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Hater

In 2017, there’s a dating app for every kind of person. For a long time, I thought the most creative was “Farmers Only,” but as dating apps grew in popularity, there was no limit or bounds for the specific type of person you might be looking for. With that said, the more specific you are looking for, the less options you end up having. One dating app that came onto the scene this week was “Hater” – for those who have a mutual hate for something. It doesn’t seem like the most warm and fuzzy foot to jump off on, but if it works for people, then why not? According to Vice, if you hate Taylor Swift, camping, or Donald Trump (which I imagine to be a larger population here) then you’re in luck! There’s other people just like you and they might even be compatible with you too.

The app will officially launch February 8th (just in time for Valentine’s Day!) and upon signing up, you’ll get to swipe on all the things you hate. After that, you’ll begin getting matched up with others that have a mutual hate just like you. Currently the app has 2,000 topics you can swipe on, but it’s not clear if you have to do all 2,000 as soon as you sign up. How time consuming! Eventually the people behind the app hope that they can generate more topics for people to hate so that it can build itself out through their users.

For more information, check out Vice – happy swiping!

 

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Grammys Promo Featuring Taylor Swift

I wanted to love this promo; I swear I did. We’re a sucker for kids and at a time like this where we need to shine the spotlight a little bit more on young women, this was an ad that I wanted to back. However, something didn’t sit well with me. The fact that Taylor Swift has been silent about the election and (somewhat) silent about the women’s march despite the fact that she claims to be all about feminism is confusing. At a time when she needed to be a role model for so many, she instead chose to be silent. On top of this, Taylor was dethroned this past year and completed outed by Kim Kardashian in what I consider the most memorable takedown of 2016. I posted this Buzzfeed article the other day about how Taylor Swift continues to thrive as the victim and I thought the writer did a great job on it. As you read the article from the beginning, each scenario continues to build and build until we realize that none of these are coincidences after all. Every word to the press and move from Taylor was actually pretty calculated.

So while some are displeased with this ad because Taylor hasn’t spoken up enough recently with everything going on, I’m sort of just a little peeved that we’re letting her shine on again as the role model when she has been manipulating everything to skyrocket her career. Is this the example we should be setting for young girls? Why does Taylor get a pass?

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Pink is in the Air

Happy February! Now I know it’s only Day 1, but already I’m taking notes and saving all things pink that catch my eye. If we’re being honest though, we probably started this last week. We’ve always loved the month of February and while we like to proclaim that we’re not as girly as everyone thinks, we typically throw that out when we get to this month. I noticed these yesterday and have had it up on my tabs all day as if I keep coming back to it on my breaks to debate if I’m going to purchase them or not. Believe it or not, this pair of LunarEpic Flyknit Low 2’s are not for Valentine’s Day and instead were designed to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th! There’s no set release date yet, but Hypebae insists that it will hit Nike retailers very soon!

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Sushi Kit Kats

Don’t worry, no one is asking you to mix your favorite candy bar with raw fish, but how cute are these sushi themed Kit Kats? From left to right, you’ve got Tuna, Sea Urchin, and Tamago and I’d say the brand did a pretty good job of rendering these.

Tuna is raspberry atop white chocolate rice while the urchin is really Hokkaido Melon and mascarpone cheese Kit Kats wrapped in seaweed. Tamago is pumpkin pudding.

For your chance to purchase Sushi Kit Kats, you can get them at the Ginza location between February 2nd-4th. It’s limited to those who only spend over ¥3000 JPY (approximately $26 USD).

Kit Kat Speciality Store
104-0061
3-7-2 Ginza
Chuo-ku
Tokyo

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Summer Getaway in LA

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I had the opportunity to take a pretty last minute trip to Los Angeles this summer and every time I go back for a visit, the list of places to go continues to get longer. We were just there in fall of 2015 to see Gelesia, but even still it felt like there wasn’t enough time to do everything. On this trip, we checked out a few new places and returned to some of our old favorites! I’ve never imagined Los Angeles as a place that I could call home, but I wouldn’t mind spending an entire week there. We’ve still got plenty of neighborhood to explore. During our trip, we must have had four meals a day and only retreated back to the hotel for sleep and getting ready for the day/night’s activities. I know we’re six months away from summer, but we can’t wait to get back there already. I hope you enjoy our LA photo diary!

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Our first meal off the plane was going to be Lemonade, but since I had heard that LA just got a Shake Shack, YOU KNOW I made us pivot. How good does this look?

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Ryan Scafuro’s “Election Night”

There have been three very memorable election nights for me – 2008, 2012, and 2016. In 2008, I voted for the first time and I got to witness something truly incredible in my first year of college alongside my new friends. In 2012, I did it again, but this time the celebration was toned down because – you know, we graduated from college already and we were comfortable. In 2016, we got over confident. I almost didn’t vote because I was not registered in the state of California to do so. Tommy made sure that we were going to make that happen though. He accompanied me to the polls (my first time ever!) and he watched me finish casting my ballot in less than a minute (something that I was proud of and that I had prepped for!) Internally, I thought I wouldn’t have anything to worry about. When I got home after work that day, I thought I would be feeling the way I did in 2012 – relaxing on my couch, watching the results, and hopefully having a silent celebration by myself. I felt like I had that “500 Days of Summer” Reality vs. Expectations moment and it broke me. I will never forget how I felt that evening of the election and the sinking feeling I had the next morning when I dragged myself into work.

It was hard to watch this short film by Ryan Scafuro documenting a group of people watching the election results come in. I didn’t want to relive this day again, but it brought me solace knowing that there were people – like me – feeling the way that I did watching the results. Not all of these feelings though resonated with me. There are people in this film that disagreed with my views and I remember watching this and trying my hardest to just understand. I was left with one question. Why do we root for humor or for something that is considered a joke in serious matters like this one? There’s a difference between that and rooting for the underdog that I think people get confused by.

Thank you Herman for sharing this!

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Narrowing Your Wedding Invite List

As we start the new year, a few of my engaged girlfriends have already started confiding in me about the many annoyances of wedding planning. “Are charger plates absolutely necessary?” “Do guests need to go home with a wedding favor that they’ll forget about?” “How in the world do you continue to narrow down a wedding invite list?” Clearly, this is the tougher question to answer out of the three. There’s never an easy way to tell someone (or not tell them by not sending an invite) that has had an impact in your life that they won’t be able to celebrate your special day with you. There’s plenty of advice online that can help you with this process from this answer on Quora to Mandi’s Wedding Wednesdays post. I recently came across this fun little survey on Style Me Pretty that I thought might be useful too. Not everything can be solved with just a checklist; these are important people in your life that we’re talking about here! However, I like to think that any little bit of advice helps. Happy trimming!

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Dating Problems Specific to 2016

This illustration by Mari Andrew on Cup of Jo made us laugh. Is it missing anything?

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Hello Kitty’s Latest Squad Member

Meet Aggretsuko! She doesn’t really look like this and I promise she’s got a cute exterior, but based off the intro video I just saw of her, she also has a dark side. Her tagline? She’s over it. Geez, can we adopt that too? Apparently Aggretsuko is just like all of her friends and Hello Kitty, but inside she’s got some rage. Notice how her name kind of just looks like another version of… “Aggressive?” or “Aggravate?” Aggretsuko is a red panda working as an office associate at a trading company (a working girl! We like this!) and she’s clearly packing a punch.

Watch her intro video here. I laughed the whole way through it.

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Guys, Would You Wear It?

Nobody knows more than me that I love a good choker trend. We’ve been obsessing over them since the summer and we’re not slowing down any time soon. However, ASOS decided to put the trend to a serious test this week by releasing a choker for guys. So male readers of Yow Yow! … I have to know, would you wear it? Is this an accessory that you can get behind? How would you style it?

You can check out the full collection here . And before you scratch your head and say, “Katie, but aren’t these women’s chokers? How can you distinguish them?” Well the link I just included shows that the search results have indeed been filtered down to just “men.” Yep. So this is a real thing that’s happening. Then after I read this news, I came across this:

This is The Today Show’s Matt Lauer also wearing a choker. Except, we’re a little put off that he’s displaying it Superman style. Why not wear an outfit that will already allow it to stand out on its own instead of being hidden? Turns out he was wearing this because of the recent news about ASOS so let’s not expect him to be a regular.

Whatever the case, I think I’m okay with this trend. If a guy would like to wear a choker, they should just go ahead. I’m still going to wear mine. Maybe we can match. Let’s just end this post on a good note though:

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Clinique vs. Crayola Chubby Sticks

Photo by | Refinery 29

When I first laid eyes on this Crayola Chubby Stick Lip Balm set, I wished I had discovered these before Christmas instead of after New Years! How cute are these?! I feel like every woman would want to own this set and if every shade isn’t for you (when is it ever?) then at least just keep it on display. I love the shade of Melon and for those days when you’re trying to keep it minimal – I’d select Fuzzy Wuzzy. I’m also strangely attracted to Mango Tango. It may not be an everyday look, but how fun would it be to bring this out with you for a Friday or Saturday night?

This latest collaboration between Cinique and Crayola is pure genius. The entire collection of Chubby Sticks are out to the public already and being sold for $17 each. However, you don’t want to wait until the last minute – this collection is only available through February so make sure you collect your favorites ASAP!

To read more about the design and collaboration, click here for Refinery29

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And Then There Were Four…

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Wow, it’s a little bit strange to see the group without Camila isn’t it? Do you think the group will still continue calling themselves Fifth Harmony? Fourth Harmony doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but changing the name now means sort of changing their entire brand. They sort of did themselves a disservice by naming themselves this in the first place, but I’m sure they didn’t anticipate that one member would leave them. Or maybe they did! As a fan of the group, I think I saw this coming from their X Factor days.

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Meet Harry’s

Harry’s is starting 2017 strong. They just released this video yesterday describing more about the founders, the company and the business and I was completely hooked. It was so engaging. Why can’t every company have a video like this? We actually blogged about Harry’s originally back in 2013 and while I knew that they were still around and in business, things have been pretty quiet on their end. If you’re wondering also why this product reminds you of another quirky product, it’s because the co-founder Jeff Raider is also the man behind Warby Parker too.

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A Barbie Salad

Would you eat it?! People come up with the funniest things on the internet, but this one sort of takes the cake. It’s sort of interesting and creative, but gross in a way! I’ve included the recipe at the source if anyone is willing to try this out, but does anyone else find this hard to actually consume? Secondly, does this even taste… good? Please, please, please won’t one of you construct this?

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