Divisadero Art Walk

There are a couple of art walks here in the city and I know the first Friday of every month they have on in Oakland but until last week I had never been to one. I’m usually lazy when it comes to art and I always miss the Divisadero one (even though I can literally walk there) but this time I made an effort to stop in – and by effort I mean my friends were showing art so I had more of a reason.

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The concept itself is actually really cool. For about a 5 or 6 block stint on Divis there are open shops with people’s art displayed. My friends had their art showing in a gallery but there were first floors of apartments that were open and some first floor shops that were displaying works as well.

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It was a really cool community thing to do in such a little-big city and in such a cool neighborhood. It’s a great spot to meet people and to see some really amazing art (aka. my friend’s art – shameless plug, I think yes). You can check them both out here and here.

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For a little night cap we visited the La Urbana garage bar (sounds weird, but it’s cool) and had a couple tacos and brews to celebrate our artist friends. It was a great place to celebrate whenever they both got a text to tell them something had sold!

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Friday’s Favs

I’ve been slacking on the favs for the past few weeks. Not because I forgot about you guys, that would just be crazy – but because my brain wasn’t happy enough to think of things that were great from my week. It’s been a rough couple of weeks over here with struggling with work and the job search but hopefully things are starting to look up. I mean, they must be because I have some great favorites to share, along with a quote that stuck with me. Happy Friday friends, hope you all have a lovely weekend!

“This is the real secret of life: to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it as play” — Alan Watts


{so ready for the weekend}


{this makes so much sense}


{early Halloween idea}


{love this pattern from Zara}


{I could literally eat these everyday}


{rainbow paper}

Portable Lenses

Lenses of all types cost a pretty penny. From contact lenses, to glasses lenses to camera lenses, they are all specially made glass or plastic and they don’t come cheap. I love my DSLR and the quality pictures it produces, but you can’t bring it everywhere (or at least I don’t have big enough bags to bring it everywhere, maybe I should fix that…). One thing you can bring everywhere is your phone (because you already do that), and your handy little detachable lenses with it.

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I got these lenses a couple of weeks ago and honestly I have only used one of them since then. But I am working on taking them out more (I got a cute little bag to put them in, so hopefully that is reason enough).

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And what’s great about them is that they are magnetic so all you have to do is click them on and then when you’re done they pop right off again. If you’ve looked into getting some of these I would definitely recommend it, I got a three pack but I will go into how each looks and you can pick your favorite if you only want to get one.

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First up the Fisheye Lense. This lense has a larger curvature to it to give the image that curved, looking-into-a-fishbowl effect.

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{normal vs. fisheye}

The second is the Telephoto lens which brings you up close without you having to move. I stood in the same spot here and it magnified the viewing area for me automatically.

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{normal vs. telephoto}

The third lense doubles as two lenses in one. You can use it as a wide angle lense or in really close up macro pictures. The Wide Angle Lense opens the frame a little bit more to take in more of the object.

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{normal vs. wide}

Macro Lenses help you magnify an object that you are already close to. The first image here is just a regular iPhone close up and the second is the macro image. Not too big of a difference but the colors are brighter, the picture is a little clearer and you can see the veins in the flowers.

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{normal vs. macro}

I think all of these are great options to a big clunky camera and can add a fun twist to some of your photos. What are your favorite lens tricks, do any of you guys have these magnetic lenses for your phones?

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Crème de la Crème


I always ask for a dessert menu. No matter how stuffed or full or chewed out I am, there is always room for dessert. And when that menu comes around, subconsciously I always want crème brûlée to be on it. If it’s on there, I’ll get it. If not, the closest runner up is a brownie sundae (I’m addicted to sweet things, as you well know). If both of those are missing, I will make a pouty face and slowly push back the menu. So when we got invited to a dinner party last week, the first thing that popped into my head to make was the dessert I am always looking for on the menu (and in true LHC fashion I made them in mini tart tins).


This famously delicious dessert has only four ingredients; cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla. And how just those four things can come together to make something so tasty I will never understand, but it’s good every time and it isn’t too hard to make.

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I followed this recipe and added a couple of modifications of my own. The first being I halved the recipe because of my little tins, I only had twelve, and it worked beautifully.

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I also couldn’t find vanilla sugar (and didn’t have time to make it) so I used regular sugar in the crème and on top.

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And I don’t know about you but I don’t keep a blowtorch on hand (I kind of wish I did), so I threw the tins under the broiler for a minute to get that signature sugar crust. My last tidbit, is that I would urge you to use a real vanilla bean, even though they are a little bit pricey. The bean flavor is just so much better, and you get the pretty black specks in the crème.

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And there you have your deliciously creamy, custardy dessert that tastes just as good as any restaurant dessert menu.


Falling into Autumn

This color is the essence of Fall to me. Having grown up on the east coast, autumn has always been my favorite season and even though the colors don’t change as dramatically here as they do back east, I still look forward to Fall. I think my love also stems from school starting up again and from the holiday season being just around the corner.


In my anticipation (I know I don’t look excited, but I promise that duck face displays excitement), I bought this blazer and these booties and now I’ve tumbled down the rabbit hole and pulled out all of my tall boots and scarves. Funny thing is that it’s the warmest time of the year right now in SF so I’m just going to have to wait a little while longer. What are you favorite fall pieces that you can’t wait to pull out?

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Blazer & Necklace: Ambiance // Top: H&M // Jeans: Gap // Booties: Sole Society

Love n’ Haight

Fashion Week has consumed my free time more this year than ever before. I guess I really do like fashion and reading about the newest updates, good thing I have a fashion blog – phew, passed the test on that one. The prints and outfits from NYFW are endless and I love the unique outfits on the attendees, they are as much a part of the shows as the models.

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One of my favorite shows was Kate Spade, she always has interesting prints and silhouettes, and it looks like she came to the Haight for some inspiration. Kate Spade and Haight Street couldn’t be more opposite, but here they could be distant cousins. This bold Kate Spade print is fun and bright for spring and little ol’ Haight wanted to participate in fashion week too by painting the meter maid vehicles in a matching print. This street’s colorful murals and characters would make an interesting runway show…

Presidio Social Club

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If I could live off of mac and cheese and dumplings I would be one happy camper. Seeing as those two foods contain no nutritional value I limit myself to just having them every once in a while. And I get extra excited when, every once in a while, a really tasty version appears. Nate and I went to the Presidio Social Club this weekend and not only was the burger amazing (pickled onions, an egg and avocado – yes please) but the mac and cheese was killer.

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We started with some fancy cocktails, Nate with the Manhattan and I with a little Bee’s Knees. Once we were good and liquored up we opted for the deviled eggs as a starter.

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Having heard great things about the burger we both ordered one (egg, cheese, heirloom tomatoes and avocado included) and also shared the mac and cheese (overkill, I think not). The burgers were really great. Thick patties, cooked perfectly with a nice soft bun and really great accoutrements. They came with crispy fries and a rich aioli that went great with everything.

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The star of the show was definitely the mac. It was creamy and peppery and had so much cheese flavor that everything just melted together in each gooey, salty bite. Perfection in your mouth and if we hadn’t eaten eggs and burgers and fries already, we both could have finished a bowl of the mac.

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We stopped halfway through though, (taking it home for a late night snack) and decided to go for it with the salted caramel ice cream sandwich. This salty sweet ice cream (real salt inside adding that little crunch) sat between two chocolate cookies and homemade marshmallows. So sweet and chocolatey, it was the perfect complement to the meal.

Friday’s Favs

This week has lasted forever, why is it that short weeks feel like they are six days long instead of four? Is it a trick of the brain or just that we’ve had one less day to get things done that makes the other days drag out? Long weekends are a double edged sword I’d say. But enough with the dramatics, happy Friday friends! There is nothing on the agenda this weekend and I could not be more excited to sit around and do nothing while catching up on some household chores (laundry, grocery shopping, planning for fall ← wait what?). What do you guys have planned for this lovely first weekend in September?

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{a picture paints a thousand words}

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{calligraphy class doodles}

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{I’m seriously addicted to macarons, I think I need help}

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{World Cup flag wall in Hayes Valley}

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{braided hair crown done successfully twice now!}

Fall Fashion

With NYFW in full swing, the fall trends are descending upon us from the fashion gods. Shows displaying the fashions for Spring 2015 all attract the fashion icons wearing their favorite fall finds. I gathered some of my favorites for this fall season, what are some of yours?


Both Nina Garcia and Eva Chen are cruising along with their retro inspired looks. The 60’s are making a comeback for fall and you might want to pull out your mom’s old knee high boots and mod patterned dresses.


I love the structured handbag for fall. Crossbody bags have saved me, as I really dislike carrying things (I’m going to be a terrible mom), but the look of some of these structured bags has me reconsidering.


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One trend that has gained momentum in the past couple of years is that athletic look. Not only are leggings a wardrobe staple, athletic brands like Gap’s Athleta are now having runway shows and brands are mixing sneakers with their runway looks.


As a lover of all things white (it’s basically my favorite color) I am jumping on this fall trend of the white coat. I love the crisp clean feel they give off and how it can make you look chic even when you’re freezing.





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Booties aren’t a new trend but they are coming out in full force for fall. You have the mod version, that is easy for everyday wear with jeans and you have the curved bootie that fits nicely with the cuffed jean or a cute dress and tights.

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Fall season also means new colors to look out for, and I know it’s silly but I always read the Pantone Fashion Color Report – just to, you know, see what’s new…

Textured Pattern

Mixing patterns has been a big challenge for me. When I was little I was that kid that never let any of her food touch, and really hated when a patterned pillow sat on our different patterned couch. Now I see the beauty in how the colors and textures of different patterns work together (remember my pillow problem). My first forray into pattern mixing was with pillows and then striped shirts with scarves and now I am trying to branch out into full outfits and it’s proving to be a struggle. This is about as pattern-mixy as I get at the moment (an all white textured sweater with tile patterned pants). What are you favorite pattern mixing techniques?

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Top: Forever21 // Bottoms: Zara // Tank & Jewelry: J.Crew // Shoes & Clutch: Ambiance