All posts in: San Francisco

03 Mar 2018

Our Old Neighborhood

Tee – Aritzia / Denim – Levi’s / Shoes – Vince Camuto

There was never a shortage of backdrops in my old neighborhood. Moving day was approaching so I knew I had to get in every last drop. On this evening one day after work, we actually shot in five different areas (4 only included in this post.) The Mission neighborhood tends to be one of the warmest ones in the city so after work, I’m always ready to leave my jackets behind. I’m wearing a plain white Aritzia tee with a completely open back. It’s a little bit too racy for work so I had a cardigan over it the entire day until we shot. This outfit should be my daily uniform because it’s functional and just the right amount of comfort for anything I’d ever need to do.

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25 Jan 2018

The Color Factory

By now, just about everyone has heard The Color Factory in San Francisco. It’s like the Museum of Ice Cream here, but this one came first! When the pop-up first arrived, not too many people had heard about it. I had a little bit of knowledge because the creators came from Oh Happy Day a blog and team that I had been following for years. I luckily was able to snag tickets for my friends and I the first day it opened – which is honestly the best because you get to experience it all before everyone else. 

By the time word had got around and the first day had taken off, they were completely sold out for next month. Interestingly enough, they only planned to be open for one month, but decided to extend through January and February of this year, but is also still sold out at this point. The collaborators put so much work into it and it’s beautiful. People of all ages will love it. In a way it’s sort of like a giant playground for adults. In this day and age though, anything that provides you with Instagram backdrops is going to sell. Like the Museum of Ice Cream, The Color Factory is just as fun. It’s fun to be a kid again and take photos, but I did notice that even for myself, it was at times, hard for me to enjoy it because I was constantly thinking about my next photo. It was a lot of pressure!

After attending the pop-up, here are the things I loved and some things that maybe could have gone better through my observations:

Here’s what I love about it:

  • When you get tickets, you select a designated time and you need to arrive within 30 minutes of your window in order to get in. This really stressed me out because it was the first day and trying to rush there in San Francisco traffic, I wasn’t confident if I could make it. It ended up working out and the reason why they do this probably is to control the crowds. During each half hour, they know how many people are actually going through the pop-up. The best part is that it never got too crowded! I could get the pictures that I wanted and I didn’t feel rushed. I could just go at my own pace.
  • It can be educational. Each piece has a little description and a note about the artist so that you can learn as you go along.
  • It’s interactive! There’s a lot that you can see, but you’re also taking part as the creator too.
  • Going through the pop-up takes about an hour, which I think is pretty decent for the ticket price.
  • Everyone is so friendly! The staff was so incredibly nice and you can just tell that they’re having a great time with you. There’s a lot of love and passion that went into making this for the people of San Francisco.
  • There are designated areas within the pop-up that allow you to take photos hands-free! All you have to do is get a photo card when you arrive and program it with your name and email address and then at these spots, you would scan your card and then a timer will count down until it takes your photo. It’s great because you don’t have to take a bunch of selfies and you can do group photos altogether. The area where they can improve is probably being a little bit more clear about where to stand in the photo so as to not include other people or be off center.

Things that could be better:

  • The snacks throughout are a nice touch, but it’s not a lot. It’s no Museum of Ice Cream. You’re not really going for the food anyways.
  • It can be pricey! It’s a fun experience for sure, but ticket prices are higher than what I thought they’d be.
  • When I said earlier that it’s a giant playground, I really meant it. As cool as this pop-up is, I imagine that there’s a lot of germs around because you’re touching so many things, you’re even doing a scratch and sniff and there’s a ball pit. Maybe… take a shower when you get home.

24 Dec 2017

Yow Yow’s Top 10 Posts of 2017

It isn’t hard to push out a post when I need to. They can range from anything to a YouTube video to a song on Spotify or a quote against a printed background in an interesting typeface on Pinterest. While I like to think that varying lengths of posts make Yow Yow! really interesting, it’s those essays that I spend the most time on that I’m proud of. 2017 was a year of changes not only for me personally, but for Yow Yow! There was a lot happening in the world that I wanted to share an opinion about and I’ll admit, I don’t always get it right. I’ve received some criticism over the last year for some of the pieces that I’ve written, which challenged me, but I also received positive feedback as well. Overall, it felt like a step in the right direction. As much as I love writing about food, music, and fashion, I can’t let Yow Yow! only be about that. And the reason why is just because that’s not what I’m only all about. Thank you all for letting me stretch my creativity with this and for continuing to stick with us.

  1. The Moment I Found Out I Wasn’t White
  2. Color Factory in SF
  3. The Ladies of The Bachelor – Bridal Photoshoot 
  4. The Panic At Westfield Mall
  5. I’m Moving…Again!
  6. SPIN Comes to Downtown Seattle
  7. Beauty for Breakfast pt. 31
  8. That Next Chapter
  9. Clinique Vs. Crayola Chubby Sticks
  10. So You Want To Leave Your Job
23 Dec 2017

Muni Lover

Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs / Striped Dress – Azalea / Black Dress – Brandy Melville / Bag – Madewell

I knew that it would be somewhat of a fashion risk to layer two dresses on top of each other this day, but the good thing about a bad outfit is that it only lasts one day. The whole look was very 90’s (hence the choke-a-loke) and I actually could have pulled this off if not for one little detail. The layered black dress landed just above my knees and if it were just a little bit shorter, it would have been perfect. And okay, if the collar for the black dress would have been a smidge higher, I could’ve worked with that too.

These photos were taken in front of where all the Munis live in the Mission District and was one of my favorite spots! I often miss it and I know there’s a lot of people don’t quite understand my love for this location, but I’m completely obsessed with it. Something about all the buses, man.

06 Dec 2017

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.

26 Nov 2017

My Favorite Mission Backdrops


Turtleneck + Skort – Aritzia / Sneakers – Nike

It has been almost a full month since we moved offices and as glad as I am that we are in a new spot, I still often times find myself missing some of my favorite backdrops in the Mission. On this particular day, I happened to be wearing one of my classic outfits including my favorite pieces and I must have had some free time this day because we hit up three different spots nearby – all places I’ve photographed at a handful of times. This pink wall (above) is so understated. There should be more people in front of this thing because it’s so good especially during golden hour. It’s not as pink as the wall in LA, but it’s good enough for San Francisco.

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18 Nov 2017

Thanksgiving Themed Ice Cream Flavors

Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

When Elynn was up in the city recently, we stopped by the new Salt & Straw location in Hayes Valley for what seemed like a pretty soft opening for them. I could be happy with just about any flavor there, but know that they’re also a shop that likes to push the boundaries a little bit. While we were there, I noticed that they had a very special Thanksgiving menu up and while I love almost all Thanksgiving dishes, I didn’t know how well it would translate into ice cream. Would it actually taste good or would it just be a little bit weird? Being the stuffing fan that I am, I opted to try a sample. What’s the best way to describe it? Well, you know how some people enjoy sweet breakfasts or savory? It’s kind of like that. I didn’t mind the flavors and actually thought their rendition was pretty spot on, but at the end of the day, I wanted something that tasted like ice cream and went for my standard coffee – Salt & Straw style.

These flavors will be available until November 22nd so make sure you try them before time runs out! They’ll be available at both their locations in Pacific Heights and Hayes Valley Read more “Thanksgiving Themed Ice Cream Flavors”

07 Sep 2017

Review: Jen Kirkman in SF

Since I moved up to the city, I decided that I don’t have a lot of excuses to avoid social outings on weeknights anymore. I’ve said “Yes!” to a lot of things and it has made me pretty busy, but more importantly – balanced. I’ve been a workaholic for the majority of my life and when I’m not working, I’m blogging, but sometimes to blog – I need to be doing other things as well. Would you believe that I’ve never been to a comedy show before? So I have been to an improv show in New York City on my trip with Mandi, but that’s a little different. Recently, I was invited to see Jen Kirkman at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco and after checking my social calendar and seeing I was free, I decided to bring along a couple of friends with me for the ride. San Francisco was the first stop on her tour so that combined with this being my first show made me very excited.

The experience was very educational. First off, I didn’t know there was going to be a two drink minimum. At my age, I would say that’s a little aggressive especially on a week night, but whatever. I knew that you couldn’t record, but learned that you also couldn’t take photos. Jen, however, gave us all permission to do so!

Since I don’t know too much about the comedy world, I’m sad to admit that I didn’t know a lot about Jen Kirkman beforehand. I did some research though. Jen previously worked with Chelsea Handler on her show, has several Netflix specials and is getting ready for her next one, and is a liberal that hates getting dumped. My GIRL! I’m not sure if this is the standard, but she ran through her agenda with us at the start of all the topics she would cover and I kind of liked that. I found myself looking forward to some topics and kind of building up that anticipation for it. 2017 has been a hard year y’all. The stuff going on in our country right now is very uncool. It’s stressful, irritating, and frustrating, but that doesn’t even begin to describe it. What I appreciated out of Jen’s show last night was her touching on these things. She was very direct on how she felt and even though the real life situation is very unfunny, she made it a lot better with one evening.

Jen will be on her “All New Material Girl” tour the rest of the season so if you’re interested, check out her upcoming cities and buy yourself a ticket.

03 Sep 2017

What I Learned: Finding a Place to Rent in SF

There are many reasons to not live in San Francisco. Let me tell you about the ones that have been told to me:

  • rent is too high / generally everything is too expensive
  • you can’t live there without roommates
  • there’s no need for a car there
  • it’s dirty / it smells

Up until this year, I was perfectly content with living in South Bay. For the most part, I was near my workplace, my friends, my errands and my routine. I had made a life for myself there that I was comfortable with. When I changed jobs earlier this year though with my new office being in the city, it was a huge adjustment for me. I went from having a 30 minute round trip commute to a two-hour one. I tried to rationalize. Well, I really like driving! I may not like road trips, but I’m a morning person anyways and I don’t mind driving on I-280. It’s SO pretty!

I rationalized until I couldn’t anymore. 2017 was a big year of changes for me so why not add one more to the mix – new city / new home? I was ready for a complete fresh start. Having lived in the Bay Area for nearly four years at this point, I felt like I had a good starting point. I knew exactly what I wanted in a new home and I wasn’t going to settle. I’d also spent a lot of time doing research too so while others told me to brace myself for 1-2 months of searching, I was out to prove people wrong. So yes, it is possible to find a place in one week!

Just like a job description, I broke things out into my Must Haves and Nice-t0-Haves.

Must have: 

  • washer/dryer in-unit
  • not a ground floor unit
  • safe neighborhood
  • short commute to work
  • lot of natural sunlight – no basement units allowed


  • dishwasher
  • wood floors
  • top floor unit
  • parking spot
  • rent-controlled
  • some utilities paid

When I shared with some friends these requirements, I got a lot of smirky “good lucks!” And I get it, people have lived here for some amount of time and they’ve gone through their fair share of apartment hunting so it hasn’t always been easy. In total, I looked at five different places and the neighborhoods that I considered were: Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Cole Valley, Bernal Heights, Hayes Valley, Noe Valley, Alamo Square, Pacific Heights, and Laurel Heights. I’m also willing to acknowledge that while I’m writing this and making this “look easy,” I came across a few places that were a bit of a disaster.

The first apartment I checked out, I found through Apartment List. I spent one of my weekend days prior to checking out places making an account with the site listing all of these requirements (and more!) and a few results came up for me. It paired me with someone who was a rep from RentSFNow, which I hadn’t heard too much about it. I’ll also note that for all of my visits, I always brought a friend. The apartment that I was shown was beautiful. It had more than enough room for me, was on a higher floor, had its own walk-in-closet and since it was my first one, I almost let that sway me too much. I got so excited that I was willing to settle because I had heard how difficult it could be to find a place so why not end my search at number 1? However, after I spent some more time on it, I realized I didn’t exactly trust my rep when she told me she didn’t have the key to the laundry room especially when I had seen the apartment on other listings saying it had no laundry. I realized that while the apartment was spacious, it had too much space that I didn’t need. It also didn’t help that it was on the busiest and loudest street.

What this process was beginning to teach me was that there are things that I could think that I really need initially, but also a handful of things that I can definitely live without. I’ll spare you the details of every other place that I visited, but I will say that I visited a place in Hayes Valley that had zero closet space at all (that was an immediate no) an in-law-unit of a beautiful house with an entrance that started from the garage and had no sunlight coming in at all. I even ran into a Craigslist scam. It wouldn’t be apartment hunting in SF without one of those! Rent in SF is expensive and we all have to make sacrifices, but at the end of the day, you have to make the best choice for you and your lifestyle. The things I gave up? Just one – the washer/dryer in unit, but what I was able to get in return? Living a block away from my best friend, a parking spot free-of-charge, top floor unit, walking distance to my favorite neighborhoods, and a few more.

In 2017, Craigslist is still the preferred method of choice for finding a place. It isn’t easy and there’s a lot of noise, but you have to remain persistent. Every night after work, I spent about a week and a half looking at the most recent posts for all of the neighborhoods I listed. It was exhausting and at times I didn’t feel like it was the best use of my time, but it ultimately led me to where I landed.

People also will tell you that you need to bring folders with you that include ALL of your information. I did this and I’m glad I learned how to prepare one, but I didn’t end up having to use it! I’m more than a month into living at my new spot, but it feels like I’ve been living here for much longer. If I had to pick between searching and moving in this process, the actual moving was probably the worst with the searching being the most fun and adventurous. Friends love to help you find a place, but ain’t nobody trying to sign up to help you move.


  • Retired this sweater
  • The last of our travels are just around the corner and then we’ll be spending some quality time at home 💕
  • The appetizer to our brunch this morning at the newest @cafereveille
  • The countdown to my birthday is just 6 days away!🌟 and we’ve got butterflies!
  • The moment I realized I couldn’t move forward in my life without a trench @aritzia
  • watchin u grow
  • Having my favorite night in with candles and my space heater 😴
  • f o r w a r d
  • pretty little things

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