Japantown Street Fair

Hello Monday, you’ve arrived so soon! This weekend was a bit bitter sweet- my car is completely dunzo, and I’m NOW truly living the city life- no car and public transpiration (ha, we’ll see how this goes)! Although I no longer have my car, other things are on the horizons and looking up for this gal (stay tuned)…

Along with visiting family and the boy back at home, I spent Sunday at the Street Fair in Japantown; live music, cute street shops, and all the yummy/ not-so-healthy foods… oh, P.S. thank you sun for making an appearance!

{turned out to be a gorgeous day in the city}

{aren’t these just darling?}

{delicious Hawaiian/Portuguese donuts}

{the largest shaved ice ever!}

{strawberry fruitsicle from Twirl and Dip. So flippen amazing!}


Sneak Peak into Fall 2010

With the recent after 6:00pm Sf drizzle combined with wind to make it mucho freezing, I couldn’t help but think jackets, tights, scarfs, etc… but more importantly, about the upcoming 2010 fall fashion season. Last night I checked out Gap and Banana Republic’s Fall 2010 Collections. Most of you know, I love my Gap Inc. staples – jeans.t-shirts.blouses.sweater.dresses.jackets. – You name it, I have it!  For some reason, I always find the greatest buys and best deals… awww my first fall in San Francisco… pretty excited

Here is a sneak peak at both 2010 Fall Look-books:

{Banana Republic}


I love me some sunshine and summer weather, but I don’t mind the leaves falling, the trees turning color, or the layering of clothes… and with the looks of it now-a-days, it could be just around the corner!

Before and After: Kitchen

I journeyed up to Portland, Oregon to visit my aunt and fam bam and seriously died when I saw her revamped kitchen. Here is a before and after shot… plain jane meets modern, chef’s special! The two-toned slate and white cabinets showcase the open-faced kitchen and give it a more spacious feel. Absolutely love 



Proud of you Nic for following your heart,  but proud of you, Kevin, for allowing your wife to take over. It looks absolutely beautiful. With that brand new pro stainless steel 6 burner gas stove that you swooped up, I’m sure they’re plenty of delicious meals to come ;)

How do you feel about a two-toned kitchen? Thoughts…?

Obsessions: Home Decor

Well… more like good afternoon. What are you up to this weekend? I have a busy, but fun-filled weekend ahead, details on they’re way…

The apartment dynamics may be changing soon, (all good things), but as I think more and more about the idea of this, I’ve had the urge to pick up a few more home décor items that I think would make the apartment even more cute-sy, home-y, lovely- adding a bit more of a crystalin/tara-esq touch to it :) Here are some of the few things I’ve been craving… some more lust-worthy, some more practical:

This is so us!

{via Made By girl}

Obsessed with these monogrammed mugs.

{via Anthropologie}

Absolutely adore this! And clearly engrossed with all things pink

{via Made by Girl}

I love these bowls; white, simple, and big!

{via ikea}

This would be perf in our spacious living room!

{via Ork Posters}

This has a C and T written all over it!

{via Sourdoughsf}

Bruschetta- Tomato and Broccolini

I put together my tasty tomato bruschetta recipe last night! Since I’ve mastered this version (if I do say so myself) I wanted to try a new recipe. I had the most amazing, spicy, tender, broccolini bruschetta at Delarosa, so I thought I would give this version a try. I found this simple recipe here… let’s just say, both versions were absolutely delish and did not disappoint!

Mixed cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper.

Sautéed extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, salt, pepper, and broccolini. Cooked until tender.

Used a wheat baguette from LaBrea  Bakery via Whole Foods. Drizzled extra virgin olive oil and brushed fresh garlic over toast.

Not only vegan friendly, but definitely super healthy!

It Truly is the Little Things

{via:  1812overture }

I’m having THE best day today (and I didn’t even workout )! Maybe it’s because of my beautiful nail polish, hmmm?

{MAC Nail Lacquer: Creamy Steamy}

Just wanted to give a little shout out to those in my life- it truly is the little things :)

phone calls from new york. cousins in Portland.
pink nail polish. laughing with my aunt.
San Francisco. a roommate that is also a friend.
soy ice cream sandwiches. coffee. reading.
blogging. pretty pictures.
someone else doing your laundry. I love you’s.
being able to wake up next to someone. kind words.
comments. days off. getting pictures developed.
meeting new friends. new adventures..

Now, if only they had either of those dresses below in my size at the store… my day would be that much greater ;)

Hope you all are having a wonderful hump day!

The Ruffled Dress that got Away

{via: Roxy.com}

Last year I fell in love with several ruffle dresses a girlfriend had. When I went out to find my perfect dress, I had no luck;  either sold out, too long, or no where to be found.  So, recently when I was looking at summer dresses for a  birthday party in a couple weeks, I was immediately drawn to theses ruffled dresses- the one that got away.  Although I’m trying to stick with something in my closet- they’re several dresses in there I have yet to wear, I thought a little browsing couldn’t hurt… :)

Just my luck, I spotted these, {pictured above and those below}.  With dresses this stunning and at a bargain, I caught myself justifying buying several, hehe.  Oh, my shopping addiction, how you get the best of me! Whether or not I order any, I definitely thought I should share these with you.

Monday Morning with Chocolate Covered Pretzels

{via: Craft Gossip}

Good morning 

Hope everyone had a pleasant and relaxing weekend. I found this delicious and amazing photo of my favorite snack/dessert and thought it was picture perfect for a Monday morning!

I’ve been obsessed with chocolate covered pretzels for some time now… the simplicity of the creation, the beautiful decorative candies, and let’s not forget, they’re fantastic-  pretzels and chocolate are probably the best combination, only second to chocolate and peanut butter ;) I’m hoping to finally put this concoction together when I head to Portland Oregon for my uncle’s 40th birthday bash in a couple of weeks; party time + kiddies + fam bam + Nicole + Nicole’s kitchen= the best time to make these candy coded marvels.

My Weekend :

Caught up with the roomy,

went to a kiddies birthday party (hello kitty meets elmo),

had a taste of Zao’s Noodle Bar with someone special,

and grabbed a cocktail at Joya.

Stay tuned for a new food blog, and more site changes to come…

Happy Monday