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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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Summer Getaway in LA

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I had the opportunity to take a pretty last minute trip to Los Angeles this summer and every time I go back for a visit, the list of places to go continues to get longer. We were just there in fall of 2015 to see Gelesia, but even still it felt like there wasn’t enough time to do everything. On this trip, we checked out a few new places and returned to some of our old favorites! I’ve never imagined Los Angeles as a place that I could call home, but I wouldn’t mind spending an entire week there. We’ve still got plenty of neighborhood to explore. During our trip, we must have had four meals a day and only retreated back to the hotel for sleep and getting ready for the day/night’s activities. I know we’re six months away from summer, but we can’t wait to get back there already. I hope you enjoy our LA photo diary!

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Our first meal off the plane was going to be Lemonade, but since I had heard that LA just got a Shake Shack, YOU KNOW I made us pivot. How good does this look?

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Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams Are Married

When we first announced that the two were engaged back in 2014, the news became very popular on Yow Yow! I had no idea that y’all were also fans of Pretty Little Liars and Suits (my two favorite shows at the time!) Or maybe you all just like hearing news of engagements. That is also true for me too. Well, we’re happy to announce that Troian and Patrick finally got married this past December in the most unique and creative way. They treated their guests to a 3-day wedding celebration around a theme that centered on their first date, “Fort Day.” I’ve seen several outlets posting about their wedding, but I thought the best photographs actually came from Hello Magazine in Canada so that’s what we’re sharing with you today.

Troian with her father

For the entire feature and more photos, click here.

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Blog Roundup

Some of these articles are outdated; we were saving them for this!

  • A photo series capturing two sides of a persona for TIFF [Hypebeast]
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A Collection Part 46

I always seem to have the most time to blog around the holidays, but it just so happens that I like being able to post for “A Collection” during this time too. We last did this post about 6 months ago so all of today’s photos are ones that I’ve been collecting and saving since then. Here’s hoping that these photographs tickle you, inspire you, or spark some kind of emotion within you the same way they do to us. Happy New Year! We’re excited for you 2017.

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Obama, We’ll Miss You

We hate goodbyes and this is one where we wish we didn’t have to! Over the years, President Obama’s photographer, Pete Souza has captured more than 2 million moments over two terms. These iconic photos have both made me laugh and left me speechless. It’s one of the toughest jobs in America and it has completely aged President Obama – though no one is surprised by that either. There has been a number of publications that have highlighted some of their favorite photos by Souza and here are some of ours as well as their sources so that you can view them all.

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Gelesia’s Wedding Featured

Today was a BIG day 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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The Falling Man

We’re taking a break from the NYFW coverage for a second so that we can focus a little bit on remembering 9/11, which happens to be tomorrow. It’s hard to believe that it has already been 15 years. I can’t even believe that 15 years of my own life has gone by remembering this tragedy. I was 11 when it happened and I was having breakfast before school when I was watching the coverage alongside my dad. When I got to school – 6th grade – I didn’t want to miss what was happening. I remember being the only kid that raised my hand to ask if we could continue seeing the coverage on our TV in the classroom. My teacher made the right decision that day in saying “no” to me and I didn’t know that then, but I later learned afterwards.

“The Falling Man” is an iconic image from the day of the tragedy. Many died that day from an array of things, but something that has always stuck with me was those images of people jumping out of the tower. At what point did they feel like there was no other option than to just jump? What was going through their heads at that time? Of course, we’ll never get those answers, but I enjoyed listening to Richard Drew’s account of that day – the photographer being that image.

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Fish in Jellyfish

Can we just take a second to gawk at this?! This is a fish swimming inside of a jellyfish. There’s something that’s actually really strange about it, but the warm and fuzzy part of me is like “Awww!!” It wasn’t too long ago that we said we like to reserve some of our Sunday posts from something educational and while that is kind of true, I don’t want to limit it to that – I still want to just include things that I find really interesting and fascinating. However… as I’m writing this, I realize that I try and do this for everyday, but the reason why I’ve probably designated it to Sundays is because it is the day in which I have the most time to blog.

Anyways, this photograph was captured by photographer Tim Samuel while diving in Byron Bay.

Sideview, man.

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Blog Roundup

  • 5 Things that are harder than registering to vote
  • Gay Marriage, A Year Later [New York Times]
  • Kevin Durant leaves OKC to join the Warriors. Just give them the trophy already. [ThePlayersTribune]
  • Lollapalooza Columbia cancels entire festival because headliner Rihanna pulls out for fear of Zika Virus [Nylon]
  • Photographing the real Barack Obama [The Guardian]
  • Productivity is about what you don’t do [Jocelyn Glei]
  • The one food you should never eat according to Anthony Bourdain [TIME]
  • JetBlue does something sweet for mothers on Mother’s Day [Travel + Leisure]
  • How awkward are you? (a quiz!) I got the “I’m not awkward, which is awkward.” Man, can’t win [Man Repeller]
  • How to say “Thank You” [James Clear]
  • A generator that guesses your age and status based on what apps you have on your phone. [Washington Post] This wasn’t entirelyyyy accurate for me.

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A Collection Part 45

Interestingly enough, we don’t have a lot of thoughts to share about this A Collection Part post. The last 3 months have been a blur, but a good one. I think we’ll have some thoughts that we can share tomorrow that we’re building up, but for now let’s just enjoy these.

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Cara Delevingne x W Magazine

This cover was so enticing to me that I had my money on it that the rest of the editorial spread would be just as good and that we’d probably have to share it on Yow Yow!

Turns out…we were right.

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Selena Gomez x Marie Claire

We don’t know what all this drama is about with her and Orlando Bloom, but it just sounds so juicy! But actually her shoot for Marie Claire is fabulous and we couldn’t not share. All of these pieces are amazing and she looks great. Whatever this drama is that she has with Orlando, we’re just happy to see her making a comeback and ditching the Biebs (hopefully for good this time!)

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Wedding Wednesdays – Engagement Shoot Adventure

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Part I: The Photographer

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, it’s so important to figure out you and your fiance’s priorities from the beginning of the wedding planning roller coaster. If your fiance’s priority is beer and yours is music then those are the two things you should focus your time, energy, and money on. Photography has always been top of our priority list for our wedding so finding the perfect photographer was crucial. First and foremost we knew posed portrait style photos were not our thing. Eric and I have never taken professional photos together and are pretty silly people generally so imagining ourselves standing together like we’re going back to high school prom doesn’t suit us. Based on our preference, documentary style photography is what we were looking for. It was also important for us to take into account our venue, Yosemite National Park. We wanted to choose someone who is no stranger to photographing the outdoors and not just any outdoors, basically the most magical and dreamy outdoor space imaginable. Having these qualifications we set out, with our amazing wedding planner, to find the perfect match.

Greg Balkin of Brightwood Photography is a genius. He is one of the most talented photographers I’ve ever seen and that’s just taking into account his outdoor photography. The emotions and love he is able to capture between the couples he shoots is even more extraordinary. It took us all of ten minutes to decide we had to have him photograph our special day. Finding out Greg recently relocated from Southern California to Seattle was just the icing on the cake. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, my fiance and I met in Seattle therefore making this a match made in photography heaven.

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Part II: Adventure Love Story

Instead of the usual engagement shoot, our photographer specializes in what he coined as “Adventure Love Stories”. Adventure Love Stories reframe engagement pictures as an excuse to get outside and explore together as a couple while getting to know Greg and documenting the entire weekend or “adventure”. The best part about our weekend was that Eric and I have already spent our last 7 years together exploring the outdoors, going on incredible camping/backpacking trips, and adventuring so this was a huge selling point in choosing Greg to be our photographer. I do have to be honest though, as much as I absolutely love camping and backpacking and as much fun as an adventure sounded I was somewhat anxious about how I was supposed to pull myself together for a weekend photo shoot after camping?! How’s a girl, who’s not that photogenic to begin with, supposed to be photographed with bedhead and after sleeping on the ground all night with day old makeup? It sounds ridiculous and vain, but if you had 200+ photos taken of you, you’d consider this a legitimate fear as well. I obviously decided to suck it up and trust Greg and also figured worst case, no one has to know these photos exist.

Eric and I chose to have our adventure with Greg in one of our favorite places in Washington State, the state that brought us together. And so, two weekends ago we hopped on a plane from San Francisco, drove several hours in the car, and took a ride on a ferry boat to Olympic National Park, and if you haven’t been, consider this your plug that you should immediately plan your trip. Olympic National Park has some seriously wonderful memories for Eric and I so choosing it for our engagement shoot was a no brainer. We have summited its mountains, hiked along its rivers, explored its rugged beaches, and watched the infamous Elwha Dam removal over the years all the while knowing it to be one of the best kept secrets in the country. Naturally, the camping trip turned into a spontaneous backpacking adventure leading us to one of the Olympic Coast’s most beautiful beaches near La Push. This spur of the moment decision also led to hilarious pictures of myself and Eric in formal clothes (including heels mind you) carrying our hiking boots, tent, sleeping bags, and REI backpacks. Note: should you choose to do your own outdoorsy photoshoot, keep in mind that heels, no matter how chunky, are a poor decision.

Lucky for you, I’m here to share a handful of my favorite photos from the weekend. While looking through them just remember we hadn’t showered, we slept on the beach overnight, and my naturally curly hair doesn’t tend to agree with that damn misty coastal climate. Also, huge thanks to Julia for the last minute Tyra Banks modeling tips, without them I would have looked like a limp noodle neck monster.

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Gigi and Zayn’s Vogue Spread

I have to admit that for a long time, I thought this relationship was a total publicity stunt, but there’s no denying how cute Gigi and Zayn actually are in their new spread for Vogue. The whole internet is saying it. They are absolutely #relationshipgoals. And this spread is too much for us to handle.

To view the rest of the spread, click here to visit Vogue!

 

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