Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays!


Sleigh bells in the air | Beauty everywhere | Yuletide by the fireside | And joyful memories there | Christmas time is here 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wisdom Wednesday

"Many a false step is made by standing still." 


Earlier this year, while on a trip to visit friends in LA, I made a pit stop to Urban Outfitters and a little disposable camera caught my eye. "Fortune Camera" is what it was called - a random fortune printed on every shot. "That seems pretty cool," I said to myself, and straight to the checkout line I went. Well, fast forward to 10 months later and I finally got around to finishing up my camera and developing the film. There were some silly shots, some sad shots, and the walk down memory lane was an interesting one. Then, one fortune stopped me in my tracks: "Many a false step is made by standing still." I stopped and stared at the photo and thought about the past six months. If you've been wondering why my Wisdom Wednesdays have taken a halt in the last couple of months, the short answer is I was very much in a rut with every aspect of my life. It wasn't until the beginning of this month that everything finally started to fall into place again. And why is that, you might ask? Because I started moving again. And by that I mean I made a change to keep going. I stopped standing still and decided that it was time to get back into my old step and to focus on all the things that have made me happy. And now, we're only a week or so away from another new year. What a great time to stop standing still and to get moving. Why wait for 2013 to arrive? Just start moving now.

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's good to be back. 
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Monday, December 17, 2012

BCBGeneration #SpendTimeInStyle

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You guys will probably be the first ones to agree with me that finding time to do all the things you need and want to do isn't always easy. Take me, for example. I love my blog to death, but these last couple of months I haven't had as much time to work on it with as much dedication as I would have liked. But, one thing that I've realized is, that in life, even though there might not be enough hours in the day to do it all, there is more than enough time to do all the things you love. So, with that I've never given up on my blog and I am determined to keep going and to make time for it. Whatever it is - family, friends, an event, work, laundry, the gym - if it means enough to you, you can and will make time for it. So, if you're finding it hard to do everything you need to do, just take a moment and see where all your time is going. I'm sure that after a few minutes of reflection, you'll find that there are just enough minutes in the day to make every second count.

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"Love Affirmation Watchc/o BCBGeneration; Jacket c/o Macy's (similar style here); Romper via Macy's; Scarf: Forever 21; Cardigan: Zara; Indego Africa Fabric Wrap Beaded Bracelet c/o Nicole Miller; Margaret Elizabeth Necklace c/o ShopStyle

Photos by: Ryan Chua

To give a little background on these photos, the kind folks at BCBGeneration sent me the Love Affirmation Watch and asked me to show my readers how I "spend time in style." Luckily for me, my amazing photog friend, Ryan, generously offered to help a girl out and snapped these beautiful photos for me. We spent Saturday morning in one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city, Hayes Valley. For me, spending time in style isn't about what you're wearing or how you're wearing it, rather, it's about how you choose to actually spend your time. I spent that morning in true pancakeSTACKER style: by doing something that makes me smile and doing it with great company. Special thanks to BCBGeneration for sending me this beautiful holiday gift and for giving me the opportunity to reflect on how I'm spending my time.

So, with that, I have to ask: How are YOU spending time in style? 
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Burgundy Basics

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Zara Pants; JJ Basics Sweater Vest via Nordstrom; Guess Denim Jacket; Alfani Heels c/o Macy's; Forever 21 Necklace

"Oxbood" is the color this season, but I prefer to call it by its original name, burgundy. I picked up these pants at Zara and I find myself reaching for them more than my jeans. The fit, the comfort, the color -- it's all great. The sweater vest and denim jacket are old goodies from the depths of my closet. I swear I have the sweater vest in three others colors (it's the perfect basic!). The denim vest is (and has always been) a size or two too large, but I kind of like the baggy fit. Finished off the outfit with my favorite leopard sling-backs. Simple, easy, and polished.



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Monday, November 19, 2012

Crisp and Cozy

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c/o Nicole Miller Indego Africa Head Wrap Turban; Polo Ralph Lauren Cardigan via Poshmark; Shorts via Urban Outfitters; Random knit top; c/o Pink & Pepper "Fab" Boot; Margaret Elizabeth necklace c/o ShopStyle

Hi, everyone! Remember me? It's been a while since I've done a proper outfit post -- daylight savings time and San Francisco rain have NOT been kind to me. Nonetheless, I'm back and ready to blog! The weather here in the city has been slightly unpredictable. One minute it's warm, the next minute it's cool and crisp. So, us San Franciscans have to adjust accordingly. When the sun's out, but the wind is blowing, I like to grab a pair of boots, throw on a pair of tights and a sweater, and call it a day. I have been living in these boots by Pink & Pepper. They're perfect for the unpredictable weather and easy on my feet. Did I mention how comfortable they are? I got this cozy knit cardi via Poshmark a little while back and finally put it to use. It's got a great cream color and tons of pockets -- who doesn't love pockets? I finished off the outfit with a delicate necklace by a San Francisco jewelry designer, Margaret Elizabeth and a snazzy head wrap turban by Nicole Miller. Now, I'm not one that usually wears turbans, but I do feel pretty cool for pulling this one off. What do you guys think?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tomboy with a Twist

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Jacket: JJ Basics c/o Macy's; Jeans: Indigo Rein c/o Macy's; Tee: Pink Rose c/o Macy's; Necklace (borrowed) via Macy's; Heels: Alfani via Macy's

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As promised, here is the long-awaited post of my Fall Fashion outfit from the Macy's event. I was assigned "Tomboy with a Twist" -- think Emily Fields, a-la-PLL. As you know, when it comes to fashion, I am pretty feminine. I love dresses and long maxis, so "tomboy" isn't normally a look you see from me very often. But, if you've followed my blog for a while, you will also remember that despite my girly-girl tendencies, I am no stranger to borrowing from the boys. Whether it's their comfy flannels or oversized tees, if it looks like something I need in my closet, I'll take it. So, when I received my trend, I was excited to see what I could come up with. The result? Masculine-inspired, but polished and pretty.

When most people think "tomboy," they think jeans, a tee, and sneakers. But, just because you're wearing jeans and a tee doesn't mean you can't spice things up. So, I picked a pair of boyfriend jeans with a bit of personality (hello, destroyed denim!). Next, I found a great military-esque cargo jacket with faux-leather sleeves (Rag and Bone, anyone?). I neutralized things with a plain white tee -- and ladies, if you're looking for a good one, seriously try this one! I finished off the look with a pop of color  and print. You know leopard goes with everything, right? So, what do you all think of my look? I have to be honest, each of these pieces has been in HEAVY rotation since my event, haha!

And, before I end this post, here's a photo (albeit blurry) with me and Miss Mandi Line! 
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Macy's Fall Fashion Event with Mandi Line

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As you know, last weekend was my Fall Fashion event with Macy's! It was absolutely a thrill to be able to be a part of something so exciting. I had so much from picking out my outfit to sitting before the show and snapping photos with my fellow blogger buds. It was especially exciting being able to chat with Mandi Line, the stylist of Pretty Little Liars (only my favorite guilty pleasure show ever!). She is an absolute gem and so hilarious! Overall, it was a great turnout and not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I have to take a moment to thank EVERYONE who was able to make it out and show their support -- it meant so much to me to see all of you there! xo


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Monday, October 1, 2012

Meet Me At Macy's!


I'm excited to announce that I've teamed up with Macy's for a fun fall fashion event happening this Saturday, October 6th at the Macy's in Union Square SF. The event starts at 2:00 PM and everyone who swings by and mentions pancakeSTACKER will get a free $10 Macy's gift card! I'll be showcasing a fall trend, so you don't want to miss out! I'm pretty excited because aside from being in the company of some other SF blogger beauties, Pretty Little Liars stylist, Mandi Line will be there too! If you follow me on Twitter, you know that Pretty Little Liars is one of my ultimate guilty pleasures! 

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Can't wait to see you all there! 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

pancakePRIZES: $300 to SEE Eyewear

SEE's new SF digs has the cutest frames -- the first time I was there I spent over an hour trying to decide on a pair of new glasses! They're fun, fashionable, and a fantastic price point. What I like most about SEE is that there's literally something for everyone. Whether you want a simple black frame or funky gold shades, they've got your eyes covered. Below, are a few of my top picks from my first visit to the store. Which pair do you like the best?

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Okay, okay .. enough about me. Now for the fun part! Because SEE wants you to see what they're all about, we've teamed up to offer one of you a free pair of frames of your choice ($300 limit)! Pretty awesome right? Now for the rules.

REQUIRED: To enter, you must follow pancakeSTACKER either on Google Friend Connect, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

DIFFERENT WAYS TO ENTER: Do one, or do all!

1. Follow pancakeSTACKER on Instagram and take a photo of your most creative interpretation of the word "SEE," hashtag it #pancakeprizes, and tag me (@pancakestacker).
2. Leave a creative comment below using the word "SEE"
3. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Make sure you mention me (@pancakeSTACKER) and @SEEEYEWEAR
4. Leave a comment on my Facebook page and let me know why you need a new pair of frames (prescription or sunglasses).


Contest runs until the September 28, 2012 12:00 PM PST. Please note: SEE Eyewear isn't available for purchase online, so make sure you check their website to see if there's a location near you! Don't forget to leave your contact info, so I can reach you if you've won!
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Monday, September 17, 2012

SEE Eyewear - SF Opening Party

SEE Eyewear 651 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94105
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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the VIP opening party for SEE Eyewear's newest location in San Francisco. It was a fun event filled with familiar faces, delicious creme brûlée from the Creme Brûlée cart, wine from Four Vines Wine, and of course, stylish frames. Special guest, Mondo Guerra (from Project Runway!) was there to help celebrate both the new location and his special line, "Mondo by SEE." Mondo's new line will be SEE's first ever collaboration, and a portion of all sales will be donated to amfAR, an international organization dedicated to AIDS research. Sadly, the new frames won't be available until early Spring 2013, but I know it will be worth the wait!


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

FNO: San Francisco

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Fashion's Night Out has come and gone, and this year, the events were plenty! First stop was Neiman Marcus for a private reception to kick things off! After, my partner in crime for the night, Kathleen, and I stopped by the new Kurt Geiger store and marveled over beautiful shoes (stay tuned for a future post with more shoes!). We made a quick stop to the Saks and 7x7 party (check out photos here and see if you spot a familiar face!) and then went straight to Macy's! Macy's was probably my favorite stop this year and I absolutely loved the DIY nail bar with Pams and Kin! It was so relaxing sitting, sipping on some wine, and playing with nail polish! We ended the night at the Marc Jacobs and San Francisco Magazine party and took some funny photos ...another photo booth pic to add to my growing collection! 


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Monday, September 3, 2012

WWD MAGIC: Photo Diary

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WWD Magic has come and gone, so I thought I'd give a roundup of my trip. It started off super sunny at almost 100 degrees each day, but on the very last day of my trip (and my one free day) it rained cats and dogs (huge bummer)! It was great discovering so many brands and meeting the people behind them. One standout moment was meeting Kyle of IN MY AIR. I was first introduced with the brand when I was doing a shoot with the Dietch PR team in LA (see this post if you need a refresher). I also discovered some amazing jewelry designers -- Fresh Tangerine (who had the cutest clipboard design going on at her booth) and Gabriela Artigas (who had the most delicate and beautiful pieces ever). All in all it was a fun trip and I'm glad I got to experience it! The next one will definitely be bigger and better! 


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Friday, August 31, 2012

WWD MAGIC: Hudson Jeans Party @ Encore

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Romper & Bracelets: Forever 21; Crossbody: H&M; Heels: Zara; Photos of me by: Melissa

On the first night of my Vegas trip, I mustered up some energy to attend the Hudson Jeans Party at Encore. The DJ was fantastic, the energy was alive, and the people were well-dressed. And, I've got to say that the pool at Encore is nothing short of fabulous -- I mean, helloooo, look at the pool seating! The temperature was perfect for my casual-but-chic black romper (an old find that is definitely a closet favorite) and my comfortable Zara heels. I have to admit that it was really great being able to walk around in heels and shorts and not worry about being cold or having to walk up and down hills (yeah, I'm talking about you, SF!). All in all it was the start to a great night! For more of my Vegas adventures, stay tuned for my next post. 
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WWD MAGIC: Maximum Comfort

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Maxi Dress: Random boutique; Sandals: Steve Madden; Bracelets: Forever 21; Necklace: H&M; Photos by: Crystal 

Oh, hi there! Remember me? I know, I know.. where have I been? Well, last week, this girl was in Las Vegas for WWD Magic! It was my first time there, and what a trip it was! This is an outfit I wore one of the days while I was there. I knew it was going to be humid and hot, so I packed for comfort. One thing that always gets me through the heat (with style and comfort) is a good maxi dress. I picked up this dress right before I went on my trip, knowing that it would be a perfect one to pack. The bright colors, side slit, and open back were among the top reasons why I had to have it.

I'm really excited to post more on my trip and share all the photos I took. And before I go, I want to share the best news of all .... I have a computer again! Now I can get back to doing what I love most -- sharing snippets of my life with you all on my blog! Hope you are as excited as I am! Good things to come...
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