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Lotus woman

Apr 30, 2014

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Top ~ c/o Vividly
Pants ~ c/o Lotus Denim
Bracelet ~ Forever 21
Necklace ~ Beijing Pearl Market
Shoes ~ c/o DSW
Sunglasses ~ c/o Sunglass Warehouse

Something about a great pair of high-waisted pants and heels makes you feel like such a vixen. Lotus  Denim is local to San Francisco, and I've had the pleasure of meeting the founder at several events. Their mission is to provide the perfect fit for all women, which is no small task. If you're looking at dimensions and you're between sizes (like me) I'd recommend going with the smaller size, because their jeans have a nice stretch to them and are designed to hug your curves in all the right places. You can get yourself a pair of their effortlessly sexy jeans and support their kickstarter. I'm a huge fan of their high-waisted jeans, but they also have a low-rise slim fit option as well.

On an unrelated note, I'm riding in the American Diabetes Association's Napa Valley Tour de Cure this weekend! If you'd like to make a donation and sponsor me, you can do so here. My goal is $500 and I'm a little over half way there, so I would really appreciate your help!

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The Proposal

Apr 24, 2014

As I mentioned in this week's outfit post, Omied proposed a couple weekends ago while we were in Napa celebrating our nine year anniversary! While I promise I won't be turning WTFab into a wedding blog, I thought it'd be fun to share posts along the way while we're planning, DIYing decor, and doing whatever else it is that bride-to-be's do...starting with sharing our proposal story.

I thought we were heading to Santa Rosa (basically the poor man's version of Napa--still cute and fun, but not nearly as bougie) to celebrate our anniversary weekend. Omied had even had the Hyatt in Santa Rosa send me a fake email confirmation, and he had made sure to mention several times during the weeks leading up to our weekend that he wanted to be sure to stop by Russian River, his favorite brewery. I don't drink beer so I wasn't ecstatic about spending an afternoon at a brewery when there was good wine to be drunk, but who am I to deprive the love of my life his favorite brews?

Omied offered to drive and after an hour of being in the car, I realized by way of Google Maps that we were still an hour away from Santa Rosa (which is curious, because Santa Rosa is only an hour away from San Francisco). When I asked him how that was possible, he declared happily that it was because we weren't going to Santa Rosa, we were going to Napa! Woohoo! Anniversary celebration weekend, commence.
He had booked us a fancy-pants room at the Hyatt Andaz in downtown Napa. We checked in and then went out for a delicious dinner at Redd Wood. Omied then told me we needed to go to bed early, because we had an adventure starting at 5am in the morning. If you know me at all, you know that I am not a morning person, and don't typically believe in 5am anything. But I figured if Omied was making me get up at that ungodly hour, it had to be for something good, even if he refused to tell me what it was.
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That morning I found out that Omied had booked us a hot air balloon ride over Napa! How romantic. Too bad it was so foggy that shortly after we arrived, the company announced they wouldn't be able to fly that day. Boo. :( We got back in the car and headed towards the hotel, but Omied decided to take a detour. We ended up driving through a couple of wineries, and pulling over to take a stroll through them. At this point it was around 7am, and there was no one around as far as the eye could see. After a few minutes of walking through these beautiful vineyards, Omied got down on one knee and proposed. I said yes. :)
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 We headed back to the hotel to relax and let the morning's events sink in. We went downstairs to the hotel's restaurant for breakfast, and after we were seated Omied told me to look behind me. I turned and saw that both of our families were there! I was absolutely shocked, and it was such a happy moment. Omied had coordinated with them months in advance to make sure that weekend worked for everyone, and that they could all be there with us to celebrate after he asked me to marry him. It was so incredibly special to have them all there, and it made the proposal that much more amazing. Later I found out that my family had been staying at the same hotel, just four doors down! Omied had been texting my sister all weekend to let her know when we were arriving at the hotel, leaving for dinner, etc., so that they would know when they needed to be in their hotel room. We joked later about how funny (but kinda not so funny) it would have been if we ran into each other in the hallway before he had proposed.

We had breakfast with our families and took a bunch of pictures together. Then our families went off and did their own thing, and we went back to the room to relax a little bit. Poor Omied was a bit sleep deprived at that point—he was so nervous the night before and we got up so early that he only got a couple hours of sleep.
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That evening we wandered around downtown Napa, stopping at a few spots for wine tasting, and then eventually made our way to Morimoto (yes, as in Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurant), where we had dinner reservations. We had his eight course tasting menu, and it was one of the best meals of my life. Another sweet touch: the older couple sitting next to us overheard me talking about Omied's wonderful proposal, and they ordered us a couple glasses of champagne.
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The next morning we had a luxurious breakfast in bed and then headed out for more wine tasting. We picked one of the wineries right next to where Omied proposed, called Signorello. We ended up spending most of the day there, enjoying their gorgeous views and their food and wine pairings. 
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It was the perfect end to an incredible weekend. I love all the thought, planning and effort that Omied put into his proposal, and I can't believe how lucky I am to be marrying him! :)

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Uptown Girl

Apr 22, 2014

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 Dress ~ c/o Target
Earrings ~ Urban Outfitters
Rings ~ c/o Duepunti (old)
Shoes ~ c/o Target

You might have noticed that I'm rocking some new bling on my left ring finger! We recently spent the weekend in Napa celebrating our anniversary, where Omied popped the question. Proposal story soon to come, but let's just say it was an absolutely beautiful weekend. :) We shot these photos during a stroll in downtown before an amazing dinner at Morimoto, and I'm already day dreaming about going back and reliving their 8 course tasting menu.

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The rebel

Apr 18, 2014

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Jacket/Top/Skirt ~ Andrew Marc

I love a good leather outfit! Representing "the rebel in all of us," these high end leather pieces from Andrew Marc are feminine and classy with a touch of edge—just the way I like it. Add some silver accessories, statement earrings, and booties to the look, and finish it off with some silver eyeliner, and you've got a look fit for the classiest of bad asses.

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Over the river and through the woods

Apr 15, 2014

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 Coat ~ Miss Sixty (similar here)
Tights ~ ASOS
Boots ~ Steve Madden (similar here)

Another outfit post from my Boston trip! I wore this adorable pink tweed dress from Banana to my best friend's bridal shower. Her fiance's aunt hosted the shower at her house in Boxford, Massachusetts. It was absolutely beautiful out there—so picturesque and serene. There was still a bit of unmelted snow on the ground, but with a high of 40 degrees it was finally feeling like spring for all the east-coasters, so we lunched outside in the sun and the crisp air. I'll admit, California weather has made me a total pansy when it comes to the cold, but it was a beautiful day and a wonderful way to celebrate the bride-to-be.

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Fully caffeinated + Keurig Giveaway!

Apr 10, 2014

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Happy Thursday, lovelies! You know what's going to help me power through the rest of the week? Coffee.  

Clearly we take our coffee-making seriously around here, because we now have four different coffee brewing methods (regular coffee pot, french press, espresso machine, and Keurig!). Just like with my shoes, I like having options. ;) The Keurig has been my go-to for morning weekdays. You literally just pop a K-cup in and press a button. No need to grind beans, use a filter, or boil water. And considering I have worked out my morning routine down to the minute (7:53am = I can make my usual Google bus. 7:54 = I'm gonna have to wait for the next one), every simplified step counts!

After using my Keurig every day for a week, I'm wondering why I hadn't gotten one sooner. And it'd not only be a treat for yourself, but a great housewarming or wedding gift as well. We have seven weddings we're going to this year, so friends, look away and pretend you didn't see this post, and act surprised when you open your gift. ;)

And now the part you've all been waiting for! One lucky WTFab reader will win a free Keurig ($150 value) by entering this giveaway below! The more options you participate in, the higher your chances of winning. And don't forget to come back and tweet once a day! Giveaway ends 4/17.
P.S. Who says you can only have pumpkin spice lattes in the fall? This recipe is delicious all year round.

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Disclosure: Thanks to Keurig for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.