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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 17

After years and years of relying on fragrance samples as my daily scent, I finally took the plunge. I decided very recently to settle on a fragrance – one that I knew I couldn’t live without after I had exhausted the last drop in my itty bitty sample. I almost tried to pull it apart so that I could get the rest at the bottom, but at that point, I knew I had reached the end. Over the years, I have come to like lots of different fragrances. It all started with a sample of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue that I had received when I was a pre-teen. Call me cheap, but I thought that I could continuously live off samples forever! Then the other day when I was in Sephora, I remembered that I was in my mid-20′s and that it was time to be an adult about this. In college, this would maybe be acceptable, but not anymore.

When you think of Coach, fragrance is not the first word to come to mind. I never thought that I would come to love it as much as I did, but when Teen Vogue sent me a sample long ago, I realized that I loved how light it was and how it smelled of sweet floral. It felt like a scent that was made for me. So on the cheap train, instead of buying a bottle, I went for the rollerball duo at $24. Two different scents. Nailed it. This is going to last me a year and if it doesn’t, I’ll make it last a year.

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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!

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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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Proud Owner:

So we’ve been celebrating some milestones recently and with that, we’ve been making some purchases! For all good reasons of course. And for things that are absolutely necessary. Above is a new frock that I purchased this week for an upcoming wedding from Aritzia -the Babaton Tobias Dress.

I’ve discovered that when I wait until the very last minute, I always have a much harder time of finding the right outfit for the specific event. With a little over a week before the wedding, I was really pushing it. I found myself striking out at both Zara and Nordstrom – two retailers I always thought I could count on. While I’ve always loved Aritzia, I knew that they were mostly known for neutrals and I was avoiding black, cream, and white for this wedding as expected. When my salesperson pointed me out to this dress I was weary of the vneck, but thought it was definitely sophisticated and appropriate enough for this event. The lace will also keep me a little bit cooler than other fabrics that I could have chosen and I think this upcoming weekend is going to be a hot one!

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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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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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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!

Visiting our Ash at Stanford

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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In Things I Ate Yesterday

I typically try to photograph interesting (or really great looking) things that I eat, but I forgot to catch this one yesterday. Lucky for me, 7×7 happened to have it featured on their blog. Looking for a quick bite yesterday, we stopped in to Craftsman and Wolves where we picked up this muffin with an egg inside! Yesterday, was very egg filled themed. I don’t mind it.

This little gem is called The Rebel Within /  asiago, sausage, green onion, soft cooked farm egg and it’s pretty tasty.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

Tenzing’s first time eating In N’ Out! We went all out.

Happy 5th birthday party to my favorite company!

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Steven Alan eyewear. Of course I poked myself in the eye while trying on a pair.

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Space themed greeting cards at Steven Alan.

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Three strawberry-lemonades at Plow, please.

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Currently Craving:

photo cred | Jennifer Chong

I’ve eaten at Plow in Potrero Hill several times and each time I’ve always ended up with meals that I have been satisfied with, but haven’t stuck around to be a regular order. Today, was a game changer. At brunch with Mandi, she introduced me to the fried egg sandwich and it was pretty much the most amazing meal I’ve had in a long time.

fried egg sandwich   two eggs fried soft, cheddar, aioli, frisee, crispy potatoes  11  add Nueske bacon  13.5

In fact, I’m craving it HARD right now because I had dinner at 4 and now I am starved. Not only do you have the option to add bacon to your sandwich, but you can also add avocado which we all know is like the sprinkles of sandwiches. It’s a little messy since your second bite might make your egg crack, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s the best. Runny eggs. YES.

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