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Andi Mack

We’ve always been pretty big on television and I won’t lie to you that watching TV while multi-tasking has stunted my productivity over the years, but I can’t help it! Since I’ve spent a lot of years living alone, I loved having the TV on as background noise. It made home feel a lot less quiet. I also just enjoyed the range of television shows that I’ve watched over the years. As I was reading the news today, I discovered a new series that will be coming to the Disney Channel. And yes, I’m on the verge of 27, but no one was more upset than me about the loss of “Girl Meets World.” I wrestled for a minute or two on whether or not to take 30 minutes of my time to watch the full first episode and I’m glad I did. Andi Mack is a newly 13-year old girl who is basically using this birthday the way we all did when we turned 13 – to come out of our shell a little bit more, take more risks, and figure out who she is. She’s got two best friends, a crush, her parents, and her cool older sister. Mini spoiler alert though, on her birthday, she discovers that her cool older sister is actually her mom and that her “mom” is actually her Grandma.

This is BIG for Disney channel, right?! I mean have they ever had a series like this? I don’t think so. More importantly, I love the fact that they are bringing more Asian actors and actresses into their original series. I don’t exactly know how the rest of the season will pan out, but I’m really rooting for this one and I find it to be pretty tasteful so far – at least for a pilot episode.

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Song of the Day

Michael Kiwanuka – Cold Little Heart

Where might you have heard this song recently? Most likely the intro to this week’s first episode of Big Little Lies. Is anyone watching? I know we’re just getting started, but I’m totally into the drama surrounding these kids and their parents in Monterey. Also, the show makes Monterey look 10x cooler than it does in real life.

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The Eve of the Super Bowl

This video needed more Marshawn. Of course we’ll be watching the Super Bowl tomorrow, but it’s always less fun for us when the Seahawks aren’t in it. In case anyone is wondering though…um, we’re rooting for the Falcons!

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SAG Speeches 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the SAG Awards this weekend more than I thought I would! I’m not happy with the way the state of the world is right now and it sounds like I’m not the only one. I felt relieved to hear actors voicing their thoughts and opinions all over the award show though, but more importantly in their speeches. I’ve never been in this camp that separates actors and actresses into just celebrities – to be honest, that whole perception bothered me. We’re people! We’re all living in this country – in this world and what happens to me also impacts them. Here are my favorite speeches from the award show. It’s all crazy, funny, and heartfelt and we love it.

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Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams Are Married

When we first announced that the two were engaged back in 2014, the news became very popular on Yow Yow! I had no idea that y’all were also fans of Pretty Little Liars and Suits (my two favorite shows at the time!) Or maybe you all just like hearing news of engagements. That is also true for me too. Well, we’re happy to announce that Troian and Patrick finally got married this past December in the most unique and creative way. They treated their guests to a 3-day wedding celebration around a theme that centered on their first date, “Fort Day.” I’ve seen several outlets posting about their wedding, but I thought the best photographs actually came from Hello Magazine in Canada so that’s what we’re sharing with you today.

Troian with her father

For the entire feature and more photos, click here.

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Seth Meyers Interviews Kellyanne Conway

I missed this when it aired earlier this week, but because of everything that I’ve heard – I made it a point to end up watching it at the end of the work week. I don’t quite understand Kellyanne Conway and I’m not going to try. I’ve seen enough of her during the campaign that I’ve just about made up my mind about her. However, Seth Meyers has really made an impression on me during this election – first with his message after the results and now this. We need someone to ask these hard questions and if you know me – then you know I love it when people just get called out for things like he’s doing here. It’s not bullying and he’s not doing it disrespectfully either, but he’s making a strong point here. Everyone should be doing this and as we move forward, we need to continue asking questions and challenging.

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Girls – The Final Season

Are we ready to finally say goodbye to Hannah Horvath and her girlfriends? The official trailer for the last season of Girls was released today and we have mixed feelings. I can openly admit that I haven’t loved every episode in this series. Sometimes, Hannah made me want to rip my hair out every time I heard her make some entitled millennial comment. And there were moments where we watched and we never even identified with any one of them, but nonetheless the show was entertaining. I’ve watched the series with so many different friends and since I missed the boat with Sex and the City way back when, I felt like this series was actually mine. I think now is the best time for Girls to end. It had a good run and I’m excited to see where everyone ends up… as long as Marnie leaves her husband. The new season begins February 12th on HBO.

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Golden Globe Awards 2017

Viola Davis in Michael Kors Collection

I spent a great deal of time today glued to my TV. Those hours of the red carpet and the actual award show aren’t hours that I can get back. My two takeaways? Well, I didn’t watch enough good movies in the last year and everyone that tried to pull off a long-sleeved dress this year on the red carpet failed. I did have a couple of favorite looks though and they came from those that surprised me! I always like doing this post the night of the award show so that people can have something to scroll through when morning comes around so with that here are my favorite looks as well as those that missed the mark.

I’m actually tired of this trend with dresses being one shouldered and have been for awhile, however, I love this color on Viola and she looks stunning. I also like that she decided to simplify both her and makeup so that the dress could just do its thing. The head-scratching moment of the night for this dress was when Ryan Seacrest asked her what color her dress was while everyone at home was like “um, can’t you tell what color this is?”

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Vera Wang

Very rarely am I ever impressed by anything SJP wears. She looks like a marshmallow in this gown and I’m not happy with the way she styled her hair. The only way this look could redeem itself is if it were sleeveless and her hair were let down.

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Girl Meets World is Officially Cancelled

So Disney officially took the axe to Girl Meets World this week and it was heartbreaking. Rumors have been swirling for about a month now on whether or not the show would continue. I’m actually really disappointed to hear the news. I’ve been watching the show since the first season and always made Kevin watch with me when I was living in Seattle. It’s different to view the world from Cory Matthews’ daughter’s point of view, but she was a pretty extraordinary character. Riley was dynamic and even as a twenty-something, I still felt like I resonated with her feelings as well as the other characters on the show. I wish Disney would give them a second chance or that another network would pick them up because they deserve to still be on air. I’m going to miss this cast.

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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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The Ladies of The Bachelor – Bridal Photoshoot

With the premiere of The Bachelor returning to ABC tomorrow, it only seemed fitting that we would share this photoshoot that the ladies of The Bachelor did in bridal wear from November. No, we haven’t been saving it for this timely moment, but were behind on posts and wanted to save it for a later date. Now, it’s just coincidence! The women looked lovely in neutral shades and we’ve gotta say – we actually appreciate these looks more than the ones they’ve worn on the show because they sometimes are full of glitter and sequins. Here’s hoping that all these beautiful ladies find their prince charming eventually (and hopefully off screen!)

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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 this 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  same 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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