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Pace Gallery – Menlo Park

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This past spring, a few friends and I decided to check out the Pace Gallery in Menlo Park and we’re now sharing a couple of photos from the exhibit. For a couple months before that, I had seen tons of photos from people that were visiting and I just couldn’t wait any longer to see it in person. Let me just say that Menlo Park is not an exciting city. It’s the home to Facebook, sure, but it’s mostly just families residing here and stuff, but this is THE coolest thing in this city and it makes a ton of people flock to it so that they can all get cool Instagram photos.

I swear to you – when I arrived – everyone was dressed like a fashion blogger and that’s not something you usually see in Menlo Park. All that aside, the gallery is pretty cool. It was fun to stop by and it felt like it was right in my neighborhood since I didn’t have to drive all the way up to the city for it. It probably takes about an hour to go through it all, which is a comfortable amount of time. There’s also a separate building for a kids’ exhibit, but most of the adults enjoy going there too.

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300 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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We’re Playing Hookie!

We decided to give ourselves a 4-day weekend! I’m excited about it, but the adult side of me is feeling very responsible and completely clueless about what I should do on my free day off. Since my partner and I will be heading out on our “college tour” next week, we wanted to take one day to ourselves before things get hectic. Tomorrow will be a completely “non-working day” or at least we’ll attempt to do that. And by we – I really mean just me because it’s the hardest thing for me to disconnect entirely.

I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to do tomorrow for the last couple of hours and have felt a little anxiety about it. Should I be doing what I can’t normally do during the week? And what is that, exactly? Also, isn’t that kind of like when I have an entire weekend day to myself? What’s the difference?

For now, I’ve decided, I’m going to go up to San Mateo to get my favorite meal. I’ll run a couple of errands… but I’m also thinking about heading to a certain destination nearby that I’ve always wanted to go to that I’ve never had a chance to do. I also would like to spend some time at a coffee shop blogging because there’s something really exciting about leaving my day job behind for an entire day. If anyone has any recommendations for how I can further take advantage of the day, I would be happy to hear them. :)

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Casual Park Moment

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Top – Aritzia / Jeans – Urban Outfitters / Bandana – Amazon

We were clearly having a moment with this outfit here. Would you believe that I wore this to work? I know, I’m still trying to get over that too. What I love about this is that I’m still trying to figure out where this actually belongs. It’s still really unclear to me. I had decided in the spring though that I NEEDED a red bandana. I didn’t know how I was going to wear it or what I’d wear it with, but I needed to possess one. So instead of doing the normal thing and going to Michaels so that I could buy it for like… what $1.25, I had Kevin BUY this for me on Amazon Prime. Well, it definitely ended up being more than $1.25 and I had to pay for shipping. I’m not proud of myself. I love this though, the bandana makes all of my outfits so much more playful and the thing is, this outfit doesn’t need it to begin with so when we’re not playing dress up, we can look like a fully-functioning adult.

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Is It Time to Make a Move?

When we first created Yow Yow! back in very late 2008, I didn’t have a lot of options for platforms at the time. There was Blogger and then there was WordPress. I had a 50/50 chance of hating or loving whatever I chose so with Kevin’s recommendation, I picked WordPress. Not many people know this about me, but I grew up using technology at a very young age and was very heavily influenced by my family. I wasn’t coding by any means (I’m still not to this day if you’re wondering), but I dabbled in some very light html and was creating some pretty janky starter websites while I was still in elementary school using Expage and Geocities (RIP) I never could figure out CSS though and just gave up.

When Xanga and MySpace came around – oh man… the pressure was on to always have the best looking layout out of all of my friends and peers. I was constantly updating things to make sure that I was still on point with the trends and using things that were relevant. So when people tell me that they were very surprised to learn that I made the jump from music to tech in my professional career – well… it’s actually not that much of a surprise because before music, there was only tech for me.

I’ve spent a lot of time this year reflecting on 7 years of Yow Yow! We’ve definitely written way too many posts to give up now so that’s not even an option for me. I really love this blog though. It’s not my life – which we’re okay with, but it’s such a genuine extension of myself and who I am and have grown up to be. I know not everyone agrees with me. Some people have strong feelings towards Yow Yow! and not always positively, but I can respect the opinions of those close to me even if we will disagree.

WordPress has been good to me for so long and I am very grateful to the platform for allowing me to write with ease since I was 19 out of my dorm room, in my university’s library, in Seattle coffee shops, in my studio, and all my various homes. Recently, I had a conversation with my friend Pat about moving away from WordPress and exploring Squarespace.

“Katie, as you grow up – Yow Yow! needs to grow up with you too!”

I mean he’s not wrong… did we really think we could continue using one of WordPress’s free templates forever? It’s time that we make something that is a little bit more us and a little bit more representative of the person I am now instead of the girl I was in college.

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So, what does that mean for us? Yow Yow! will be on hiatus soon – within the next month for a little over a month so that I can focus on my other work – you know, the one in which I get paid for ;) – After this time period, we will begin to migrate things over and we’ll start fresh. By fresh, I mean a new look; the intent is to still keep all of the content in one place. In the meantime, I’ll be spending my extra free time pushing as much content as I can before I’m on the road. It’s not going to be the easiest thing in the world, but I’m looking forward to starting something new with Yow Yow! Ultimately, I think it’s a good move for us.

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10 Things We Said We Were Gonna Do

 

  • daily crunches – 60 of them…and then the rest of our routine workout
  • Log into Credit Karma
  • Check my mail (not email)
  • Set up the new laptop
  • Clean out the vacuum bag
  • Take pieces to the dry cleaners
  • Do laps in the pool (hah! – but for real tho)
  • Pay attention when watching Mr. Robot
  • Finish Stranger Things
  • Get ahead on Sunday planning

This is what it’s like to adult, I guess.

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That Mid-Afternoon Slump

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Dress and Beanie – Aritzia

We get a little bit spoiled by the weather here in the Bay Area sometimes so even if it’s not cold at all, we might try and fake it because we miss wearing the pieces we USED to be able to wear in Seattle. Like… this beanie for example! To be honest, while it is v. cute and v. chic, it does not provide any warmth at all to our head. It’s really just for looks. We like this look a lot because it’s an Aritzia x2 – POW POW! And we paired it with black boots and these rings to make it look like we hard or somethin’. Everyone knows we’re so not.

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We were actually going to shoot these photos outside on this day, but our new office was recently opened and though we’re not occupying it officially yet, our security guard let us come in for a photo shoot. How cute are these high school style bleachers?!

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Hi. We’re Orange.

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Dress – Topshop / Chambray shirt – Madewell / Sneakers – Keds

I remember seeing Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules wearing an outfit similar to this one once so I thought that I could recreate another version of it with my own wardrobe. It’s okay, but it’s not quite 100%. That may be one reason why we haven’t worn a second time yet! I love this Topshop dress on its own, but it always felt like it was begging for a little something extra. I also like wearing it with the white Keds because it downplays it a little bit more to make it seem more casual. Also – the lighting makes my hair orange. This was an accident.

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Aging and Alone in Manhattan’s Chinatown

I had been hoarding this video/article in my tabs for exactly a month now and only this week was I able to finally watch it. After watching it, I asked myself a few questions, why did I keep it here for so long? Shouldn’t I have just watched it and either a) posted about it or b) moved on from it? The other option that also seems pretty likely is c) that I was scared of it. All I knew about it was the title and a screenshot of an elderly Asian woman walking through Chinatown – actually that same one above.

Growing up, my family and I went to Chinatown nearly every weekend in Seattle. To be politically correct, we call it the “International District” because it’s not just targeted towards Chinese people – it’s all Asian cultures. I remember when walking around wondering where their families were – where were their sons and daughters and grandchildren the way that my grandparents had me? Where did they live and did they have family gatherings the way we did? Today, I only have one Grandma left. I was recently told by someone at a funeral that I needed to get married soon so that she could be present at my wedding. Talk about the pressure! Well, if my Grandmother didn’t live 15 minutes away from my childhood home, could this woman in the video easily be her? Yes, probably. And it’s not the life that I would hope for her, but this is the reality for so many elderly people in International Districts all over the country. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone because the woman’s story profiled in the video is worth watching. What I love about this video is that it gives me a sliver of the answers that I was always looking for, but I’m curious to know more. I want to dig deeper into the stories of those living in Chinatown and hustling every day like this woman. Maybe someday, we’ll be able to do that…

Just a warning, the video doesn’t have a happy ending, but DoobyBrain informed their readers that actually the woman is alive and still in Chinatown so hopefully that puts you at ease.

The video profile was created by Mantai Chow and you can watch it here.

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Seth Rogan Helps A Vanity Fair Producer Use Tinder

I don’t normally feel this way about Mondays, but today I really needed a laugh. I couldn’t wait to get home this evening, kick up my feet, and for a few hours just try not to think about work. I remembered seeing this video over the weekend and I honestly wasn’t going to watch it because I imagined that it wouldn’t be that funny. However, given the day I had, I was willing to give it a second chance and I’m glad I did because it actually is pretty funny. Seth doesn’t use Tinder I don’t think, but he has a lot of the same thoughts that my friends and I have about dating apps and sometimes it’s funny when you can relate to someone that you didn’t think you would. Or… you’re just Seth Rogan and you’re funny anyways and you have the worst laugh.

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We Is A 90’s Chick

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Cord Skirt – Brandy Melville / Top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Chambray Shirt – Madewell

When I first took this photo and put on this outfit, I remember thinking that this was SO 90’s. It’s not, really – it’s just cause I’m a little bit more frumpier looking and wearing a chambray shirt over an outfit that usually puts more put together. I actually liked down playing this though – or as my intern calls it “low-keying” it. I’m still trying to figure it out. Sometimes it gets pretty chilly in the office so a sweater, cover-up, or a blanket is necessary. Usually a long-sleeved shirt will do. I like this because of how casual it is; I can wear it to work, I can wear it running errands or even just a weekend out. This photo is kind of funny too because we NO longer go to this boba shop. RIP. There’s a new place in town and it’s called Teaspoon.

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Blog Roundup

  • Frank Ocean’s album reportedly will be within 72 hours (Frank, pls) [Independent]
  • Meet the ATM for pizzas [Inside Hook]
  • The Filipino diving team is not good. Just watch. [Digg]
  • The captions to use when you post that first photo with your significant other [List]
  • Famous first landing pages [One Month Rails]
  • How the USA women’s gymnastics team picks their music [Fader]
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Our Eva Chen Pose

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Woof – sorry for the non-HQ photo! I actually thought we had posted this about 6 months ago, but came to find out that we never did. I adore Eva Chen and following her on Instagram. She’s basically coined the “Eva Chen Pose” as her own and I love being able to see weekly what shoes she is wearing and what piece of fruit and handbag she’ll pair it with. We did our own awhile back – turns out it’s harder than it looks!

If we’re going to be honest about the staging here, I didn’t take this myself – Elynn did from right beside me :)

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Monday Night Workshop

You guys, I finally did that thing that I’ve been putting off since January. A couple of weeks ago, Jessie and I finally committed to going to Monday Night Workshop – a 2 hour hip hop class in San Jose from 9:30-11:30 PM. For years, since I moved here, I started researching which places I should go to and what class might be a good fit for me. I’ve been following Monday Night Workshop on Instagram for awhile and was pretty sure that I had found the one. Lucky for me, Jessie, my co-worker had also heard about it too and had been interested in trying it out. So back in March, we put it on the calendar. But for whatever reason, kept putting it off – things kept coming up, we had to work late that night, we were lazy, it was a Monday, the excuses were never ending.

Growing up, I always wanted to take hip hop classes. It wasn’t feasible for me as a kid and when I got to college, I started going to my university’s gym where classes were being taught, but similar to now – it was hard for me to remain committed. I just wanted to get really good, but how can you be good if you stop showing up? Monday Night Workshop is late and Mondays are our busiest days so I knew it was going to be a struggle! I had nerves the morning of class and because of this – savaged my body with an Egg McMuffin and hashbrowns that morning to calm myself. I wanted to take this class for a few reasons:

  1. I wanted to get good. I wanted to continue going and work my way up towards becoming better
  2. This was the hobby that I always wanted and it wasn’t too late for me to take it on. I thought it would be both fun and relaxing
  3. Dancing isn’t easy; you need to focus and you have to pay attention to the details (things that push me every day in my work) and I wanted that challenge

So this class is no joke. Everyone here is as good as a Jabbawockee and while everyone was a 9-10, I felt like I was a 4. I probably only got every 3rd or 4th step which made me insecure at first, but then I quickly recognized that it’s not like everyone comes out of the womb being a good dancer. It took work and I’ve been out of it for years so while I can pick up some things, I shouldn’t have expected that I could go to one class after a long time and be as good as everyone else. The choreography, the song, the instructor – all met my expectations. It was exactly what I had wanted, but 9:30 PM for a start time is rough after a long working day. Everyone was so talented though and I think that’s something I enjoyed watching. This kind of dance is beautiful and mesmerizing to me. Would I go back? Probably, but I’m still a little bit shy to be doing this in front of everyone else so I think if I can make the time for it, I’d like to set up just a couple of private lessons before heading back. I’m glad we finally took the plunge!

If you’re interested in seeing the piece we learned – here is a video of our instructor Deziree doing the choreography to it at the end of class. She’s amazing. The song is PARTYNEXTDOOR – Persian Rugs.

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A Couple of Nike Twins

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Dress – Aritzia / Shoes – Nike

We rarely ever do outfit posts with other people in them, but on this particular day, I happened to notice that Wenwen and I were both wearing Nike branded items so I asked her to join me for a photo. She’s just the ultimate QT. I also think that after this post, Kevin really hammered it into me that I needed to go out and buy a pair of socks to wear with my Nikes that wouldn’t show as badly as these ones. I think that these are the LOOK, but apparently I’m wrong and uncool.

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Just An Update

So… should we just hand Yow Yow! over to Mandi? The front page alone has 3 of her Wedding Wednesday posts! In all seriousness, we’ve got a few posts lined up that we’re hoping to write this weekend, but when we look back on the month of July, it pretty much looks like a blur. We were in Seattle for 3 weekends in a row this summer. Work has been picking up and come fall, I’ll be on the road on and off for about a month and a half and I may have just gotten back from a quick weekend jaunt in Los Angeles.

We’ve still got a pulse over here though and even though I’m headed into my busiest work season yet, Yow Yow! is still really important to us. However, we should just set expectations now – all daily updates can just be found at my Instagram and now with Instagram Stories, we’ve more active than ever! See you all there!

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