Steven Alan Comfort

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Oh Steven Alan, your Spring 2011 lookbook is so dreamy. His collection is full of airy, flowy yet feminine pieces, perfect for spring and summer weather in Cali. Mr. Alan truly makes comfortable, effortless, and simple look so chic, something I’m sure we all can admire.  I’m not even willing to choose a favorite, but I do know I’m drooling over the two dresses featured below. Aaaaah, this is perfection,  in l.o.v.e.


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Dannijo

There has been so much buzz around Dannijo jewelry, I couldn’t help but have a looksies for myself. Let’s just say, I’m dying. If your a fan of chunky and statement (which I totally am), then you will not be disappointed! Not a huge earring kinda girl, and their cuffs are pretty, but the necklaces are stunning!  Below are a few of my favorites…

Gorg right?

Vegan Sweets

Vegan products get a lot of flack; “ew, vegan that must be gross.” But I want  to make it loud and clear, vegan desserts can and are fantastic.  Aside from frozen yogurt, if you were never told it was vegan, I don’t think you could ever tell the difference. I became dairy and meat free about 4 years ago and have had my share of nasty, bland, dirt tasting vegan treats. Now that it’s become a tiny bit more mainstream and less granola/tree hugging, there have been some great products brought to market. After trying everything out there, here’s my list of favorite sweets, vegan style…

Best vegan desserts to date:

  1. Cookie– Oatmeal raisin from Peet’s Coffee.
  2. Cupcake– Vanilla cake with chocolate frosting from The Plant Cafe Organic.
  3. PopsicleTwirl and Dip strawberry fruitsicle seen here.
  4. SorbetScream Sorbet at the Farmer’s Market seen here. All flavors are made without dairy… they just opened a location, but it’s in Oakland, boooo.
  5. Smoothie–  Strawberry from The Plant. Secret ingredient, dates ;)
  6. DonutsPosh’schocolate and crumb are my favs. Check out your nearest Whole Foods. I have yet to try Pepple’s at the Ferry Building,  but they are a MUST, with with at least 16 varieties!
  7. Muffins– blueberry muffins from Franklin’s Whole Foods (in the self-serve section).
  8. Yogurt ShopFraiche‘s soy yogurt with gram crackers and shaved chocolate.
  9. Chocolate– 365’s Vegan Chocolate Chips (from Whole Foods). I use these to bake and for all desserts.
  10. Store bought–  SO Delicious neapolitan ice cream sandwiches and Talenti Sonoma Strawberry sorbetto (both available at Whole Foods).

Let me know if you have any recommendations for vegan sweets here in Sf.

Spring Trends

Ok, not to complain too much (I know the weather is so much worse everywhere else), but non-stop rain is just not cute! Don’t get me wrong, love the coats, rain boots, and packing on the layers, but rain all day for 3 days straight is no fun. With that being said, I decided to boycott the weather with a little glimpse into spring fashion.

Whether it’s a pop of color, print, lace, or bright whites, we are sure to break out of our winter coats and retire our umbrellas just in time for spring! You’ll definitely catch me in a vibrant color or anything white, but  still trying to find the perfect trouser and a pinch of lace (let me know of any recs).

Will you be wearing any of these trends?

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It’s a Pink Thing

Since we’ve had such bad, nasty, rainy weather this week, I thought I’d create a post inspired by my current manicure color. This Steamy pink M.A.C. lacquer is probably my favorite nail polish of all time; every time I wear it I feel girly and flirty, yet polished.  So, here’s to brightening up your gloomy day! Happy Friday:)

Pictures: MacaroonsThe Coveteur,Asos, {via}, Cacharel
1. Lanvin Leather ballerina flats 2. M.A.C Steamy nail polish 3. Kate Spade Mercer Street Shannon 4. Furla Jelly Bauletto 5. M.A.C pink lipstick 6.  Michael Kors Watch

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I love chocolate covered pretzels; they’re pretty, simple, delicious, and can be easily made vegan. Aside from the chocolate/peanut butter combination, chocolate paired with glazed, salted crackers might be one of my favorite desserts. I’ve been meaning to make homemade chocolate pretzel rods, but couldn’t decide which yummy, sweet toppings to smother atop the rods. I wanted to stay away from sprinkles and candy bars to make it more of a cleaner, no preservative kinda treat. I found this recipe and was hooked. I used walnuts, vanilla bean sandwich cookies (vegan oreos), and peanut butter cups from Whole Foods (not vegan, but the bf’s fav).

Honestly, I’m impressed! So good, so easy, and easily adaptable to your personal taste.

{12oz of vegan choc chips}

{walnut baking pieces were the perfect size}

{break up the cookies, the smaller the better}

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Ingredients:

  1. Parchment paper
  2. Pretzel rods (V)
  3. 160z Vegan chocolate chips
  4. Late July Organic Vanilla Bean Sandwich Cookies (Whole Foods) (V)
  5. Walnuts (raw or roasted ) (V)
  6. Peanut butter cups (Whole Foods)

Directions

To melt the chocolate I followed these directions. I know dipping things into melted chocolate is a scary task, but this is so simple, and it so works.

  1. Place 12 ounces of chocolate chips into a heat-proof glass bowl and put into microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Stir the chocolate and return to microwave for another 30 seconds, stir.
  3. Continue to heat and stir in 30 second increments until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Once melted, immediately stir in the last 4 ounces of choc chips. Continue to stir until chocolate is smooth.
  5. Cover 3/4 of the pretzel rod with chocolate and then dip away.
  6. Place on parchment paper and let the chocolate dry.
  7. Eat up and enjoy.

.:all time favs:.

A few of my favorites from the past couple of days…

tacolicious; the filmore paloma (too pretty to pass up) on the left and a traditional marg on the right.

breakfast at stacks on hayes. truly the best granola; crunchy, sweet, nutty, with a pinch of cinnamon. no milk, no yogurt, love it with just strawberries.

romantic dinner at A16 on v-day. not even sure what were drinking, but the bartenders recs were fantastic!

sat at the chef’s bar and dined on the best vegan pizza; pizza sauce, kalamata olives, calabrian peppers, arugula, and drizzled olive and chili oil.  moist and light but so tasty, yum.

♥ him

homemade chocolate covered strawberries for a lovely v-day.

Thanks to the lovebird for a great v-day AND always accommodating to my vegan needs, eating/trying/liking everything homemade, watching all my favorite shows, changing your bed time, allowing my laptop to be my life, taking out the garbage, tagging along as I run into Starbucks one too many times, driving and parallel parking, but most importantly being my biggest fan and taking care of me. i heart you.

Happy Wednesday

Chevron Lovefest

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Chevron: a design which incorporates herringbone elements of zigzag  stripes or joined V’s.

I’m definitely smitten. Whether it be stationary, home decor, or even small accessories, I really can’t get enough. I catch myself eyeing all things two toned, but zigzags specifically, warm my heart. I know the herringbone elements of joined v’s have been incorporated in design for some time now, but I love that it’s making a comeback with a modern, geometric twist. With bold colors and sharp edges, this design really makes a statement and a room stand out. I’m pretty sure I’m obsessed ♥. Check out all the different ways to add a little chevron in your life.

1. {jill rosenwald} 2. {anthropologie} 3. {Front Gate} 4. {pixelimpress} 5. {ao3designs} 6. {west elm}

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b.e.m.i.n.e

The bf and I spent Valentine’s day a  day early to beat the crowds and fixed menus (veg eaters and fixed menus are no bueno ;)). Sunday we…

  • had breakfast at Stacks on Hayes (best granola ever).
  • made chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels.
  • dined at A16, enjoyed a fabulous Italian red and the BEST pizza a vegan girl could ask for.
  • and tonight we’ll watch a Valentine’s Day version of The Bachelor with a glass of wine and a home cooked meal.

Here’s to a ton of chocolate, pretty flowers, cute v-day cards, dinner dates, love, and all those anti-V day parties, cheers!

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