EVERYDAY OUTFIT

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Jeans & Denim Jacket: Crossroads Trading | Sweater: H&M | Shoes: Old Navy (on sale!!)

Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re all having a pretty rad week. Fourth of July is upon us and that means I’ll be partaking in a few of my favorite things: eating hot dogs, drinking crappy beer, spending time with friends, and making my way to Tahoe for our annual trip we plan.

Crazy how California temperatures change so drastically, but this weekend in Tahoe is expected to be sunny and hawt – just the way I like it. San Francisco this week? Not so much. Chilly temperatures (okay, it’s in the 50s) and gray skies are the status quo, but I don’t mind. I’ll take any excuse to wear an oversized cozy sweater.

There’s something kind of comforting about finding your everyday outfit, right? For me, it’s a pair of jeans, sweater and some funky shoe. Sure, I’ll vary it up a bit but I feel most myself when I’m rocking this look. It shows, too.

So, I gotta ask – what’s your everyday outfit?

Cheers!

Photography via Kai Sotto

 

It’s Kosher

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“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

If you’ve been reading The Ohio Transplant for awhile, you noticed I was pretty silent. In fact, I wasn’t posting at all. For ten full days. Crazy, right? I hinted (not so subtly) on Instagram and Facebook, but didn’t really give you the full story of why I wasn’t posting or really where or why I was going where I did.

Last Wednesday I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime (seriously) to Israel for Birthright. Now, let me explain a little bit. I never considered to be Jewish – religiously or spiritually. Sure, a lot of my family is Jewish but growing up in a pretty open household I was never pushed to believe one ideology or one thing.

In my twenties, I was always curious about Israel and happenings in the Middle East. I found out that my curiosity could be satisfied via Birthright on a ten day trip to Israel. So, I  not really knowing anything about Israel or being Jewish, I blindly went.

This brings me to the above quote. While I never experienced Israel before or knew very little, I wanted to embrace the food, the customs and people fully and 100% – part of the reason why I was off the grid.

I felt like I couldn’t fully immerse myself in the culture if I was trying to connect to WiFi all the time. Luckily, I was in amazing company with twenty-somethings located throughout the United States and in Israel.

I know that these writings could never fully express what I experienced, but I’d love to share some highlights:

Experiencing a Shabbat: Israel (for the most part) shuts down from Friday evening to Saturday to celebrate.  While I was there, we relaxed after a crazy few days and spent time enjoying each other’s company.

Climbing to the top of Masada: We climbed Masada at the end of our trip and for me, it was one of the highlights. Masada overlooks the Dead Sea and is over 2,000 years old, so the story behind it is super rich and fascinating. While  I won’t get into the history of Masada, we woke up around 4 a.m. to see the sunrise at the top. It wasn’t an easy hike, but probably one of the more fulfilling and beautiful hikes I’ve been on.

The food: From morning to night, Israel is full of amazing places to nosh. I ate my way through Israel and definitely didn’t hate any minute of it. From falaffel in Jerusalem to schwarma and shakshuka in Tel Aviv, the food always felt fresh and made with love.

Other things to highlight? The insanely warm temperatures that require only short sleeves and sandals, riding a camel, sleeping in a Bedouin tent in the desert, and meeting some amazing life long friends. Pretty rad, indeed.

Will be posting more photos (I’m sure!) as time goes on, but wanted to give you a first look at what I experienced now that I’m not as jet-lagged!

Cheers!

Retro

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Denim Jacket: Crossroads Trading | Blouse: Convert | Skirt: F21 | Shoes & Bag: Old Navy

Hi Everyone!

Happy Tuesday! While I consider myself a fan of modern textures, silhouettes and styles – I’ve been really drawn to retro pieces as of late. High-waisted bathing suit tops, peter pan collars, shift dresses, and kitten heels have been catching my eye and I don’t hate it.

While this is a totally shift from what I’m comfortable with, I thought I’d start slowly and incorporate pieces that have touches of retro vibes with contemporary and modern basics. Case in point? This blouse from Convert in Hayes Valley.

I love the gray foundation of the blouse! It’s the perfect foundation for a quirky and fun white/black pattern. Even better? THE BUTTONS. Super retro buttons give the shirt even more character reminding me of a grown-up Hawaiian shirt.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind pieces in SF, Convert’s full of unique tops, bottoms, pants and accessories that are all sustainable. They have convenient locations in Hayes Valley and in the East Bay, making it easy to access clothing you feel good about wearing while looking it, too.

Cheers!

Photography via Lisha Wang  

Weekend Snapshots

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! I’m out hur in New York until Wednesday and after New York – Israel! I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t worry about posting (more on that Wednesday) so until then, I promise to give you two solid blog posts.

This week/end has been awesome and am feeling more pumped than ever. Some highlights:

  • Checking out happy hour at Evil Eye,  the newest hotspot in San Francisco!
  • Seeing a 10 week old black Pug. EEP.
  • Early morning coffee at Vive La Tarte with Shikha
  • A beautiful surprise party at Evil Eye (see, it’s good!) thrown by my bestie Andi and babely boyfriend, Ittai!
  • Brunch al fresco in New York – it’s actually hot, guys
  • Catching up with old college friends over beers
  • Running into my first college friend on the streets of NY!
  • Macarons at Lauduree

More to come tomorrow!

Cheers!

 

 

International Excursions

Israel

Hi Everyone!

2016 has been a pretty busy year and it’s only June. There’s been no shortage of big life events, moves, and experiences. One of those is happening in less than one week – birthright and my first trip to Israel!

 

I know I’ll gain a lifetime of extra-special experiences that I’ll remember forever. So, I’ve been prepping. Well, sort of. I’ve been trying to learn more about the culture, the history, and the weather. Oh yeah, this time of year I heard it’s hot. I mean, really hot.

Also, I’m a notorious terrible packer. So, I thought I’d make a little internal checklist on what to wear when traveling to Israel. Or anywhere scorching hot, really.

Upfront notes: No room to do laundry. We’re on the trip for 10 days will be changing hotels or places to stay daily. Bring modest clothing so skirts that go past the knee and shirts that cover shoulders. (This may be more of a challenge).

So, here we go y’all:

THE BASICS:

Underwear – From what I heard, bringing around 14 pairs for 10 days is appropriate. Seems to be a lot, but it’s going to get hot and no one likes to be swampy. Especially me.

Socks – I don’t own socks, really. I love havin’ my feet breathe. But we’ll be walking quite a bit and for 10 days straight sooooo, I think it’d be in my best interest to have a pair for every day.

Bathing Suit – Thinking the Dead Sea won’t appreciate my naked body, so a bathing suit must do.

Jeans – For walking and exploring. Assuming this will take up most of my trip, I’d say bringing 2 to 3 pairs will suffice.

Hiking shoes or comfy tennis shoes – A beautiful excuse in my mind to channel my inner Cheryl Strayed and buy some hiking shoes.

T-shirts –  I’ll be living that 100% Cotton lifestyle for the next 10 days so I’m assuming 10 shirts will work.

Hats – This is a requirement of the trip and if y’all know me this is no problem at. all. ❤

MISCELANEOUS ITEMS: 

Sunscreen – Seeing as I have fair skin, I’ll most likely be lathering up 24/7

Toiletries – Cleanliness is next to godliness. Soooo, a toothbrush, hair brush and soap may be helpful.

Water bottle – H2Ohhhh yeah.

Anything else, guys? Since this is my first trip to Israel, I’m a little doe-eyed so suggestions/tips/advice is very much welcomed!!

Cheers!

 

 

Where To Drink/Eat: Evil Eye

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Hump Day! One of my favorite things to do in this city is eat, drink and explore. So when I find a place that combines all three – well, I consider it a win/win.

Last night I had the opportunity to check out the newly opened Evil Eye on 25th and Mission! Usually, I only head over to the deeper part of Mission to partake in El Rio’s monthly Hard French tradition, however, I’ve been finding myself exploring these parts a lot more lately. From Emmi’s Spaghetti Shack to Cafe St. Jorge, there are so many delicious places to nosh.

Nestled a block away from the 24th Street BART, Evil Eye is  a casual and cool bar that specializes in killer craft cocktails, sexy interior decor and delicious food. Owners Matt and Piper Norris have lived in SF for over 15 years in many different neighborhoods but are quite fond of where Evil Eye sits. Their hopes for Evil Eye is to bring back some of that old-school flair to San Francisco. It surely shows.

Urban Daddy called it, “A Mission bar that looks like Mick Jagger’s living room.” How could you not be intrigued?

From the interior to the drinks to the food, everything is unique and feels (honestly) really special. Some of my favorites?

DRINKS

  • The Sweet Petunia Cocktail – vanilla-infused vodka, nectarine-ginger shrub, campari, lemon, orgeat
  • Gin Bramble – gin, lemon, amaro, blackberry

FOOD

  • Pimenton Fries – house cut with harissa ketchup and roasted garlic aioli
  • Pork Belly Toast – with rock shrimp and kimchi
  • Deviled Eggs – beet pickled deviled eggs

If you’re looking for a good time, head over to Evil Eye and say hello!

Cheers!

Laced Up

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Hat & Blouse: Therapy | Pants: Madewell via Crossroads Trading | Shoes: Old Navy

Hi Everyone!

Happy Tuesday! Even though we’re experiencing June Gloom here in San Francisco, I’m still dreamin’ of sunnier days where I can not wear a jacket.

A few weeks back I teamed up with the Therapy team to peruse their store and show off some of their most recent items. I know lace-up tops are “all the rage” but usually they are body suits and often times, not the most “office appropriate.” However, when I saw this blouse I was like, “Holllllla! Finally a top that doesn’t look like it’s for a Friday night.” From the print to the 3/4 sleeves, this top is the bees knees.

I paired it with my own denim and a Goorin Brothers hat and was ready to explore the Mission in style.

Cheers!