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Saturdayz

Do you ever get dressed up on a weekend night ready to go out only to completely drop the ball and stay in? That’s what we’re doing tonight. An hour ago, I got in the shower for the second time today, did my makeup – made my lashes look good, put on my signature scent and solidified my plans, but then I looked at my candle and remembered that it smelled really good when I lit it for the first time last night. And then… wouldn’t it smell awesome if I lit it again… tonight?!

I’ve been trying to make an effort to go out more, but let’s just be honest with ourselves – I’m such a homebody! And after 4 nights of being away last weekend, I really missed being at home. So here we are – it’s 8:00 PM, I’ve got a full face of makeup on, but I’ve gotten into my comfies and I’ve got my favorite Pop! popcorn next to me – the cheddar and caramel mixed kind and a bag of Raisinets that I’m still eating from Gelesia’s wedding last weekend. We’re just going to chill.

Happy Saturday night in y’all!

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Fall Glow

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Top + Sweater – Brandy Melville / Pants – Uniqlo 

Okay, okay – we know we’re actually two seasons behind on outfits, but we have OCD and we can’t just skip all the way head to present time! I had Sandy take a gazillion photos of me that day because my eyes had been hurting and I tried to do the photo with my glasses on. However, my Warby Parker’s had caused kind of a weird shadow, they didn’t seem like the right fit, and I just felt all sorts of discomfort, which really came out in the photos. In the end, we had to just remove them and I had to be blind for a bit while we got the shot.

I want to take a second though to address something kind of important and especially because we’re close to our 1 year of taking Instagram photos where I’ve been trying a little bit more. A friend of mine recently had a very important photo shoot and expressed to me that they were feeling a little bit nervous about the experience. I expressed to her that that feeling was pretty normal and that I get that way often too. This struck her as surprising though – next she called me “photogenic” and I actually would NEVER use that word to describe myself. In the past year, I’ve totally changed the way I’ve taken Instagram photos because I have wanted to curate a feed that I wanted to look at and that would be pleasing to people visiting my page, but I’ll admit I hide my feelings behind these photos sometimes. No one visiting my feed or seeing my photo has to know that I’m having a bad day. In fact, my feed looks like I have great days, but… don’t let that fool you cause we’re all human, alright? Also another thing you don’t see is that I have multiple outtakes of photos in the same outfit. All of my coworkers or friends that take my photos with me know that I always blink, am talking mid-photo, moving around making things blurry, or randomly having my mouth open. It’s a disaster and we’re not perfect by any means so yeah, I definitely have those days where I hate the way that I look, but we suck it up anyways. There’s a couple photos of those coming up where I’m not feeling very confident and I’ll be sure to point it out when we get there! You can probably tell the difference!

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Something Funny For You

Step 1: Think of a friend that you have known for 7-8+ years.

Step 2: Go to their Facebook page – – > go directly to “See Friendship”

Step 3: Scroll down the wall that you share until you get very far back. Back then there wasn’t Messenger so all of your messages were actually written on their wall when I’m sure they were more text appropriate and not meant for the public…like they are now.

I was trying to find some old photos of Gelesia and I ahead of her wedding and instead stumbled across some of the best exchanges we’ve ever had! Oh to go back to the days of some public shade-throwing and girl talk.

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Yow Yow’s First Bachelorette Party!

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We figured since we are just a little bit more than a week out for G’s wedding that it was probably time to share our tales and photos from her bachelorette party! I can’t believe that one of my favorite girls is getting married – it’s unreal and I get a little bit emotional thinking about that day as it gets nearer. If a wedding video can bring out the tears, then what is this wedding going to do to me?! It’s been close to a month and a half since all of us ventured to Puerto Vallarta to celebrate Gelesia’s last days of singledom (kind of!) and can I just say that I went into this thinking that I would know all I needed to know about a bachelorette party, but that was not true. No one told me that the amount of drinks you might consume might surpass a Friday night out in college. Anything to celebrate our girl though!

This was my first time being in Mexico and wow – was it beautiful…we stayed at the gorgeous Velas Vallarta Resort through one of the girls’ timeshares and every day we were either poolside or on the beach. It was only four days, but trust – that it was probably a vacation that all us needed at the time.

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Blog Roundup

  • Cheese triggers same part of the brain as hard drugs [Standard]
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Instagramming your proposal [WhoWhatWear]
  • 30 Traditional Wedding Rules You Should Break [Style Me Pretty]

  • An adorable trip between a dad and his daughter [Upworthy]
  • How much should you spend on a wedding gift [WhoWhatWear]
  • 17 Reasons Why People Have a Mid-Life Crisis in Their 20’s [Thought Catalog]

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When We Try to be Professional

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Top – Brandy Melville / Skirt – H&M / Booties – Munro – Nordstrom

I work at a start-up so fancy business professional attire isn’t required for me, however, that doesn’t mean that I can just slum it. I can’t even bring myself to wear a t-shirt and jeans most days – y’all know that’s just not me anyways. I also work with a lot of external people in my company as well so I try to maintain appearances. On this particular day, I felt like dressing up a little bit more. This is probably an outfit that I would have worn when working in finance and while I’ve gotten rid of most of those pieces, there are still a few that I have kept behind (just in case!) You never know when you’ll need them. This is one of my favorite outfits to wear to work because it’s length-appropriate, professional, and still makes me feel comfortable throughout a work day.

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A Girl and Her Bed

If there’s one inanimate object that I love from my home, it’s my bed. My Pendleton blanket is a close second, but that’s another story. When I was younger and living in my parents’ home, my bed felt like a container and was routine. I definitely don’t look at it the way I do now. I got into my bed at the end of the day, spent 8 hours in it, and then when my alarm went off the next morning I promptly got out of it so that I could go to school. Get in. Sleep. Get out. Repeat.

Today, my bed is sort of my safe haven – an incredibly safe space. When I wake up in the morning, I treasure those moments of buffer time that I give myself (about 30-45 minutes) before I hop into the shower and head to work. My bedroom is a clean slate – pretty bare walls and the blinds completely open to let the light in. Some people hate it, but I love it. I’ve never been one of those people that uses blackout curtains in a hotel room. I check my emails and challenge myself to see how many I can delete/respond to from the bed to make my morning work easier. I question why my phone next to my alarm clock creates such static and I toy with it and distance so that I can use my phone and get a clear signal from the top 40 radio station at the same time. After a shower, the bed provides me with warmth before I make decisions about what to wear that day.

At the end of the day, the pillows provide support for the weight that I’ve carried in my head and on my shoulders that day. The pillows aren’t perfectly white like I wish they could be. They’re stained… with makeup, with mascara, and a lot of feelings that we sometimes relieve onto them. Instead of the upbeat poppy music that we used to wake us up earlier in the day, the Jambox helps us wind down sometimes with a little Quadron, but most of the time Leon Bridges. At night, my bedroom is lit from the street lights outside, the glow of an Anthropologie candle, a dim light – the only light from my room, and the screen of my phone. We have a routine for the evening too: email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest. Spotify off. Jambox off. Sleep.

We don’t leave everything at the door when we go to the bedroom and that’s okay. You can’t always go to bed happy sometimes you’re just angry or some other emotion, but we still start every day new and I like that my bedroom and my bed holds those emotions for me along with the quirks.

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The Coziest

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Dress  and Scarf – Oak + Fort 

A couple of years ago, I discovered a Canadian boutique through Instagram called Oak + Fort. On a day trip up to Vancouver with my family, I made sure that we didn’t leave without me stopping in – even on the rainiest day that I’ve seen in a long time. I walked away with two pieces back then – I mean I traveled all that way! When I learned this fall that they were opening up a San Francisco location in Hayes Valley, I was ecstatic. What I love about the brand is that everything is pretty minimalistic – if you’re not big into color and like to stick to the basic monochrome shades of white, black, tan, neutral, this is your store. Everything also tends to be on the roomier/baggier side as well so for petite girls like me, shopping there can be a little bit challenging. I remember bringing Jen with me and she had a ton of luck with everything while I struggled to feel like I was pulling these pieces off. Every thing I tried on looked like it was wearing me. Luckily for me though, this dress was the perfect balance of bagginess, but also fit for my frame. The two slits on either side give me a little bit more dimension and makes it a little less conservative. I also fell in love with this scarf when I saw a post of it on the brand’s Instagram. This thing is HUGE. I never thought I could wear anything like this, but it’s perfection. It’s exactly what you need for the coldest of winter days and also doubles as the perfectly sized personal blanket when I’m in a friend’s cold apartment or when I just happen to be extra chilly. It’s the one piece that gets the most compliments when I’m out also so that has to mean something, right? If I haven’t sold you enough on why this brand is so great, their pieces also happen to be very affordable. I think we can all appreciate not breaking our wallets.

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What We’re Listening To:

If you’ve been following me on Twitter recently, then you know that I’ve been having a lot of feels for my previous life within the music industry. :( I think sometimes when my work life gets hard, I like to remind myself that I’ve had different types of harder days before and that things do get better. I’ve been missing Seattle music a lot in recent days so spending my afternoon with one of my favorite albums from The Head and The Heart was a great pick-me-up. I also spent an hour last night compiling a playlist on Spotify of all of my favorite scene music from ages 15-22. Don’t worry, we’ll write about that later. For now, enjoy this album and get a taste of my favorite Seattle sound.

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Small

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Knit top – Brandy Melville / Skirt – H&M / Tights – Forever21 / Beanie – Aritzia

Looks familiar, doesn’t it? This is probably one of my favorite locations to shoot at because the parking lot always seems to be deserted. In this photo, Sep and I wanted to play around with size so I asked her to stand farther away from me to capture how small I look against the building. We also tried shooting this at “golden hour” for once which added to the shadows. I haven’t worn this outfit again because I remember feeling a little frumpy when wearing it, but I did like how edgy it was with the tights and accessorizing it with the beanie. I’m sure it will make another appearance this coming fall!

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Hello

It’s been a long time since we’ve gone an entire week without writing on Yow Yow! We actually don’t like it very much because it feels pretty unnatural and almost like we’re missing a pivotal part of our daily life.

I really miss those days when Yow Yow and my work life were 50/50. These days 100% of my time is going into work and when that happens, I recognize that I’m just not as happy. It’s not that I don’t love my job though. I actually really enjoy it and find it challenging and stimulating, but no one should have to put 100% towards it and not have something else on the side that separates their work from their life. I just spent the past two hours doing work though and now it’s 10:00 PM and the rest of the night is going to Yow Yow! I know we can’t make up for an entire week, but we’ll do the best we can.

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Turning 26

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It’s funny because turning 26 felt significantly different than turning 25 last year. After turning 21, there aren’t that many milestones afterwards except for those years where you just know you’re getting much older… 30. 40. 50… When I turned 25, I still felt like I was at a very fun age. I was right in the middle – I could be more responsible if I wanted, sure, but I could still do things that I felt were really carefree and spontaneous. At 26 though, I’m like – I need to just have everything together.

It wasn’t a quarter-life crisis, but I had a lot of questions for myself. Am I happy with where I’m at in my career right now? Am I happy with my friendships and my relationships? Do I feel like I should be doing things differently – with myself, my career, or my relationships? All in all, am I happy with my current situation? I’ve thought about these answers for a couple of days now so it’s pretty interesting to reflect on these things. 2016 has already been a really great year for me and I hope we can just continue on that path. At 26, I know I have a lot of life ahead of me, but I also know that if there are things I know I want now – that I probably shouldn’t wait any longer to have them or to go after them.

Anyways, all reflection aside – my birthday was exactly what I wanted it to be. Some people would rather take the day off work on their birthdays, but I love going into the office because everyone is just so nice. Also, no one can be a jerk to you! (not just in the office, but anyone) My team bought me the prettiest bouquet of tulips from Bloom That and later on in the evening, I met up with Mandi, Eric, and Ryan for dinner at Delarosa. We had the cutest family style dinner of salad, pastas, pizzas, and desserts! It was very special to have dinner with these three because they were the first three friends I had when I moved here and we’re all still friends today. We’ve also all just gone through a lot – Mandi and Eric got engaged last year and Ryan moved to New York for like a minute, but now he’s back!

Every year, my birthday reminds me of all the people that I miss and that I no longer get to see as often anymore, but it always means the world to me to hear from them on this day. Thanks everyone for making it so special!

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Jewel Tones

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Dress – Aritzia / Tights – Free People / Booties – Munro (Nordstrom)

We’re sliding in a quick post before we get ready for our birthday party tonight! I’d never worn this outfit before and I was a little bit hesitant to pair my t-shirt dress with these tights. This dress is from Aritzia, of course, and perfect for every day wear. I bought these tights actually from Nordstrom Rack – quite the steal! And we wore these boots because it complimented everything pretty well. This sitting pose is kind of awkward and actually we haven’t done one since this time, but it’s still kind of funny to me. I don’t do the whole serious thing very well.

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Almost Birthday Thyme!

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Spencer and I are celebrating our 26th birthday this week (Thurs/Saturday) and together, we are having our 3rd party in a row together! It’s really something that I’m quite proud of and is such a funny reminder of how our friendship first started and how long I’ve been living in California now. For our Facebook event photo, we actually took a couple pictures together that we had planned on using and made some GIFs with Boomerang, but when we made the event, I started thinking about how funny it would be to use photos from our childhood!

Spoiler alert – this is definitely not us. That girl – while incredibly adorable – is probably very Chinese and Spencer who is Chinese… did not look Japanese as a kid. It doesn’t matter because our friends can’t tell the difference and didn’t want to accuse us of using fake photos. Well, now you know!

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And When We Give Back…

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No no, I’m not getting into comedy and improv, I promise! A couple of weeks ago, my dear friend Lucas, who is an admissions office at Seattle University,  asked me if I would be interested in being a part of the alumni Q&A as part of an event that he throws for accepted students in the Bay Area. Before we move forward, this is for the class of 2020! How crazy is that?!

Now that we’ve let that sunk in… I’ve been out of school for almost four years now and students from the university still call me every once in awhile asking me if I’ll be able to donate. Since I’m still trying to pay off my loans (like most other people from my year) this isn’t feasible so when Lucas asked me about this favor, I thought – this is something that I can do.

The entire event was such a trip. I totally remember going to campuses and learning about the different programs that universities had to offer with my parents, my aunts, and touring Seattle University’s campus with Kevin. Naturally, all of these high school seniors were somewhat embarrassed to be with their enthusiastic parents, but it was the parents that impressed me the most. When their kids were away, they would come up to me and ask me questions like how safe Seattle was, how the rain was, what I felt like I got the most out of the curriculum, etc. I wasn’t the most easygoing child, okay? I can totally admit that, but I have so much praise for parents for what they do – and mine especially. Shout out to them for caring about where I went to college and helping support me through this first big adult decision that I was making on my own. Yesterday, was a really humbling experience.

It was really funny because I happened to be on the Q&A panel with two other alumni who spoke a lot about the Jesuit values and curriculum and course load whereas my questions were very much student life/culture based and at one point I thought I was answering these questions incorrectly because I was a little bit of the black sheep. Those parents in the audience were probably like – What? How did this girl get through school when she spent three years planning events and hoping to obtain a career in the music industry?

Where I might have slipped up – telling these kids that this is a tough decision to make and that if it isn’t the right one, it isn’t the end of the world because you can always fix it (ie – transfer) lol. my bad.

Where I redeemed myself – telling them that they’ve all worked really hard to get to where they are at and obtaining these acceptance letters. They probably took a lot of hard courses in high school and did a ton of extracurriculars, but it doesn’t stop there. You can’t slow down in college or after you graduate and you must “continue to show your hustle” (yes, I was very proud of this line) because it’s a competitive world out there and everyone wants exactly what you want.

I can’t believe it has been 8 years since I made that decision myself, but wow – what an amazing experience. Four years of life skills, a great education, and friends that I will have for life. Wouldn’t trade it in for anything.

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