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Blog Roundup

–  These museums actually allow you to have sleepovers there [My Modern Met]

– The evolution of women in stock photos over the years [New York Times]

– Here’s why you get better at things after 1-2 drinks [Mel Magazine]

– Advice vs. Feedback [Signal v. Noise]

– How to End a Bad Date [Man Repeller]

– Watching these two people tight rope between two hot air balloons gave me anxiety [Digg]

– Elevator etiquette in Japan [Medium]

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A Tiny Home

I remember when I first looked at my place in San Francisco, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to bring all of my belongings with me. I was downsizing, sure, but I wondered if my furniture would feel out of place or if rooms would be too crammed. I wondered if I would feel comfortable in my own home. What I’ve come to realize in the last few months is actually the downsizing was actually a positive thing for me. In my old place, I maybe had too much space that it never truly felt like a home because there were so many corners and areas not even being used at all. I love the idea of living with less and utilizing donations to pass on things that I don’t need anymore to those that do or to make room for other new items. I’ve been interested in the idea of tiny homes lately and here’s one that I thought I would share with you all!

What do y’all think? It’s actually not so bad, right?!

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September Favorites

Favorite TV Show – Siesta Key (again!)

I tried my hardest to think of another show that I was consuming during the month of September, but to be honest, we were still obsessed with Siesta Key. The last four episodes of the show really turned things around for the reality series. It’s almost a completely different show than when it first started. I know that these kids are sort of the worst, but we can’t stop. In fact, I’ve found another co-worker of mine who loves the show as much as I do and we’ve started doing recap episode on our Instagram Lives. Things really escalated and we’re looking forward to the second season!

Favorite Album – Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me 

I’ve been playing “Sorry Not Sorry” on repeat since the day it came out, but my fear was that it was going to be the only song I liked from the album. I’m happy to share that that wasn’t the case. “Tell Me You Love Me” may have only just came out at the end of September, but that didn’t stop us from listening to this every single day. My favorites:

  • Sorry Not Sorry
  • Tell Me You Love Me
  • Ruin the Friendship
  • Only Forever
  • Lonely
  • Concentrate
  • Hitchhiker

Favorite Product – Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser – $28

I’ve never had a great routine of making sure that I washed my face every day and lately, I’ve been wondering how I could do that. I had this product in my stash and discovered that it was great for washing your face in the mornings or the evenings and when your face was already damp. Solution? Wash my face while I’m in the shower! So it’s not the best habit to have because you probably want to me washing off your makeup every night, but I feel like we’re taking baby steps in the right direction.

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Gap Icon Denim Jacket – $69.95

I believe the last time I owned a denim jacket, I was 13 and headed into middle school. Shopping with my mom, I couldn’t decide between a denim jacket and a corduroy one and convinced her that I needed to have both. Somewhere between middle school and mid-20’s adulthood, the need to have a denim jacket again disappeared! Only recently was I feeling the urge to have one back in my closet again. It is such a classic staple and I didn’t realize how much I had missed it. One Sunday afternoon, I popped into the Gap store in The Marina and saw what I had been looking for. I stood in front of the mirror for 20 minutes going back and forth between an xsmall and a small. If I had the xsmall, it would be perfectly fitted, but then I wouldn’t be able to have that oversized look or be able to layer anything underneath it. I couldn’t make up my mind, until finally, I had kept my friend Winny waiting too long while I was deciding. I chose the small. The small fit just fine. It didn’t look too big, but it would have enough room for me to layer pieces underneath, which I really wanted. I now wear this jacket almost every day and don’t know how I went ahead in life for so long without it.

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Why Do We Still Use Courtroom Sketches

I’ve actually been wondering the same thing for several months now so when I came across this Vox video on Doobybrain it was almost like magic. We live in a world where technology is everywhere. Our phones can take the best images that we’ve ever seen (of course I’m over here still using what looks like an iPhone 4, but whatever) and yet there is still someone sketching these drawings in every courtroom. It’s a fascination for me to begin with because of several factors – the level of detail, speed, why, what it’s used for. It’s true though what Christine Cornell says in this video… the sketch do capture another kind of emotion that photographs don’t.

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Airbnb | Experiences in NYC

It has been known that Airbnb has been working on Experiences for awhile, but this is the first time I’ve seen this advertisement and I really love it. I currently work for a company that focuses more on the production side of things within tech so while I’ve always had an interest in this sort of thing (you’ve seen content like this before on Yow Yow!) I feel like my senses for this are now a bit more heightened. There are a few things that attracted me to this idea. Some of my favorite trips have been the ones where I have had experiences there that I could only have in that location ie) going to a pineapple farm in Okinawa, Japan. Now, my mother and I sort of stumbled upon that by chance, but if you’re a planner like me, then this is something that you want to know about and book ahead of time. I’m sure so much research went into this project to learn about the history of the cities and the neighborhoods in addition to finding the individuals to be a part of this to guide guests. I’m quite impressed by all of that. Readers, do you think you’d try Experiences out? Everyone has a very different way of traveling so I’m assuming this might not be for everyone, but are there some of you that would take advantage of this and what would you like to do? Up next – Airbnb tackles restaurant reservation and decides to eat up OpenTable. Just kidding! But, we all know it’s sort of coming so anything can happen!

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Things That Should Exist For Single People

I’ve been reading the blog A Cup of Jo since early college and recently (or at least within the last year or so) they’ve been highlighting the work of artist Mari Andrew. She does an illustration for the blog weekly and I find them to be so relatable and perfect for sharing! Here’s a little treat for you on this Sunday morning. <3

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10-Year Old Boxer – Jesselyn Silva

I’ve been holding onto this video for months – five months to be exact. It’s one of the longest periods of time that I’ve ever held onto something that I have wanted to write about, but then didn’t actually write about right away. This past spring, I took some time to try and be more reflective with Yow Yow! The quick day-to-day posts keep us going, but the real gems are the ones where I might spend a couple of days or a week thinking about. I’ll outline and do some research. I’ll take the time to conduct an interview to support my message. I considered my own situation – how many aspects of my own life were changing and how this blog has evolved over eight years.

As a woman in 2017, there are a lot of things that get me riled up these days. They are a lot of things that may not have evoked much emotion in me in previous years, but now everything has come to the surface. I thought about the women in my life and how each of them had a story to tell and how each story was vastly different. I’m still hanging onto this idea. I want to empower those in my network to share their stories of strength, love, gratitude and more. This video was going to be the kickoff for that series. However, in the last couple of months, I’ve had a change of heart. There’s another voice that I want to shed light on on Yow Yow! and I want to focus on creating that next series.

That being said, Jesselyn’s video is awesome. I’ve held onto it for this long so it clearly means something to me and as a post to share with others. Enjoy!

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Demi Lovato Performs Sorry Not Sorry

I am still not sick of hearing this song. If this isn’t the perfect example of a girl anthem, then I have no idea what is. Demi performed her hit, “Sorry Not Sorry” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this week and I fan-girled out. I’ve been watching Demi since her Disney days and am convinced that she’s one of the top singers to come out of that entire bunch. She’s come a long way and her comeback actually worked in her favor. We’re glad to see that Demi is healthy and happy. :)

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Kaia Gerber’s First Fashion Week

Were any of us really this cool at 16? If you’ve been living under a rock or whatever – don’t care that much about what’s happening with fashion week, then let us introduce you to Kaia Gerber. It’s her very first Fashion Week walking down the runway, but not her first time modeling. If you’re wondering why she looks so familiar and recognize that charm of hers, it’s because she takes it straight from her mother – the iconic Cindy Crawford. Every year, there’s always a new model on the rise to watch and this year it’s her. Move over Kendall, Gigi, Bella, and Hailey, everyone’s falling in love with Kaia.

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Lime Crime Inspired By Polly Pocket

THIS photo stopped me dead in my tracks. At first glance, I thought I was seeing my favorite childhood toy, but instead it’s a copy cat and it’s so good. I’ve never actually used cosmetics brand, Lime Crime, before, but their new packaging is genius and one that tugs at the heart strings a little bit (at least for me!) These shadows to highlight our eyes and cheeks come in three different flavors each with five shades.

After being released on September 19th, you can purchase one of these compact cases for $34 at their website. Now, if only these could come with our own mini Polly Pocket…!

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Our New Bachelor

I am COMPLETELY here for this.

Arie was so dreamy on Emily’s season so I’m really looking forward to seeing him step up to this role. I joked with Leslie this morning that she can now sign me up for this, but we all know that could never happen!

Also this tweet right here:

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Me and My Record Player

During my recent move up to the city, I really had to take a long hard look at all of my belongings and assess if I’d be bringing it along with me. The record player is such a prized possession in that it’s been really cool to have, but it hasn’t gotten that much use. It also was a gift from a previous ex-boyfriend so I started to wonder “did I really want to keep it?” The devil on my shoulder, however, said “don’t be petty. Keep the damn record player!” I wrestled with this for days because I thought that if I didn’t keep it, it would be one last item to pack, but then I could purchase the record player I had always wanted. Even during my moment of packing, I had convinced myself that I had broken it forever. I later learned that was not the case at all.

So it made the cut. Instead of staying hidden on my shelf though, I actually gave it its own spot in my home where it gets quite a bit of attention. The record player is now getting it’s second life with me and I’d like to begin collecting records for it, but I’m not always sure where to start. I have three so far in my collection – one Bon Iver that came with it as part of the gift, a second one of a mix wedding record from a swag bag, and the third being “Give Up” by The Postal Service. Readers, if you are an owner as well, what kind of cadence have you set for yourself? How do you decide which records to purchase and how often?

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