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prada. opera.Top: American ApparelSkirt: PradaEarrings: Forever 21Found this vintage Prada skirt and paired it with a lace bodysuit and chunky black earrings. Perfect for a night at the San Francisco Opera!
Jul 6, 2014

prada. opera.
Top: American Apparel
Skirt: Prada
Earrings: Forever 21
Found this vintage Prada skirt and paired it with a lace bodysuit and chunky black earrings. Perfect for a night at the San Francisco Opera!

perfect. mascara. 
Finding a perfect mascara is almost harder than finding the perfect man. I’ve tried them all (men included) and finally found the mascara that meets all my needs…still working on finding that perfect man! Voluminous False Fiber Lashes by L’Oreal lengthens, thickens and lasts. My biggest complaint with other brands was the black smudge they left on my eyelid, but that’s no issue here. Pick one up at your local drugstore or order online for only $7.99.
Grab one online here at Target. 
Dec 10, 2013

perfect. mascara. 

Finding a perfect mascara is almost harder than finding the perfect man. I’ve tried them all (men included) and finally found the mascara that meets all my needs…still working on finding that perfect man! Voluminous False Fiber Lashes by L’Oreal lengthens, thickens and lasts. My biggest complaint with other brands was the black smudge they left on my eyelid, but that’s no issue here. Pick one up at your local drugstore or order online for only $7.99.

Grab one online here at Target. 

spicy. oakland.
Be a little adventurous and head to Oakland for some spice. Here at Make Westing you will find passionate and cheerful bartenders along with high quality cocktails and delicious nibbles. Don’t miss the Habanero Cilantro-Infused Popcorn and The Conquistador cocktail. Once you get a little buzz on, maybe you will have extra energy to play a round of bocce in their indoor court! 
http://makewesting.com
May 13, 2013

spicy. oakland.

Be a little adventurous and head to Oakland for some spice. Here at Make Westing you will find passionate and cheerful bartenders along with high quality cocktails and delicious nibbles. Don’t miss the Habanero Cilantro-Infused Popcorn and The Conquistador cocktail. Once you get a little buzz on, maybe you will have extra energy to play a round of bocce in their indoor court!

http://makewesting.com

healdsburg. weekend.
Want a quick getaway? Pack up your bags and a few friends and drive to Healdsburg, CA (just 1.5 hrs from San Francisco!) and follow these exact instructions:
Preparation:
Reserve a room at the Healdsburg Inn (healdsburginn.com) 
Rent bikes from Wine Country Bikes (winecountrybikes.com)
Schedule a late afternoon spa treatment at Akoia Day Spa (akoiadayspa.com)
Book dinner reservations at Barndiva (barndiva.com)
1, 2, 3 GO!
Bike up and down West Dry Creek Road and stop at all the wineries along the way for a little (or big) taste
Grab a sandwich on your way back to town at the Dry Creek General Store (http://bit.ly/Y6X86E)
Enjoy your afternoon spa treatment at Akoia Day Spa
Reward yourself with a cocktail at Spoonbar (spoonbar.com)
Eat dinner at Barndiva to wind down
Wake up in the morning for a charming breakfast at Costeaux French Bakery (costeaux.com) and take home a loaf of award-winning bread
Must Haves:Akoia Signature Facial at Akoia SpaJalapeño Business cocktail at SpoonbarProsciutto di Parma sandwich from the Dry Creek General StoreMarin Brie and Lift cocktail from BarndivaMultigrain Batard loaf from Costeaux French Bakery
Apr 25, 2013

healdsburg. weekend.

Want a quick getaway? Pack up your bags and a few friends and drive to Healdsburg, CA (just 1.5 hrs from San Francisco!) and follow these exact instructions:

Preparation:

  • Reserve a room at the Healdsburg Inn (healdsburginn.com)
  • Rent bikes from Wine Country Bikes (winecountrybikes.com)
  • Schedule a late afternoon spa treatment at Akoia Day Spa (akoiadayspa.com)
  • Book dinner reservations at Barndiva (barndiva.com)

1, 2, 3 GO!

  1. Bike up and down West Dry Creek Road and stop at all the wineries along the way for a little (or big) taste
  2. Grab a sandwich on your way back to town at the Dry Creek General Store (http://bit.ly/Y6X86E)
  3. Enjoy your afternoon spa treatment at Akoia Day Spa
  4. Reward yourself with a cocktail at Spoonbar (spoonbar.com)
  5. Eat dinner at Barndiva to wind down
  6. Wake up in the morning for a charming breakfast at Costeaux French Bakery (costeaux.com) and take home a loaf of award-winning bread

Must Haves:
Akoia Signature Facial at Akoia Spa
Jalapeño Business cocktail at Spoonbar
Prosciutto di Parma sandwich from the Dry Creek General Store
Marin Brie and Lift cocktail from Barndiva
Multigrain Batard loaf from Costeaux French Bakery

goji. berries.
 So what’s the deal with this little red fruit?  Why was Dr. Oz raving about them and why should you incorporate goji berries into your diet?  They may look like your average dried berry, a glorified raisin perhaps, but these little guys can make a big impact on your health. 
Here’s 5 reasons why: 
1) They have more beta-carotene than carrots
2) Contain 21 trace minerals, 18 amino acids, and are 13% protein.
3) Per ounce they have 500 times more vitamin than in an orange 
4) Help treat liver and kidney problems
5) Have a positive effect on serotonin.  (Now what could make you happier than that?!?)
(For more health facts check out: http://www.societywellness.com/get-the-goji-glow-10-healthy-reasons-to-eat-goji-berries/.)
So now that you are convinced, here are some ways to eat them:
For breakfast: Toss it in your morning yogurt or smoothie. (You can also buy the juice and have it that way, which helps really boost the health benefits.)
For lunch: They are great with salad!
For diner: Mix or blend them into a soup (this is the traditional Chinese way of eating them).
For dessert: Put them in cookies or ice cream.
Apr 24, 2013 / 3 notes

goji. berries.

 So what’s the deal with this little red fruit?  Why was Dr. Oz raving about them and why should you incorporate goji berries into your diet?  They may look like your average dried berry, a glorified raisin perhaps, but these little guys can make a big impact on your health. 

Here’s 5 reasons why: 

1) They have more beta-carotene than carrots

2) Contain 21 trace minerals, 18 amino acids, and are 13% protein.

3) Per ounce they have 500 times more vitamin than in an orange

4) Help treat liver and kidney problems

5) Have a positive effect on serotonin.  (Now what could make you happier than that?!?)

(For more health facts check out: http://www.societywellness.com/get-the-goji-glow-10-healthy-reasons-to-eat-goji-berries/.)

So now that you are convinced, here are some ways to eat them:

For breakfast: Toss it in your morning yogurt or smoothie. (You can also buy the juice and have it that way, which helps really boost the health benefits.)

For lunch: They are great with salad!

For diner: Mix or blend them into a soup (this is the traditional Chinese way of eating them).

For dessert: Put them in cookies or ice cream.

statement. necklaces.
Do you need some affordable statement jewelry to spice up your life and your wardrobe? Obviously. I never want to spend a lot on costume jewelry but I also don’t want costume jewelry that looks cheap. The solution? Etsy.com. Checkout these 4 statement pieces I found and absolutely adore!
top left: http://etsy.me/11Bu5oUtop right: http:http://etsy.me/11ioO4Vbottom left: http://etsy.me/15GWbEqbottom right: http://etsy.me/ZL0aZn
Apr 23, 2013 / 2 notes

statement. necklaces.

Do you need some affordable statement jewelry to spice up your life and your wardrobe? Obviously. I never want to spend a lot on costume jewelry but I also don’t want costume jewelry that looks cheap. The solution? Etsy.com. Checkout these 4 statement pieces I found and absolutely adore!

top left: http://etsy.me/11Bu5oU
top right: http:http://etsy.me/11ioO4V
bottom left: http://etsy.me/15GWbEq
bottom right: http://etsy.me/ZL0aZn

chia. seeds. Chia seeds are the ancient Mayans’ secret super food. In the Mayan language “chia” means strength, and although these seeds are tiny, they are mighty strong in health benefits. Here are five reasons that eating chia seeds is great for your health:1) Fiber. Chia seeds curb your appetite because they absorb 12 times their own weight. They provide about 42% of the necessary daily fiber intake, with 11 grams per ounce. This makes chia seeds excellent for digestion and weight loss. 2) Calcium. The seeds deliver 18% of your necessary daily intake per ounce. This is triple the amount that skim milk delivers (and chia seeds taste better too). Calcium is important for your bones, and as ladies we all know that no one wants to end up with osteoporosis. 3) Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Believe it or not but these little guys have more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! Eating this type of fat helps build new cells, and is great for your skin, hair, and nails. Besides, we don’t produce these fatty acids within our bodies so we have to eat them. 4) Antioxidants. If you eat 20 grams, which is less than 2 tablespoons, you get more antioxidants than in the same amount of blueberries.5) Protein. They are 20% protein, which is a quite a lot for a seed.How to eat them: You can add chia seeds to salads, yogurt, soup, puddings, smoothies, muffins, or (my fav) mix it into coconut water.(For more details about why chia seeds are excellent for your health check out: http://droz.me/ZnopQk, and photo credit to: http://bit.ly/MQM3kL.)
Apr 16, 2013 / 7 notes

chia. seeds. 

Chia seeds are the ancient Mayans’ secret super food. In the Mayan language “chia” means strength, and although these seeds are tiny, they are mighty strong in health benefits. Here are five reasons that eating chia seeds is great for your health:

1) Fiber. Chia seeds curb your appetite because they absorb 12 times their own weight. They provide about 42% of the necessary daily fiber intake, with 11 grams per ounce. This makes chia seeds excellent for digestion and weight loss. 
2) Calcium. The seeds deliver 18% of your necessary daily intake per ounce. This is triple the amount that skim milk delivers (and chia seeds taste better too). Calcium is important for your bones, and as ladies we all know that no one wants to end up with osteoporosis. 
3) Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Believe it or not but these little guys have more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! Eating this type of fat helps build new cells, and is great for your skin, hair, and nails. Besides, we don’t produce these fatty acids within our bodies so we have to eat them. 
4) Antioxidants. If you eat 20 grams, which is less than 2 tablespoons, you get more antioxidants than in the same amount of blueberries.
5) Protein. They are 20% protein, which is a quite a lot for a seed.

How to eat them: You can add chia seeds to salads, yogurt, soup, puddings, smoothies, muffins, or (my fav) mix it into coconut water.

(For more details about why chia seeds are excellent for your health check out: http://droz.me/ZnopQk, and photo credit to: http://bit.ly/MQM3kL.)

maxi. must.
I always fall hard for maxi dresses but this James Perse one is really something special. It comes in a variety of colors in stores that are not offered online - my favorite is the dark gray with white trim - and fits like a glove. It’s a little on the pricey side, but you are paying for the fabric quality and fit. I love throwing a sheer sweater over it with some statement jewelry pieces to give it a little flare.
Apr 11, 2013

maxi. must.

I always fall hard for maxi dresses but this James Perse one is really something special. It comes in a variety of colors in stores that are not offered online - my favorite is the dark gray with white trim - and fits like a glove. It’s a little on the pricey side, but you are paying for the fabric quality and fit. I love throwing a sheer sweater over it with some statement jewelry pieces to give it a little flare.

eat more. kale. Kale is on the menu everywhere I go. Why has this tasty green become so popular out of nowhere? (Not that I mind.) But, what happened? I started to believe that maybe there was an overgrowth of kale back on the farms so they had to convince all the restaurants to buy it at the same time to get rid of it. (I swear I’m not a conspiracy theorist.)Well, as you may have already guessed the above is not the case. The reality is that kale is just super good for you, and hip SF restaurants catch on quick. Here are the top 10 reasons you should eat more kale:1. High fiber content makes it great for digestion.2. Kale’s loaded with iron (has more than beef), which helps with liver function, oxygen circulation, and cell growth. 3. It’s high in Vitamin K, which prevents against cancer, blood clotting, and Alzheimer’s disease. It also aids bone health.4. High antioxidant content. (We all know we want more antioxidants!)5. Kale’s an anti-inflammatory food. The Omega 3 fatty acids that it contains fight against asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders.6. It lowers cholesterol levels.7. Kale’s high in vitamin A, which is great for your vision, lungs, and skin. 8. It’s filled with Vitamin C, which is good for your metabolism, hydration levels, and immune system. 9. Kale has more calcium than milk. Say goodbye to a bloated stomach and hello to bone health.10. It’s a detox food. The fiber and sulfur make it your body’s best friend after an alcoholic-drink-filled weekend.(For more about kale’s health benefits check out:http://bit.ly/H9AvoR.)It used to be an apple a day to keep the doctor away, I’m thinking we need to change that to a kale salad a day…(To see this post and more check out:http://thesocialight.com/.)
Apr 10, 2013 / 12 notes

eat more. kale. 

Kale is on the menu everywhere I go. Why has this tasty green become so popular out of nowhere? (Not that I mind.) But, what happened? I started to believe that maybe there was an overgrowth of kale back on the farms so they had to convince all the restaurants to buy it at the same time to get rid of it. (I swear I’m not a conspiracy theorist.)

Well, as you may have already guessed the above is not the case. The reality is that kale is just super good for you, and hip SF restaurants catch on quick. Here are the top 10 reasons you should eat more kale:

1. High fiber content makes it great for digestion.
2. Kale’s loaded with iron (has more than beef), which helps with liver function, oxygen circulation, and cell growth. 
3. It’s high in Vitamin K, which prevents against cancer, blood clotting, and Alzheimer’s disease. It also aids bone health.
4. High antioxidant content. (We all know we want more antioxidants!)
5. Kale’s an anti-inflammatory food. The Omega 3 fatty acids that it contains fight against asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders.
6. It lowers cholesterol levels.
7. Kale’s high in vitamin A, which is great for your vision, lungs, and skin. 
8. It’s filled with Vitamin C, which is good for your metabolism, hydration levels, and immune system. 
9. Kale has more calcium than milk. Say goodbye to a bloated stomach and hello to bone health.
10. It’s a detox food. The fiber and sulfur make it your body’s best friend after an alcoholic-drink-filled weekend.

(For more about kale’s health benefits check out:http://bit.ly/H9AvoR.)

It used to be an apple a day to keep the doctor away, I’m thinking we need to change that to a kale salad a day…

(To see this post and more check out:http://thesocialight.com/.)

sociale. italiano.
Sociale (So-she-YAH-lay!) is one of my new favorite spots in SF. Tucked away in a tiny alley in Presidio Heights, this place is nothing but charm and scrumptious Italian food. Uber or drive and valet with Spruce’s valet service across the street (shhhh! don’t tell). Request a spot at the heated outside patio surrounded by tea lights. The clientele are quite swanky and classy so put on a cute outfit and play the part! If you have a guilty conscious (and love cocktails), finish off the night by dropping into Spruce for a Country Cobbler.
Must have:Duck MeatballsPolenta Crusted TroutChocolate Oblivion Cake
sfsociale.comsprucesf.com
Apr 9, 2013 / 2 notes

sociale. italiano.

Sociale (So-she-YAH-lay!) is one of my new favorite spots in SF. Tucked away in a tiny alley in Presidio Heights, this place is nothing but charm and scrumptious Italian food. Uber or drive and valet with Spruce’s valet service across the street (shhhh! don’t tell). Request a spot at the heated outside patio surrounded by tea lights. The clientele are quite swanky and classy so put on a cute outfit and play the part! If you have a guilty conscious (and love cocktails), finish off the night by dropping into Spruce for a Country Cobbler.

Must have:
Duck Meatballs
Polenta Crusted Trout
Chocolate Oblivion Cake

sfsociale.com
sprucesf.com