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Lady in Red

Feb 10, 2016

red valentines day coat
red valentines day coat
red valentines day coat
valentines day outfit
red valentines day coat
red valentines day coat
red valentines day coat
red valentines day coat
red valentines day coat
red valentines day coat
Keepsake Coat // Maggy London Dress // Christian Louboutin Heels (c/o The Real Real) // Thrifted Clutch

A little pop of red today on the blog to inspire your Valentine's Day outfits! When I was putting together this outfit I was trying to think of a fun way to combine red and pink for a Valentine's Day outfit, but to be honest I kinda hate that color combination, even for Valentine's Day, so I opted for a white dress with sparkly accents in the form of my shoes and clutch. We shot these photos in the courthouse in Santa Barbara, which has beautiful Spanish architecture.

I'm currently in New York and Omied is flying out to meet me in a couple days for some New York Fashion Week fun and a long Valentine's Day weekend in the big apple! Hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day, whether you're spending it with your sweetheart or other loved ones!

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Game Day Spread

Feb 8, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameDayParty #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older.


Even though I'm not a sports fanatic, I'll take any big game day as an excuse to get together with friends and share some amazing food. Since Omied and I and most of our friends are pretty big foodies, we like to make something yummy to share rather than picking up a cheese plate and calling it good.

Omied has recently gotten really into pickling and the next recipe he wanted to try was a jelly recipe. I'm of course 100% supportive of his endeavors because I get to try all the yummy, tangy treats he makes. When our friends had us over recently Omied made pepper jelly to go with our friend's homemade olive bread (that I'm completely obsessed with). The recipe is below—just be warned you may want to slather it on everything.

Our friends have a beautiful deck that has an amazing view of San Francisco, and it's always a good time when we get together with them and enjoy delicious food together, soak in the view, and watch the big game.

For this weekend's game day we also brought over Black Box Merlot wine to go with our yummy snacks. With four bottles of wine in a box and its inherent portability, Black Box wines are great to share with friends on game day. It also doesn't hurt that Black Box Wines have won over 50 Gold Medals for its quality, and yet their wines are available for 40% less than comparable bottled wines. I really enjoyed this Merlot and it paired nicely with a slice of olive loaf with a slab of brie cheese and a healthy smattering of pepper jelly on top. After watching the game at our friends' place we all shared the leftovers and went home with a little bit of everything—including some Black Box Wine, which will stay fresh for up to 6 weeks.


Pepper Jelly Recipe

Ingredients:
4 ½ cups finely chopped green bell pepper (about 4 large)
½ cup finely chopped jalapeño pepper (about 4 small)
1 ¼ cups cider vinegar
3 Tbsp Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
2 cups sugar
1 cup honey
6 (8 oz) jelly jars (with lids and bands)

Directions: 
Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside. 
Combine green bell peppers, jalapeño peppers and vinegar in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down over high heat, stirring constantly.
Add sugar and honey. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.
Ladle hot jelly into hot jars, leaving ¼ headspace. Wipe rim and center lid on jar. Screw band on until fingertip-tight.
Process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Check seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

A friendly note: It's always a good idea to wear rubber gloves while you're prepping peppers so you don't have to deal with burning hands—or worse, eyes when you forget and touch your eye!)

Santa Barbara

Feb 3, 2016

what to wear in Santa Barbara
what to wear in Santa Barbara
what to wear in Santa Barbara
what to wear in Santa Barbara
what to wear in Santa Barbara
what to wear in Santa Barbara
what to wear in Santa Barbara
Target Swimsuit (c/o) // Gap Shorts // Hipanema Bracelet (c/o) // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Banana Republic Earrings

Last weekend Omied and I went down to Santa Barbara for a little weekend getaway. While it was raining and chilly in San Francisco, we enjoyed some 75 degree weather—until it started pouring on Sunday and we were sitting in a restaurant having brunch and everyone's phone's started going off with those crazy emergency alerts on their iPhones about potential flash floods. We didn't mind, since the downpour was over pretty quick and we were on our way out of town.  

I loooove the print of this swimsuit! It's definitely coming in my suitcase with me to Rio next month (pending Zika virus scares). Every season I can't help but pick up a couple new swimsuits from Target, since their prints, designs, and prices are on-point. I like swimsuits that have side ties on the bottom so I can adjust them to fit my hourglass shape and hips perfectly. Getting rid of muffin top by loosening your swimsuit bottom strings works wonders for your own body image. ;)


January, Instagrammed

Feb 1, 2016

And just like that, the first month of 2016 is over. January was filled with good food, busy projects and a quick trip to Santa Barbara. Captions read clockwise, starting in the upper left. Follow along on Instagram, @wtfab.

Pretty views from Potrero Hill.
New Years brunch at El Techo.
Delicious oysters at State Bird Provisions.
Coffee break at Handlebar Coffee in Santa Barbara.
Shooting with Mode Media.
Hey girl hey.

Trying bareMinerals' new Skinsorials line.
Hot date for a wedding.
Wedding attire.
Sushi night.
Booked our tickets to Rio! But keeping an eye on how the CDC is reporting on Zika. :/
Super cute cupcakes for our Security & Privacy event.
Wrapping up a conference at the Hyatt Embarcadero aka The Death Star.
Fueling up before heading down to Santa Barbara.
Beautiful sunset our first evening in SB.
Enjoying the 75 degree weather. Swimsuit from Target.
Evening dip.
Santa Barbara Winery.
Lobster benedict for brunch.
Beautiful views during a seaside dinner.
Lobster roll time.

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