seasons in just a few hours. Check out my review here and begin watching here.

Secondly, Seattle University will be welcoming cast members Ben Nemtin and Jonnie Penn of MTV’s The Buried Life onto our campus this Thursday. Preparing myself for silly shenanigans begins…now.

One last thing: my head nearly exploded when I woke up to this complete lineup today.

14 Sep 2011

Song of the Day

Cinematic Orchestra – To Build A Home

There’s been a lot of “casual” talk within the last week so I decided to choose today’s song from a song I heard in one of their episodes. It wasn’t the first time I heard it, but it was the first time I actually decided to figure out who it was by and what its title was. To Build a Home is just an incredibly beautiful song and every time I hear it, it somehow seems to strike a different chord with me. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

13 Sep 2011

We’ve Converted A Fan

“Life just throws you so much shit and it’s nice to have someone to go through that shit with.”

Ashley just informed me this morning that she loves the series. I guess that means you can all go watch it now. You may or may not cry at a couple of the episodes…we both did! I actually re-watched a couple of episodes today at work and enjoyed it even more than the first time. I can’t get enough of Casual.

Fun fact of the day: Zooey and Emily Deschanel’s mother Mary Jo Deschanel plays a role within the series too!

10 Sep 2011

Casual – The Series

I don’t remember how and when I was introduced to Casual, but it definitely helped as a distraction while I was transferring files earlier this week. Last summer, I became invested in the webisode series “Dorm Life” and this year at the end of my summer, it happens to be  Casual. Casual is a webisode series that follows the “casual” relationship of a boy and girl. I know that’s not a lot to go on, but regardless, it is addicting. Casual relationships are common these days within our generation. It may have been something that was frowned upon back in our parent’s days, but  it happens to lead to extraordinary things today like love, serious relationships and marriage.

Even though Ashley hasn’t watched the series yet, the idea of casual relationships was the topic of choice during her visit these past couple days. Everything used to be so easy for our parents. You meet someone. You date. You get married. You have kids. Everything was at a much younger age, but now our generation has already surpassed the age we were “supposed” to get married and we feel like we’re racing against the clock. The ideal age to marry is getting pushed back further because we want to set aside time to pursue our own endeavors before settling down, but the worry is that we won’t find someone until much later. I love Millionaire Matchmaker, but many of the millionaires searching for love on that show are in their late 30’s or pushing 50’s and by that time, having kids does not seem like a possibility.

Ashley and I both agreed that if we just knew that in a few years we would find someone that would be the one, we would be perfectly content with that and no longer worry about walking on eggshells around every guy that comes in our path. But psychic services aren’t free, you know?

What I love about Casual is that it has the opportunity to be my life or my friend’s life in a couple of years. It’s relatable. It’s complicated. And it’s funny, but in the end it’s so much more than that. It tells the story of a relationship from start to finish in a way that shows the growth process. Essentially, it’s about timing though and that’s what I have learned is most crucial to a relationship. At the same time, it’s also the most uncontrollable factor in the equation.

The series is only three seasons long (about 5 eps. to each season) each ep ranging from 5-10 minutes. The series is approaching it’s series finale this month so get all caught up now! Check it out here – I don’t think you’ll regret it. Jay Diaz did an incredible job writing and directing the series. The music choices are current and relevant and Lauren Marini and Brian Thomas Smith are sensational portraying these two characters that you will fall in love with yourself.


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