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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.

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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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Madewell Leather ID Bracelet – $24.50

It took a vacay to San Diego for me to face a long-deserved shopping spree. I was a little bit nervous about how much I was spending down there in comparison to food, but it seemed to work out and I am still pretty content with all of my purchases and ultimately ended up being well-fed. But…more on that later! Anyone that knows me knows that I never wear jewelry other than the gold hoops in my ears that I never take out. Since I was in elementary, I have always had hairties on my wrist and that’s as far as accessorizing goes for me. Being with Ashley though, I was a little more inclined to try something new. I am in love with my new bracelet and since it’s black and gold, it’s easy to match with most of my outfits.

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Twistband

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My co-workers always manage to introduce me to the latest trends here in the Bay Area and I’m super grateful to them for it. A few months ago, Nadia mentioned “Twistbands” to me, but I was reluctant to try them out since I’m so used to having just my standard black hair ties wrapped around my wrist since 5th grade. The only time I ever replaced them was when I lost one of them. This past weekend in San Diego though, I fell in love with a gold and black Madewell bracelet that I opted to wear instead of my hair ties. Obviously, this was a pretty quick transition. Not only are they super cute and come in fun colors and prints, but they also make it so that when you tie your hair up, there aren’t any creases.

When Nadia told me last week that she was placing an order for Twistbands, I decided to give it a try. I selected one pack and when they arrived today, I couldn’t have been more excited. Technically you should wear them as hairties, but I love having them just on my wrist as bracelets. With an all-black outfit today and my DV by Dolce Vita wedges, these Twistbands couldn’t have matched any better.

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Copeland Reuniting in 2014

This might just be the best news that I’ve read in the last week. After six years, Copeland is reuniting to release their 5th full-length self-titled album. When I was a teenager, I remember that feeling of angst and feeling so connected to the music that I was listening to. I probably listened to Copeland the most when I was driving simultaneously weeping to myself in the car. This reunion album will be nothing short of amazing and words cannot even describe how excited I am.

I’ve actually been listening to States – a band comprised of Mindy White and former Copeland members Bryan and Stephen Laurenson and every now and then I feel like I can hear a bit of their older sound. It’s not completely the same though. Just listening to the song teaser above brings back the memories.

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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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I always feel like I’m hungriest when I’m feeling sick and when I’m sick I have cravings for things that may not necessarily help in getting me better. After all, who wants to be chugging on liquid soup all day long. However, if anyone knows me at all, you know that I never ever get sick of eating sushi and could probably eat it several times a week. In fact, I have. Can someone let me know if a shrimp tempura roll is the cure for a sore throat? I have an inkling that it is.

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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!

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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.

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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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You can’t go wrong with a simple denim shirt. My mom handed me down hers a couple of years ago and while it was one of my favorite pieces back then, I am now starting to outgrow it a little bit. Classics are classics, but when they are no longer able to be worn, you shouldn’t feel guilty about replacing it. If there’s one place that succeeds in doing a solid denim shirt, it is Madewell. Every time I walk into the store, I find myself eyeing their display of them and each time, I’m hesitant to bust out my wallet for it. All I needed to hear was “all of our shirts are 20% off today!” and that was enough to make me crack. I purchased the Western Jean Shirt in Pond Wash and have already worn it twice this week. It’s so versatile and can double up as a plain old shirt or a light jacket over a dress or a skirt. It has quickly found a home within my closet.

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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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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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If it were’t for my phone today, I would have completely forgotten that we were springing forward. Luckily for me, it still feels like 11:30 when it is actually 12:30 so because of that fact alone, I’m seeing how many extra blog posts I can fit in.

I was introduced to Coco Cafe’s Cafe Latte last month and I’ve been obsessing/craving it ever since. At first glance, I thought I would hate it. At first taste, I thought I would stop. I ended up guzzling half of it down and still wanting more. I’ve never been a huge fan of coconut anything, but you really can’t even taste it. The shot of espresso is just this awesome bonus that comes along with it. I need a lifetime supply.

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