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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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Life With Spotify

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I can’t imagine a world without Spotify. In fact, I want to know why Spotify wasn’t created earlier so that I didn’t have to spend much of my adolescence with iTunes. Every time someone asks me if they should switch from regular Spotify to Spotify, I am the biggest advocate. Just to be clear here – I’m on a family plan now, I think so I don’t know how much that costs, BUT when I was paying for premium on my own at just $10/month, it was completely worth it. You may think that you can live in a world where an ad plays after every 5 songs or so, but when you’ve lived in a world without it – you’ll never go back. Secondly, it’s important to me that I can download my playlists and be able to play my music without being on Wifi – one I’m saving data (I think – I’m not sure, but probably) but two – I can listen to these playlists wherever I want including when I’m flying, which is a basic necessity.

Today we’re going to spend some time talking about two features from Spotify that I have been obsessed with lately – Release Radar and Discover Weekly. When I was in college, I definitely had a lot of time to find new music because let’s be real – it’s not like we were doin’ much else. These days, it’s harder cause I work and stuff during the day. We don’t have time to find new music on blogs like we used to, but luckily Spotify is willing to do the work for me.

Release Radar pulls me a curated list of new songs every Friday that artists that I already listen to have recently released. This is great for a number of reasons. A lot of times, I become obsessed with one or two songs from an artist, but then I sort of forget about them over time and internally make them a one-hit wonder by accident. This playlist reminds me of those that I once loved even including bands from my scene days in case I’m feeling nostalgic. Also, it’s not like I have this internal timer that lets me know every time an artist or band I listen to releases a new song and unless I’m searching for it, I wouldn’t hear about it any other way.

Every Sunday, I got Discover Weekly working for me. At the beginning, this was like a godsend, but as the weeks went by… I started to wonder if Spotify really knew me. The purpose of this playlist is that it pulls songs that are similar to what you already listen to – totally made for introducing you to new material and using machine learning and all that. Sometimes they get it right and other times, I clench up my fist like that Arthur meme. Whatever the case, I realized I need to be more appreciative because at the end of the day, this is saving me so much time. It’s not a perfect system, but what is? For the most part, this functionality has introduced me to a lot of new artists that I’m really happy I know about now because of this.

I haven’t used Apple Music or Tidal so I can’t really compare across all platforms, but I’m very happy with Spotify.

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Beauty for Breakfast Has Moved

Hey all!

Since we weren’t able to keep up with Beauty for Breakfast that much anymore on the blog, I’ve decided to move it over to Instagram Stories! Every day for the last… mmm 15 or so days, I’ve been taking a product from my morning routine and talking about it for 10 seconds. As you can imagine, this took some practice to get it down and sometimes we have to do a couple of takes. Other times we talk about the product in 3-4 installments! It has been a really fun series for me on Instagram Stories. I know some of you have been following here on Yow Yow! too though. Don’t worry – you haven’t missed anything. I’ve basically only gone over all of the ones on Stories that I’ve written posts about here.

Additionally, we will also be doing “Beauty Before Bed!” to discuss the products that we use at the end of our days. We haven’t gotten to that series yet, but we’ll be there soon!

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When You’re Not Coming From the Gym

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Top – Forever21 / Pants – Uniqlo / Nike Oreos / Wallet – Kate Spade

There are definitely days when we don’t feel like dressing up for work and this was one of them. Since there are more dress up days than not though, this usually surprises my coworkers and they ask me if something is wrong or in this particular case – if I’ve come from the gym. Anyone that knows me though knows that I’ve never had a gym membership in my life! This neon pink top isn’t something that goes along with a lot of stuff so I typically wear it for one-off cases. I thought it mixed pretty well with my Nikes and jeggings that day. I was also on my way to grab lunch for the afternoon so it kind of works for anything that’s just on-the-go. Readers, what is your go-to dress down look?

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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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Summer, Let’s Not Say Goodbye

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Dress – Urban Outfitters / Belt – Anthropologie

We just got back from our last trip of the summer – a weekend getaway to Sonoma – and as we were heading back into the Bay Area, we started to notice the leaves on the trees turning. It. Is. Really. Happening. We’re a little excited, a lot a bit nervous, but there’s something that makes me feel really energized about going into my busiest season. I’ve actually had this dress since somewhere in college and since it’s pretty sheer, it’s not exactly work appropriate or wearing-out-in-public appropriate either. In fact, let’s call it more of a swimsuit coverup. I decided recently that since I don’t wear a whole lot of swimsuit coverups, I should try and find a way to make better use of it so I decided to buy a simple black slip (strapless) to not conflict with this dress which is a racerback and to wear it underneath. The slip, itself, doesn’t fit me perfectly and sometimes is pretty roomy, but it will do for the time being. To keep everything together, I added this turquoise belt that I bought from Anthropologie (also years ag0) and instead of cinching it at the waist – cinched it at the natural waist to give the dress more of that voluminous dimension.

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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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Black x Black x Black

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Hat – Nordstrom / Dress – Aritzia / Boots – J. Crew

As some of you know, I’m very partial to all-black outfits. Why? Well, why not? It goes with anything and it looks good when it’s organized in a closet. My coworkers like to joke that when I come in wearing all black that they shouldn’t mess with me that day. But just look at us! We couldn’t hurt a fly. This dress (while black) is super girly and feminine almost to the point of sometimes feeling like it might be a little formal when wearing it to work. In an effort to toughen it up a bit, I added these almost knee-high heeled boots (my favorites for fall) and this hat. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of setting this outfit is best suited for and it’s a mystery. It is definitely channeling witchy vibes though.

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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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What We Wore: Our Birthday

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Top and Skirt – Brandy Melville / Cardigan – Oak + Fort

… 5 months ago! You know how sometimes you have your outfits that are your favorites and you just can’t go a week without wearing it? That was this one. So this is a great look for spring and maybe for fall, but I haven’t worn this ensemble all summer for pretty obvious reasons – that sweater gets me H O T! So do those boots so we’re going to reserve this for mid-to-late September. As most of you know, every year celebrating my birthday is kind of our thing and it’s totally when I’m at my happiest! (for the most part at least – I can remember one sad birthday to date) These photos that Sandy took of me this day are pretty joyous though. :)

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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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Instagram Stories

It was 7:00 AM on a weekday when I learned about Instagram Stories for the first time. I was 24% awake checking my inbox, checking my Facebook, checking my Instagram and then lastly landing on my Twitter – my normal daily routine. It was my Instagram feed that I learned about Stories though and it came directly from (almost) the source – Eva Chen, herself. Her latest post directed me to the Instagram account where I watched the video of the feature for the first time. What were my thoughts initially?

a) It’s too early to be watching something with this much high energy

b) I’m probably not going to use this

c) Would I ever be able to figure this out?

d) Is… this… Snapchat stories?

If you’re wondering if it’s normal for me to have at least 4 questions for almost everything in life – it’s true. This is actually my real life. all the time.

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I quickly learned from my fellow colleagues/millennials (that’s what they call us at work) that this is exactly like Snapchat stories, but you know what? In the two weeks of using this product, myself, I’ve come to realize that no one really cares that it might be a copy cat. Meanwhile, Snapchat doesn’t know what to do with themselves so they went ahead and decided to create a super racist filter.

I had my doubts that I would be able to use Stories successfully, but after doing a deep dive with one of our interns, I felt pretty confident that I would be able to get the hang of it. I’ve learned a lot though and what I like the most about the product though is that it’s something to support the photos in my feed. Yes, I may spend a fair bit of time trying to curate the perfect feed, but Stories is different. It’s a little bit more “unscripted,” and it allows people to see the outtakes in my life. There are some things that make better photos and then there are things that make better snapshots in the form of instant photos and videos and THAT is stories.

One of the biggest complaints that I’ve heard about from people about Snapchat is that 1) it kills their batteries, but 2) they have to have a separate follower base. With Instagram, it’s a 2 in 1. I don’t need to create a separate follower base for Instagram Stories because they are already there. I actually had Snapchat over a year ago, but deleted it because I was over it. Meanwhile, I still had a lot of friends using the app and sometimes went back and forth as to whether I should download it. Well, now I have my answer.

After a couple weeks of using it, I’m officially hooked. I don’t normally include a lot of my friends in the photos in my feed, but it has been fun bringing them into my stories and highlighting the things we’re doing every day. How does everyone else feel about it though? Are you Team Snapchat or Team Insta Stories?!

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