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Say Goodbye to Nasty Gal… With Your Wallet

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It’s never easy to say goodbye to a brand. I hate walking past a dying store in a mall with sale signs plastered all of their windows. It’s something that you can’t take your eyes off of. You know you shouldn’t look. There isn’t going to be anything in there for you anyways… but at the end of it, you succumb because who can resist a good deal? Nasty Gal and I didn’t have a relationship. I’ve never owned any of their pieces and the extent of us being acquaintances even was really just including them in our posts whenever prom, Valentine’s Day, or holiday party season rolled around. I liked their pieces, but never enough to fully own them. Now that I know they are having a colossal close-out sale though, I thought someone should take advantage. And to be honest, it looks like people have all day because things are flying! Check out the entire sale here. Get it before it’s too late!

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit

In news that warmed my heart this morning, the city of Seattle announced the lineup for Upstream Music Fest + Summit! This will be the first time that the city is doing something like this other than prev. City Arts Fest, but this event is actually meant to be more of a SXSW for the Northwest. One pass gets you good access to nearly 200 acts and you’ll be able to view shows around Pioneer Square at 25 different venues. What I love about this (and what I love about all Seattle music festivals to be honest) is just that there is such a focus on highlighting Seattle talent. Okay so AlunaGeorge is not a Seattle native, but for the most part, many of these acts are from the Pacific Northwest, which is AWESOME. For more information on purchasing a pass and what you’ll be eligible to see, click here.

I miss home. :(

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Instagram Allows Multiple Photo and Video Posting

Announced this morning, Instagram is now allowing all users within the next few weeks to begin posting up to 10 photos and videos that can be viewed in a swipeable carousel. To clarify, some companies and businesses that have ads on Instagram have been allowed to do this for some time, but now all users will be able to. The idea behind this is that now users will be able to share their entire experiences instead of having to always choose the best photo from an event to post. It reminds me in a lot of ways of Facebook’s photo albums.

I love Instagram as a product; I don’t think that’s a secret at all. I’m also very impressed that the company seems to be releasing new products and features almost every couple of months unlike a lot of other tech companies in this area. It keeps things really exciting and I think they’re off to a pretty good trajectory given that they have 600 million monthly users. I’m not quite sure if I’ll be using this feature yet though because I’m worried that it could affect how many likes I could get when I like seeing how many likes I get for an individual photo. My other concern too is that if people feel they can post an album of 10 photos/videos, will this diminish the quality of the photos selected, given that Instagram has already set the bar pretty high in making it known that you can post one really good photo. Whatever the case, I’m interested in seeing how other bloggers and influencers will use this product over the next few months and if it’s something that I’ll take a stab at!

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Stumptown’s Sparkling Cold Brew

Could Stumptown win the race in who has the better packaging over Blue Bottle? Which do you prefer – cans or cartons? Now, I’ve been loyal to Stumptown since my days in college, but I haven’t had a sparkling cold brew before and naturally we’re a little bit hesitant about trying new things. One of my favorite bloggers, Oh Joy!, has this important lesson/trick that she does with her kids though which is that she doesn’t allow them to say they don’t like something if they haven’t tried it before. So we’ll just reserve our opinions until we’ve had a taste! I am still a huge fan of these old school looking cans though. The three flavors available are Honey Lemon, Original and Ginger Citrus. Another thing to note about this beverage is that each can contains half as much caffeine as you would find in any normal cold brew so don’t expect that quick jolt that you would normally be having.

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Madewell Launches Intimates

Madewell has held a very special place in my heart since they first opened up their store at University Village back in 2010. I was a college student then and still figuring out my own style after coming out of my “scene” phase in high school. I liked J. Crew because it was where my mom and Kevin had shopped and naturally, wanted to feel as cool as they were. But the truth was that I could never truly identify with J. Crew. The clothes felt stiff to me – too sophisticated – and didn’t match the vibe that I was going for. Madewell opening was everything I was looking for. Good denim – fitted chambray shirts – youthful prints and colors that fit my age and who I was. We’ve had a love affair with Madewell for the last seven years so this next piece of news that we’re about to share was next level in our relationship with the retailer. Announced this week, Madewell was now launching an intimates line. American Eagle has done it. So has Abercrombie. We’re also huge fans of Aritzia’s line of bralettes so why not Madewell?

The range consists of 42 pieces — 16 bralettes and 26 bottoms in a variety of sweet colorways — and is priced from $12.50 to $32.

Comfort is key when it comes to the pieces in Madewell’s new intimates line and this doesn’t stray too far from their already super comfortable and cozy apparel collections. Here are some things that we’re already lusting for and may or may not purchase for ourselves as a Valentine’s Day gift:

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Abercrombie’s New Store Redesign

Could it be? Has Abercrombie transformed their stores into a place I am now very curious to walk through and peruse? All signs point to yes! Gone are the days of navy and dark colored interiors with dim lighting. Abercrombie has woken up with brighter and warmer open spaces. According to this photo provided by Abercrombie, it is very well lit and reminds us of stores like J. Crew and Banana Republic. Well, I’m pleased, because I’m pretty sure the last time I was in an Abercrombie, I needed to use my cell phone flashlight just to navigate. The best part of this is that the stores will feature a “lighter, cleaner, gender-neutral fragrance.” YES.

On February 17th, the store pictured above will be revealed to customers in Columbus, Ohio.

The brand describes the new fitting rooms, designed as two small rooms within a larger suite so that friends can try on clothing and show each other privately, as “a comfortable haven from the mall or street.” They’ll also have “thoughtful amenities,” like light and music controls and a phone charging station.

And there are more amenities beyond the dressing rooms — we’re talking spaces for seasonal capsule collections, a fragrance “apothecary,” multiple checkout counters, and the option to pick up online orders and place online orders while in the store.

I’m looking forward to checking one of these new stores out in person once they re-open in the Bay Area!

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Hater

In 2017, there’s a dating app for every kind of person. For a long time, I thought the most creative was “Farmers Only,” but as dating apps grew in popularity, there was no limit or bounds for the specific type of person you might be looking for. With that said, the more specific you are looking for, the less options you end up having. One dating app that came onto the scene this week was “Hater” – for those who have a mutual hate for something. It doesn’t seem like the most warm and fuzzy foot to jump off on, but if it works for people, then why not? According to Vice, if you hate Taylor Swift, camping, or Donald Trump (which I imagine to be a larger population here) then you’re in luck! There’s other people just like you and they might even be compatible with you too.

The app will officially launch February 8th (just in time for Valentine’s Day!) and upon signing up, you’ll get to swipe on all the things you hate. After that, you’ll begin getting matched up with others that have a mutual hate just like you. Currently the app has 2,000 topics you can swipe on, but it’s not clear if you have to do all 2,000 as soon as you sign up. How time consuming! Eventually the people behind the app hope that they can generate more topics for people to hate so that it can build itself out through their users.

For more information, check out Vice – happy swiping!

 

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Performance of the Day

My followers on Spotify may have seen me listening to this song over and over (and over and over and over) again up to 26 times on a weekday last week after 10:30 PM. We’re not really sure what happened, but at the end of the track, we never could find ourselves moving on from it. And yes – I did ugly cry to it. You would too!

Sampha just released his album on Spotify tonight! And we’re actually about to listen to it the whole way through. I’ve been anticipating it ever since my ears first heard this track and we have high hopes that it will an album that we’ll be repeating all weekend long.

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Minus the Bear Announce New Album

When I learned that one of my favorite bands growing up, Minus the Bear, was releasing a new album – 14 year old me couldn’t contain my excitement. We may be delayed in delivering this news to Yow Yow! but the news came straight to my inbox about four weeks ago. The day that we found out, I spent the entire work day listening to every single album – yes, starting with Highly Refined Pirates. No, it’s not their first album, but it was the first time I ever heard “We Are Not A Football Team” and I thought it seemed fitting to begin where we first met.

Minus the Bear is not only one of my favorite bands coming out of Seattle, but they’ve been the band that I’ve loved the longest. They were my concert tickets for my 17th birthday present from my best friend Lexi. They were also the band that I so badly wanted to book in my years of working in music. Nothing broke my heart more than in my last year of booking I realized that this just wasn’t going to happen for me. And now we’re just out of it completely!

Getting back to the album – Voids will be out March 3rd and shortly after the band will be headed out on their tour for March-April. Tickets are on sale now! Minus the Bear will return home to Seattle on April 15th at the Showbox to close out their tour. Be sure to support them and show them the love! Also if you missed it, today’s Song of the Day is the first single off of their new album, “Invisible.”

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Olivia Palermo x Banana Republic

We’ve sort of been a fan of Olivia Palermo’s ever since she was cast as the passive aggressive villain on “The City.” Years later, we’re just convinced that it was all editing done by the producers. It seems like everyone else in the world has put that past of hers behind as well because for the last few years all we see in Olivia is a style icon. She’s not a celebrity by any means and we don’t even see her publicly on red carpets too often, but we wish we could see more of her. Every outfit of hers is perfection so it’s no surprise that she’s snagging her 2nd retailer collaboration. You may remember her first collaboration with Nordstrom’s Chelsea 28.

You can expect to see her capsule collection in stores beginning fall 2017, but for now here’s a look at their spring campaign starring her.

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Ryan Scafuro’s “Election Night”

There have been three very memorable election nights for me – 2008, 2012, and 2016. In 2008, I voted for the first time and I got to witness something truly incredible in my first year of college alongside my new friends. In 2012, I did it again, but this time the celebration was toned down because – you know, we graduated from college already and we were comfortable. In 2016, we got over confident. I almost didn’t vote because I was not registered in the state of California to do so. Tommy made sure that we were going to make that happen though. He accompanied me to the polls (my first time ever!) and he watched me finish casting my ballot in less than a minute (something that I was proud of and that I had prepped for!) Internally, I thought I wouldn’t have anything to worry about. When I got home after work that day, I thought I would be feeling the way I did in 2012 – relaxing on my couch, watching the results, and hopefully having a silent celebration by myself. I felt like I had that “500 Days of Summer” Reality vs. Expectations moment and it broke me. I will never forget how I felt that evening of the election and the sinking feeling I had the next morning when I dragged myself into work.

It was hard to watch this short film by Ryan Scafuro documenting a group of people watching the election results come in. I didn’t want to relive this day again, but it brought me solace knowing that there were people – like me – feeling the way that I did watching the results. Not all of these feelings though resonated with me. There are people in this film that disagreed with my views and I remember watching this and trying my hardest to just understand. I was left with one question. Why do we root for humor or for something that is considered a joke in serious matters like this one? There’s a difference between that and rooting for the underdog that I think people get confused by.

Thank you Herman for sharing this!

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Homegrown in the Bay Area

It’s only a matter of time until all my Seattle favorites come to me here in the Bay Area! Finding out that my favorite Seattle sandwich shop, Homegrown, was making it’s mark here was the biggest surprise that I learned of this month. They are not only opening just one location, but three. That feels major to me. One of the things that I love about Homegrown is how sustainable they are. They use fresh ingredients and all of their sandwiches are yummy. In case you’re wondering what my favorite is though, it’s the classic Turkey, Bacon, Avocado. It’s almost midnight and I’ve been feeling like I needed a snack an hour ago so this is not a great time to be writing this post.

You can find the first location of Homegrown in the city on 222 Battery St. (already open!) The next two locations will be in Danville and Lafayette. Those aren’t exactly that much closer to me, but we may just make the trek for it. If only they would consider a South Bay location…

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Topshop to Introduce Bridal

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BIG NEWS!

There’s actually not a whole lot of information released yet about this, but we are excited nonetheless. Wedding season is just around the corner and as we inch closer to it, I’m already anticipating which trends I want to see and which dresses I’ll need to have on my radar for my summer weddings this year. After the shuttering of J. Crew’s bridal line, I didn’t have too much hope that retailers could continue on with their bridal lines successfully. And then I remembered Free People and how they paved the way for even more beach and bohemian weddings. Knowing what I know about Topshop, I think they can follow the same path. In fact, it’s such a genius idea that now as I’m sitting here writing this, I’m wondering how this took so long.

This is the first shot that I’ve seen so far to give us any hint of a collection, but we’re itching to see more. I’ve also read that price points can start at $650 for wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses beginning at $160. In a world where “Say Yes to the Dress” brides can say “yes!” to wedding gowns that are $5,000, this seems pretty good to us.

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