Archive | November, 2012

Trendy holiday gifts, animal print edition

27 Nov

Well folks, the holidays are upon us! While this is the most wonderful time of the year, we’ve all had our difficulty with finding the perfect gifts for those we love. A leading trend this year that has been seen on numerous runways and street wear is animal print. Designers for luxury and affordable brands alike have incorporated animal print into their garments and products, making this trend more popular than ever. I am a huge fan of this trend and have a lot of animal print clothing as well as accessories and products such as phone cases. If you know fashion forward women in your life who love animal print, I highly suggest you find items in this trend to gift to them this holiday season. As with all things fashion, there are some items that are expensive quality products, while other similar products can be found at more affordable price points depending on where you shop and who you are buying for.

This Tory Burch animal print hard shell phone case is incredibly fashionable and the color looks excellent with the print. It makes for a wonderful holiday gift and can be used year round due to the neutral color.

Victoria’s Secret apparel is great quality and they know how to attract their target market. This VS Sparkle Leopard Print top is an excellent choice for the fashionable young women in your life.

While Dolce & Gabbana may be out of many of our price ranges, this Leopard Print Neck Blouse can be purchased at Nordstrom for a more reasonable price and would be an elegant gift for someone special in your life.

How do you guys incorporate this trend into your looks?

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Gobble ‘Til Ya Wobble!

25 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everybody! I hope you all spent it with loved ones and lots and lots of delicious food, I certainly did! This Thanksgiving was especially meaningful to me because last month my dad had intense surgery to remove the tumor that was surrounded by other organs that also had to be removed. We are so grateful that they got it in time and although he has a long recovery ahead, he is one tough cookie and is pulling through. Now lets get down to business, what did you guys make this year that is so yummy you have to share with me?! Thanks to my obsession with Pinterest, I made some adorable Turkey Cupcakes. Not only were they cute, but they were scrumptious as well.

After stuffing my face for a full day, I decided to work off the pounds with some Black Friday shopping, I mean, that counts as cardio..right?! My mom and I decided to skip the craziness at the mall and instead went to the outdoor shopping avenue near our home. I got incredibly great deals at VANS and bought some comfy jackets for this cold weather. We then went to Francesca’s boutique (which I LOVE by the way,) and I couldn’t believe the great deals that they had going on as well. I got a cute belted snow jacket for 40% off and of course couldn’t resist some scarf headbands and matching gloves. Did any of you go Black Friday shopping, what was your experience like?

Cold weather is baking weather

16 Nov

Now that the rain has picked up, I have been inside more than usual. After I got out of work today I ran in and our of the grocery store with one thing on my mind: baking S’mores Cookies! I saw the recipe online a little while back but had yet to try it out, so I figured this would be the perfect time. I almost forgot the marshmallows (only the most important s’more ingredient,) but other than that I was ready to go. Knowing I would probably be devouring 2 big slices of this bad boy, I went to the gym before dinner and made a hearty salad with some delicious mashed potatoes. Speaking of potatoes, who else is beyond excited for Thanksgiving next week?! Ok, back to the good stuff. Here is the finished product, I present to you S’MORES COOKIES!

On an ungreased baking sheet, place a row of Graham Crackers (I bought the Safeway brand, less expensive.) On top of the crackers, add a package of chocolate chip cookie dough and bake according to package instructions, typically at 350 degrees. Bake for about 10 minutes until the cookies are almost thoroughly cooked. Take out and add chocolate pieces as well as delicious mini marshmallows. Place baking sheet back in the oven and bake until marshmallows are browned. Let cool and enjoy! As with most things, I added a scoop of ice cream to go along with the hot and scrumptious cookie concoction. Have any of you made these before? If you haven’t, I highly suggest you make them and let me know how much you love them. Cheers to the weekend!

Here comes winter

11 Nov

Well it’s FINALLY starting to feel like fall around here, and the weather is quickly becoming “winter weather.” We had a last minute Indian Summer here in San Francisco the past couple of weeks, but now the rain is showing itself, which I couldn’t be happier about. As much as I love summer and warm weather, I love love love cold weather, mainly for the holidays and cute clothes that come along with this time of year! I went on a run down to the wharf and stopped to look at one of my favorite views.

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I also had a lot of yummy food this weekend that I just had to share. I discovered a new cafe in my neighborhood called Caffe Sapore, which has extremely fresh ingredients and excellent quality food. I got the veggie bagel that I am now addicted to, I’ll admit it..I went there twice this weekend for this same bagel sandwich! Of course I complimented it with a delicious white mocha.

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Because fall is my favorite time of year, I tend to go crazy with fall themed foods, including pumpkin spice and caramel apples. Tonight I made one of my favorite fall desserts, “Caramel Apple Bowl Sundaes.” If you love caramel apples and sundaes then you MUST try this. Get a quality apple and hallow it out with a knife and spoon (as if carving a pumpkin.) Layer the bottom of the apple with caramel, I use hot caramel because it flows better and I love the hot caramel with the cold ice cream. Add a couple scoops of your favorite ice cream and top it with more caramel and nuts. Best of all, you can eat your bowl! Hope you guys try this, and if you do let me know how it turned out!

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Street Style, Preppy Chic

7 Nov

 

Hot days in November are very rare here in San Francisco, so a group of us took advantage of the weather and went wine tasting the other day. There were a lot of fashionable people at the winery and I loved seeing everyone’s cute and comfy outfits perfect for the heat. This is Christine, whose picture I took at the winery in San Carlos, Ca. Christine is 24 years old and is currently in school to become an elementary school teacher. I absolutely loved the look that she put together and believe it is a great example of street style. When describing her personal style, she said that it could often be classified as preppy as well as adventurous. She looks to fashion magazines, style blogs and her friends for inspiration while also maintaining her own style identity. Christine defined fashion as trends that are popular at the time as well as a means for people to express themselves.

Street Style, Fashion Forward

7 Nov

 

This is a picture of a friend of mine named Austin, who was visiting me in the city today. I have always loved her style and she is a great example of street wear trends. Street wear is about people creating their own looks and trends, which is why I chose to photograph Austin. She is 25 years old who just became a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Austin defined her style as one that is ever-changing and that can not be defined. Fashion blogs are a huge inspiration to her and she looks to her favorite bloggers, such as Emily Schuman, for new trends and inspirations to try. She considers her fashion sense a mix of preppy and feminine, which I agree with. When asked what she would define fashion as, she said “Whatever styles are currently popular or up and coming, including apparel, accessories and so on.”

 

Street Style, Hippie Chic

7 Nov

 

Street Style is a huge inspiration for me, from friends to strangers, street fashion is a huge part of the industry. This is Heidi, she is 21 years old and lives in Santa Cruz, California. Heidi is a nursing student, as well as a fashionista. I took this photo of her in Golden Gate Park in the city. What attracted me to her look was the youthfulness and uniqueness that came across in her ensemble. When I asked her how she would define her own style she said that she would consider herself a “modern, feminine, fashionable hippy,” a description I loved! She said that she loves creating her own looks and playing with accessories, as seen from her hip headband and bracelets. She said that in her opinion fashion means being able to express yourself through clothes and creating looks that make you feel confident.