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Flashback Friday

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These photos are untouched because it’s a Friday night and it has been a long week so I just don’t even have the energy to begin editing them, but we have something important to say. It has been FOUR years since I graduated from college! Dom shared a group photo of us this morning and it was so nostalgic to see. Sometimes, it really is true what they say that college is the best four years of your life, but in no way shape or form do I feel the need to go back. There were some incredibly challenging moments, but I made connections with people that are very much my lifelong friends still.

The morning of graduation, a bunch of us decided to head over to someone’s apartment for a mimosa party. A lot of mimosas. I didn’t even know the person that lived at the apartment, really, and I still don’t know who that person is, but my friends were there so that’s all that mattered. We had all just gone out the night before, but graduation is long and sometimes you need a little pep in your step as you’re walking across the stage. These photos are really funny for me to look back on especially this top one because it’s totally my “I’m ready to graduate!” pose and it’s ridiculously annoying.

If you would’ve asked me back then if I ever saw myself leaving Seattle, I probably would’ve just said “nahh.”

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What We’re Listening to This Weekend:

One of my favorite friends is here in SF this week for work. Evan and I worked together on our events team while we were in college and after college, I decided to take the very stable/corporate route while Evan went on to continue with the music career that I always dreamed of having. He’s now a talent booker for a venue we frequented all the time back home. After spending a weekend with my college friends, I was really missing Seattle music from my life so I spent most of the day listening to Pickwick!

I had the pleasure of working with them right before I graduated and they were such a great group of guys. I hear they’re doing well for themselves in Seattle right now and I wish I could be there to see it!

Listen to the whole album from start to finish, but if you have to start with one – I would choose Hacienda Motel.

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The Real World Back in Seattle

The Real World is bringing things back to Seattle for Season 32 and more specifically to my old neighborhood of Capitol Hill. They are going to be right on the street that I lived on and it’s actually the prime place to be. Capitol Hill has changed a lot since I last called it home, but it’s the perfect environment for any young 20-something that doesn’t know what they’re doing in their life and needs to be on a reality show. What exactly is the recipe for that? Hip bars within walking distance, trendy restaurants, and a bunch of bros that have invaded my favorite neighborhood. Oh sorry, does this sound negative? I’m not even going to be there, but I am very much looking forward to this season as long as it pays homage to the original Seattle season. Janet was always my spirit animal – we were so much alike except for the smoking.

The Real World used to be such an iconic show and one that I have watched through the years, but as of late – things have gotten a little weird. They bring in the exes of all of the housemates to live. with them. and they all hook up with each other and it’s crazy. Also, they don’t seem to have jobs anymore, which is something that I really appreciated because that seems pretty realistic doesn’t it? To have a job in your 20’s? Here’s hoping that Season 32 goes back to their roots! (though I’m not holding my breath)

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Our Obsession w/ Glassybaby

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If you’ve been following us on Instagram lately, then you may have noticed a series of photos featuring handblown glass candle votives. One friend of mine even asked me if I had become Glassybaby’s latest spokesperson because they have made so many appearances on my feed. Nope! I just think they are extremely gorgeous and pretty. Every time I see a collection of them, I feel inclined to take a photo. Earlier this year, I mentioned that I had become obsessed with having candles in my home so it’s not totally surprising that they were the gateway to Glassybaby. I’ve actually known about the brand for a few years as they are originally from my hometown of Seattle and I had had a few girlfriends (Jennie – in particular!) who has been collecting and decorating her condo with them for years.

I kept visiting their Stanford Shopping Center location this year and each time I would pick out my favorites and of course, snap a photo while I was there. It didn’t take long though until Glassybaby started noticing some of my photos on Instagram and I was contacted by Alyssa (an employee of the company) who invited me to Berkeley to meet with her and visit their studio and hot shop. #goals.

The space was absolutely beautiful! Having done some event planning prior to recruiting, event spaces are something that I have managed to develop crushes on and this was one of those spaces. There was so much natural lighting and open space not to mention you can watch the Glassybabys being made right in front of you. It was a pretty cool experience to witness and we’re so glad that Alyssa gave us the opportunity!

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Every day the hot shop focuses on 6 different Glassybaby’s to make. Spoiler Alert! They let me take home Bay Lights that day and I’ve been keeping it lit ever since.

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Bumbershoot 2016

Every year this lineup comes out and I’m not home in Seattle for it or the festival, I experience a little fomo! Bumbershoot isn’t my childhood, but it’s totally my adolescence and that’s still pretty important. Everyone going to this is so so very lucky!!

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“Chase the Clouds” Music Video

This is a total friendship-bragging post. When I was in college, I felt like everyone around me was always hustlin’ – always doing cool shit and promoting their work. Living in Seattle and being a part of this scene made things feel more possible than impossible. If you followed Yow Yow! when I was in college ehh 2009-2012, then you saw these posts come up regularly about my friends and I was HOBviously the most proud. Not being in Seattle, I don’t get to hear about these things as often as I used to, but I keep my ear close when I can.

This week two friends of mine from school directed, produced, and edited a music video for Erik Blood’s “Chase the Clouds” and it is both stunning and mesmerizing. The piece came out on Monday, but I only JUST got around to watching it last night when I was staying late at work. I had just finished up and was winding down, thinking about Yow Yow! stuff like I normally do in the evenings when I decided to put it on. From the very beginning, I was hooked – eyes completely glued to my monitor as I sat in my desk chair, legs criss-crossed applesauce, with terrible posture and leaning in wondering what was going to happen next. Honestly, the music video is kind of a mystery to me and evoked feelings that even made me uncomfortable at times.

City Arts wrote up a blurb about the music video and to be honest, they did a better job than I ever could:

Into the song’s moody, uplifting ambiance Edlund projects the story of a young man attending a 1960s “conversion camp.” (These sorts of places apparently still exist though they go by other names now.) Edlund evokes a powerful sense of period and place through subtle flourishes in costuming and direction and his characters convey surprising depth, as if they exist beyond the bounds of the video. Edlund’s imagery and Blood’s music suffuse the video with a hazy nostalgia—for first love, summer romance, careless youth—which is darkened and twisted by the circumstances of the narrative.

6.5 minutes may seem long for a music video, but it’s worth every second. I love how we got a really succinct story out of it all and some closure at the same time. Peter and Megan (one of my most favorite friends ever!) did an incredible job and I’m so proud of them and excited to share their piece of work on Yow Yow!

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Starbucks to Open 20,000 SQ Foot Location in New York

BIG news. Starbucks is opening a 20,000 square-foot location in New York in 2018. Just wrap your head around that for a second. This will be the largest location out of all their stores – even out of the gazillion locations in Seattle and that’s where they are originally from. I just went to New York a few weeks ago for the first time and I remember Mandi telling me that New York just isn’t known for its coffee. I had a latte at Donut Plant that I liked, but for some reason just like I thought Seattle was the hub for coffee, I thought New York would be the same. I even got a drink at Starbucks when I was there and it was kind of awful and made me miss the one I go to regularly in the Bay Area. Hopefully, this new location won’t disappoint though. This location will be the second version of the Roastery located in Capitol Hill and will essentially be the East Coast version of it.

By the way, if you haven’t stop by for a visit, it is stunning. You don’t need to spend too much time there, but there’s a lot to see and it’s one of the fancier locations in the entire Seattle area. The New York City Roastery will live in a new building that is currently in construction in Chelsea.

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What We’re Listening To:

If you’ve been following me on Twitter recently, then you know that I’ve been having a lot of feels for my previous life within the music industry. :( I think sometimes when my work life gets hard, I like to remind myself that I’ve had different types of harder days before and that things do get better. I’ve been missing Seattle music a lot in recent days so spending my afternoon with one of my favorite albums from The Head and The Heart was a great pick-me-up. I also spent an hour last night compiling a playlist on Spotify of all of my favorite scene music from ages 15-22. Don’t worry, we’ll write about that later. For now, enjoy this album and get a taste of my favorite Seattle sound.

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Blog Roundup

  • How chefs pack their kids’ lunches [Bon Appetit]
  • Stay up to date with this Election Calendar [The Skimm]
  • Tindr for baby names! [Babyname App]
  • Just several examples of perfectionism [Bored Panda]
  • Why it’s important to remember your friends’ sad anniversaries too. [Adulting]
  • 10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has to Be [Thought Catalog]
  • The beauty standards flight attendants have to follow [Cosmopolitan]

  • A funny little story about dating [Cup of Jo]
  • How to support sexual assault survivors [Ask Men]
  • In random news, Katy Perry is moving to Seattle [Headline Brief]
  • The worst kind of bosses [GOOD]
  • A sweet husband’s kind gesture to his blind wife [GOOD]
  • What time to go to bed [calculator]
  • How to microwave leftovers [the kitchn] Yeah, I didn’t know this either.
  • The cutest way a mother could break the news to her son about being a big brother [Facebook]
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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016

The initial lineup was just released yesterday, but as we all know – it only gets better as time goes on when it comes to CHBP. As always, I’m especially proud of the Pacific Northwest presence – Odesza, STRFKR, The Cave Singers. Capitol Hill Block Party is a festival that means so much to me and was a huge part of my upbringing in music. It’s hard to believe how many years I’ve been away from it now – just doesn’t seem normal, you know? And it’s not like I have a festival here in the Bay Area that I can call home quite yet. :(

Aw sad feels.

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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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Home for the Holidays

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There’s nothing worse than being sick during your vacation and of course the holidays! In the month of December, my company gives us a generous amount of time off so that we can get away from work, unwind and actually relax, and spend time with friends and families. A lot of my coworkers actually go on elaborate trips during this time and I always get so jealous, but it’s also the perfect time for me to just return home to Seattle too. The first day of break, I came down with the flu. Hard. And it was absolutely miserable – so bad that I didn’t even get to go visit all of my favorite places and eat at all of my favorite restaurants! Despite the flu though, I’m surprised at how many photos we were able to capture from the trip. Above is a snapshot of Oddfellows’ outdoor holiday decorations that I took when I met up with Max, Veronica, and her boyfriend Alex over brunch.

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Looking Back: Space Girl

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If you’ve been following my Instagram and Yow Yow! lately then you may have noticed that we’ve been doing a lot of posts on what I’ve been wearing. We did this back in 2011-2012 also, but back then things looked a little bit different. I remember when I expressed to Veronica back then that I wanted to showcase some of my outfits on Yow Yow! but I didn’t know where to start. You know how in photographs, people are always like “what do I do with my hands?!” well I was always like, “what do I do with my face?!” I couldn’t pull off that sultry blogger pout and I hated having to try and force a laugh every time to get the right shot. Honestly, I was awkward and it feels funny to admit this now five years later, but I was pretty insecure about this.

Where I was working back then, we had a Space Helmet (the one pictured above) and Veronica and I kind of came up with this idea that we would create an alter ego for myself. Space Girl was born. You wouldn’t think that it would make such a difference to put this helmet on and shoot a photo, but it did. In the helmet, I wasn’t worried about what my face looked like and actually Space Girl got a little wild sometimes. We definitely had way more fun with this helmet than we thought we would. Looking back on it now, the idea seems really silly, but it helped me overcome something that I’m much more comfortable with today. So to celebrate our 7th birthday, we wanted to take a look back on some of Space Girl’s greatest looks shot on campus at Seattle University and some of the worst Photoshop editing jobs I’ve ever done. Thank you to all my friends in college who let me entertain this idea for a year.

If you’re wondering whatever happened to the helmet… we had to leave it behind as it officially belonged to Seattle University. However, Kevin knew that Space Girl was such a huge part of Yow Yow! and me too so he bought it for me on Amazon after I graduated. It now has a place in my home sitting in my living room. :)

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52 Lists Project

I wanted to take some time today to share with you all a really great present for the special people in your life. If this book looks familiar, it’s because you may have noticed that I featured it in my Christmas Wish List for 2015. While I didn’t receive it as a present this year, I did gift it to my mother who I thought would enjoy documenting her 2016 in lists and what’s important to her so that she can look back on it someday.

We’re so happy to be promoting 52 Lists Project because not only is it sold out in stores nationwide and backordered on Amazon because it’s selling like hotcakes, but it was also written by Moorea Seal who is the owner of one of my favorite boutiques back home in Seattle. Anyone remember this post from the summer when I stopped by her shop for the first time and fell in looooove?!

The journal is beautiful. I can’t get over all of the pictures I’ve seen on Instagram in which it has been featured. I also can’t wait until I can snag one for myself (if I’m ever going to be able to get one!) Heads up – all my girlfriends can look forward to getting this as a present this year for their birthdays.

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Favorites of 2015

Whoops! We’re already two days into the new year so we’re just a little bit behind on this, but we couldn’t move forward with other posts without writing this one first. 2015 was good to us, but we’re even more excited for 2016 and what’s ahead!

Favorite Style Icon: Olivia Culpo

So we have to admit, Olivia wasn’t always on our radar, but in 2015 she kind of came out into her own. After being linked to Nick Jonas for quite a while and splitting from him earlier this year, she started to wear the “single-girl” look flawlessly. We might even go as far as saying that she was the role model for a lot of newly-single girls. She sort of rebounded with Tim Tebow for a bit, but that didn’t make headlines as much and instead she was being recognized for what she was wearing day to day and on the red carpet. Additionally, she’s part of the Revolve Girl Gang with all of our favorite fashionable bloggers!

Runner Up: Kiernan Shipka

Favorite Getaway: Los Angeles

It’s so hard to pick a favorite! This year we went to Austin and Portland for the first time which was so much fun, but honestly spending some quality time with one of your best gal pals and talking wedding stuff with her is hard to top. I loved staying with Gelesia and seeing LA through her eyes. It also doesn’t hurt that we love a lot of the same things and can eat six meals a day together. She also doesn’t mind standing in being my photographer for a weekend – the feeling is mutual though ;)

Runner Up: Austin

Favorite artist of the year: Kehlani

We haven’t stopped listening to Kehlani since we first learned about her this summer. Now, everyone knows that I’m a huge fan of the girl anthems and she’s our poster girl for 2015. Kehlani’s music really hits home to a lot of people which is why she’s actually one of the most successful artists of 2015 said …everyone. I also read this feature on her the other day through The Fader that I would recommend. You can either listen to her music first or read this, whatever the case, you’re going to be sold on her. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been blasting her album on the 101 up to San Francisco and singing at the top of my lungs. In case you haven’t realized it yet – she’s a badass so when you sing like her, you feel like one too.

Runner Up: Leon Bridges

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: The Affair

I know – I can hardly believe that I didn’t select Vanderpump Rules again for the 3rd year in a row. When I was negotiating with Comcast earlier this year, they threw in Showtime for me and I spent that time getting all caught up on this addicting television series. I only had it for 90 days so when the show returns for its next season, I’ll have to ask for this back. I absolutely love love love the show though and it’s crazy because the characters aren’t at all likable. In fact, Noah Solloway is kind of like the worst human being ever and so is his daughter Whitney – jesus. Regardless, we’re hooked and we can’t help it. When I first heard about the show, I thought it was all romance and drama, but now it’s turning into a murder mystery and we don’t hate it.

Runner Up: Super Girl

Favorite item purchased this year: Oak + Fort Scarf C15

I’m never letting this piece go. The first time I saw this scarf featured on Oak + Fort’s Instagram, I knew I had to have it. Yeah so that’s another thing this year, we developed a really unhealthy habit of seeing things on Instagram and then buying it right after. Real talk though, this oversized scarf though sometimes bigger than my entire body is the comfiest coziest piece I’ve ever owned! I love wearing it with my dresses or using it as a blanket when I go out somewhere. You really can’t go wrong. The other day I was strolling through Nordstrom and two people working the floor had complimented me on it… one right after the other in the same department. Even everyone else knows how strong of a piece this is.

Runner Up: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases

Favorite albums (in no particular order):

  1. Kehlani – You Should Be Here
  2. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  3. The Flavr Blue – Love Notes
  4. Justin Bieber – Purpose
  5. Little Mix – Get Weird
  6. Beat Connection – Product 3
  7. The Internet – Ego Death
  8. Alina Baraz – Urban Flora EP
  9. Miguel – Wildheart
  10. Madeon – Adventure

(We are very happy to see two Seattle groups on here! Well, I mean I made this list so I chose them, but they had a great year!)

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Favorite online past time: Instagram

Oh goodness, isn’t it obvious? We love Instagram this year more than ever! If you’re not following me yet, come and join us! You’ll likely see more daily updates there when we can’t always get to the blog itself.

Runner Up: What other apps do we need to be using?

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