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Wedding Mondays

I’ve always loved a scenic outdoorsy wedding in videos. How can you not? However, I didn’t have my true appreciation for them until I went to Mandi and Eric’s wedding in Yosemite. Those views and that peaceful quiet… they are so breathtaking, you’ll never ever forget what that’s like. Watching this video reminded me a lot of Mandi and Eric’s and it was so beautiful to watch. I know that all of you will enjoy this as much as I did. The wedding video has the recipe for all things that we’re loving in 2016 / 2017 wedding videos – the long sleeved wedding dress, the flower crown (which we still aren’t over!) and our favorite DIY details that are not overplayed.

Seriously, how sweet are these two?

It was so hard to pick my favorite 3; I think I had 10! Please go check out the entire feature on Green Wedding Shoes – it’s so worth it!


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The Coziest

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Dress  and Scarf – Oak + Fort 

A couple of years ago, I discovered a Canadian boutique through Instagram called Oak + Fort. On a day trip up to Vancouver with my family, I made sure that we didn’t leave without me stopping in – even on the rainiest day that I’ve seen in a long time. I walked away with two pieces back then – I mean I traveled all that way! When I learned this fall that they were opening up a San Francisco location in Hayes Valley, I was ecstatic. What I love about the brand is that everything is pretty minimalistic – if you’re not big into color and like to stick to the basic monochrome shades of white, black, tan, neutral, this is your store. Everything also tends to be on the roomier/baggier side as well so for petite girls like me, shopping there can be a little bit challenging. I remember bringing Jen with me and she had a ton of luck with everything while I struggled to feel like I was pulling these pieces off. Every thing I tried on looked like it was wearing me. Luckily for me though, this dress was the perfect balance of bagginess, but also fit for my frame. The two slits on either side give me a little bit more dimension and makes it a little less conservative. I also fell in love with this scarf when I saw a post of it on the brand’s Instagram. This thing is HUGE. I never thought I could wear anything like this, but it’s perfection. It’s exactly what you need for the coldest of winter days and also doubles as the perfectly sized personal blanket when I’m in a friend’s cold apartment or when I just happen to be extra chilly. It’s the one piece that gets the most compliments when I’m out also so that has to mean something, right? If I haven’t sold you enough on why this brand is so great, their pieces also happen to be very affordable. I think we can all appreciate not breaking our wallets.

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Oak + Fort Comes to SF!

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I just learned this week that one of my favorite brands out of Vancouver, Oak + Fort, had decided to open up their 2nd US store in Hayes Valley in San Francisco so I made plans this weekend to head over there and bring my co-worker Jen with me. The store was pretty much made for her and I think she now loves it way more than I do. Lucky for her, it’s right down the street from her home. The store specializes in a lot of oversized pieces, but really prides themselves on comfort so everything is super snuggly and warm – just what we’re looking for in the Bay Area this fall! So I walked away with three beautiful pieces and Jen loved everything so she snagged like 10! We also had the best time with all of the ladies working there who let us chit chat with them and let me bop around in their shop in the oversized scarf that I ended up bringing home with me. Maybe we’ll just come back for the friends.

Here are the pieces I took home:

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Gastown Walking

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Beanie – Wilfred // Coat – Topshop by Nordstrom // Leggings – Aritzia // Boots – Hunter // Scarf – borrowed from Mom

Remember the days when I was just too self-conscious to be posting photos of my outfit that we used a space helmet to make things a little bit easier? I’ve learned that when you’re traveling for work, it’s importnat to set aside time for yourself on your trips where you do things that are just for you. Taking advantage of being home in Seattle very recently, I decided to take a trip with my family up to Vancouver so that we could do a little eating and a whole lot of shopping. This was something that Kevin and I used to do when we were younger – taking day trips up to visit our favorite boutiques. Naturally, it was pouring and made for the most unpleasant experience. Shopping in the rain is the worst, but I’m glad I was able to return home with a few new pieces that I love.

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West Coast Touring

It is good to be home. This past month while I was away from Yow Yow! I was back and forth between the Bay Area and Phoenix, Pasadena, and Seattle. I used to always wonder what it was like to be on tour and now I feel like I’m finally getting a small taste of it. I went through five airports, went through security six times, met hundreds of people and ate amazing meals. I am tired. I am also very grateful that I had opportunities to spend my weekends traveling always at home. It’s a pretty great place to be! ^^ We were tourists for the day!

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Take Me There:

One thing that I always looked forward to living in Seattle was making the trip up North to Vancouver. Next to Seattle, Vancouver was probably one of my favorite places (until I started coming to SF.) Life in Vancouver is similar to my city and if you wanted a quick getaway for the day or a weekend, it definitely hit the spot. Kevin and I made a day trip out of it maybe over two years ago, but I still remember it clearly – a ramen lunch, an afternoon of shopping downtown, a late afternoon of boutique hopping, and dinner back in Seattle. That’s all we really needed!

You can find these pretty pastel buildings in the Gastown District of Vancouver.

Note to self: make a trip to Vancouver during one of my upcoming visits back home.


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Artizia Opens Up Online Shop

Readers, I have the MOST exciting news for you this morning. One of my favorite retailers of all time has debuted their e-commerce store this morning. Lord knows we’ve all been waiting for this a very long time. The Vancouver-based retailer is an absolute dream with pieces that are the softest and most comfortable that you’ll never take them off. I have literally gone a whole week wearing their leggings. No shame.

The quality of the clothing is top notch and the service at their retailer stores – impeccable. The store’s design and concepts? Flawless. The new flagship location in New York just opened and after seeing the photographs, it houses the most wondrous displays I’ve ever seen.

As you can see, I’m a huge advocate for the retailer and even though I am in very close proximity to an actual store location now, there’s no doubting that I won’t be on the online shop perusing first.

Readers – it’s time to start shopping. For yourself. You deserve it. Here you go! And later this evening, I’ll be posting up some of my favorite pieces for all of you.

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Currently Craving:

photo cred | Dine Out Here

Ashley and I had ourselves two incredible meals in Seattle today, but I could really go for some ramen from my favorite spot in Vancouver right about now. Every time Kevin and I make a  trip up there, we always make a stop at Kintaro. They’ve got the best ramen I have ever had (well, having ramen in Japan is on a whole different playing field,) but more importantly there’s corn and lots of it! I don’t think I’ve ever told you guys this, but I’m a huge fan of the vegetable – not like you needed to know or anything, but it’s great with everything, including Kintaro Ramen.

Have any of you ever eaten there? If you make a stop there on your next visit, be sure to let me know what you think!

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Blue Trees

Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos has been painting the town in several cities by painting the trunks and limbs of trees using environmentally safe pigments. By working in only urban areas, Dimopoulos hopes to raise awareness for the 32 million acres of forests that are being cut down every year around the world.

Painted trees can currently be found in Melbourne, Vancouver, and Virginia. Next on the stop? Seattle!

Locals, keep your eyes peeled and let me know when you find one!


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2011’s Most Powerful Photographs

“A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14.”

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Can you believe that another year has come and gone? Round up posts are some of my favorites during this time and BuzzFeed has gotten an early start by posting the 45 Most Powerful Photos of 2011. In the post, you’ll find some of the ones you expected – that couple making out on the ground in Vancouver during the riots, that one cop that pepper sprayed protesters at UC Davis and got turned into an internet meme, and the aftermath of the Japanese coast tsunami. You’ll also find a series of photos that you may not have seen before, but still relevant to our year. These images are incredibly powerful and every year reminds me of how little I know about the world.

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Meet: The Buried Life

photo by Jamie Cary

In 2009, I was just about ready to give up on my MTV and throw in the towel for good. Frustrated by a successful season of guidos and guiedettes, I had lost any hope that I had in the network to bring in shows that would speak to my generation. What I wanted to see was real people sparking motivation and inspiration among young adults my age. As a sophomore in college back then, I felt comfortable in my routine of going to class, going to my job, and writing for this blog, but is that all that makes up a life? That’s not all I wanted to make up MY life.  Life is too short. It’s too short to do the things you hate because you have to. It’s too short to not take the risks on things that you want to do. Are we using our time wisely? That is essentially what The Buried Life is all about.

The four guys from Victoria, BC made up their list of 100 things they wanted to do before they died and after doing so, I imagine that they just shrugged their shoulders and asked, “Why not?” The guys have crossed off 75% of their list and have added more items expanding their list past 100. I have to also note that their list includes things like: “Crash a party at the Playboy mansion,” “Play basketball with President Obama,” and Deliver a baby” among other things. And guess what? They’ve done it. They have traveled through Canada and America in a purple bus named Penelope crossing things off their list, but their project isn’t just for them. Every time they achieve something from their list, they help another person cross something off of theirs.

Having the opportunity  to interview The Buried Life  guys was something that I have wanted for Yow Yow! even before the show had aired. I was blown away by their project and have a great deal respect for them and what their doing. Spending the day with them when they were here at Seattle University is an experience that I will never forget. They are the type of guys that you would want as your friends and they are exactly the same in real life as they are on their television series. Below is the transcribed interview that I had with Buried Life cast members Ben Nemtin and Duncan Penn, which originally started as just audio using my FlipCam until the guys decided that they wanted to film each other back and forth answering the questions. If you’re wondering why the camera’s so jerky and the footage is so raw – that’s why! It’s cause it wasn’t planned. From the interview you’ll learn who is the messiest to live with, what the guys would be doing if they weren’t pursuing The Buried Life and what is in store for them next.

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Q: First off, I’d like to welcome you to our campus and thank you guys so much for being here!

Ben: Thank you.

Duncan:  Thanks for having us.

Q: It’s been almost two years since we were first introduced to you by MTV and the project has definitely been going on for much longer than that. What did this journey look like before you guys had the television series in terms of funding, transportation and support from your family and friends?

Ben: I would say that it’s changed in terms of exposure, but we try to keep it as close to how we started as humanely possible. We made a commitment to each other when we started the show that we were going to do our best not to change anything and so we’ve had to keep each other in check, but we have the same crew. We’re in control of the show. We edit it and we choose the music and we hire everybody. We’re really lucky to be able to do all of that. Our mantra is that we make stuff that we think our friends would like and that’s what we’ve always done and so that’s what we try to stick to.

Q: You guys are obviously pretty close friends, but close friends or best friends don’t always make the best roommates. Was it tough to be on the road for so long? Did you guys ever get on each other’s nerves?

Duncan: Well, Jonnie and I are brothers, but we’re all like brothers and we fight like brothers. It’s actually unbelievable how well we do get along, I would say considering we lived in the back of a bus for so long. Dave’s really messy – as you can imagine, but we get along very well. That’s the thing – you know – we weren’t best friends coming into this. We met very serendipitously and have become very close and have been through a lot of big ups and huge downs together… in the trenches.

Q: I imagine sometimes this journey has to be difficult. I mean you’re meeting strangers along the way and everyone has a story to tell and sometimes those stories are really difficult to grasp and there are so many backgrounds – some emotional, like Sam. At the end of the day, what makes it all worth it for you?

Ben: I think what makes it worth it is just seeing the response and the impact it has on people that we’ll never meet – random emails from someone saying things like, “I was suicidal and I saw the show and now I’m not.” You get one of those and that makes it all sort of worth it. Also, we’re doing everything we’ve ever wanted to do. This kind of project has turned into our lives and that’s something that’s just really really cool.

Q: You guys obviously have great taste in music –

Duncan: Obviously.

Q:  You were at Capitol Hill Block Party and you choose your own music for your show. Are there any up and coming bands that you would recommend for Quadstock?

Duncan: Yeah, Tupac. It’s just this up and coming band – a lot of urban stuff.

Ben: I really like The Tallest Man on Earth? He sounds exactly like Bob Dylan.

Q: This isn’t your first college tour, but I want to know what motivated you guys to have this college tour in the first place?

Duncan:  You know what? We’ve been speaking at schools and universities from the very beginning. Ben and I – when we were first starting out – used to go speak to ESL classes at the local university for 40 bucks just to make some money and to talk about the project. But for us, the speaking part is really rewarding because it’s a chance to kind of talk…television is a very one-sided conversation – and going and meeting the people and actually asking the question, “What do you want to do before you die?” is a way to have a conversation and meet the people who are watching the show and are interested in the project. It’s been really rewarding to make those connections.

Q: Before you guys started this project, you were all students and you all had jobs, but if you weren’t doing The Buried Life, what would you be doing?

Ben: Oh that’s a good question! If we weren’t doing The Buried Life

Duncan: I’d be an astronaut. Maybe an astronaut cowboy.

Q: Can you describe what that is?

Duncan: Yeah, it’s basically an astronaut. You seen cowboy movies?

Q: Uh…a couple.

Duncan: It’s basically like cowboys on the moon, but you’re an astronaut and you’re mostly just doing lassos in zero gravity. Full time.

Ben: And I would be something like nuclear physicist or a brain surgeon, uh something that uses a portion of my abilities, you know?

Duncan: A rocket sociologist.

Ben: A rocket scientist

Duncan: You’d be into rocket scientry.

Ben: Rocket surgery and stuff like that – and such.

Q: I noticed that the most recent item checked off your list was #116 Design a Shoe. It looks like you guys are expanding pass 100 so what does this mean? Have you already completed your 100 things off your list? Are you guys going to 200 now?

Duncan: That’s a good question; I’ve had a lot of people ask. The thing about the list is that it’s not necessarily about the 100 things. Things drop off the list; we add things to the list. It’s always been about going after the things that you’re truly passionate about so we’re always adding things to the list. Design a shoe was very exciting for us and that idea spawned from seeing the little kids walking around in their LA Gear’s that light up and being like, ‘Why can’t adults have sick light up shoes?’ and that is why we made those.

Q: In what ways has this experience affected the way you look at life today?

Ben:  How is th- you mean The Buried Life?

Q: Yeah.

Ben:  I think it’s totally changed our perspective. I mean – it’s change my perspective. The fact that you can just do whatever it is you want to do. There’s really nothing that you can’t do. If you work hard enough and you want it bad enough, you make it happen.

Q: I learned yesterday some kind of disappointing news that MTV would not be renewing your third season. What were your reactions to that and what plans do you have for The Buried Life in the future with or without MTV?

Ben: Good question. Well, we’ve been talking with MTV about it for awhile and we didn’t really want to make the same show again. And so we actually just signed a deal today with them to develop a new series so that’s why Dave and Jonnie are in Vancouver right now – they’re filming. Basically that happened today and we’re working with them to kind of reformat it and play with some stuff.  So I mean, yeah, we’re not going anywhere. But it’s good because The Buried Life has always been stepping it up and going the next level so that’s what it is for us – it’s like what’s the next level for the show and that’s what we’re working on right now.

Q: Great, I’m glad to hear it. I have no doubt in your guys’ success and I think you guys are going to continue to do great things and inspire people all over the world.

Ben and Duncan: Thank you

Q:  Are you still in contact with the people you’ve helped along your way?

Duncan: We’ve actually made some really close friends over the whole thing and it’s been a privilege to be a part of a lot of those stories – talking about Sam and Laban tonight. After the episode was finished, we had the privilege of watching their relationship as it kind of fostered. It’s funny, we just did four speaking engagements and we had somebody that was in the episode in each one of them – somebody that we had helped so we’re always seeing them and it’s pretty cool. And Ben’s really close with Lexi – who he helped in –

Ben: Minnesota

Duncan: Minnesota. Rochester, Minnesota.

Q: What was that one about again?

Ben: She wanted to make it okay for it to talk about depression in her hometown. And I met this rock and I helped the rock and we still – I’m in contact with it all the time.

Duncan: Yeah, the rock really wanted to rock and roll and so Ben uh –

Ben: …gave it a little nudge

Duncan: …gave it a little roll. It’s a true story.


Thank you so much Ben and Duncan! We can’t wait to see what you guys do next and we hope to see you very soon!

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Live the Language

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know someone in college that wasn’t studying abroad. People choose where they go to college for a number of reasons and though it wasn’t mine, a huge deciding factor is study abroad opportunities. I never studied abroad while in college and sometimes I kind of wish I had. Traveling, new experiences, meeting new people aren’t exactly things that scare me, but it wasn’t meant to be for me to go abroad while in school so I’m going to save some time for it when I finish…going abroad that is sans the studying.

This week, I came across a program called Education First. The program has been promoting themselves with a series of “Live the Language” short films that follow study abroad students as they embark on their travels in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Paris and a few other cities. The videos highlight some of the things a study abroad student might go through such as having a class, trying new food and experiencing the culture of the city.

My favorite below is Los Angeles.

Check out more videos and learn more about the program here.

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Make Love, Not War

Vancouver…really now?

And I’m not talking about what’s going on in the streets, but the fact that this rioting is over sports. Sports.


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In the News…

Gwen Stefani will be donating her custom-made John Galliano wedding gown to the Victoria and Albert Design Museum in London. [Source]

Emmanuel Alt has debuted her first cover for Paris Vogue featuring Gisele Bundchen. [Source]

Lady Gaga has designed a bracelet to support the relief efforts in Japan. [Source]

David and Victoria Beckham are expecting a little girl! Finally! [Source]

Olivia Wilde has filed for divorce from her husband Tao Ruspoli. The couple separated last month. [Source]

– The cast of Breaking Dawn have evacuated from their production set in Vancouver due to the tsunami warning. [Source]

Lauryn Hill announces spring tour. [Source]

– Canadian actors Jay Baruchel and Allison Pill are now engaged. [Source]

Ashlee Simpson was seen rebounding with soon-to-be ex-husband Pete Wentz’s friend. Sucha fail. [Source]

Friends will be joining Nick at Nite’s lineup. [Source]

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have broken up. I thought this would never happen. Justin and Mila please! [Source]

Isla Fischer and Sascha Baron Cohen have finally revealed the name of their second daughter born last August: Elula Lottie Miriam Cohen. [Source]

Greek actress Spencer Grammer is pregnant. Also, can we note that her father Kelsey Grammer’s new wife is just two years older than his daughter? Gross. [Source]

– A Mexican man has tattooed 82 images of Julia Roberts’ face onto his body. [Source]

Bath & Body Works have created a new line of lotions, shower gels, and and other products dedicated to the Twilight franchise. I swear, I have a lotion that looks exactly like the one above, but I promise it’s not called Twilight Woods. Dumb. [1 2]

– Inspired by Charlie Sheen…the Tiger Blood energy drink. [Source]

Ashley Olson and Justin Bartha have split. [Source]

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been slapped with a $260 million lawsuit. [Source]

Lilith Fair ends its run. [Source]

– 14-year old actress Chloe Moretz has admitted that she will probably have plastic surgery done someday by her plastic surgeon father. [Source]

Billy Ray Cyrus will appear on The View on March 18th against daughter Miley’s wishes. [Source]

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Meat & Bread

This Vancouver eatery doesn’t beat around the bush. Meat & Bread is a sandwich shop located in the Gastown district on 370 Cambie Street at Victory Square serving up a selection of specialty sandwiches, brew, and a dessert that goes by the name of Bacon Maple Ice Cream Sandwich. YUM!

To check out more pictures of the restaurant, click here and to visit the official website: here.

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