Friday, February 28, 2014

Food Friday: Lucy Restaurant & Bar

Lucy Restaurant &Bar 6526 Yount Street, Yountville, CA 94599
pancakeSTACKER blog x Bardessono Hotel Napa Yountville
Your mouths are undoubtedly already watering after seeing the photo above, right? If they're not - check your tastebuds. Last Sunday, I had the ultimate "treat yourself" day thanks to the kind folks at Bardessono Hotel, located Napa Valley's Yountville. More on that in an upcoming post - today we're focused on the food. Because no day in the life of pancakeSTACKER is complete without food, it was only fitting that I try out the Lucy Restaurant & Bar during my visit.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Alyssa Nicole Spring '14 "White Noise" Collection Preview

pancakeSTACKER blog x Alyssa Nicole Spring Preview

Local San Francisco designer, Alyssa Casares previewed her new demi-couture line for Alyssa Nicole Spring '14 appropriately titled, "White Noise." Inspired by different shades of white, Casares brought to life beautifully designed skirts, dresses, gowns, and even her first pant suit. The collection, which is a move from her contemporary line, was brought together with tulle, white denim, chiffons, and silk. It was such a treat to watch sketches and ideas come to life from such a talented and sweet spirit. Alyssa even made a custom design tulle skirt (which you can order, custom) for me to wear to the event! My favorite piece from the line is, of course, the Silk Organza Mermaid Bridal Gown - I mean how gorgeous, right? But, since I'm no where near wedding bells, I can definitely see myself rocking the Silk Check Pencil Skirt.

To see all of the Alyssa Nicole "White Noise" line, check out her lookbook, here, and her beautiful fashion film directed by Dexter Ho.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Black

pancakeSTAKER blog x Jigsaw London Hat x Forever21 Maxi Skirt x Restricted Footwear Boots x Brandy Melville Top
It's no secret that I'm really into maxis - like now and forever. I found this one from Forever 21 for a steal at $15. I love the double slits and the print - I mean how cute are the little elephants? On a breezy day, I wear it with tights and booties. These silver cap-toes are from Restricted Shoes and let me tell you they fit like a dream. Super comfortable, durable, and fabulously fashionable, if I do say so myself. Guess I was feeling in  a bit of a grungier mood because everything I reached for was all black. Received this cute silver studded Steve Madden cross body from Accessories Council's February picks. I love it because it's a tiny little thing with character and spunk. Perfect to hold just what I need - phone, keys, wallet and some lip gloss!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Food Friday: Dishcrawl SF

pancakeSTACKER blog x Food x Dishcrawl SF
Not too long ago, I ate my way through three restaurants in the Mission thanks to Dishcrawl SF's "Miscrawl" event. It was my first time participating in a Dishcrawl, and luckily for me, the first time trying all three of the restaurants on the tasting tour. For those of you who may not be familiar, Dishcrawl is a community dedicated to culinary events. Dishcrawls take place all over (check to see if it's in a city you're in!), and allow foodies to experience different restaurants and cuisines. My first crawl took me to three restaurants: West of Pecos, Amber Dhara, and The Vetry -- all located on Valencia in the Mission. Click through to see what I ate and what I thought!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hair How To's with Mark Hill Hair

pancakeSTACKER blog x Mark Hill Hair x Beauty

Most of you know my hair to be straight (as I rarely let me curly q's rein free). But as of late, I've been trying to challenge myself to put away the hair straightener and give my natural curls some TLC. I have to preface this post by saying I try / use A LOT of different products. I love trying new things, because, well, how else can you figure out what you like/don't like or what works?

I'll be sharing a series of beauty-inspired posts sporadically on the blog. Everything from my must, must have killer curly-hair cocktail of products, to what I've tried and liked (or even disliked). Today, I'll be chatting about Mark Hill's new hair care line - especially made to protect hair from heat styling tools. So, let's count this one as my first official hair post, shall we? Here we go!
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Simple and Easy

pancakeSTACKER blog x Distressed Boyfriend Jeans x MinkPink Jacket x Steve Madden

Simple attire is my favorite. A white tee, some distressed denim, a pair of comfy sandals, pulled together with the best subtle, but standout jacket? I'm sold. Wore this out to a lunch one beautiful day in the city. It was my first time officially meeting photog, Jenny - we chatted ideas, got to know one another and then stepped outside to snap a couple photos. I love the lighting and the simplicity of the photos, don't you? The best part is that we had to have snapped these in 15 minutes or less. I got together with Jenny again this past weekend to shoot more looks and I am just too excited to share them all. Happy (sorta) Monday, y'all! Hope you enjoy the short work week!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

All The Leaves Are Brown

pancakeSTACKER blog x Threadsence x Steve Madden x Royal Mint

I knew winter was bound to find its way to California. The last couple of days have been filled with gusty winds and nonstop showers. Not bad considering we desperately needed some rain, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the sun. Rain is also a big no-no for shoots outside, but luckily for me, I got some snaps before the wet weather rolled on in.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Seeing Spots

pancakeSTACKER blog x Forever 21 Flats x Crossroads Trading Co. Leopard Sweater x Indigo Rein Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

My favorite combination as of late? Distressed boyfriend jeans, an oversized knit sweater, and comfy flats. You've seen these jeans a lot, and you'll continue to see even more of 'em. I haven't found a pair of distressed jeans I love as much as these loose-fitting lovelies. The best part is I found them somewhere I wouldn't have thought to look - Macy's M Style Lab. Only goes to show that you find the best things, in overlooked places!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

pancakeLEFTOVERS: January

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, but I thought I'd bring it back - mostly because I miss them and hope you do too. I look back at January in a bittersweet way. The beginning was a little rough and I feel as though I lost my way, but after a few heartwarming talks with some good people, midway through the month, I finally felt like the old me (or the "new" me?). Sometimes blogging is tough. If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that. Not many people will tell you that sometimes it's hard to go on, when things outside of your control take place. But, one thing I'm thankful for is having really good people in my life who support me and help me find my way when I veer off my path. This past January, I threw out the old and welcomed in the new. Both literally and figuratively. Somewhat of a cryptic message, I suppose, but let's just say I'm welcoming in all the positive energy headed my way. So long story short - I didn't start off January in the bang-like manner I would have liked, but better late than never, right? pancakeLEFTOVERS, for those who are unfamiliar, is my way of looking back at the past month in a way that helps me look forward to the new one. Below are some snaps that you may or may not have seen, all of which summarize the month behind us. Enjoy. 
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Monday, February 3, 2014

LookMazing's Who Wore It Best Style Challenge!

pancakeSTACKER blog x Lookmazing x Banana Republic Glenda Scarf
In San Francisco, a scarf is one of the many accessories you will grow to love. In fact, scarves are starting to rival my collection of beanies for a coveted spot in my closet. Truth be told, there's no way I could choose between the two because I. need. them. both. 

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