Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend! They always go too fast, don’t they? I had a great time this weekend and was feeling good the whole time! This might seem commonplace for some, but for me, this is a true celebration! And it was an especially good thing because I had some fun plans. As I mentioned, I went to see Jersey Boys with San Francisco Delta Gamma Alumnae group and we had a great time! I love musicals (this was my second this week after Sound of Music for my Grandma’s birthday) and this was no different. I’d heard great things about it and it didn’t disappoint. It did however, have a slightly different musical format than I’m used to. Rather than the characters singing songs as dialogue and to progress the story, the music in Jersey Boys are songs that the Four Seasons sang, so they didn’t relate as much to the story. But it was still very enjoyable and I had a great time with my friends- it’s always such a pleasure to get dressed up and go to the theater! I’m hoping someday I can find a guy who will enjoy it too. ;) Then the next day my gals and I went to Foreign Cinema for brunch and had a lovely time. It was so fun to be all together again and we had so much to catch up on. The food was delicious, the space was beautiful and the company was exceptional! After a fun brunch I met up with my parents and we did a little pre-wedding shopping and I finally found a rehearsal dinner dress, yay! Then on Sunday I went over to my sister-in-law-to-be’s house and we did a few pre-wedding activities as well which was so much fun! I’m so excited that we will soon be family- she’s amazing. And then the weekend ended watching my new tv obsession Mr. Selfridge (fans of Downton Abbey-you will love it!) and enjoying a sweet treat! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to your work week!

Excited for the show to begin!

Excited for the show to begin!

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The gorgeous Curran Theater… they just don’t make ‘em like they used to

Ladies who brunch

Ladies who brunch

My first time trying coconut milk ice cream and it was DELISH!

My first time trying coconut milk ice cream and it was DELISH!

Questions:

-What’s your favorite play or musical?

-What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies. I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine had a rocky start because I was feeling really yucky but thankfully I started feeling better and was able to enjoy my Grandma’s 88th birthday surprise celebration! We always do something fun for my Grandma’s birthday and last year went to Vegas! This year we stayed in town and had an amazing time and my Grandma was over the moon- just how everyone should feel on their birthday :) Hope you all have a great Monday!

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Ready for a change- shorter hair for summer!

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A very surprised Grandma when she saw the limo!

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The fam in front of the limo, ready to embark on Grandma’s special birthday!

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My first time at the Tonga room and my Grandma’s first time back in over 40 years!

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Queen of the Tonga room with her strawberry banana daiquiri!

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I’m such a lucky Grandaughter to have the most amazing Grandma!!

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Surprise round 2- Sound of Music the next day!

Questions:

-When’s the last time you were in a limo?

-How was your weekend?

What to Wear Wednesday: ’80s Style

Hi lovelies! Thanks for your kind words about how I’ve been feeling. I am definitely on the mend and despite dealing with some pain, and am happily feeling stronger each and every day. I’m so lucky that through all of this, I have such an amazing support team. I have been blessed with an incredible family and it is through their help and prayers, that I credit my improvement with!

But before all of this happened, I went out for a fun night celebrating my friend Virginia’s birthday. She decided to do it ’80s style and we went to see the band Tainted Love. For those who haven’t heard of them, they are an ’80s cover band that is actually incredibly good. They play a lot in San Francisco (I actually saw them on NYE) but they also travel around as well. As an 1980s kid (ok, so I was born in ’87 so was technically an ’80s baby) so I’m a huge fan of ’80s music. I first discovered it in college actually when I became obsessed with Journey. I credit this to Fraternity exchanges when the DJs would always play “Don’t Stop Believing”, or other non-Journey classics like “Jesse’s Girl” and “Living on a Prayer.” And of course Madonna. Obviously. I always found myself singing these songs with my friends at the top of my lungs and they are some of my best memories from the dances. In my post-college years, when an ’80s song comes on and people are surprised that I know every word, I explain that they are my “end of the night songs.” So a whole night singing those songs with a live band with all my friends AND the opportunity to get dressed up? DONE.

I’ve always gotten really into dressing up for theme parties. Being in a sorority in college I had a LOT of opportunities to do so and get this- I used to sketch my potential costumes during class. (When I was little I wanted to be a fashion designer, so I guess a little part of that still remains.) Though I didn’t sketch this outfit, I did my research. I knew for my ’80s look I wanted to channel Madonna. And this is what I came up with…

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When it comes to shopping for costumes, Forever 21 is the best. Everything is cheap and they often have so many ridiculous items that are completely theme-party appropriate. All of the above (with the exception of my Nine West shoes) is from Forever 21! It took a little time to shop the store (and I felt about 10 years older than everyone there) and with the addition of cutting my t-shirt thanks to a Youtube video, the outfit came together pretty easily.

And of course, I have to show you some pictures of my gorgeous friends, rocking their neon looks:

Katie had amazing fishnet gloves and Biz was rocking the cutest legwarmers.

Katie had amazing fishnet gloves and Biz was rocking the cutest legwarmers.

The  3 Katies looking fantastic!

The 3 Katies looking fantastic!

Questions:

-Do you like theme parties? What’s your favorite theme? (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

-Have you ever seen an ’80s cover band?

 

Gluten & Allergy Free Expo

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend! They always feel too short but I am very excited that next week is a 3-day weekend! I had a great weekend and an amazing time at the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo. I’ve discussed my journey to my celiac diagnosis on the blog before (though full post will be on my About page soon) but I haven’t gone into detail about my other restrictions. Back at the end of November, my doctor put me on an elimination diet where I cut out a variety of things and then could gradually re-introduce them to see how I reacted to them. The list included but was not limited to: corn, soy, dairy, peanuts, vinegar, alcohol, chocolate, strawberries, beef and eggs. I’ve taken the reintroductions slowly and have found that I’m fine with alcohol and chocolate, however I have had reactions to both beef and vinegar. I likely won’t be re-introducing dairy or soy but I’ve tried corn on 2 accounts lately. The first was a complete and utter failure, as I found myself very sick immediately after eating. Since then I’ve been sure to stay away from corn, but on Saturday evening I ordered gluten-free pasta at a restaurant, but forgot to ask if there was corn in it. Big mistake. Minutes after eating I was fighting the urge to throw up, had a killer headache and was really miserable. As it turns out, more than 50% of celiacs are also allergic to corn! Corn also has gluten in it, but it’s a different type of gluten that hasn’t been studied so it’s on the “safe” list. However, since it’s very similar on a molecular level, the body often reacts the same. So for those of you fellow gluten-free guys and gals still experiencing symptoms, try cutting out corn!

After not the best Saturday night, I was determined to wake up feeling better since I had tickets to the Gluten & Allergy Free Expo that I’ve been looking forward to for months. A whole convention where everyone is like me and there will be food that I can eat available! Since I have the most supportive parents in the world, they too wanted to go and we had a great time together. It was such a wonderful conference and part of me wishes I would have gone both days so I could have seen all the speakers!

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One of my favorites was Mrs. Northwest International, Brandy Wendler, who gave a fantastic session on Heart Health & Celiac disease. I had no idea that celiacs are 30% more likely to develop heart disease than the rest of the population. After being scared by that fact, I was pleased to find out that the risk goes back to the normal population risk, after a celiac eats gluten-free. However, it is important to note that gluten-free products are not the solution. Almost every recently diagnosed person (myself included) begins to eat every gluten-free boxed product they can find because they are so excited to be able to eat something ‘normal’! However, those products are often laden with sugar and fat and overly processed. AKA not healthy and certainly not good for your heart. Therefore, the same rules apply as for the rest of the population, eat lean proteins, lots of fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. Brandy was a great speaker and was humorous while still being informative. She is doing so much for the gluten-free community and is truly an inspiration!

Now after all that talk about heart health, let me tell you the main event at the conference: eating! There were over 100 vendors and almost all gave samples of gluten-free goodies. I don’t usually eat any sugar except on special occasions, but this definitely qualified in my book! There were so many amazing things to try, many of which I’d never heard of! It was also extremely helpful that each table was labeled with a sign that specified which (if any) of the common allergens the food contained. That way, I wasn’t constantly having to ask if there was soy/dairy/peanuts/corn in any of the items and could happily much away. Since many of you are also looking for new fun products, here are some of my favorites!

Bella Gluten-Free: Bella  makes great flours and baking mixes but what I was ALL over was the fact that they were serving focaccia bread served with olive oil! I can’t remember the last time I had focaccia which the Italian in me greatly misses so this was absolutely fantastic!

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CheeCha Puffs: These light crispy puffs are absolutely delicious and if you see the allergy card in the left-hand corner of the picture, free of all the common allergens! The fiesta salsa were my favorite and you can have 2 cups for only 80 calories! How amazing is that when you just feel like snacking?!

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Home Free: I think these cookies were targeted toward kids but it certainly didn’t stop me. They were delicious mini-crunchy cookies and reminded me of those Famous Amos cookies you always see in vending machines, only these ones are allergen free!

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Coco-Roons: I’ve never been lucky enough to win one of the Fitnessista‘s famous roons giveaway, but I’d imagine they taste something like these. Every flavor I tried was amazing, but the Almond & Strawberry PB&J blew me away. They are absolutely amazing, organic and raw and I cannot wait to try them again!

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When I got home from the expo I was completely stuffed! You don’t think you are eating that much as the samples are small but I was definitely indulging! But some days it’s important to do that and today was definitely one of them! Tomorrow, I’ll be back eating lots of whole foods like I usually do! Of course, I couldn’t attend the event without buying some products and between my mom and I and our purchases and samples, this is all of our loot which I think is a great haul indeed.

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Questions:

-If you are gluten-free, are you also allergic to other foods?

-Have you ever attended an expo like this? What product would you most like to try?

What to Wear Wednesday: Joie SF Opening

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a fantastic week so far. Mine has been extra busy and I’ve packed so much into the past two days that I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that it’s only Wednesday. It definitely feels like it should be Thursday by now! I’m also really excited for the weekend because I will be attending the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo! There is going to be a huge vendor fair with all gluten-free vendors (and many that are free of the top 8 allergens) and lifestyle and cooking classes! It’s going to be great! Obviously expect a full recap post on it!

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and tweets regarding my More Than a Number post the other day! I sometimes shy away from posting topics that are more serious in nature (I try to keep it fun and light on GGG) but I always feel so rewarded for opening up about the tough topics. I think being in the blogging world, we do have somewhat of a responsibility to address important issues like this, and hopefully these conversations can start to change the selective viewpoint that all women should be a certain size.

In other news, last night I had the opportunity to attend the Joie store opening on Fillmore street in San Francisco. I love the Joie brand and if you aren’t familiar with it, they are known for their gorgeous flowy silk shirts and dresses. Everything is made impeccably and I found myself wanting absolutely everything in the store. I often find myself too preoccupied with chatting at these events to actually shop, but I couldn’t resist last night. I tried on a few items and absolutely fell in love with the most perfect black lace dress. Fingers crossed it will find a new home in my closet very soon. It was such a fun event and I had a wonderful time checking out the store with my very good friend Ashley. She happens to live close to the Joie store so I see more shopping dates in our future ;)

Ashley and me at the event

Ashley and me at the event. My outfit: Top- Gap, Skirt- Target, Tights: Target, Necklace: Loft

Shop the Look:

Skirt: Milly // Banana Republic

Shirt: Gap (This is the BEST long sleeve for a great price!)

Necklace: My Flat in London // Kenneth Cole
Question:

-What are your plans for the weekend?

-When you go to a new store do you browse or zero in on what you want?

What to Wear Wednesday: London Calling

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all  having a fantastic week so far… we’re half-way to the weekend! I’ve been a little behind in my fashion posts the past few weeks but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been documenting my outfits. In fact, I’ve decided to step up my game a little bit. In the past, my outfit pictures consist of me, running out the door and having someone take a quick picture for me. But this being a new year and all I’ve decided to hopefully up my ante a bit. What I’ve found is that these little “model shots” are actually really fun. I’ve also learned that sometimes the outtakes are the best shots. Although they tend to be a little embarrassing re: my serious face just looks like I’m angry, it’s also good to make fun of oneself so I’ll do a full “outtakes” post soon.

I call this outfit a “London look” because there are elements that I wore when I was abroad. Although I wasn’t a fan of the cold, I loved that layers were essential and cold weather accessories are key. Most of the time in San Francisco, neither are necessary but the extremely cold temperatures of 2 weeks ago brought my London and SF wardrobes together. After cleaning out my closet, I discovered my plaid tweed skirt which I haven’t worn in a few years but was a fun discovery! I kept the rest of the outfit classic with black and wore my new Cole Haan flat boots. Oh and I wore this outfit ice skating because let’s face it, tweed skirt and beret scream ice skating, right?

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Sweater: H&M, Skirt: Express, Tights: Target, Boots: Cole Haan, Coat: Togs Soho, Beret: Nordstrom, Necklace: Unknown, purchased in Paris

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Shop the Look

Skirt: Free People // Aqua

Boots: Cole Haan // R2

Coat: Elie Tahari // Calvin Klein

Beret: Shopbop // Nordstrom

GGG Restaurant Review: Rosa Mexicano

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and that some of you got yesterday off and had a chance to have an extended time with friends and family. Sorry I was a little MIA last week, it ended up being busy but in a good way. I had an awesome time ice skating with some of my friends on Wednesday night and I’ll have to fill you in on that soon. But let’s fast forward to this past weekend instead. We spent the weekend celebrating my amazing Mommy’s birthday. Words can’t express how lucky I feel to have such an incredible mom who also happens to be my best friend. She is the most incredible woman I know and I cannot imagine my life without her. She deserves the happiest of birthdays and I hope that she has a wonderful day today and it was so much fun celebrating a fantastic birthday weekend. For more on my amazing mommy, check out this post!

The celebrations started on Saturday with going to see Anything Goes in the city. If you aren’t familiar with the musical, it’s a very fun storyline set on a cruise liner going from New York to London in 1934, it’s full of silly antics and humor and has great songs you may have heard of like “Anything Goes” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” All in all, it was a fantastic show. After a wonderful show and a quick jaunt through the Ferry Building to pick up some goodies at Mariposa (aka gluten-free/vegan heaven) and we were off to dinner at the new Rosa Mexicano. My mom and I first went to Rosa Mexicano at LA Live when we went to the Oprah Conference to see O You! We had an amazing experience and were so impressed with their extensive gluten-free menu. Luckily, the SF location didn’t disappoint!

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Rosa Mexicano is an amazing, upscale, modern Mexican restaurant. It’s a lively, fun atmosphere making it the perfect venue for any celebration or occasion. When we walked in, we were promptly seated at a large warm booth that was the perfect escape from the San Francisco chill. Our server took expert care of us and the host informed me that if you follow them on twitter, they will pick someone dining there once an hour to give a free dessert too! Love when restaurants use social media!

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One thing that my Mom and I loved in LA was the incredible table-made guacamole. Before trying it in LA I was never really a guacamole fan. I’m not big on avocados (I feel like I’m the only one who feels this way) but I’m working on acquiring the taste since they are such a good source of healthy fats. I’m not sure exactly why the guacamole here is so good, but it’s kind of out of this world. They ask you how you want it- mild, medium or spicy and then add in fresh avocados, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, salt, lime juice and a few other ingredients to create a fantastic chunky concoction. I enjoyed it on my chips (along with two of their salsas) and they also give your blue corn tortillas to spread the guacamole on for a little more avocado goodness.

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One of the other things they are famous for are their Pomegranate margaritas! These margs have been their signature cocktail since 1984 and now I can tell why! They are a delicious combination of silver tequila, pomegranate juice and lime juice, all frozen to create a frothy, delicious drink. I highly recommend it because they aren’t too sweet and you can taste the subtle bite from the tequila mixed with the tart juices. Definitely try them.

And then of course the food! One of the things that impressed me so much about Rosa Mexicano is how aware and flexible they are when it comes to dietary restrictions. Since I’m gluten-free and dairy-free (along with a host of other restrictions that I haven’t fully detailed on the blog) going out to eat can be kind of a difficult experience. However, this restaurant made it so easy! I ordered the chicken enchiladas but substituted the Mexican roasted tomato sauce instead of the tomatillo cream sauce and it was delicious! It still tasted rich and creamy and was accompanied by black refried beans. We also did have to order dessert for the table (my mom and I had our piece of Mariposa cake) so we ordered Churros En Bolsa. Oh my gosh did these look delicious. Since I didn’t taste them I’ll let the menu do the description instead “Mexican cinnamon doughnuts. piping hot Mexican doughnuts dusted with sugar and cinnamon, and served with three dipping sauces: chocolate, caramel and raspberry guajillo.” Sounds amazing.

All in all, it was such a fantastic experience and everyone had a great time. They have locations in a variety of major cities across the US, so check ‘em out!