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Airbnb’s New Tokyo Office

Tech company, Airbnb, has opened up a new office in Tokyo and as you can already imagine, it’s stunning. Personally, I’ve never had a chance to visit their office in San Francisco, but have always heard that it is one of the best offices out of all the startup and tech companies in Silicon Valley and San Francisco so it’s no surprise that Tokyo wouldn’t follow suit. At nearly 2,000 the square feet, this office was designed to blend both “local and global cultures” which you can see throughout these photos.

Per employee feedback, the theme of nature is heavily incorporated throughout the new design, with the end result serving as a breath of fresh air from the city’s chaotic Shinjuku district outside. Staff members can dine in the light-filled café and reception area, follow wooden paths to the various meeting rooms, and remove their shoes and relax on the tatami mats peppered throughout the office.

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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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Instagram Stories

It was 7:00 AM on a weekday when I learned about Instagram Stories for the first time. I was 24% awake checking my inbox, checking my Facebook, checking my Instagram and then lastly landing on my Twitter – my normal daily routine. It was my Instagram feed that I learned about Stories though and it came directly from (almost) the source – Eva Chen, herself. Her latest post directed me to the Instagram account where I watched the video of the feature for the first time. What were my thoughts initially?

a) It’s too early to be watching something with this much high energy

b) I’m probably not going to use this

c) Would I ever be able to figure this out?

d) Is… this… Snapchat stories?

If you’re wondering if it’s normal for me to have at least 4 questions for almost everything in life – it’s true. This is actually my real life. all the time.

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I quickly learned from my fellow colleagues/millennials (that’s what they call us at work) that this is exactly like Snapchat stories, but you know what? In the two weeks of using this product, myself, I’ve come to realize that no one really cares that it might be a copy cat. Meanwhile, Snapchat doesn’t know what to do with themselves so they went ahead and decided to create a super racist filter.

I had my doubts that I would be able to use Stories successfully, but after doing a deep dive with one of our interns, I felt pretty confident that I would be able to get the hang of it. I’ve learned a lot though and what I like the most about the product though is that it’s something to support the photos in my feed. Yes, I may spend a fair bit of time trying to curate the perfect feed, but Stories is different. It’s a little bit more “unscripted,” and it allows people to see the outtakes in my life. There are some things that make better photos and then there are things that make better snapshots in the form of instant photos and videos and THAT is stories.

One of the biggest complaints that I’ve heard about from people about Snapchat is that 1) it kills their batteries, but 2) they have to have a separate follower base. With Instagram, it’s a 2 in 1. I don’t need to create a separate follower base for Instagram Stories because they are already there. I actually had Snapchat over a year ago, but deleted it because I was over it. Meanwhile, I still had a lot of friends using the app and sometimes went back and forth as to whether I should download it. Well, now I have my answer.

After a couple weeks of using it, I’m officially hooked. I don’t normally include a lot of my friends in the photos in my feed, but it has been fun bringing them into my stories and highlighting the things we’re doing every day. How does everyone else feel about it though? Are you Team Snapchat or Team Insta Stories?!

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Wedding Wednesdays – Building a Wedding Website

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At brunch this weekend with Katie, we both realized it had been far too long since I’ve blogged about wedding planning. Time is flying by and all of a sudden the wedding is just over two months away, 73 days to be exact but who’s counting? It’s a weird thing when you’re engaged for a year and a half because for so much of the time it feels so far away and then all of a sudden, in the blink of an eye you are completely freaking out with excitement that it’s just around the corner! So with that, I’m back and anxious to discuss the importance of a wedding website.

A destination wedding can mean a couple of things. It can mean that most of your family and friends are coming in from various parts of the country therefore, for them, it’s a destination wedding. It can also mean that you chose a wedding venue that’s in a national park conveniently located a 3-4 hour drive from an airport…oh wait that’s what we did. Either way, having a destination wedding of sorts means there is a lot of pressure on a good wedding website. Not only am I having a destination wedding, but I’m having a wedding weekend, making the wedding website even more significant. Knowing the importance of a clear, well done wedding website and luckily marrying a software engineer, Eric and I set to work on building our wedding website from the ground up. That’s right, we did not use Squarespace (*gasp!)

The goal of a wedding website should be to exchange information with your guests without actually having to participate in a million different texts, calls, and emails asking the same questions. Your website should be clear and succinct, you don’t want to overwhelm your guests, but you’re covering a lot of ground so truly more information is better in this case. Your website should also be personal and unique to you as a couple. For example, Eric and I have been together for almost seven years and wanted to share our story for those who might not know it already or those who want to hear it again! We also shared a myriad of photos depicting us throughout our relationship, which we had a lot of fun picking out and putting together in a slideshow. Most importantly, our website has travel and lodging information so that our guests can feel at ease in booking their flights and accommodations. Lastly, guests want to know what to expect for the day or weekend so include information such as a schedule of events, anticipated weather, and requested guest attire.

Not everyone chooses to have a wedding website, but they are a nice thing to have and can be easily included on your save the date or on an invitation insert. Absolutely if you are planning a destination wedding a website should be considered and created prior to sending out save the dates. If you can’t code an entire website like my better half, then I would strongly encourage a predesigned/pre-built wedding website engine. Thankfully for me, I got to sit next to Eric and dictate all of my website desires while he did all of the hard work. We think it turned out pretty great, and we’re always working to update it and add additional information as the big day gets closer. The update we’re most excited about? Adding a road trip playlist, curated by my famous bridesmaid who is a big deal in the music industry, and road trip suggested stops for everyone on their drive from the Bay Area to Yosemite.

Interested in how ours turned out or want to just stalk our wedding plans? We don’t judge, check it out here: mandianderic2016.com

Yes, it does sound like we’re running for president, but vote for us and check out our labor of love for inspiration for your own website!

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Rami Malek Talks Startups

Can we just listen to Rami’s voice on loop? Doesn’t matter what he’s talking about.

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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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Mission Chinese Makes Us Miss Myspace

Herman Yung shared this amazing screenshot on his blog of Mission Chinese’s restaurant website looking like an old school Myspace layout. There’s so much to love about this and so much nostalgia, but is this the right move for them? I mean, where’s the link for the menu even! (cause honestly, that’s usually all I care about.) True story – I actually tried to log into my old Myspace account the other day so I could pull up something to write a post later on this week and found myself being completely shut out. It made me a little sad. I remember when updating my Myspace and altering the html and css made me the happiest teenager in the world.

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The Sharing Community + Tech

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a couple weeks now and especially after watching that video of how Japan trains its kids to be independent. As we all know, the sharing community is kind of what our present looks like. It’s something that has fascinated me for awhile because we are getting into cars with complete strangers when we Lyft or Uber and we are staying in the homes of strangers through Airbnb. Similarly, we’re opening up our homes to strangers to stay with us for a price. Everything is for a price and sure, we all know that there are crazy stories that we’ve heard about of these things going absolutely wrong, but yet we still do it because of convenience.

It’s funny to me because being in tech, I talk to my parents about this quite often and we talk about new start-ups that come up and how they’re supposedly making our lives easier because they are less expensive than hotels, and we don’t have to deal with parking in a busy city when we ride share. However, I’m reminded that a long time ago when I was a kid, these were all things that my parents told me I shouldn’t do.

(Mom and Dad – don’t get mad at me for this story)

A couple weekends ago, I was spending time with Dom at Dolores Park and had parked up a huge ass hill. I remembered as I was climbing up this hill in my black suede booties that it was so much easier coming down. I was sweating and out of breath already and I’d really only walked 1/3 of the way. It was a sunny Saturday so parking was scarce – a car drove up next to me on the sidewalk and asked me if I was parked nearby. I said, “Yes, but at the very top of the hill.”

The three guys in the car looked to be my age and they asked me if I wanted a ride up to my car and immediately I shouted back, “I can’t get in the car with you! You’re a stranger!” (yeah, like I was 8 years old or something) I paused for a second. “I’m an Uber driver!”  – the car said to me. I shot back, “Anyone can say that!” But ultimately, I had to think about my situation – and yes, I know this was a risky one and my mom’s going to be so mad at me for this – but I got in the car because if I didn’t, that car was going to  drive right next to me at the pace of a glacier as I struggled up this hill for the next 15 minutes. I didn’t want to go through that embarrassment, they didn’t want to go through that and the long wait of cars behind us definitely didn’t want to sit through that so it was fight or flight and obviously I’m here so the situation was fine. So yes, when I yelled to this car and was being stubborn, I was really being a hypocrite because every weekend, I get into a car with a stranger. All of us do.

It makes me wonder – what am I going to teach my own kids when I’m a parent? Are my kids going to be Ubering at age 10 when I can’t get them to somewhere? Is this going to be normal? How do we teach our kids that strangers are people we have to avoid and ignore, but strangers that we pay to get us from Point A to Point B are okay?

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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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Knitted Electronics

I have a certain knack for being attracted to really cute things that I find on the internet and this one stopped me dead in my tracks. Artist Jessica Dance is bringing to us some serious nostalgia with these knitted electronics and other things from our past and we just couldn’t not share them with you all. Can we just have one of these pieces to display them in our homes?! These pieces were photographed by food photographer David Sykes.

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Top Models Take on Silicon Valley

I sort of stopped in my tracks the other day when I came across this editorial in Silicon Valley featuring Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner alongside a few CEOs in the tech industry. It’s one of those things where you feel like they just don’t go together, but then in a weird way they sort of do. If Eva Chen can pull it off, why can’t Gigi and Kendall? Karlie is probably the closest to tech out of those two (other than the fact that Kendall has a heavily followed Instagram user) because of her connection to Kode with Karlie – an organization that supports young girls coding. It’s actually really adorable. Anyways, we thought we’d share the editorial because here on Yow Yow! we love all things fashion and we have since the blog was born and I now currently work in tech so there’s that connection… you know.

To view the entire spread, click here!

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Blog Roundup

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  • The top 10 Instagrammed restaurants in America [Cool Material]

  • Polly Pocket sets that every 90’s kid loved [BuzzfeedI owned 75% of all of the sets that were shown in these photos.

  • The 10 biggest trends in 2015 [High Snobiety]
  • The 41 most Instagrammed It Items of 2015 [Refinery29]
  • The 6 Shoes Every Grown Man Should Own [Cool Material]
  • Dropbox was given a Michelin Star [Medium]
  • Things that Pitchfork was disappointed about in 2015 [Pitchfork]

Also, just want to note that there will be many more round-up posts as we get closer to the end of the year! I just need to wrap everything up with work first before my focus shifts to Yow Yow! Don’t worry, we’ll do our usuals that we love to do every year and look forward to.

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The List App

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My coworkers have been talking about the new “List App” at work so while some of us were in Texas last week, we decided to download it. This list that I wrote earlier this week kind of offended some people, but I think it’s kind of funny to test the boundaries a little bit, isn’t it? No one wants to see a boring old list about something useless. I actually enjoy how simple the app looks and that you can follow different people outside of your network like celebrites. My favorites so far are Lena Dunham, John Mayer, and Bobby Hundreds. I haven’t quite figured out the app just yet and I’m not sure how long I’ll be using it for, but it’s a combination of Twitter and Buzzfeed. Some say it’s just a fad, but for now I’m going to continue writing on it just to see how I like it. We generally write a lot of lists on Yow Yow! so that’s one of the reasons why I found it interesting in the first place. Feel free to follow!

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Dress Your Tech

I feel like such a little nerd, but ever since I received my Macbook Pro last week, I’ve been nerding out hard. It’s funny because I just had an Air before and there’s not that much of a difference except my Pro is a little bit heavier, but like… a LOT MORE POWERFUL and it’s AWESOME!

I’m not really one to decorate my gadgets and keep most of my techy things pretty simple, but I saw this wooden cover for a Mac on Cool Material today and thought I would share. You can order them in three different shades – Walnut, Cherry, and Dark Ebony. To make your Mac stand out a little bit more, click here.

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Blog Roundup

– America’s most popular tastes broken down by state [GOOD]
– How employees feel their leaders could improve in the workplace [Harvard Business Review]
– Amazon got torn apart last weekend [New York Times]
– 2015’s most annoying words [Man Repeller]


– 5 scientifically proven ways to ease a hangover [Cool Material]

– An app to keep you safe when you’re walking home alone [GOOD]

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