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Feb 29, 2016

Vintage Fur Coat from my Grandmother // BCBG Sweater // Uniqlo Leggings // Steve Madden Boots // DVF Bag // Slate Necklace (c/o) Rocksbox

New York's weather was kind of a moody betch when we were visiting. After the frigid weekend with a low of zero, it "warmed up" to the 30s when it started snowing. And then the next day it was pouring rain and in the 50s, which felt like freaking summer after the arctic tundra we had just survived. I'm actually really glad we got to experience snow in New York—it was so pretty and magical!

This coat is another vintage one from my grandmother that I brought with me to NYC (see the other one here).  We shot these photos while walking around SoHo, which has so much fun wall art! This might be my favorite photo we took all weekend

Zig Zag

Feb 25, 2016

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Vintage Fur Coat from my Grandmother // Obey Clothing Sweater (c/o) // Paige Denim Jeans (c/o Zappos) // Chanel Bag // DSW Boots // Perry Street Earrings (c/o Rocksbox)

If I was a New Yorker, I would totally be a fur person. I never thought I would wear this long, vintage fur coat from my grandmother (who recently turned 100!), but in New York when it was a high of 17 degrees and a low of 0 (and my weather app told me, "Feels like -14*" due to the wind chill), I wanted to wear this coat every single day. It kept me so warm (well, relatively warm; my face still almost froze off), and to be honest I felt freaking fabulous in it. 

In one of the pockets, I found something that made me smile: A newspaper clipping from the 40's that my grandmother had saved and stashed in an envelope. The article was about how fur coats are such an investment piece, and can be passed down from you to your kids and your grandkids. The article went on to say how furs never go out of style, and how you can alter them for changing times. For example, a long coat could be trimmed down to be made shorter, and you could make a stole out of the remaining piece. Even though the brutal cold and wind made it a little hard to function during my New York trip, I'm glad it gave me a reason to bring my grandmother's coat out to play.


Feb 22, 2016

Zara Jacket // Uniqlo Pants // Barbara Bui Bag // Forever 21 Hat and Scarf // Techie Gloves // Burnetie Shoes (c/o)

I think I've finally thawed out from the frigid cold that was New York a couple weekends ago. I was there for a little over a week for a work event, and stayed for my first New York Fashion Week (I'll do a post on the shows later!), and Omied met me out there for the long Valentine's Day weekend. 

I'm pretty sure that everyone in New York who was saying, "Ohh we've had such a warm winter! It's so unusual but lovely!" was just lying to me. I was pretty bundled up in this outfit and yet still felt like I was standing outside in my birthday suit. And this outfit was shot before it really dropped to low temperatures. On Omied's first day in NYC (ever!) we went over to Brooklyn and explored a bit before walking over the Brooklyn Bridge. It was freezing, but we held each other close to keep warm and when we got to the Manhattan side of the bridge and ducked into a random pizza place to warm up and share a hot slice of thin crust pepperoni, it was the best feeling ever.

What’s in my New York Fashion Week Bag

Feb 17, 2016

I’m currently en route from JFK to SFO after spending a jam-packed week in New York that included work events at the Google office, New York Fashion Week events and shows, and a Valentine’s Day weekend with Omied. Despite the frigid temperatures, it was an amazing trip. 

This was my first time attending New York Fashion Week and I did a lot of research before hand as far as tips on traveling to and from shows, where to eat, and what to pack in my purse for a day of show-hopping. I think for a first timer I did a pretty good job of stocking the essentials. Here’s what I had in my bag…

Barbara Bui Handbag – This bag was perfect for fashion week. First of all, it’s gorgeous. And it was the perfect size for fitting lots of essentials (without resorting to a tote bag that holds everything and the kitchen sink).

Simons Buckle Tech Gloves – Gloves were an absolute must given the below-freezing temperatures during this fashion week, and these gloves work with touch screens. Perfect for ‘gramming and snapchatting without getting frost bite!

Mophie Phone Charger – I have a ton of jolt phone chargers that you plug your phone into on the go to juice up (so funny because a few years ago they were kinda expensive, and now they’re given out as freebie swag items all the time!), but ever since I got this Mophie charger for our honeymoon, it’s the one I always reach for. I like that the charger is a case, so you can just swap out cases when your phone needs a charge, and continue using your phone as normal without holding an awkward USB charger. I can usually get one to two charges from my Mophie. And the gold color is cute. :)

Balenciaga Sunglasses – Street style photographers position themselves outside of the shows to snap photos of stylish people entering and exiting. I quickly learned that unless my husband is behind the camera, I am super awkward at having my photo taken! I guess I just wasn’t expecting the street style photogs to snap photos without asking first. But a few times I stepped outside and it was snap, snap, snap! I was like uhh I’m looking down at my phone and probably have a double chin right now, can we have a re-do? But at least I was wearing these stylish sunglasses. No blinking shots!

Tieks Flats – These probably would get way more use during the Spring/Summer shows when it’s not snowing/blizzarding/sleeting/whateverthehellthatwas out. But sometimes when you’re heading to the next show, a subway ride is much quicker than calling an uber that keeps squaring the block to try to get to you, and then proceeds to get stuck in horrendous traffic. I love that Tieks are stylish and fold up nicely to fit in your bag.

Hand Sanitizer – I’m a total germaphobe, and the last thing I want with such a packed-in schedule is to come down with a cold. 

Altoid Smalls – For when you’re chugging coffee and munching on random snacks at the show lounges. All while networking.

Blotting Paper – Perfect for late afternoon touchups to get rid of extra shine. Especially important with all of the street style photogs waiting outside!

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Lady in Red

Feb 10, 2016

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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

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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

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)

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!)