December 29, 2014


Fitness as a New Year's Resolution? So original! Ha. But bear with me...

In 2014, I ran my first half marathon, and in 2015 my goal is to run a 10k and another half marathon.

It seems to me that the most common New Year's resolution is to get in shape. Right around Thanksgiving I injured my knee and it was pretty much impossible for me to exercise for a month. The injury, paired with the cold weather and Holidays really knocked my health off track. I've been pushing myself to work out more over this Christmas break, and I plan on keeping it up through the new year (and hopefully for, well, forever!). Like I've mentioned a million times before on this blog, new fitness gear is the most motivating way to get me to the gym. Right now is a great time to stock up because of all the post-holiday sales going on.


Tank, Victoria's Secret $29 - Long Sleeve, GapFit $45 - Vest, J. Crew $80 (+ 40% off*)
Leggings, Athleta $60 (+25% off*) - Sports Bra, Hurley $19 - Scarf, 14th & Union $10
Beanie, Zella $34 - Socks, Z by Zella $10 - Mat, Nike $80 (similar)
*As of 12/26 J. Crew and Athleta both have additional percentages off the sale price. 

Of the above, I already snagged the long sleeve, vest, and mat. All three of them have been excellent products, so allow me to elaborate:
Long SleeveI have not stopped talking about how much I absolutely love the long sleeve tee from Gap, it is so comfortable and I wear it around the house and running errands all the time. 
VestThe vest is fantastic because it is not technically athletic wear so I can wear it with jeans, but it's easy to throw on to and from the gym. 
Mat- I recently upgraded from a cheap yoga mat to a nice Nike one. For once, I was not sliding all over my mat during yoga because the grip is astronomically better. I use my mat all the time at home for HIIT workouts, yoga, abs, etc. I can't find my exact mat online, but I found another similar Nike mat. 

Now get out and get sweaty!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. 

December 26, 2014


I'm getting excited for New Years Eve, especially planning what I'm going to wear. This year, I'm planning on a wide leg jumpsuit, with a faux fur cropped jacket and statement earrings. Like a modern American Hustle vibe. I love jumpsuits because they are chic and comfortable. I'm tired of wearing a sequin mini dress that I have to pull down every few minutes and scratches my arms. I put a few sequin options below though ;). I still love embellishments, but I'm on the hunt for an embellished clutch instead.

Do you have any fun plans? A cozy night in? A small soiree? A huge warehouse party? Let me know!

Strapless Jumpsuit, H&M $47 - Navy Jumpsuit, Zara $80 - Gold Sequin Dress, Rosewe $20 - Silver Sequin Dress, Zara $100 

Earrings: BaubleBar $32 - ASOS $36 - Nordstrom $36
Bracelets: Forever 21 $7 - From St. Xavier $40 - Modcloth $15

Akira $25 - Newlook $31 - The Iconic $28
The Iconic $20 - Zara $80 - Aldo $20

Top Row:
BCBG, $100
Sam Edelman, $84
Vince Camuto $120
Sole Society, $48
Steve Madden, $80
BCBG, $100

Bottom Row:
DV by Dolce Vita $50
Schutz, $95
Carrano, $63
Belle by Sigerson Morrison, $80
Jessica Simpson, $40
Topshop, $95

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. 

December 1, 2014


Christmas Holidays

Welcome December! November was wonderful, I turned 25, started a new job, reconnected with old friends, had a wonderful Friendsgiving, and a wonderful Thanksgiving. Whew! But I'm very much looking forward to the month ahead. I have a reunion trip planned with my best girl friends from college, an ice skating date with my roommate, running a 10k, going to see The Nutcracker (!!! I have never been and have always wanted to see it!), a few Holiday parties, and of course spending the holidays with my family. I also am hoping to squeeze in a sewing class sometime this month. It's a lot, but I truly am the most happy when I am busy.

November 23, 2014


I started writing this post on Thursday night, and here I am finishing it up on Sunday. Life has been wonderful lately, and this weekend was full of celebrations, time with friends, and time giving to others. I'm completely exhausted, but very fulfilled. The fact that I get to go home and hang out with my family so soon just makes it all that much better. 

November 17, 2014


Fall and Winter are really when I start burning candles frequently. I just feel like it adds to the Fall/Holiday vibe in my apartment. I love all of the woodsy and spicy scents that come out during this season, so I rounded up a few of my favorites.


1. Paddywax Library Collection 'Edgar Allen Poe', $21 - I just bought this one yesterday! It's a mix of cardamon, absinthe, and sandalwood (Sandalwood, who is up to no good!). The sandalwood and cardamon add a nice spicy, woodsy scent but it's not overpowering. 
2. Rewined 'Spiked Cider', $23 -  Rewined candles are all pretty awesome. I like the white wine scents for a lighter, cleaner scent, but the spiked cider smells freaking delicious for when you want to feel cozy.
3. Voluspa 'Cinnamon Ceylon and Copal' $16 - Voluspa has been a long favorite brand of mine and I really love the Holiday Collection this season. I hate cinnamon scents that smell artificial and Big Red-esque, and this Voluspa one smells like real cinnamon. 
4. Illume 'Woodfire', $36 & Matchbook, $5 - I miss the smell of fires burning in the fireplace during the winter, but this candle does a good job of filling in scent-wise. I also LOVE the giant matchbook that Illume makes. It's much more mature than our Ralph's economy size matchbooks, ha!

November 13, 2014


Apple Goat Cheese Tartlettes via My Instagram + My Questionable Food Photography

READING: Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain is probably the first chef I really knew about. Kitchen Confidential is a good mix of personal stories and restaurant inside info.
EATING: Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts - I'm headed to a potluck tonight and was going to make goat cheese and carmelized onion tart, then I found this recipe. I ate all the extra already.
YOUTUBE-ING: People Getting Surprised with Puppies - I begin to question my sanity when I cry about videos of other people getting puppies. They are just so lucky! So much envy.
DRINKING: Saint Germain cocktails - My sister introduced me to the St. Germain cocktail this weekend and it is so good. One part champagne, one part St. Germain, and a twist of lemon or lime.
WATCHING: Whiplash - This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. The acting is spectacular. I was completely engulfed for the entire film.
LISTENING: Banks, Goddess - I saw Banks live at Treasure Island Music Festival and got an instant girl crush. She is talented and so, so stylish. I ordered a blazer cape because of her.
WEARING: Blazer Cape - Said blazer cape, inspired by Banks, for when I'm feeling cool. Or rather, when I'm feeling uncool and want to feel more cool. Ya dig?
AWAITING: The Nutcracker at San Francisco Ballet - I've wanted to see The Nutcracker my whole life, and thanks to a very, very sweet birthday gift, that's happening in December!
FEELING: Grateful - I started a new job recently working with underprivileged young adults. I always try to practice gratitude, and since the start of my new job it has felt especially important.

October 27, 2014


I'm turning 25 in two weeks (!), and have put off planning any sort of celebration because I have been so busy the last couple months. I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration (obviously) and have a few ideas in mind.

DIY BAR - I like the idea of setting up a bar for everyone to mix their own drinks, but I'm not sure if I should choose one type of drink, or an array. If anyone has successfully set one up, please give me some tips!
Martini Bar via Sunday Suppers

JELLO SHOTS - I found some pretty awesome sophisticated jello shot recipes. You can pour the jello into flexible molds for pretty shapes, who knew?
Fancy Shmancy via Savour

DISPOSABLE CAMERAS - My friends always buy a bunch for big events like Outside Lands. It's really fun to hand them out and let a bunch of people take photos with them. My favorite photos always come from disposables.
Disposable Camera from Urban Outfitters

October 9, 2014


I had just resigned to accepting that cold weather and pumpkin flavored everything were coming, but the weather had other plans. After a massive heatwave last week, the temperatures are very, very slowly dropping. I've been stuck in this strange place of being too cold without sleeves, but too hot with them. Such is life when I hike up big hills on a daily basis I guess! I've been on the hunt for sweater dresses though, because I feel like if my legs are bare I won't get too warm walking around. Plus they look cozy, and I don't like wearing pants.


Sweater Dress, Mango $40 - Scarf, New Look $16
Watch, Akribos XXIV $49 - Bag, Mango $40 - Boots, New Look $40

October 8, 2014


My bar cart seems to be in constant rotation of random bottles people bring over, random shotglasses collected from college and travelling, and an assortment of mixers. It was looking a bit cluttered, so I consolidated everything and put out my favorites.

1. SodaStream - I use this thing all the time, besides mixing drinks. I don't drink soda, so it's never in my apartment, but with a soda stream its really easy to make soda water, or add a syrup if someone wants a soda for a mixer (it comes with little syrups to make soda when you buy it). Plus it's just fun to use.
2. Booze - I like to keep a cheapie but good bottle of wine in case of emergencies (lolz). My current favorite is a Rodney Strong chardonnay I picked up on a trip to Sonoma. One of my friends introduced me to Hangar Lime Sodas and I'm hooked. I like to keep a bottle around to whip them up at home. The bottle of Blanton's actually belongs to my boyfriend... but I really like the bottle shape and cap so it lives on my bar cart. I do love a whiskey cocktail though!
3. Small Glasses and Jam Jars - Jam Jars > Mason Jars, that is all. I also love the art deco feel of the CB2 glasses, and they are on sale right now! For ultra, ultra cheap.
4. Cocktail Shaker and Bottle Opener - This is for when I like to feel fancy and/or impress people. This one is a nice clean shape and very reasonably priced. I love CB2 barware if you couldn't tell. While I really enjoy novelty bottle openers, it's just easier to have a bottle opener/wine key combo so I don't have to dig in the kitchen drawers when someone needs either.
5. Flask and Fun Straws - It reads 'May You Never Go To Hell But Always Be On Your Way'. I don't use it too often, but it looks nice and pretty out on the cart. As for the fun straws, I ALWAYS have them. I use them in smoothies, in regular water, in cocktails, always.


Glasses, CB2 $2/each - Cocktail Shaker, CB2 $20 - Jam Jars, Fish's Eddy $2/each
Flask, Izola $27 - Fun Straws, Gracious Home $4 - Corkscrew, Wursthof $16

October 7, 2014


I love this cozy little balcony. The oversized chair was a smart choice; if I lived here I probably would have gone with small chairs as to not crowd the space. But, the large chair makes the balcony inviting. Add in lots of candles, and this is definitely a space I would want to hang out in.  

Metal Lantern, Dot & Bo $50 - Wood Lantern, House of Fraser $47 - Lights, CB2 $40
Basket, Target $18 - Silver Tea Light, House of Fraser $19 - White Tea Light, Bliss Home $13
Chair, Ikea $350 - Throw, Burke Decor $30 - Pillows, All Modern $30 Each
Plant, Pier1 $12 - Flameless Candles, Casa $12 - Large Hurricane, Williams-Sonoma $50
Table, Dot & Bo $140 - Book, '36 Hours in New York' $40 - Candle Holders, H&M $3-$11

October 6, 2014


This month I signed up for Classpass, which is a service that lets you pay a monthly fee and you can take unlimited classes at participating gyms and studios. The only exception is you can't visit the same studio more than 3 times in a month. So far it's working out really well! If you want to give different types of workouts a try without committing to an expensive fee, I definitely recommend it. I finally got to try Surfset, which was so much fun. With the weather cooling down, I've been on the hunt for light weight jackets and sweatshirts to pop on during my walk to and from the gym. I especially am digging ones that you could throw on with jeans and flats as well. I also love wide headbands or beanies to keep my ears warm if I am going to an early morning or late night class. On top of that, most of my workout wardrobe is very bright neons, but I really love this burgundy top for fall (plus it's 50% off!). 


Sweatshirt, H&M $30 - Tank, Patagonia $24 - Pants, Adidas $45
Shoes, Nike $80 - Bag, Forever 21 $30 - Headband, Under Armour $12
Water Bottle, Lifefactory $20 - Cleansing Wipes, Neutrogena $7 - Kind Bars

October 1, 2014


I feel like I start every month this way... but wow! I cannot believe it is already October! Where did 2014 go? I love the Fall and Winter because there is constantly holidays to decorate for. I already picked up a few halloween decorations for our little abode.  Now if only it would cool down so I could break out the sweaters and boots!


Bra Set, North $99 - Stripe Tee, Uniqlo $30 - Colorblock Sweater, BlackFive $29
Sneakers, Nike $85 - Nail Polish, 'Mandarin Orange' Marc Jacobs $18 - Phone Case, Etsy $20
Earrings, 14th & Union $10 - Candle, Voluspa $24 - Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs $325
Pillow, Global Bazaar $86 - Mug, ThumbsUp! $14 - Lipstick, 'All The Way' Marc Jacobs $30

September 29, 2014


While San Francisco is pretty chilly, it's not often that I need a heavy winter coat. I've been adding more and more light jackets to my wardrobe, and I love the Choies option below. The draped shape and 3/4 sleeves are pretty ideal for the Fall.


Hat, The Iconic $34 - Shirt, Uniqlo $15 - Jacket, Choies $35
Jeans, H&M $21 - Flats, B.P. $50
Bag, Black Five $42 - Bangle, Jeweliq $25

September 25, 2014


We don't get too much rain here in San Francisco, but when we do I have to bust out my knee high Hunters. Unfortunately, they aren't the best choice for city life because I walk so much. Especially when the weather can't make up it's mind and the mornings are rainy and afternoons are sunny. I really want a pair of ankle rain boots (or rain ankle boots?) for this winter. My number one choice is duck boots, because they look a bit more comfortable. Luckily, shorter rain boots are gaining popularity so there are a lot of choices!


Joules $61
L.L. Bean $100

September 23, 2014


Have you scoped H&M's new arrivals? While I generally like H&M in theory, I hardly find anything when I go into the store. It's a little overwhelming for me because there is just so much product. However, after seeing the new arrivals for Fall, I'll definitely be stopping in there this week. I am also impressed that they added more luxury goods, like a leather skirt and cashmere sweaters.


September 17, 2014


This weekend I am headed to one of my best friend's wedding. My first friend to get married! The only other weddings I have been to so far have been family, but I guess I am starting to get to that age. I found a very pretty pale blue chiffon dress for the occasion, and have been trying to decide on a lipstick color that would go well with it. I scoured Pinterest for ideas and unfortunately came up with a lot of nude lips, which I am not a fan of. After a lot of searching, I did find some pretty pops of color, and I think a medium pink or a poppy color will be my best bet. 


Poppy Lipstick:

September 16, 2014


As I sort of mentioned in my last 'Get The Look' post, all the white walled Scandinavian rooms on Pinterest photograph beautifully, they seem like they would be a bit boring in real life.  It's almost hard to find home tours or pins that feature a different aesthetic. I saw a home tour on Domaine Home that really struck me, because the design was very bold and eclectic. I am definitely, definitely getting a velvet couch in a fun color for my next apartment.

Image via Domaine Home
Get The Look:


Grey Sofa, Overstock $409 - Ottoman, Wayfair $298 - Pink Couch, Made $1300
Side Table, Lamps Plus $180 - Chandelier, Modcloth $70 - Rug, Zinc Decor $351
Ikat Pillow, Etsy $20 - White Pillows, H&M $5 each - Polka Dot Pillow, Casa $50
Art, Etsy $125 - Plant, Kirklands $4 - Frames, Kirklands $5

I had a lot of fun doing the 'Get The Look' post last week, so I think I may make these a regular occurrence. I would love some feedback from readers!

September 8, 2014


Image via The Design FilesThis whole home is amazing! 

I have been particularly in to graphic black and white stripes in interior decor, especially when incorporated in unexpected aesthetics. I think of bold stripes as a very preppy decor, but when placed correctly I think they can add a good interest point. I don't think I quite have the eye to figure stripes in to my room, but one place I can definitely add them is in my closet! I may have a few too many stripes already, but they are timeless and I can't turn down a good Breton.


Top Row: Sole Society $40 - Abercrombie & Fitch $18 - Kate Spade $30 - Chic Nova $35
Middle Row: Uniqlo $15 - Monki $19 - H&M $13 - All Modern $51
Bottom Row: Society 6 $20 each (stripe/geo) - Freyrs $10 - Hansel From Basel $25 - Keds $50

September 4, 2014


In the interest of being healthy, I have been trying hard to make more food myself instead of buying pre-made frozen food from Trader Joe's. I don't have a lot of space or time to make complicated recipes, so I am always looking for easy, healthy recipes. I know that I had seen turkey and spinach meatball recipes floating around, but for whatever reason I couldn't find one when I decided to make them. Instead, I combined this recipe from Slimsanity and this recipe from Skinny Taste to make my own version of the meatballs. By no means am I an expert in the kitchen, or a food blogger, but I wanted to share the recipe because it is easy, cheap, and delicious! 

Skinny Meatballs
Excellent quality photos, I know. Ha!

  • 1/3 Cup Reggiano Parmigiano Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Breadcrumbs 
  • 3 Cubes Frozen Garlic (I use Dorot)
  • A few stems chopped Parsley
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Pepper 
  • 1 Cup Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Package Trader Joe's Ground Turkey Breast
Makes 15 meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Thaw Frozen Spinach
  • Combine all ingridients in a big bowl and mix well
  • Roll into golf ball size meatballs and place on baking sheet
  • Bake in the oven for ~20 minutes, until the tops start to brown

Serve meatballs over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or No Oodles with tomato sauce. Refrigerate any extra meatballs and eat within a few days. I also toss the cold meatballs on top of my salad when packing lunch, and they are really good with salad too!

September 3, 2014


As I mentioned before, I am not on board with the 'YAY FALL!' train. I am still grasping at Summer, and lucky for me, our summer in San Francisco is just getting started. One aspect of Fall that I am looking forward to is dark lip color. Lipstick has quickly become my favorite beauty product, and I love experimenting with all sorts of colors. I have dark hair and medium tone skin, so I feel like brights and darks look best on me. Good thing, because they are my favorite shades! Last Fall and Winter I frequently wore a really, really dark red that was almost maroon in color. This year, I really want to get as close to a black lipstick as possible, without looking like a costume.


September 2, 2014


I came across this bedroom on Pinterest in the sea of all white, minimal, swedish-chich bedrooms. I immediately loved the jewel tone, teal headboard with the eggplant colored pillows and all the quirky accents around the room. I pulled look-a-likes for my favorite pieces in the room and I think they all could fit with several styles of room. With a different duvet and wall color, the decor could easily take on a feminine and glamorous or bohemian and luxurious aesthetic.

Image via The Handmade Home


Headboard, Joss and Main $250
Alarm Clock, Casa $13
Rug, Zinc Decor $349
Agate Drawer Pulls, Anthropologie $18
Velvet Pillow, H&M $13
Bolster, Wamsutta $40
Nightstand, Prepac $150
Lamp, Kirklands $40
Ampersand Print, Etsy $20

September 1, 2014


As silly as this may sound, I don't really like to wear my work clothes outside of work because they feel boring and un-special (is un-special a word? Probably not). I've always been like this, even when I worked retail and had to dress pretty trendy. Lately, I've been on the hunt for a new work bag, but I was having trouble finding a bag that was professional, affordable, and nicer than a store like F21 or H&M. Bags are one part of my wardrobe that I like to invest in, but since I don't picture myself using this bag much outside of work, I don't want to make a huge investment. Enter Zara. I was casually browsing the Zara site and came across their handbag section. I was floored by the collection of work appropriate bags that had nice shapes and cute details. And all of them are so affordable! Now which to choose...

Also worth noting, they have so many cute bags right now aside from the ones shown here. Some beautiful light pinks, bright reds, and fun shapes!


1. Shopper Bag $60 - 2. Leather Shopper Bag $159
3. Shopper Tote Bag $70 - 4. Two-Tone Mini City Bag $80
5. Office City Bag $100 - 6. City Bag with Front Pocket $119

(I just realized that Zara has many different bags all named 'Shopper', strange!)

August 28, 2014


Happy long weekend everybody! Instead of my usual links, I'm sending you toward all the amazing sales going on. I'll try to update as the weekend goes on.

What I wish my shopping weekend looked like!


To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of happy hours. It feels like a crime against 20-somethings to not want to partake in post work drinks, but every time I'm out at a happy hour I spend too much money, consume unwanted calories, and end up eating crappy take out because I'm hungry and it's too late to cook when I get home. Not to sound like a bore, I just prefer to keep my drinking to the weekend. When I get together with my friends after work, I prefer to suggest something fun that won't leave me feeling bad the next day.

SurfSet Class at Sweat Republic
Image via PureWow

1. Hold a Healthy Potluck - My friends and I have potluck dinners almost weekly. It's nice to be in our own apartments and have plenty of space to chat and catch up instead of sitting in a crowded bar. Last night, I had my friends over and everyone brought their favorite healthy dish.

2. Take a Creative Class - Have you or a friend always wanted to learn how to sew? Or arrange flowers? Or make jam? Try looking up a classes to get your creative fix after work. If you are in San Francisco, check out Workshop SF, they hold all kinds of classes from brewing your own ginger beer, to letter press, to making succulent terrariums.

3. Sweat It Out - I usually hit the gym after work, but happy hour can take up my gym time. Invite your friends to a fun class at the gym, even better if it's a class you haven't tried before. I've had my eye on the SurfSet class at Sweat Republic in SF for awhile now. It's a cardio and toning class that takes place on top of a surfboard that is balanced on three medicine balls. It sounds intimidating to try by myself, so I could use the support of a few friends! Alternatively, look up trampoline parks in your area. I've been to House of Air in San Francisco, and it was so much fun. Plus, the next day my legs were sore.

4. Visit a Museum - A lot of museums have free Tuesday night admission. Check the ones in your area and get a cultural fix after work.

5. Learn From a Lecture - Browse through and find a lecture that suits your interests. In San Francisco, we have so many dedicated to tech, but you can also find lectures and meetings on nearly an topic you can imagine.

6. Try an Urban Hike - If you are a city dweller (especially in our hilly city), take a walk around a neighborhood you don't usually hang out in. It gives you plenty of opportunity to chat with your friends, find new restaurants and stores, and discover pretty views. It's one of my favorite ways to see San Francisco.

Image via Chronicle Books Blog

My point is, you don't have to sacrifice your health and fitness goals for your social life or vice versa. Try something new, have some fun, and push outside your comfort zone.

August 27, 2014


It's pretty obvious that peonies rule the wedding and blog world, but I much prefer dahlias. Dahlias (along with stargazer lilies!) are my favorite flowers and I am so happy they are coming into season now. Dahlias come in a variety of colors, but also a variety of shapes. Some have long fluffy petals, others have petals that curl down and make a spike shape, and some have very short petals that curl up and make a compact little flower. Yesterday, I saw bunches of beautiful, full, fluffy dahlias in a variety of colors at Whole Foods and had to stop myself from buying 10 bunches.

Dahlias that will last longer than a few days:


1. Perfume, Givenchy 'Dahlia Divin' $110
2. Dahlia Necklace, 31 Bits $54
3. Powder, Paul and Joe 'Dahlia' $28
4. Bra, Dita Von Teese $85
5. Candle Holder, CB2 $20 (Also separates in to two holders!)
6. Lipstick, Givenchy 'Rose Dahlia' $36
7. Earrings, Bauble Bar $24
8. Nail Polish, Dolce and Gabbana $25