San Francisco Calgels

Tara and I just died when we saw Emily Schuman feature her sparkely Calgels several weeks ago. We immediately Googled Calgel nails in and around San Francisco and foundAsako at Nail Art House in Japantown. Although Calgels  have yet to make it’s mark in the States, this form of nail art is huge in Japan- women budget around $200/ visit. Calgel is actually a Japanese brand of soak off gel nails, which is similar to acrylic nails but don’t do quite as much damage to your nail, while also allowing the nail to breathe…SWEETNESS!

Our Visit Equals Glorious!

Our experience was absolutely fabulous; a. we journeyed into Japantown for the first time (it has the cutest shops, and the smell of sushi lingers in the air, yummm), b. Asako was super sweet, and c. our nails, they’re glorious, amazing, words can’t describe! OBSESSED~ so giddy! Yes, it takes about 40 minutes a session, yes it’s a bit pricey, but with home upkeep they’ll last you about 3 weeks of shine and perfection!

If your in the San Francisco area, go visit Asako at Nail Art House in Japantown~ she won’t disappoint ;)

{I decided on fine gold glitter.}
{Tara decided on fine silver glitter.}

Check out our nails on Nail Art House’s Facebook Page under Nails of the Month- June 2010!

Yup it’s Monday~ Weekend Recap

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♥ this picture- Wish I was somewhere sunbathing on this first day of summer! Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer

Good Morning Monday!

Mondays = My day. My day to catch up on blogs, work on projects, sit alone at a coffee shop, lay in bed, enjoy my view, workout, catch up on DVR, and most importantly a day to do ME! Aside from it being the longest day of the year and not to mention a gorgeous Monday,  I had a really, relaxing, adventurous weekend.

  • First off, I got my hair cut- and I mean cut, 5 inches-  talk about scary!
  • Yesterday, the roomy and I adventured into Japantown for some tourism and Calgels (stay tuned for a post on these beauties).
  • Made homemade veggie fajtas for some World Cup soccer.

Overall, very relaxing and not to mention we had beautiful weather~ I love this City more and more.

My Best Buys Yet!

So, let’s be honest here, I’ve done quite a bit of shopping since I’ve landed in one of the greatest shopping meccas of the world. But, as I’ve been settling in and living amongst all the native San Franciscans, I realized I was missing a couple of essential items of San Francisco living… A couple of weeks ago I somehow (hmmmm?) landed in the handbag department of Bloomingdale’s and stumbled upon an oh-so-lust-worthy Foley and Corinna Disco City Leather Crossbody handbag. Talk about perfect timing; I’ve been waiting to purchase one of these for a while now, not just because it’s just darling, I mean come on, but it’s functionality and utility is PERF! And not to mention, it was 50% off, SCORE!

To top it off, I found the most gorgeous ballet flats on the planet! With all the walking going on, I needed another go-to pair of flats I could count on (check out my roomy’s post on her fav flats). I had scoured the Internet for nude or blush patent leather ballet flats, and had no luck. Just when I thought they couldn’t be found, Nordstroms Rack to the rescue. These beauties  are so comfortable and can be dressed up or down. I know everyone loves a black ballet flat, but  let me tell you, nude is classic and has a summer touch…. tans the new black people!

Love my new purchases if I do say so myself… hey they’re serving purpose and they just happen to be super cute!

Catching Up: Memorial Day Giants Game

Hey! So, I’ve been a little MIA… the holiday, busy work schedule, catching up on my reality TV, you know, all the craziness of life ;) Super D dooper sorry! I promise I’ll get my act together and do better with updating you with all the shenanigans I’ve been up to; decorating, eating, shopping, playing…

First up, Memorial Day festivities. I got a group together to  head up our hometown Giants. I’ve been to handful of games, but have yet to make it to the ballpark since I’ve landed on SF soil.  But, not to disappoint, the game was a blast; from the 5 person cab ride in a 4 person car, the beautiful weather, ice cold beers, and my favorite people…. great day!

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Obsessed: Sail away in Stripes

Ok, I’ll be honest, I’ve been obsessed with this picture of Eva Mendes ever since it came out, I mean, down to the last detail (I’ve been trying to recreate this entire look; the 3/4 sleeve shirt, jeans, and heels)! I absolutely adore the whole sailor, nautical, stripe look and so far, I’ve picked up a few tops since this trend has become huge, but have yet to find exactly what I’m looking for… Until, this past weekend. I scored big when I found my version (pictured to the right) of the top Eva Mendes has on here and I’m absolutely obsessed with it. H&M actually has a handful of great striped tops and obvs at a great price!

I also love these other fresh-off-the-boat looks featured here, here, and here.

My take on this look:

What are your thoughts on this look?

Braving the Wind and Tackling the Shopping

Such a fabulous weekend of deals, steals, and heels… Ok not the heels part, ha! But seriously, in our efforts to tackle shopping downtown, Union, and on Chestnut, we were able to find exactly what our hearts desired, while also, picking up some great finds (stay tuned for these post later in the week). I want to hand it to my roomy for scouring the sale racks for my size, keeping focused, and sharing in all the do’s and dont’s of dressing room antics.

Some serious deals of the century:

Stumbled upon a garage sale in the Marina (heaven I tell you), came out with a bandage skirt at a boutique going-out-of-business sale (less than $15 folks), was very entertained while getting a $20 mani/pedi at Ciao Bella, picked up striped tops I’ve been lusting over, snagged not one but two shorts that are just darling, and last but  not least, scored at Bloomy’s with… that’s a surprise. hehe. I’ll fill you in next week, when it arrives ;)

{Love this place}

{Clearly, this wind is NOT ok!}
{“Special” edamame was soooo amazing! Sauteed in garlic and soy sauce, yum.}
{Got our nails did, purty}
{Vegan Chocolate cupcake from The Plant Cafe Organic}

Yes siry, even Tara (non-vegan roomy) has approved of these suckers! The greatest tasting thing, in my opinion. The Plant Cafe Organic, get it people!

Stay tuned for our garage sale finds and my oh-so-fabulous buy from Bloomingdales!

Beautiful Fam

My family was in town this past weekend and although hectic, it was extremely nice to see some familiar faces. We hit up Park Chow, The Ferry Building farmers markets, and San Tung, a Chinese/Korean restaurant on Irving and apparently THE PLACE TO-BE (we had reservations and still had to wait 30 minutes). Some of our weekends shananigans through pics…

Park Chow

{Cousin Hannah :)}
{Garden vegetable noodles with tofu and veggies}
{The little one digging into his own chocolate cake ;)}

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Keeping it Light

With such a busy schedule lately; apt searching, moving, Mother’s Day, working like crazy, Family in town, I have yet to get into my normal eating schedule/habits (which includes a lot of  homemade meals). Since I’ve been eating out and on-the-go so much,  I’ve tried to keep things light and fresh, so I don’t feel sluggish or bloated. So, what does a vegan eat if  she can’t pack a lunch,  micro-manage all meals, or google every vegan restaurants in town? I’ve been so lucky and have found some yummy San Francisco eat-outs with vegan  friendly options. Some usual favs and some  new favs…

{Vegetable and tofu curry from Jovino}
{Tostada Salad from Nick’s Crispy Tacos}
{One of several meals I’ve been able to make at home <3}
{Make your own salad from Blue Barn. Honestly best salads ever.}
{The best strawberries from Whole Foods… the best ones are local.}
{Yup, don’t forget a brewski <3}

Inspired by…

… book shelves, white kitchens, picture frames, my roommate’s canvases, crown molding, hard wood floors, shelving, and all these pretty pictures. If only the rooms in my apartment could look this pretty-chic, simple, elegant, and oh so fabulous (sigh)! Aaaaahhh honestly, I could drink my coffee, and  flip through these kitchen/living space photos all day long and be the happiest girl on the planet…hmmm, maybe I’m just having the itch because we’re in the middle of decorating, and rearranging, you know, all those fun apartment therapy, just-moved-in activities.  Happy Friday Folks,  and Happy Mother’s Day!.

Beautiful.Pictures.For.A.Beautiful.Day :)

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