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The Weekend: 5 Things

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We kicked off this weekend with a trip to Planet Granite with the co-workers! I didn’t do any bouldering this time, but I did climb twice before I called it quits. It has been a long week, you guys. Instead of going to the usual Sunnyvale gym, we ventured over to the one in Belmont. As much as I love climbing and how strong it makes me feel, I know that it’s no cardio. I wish I could be incorporating a little bit of that into my activities too. Nevertheless, I was still feeling the pain this morning on my shoulders and fore arms.

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Henry’s sister Grace was in town this weekend visiting so naturally we had to take her to our favorite Sonoma winery – Ram’s Gate! We sampled 8 different kinds each of us favoring one more than the other. I was pretty partial to the very sweet white wine. Don’t ask me to tell you what it exactly was because I definitely don’t remember.

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One pretty happy family here.

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Is there anything better than lounging on this deck? Absolutely not.

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I find that on Sundays I always have very intense cravings for food. Today, it happened to be sushi so I drove 20 minutes away for these nomz right here. I just polished this off and I don’t plan on moving or getting up anytime soon. Thanks for the grub Niji’s!

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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My boss had a moving rummage over the past weekend and having been an avid collector of vintage trinkets and lots of dinnerware, I inherited a set! I don’t cook very much anymore, but someday I will start it up again and when that happens, I’ll at least have this very pretty set for my guests.

I somehow convinced him that he was going to love this movie. Bachelorette is one of my favorites and is totally underrated. I think I discovered it last year with my girlfriends last summer and while I loved it, he did not.

My coworkers and I got a DJ set by Questlove on Saturday night at the Mezzanine and it was pretty rad. There were some on/off moments during his set, but it’s Questlove so can you really hate on anything he does? Of course not. I wanted to be best friends with him obvi.


I have a slight obsession with greeting cards. We stopped by The Museum of Craft and Design in the Dogpatch Sunday morning, but didn’t really make it into the actual museum part of it – just the gift shop. We were entertained for a solid 15-20 minutes. These cute little greeting cards caught my eye, but unfortunately, I didn’t make any purchases.

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I can’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing the best part about being a boy is probably being able to wear all of these amazing pieces. As much as I love women’s fashion, there is a fascination that I have for menswear as well. I was introduced to Welcome Stranger on Sunday in Lower Haight and wish I could’ve picked out a few for myself. Well, in some ways I got to do that, but I just got to pick them out for someone else. :)

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The Weekend: 5 Things

I feel quite fortunate to be able to work with a company that can afford to take all of us on a three day retreat away from the office and off to Monterey. It was my first time visiting the area and it was absolutely gorgeous. California, in general is so pretty. We stayed in Pacific Grove at Asilomar just steps away from the beach and it was amazing. I’m actually including six pictures in this post today, but with a trip as wonderful as this one, does anyone really care to count? I was hoping to catch the sunset on my last night there and unfortunately missed it. That didn’t stop me from running as fast as I could down to the beach though to finish watching the sun go down.

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Our company had the option of participating in several activities like hiking, biking, and kayaking. Since I had never gone before, I felt like I had to take advantage of the opportunity. It was pretty strenuous on the arms, but completely worth it having the chance to kayak right next to sea otters and dolphins!

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Just me and my favorite  boys hangin’ in the “Splash Zone” at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The view from the Aquarium and the same place that I kayaked to the day before

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So I’ve been on an oyster craving lately if you haven’t noticed. I’m basically obsessed and can’t get enough. I went to the same restaurant in Monterey TWICE while I was there for an order of oysters with two different groups of people. Thanks for keepin’ it real fresh  Fish Hopper.

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This trip wouldn’t be complete without a selfie Snapchat on our way back to the Peninsula.

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San Diego Eats:

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I promise this is the last San Diego post Yow Yow! will see from my vacay, but I am pretty excited to see it stretch out three posts! I don’t think we could’ve finished this series off without a food post, don’t you agree?

When it comes to sushi in California, I am pretty picky. In my eyes, nothing can compare to Seattle. The great thing about my friend Ashley is that we always seem to be on the same page for just about everything. Right off the plane, she asked me what I had wanted to eat and we were in agreement: sushi. It was the meal we loved and ate the most together back in Seattle so it seemed fitting. We went to Harney Sushi located in Old Town San Diego, which was surprising to me because that area is mostly known for their Mexican food. We ordered a lunch combo which gave up three pieces of Nigiri shown above, a bowl of hot Yakisoba and a roll for the both of us to share.



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Goodbye Piecora’s

The Capitol Hill that I had the opportunity to experience back in college is not the Capitol Hill it is today. When I first learned about the closing of the pizza place in my university’s neighborhood, I was instantly reminded of that Boy Meets World episode where Cory returns to his hometown to find that the restaurant he frequented – Chubbie’s – had undergone a complete renovation. It wasn’t the same and in a weird way it completely turned pirate themed. Piecora’s was a huge part of the Seattle University community. We always worked with them for events and they were so happy to work with us! I could always count on them for a slice of their amazing veggie pizza, salad, and spumoni. I still remember a night in college where I had given up on studying and dragged my then roommate – Anna with me so that I could get my fix.

Piecora’s has decided to sell to a developer – Equity Residential for $10.29 million. It’s interesting because Equity is one of the largest owners of apartments and was my home for two years. Piecora’s has been living at their E Madison location for 30 years and will close for good on Tuesday, April 15th.

I’m really going to miss this place.


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The Weekend: 5 Things

I just realized that the past two posts in the series have been 5 Things: The Weekend. I’m not sure if it really works both ways so we’re taking it back to the original. This year’s birthday celebration was similar to years prior in that I prefer to stretch it out. After celebrating with my friends the weekend before my birthday, I decided that the weekend after I would travel to sunny San Diego to visit my BFF Ash!

It was an incredible weekend full of shopping, seafood, and pampering.

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My weekend actually got started on a Thursday since I was flying out Friday morning. On Thursday evening, I drove up to the city (what?! In the middle of the work week!) to catch London Grammar at The Independent. I had listened to a few songs before randomly, but never consistently. They were amazing live and with a packed house, it was pretty apparent that nearly everyone in the room was a hardcore fan. I didn’t feel worthy enough to be there, but I did feel pretty lucky since I heard it was a sold out show. Hannah was phenomenal. Her boys are pretty dreamy too.

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During our shopping trip at Fashion Valley, we stopped by “Typo” – a division of Cotton On that sells cute desk accessories, trinkets, and home goods. How cute are these straws? They’d be perfect for any summer soiree.

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Pacific Beach was perfection and so are my new favorite sandals by Dolce Vita. More on that later.

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Whoooo!! This girl is my best friend. Since we’ve been friends, we’ve never spent a summer apart and this year, we won’t have to because we’ll both be in the Bay Area while she is interning at Stanford. Summer 2014 – the summer of Ash and Katie.

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We found the Oh Joy! collection at Target and we fell in love. Definitely more on this later.

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5 Things: The Weekend

1. We kicked off the weekend with a company celebration and a whole lot of love! Drinks and snacks at Reposado in Palo Alto was an event not to be missed. I’m personally pretty fond of the red and white sangria.

2. We missed brunch on Saturday and instead opted for a late lunch at Cascal on Castro Street in Mountain View. I’d never eaten here before, but have received countless recommendations to go here because of their tapas. Since I get bored of food easily, small bites go over well with me. I ordered the corn soup and scallops. The corn soup pictured above isn’t what I actually ordered because I had forgotten to take a picture. All you have to know is that it was the sweetest and best tasting corn soup that I have ever had. I can say this because I’ve sampled many. In tis case though, I really wish I would’ve gone for the bowl – the cup was just too little!


3. Sheila hosted a housewarming party at her new humble abode yesterday where she crafted up a storm of goodies including homemade chocolate ice cream and cookies and cream marshmallows.

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4. I got made fun of this weekend for the job I did on my nails. I actually hate getting them done so I prefer to do them myself, but that usually means that they end up getting chipped within 5 minutes, have bubbles forming underneath the polish, and get onto my skin. I found myself in a Rite Aid a couple of weeks ago picking up other things, but out of the corner of my eye, felt the urge to purchase myself a bottle of Essie. Jackson’s hand is just here for the cameo.

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5. After the housewarming, we decided to stop by West Elm. I wasn’t in dire need of anything, but there was no way I could walk out of the store without purchasing something. I snagged myself another pillow and pillowcase along with two extra towels to add to my collection. You can never have enough? I’m also not very good at taking care of succulents so I made sure not to buy one from my home, but they still looked good enough for a photo.

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March 15, 2014

It was the first day of summer orientation at Seattle University. They hold these sessions so that when freshmen actually move in and start their first days of school they already feel somewhat acquainted and have some friends to sit with them at lunch and walk with them to class. A natural-born extrovert, it was this type of situation that would make me become a little bit more reserved. I haven’t really had to make new friends since I was in Kindergarten and I’ve since forgotten how this process goes. You were close to six feet and incredibly tan. This could have been your natural skin tone, but it was also the summer. It was apparent that you just weren’t from the Pacific Northwest. I later learned that you were far from being Mormon and that you were from Utah. I didn’t know how to make friends so the only method I resorted to was just making fun of you. Luckily, you didn’t think I was a huge jerk and kept me around. You were the most laid-back person that I had ever conversed with which was refreshing to me because I felt like I was always speaking with sudden bursts of energy with a side order of panic. We could have been unlikely friends, but we weren’t; I was always going to be your “Noogin.” You were my buddy on weekends out, my meal companion, and you were by my side studying with me until the late hours in our dorm lobby or until we just decided to give up and do something else.


I can tell you what it’s like to graduate college, to acquire my first “big girl” job, and to make my first move for a job to a different state. And I have done so with all of those things. I don’t think I was prepared to go through the experience of learning that one of my first friends from college has passed away.

It was my Facebook newsfeed that notified me of the news. 

A lone comment to my friend’s wall with the letters “RIP” appeared on my screen. Is it a joke? Who is this person? This shouldn’t be how anyone should learn about the death of their friend. It was later confirmed a couple hours later that my friend had actually died.

Learning how to cope with your first friend passing away is not anything that I know how to deal with or anything that I can quite comprehend at the moment. Writing on his Facebook wall won’t change anything. Wishing that you would’ve reached out sooner or accepted that invite to hang out wouldn’t have changed anything. It’s just something that makes people feel a lot less guilty. I think everyone has their ways of coping. I just prefer to remember my friend the way that I knew him – kind, caring, thoughtful, curious, and a joy to be around.

I live in this dream world where I like to believe that everyone I know will die of old age and maybe hopefully after I’m gone so that I don’t have to be present for them to pass, but that’s not realistic to believe I suppose. It’s hard to move forward knowing that his Facebook page will eerily remain in my number of friends without any activity coming out of it. It feels like time is just stopping entirely and it has for him. It’s difficult to process that Sam won’t be at my own wedding while the rest of the group will be. It’s too soon to say goodbye to him at just 24.  We will all miss Sam so much.



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Vintage Photos of SF Vacationers

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If there’s one thing that I miss the most out of my childhood, it would probably be the number of vacations my family took together. When you’re a kid, you absolutely love spending time with your family. You can’t get enough of it. Even fighting with your older sibling is like – awesome because you realize that you’re having some kind of interaction with them and it’s better than nothing at all. The trips to Disney Land (Whoa – I almost write Disney Island) Hawaii, Canada, and California – I’ve never forgotten those. I’ll never forget posing in front of tourist spots and looking kind of geeky. Now when we see that as adults, we laugh to ourselves because we recognize that people are tourists, but as kids you just don’t care. I came across this post from The Bold Italic recently and I knew I wanted to post it. I wasn’t sure what I would say at the time, but I knew that it had resonated pretty strongly with me.

I must confess, I do miss my family having now been away and calling another city my home.

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Proud Owner:

We didn’t make a mention of it at the start of the month, but as some of you know, it is my birthday month! This isn’t my first time celebrating it in the Bay Area, but it will be the first time I’m celebrating it as a resident. My friend Spencer and I are just two days apart so we’re having a little bit of a celebrating this year and decided to purchase a pinata.

I’ve always wanted to have one for my adult birthday – and let’s be real, there will probably be one present at my future wedding too. They’re just so cute! We’re excited for little Ralph to arrive to us soon!

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Bay Area Eats:

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I’ve been on a mission to try out all of the brunch places in South Bay and as  I started to look over the list of places I’ve been and places I still need to go, I’m realizing that the list is dwindling. Pretty soon, we’re going to have to venture up to the city for brunch and I’m not quite sure if I”m desperate enough for that yet.

Yesterday, we hit up Calafia Cafe in Palo Alto within the Town & Country shopping complex. Yes, we did make a stop at Tin Pot afterwards. I chose this place because not only was it rated pretty well on Yelp, but I wanted to find something on the menu that fit the likings for all of the people I was with. Tommy prefers sweet breakfasts so something along the lines of chocolate chip pancakes or french toast. Richard usually likes something that’s Mexican-inspired or with meat, but yesterday he just got a standard breakfast. And I prefer omelettes or scrambles. I ventured out just a bit yesterday and went for the Croque Madame. As some of you have seen on the blog before, I only order the Croque Madame at Cafe Presse back in Seattle, but after having the one yesterday, I would say that they rival pretty close to each other. The only thing I wish would have been different is to have the egg over-easy like it mentioned in the menu description. It was over-medium – which is still fine, I just like to have the egg run over the entire sandwich. The sandwich was also made with french toast bread, which gave it that fluffy taste.

The full description of my Croque Madame:

Zoe’s black forest ham and Swiss on pan de mie french toast,
farm fresh sunny-side up egg, organic field greens and
honey mustard vinaigrette

I typically don’t like dressing with mustard in it, but the taste wasn’t as overpowering and the salad was just perfectly dressed.

I would definitely return back to Cafe Calafia! In fact, I think we’re going back next week to try another brunch place within the complex.

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Bay Area Eats:

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It’s just not even possible to go hungry when you are living in a city like San Francisco. I’m constantly surrounded by exciting restaurants and new dishes that I can’t wait to try. For the past several weeks, I’ve been eating out like it’s my job and I’m not hating it. This morning, my favorite designers Henry and Richard whisked me out to Serpentine in the Dogpatch. At 10:30, we had beaten the brunch rush that would soon come. I ordered the Savory Bread Pudding (pictured above) -

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I’m not sure if it was that I felt like I wanted something healthy this morning to eat or if it was because I thought it would be easy on my stomach after a night out in the city, but it was perfect. The vegetables were so flavorful and the mixed greens on the side reminded me of the mixed greens at Skillet Diner in Seattle that I would always get with the Daily Scramble. The Bread Pudding may seem small, but this dish is HEAVY. It’s all mixed in with pieces of bread, cream, and cheese and it is perfection. I probably would’ve eaten more had I been feeling a little bit better this morning, but for what it was, I really enjoyed it. Worried that the dish itself might not be enough initially, I decided to order a side of eggs over medium to top it off.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 16

When I first created the Beauty for Breakfast series, I called it this because my morning routine was so time consuming it never allowed me to actually eat breakfast. That may sound like I am high maintenance; that’s not true. Getting ready for the day was my focus in the morning and that involved my routines, a little bit of work, getting ready from making up my face to organizing my outfit, and building up the energy I needed for that day.

For the last several years, I have been using drugstore brand mascara. They weren’t all bad. Some of them were recommended to me by beauty blogs and my always favorite Refinery29. Prior to this, I was using Diorshow (pictured above) but it became difficult for me to justify spending that much on just mascara. Over Christmas break, I was a on a shopping trip with my younger cousin when I mentioned to her that I was looking for a new mascara to use and to move past my drugstore brands. She recommended this one to me because it’s the one that she uses and it “doesn’t make her lashes look too spidery.” Having been pleased with Diorshow in the past, I decided to cave in and give it another go around. I haven’t been disappointed yet! And now that I’m not a poor college student, I guess I can finally treat myself to mascara that costs more than $10.


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Take Me There:

By now most of you may have caught on that I select “Take Me There:” photographs straight from my Pinterest board “Outside Seattle.” However, I still haven’t narrowed down how exactly these are the places I want to go at this very moment. I’ve been going in order and it’s easy that way. These are all places that I want to go to and someday hope to travel to, but I also wonder if it is sometimes the photographs that entice me the most. This one for example is a pretty picture. The minamalistic look, the straight lines, the warmth that these people are experiencing that I am not – these are all contributing factors. “Take Me There:” this series is not a science, you guys.

BTW this is in Jesolo Italy and it’s from the Beach House luxury apartments. When can we move in?


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Happy Valentine’s Day!


Happy Valentine’s Day, readers!

I’ve never really had a grand celebration for this day with someone else, but I’ve always celebrated with the people around me. That is sometimes more fun, isn’t it? My team surprised our company today with these precious Valentine’s Day cards pictured above. I knew I had snagged a winner when I spotted these on Etsy! Not only is it pretty cute, but it’s also a reoccurring theme for our company as well and we’re obsessed with doge and anything to do with it.

I hope all of you have a wonderful day with your loved ones! I’m excited to start my night off!

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