Favorite Things: September 23rd

Guess what everyone, I actually broke a sweat in the city this week. Twice. Otherwise, this whirlwind of a week (in life, work and everything in between) flew by (I mean, what’s new) and now my neck hurts really bad. Otherwise, here are my favorite things that I discovered this week:

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I got a haircut a couple of weeks ago (which I love) and my stylist recommended that I try out the three-day method. Which basically means don’t wash your hair until the third day. Without the Death Valley dry shampoo by R+Co., I wouldn’t have made it throughout the week.

Narcos on Netflix has been my TV jam as of late. Get ready for lots of drugs, guns and other unmentionables.

New week, new book. Just kidding, I’m lucky if I finish a book within two months. I’m crushing on Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett—it has pictures!

How can I forget the magic that is a Beyoncé concert? That woman sang, danced and made me cry. She really can do it all.

Spicy Sausage Stir Fry

Spicy Sausage Stir Fry

There’s only one thing that I wish my parents had let me do when I was a kid. I’m fine with the 11 p.m. curfew on New Year’s Eve, but I wish those sticklers let me spend more time in the kitchen (hi mom & dad!). With two working parents, quick meals were the norm but as a picky eater, two-ingredient meals were the norm for me. Enter hot dog stir fry—the meal that my parents would make almost every week. For me, it was simple hot dogs and rice. But now that I’m older, I’m down with a little more color and flavor.

Spicy Sausage Stir Fry 
Ingredients

1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1/2 bell pepper, diced
3 baby bok choy leaves, sliced
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, diced
1 tsp. black sesame seeds
1 cup. shredded sweet potato
2 spicy sausages
2 cups brown rice, cooked and frozen

1. Heat a large pan on medium heat and toss in your frozen rice, soy sauce and sesame oil. Let those cook for a couple of minutes until the rice softens.

2. Now mix in everything else and fry for 8-10 minutes until all of the vegetables are al dente. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!

P.S. Not a registered dietician, but I do cook with only fresh ingredients (minus frozen rice).

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Wednesday Wants: What to Wear in Seattle

Seattle Travel Outfit

T-30 days until I head back north to Seattle for a few days of eating, eating, and a little bit of walking. It’s been a while since I’ve last been there (where I literally only spent only a day), so it’s like I’ll be going for my first time! Per usual, it’s bound to be cold and a little rainy while I’m there. But I’ll be with my number one travel partner and a little weekend away never hurts either. Here’s what I’ll pack for Seattle:

Good ol’ blue jeans: Can’t really go wrong here, right?

Grey & White Sweater via Zara: I’ve been craving some warm basics and I think that this might just make the cut for the cold and damp weather in the PNW.

Small Leather Backpack: Seattle has less bustling streets than SF, so I’m going to take that opportunity to not get robbed with a backpack. Plus, they’re chic again!

A Wool Beret: I’m a hat girl—I love them and I will wear them for any appropriate occasion. This one from Goorin Bros is chic and so is this one from ShopBop.

Water Repellant Jacket from Zara: I’ve had my eye on this rain coat for a while—it better not sell out before I leave!

The Heel Boot by Everlane: Everlane launched a new (and higher) ankle boot. Would def wear these with a pair of black skinny jeans and a chambray top for work, work, work, work, work.

Windowpane Cape Scarf by Madewell: Just because it’s cloudy with a chance of rain, it doesn’t mean that I won’t be layering up with a thick scarf.

Black Bean Soup

I’m a mad soup lover. If someone served me up a different soup every day, I’d be so(up) happy. This weekend it was a little overcast here and I had a bag of black beans and some cojita cheese that I wanted to get through. Combine that with some daydreams of taking a trip to Mexico and I knew what I had to make.

 Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup
Ingredients 

2 cups dry black beans
6 cups of water
1 medium white onion, diced
1 link of Soyrizo (or chorizo)
2 dried chiles de árbol
4 tomatillos, sliced
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2 tbsp. adobo sauce (from chipotle and adobo can)
1 tsp. salt
Crumbled cojita cheese
Lime
Avocado

Spicy Black Bean Soup

1. Quickly rinse and drain the beans. Combine the water, beans and salt in a heavy-bottomed pot and bring to a boil.

Tip: If any beans float to the top, they’re not the best beans in the bunch. Skim them off the top!

2. Bring your boiling beans down to a simmer and add in the onions, chiles, tomatillos, chipotle and adobo sauce.

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3. Let your concoction simmer for two hours on low heat but be sure to check on it and stir occasionally. Be sure to add more water if you start to see the top layer of beans.

4. Once your soup has simmered, use an immersion blender to puree your soup. Add in your chorizo and simmer for 15 more minutes.

5. Top off with some crumbled tortilla chips, a little salsa, avocados, cojita cheese and plenty of freshly squeezed lime juice. Enjoy!

 

Favorite Things: September 9th

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You know what wasn’t my favorite thing this week? Cramming five days worth of work into four short days. Otherwise, it was a beautiful week in San Francisco where the sun actually came out and evenings were filled with rosé and good meals. Here were my other favorite things from this week:

  • Tokyo-based, Mensho Ramen, actually opened up in the city a while ago, but we finally made it out! Pro tip: Get in line on the early side (we’re talking 5:30 or earlier) and know exactly what you want to order the minute you sit down. They’re not ones to wait while you ponder over the menu.
  • I’m a sucker for the wood wick candles by the Santa Cruz-based Let’s Put a Bird On It. I’m obsessed with the ‘Mermaid’ roll-on fragrance.
  • Engagement parties! I am so, so happy for my friends who are in love and about to mutually put a ring on it. I’m sure there’s more engagement parties in my horizon and for now, I love them!
  • I’m a big fan of palm leaf prints and this ‘Palm Beach’ water bottle by S’well is just waiting to be added to my ever-growing collection of water bottles.
  • New ideas. If you can’t tell from the photo above, there’s a new segment coming on the blog. And no, it’s not how to wear hats or how to prevent farmer’s tans (because let’s be real, I frequently rock them).

The First Quarter Dispatch from San Francisco

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In business-speak, it’s been a whole fiscal quarter since I’ve packed my bags (furniture, kitchen supplies and mountains of clothes) and moved from the East Bay to San Francisco. Fun fact: I looked for an apartment for over a year and a half. A week after I’d accepted a new job offer, I lazily looked at an apartment and it worked out!

Here’s what I love about San Francisco: 

  • There’s something scenic on every corner, whether it’s a charming SF house or a cutie.
  • Evening or afternoon walks are pretty great when you have hundreds of places to visit within less than 4 miles from you in all directions.
  • Yoga Tree is keeping me centered, somewhat fit and on a schedule.
  • Muni is pretty great, I don’t always need to rely on my car anymore.
  • No more long commutes to work, to friends or the occasional date.
  • Proximity to wine country—rosé all day.

Here’s what I don’t love about San Francisco:

  • People would rather talk to their dog than say “hi” to anyone.
  • Poop. On. The. Streets.
  • What is it with this bone-chilling weather in the summer?

Wednesday Wants: September Edition

September Wants

This month, I’m feeling simple. I want to uniform-ize (not a word) my outfits, dumb down my already simple makeup routine and rely on one key beauty product to get me through the month. I’m craving actual grown-up sleepwear in the form of matching sleep sets, a lace cami to wear under a chunky cardigan during the day, then instantly take on a night out. Pair that with a pair of ultra-comfortable pumps and I’ll be set. Gosh, I’m even surprising myself with how basic I’m feeling this month.

Lace Inset Cami from Calypso St. Barth
‘My One True Love’ Iron On Patch from Tuesday Bassen
Pajama Top from Gap
Loeffler Randall ‘Clara’ Pump
>Coco Rose Body Polish from Herbivore
Longwear Eyeshadow in ‘Shore’ by Bobbi Brown

Fall Beauty Essentials

Fall Beauty Essentials

Spring sprang, summer came and went (barely) and fall’s about to set in. But true to San Francisco, it’s about to get hot and I’m not mad about it. As we all head into a new season, I’m diving into some new beauty products that will beat the Indian summer that SF’s about to get and save my skin before winter comes. Here are my fall beauty essentials that I added to my (literal) beauty shelf:

Sunday Riley UFO

U.F.O. Face Oil by Sunday Riley: My skin has been forgetting that it’s nearly quarter of a century old and is instead, acting like a pre-teen. U.F.O. is using it’s salicylic acid powers mixed with all sorts of natural ingredients to clear up my sensitive, combination skin.

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz: I never thought that I would rely on highlighter as part of my makeup routine. However, after leaving my Haloscope at a pal’s house for over a month, I really missed that glowing/subtle glitter bomb look that it lends.

Body Oil by Four Birds Beauty: During a weekend visit to Neeko, Ash introduced me to Philly-based Four Birds Beauty and this moisturizing body oil. I’ve always been adverse to anything oily, but this soaks right in (and quickly too) and makes my skin suuuuper soft.

Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack

Mega Greens Detoxifying Face Mask by Glossier: Alright, I swear Glossier isn’t paying me to write anything. Mega Greens sucks everything out without making my face feel like it’s being pulled in a million directions.

Makana Candle in Tea Leaf: It’s a 100% gurantee that I’m burning a Makana candle nearly every night. Each time I pay a visit home to the OC, I have to stop at Whole Foods to pick up some more. My suitcase always smells real nice when I get back to SF.

Sephora Cleansing Water

Triple Action Cleansing Water by Sephora: Micellar water is all the rage now and is a serious heavy-lifter when it comes to removing eye makeup. I prefer this to any other oil-based eye makeup remover since it makes my eyes feel squeky clean instead of drenched in mascara residue and oil.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Mask: My ideal Friday night consists of a glass of wine, a watchable movie and a face mask. Lately, it’s been this organic skin-peel-meet-clarifying-mask by Alba Botanica.

Stila Waterproof Eyeliner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner: I don’t know how to put this any other way, but I have oily eyelids. There hasn’t been an eyeliner that’s managed to stay put, until now. Who knew that my favorite lip gloss brand as a little babe would be my favorite eyeliner brand as a big babe?

Stay tuned for the winter beauty roundup in a couple of months!

Favorite Things: August 26th

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Holy moly. The week flew by, the month flew by and I flew through the week feeling a little sluggish but a lot happy about what I do. Honestly, life is really different when you thoroughly enjoy your job and the people you work with. Plus, I relearned how to curl my hair this week! Get the scoop on my favorite things from this week.

A 10-minute messy waves tutorial from Hither and Thither.

Everlane is the sexiest company I know. They just released a new shoe this week called the Modern Oxford and it’s cute.

I am slowly chipping away at becoming a real adult. How? I became a wine club member at Nielsen Wines! Plus, I love coming home to a great bottle of wine.

Glossier did it again. I picked up the Milky Jelly Cleanser and Gen G in Crush and they are my new favorites. Milky Jelly takes off all of my makeup and leaves my skin super soft. Meanwhile, Gen G is brightening up my face with its hot, pinkish hue.

HELP: Does anyone have any favorite denim brands? I crush on AG jeans, but I’m ready for something new. Any recs appreciated!

 

Wednesday Wants: Madewell Fall Favorites

Madewll Fall Favorites

Guess who has a great new fall collection? Madewell, of course. The little sister of J. Crew is consistently turning out great stuff, and this fall is no exception. I’m loving the minimal prints, salmon pink and lush fabrics like suede, linen and soft knits.

Here’s what I want to wear this fall, all from Madewell:

Striped One-shoulder Dress  – This dress would be perfect to combat the famed Indian summers that strike SF.

The Octavia tassel sandal – Salmon pink, block heels and tassels are my literal dream shoe.

Small zip pouch in ‘antique cream’ – I’m a sucker for eye-catching prints, especially ones with little faces.

Sunpleat lace-up top – Alright, this is a double-feature, but I still love this top.

Suede motorcycle jacket – I. Love. Moto. Jackets. By the end of 2020, I want to have one in every wearable color.

Cape scarf in ‘Windowpane’ – What’s the best thing to wear when it gets cold? Blanket scarves. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns with this plaid print!

‘Flea Market’ jeans – I’ve had light wash flare jeans on my wish list for a while. These little pockets (more flattering for the back, if you know what I mean), look super cute.

Inez ankle strap sandal – Low heels are perfect for transitioning from work to evening activities. Pair it with an ankle strap and I’m sold.

Striped lace-up sweater – Everyone around the U.S. is bundling up, while all of us in San Francisco have been ready for months. This lace-up sweater will let me show off my stone & very-cold bravery.

Modern linen top – With a little extra pizza incorporated into my diet, I’m crushing on tees that give me a little more room. A flared hem? I’m sold.

JM Drygoods embroidered shorts – Alright, I’m still banking on those few, short weeks of Indian summer with these shorts.