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We Were Really California

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Top and Skirt – Brandy Melville / Sunglasses – Kate Spade

This picture is funny to me because this was the first time that I had worn this outfit and I remember looking at this and thinking, “WOW this girl does NOT live in Seattle anymore.” Somehow, this all felt really California to me. When I first moved to California and discovered Brandy Melville, I thought I had found my new favorite retailer. First things first – there’s a lot of people that actually don’t like this store for the one fact that everything is one size only. As we all know, not every one is the same size and I sort of feel like the retailer just didn’t want to come out and say that they are mainly a retailer that caters to petite people. Personally, it’s great for people like me, but I know we’re not the majority at all. When I first bought this corduroy skirt, I remembered thinking that I wasn’t going to find many uses for it, but I wanted it anyways. Somehow, it manages to work with a lot of my pieces and it has been fun trying to pair it off with things that you wouldn’t think would be a match. This is also one of my favorite tops because it goes so well with just about anything. It’s nice for summer because it’s not too thin, but it has a slight thickness to it too because of its sweater material. I’m not sure why we caught this post below, but holy – arms! I swear, they never look like that.

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Sleeping on Airplanes

How do people do it? I feel like this is something I should have mastered by now as an adult, but I really haven’t at all. After getting 3 hours of sleep last night and having to wake up at 5:00 AM to get ready for a 7:40 AM flight, I was pretty much counting on getting some sleep for my 2 hour flight to Seattle. But when that flight came, I was completely unprepared and I’d love to know how people do it? There are so many factors on a flight that I think can deter just about anyone from getting some sleep so here are my thoughts on that and maybe some things I’ve probably been doing wrong.

  • How do you get some sleep when there are… natural odors around you that might prevent you from sleeping because you’re trying to find another way to just breathe normally?
  • There’s a child behind you. They can’t seem to get their feet firmly planted on the ground.
  • Every time we take off, I’m afraid to close my eyes because I fear that someday I’m going to be that one person that is sitting next to one that doesn’t realize they have motion sickness and that is my WORST fear.
  • What if you’re in the middle seat (like I always am – I realize that this is sort of my own fault though) and the person in the window needs to get up and use the bathroom?
  • You don’t want to miss the flight attendants when they come by with snackies and beverages
  • I listen to my music on low when I’m on a flight with my eyes closed. Does the changing of a track affect me from sleeping soundly? Probably and then there’s that whole thing about wanting to switch songs if you don’t like it so you have to open your eyes for that too.
  • If you’re in the middle seat, do you just sleep completely upright? These are things that I think about.

Oh man, I really hope I’m not the only one that has these thoughts.

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Candle Container DIY

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After developing a love for candles earlier this year, I didn’t want these pretty containers to go to waste every time a candle completely burned out. I figured I probably wasn’t the only person that ever had this thought though. Luckily for me, Anthropologie had already written a post for this on how you could re-use your candle containers for other things you might need to store. Now many of you already know that I’m not much of a DIY girl, but I was very serious about my candles so I made it work. You can also do the same by following this very handy dandy tutorial that I did too. Basically, to reuse your container all you have to do is pour boiling water into it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Continue cleaning it out until all the wax is gone and here’s the most important tip though – when you rinse it out in the sink, there will be leftover residue so just make sure you clean the wax left in your sink too because it’s the worst.

There are so many uses for a candle container; you can use it for your bathroom, office space, garden, accessories, etc, but I took the bathroom route and now it is a very cute holder for all of my qtips and cotton balls! The possibilities are sort of endless.

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All Black + Shadow Puppets

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Blouse – Madewell / Pants – H&M / Cardigan – Aritzia / Hat – Nordstrom

Remember how we said in our last post that we were getting a little experimental with our outfits back in the winter? This is definitely one of them. I considered not even sharing these horrid outfits, but then I thought you know what – we all make fashion mistakes sometimes and it’s okay. Much of my closet these days is full of blacks, whites, and neutrals and on this day I was wanting to have an all black moment. Instead, I came off looking like a child star on Star Search with this get up. Also, why am I wearing all black when it’s a perfectly sunny day? It’s all just pretty bad. These pants also look similar to the ones I wear by Uniqlo, but these are actually a very old pair from H&M that aren’t as fitted. After this wear, we decided we had to get rid of these too :( Also, can you see the shadow puppets? My friends think they are pretty funny.

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Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance

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You guys, I finally did IT! It may have taken me 6 months, but this was the first book that I have finished in years. I constantly get made fun of by my coworkers because in the past couple of years, I have acquired several books, (Lean In and Blog Inc) that I have always wanted to finish, but never quite got there, unfortunately. After being adapted to blogs for so long, it was hard for me to continue to keep my attention span on an entire book so the only way we could get this done was through airplane rides.

I bought this for myself over Christmas time after Sam had told me she had just gotten it and found myself hooked quickly. Dating in 2016? Sounds exactly like what all my friends and I are talking about any chance we get. Besides loving Aziz, I loved his take on dating culture around the world, but also by different generations. This is something that my parents and I don’t always see eye to eye on, but it’s nice to know that there’s lots of people that don’t quite agree with their parents on it as well. I would recommend this to you because it’s a good and quick read (if you’re enjoying it) but who am I to give a recommendation – it took me 6 months after all. Here’s hoping that you finish this quicker than I do!

Also – this is a big deal because this satisfies one of my New Year’s resolutions – finishing something that we start! We hope that we can continue this with everything that we start, but we’re just fine checking the box off one for now.

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Sometimes You Just Want To Be A Girly Girl

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Chambray Shirt – Madewell / Tulle Dress – H&M / Booties – Munro @Nordstrom

The next few outfits after this one are what I call my experimental period. You’ll start to notice soon that I was really testing the waters and pushing the boundaries on some of the outfit combinations I was putting together. Not all of them always worked, but at least we now have the photographic evidence on why they didn’t and we won’t try them again :)

On this particular day, I just really wanted to incorporate this tulle into my outfit. Every day, I saw it hung up on my closet and thought well, if I’m not going to wear it, I should get rid of it. I was determined to find a place for it though so I put on the dress (which I only wore once for Halloween for a princess costume) and put my chambray shirt over it tying it in the front. This was my most girliest outfit yet. It’s not that it was a terrible ensemble – it wasn’t – but it also didn’t feel like me. Because the top half of the dress is done up with sequins, I was itchy and uncomfortable all day. The tulle is also VERY sheer, but luckily for us – we avoided what could have been a massive wardrobe malfunction. All in all… lesson learned and now that we’ve made an outfit work with the dress, I think we can safely say that it is time to retire it.

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Our Twenties : How We’re Doing

I was recently introduced to a company that has made a new type of mattress popular to young adults called Casper. They started a new project collaborating with bloggers about what advice they could give to young professionals and I was surprised, but flattered to be asked to be a part of it. My first thought was – “Who… me?!” As a mid-20 something, I can honestly say that there are a whole lot of days where I don’t feel like I have it all together and from what I hear, that’s pretty normal. If there’s anything I’ve learned so far about being in my 20’s, it’s that these are my most transformative years (at least as far I’ve seen!) Who I was at age 20 is vastly different from who I was at age 25. How I ran and organized my life at 22 and graduating college is far from the daily routines I hold as a 26-year old working girl. For me, the most exciting part of this all is that at 20 years old, I never envisioned this future for myself. It was a total surprise. And not knowing what the next 4 years of my 20’s will hold is something that I’m looking more forward to. Hopefully the lessons I’ve learned so far that have helped shaped my 20’s are something that you might find useful too!

Say “yes” to the things you want to do / Say “no” to things that disinterest you

Seems like a no-brainer, right? For me, this was one of those things that was easier said than done. In my early 20’s, I was a total people pleaser. I never wanted to leave a friend hanging or let someone down when they were so excited to do something that I was pretty much lukewarm about it. Not wanting to disappoint anyone, I would suck it up and in the end, I was just hurting myself. It wasn’t until my mid-20’s that I realized saying yes to things I didn’t want to do was eating up my own time, which I find to be very precious (we’ll get into that a little bit later!) Also, friends of mine would become upset if I didn’t have an opinion when they asked me if I preferred one thing over the other. Instead of voicing that I didn’t want to do either, I would say – “Whatever, it doesn’t matter to me, you pick!” In my head, I thought I was being flexible when really to them, I was being more difficult. It wasn’t until I started voicing my opinions with someone that I dated that this became more apparent to me because he would end up telling me that he *liked* how honest I was about what I did and didn’t want to do.

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Side Action

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Hat – Nordstrom / T-shirt – Madewell / Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Skirt – Brandy Melville

I think this outfit will probably go down in history as being one of my favorites! What I love about this look is that it incorporates a lot of what fall reminds me of. Funny though cause this photo was actually taken during the winter time, but I love that there’s clearly a color scheme to this and a handful of different textures along with the color black at both the top and bottom of the outfit. I’m pretty proud of this one! Fall/winter in California is nothing complex – sometimes all you need is a light sweater and that’s why this outfit just works very easily. It’s not uncommon to have bare legs during this time of the year either. This look would definitely not work in Seattle during the winter time.

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Let’s Talk About New York!

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As much as I love taking the trips and looking forward to writing about them on Yow Yow! When I sit down to actually start writing the post, I find myself dreading it. These are always the meatiest and because of that, I want to make sure that everything is perfect and not leave anything out.

I went to New York for the first time in March with Mandi and I couldn’t have imagined a better travel partner. I’m not just saying that because she writes on Yow Yow! with us. I’m mostly saying this because it just seemed like a no-brainer – we already really enjoy spending time with each other, but we’ve never spent THIS much time together. It could’ve gone either way, however, it was definitely more positive for us. Also, Mandi graduated from Columbia a few years back when she was there for grad school so she really knew her way around the city. We all know that I would have had a tough time surviving that if I were on my own.

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Similar to me, Mandi likes to plan things out so there were things she wanted to do/see and things I also wanted to do/see as well. Together, we compiled a list and made up a plan for every single day that we were there. It’s not surprising that we didn’t hit everything, but we did A LOT and I felt like all the walking I did in that trip was enough to last me a year. Another wonderful part about our trip was that we left some pockets open to fill. Not everything was planned to a tee and I really appreciated that because that allowed the both of us to take some time apart and do our own thing or catch up with our own friends without the other person feeling like they were being dragged into it.

When I let people know that I was going on this trip, a lot of people were surprised that this was my first time. To be honest, I didn’t think I would be 26 when I went, but it’s not terrible. When I was younger and in college, I didn’t have any friends that lived there. It was also difficult to make the time to take a trip like this since I was in school and didn’t have as much $$$ back then. Better late than never? I felt like when I left on our last day that I had a greater sense of appreciation for the city and the things that I saw, did, and ate. I’m not sure if I would have had that same feeling had I been younger.

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Sunday Uniform

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Cardigan and Scarf – Oak + Fort / Leggings – Aritzia / Sneakers – Nike Flyknits

We don’t like to get particularly dressed up on Sundays since these are usually our days for getting errands done and for hardcore chillin’ but I found myself up in San Francisco on this Sunday doing a hangout with Mandi when we stumbled across this color block set-up. I’m convinced that I lived up there, we’d have amazing photos for our Instagram all the time, instead, we just get one a week. As I mentioned in a previous post earlier this week, I’m obsessed with these sneakers and I will pretty much pair them with any outfit not just my on-the-go outfits.

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A Well Deserved Break

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I learned what work/life balance actually meant when I started working in the Bay Area back in 2013 (it’s a thing here apparently), but I can promise you that this was probably something that I had never practiced in my life even before that. I was thinking about writing this post while on the plane home this afternoon about to head out on my week-long vacation and the best photo that I could think of to accompany this post was the one above.

During my senior year, I was organizing a music festival for my university along with my partner and this was in the final last week stretch! I was in between classes in my events office, but honestly I spent all of my free time here anyways. In that last week, Charles and I were getting zero sleep. Any free minute we had was working out of the office and making sure everything was ready. I like to think that I was pretty crafty by making this “bed” out of two office chairs, but really this is just a prime example of how much of a mess I was! A coworker of mine managed to catch this while I was taking a cat nap. Luckily, we don’t do stuff like this today because I like to think that I’m sort of maturing into my adulthood and sleeping in my real bed when I need a nap, but the seriousness of not having work/life balance started a long time ago for me.

Sometimes, we take the breaks we need when they are too late – when we’re already burnt out and exhausted from our work. After I told a former manager of mine that I never felt like I had the opportunity to travel much because I was always working, she suggested I set a goal for myself. Every month, I should get away. It may be a trip back home, a trip elsewhere to see friends, or a day trip – whatever it was, it needed to happen once a month. This is something that I have sort of accidentally done this year in 2016 without even realizing it. It just so happens that all of my trips have occurred every month and with half of the year already under my belt, the next six months sound promising! I can already tell how positive this has been on my life because every month – at least once a month – we get to reset for a little bit. :)

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 27

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When it comes to scents, I can never really make up my mind. The last time I did have a signature scent, it was Coach! But then it got discontinued, which is why we found ourselves back at Sephora again trying a dozen samples and trying to put our finger on the next purchase. I was between Chloe’s Love Story and one other one that I can’t seem to remember right now, but what I love about “Love Story” (besides the fact that it reminds me of that Taylor Swift song) is that it’s very light, romantic, and has just a hint of fruitiness/floral. Fun fact about myself: Unless I absolutely can’t live without the scent, I always buy it in rollerball form. Why?

  • They actually last a very long time!
  • If you get tired of it eventually, you know that you can always buy another one after
  • They’re more inexpensive, but more bang for your buck (at least in my opinion!) They are usually between $18-$22.
  • Super easy to put on. Pretty straightforward. I don’t even have to explain this to y’all.

So this is what we’ve been wearing since January and we’re pretty much in <3 with it.

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A Collection Part 45

Interestingly enough, we don’t have a lot of thoughts to share about this A Collection Part post. The last 3 months have been a blur, but a good one. I think we’ll have some thoughts that we can share tomorrow that we’re building up, but for now let’s just enjoy these.

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Proud Owner:

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Kevin earned HUGE points at Christmas this year when he gifted me these Nike Flyknit Racers! They are some of my favorite pair of shoes that I currently own and I wear them all the time. I remember thinking that Kevin was cray when he urged me with these very specific instructions:

  • When taking off your shoes, you need to untie the laces
  • When putting on the shoes, you need to lace them up yourself every. time.
  • ie) there’s no slipping in of the foot or slipping it out because the threading is so delicate that you don’t want to run the risk of ripping them

I love the shoes so much that I was so scared of anything ever happening to them so ofc I listened to what my older brother had to say. They are the most lightweight pair of shoes I own and funny enough, after I wore them to work a few times, two of my coworkers went out and purchased their own flyknits as well.

You’re welcome.

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Flashback Friday

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These photos are untouched because it’s a Friday night and it has been a long week so I just don’t even have the energy to begin editing them, but we have something important to say. It has been FOUR years since I graduated from college! Dom shared a group photo of us this morning and it was so nostalgic to see. Sometimes, it really is true what they say that college is the best four years of your life, but in no way shape or form do I feel the need to go back. There were some incredibly challenging moments, but I made connections with people that are very much my lifelong friends still.

The morning of graduation, a bunch of us decided to head over to someone’s apartment for a mimosa party. A lot of mimosas. I didn’t even know the person that lived at the apartment, really, and I still don’t know who that person is, but my friends were there so that’s all that mattered. We had all just gone out the night before, but graduation is long and sometimes you need a little pep in your step as you’re walking across the stage. These photos are really funny for me to look back on especially this top one because it’s totally my “I’m ready to graduate!” pose and it’s ridiculously annoying.

If you would’ve asked me back then if I ever saw myself leaving Seattle, I probably would’ve just said “nahh.”

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