Slowly, but surely we’re stepping outside of denying that we’re transitioning to fall. Just… you know, let us get there on our own time. 😉
As much as I love taking the trips and looking forward to writing about them on Yow Yow! When I sit down to actually start writing the post, I find myself dreading it. These are always the meatiest and because of that, I want to make sure that everything is perfect and not leave anything out.
I went to New York for the first time in March with Mandi and I couldn’t have imagined a better travel partner. I’m not just saying that because she writes on Yow Yow! with us. I’m mostly saying this because it just seemed like a no-brainer – we already really enjoy spending time with each other, but we’ve never spent THIS much time together. It could’ve gone either way, however, it was definitely more positive for us. Also, Mandi graduated from Columbia a few years back when she was there for grad school so she really knew her way around the city. We all know that I would have had a tough time surviving that if I were on my own.
Similar to me, Mandi likes to plan things out so there were things she wanted to do/see and things I also wanted to do/see as well. Together, we compiled a list and made up a plan for every single day that we were there. It’s not surprising that we didn’t hit everything, but we did A LOT and I felt like all the walking I did in that trip was enough to last me a year. Another wonderful part about our trip was that we left some pockets open to fill. Not everything was planned to a tee and I really appreciated that because that allowed the both of us to take some time apart and do our own thing or catch up with our own friends without the other person feeling like they were being dragged into it.
When I let people know that I was going on this trip, a lot of people were surprised that this was my first time. To be honest, I didn’t think I would be 26 when I went, but it’s not terrible. When I was younger and in college, I didn’t have any friends that lived there. It was also difficult to make the time to take a trip like this since I was in school and didn’t have as much $$$ back then. Better late than never? I felt like when I left on our last day that I had a greater sense of appreciation for the city and the things that I saw, did, and ate. I’m not sure if I would have had that same feeling had I been younger.
Dress – Aritzia / Cardigan – Oak & Fort / Belt – Mom’s / Gold ring – Catbird / Silver ring – LA boutique
Today was actually the hottest day of the week and I had this feeling walking to my car this morning and realizing just how grateful I am to live in a place like California where it is sunny 95% of the time. I never realized how much this could affect my mood especially since I’m from Seattle where it rains so often. It never seemed to bother me that much before, but when you spend most of your days in sunshine, it can make all the difference. One of the things that I used to hate about rainy days in Seattle is that you had to be completely covered. Locals in California still kind of believe that too, but I wanted to defy the usual. So what if it’s raining, you can still wear a dress without tights and you’ll survive. I had never worn this outfit altogether before so I paired my favorite long sleeved Aritzia dress (yes I have like 4 black Aritzia dresses, okay?) with this Oak + Fort cardigan that I wear once a week pretty much. I didn’t want my long sleeved dress to get lost in this though so I decided to roll up the sleeves of my cardigan so that they could make an appearance. This belt is my mother’s which I stole a very long time ago. It’s a pretty long belt so sometimes it’s annoying to have to wrap it around lots of times. On this morning, I managed to come up with this one way of tying my belt and I have never been able to do it again (even while looking at this picture as an example!)
Somewhere in 2015, I decided that I wanted to be wearing rings. Growing up, I wasn’t big on jewelry – in fact, I always thought that they were getting in the way. I didn’t like the way my rings would tap on a keyboard, how my bracelet would scratch up against my mouse, everything about it bothered me. And then one day, I stopped caring. I was obsessed with this NYC brand, Catbird, and though cats aren’t my favorite animal – thought the cat ring was the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. I had to have it. Then, I found myself collecting more rings along the way, ones that I found on sale at Madewell, another one from Madewell, and two in a Los Angeles boutique that were reasonably priced. Not wanting to lose these, I made a purchase for the matching Catbird dish ring to store all the goods. It seemed like perfect timing to write about this because this coming week, we’re going to be working with a brand out of California and dressing up a couple of statement necklaces. We’re so excited!
There’s one guy friend every year that comes to me – sweat forming on his forehead and completely overwhelmed with the pressures of having to buy his girl a Valentine’s Day present. You would think that by your 20’s you would’ve nailed this already. Wrong. It’s okay though, I don’t mind helping out my boys because of course, we know this holiday like the back of our hand. As a girl myself and a girl that loves gifts, when I put myself into this situation as the receiver, it seems fairly easy. However, I recognize that some girls just aren’t like me and might be expecting more so the only way to really write this gift guide is just to share all the things that I would want! Don’t worry – I’ll include some variety so hopefully one of these things will land you in good graces.
Nothing could make a Monday morning better than walking in the door and being handed your Catbird package full of goodies! For Christmas, Kevin gifted me with a Catbird gift card and it wasn’t until last Sunday that I finally decided to spend it. It’s always so hard to make online purchases, but my love for Catbird is strong so I was 82% sure that I was going to love everything that I bought.
Clockwise from top:
– Up in the Air Somewhere Kitten Keepy Ring Dish – for all of my favorite little rings to be held in.
– Classic Hammered Ring – Silver – even more stunning and detailed beautifully in person! I’m never taking this off.
– Stamped Necklace/Bracelet – Planet – This is the cutest and I love that I get to wear something that represents the planets because it makes me feel really nerdy and geeky. The only problem that I’m seeing from this so far is that the string is so fine that it keeps getting undone. It looks a lot better as a bracelet than a necklace though. Now if I could just perfect my string tying…
Typically I publish this list a week or so before Christmas since Kevin has said that he has used it for inspiration when shopping for presents for me in the past, but this year we just went straight to it and told each other what we wanted. This post is extremely accessory/jewelry heavy which is completely new for me, but with 2015 just around the corner, I figured – why not? I’m probably not going to get any of the things on this list, but I’m very much okay with it. Adult me needs to save $$$ anyways.
I came into work on a Sunday yesterday to get ahead for the week and in a moment of weakness – or just a moment that I didn’t want to spend working, I took a snapshot of my desk set up. I’ve always enjoyed seeing how other bloggers arrange their desks and find it interesting what people generally keep on them. The Essie nail polish should probably come home at some point, but the soap was a gift from my manager from Paris and generally makes my entire desk area smell good. My wedding bride lego was a gift from an old friend (because she had collected too many of them) but also because I just love weddings and there’s really no better place for it than at my desk.
I don’t know how many times I have to say this. You have one job and your job is to not wear white to a wedding. Why is it so hard for people to get this right? Don’t wear white. The bride wears white. You do not wear white. And while you’re at it, don’t wear cream or beige or off-white. Even if you accessorize with colorful pieces – a cardigan or a belt, you are still not allowed to wear white. We utilize every other color in the color scheme on this bride’s special day because we do not want to upstage the bride. I’m not saying you can’t stand out in your own way at all though and here’s how we can help you still do that without making this dreaded mistake that seems to happen every wedding I go to. A part of me wants to walk up to the person and just ask, “So… you wore white.” My bff Ashley on the other hand says that if anyone wears white to her wedding, they are immediately out. Good rule, Ash. We’re behind you on this one.
1. Have an amazing clutch to go with your dress. I love this one from Zara that’s only $79.90.
It’s been some time since I’ve had a weekend of eating, but that’s exactly what this weekend was for me. Ashley completed her 8-week internship at Stanford and to celebrate, we filled our stomachs with the most delicious food. Her younger sister was also in town so we made sure to take her to all of our favorite spots in the South Bay.
First off, My Lovecats ring finally arrived and I haven’t taken it off since…except in the shower because I am terrified of getting it wet. It is the most darling little ring I have ever purchased for myself and I am even thinking about making the move to additional stacks.