A City Hike With A View

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Pants, Tank, Shirt: Athleta

Hi Everyone!

Happy Thursday! City-charm and beauty aside, SF is home to a variety of epic landmarks and regional parks. As many of those who live in SF know, this city boasts a plethora of urban hikes that will leave you feeling like you’re in Yosemite without the drive.

So, I teamed up with Athleta a few weeks back to talk about some of my absolute favorite places to explore and some of my favorite things to wear.

Some of the must-sees?

  • Twin Peaks
  • Corona Heights
  • Presidio

Check out my full post on Athleta’s Chi Blog!

Cheers!

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Saturday Sippin’

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Happy Wednesday, y’all!

Feeling pretty happy about this four day week. Some of my favorite times spent in San Francisco have been a block away from my home. Alta Plaza Park is one of those places in San Francisco that feels pretty hidden from the rest of the city – maybe it’s because I don’t see hundreds of people sitting on the lawn or day drinking every weekend. Rather, it’s a place where families go to play with their children, Pug owners go to meet up with other nuggets, and twenty or thirty-somethings go to relax, read a book, or in my case hang out with some wine and cheese.

And while the specific day I went to snack on some cheese and wine was pretty overcast, it still didn’t make it any less beautiful. But no picnic is complete without the fixin’s. You know – the wine (my fave currently is Cultivar’s Sauvignon Blanc), the cheese (holla Gouda!), and the carbs (bread, obviously).

So, if you haven’t been to Alta Plaza – it’s a must see. Especially since Alamo Square is out of commission for 9 or so months and Dolores is now offering to rent out spaces on the lawn. There goes the neighborhood.

Cheers!

Photos via Lisha Wang

 

She’s A Brick House

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Blouse & Denim Jacket: Crossroads Trading | Bag: Urban Outfitters | Jeans: Betabrand | Hat: Target

Hi Everyone!

Happy Tuesday! So, I went through a stage where I wore a ton of baggy things. Oversized sweaters, shirts, pants – you name it. If I wasn’t swimming in it, I wasn’t interested. But, that gets old guys. I promise.

So, I was on the search for great fitting jeans that made me feel like a badass. I tried multiple stores with the hopes that I’d find one pair that made me feel like a rockstar. Either they were too tight (woof!), too short, too long or gave me a maaaaajor wedgie (even more woof). I also started to get super down on myself in the process. I felt so self-conscious about wearing something tighter than what I previously wore and even caught myself wishing I could lose weight to fit into jeans more comfortably.

This opens up a whole other can of worms (and I can get to that later). I’ve struggled with body issues quite a bit – especially since the rise of Instagram where I’m constantly seeing amazing imagery of women (and men!) on the beach, in bikinis, tight dresses, etc. But we all know that life is curated. Obviously. That being said, it doesn’t sting any less.

So, when I found a pair of jeans that I felt super comfortable in – well, I was hooked. Instead of being self-conscious about my bum, these jeans embraced it! Hell yeah! These bad boys from Betabrand are a little high-rise, a little flared, and designed to give you the world’s best booty.

 

Whether I have the world’s best booty in these is debatable, but I sure as hell feel like I have one.

Cheers!

Photos via Lisha Wang

Weekend Snapshots

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday and hello to the beginning of a fresh, new week. Personally, I’m SO excited about the last few weeks and weeks ahead. One of them? Moving into our new apartment! P.S. We get the keys today so I can’t wait to show you a little apartment tour in the following days.

This past weekend was full of excitement starting on Friday with Disclosure. I’ve seen them two years ago at a MUUUUCH smaller venue, but it was awesome to dance with thousands of other people and celebrate the beginning of the weekend. Saturday morning I had the amazing opportunity to co-host a spin class with Flywheel and Biossance. For those of you who haven’t heard of Flywheel, well…Flywheel isn’t your regular spin class, either. It’s a 45 minute high-energy, inspiring ride where the instructor pushes you every single song.

After the ride I looked (truthfully) like a sweaty rat, so I wiped my face with the insanely soft makeup removing cloths called The Refresher. The cloths gently removed all my makeup without leaving my skin tight or dry. Juuuuust what I need when I worked my butt off for an hour. Even better? The cloths are biodegradable and all of their products are plant-based! Hell yes for the environment! More to come on their amazing skincare line soon because truthfully, I’ve developed intensely sensitive skin in my late twenties.

Some other highlights? Sipping on some insanely delicious cold brew from Milton & Small, a breakfast date with myself at 20th Century Cafe, meeting Vanessa and talking about her insanely cool company Gold & Gumption, and making homemade tacos (complete with Corona) with Ittai.

Pretty perfect indeed.

Cheers, y’all!

 

Cheese & Charcuterie

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Friday! Whether it’s a weekday after work or a Saturday afternoon, I love nothing more than relaxing with friends or boyfriend over some Malbec and delicious food. For a girl-on-the-go like myself, a classic cheese and charcuterie plate is the best way to keep me (and my friends!) occupied and satisfied for hours.

For a little background, I work at Pinterest as a copywriter. I’m constantly inspired by the recipes, beautiful imagery and helpful ideas on the platform. There’s so many things I still want to discover and do. One of those dos, is perfecting the art of of a rad cheese and charcuterie plate.

I’ll have to be honest with y’all – I’m no cook so I like to keep things as easy as pie in the kitchen. Preferably with pie, too.

So? What’s the secret of a solid cheese and charcuterie plate that’s Pinterest worthy? Let’s get down to the basics.

A board to display your beautiful bounty. Luckily, I snagged my roomie Rob’s gorgeous wooden board that doubles as an actual cutting board and canvas for the main acts.

Second, is the cheese. I love cheese but I don’t know much about it. That being said, you should have a variety of cheeses on a board that complement each other and the charcuterie that you’ll be eating. I love mixing my cheeses up with two firm selections and a softer variety. For this specific day, I went wild with a soft Blue Cheese, an aged White Cheddar and Manchego. Serving one familiar cheese to your crew is a good idea and includes even the pickiest of palettes.

Next is the main event – the charcuterie! Pairing saltier and savory options is a great way to break up all of the flavors (and richness!) of your cheese. This is where I usually hit a roadblock, but luck was on my side when I found these awesome sliced artisan salami from Columbus Foods! They were perfect for snacking, portable, and super delicious. I chose a variety because I like mixing and matching my meat and cheese! For this instance, I chose rich and buttery Crespone to pair with the raspberries, the semi-sweet tasting Finocchinoa, and the sweet fennel and fresh garlic taste of Sopressata. All delicious and all super savory. Yesss! Even better? Columbus Foods is a San Francisco-based company. 7×7 love, right there!

After you have your basics, you’ll want to set the scene. Adding raspberries or some sort of fresh fruit and olives are my go-to. Oh, and lots and lots of bread. I picked up french bread from my local market – it’s lasted me for days!

Last but not least? Some music, some wine (or champagne!), and a solid view.

So what are you waiting for? This easy-to-create meat and cheese plate is affordable and oh-so delicious. The weekend can’t come soon enough!

Cheers!

Photography via Lisha Wang

Thank you to Columbus Foods for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Find Your Ritual

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday – how y’all feeling out there? I’ve talked pretty candidly about life and the stressors that come with it. From commuting to work and morning meetings to carving out the time to see friends and family – life can be pretty fast. Either you get swallowed up or fight like hell.

Luckily, I’m pretty stubborn and try to hold my own when life attempts to grab me by its sticky paws. My saving grace when I feel overwhelmed and consumed is by working out.

I’ve never been athletic. I actually quit almost every sport I played as a kid. I was awkward (still am 100%), pretty clumsy, and have no balance (body wise). This continued into my twenties. So, when I moved to San Francisco I was bombarded by workout options. I started to find myself confused on whether I should be doing HIIT, yoga, pilates or run.

I tried all of them and thought each individual workout brought something different. Besides yoga. And this killed me because I wanted to get my zen on so, so badly. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t relax, I wasn’t flexible, and I left more frustrated than I started.

This is until recently. Last year I had the opportunity to check out a class at Ritual Hot Yoga when it was located in Jackson Square. When I started at Pinterest, Ritual moved a block away. I think it was fate.

Soon after they opened the 6th street location, I’ve been hooked. Sometimes I even go twice a day (eeek!). Last Saturday I had the opportunity to go with a few fellow bloggers and share my obsession.

If you haven’t gone to Ritual, I promise you – you will feel 20,000 times better after going. The music is upbeat (think Disclosure and Flume), the studio is heated (not Bikrim, but heated), and the instructors find time to pay attention to everyone in the room – I’m not kidding. It’s impressive.

By far one of the best yoga classes (and workouts!) I’ve experienced in San Francisco. So, if you’re down to take a class  take a look at Ritual’s schedule and let me know! I’ll take you up on that offer and then some!

Cheers!

Weekend Snapshots

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Tuesday and apologies for the day delay on Weekend Snapshots. This past weekend was awesome and full of energy. Not only was the weekend jam packed, but it was Bay To Breakers so all sorts of hell broke loose.

I started off the weekend checking out the Hyatt in North Beach. They recently teamed up with Drybar and have started offering their products in every room – yesssss! Seeing as I always forget a blow dryer and anything in between, this collab is a total lifesaver.

Early morning photoshoots took place on Saturday (super excited to show you those photos!) with my girl Lisha and noshed hard with Ittai at Burma Love. If you haven’t been there, go for the Sesame Chicken Strips. AH! I die for those!

Sunday was Bay to Breakers where I ran with my friends Amy and Courtney – let’s just say I’m a little sore from the race today.

Hope your weekend was just as awesome! Until tomorrow!

Cheers!