Monday, September 19, 2016

Emmy Awards Fashion

The 68th annual Emmy Awards were held last night, and as I was watching the show, I kept thinking that the word for this year's dresses was: color! I loved all the bright colors on the red carpet.

My absolute favorite dress was this one...I love it!  So pretty.  It also helps that Priyanka Chopra is stunning.

And here are some other favorites:


Happy Monday! Where did the weekend go?!


Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Favorites

Friday just snuck up this week because Monday was Labor Day, but I don't mind. Short weeks are the best weeks. :) Here are my favorites from the week:

1. It's September! Bring on Fall, pumpkin everything, cooler weather, and all the cute clothes! I'm looking forward to (hopefully) finally being able to wear this scarf. It just screams Fall. :)

2. Nail art. I usually do my own manicures (I've been doing my nails for so long that I've become an expert), but I was traveling a few weeks ago and didn't have anything with me to do a manicure, so I found a highly rated salon in the area. The manicurist asked if I wanted some art, so I said sure, surprise me. Here's the design she came up with. Pretty, no? The only downside was it took forever to do.

3. This gold flatware set. I've been on the hunt for an affordable set and finally found one!

4. Intelligentsia hot chocolate. I LOVE Intelligentsia for their coffee, but decided to try their hot chocolate this past weekend. It was seriously the best hot chocolate I've ever had-- not too sweet yet rich and decadent (that's because it's made with real ganache chocolate). YUM!

5. This bar cart. Love. I saw it at the Williams Sonoma home store in San Francisco a few weeks ago. It comes in brass too.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites - Travel Edition

Hello peeps! Happy Friday! I have been MIA due to work commitments, which included traveling for a conference. I'm glad to be back and home and back in the routine of things (I love my routine!).

Here's a little summary of my trip!

Me at the airport, waiting for the shuttle. I always dress super comfortably for a flight.

For those who were asking, my shoes are custom Nike shoes that I received as a gift. You can custom-make a pair here.

My conference was held in South San Francisco, which is about 20 minutes away from the city. They had the cutest little downtown area where we found some good places to dine.


After the conference, it was off to the city! I always visit the Williams Sonoma there to get decorating ideas.  The store in downtown is one of their largest (3 stories!).  How pretty are the pictures below?  I want that bar cart!

Can I decorate my whole house like this?  Love all the neutrals!

Hello pretty bar cart!

Speaking of beautiful, I like to pop into random hotels to see what they are like.  I popped into the Palace Hotel and it was gorg!  Look at that ceiling!  It's the perfect place to grab high tea. #pinkyup

Palace Hotel

One of my favorite spots to visit is the Ferry Building down by the warf.  It hosts a Farmer's Market on the weekends right outside, and inside there's a host of specialty shops and gourmet eateries.  Two of my favorite spots there are Blue Bottle Cafe (get the New Orleans iced coffee the next time you're there) and Miette, which specializes in pastries and macaroons.

Blue Bottle's New Orleans Iced Coffee

Miette's sea-salt chocolate tart

After that, it was more exploring on foot.

Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral doors

These houses remind me of Full House!

View from NOB Hill

And finally, it was time for dinner.  We ate at a great Italian restaurant called Fino.  The parmesan truffle fries were amazing.

Parmesan Truffle fries

Have a great weekend!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy happy Friday! This week has been brutal. I have been counting the days till Friday and it's finally here.

Here are my favorites for the week.

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
I contemplated going at the midnight release party at my local bookstore to pick up a copy, but at the last minute, decided I'd rather sleep. I did, however, pick it up the very next day. It's now sitting on my nightstand and I can't wait to start reading it! I'm traveling for work next week so I will be taking it with me on the plane. Has anyone read this? I have high expectations since I've read all the other books have loved them.

2. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sales ends this Sunday. I picked up this in pink and this cozy scarf for fall. I'm actually wearing the cardi right now as I type this-- it's super soft and is a blend of cashmere and viscose.

3. Are you one of those people who loves driving around and viewing open houses or new model homes? Yes, I am one of those people. I did that last weekend and stumbled across this gem of a model home. I LOVED the decor. Isn't it pretty?!

4. This dress. It reminds me of sunshine and happiness. It's perfect for a summer wedding or bridal/baby shower. I usually don't think of H&M for my go-to place for dresses, but popped in here and found this one. I then found that it's half off online. Score! :)

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Hello Wednesday! Today, I am linking up with Shay for "What's Up Wednesday," which consists of answering the following questions.

1. What We're Eating This Week
My friend and I went to a fabulous French restaurant in the area that's authentically "French country" style cuisine, meaning a lot of items on their menu include meats typically found in the countryside (e.g. duck, bison, etc).  In addition, their menu is written on a huge chalk board that they bring to your table.  Did I mention the drinks were divine?  Here's my fruity tropical drink below.  I mentioned to the waiter that I felt like I should be somewhere tropical while sipping on my drink.

2. What I'm Reminiscing About
Studying abroad in Marseille, France, during college. I was watching the Euro Cup this month and some games were played in Marseille at the Velodrome stadium, which I would pass daily when taking the metro into the city. Happy memories. :)


3. What I'm Loving
My new custom Nike ID shoes.  These were an early birthday gift I received based on my custom specifications.  You can design your own here.

4. What We've Been Up To
I went to a Conan O'Brien show taping at the Warner Bros studio this month.  I will do a full blog post on the experience soon, but it was super fun.  And what's better is that it's free!  Although we couldn't take pictures while the show was taping, here are some shots I took before the show started.

5. What I'm Dreading
Fire season.  It's officially fire season here in Los Angeles.  We have a huge fire that firefighters are currently battling that's only 25% contained, has scorched  37,473 acres, and has destroyed 18 homes.  Please pray for all the firefighters and service crews who risk their lives daily to keep us safe.  

6. What I'm Working On
Planning various appointments for 2017 (tax appointment, my physical etc.) What can I say, I'm a planner, and I always plan these sometime around June/July of the previous year. And I love using my Erin Condren 18-month life planner to remember everything. Here's the design I went with this year (it's my 3rd planner from Erin Condren, and it never disappoints). :)

7. What I'm Excited About
My birthday in August. :)  There's no shame in celebrating it ALL month, right?!

8. What I'm Watching/Reading
There's not much on in the summer, but I am watching The Bachelorette (sometimes you just need some mindless TV to escape), and will watch Bachelor in Paradise when it starts next month.

9. What I'm Listening To
Literally, right now, I'm listening to "Mack the Knife" by Louis Armstrong as I type this on Tuesday evening.  I love listening to Pandora while I blog. :)

10. What I'm Wearing
My sweats!  So chic, I know. ;) I just got back from the gym.

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend
Going to one of my favorite pizzerias in Los Angeles.  Bonus:  the restaurant is also participating in Dine L.A.!  More details on Dine L.A. can be found in my previous post here.

12. What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
Traveling to San Francisco!  I will be there for a week for work.

13. What Else is New
Kate Spade is having a sale up to 75% off, only through today! No code is necessary...just shop away!  I'm eyeballing this and this (these would make traveling so much more fun). 

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week has been so hectic that I haven't had time to blog, but a Friday Favorites post is in order. Here are my favorites for the week.

1. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!


The sale opens to the general public today, the 22nd. I was able to shop the sale earlier (it's one of the perks of having a Nordstrom card) and scooped up some great finds for sale:

  • I had been looking for one of these in pink for the longest time, and finally found it.
  • This scarf will be perfect come screams fall colors and it's super pricey.
  • And last, I can't wait to wear this. I love Fall and the cooler weather because it's all about layering cute pieces.
2.  This liquid foundation.  I can't say enough good things about it.  It lasts all day, looks natural (you can't even tell you're wearing foundation), doesn't rub off on clothing, and controls my oily skin.  With other foundations I had used in the past, I would have to blot my oily skin by the end of the day.  With this one, I don't have to, even during the hot summer months.  And the best part of it is the price (it's only $33).

3.  I love my Fitbit Flex and Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet (I blogged about both in a post here).  For those who held off on purchasing the Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet in the past, the good news is that it's now on sale!


4.  For my southern California peeps, it's Dine L.A. Restaurant Week in Los Angeles!  It runs from July 18-31, 2016, including weekends.  During this time, participating restaurants offer special menus for lunch or dinner at a discounted price.  Lunch ranges from $15-$25 per person (2+ courses), and dinner ranges from $29-$95+ per person (3+ courses).  Dine L.A. is a great way to try fabulous restaurants at a discounted price.  For a full list of participating restaurants, click here.

5.  Secret Life of Pets!  I had been looking forward to this movie since I first saw the trailer earlier this year, and it was everything I had hoped it would be.  I love pets and I love NYC, so win-win!  Kevin Hart is the voice of the bunny and was hilarious.  Go see it!  You won't be disappointed.  It's an awesome movie for both kids and adults.


Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stranded Series Linkup

Happy Wednesday! I am linking up with Shay for her monthly stranded series. Today, the question is, what three famous people would we take with us if we were stranded on a desert island?  Well, here are my three below.

1.  Conan O'Brien. This guy crack me up.  So funny!  I love his sense of humor and quirkiness.  I attended a live taping of his show last week (I'll blog about that next week) and he was even funnier in person.  So great. #teamcoco

2.  Henry Cavill.  I mean, look at him.  I'd bring him along just so I can stare at something beautiful the whole time I'm stranded until I'm rescued.  Can you say perfect bone structure?  His British accent doesn't hurt either. ;)

3.  Larry King or Oprah.  I couldn't decide between these two!  Can I take them both? ;)  Either one would be amazing-- I would love to sit down with either and hear their stories about all the people they have interviewed over the years.  And I'm sure they would have some great life advice too.

Can't wait to read who everyone else picks! Have a great Wednesday!

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