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Wedding Wear 2016

Talulah Moxon Dress – $175

It seems as though we always have trouble shopping when we’re looking for the thing that we actually need! I’ll admit, I probably should have started looking for a dress for Gelesia’s wedding sooner than last weekend, but maybe if I had done that, then I wouldn’t have found the perfect dress. It’s all in the timing, isn’t it? Shopping proved to be a little bit more difficult this time around. In the past I’ve been someone’s plus 1 or I was too young to want to put a ton of effort into what I’d wear, but when one of your favorite girls in your life gets married, you need the best of the best. I found myself wracking my brain for a dress that fit the location of the wedding and the personality and style of my friend, the bride. What’s even more challenging? She has her own fashion line! The pressure was on. We’re not going to share the dress that we bought right now, but I promise there will be pictures later and we’re extremely happy about it. Now that I’ve made this shopping trip, I’ve got a pretty good idea of all the dresses that I would love to see my own friends wear to their friends’ weddings this season and here are our favorites.

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Wedding Mondays

It’s interesting sometimes to have Wedding Mondays on what is sometimes the hardest day of the week for me. Sometimes I come home, exhausted from work, and I can’t even think about opening up Yow Yow! for fear that I might end up writing something that comes across a little heated or a little frustrated. Today is kind of one of those days, but today is also a day when Wedding Mondays is reminding me to just get pass the Monday that sucks and that watching something so happy and romantic means that tomorrow is Tuesday and we can forget about that shitty Monday we just had.

I’ve been saving this one for awhile now though… and it’s kind of a favorite of mine. We also love it because Amber Stevens and her husband Andrew West are in the bridal party! But also, how could you not tear up at those vows? We did.

To view the rest of the wedding feature, visit Style Me Pretty.

 

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday readers! Today, we’re sharing a video that we wouldn’t normally share, but the reason why we’re sharing it is because Taylor Swift is the Maid of Honor. Since we found out that she was going to be standing alongside her first friend on her big day and after seeing the photograph of the two of them together, I thought that that was all we would be getting. To my surprise, we got a wedding video too! So many articles and posts mentioned that Taylor Swift’s speech at the wedding was the sweetest thing they ever heard and you know what? They weren’t wrong. It’s easily the best part of the entire wedding video.

I’ve never been the biggest fan of Taylor Swift, but I don’t mind her. I actually in a lot of ways admire her. She’s like everyone’s friend and while yes, I do know that people can manipulate social media to make them appear a certain way, but I like to believe that she really is a good friend to all her friends in real life. Haha in so many ways she actually reminds me of Mandi. This really was a beautiful wedding though so we’re happy to be sharing it today.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday evening everyone! I came across this wedding video pretty randomly a couple of weeks ago – not even on a wedding blog I don’t think. After watching this though I remember thinking, “Wow, I have not seen a video like this before.” And then I proceeded to watch six more wedding videos from the same filmmaker! This one was our favorite though. I think what I loved about this wedding video the most is that there were so many different elements to it. Not only did we get to see the wedding day, but we were shown footage pre-wedding day – a glimpse of Preston and Amber’s life together and who they are as a couple. These are some of my favorite moments.

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Wedding Mondays

We haven’t featured too many winter weddings recently, but this one is one of our favorites! Winter has never ever been my favorite season. In fact, tbh – it’s my least favorite season, but there’s something really beautiful about snow and winter being so quiet and calm that brings a lot of warmth to a winter wedding. It’s where we see a lot more greenery instead of florals and it’s where we see more candlelight. If you’ve been following Yow Yow! lately then you know that candles are a recent obsession for us.

The details in this wedding are stunning and we hope that you’ll enjoy this video and this feature by Green Wedding Shoes as much as we do. <3

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A Collection Part 44

I think I’ve always loved putting these posts together because these are the types of photos I’ve always wanted to take. They’re so simple and minimalistic, but yet they say so much and they say something different to everyone. I’ve asked Veronica a couple of times now why she enjoys these posts and now that I think about it – I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten a real answer. Veronica, can you let us know so I can include it in the next post? All I know is that in college she would hound me to get these done and out. And then after she had spent some time scanning over the photos (a few minutes) she’d ask for another one. (DJ Khaled) I think I would always just laugh and say, “Veronica, these take time.” And they do! This one post took about three months to put together.

I’ve done 44 of these now. That’s an incredible number to me. And it’s interesting to me that each one of these tells a different story though I’m not sure what that story is. I look through some of the older “A Collection” posts and sometimes I wonder why I chose a certain photo. I’ll look at it and scrunch up my face and be like, “Why? What did this mean to me?” But I guess what it just means is that it was all about timing. In that exact moment that I saw that photo as I was scanning over lots of photos, that one spoke out enough to me that I had to include it. Maybe I was feeling sassy, meek, contemplative, curious…I’m not able to put my finger on it for every photo and I like that I don’t have to.

Sometimes I write posts on Yow Yow! that are very personal and I look at the words and I question if that’s what I actually wanted to convey or if people will interpret it in a different way than I attended. With these posts, I don’t have to worry as much, but these are just as personal because I’m really saying how I feel, but in the most visual way.

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What’s in a +1?

With two weddings already lined up for 2016, I’ve been giving the entire topic of weddings a lot of thought. What else is new, right? For one of my weddings, I’ll be having a +1 and I’ve been thinking for sometime about who I might be taking. If you’re coupled up, it’s kind of a no-brainer, but in an instance where you might not be, it’s a good idea to just bring someone that you know you’re going to have a fun time with. Easier said than done. Now, I have had one successful +1 in the past and one that was not so successful. Here is what I think makes the ideal +1:

  • The person that I brought with me didn’t know anyone at the wedding. I was there because I was friends with the bride and had met the groom once or twice so I also didn’t know anyone either. Some may say this is a problem and can be a little awkward. Luckily, I brought a guy friend that can get along with just about anyone. We were seated at a super fun table with all of the groom’s friends from college and by the end of the night I started to realize that everyone at the table loved him especially. Maybe I was even a little bit annoyed that they liked him better than me!
  • Bring someone who loves to dance. I also like dancing so I already know I’m going to be on the dance floor and I don’t want to have to worry about someone who is going to shy away from it. No one likes a party pooper that wants to hang out in the corner.
  • A good +1 is someone who won’t embarrass you. You don’t have to worry that they’re going to be socially awkward, say anything inappropriate or worst of all – get too drunk.
  • A good +1 is someone who is willing to be fair to you. They won’t let you pay for / take care of everything and will help pitch in. After all, you’ll providing them with a fun night of food, drinks, and partying! (just kidding! the bride and groom are doing that, but you’re taking them along for the ride!) They’ll also help you navigate any awkward or uncomfortable situation as they come up.
  • Bonus: If your +1 is willing to be a wingman for you, then you’ve really nailed it!

Cyril, thank you for setting that bar incredibly high several years ago!

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Wedding Mondays

I know what you’re thinking. Another 13-minute long video. I hope you all know that when we share one of these on the blog that we’re completely serious about it. Because there’s no way I could make anyone sit through a 13-minute long wedding video if I didn’t enjoy it. I mean, I clearly had to sit through the same thing at least once to make sure it was worth having for a Wedding Monday.

There’s a lot to love and hate with a long wedding video. You find that there are sometimes equal parts that you love and hate at the same time, but the most positive thing of all is that you get to spend a little bit more time with the couple. You get to hear more of their story. You get to see the entire day and there’s something really magical about that. Very rarely do you see me posting those videos that are so short and sweet that are under two minutes and that’s because we can’t find a connection. In the blink of an eye, it’s over and then you’re like – “who was I just watching?”

Brenda and Trevor were just the opposite. And okay – so we have a soft spot for that Ed Sheeran song that’s used in all of these wedding videos! No, actually though – it was sweet to see a wedding that revolved so heavily around their family. The two also had the opportunity to incorporate their young daughter into the festivities as well, which added a nice touch. It’s funny how much I’ve developed a soft spot for wedding speeches over the last few months – remember when we used to hate them?

To view the rest of the wedding feature on Style Me Pretty, click here.

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Why Are Weddings So Damn Expensive?

The girls and I at Mandi’s Galentine’s Brunch yesterday had this exact same conversation! Given that the wedding industry is a little bit crazy (though we love it!) we started to wonder if the prices would differ if we told vendors that we were just trying to throw a gathering as opposed to a wedding. We feel like when vendors hear the word “wedding” it’s their cue to jack up the prices and we were pretty much right! We also came to another conclusion that engaged couples are more likely to be fooled because they just don’t have anything else to compare it to. Also true, according to this Vox video.

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Wedding Wednesdays “It’s a Fritz Bernaise”

Let’s talk bridesmaid dresses. As we move further and further into the 21st century and we embark in 2016 there is one major trend in bridesmaid dresses and that is, wearing all the same dress is not as popular as it used to be. Of course there are still the more traditional weddings that follow the classic matching dress route, but for our wedding I decided to go rogue.

At first, I wasn’t sure just how different I wanted my bridesmaids to be and so I took one of my bridesmaids dress shopping. I first want to say how lucky I am to have six of the most obliging besties out there willing to wear just about anything I ask of them, but I really wanted to include them in the decision making process. For months I took note of each of their preferences of colors and styles, knowing that Katie hates strapless dresses as much as I do and that Amelia would prefer not to be in a dress made completely of tulle. Knowing what makes each of my girls feel their best made the shopping day 100x easier because that was my ultimate goal. While I’m dressed up in the prettiest of white dresses, I want the women next to me glowing, comfortable, and happy as well.

I narrowed it down to two stores, mostly in order to get an idea for what various styles and fabrics would feel and look like in person. And so, Sara and I set out to Weddington Way and the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. I have to say, neither experience was particularly special or deserves any spectacular accolades, but it was helpful to see the dresses in person. Weddington Way, for those of you who aren’t engrossed in the wedding world, is an online bridesmaid shopping bonanza where they have a zillion different colors, styles, and brands of dresses. Lucky for me, they have a pop up shop in their San Francisco office meaning we were able to show up and see a lot of their dresses in person. Nordstrom was similar in that they had some of their dresses, but do not stock all of the ones they advertise online, making it somewhat of a disappointment. For example, the brand Sara and I ultimately fell in love with were Donna Morgan dresses. We happened upon her catalog sitting at Weddington Way and then again at Nordstrom and Sara had tried on one of her strapless dresses in the Chantilly color, a champagne color of sorts, but with a fancier name. We were in love with the mismatched styles of dresses in this pale pink color and that was where our vision was born.

Now I hate to be cliche, but I wanted to choose a color that complimented the outdoors and didn’t outshine it by any means. We’re getting married in Yosemite National Park for pete’s sake, we don’t need to go crazy! I was drawn to the paler colors that would blend in nicely with green sequoia giants, natural grasses, and earth tones. After a quick search Sara and I realized that the three styles of dresses we liked the most unfortunately didn’t come in all the same color and so our grand plan evolved. We settled on this sort of crazy, sort of brilliant idea that we should have mismatched colors and mismatched styles and include a gorgeous floral print that would somehow tie it all together and become a gorgeous bridesmaid set. Once again, because I have the greatest bridesmaids in the world, everyone happened to agree with our crazy idea and went all in, purchasing their dresses during perfectly timed Black Friday sales.

Choosing your bridesmaid dresses should be fun and should actively include the women wearing the dresses. As set “wedding colors” and wedding trends go in and out of style, choosing bridesmaid dresses becomes easier and easier. It becomes about what makes the ladies you care about most feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful while finding dresses that compliment your own dress and style of wedding. If your dress is of a vintage inspiration, have your bridesmaids wear dresses that tend towards a similar era instead of something modern. And I mean really, at the end of the day it’s most important that you can twirl in it, you can spread your legs apart, and that it’s a Fritz Bernaise. You really can’t do much better than that.

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Wedding Mondays

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for a really weird reason. I guess it’s not that surprising though, right? Wedding Mondays… Wedding Wednesdays… we’ve got a serious crush on the love stuff. We can’t help it, we’re romantics! Honestly though, Valentine’s Day came up quick this year and I’ve barely given that much thought to it (way less than last year when I planned a great date for my friend Vo and I) and we haven’t even written any posts about it. I guess to make up for it though, we’re sharing a pretty darling wedding video tonight.

Cass and Lara, who is actually a wedding photographer herself, had a beautiful Australian wedding. And this wedding video is one that you can’t miss. The details, the shots, ugh – all stunning and gorgeous. I felt like as I was watching the video, I couldn’t predict what would come next and I think that was probably the most exciting part of it. I think with how many I’ve seen, it can be easy to know when they’re going to pan to the ceremony, to the cake, to the exit, etc, but not with this one. I also loved the element of Cass and Lara taking care of each other in that they were helping each other get ready for the big day, which was so so adorable.

And as you all know… sometimes it’s just the song that can completely MAKE a wedding video.

To see the whole feature, visit Green Wedding Shoes.

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Wedding Mondays

It’s been weeks since we’ve sat down to have some quality wedding video viewing time. Honestly, I’m taking a quick break from work right now and trying to write and finish this post within 30 minutes to still make it on a Wedding Monday and trying to juggle The Bachelor at the same time. Welcome to my Monday, every. single. week. We haven’t been able to post a lot lately and with our trip to Mexico coming up, we’re going to be even MORE behind on post. At some point we’re not even going to be playing catching up – it’s just being able to keep afloat. ;)

Well, let’s get to it. I watched this video a few weeks ago and I couldn’t stop taking my eyes off of this stunning dress from Anna Campbell sold at The Dress Theory. They have a store in Seattle and one of my favorite girls bought her wedding dress from there as well. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll skimp on that boutique either when it’s… you know… my turn!

Okay, sorry, was that too many pictures?

To view the entire wedding feature, click to visit Green Wedding Shoes!

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Wedding Mondays

It’s been awhile since I’ve watched a wedding video that made me shed a tear, but THIS IS IT. I watched this video a few weeks ago and I remember thinking, I can’t wait to share this with Yow Yow! Every week, I kept looking at my queue wondering “is it time?” “are we ready” “can I share it yet?” but me being the OCD person that I am had to take the wedding video that was next in line.

Long Haul Films made an extraordinary wedding video for Jean and Nick. It includes all of the elements I love: exchanging of the personal vows, a tea ceremony for that cultural element that warms our hearts, and hello! did anyone notice that Jean had three dresses in this video? Jean is also the blogger behind Extra Petite. I remember last year when my co-workers were talking about her one day and I was like… Extra Petite, what’s that? And they were all… “YOU DON’T KNOW EXTRA PETITE?!” like I was crazy and because maybe don’t all bloggers know everyone in the blogger business? ;)

This week my SF BF Mandi asked me if I would help her select a wedding videographer. She helped me out by narrowing my choices because we all know this process could take forever with me. I was flattered, of course, but it’s such a tough call to make honestly. Rarely are there videos that I come across where I’m in love with everything I see. This is one of those videos so I told Mandi, can you get this team? To our disappoint, they are no longer taking wedding video inquiries… which is awful because they have a magical talent here. So then I said to Mandi, “What amount of money do we need to give them to make them do your wedding video?”

If you love the wedding video as much as Mandi and I do, then you’re going to love their future on Style Me Pretty even more. Enjoy!

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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

We didn’t intend to be as late on this post as we actually are, but unfortunately, we’ve just been a little bit under the weather. Also, if I’m being honest, I was actually dreading writing this post for the longest time because I knew how these stats would look and I wasn’t particularly excited about them. In 2015, these are the most dismal numbers we’ve ever seen. But instead of throwing ourselves a pity party, we’re going to share the numbers and then we’re going to move forward because I paid for another year on this domain and we’re not going to let it go to waste. I’m still really excited about Yow Yow! I went through each month in 2015 and quickly scanned through all of the posts that I wrote – some that I laughed at and some that I had forgotten I had even written this year. Writing in 2015 was hard and it’s often times difficult to juggle this and a full-time job that I really care about, but if we can do this for six years, we can do a 7th.

Stats from 2014 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2015 will be right and bold:

1,400,602 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – – 1,471,487 total visit to Yow Yow!

In just 2015 alone, we had 70,885 visits to Yow Yow!

10,113 Posts 2,878 Comments  – – – – – – – – – – – 11,003 Posts 2,989 comments (cumulative)

Top Post of 2015 – “Meet: Cathy Nguyen” 1,988 views (written back in 2009)

Top Post written in 2015 – “I Like Your Style…Kiernan Shipka” 303 views

Busiest month in terms of views – January 2014 (11,072 views)  – – – – – March 2015 (6,923 views)

Most popular day: Wednesday (probably due to Wedding Wednesdays!)

Most popular hour: 9:00 AM (5% of traffic)

Total WordPress.com followers: 1,476

Total daily subscribers: 2,027

Credits + References

Worked with

  • Sugar Brand Cosmetics

In 2015, we were reached out by a few brands and companies, but due to my work schedule and other time commitments, I was unable to fulfill certain requests and posts. We’ll try again in 2016!

Top Referring Sites in 2015 Were:

  • Facebook.com
  • Pinterest.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Quora.com
  • Bloglovin.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • France
  • Australia

(same order as last year)

Other:

*In 2015, my friend Mandi got engaged and we gave her “Wedding Wednesdays” as a column to share her journey as she gets closer to walking down the aisle.

*We tied our Instagram account a little bit more closely to Yow Yow! And this was HUGE for us!

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*We had one of our photos used on Moorea Seal’s Instagram account.

*Things that we tried for the first time and wrote about: SoulCycle, Dry Bar, being a +1 at someone else’s wedding (also first holiday wedding on Halloween!), dyeing our hair, and attending our first Golden State Warriors game.

*Concerts we reviewed: Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.

*We tried two places in LA that we had once blogged about on Yow Yow! previously: Eggslut + Milk Jar Cookies.

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*We showed love to Smilebooth and Canyon Child.

*We got in front of the camera again to do our OOTD fashion posts – the first time since 2013.

 

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Wedding Mondays

When we have 15-minute long wedding videos, it has to mean that we REALLY like them. I loved Richard and Alyssa’s wedding in Scottsdale. A good wedding video is a beautiful one. It’s a wedding video in which you see details that you think look nice and could someday see in your own wedding. A good wedding video leaves you feeling satisfied at the end – like what you just watched wasn’t a waste of time and was well worth it. A great wedding video is something else though. Sure, everything that I just described is peachy and wonderful, but in addition to falling in love with the story, you fall in love with the couple. They’re the type of people that seem so genuine and nice that you want to be friends with them. I know that’s kind of silly, but the wedding videos that are my favorites are ones in which I adore the couple in them. Richard and Alyssa were that wedding video.

To view the entire feature, visit Style Me Pretty!

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