The Piece: Levi’s Wedgie Fit Jeans

Never thought I’d say it, but I’m a big fan of wedgies. Wedgie fit jeans, that is. A distinct memory of my childhood was yelling, “NOOOOO, don’t give me a wedgie!” while my friends chased me around. Now that I think about it, my friends were jerks. No, these jeans don’t give you a wedgie, they just lend a special lift to your rear and somehow mold perfectly to your shape over time. These high rise, button fly, and no-stretch jeans are just too easy to wear with everything—this is how I’m wearing my Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans.

For Date Night

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jean Outfits

Okay fine, we all know that no straight man in this city wants to date me, but if they ever change their mind this is what I would wear—my Tom Petty tee (to show them how good my taste in music is), my favorite hoop earrings (they are my confidence-boosting jewels), block heels (if I need to run away) and my Wedgie fits (because apparently butts are trending?).

For Work

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jean Outfits

It’s business time. Gotta layer up with a blazer, a turtleneck and my favorite mom jeans Wedgie fit jeans. The frayed hem makes it easy (and fun) to pair them with ankle boots that are a color just a little bit out of the ordinary—like grey! Or leopard (I own both).

For A Night Out

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jean Outfits

These older bones do not go to the club anymore unless said bones have had too much wine and think they are invincible. Anyways, I’m going denim on denim with an oversized denim jacket and a cheeky graphic tee. The trick to wearing denim on denim? Go for two different shades of blue (or black), to avoid looking like you’re wearing a denim suit from head to toe.

 For the Weekend

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jean Outfits

My favorite 48 hours of the week calls for my favorite staples in my closet at the moment: a hoodie, white sneakers, and my mini tassel bag from Cuyana. An easy, four-piece outfit that can never go wrong.

Tom Yum Soup with Shrimp and Coconut Milk


I’m deeply in love with Thai food. So much, that the other day I expressed to my friends that I wished I was Thai, just on the basis of how much I love their food. It didn’t go over well. The way Thai food combines tangy with spicy with Tom Kha, turns sweetness savory with Mango Sticky Rice, and turns salty into earthy with fish sauce makes for some of the most memorable dishes that I’ve ever had. The trick to Thai cuisine is to have your cabinets stocked with the main ingredients: fish sauce, sambal oelek (garlic + chili paste), keffir lime leaves, lemongrass, coconut milk, thai basil, thai chilies. Once you’re freezer is stocked, you’ll have easy access to most Thai dishes.

For this variation on Tom Yum, I cheated. I’ll admit it. Instead of compiling the galangal, chilies, and lemongrass and combining them with a mortar and pestle, I instead found a Tom Yum paste complete with MSG. Side note: MSG isn’t bad — it’s like candy, don’t gorge! This cuts down significantly on prep time, but adds just as much flavor.

Tom Yum Soup with Coconut Milk and Shrimp

1 tsp. fish oil
3 tbsp. Tom Yum soup paste
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 block of tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup small shrimp, deveined
1 can coconut milk
2 tsp. sambal oelek
1/2 jalapeno, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
2 keffir lime leaves

1. In a large pot, bring fish oil, soup paste, broth, coconut milk, sambal oelek, bell pepper, jalapeno, and keffir lime leaves to a boil.

2. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and toss in tofu. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the bell peppers begin to soften.

3. 5 minutes from serving, toss in shrimp and cook until shrimp is pink. To serve, take out keffir lime leaves and set aside.

The Glossier Products Worth Buying

If you really know me, you would know that every other sentence that comes out of my mouth contains “glossier.” But if you don’t know me, you’re probably thinking that you say it like gloss-ee-errr. And if so, we are no longer friends, not even acquaintances. If you happen to live in San Francisco (like me), I have some exciting news for you: Glossier is coming to town. I repeat, Glossier is coming to town and their pop-up is popping up in the Mission at Rhea’s Café.

Glossier Products Worth Buying

To help celebrate, I thought I’d wrap up my favorite Glossier products (for now) so you have the slightest idea of what to buy tomorrow (if you’re local) or what to buy on their website (if you live far, far away).

Here are the Glossier products worth a shot. 

Priming MoisturizerHello, I’d like to introduce you to your new favorite everyday moisturizer. If you’re not moisturizing during the day, WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING THEN? Even for combination skin like mine, Priming is light but still feels like enough. The only downside on this guy is that there’s no sunscreen, so wear sunscreen (see below).

Balm Dotcom: “IT’S WINTERTIME,” said pop sensation Cardi B. Apparently my lips got the memo too. Whenever they get a little chapped, I just do a little dab of balm dotcom and everything is smoooooth sailing from there. I prefer the original, unscented version but there’s also rose, mint, cherry, birthday cake and coconut flavors too!

Haloscope in QuartzGlossier basically trademarked dew. Fresh, morning mist had nothing to do with dew with it. If you don’t know what “dew” is, start using Haloscope as your highlighter and you’ll look like you just had a jog through the subtlest of fairy dust that still looks natural and never too much.

Boy BrowWhen I was younger I was so, so foolish. I once thought that my bold, thick brows were a curse, an even bigger sign that life is unfair. But now that I’m old, refined and wise, I now know that bold brows mean you never have to touch an eyebrow pencil ever in your life. I love Boy Brow (a cult-like, nope—a cult) favorite of Glossier virgins and veterans.

Stretch ConcealerAh, Stretch Concealer, my very first concealer. I always thought that concealer was going to heavy and cakey, but Stretch feels anything but. It’s light, blends easily and keeps those deep, dark, dehydrated bags under my eyes under wraps all day.

Body Hero moisturizerThe first time I put on Body Hero, I just thought to myself, “MY BODY FEELS LIKE A DOLPHIN.” So yeah, it’s good. Expect a subtle neroli scent, the teensiest bit of sheen and a pleasantly weighted body lotion that leaves you feeling slippery (hm) and moisturized all day long.

WowderWe are getting to know each other pretty well now—yes, I have combination skin and yes, I get a little shiny even when I’m not sweating and/or nervous. A brush of Wowder and I’m covered for most of the day, but to be honest, it could have a little more staying power. But don’t be afraid to pack this guy in your purse for a to-go moment.

Invisible Shield sunscreenSorry, I have to end on a dark note. We are all aging and we can do nothing about it, except eat our vegetables and wear sunscreen. Another point of honesty, but Invisible Shield isn’t good for an all-day hike to the peak of a mountain, but it is great for everyday wear in a congested city where you may be weaving in and out of tall buildings all day. Plus, it layers over Priming Moisturizer and under Stretch Concealer like a dream.

Found something you might like? Here’s a Glossier referral code for 10% off.

In SF and need directions to Rhea’s Café? Map it below.

My New Favorite Blush & Thoughts on Byredo

Okay, yes, I know, it’s been a while since I posted about my favorite beauty products (and yes, I know that I have openly expressed my interest in being a beauty blogger, so I don’t have a good track record so far). But I figured the only way to be a good blogger is to only write about what you really love and not just that #sponcon. So here goes, here are the latest and my current greatest beauty product obsessions (and yup—whether I’d buy them again or not!).

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: If I could only wear one makeup product for the rest of my life, it would be mascara. I mean, it really was the first real makeup product that I started wearing regularly and it was the star of my one-product makeup routine in college (how easy it was back then). Better Than Sex is really…quite good. It holds a curl (my one request), lengthens and thickens. My not-so-favorite part? It smears, so I think I’ll swap for the waterproof version.

Would I purchase again? Yes—but in waterproof 

Eucalyptus Oil: January was not my month. But just in terms of getting a stuffy nose, sore throat or dry cough every other week (and sometimes all at once). The one thing that I looked forward to every night? A steamy shower with a few drops of eucalyptus oil. You’re welcome for this in-home spa tip moment.

Would I purchase again? Yes 

‘Captivating’ blush by Tarte: One fateful night I wandered into Sephora, lost, confused and in need of a new blush. I needed a reinvention. Luckily, I met a man named Derrick who patiently tried multiple blushes on my cheeks and put up with my “mmm, I don’t really like that.”  We landed on this perfect peachy-pink shade that just makes me look healthy.

Would I purchase again? Yes 

‘Don’t Blow It’ Styling Cream: I can do my makeup in 7 minutes flat, but my hair? That’s a whole 30 (minutes). I’m a nighttime shower-er, so this styling creme by Bumble and Bumble is a little bit of a time saver when it comes to making my hair silky and smooth if I’m planning to air dry in the morning or if I have a long night ahead of me.

Would I purchase again? Yes

Inflorescence by Byredo: After a solid year of crushing on Inflorescence, I finally added it to my top shelf. It’s a grown-up floral that’s still light, fresh and fragrant. But, I am a little disappointed in it’s staying power—it wears off after a few hours!

Would I purchase again? No

Conditioner by Kristin Ess: Everyone’s going crazy for Kristin Ess products at Target—they’re literally sold out all the time in the city. I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical for a drugstore brand shampoo with Instagram-hype behind it, but I’m sold. The scent is so good, like a musky floral, but even better? My strands are silky and soft.

Would I purchase again? Yes 

Matte Bronzer by Milk Makeup: I’m not really a stick bronzer type of gal, but after realizing that I can use it as an easy eyeshadow, I was sold on this sample size of matte bronzer by Milk Makeup. It’s a light wash of bronze that’s a little dewy and gives me just a wash of bronze. Bonus points for their full-size packaging, it’s like a giant push-pop.

Would I purchase again? Yes—but in full size! 

Pork Pozole

*goes to Mexico one time* *thinks that she can cook Mexican food*. If you’re wondering, it’s me. Soup has been and will always be my wintertime meal jam. This one is subtly spicy, hearty (from that pork) and pretty easy to make—it can be a one-pot soup if you really want it to be and it’s a nice go-to whenever you’re feeling a little under the weather (like I might be).

Here’s my recipe for easy pork pozole. 

Pork Pozole (adapted from America’s Test Kitchen) 

1 lb. pork shoulder, cubed
8 cups broth (can be veggie, chicken, beef, whatever!), reserve 1 cup
2 cups canned hominy, rinsed
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 dried ancho chili
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper

1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your chili on a cooking sheet, but I like to use a cast iron skillet. Bake for 5-7 minutes, then remove the stem and seeds. With the one cup of reserved broth, place the chili and broth in a bowl together and microwave for 2 minutes and let sit.

2. Meanwhile, in a heavy bottomed pan, heat 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot, drop in your pork which should be patted dry and seasoned with salt and pepper. Brown the meat and then set aside on a plate.

3. With the remainder of the vegetable oil, drop in the hominy with and saute until lightly brown. Remove the hominy from the pan and set aside.

4. Reduce heat to medium and add in onions. Cook until softened and translucent, around 10 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for 5 more minutes.

5. Add onion and garlic mix to a blender, then pour in chili and broth reserve and blend until smooth. Add broth, pork and chili/onion mixture to pot and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove pork (again) and set aside on a plate to cut into smaller, bite-sized pieces.

6. Add in hominy and pork to broth, then cook for another 30 minutes to 45 minutes to allow hominy to soften. Once you’re ready to serve, add in the lime juice and slice an avocado on top. Enjoy!

Logan’s Guide to Buying & “Investing” in Art

I like art. I like art museums. I like pretending that I’m an artist. I even like podcasts about art. I think at the young, ripe age of 26, I’d like to consider myself a baby art collector, much like Porsha from RHOA recently called herself a “baby vegan.” We’ll both get there eventually folks. Over the past 3 years of buying/investing in quite a few pieces, I’ve come up with my own set of rules that I use as my personal gut check when getting a new one.

1. Start small

If you’re just starting out with your art collection, really—just start small with your size and budget. As you buy more, you’ll see that your tastes will change (but also stay somewhat the same), so consider this your exploratory period where you learn about your preferred medium (print/photograph/painting/sculpture), color scheme, artists, where and how you like to buy your art. Plus, if you’re the type who’s always on the move, you won’t have to worry about lugging a larger piece every which way your heart desires.

From Left Field by Ty Hjortland

2. Try Local

Now that I sit down and actually think about it, most of my favorite pieces have come from California, with 2/3 of them coming from the same region (SLO). Sure, there are plenty of great artists scattered across the globe, but your favorites might be down the street (or highway!) from you. I would skip local “craft” fairs if you’re serious about getting (more) serious art in your house and head to local galleries and art shows if you have them. Another source for scouting locals? Instagram!

3. Think about the big picture

So if you’ve already got 2-3 pieces that you’re thinking really represent you and your burgeoning collection, any new purchases should fit in and complement what you have. For example, most of my pieces have some sort of blue and white scheme to them, but I threw in a pink piece that stands out but also fits right at home with everything else. IMHO, you can’t really place a Picasso and a Monet side by side.

From Inez Boutique in Los Olivos, CA. By Rana Wilson

4. Go with your gut

All right, my mantra (which gets me in trouble) is if you like it, buy it. If you get the heebie-jeebies/butterfly-in-stomach feeling when you see that piece, give it a new home on your wall/shelf/cabinet/backyard. One of my favorite pieces was recently purchased from a drawing rally, and when I saw it I knew and didn’t have any time to think about it.

5. But don’t be afraid to sleep on it

But my bank account has told me to do a serious gut check before pulling the plastic trigger on any new pieces. If you’ve got time to think about a new acquisition, take time to sleep on it. Take a photo of it (always ask!), print it out and put it on your wall to try and visualize it in your space and figure out if it fits in with your other works.

6. Each piece should have a story

Okay, I give terrible advice when it comes to buying things. If you leave this post with one thing, just know that every piece you have should have a story and you should remember, where/when/and who you were with you bought each piece. Good art is always memorable, but the best art has really great stories behind them. (Cough, see my brief stories below).

Wednesday Wants: New Apartment Vibes

Wednesday Wants New Apartment

New month, new apartment, same old me! I packed up and moved to my #dreamhood in San Francisco and now I get to walk three blocks to get a $7 scoop of ice cream from Bi-Rite. Color me very happy. To really get into my new space, I’m (naturally) looking for some new goods, because it’s all about reinvention right? Here’s what I want to add to my home and closet to fully complete my transition to being a NoPa girl.

Everlane suede bootiesSo my new neighborhood has just the slightest incline. Okay, to me an inch is an incline. I like walkable booties and I cannot lie—that’s all!

Inflorescence Eau de Parfum by ByredoI’ve been crushing on this EDP for a while now, but it might be finally time to pull the trigger. It’s light-ish, very floral and (in my opinion) can be worn all year round.

Cotton Poplin candle by ByredoOne scent for my body, one scent for my room. I smelled this at the Everlane showroom one day and my nose has never gone back.

Away luggageSome of my suitcase served as moving boxes, so it’s time for an upgrade. I mean, this suitcase has 2 USB chargers built in—so it’s perfect for when I drain my battery just before I have to board my flight.

Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend trucker jacketLast week at work, there was a point where I had three different jean jackets slung across my chair. So what’s one more?

Matrix blush pink chair by Article:  There’s a little corner of my room that’s waiting to host this chair. I know everyone’s all over millennial pink right now, and I guess that includes me too.

Hexagon sunglasses by Ray-BanSometimes you just get tired of plain old round and rectangular sunglasses (as is the case with me right now). I’m digging these hexagonal ones by Ray-Ban that everyone and their best friends have.

Fall Beauty Essentials

Fall’s almost in full swing (officially). To gear up for the new season, I’ve been rounding up my favorite beauty products that are going to make me, my skin and my hair presentable for the change in weather. From the cheapest body moisturizer I’ll probably ever use, to the most luxurious glycolic serum I’ll ever own, here are my favorite fall beauty essentials.

Almay Smart Shade concealer: I think I got tan this summer. To cover up any imperfections with my new, golden glow, I added in Almay’s concealer which lasts all day long and really does match to my summer skin tone (whatever that may be).

365 Maximum Moisture lotion: I hope you have a Whole Foods nearby and $3.99 to burn. It’s light but deeply moisturizing and inexpensive. And organic. I’m also fairly certain the bottle is recyclable. Basically Mother Nature’s best friend.

Bumble and bumble brilliantine review

Bumble and bumble Brilliantine: Almost every morning, I strive for that languid, beachy wave look but more often than not my curls end up looking a little too pageanty. A little bit of Brilliantine tousled through the ends roughs them up a little and adds a very good gardenia-floral-esque scent.

Caudalie Glycolic Mask Review

Caudalie Glycolic Peel mask: They always say, start ’em young, so that’s the same approach I’m taking to my anti-aging regimen (along with plenty of SPF). I’ve been using this 2-3 times a week, before bedtime and afterwards my skin feels nice and fresh.

T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum: Drunk Elephant might be the most decadent thing I own. I don’t know if I’m totally quite on the serum train yet with this, but it did turn me onto the beauty of having a nighttime skincare regime with more than one product.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer:  Okay, you know the drill. Can’t do one beauty post without one Glossier plug. When I first started using Glossier, I actually thought this would be my least favorite product (and the least important in my regimen). Turns out, it’s my absolute favorite. I’ve definitely noticed softer skin since using this every morning. Can’t argue with that.



How to Spend a Long Weekend in Austin

Guess who’s back, back again! Three months away from the blog is a very long time—but I’m grateful that two friends and all of my family noticed. I’m also back from Austin, Texas, which just might be my new favorite city. Here’s my guide to Austin, but disclaimer: try and visit with your most favorite people who make it easy to have fun.

Where to Eat in Austin

La Barbeque – East Austin

Sure, everyone’s heard of Franklin Barbeque. I’ve never eaten it (yet)  but if you want some meat and don’t want to line up at 9 a.m., head to La Barbeque in East Austin. They went from barbeque truck to an air-conditioned and high-end convenience store. You can also order a beer while you wait, so this just might be the best line you’ll ever wait in. Get the brisket, spicy sausage, pulled pork and plenty of potato salad.

Elizabeth Street Café1st Street  

My new version of a perfect summer night now consists of eating fiery Vietnamese food on a 90-degree night in Texas. The #millenialpink neon lights wooed me in, but things quickly got serious once the food arrived. Their menu’s split into appetizers, bánh mì, pho, bún and specialties that rotate out. Spring for something on the specialties section (or you’ll miss it) and be sure to pair it with a carafe of whatever cocktail you’re drinking to wash it down.

June’s – South Congress 

If you know me at all, you know that I will always want to visit a BA best new restaurant of whatever year it is. June’s is a wine bar that feels like the love child between a diner and sexy French restaurant (with a lot less smoke). Grab a glass of wine or brunch while you’re in town—they have it all.

Guero’s Taco Bar – South Congress

You apparently can’t travel to the American Southwest without eating a taco, so you might as well eat one at Guero’s. Your tacos come with a hefty side of Mexican restaurant kitsch, plus an unlimited salsa bar and strong margaritas.

What to See in Austin

Barton Springs Zilker Park

When it’s over 100 degrees outside, there really is no excuse to skip out on a trip to Barton Springs. Just 15 minutes max from downtown is a natural spring full of living organisms (like the Barton Springs salamander) and very cool water. It’s free after 9 p.m. and only $8 if you’re not a local.

Live Music at The Continental Club – South Congress 

Have you ever listened to honky tonk funk? Nope, neither have I—until I hit up The Continental Club. If you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekday (or weekend) night in Austin, catch a show (it’ll probably be under $10) from a local band.

South Congress Bridge Bats

When’s the last time you saw 1.5 million bats fly right over you? If the answer is never, then block off at least one night just before sunset to plant yourself on the east side of the South Congress bridge to watch the bats take off at dusk. And I swear, it’s not like that one scene from The Office.

Shopping – South Congress & East 11th Street

Let’s be real, no vacation of mine is ever complete without a little bit of shopping. While in Austin, I fell in love with two main drags: South Congress and East 11th. South Congress is famously known for their small shops, but my favorite was Feathers Boutique, for their highly curated items ranging from DVF dresses and Gap skirts from the 90s. East 11th street also had some great hits like Charm School Vintage, Olive (for contemporary cool-girl clothing) and take heart (for tiny, minimalist wares).

1st Street

I swear, I purposefully did not map us to this mural! Just take one stroll down 1st Street (on the south side of town) and walk north. You’ll hit up spots like the Austin postcard mural and attached art gallery, Gourdough’s doughnuts (could eat these everyday) and the aforementioned Elizabeth Street Café. According to insider info from a Lyft driver, 1st street is the place to be if you want to blend in with the locals.

Where to Drink in Austin

Lazarus Brewing East Austin

Great beer, air conditioning and a stained glass mural of Jesus are all to be found at Lazarus. If you’re in need of a craft beer break, a visit to East Austin is worth it.

Blue Owl Brewery East Austin

I. Love. Sours. So I am a little bummed that I didn’t actually get to check out this brewery in person, but I am being held over by the single taster I had at a coffee shop. Head to Blue Owl for me, won’t you?

Hotel San José – South Congress 

This hotel looked hip as hell, which of course means that they were serving the summer drink of the year: Frosé. The poor thing melted in less than 20 minutes (like me).

Other important things:

Where to Stay

If you’re looking to be where it’s at, stay somewhere near (or on) South Congress Avenue, whether it’s an Airbnb or at the Austin Motel. If you’re okay with being a little farther out from the hustle and bustle, a few nights in Zilker Park or Bouldin are fine too.

How to Get Around

Bus, bike, Lyft or Uber—Austin really has it all now. Renting a car might have its perks too since you’d be able to travel a little farther outside the city to find a no-wait barbeque joint.

When to Go

Skip a mid-August trip since we learned that it’s the hottest time of the year. Early fall and late spring are prime time.

Wednesday Wants: Sand & Tan Summer Sandals

Brown sandals for summer

Summer’s making it’s official debut in less than a month, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the temps will start to drop in San Francisco. But no matter where I am, tan, block heeled sandals are my go-to for high summer dressing. They just go with everything—whether it’s my most unflattering pair of Levi’s and a white tee or my favorite striped dress. But there’s a new kid on the shoe block, the sand sandal to brighten up (and modernize) all the summer outfits you could dream up. Keep reading to see my favorite sand and tan sandals from Nordstrom, then click to get your hands on a pair!

Sand sandals for summer: 

  • “Carmela” sandals by Rebecca Minkoff:  Super strappy without being too declassé. These will pair perfectly with that imaginary golden tan and white dress combo that I can never achieve summer after summer.
  • “Franine” mules by Vince Camuto: Mules are the *it* shoe of 2017, but I just can’t seem to get on board (I think they make me look shorter). I think a strappier pair that shows a little more skin just might do the trick.
  • “Christy” sandals by Rebecca Minkoff: I’ve had a crush on these since last summer and there’s no sign of that slowing down. Just grown-up enough to make a T-shirt and jeans work at the office.

Tan sandals for summer:

Shop these picks and more below!