Friday, November 6, 2015

City Cooking

I wore this look recently to a private cooking lesson with Green Chef at Cookhouse SF. A wonderful evening full of lovely conversation and healthy eating, it was so much fun to get hands-on in the kitchen for a change. I will confess, as some close friends might know, I am not very well versed when it comes to cooking. I have a few (... and by a few I mean about three. So embarrassed.) dishes in my repertoire and I honestly prefer baking. I think a lot of it stems from the fact that my mom is an amazing chef. A plethora of Oaxacan dishes, the complex flavors she so effortlessly seems to master often leaves me wondering why I didn't get the "cooking" gene. I truly do envy people who can simply taste a dish and know what is missing but I do have hope I can still learn. My evening with Green Chef definitely boosted my confidence in this aspect. A simple and certified organic option, Green Chef will ship you three ready to cook meals for two in a box to your home. What I love best about the box is that each meal comes with a step-by-step picture recipe sheet, a "how-to-cook for dummies" like moi, that makes the cooking process easy. For my lesson I made their Paleo Mustard Balsamic Chicken alongside bloggers Cassandra PisoneTrish O’Keefe, Ashley Pitt and Ana Kamin. A small escape to the city, I truly enjoyed making a delish dish that would certainly be a hit in my home. 

Dress F21
Heels Vince Camuto
Vintage Coach Bucket Bag Crossroads Trading Co.
Vegan Leather Jacket Nasty Gal
Vintage Scarf Kuzak's Closet

Event Photos c/o Green Chef


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bucket Bag & Boots

I am a big sucker for vintage leather purses and my most recent Coach bucket bag find was no exception. I really love this fall 2015 trend. Slightly utilitarian but still very classic the bucket bag really lends its self to be mixed and matched with both casual and dressy pieces. My bucket bag addition has been on non-stop repeat and is definitely a recommended must-have fall wardrobe staple this season.

I took my bucket bag for coffee this weekend, pairing it with a simple fall flannel button-up and my go-to wellies. Funny story. I was in a bit of a bind while in Wisconsin earlier this year. It started to pour mid trip so I ran to good old Walmart and found these gems for a steal. YES! WALMART! You can always count on wally world when in the midwest. You can take my word for it! Rain boots might not be on the top of your list, especially if your Californian, but all this talk of El Nino has me happy I have a great rain coat and rain boots for those unexpected days. If you are looking for slightly taller boots on the high-end side, I really love the original Hunter wellies (Shop HERE). For a subtle pop of color, I tied my look together with some pastel pink Current Elliott pants I picked up from my local Los Gatos boutique Bella Rosa (Shop HERE). Designer denim is always an east way to add some style to a more casual ensemble.

I will be taking my boots apple picking this weekend, so stay tuned for my look!

Flannel Uniqlo shop HERE
Rain Boots Walmart 
Jeans Current Elliott via Bella Rosa Los Gatos shop HERE
Vintage Bucket Bag Coach via Crossroads Trading Co.

Photos Ameen Sajjadi


Friday, October 9, 2015

Scarf It

Has anyone else noticed this skinny scarf trend? I first spotted it when a handful of my favorite bloggers rocked it late summer and then, when I recently received my J Crew fall style guide, BAM! Front cover. Skinny scarf. I quickly dug through my "yet-to-be-worn-vintage" stash for some I knew I had purchased (I know. I know. Its a problem I am working on... kind of) and I was so excited my past self had somehow knew my present self would need these pretties. It was a pure Back To The Future genius moment I tell you. Anyways, as much I was loving the look I was a little frustrated with how to wear the trend. Mind you that is probably why they had been in my "pending' pile. Although the most popular way its done is by tying it around the neck,  I choose to start by trying it as a wrist accessory as showcased on the cover of the J Crew Style Guide. I actually tried to replicate the whole look, minus the shoes. I do this quite a lot when exploring a new trend. I find it helps to mimic a favorite fashion icon or go-to label look book model, pin pointing what I really like about a trend and how to incorporate it into my own wardrobe. For a day in SF, exploring the De Young Museum, this ensemble was spot on and I can say I am officially on the skinny scarf bandwagon!

Buckle Wedges Gap shop HERE
Vintage Coach Bucket Bag via Crossroads Trading Co.
Thrifted Wool Jacket via Goodwill
Jeans Banana Republic
Vintage Scarf via De Anza Flea Market
Vintage Bracelet via Petaluma Antique Faire
Shirt Target


Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Feels

I cannot believe its officially fall. Where has the time gone?! As much as I enjoy all the perks of summer, like late evening trail runs and patio dinner dates, fall is still my favorite season. Ok, Ok, I am slightly biased since my birthday happens to be right in the thick of it but cozy sweaters? soft rain? PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES?!? come on! what's not to love? lol. Although heat waves are still coming and going here in California, slight wind chill and overcast skies are starting to creep in making me have all the fall feels. I am so excited cuddle season (and by cuddle I mean, place my dog in my death grip on the couch because he is a major brat when I want him to cuddle with me #thestruggleisreal) is right around the corner!

As I mentioned at the start of summer, I have been trying to step up my casual style game and it has gotten even more essential recently for non-stop coffee dates have me needing chic but comfortable on-the-go looks that I can dress-up/dress-down and now layer for fall. Taking basics from "blah" boring to effortlessly beautiful, Skunkfunk's sustainable fashion clothing line has hit this style transition right on the nose for me. Made out of eco-friendly Lyocell, I styled this Skunkfunk faux denim dress for day of meetings that was followed by an event. Denim on denim looks are great way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. The key to this style is keeping to only two pieces of denim per ensemble such as a chambray button up paired with a denim skirt or a denim jacket paired with a great pair of blue jeans. My current favorite way to do denim on denim is via the "shirt tied around the waist" trend. It was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to style it/tie it properly on my body type but I was very happy with the outcome! Happy Fall Lovelies!

Dress Skunkfunk shop HERE
Vintage Coach Savers
Thrifted Denim Button-Up Savers
Vintage Sandals Kuzak's Closet

Friday, September 18, 2015


Looking to connect with local SF Bay Area creatives, it is going to be three years since I rebranded my blog and what a life changing experience it has been! I know I have said it before but if there is any piece of advice I can share, with any of you who are on a creative journey, it is to surround yourself with people who love like you do. By love I mean, passion, joy and ambition. They will help you when you have those moments of self doubt and inspire you to keep dreaming big when things get impossible. Seeking to capture this experience and share it, I recently partnered up with Verge Restaurant and Lounge at Toll House Hotel to host a small group of Silicon Valley style makers to an amazing evening of chic cocktails, delicious dining and creative conversation!

Verge is a hidden gem in downtown Los Gatos. It recently re-opened its doors after a beautiful remodel of not only its aesthetic design but of its menu as well. From dishes to drinks, I honestly have been blown away by everything I have tried. My favorites foods include the Wild Mushroom Cobbler, the Crispy Brussel Sprouts and the Pork Wings. My favorite libations are the Passion of The Fruit and the Green Tea Macha Fizz. The attention Chef Albert Nguyen-Phuoc brings to his cuisine craft is present in each of his creations, thus I suggest a shared dish experience so you can taste every savory to sweet bite of bliss.

I was joined for the night by beauties Amanda Kuzak, Nicole Bagai, Paulina Perrucci and Alyson Alconis and it was a delight to host such a fun group of gals. We talked about everything from blogging hiccups to career goals, as well as good old fashioned relationship girl talk of course! As I stated in an Instagram post from that night, "My Heart Is Full..." It was quiet a treat to break bread with up and coming Silicon Valley women in such an amazing setting. Make sure to check out their blogs for their re-cap of the night and stay tuned to the blog for another style maker event in the making!

Vintage Coach Purse Black and Brown
Thrifted Skirt Crossroads Trading Co.
Vintage Blouse Black and Brown
Vintage Sandals Kuzak's Closet
Vintage Yves St. Laurent Shoes Black and Brown

Dinner Photos Kai Soto Photography

Flowers Apis Floral
Paper Design The Party Evangelist