Sunday Brunch in San Francisco

What to do when you have no plans and a small pomeranian on a Sunday? Duh, patio brunch! We’ve been dying to try Zazie, a quaint French restaurant that’s a Cole Valley staple. There is always a wait and every time we go, we give up immediately when we see the line, because obviously we are already hangry and need food to stay married. This time we went right when they opened and only had to wait about 45 minutes, during which time I fantasized about snatching food from people’s greedy little fingers and running away into the sunrise with Roxie. BUT, I didn’t and you GUYS! it was totally worth acting like an adult. Check out that Pain de Mie French Toast and that Eggs Vincent. It tasted even better than it looked.

What’s great about this place is how they treat their employees. It’s not a tip-based serving job. All of the menu prices include a living wage, revenue share, paid family leave, fully funded health & dental insurance, paid time off, and a 401(k) with employer match for all employees. All those things!! Having been a long-time server, I LOVE knowing that waitstaff is taken care of. It makes a giant cafe latte even more enjoyable (no handle! you sip it from a soup bowl). Now, on to the food.

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Wardrobe Want: ALL The High-Waisted Jeans

I know what you might be thinking. I’m too old for hi-waisted jeans! I have kids, a corporate job, a mortgage… NO! Anyway, I will tell you right now that I felt the same way, Until I tried those forbidden high-waisted pants. And now it’s SO ON. High-waisted jeans in my 30’s people. They have changed my life. It’s literally like a comfortable corset. Case and point here. I tried on this shirt with medium/low rise jeans and it looks TERRIBLE. High-rise and voila I feel like a fancy celeb. Listen to me, like you’ve never listened before: get a pair, live your dreams.

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A Weekend in Wine Country

Last weekend I was invited to spend the weekend in wine country, (for a bachelorette party) and we stayed in a house on top of a winery. What a view! Thank god no one fell down the cliff after all the pinot we had. It was amazing to see the sun rise and set over these mountains. IMG_6965Friday night we took the bachelorette out on the town. I had my go-to dress from Elizabeth and James (Similar Here and Here), so easy to travel with, it never wrinkles! And these shoes are on sale and the perfect heel height to wear all night. Continue reading

7 Swimsuits You Need Before Summer Ends

There may only be one month of summer left, but that isn’t going to stop us from squeezing every last drop out of it. By now you are one of two people: 1) You have worn your current suits so much they are faded or stretched, 2) You never even bought a suit and/or haven’t hit the pool yet this year (say it ain’t so!!!). For both of you, I found a great range of must-have suits to keep the summer love going. The good news: a lot of them are, or will be, on “end of season” sale! Just remember 30+SPF facial sunscreen or a straw hat to keep that gorgeous face young and healthy (no wrinkles ’round here!)

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L Space Farrah Bikini, $96: I love this suit! I have done everything from lounging to snorkeling to paddle boarding in this style. Good to have in the vacation rotation. But note the bottoms are cut slightly high in the back and the top is not adjustable, so keep that in mind for sizing. Continue reading

10 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses That Aren’t White (+Wedding Guest Options)

Last night I was up at 1am helping a friend look for her rehearsal dinner dress. She didn’t actually ask me to help, but I got too excited and and then didn’t stop texting her dress options from shopbop for days. But it got me thinking, for a bride (like her, and myself) who doesn’t trust wearing white around red wine, (or just doesn’t want to buy another white dress she won’t wear again), what are the options for a rehearsal dinner! The answer – color and/or texture. I personally wore a tight, navy cut out dress that was probably said “give me that sangria” and not “sweet young bride”, but I felt 100% myself and the unique neckline slayed in pics. BUT BONUS, if you are not getting married, these are all great options for being a guest too (obviously, since none of them are white!). Enjoy!

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 8.14.16 PM.png1. Nicholas Bellflower, $675: STUNNING. I want this dress, but probably best for those with a smaller chest. Also seems comfortable for dancing – the range of motion with that skirt is tops.

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Fashion Find: A Bold Green Dress

You guys, can we talk about how underrated bright green is? I feel like I can only find it on the cable knit sweater table, but I LOVE it for going out and the personally I think it looks great on everyone. Add in a geometric cut and an open back, and consider it mine. The great thing about the a bold green is accessories can be minimal – the green gets more than enough attention.

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Wardrobe Want: Backpacks

I have recently become obsessed with backpacks. On the weekend it’s perfect to pop in your wallet, keys and take the dog (and bff) to brunch! Hands free, but still so stylish. It says: I am effortlessly chic but also ready for anything the day might bring. My co-workers swear by them going to and from the office, citing versatility. I picked out some of my favorite styles to hopefully inspire you.

THE SPRING NEUTRAL: Karen Walker Arrow Mini Backpack, $475. I just LOVE the color of this one, and it’s actually not that “mini”, so you can fit in more than some cash and a set of keys. The more I look at it the more I think: “treat yo’self”. It WAS just my birthday… Also comes in black and tan, but that BLUSH. Damn, girl.

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