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Gelesia’s Wedding Featured

Today was a BIG day for my friends and their weddings. Not only did Mandi share her wedding video with the world, but Gelesia’s wedding was also featured on Desiree Hartsock’s blog! (for those of you who are Bachelor and Bachelorette fans out there, you know who Desiree is!) In 2016, my two dearest friends had two amazing weddings and I’m so happy that I was able to be there for their special day.

Gelesia’s Ojai wedding was something of a dream – very pretty, romantic, and so very detailed. It was completely *her* What I love about G’s wedding is also how much time and effort she spent into a lot of the details ie) crafting the details of her table set up, making her bridesmaids’ skirts, etc. All of these amazing details were captured wonderfully by her talented photographer, Katie Pritchard, who we love and often see featured over at Green Wedding Shoes. I’ve picked just a couple of photos to give you a sneak peak, but you’ll want to click on over to the feature on the blog for much more!

To view the entire feature, click here.

Photography by Katie Pritchard

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Yow Yow! in Ojai and Tahoe!

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Anyone that knows me knows that I have an issue with FOMO (fear of missing out – in case my parents are reading this) This spring, one of my dearest friend’s weddings fell on the same weekend as my company’s annual retreat and while I seriously considered choosing just one, I ended up throwing up my hands and being like – “well, why do I have to choose at all?!” Both were important to me and while I made it happen and didn’t have to miss out on any part of both events, there was a lot of overhead on my part and logistical planning. First off, Ojai and Tahoe in the spring have two completely different climates. I had to pack for four days with outfits that could not be used for both trips. After leaving the wedding early Sunday morning – we had to drive out of Ojai to LAX – I flew into Reno, Nevada and had to take a shuttle out of the airport to get dropped off at a nearby casino only to be picked up by another shuttle that brought me to our retreat spot. But we made it!

Erika and I haven’t kept in touch too much after graduating from high school, but she ended up being my buddy throughout this entire wedding. We stayed together in a quaint Airbnb in Ojai, explored the town together and road tripped all the way from LA. It’s always nice to have friends that can pick up where you last left off even if it has been years apart. Well, Erika hadn’t been to In N’ Out in quite some time so it was must to have as a snack pick-me-up before we had the welcome dinner that Friday.

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In My Emails

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One of my favorite things about running Yow Yow! is the variety in the emails that I get to my inbox. I must’ve looked at this one for a few minutes this morning and laughed for a good minute. First off, what?! Ocean Spray considers me an influencer? Secondly, and the most important part here, they want me to enter to win an 8 pack of 60oz Ocean Spray juice that I could literally buy at my grocery store.

I promise you I’m not that in need of juice that badly, but thank you.

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Black + White + Blue

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Top – Aritzia / Skirt – Urban Outfitters / Sneakers – Nike / Sunglasses – Kate Spade

Never in my life did I ever feel daring enough to pull off an outfit like this for a day of Sunday errands and catching up with Mandi. I think on this Sunday morning, Mandi and I were just near her neighborhood grabbing bagels and normally if I’m driving up, I’ll dress pretty casually. But… we had that week where all we wanted to wear was black and white anyways so I thought… why not stay on theme. This black crop top from Aritzia is one of my favorites. I’ll tell you what it is not though – a) easy to put on and b) not wearable with most of my belongings and c) not exactly wearable to work though I have managed to do so. I like this a lot because it’s just not an outfit you would think to pair with sneakers, but I love every single one of these pieces so much – in my head it worked out and in execution, we just didn’t care if it would work out or not, but we did it anyways.

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Another Boba Shot

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Top – Tobi / Skirt – H&M

Is this not the most “California” shot you’ve seen in a while from our blog posts? This is a funny photo to me actually because during this week, I believe we wore 4 different black and white styled outfits. We were having a moment, clearly. I actually haven’t touched this outfit again since this photo was taken. I bought this top as part of a two piece scalloped outfit (top and skirt) for a bachelorette party and I wanted so badly to be able to have another use for it. It’s very clearly not with this skirt though. There are a lot of cute homes near my office so sometimes when we feel like taking a walk, we’ll use of them as a backdrop. I like this because it wasn’t a particularly windy day at all, but my little baby hairs get to be in the spotlight for a minute!

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Unsatisfying Moments by Parallel Studio

It’s fun to just watch this and check off all of the incidents that happen to you, right?

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Pulse Check

Hey y’all!

I just realized that I wrote my first post today in pretty much a month. I found out earlier this week that I’m going to be home for two weeks before I leave again and I was more than thrilled. This has been the most exhausting experience I’ve ever had to be on the road for nearly two months back and forth from city to city and then back to the Bay Area again, but what an adventure it has been. I think what I love the most too is that it hasn’t ALL been work. We’ve sprinkled some fun in there too! Like Mandi’s wedding for example! Don’t worry, we’ll let you know all those details soon.

I feel very grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to spend time in cities that I’ve never been to before like Philly and Pittsburgh, but I also just recently spent a week in Boston and fell in love with fall there. Plus every trip that I’ve been on has rotated out some of my colleagues and it’s always more fun to explore cities and university campuses that they came from. What I’m saying is… some people hate traveling for work for all kinds of reasons, but for me, I think I’ve found more reasons to love it.

We’re still neck deep into busy season, but tonight, I’m taking some time off and spending some time on the blog <3

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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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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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