I’m not sure what compelled me to choose “this” documentary of all documentaries today, but it’s what I landed on. I like Kevin Durant. A lot. I didn’t, however, root for the Golden State Warriors this past NBA season, which is confusing to people. I don’t like Klay very much. 🙂 Honestly, it was a toss up because when Kevin signed with the Warriors, I was actually pretty happy. If it couldn’t be the Sonics, at least it’s them – I thought. Since the Sonics left though, my interest in basketball has wavered.
If you have HBO, you can watch this on demand. My older brother sort of was the one that got me into documentaries and then since a young age, I’ve sort of been obsessed with profiles and getting a deeper look into someone’s life. These interests eventually led me to wanting to share more of these stories on Yow Yow! whether it’s through other videos of people and their lives, trailers for docs, or even sharing the stories of those in my life. I currently work at a company that is part tech, part content/production and it’s really exciting time for me because it reminds me of what I’m doing here.
During my time off, I had a lot of time to try a lot of different things and a lot of time to binge on all of my favorites! Here are just a few of the things that I’m sharing with you all that I was obsessed with! This is my first time doing this too so if I’m missing a category that you want to see, just leave a comment and I’ll see if I can include it for April.
I know I can’t be the only one who fell in love with Big Little Lies. I had to renew my cable this past month and initially it did NOT include HBO. So of course we made sure to pay a little extra for HBO every month so that we could finish out the series. Plus… I just love HBO. These women are phenomenal. I never read the book, but really enjoyed the series and am crossing my fingers that we’ll get a second season out of this. I think the series did a great job of shedding a light on abusive relationships in a way that wasn’t too over the top, but very real for most.
Favorite Album: Khalid
Welp! We wrote a whole post earlier in March about what we were listening to all weekend long and it’s safe to say that we’re still listening to it. I’m so excited about Khalid’s career and even though we just got this album, I’m looking forward to more music from him.
Favorite New Product: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30
Thank you thank you thank you Kiehl’s for sending me this! Since I opened this up, I haven’t stopped using it and now I can’t get enough. Once you develop a relationship with a moisturizer, it can be really tough to open yourself up to something new and want to try another one. I’ve admired Kiehl’s for years, but never found a product that I would be interested in trying until this one came along. The last moisturizer I was using was a good one. The downside was that it didn’t have SPF (a problem in 2017!) and then as time went on, I started realizing some of its flaws, which is that if you use too much of it on your face, your face will just have too much oil on it. This Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream doesn’t feel that way. It’s a moisturizer that I’m also noticing works really well as a primer too.
The answer is yes. You need this in every color. Any woman will tell you how uncomfortable wearing a bra can be. I hate the underwire and what I want the most is a bra that doesn’t feel like a bra. It is in fact, just a bralette! These are so pretty and delicate and perfect to wear under tees and spring sweaters. Also, if you’re someone that’s very new to lingerie, this is a fantastic gateway. Pair with your favorite pair of panties and that should do the trick!
Where might you have heard this song recently? Most likely the intro to this week’s first episode of Big Little Lies. Is anyone watching? I know we’re just getting started, but I’m totally into the drama surrounding these kids and their parents in Monterey. Also, the show makes Monterey look 10x cooler than it does in real life.
Are we ready to finally say goodbye to Hannah Horvath and her girlfriends? The official trailer for the last season of Girls was released today and we have mixed feelings. I can openly admit that I haven’t loved every episode in this series. Sometimes, Hannah made me want to rip my hair out every time I heard her make some entitled millennial comment. And there were moments where we watched and we never even identified with any one of them, but nonetheless the show was entertaining. I’ve watched the series with so many different friends and since I missed the boat with Sex and the City way back when, I felt like this series was actually mine. I think now is the best time for Girls to end. It had a good run and I’m excited to see where everyone ends up… as long as Marnie leaves her husband. The new season begins February 12th on HBO.
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!)
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…
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.
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.
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.
We have to talk about this episode, okay? Since it aired last last Sunday, I’ve already watched it six times. I sort of lost interest in “Girls” a couple of seasons ago – pretty muuuuch since Charlie left. However, in the interest of making a promise to myself that I would finish things I started, I was slowly getting caught up. On Monday after this episode aired, Jennie texted me to ask if I had watched this yet. I told her “no,” but I started becoming curious. Why was this episode so important? Was she saying this because she knows about how much I love Charlie? On my Twitter feed, a girl I knew called this “the best episode in the entire series.”
The friend who was catching up on Girls with me made me promise we would start the last season together so instead I decided to read articles on the episode which led me to bypassing the rest of this series and watching this ENTIRE episode.
So why is “The Panic in Central Park” important?
First off, Charlie. If you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading here.
My friend Kurt and I are the only two people from our small hometown in Washington from our graduating class working in Silicon Valley. What that means is that a lot of people like to ask me what it’s like to work in it and they often go straight to the HBO show “Silicon Valley.” – “It’s like that, right? It’s totally like that, I bet.” Umm… no. But I’ll let you think that if you want! I kind of enjoyed this video by Wired of the cast of Silicon Valley guessing what startups do based on their name and it’s pretty ridiculous and NSFW (language wise) so if you’re watching this at work, I hope you have headphones!