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Blog Roundup

  • Meghan Markle: I’m More Than An ‘Other’This isn’t a new post, but this was my first time reading this. With the announcement of the royal engagement, this is a reminder of just why we love her so much. 
  • On Blonde Girls in Cheongsams [Racked]
  • 5 Lessons from Jimmy Iovine [GOOD]

  • Alexa Chung answers questions while eating spicy vegan nuggets.
  • Airlines hate your smart luggage [Gizmodo]
  • Silicon Valley is sneaking models into their holiday parties [Bloomberg] This is absolute trash and disgusting. I hate hearing about this stuff. 
  • Google is rolling out a new feature that allows celebrities to answer the most asked questions about themselves – selfie style [Engadget]
  • YouTube will launch a paid music streaming service next year [Hypebeast]
  • Apple reportedly purchasing Shazam for $401 million [Hypebeast]
  • Hangover cures from your favorite food pros [Coveteur]
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Everlane’s New York Store

Last week, San Francisco’s Everlane opened up their first permanent New York store in the Nolita neighborhood. Here’s what you’ll find: puffers, denim, millennial pink, and the ultimate minimalist style that defines 2017. Earlier this year, I discovered that my office was within walking distance of the Everlane Lab (not quite as large as this store) but even still, it was a dangerous routine and habit that I kept up for weeks.

I’ve known about Everlane since it first began back in 2011, but it wasn’t until this year that I bought my first piece – a striped long sleeved tee that I wore every week for a month. The pieces are simple, but functional. Most importantly, they are affordable. They’re the basics that you need, but want to have in every color.

There’s a piece about Everlane though that separates it from being just a normal retailer. In San Francisco, many consider it to be its own startup because of how tech is immersed into it. What that means is that shopping at this Everlane location won’t be like a normal shopping experience. Here you’ll have a chance to learn how one of their tees are made via headphones in the store and have shopping made easier and more convenient with your credit cards on file from your previous purchases.

For many early adopters of Everlane, the assumption was that it would always be an online retailer. Why the change to a physical store? Founder Michael Preysman explains:

“The original idea was that we would never do stores,” he admitted. “But when you’re in the online-only world, you can’t bring people into your space and your brand the same way you can with a physical store, where it feels transparent, open, and honest. So we wanted to bring the brand to life and be part of people’s lives in a more meaningful way.”

“People do want to try things on,” Preysman said. “Having them come in and touch the product and talk to employees makes such a difference. We started out with T-shirts, which are really easy to buy online, but denim in particular is really hard to shop for [without trying it on]. So this is perfect timing.”

You can find Everlane at 28 Prince Street.

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Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

2018’s Color of the Year is “Ultra Violet” and I am totally into it. It reminds me of one of my favorite emoji’s – that very mysterious crystal ball. I also think that it reminds a lot of the universe or the galaxy, which takes me back to one of the subjects I truly loved in school – astronomy and anything having to do with space.

Every year that Pantone announces the color of the year though, I never really know what this means? Do fashion houses take note of this and create collections based on the color of the year? Do we magically start seeing it everywhere that we go? Because even though this past year’s color was “Greenery,” I’m very much convinced that it was millennial pink.

Also, what’s the science or thought process that goes into selecting the color of the year?

Whatever the case, I’ve always loved this shade and if it means that we’ll be seeing it in some of our summer weddings, then I do not have an issue with it.

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Color Factory Extension

The team behind the Color Factory have announced that they are extending into Jan – Feb 2018! If you missed out on the first and second wave, now is your chance to head over there before it is gone for good. I loved having a shot of going on day 1 and if you love Instagram, then this is the perfect setting for all of your backdrops and boomerangs.

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW – Thursday, December 7th at 11:00 AM PST. These will make pretty great holiday gifts also!

Here’s the link that you’ll need to go to.

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Oak + Fort’s BOGO Sale

It’s quite possibly the best sale I’ve heard of all year. For this weekend only, one of my favorite retailers, Oak + Fort, is hosting a buy one get one free sale on select items. And no, they aren’t just accessories and little things. They are GOOD items. I’m talking dresses and outerwear from their collection – you know, the type of things you need this winter season. The sale is happening in stores and online, but personally, I would visit the store to get a better look at the merchandise and to be able to have the ability to try things on. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be participating (it’s taking all of my willpower not to) only because I need to focus on xmas shopping right now for my own family!

You can check out some of what is being offered here.

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A Royal Engagement

Waking up to the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being engaged was the best news of yesterday morning. I actually was planning on writing a post last night after watching the full interview between the two of them, but was fan-girling out way too hard to keep my composure even in writing. It also meant that I had some extra time to do more reading on the news so that I could include extra links to better support this post. Say what you want about this engagement, but I haven’t spoken to a single person who isn’t obsessed with them especially more so now after this news has broken out. I’ll admit, I don’t know everything about Prince Harry, but I’ve been a fan of Meghan Markle’s since episode one of Suits. To top it off, not only is she beautiful and intelligent, but she’s a talented actress who also ran her own lifestyle blog and does so much more beyond that. Meghan Markle will be a great role model (if she isn’t considered one already) and while I know there has been a lot of criticism directed towards her, I don’t think any of those are actually that relevant – do you? :)

We’re in love with them. Emoji. Heart eyes.

Also in case you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea how this relationship escalated so quickly, here’s a great recap of their timeline from Vogue.

Curious as to what their titles will be after the marriage? We were too! [Source]

Harry and Meghan will wed this coming Spring 2018 at Windsor Castle.

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Warped Tour Ends

Full disclosure: I never attended a Warped Tour. For whatever reason, I never made it, but there was a time where I certainly considered going – actually several summers worth of attending. As teenager, Warped Tour was the only music festival I wanted to attend. I put it above Bumbershoot and Sasquatch because it was “the one place where all my favorite bands and artists would be.” Though we never made it, I have positive thoughts about the festival and many of my friends were impacted by it because they were the ones performing on those stages.

It was the launch pad for a lot of bands and a wonderful tradition and gathering. I had a sinking feeling about why the tour might be ending and it’s what I expected – less ticket sales over the years, a small number of bands coming up with rising potential, and exhaustion coming from the founder, Kevin Lyman. But you know what? 23 years running ain’t bad. In fact it’s something to be very proud of. Some incredible bands have thrived all of this tour – bands that I know you listened to and loved. To see Kevin’s official note and get a glimpse of the tour’s history and the bands that were impacted by this festival, click here.

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SPiN Comes to Downtown Seattle

This December, ping pong social destination, SPiN will be expanding to a prime location in downtown Seattle, Washington. SPiN, originally from New York is a place where friends can gather together to play ping pong in a more social setting.

SPiN Seattle will open its doors at 1511 6th Avenue and will occupy nearly 10,000 lower level square feet of the historic Decatur Building. Originally built in the 1920’s, this Seattle landmark will offer tournaments, monthly programming, private lessons, corporate parties and casual play.

“SPiN’s culture inspires and connects people through ping-pong while celebrating creativity, diversity and inclusivity.” Says SPiN CEO, Pieter Vanermen. “We chose Seattle as the next city because of its rich culture, technological innovation and a growing community devoted to originality that aligns with the SPiN brand. We are absolutely thrilled to launch and invite the public to come witness what SPiN is all about.”

Designed by the architectural firm, Barker/Nestor, the new Seattle location will be a mecca and playground for all ages. The newest location will offer 12 Olympic-style ping pong tables, private lounge spaces and a full-service restaurant and bar that can accommodate anywhere from a few people to 300 guests. The space includes the perfect setting for intimate connecting thanks to plush lounge seating and extraordinary art features-perfect for any celebration or group activity.

If you’re looking for a spot to host your next party or outing, this will be it. There’s also a SPiN location here in San Francisco and this post is reminding me that I still need to check it out myself!

 

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Emily Ratajkowski Launches Swimwear Label

For the first time ever, I’ve been thinking about swimsuit season in November. I have a good reason though. I’m headed to Palm Springs for New Year’s Eve this year – my first ever New Year’s Eve trip away from Seattle and I haven’t purchased a new swimsuit since 2016. I’ve been hitting up all my favorites including Beach Riot, but now it looks like I need to keep an eye on Emily Ratajkowski’s new swimsuit line – Inamorata Swim. Currently there are a few photos of inspo on the feed, but there are also a couple of her modeling what looks to be a part of her own line – a polka dotted one-piece (above) and an off-the-shoulder bikini.

It sounds like all will be revealed this week and we can’t wait to see the rest!

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Nordstrom’s 27/7 Curbside Pickup for the Holidays

Holiday shopping with Nordstrom just got a little bit easier! This holiday season, the retailer is offering up 24/7 curbside pickup at select stores for more convenience. We all know how much of a pain it is to go shopping during the holidays – to deal with crowds and the parking. Personally, I’d be worried about going in stores for fear of buying more than I had intended!

10 Nordstrom locations are offering this feature up in the week leading up to Christmas. How does it work?

Nordstrom customers who have placed a Buy Online & Pickup In-Store order can call or text their respective store’s Curbside Pickup phone number just 10 minutes before arriving, at which point a Nordstrom employee will meet customers with their merchandise.

I repeat. This is 24/7.

The retailer’s 24/7 Curbside Pickup will run from Dec. 16-24 at the following Nordstrom locations: Nordstrom Downtown Seattle (Seattle, WA), Nordstrom Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA), Nordstrom Michigan Avenue (Chicago, IL), Nordstrom Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, IL), Nordstrom NorthPark Center (Dallas, TX), Nordstrom Tysons Corner Center (Mclean, VA), Nordstrom The Westchester (White Plains, NY), Nordstrom South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA), Nordstrom Fashion Valley (San Diego, CA) and Nordstrom Valley Fair (San Jose, CA).

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Museum of Ice Cream’s 4th City

After New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, what city could possibly be next? Well, I secretly hoped Seattle because nothing ever comes to Seattle, but it is actually going to be Miami! Did anyone see that coming? While I’ve never been, I have no doubts at all that the creators won’t turn their new location into something amazing. I’m thinking lots of bright and tropical colors for their themed rooms and a whole lot of flair. Even though they announced it this week, the museum will actually open in just a few weeks in time for the holiday season. It will officially open on December 13th with tickets becoming available November 17th at 11:00 AM EST. A limited number of tickets will be on sale November 14th though so if I were you, I’d set your calendars for that and make the 17th your back up date.

Museum of Ice Cream Miami
3400 Collins Ave
Faena District Miami Beach, FL

By the way, we totally went to the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco too, but just haven’t gotten around to posting it yet!

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Everlane’s New Line of Puffers

There’s nothing I love more than a good puffer jacket. They are the ultimate cozy item and what I like the most is that they keep all of the warmth in while still being extremely lightweight. Everlane just announced that they were releasing their new line of puffer jackets and since I happened to be in Everlane just yesterday, I decided to try one out and walked around the store like I kind of already owned it. The closest thing I have to a puffer jacket is probably my Patagonia, but it’s not as puffy as I would have liked. The Everlane jacket brings that and provides extra coverage with the mock neck top.

Each jacket is filled with Primaloft, a military-tested insulation that is is both water-resistant and breathable. This material fills the lightweight, short and long styles which are made from a soft nylon.

Coming in four colors, the puffer jacket is available in navy, black, burgundy and “rose.” It ranges in price starting at $90 – $170. The jacket is available to everyone starting tomorrow!

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Saying Goodbye to Teen Vogue

First Nylon and now, Teen Vogue – say it ain’t so! It breaks my heart that Condé Nast is now shuttering the print version of Teen Vogue otherwise known as the bible of my adolescence. I’m sure I’m not the only one here that found a lot of value in these magazines. This year, I’m especially proud of Teen Vogue. Tucker Carlson was wrong when he said that these are filled with just fashion and makeup and that the writers themselves should just stick to “thigh high boots.” Since that incident, Teen Vogue has continued to prove everyone wrong with their investigative reporting and political hot takes. While the print version of Teen Vogue itself is folding, they plan on investing more time in their digital, video, and social platforms – areas of Teen Vogue that have been thriving.

It’s not a surprise to anyone that print editions of magazines have been folding left and right, but my hope is that this paves the way for more innovation through digital and that their original voices can live on and still be a powerful force.

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Victoria Secret’s Latest Fantasy Bra

It’s almost that time of the year! I’ve been watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since it was first broadcast on television and while I am not a consumer of their brand specifically, I do enjoy the production of the show. It’s interesting to watch the evolution of it from when it started up until now. You’ll notice that things were more simpler then, but these days we’ve got very elaborate designs, props, performances, and the infamous “Fantasy Bra” – typically worth a ton of money and worn by one of Victoria Secret’s angels. This year, Lais Ribeiro will have that honor and this is the $2 million bra that she’ll be donning down the runway.

The 2017 Champagne Night Fantsy Bra features almost 6,000 precious gemstones, with everything from sapphires, blue topaz and diamonds, weighing more than 600 carats. Not only is the bra a work of art, but it took almost 350 hours to hand-make the piece.

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Janelle Monae x Gap

Janelle Monae joined Gap in celebrating their latest campaign. These types of collaboration happen all of the time and we probably could write about one of these every day. However, in reading a little bit more about why Janelle chose Gap as the brand to work with, I stumbled upon a quote that meant something more to me. This my reason for why I chose to share this collab on Yow Yow!

“Growing up, my family and I would always shop around the holidays. I grew up with working class parents and we didn’t have a lot of money. Or, at least to go and buy super expensive things for myself and my sister. So, one of the things was always a treat for us was when we did get the opportunity to go shopping, one of the stores that was within my family’s spending limit was the Gap.
My sister and I would get to pick out a sweater, some jeans — but usually, it was a sweater. I just remember doing that in middle school. Even when I got old enough to shop for myself and I was working at Blockbuster or FootLocker [in the mall], I’d always stop in Gap. It’s pretty much everywhere, especially around the holiday season.”
While there are many that look forward to the holidays, there are also many that don’t. The holidays can be a tough time for families and it’s not something that we tend to shed a light on. Instead, we focus on the best gifts that we can give each other and how much money we can spend. I used to always look forward to shopping with my family around this time, but my parents definitely taught me how to be frugal and this story that Janelle shared is something that I know not only resonates with me, but as I’m sure, many others. This isn’t an ad, though I love Gap and if you’ve been following my Instagram, you know that it’s my favorite piece from the fall season. Gap is such a wholesome, quality brand and they have helped define holidays for me, but also family.

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