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A Collection Part 40

As the years go on, the “A Collection” posts get farther and farther apart from each other! When it comes to the end of summer, I always feel like it’s the most appropriate time to wrap things up. I started this post back in April, can you believe it? It’s about time we got this published!

Goodbye summer. Hello fall! We’re so excited to be in you!

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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It’s been some time since I’ve had a weekend of eating, but that’s exactly what this weekend was for me. Ashley completed her 8-week internship at Stanford and to celebrate, we filled our stomachs with the most delicious food. Her younger sister was also in town so we made sure to take her to all of our favorite spots in the South Bay.

First off, My Lovecats ring finally arrived and I haven’t taken it off since…except in the shower because I am terrified of getting it wet. It is the most darling little ring I have ever purchased for myself and I am even thinking about making the move to additional stacks.

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Caught In A Beauty Bind

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I trade off between spending the week down in the South Bay and my weekends up in San Francisco. Though I’ve done this so frequently, I always end up forgetting to pack something in my weekender and this weekend that “thing” happened to be my entire beauty bag! We had plans to go out that night and while I wish I could say I am comfortable enough with myself to go completely make-up free, that wasn’t the case. I managed to find a moisturizing lotion where I was staying so I had the base covered, but the next thing I needed to do was prioritize. I asked myself two questions: What did I absolutely need to have and where can I get it?

I’m not someone who is big on makeup and knowing everything, but I think I can get by on the basics that my mama taught me. On the priority scale, I decided that I needed black eyeliner, eye makeup remover (if I could get it – to take off the previous night’s work,) mascara, and a foundation.

First stop? Sephora. You might be wondering why I didn’t choose to go to a drug store first and I wondered about this myself, too. Too often, I find myself actually using products from Sephora rather than drugstore brands and while these were just going to be “back-up buys,” you never know when you’re gonna find something that you can either a) end up using for a longer amount of time or b) replace something you already have that maybe needed to be replaced.

Sephora is a store that gets abused by their customers. Too often, people come into the store that don’t want to buy their own makeup and test products all day long until they’ve done their entire look for the night or had someone else do that for them. Using samples at Sephora to do your makeup is kind of gross because as sanitary as they try to make it, that doesn’t usually happen. Gross. I went into the store with a fresh face and only moisturizer and I knew I might speak to some consultants, but I wasn’t going to take advantage of them by not buying anything. The first place I headed to was near the cash register where they have a lot of their basic products in much smaller sizes. The price ranges from about $8-$15. Here is where I picked up a duo combo of eyeliner and eye makeup remover as well as my Tarte mascara.

I’d been wanting to replace my foundation for quite some time as I have been using my Chanel for at least a year. (Should probably throw that out by now, right?) I’ve always been interested in using Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and this was the perfect opportunity. A consultant matched it with my skin tone. I asked if he could try it on my entire face so that I could see it and I walked away with that purchase at around $36. Altogether from the day I spent about $50 on four things.

Long story short, if you’re ever caught in a bind like this – pick the items that you need and head to your nearest Sephora :) It sounds like they asked me to say that, but I promise they didn’t.

Note: I didn’t love the eyeliner and the makeup remover because it was too greasy so we didn’t include it in the photo.

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Blog Roundup

- The Best and Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover [Greatist]

- Some things we don’t really like about San Francisco (don’t worry, we like the rest!) [Refinery 29]

- Cocktails Inspired by Wes Anderson films [Paste]

- What you should never wear to a wedding [WhoWhatWear]

- “I Found Out The Hard Way That My Cousin is a Porn Star” [The Hundreds] Wow – best thing I’ve read in a long time.

- Nicole Richie tells Oprah about the easiest and hardest part about marriage. [Refinery 29]

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Proud Owner:

And now that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is live, I can finally share with you all of my purchases from this past week!

‘Maisie’ Top Coat for those blistering winds in San Francisco in the fall/winter and trips to Seattle!

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For nights out in the city and dress-up work days – Topshop Cutaway Wrap Back Shell. The draping is just the best part of this top.

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Grey Munro ‘Kara’ Suede booties – for the perfect long-sleeved dresses to wear with in the upcoming season!

I’m very fortunate to have had Ashley and Nadia save me by having the Nordstrom card and giving me early access to the Nordstrom sale this year, but who knows if I’ll have that special treatment next year. Looks like it’s time to apply for my own card :)

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Five Favorite Pins: The Great Outdoors

I am very fortunate that where I live has a pretty decent set up of a hot tub, grill, pool, and outdoor fireplace for community use and even more fortunate that I have my own personal balcony. I haven’t had any parties here yet, but every weekend I catch my neighbors throwing events and wonder someday if I’m ever going to do the same. Last weekend, Ashley mentioned to me that I should take the initiative and throw one myself. I’m still thinking about it and probably won’t make up my mind until the last minute. But that got me to thinking. I have a great space now, but the type of party I want to throw down the line will hopefully be in my own backyard and won’t have to be shared with “the community.” I’m really looking forward to when that day comes and I’ll sort of get a taste for that when I throw a party at my co-worker’s place at the end of the summer. Here’s some inspiration for now on some of my favorite backyard spaces!

[Made By Girl]

Oh boy, two levels.

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Currently Craving:

I was informed this week that I just missed the Ballard Seafood Festival back in Seattle this past weekend and all I could think of was how badly I was craving Ivar’s Clam and Chips and a bowl of their Clam Chowder. It was a tradition for my family to have dinner out at Ivar’s every so often and the clams and clam chowder were always my favorite. As we got older, we started eating out less, but that didn’t stop my dad from purchasing the clam chowder packets from Ivar’s that you could buy at the store and make at home yourself. If I have a chance to eat it here, I typically order it, but let’s be real – it just doesn’t compare.

I’m headed home in a couple months and flying out of my favorite terminal that just so happens to have an Ivar’s stop in it. Nailin’ it, you guys.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

Thank goodness I had Ash by my side this past weekend because I definitely couldn’t have walked away with my TopShop purchases from Nordstrom without her! Um. Hi. I need a Nordstrom card. If you haven’t been living under a rock then you know that it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! ie) the most celebrated time of the year for Ashley and I. Early access is great. It’s a privilege I don’t have, but need. If I had to wait until it was open to the public then I’m almost sure everything I wanted would have been sold out by then.

This movie is kind of insane.

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We threw an impromptu bachelorette party!

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We discovered these qt bears in a store in the Mission that turn into neck pillows when you turn them inside out. I would just keep it as the bear.

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I decided this morning that I wanted to embark on a journey of trying all of the “Fried Egg Sandwiches” in San Francisco. This one is from Market and Rye and while I loved the taste of their bacon, I didn’t really love their mustard aioli. It’s not their fault, I just don’t like mustard.

 

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Serious FOMO

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It pains me to have to miss Capitol Hill Block Party this year – the first in many years! It used to be the event that I looked forward to the most every summer not only because it was just so much fun, but because it took place in my neighborhood. I’m missing it this year (for a while I thought I was actually going to fly back for it) and while I’m disappointed I won’t be there, I know that the festival won’t disappoint. They’ve got such a great lineup and I wish I were there! My friend from back home, Lucas, sent this photo over to me last week from the Girl Talk set last summer on a flier promoting Capitol Hill Block Party.

Nailing it.

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So This Happened Today…

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I saw this advertised on Tin Pot’s Instagram feed today and decided to drag my entire team out to Tin Pot so that I could have it. The specialty drink was only offered today so as you can imagine, I was feeling a sense of urgency. It was totally worth it. I wish this could just be a seasonal regular…thanks Tin Pot for the afternoon treat!

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Currently Craving:

As a child, I loved the idea of having tea parties and nomming on tea sandwiches. I was a fan of all kinds of little food and that preference of mine is still something that rings true today. Donut holes. Sushi rolls. Sliders. Noticing a theme here? I would always make my dad cut my sandwiches into triangles or squares and even though I couldn’t appreciate cucumbers as a child, I am completely fine with them down. What I wouldn’t do for a few tea sandwiches right now…with the crusts off of course.

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Argus App

Welp, I’ve set a new record! I have officially had an app for one entire day before deleting it. Over the weekend, my girlfriends told me about a pedometer app called Argus. Since the winter, I’ve been looking for a way to track how active I am during the day – ie) via how many steps I’m taking or how many miles I’m walking just at work. A coworker of mine sent me a couple of pedometers my way that I could purchase and that email is still sitting in my inbox. Then, Jennie and Winny told me about an app they used called Argus. It did exactly what I was looking for and it was free! Today, it notified me that I had walked 6,429 steps! The only downside? It eats up my battery like you wouldn’t even believe. By the end of the day, I was down to a 20% battery life as opposed to the 80% I normally have. I was told from my friends that the reason why it kills your battery is because of the GPS portion of the app tracking your steps. So while I love that this app is the app I’ve been waiting for, I’m afraid I’m not willing to sacrifice my battery life. Goodbye Argus, it was a fun trial for the day! Let me know when you’ve made some updates :)

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Happy Monday!

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“Fact.”

Ash just posted this to Instagram and it couldn’t be more true. Happy Monday y’all!

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The Time I Fake Cleansed

When I was still living in Seattle, the juicing craze was just getting started and I seriously considered doing a three-day cleanse meaning three juices as a substitute for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for three days. My thought process was that I would probably feel really healthy for doing it and like I had done some sort of a detox on my body, but that afterwards, I’d probably be pretty hungry. I wasn’t really thinking about some of the negative side effects that might occur from it and how this might affect me differently than it would for any other person perhaps someone who might be a little bit more healthier than me.

I put the idea of a juice cleanse behind me. That was until I went to the Stanford Shopping Center three weeks ago and stopped by Pressed. I figured that if I wasn’t ready to do the real juice cleanse that I intended a year and a half ago, I could at least try it or modify it to be more appropriate for my diet. I purchased three bottles each from a different category – citrus, roots, and greens. At the store I sampled each of them and decided that the flavor was okay enough for me to finish a whole bottle of it.

On my first night I substituted one bottle for dinner. Granted I had a meal before having the juice, but it was a late lunch and the only meal I ate for the day. After drinking the first bottle, I didn’t feel hungry later that evening. Instead, I felt pretty content. It was challenging to finish a whole bottle in one sitting though and I realized that the two days after I would get through half the bottle and put the rest in the fridge for 30 minutes until I would go back to finish the second half.

The second and third bottles didn’t act as meal substitutes, but were consumed when I came home from work as a snack. Like my original assumption about juicing, I felt healthy in the sense that I knew I was putting good things into my body. However, I did feel like I was consuming a great deal of natural sugars. I later felt the side effects from that on the second, third, and fourth day when I would get sporadic headaches. I wasn’t changing anything else about my diet those days while I was juicing so I’m fairly confident that they were caused from that. I probably won’t ever be able to do a full juice cleanse because this was a pretty strong indication that my body may not be able to handle it consistently, but I think if I walked by Pressed again and felt like having a juice, I would pick one up without too much of a second thought.

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The Weekend: Lots of Things!

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It’s been two weeks since we’ve had one of these posts and so much has happened! I didn’t have time to post last weekend’s highlights so I’m combining it with this lovely holiday weekend. Some of my best girl friends from Seattle flew to see Ash and I for the long weekend and like any vacation we jam packed our days from start to finish. It’s interesting how the trips you plan when you are out of college and “more of an adult” shift from the vacation breaks you had when you were in school. Instead of traveling to cities where you plan on drinking constantly and sleeping in because of your hangovers, you’re waking up at 8:00 and getting your morning started. (Sort of like how the five of us would any day!) Instead of drinking, we put our money towards amazing meals and instead of going to bars, we went wine tasting in Sonoma. So there.

- also don’t those fireworks look great?! They went off Wednesday evening in San Francisco after the Giant’s game and they looked a whole lot better than the ones we tried to watch on 4th of July from this view.

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I did my first hike with some co-workers at Rancho San Antonio Open Space last weekend! There really are some gorgeous views here in the Bay Area.

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On Sunday afternoon, we caught a free concert from Yuna and Allen Stone at Stern Grove. We had never been over to this area before, but we loved how it was just kind of hidden in this park and large enough to hold a concert and fit THIS many people. It’s definitely one of the prettiest venues I’ve ever been to.

We’ve been watching episodes of this on Netflix.

We got athletic and competitive during our pre 4th of July company picnic with Bubble Soccer.

Happy 4th from the Seattle gang!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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