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Black and White and Boba


Top – Aritzia / Pants – Uniqlo / Heels – Vince Camuto

As of late, I’ve been noticing that black and white have been dominating my closet. To be honest, I don’t hate it! I’ve always had a few pieces sprinkled in here and there, but now I have enough black/white tops and bottoms to last me a whole week without any repetition. I really love this look because I like to think of it as my power outfit. In a startup like the one I work for, this uniform isn’t really necessary, but sometimes, it’s fun to dress up! On this particular day, we did a group boba order for my office from Sweet A Little and I was happy to see that when it arrived, it was perfectly matching my outfit.

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Starbucks to Open 20,000 SQ Foot Location in New York

BIG news. Starbucks is opening a 20,000 square-foot location in New York in 2018. Just wrap your head around that for a second. This will be the largest location out of all their stores – even out of the gazillion locations in Seattle and that’s where they are originally from. I just went to New York a few weeks ago for the first time and I remember Mandi telling me that New York just isn’t known for its coffee. I had a latte at Donut Plant that I liked, but for some reason just like I thought Seattle was the hub for coffee, I thought New York would be the same. I even got a drink at Starbucks when I was there and it was kind of awful and made me miss the one I go to regularly in the Bay Area. Hopefully, this new location won’t disappoint though. This location will be the second version of the Roastery located in Capitol Hill and will essentially be the East Coast version of it.

By the way, if you haven’t stop by for a visit, it is stunning. You don’t need to spend too much time there, but there’s a lot to see and it’s one of the fancier locations in the entire Seattle area. The New York City Roastery will live in a new building that is currently in construction in Chelsea.


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Blue Bottle’s Canned Cold Brew

I actually haven’t been drinking Blue Bottle for what feels like almost a year, but I’ve always loved how they are doing different things to brand themselves and set them apart. I used to love their little hole-in-the-wall stands in San Francisco and while I think their iced coffee in the carton is a little bit too strong for my taste, they are absolutely adorable. I haven’t seen these in the wild myself, yet, but I did see an Instagram of it today and they are pretty qt. Starting this month, they are now available at Whole Foods!


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Cocktails in Different Glasses

I have really special feelings for a day called Sunday. It’s sounds weird to say that, but growing up – Sunday has always been reserved for both rest and relaxation. It’s also “homework” day – and a day when I am the most productive out of the weekend especially if I slack off Friday-Saturday. Now that I’m not in school anymore, it’s not that I don’t feel like I’m learning anymore, but in a way… kind of? I’m learning concepts and strategies in a very specific industry – something that I’m growing a career in. Sometimes though, you just want to learn about non-sensical things, things you’ve always been curious about or something you can start a conversation with over brunch. That’s what we’ve been trying to do on Yow Yow! lately, which is why you’ll see Blog Roundups happen on Sundays. Today, we’re sharing a pretty educational and interesting video about how bartenders choose glasses for cocktails – something that I’ve always been particularly curious about. Enjoy!

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Blog Roundup

  • How to spend time alone with yourself [Refinery29]
  • Tinashe talks music industry prejudice [The Fader]
  • 26 bad workplace habits to kick in 2016 [Refinery29]
  • Start saying “Thank You” Instead of “Sorry” [Medium]

  • 20 U.S. breweries you should visit for your bucket list [Cool Material]

  • Vintage and contemporary photos of Playboy Bunnies [Flavorwire]
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Dress – Brandy Melville / Birkenstocks

I really miss those days when it was super easy to get dressed for work and all I had to do was throw on a t-shirt dress, my comfiest sandals and head straight out the door. Only four more months until spring time! For now, it’s layers on layers on layers. I thought this Blue Bottle carton would make a fun prop for our shoot, but truth – I don’t actually like drinking Blue Bottle from the carton. I definitely prefer getting it fresh, but for working out of the city this is the best we can do! I think these cartons are a little too strong for my taste. Also, I couldn’t find the straws in our office so we had to dip into the Starbucks below to snag one. :( Sorry!

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Currently Craving:

Today’s craving is a weird one! Since I’ve been sick (pretty much all of the holiday break!) I’ve been avoiding my daily caffeine and Starbucks entirely, which on the reg – is normally very hard for me to do. Today, I’m missing all three of my favorites and even moreso because the holidays are almost over and that means that these drinks will be leaving soon too! :(

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Blog Roundup

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Starbucks Disappoints w/ Red Cups

Red cup season. Is. Here. I want to say that I kept it cool and wasn’t all that excited about this transition, but that’s completely untrue.The day after Halloween, I had to drive up to the city and I was having a difficult time at the Starbucks drive-thru trying to decide which holiday drink I should be ordering (I considered having all four in the same day until I realized that was crazy):

  • Pumpkin spice latte
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Chestnut Praline Latte
  • Gingerbread Latte

So many choices. While I was thinking about what drink I was going to order, there were lots of regular Starbucks customers that were furious about the red cup itself and why this year, it was a blank canvas and only decorated red without any other design on it. Yeah, that went completely over my head. On Sunday nights, I like to try and kick off the week with a little funny so here is one customer’s reaction to the whole red cup fiasco.

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Blog Roundup

– Big Boi and Phantogram collaborated on a new album together and we can’t wait for it to be released. [Time]

– Ciders are making it onto the drinking scene [Valet Mag]

– 14 drinks you’re not allowed to order after you turn 30 [Cool Material] AMF should’ve made this list.

– The most Instagrammed location in every state [Cool Material]

– Former Facebook employee is building a very high-tech hotel in Palm Springs [CNN]

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea Buys Stumptown

Anytime there’s ever news about an acquisition, there’s always some sort of negative connotation, right? I’ve never actually had Peet’s, but I have heard that what they serve is pretty strong. And Stumptown? Well, that was just a block down from me when I lived in Capitol Hill and went to school. Fun fact: it also played the role of being the setting of my first coffee date! So naturally, it holds a special place in my heart. Stumptown was special to a lot of people though. It was independent, charming, and belonged to the Northwest… and well New York I guess, but still. Since I’ve been in California, I’m obviously not drinking it as much so the change doesn’t have a huge impact, but I’m curious as to how other regulars feel about the acquisition.

Apparently, the change will be kind of subtle. Stumptown won’t be carrying Peet’s products and vice versa, but Peet’s will help give Stumptown more exposure, which I assume will be introducing more Stumptown locations across the country and beyond. That can’t be a terrible thing, right?

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How to Make Bubble Tea

I still remember being like 13 and Kevin introducing me to bubble tea when we were much younger. I used to find the whole concept to be really strange because boba – or the tapioca pearls – have no flavor whatsoever. Can we just admit that their only purpose is to make drinking the beverage a little more fun? Since moving to California, I’ve probably had more bubble tea here than ever in Seattle especially because my office is next to two shops and my coworkers and I frequent both places often. I came across this video through Herman today on How to Make Bubble Tea and it’s through a series on YouTube called Peaceful Cuisine. It actually is pretty nice to not have commentary in your ear  about every step. Much more relaxing to watch and share too.

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Yow Yow’s LA Weekend!

Alright, well if you couldn’t guess it from my not-so-subtle hint last week, I was in LA last weekend! My darling friend Gelesia is engaged and getting married next year and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her. She’s been with her fiance for about six years and I really didn’t want to meet him for the first time on their wedding day. We had been talking about visiting each other for a few months now, but with her launching her own line and wedding planning, it seemed like a better idea for me to visit her right before my busy season. We enjoyed our weekend so much together that we’ve agreed that we’ll be making two trips a year to see each other in our respective cities. Next year, she’ll get a couple extra trips from me because of her bachelorette party and her wedding day, but I’m not complaining!

Above is one of the last photos we took from the weekend (at my request!) When I visited her, I couldn’t help myself from looking through some of the pieces she was creating. I fell in LOVE with this dress and begged her to let me try it on and let me wear it for a photo in her backyard. Also, how great is this view of downtown LA?

For a throwback, here’s a photo from when I last visited Gelesia six years ago in LA! We were babies and I overedited this photo.


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Not Much Labor Going On Here

Above: mini Jambox, DV by Dolce Vita sandals, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies, can of 21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone! Aren’t 3 day weekends just the best? I’ve got quite the agenda planned for today, but I’m only starting with this post right here. Priorities. I know some say that Labor Day Weekend is pretty much the last weekend of summer, but it’s supposed to be 90 degrees like all week so I’m going to milk this out for as long as I can. Yesterday, I third wheeled with my favorite engaged couple and we threw a relaxing mini pool party with some of the essential above. Okay, those are my essentials, but still. Hope you all enjoy your last weekend of summer and make the most of it!

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Blog Roundup

– America’s most popular tastes broken down by state [GOOD]
– How employees feel their leaders could improve in the workplace [Harvard Business Review]
– Amazon got torn apart last weekend [New York Times]
– 2015’s most annoying words [Man Repeller]

– 5 scientifically proven ways to ease a hangover [Cool Material]

– An app to keep you safe when you’re walking home alone [GOOD]

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