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That Next Chapter

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( ^^ this is me September, 2013 on my very first day!)

This post almost looks like it was written by a different person doesn’t it?

I just read this over because I thought it would provide me with a foundation to write what I’m about to write next, but it didn’t actually do me any good because how I feel when writing this is much different than how I felt back in that moment. Very recently, I wrote on Yow Yow! about a life change I recently went through and nearly one month later, I’m finally ready to talk about it. I’ve actually written similar sentiments in two different places – a letter to my colleagues and in a Facebook post. The bonus part of this though is that I don’t have to get HR’s approval on this. ;)

After nearly 3.5 years, I finally made the decision to leave the company that I relocated to the Bay Area for. I was relatively private on Yow Yow! about where I worked, but it’s honestly not too challenging to figure it out. By no means was this an easy decision for me and it’s not exactly the way I had wanted to leave, but I was thinking about this today… it’s a breakup. And what do they say about most breakups? They probably should have happened a month or two ago before the breakup actually happened.

When I look back on my experience and time there, I am so grateful. I truly believed that I learned from the very best and in those 3.5 years, I grew more than I could have ever imagined. I still remember accepting that offer back in Seattle and having that “THIS IS IT” moment where it set in that I was leaving my home in Seattle and relocating to an area where I had one acquaintance – I had one Mandi – and she pretty much became my best friend. My colleagues quickly became my family and weekend after weekend, I spent all of my time with them. I loved to work. I loved to work more than I loved to write on Yow Yow! and I put everything into my job. I could make a scrapbook of photos that I have collected during my time there and while it was hard to leave – one thing that has brought me peace is knowing that at some point – we all will leave. This wasn’t even my first time leaving a job, but because I had been there for so long (my longest employer relationship!) it felt like it was the first time I was experiencing this.

So where do we go from here? I’ve left my job, yes. But I’m not without a place to go to and I wanted to wait until that was solidified before I wrote this. FAQ: I am not moving back to Seattle. What kind of girl would I be if I left home for one job and then came back after it was over? That’s not who I am. The process leading up to what got me to this decision and what came afterwards was a journey for me – lot of highs and many lows so we’re going to turn this into a mini series for the next couple of weeks while I have the time off and while everything is still fresh in my head. I learned a lot in just the past month from interviewing that I hope will be helpful to others, but also it’s nice to keep it all together on Yow Yow! to someday look back on. We’ve all been through a lot together.

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A Few Missing Posts

Every new year, we always try to kick things off on Yow Yow! with a lot of strong content. There are posts that are traditional for us that we look forward to like our yearly roundup of favorite things, our stats to look back on how we did the previous year, and celebrating Yow Yow!’s birthday. We didn’t do any of those this year among others and we have an explanation for that – though I’m not sure if it’s a good one.

I recently went through a pretty major life change. It has allowed me to be able to post regularly the way we have been for the last month, but not spend as much time on the other posts like we normally would. I’m not quite ready to talk about this change yet, but we will soon. In fact, we may even have a mini series about it, which I’m excited to share! Everything is going to be okay. :)

Yow Yow! has always taken a backseat to my life and I’ve struggled with that over the few years, but I’ve had to be realistic about my situation. I worked incredibly hard for my education and it’s something that my family has supported me on so it only made sense for me to make my career my first priority. With that said, I’m so proud of this little project that started out of my freshman dorm room! (We’re changing the subject now by the way) I wanted to celebrate Yow Yow’s! 8th birthday with a mini photo series just like last year and this time with cake, but we’re just going to write this simple post instead. Eight years is a long time. I’ve raised a child in the form of a blog. I can’t wait to someday look back on Yow Yow! and remember those moments in my life – where I graduated college, got my first job, and moved to California. For those of you who were my college classmates and are still following along, thank you for watching me grow up and coming along for this ride.

If I’m being really honest, I thought that Yow Yow! was going to end after I graduated from college. It seemed like the right time to wrap things up. But there were people in my life that encouraged me to continue with it (and I wanted to also!) Yow Yow! continues to be the longest standing thing in my life that I have never given up on and I’m pretty proud of that not only because of how long the average lifespan of a blog actually is, but because as a kid, I was such a quitter! Every sport, the time I wanted to act in our school’s play, my college newspaper… these things couldn’t stick for me, but this did. I’m excited, but nervous to share with you the next step in my life. I couldn’t imagine sharing it anywhere else other than Yow Yow!

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Bay Area Eats: Tin Pot

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My favorite ice cream shop down here likes to entertain me sometimes. They do this really cute thing for kids where they add these edible eyes and carve out a mini mouth. The eyes don’t taste very good (not surprising there) but these make for such cute photo opps. I absolutely adore Tin Pot. Is it embarrassing to share that sometimes when we have a craving for ice cream, we’ll drive the 30 minutes for it? I don’t think so!

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Comfortably Uncomfortable

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Top – Aritzia / Denim – Urban Outfitters / Heels – Vince Camuto

How does one feel uncomfortable when just wearing a top and jeans? I can’t explain it, but it’s just how I feel! Believe me, I know that if I were to follow this rule every day while getting ready, my life would be a whole lot easier. It’s something that has never been able to sit right with us though. In this kind of outfit, I always feel like there is something missing. I’m fidgety, I squirm, and I feel like I’m wearing too few items to feel entirely comfortable. Hence, the reason for why I added the heels. I love owning masculine pieces in my closet and if you’ve ever been shopping with me, then you know I enjoy perusing a quality men’s boutique every now and then. However, this is an outfit that couldn’t just be paired with sneakers. I would’ve felt too short or too boy-ish so I popped on the heels. These are the same black heels that you see me wearing with most every day outfits, but also for when I’m dressing up too! They not only elevated me in height, but also made me feel more like myself.

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Forward

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Top – Brandy Melville / Skort – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto

RIP to my beloved parking lot that they are now turning into yet another building in downtown Mountain View. I never saw more than a handful of cars parked here and I’m not sure why people would need to use it except for the church on Sundays, but this was such a great place for our shoots – golden hour especially! It was large so there was always a new corner for us to discover and in the evenings when the sun would go down, the light would cast a shadow on different parts of the lot. Depending on the time of day, the end result could look pretty different. Earlier in 2016, we mentioned that we were having a complete black and white phase. I love pairing these two simple colors together because it always adds up to a pretty no-fuss, effortless look. From afar, it’s basic. It’s a black sleeveless top and a white bottom, but the fact that it’s a skort adds a little more flair to it. We paired this with our favorite lace up Vince Camuto heels.

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Summer Getaway in LA

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I had the opportunity to take a pretty last minute trip to Los Angeles this summer and every time I go back for a visit, the list of places to go continues to get longer. We were just there in fall of 2015 to see Gelesia, but even still it felt like there wasn’t enough time to do everything. On this trip, we checked out a few new places and returned to some of our old favorites! I’ve never imagined Los Angeles as a place that I could call home, but I wouldn’t mind spending an entire week there. We’ve still got plenty of neighborhood to explore. During our trip, we must have had four meals a day and only retreated back to the hotel for sleep and getting ready for the day/night’s activities. I know we’re six months away from summer, but we can’t wait to get back there already. I hope you enjoy our LA photo diary!

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Our first meal off the plane was going to be Lemonade, but since I had heard that LA just got a Shake Shack, YOU KNOW I made us pivot. How good does this look?

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Life, by Okinawa

I stumbled across this video last week and it brought back so many memories of my trip to Okinawa when I was in high school. I was 17 at the time and such a brat. It was hard for me to appreciate a trip like this at the time because I just “wanted to spend my last summer at home before college.” It took me about a day into the trip to realize how lucky I was to be able to travel to such a beautiful destination. I’m looking forward to someday returning too. This video was a nice little throwback.

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A Geometric Mall

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Dress – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto

We don’t know where this stance even came from because we’ve never done anything like it before! We’re excited to post this photo because of what’s coming next! I went to the Stanford Shopping Center after work one day because after seeing a top on Instagram over the weekend, I decided that I absolutely needed to have it. Lucky for me, it was in stock at Brandy Melville. You know how sometimes you see something online or on someone else and it looks great, but on you, it kind of flops? We had one of those moments. But then we also rejected that idea in our heads and just went for it! I was headed to LA the following weekend and having a white off-the-shoulder top was everything to us. The Stanford Shopping Center is a basic outdoor mall, but it has some good gems for where you can photograph. Since I was wearing all black, I needed a neutral background, but these geometric planters were just enough to make it a little extra. Next up? Our trip to LA – this was one of my favorite trips this year, but mostly because we got to take a lot of beautiful shots around the city.

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Saucy in Santa Cruz

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Top – Brandy Melville / Shorts – Aritzia / Sunglasses – Kate Spade / Scarf – Forever 21 / Booties – Munro (Nordstrom)

Who dis?! We find out that we’re spending a day in Santa Cruz and of course we turned this into a whole outfit thing. In case any of you are wondering, Santa Cruz doesn’t exactly fit that bohemian vibe that we’re attempting here, but that didn’t matter to us, clearly. Over the summer, some of the employees at work wanted to treat our interns out to a fun afternoon in Santa Cruz. I hadn’t been back since winter 2012 so I was pretty excited to spend a hot summer day there. And okay, it’s no Disney Land, but the rides aren’t bad. More importantly, have we mentioned how much we LOVE Skeeball?!

I wasn’t planning on beaching while in Santa Cruz, but this was the perfect outfit for everything else we did that day. Aside from the fact… that we had to take our scarf off during the rollercoaster and my booties got sand in them. Other than that – 100%! I actually haven’t worn this scarf since I had been back in Seattle and even then I had just worn it pretty simply around my neck. Draping it like this was more fun!

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On This Weekend:

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“I am proud to be the daughter of two immigrants. My parents along with all of my aunts and uncles left their homes so they could create a better life for their future children. I’d like to know where there is threat and harm coming from something like that because all I have seen is selflessness and the greatest intentions. I would not have the life that I do now if it weren’t for them and a country that welcomed them in to give them this opportunity. What is happening in our country today is not okay. It’s inhumane. We need to do better.” [Instagram]

Staying silent does more harm than good. And we’re not just going to spew things out when it’s convenient for us. (Taylor Swift) We’ve refrained from political views on Yow Yow! for a long time, but my education from Seattle University has taught me to do otherwise and that’s the part that we need to voice right now. We’ve been retweeting passive aggressive tweets since before the election and I know I’ve had to stop myself from saying things here, but enough is enough. This isn’t what we signed up for, but no one is accepting it and that to me is extremely powerful right now. I’m excited to be in the Bay Area – a place where individuals are continuing to fight this every day because it is the right thing to do and using their voices to do good. We’re going to do that too.

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Seattle Girl

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Sub Pop Sweatshirt / Leggings – Aritzia / Cap – Urban Outfitters / Sneakers – Nike

This morning we woke up feeling both panicked and with a weight off our shoulders. It’s fitting that in our queue this was the next outfit that we would highlight. Even though this wasn’t recent, I remember how I felt on this day like it was yesterday. Simply weightless and so happy. We may not be 100% right now, but I’m really looking forward to getting back to this.

On the outfit: We’re really feeling that sporty casual look lately. It’s funny because you would’ve never caught me in an outfit like this in college, but as an adult, you just don’t need to dress up every single day. Sometimes you want to be comfy and cozy and believe it or not – Nikes can transform an outfit from sloppy to chick almost instantly.

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Blondie

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Top – Brandy Melville / Shorts – Aritzia / Booties – Munro via Nordstrom / Scarf – J. Crew

Someone once commented that they thought the backdrop that I selected for this photo was really tacky. I actually love it! It’s outside of a movie theater and it’s a little bit different, but it’s so fun. I had just gotten back from Seattle after dyeing my hair even more blonde; we almost didn’t recognize ourselves. Seriously, who is this girl? It’s funny to see how my style has evolved over the last 3 years since moving to California because this isn’t normally an outfit we’d wear in Seattle – not even if we were just visiting. I don’t know if it was the outfit itself or moreso the blonde hair, but we felt confident. It’s 6 months later and after returning back home to Seattle again, we decided not to color our hair. We’re actually letting it grow out so that we can get the blonde out for good, but I’ll always appreciate this time in my life – in my 20’s where we just wanted to try something new. I don’t know how and I can’t put it into words, but this blonde hair changed me in the last 6 months.

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Outside KEXP

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Dress – Urban Outfitters / Jacket – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto

My dad and I were quite ambitious with our Seattle day over the summer and thought we would try and tackle a double header of visiting the Chihuly Museum, but also taking a tour of KEXP. It turns out… that we missed the KEXP tour, but I was still just as excited to see the new building even if it meant we didn’t get to go fully inside it. This mural outside of the building is also pretty neat. I’m really looking forward to doing the actual tour on my next visit though so that we can share it here! Also for those of you who don’t know, KEXP is a radio station in Seattle and we’ve actually blogged about them our fair share on Yow Yow typically for their concert series and for their in-studio live sessions.

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Seattle’s Summer

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Whenever I return home, I never feel like I have enough time. In a perfect world, I would spend every summer in Seattle and then elsewhere for the other seasons! I spent a week this past June like I always do and we’re now sharing some of the photos from our trip. If some of these look familiar to you (because you’ve seen these shots before) it’s because I basically will do the same kind of thing on every trip. We know what we like, obviously! Now if only we could get back there more often…

^^ I will tolerate sushi in the Bay Area, but we all know that it doesn’t exactly compare to Seattle. And even though my go-to place looks like a club inside, the food is 100. This is at Wasabi on 2nd Ave!

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A Chambray Deep-V

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Choker – Gift / Top – Aritzia / Pants – Uniqlo / Sneakers – Nike Flyknit / Sunglasses – Kate Space

Well! We got a little ambitious with our deep-v over the summer! In a previous post, we wore this with a beige tank top from Aritzia and while we were in Seattle decided to opt for without. We were fortunate that everything ended up being okay, but I did realize I felt a little bit more exposed than I usually do and no matter how hot the temperatures are and how badly you may want to pull off a deep-v, it’s certainly not for everyone! I did, however, like pulling off this athleisure look – these Uniqlo jeggings work with just about everything. For this day that I was in Seattle, this outfit was perfect for all of the activities we did and all the places we went.

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