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?

Oyster Shucking in Tomales Bay

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend! Did any of you go to Christmas parties this weekend? My sorority alumni group had a party yesterday and it was so much fun! In addition to the usual festivities, one of our members is a cake pop making expert and gave us a lesson! It was great and I can’t wait to give them a shot soon myself. This was a busy weekend though and the day before all of my friends got together for a little day trip. My friend Biz planned for us all to drive to Tomales Bay which is about an hour and a half from SF, for a fun day of oyster shucking and eating. I don’t actually eat oysters (and can’t have shellfish right now per doctor’s orders) so for me it was more shucking and chatting. Everyone brought delicious dishes to share and I made a quinoa salad that was so easy and super yummy! I’ll have to share the recipe soon. We got so lucky that not only was it not raining, but it was such a beautiful day! It was such a relaxing and fun day- then again, with this group, every time we hang out is wonderful!

My "outdoorsy" outfit!

My “outdoorsy” outfit!

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Ladies in vests

Ladies in vests

 

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Candid moment mid-shuck… it was surprisingly hard!

Oysters on the BBQ with all the fixins

Oysters on the BBQ with all the fixins

Group shot

Group shot

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Questions:

-Do eat oysters or shellfish?

-Have you ever shucked an oyster?

What to Wear Wednesday: A Nod to Mod

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a great week so far! Despite working late, I had a wonderful night last night because I got to see my best friend who was in town! Chelsea and I have been best friends since we were 3 (photographic evidence here) and we have maintained our friendship despite always going to separate schools and for the past few years, living in different places. But last night we were reunited and it was fabulous. We had so much to chat about that we tried to fit in and there is something so wonderful about having so much shared history with someone. Not only do they get you, but they know all the reasons why you are that way. She is a fabulous best friend and I am so very lucky. Thankfully, this small dose of time won’t have to hold us over for as long as usual as I’ll get to see her again later in the month. Yay!

Since I knew we were doing dinner, I wanted to wear something a little fun yesterday. I picked this dress up at LOFT a month or so ago when it was on sale and finally decided to wear it. When I saw it on the hanger, I was about to pass right by it but I lingered because I loved the color. Yet it was the opposite of the dresses I usually wear- I never go for drop waist, shift dresses and usually favor a more fitted sheath style. But I decided what the heck and tried it on. I was shocked by how much I loved it and knew that I needed to get it for the very fact that I don’t own anything like it! I was able to get this dress on super sale because it technically is a sleeveless summer dress. However, I knew when I tried it on that it would look great with tights. This dress is also a petite, which I usually don’t wear but I appreciated that it made the dress slightly more fitted and a little shorter. Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to try something on even if it isn’t your usual style or size- you might end up loving it!

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Dress: LOFT, Necklace: LOFT, Shoes: Target

Styling this I knew it would need a statement necklace and I chose my favorite gold one as a point of interest with the high neckline. I hadn’t originally intended to wear my hair up when I chose my outfit, but I think it totally works here and gives it a little Audrey Hepburn feel. I paired it with my tallest black wedges for a sleek line to dress it up but I also think it would be great with a pair of knee-high flat boots for a more casual look.

Shop the Look:

Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal // Asos (on sale!)

Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Bauble Bar

Shoes: Kate Spade // Aldo

Question:

What  fashion item do you usually shy away from?

Blind Wine Tasting

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! And those of you who got yesterday off (lucky!) enjoyed the extra day of rest. Can you guys believe that it is almost Thanksgiving? It feels like we were talking about Halloween being the upcoming holiday just days ago and here we are already anticipating Thanksgiving! I try to celebrate each holiday as they come, but I broke that a little last night. It started innocently enough as I was merely flipping through the channels. And then I noticed that the Countdown to Christmas had begun on the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. I was powerless to resist and found myself watching not one, but two movies. They are just that good and since I was already indulging in the Christmas season, I accompanied it with some Chocolate Peppermint tea. Perfection. Let’s not even pretend like this isn’t going to keep happening all the way up until Christmas… because it is.

This weekend was a great one too because my friend Biz hosted a blind wine tasting party. It was such a fun idea and I know some of you will want to have one too over the holidays with your friends! Here’s what we did: Biz instructed us all to bring a bottle of Chardonnay or Cabernet and asked that we vary the price points. When we arrived at the party, we slipped our bottle into a burlap bag and tied it with a special ribbon for the type of wine we brought. We also labeled the wine inside the bottle with the price bracket and tied a number on the bottle.


Next, Biz handed us all little cups that you labeled in accordance with the amount of wines you are tasting. The wines were passed and small pours were doled out and you then rated the wines in order of what price bracket you thought they were in. It was so much fun to figure it out and of course I wanted to talk about each taste even though we were supposed to be private about our guesses. Go figure. At the end we found out the results which was hilarious considering I thought the cheapest bottle of red wine was actually the $50+ bottle. Guess that wine tasting hasn’t paid off?!

And of course the wine was paired with some delicious snacks or as I like to call it “the cheese table.” Not being able to partake was one of the hardest times being gluten and dairy free- especially since my friend Ashley made her famous puff pastry apple brie. However, I’m going to bring some vegan cheese next time and maybe it won’t be as bad as everyone says it is! Fingers crossed.


In love with Biz’s parties as much as I am? See some of her other ones for more inspiration:

Derby Day Party

Birthday Dinner Party

Olympics Party