Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thirty with Tablelist

Happy December Lovelies. Last month was nothing short of whirlwind of celebrations. Before all the turkey and pumpkin pie, it was my 30th birthday!

What an adventure my twenties. Many milestones and learning experiences have shaped the last decade of my life and one thing I am endlessly grateful for is the series of events that led me to my blog. From the people I have met to the opportunities I have been given, I feel so lucky to have made so many wonderful memories. Thank you to all my readers who share this journey with me!

Celebrating in style, I kicked off my birthday festivities alongside Tablelist, a VIP table booking platform that provides instant access to the most exclusive nightclubs and lounges. Let me tell you, as of 3 years ago I stopped planning large birthday celebrations, opting for a small family dinner and then some dancing at a local watering hole. Thus when I contemplated the idea of a San Francisco bash I was hesitant. Yet totally simplifying the table booking experience, Tablelist made my SF rendezvous stress-free. Not only was I able to easily reserve my bottle service ahead of time, my guests were also given the option of contributing to the bill, all via the Tablelist APP. What a night! I had so much fun at Hawthorn SF popping some bubbly and cannot wait to explore another Tablelist venue soon.

Have you made plans for NYE yet? Tablelist has a bevy of venues perfect for ringing in the new year.  Use my code (dac57) when you sign up and get $100 towards your first reservation! 
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Tablelist currently serves Boston, Las Vegas, NYC, the Hamptons and now SAN FRANCISCO!
Book a table through the Tablelist website, or as I did via the Tablelist App both available for iPhone and Android.

Venue: Hawthorn SF
Photo Credit: Linda Tran Photography

Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 Holiday Style Guide

Puri Sequined Chiffon Gown/Glass Bead Embellished Nadia Earrings/Kaiss Minuadiere Clutch

Holiday outfits are always about getting that touch of twinkle just right and this season I have partnered with Santana Row to bring you two glitz worthy looks from Calypso St. Barth.

Glitter, Metallics, and crystals are all favorites of mine when adding sparkle to any look. For a classic night time holiday event, consider a little black dress with some detailed shimmer, like beading or jewels. Dress the look up or down with accessories. I love the idea of an up do with statement earrings for dressed-up glam style.      

When attending a more casual festivity, consider having a little bit more fun, incorporating some shine into a two piece ensemble. Sequined skirts or even pants give a modern twist to the typical holiday outfit. Make sure to keep the look streamlined by sticking to a more neutral color pallet for mixing color and prints into this concept can take you from chic to childlike fast.

All items can be found at Santana Row‘s Calypso St Barth

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Going Plaid

Plaid had me at HELLO this fall season. Inspired by its variety of patterns and prints, I was beaming when I recently found the perfect plaid pieces at Uniqlo

When shopping for plaid, the main thing to remember is fit. Plaid pieces will drown a silhouette if the item is too big in both pattern and size. Items like, button ups and jackets should always be a tailored cut, for the contrast between the masculine lumber jack print with the feminine fit will keep your look modern and current. If you prefer a more casual and comfy ensemble, go with an over sized scarf or cape, creating a simple yet statement look (Blogger crush Carlina from Allergic to Vanilla rocked a cape on point, See Here!). For my outfit, I loved the idea of mixing plaid prints. I had reservations at first about a plaid down vest, but I am glad the boy convinced me to get it.  For a trend I hated back in the 90's, now I can't stop seeing this look everywhere and I am kinda in love. Also the fact that it actually keeps me super warm helps too. 

Uniqlo is now open at the Great Mall and I definitely think I might have to go back for a fabulous plaid cape so stay tuned!

Plaid Ultra Light Down Vest c/o Uniqlo shop HERE 
Plaid Button Up c/o Uniqlo shop HERE
Vintage Purse via Kuzak's Closet
f21 Faux Leather Skirt via Crossroads Trading Co.
 Rings via H&M/ Heels via Vince Camuto

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blood Orange Margarita

Happy Halloween! The weekend of goblins and ghouls is here and I am ready to play a little dress-up. Halloween hasn't always been a favorite holiday of mine. It could be the fact that my mother, for most of my middle school life, poked two holes in a white bed sheet and threw it over my head, claiming I made for a perfectly reasonable ghost but I digress. Over the last few years I have finally come embrace All Hallow's Eve, particularly the Mexican tradition of  Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) on November 1st & 2nd. 

A nod to the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, this year I whipped up a tart treat worthy of the fiesta, the Blood Orange Margarita. I actually love Margaritas but  have recently stopped drinking them for they can get too sweet due to artificial mixes full of sugar. Thus looking for a substitute to the typical margarita recipe, I partnered up with Whole Foods, finding a natural sweetening alternative from RIPE Bar Juice. Cold-pressed and fresh, RIPE Agave Margarita (Agave Lime Sour) is an ideal organic cocktail mixer that uses 100% Agave Nectar for its flavor. I used it in my recipe to replace the lime juice and simple syrup and it was delish! To give the recipe an extra "craft" cocktail twist, pun intended, I made red Margarita salt. Simply pour a handful of store bought Margarita salt into a zip lock bag, add two drops of red food coloring into the bag and shake. POOF! ABRACADABRA! You have red Margarita salt. So if your looking for a libation to follow the candy and costumes this bloody recipe will do just the trick!


Sliver Tequila
Grand Mariner
RIPE Agave Margarita 
Blood Oranges
Red Margarita Salt


1. Prep cocktail glass, pressing lime juice on rim and then dip rim into red Margarita salt
2. Pour 1.5 oz of silver tequila into shaker
3. Add 1 oz of Grand Mariner 
4. Add 2 oz RIPE Agave Margarita Bar Juice
3. Add 1.5 oz of fresh Blood Orange juice
4. Add ice
5. Shake well and pour into salt garnished glass

Monday, September 29, 2014

Indian Summer

We are going through an indian summer in California right now and to say I am having a love hate relationship with this weather would be an understatement. Don't get me wrong, I do love the lingering evening warmth. I just really miss the fall rain and are itching to wear my vintage sweaters.

Styling some looks for this weather has been a challenge. Helping my fashion feat, Calyso St. Barth has some darling fall pieces that are great for this transitional time. I mean, how fun is the print on this dress?! Thus looking to highlight the pattern, I paired the piece with some vintage neutral accessories, including a sweet hat! I took this look for a spin to a fun event at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo. Exploring local liquor distributors, Hanger 1 Vodka and No. 209 Gin , I was treated to a fabulous afternoon of tasting. This tasting was only one of many events offered by the hotel on a monthly basis. Their next event is Quattro' Berfest featuring yummy beer and brats (see more details here)! Happy Fall Folks!

Dress c/o Calypso St. Bart/ Vintage Shoes via Kuzak's Closet
Vintage Hat via Happy Dragon Thrift Shop/ Vintage Purse via Kuzak's Closet