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A Collection Part 44

I think I’ve always loved putting these posts together because these are the types of photos I’ve always wanted to take. They’re so simple and minimalistic, but yet they say so much and they say something different to everyone. I’ve asked Veronica a couple of times now why she enjoys these posts and now that I think about it – I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten a real answer. Veronica, can you let us know so I can include it in the next post? All I know is that in college she would hound me to get these done and out. And then after she had spent some time scanning over the photos (a few minutes) she’d ask for another one. (DJ Khaled) I think I would always just laugh and say, “Veronica, these take time.” And they do! This one post took about three months to put together.

I’ve done 44 of these now. That’s an incredible number to me. And it’s interesting to me that each one of these tells a different story though I’m not sure what that story is. I look through some of the older “A Collection” posts and sometimes I wonder why I chose a certain photo. I’ll look at it and scrunch up my face and be like, “Why? What did this mean to me?” But I guess what it just means is that it was all about timing. In that exact moment that I saw that photo as I was scanning over lots of photos, that one spoke out enough to me that I had to include it. Maybe I was feeling sassy, meek, contemplative, curious…I’m not able to put my finger on it for every photo and I like that I don’t have to.

Sometimes I write posts on Yow Yow! that are very personal and I look at the words and I question if that’s what I actually wanted to convey or if people will interpret it in a different way than I attended. With these posts, I don’t have to worry as much, but these are just as personal because I’m really saying how I feel, but in the most visual way.

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How Japan is Raising Independent Kids

I was completely amused by watching this video that I stumbled upon the other day. I think it’s probably because as a kid, I totally thought I was independent, but after watching this I’m now second guessing myself. I was independent in that I wasn’t someone that always needed to be around people, but could I always do things by myself like adult things? No. Would I be able to walk to school? No way, it was too far. So I took the bus with 20 other kids every single day and the bus stop was right outside of my house. I can’t believe this girl took a number of trains every day, but it makes sense when Japan’s crime rate is so low that that’s something that you just don’t have to worry about.

The cruelest part of the video though? Seeing those kids cry when their parents force them to learn how to be independent. :(

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Saturday Night Watch

First off, I found this through Doobybrain which is now back! Not sure if anyone remembers this, but Doobybrain was one of my favorite blogs in college then it stopped for a while and content was being posted elsewhere and now it’s back online again and current.

This animation by Chris Ware and John Kuramoto was made for a December issue of The New Yorker. It was made in collaboration with interviews from This American Life with Ira Glass that retells the story of a mother and daughter realizing the powerful effect of makeup and how it may have affected each person differently.

Only recently did I start to get into podcasts so This American Life was familiar to me and I’m fascinated by the way I’m hearing these stories. Sometimes it’s nice to give your eyes a rest from reading so that you can listen and visualize especially through this video here. This was really awesome to watch – thanks so much Herman for sharing! Happy to have you back!

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What’s in a +1?

With two weddings already lined up for 2016, I’ve been giving the entire topic of weddings a lot of thought. What else is new, right? For one of my weddings, I’ll be having a +1 and I’ve been thinking for sometime about who I might be taking. If you’re coupled up, it’s kind of a no-brainer, but in an instance where you might not be, it’s a good idea to just bring someone that you know you’re going to have a fun time with. Easier said than done. Now, I have had one successful +1 in the past and one that was not so successful. Here is what I think makes the ideal +1:

  • The person that I brought with me didn’t know anyone at the wedding. I was there because I was friends with the bride and had met the groom once or twice so I also didn’t know anyone either. Some may say this is a problem and can be a little awkward. Luckily, I brought a guy friend that can get along with just about anyone. We were seated at a super fun table with all of the groom’s friends from college and by the end of the night I started to realize that everyone at the table loved him especially. Maybe I was even a little bit annoyed that they liked him better than me!
  • Bring someone who loves to dance. I also like dancing so I already know I’m going to be on the dance floor and I don’t want to have to worry about someone who is going to shy away from it. No one likes a party pooper that wants to hang out in the corner.
  • A good +1 is someone who won’t embarrass you. You don’t have to worry that they’re going to be socially awkward, say anything inappropriate or worst of all – get too drunk.
  • A good +1 is someone who is willing to be fair to you. They won’t let you pay for / take care of everything and will help pitch in. After all, you’ll providing them with a fun night of food, drinks, and partying! (just kidding! the bride and groom are doing that, but you’re taking them along for the ride!) They’ll also help you navigate any awkward or uncomfortable situation as they come up.
  • Bonus: If your +1 is willing to be a wingman for you, then you’ve really nailed it!

Cyril, thank you for setting that bar incredibly high several years ago!

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Fuller House Cast Appears on Jimmy Fallon

Okay, we’re starting to get more and more excited for this show to premiere on Netflix. This whole Donald Trump bit is kind of random, but we think it’s probably just an excuse to get us riled up for the Tanner family to return. Oh my goodness, nostalgia.

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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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Why Are Weddings So Damn Expensive?

The girls and I at Mandi’s Galentine’s Brunch yesterday had this exact same conversation! Given that the wedding industry is a little bit crazy (though we love it!) we started to wonder if the prices would differ if we told vendors that we were just trying to throw a gathering as opposed to a wedding. We feel like when vendors hear the word “wedding” it’s their cue to jack up the prices and we were pretty much right! We also came to another conclusion that engaged couples are more likely to be fooled because they just don’t have anything else to compare it to. Also true, according to this Vox video.

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Fuller House (trailer)

I have to admit, I’m a little bit nervous about Fuller House, but this was my favorite sitcom growing up (90’s kid here!) so there was no way that I wouldn’t at least catch the first few episodes. I was also pretty ecstatic when I heard that Netflix had picked it up and made it into an actual thing. The trailer doesn’t seem too promising, but I love that DJ is back in the forefront. Gibbler is completely awkward, but that’s to be expected and – why is Stephanie Tanner so tall?!

Mandi and I won’t be able to watch it together the day it premieres, but we are planning to get together shortly after to stream it from one of our laptops and watching it in front of Alamo Square because that just seems like the right thing to do. She also just conveniently lives right. there.

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Proud Owner:

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When looking ahead to 2016, I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to start buying candles. I had always felt a little bit behind knowing that all the guys I ever dated had candles on their desk or bedside table whereas buying a candle for my home had never even crossed my mind. Candles are sold everywhere, Rite Aid, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Safeway – but if I was going to get serious about this, I wanted to do my research. I wanted the best of the best and Mandi let me know that the only place to buy them was Anthropologie.

The same day that I landed back in California after spending the holidays in Seattle, I came home, dropped off my luggage and drove straight to Anthropologie. Since this was going to be a new hobby/collection, I thought I would start off small and purchase 1, but after sniffing almost every candle in the store, limiting myself just didn’t seem like a good idea. Instead, I bought the three pictured above. Three different sizes – all different scents and in three different tins so that they could be re-used. More on that in a future post though!

I realized though that when it came to candles, I was kind of a n00b. I had a lot of questions – all of which Mandi answered for me:

  • Should you light more than one at a time?
  • How do you know which two to light together?
  • What am I supposed to feel when I light candles?
  • Will they set off my smoke detector after I blow them out?
  • Do you put the lid on top of the candle afterwards? What purpose do those lids serve?
  • Do people light candles during the day?

Also, this is embarrassing to admit, but continues to prove how much of an amateur I am with candles – the first night that I lit them I got really close to smell it and a piece of my hair just breezed right on through into the flame.

I purchased these candles at the beginning of January – happy to announce that I have since returned to Anthro to buy two more candles! We’ve got a problem here. I think it’s going to be an expensive collection to keep, but at the same time it’s so nice and relaxing to light them at the end of a work day while I’m writing late night emails or blogging. They also make my apartment smell 110% better!

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This Happened Tonight

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I typically reserve my outings to San Francisco for the weekends, but today was a rare treat because we happened to have an offsite in the afternoon and then decided to head out to dinner nearby afterwards. I had never been to Marlowe before, but oh my goodness that place is gorgeous. Also perfect date spot ;)

I was catching up with my team at the bar when a little someone caught my eye. We had just been talking about dating as a group so I nudged my co-worker and I was like “Hey, that guy behind me is kind of cute!”

“That’s B.J. Novak!”

“What?!”

For a second, we considered getting a photo with him as he was leaving, but how could we do that, right? So uncool…

Instead, we just go to Twitter.

I find situations like this to be pretty funny because I’m the worst at recognizing celebrities. It’s weird saying that because all we read is celebrity gossip, right? But I think if I were to run into them every day, it would never phase me because I would be completely aloof.

We forgot to mention this, but B.J. Novak is the ultimate dreamboat.

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Blog Roundup

  • 15 Ways to be a Better Person in 2016 [New York Times]
  • 7 tips to make it easier to keep your resolutions [Vox]
  • The Typical American Lives Only 18 Miles from Mom [New York Times]
  • How to Hire [Medium]
  • New Year’s Resolutions That Will Make You A Better Man [Cool Material]
  • 20 Musicians to know in 2016 [The Fader]

  • What Makes A Great Logo [Vox]
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Blog Roundup

  • How to spend time alone with yourself [Refinery29]
  • Tinashe talks music industry prejudice [The Fader]
  • 26 bad workplace habits to kick in 2016 [Refinery29]
  • Start saying “Thank You” Instead of “Sorry” [Medium]

  • 20 U.S. breweries you should visit for your bucket list [Cool Material]

  • Vintage and contemporary photos of Playboy Bunnies [Flavorwire]
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Everlane Lets Shoppers Choose Their Own Price

Before even moving to the Bay Area, Everlane was always a retailer that interested me. I have always kind of liked their pieces from afar, but never took the plunge into buying anything from them. Earlier this year, I even stopped by an event at their office which was more like a socializing happy hour with a DJ than an event to shop at which I originally thought was the purpose. I just found out today though that their post Christmas sale is one unlike any other that I’ve seen. For their select items, they are allowing customers to choose from three different price points – all below retail – when paying.

Each price is accompanied by an explanation for what that amount of money covers. So, if you pay $81 for the Nubuck Street Shoe, that’s only covering production; if you pay $97, you’re also covering overhead for Everlane’s team; and if you pay $126, you’re covering those things and also allowing for Everlane to invest in its growth.

Wowza, those are quite the differences aren’t they? On one hand, I do only want to pay $81, but then I feel a little bit uncomfortable knowing that I’m paying for the shoe to be just constructed, however, $126 is over $40+ from that lowest price point and that seems absurd! So where does that leave you as a customer? Do you pay the $97 for the shoes and the guilt that comes along with it?

Readers, what do you think customers will choose? How would you choose and what would be your rationale? I’ve never seen a retailer do this before, but I do remember writing an article in my high school’s newspaper about a local coffee shop that did the whole “pay what you want” type of thing and what happened was that the shop ended up shuttering in under a year. :(

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The Cobrasnake and His Influence on Hipster Culture

Does this photo jog any memories for anyone? No, I’m not talking about that Myspace swag that girl has got. Way back when, we used to be a little obsessed with a photographer named Mark Hunter AKA The Cobrasnake. He was the ultimate hipster and he had a very distinct way of shooting his photos. In fact, we loved them so much that in Yow Yow’s original layout, we would swap out our header every month for about 2-3 years for one of Mark’s photos. I remembered that I both loved and hated doing this. I loved it because it made the blog feel a little more fresh every month, but I hated it because it was so much pressure! Mark gained popularity fast and it was tough for me to be able to keep up with his photo postings, but I didn’t want to miss any published album for fear of missing the perfect header shot. Sometimes, I’d be backlogged for months catching up. While I loved these photographs for the way he shot them, I also was a little mesmerized with his lifestyle – constant parties, music festivals, tagging along with his bff Steve Aoki and then-girlfriend Cory Kennedy who was really just an IT girl in her own right. There were celebrities everywhere. There were also photos that you didn’t want to see – the ones that featured nudity, intimate moments, and my least favorite… vomit – especially when in action. Such is life though, right? And Mark captured it all. It’s been a few years since we’ve visited the site, but it’s still up and running! Mark is still taking photos and these days featuring a new wave of celebrities probably – gone are the days in which Paris and Nicky Hilton reigned. Bring on the Bella Hadid’s! In this Vice article, Mark Hunter looks back to describe the last 10 years of shooting.

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