Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I have been playing catch up this week since I was out of town last weekend on a mini vacation to Phoenix to visit one of my best friends. It was my first time in Arizona and I found Phoenix to be so similar to Palm Springs.



And now, onto my favorites for the week.

1. All Things Fall
We visited a farm while in Phoenix that had a pumpkin patch. It was beautiful to walk around on the grounds.


2. This little gadget right here. I use the much more pricier version (this one), and have been looking for a cheaper one for ages. This one has excellent reviews, so I'm eager to see how it fares. It also comes in a two pack.

3. For all you ladies who wear painful high heels (because all cute heels hurt, right?), I just ordered this spray to try.  It's an anti-blister spray that you put on before wearing your heels, and it apparently forms a barrier on your foot that protects from blisters.  It also has rave reviews. I really hope this is the miracle product people make it out to be.

4. Pumpkin pie squares! I am making this recipe that I posted last year this weekend.


5. And finally, this book. It's the first of a four part series. If you love Italy and lots of characters, pick this up stat!

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Stranded Series Linkup

Happy Wednesday! Today, I am linking up with Shay for her monthly stranded series to answer the question, "What three types of Halloween candy would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?"  After compiling my list, I saw a common theme: Chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

As a child, I remember "ranking" my Halloween candy after a long night of trick-or-treating. I would dump my entire candy sack out in my room and segregate the contents based on my own personal ranking system.  The top 3 were the first to be eaten, so these are the ones that I would take with me on my island:

1. Snickers (You can never go wrong with this one.  Nothing beats a king size Snickers bar).
2. Twix (You get TWO of these per pack...double the yum!).
3. Milky Way (For when I'm sick of peanuts).

And on the flip side, since we're sharing our three favorites, here are the three worst offenders that I would find in my Halloween bag:

1. Dots (Do they still make those? They taste like plastic).
2. Mounds (Coconut with chocolate should be banned.  At least in my world.  Too overpowering of a flavor!)
3. Now-and-Laters (I call these wanna-be Starbursts).

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else chose!



Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Favorites

It's starting to feel more and more like Fall daily...and you know what that means:


That brings us to my list of favorites for the week, of which #1 is very relevant.

1. Peet's coffee dark chocolate pumpkin mocha. It's pumpkin. It's mocha. 'Nuff said.


2. I have my go-to favorite scents that I use daily or for special occasions (see a blog post I did on that here), but Sephora sent me a sample of this in the mail and it's a new favorite. I will be buying the full size once my sample finishes. Bonus: The bottle is so pretty.

3. Blue Apron food delivery service. I've used Hello Fresh before (see my review here), so I wanted to try this alternative. It's proven to be just as yummy. I made two dishes below so far.

Blackened Chicken with Zucchini Rice, Corn & Cherry Tomatoes

Brown Butter & Thyme Gnocchi with Maitake Mushrooms, Corn & Swiss Chard

4. This scarf. It just screams Fall. :)

5. Fresh flowers. These are currently on my living room table.


Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Happy National Coffee Day!

It's national coffee day today! I feel like I should be on vacation instead of at work today, given how much I love coffee. Today should be a personal holiday for me. ;) I also think I need this sign in my kitchen. I found it at Home Goods last week.

I always wonder what I would be drinking in the morning if coffee had never been invented, and that thought makes me sad. I love my cup of Joe! I go to bed each night looking forward to it the next morning. I always have cold brew coffee in the morning, regardless of how cold it is outside (living in California helps). Cold brew coffee is just so good-- it's coffee that has been seeped in cold water for 18 to 24 hours. The result is a smooth, less acidic, more concentrated coffee experience. I add equal parts coffee concentrate and milk, and a few ice cubes. So good! I use this to make my cold brew at home. It's super easy and the cold brew concentrate can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks. 

In honor of today, there are some coffee chains that are giving away free coffee. Click here to see where. Also, Peet's Coffee has free shipping today if you order online.

Alfred Coffee, one of my favorites!

Happy sipping!


Wednesday, September 28, 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
I subscribed to Blue Apron for a week since they had a promo, so I have been cooking some yummy meals. I've made these so far and they were delicious. What I love too is that the meals are so easy and simple to recreate again.

Blackened Chicken with Zucchini Rice, Corn & Cherry Tomatoes
Brown Butter & Thyme Gnocchi with Maitake Mushrooms, Corn & Swiss Chard
2. What I'm Reminiscing About
Trick-or-Treating as a child. I used to go dressed as a French Maid a lot (because my mom loved the costume) or some kind of animal (mouse, cat, etc). Costumes have come a long way since then. I have a feeling political ones will be popular this year given that it's an election year.

3. What I'm Loving
The cooler weather slowly creeping in. There are still plenty of hot days in southern California, but the evenings are getting cooler, with a hint of Fall.

4. What We've Been Up To
Lots...birthday parties, traveling for work, baby events, and dinners with friends. We celebrated a friend's birthday this past weekend at a gastro pub in Pasadena.

5. What I'm Dreading
My iphone possibly dying...j/ k. But seriously, has anyone noticed that as soon as a new iphone comes out (the 7 came out this month), the battery seems to start draining faster on your phone?! I've noticed this with mine. It's like it's Apple's sneaky way of getting us to buy the new phone. ;)

6. What I'm Working On
Starting my Christmas shopping early (or at least making a list of what to purchase for everyone). Doing this early makes the month of December so much more pleasant.

7. What I'm Excited About
All things pumpkin! One of my favorites is Trader Joe's pumpkin ice cream. I stopped by to pick some up last week and they were out of it already. :(


8. What I'm Watching/Reading
I just finished Stranger Things, which I LOVED! I feel like the show is a combination of ET, Goonies, and Super 8. And it had that 80s vibe that I love. And the music was amazing. Can't wait for season 2!

I'm also watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix.  I needed some comedy after Stranger Things. So funny! I highly recommend it.


9. What I'm Listening To
The Frank Sinatra radio station on Pandora.

10. What I'm Wearing
Black pants, a black top, these flats, and this cute cardigan in pink. It's all about comfort while working, right?

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend
Relaxing! It's been a hectic few weeks. I'm looking forward to decorating the house for Fall too. I picked up this fall wreath from Home Depot of all places. And it was under $15! So much cheaper than other stores. You can find it here.


12. What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
Halloween! I love carving the pumpkin, roasting the seeds, seeing all the kids in their costumes, and the vibe around that time of year.

13. What Else is New
I will be visiting one of my best friends in Phoenix next month. I have never been so I'm looking forward to some much needed girl time and catching up.

Thanks for stopping by!


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!

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