I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post. This may sound dramatic, but a part of my youth here is dying. When my scene days had reached a bougie level, that’s when I started shopping at American Apparel. It was almost like I became an upscale hipster – if that was even possible. I knew the retailer was sinking. We’ve been reading about this for what feels like years, but I didn’t think it would actually die. And now, we must prepare for the worst and figure out how to move on. And by move on, I mean all 110 stores are closing and everything is 40% off so looks like we’ll all be at American Apparel this weekend so that we can stock up on those classic hoodies.
The news of this comes just days after it was announced that Gilden Activewear had purchased American Apparel in an auction for $88 million. To be clear, they are just acquiring American Apparel’s intellectual property and some of the manufacturing equipment. Not included in this acquisition were its 110 stores (which will all close by April) and their LA headquarters.
I had to scroll through pages of Google images because I forgot how inappropriate their advertisements use to be and my parents wouldn’t approve of me having one of those to accompany this post.
RIP to my favorite pieces that you can still buy… for now.
We were deeply saddened to learn last night that Christina Grimmie was shot and killed after her concert while signing autographs for fans at her Orlando show. She was shot several times by a deranged fan who had traveled from another city in Florida to kill her – armed with two guns and a hunting knife and with the hope that he could get away after an incident like this. During the shooting, the gunman was tackled by Christina Grimmie’s brother and in the altercation the gunman then shot and killed himself.
To hear about her death last night was not only heartbreaking, but left us feeling confused and cold. Christina was just 22 years old with a whole life ahead of her. If you’ve been following Yow Yow! for a long time, then you know that we blogged about her back in 2010 because of her YouTube covers. They were phenomenal. She had started filming her covers at just 15 years old and back then and even up until yesterday she was a positive, energetic, and spritely young woman. Christina later on went to compete on The Voice where she ended up taking 3rd place – a really big deal for her fans. I still remember being glued to my TV that season and rooting for her every step of the way.
I think another reason why I adored Christina so much was because she was also a scene kid. She reminded me of myself and my friends at that age and she had no problem admitting that she was super nerdy. Her YouTube username is, zeldaxlove64, after all.
Christina tragically died last night giving back to her fans in a setting that was supposed to be memorable, exciting, and overall a happy moment. I was attending concerts regularly by the age of 15 and back then I remember showing up early during load-in and staying a little bit later after the sets of my favorite bands so that I could talk with the band members. Never in my life did I ever think that anything dangerous or life-threatening would happen in that moment. This gunman took away the life of someone who cared so much about their fans and also ruined this experience for her fans who will always remember this moment as something that ended in tragedy. RIP Christina Grimmie.
Oh, spoiler alert. Last night on the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, our beloved Beth exited the show which sent me into a stream of tears both the first and second time I watched her die. I had to watch it a second time because I just couldn’t believe it! Beth was one of my favorite characters on the show because she’s a character that has so much heart and an immense amount of strengh. Never being the one to exert very much violence like her other co-starts, Emily was much more content being the one that kept the peace. It wasn’t until her last season that we really witnessed Beth show just how much power she could have. In fact, we saw that come out in the very last few seconds she was alive. In the clips below, Beth appears on “Talking Dead” the show after “The Walking Dead” which recaps everything that happened in the last episode and in it actress Emily Kinney tears up several times which in turn makes me tear up.
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of the best dads on television in the 90’s. James Avery was famous for his role as “Uncle Phil” on Fresh Prince of Bel Air and today he passed away at the age of 65 in an LA hospital. Avery had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed illness when things had taken a turn for the worst yesterday. He is survived by his wife of 26 years.
It saddens me to announce today that Ex- Disney star Lee Thompson Young known for his role in The Famous Jett Jackson was found dead today in what is believed to be an apparent suicide. The actor was 29 years old.
Young currently appears in the TNT show “Rizzoli & Isles” — and we’re told when he didn’t show up to work this morning, staffers called the landlord of Young’s L.A. home to check up on the actor.
When I was a kid, The Famous Jett Jackson was one of my favorite childhood shows. It breaks my heart to hear about these suicides in the news recently and knowing the pain and the hurt that these young actors are going through. RIP Lee Thompson Young.
When Lea Michele accepted her award last night for Teen Choice TV Actress: Comedy, we were a little surprised and not sure what to expect. She has briefly stepped out into the public since Cory’s passing and has not said too many words, but we kept hearing from her cast mates that Lea was a “true professional” and that she was very very strong. That was obviously true last night as she dedicated her award to Cory and spoke about him in a moving and tearful speech. Yes, I was even brought to tears myself watching the show last night.
I am saddened to come home to news that Cory Monteith has passed away today at the age of 31. The breakout star of Glee became an overnight-singing sensation through the hit show, but openly admitted to the media recently that he was seeking treatment for his drug addiction in rehab. Things were looking up for the young actor and his girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele expressed her support by staying by the actor’s side through this. Unfortunately, Cory was found in his room today at the Fairmont Pacific Hotel.
I can only imagine how difficult this is for the entire Glee cast and crew. Our prayers are with those close to Cory.
– The Warby Parker bus has come and gone! Veronica and I had a great time at their opening party here in Seattle. To see all of their adventures in the Pacific Northwest, click here for the complete roundup of their highlights.
– Remembering Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia – the two 16-year old girls who lost their lives from the Asiana Airlines Flight 214. The two young girls were headed to camp. [Source]
– Turntable used to be my jam; now I’m all about TuneIn – how the radio is rising through apps. [Source]
– Twitter enables app to have DM synching. [Source]
– Brooklyn Girl: A new type of girl for the guys? [Source]
– Bill Cosby is holding a Cosby Sweater Tournament! Don’t forget to submit your vote. [Source] via Fashionista
– Cheezburger founder Ben Huh discusses what it’s like to let go a third of his employees. [Source]
– George Clooney and Stacey Keibler have split after two years of dating. We were rooting for her! [Source]
– Lauryn Hill began serving her three-month sentence in prison today due to tax evasion. [Source]
– Over 100 late night restaurants in San Francisco sorted by neighborhood and I want to try them ALL! [Source]
– In an attempt to modernize their name – accounting firm – Ernst & Young has decided to rebrand themselves as EY. Unfortunately, EY is also the name of limited edition magazine featuring young male models in barely there clothing. That’s a little awkward. [Source]
– Seattle Met Magazine blog’s list of summer outdoor concerts and shows. SO much Seattle music! [Source]
A pizza that looks like Anna Wintour’s face! [Source]
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have turned down a $3 million offer for the first photos of their daughter North West to the tabloids. [Source] Are they holding out or do they not have any plans at all to release photos?
Ballard men’s boutique, Blackbird, is closing this Sunday. Say goodbye to the beloved store after nine years with their “beers and tears” party from 5-10PM. [Source]