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Seth Meyers Interviews Kellyanne Conway

I missed this when it aired earlier this week, but because of everything that I’ve heard – I made it a point to end up watching it at the end of the work week. I don’t quite understand Kellyanne Conway and I’m not going to try. I’ve seen enough of her during the campaign that I’ve just about made up my mind about her. However, Seth Meyers has really made an impression on me during this election – first with his message after the results and now this. We need someone to ask these hard questions and if you know me – then you know I love it when people just get called out for things like he’s doing here. It’s not bullying and he’s not doing it disrespectfully either, but he’s making a strong point here. Everyone should be doing this and as we move forward, we need to continue asking questions and challenging.

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Girls – The Final Season

Are we ready to finally say goodbye to Hannah Horvath and her girlfriends? The official trailer for the last season of Girls was released today and we have mixed feelings. I can openly admit that I haven’t loved every episode in this series. Sometimes, Hannah made me want to rip my hair out every time I heard her make some entitled millennial comment. And there were moments where we watched and we never even identified with any one of them, but nonetheless the show was entertaining. I’ve watched the series with so many different friends and since I missed the boat with Sex and the City way back when, I felt like this series was actually mine. I think now is the best time for Girls to end. It had a good run and I’m excited to see where everyone ends up… as long as Marnie leaves her husband. The new season begins February 12th on HBO.

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All Nighter

This is a very random movie. It’s almost like “Taken” with a comedic twist. I might also be a little bit weary about the chemistry between J.K. Simmons and Emile Hirsch, but I’d be willing to give this a shot… as a film I’d watch at home. Not in theaters.

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Michelle Obama’s Final White House Speech

Ugly cries all around. Michelle Obama is such an amazing human being. I could not have imagined a better person to be our First Lady for the last 8 years.

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Meet Harry’s

Harry’s is starting 2017 strong. They just released this video yesterday describing more about the founders, the company and the business and I was completely hooked. It was so engaging. Why can’t every company have a video like this? We actually blogged about Harry’s originally back in 2013 and while I knew that they were still around and in business, things have been pretty quiet on their end. If you’re wondering also why this product reminds you of another quirky product, it’s because the co-founder Jeff Raider is also the man behind Warby Parker too.

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Mariah’s 2017

By now, you may have heard that Mariah Carey flopped last night during her New Year’s Eve Performance. If you haven’t heard it, you can watch the video above for all you need to know, but do it now before it gets taken down or something. What I want to know though is… what person believed that Mariah Carey was ACTUALLY going to sing during this performance? It’s 2017 and I can’t remember the last time Mariah actually sang at a performance, but at least she’s owning it like the bad B that she is.

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Mike Boyd Wins At 2016

Honestly, what have I have been doing with my year?! This guy Mike learned all these skills in 2016 and the best thing I learned is something so unmemorable that I don’t even know what to write to finish this sentence.

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A Video of Thawing Fruits and Vegetables

I thought that this was going to be very calming and soothing, but instead it ended up being kind of stressful!

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My Favorite Posts of 2016

Typically when I write “end-of-year” posts, I’m always pulling up what I wrote the year before in another tab as a reference. I already know that I didn’t do too much writing this year so it will be ambitious to find 12 posts that I really liked as opposed to last year when that feeling was so easy for me! That being said, I think there are going to be a few treasures in here that we can highlight. They may not be the posts that rank to the top in terms of views, but they are the posts that I enjoyed writing the most and the ones that you know I probably re-read a dozen times before feeling comfortable posting. Thank you all for another fantastic year… now let’s head into our 8th year of Yow Yow! This blog is now older than my previous Polly Pocket collection (7 years!)

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  • This Happened Tonight – I honestly don’t know if this is enough to consider it one of my favorite posts, but this is me totally just fangirling out over here. It might be on my list of funny moments in 2016, but whatever the case – this needed to belong on SOME list and I chose this. I think I like this post just because it reminds me a little bit of how I used to write in the old days – you know back in 2009/2010 – no filter – just blagh! whatever I felt like spewing out at the time. If you read the post though (and you know me!) then you know I’m suppressing my feelings here for the sake of appearing normal on Yow Yow! If only┬áthis weren’t so short lived…

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  • Happy 7th Birthday Yow Yow! – We’ve never celebrated a Yow Yow! anniversary like this before. The number 7 has no significance to me or Yow Yow! but after all this time, you kind of just feel like you need to do something different. We were already doing regular outfit photos, so I thought – why not throw in a balloon?! One of the best parts about this post is that Aritiza decided to feature this photo above for their Instagram account. I was ecstatic, but very quickly commenters started to notice that the balloon didn’t actually look like a “7” and actually looked like… male genitalia. So almost immediately, my excitement did a 180.

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  • Looking Back: Space Girl – It’s a weird thing to be in front of a camera. I’m not a natural by any means. Every shoot, Elynn probably takes on average 15-25 photos and while we sometimes get 2-3 really good ones, the rest are of me opening my mouth, fixing my clothes, talking, being awkward, you name it. We’ve come such a long way… this post was incredibly special to me though. Space Girl was everything to me when we were in college. I never could get comfortable in front of the camera and having this helmet on made me feel invincible. When we stopped using it and went back to outfit shoots, you can plainly see how hard it is for me in these photos, but I will never forget the gateway that Space Girl provided for me to get me to where we are today.
  • Wedding Mondays – I know what you’re thinking. How can you choose a favorite? We’ve highlighted so many incredible wedding videos in 2016, but one that I keep going back to (in addition to Mandi’s of course!) is this one featuring Jean (from Extra Petite) and her husband Nick. To this day, we still can’t wrap our head around the three dresses, but we think it’s amazing. Secondly, Long Haul films is no longer doing wedding videos so that makes this one extra special. (see what I did there?) Also, when I was in Boston this past fall for work, I got to stop by the Boston Library and see this venue myself and we fangirled the ┬ásame amount we did for BJ Novak. It was just as amazing in person as it is in the video…
  • Revisiting Casual – I like to look at “Casual” as something we continue to pass on. Every year, I’ve gotta share it with someone new and last year that was Manan. Together, him and I watched the entire series from start to finish and he loved it as much as I did! No surprises there – everyone I’ve ever shown this too has fallen in love with the series so it’s not too late if you decide to hop on the bandwagon. We’re still accepting fan club members. In all honesty, relationships are hard, okay? I’m never 100% content with mine and in 2016 it’s tough to date. If I knew in the long run that I was going to be okay then I would love to have that off my shoulders, but if Casual has taught me anything and if life has taught me anything – it’s that it’s all about timing. We have to let things play out the way they are supposed to. Thank you Casual for continuing to be a positive force in my life year after year.

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  • And When We Give Back – It was such a surreal experience to be speaking with students that had been accepted to Seattle University as the class of 2020. Let that sink in a little bit. When I was a kid, I used to think that college was almost the end all be all. It was hard for me to imagine being a woman with a career – not because I didn’t want to have a career, but because it just seemed so far away. I’m fortunate that my friend who works at admissions asked me to do this panel because it put a lot into perspective. It was a very humbling experience to be giving advice to students as to why Seattle U was a great school for me even though I kind of do this in my real life job too. Additionally, it made me appreciate my parents in a way that I haven’t before. Seeing the parents of these accepted students was a little bit entertaining; they were SO nervous. I wondered how my parents were able to handle me going off to college with such ease and tranquility when that is very clearly not the case for most.

  • To Be a “Leftover” Woman in China – Never have I ever ugly-cried so hard over a YouTube video, but this struck a chord with me. It’s 2016 and the pressures of settling down or being in a committed relationship are still very much a priority for most. It’s overwhelming at times! I loved hearing the stories of these young women – young women that I can identify with and find to be so brave for doing something like this. I’m glad the video had a happy ending too, a newfound perspective for their parents.
  • A Girl and Her Bed – I never write pieces like this and I remembered being very on the fence about it because it seems abnormal for me to dispel some serious feelings about a part of my daily routine. In reading it over though, I think the post is kind of beautiful. I’m using words that I don’t normally use and I’m being vulnerable in a way that I haven’t with Yow Yow! before.

  • “The Panic in Central Park” – Is this my favorite TV moment in 2016? Yes. I must have watched this episode at least 25 times and at one point, once a day for a week. We had given up on Girls the season before this one, but after hearing about how much commotion this episode stirred, we hopped back into it. Luckily, for this episode, you didn’t need to know what was happening before it. It was like it’s own standalone episode and it was a beautiful piece. Marnie may be one of the most annoying characters in the series, but in “The Panic in Central Park” she was all of us. We’ve all had that scenario – some version of it, sometimes shorter or longer or more fun or less fun than what Marnie had, but we all got to the same theme at the very end of it.
  • Our Twenties: How We’re Doing – “Be good to yourself” – a friend once advised me. Too many times in a year, I find myself complaining about how I don’t have this or don’t have that. How annoying for those around me that have to listen to this! The truth is, your 20’s aren’t easy. They were never supposed to be so it’s important for us to cut ourselves some slack. Earlier in 2016, I wrote about my New Year’s resolutions. This post though was sort of like our midpoint review. Initially this started out as a mini-project with Casper, but I ended up actually enjoying this more than I thought I would and had a lot of fun with it.
  • Aging and Alone in Manhattan’s Chinatown – I have a thing for pieces that remind me of my sweet Grandma Ruby. This profile by Mantai Chow truly captured a look into the life of an elderly living in Chinatown. I remember watching this video and thinking back to how I never worried about those that lived there because they had what I believed to be a strong community. In reality though, it seems much more lonelier than I thought. These individuals are more brave than I could ever be especially this woman profiled. Hearing her story was one of the highlights in Yow Yow’s 2016.

  • Let’s Talk About New York! – We made it to 12 posts! With all the trips we took this year, how could we not include our favorite one? It took me 26 years to get to New York, but I couldn’t have asked for a better traveling partner and tour guide. Mandi and I took the next step in our friendship and explored New York City together. She was a pro – obviously having done grad school there and me? Well, I could barely have a successful run on the subway without having a mini freak out. There was never a moment for us to stop because we were constantly on the move. And even though we had made a very packed itinerary for our trip, we only ended up doing half the things we were supposed to. I guess that just means we have to go back.
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Evan

 

This is one of the more powerful ads I’ve seen in preventing gun violence in a long time. I remember feeling floored after watching it the first time around that I watched again. Thank you Herman for sharing this!

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Lauren Duca Stands Up to Bully Tucker Carlson

By now, I hope everyone has seen this clip. I watched this a few days ago and I felt like I was FUMING inside. I can’t imagine how frustrating this must have been for journalist Lauren Duca who was talked over by Tucker Carlson the entire time. Another part of this that bothered me is that when I tried to look up this clip so that we could write this post the headlines that kept popping up were “Tucker Carlson DESTROYS Moron Journalist Lauren Duca on Ivanka Trump” and “Lauren Duca Lies to Tucker Carlson.” No, that’s not what happened here and how manipulative of these sources to write the headlines that will sway people to think otherwise. Lauren was not destroyed by Tucker. She was bullied and I think every woman that watched this was proud of Lauren for standing up for all women in saying that our interests in pop culture and politics are not mutually exclusive.

This is something that resonates so strongly with me because I would never accept someone coming on to Yow Yow! and telling me that I’m not allowed to have a political view point just because I write about what celebrities are wearing on the red carpet or which wedding videos make me tear up. Just like men, women are allowed to have multiple interests. Shame on Tucker for telling Lauren that she should stick to writing about thigh high boots. It’s 2016. That’s the equivalent of telling us we belong in the kitchen and that is NOT okay. Fox News is the worst, but it’s important for everyone to view both sides of the spectrum here. Also, s/o to Teen Vogue – I’ve never been so proud of the magazine that I spent years reading tackling the hard issues and educating young girls on what’s going on in politics today!

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How SNL Transitions From the Monologue to the Opener

I’ve been watching Saturday Night Live since I was a kid and I think it’s a lot of peoples’ dream, like mine, to actually see a live taping of it someday in real life. Recently, Saturday Night Live aired a behind the scenes look at what it’s like for their team to transition from the Monologue to the Opener and it is fascinating to watch. The team doesn’t have much time to do it as they’ve only got as long as the intro lasts, but they begin moving as soon as they shout “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” Then the countdown begins and I have to admit, as I’m watching the clip and watching them countdown, I’m a little nervous as to how they’re going to take down this huge wall in 25 seconds! Watching this program growing up meant a lot to me and my family. Even in college, if I was out, I would sometimes try to make it back in time to watch if there was an interesting host and especially if the musical act was good. However, there’s a lot that I never took into account that goes into making this production what it is and these transitions are a large portion of that.

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Bruno Mars Carpool Karaoke

How can you not love Bruno Mars in this?!

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American Breakfast is Dessert

When you go to brunch on the weekend, are you more of a sweet or savory person? For me, I tend to lean savory. As much as I love seeing a cinnamon apple waffle or a berry french toast with whipped cream on a menu, I know that I can only handle a couple of bites. To be honest, while I have a sweet tooth, I didn’t grow up eating a lot of dessert so having it as a full meal is a bit overwhelming for me. This video by Vox which compares sweet breakfast items to actual desserts shouldn’t be all that surprising, but is still an interesting watch.

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Tour Google’s Latest Pop Up in NYC

Google is and always will be just a fascinating company to me. Some of the things they work on and the different teams that they house sometimes overwhelm me because not only is it just a lot in volume and size, but Google has their hands on everything – apps, phones, home, maps, etc. Pretty soon, sometimes I worry that we won’t really need anything else because Google will just replace everything and make it better. I didn’t know that they opened a pop up recently in Soho until I read about it on Doobybrain, but definitely thought it was interesting enough to share. If you get a chance to view it in real life, you should!

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