New Kind of Workout

Nike Urban Yogi Knit Women’s Yoga Pants $50, Lululemon Wunder Under Crop Organic $68, Nike Free Run Minimal Running Shoe $85.

I’m never one to make new year’s resolutions, however, I did mention here I would make some adjustments to my workout routine. I’ve been working out ever since my soccer days came to a halt circa 2005, so that makes it about 6 years now. During these 6 years I’ve altered my workout regiment twice, yup, only TWICE! I’ve definitely been at a stand still with my results, but never had the motivation to take the next step… Until now! New year, new workouts. I will be incorporating more teams sports and activities, while also getting one-on-one assistance from former trainer and live in bf! My goal:  buff arms  à la Kelly Ripa!

I’ll be doing exercises based on Homeostatic Dynamic Augmentation (HDA). This type of training founded here uses the concept of energy systems that the human body naturally possesses; Strength, Speed, Power, and Endurance. .. it’s the type of training where the sorest day is the 2nd or 3rd day. My body is already in complete shock, I haven’t been this sore since double days in college!

I will keep you posted on what I’m eating, what I’m doing, and my results. Stay tuned…

Are you doing any fun new workouts for the new year?

Week in Review

Last couple weeks through pictures :)

Taking advantage of some sunshine last week!

Watched the Blazers beat Utah at the Rose Garden.

Bowling with the kiddies ♥

I ♥ vino

I might not eat cheese, but this cheese board is freaking awesome! Nicole, only you would have one of these ;)

Much to my liking , some very colorful veggie fruit plates.

Prepping for guests and lots to drink on New Years Eve.

Some playoff football at Nick’s Crispy Taco

Ultimate fav, chips and salsa.

How has your 2011 been so far?

Dressing Up!

My all time favorite dressed up look is the skinny jean, pumps, and blouse ensemble. Although this look has transitioned as my style and likes have changed, this has been my go-to look for about 5 years now… it’s just so classic, simple, but elegant.  To increase the “dressiness” I add statement jewelry, and for more of a day look,  I wear a flowy tank and wedges.

What is your go-to dressed up look?

  1. David Yurman Sterling Silver & 18k yellow gold Link Ring- saksfifthavenue.com $550
  2. Michael Kors Rectangle Chronograph Watch – Zappos.com $250
  3. Stella McCartney Draped-front silk blouse- net-a-porter.com $545
  4. J Brand pencil fit in new ink – farfetch.com $160
  5. Brian Atwood Maniac Patent Platform Pumps- saksfifthavenue.com $580

Get the look!

Comfy Favs

I have been living in a variation of these basics for nearly 2 weeks now!  Spending a week in 30 degree weather is no joke! Portland was freezing cold, getting dressed was the least of my concerns… I was really dressing to stay warm and rain proof and no doubt comfy. If that means wear the same thing everyday, I’m all for it. When your lips instantly chap, and your ears are ready to fall off, you don’t really have a choice. Even though it’s not quite as cold here in sf,  I’m now well equipped to tackle the wind, rain, and 50 degrees! What are your favs for the blistering cold?
  1. Silver Fine Knit Cable Snood $32 – topshop.com
  2. The North Face Venture Rain Jacket for Women sunnysports.com
  3. J.Crew – Vintage bateau top (dark pewter) $43 – jcrew.com
  4. J Brand 814 low-rise straight-leg jeans $180 – net-a-porter.com
  5. Hunter Original Hunter Navy Wellies – coggles.com
  6. Women’s shoes – ballets – Back-zip ballet flats – J.Crew $128 – jcrew.com
  7. Alpaca Knitted Cardigan – julesb.co.uk
  8. Tory Burch Tory Burch – Jelly Reva With Metal Logo – Navy/Gold $125 – toryburch.com

Mandu: Korean Dumplings ~

I just got back from visiting my favorite person in the world, my aunt Nicole, and fam in Portland Oregon. Talk about freezing cold! The bf and I made our way up last week and rang in the new year with family, friends, lots of food, a teeny bit of snow, and lots of sparkling champagne! It was definitely a much needed break, loved seeing the kiddies, but we are glad to be back in 50 degree weather :)

Since Nic is a huge foodie, and as you may  know from previous posts, I’m slowly tackling some vegan recipes, I thought it would be perfect timing to make one of my childhood favs, Korean dumplings, aka  mandu. I mean who doesn’t like dumplings, especially when they’re homemade? As  a child I remember all the women crowded in the kitchen pan frying hundreds of these dumpling. We would all sit around the table with mounds of piping hot dumplings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Oh and let’s not forget the salty, tangy dipping sauce.  So freaking D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S!

Here is a look at Nic’s vegan version:

Saute cabbage, carrots, and garlic until tender.

Mix the sauteed veggies with a half cube of firm tofu.

Use a spoon to scoop the filling and place in the wonton wrappers.

Typically you would use egg to seal the wrappers, but we used water instead.

Make sure you seal them up tightly to prevent the filling to fall out.

Place mandu on large trays covered in flour to prevent them from sticking.

Pan fry these in canola oil, brown on both sides and voila!

Nicole’s Vegan Mandu Recipe:

  1. 1 pack of cole slaw (red and green cabbage, and carrots) chopped finely.
  2. Add 1 garlic clove and saute in canola oil.
  3. Boil vermicelli
  4. Combine cole slaw, vermicelli, and 1/2 firm tofu. Break the tofu up into small pieces.
  5. Place flour or rice flour down on trays before making the dumplings.
  6. Use a spoon to scoop out filling and place onto wonton wrapper. Use your finger to dampen the edges of the wrapping with water. This helps seal the wrappers together.
  7. Place canola oil and begin to pan fry. Once brown on both sides, mandu is ready to be eaten!

Dipping Sauce:

  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Korean hot pepper flakes

Happy 2011

Goodbye 2010, hello 2011! Can’t believe we are already in the new year, I guess time flies when your having a grand ol time in one of the best cities eva!

2010 has been a bit crazy, but I’m so very thankful as I’ve learned so much about myself. I spent this past year learning to cook and bake vegan, getting my first big girl job, meeting new people, moving away from my hometown, finding my way around sf, moving into one gorgeous apt., living in skinny jeans, and following some oh.so.lovely.blogs :)

Very thankful for 2010, but so ready to take on 2011!

What’s to come in the new year:

  • Adventure into other parts of sf.
  • Change my workout routine… thinking more towards swimming and playing team sports.
  • Read more books.
  • Run a half marathon.
  • Take more pictures.
  • Send out DIY cards, just because.
  • Be kinder, nicer, happier, merrier.

Here’s to another great year!

Wishing everyone a  year full of wealth, health, and happiness.

I

With only 3 days until Christmas, I’m finally allowing myself to get into the holiday spirit. I’ve spent this week wrapping presents, writing holiday cards, baking cookies,  and spending time with the roomies. I l-l-l-l-love the month of December, I catch myself peeking into windows to catch the lights on a tree, leaning toward all things sparkle, and blasting Christmas music… Almost wish we could have the tree up all year long :)

We have a very hectic schedule visiting all the fam; San Jose, Livermore, Oakland, and then we are off to Portland for the New Year.  Crazy madness, but all very worth it!

{ I ♥ our pretty tree}

{Thank you Tara for these ornaments. s.o.f.l.i.p.p.e.n.c.u.t.e!}

{Holidays = sparkles! OPI Bring On The Bling}

{Rain-rain-go-away, but you make beautiful rainbows ;)}

{Anthro monogram coffee cup from the roomie}


Wishing everyone a very

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Soup Du Jour_Vegan Style

Aside from vegan tomato basil, this hearty vegetable soup is one of my all time favs. Spring, winter, summer, I’ll take it any time of the year. I’ve had several variations of this dinning out but never found the perfect broth to veggie ratio. So, in my attempts to create this soup I’ve so deliciously imagined up, I decided to stray from any recipe, add my favorite veggies, and make it my own.

Recipe: I sauteed onions, garlic, celery, and carrots. I added the veggie broth and brought it to a boil. Once it was boiling, I added broccoli and potatoes. Brought that to a boil and then let it simmer. In the mean time I was roasting cherry tomatoes in the oven. Right before serving, I added the  roasted tomatoes, basil, oregano, and rosemary.

It turned out absolutely fantastic; healthy, hearty, fresh, and perfect for this time of the year!

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

With the Christmas tree up, and the rain falling, I thought I’d add to the holiday spirit by baking a batch of peanut butter cookies from Oh She Glows. Yes vegan and simple, but definitely not the most healthy… oh you know, a cup of peanut butter, a pound of maple syrup…oh well :) They turned out great at 350 degrees for 11 minutes.

p.s. If your peanut butter, maple syrup, and/or almond milk are NOT sweet, you might want to add some sugar to the recipe.

 

 

 

 

Oh She Glow’s  Auntie Angie’s Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Turbinado & kosher salt, for sprinkling on cookie before baking