08 Jul 2018
Sweater – Urban Outfitters / Vest – Uniqlo / Belt – Madewell / Denim – Levi’s / Boots – J. Crew
Can it be? Christmas in July?! Or is it really just a backlog of posts that I’m still getting to from the winter? 😉
Every winter, I look forward to heading up to a Christmas Tree Farm with Mandi and Eric to help them find the tree of their dreams. It’s a different one each time and that’s what makes this such an adventure. We’ve headed north, south and east and each time this idea of finding a new tree is so entertaining to me. We leave the day after I get back from my SoCal Thanksgiving trip and this year’s venture was the best because it included both brunch before and wine tasting after – a first for us!
It’s a special tradition that we have and though we didn’t know it at the time, this would be the last time we’d be doing this as Mandi and Eric are off to New York City this coming fall! More on that later…
Out of all the outfits that I’ve worn to the Christmas Tree farm, this one is the best because it truly embodies my inner lumberjack. If I lived outside the city surrounded by trees, this would probably be my every day uniform. The dark elements to the outfit give it the rugged vibe, but this gold Madewell belt is sort of everything, isn’t it?!
30 Jun 2018
Top – Everlane / Pants – Uniqlo / Scarf – Aritzia / Boots – J. Crew / Purse – Vince Camuto
Is it just me or does anyone else ever feel uncomfortably warm when they are out shopping? It’s the reason why shopping in the winter is so tough for me because when you’re already getting in and out of your clothes, it’s an added hassle to have to carry around your jacket. This blanket scarf from Aritzia is no stranger to Yow Yow! and you’ve likely been seeing this for years on the blog. The other alternative is that you likely own one yourself because they’ve made this in a variety of colors and prints and you’re convinced that you need to have at least more than one. On a weekend shopping trip in Hayes Valley, I braved the cold temperatures by only having this scarf as my outer layer and you know what? It was enough! I decided to wrap it in a new way by just draping it over my shoulders and with the way that my purse was on me, it created a nice little shawl and kept it all together. The same thing could have been done with a safety pin too, but I preferred the purse since it looks more natural.
As usual, I’m a fan of wearing all-black outfits, but I love the pops of burgundy and navy with this diamond blanket scarf. It’s a classic from Aritzia and if you haven’t snagged yourself one yet, make sure to keep your eyes peeled around fall for what I anticipate will be a new collection of these!
30 Jan 2018
Up until this past weekend, I haven’t ever thought about replenishing my swimsuit collection – at least not in the last few years. But now, I’m like which brand do I want to give all of my money to?! The reason why this thought has floated by me recently is because I’m headed to Palm Springs next month and I’ve sort of outgrown all of my older ones. There are so many great brands and lots of new and unique styles to choose from that it’s difficult to make a decision. Also, have swimsuits always been this expensive?! This was news to me.
I just purchased two new ones a couple of days ago, but I’m really impressed by this low-priced line that J. Crew just put out and now I’m reconsidering if I need a third swimsuit. Tops and bottoms will start around $22.50 while one-piece swimsuits will be in the $50 range (half of what I paid the other day for mine) Here are a few of my favorites:
Perfect millennial pink!
26 Dec 2017
Duster – Azalea / Tee – Abercrombie & Fitch / Pants – Uniqlo / Boots – J. Crew
Sure, these are my 12 favorites look of the year, but they also overlap with 12 of my favorite backdrops from the year! If you’re someone who documents your OOTD’s, then you know that these two things kind of go hand in hand. This year, I experienced a major shift in my outfits and that is mostly due to a location change. Living in South Bay was a dream, but it meant that I was living in this sort of alternate reality where it was summertime every single day. The last four years of that are something that I would never give back, but now that I’m living in San Francisco, I’m glad that I get to dress for true weather. It reminds me of my days in Seattle.
In 2017, I embraced a very casual look and I pushed the boundaries of day to night wear. I showed love to some of my favorite accessories (bandana, baseball cap, choker) and revived some old favorites (Keds!) We didn’t find ourselves immersed in any crazy trends… but I did find some pieces worn by other people on Instagram that I went out and bought myself! It’s not really the same thing, you guys. It’s almost… worse.
Read more “Our Favorite Looks of 2017”
09 Dec 2017
Cardigan – J. Crew / Denim – Levi’s / Booties – Vince Camuto
Is this not the biggest eye sore you’ve ever seen in your life?! I remembered seeing this garage and thinking this is not the backdrop that I would ever want, but it’s so interesting and reminds me of a jack-o-lantern that you just can’t not. I’m convinced that no outfit in front of could make this better, but here we are! I’m in the most neutral of tones and still loving this. Another reason why this is so funny is because the top and bottom photo are edited in two different ways. It’s because I couldn’t find an edit that I was happiest with. You’re an imperfect garage, but someone really does love you enough to not change you.
29 Nov 2017
Free People Cabbage Rose Velvet Jumpsuit – $98
It’s so hard to know when exactly to start writing this post to give everyone ample time to start their holiday party shopping. I’m also not the best example of this because I have purchased my dress just one week before and then also five months before the party – as in I didn’t even know the date yet, but I knew I wanted that dress! This year, for the first time ever – I have two holiday parties, but both being very different. My own company’s holiday party will actually be in January and will be somewhat non-traditional in that it’s not how most tech companies celebrate the holidays and I won’t be dressing up, but it will still be very special in its own way. The second holiday party will be with Google at the MOMA this coming Saturday! It’s the first time I’ve also gone to one this early, but I’m very excited to accompany one of my favorite couples – Mandi and Eric for what is considered more traditional – an evening of eating, drinking, museum-ing, and dancing!
It’s funny how every year I go into holiday party mode thinking that I want one kind of dress and actually end up purchasing one completely different. This year, I wanted to throw in a not so holiday party dress color – millennial pink! I know it would’ve been a challenge trying to find the perfect one (likely Topshop) but before I even got to searching, I ended up finding a long-sleeved, mock-neck, lace mini from Aritzia. Stick with what you know, right?
Well, in the brief shopping moments that I’ve had, I’ve been noticing a lot of beautiful pieces for this holiday season. I’m taking a break from work this evening to share with you some of my favorite looks!
Topshop Velvet Lace Mix Midi Dress – $90
Read more “Holiday Party Wear 2017”
01 Nov 2017
Need Supply Co. Farrow Manor Skirt – $78
This is bulkiest post we’ve had in quite some time! Can you tell that we’re getting colder in San Francisco now? We’ve got a few winter coats in here, but also a few accessories that I’ve had my eye on as well. Sweaters completely dominate this post though. It’s all I ever want to wear every day now and for good reason. I think I work my best and my hardest when I’m most comfortable and most comfortable to me just means “most cozy.”
Read more “The Closet: October 2017”
21 Aug 2017
Top – Forever 21 / Leggings – Aritzia / Boots – J. Crew
I say this all the time, but I’m so fortunate to live in a city where it’s so easy to get to and from other places. Come September, I’ll have lived in the Bay Area for four years now! One area that I haven’t spent too much in is actually Oakland, which is very very close to me. While Ashley was visiting back in April, she happened to me over there for a conference and we took full advantage of being in the city. It started with a hotel date. It ended with 4 meals in less than a full day and an exploration of every part of the neighborhood. We felt like we had seen a lot of it, but I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen it all so I’m looking forward to the next time I can return and with a list of the restaurants we still have to hit up.
Read more “Outside the City / Inside Oakland”
06 Jul 2017
Top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Duster – Azalea / Jeggings – Uniqlo / Boots – J. Crew
The time in between when I left my last job and when I started my current job was the most calming and peaceful experience I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to share more about that later on with you. I had been wanting to check out the newly opened SFMOMA for quite some time, but never could find the opportunity to until I realized that I no longer had to work away all my weekends. Wenwen was a member of the museum so she took Leah and I one afternoon and it was so much fun! Growing up, I always loved going to museums. They were my favorite kind of field trips and because my father is an artist, I naturally grew up with art around me.
Read more “Yow Yow! at the SFMOMA”