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

Healthier Alternatives to our Summertime Favorites

Obviously, I love summer and all that comes along with this time of year. Aside from all the shorts, dresses, and wedges, we need the perfect eats to keep our short shorts in check and our bikinis fitting just the way we’d like them to. Here are some healthier alternatives to our traditional summertime favorites: skinny girl margarita, homemade sangria, and the greatest way vegetables can be prepared- on the grill.

Skinny Girl Margarita-  Shot of patron silver on the rocks, fresh squeezed lime, and a dash of cointeau. This recipe is straight from Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl Margarita.  A couple of these will do the job and you don’t have to worry about all the sugary calories!

Homemade Sangria- 1 bottle of merlot, 2 bottles of Tazoberry, 2 apples, 2 oranges, cup of strawberries, 1 lemon squeezed, and 1 cup of soda water. (This was pretty much measured to taste… just work your magic).  No extra sugar added.

Corn on the cob and grilled veggie skewers (these are courtesy of Sean Reagan from last weeks BBQ- yumm)- Simply add extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper to your veggies prior to grilling them and voila! Seriously delicious!

♥What are some of your favorite summertime treats ♥

My Farewell to The Hills

In honor of the last episode/season of The Hills, I decided to do it up with some of my favorite fashion moments from the gals of the show. As you know, from previous post and my DVR, The Hills and the girls have been a guilty pleasure of mine since the Laguna Beach days ;) However, with the Speidi shenanigans, Audrina/Cabrera boy love affair, and Brody becoming the main character, this season has been a bit disappointing. With that said, I think it’s definitely about that time for the show to come to an end… however, I will most definitely miss all the great fashion, bags, hair, beautiful people, and all the drama of the greatest reality/ non-reality MTV stint of my era.

So, as I watch The Hills marathon in it’s entirety (I’m such a creep, I know), let’s raise our glasses of wine or our coffee mugs to some of the best looking 20 somethings on television, all their fabulous fashion, and to the beach-y, club scene, we all wished we could be apart of-cheers!

Some of my favs…

Although there may not be any new episodes, I hate to admit it, but I’m sure I’ll continue to watch reruns, dvds, and keep up-to-date on Lauren Conrad’s fashion and love life… I guarantee this isn’t the last post of everything LC ♥

What are your thoughts on the Season Finale of The Hills?

4th of July Festivities

Hope everyone enjoyed their 3 day weekend ♥ I happened to have a memorable, sunny, San Francisco 4th of July. The weather Saturday was flawless- layed out and got my tan on; Sunday- we headed to Ocean Beach, however, the fog rolled in and was definetely not leaving. So, instead of bumming it on the sand, we headed to Fort Mason Park… and let’s just say, it did not disappoint; sunshine, games, friends, food, and drinks… lots of drinks! BTW, I made the BEST Sangria ever… stay tuned for my special recipe.

{Playing a little game of Chuck-O}

In this City filled with great bars, clubs, shopping, restaurants, dancing, nothing really compares to this whole park scene. I’ll have to say, it’s pretty unique, kinda adds character… I’m all about it, yup! I love the friendliness of it all, the childish games, few rules, freedom, youthful, lots of shenanigans…  it’s a great way to spend these beautiful, sunny days here in the greatest city (did I just say that?). I’m definitely fond of this whole bit and will be participating in this fun-in-the-sun scene more often- had a blast!

Some SF Park Rules to Live By:

  1. Apply and reapply sun screen no matter what; cold, windy, freezing, cloudy. You will burn!
  2. Don’t forget all of your recess equipment- footballs, soccer ball, frisbees, and or baseball and glove.
  3. Do play Chuck-O and Slosh Ball.
  4. If you spend 8 hours in the sun drinking alcoholic beverages, make sure you eat.
  5. Make friends with other groups and ask to join their games.

A special thanks to everyone who made it out ♥