Tag Archives: Relationships

Dating Problems Specific to 2016

This illustration by Mari Andrew on Cup of Jo made us laugh. Is it missing anything?

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Blog Roundup

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  • 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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My Favorite Posts of 2016

Typically when I write “end-of-year” posts, I’m always pulling up what I wrote the year before in another tab as a reference. I already know that I didn’t do too much writing this year so it will be ambitious to find 12 posts that I really liked as opposed to last year when that feeling was so easy for me! That being said, I think there are going to be a few treasures in here that we can highlight. They may not be the posts that rank to the top in terms of views, but they are the posts that I enjoyed writing the most and the ones that you know I probably re-read a dozen times before feeling comfortable posting. Thank you all for another fantastic year… now let’s head into our 8th year of Yow Yow! This blog is now older than my previous Polly Pocket collection (7 years!)

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  • This Happened Tonight – I honestly don’t know if this is enough to consider it one of my favorite posts, but this is me totally just fangirling out over here. It might be on my list of funny moments in 2016, but whatever the case – this needed to belong on SOME list and I chose this. I think I like this post just because it reminds me a little bit of how I used to write in the old days – you know back in 2009/2010 – no filter – just blagh! whatever I felt like spewing out at the time. If you read the post though (and you know me!) then you know I’m suppressing my feelings here for the sake of appearing normal on Yow Yow! If only┬áthis weren’t so short lived…

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  • Happy 7th Birthday Yow Yow! – We’ve never celebrated a Yow Yow! anniversary like this before. The number 7 has no significance to me or Yow Yow! but after all this time, you kind of just feel like you need to do something different. We were already doing regular outfit photos, so I thought – why not throw in a balloon?! One of the best parts about this post is that Aritiza decided to feature this photo above for their Instagram account. I was ecstatic, but very quickly commenters started to notice that the balloon didn’t actually look like a “7” and actually looked like… male genitalia. So almost immediately, my excitement did a 180.

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  • Looking Back: Space Girl – It’s a weird thing to be in front of a camera. I’m not a natural by any means. Every shoot, Elynn probably takes on average 15-25 photos and while we sometimes get 2-3 really good ones, the rest are of me opening my mouth, fixing my clothes, talking, being awkward, you name it. We’ve come such a long way… this post was incredibly special to me though. Space Girl was everything to me when we were in college. I never could get comfortable in front of the camera and having this helmet on made me feel invincible. When we stopped using it and went back to outfit shoots, you can plainly see how hard it is for me in these photos, but I will never forget the gateway that Space Girl provided for me to get me to where we are today.
  • Wedding Mondays – I know what you’re thinking. How can you choose a favorite? We’ve highlighted so many incredible wedding videos in 2016, but one that I keep going back to (in addition to Mandi’s of course!) is this one featuring Jean (from Extra Petite) and her husband Nick. To this day, we still can’t wrap our head around the three dresses, but we think it’s amazing. Secondly, Long Haul films is no longer doing wedding videos so that makes this one extra special. (see what I did there?) Also, when I was in Boston this past fall for work, I got to stop by the Boston Library and see this venue myself and we fangirled the ┬ásame amount we did for BJ Novak. It was just as amazing in person as it is in the video…
  • Revisiting Casual – I like to look at “Casual” as something we continue to pass on. Every year, I’ve gotta share it with someone new and last year that was Manan. Together, him and I watched the entire series from start to finish and he loved it as much as I did! No surprises there – everyone I’ve ever shown this too has fallen in love with the series so it’s not too late if you decide to hop on the bandwagon. We’re still accepting fan club members. In all honesty, relationships are hard, okay? I’m never 100% content with mine and in 2016 it’s tough to date. If I knew in the long run that I was going to be okay then I would love to have that off my shoulders, but if Casual has taught me anything and if life has taught me anything – it’s that it’s all about timing. We have to let things play out the way they are supposed to. Thank you Casual for continuing to be a positive force in my life year after year.

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  • And When We Give Back – It was such a surreal experience to be speaking with students that had been accepted to Seattle University as the class of 2020. Let that sink in a little bit. When I was a kid, I used to think that college was almost the end all be all. It was hard for me to imagine being a woman with a career – not because I didn’t want to have a career, but because it just seemed so far away. I’m fortunate that my friend who works at admissions asked me to do this panel because it put a lot into perspective. It was a very humbling experience to be giving advice to students as to why Seattle U was a great school for me even though I kind of do this in my real life job too. Additionally, it made me appreciate my parents in a way that I haven’t before. Seeing the parents of these accepted students was a little bit entertaining; they were SO nervous. I wondered how my parents were able to handle me going off to college with such ease and tranquility when that is very clearly not the case for most.

  • To Be a “Leftover” Woman in China – Never have I ever ugly-cried so hard over a YouTube video, but this struck a chord with me. It’s 2016 and the pressures of settling down or being in a committed relationship are still very much a priority for most. It’s overwhelming at times! I loved hearing the stories of these young women – young women that I can identify with and find to be so brave for doing something like this. I’m glad the video had a happy ending too, a newfound perspective for their parents.
  • A Girl and Her Bed – I never write pieces like this and I remembered being very on the fence about it because it seems abnormal for me to dispel some serious feelings about a part of my daily routine. In reading it over though, I think the post is kind of beautiful. I’m using words that I don’t normally use and I’m being vulnerable in a way that I haven’t with Yow Yow! before.

  • “The Panic in Central Park” – Is this my favorite TV moment in 2016? Yes. I must have watched this episode at least 25 times and at one point, once a day for a week. We had given up on Girls the season before this one, but after hearing about how much commotion this episode stirred, we hopped back into it. Luckily, for this episode, you didn’t need to know what was happening before it. It was like it’s own standalone episode and it was a beautiful piece. Marnie may be one of the most annoying characters in the series, but in “The Panic in Central Park” she was all of us. We’ve all had that scenario – some version of it, sometimes shorter or longer or more fun or less fun than what Marnie had, but we all got to the same theme at the very end of it.
  • Our Twenties: How We’re Doing – “Be good to yourself” – a friend once advised me. Too many times in a year, I find myself complaining about how I don’t have this or don’t have that. How annoying for those around me that have to listen to this! The truth is, your 20’s aren’t easy. They were never supposed to be so it’s important for us to cut ourselves some slack. Earlier in 2016, I wrote about my New Year’s resolutions. This post though was sort of like our midpoint review. Initially this started out as a mini-project with Casper, but I ended up actually enjoying this more than I thought I would and had a lot of fun with it.
  • Aging and Alone in Manhattan’s Chinatown – I have a thing for pieces that remind me of my sweet Grandma Ruby. This profile by Mantai Chow truly captured a look into the life of an elderly living in Chinatown. I remember watching this video and thinking back to how I never worried about those that lived there because they had what I believed to be a strong community. In reality though, it seems much more lonelier than I thought. These individuals are more brave than I could ever be especially this woman profiled. Hearing her story was one of the highlights in Yow Yow’s 2016.

  • Let’s Talk About New York! – We made it to 12 posts! With all the trips we took this year, how could we not include our favorite one? It took me 26 years to get to New York, but I couldn’t have asked for a better traveling partner and tour guide. Mandi and I took the next step in our friendship and explored New York City together. She was a pro – obviously having done grad school there and me? Well, I could barely have a successful run on the subway without having a mini freak out. There was never a moment for us to stop because we were constantly on the move. And even though we had made a very packed itinerary for our trip, we only ended up doing half the things we were supposed to. I guess that just means we have to go back.
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Wedding Mondays

Oh my goodness, it has been a long time since I’ve stumbled across a wedding video that I have fallen absolutely in love with. Eileen and Brian – what a stunning couple! I felt like I was watching this magnificent vintage wedding film that really pulled me into the setting with them. What I love about this film is that it was a lot more calm than what we’re used to seeing. We all know how much I love those high-energy packed wedding videos, but it’s nice – every once in awhile – to watch one that takes a step back. I found myself really enjoying this and I think you all will too.

We are obsessed. These photos and video are from Branch + Cole.

And to view the rest of the wedding feature, click here to visit Green Wedding Shoes.

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Wedding Mondays

We are so SO excited to be sharing this very special wedding video today – we’re just sorry we had to wait so late to post it! Sepideh (Sep for short!) is my coworker and married her husband Kenny earlier this summer in Mountain View at the charming Rengstorff House. We share a lot of wedding videos on Yow Yow! – we’ve done so for years now, but it’s always 10x more exciting when I get to share one that features someone that I know.

Sep and I have been working together for a year now and it’s sometimes hard to imagine what my work life would be like without her. We’re so thrilled that she has decided to share her wedding video with us. I’m loving all of these shots from a drone (can you believe how good they look?!) her walking down the aisle towards Kenny and that unforgettable traditional knife dance. It has definitely never been included in any other wedding video we have featured in the past.

We cannot lie; seeing Sep tear up made us kind of tear up too – and when I say us – I mean the 7 other coworkers we had around us when we watched this video for the first time on my monitor at work. We <3 you Sep!

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“Single By 30”

Every time I finish my work day (I made my cut off time 9:00 PM tonight) I always think that I’m going to have the same amount of energy to put towards Yow Yow! and to be able to find material and be able to whip something up in time to post by the end of the night. For some reason, it was really easy when we were in school and we would do like 8 posts every night, but it’s so much harder as an adult!

Tonight, we’re keeping things pretty casual with a new series by Wong Fu Productions. I had read a preview about this earlier in the week – the story centers around two main characters – Kina Grannis and Harry Shum Jr. who are friends from high school. One night, way back when, they make a pact that if they are still single by the time they are 30, that they’ll just marry each other. Well… flash forward years later – they are 30! I’m not going to spoil it for you so you’ll just have to see what happens next. I think this is airing on YouTube Red though which means… it might cost some $$$, but the first episode which we’re showing here is free! If you like it, maybe you’ll continue on with the series. I mean, I definitely want to know what happens next!

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Kids Giving Advice on How to Break Up With Someone

This is a really good note to end on tonight. :)

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Seth Rogan Helps A Vanity Fair Producer Use Tinder

I don’t normally feel this way about Mondays, but today I really needed a laugh. I couldn’t wait to get home this evening, kick up my feet, and for a few hours just try not to think about work. I remembered seeing this video over the weekend and I honestly wasn’t going to watch it because I imagined that it wouldn’t be that funny. However, given the day I had, I was willing to give it a second chance and I’m glad I did because it actually is pretty funny. Seth doesn’t use Tinder I don’t think, but he has a lot of the same thoughts that my friends and I have about dating apps and sometimes it’s funny when you can relate to someone that you didn’t think you would. Or… you’re just Seth Rogan and you’re funny anyways and you have the worst laugh.

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Blog Roundup

  • Frank Ocean’s album reportedly will be within 72 hours (Frank, pls) [Independent]
  • Meet the ATM for pizzas [Inside Hook]
  • The Filipino diving team is not good. Just watch. [Digg]
  • The captions to use when you post that first photo with your significant other [List]
  • Famous first landing pages [One Month Rails]
  • How the USA women’s gymnastics team picks their music [Fader]
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Wedding Mondays

This week’s Wedding Mondays wedding video comes to us from a referral. Thanks Heing! Actually, I’m pretty excited to be sharing this video on Wedding Mondays because not only was my own brother attending, but the bride is the older sister of a former classmate of mine. I never really knew Tiffany growing up personally, but how neat is it that we have all these random connections years later! Anyways, this video is a super sweet one and I found myself getting a sad after about a minute because – um all these shots of Seattle. Amazing.

Happy Monday y’all! Enjoy!

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When Zac Efron Was On Tinder

You guys, this was a real thing. Zac actually set up a Tinder profile recently and if you saw some lookalike on your app and convinced yourself that it wasn’t him, then you might’ve blown it! To be honest though, I think this is probably something that happens a lot. I’m terrible at recognizing celebrities. If I were out and Taylor Swift were shopping at Aritzia right next to me, I might try and be like “nahh, that’s not her.” It’s most likely because it’s really tough for me to see celebrities as just normal people so I reject the idea that they could be doing normal things like making an online dating profile or grocery shopping, etc.

Y’all, would you date Zac Efron?

I would.

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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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Wedding Mondays

We have a lot of love in our hearts after being in Seattle for the last week. While I was home, I learned that one of my best friends from college just got engaged! Naturally, you all know that that always makes me a little bit emotional and that getting to share a wedding video for the following Monday makes this so much better. The video we’re sharing today is right up our alley because it’s totally non-traditional and we love it. Lately, I’ve been reading about a lot of weddings through blogs that are tossing out those old-aged and stale traditions. I have such a greater sense of appreciation for couples that can do things that aren’t always by the books and are most true to themselves.

Unrelated, but sort of related – I watched an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” while I was home and this bride-to-be with electric blue hair just had to have color in her wedding dress, but her very traditional mother wanted her in a white dress. When she tried on a white dress at the request of her mother, she broke down in tears because she just didn’t feel like herself and of course, the mom (seeing her daughter sobbing) still couldn’t see it. SO (this was the best part!) the salespeople at Kleinfeld stepped in and were all “Mom, we’re not going to see a crying bride on our floor so you need to just take a step back and let your daughter do what she wants to do.” Those aren’t the exact words, but I’m pretty close! So whether you have a rainbow colored dress or you opt out of the cake cutting or don’t have a bridal party at all, you should just do what feels right for you and your partner.

Side note / Fun fact – while I was home, I caught up with Veronica who is also newly engaged and she had the chance to show me her amazing and stunning pearl earrings which her and fiance had chosen for her instead of just your standard engagement ring. I had actually never heard of anyone swapping out the engagement ring for another piece instead, but it was SO them to do it this way and it clearly held a lot of sentiment for the both of them.

To view the entire feature on Green Wedding Shoes, click here.

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Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance

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You guys, I finally did IT! It may have taken me 6 months, but this was the first book that I have finished in years. I constantly get made fun of by my coworkers because in the past couple of years, I have acquired several books, (Lean In and Blog Inc) that I have always wanted to finish, but never quite got there, unfortunately. After being adapted to blogs for so long, it was hard for me to continue to keep my attention span on an entire book so the only way we could get this done was through airplane rides.

I bought this for myself over Christmas time after Sam had told me she had just gotten it and found myself hooked quickly. Dating in 2016? Sounds exactly like what all my friends and I are talking about any chance we get. Besides loving Aziz, I loved his take on dating culture around the world, but also by different generations. This is something that my parents and I don’t always see eye to eye on, but it’s nice to know that there’s lots of people that don’t quite agree with their parents on it as well. I would recommend this to you because it’s a good and quick read (if you’re enjoying it) but who am I to give a recommendation – it took me 6 months after all. Here’s hoping that you finish this quicker than I do!

Also – this is a big deal because this satisfies one of my New Year’s resolutions – finishing something that we start! We hope that we can continue this with everything that we start, but we’re just fine checking the box off one for now.

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