Happy Holidays

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I absolutely love this time of year; the crisp weather, scarfs, family time, gatherings, pumpkin pie, wine, movies, cuddling, and the best holiday of the year, Black Friday!!! Tomorrow we are not only giving thanks, but we will be celebrating my 25th birthday. I wish I could say, I love Thanksgiving for that exact reason, amazing food and bday festivities, but I happen to not care for turkey, stuffing, or cranberry sauce. No, this has nothing to do with my veganisms; I’ve had my mom make me spaghetti ever since I was a little girl… I’ve always been a bit strange

This year I will be spending tomorrow with some extended family, aka the bf’s family, where they’ve been so gracious to change up the menu a bit to cater to my vegan ways; this is supposed to be a surprise birthday special, but I’ve kinda figured it out ;)  Can’t wait to be sitting around the table with loved ones feasting and drinking.

What will I be doing over the next four days?

  • Thanksgiving dinner= Birthday, lots of food and wine, and lots of sweets!
  • Putting up the Christmas tree
  • Downloading John Legend’s Christmas album
  • Keeping the Thanksgiving movie tradition alive and going to see Love and Other Drugs
  • Black Friday here we come!

What are your plans for this Thanksgiving holiday? Will you up and early to shop Black Friday?

Updates Through Pictures

Rather than write it, I thought I’d show you just what I’ve been up to…

Walking to Polk for some Giants World Series fun.

Hot tea has been perfect for those crisp mornings… especially on the work-from-home-days.

The greatest/bestest/spicest vegan pizza alive; pizza sauce, calabrian peppers, kalamata olives, and drizzled olive oil. Thank you Delarosa. Seriously, to die!

The famous Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building.  We literally waited in THE longest line ever… but thought it was appropriate,  considering it’s almost been a year since I’ve been living here and I have yet to experience the actual coffee shop, just saying.

We finally put up Tara’s silk screen… it really is perfect for the living room; the colors, and the size. love.love.love (Please excuse the couch’s wrinkled skirt, woops).

Headed out to Drink.Eat.Play yesterday and had a blast with some old friends… and we thought those cups would be too small, pssshhh~

After our 5 mile walk to the Ferry Building, which most definitely included giant hills, some times this is as a good as it gets!

.: Have a fabulous week :.

November Baby

The big 25 birthday month has arrived! I’m super excited to celebrate it for the first time in the city of San Francisco. I Haven’t settled on location yet, but I have been thinking about THE dress. I actually have a black mini with puffy cap sleeves, but I’ve been eying the one shoulder look; they’re just so effortlessly chic.  Plus, I’ve worn a black, strapless mini for the past 3 of 4 birthday parties, think it’s about time to change it up!

Here are some of my favs from Asos.com. The first one is my favorite so far, what’s yours?

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Weekend Recap

Good Morning to you all! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted last, but I have not abandoned you, I promise. Although I’ve been lacking in the blogging arena, I’ve been one busy girl; work has been crazy madness and I had one jammed packed weekend! The cold rainy weather was perf for a baking/making marathon, pumpkin carving, friends, wine, and the GIANTS!!! So trilled for the G MEN and love seeing the city of Sf come together in support of the hometown team. World Series here we come!

All Little Round Up of the Weekend:

Friday night catch up sesh with Kate at Delarosa 5 mile run before the rain started, and then dined at  The Plant Spent all day Saturday baking my first ever vegan chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin muffins We were accompanied by neighbors and and delightful mulled wine for the Giants game We rounded out Sunday with pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed roasting, and I made fresh homemade vegetable soup

All my baking and making turned out pretty fabulous. It took me several batches to finally figure out the right texture for the cookies, but the muffins, soup, and pumpkin seeds are fantastic! I already bought all the ingredients to make banana chocolate muffins… hehe, this weather has me doin it up in the kitchen!

How was your rainy weekend?

DIY Guacamole

This was definitely a first. I’ve only recently started eating guacamole and by eating it I mean only while I’m out, and only if it contains chunks … I have really bad texture issues, and to me, without the tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, I can’t handle the soft, smooth, creaminess; I know, I’m weird!

After trying several fantastic versions while I’ve dined out,  I decided to whip up my own. I made an attempt at this recipe and it turned out pretty fabulous if I do say so myself ;) It’s a bit on the chunky side, but it’s just the way I like it!

 

 

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“the rest is still unwritten…”

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I knew her departure from The Hills wasn’t the last time we’d see her… Get ready folks for another round. With her successful b0ok series LA Candy, the Lauren Conrad Style Guide, and affordable fashion line at Kohl’s, Ms. Conrad has taken on yet another project. LC’s newest adventure will begin next week when she chronicles her quest to create a new line of evening wear and build a fashion house from the ground up all while the MTV cameras tag a long.

Fashion + Lauren Conrad + Reality TV = My kinda gig. I’ll definitely be watching. Anyone who can appreciate fashion, knows Lauren is a bit of a fashionista; classic, sun kissed, simple, cali girl ;)

.l.o.v.e .h.e.r.

Healthy.Simple.Delicious.

I have literally been on a search for good quality salads for a long while. I’m a huge fan of tasty, fulfilling, big bowls of mixed greens but for some reason there aren’t many out there. What I’m not a huge fan of is paying a fortune for a salad, especially when I 86 the meat (which is typically why it costs an arm and a leg); and I refuse to order a “salad” a.k.a lettuce, tomatoes, and vinaigrette!

Although I’ve been able to find some amazing dishes, I know my search is not quite over. I can only get a hold of 2 of the 4 below at my convenience, so I’m still on the hunt for quality salads. If you know of any in the San Fran area, please let me know!

Chinese Chop Salad from Pizzicato

If your ever in the Portland area, you must go to Pizzicato. Not only do they have amazing salads, their pizza is fabulous!

Zao Noodle Bar: Vegetable and Tofu rice noodle salad bowl

This salad noodle bowl is absolutely delish! I mean this is so deluxe. The cilantro, peanuts, and all the great veggies. Super fulfilling and light!

Napa Cabbage Salad via The Plant Cafe Organic

This is the most simple, healthy, but yummy salad you’ll ever eat! Love the spicy dressing too!

Homemade creation: romaine, mixed greens, cilantro, onion, cucumber, bell pepper, walnuts, tortilla chips, grilled asparagus, pepperoncinis, carrots, and just a dab of sea salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

In honor of this post, go have a fabulous salad…

and then shoot it my way ;)

Weekend Recap

As most of you know, sf experienced Fleet Week last week; wow, are those jets loud! We reside on the 4th floor of 6, so let’s just say,we heard them loud and clear… zooming across our bedroom window.  Aside from watching the fleets dock and sailors walk the streets, we had AMAZING weather! I can’t say it enough, but I love this city.

Although there were a handful of fun events going on, we didn’t participate in any of them, ha… Well, we made it to the farmers market but I wouldn’t count that. I’m still getting used to the super busy work week with only 2 days to schedule all my errands, workouts, bf time, and personal R&R. Its been tough to plan anything but the grocery shopping and laundry. But I will say, it was a complete tourist weekend, leaving Trader Joe’s completely packed, nowhere to park, and anything and everything to do with leaving the apt. an ordeal. So, I’m kinda glad we took it easy…

Game plan looked a little like this :

  • Friday night for cocktails, sushi, and the Giants game: Suduchi Sushi
  • Saturday morning started with: 4 mile run
  • Had brunch with the bf for amazing healthiness: The Plant Café Organic
  • Capped the  night off watching: The Social Network
  • Sunday morning had a fabulous hour long workout: Gym
  • To collect the most amazing veggies and fruit: Fort Mason Farmers Market
  • Caught up on Grey’s, Oprah, and some other ridiculous reality tv: thank you DVR
  • And lots of Sports, Go Giants!

Here’s to another fabulous week!