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My Power Outfit

I’ve been experiencing something interesting recently and at first, I wasn’t even sure how to talk about it. I recently hit my one-month anniversary at work (the time has flown by!) and as much as I love it, I’ve been noticing that I’m not feeling myself lately. I started to wonder if it was because a lot of things were different now like a new city or a new environment, new responsibilities or a new office and what I’ve come to realize was… it’s my clothes.

For the last month, I’ve been coming into work wearing a different set of outfits than I used to at my last workplace and it doesn’t feel quite right. Sometimes, I wear the same clothes that I used to wear, but they just feel different. I can’t explain it. I also made the choice to not buy all new clothes because I work in tech and the pieces I own should be transferrable at any workplace. So for the last month, I’ve been trying to figure out my “power outfit.” What makes me, me? I’m a firm believer in dressing for myself and I’ve been doing that since I’ve been working and since I’ve gone through school, but lately, my clothes don’t make me feel as confident at work and I’m not sure why.

Readers, I’d love to hear from you. What’s a piece or an outfit that makes you feel like you’re at your best. It’s a tricky thing to explain isn’t it?!

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Thanksgiving Stripes

Dress – Azalea

My friends and family think that I’m such a nut, but I am OBSESSED with this Cabbage Patch Kid! For the last few years since I’ve been living in California, I’ve been spending Thanksgiving with my extended family in Southern California. It’s the perfect trip because it allows me to get away for a little bit for the holidays, but it’s also a very quick trip! Growing up, Thanksgiving was peak cold time in Seattle so I’m used to being bundled up, but in good ol’ SoCal, I can wear less layers. For the record, I wore this dress and thought it was the perfect coverage because of the sleeves, but it was scorching hot that day. Naturally, we cooled down with a glass of wine before the family came over.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 30

Right time. Right place. This was a product that fell into my lap when I needed it the most. As part of the package in which Ashley had asked me to be one of her bridesmaids, she included this berry smelling hand lotion from Castabel Porto. This brand was new to me, but we’re a sucker for berry anything. Since I moved to the Bay Area, my hands often started feeling more dry around the late fall / winter season so after trying this out one morning, I started making this a part of my routine. After doing my makeup, before heading out the door to work, I would squeeze a little bit of this onto my hands and jet off. The berry scent is delicious and so good you’ll become obsessed with it. Also, how cute is the geometric packaging?! If I know Ashley, then it’s likely this came from Nordstrom, but otherwise I’m not sure where I’ll be getting my refill down the line!

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 29

When I included my new Clinique moisturizing lotion in my Instagram story, it didn’t take long for some of my friends to raise their hand to tell me they were using the same product. I think most can agree that the facial lotion you use on a day to day basis is a product that is near and dear to your heart. You’re often not shopping for a different product to use in place of it because once you’ve found the one, there’s just no reason to test drive any others. I had been using Olay since high school, but when I had the opportunity to try out Clinique’s, I had to take my chance on it. It felt so easy to use this product. It kept my skin moisturized all day and it felt like it really took ahold of my makeup and foundation making it the best primer. Note: we don’t use primer. My one tip is that you should use just what you need. For me, that’s two little pumps. I have found that using this in excess can sometimes be a little bit annoying and leaves you more greasy than moisturized so it’s best to test it out a few times on yourself to see what works best!

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Shadow and Light

Sweater and Skort – Aritzia / Sneakers – Nike

At my old workplace the sun used to hit our building at the most perfect time giving us all of the shots we needed. I love this outfit because I feel like I paired something a little bit non-traditional. We love the black and white of course and not only is it apparent in the sweater and skort, but we doubled down with it in my Nike Flyknits. It’s the perfect combination of girly and “sporty.” That’s in quotations because we all know I’m not very sporty, right? This sunlight is also making my hair look like a fiery orange, which is great for a shot and ONLY a shot because we could never have this look longterm.

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So You Want To Leave Your Job

I’m a month into my new role, but while I was taking time off I made a promise to myself that I would finish this series about the transitioning in my life. I hope you don’t mind me picking up where we left off. :) Growing up, our parents were known to be in their jobs for pretty much their whole lives. It wasn’t common for them to changes roles every couple of years. In Silicon Valley, it is becoming less of a faux pas for you to change jobs every year. Whatever the case, it’s likely that you won’t be at your job for the rest of your life in this day and age.

One of the most common questions I received from my peers when I made my announcement was “Why?” followed by “When did you know?” I don’t want to get too into depth about my answers, but what I will tell you is that you don’t wake up one morning and decide that you’re going to leave. It starts with curiosity. You might stumble upon an interesting article about a company or meet someone while you’re out that works elsewhere or you catch up with someone that recently left the company that you’re at. It could be one of these things or none of these things. Maybe you’re just fed up with something or there’s some drama; or you think about something completely out of left field. It’s different for everyone. Where it’s the same though is that you have that lingering thought. It’s the same thought that everyone else before you has had and over time the thought comes to the forefront. It starts to get bigger until you can’t put it in the back of your head anymore. For me, that first thought was June 2016, then August, then December, which led to my leaving in January.

Whatever it is that makes you want to leave; do your best to leave when you’re still happy and not when you are angry or upset. Why? Because you don’t want to leave out of desperation. It will cause you to make rash decisions that are not well out and when it comes to determining your next job, it’s not something you want to take lightly. Secondly, the attitude that you have on your company when you are looking to leave will come to light in your interviews and that’s not what you want to come across.

I had been at my previous company for years so when it came time to look for my next move, I didn’t have a plan and that’s when Manan advised me that that was the first step. The funny thing is, I work in this space so I should be very aware of knowing what to do, but because it had been so long I just didn’t. He advised me:

  • Make a list of companies you want to work at
  • Find someone at each company that can help refer you somehow. If it’s not someone directly, maybe a friend of a friend.
  • Apply to all of the companies at once and go from there

It sounds simple enough, but you and I both know that applying to jobs is a full time job in itself. I wasn’t a perfect interviewer and I had a lot of challenges at the beginning. I wasn’t prepared when I started and maybe I was overconfident that I could wing it. The second and third time, I made a list of all the questions I thought I would be asked and started to craft “my story.” Everyone has one and an employer wants to know how you got to your last job, what you did there, and what’s next for you. I received some rejections – completely normal and also a humbling experience in its own. Every time I got a rejection, I found one more company to apply to that same day.

If there’s anything I wish I had done sooner than when I got to this experience, it would be a few things. I wish I would have taken info chats sooner regardless of whether or not I was looking for a position just to build those relationships and utilize my network. I had a number of info chats when I was searching and these chats (as casual as they were) spun into interviews and opportunities that I didn’t originally envision for myself. I also believe that it’s helpful to take calls with recruiters when opportunities comes up to understand your worth in the market. I’ve actually been advising many of my peers to do this recently especially because there’s been previous data around women not negotiating and this is something that helps you when you get to that stage in the interview process.

In addition to Manan’s steps, here are mine:

  • Get your resume updated
  • Practice interviewing with your friends or another recruiter if you’re lucky
  • Turn on the feature within LinkedIn that lets recruiters know that you are “open to new opportunities”

I was going to include in this post a deeper thought about doing some soul searching when you’re in this stage of your life and what non-negotiables I had, but I think I’ll save that for the next post. :)

Good luck!

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Because You’re 90’s

Top – Brandy Melville / Pants – Uniqlo / Chambray Shirt – Madewell / Necklace – Moorea Seal / Booties – Vince Camuto / Choker – Urban Outfitters

2016 and 2017 are the years in which I pay homage to my 90’s spirit. It’s too easy for me these days to create all-black outfits and as simple as it can be, it sometimes feels like something is missing. I guess this is why we have light jackets and accessories, right? With this outfit, I decided to add my favorite choker and this chambray from Madewell that I bought several years back. Oh! In addition to the choker, I decided to layer it with a gold necklace for contrast in length and color. This chevron necklace is from a boutique in Seattle called Moorea Seal!

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We’re Getting Too Old

That time has come; it is beginning to get very challenging for me to blog every night after work. Sometimes when I come home now, I just leave my laptop closed and sit and reflect – sort of like the way I reflect on my hour long commute to work into the city. That being said, I’m enjoying this new stage in my life. It feels exciting and stimulating to me and for the first time in a long time I get to combine the career I’ve had for the last 4 years along with my creative passions from high school through college. We’re dedicating our Saturday to Yow Yow! today so just stick with us and please do continue to let me know via email what kind of content you’d like to see on the blog!

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March Favorites

Favorite TV show: Big Little Lies

During my time off, I had a lot of time to try a lot of different things and a lot of time to binge on all of my favorites! Here are just a few of the things that I’m sharing with you all that I was obsessed with! This is my first time doing this too so if I’m missing a category that you want to see, just leave a comment and I’ll see if I can include it for April.

I know I can’t be the only one who fell in love with Big Little Lies. I had to renew my cable this past month and initially it did NOT include HBO. So of course we made sure to pay a little extra for HBO every month so that we could finish out the series. Plus… I just love HBO. These women are phenomenal. I never read the book, but really enjoyed the series and am crossing my fingers that we’ll get a second season out of this. I think the series did a great job of shedding a light on abusive relationships in a way that wasn’t too over the top, but very real for most.

Favorite Album: Khalid

Welp! We wrote a whole post earlier in March about what we were listening to all weekend long and it’s safe to say that we’re still listening to it. I’m so excited about Khalid’s career and even though we just got this album, I’m looking forward to more music from him.

Favorite New Product: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30

Thank you thank you thank you Kiehl’s for sending me this! Since I opened this up, I haven’t stopped using it and now I can’t get enough. Once you develop a relationship with a moisturizer, it can be really tough to open yourself up to something new and want to try another one. I’ve admired Kiehl’s for years, but never found a product that I would be interested in trying until this one came along. The last moisturizer I was using was a good one. The downside was that it didn’t have SPF (a problem in 2017!) and then as time went on, I started realizing some of its flaws, which is that if you use too much of it on your face, your face will just have too much oil on it. This Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream doesn’t feel that way. It’s a moisturizer that I’m also noticing works really well as a primer too.

Favorite Closet Item: Wilfred Lavaltrie Bralette

The answer is yes. You need this in every color. Any woman will tell you how uncomfortable wearing a bra can be. I hate the underwire and what I want the most is a bra that doesn’t feel like a bra. It is in fact, just a bralette! These are so pretty and delicate and perfect to wear under tees and spring sweaters. Also, if you’re someone that’s very new to lingerie, this is a fantastic gateway. Pair with your favorite pair of panties and that should do the trick!

 

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A Black + White Closet

Blouse + Pants – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto

When I made the move to a startup from the corporate world, I was so excited to ditch my business casual pieces. “Wait, so you’re telling me that I can basically come to work wearing nearly everything from my closet…and that’s okay?!” This was just one of many perks I got to have in moving to a new job. What I later on discovered was that I didn’t actually like the casual wear. As many of you know, I’m not someone that likes to wear jeans and a t-shirt. So again, even though it wasn’t required, I still found myself buying pieces like this blouse and these pants from Aritzia. They are both considered “business casual” and acceptable in my current workplace and previous workplace, but they don’t remind of those stiff pieces that I had to wear before that made me feel so uncomfortable. I’ve now found a pretty happy compromise. :)

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Next Day Half-Up

Sweatshirt – Sub Pop / Leggings – Aritzia / Purse – Vince Camuto

We all seem to have this idea of the “morning after” girl being someone in heels and a nice party dress with her makeup all over the place. In my case, I’m just a girl in comfy clothes and a half-up ponytail. For Halloween, I was Pebbles this year! I was so excited about my DIY costume, which really consisted of a sheet of felt that I paid about 50 cents for, a generic green top from Marshalls that I snagged, and my Aritzia black shorts. The hardest part of the costume was finding a bone for my hair. We actually considered using a real dog bone until I realized that I was paying too much for something that was going to make my hair smelly. That’s why props exist. So onto the Halloween shop we went. It was a little bit smaller than we had hoped, but people were able to tell who I was and that is enough for me! The day after celebrating Halloween, I found myself at Stanford Shopping Center for some reason and headed straight there without a shower. We were no longer in costume, thank goodness, but the half-ponytail was evidence of a night out before. I actually kind of love this though and seeing these photos makes me wonder if I should throw my hair up this high more often.

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Spring Style with Tobi

Dress – Tobi / Hat – Nordstrom / Booties – Vince Camuto

There is so much to look forward to when it comes to spring style. I’ll admit that every year, I am eagerly anticipating which trends will be on the rise and how I can incorporate them into my wardrobe, but this year I did things a bit differently. I wanted an opportunity to branch out of my usual habit and instead embrace spring trends in a way that I haven’t ever done before. Instead of the predictable floral, I chose a print. Instead of an off-the-shoulder top, I chose a white lace-up crop top. They weren’t my typical “safe” choices and that’s ok! I had a lot of fun styling these two very different pieces with my own closet and collaborating with Tobi.

What I love about the brand is that I’m always able to find exactly what I’m looking for – whether it’s finding the next in-season item or finding my perfect “going out” dress like I’ve done in the past for birthdays and my girlfriends’ bachelorette parties. There are always many options to choose from and colors so sometimes the decision is easy…or equally challenging. If you’re a first time shopper with Tobi, be sure to take advantage of their “50% off your first order!” Is there a better way to get acquainted with a brand?

Top – Tobi / Shorts – Aritzia / Necklace – Madewell / Booties – Vince Camuto

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Pro Coffee Nap

When a former colleague of mine told me that a coffee + a nap was more productive than having just one or the other, I didn’t believe her. In college, I was the queen of testing every hack I needed to in order to stay productive through the night when I was pulling all nighters and never once did I hear about this trick. However, since I was traveling so much this past fall and spending a lot of time on planes, I thought this might be a good time to actually test this out. Before a recent flight, I picked up a coffee at Starbucks like I always do, but this time I made sure that before we even took off, my eyes were closed and I was trying to unwind down to my sleep state. Instead of setting an alarm like this Vox video advises, I instead made sure my headphones weren’t in and that I awoke naturally to the sound of the flight attendants letting us know that we could now use our electronics. It’s not much time to take a nap, but it did the trick for a west coast to east coast flight and after that nap, I was awake the whole rest of the way and working from the air.

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Trying Lyra

Growing up, I didn’t have too many options to choose from when it came to exercising or participating in a sport. If you were a kid, you could either do soccer, softball, or basketball. Well, I sort of gave each one a shot, but nothing ever felt stuck or rather, I never felt like I belonged. I was a petite girl (still am today!) and I didn’t enjoy running – something that is involved in almost every sport every kid my age was in. As an adult, staying healthy and being active is important to me. It’s not in my top 5 priorities, but I am very aware that I’m not going to have my metabolism forever and the work I put into my health and wellness now will serve me better as I age.

In the fall, Sandy asked a few of us if we’d be interested in trying a Lyra class with her. I hadn’t ever done it, but looked it up before I headed to the class and thought because of how tiny I was that it would be doable. I had been going indoor rock climbing on/off for the last few years and knew I had some upper body strength. Well, when I say I had been going indoor rock climbing, what I really mean is that that was the last form of exercise I had done and I probably hadn’t gone back in a year so that upper body strength I thought I was equipped with? Gone.

First off, please excuse for the not so high quality photos. I know it looks like I’m making it seem easy in these photographs, but the girls I went with all know how much I struggled. It was hard for me to even push myself off the ground let alone get into the hoop and balance myself. These two poses were done at the very end of the class and even then I had little hope that I would be able to pull them off! Lyra isn’t about endurance, but more so strength and a whole lot of patience, which I realized I clearly didn’t have at the end of the session. Would I try Lyra again? Potentially! However, now as an adult, there are so many different classes you can take – many options that I didn’t have when I was a kid and I’m really excited that I get to choose from them all.

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I’m A Bridesmaid!

In the last few years, some of my favorite content on Yow Yow! has been through some of my own experiences. Typically, when something happens, Instagram will get the exclusive first in that moment, but Yow Yow! will get the deep dive into it all maybe just a few months later. This past fall, two of my favorite girls – Ashley and Jennie – got engaged! You may know them as the women I am always referencing in “Wedding Mondays” post. Both of them got engaged while I was traveling on the East Coast for work and when I got the infamous texts with the photos of their respective rings, I was fast asleep as I was always three hours ahead. Obviously, I was excited for my girls, but I experienced a lot of FOMO as well and it was sort of a reality check that I was away from people that I cared about and have been for a few years now!

Shortly after her engagement, Ashley asked me to become one of her bridesmaids! You never know it’s going to be you until you actually get asked though so the arrival of said box above was the greatest package I had ever received. This is my first time being a bridesmaid for one of my friends and hopefully not the last. I’m taking this job very seriously though and though I don’t know what I’m doing, I will somehow be incredibly knowledgeable in being a great bridesmaid to Ash haha. We haven’t discussed any plans to document this wedding journey yet, but we’ve got a whole year to go so who knows what could happen.

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