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Kailijumei’s “Pixie Rose Lipstick”

I’ve always been fascinated with the invention of new and innovative beauty products. I’ve never been a beauty junkie myself (at least not up until recently) but what I love the most is that there’s always going to be a new shade of lipstick or nail color rising onto the scene and that packaging can come in the most creative forms that you would have never imagined. Because it’s spring, we’ve got floral on our minds for months and this “Pixie Rose Lipstick” by Kailijumei is one that we’re super curious about! Each lipstick has a real life bud planted in the middle of it and while it appears clear, there will be a shade tied to it once it is put on your lips.

The lipstick will glide on clear but change to “a bespoke pink based on the wearer’s pH,” according to Vogue.

To have your very own, you can purchase it here for $18 USD.

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Throw Some D’s – Doug and Skeeter Mashup

And as the night gets later, the content gets weirder better.

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Happy Almost Easter!

Bless my parents for never taking me to get a photo with the Easter bunny because this is terrifying. How that girl is still smiling is beyond me. Even as an adult and looking at this photo, I feel like I’m anticipating my own nightmares. With that said, Happy Easter! We never celebrated really so I don’t know what to wish you all, but I guess… a happy Sunday! I hope you have a fantastic brunch and a great last day before the work week.

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An Octopus Playground in Shenzhen

Can I dial you all into a little secret? When I was younger, I used to actually want to design playgrounds for a living. In no way, shape, or form did my education ever take me on that path, but I still remember watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid and the scene when the group heads into the factory to find that everything is edible was like my dream. Personally, I wished that would’ve happened to me, but on the other hand, I always wondered how cool it would be to create something like that or bring something similar to that to life. Again, I know it’s a chocolate factory and not a playground… but you know where I’m headed with this right? Another example is in that episode of Arthur when Francine takes everyone to her dad’s workplace – the garbage dump – and there’s an amazing playground at the end of the episode!

Okay we just had a moment where I “nerded” out on this. To the point of the story now – a giant octopus playground has emerged in Shenzhen and look how glorious it is! These kids are so lucky. The most friendly octopus you have ever seen was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and UAP. Does this seem familiar to you at all? Hofman was also the designer behind the enormous bunny in Taiwan!

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A Collection Part 47

 

The theme of this collection is minimalism. Before I left my last job, my life was very noisy. My mind was constantly racing with a million thoughts. I wasn’t always able to communicate my feelings articulately. I was stressed with needing to be two places at once, and in general my home – my sanctuary felt cluttered. The time off that I had from working made me feel well again. I felt like I could take care of myself the way I needed to and get that clear head that I was seeking. I couldn’t remember a time where I was THAT happy! And that’s why it was also challenging to get back to work after that… but more on that later. This post is a collection of things that just feel simple to me. There’s not a lot of noise in them and as you’ll notice in these photos, more space than usual. Enjoy!

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Starbucks Japan Is Better Than Us

It’s almost like they are two different companies. With a menu already offering cherry blossom inspired beverages, Japan is now offering a drink on their menu (for a limited time) called American Cherry Pie Frappuccino. Did you guys catch that? It’s American, but it’s over in Japan and we’re so jealous! Yes, of course we want that pie topper for ourselves. Why does no other American Starbucks offer us a frapp on the same level as this one? If you’re visiting Japan this spring, make sure you drop in (for all of us that can’t) and purchase the drink offered from April 13 to May 16.

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Wardrobe Snacks

I’m really glad that this photo series had a name tied to it because I honestly didn’t know what to title this post. The foods featured in these photographs match very different wardrobes accompanying them and this is such a quirky shoot that we didn’t know what to do with it other than post it here. While reading my daily blogs tonight, this one stopped me dead in my tracks. This could be for a number of reasons – everything I read tonight was sort of blagh or I need a late night snack.

The idea was dreamt up by a creative duo including photographer Kelsey McClellan and prop/set stylist Michelle Maguire. The series is inspired by simple foods contrasted against various elements found in the clothing such as color, texture, and design.

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Felissimo Lip Gloss

We’ll try just about anything as long as the packaging is adorable, right? I can’t even remember the last time I wore lip gloss, but when I heard about the special ingredient being featured in this one by Hin-Yari Ohana, I maybe reconsidered. I know what you’re thinking… what’s. with. the. cats? It’s more than just a mascot, it seems because this special lip gloss includes kitten milk.

*pause for reaction*

Additionally, wearing the lip gloss is also supposed to give you the sensation that you are kissing a cat’s wet nose. This is something that I’ve never had a true desire to do, but in reading the description, I’m convinced that this is a lip gloss for cat lovers only.

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Pro Coffee Nap

When a former colleague of mine told me that a coffee + a nap was more productive than having just one or the other, I didn’t believe her. In college, I was the queen of testing every hack I needed to in order to stay productive through the night when I was pulling all nighters and never once did I hear about this trick. However, since I was traveling so much this past fall and spending a lot of time on planes, I thought this might be a good time to actually test this out. Before a recent flight, I picked up a coffee at Starbucks like I always do, but this time I made sure that before we even took off, my eyes were closed and I was trying to unwind down to my sleep state. Instead of setting an alarm like this Vox video advises, I instead made sure my headphones weren’t in and that I awoke naturally to the sound of the flight attendants letting us know that we could now use our electronics. It’s not much time to take a nap, but it did the trick for a west coast to east coast flight and after that nap, I was awake the whole rest of the way and working from the air.

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Casting JonBenet

JonBenet Ramsey and I were the same age so when the story broke out about her death, I was really too young to process it. To this day, even though there was sort of closure, there wasn’t really. People are still making documentaries about it and sharing their theories so naturally, this is one of those cases that I also never let go. I’m still very fascinated by all of it and often wonder what JonBenet’s life would have been like today had this not happened to her and why it seems like everyone close to her involved was let off the hook. This trailer was incredibly haunting to me, but still captivating enough that I might log into my Netflix account (which I do less than a handful of times a year) to watch this when it premiers on April 28th.

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Nike Air Max 95 Candle

Stop what you’re doing. Look at this candle. BLESS this Nike candle and its existence. This is the greatest thing I have seen all day.

Now only if we could find a cute little holder for it to sit on…and of course, never light it ever.

Air Max Day actually falls on March 26th and to commemorate this special day, WHAT THE SHAPE released this amazing piece. These candles are available in pink, yellow, and white. We’ll take all 3, please. If you’d like to be the owner of this, you can visit their Facebook page to make a purchase.

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When You Say the Very Wrong Thing

The incident was so awkward that Kristi’s people had to release this statement:

Yamaguchi’s rep has issued the following statement to E!, “Kristi loves Nancy and has nothing but respect for her. No ill will was intended with the tweet and Nancy herself has received and commented on the well wishes that were sent. Kristi is finding the reactions on social media humorous but unfortunately for those who want it to have been shady, that’s not the case.”

Wow, face palm.

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Collective Retreats

I didn’t grow up being much of a camper or an outdoorsy person for that matter. I’m sure none of you are surprised to learn that. However, in college I branched out a bit and went on a few retreats and found myself really enjoying this time to myself in a secluded environment outside of the city. I liked the freedom of being able to do whatever I wanted and being at peace with my surroundings. As an adult, it’s still something I think about and from time to time, I do research retreats for adults. I never had an opportunity to do the 3-5 day silent retreat in college and that is still one of my biggest regrets!

I recently stumbled across “Collective Retreats,” which resembles what we all know today as “glamping,” but reminds me of the experience I once had. It may not be the tent that you grew up with, but it’s okay to think of it as an updated version of it. These tents have a cozy bed inside, wood floors, and a neighboring bathroom in a teepee. Toilet and shower included! I know what you’re thinking, how does this all work? I’m still trying to figure it out myself. Collective Retreats is able to work because they reach out to various landowners that happen to have these wide open private spaces that make for the perfect getaway. The company then turns these into makeshift tent lodges for a small period of time allowing guests to get the desired vacation they are hoping for. Since these plots of land are so large, they often will include anywhere from 5-15 furnished tents, but all within a reasonable distance from each other so that you can still feel like you are on your own. If you decide that you want the company of other retreaters, there is a common shared space for everyone to hang out together…and in which you will receive chef-prepared meals. Camping… just like when you were a kid!

Collective Retreats is currently available in Yellowstone in Vail with plans to expand out to Sonoma, Hudson Valley, and Hill Country.

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Would You Wear It?

Doesn’t this look like it belongs in a costume shop?! For their Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Gucci released this very quirky sandal with built-in latex socks. If you don’t mind wearing something that gives you a little bit of a plastic sheen, then this is a perfect fit. I actually would love to see this on a person for comparison, however, looking at it in a photo doesn’t make it seem so wearable, right? For a cool $1,190 USD, this can be all yours though!

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“Do What You Can’t” By Casey Neistat

It’s the day before I start my new job and as you may have guessed, I definitely have those nervous feelings in the pit of my stomach. We probably won’t even be able to sleep tonight so to prepare myself, I was thinking about going to bed two hours earlier, but not before I posted this video. To this day, I still look at inspirational quotes and messages and they make me feel alright for a few seconds or so – isn’t that what “Sunday Words” on Yow Yow! is all about? This is actually sort of better than all of those things though especially if you’re someone that takes visual and video form better. It’s simple. It’s relatable and it’s pretty much ALL of us. It’s crazy to think that at some point in our lives someone has told us “you can’t.” Why do people have to be such jerks? It’s 2017 and I recently had a former colleague tell me to my face that they thought I wasn’t good enough to do something. I’m not even lying to you. I had to look around the room to make sure that I was the only one being spoken to and just because you say it with a grin doesn’t mean what you’re saying is right.

So 2017 is still full of jerks, but you know what? 2017 is also a time where you can really do whatever you want. There are so many creatives in this world – so many people like YOU who want to do good and make things happen. Daily, I get to read stories about people who have an idea and who just run with it without knowing the next step and without having a whole lot of experience. You just can’t quit.

The most common thing I hear is how you can do something while still having a full time job. Hi, I’m right here with you. Yow Yow! will probably forever be a side hustle for me. :) That thing that you love – that you want to pursue because you know it will bring you joy – that’s going to become your side hustle. When you’re not working your day job, throw everything you have into that one thing and someday if you keep working at it, that thing will just get better and better, I promise.

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