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Ojai Adventuring

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Dress – Brandy Melville / Sandals – Qupid via Moorea Seal / Purse – Vince Camuto / Sunglasses – Kate Spade

We really love weddings. We also really love weddings that happen to be at a destination because it always allows us to explore another place that we’e never been to! Exploring Ojai with Erika was so much fun. What a cute little town! The morning/afternoon before a wedding, I usually like to take it pretty easy – that goes for both makeup and the outfit. The morning of, I tossed on my favorite casual black dress from Brandy, my sandals, and my purse. Since it was such a nice day, I felt weird wearing all black so I tied on a red bandana that has been my favorite accessory for the spring/summer season. In the photo, it looks a little funny, but I promise it looks so much better in person!

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Gelesia’s Wedding Featured

Today was a BIG┬áday for my friends and their weddings. Not only did Mandi share her wedding video with the world, but Gelesia’s wedding was also featured on Desiree Hartsock’s blog! (for those of you who are Bachelor and Bachelorette fans out there, you know who Desiree is!) In 2016, my two dearest friends had two amazing weddings and I’m so happy that I was able to be there for their special day.

Gelesia’s Ojai wedding was something of a dream – very pretty, romantic, and so very detailed. It was completely *her* What I love about G’s wedding is also how much time and effort she spent into a lot of the details ie) crafting the details of her table set up, making her bridesmaids’ skirts, etc. All of these amazing details were captured wonderfully by her talented photographer, Katie Pritchard, who we love and often see featured over at Green Wedding Shoes. I’ve picked just a couple of photos to give you a sneak peak, but you’ll want to click on over to the feature on the blog for much more!

To view the entire feature, click here.

Photography by Katie Pritchard

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Wedding Mondays

I can’t believe we are finally getting to share this. It feels like I’ve been asking Mandi nearly every week since she got back from her honeymoon if the wedding video was ready yet. “Did you get it?” “Did they send it back?” “When is it coming?” I don’t want to say that we’ve been waiting for this day forever because we’ve been saying that about her and Eric’s wedding all along, but the wedding video is a close second!

Mandi and I haven’t had a chance to write about the wedding day yet (but we will!) but one reason why this wedding video is so special to us is – okay – scratch that I can’t speak for her – one reason it is important to me is because this entire day and weekend was so beautiful. I remember getting back from the wedding, not wanting to be back at work, and telling all of my colleagues just how amazing it was to be there with them in Yosemite. And as much as I could go on and on about, the pictures that I took (which weren’t a lot) are nothing in comparison to this video right here.

Also, for as long as I’ve been friends with Mandi, she has always known about Wedding Mondays. We talk about wedding videos all the time – the ones that I post, the ones of people we know who also get married and have wedding videos. When she chose Grimace, I had no doubts at all that this wouldn’t be something incredible. I’m not just saying that because Mandi is one of my closest friends. In fact, I posted about Grimace before she even chose them as a vendor so when she announced to me that they were the one – it was a perfect fit. The videography is so good. The drone wasn’t overkill. The music – just what we needed and the transitions – ohhhhh the transitions! Every detailed that I wanted to see made the cut. I could go on and on about this wedding video, but I want to stop typing and let you watch now.

Thank you so much to Mandi for sharing with us her wedding journey and also her wedding video.

 

*also hi! I made my very first wedding video debut.

 

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What We Wore: Gelesia’s Wedding

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Dress – ASTR / Shoes – Vince Camuto / Choker – Free People

It was in the last couple of years that I decided for my girlfriends’ weddings, I wanted to wear an outfit that not only fit in well with the venue and the theme, but also resembled a little bit of their own style as well. We were in beautiful Ojai for Gelesia’s wedding and being that she is my most fashionable friend, the bar was HIGH. I knew I wanted something that would be a maxi for her big day, but it couldn’t be shapeless because like myself, G also prefers form fitting (as you may have noticed from her wedding dress) I had gone to Nordstrom one day looking for a dress and we were lucky to have found something in just that one shopping trip. I worked with someone there who promptly grabbed pieces off the racks for me and set me up in a room to try everything on. Most of the pieces ended up gravitating towards ASTR so it’s not surprising that we ended up with this. The dress ended up being less than $100 – perfect for what I was looking for. We used the Free People choker we had worn for the holiday party and these Vince Camuto shoes that both Mandi and I own, but that she recommended were great for weddings.

I’ll admit that I was a little bit hesitant about the print initially. Big, bold flowers aren’t really my thing, but it was a great fit and really great for the location.

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Yow Yow! in Ojai and Tahoe!

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Anyone that knows me knows that I have an issue with FOMO (fear of missing out – in case my parents are reading this) This spring, one of my dearest friend’s weddings fell on the same weekend as my company’s annual retreat and while I seriously considered choosing just one, I ended up throwing up my hands and being like – “well, why do I have to choose at all?!” Both were important to me and while I made it happen and didn’t have to miss out on any part of both events, there was a lot of overhead on my part and logistical planning. First off, Ojai and Tahoe in the spring have two completely different climates. I had to pack for four days with outfits that could not be used for both trips. After leaving the wedding early Sunday morning – we had to drive out of Ojai to LAX – I flew into Reno, Nevada and had to take a shuttle out of the airport to get dropped off at a nearby casino only to be picked up by another shuttle that brought me to our retreat spot. But we made it!

Erika and I haven’t kept in touch too much after graduating from high school, but she ended up being my buddy throughout this entire wedding. We stayed together in a quaint Airbnb in Ojai, explored the town together and road tripped all the way from LA. It’s always nice to have friends that can pick up where you last left off even if it has been years apart. Well, Erika hadn’t been to In N’ Out in quite some time so it was must to have as a snack pick-me-up before we had the welcome dinner that Friday.

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A Girl’s First Romper

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Romper – Urban Outfitters / Belt – Mom’s / Shoes – Birkenstocks

For years, we avoided buying a romper. Why would I want to wear a piece that makes me feel even more childlike?! Well, an opportunity came for me earlier this year in which I was attending my first bachelorette party and the theme for one of the nights called for something in floral. Everyone knows that I’ve got this thing about being photographed in an “event” piece more than once so of course we went out on the hunt for something new and floral. I liked this romper from the minute I stepped into it. When photographed from the front, it kind of looks like a dress. Plus, the material is soft and comfortable to wear for any spring/summer day or night. The cut in the front is a little bit unique though and I still haven’t decided if I’m into it or not, but luckily, it’s not something I have to pull out that often. Also, when wearing this romper, it’s got a deep cut in the front so I always have to make sure to use a safety pin because we’re in our mid-20’s and we’re just a little bit too old to still be having wardrobe malfunctions. To give this romper more shape, I used a very old belt that I “borrowed” from my mom several years ago to hold it all together. Also contrary to what I believed, this romper makes me look sort of the opposite of child, right? My legs do NOT look like this IRL.

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In My Emails

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One of my favorite things about running Yow Yow! is the variety in the emails that I get to my inbox. I must’ve looked at this one for a few minutes this morning and laughed for a good minute. First off, what?! Ocean Spray considers me an influencer? Secondly, and the most important part here, they want me to enter to win an 8 pack of 60oz Ocean Spray juice that I could literally buy at my grocery store.

I promise you I’m not that in need of juice that badly, but thank you.

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Black + White + Blue

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Top – Aritzia / Skirt – Urban Outfitters / Sneakers – Nike / Sunglasses – Kate Spade

Never in my life did I ever feel daring enough to pull off an outfit like this for a day of Sunday errands and catching up with Mandi. I think on this Sunday morning, Mandi and I were just near her neighborhood grabbing bagels and normally if I’m driving up, I’ll dress pretty casually. But… we had that week where all we wanted to wear was black and white anyways so I thought… why not stay on theme. This black crop top from Aritzia is one of my favorites. I’ll tell you what it is not though – a) easy to put on and b) not wearable with most of my belongings and c) not exactly wearable to work though I have managed to do so. I like this a lot because it’s just not an outfit you would think to pair with sneakers, but I love every single one of these pieces so much – in my head it worked out and in execution, we just didn’t care if it would work out or not, but we did it anyways.

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Another Boba Shot

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Top – Tobi / Skirt – H&M

Is this not the most “California” shot you’ve seen in a while from our blog posts? This is a funny photo to me actually because during this week, I believe we wore 4 different black and white styled outfits. We were having a moment, clearly. I actually haven’t touched this outfit again since this photo was taken. I bought this top as part of a two piece scalloped outfit (top and skirt) for a bachelorette party and I wanted so badly to be able to have another use for it. It’s very clearly not with this skirt though. There are a lot of cute homes near my office so sometimes when we feel like taking a walk, we’ll use of them as a backdrop. I like this because it wasn’t a particularly windy day at all, but my little baby hairs get to be in the spotlight for a minute!

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Pulse Check

Hey y’all!

I just realized that I wrote my first post today in pretty much a month. I found out earlier this week that I’m going to be home for two weeks before I leave again and I was more than thrilled. This has been the most exhausting experience I’ve ever had to be on the road for nearly two months back and forth from city to city and then back to the Bay Area again, but what an adventure it has been. I think what I love the most too is that it hasn’t ALL been work. We’ve sprinkled some fun in there too! Like Mandi’s wedding for example! Don’t worry, we’ll let you know all those details soon.

I feel very grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to spend time in cities that I’ve never been to before like Philly and Pittsburgh, but I also just recently spent a week in Boston and fell in love with fall there. Plus every trip that I’ve been on has rotated out some of my colleagues and it’s always more fun to explore cities and university campuses that they came from. What I’m saying is… some people hate traveling for work for all kinds of reasons, but for me, I think I’ve found more reasons to love it.

We’re still neck deep into busy season, but tonight, I’m taking some time off and spending some time on the blog <3

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Black and White and Boba

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Top – Aritzia / Pants – Uniqlo / Heels – Vince Camuto

As of late, I’ve been noticing that black and white have been dominating my closet. To be honest, I don’t hate it! I’ve always had a few pieces sprinkled in here and there, but now I have enough black/white tops and bottoms to last me a whole week without any repetition. I really love this look because I like to think of it as my power outfit. In a startup like the one I work for, this uniform isn’t really necessary, but sometimes, it’s fun to dress up! On this particular day, we did a group boba order for my office from Sweet A Little and I was happy to see that when it arrived, it was perfectly matching my outfit.

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Black and White and Pink

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Top – Abercrombie / Pants – Urban Outfitters / Shoes – Vince Camuto

I love these pants for their “Wow!” factor. I remember walking around the office in them a couple of years ago when someone stopped in their tracks and said to me, “Whoa. Pants.” Like, hi – yes. I’m wearing them. I guess I should preface by saying that I don’t wear pants or jeans a lot to work so whenever I do, that’s a shocker in itself. This was the first time that I had put all these pieces together and I wasn’t sure that it would work out. Now looking back at it – I think the stripes from the shirt and the pants are a bit much, but the pants and the shoes are a good match. Sometimes we can’t always get it right. :)

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Philadelphia

I’m currently on this travel bug that I like to call a “work tour.” My first stop actually brought me to Philly! I remember coming out of the plane and just feeling a wave of humidity come over me, which didn’t stop for the next 3 days. It was my first time in the city and honestly, I wish I had had more time there! We had dinner out a couple of times and luckily stayed downtown so we got to explore whatever was in walking distance, but I had a feeling I could’ve loved it even more. Funny thing is, I used to think that I wanted to move to Philly after college for a dream job. It’s not like I haven’t thought about it since then, but I just don’t think it’s my dream job anymore. I’m really grateful that my work brought me there for the first time a few weeks ago and that I finally got to see it in real life. I can’t wait until I’m back there again.

Also, sharing this video because it’s relevant – thanks Herman for posting this on your blog! However, whenever I see videos of these made for Seattle, I’m always like yeah yeah whatever, but now I might have a greater sense of appreciation for them since I’m not a local, myself.

This was done by Cory Popp

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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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