All posts in: San Francisco

12 Oct 2018

SF Eats: Universal Cafe

One of the best parts about moving offices frequently is that I always get a chance to discover the new neighborhoods I’m in. Before joining my recent company, I had to fetch myself lunch almost every day and sometimes I’d get a little cheap. Other days, I want to eat well. I want something that tastes delicious and for Elisa and I, that was Universal Cafe. It’s one of the few places where you can have something resembling breakfast during a work week lunch so naturally, we took advantage. Also, we never ran into the issue of getting tired of this place because it felt like their menu was changing often.

I will forever be a breakfast fan. Only in the last few years did I start ordering hashes and I’m convinced that you can never go wrong with a poached egg. How is it possible that it tastes good on everything?

03 Sep 2018

Wedding Mondays

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you all had a restful and relaxing weekend. Having recently started a new job and taking a month off beforehand, it was tough to jump right back into it. I’m grateful that I had a long weekend to help with the ease of this. Right before starting work, I went to not one, but two back-to-back weddings. They were both in the Bay Area which meant two things a) I got to experience more of the place I get to call home and b) I didn’t have to travel far to celebrate my friends.

Tonight’s wedding Monday is also another San Francisco wedding! I’ve been following Nikki on Instagram for some time and have always admired her style. Her feed is full of looks we want to emulate and of course, #travelgoals. I recently watched her entire Instagram story outlining the details of her wedding from her invitations, to her looks, to the venues that she used and each one was chosen with such intent. The video highlights a beautiful day with an extremely loving couple. I’m pretty sure this video doesn’t even do their day justice, but we couldn’t not feature it.

02 Aug 2018

Candytopia Lands in SF

photo cred | Matthew Tucciarone

I know what you guys are going to say. Do I honestly need to attend another Instagrammable pop-up? [Candytopia] in SF will officially be my fourth! I know I’m paying a bit of money to attend these, but I can’t help it. I have to see how these all pan out, right? Also, we’re on a streak…meaning we must attend them all!

Candytopia actually originated out of Los Angeles and now it’s coming to both New York and San Francisco. I bought my tickets for Elisa and I for the opening day on September 6th and I gotta say – that queue process was quite smooth. I always get nervous when I’m buying tickets for these things that I’m going to run into some sort of glitch, but it was the most painless one that I was a part of and I was in and out of there in less than five!

If you ever dreamed of experiencing something like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” this would be it. The only downside is that you won’t be able to eat everything you touch, but that’s not such a bad thing when everything you see will be touched by everyone else. Like the Museum of Ice Cream and The Color Factory, there is of course a pit of some sort and this one happens to be filled with marshmallows!

For more information and more snaps from the LA version, click [here] Tickets also went on sale yesterday and no word yet on if they are sold out, but get yours soon so that you can be ahead of the game.

30 Jul 2018

Color Factory in NYC

Do I have any New York City readers here?! [The Color Factory,] which originated in San Francisco is landing in New York and I’m letting you know so that you can jump on those tickets!

My friends and I were so lucky to [attend]Color Factory on day 1 and it has been a hit ever since. I know that there a lot of mixed reviews regarding these Instagrammable events or whatever you want to call it, but my best advice is to go in and have the experience you want to have. If you want to take photos, do it. If you want to leave your phone at home and just play, you should also do that! I’m really excited that the team behind [Oh Happy Day!] is taking their baby on the road to another city though! It’s a huge accomplishment and they deserve to have the opportunity to spread their joy to everyone else.

20 Jul 2018

SF Eats: Kama O Deli

If I’m a picky eater, it’s because ramen has made me this way. When it comes to food, I’m usually not that particular, but different kinds of ramen can make me feel some sort of way. If the broth is too creamy or too acidic, it can give me a case of acid reflux. If the egg is too undercooked, I get scared to eat it. And if the corn has to be ordered separately and isn’t included in my bowl or you don’t offer corn at all, expect me to give you the side eye.

Kama O Deli was just around the corner from my work and while people frequent this spot for their poke bowls, their ramen flies under the radar. I’m not sure why because I find it to be delicious and always hitting the spot, but it could also be the fact that it’s hard to find it on their menu. The egg is cooked just right. The broth isn’t too creamy and boasts just the right amount of sodium that I’m looking for. It comes with corn and the piece of pork satisfies the craving I’ve got in the middle of the day. If I’m being honest, I probably hit up Kama twice a week and get their ramen on one day and the poke bowl another. If you’re looking for a new ramen alternative that is somewhat considered a hole-in-the-wall, add Kama to the top of your list.

Beware of the weekday lunch rush though. Arriving at 11:30 or even 1PM will help you avoid some of the longer lines.

17 Jul 2018

Sundays at The Riddler

Turtleneck – Aritzia / Skirt – Brandy Melville / Denim Jacket – Gap / Hat – Nordstrom / Sneakers – Nike

I never considered myself a big champagne drinker, but when I learned that The Riddler, a champagne bar in Hayes Valley, was serving up brunch on the weekends it seemed worth checking out. Nestled on a quiet street in Hayes, The Riddler sometimes feels like it goes unnoticed. One defining feature though? A champagne bottle painted on the side of their building that doubles as a photo backdrop.

The Riddler’s brunch menu is not like other brunch menus that you might find in San Francisco. Instead, it’s actually quite mysterious and not even found on their website. The only way I knew that they served brunch was through the grapevine and on other blogs.

How it works: There is a pre-fixe menu with three different categories that you get to choose from. For the starter, we had the option of choosing from two different yogurt parfaits. Next we chose from a selection of savory tarts and then a selection of quiches. The brunch at The Riddler is supposed to be considered a bit lighter than your usual, but it ends up being the perfect amount. As many of you know, I love variety in my meals so having a little bit of everything satisfied my craving. If this wasn’t enough, the menu also has a selection of various champagne cocktails for you to choose from to pair with the rest of your meal. Not only was everything pretty delicious, but it’s such a great setting for a morning with your girlfriends. I took two of my favorite girls that I thought would enjoy the brunch along for the ride and we loved every minute of it.

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16 Jul 2018

Brit + Co Holiday House

Merry Christmas from Brad and I halfway through the year! Last December, I got wind that Brit + Co was hosting their Holiday House down in Cow Hollow and needed to see it for myself. I had missed it the year before, but wanted to see their version of an infinity room and DIY craft stations. It was a small space, but Brit + Co utilized it well. Brad and I ended up spending a good 45 minutes there checking out every single nook and cranny. We posed in front of what feels like every single backdrop on display, took polaroids and put them in the best frames and lastly took this photo above where a real life Santa should have been, but wasn’t.

I know it seems like I can’t seem to make up my mind about these Instagrammable pop-ups and the truth is, I still haven’t come to a conclusion. I love to see how other businesses and companies put their spin on it. Brit + Co’s holiday house was up for the majority of December and completely free for visitors to stop in. Brad and I went the first week it opened so it ended up being a little less crowded that evening – perfect for us to try everything out!

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17 Jun 2018

Made-For-Instagram Exhibits

In the last year, I’ve read so many articles and watched many many videos about the “Made-For-Instagram” type exhibits. For the most part, I’ve shared all of my thoughts here – The Color Factory and The Museum of Ice Cream SF. I understand everyone’s love/hate relationship for it, but I also think it represents an interesting point in time that we currently live in. It’s this idea of delighting people and making others feel like their a kid again. There’s a heavy component focused on getting those perfect shots and dressing up for outings like this and while that’s the worst part for me, I can admit that I am contributing to that as one of those attendees.

I think this video is well made though and paints these exhibitions in a good light. Look at how much fun they’re having! Not too many people have covered this, but for me personally, as much as I enjoy going to these events, I have such a hard time just going through it. I do stress about getting the shot that I need or looking back at my photos at the end of the day and wishing I could have taken a shot differently. For that part of the experience, I don’t think I’m doing it right and I know I’m putting additional pressure on myself. How annoying is that? This weekend, Refinery29 is in town for their 29Rooms exhibit and we’re going to go through this entire thing again. Here’s hoping that I can get out of my head and into just enjoying myself and the event.

17 Jun 2018

Beanie Transformation

Cardigan + Shoes – Mom’s / Jacket – Topshop / Pants + Beanie – Aritzia

Growing up, I knew a lot of girls in my circle who were proud to be tomboys. I don’t feel like there was ever a point in time in my life where it wasn’t cool to be a tomboy except maybe watching the girls that were on MTV’s “Made.” However, that was never me. For as long as I’ve known, I have loved being a girly girl, but then I think having an older brother helped me to explore other avenues. After all, I did get his hand-me-downs! He helped pick out my first pair of fashionable sneakers – a pair of brown and pink corduroy Puma’s and influenced my style through the teenage and college years.

What I find interesting about fashion is just because it is an industry that is heavily dominated by females, it does not mean that there isn’t a place for men in this space. I know I’m not telling you anything new here. To this day, I love going into boutiques just for men and there are plenty of pieces in my closet that are more masculine that I pair with feminine. This look is the perfect example of that and it’s probably why I love it so much.

Another reason why I love this look is because it’s sort of paying homage to my own mother! This cardigan and these shoes (completely worn out by the way) are both hers. The cardigan is so feminine, but it becomes a little bit tougher when you pair it with structured black trousers and an oversized coat. I remember when I bought this coat a couple of years ago that I was quite self conscious about it being a little too big or roomier in the shoulders. I’m happy to share that I’ve since grown into it or haven’t even noticed that it was an issue! The beanie is a small piece of this outfit, but one that makes a statement. It makes this formal look more casual and it adds a bit of warmth to the top of my head. I am forever loving this outfit and can’t believe it even took me this long to put it together!

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