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Seldom Seen

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When I was living in Seattle, I always felt that boutiques were few and far between. They were challenging to get to and my favorite ones were all spread out in different neighborhoods which didn’t make things very convenient. In San Francisco though, I can pick and choose any neighborhood I want to go to and be satisfied with the selection of boutiques that are around me instead of feeling like I need to hop from one neighborhood to another. One of my favorite areas happens to be Hayes Valley. There are quite a few here that are near and dear to my heart including Azalea and Oak + Fort, but today we’re showing some love to Seldom Seen! I think I first learned about Seldom Seen about 6 months ago through another Bay Area blog and made a point to visit the boutique the next time I was shopping in Hayes. SS is co-founded by Natasha Wong and is a relatively young boutique featuring both men and women’s fashion.

Here are some photos from my first visit, but I’ve actually been in twice now and had the opportunity to meet Natasha who is just the sweetest! It’s hard not to fall in love with the pieces when you visit or just the store in general. You can also visit their online shop here.

Located on 522 Octavia Street

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Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

I didn’t even know the headliners on this lineup at first sight. How did that even happen?!

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Bay Area Eats: Leo’s Oyster Bar

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A few weeks ago, my gal pal Andie and I decided to try out Leo’s Oyster Bar which has only been open for just a couple of months. It had been showing up on my Instagram feed more than usual, got a solid review from Mandi, anddd I just love oysters. Having been disappointed by the other oyster places in the city, I was really hoping that this one would not disappoint. And it didn’t! Andie I showed up without a reservation and were seated in under 30 minutes. We had the option of sitting in the main area or the lounge in the back – the only downside was that we wouldn’t have access to three of the menu items (which was fine by us!)

Here’s what we ordered and what we recommend:

  • a selection of raw oysters
  • Oyster Carbonara w/ crispy pancetta
  • Rock Shrimp Toast, Bacon and Lemon Aioli
  • Seafood Bisque w/ Lobster, King Crab and Rock Shrimp
  • Dessert: Lemon Mousse w/ Brown Butter Streusel

Andie let me know that she’s never been a huge fan of oysters so I shared with her the menu beforehand and after our evening together, I think she was a converted fan. The two of us have had our girl dinners for the past few months now, but Leo’s was definitely the most fun for us! You’ll love the decor, but you’ll love the food even more.

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Blog Roundup

  • Cheese triggers same part of the brain as hard drugs [Standard]
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Instagramming your proposal [WhoWhatWear]
  • 30 Traditional Wedding Rules You Should Break [Style Me Pretty]

  • An adorable trip between a dad and his daughter [Upworthy]
  • How much should you spend on a wedding gift [WhoWhatWear]
  • 17 Reasons Why People Have a Mid-Life Crisis in Their 20’s [Thought Catalog]

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The Coziest

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Dress  and Scarf – Oak + Fort 

A couple of years ago, I discovered a Canadian boutique through Instagram called Oak + Fort. On a day trip up to Vancouver with my family, I made sure that we didn’t leave without me stopping in – even on the rainiest day that I’ve seen in a long time. I walked away with two pieces back then – I mean I traveled all that way! When I learned this fall that they were opening up a San Francisco location in Hayes Valley, I was ecstatic. What I love about the brand is that everything is pretty minimalistic – if you’re not big into color and like to stick to the basic monochrome shades of white, black, tan, neutral, this is your store. Everything also tends to be on the roomier/baggier side as well so for petite girls like me, shopping there can be a little bit challenging. I remember bringing Jen with me and she had a ton of luck with everything while I struggled to feel like I was pulling these pieces off. Every thing I tried on looked like it was wearing me. Luckily for me though, this dress was the perfect balance of bagginess, but also fit for my frame. The two slits on either side give me a little bit more dimension and makes it a little less conservative. I also fell in love with this scarf when I saw a post of it on the brand’s Instagram. This thing is HUGE. I never thought I could wear anything like this, but it’s perfection. It’s exactly what you need for the coldest of winter days and also doubles as the perfectly sized personal blanket when I’m in a friend’s cold apartment or when I just happen to be extra chilly. It’s the one piece that gets the most compliments when I’m out also so that has to mean something, right? If I haven’t sold you enough on why this brand is so great, their pieces also happen to be very affordable. I think we can all appreciate not breaking our wallets.

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Outside Lands 2016

How exciting is this lineup?! LIONEL RICHIE AMIRITE?!

Okay, but actually this is probably one of the first lineups from Outside Lands since I’ve been living here that I’m a little bit excited about. I haven’t quite made up my mind just yet, but Snakehips Miguel, Miike Snow, Kehlani, and Years & Years could change my mind. Actually – who are we kidding – Kehlani is ENOUGH for me to make me want to go.

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Blue Bottle’s Canned Cold Brew

I actually haven’t been drinking Blue Bottle for what feels like almost a year, but I’ve always loved how they are doing different things to brand themselves and set them apart. I used to love their little hole-in-the-wall stands in San Francisco and while I think their iced coffee in the carton is a little bit too strong for my taste, they are absolutely adorable. I haven’t seen these in the wild myself, yet, but I did see an Instagram of it today and they are pretty qt. Starting this month, they are now available at Whole Foods!

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Turning 26

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It’s funny because turning 26 felt significantly different than turning 25 last year. After turning 21, there aren’t that many milestones afterwards except for those years where you just know you’re getting much older… 30. 40. 50… When I turned 25, I still felt like I was at a very fun age. I was right in the middle – I could be more responsible if I wanted, sure, but I could still do things that I felt were really carefree and spontaneous. At 26 though, I’m like – I need to just have everything together.

It wasn’t a quarter-life crisis, but I had a lot of questions for myself. Am I happy with where I’m at in my career right now? Am I happy with my friendships and my relationships? Do I feel like I should be doing things differently – with myself, my career, or my relationships? All in all, am I happy with my current situation? I’ve thought about these answers for a couple of days now so it’s pretty interesting to reflect on these things. 2016 has already been a really great year for me and I hope we can just continue on that path. At 26, I know I have a lot of life ahead of me, but I also know that if there are things I know I want now – that I probably shouldn’t wait any longer to have them or to go after them.

Anyways, all reflection aside – my birthday was exactly what I wanted it to be. Some people would rather take the day off work on their birthdays, but I love going into the office because everyone is just so nice. Also, no one can be a jerk to you! (not just in the office, but anyone) My team bought me the prettiest bouquet of tulips from Bloom That and later on in the evening, I met up with Mandi, Eric, and Ryan for dinner at Delarosa. We had the cutest family style dinner of salad, pastas, pizzas, and desserts! It was very special to have dinner with these three because they were the first three friends I had when I moved here and we’re all still friends today. We’ve also all just gone through a lot – Mandi and Eric got engaged last year and Ryan moved to New York for like a minute, but now he’s back!

Every year, my birthday reminds me of all the people that I miss and that I no longer get to see as often anymore, but it always means the world to me to hear from them on this day. Thanks everyone for making it so special!

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Way Back – Hardly Strictly Blue Grass

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Black dress – Aritzia / Olive jacket – Aritzia / Knee-highs – Uniqlo / Boots – Fryes / Hat – Nordstrom

This photo goes wayyyyy back all the way to fall this past October! Mandi and I had one of our usual hangouts and she had suggested that we check out the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at Golden Gate Park. After two years of living in this area, I’d never checked it out, but a lot of people I had known had attended it every year. In comparison to most music festivals that I’ve been to, this one was probably, by far, the most chill. There were families around, no one was trying to push to the front, everyone was just on blankets. I also didn’t feel like any sense of urgency to do anything, which is great. I wasn’t sure what to wear to a bluegrass festival so I really just threw these things altogether, but the boots were both a good and bad choice. They were great because they were able to get really dusty, but bad because these aren’t exactly the easiest boots to walk in. I know you’ve all heard the story about how I snagged this find at a HUGE discount, but even still – for how much these boots cost normally, they should at least be walkable, am I right?

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Blog Roundup

  • San Francisco’s tiniest house! [UpOut]
  • How a Grammy is made [Billboard]
  • My friend Kurt takes a ride with Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph [re/code]
  • 8 Up-and-Coming Cities to Visit in 2016 [Cool Material]

  • My Little Sister Taught Me How to “Snapchat Like the Teens” [Buzzfeed]

  • James Franco was in Seattle earlier this month [Kiro 7]

  • Congratulations to Seattle band Tacocat for recording the new Powerpuff Girls 2016 theme song!
  • Seattle fashion designer Luly Yang will design the new uniforms for Alaska Airlines [Alaska Air]
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Fuller House (trailer)

I have to admit, I’m a little bit nervous about Fuller House, but this was my favorite sitcom growing up (90’s kid here!) so there was no way that I wouldn’t at least catch the first few episodes. I was also pretty ecstatic when I heard that Netflix had picked it up and made it into an actual thing. The trailer doesn’t seem too promising, but I love that DJ is back in the forefront. Gibbler is completely awkward, but that’s to be expected and – why is Stephanie Tanner so tall?!

Mandi and I won’t be able to watch it together the day it premieres, but we are planning to get together shortly after to stream it from one of our laptops and watching it in front of Alamo Square because that just seems like the right thing to do. She also just conveniently lives right. there.

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!

After coming back from Mexico, I have felt completely sleep-deprived all week so lucky for me, your girl got 10 hours last night and now we’re ready to rally for the most low-key Super Bowl party ever. Just kidding, we’re not going to a party. Since Super Bowl is sort of overlapping with Vietnamese/Chinese New Year, my friend Kelly is coming over to watch the game with me and nom on some takeout Chinese food that we’re going to grab beforehand.

It’s pretty exciting that the Super Bowl is here this year, but I’ll be honest with you, I’m not as into it as I thought I would be. I didn’t go to any of the events up in Super Bowl city at all and I wish I had because I hear the city has been transformed! This might have something to do with the fact that the Seahawks aren’t in it this year and that means for the first time since I moved here, I’m not rooting for a team actually in the Super Bowl. Weird, right? We’ll get it next year ;)

I hope all of you have a very relaxing and fun Super Bowl Sunday! Who is everyone rooting for? I’m rooting for the Broncos since we beat them two years ago and it’s supposedly Peyton’s last game so it’d be nice for him to get another ring before retiring. With that said, I think Cam Newton and the Panthers are going to destroy the Broncos. They are so aggressive and at times a little bit scary!

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This Happened Tonight

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I typically reserve my outings to San Francisco for the weekends, but today was a rare treat because we happened to have an offsite in the afternoon and then decided to head out to dinner nearby afterwards. I had never been to Marlowe before, but oh my goodness that place is gorgeous. Also perfect date spot ;)

I was catching up with my team at the bar when a little someone caught my eye. We had just been talking about dating as a group so I nudged my co-worker and I was like “Hey, that guy behind me is kind of cute!”

“That’s B.J. Novak!”

“What?!”

For a second, we considered getting a photo with him as he was leaving, but how could we do that, right? So uncool…

Instead, we just go to Twitter.

I find situations like this to be pretty funny because I’m the worst at recognizing celebrities. It’s weird saying that because all we read is celebrity gossip, right? But I think if I were to run into them every day, it would never phase me because I would be completely aloof.

We forgot to mention this, but B.J. Novak is the ultimate dreamboat.

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Everlane Lets Shoppers Choose Their Own Price

Before even moving to the Bay Area, Everlane was always a retailer that interested me. I have always kind of liked their pieces from afar, but never took the plunge into buying anything from them. Earlier this year, I even stopped by an event at their office which was more like a socializing happy hour with a DJ than an event to shop at which I originally thought was the purpose. I just found out today though that their post Christmas sale is one unlike any other that I’ve seen. For their select items, they are allowing customers to choose from three different price points – all below retail – when paying.

Each price is accompanied by an explanation for what that amount of money covers. So, if you pay $81 for the Nubuck Street Shoe, that’s only covering production; if you pay $97, you’re also covering overhead for Everlane’s team; and if you pay $126, you’re covering those things and also allowing for Everlane to invest in its growth.

Wowza, those are quite the differences aren’t they? On one hand, I do only want to pay $81, but then I feel a little bit uncomfortable knowing that I’m paying for the shoe to be just constructed, however, $126 is over $40+ from that lowest price point and that seems absurd! So where does that leave you as a customer? Do you pay the $97 for the shoes and the guilt that comes along with it?

Readers, what do you think customers will choose? How would you choose and what would be your rationale? I’ve never seen a retailer do this before, but I do remember writing an article in my high school’s newspaper about a local coffee shop that did the whole “pay what you want” type of thing and what happened was that the shop ended up shuttering in under a year. :(

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Wedding Mondays

I have to be honest with you all. I just found out that one of my first friends from college just got engaged (a long time coming!) anddddddd I’m a mess. I’m a mess because this friend of mine means so much to me and I’m so happy to hear that him and his girlfriend are finally typing the knot after six years together. Congratulations Eric and Alyssa! I’m going to be very excited when it’s your wedding that I’m sharing here on Yow Yow!

I’ve been trying to write this post for 13 minutes now and I keep getting so distracted by this news – but let’s just jump right into it. Ever since I moved to the Bay Area, I’m all about those San Francisco weddings. I love seeing the different locations, the SF charm that everyone talks about and the stories that the couples have to share about their wedding day and their relationship. I’m noticing this pattern that many couples meet in San Francisco (there’s hope!) but there are a lot of couples that have been long distance and then eventually move to San Francisco to start their lives there together which I think is really fascinating. Why this city? Then again, I’ve been there for the last couple of years so another part of me is thinking, well why not? It’s a great city.

Emma and Bubba seem like such a picture perfect couple together. Literally, their pictures are amazing. First off, we can’t get enough of her two tone dress. I’ve never imagined myself in anything BUT a white dress on my own wedding day, but this is starting to make me reconsider.

Also, did I forget to mention that Emma is one of my favorite bloggers that I’ve been following for years?!

To view the entire wedding feature, click to visit Green Wedding Shoes. Yeah, you don’t want to miss this.

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