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Neapolitan

Sweater – Madewell / Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Leggings – Aritzia / Socks – Uniqlo  / Boots – J. Crew

The minute I saw this wall, all I could think of was Neapolitan ice cream! It was never my favorite growing up, but what a color palette right? I wore this during a San Francisco winter day that wasn’t so blistery for a day of shopping and a movie… another personal uniform of mine! We’re gearing up for a move to San Francisco next month (more on that soon!) and I can’t wait to have all the backdrops of the city ready for me!

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Your List of Job “Must-Haves”

Starting where we left off…here! I’m now over three months into my new job, but nowhere close to finishing out this series. I’m a firm believer in finishing things that I start though. I believe that was also one of my New Years resolutions so onwards we go!

Over the holidays, I met up with someone who I’ve sort of looked up to career-wise. Not only did we graduate from the same university, but she had the most impressive resume having worked at two very successful large tech companies and a startup that I used to think was my dream job, and we shared a love for food AND blogging. I wasn’t quite sure what would come out of this info chat, but I was so grateful that she took the time to sit down with me. In our conversation, I remember her asking me a fairly simple question. In fact, it’s the same question that I have asked my own candidates time and time again, but yet when it came time for me to answer it myself, I couldn’t find the words.

“What are you looking for in a job?”

The reason why this was so challenging for me was because the last time I had to answer this question, I was in a different place in my life. I was 23 and I wanted to work in tech for a product that I had used. Pretty generic. I also was leaving all my friends and family behind in Seattle so I wanted friends in my new city. I was young and I wasn’t ready to think about my career long term. I’m not saying that this was the wrong way to go about it, but it’s one way to approach finding a job. Looking back, I still don’t think I would’ve done anything differently, but it was vastly different than how I was feeling back in January of this year. At that point, I felt like I was at a crossroads. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue down this career path, but I also didn’t know what else I should be doing. Annie told me that when looking for a job, you typically have a few things that are important to you (true) but that they could be of varying importance depending on the company (something new that I learned!)

Here were the things that were most important to me: (in no particular order)

  • Who would I be reporting to and what would it be like to have them manage me?
  • Would I enjoy working alongside my team? How integrated into the company are they? Are they respected by the rest of the company?
  • Do I believe in the product and the mission of the company?
  • Is the company culture a good one? Do I feel valued and respected as a member of this team?
  • Compensation – is it fair and aligned with the responsibilities that I’ll be having?
  • Impact – how much will my work matter in the company?

These may be some of the things you also consider when looking for a job. You may care about more or less than what I have. The part that was surprising to me was that there is no particular order. Company A might allow me to have the most impact I’ve ever had in a role while Company B might have a team that makes me feel at home every day that I come in. They are different things, sure, but my feelings towards these two things might be so strong that it can make a decision like this very challenging. All six components were important to me and no one thing was more important than the other, but it was all different for every company. When I was early on in my career, maybe only one of these things mattered to me. I’ve been told that as you get older and progress further on in your career, you continue to learn more about what you want. That is probably why I have six things to consider now, but that search to find the right job becomes even tougher!

I have a couple more posts that I’d like to share in this series, but before I go on is there anything you’d like for me to focus on? I’d love to include it if I haven’t already!

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For Sub Pop

Top – Sub Pop / Denim + Cap – Urban Outfitters / Sneakers – Converse

Holy smokes! Look how bebe I look in this photo above. I am late 20’s going on 14 here; the funny thing is though is that this is exactly how I dressed when I was 14 so it’s almost a little bit eerie to be looking at this. Is it weird to say that one of my favorite places is the Sea-Tac Airport? Sometimes I ask my parents to drop me off a little bit earlier than I need for my flight so that I can spend my time there shopping and having one last meal before I take off. Sub Pop Records happens to have a merch store there which I highly recommend everyone checking out because you can get – well – records, so many tees, and other fun gifts. I basically make a purchase every time I drop in and have two tees and a sweatshirt from them. I like this tee a lot for its simplicity, but the material fits like a boys’ tee so it might not be the most comfortable tee to wear. I paired this with denim, Converse, and a backwards baseball cap because I wanted to dress not like myself AT ALL THIS DAY.

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Cozy in Brandy

Top – Brandy Melville / Pants – Uniqlo / Shoes – Keds

95% of the time I prefer to get dressed up for work and to spend a little bit of time constructing new outfits together. For the other 5% though? I don’t have it in me. I wake up and decide I don’t really care how anyone sees me that day and for those days, I turn to outfits like these! To me, it’s still not very dressed up at all. I’m totally completely cozy and my coworkers will still turn to me and think that I put some new effort into an outfit. It’s not true. This Brandy Melville hoodie is one of the best things I own. I think it’s one of their signatures actually and they have it in tons of colors at their store at an affordable price. I’ve had this since I first moved here in 2013 and wear it on the reg. These pants are my Uniqlo jeggings which you’ve seen a million times before and these Keds are from middle school and still wearable, but not as white as they once were.

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Getting By With Grayton

In the digital age we live in, it can be easy to turn to our iPhones or our work laptops for something as simple as time. I prefer options that lean on the side of classic and timeless. Wearing my first watch ever, I’m excited to add Grayton to my collection as a day-to-day staple and to style with all of my favorite pieces. Having never worn a watch before in my life, I wasn’t quite sure which style I would gravitate towards. I knew I wanted something that would not only be comfortable, but also true to me. I selected Grayton’s Automatic Watch with White Silver Dial and a Brown Croco Embossed Leather Strap all with rose gold detailing. This beautiful timepiece is one that I know will last with me forever and I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with next for their collection. Readers, do you like the way I styled this with my outfit? What details do you love in the watches that you own?

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Cerulean

Turtleneck + Cardigan – Aritzia / Denim – Urban Outfitters

Every time I hear the word cerulean, I think of that infamous scene from The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda rips Andy a new one for calling two belts similar. It’s one of my favorite scenes from the film. I’m in this camp that I sometimes believe that you can make a photo out of anything – any wall, any backdrop, etc. But sometimes, I feel so compelled to some walls more than others. I love bold colors, prints, and things that you may not come across often. While I was in Seattle for the holidays, Veronica and I grabbed chili for lunch in Ballard – apparently at one of the oldest places ever known for its famous chili. Across the street was this cerulean wall and as soon as I saw it, I knew that THIS WAS IT. I didn’t bring a lot of clothes home with me when I returned for the holidays so this was pretty much my uniform every day.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 32

This is a little bit overdue, but I didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite beauty brands – Benefit. For the past two years, Mandi and I have been so lucky to have our holiday parties fall on the same evening in December. We’ve turned this into a little bit of a tradition by getting together in the afternoon, having our hair done at Dry Bar and then getting our makeup done. Last year, we went to Bare Minerals and this year, Benefit. Now, every makeup counter is different and while they all have similar products, the outcome can sometimes be hit or miss. I think Mandi ended up choosing Benefit because of convenience ie) close to our Dry Bar and also so that we could have our appointments done at almost the same time as each other.

The only product I’ve ever used from Benefit was the foundation in the center – Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! liquid foundation and I’ve probably been on it for what feels like a year and a half or close to two years. The reason why I started using it was because before that I was using Chanel and that felt a bit expensive to me and a little too thick for my taste. This foundation, however, is exactly what it promises though – it’s light, hydrating, brightening, and lasts a very long time! And as if I couldn’t boast about it even more, it has SPF 25.

Since I bought this lipstick on the left, I have been obsessed. Every time I’m going out for a special occasion or for a night when I want to elevate my look a bit, I swipe this on. The packaging is adorable, but the color glides on well and lasts. I usually well do a quick glide of my vaseline and then 15 minutes later, put this lipstick on. I have this in Air Kiss – which is a sheer bubblegum.

The only downside about getting your makeup done at Benefit is that they make you buy three products. I’ve been to other makeup counters where you can choose to buy products if you like and I usually buy two out of courtesy, but three was a bit much for me because I really only needed two. I intended to buy the lipstick so I could re-apply the night of the holiday party and the foundation because it’s what I already use and I figured I would run low soon. So the product that I bought that I was the least excited about was the Hervana blush on the right. It was a great piece to complete my look, but it wasn’t something that I needed so I ended up giving this to my mom for Christmas. :) The packaging for this is awesome though and it’s actually a great blush so I would still recommend it.

I would definitely consider going back to Benefit again to get my makeup done just because out of all the places I’ve ever had my makeup done, they did the best job. I don’t necessarily agree with the buy three products thing, but maybe that will change in the next year once I get more used to their products and use them more consistently.

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California Layering

Beanie and Sweater – Aritzia / Dress – Azalea / Boots – J. Crew

Living in California brings a whole new meaning to “layering” during the winter season. When I was in Seattle, I often found myself in a heap of winter accessories – tights, hats, scarves, etc. and here I find that I just don’t need as much, but still have the warmth that I need. I was obsessed with this dress once I first bought it and am now trying to keep it alive by making sure it does not shrink! If you had to ask me what one of my personal uniforms would be, it would probably be along these lines – a dress with a longer cardigan over it and out the door!

What an outtake.

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Turtlenecks 4eva

Choker – Urban Outfitters / Turtleneck + Jacket – Aritzia / Denim – Forever21

If you would have told a younger me that in my late 20’s I’d be wearing a turtleneck, I would have probably laughed in your face. As cozy as they are, I never felt like I belonged in them. That was until… I met the one that I would fall in love with. So I’m pretty fortunate that since I’ve been living in California, I’ve gotten to know these girls at the Aritzia in Valley Fair quite well. Every few months or so when I need to revamp my wardrobe or shop for a special occasion, they are there for me. In fact, they’ve gotten to know my style so well these days that when I come in, they bring me pieces that they already know I’m going to like into the dressing room and more often then not, they end up being right! For example, this very sleek and chic turtleneck. It’s not your standard because it’s thin and sheer – two words you don’t normally use to describe turtlenecks. I also loved how this photographed. The sunlight makes it look so shiny! To elevate the classic look a little bit with the turtleneck tucked into denim, I added the choker and threw my hair back into a ponytail.

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When You’re Northwest

Jacket + Leggings  – Aritzia / Hoodie – American Apparel (RIP) / Sneakers – Nike

While most locals would say that gloomy days in the Bay Area are in the worst, I kind of welcome it! It reminds me of home and instead of feeling unbearably hot all day, I can layer up and stay cozy all day long. This outfit that I wore this day was so completely Northwest of me and we didn’t hate it. I bought this American Apparel hoodie back when I was in high school and still wear it to this day. I’m also never going to let this jacket go. You’ve all seen this a million times.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 31

Alison Brod M+C weren’t aware how much they were going to be changing my life when they sent me these Caudalie products. I had just started getting into masks and after a fall travel season of flying back and forth from the west coast to the east coast and back again, I could feel my skin taking a toll. These are just a couple of the Caudalie products that I received and together, they go well hand-in-hand. I’m obsessed with this peeling mask that I use once a week for about 10 minutes before washing it off. It’s a very cooling cream that goes on smoothly and afterwards, my skin feels hydrated and a little bit brighter in the week when using it. I’m not known for using any toners, serums, or oils after a mask, but I do use this Caudalie lotion after the facial mask as a second step. I’ve never used a lotion quite like this and I love the way it smells and feels when I wear it to bed, but more importantly, how my skin feels when I wake up with it after it has been on the whole night. I now can’t imagine my life without these two products and even if I’m traveling, I’ll make sure to throw it into my carry-on so I can mask and lotion up wherever I’m at.

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What We’re Listening to This Weekend

Since I now work in the city, I try to avoid San Francisco as much as I can on the weekends. That means the city is only reserved for special events… like I mean you gotta be celebrating a birthday and if it’s not at that baseline, cya! Myself in my late 20’s is actually fascinating to me because my weekends typically consist of brunch dates, snack dates, and errands. I think teenager me would wonder how I seem to have errands every single weekend. I’m still trying to figure that out too. After a busy day of shopping though, I’m now at home and resting up before I fly to LA later on this week. I was in the mood for The Weeknd, but not any of his new stuff. House of Balloons has always been one of my favorites and though it’s a little dark at times, it’s nice background music for me while I’m writing on Yow Yow! I didn’t hate his latest album, but I didn’t want to listen to anything remotely close to “Can’t Feel My Face” so here we are.

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Parking Lot Green Dreams

Top – Aritzia / Sweater – Oak + Fort / Pants – Uniqlo

When all else fails, I know I can always rely on my Uniqlo jeggings (I know – hard to believe, right?) a solid top and a cardigan to throw on top of it. This is MY version of a jeans and a t-shirt look. This cardigan is made out of the fabric that reminds me of towels and bathrobes, but it’s the most cozy. I love getting wrapped up in this and to make things even better, it’s also perfectly oversized. When I was working in Mountain View, I just about exhausted every location on Castro Street to photograph with so this was one of the last shoots that we did. Don’t let the pretty greenery fool you. I’m totally in a parking lot… for a place I don’t even know.

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Half-Tuck

Turtleneck and Skirt – Aritzia / Socks – Uniqlo / Boots – J. Crew / Bracelet – Madewell

I just realized that very recently I wrote on Yow Yow! about power outfits and clearly when I wrote that post, I forgot about this one. This Aritzia get-up is one of my all time favorites and mostly because it’s an outfit that I would have normally never gravitated towards. I had been seeing these two separate pieces from Aritzia pop up everywhere – in my emails, on their website, on display in their stores. Each time, I never had a desire to try them on or make a purchase. It was like the universe was trying to tell me something else though. Finally one day, I gave in. I used to think turtlenecks were old school and also, why would I have wanted a turtleneck that isn’t super thick and as sheer as this one? Turns out, it’s one of the most comfortable things I own. It’s actually really nice to not have it be very thick because it means I don’t get stuffy in the sweater. It’s also loose fitting enough to wear untucked or tucked into this perfect suede skirt. I didn’t want to purchase the skirt because I was afraid of not knowing how to take care of it. I also worried that it wouldn’t be as versatile, but it turns out even if it isn’t – it goes well with this turtleneck completely so that’s enough for me. The rest of the photos in this series make my laugh. The bracelet shot below makes it look like I think it’s a watch when it’s not. Also, we may have gone a little overboard on the editing in the last photo, but I like that my hair is the color of FALL and my surroundings.

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Jennifer Behr’s Headpieces

You never forget the first wedding feature that you fell in love with. I was still in high school when I stumbled across Style Me Pretty for the first time, but it would be a few years later – in my senior year of college to be exact – that I would come across a feature that I would always remember and compare every wedding to. The bride wore a Johanna Johnson dress and a matching sparkling headpiece that I still envision in my dreams today. This was back in 2012, but even then, I was very confident that I might have a dress like Annie’s by Australian designer Johanna Johnson on my special day, but even more confident that I would have a similar headpiece. Even before seeing this wedding feature, wearing something on my head throughout my time of growing up has always been my thing. As a kid, I had headbands in every color. My mom got me into these. And in middle school? I would buy the thinner ones made of elastic or fabric from Wet Seal or Claire’s. And in college, I acquired so many tees from student events that I would cut a layer from the bottom of the shirts all the way around to wear a makeshift DIY headband across my forehead. So it’s settled. It is what it is and after seeing Jennifer Behr’s latest collection for fall, I can’t seem to stop thinking about how wonderful these would be.

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