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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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Electric Rosé Wine Co. – Rosé-in-a-Pouch

Having read about canned wine for most of the year, I decided that a few weeks ago I would try my first can through Underwood. It wasn’t life changing, but it was a drinking experience unlike one I have ever had before. First off, I need to debunk one assumption – one can of wine does not equate to one can of beer. In fact, one can of wine is more like 2-2.5 glasses of wine and it will mess you up. The Underwood brand is quite good though. I’ve never had boxed wine, but now that I’ve had this, I don’t see any point in going back just cause.

To make things a little bit more exciting, Electric Rosé Wine Co. is providing us with another option with Rosé-in-a-Pouch and we are ALL for this. With packaging this cute, the pouch is giving us 90’s feels and reminding us of our favorite Capri Sun pouches. For every case that is sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Water2Wines dedicated to creating clean and sustainable water for those in the world needing it.

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Food Tutorials by David Ma

Following instructions or a recipe doesn’t always come easy to me. Sometimes I get tripped up on even the simplest steps. Other times I am better reading things out loud or just viewing a visual. Food artist, David Ma, recently created these recipe tutorials and molded them from the inspiration of four very well-known directors. My favorite is this “S’Mores” one inspired by Wes Anderson. At the source, you can check out the other pieces that will remind you of Quentin Tarantino, Michael Bay, and Alfonso Cuarón.

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Asian Bachelorette

Some of this is cheesy; a handful of it is spot-on.

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A Trip to the Color Factory!

I was introduced to the Color Factory in mid-July about a couple weeks before the actual opening through a press email. The Pop-Up was organized by Oh Happy Day– a team of creatives that I’d been following for years. They’re famous for all of their DIY ideas and in general just bringing more color and happiness to things. When I heard that they were behind this project and collaborating with other well-known artists in this space, including Geronimo Balloons, I didn’t even bother trying to dig for more information. I bought the tickets the first chance I got and for Day 1!

By the time it opened officially, they were completely sold out for the month of August. Interestingly enough, they only planned to be open for one month, but decided to extend through September because of demand. Personally, I love things like this. Not only is it something to do, but it’s fun to be a part of a pop-up experience! The collaborators put so much work into it and it’s beautiful. People of all ages will love it. In a way it’s sort of like a giant playground for adults.

Here’s what I love about it:

  • When you get tickets, you select a designated time and you need to arrive within 30 minutes of your window in order to get in. This really stressed me out because it was the first day and trying to rush there in San Francisco traffic, I wasn’t confident if I could make it. It ended up working out and the reason why they do this probably is to control the crowds. During each half hour, they know how many people are actually going through the pop-up. The best part is that it never got too crowded! I could get the pictures that I wanted and I didn’t feel rushed. I could just go at my own pace.
  • It can be educational. Each piece has a little description and a note about the artist so that you can learn as you go along.
  • It’s interactive! There’s a lot that you can see, but you’re also taking part as the creator too.
  • Going through the pop-up takes about an hour, which I think is pretty decent for the ticket price. I heard the Museum of Ice Cream takes around 30 minutes, which doesn’t seem very long to me.
  • Everyone is so friendly! The staff was so incredibly nice and you can just tell that they’re having a great time with you. There’s a lot of love and passion that went into making this for the people of San Francisco.
  • There are designated areas within the pop-up that allow you to take photos hands-free! All you have to do is get a photo card when you arrive and program it with your name and email address and then at these spots, you would scan your card and then a timer will count down until it takes your photo. It’s great because you don’t have to take a bunch of selfies and you can do group photos altogether. The area where they can improve is probably being a little bit more clear about where to stand in the photo so as to not include other people or be off center.

Things that could be better:

  • The snacks throughout are a nice touch, but it’s not a lot. It’s no Museum of Ice Cream. You’re not really going for the food anyways.
  • It can be pricey! It’s a fun experience for sure, but ticket prices are higher than what I thought they’d be.
  • When I said earlier that it’s a giant playground, I really meant it. As cool as this pop-up is, I imagine that there’s a lot of germs around because you’re touching so many things, you’re even doing a scratch and sniff and there’s a ball pit. Maybe… take a shower when you get home.
  • It’s sold out already and you have to put your name down for September. :(

Also – just to note, this place is a Boomerang heaven! I actually ended up taking more Boomerangs than photos and the reason why I’m limiting some of them here is because I think you should go and see it for yourself! I definitely don’t want to spoil it for you. Don’t make the same mistake that I did though. On your way out, you can continue the “color tour” by picking up a map that will take you to other colorful spots all around San Francisco in conjunction with The Color Factory opening!

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In A Heartbeat

Happy Saturday everyone! It looks like I’ve been busy on Yow Yow! today and that’s because I’ve mostly spent my day dedicated to it after a long week at work. I’m now getting to catch up on some things that I’ve been meaning to watch, read, and listen to and here is one of those pieces. In a Heartbeat is a short animated film about a boy named Sherwin who has a crush on another classmate of his. In a time where there is so much hate and negativity in the world, I seeing something that promotes love and acceptance above all else. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.

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Siesta Key

Up until right about now, I totally thought the show was just called “Siesta Keys.” MTV is advertising this new series as the new “Laguna Beach,” but let’s just be honest with ourselves here…nothing will ever be able to replace the hole in our hearts that was Laguna Beach. Since four of the cast members from Siesta Key were sponsoring The Hills marathon this weekend (which I watched obviously) I decided that I they deserved an hour of my time for the premiere.

Initial thoughts:

  • The main character and also narrator – Juliette Porter is unlikeable. There’s a scene where she confronts the girl that her boyfriend (sort of? it’s unclear.) cheated on her with last summer and they end the interaction with saying they should hang out sometime. Why can’t girls just be real with each other?
  • In terms of diversity… only one-non white male is a part of the cast. I guess that’s more than can be said about Laguna Beach though.
  • Characters Kelsey and Juliette actually look the same. Is that mean to say?
  • So the reason why this series is happening is because one of the main characters’s  (the guy who happens to have 2 girls fighting over him) dad basically pitched the show to MTV
  • For a show that’s “unscripted,” it feels pretty scripted to me.

I should have written this post out while I was watching last night because I think I’m missing a few key thoughts. It’s not a show that I think will be intellectually stimulating for me, but it’s sort of like an awkward mess that you can’t turn away from. How these kids have so much issues at 21/22, I’ll never understand.

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A Collection Part 48

48 posts and counting! I’m convinced that writer’s block is a thing that happens to everyone. I can still remember being in college and becoming upset at myself when I knew I had waited until the last minute to complete a paper. Typical. Writing always came easily when it wasn’t out of desperation and when it wasn’t at a time that I needed it the most. These “A Collection” posts are my favorite because they don’t ever require writing, but I like to write a little piece to go along with it anyways. It’s nice to just sift through a bunch of images and decide on the spot if I want to include them or not. I will usually know within a second and if I’m thinking about one for too long, that might also mean something too. I like to think that all of the images represent the mood that I’m in or a period in my life. I never actually write out the exact feeling at that moment and we’re completely okay with that. If you read into these a bit though, you can always sense a type of pattern.

Enjoy!

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A Shirt

We <3 u Frank Ocean.

The statement is important, but if you’re curious about the shirt details, it’s available on Green Box Shop for $18.99. They’re an independent t-shirt maker and upon visiting the website, you’ll find that this isn’t the only statement they’re highlighting on their tees. Find your other favorite social justice pieces with them!

Frank wore this tee last night during his Panorama Festival performance.

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adidas “Semi Flash Orange”

It wouldn’t be a normal week at Yow Yow! if we didn’t have some sort of sneaker coverage, right? I’ve been thinking about my loyalties this week because I grew up on Nike, but more recently, I’ve been daydreaming about adidas. It’s kind of like that love affair that came out of nowhere. Over the weekend, I also downloaded the adidas All Day Fitness app which has transformed not only my mornings, but um… my life? With my time back not commuting, I actually end up waking up around the same time just out of habit, but instead I’m using this time working out before I head into the office and the All Day app helps me do that. I want to get into more of this, but we’ll have to save that for another post because right now, I’m all about this sneaker.

The adidas Originals Stan Smith Primeknit now comes in this very cool “Semi Flash Orange.” Subtle, but just enough color to pop! Oh my goodness it looks so cozy, I just want to cuddle up with it now and you know, have them at home right next to my Nike Flyknits. ;) We kid. They would be on opposite ends of the room.

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Selena’s Music Video Is Better Than Her Song and Her Singing

We don’t really care too much for Selena’s “try hard” in her latest music video, but if I HAD to pick out a few choice GIFs, well, I definitely know what they would be:

Soap eating. Why use a toothbrush and toothpaste when you can get straight to the point?

Chic regurgitation.

Eyelash curler to tongue

But are you ready for my favorite…? LIPSTICK EATING. Look at our girl pushing the envelope!

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Portland Online Dating Bingo

(Male version)

Great, now let me help you make the one for San Francisco.

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Fast Food Merch

Is it just me or is there something happening right now? Uber announced earlier this week that they were collaborating with McDonalds and that when you ordered them through UberEats, you’d also be getting some McDonalds merch – one of which includes a burger printed onesie. This is cool and all, but KFC is sort of doing a similar thing, and while I would never ever wear something like this, I’m actually more partial to the KFC merch than the McDonalds. Just look at this.

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A Vending Machine for Homemade Meals

Now I haven’t done too much international traveling, but I’ll never forget my trip to Japan and how amazed I was by not only everything there, but the amount of vending machines everywhere! Those vending machines get so much use by the locals that it feels like such a norm as opposed to here in America. It’s also entirely normal to just buy decent food at a gas station according to my friends.

I loved this story about vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, who refills his curry and rice concoction twice a day using rice that he grows from his own farm.

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My Friend Dahmer

 

Okay so when I was looking at this screen grab right here in the trailer, I thought this was going to be your standard coming of age type film. I didn’t really put two and two together that this was referring to the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would become one of America’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story.

The role of Jeffrey Dahmer is played by Austin & Ally star Ross Lynch and his performance in even the trailer has made him unrecognizable. I never would have thought that the Disney Channel star that I had previously watched could transform into a role like this, but I think that this is going to make him blow up. The trailer is haunting and eerie, but left me feeling sad afterwards. I’m looking forward to seeing what critics will say about it.

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