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09 Sep 2018

Ash’s Last Bash

I almost called this post “Spring Breakers,” but decided to go with one of our hashtags instead. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be in Palm Springs twice this year – once for NYE and again to celebrate my best friend before she got married at her bachelorette party. Ashley gathered all of her best girls and we took over the prettiest home in the desert for the weekend. I’ve been to a handful of bachelorette parties now, but each one has always been true to each bride’s personality. Ashley’s was full of pizza, relaxing, and being in the pool for days. Curious to see how we spent the weekend? Click the cut for our mini photo journal.

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09 Sep 2018

Blog Roundup

  • The Guide to Every Wedding Dress Code (for men) [Esquire]
  • Second Life Podcast: Linda Wells on Founding Allure, Being Fired and Moving On [My Domaine]
  • 30 Days Inside Chinese Livestreaming [Beme News]
  • America’s Best New Restaurants of 2018 [Bon Appétit]
  • How the 1 Percent Do Burning Man [NY Post]
  • 50 Things Every Guy Should Know How to Cook [Cool Material]
  • How Heath Ledger’s Joker Was Born

  • Stretchy Ice Cream Is About To Be Your New Summer Obsession [Thrillist]
  • Constance Wu’s Beauty Picks [New York Times]
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Flight Better [New York Times]
  • Secrets of Las Vegas’s Exclusive High-Roller Cosmopolitan Suite [Bloomberg]
09 Aug 2018

Stay Here – Netflix Trailer

When it comes to home improvement shows, I often feel like I missed the boat on the HGTV craze. I’m the kind of person who wants to make my home feel comfortable for everyone and myself, but I don’t often have the resources or know-how to do it. Airbnb’s fascinate me, especially as someone that grew up loving hotels. When I first saw this trailer for “Stay Here,” I thought it was for another Netflix original film. To my surprise, it’s all about working with property owners to make their short term rentals a place people actually want to stay at. “Stay Here” premieres on Netflix starting August 17th for those of you who are interested!

07 Aug 2018

Turkish Airlines’ Safety Video Feat. Lego Characters

With Virgin America merging into Alaska Airlines, we had to find another new safety video to love, right? I haven’t actually seen the Lego movie yet, but these characters are adorable. How cute is this entire video? It actually surprises me that more airlines haven’t moved to this format. It certainly does help with being more engaged and paying attention. I just flew United this past week for my trip and don’t remember watching the instructions at all.

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02 Aug 2018

Sub Pop’s Branded Airplane

I love hanging out at Sea-Tac Airport – maybe to an unhealthy extent. If I’m getting dropped off, I go early so that I can have dinner at one of my favorite local spots or shop at the Sub Pop store before heading home. Local vibes are everywhere at the airport and it’s one of the things that I love. Known for being a city with a famous music scene, there is no shortage of love for the community there. The Sub Pop store is easily the best last stop on your way out as you can pick up some great merch – records, tees, etc. You’ll even hear some of Sub Pop’s local artists overhead as you’re walking through the airport.

Now, the record label is taking over the skies! It was just announced today that they’ve got their own branded Boeing 737-800.

“The jet’s wrapping makes it look like a Sub Pop musician’s instrument case, only in much better condition,” Sub Pop co-president and founder Jonathan Poneman said in a statement. “It’s definitely the sickest jet on the tarmac!” Alaska Airlines’ managing director of brand marketing and advertising Natalie Bowman added, “This partnership brings together two independent, local brands that are committed to doing things a little differently.”

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26 Jul 2018

Away’s “Salt and Stone” Collection

 


Released just a couple of days ago, Away’s new “Salt and Stone” Collection is a traveler’s dream color palette. Inspired by cities and elements along the Adriatic Sea, the lavender and navy hues can be found in their signature suitcase and other traveling pieces. The lavender is so pretty and almost reminds me of the collection that Rashida Jones launched with the company way back when. Prices for the specific collection range from $125 – $295 USD.
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23 Jul 2018

A Collection Part 51

For those of you who have been following Yow Yow! for years now, you know that these are some of my most intimate posts. Often times, I’m saying more with the images that I select than in the paragraphs I’m writing ahead of the post. For the first time ever, I’ve selected images that come from only one source. I recently discovered a new Tumblr that has become a fast favorite. Worried at first that I wouldn’t have enough material to use or even that the post would be an inaccurate representation of what I was hoping to convey ended up not being a real concern after all.

It has been a week of being completely stress free and living in my moments without having a plan. I think these photos depict an image of that. I think this is what carefree-ness and whimsy looks like and it’s entirely how I’m feeling. In these photos, you’ll notice that there are some up-close shots of a part of a body or detail zoomed in. I may not have known it at the time when I was picking out the photo, but it ended up being more intentional than planned. I wanted to focus and hone in on one thing specifically as opposed to doing the whole “big picture” thing.

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19 Jul 2018

Yow Yow! to Yountville

Dress – Aritzia / Denim jacket – Gap / Purse – Vince Camuto / Scarf – J. Crew

Even though I’ve been in the Bay Area for nearly five years, I still get really excited to explore a place I’ve never been to. It’s not very hard to do and it’s never too far. I feel really lucky! My company’s holiday party this year was a 3-part event. It started in Yountville with a lunch prepared by Thomas Keller and his team and led up to a Warriors game in Oakland. The night ended with a company favorite: karaoke in the city. It was hard not to find something for everyone, but the part that I was looking forward to the most was getting out of the city and exploring Yountville. I had never been there before and it felt like a mini town centered around fine dining.

Aside from having one of the best meals I’ve ever had, we had the whole afternoon full of activities, catching up with co-workers, and taking a tour of [The French Laundry’s] garden. The entire space was a dream for a perfectionist. Look at these manicured lawns! I also did something a little outside of my comfort zone. We were encouraged to sample the lettuce straight from the garden. It might have had some bits of dirt on it and we most definitely did not have anything to rinse it off with. It went straight from the ground and into our mouths and I didn’t hate it. That’s how much trust I put into this place.

Getting dressed for this event was an ordeal. Before joining this company, I was used to [holiday parties] that happened in the evening. It followed your standard cocktail attire, dinner, drinks, and DJ format and never skewed too far from that. How do you get dressed for an event that includes three very different parts? It started with the little black dress that I had purchased at Aritzia. On its own, it felt fancy enough, but it would not have been appropriate to wear all day. The solution? A casual somewhat oversized denim jacket over it and swapping out heels and sneakers for a classic black bootie. It was an outfit that held up for the entire day and was sufficient enough for each event.

Even though we had the afternoon in Yountville, it still didn’t feel like enough time. I didn’t even have a chance to stop in at [Bouchon Bakery]! We’ll definitely need a second trip.

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19 Jul 2018

Blog Roundup

  • A Spice Girls Exhibit Is Coming This Summer [Nylon]
  • The Emojis We Don’t Need [Vice]
  • Aly Raisman Takes The Floor [ESPN]
  • America’s Ramen Obsession, Explained – I don’t know if I agree with how yummy all these creations are supposed to be! [The New Yorker]
  • ‘Sister Survivors’ and victims of Larry Nassar Accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS last night [Vogue]
31 Mar 2018

A Collection Part 50

On average, the process of putting together one of these posts takes about three months. To find images, I have about 10 Tumblrs that I circulate through. Each post roughly has about 50 images, but today, this one has less. I’m posting this one now though because I’m close to 50 and there won’t be any other Tumblrs that I’ll be viewing within the next couple of months. It has also been three months since I posted A Collection Part 49. I’m telling you all of this because that is the only structure I have when it comes to making these. There are no themes. I don’t spend any time re-arranging them in a certain order. The differences in size of images would normally bother me anywhere else, but not here. There are no patterns for colors. I can’t explain to you why I selected this image over that one and I don’t want to. I look at these photos so quickly and I save them in an instant the same way a normal human being would fill out one of those personality tests that you’re not supposed to think too much about it. That’s it! Since the migration, every other post before this has been skewed to the left. Starting now and with post #50, we’re going to center it. It just looks better!

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- tomato + cheese
- avocado + egg
- smoked salmon
- peach + ricotta

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