03 Jul 2020

Five Favorite Pins: 4th of July

It feels a little bit strange to be celebrating the 4th this year doesn’t it? Our country is kind of in shambles and Americans love their freedom so much that they’re putting those around them at risk. Let’s not pretend that isn’t the truth here. Last year, I had a very quiet 4th of July. I was craving bbq and since I didn’t have a grill myself, Kevin and I got takeout from [4505] so that I could get a rack of ribs. It was a San Francisco summer day with fog and light rain. The last 4th of July experience I remember truly having is one with a BBQ though. We don’t have a party to attend to this year (and honestly, no one should really be doing this,) but if we were hosting, here are some things we’d whip up.

Cocktail

Every good BBQ needs to kick things off with a refreshing and cool drink. Cherry is one of my favorite flavors both in cocktails (my favorite is an Amaretto Sour) and in food. With a prep time of just 15 minutes, how could this be any easier? [Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Soda]

Appetizer

Technically, I was looking for a true appetizer for this next course, but we’re going to end up highlighting two kinds of salads. I don’t consider this one to be more traditional because it’s kind of a “little bite.” In the summertime, I’m always finding that my home is stocked with as much fruit as possible. During these months, you kind of have to take advantage of the fruits in season and switch up your Caprese. [Peach Caprese Salad]

Salad

I am obsessed with any kind of variation of a corn salad in the summer. Not only is it light and refreshing, but it’s the perfect dish to accompany any meal. Corn happens to be my favorite type of vegetable so I’ll eat it on everything despite it being loaded with sugar. [Mexican Corn Salad]

Entree

I went back and forth on what recipe I wanted to highlight for an entree. It was either going to be something a bit heartier or a form of kebabs. Kebabs were the epitome of a BBQ for me growing up and something we always had around 4th of July, but they are on the lighter side. I also liked them because it was easier to eat without leaving a mess on you. Instead we settled for a [Chipotle Lime Chicken], which I think compliments the rest of the recipes in this post.

Dessert

I know people like to get very festive with dessert around this holiday, but c’mon. Don’t you think a flag cake is a little predictable? If you’re going to do a flag cake, at least make it an ice box. However, if you choose to go with something else, we suggest the [Biscoff Cheesecake] It’s my favorite kind of cookie and cheesecake in itself is an All-American dessert, right?

However, you choose to spend your 4th, I hope it is restful and that you’re keeping yourself and others safe.

02 Jul 2020

Blog Roundup

  • How to Strengthen Your Immune System By Eating Better [GQ]
  • Racism Doesn’t Blink [The Cut]
  • iPhone User Creates Shortcut to Record Police Encounters [Hypebae]
  • 22 Awkward Situations You Might Experience During COVID-19 and How to Deal [The Thirty]
  • Why This Font Is Everywhere [Vox]
  • K-Pop Fans and TikTok Teens Successfully Sabotage Trump’s Tulsa Rally [High Snobiety]
  • Me, My Father, and Russell Wilson [Slate]
  • Nomadic Couple Transforms Ordinary School Bus Into Chic Tiny Home on Wheels [My Modern Met]
  • See How All 50 States Are Reopening (And Closing Again) [New York Times]
  • Microsoft to Permanently Close All Retail Stores [Hypebeast]
  • How to Clean Your Face Mask and Protect Your Skin [Vogue]
02 Jul 2020

Kendall Jenner x Burberry

In a way, fashion seems to be at a bit of a standstill during covid times. At this point, fashion week is up in the air for fall with many designers already pulling out of showing their collections live the way they are used to. Stylists, with no events to assist their clients on are on a break. Even for those who are used to doing outfits of the day (like myself) have resorted to the classic mirror selfie. It’s kind of the worst. However, Kendall Jenner still managed to put out a campaign for Burberry while in quarantine and nailed it.

With no help at all other than her own personal laptop, Kendall Jenner took the campaign photos herself. It may not be perfect, but it’s pretty good right? And if Kendall can do this, does my excuse for a mirror selfie no longer work?

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30 Jun 2020

The Closet: June 2020

[H&M Denim Jacket] – $30

We’ve transitioned to “there is no point in shopping” to “we’re in this for the long haul!” While I’ve never considered myself an online shopper… I’m not lying, I use Amazon once a year, there is a joy that is associated with receiving packages. And that goes for any type of package, not even just the shopping you’re doing for yourself. In times like these, where it seems like things will never get better, we have to treat ourselves. My justification is that I still need clothes to wear to work for my video calls. Also, because of our social media presence, it helps to have outfits that you can be excited by. I promise to be responsible, but I am also going to be making a shopping purchase as soon as we hit “post” on this.

[H&M Textured-Weave Maxi Dress] – $60

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29 Jun 2020

Facebook Wants You to Think Twice About Posting That Article

With the election right around the corner, Facebook is cracking down on fake news. This is a big step for them in the right direction, but they aren’t exactly at the forefront of this movement. Twitter is doing a much better job currently. One of my biggest pet peeves in general is when people share things to social media and think they are all of a sudden “breaking the news.” What makes this worse is when the “news” is actually not only out dated, but false. What’s wrong with people? If you’re going to take the time to read the article (looks like you may not have) at least read the date it was published.

Now whenever a user considers doing this and the article itself is at least three months old, Facebook will notify you with a pop-up. It’s subtle, but helpful and could actually prevent you from receiving any backlash so maybe we should take the hint. This feature is already being used now.

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29 Jun 2020

Kellogg’s Mashups

As a kid, I didn’t want to be confined to having one kind of cereal for breakfast. In our household, we were regulars at mixing together all of our leftovers for one meal and cereal was no exception. Everyone else must have had the same idea because Kellogg is now creating these mashup boxes that combine two of your favorite cereals in one. For now, Frosted Flakes and Fruit Loops is the only box available and is now in stores nationwide. Here’s hoping that this first box is the launch pad for other favorite combos!

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28 Jun 2020

Music Video of the Day

Lizzo x Queer Eye – Soulmate

Happy Sunday and happy Pride weekend y’all! Lizzo just released the most fun music video for her single “Soulmate” featuring the men of Queer Eye. It’s the perfect upbeat song to end the weekend and it’s a music video that includes animated versions of the six of them throughout. Whether you’re celebrating pride with a loved one or celebrating your own self-love, it’s hard not to like this song.

28 Jun 2020

LoveShackFancy Bridal

When I laid eyes on LoveShackFancy for the first time, it wasn’t what I expected. In fact, I was surprised by how much I wanted to own one of their pieces. My style has always been somewhat feminine, but as of late, not so much. If I were to measure LoveShackFancy on my spectrum, I would find it to be on the extreme side of whimsey and girly. Think princess type dresses for days, ruffles, lace and a whole lot of pink. Yet, despite that, that difference made me love it. When I learned that they would be launching a bridal collection, I was intrigued. I never thought I would see myself in a ball gown of any kind, but I knew LoveShackFancy wouldn’t do bridal that way and they didn’t. Prices range from $500-$2000 and are available now on their [website]. Below are a few looks that we’re swooning over:

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27 Jun 2020

This Weekend:

San Francisco summer has arrived! The fog has rolled in and the skies are a deep gray. I got out this morning for a little bit to pick up flowers, coffee and pastries, but I’ve basically been sitting on my couch for the past few hours with the candle burning. How is it that San Francisco’s spring season is so much more forgiving to us than summer? I’ll never understand it.

What We’re Watching: Sorry to Bother You

Ok, we’re cheating a little bit because technically we watched this last night. “Sorry to Bother You” has been on my list for some time and I decided I wanted to make time for it last night and take a break from K-dramas. The film is smart, witty, and overly quirky. While it leans more on the humorous side, there’s a bigger message in here to grasp. We’re also huge fans of Lakeith Stanfield. You can watch the film currently on Hulu.

What We’re Listening To: Teyana Taylor – The Album

This came out just last week, but I’m excited to dive into this. We’ve been long time fans of Teyana and seeing all of the collaborators on this album – Kehlani, Big Sean, Eryka Badu gives us promise.

What We’re Wearing – [TNA Atmosphere Legging] – $68

I ordered this pair and another last month, but this was the first time I’d ever purchased this kind. My normal leggings from Aritzia are usually less than $30 so for the longest time I would ask myself why I needed to shell out over double for a pair that was likely going to be the same. Turns out, the jokes on me because they are very different! The fabric is so light and smooth. For a day of errands or even just wearing them around the house, I’ve felt comfortable all day. In fact, I like these so much that I don’t even want to change out of them for bed.

What We’re Eating: The Pasta Shop’s Ravioli

We’ve done our fair share of cooking this week so when it came time to head into the weekend, I really wanted to make things easy for myself. I picked up a package of [The Pasta Shop’s] ravioli at Bi-Rite along with a Bi-Rite Romesco sauce to pair it with. The Pasta Shop is based out of Oakland and while this was my first time trying this brand, I was impressed. For being a packaged product, it’s quite fresh and comes in so many varieties. There’s really something for everyone.

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