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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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Blog Roundup

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  • The top 10 Instagrammed restaurants in America [Cool Material]

  • Polly Pocket sets that every 90’s kid loved [BuzzfeedI owned 75% of all of the sets that were shown in these photos.

  • The 10 biggest trends in 2015 [High Snobiety]
  • The 41 most Instagrammed It Items of 2015 [Refinery29]
  • The 6 Shoes Every Grown Man Should Own [Cool Material]
  • Dropbox was given a Michelin Star [Medium]
  • Things that Pitchfork was disappointed about in 2015 [Pitchfork]

Also, just want to note that there will be many more round-up posts as we get closer to the end of the year! I just need to wrap everything up with work first before my focus shifts to Yow Yow! Don’t worry, we’ll do our usuals that we love to do every year and look forward to.

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Obsessed Lately:

I don’t know how it began, but a couple of months ago, my team had found out that another team upstairs had been getting into puzzles. Not wanting to feel left out, we started a friendly competition. It didn’t last long because the other team got bored with their puzzles, but our team had kept on going. We are now on our 3rd puzzle together so when I stumbled upon this one of a vinyl collection on Cool Material, I felt like it was screaming my name. I really did debate purchasing it for a good minute. I was never really into puzzles as a kid, but I still remember seeing stores at the mall that were just dedicated to them. I used to wonder who would go into these stores, now I realize it’s 25-year old me.

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Should We Buy This?

Earlier this summer, I came across an Instagram shot from one of my former favorite bloggers, Noel Duan, who posted THIS. I was in LA visiting Gelesia at the time and as soon as we saw these branded/customized sandals, we were in love. You know that emoji with the hearts as eyes? That’s the expression we both had. I couldn’t believe that I could actually own a pair of sandals that could say “Katie” on one foot and “Yow Yow!” on the other. That’s not crazy is it?

So we did some digging and when I say digging, I really mean the only thing we care about is how much these cost. The sandal itself is $240. The customization is probably another story. I probably could’ve included this in my Christmas Wish List post, but I thought it deserved it’s own because they are fantastic.

What do you think? Is it worth it to splurge on these adorable Pam Left Pam Right sandals? I mean… we have worked really hard this year…

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13 Celebs Re-Imagine Hotline Bling

I can’t say that I loved this song when it first came out, but now that we’re nearing the end of the year, I’m realizing more and more just how good it actually is. We will definitely be seeing it on our Top 50 songs of 2015 list.

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Portland’s Hipster Santa

A very hipster Santa has popped up in a Portland mall and is meeting with kids and posing for photos. This is definitely not like the Santa I knew growing up, but – it’s 2015. Anything can happen apparently. Instead of wearing that red velvety suit, this Santa is wearing a sweater, jeans, and sporting the worst 2015 trend of all – the man bun. Notice anything about that chair he’s sitting on? It’s the PDX carpet print!

The commentary from this video is so awk, but so great.

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Blog Roundup

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Justin and Jimmy’s Secret Handshake

More like the longest handshake I’ve ever seen tho.

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