Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Friendsgiving with DoorDash

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Thanksgiving is in two days, you guys. Two days! Is it just me, or did this year totally zoom by? I honestly can't believe it's nearly December. Every year, around this time, my friends and I host a Friendsgiving potluck, where we gather 'round and stuff ourselves silly with amazingly delicious food and drinks. (Think lumpia, ribs, pies galore, cider, sweet potato mash and more... mmmmm.) Because we lost track of time and forgot to plan, this will be our first year out of the last several that we won't be having one. (Insert sad face, here.) Luckily, we also host an annual Friendsmas gathering, so not all is lost. Even better, Bay Area-based restaurant delivery service, DoorDash recently saved a seat at the table for me at their's, so I didn't have to totally miss out on the Friendsgiving tradition. Aside from chowing down alongside some of my blogging pals,  I also walked away with some fresh ideas for how to "wow" guests at my next gathering. Anyone out there hosting people this year and could use some extra tips, too? Well, my friends, you're going to want to read more after the jump.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Stacker Style: Red-y to Ruffle

I've come to acknowledge that my favorite color might just be red. I love a red lip, a red statement bag, and now, this red dress. I'm often found wearing the basics - black, white, navy - but the more I put this color on, the more I feel good and alive, confident, and happy. Can you tell? How's that for feeling like a million bucks? 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Food Friday: Bluestem Brasserie's New Brunch Menu

Bluestem Brasserie 1 Yerba Buena Lane

Bluestem Brasserie recently welcomed Trevor Ogden into their kitchen as their new Executive Chef. Chef Trevor hails from Park Tavern and brings with him over 15 years of experience, as well as a new weekend brunch menu, which I got to experience for the first time just this past Saturday. It should be no surprise that I couldn't pass up a brunch tasting at Bluestem. I frequent the restaurant often for happy hour and anytime I have a hankering for my favorite cake in the city.  I was really excited to try Chef's take on brunch, because it's truly my favorite meal. So what was on the menu? See more after the jump.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stacker Style: Austin City Limits 2017, Day Three

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What I didn't tell you about my Austin City Limits adventure is that the day before my trip, I got attacked by a crazy mosquito. It bit my forehead six times and my arms about another six to eight more times. Yes, it did look like I got hit in the face. And then, just as my face and arm swelling started to go down... I got bit by MORE mosquitoes on my legs when I got to Austin. It was sad and funny all at the same time. I was swollen, it was humid and hot, and I got no relief. Why am I telling you this? Because on day three of ACL, the sun came out in full force and it was almost miserable. My bites were more swollen than ever thanks to the heat, and if you look really, really closely... you can see a few in these photos. Luckily, Juice Land saved my soul, and the Gorillaz and Zhu met my musical expectations. Now, time to start saving and planning for Austin, year four.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Stacker Style: Austin City Limits 2017, Day Two

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I found these pants at a random shop in the mall and they cost me less than $20. Aside from being insanely affordable, they also happened to be the most comfortable pants I own. Hyperbole? Nope - they're really that comfortable. Maybe it's because they were loose and free flowing and allowed me to eat queso and bbq to my heart (and stomach's) content. Whatever the case, day two's festival fit was my favorite of the whole weekend. It also helped that I had a matching bag and some dope platform sandals to give me an inch or two above the concert crowd. Aside from that, I was having a really good hair day, so there's that.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Stacker Style: Austin City Limits 2017, Day One

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I'm finally getting around to this ole thing and let me tell you - the photo vault is fully and plenty. So, it's time to start churning these babies out. Starting with this one. A little over a month ago, your girl took a trip to her favorite city in the country, Austin, Texas. It was my third visit to the city and my third Austin City Limits in the books. This year's lineup was pretty rad - Zhu, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Portugal. The Man, and more! Truth be told, I'd seen most of the performer's on this year's bill. But, I was really excited to finally see the Gorillaz and the xx, and I was even more excited to catch Zhu and the Peppers again. The xx closed day one and they were my favorite set of the whole weekend - so magical to see them perform live!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stacker Style: High Waist, Wide Leg

I bought these pants in 3 different colors and I am not even sorry. I've never been one to do the high-rise thing. (You may remember my first pair of high-risers over here.) After trying on a pair and deciding that I could, in fact, pull it off, I decided to keep the streak alive. So I proceeded to buy these. And then I got them in this color and then this color. I now even own a pair of high waist jeans. WHO AM I? I am not sure, but I feel very cool. Maybe it's the residual effect from my haircut, maybe it's these pants. Likely both. Whatever it is, I'm riding the cool girl wave, and there's no end in sight.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Stacker Style: Gym Rat

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I bought these pants for a whopping $12. $12, Y'ALL. Now that I have become a self-proclaimed gym rat, I'm trying to look fly as hell, but on a budget. Can't be spending $100 on a pair of pants, you know? So when I walked by a sale rack of $12 yoga pants, I had to do a double take. I went inside, asked if the pants were really $12, and then proceeded to try on a few pairs. Walked away with two and now my booty is looking even more banging whilst I Zumba and stretch away. Unfortunately, this was a one-time, in-store only sale, so the pants are no longer available on the low-low. BUT, they are available on the low, so get them here, while you can!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Beauty Bites: Seed Phytonutrients

Last week, I had the pleasure of being introduced to L'OrĂ©al's new incubator beauty brand, Seed Phytonutrient. I know what you're thinking (because I was, too) - another beauty brand? Do we really need one? Probably not, if it's just another brand. But after spending the day with the Seed Phytonutrient team, I quickly realized that they're far from that. They're a brand ready to change the sustainability sphere and are already sparking conversations to help make sure that we, as consumers, are, too. Intrigued? I thought you might be. Read on to hear about my day and this new brand that you need to know about.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Food Friday: Pacific Catch

Hello, Friday! Or should I say, "Aloha"? Why you ask? Well, one of my favorite places to grab a bite, Pacific Catch, is now offering Aloha Friday, where you can grab Mai Tai's for $5 all day long, so long as you show up in Hawaiian attire. Not a bad way to celebrate Friday, eh? Not into cocktails? No sweat. Pacific Catch offers HH deals on delicious bites Monday through Friday, so you can score some dollars off any day of the week. I happen to love Pacific Catch for their shrimp tacos and rice bowls (Japanese Wasabi bowl, Cali-style poke, half brown rice, half salad is my go-to, in case you're wondering!). I recently stopped by to fill up on all of their other tasty offerings including sushi, calamari, poke and more. Verdict? Everything is worth a taste. Stop by one of these upcoming Fridays and see for yourself!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stacker Style: Power Pants

Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Or so the saying goes. When I think about my life and my career, I honestly can't tell you where I'll be in five years. For all intents and purposes though, I like to think that it will all work out. My career path to date has been less than straight, but it's always worked out (even with all the bumps, potholes and detours!). Sure, there have been times where I've been at a stop sign for a little longer than planned, or even had to back up, before moving forward. Nevertheless, I've always believed that I'm where I'm supposed to be, until I'm supposed to be somewhere else.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Coachman Hotel

The Coachman Hotel 4100 Pine Boulevard South Lake Tahoe

Came for the waffles, stayed for the s'mores.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Food Friday: Santa Clara's New Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 2762 Augustine Dr, Santa Clara, CA‎

Late last month, I had the pleasure of attending a restaurant opening for Santa Clara's latest hotspot - Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. I've been to many a steakhouse in my day, and I know that you have been, too. So, what makes Fleming's stand out in a sea of steaks? Well, for one, their wines. Fleming's boasts an impressive 100 wines, specially curated, featuring esteemed vintages and local favorites. The fact that these wines rotate each year makes the quest to taste each even more enticing - can one really drink them all? I don't know, but I am willing to find out. But what's wine without the perfect pairing, right? At Fleming's you can have it all - surf and turf. And, if you know me, you know that I love a good cut of meat, as much as a I love a good selection of seafood. Like most steakhouses, Fleming's also offers a delicious array of sides to accompany your main course - mushroom, potatoes, spicy mac and cheese and greens. Why pick, if you don't have to? So long as you still have room for dessert. And trust me, you'll want dessert. So, now that you've got the overview, let's hear about my night, shall we?


Monday, September 11, 2017

Stacker Style: Kickin' it with Keds

Time and time again, I will tell you that I cannot settle when it comes comfort. In fact, the older I get, the less I'm willing to compromise when it comes to what makes me feel good and happy. And, because I'm embracing the less is more mantra, it's even more important that the things I fill my closet with are good quality, versatile, and, of course, worth my money! I recently slipped on a pair of Keds and took them for a whirl. I had always known about the brand, but never had the opportunity to try a pair on for size. First off, I had no idea how many different styles of Keds there are out there! I'm a classic gal and really wanted a pair of basic white sneakers, so I went with these. I couldn't have been happier with my selection - not only do they go with everything (jeans & tee? yeah! dress? no problem!), they also happen to be comfortable as comfortable gets. I've been wearing them on long walks around town, to work, and everywhere in between. I even wore them to Outside Lands. What's a better test than a 3-day music festival, right? And yes, my feet survived and my favorite new sneaks passed the festival footwear test. 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Stacker Style: Outside Lands 2017, Day 2

On day dos of OSL, comfort was once again key. I'm usually one to mix up the outfits - one day, I'll keep it casual with jeans, and the next day I'll let it flow with a floor length maxi. This year, I kept it easy with jeans and sneaks both days in a row, but made sure to jazz up my looks with some fun statement pieces. See the breakdown of my outfit, including which Rebeca Minkoff pieces I styled for this look, after the jump!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Stacker Style: Outside Lands 2017, Day 1

Outside Lands has come and gone, but my #OOTD photos live on, thus, I must share them. OSL was my first festival this year, which is slightly shocking for a festival gal like myself. What's even more shocking is that I only made it to two of the three days this year. This girl is getting old, ha. Luckily for me, I had no expectations, no agenda and was just there for the fun. I danced, I laughed, and, of course, I ate. This year, I was stoked to work with Rebecca Minkoff to showcase how us SF gals do festival fashion. After the jump, see how I styled my RM.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Stacker Style: Gym Bag Essentials

Earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to to be my fittest self ever by 30. I've been a gym goer here and there, but never anything consistent. Ever since joining my new gym earlier this year, I've been keeping up my cadence of hitting the gym 3-4 days a week. It's been an awesome and motivating journey and I'm feeling optimistic about my hitting my goal. I'm still seven or so months away from hitting the big 3-0, so we'll see! After eight months of gym visits under my belt, I've got my routine down to a science. I don't let anything stand in the way of my gym visits (and I've gotten quite good at saying "no" to things, in favor of spending my time working out and filling up on endorphins!). I've also been treating myself with my favorite apparel (after hitting a fitness milestone) and stocking my bag with all of the essentials. I've found that all these little things (cute athletic wear and amazing products) help to make working out all that more fun. Curious to see what I keep in my gym bag? Read more after the jump!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stacker Style: #SayHi to My New Favorite Jeans Thanks to Old Navy

There's a lot of simple pleasures in life, and one of mine is finding a really good pair of jeans. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that many women get just as giddy when they find a pair that feels and looks good. Think about it - think about how many pairs of jeans you have in your closet that are stretchy, comfy, feel good, make your legs look long, and make your bum look good. Theoretically, all our clothes should make us feel that good, but the truth is sometimes we strike out! A few months back, I was introduced to a pair of jeans that I now have two of in my closet. Want to hear more? Of course you do, so read more after the jump!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Stacker Style: Slow Down, Loosen Up

99% of the time, you can find be in casual, easy breezy outfits, like this one. I'm a big proponent of sneakers and wedges, and basically anything else that's easy to walk in. Included in my repertoire of casual-wear are cheeky tote bags, loose tanks and baggy, distressed denim. (Basically, everything you see in this post is what I regularly wear on the weekends.) This particular tote is one that I picked up from a shop in New Orleans. Again, ha, the shop is located next to the Ace we were staying at. It was less than $20 and it spoke to me, so I had to add it to my collection. Every time I wear it, I'm reminded of the mantra plastered on it, "Slow Down, Loosen Up." I'm constantly moving, thinking and doing - sometimes it's nice to be reminded to slow down and to go with the flow. I'm trying to embrace more of that breezy feel so often found in my outfits with friendly reminders (hence, tote bag) and personal mindfulness. The gym, slow weekends and "me" time all help, too. Got some tips for slowing down? Share 'em with me, below!  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stacker Style: Green Day-to-Night Get-Up

While I was in LA, I stayed downtown at the Ace, which happens to be down the street from BNKR. I couldn't resist hopping in and trying in a few goodies, including this dress! Well, not this exact one because the one I tried on was just a tad too big. I left empty-handed and proceeded to scour the web to find it. After a few searches I found it and now you're looking at the proud owner of the most versatile green dress ever. Seriously. It's the perfect day-to-night frock. Easy to dress up, and even easier to dress down. I styled it with my favorite leather jacket (which is starting to stretch because I wear it to death!) and a pair of leopard sling backs (which actually happen to be a half size too small for me, but I can't bring myself to get rid of them because I love leopard print..). Finished off the look with my new lippie (into the orange pout, you guys?) and a classic pair of sunnies. These days, I'm all about the double-duty pieces. After getting rid of half my closet, I'm only added pieces that can be worn well (and to death!).


Monday, July 17, 2017

Stacker Style: Ways to Combat the Monday Blues

Ever since I cleared out my closet, I've been finding many oldies, but goodies, like this chambray shirt and matching stripe chevron stripe Soludos. I've been putting so many of my "new" clothes into rotation, that I'm getting lots of questions about my outfits. Sadly, most items are no longer available (these are like years old, guys, ha), but I'm doing my best to share similar items in the widgets at the end of my posts.

I actually wore this frock right before the Fourth, to get into the festive spirit. Ironic to wear a Canadian tuxedo in preparation to celebration the US's independence, but it is what it is, ha. But, because the Fourth is long gone, I decided to do a post on combating the much-hated Monday blues. Scroll below for some fun tips and treats!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stacker Style: Jump(Suit) for Your Love

I love a good jumpsuit, but the truth is I only own one...and you're looking at it. Don't get me wrong - I have a ton of rompers, but sometimes I feel like jumpsuits are hit or miss. I decided that I'd rather try and return, than not try at all, because landing on the right one is such a score! I grabbed this stunner from Zara. Unfortunately, like with most Zara pieces, this one is all sold out, but I've shared a couple of my favorite black and white options (as well as other similar items to this outfit) in the widget at the end of this post!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Beauty Bites: Masks of the Moment

If there's one thing you must know about me it's that I'm a skincare junkie. I turn 30 next year, but I'm trying to keep my skin age 18. Luckily for me, most people still think I'm in my early 20s (which used to bother me), but now I don't mind at all. One secret? Masks. I love a good mask. My ideal Sunday evening is spent in a good mask (or two!), with candles or sage burning, and Friends playing in the background. So, as someone with a bit of an obsession with masks, I decided to do a round-up of my current faves and must haves.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

48 Hours in London: The Ultimate Travel Guide

You may have noticed on the gram that I've been hit by the travel bug again. I've been taking my weekend escapes seriously and jetting off just about every chance I've been able to. So far this year, we've been to Palm Springs, New Orleans, LA, and of course, wine country. Not so bad for the first half the year, if I do say so myself. Now that summer is in full swing, I've got longer itineraries on my mind. Although nothing is booked yet, I'm thinking I may pull the trigger with all of these international deals. But where to? Well, for starters, the pound is at a 31-year low. Yes, 31-year low. Can you imagine how much you can save on travel to London right now? (If not, refer to this handy Brexit Calculator that Virgin put together to help you calculate your savings!) If you're itching to head across the pond, then I've got the perfect post for you. I've partnered with Virgin Atlantic to put together a handy guide for all the things to see, do and eat in London in 48 hours. Of course, if you're heading all the way over, may as well stay longer.. but just in case, here's all the musts.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stacker Style: Sunday's Best

Alright. Confession. I shot this look seriously just about a year ago and somehow didn't get this post up! But, since Mother's Day is coming up and you might be in the market for some ideas on what to wear for a day out with mom, I figured now is as good of a time as any to finally share this look. A stunning silk skirt plus a matching silk top is a sure-win recipe for success. In fact, having first put this combo together a year ago, I can tell you that every time I need an outfit to look my best in, this is the combo I'm grabbing (especially since I have matching lipstick to go with!). And, if you're still in need of a sure-win present idea for mom, I've got that, too. Aside from your time, get mom a classic silk piece that she can wear over and over and over. Scarf, skirt, top - can't go wrong (especially if you pair it with some lipstick to match, too!).


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

pancakePROFILES: Perch SF

Perch 654 Chenery Street

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It's been a while since I've done a pancakePROFILE series on the blog, but just in time for Mother's Day, I wanted to introduce you all to the owner behind the sweetest little shop I was invited to, in hopes that you'll make time to visit him and his store, too. If you're not familiar, my profile series is where I interview local folks in the San Francisco area who are doing some cool things (like starting or growing their own business) and making the city a richer place because of it. Truth be told, I encounter so many rad people doing amazing, inspirational things on a day to day basis through my blog, that I'd love to spend more time telling their stories again. Thus, I'm brining this long-too-dormant series back and truly hope that you guys enjoy it. So, let's get started shall we?


Monday, May 8, 2017

Stacker Style: City Girl

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We're officially back from New Orleans and even though it's nice to be home, I am already planning our next escape. I love San Francisco, but lately, I've been finding myself more and more anxious to explore. We've already got our yearly ACL trip in the books, which isn't until October, but I'm excited to have something to look forward to. Given Austin isn't until October, we're brainstorming possible road trip options to SoCal, international travels to Europe, and our fill of weekend getaways. In fact, with Memorial Day and Fourth of July just around the corner, I know it won't be long until this city girl is on the road again. But the question remains... where to next? Anyone have any suggestions for fun places to visit? 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Beauty Bites: Clarins Spring 2017

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You know that my love for Clarins runs deep. I look forward to the brand's spring launch every. single. year. (See here and here, if you don't believe me.) This year was no exception. Probably the biggest reason why I have loved Clarins for so long is their mission to constantly innovate and improve upon skincare. The brand evolves products and doesn't settle when it comes to good skincare solutions. This spring, I was delighted to find that the same thing still rang true, both with new products and improvements upon old favorites. After the jump, take a look at some of the brand's new spring standouts and see which products I've found myself keeping in my makeup bag ever since receiving them.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Stacker Style: Comfortable Sandals for Spring

In the spirit of sharing shoes that don't suck, let me introduce you to another recent pair that my feet were happy to wear: these pretty little sandals pictured above by Dansko. I'd heard of Dansko before, but never had an opportunity to slip a pair on. So, when the brand kindly reached out to see if I'd be interested in trying some of their shoes for spring, I decided to take them up on the offer. It's been a while since my toes have seen the light of day (outside, that is). San Francisco still has these weird weather moments where rain will suddenly appear out of the blue. And, even when the sun is out, the wind is in full force. So, in an attempt to keep as warm as possible, I've stuck to close-toed shoes all the way. In fact, even as I'm writing this there's rain in the forecast for later this week! That being said, I'm ready to get my pedicure on and rock some sandals this spring. So, I opted for the sandals pictured above, as my next step into spring. How did they stack up? Find out after the jump!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Food Friday: Breaking Bread at Tawla, San Francisco's newest Eastern Mediterranean Gem

Tawla 206 Valencia Street 

Mediterranean is quite possibly one of my favorite cuisines. In fact, there was a point a little while back where I'd visit the same Mediterranean restaurant every Friday night. (La Med, in case anyone is wondering and my standard order is the chicken kebab plate with lentil soup, lol.) That being said, I was excited to be introduced to a new Eastern-Mediterranean spot in the city. Somewhere new to spice things up! Cue the mission's latest gem, Tawla. When people think of Mediterranean, oftentimes they're used to "street food" items like shwarmas, pitas and kebabs, which isn't a bad thing - because all of those things are delicious, in my opinion. That being said, there's a whole other layer of deliciousness that has yet to be tapped: food made at home that you just can't get anywhere else. That's where Tawla comes in. Tawla's founder, Azhar Hashem, wanted to fill a void in the San Francisco food scene by showcasing the comfort food of the Levant and Mediterranean regions. When I thought about this, I realized, I didn't know what home-style, Levant-region food actually was. Thankfully, that would change that evening, as I got a crash course in Levant-style cuisine thanks to Azhar and the Tawla team, who graciously welcomed us into their "home." So, what did I learn? Read more after the jump.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How I Balance It All

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Some people ask how I balance it all - work, love, family, friends, my blog, the gym... the list goes on. Truth it, it's hard. There's no universe in which I am able to do everything. Well, not everything all at once. I've taken endless breaks on this blog - just search "I'm back" in the search bar, and I'm sure at least ten posts will pop up (hahaha). I've taken a break from the gym (and had the pounds to prove it, lol). I've gone weeks without seeing my friends (and have some angry "WTF" texts to show for it). I've even gone too long without giving my parents a call (and have the "Hello, where are you??" voicemails saved to remind me of it). Balancing everything is hard (and I'm not even raising a family - it's just me!). There's no secret. But, in between it all, I've found some ways to make things work. Note, I don't claim to be an expert and some days my sanity hangs on by a tiny little thread. But, I figure we're all going through it in various degrees, so we might as well talk about it together.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Stacker Style: The Everlane Day (to night) Heel

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I'm not one for believing in big statements (without proof, that is). It's in my nature to analyze everything. In fact, as and English major in college, I found it thrilling to analyze every angle of a 4-word line in a poem. I could write paragraphs out of just a sentence. Point is, I like to challenge things. That being said, I'd still consider myself a healthy mix of both optimistic and realistic. If you say something, I genuinely want to believe you - but I need proof, ha. So, why am I telling you this? Because Everlane just released their Day Heel, coined the most comfortable heel to walk in by scores across the web. Everlane's own website says it's the heel you can walk in all damn day. Now, let me tell you something about myself. I love dressing up. I wish I could lie and say that I'm chic AF and rock the heels 9 to 5 at the office. I'm not. I prefer comfort over style and sometimes forget that the two can go hand in hand. When I was living in LA for college, I trained myself to love heels. (We're talking live, breathe,walk in-them-forever-love). Well, 7 years later, San Francisco has turned me into the sneaker queen. People at work marvel over how I can keep my collection so pristine. But, every now and then I miss the old heel-loving-me. So, when Everlane invited me to their Day Collection pop-up, you know I had to show up. The verdict? Find out after the jump.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekend Getaway: Palm Springs

My favorite place to get away is Palm Springs. Despite my San Francisco resident status, my true home is under the sun. And Palm Springs, my friends, is my desert dream under the sun. I venture to PS at least once a year (usually for Coachella), but every now and then I go just for some good ole R&R. This year, because I'm not headed to Coachella (I know, I can't believe it either!), I decided to book a trip to the desert to get my fill. It was also Derrick's first non-Coachella PS trip, so we decided to live like the locals, if only for a weekend. After the jump, catch a photo diary of our trip, along with a list of favorite spots to catch whilst in the city.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Stacker Style: Fits Like a Glove

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I'd been looking for a camel coat for years. You might remember this oversized stunner, that I continue to keep in my closet, despite it being extremely too large for me. (It's too beautiful for me to let go of, and I sort of think I might get it tailored one day...) Well, I went on about wanting a camel coat for so long that someone eventually listened. My boyfriend surprised me with this stunner for my birthday back in February and I finally took it out for a spin. Now, had you seen me in this a few days ago and you would have thought I had lost my mind, given the city's hot 70 degree weather. But, never one to stay out of the limelight too long, Karl quickly rushed back and with him so did the cold front. I was just getting used to light jackets and toe-bearing mules. That being said, a chic coat, skinny jeans and over the knee boots aren't so bad either.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Stacker Style: Fiesta, Fiesta

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It's fun to wear happy things. I've been living in big coats (see here, here and here) and have been itching to get my skin in the sun. Well, as soon as the sun came out, I wore this baby three times. I purchased this top back in February, when I was shopping for birthday outfits. The top arrived just after my birthday, but I couldn't help but keep it in my closet. I mean, hello, are you looking at this walking party? Coincidentally, it's called the "fiesta" top - appropriate, if I do say so myself. When I slip it on, I get happy and can't help but feel good in it. It's a bit more delicate than I'd like (one ball has already fallen off, whomp), but so long as I'm not fiesta-ing too hard, it keeps up. And, because I bought this top for a special occasion, I knew I couldn't strip it of its potential. The perfect opportunity came up and this baby got its 15 seconds of fame. Stay tuned for more on that ...


Friday, March 24, 2017

Food Friday: Dosa

Dosa 1700 Fillmore Street

Imagine this. You're sitting at home on a Saturday, watching a team you picked to get to the finals of March Madness completely toss things up by not winning. #3 seed, Florida State had just faced a crushing defeat to the 11th seed underdogs, Xavier. Needless to say, I was in need of some cheering up because my bracket was getting a bit busted. And what's a better way to quell the bracket blues than some good grub? Nothing, right? Luckily for me, I already had a reservation that evening to try out Dosa for the first time. Dosa had been on my list for years! (Remember when I did alphabet dining back in 2013? Dosa was my pick for our "D" restaurant, but we weren't able to make it!) That being said, I don't know why it took so long to get there - but better late than never!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Stacker Style: The Abominable Snow Woman


Sometimes, you wear an outfit and you end up looking like a fictional character. But you know what? It's totally okay. The funny thing about blogging is that you can style up an outfit, do a couple turns in front of your mirror and think to yourself, "Yeah, girl - you look good." And then, you go out, you shoot your look, look at your photos and go, "Man, did I look good?" That's what we have here. I was super pumped to wear this coat that I've been holding on to for about...two or so years and try that whole tights under distressed denim look. Turns out, there's a reason why I haven't worn this coat as much as I've wanted to. Here, we have a case of oversized being, in fact, too oversized. Luckily, all it takes is a good tailor to chop my sleeves a bit and this baby is back in rotation. The tights under jeans look totally could have worked, but I think I need to invest in fishnet tights. Anyways, you win some, you lose some. Good thing it's just personal style - not surgery.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Food Friday: Luce

Luce Restaurant 888 Howard Street

Luce Restaurant, located in SF's InterContinental Hotel, serves up California cuisine boasting of a Michelin star. A Michelin-starred restaurant inside a hotel? I know, right? You wouldn't expect it, but that's the great thing about SF. There are hidden gems everywhere you go. I had the pleasure of dining at Luce one evening, with a few other foodies and although we all gravitated towards different dishes, collectively, we agreed that Luce is worth a taste.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Stacker Style: Spots and Stripes

If there's one thing I'm guilty of, it's not mixing prints as much as I should. I'm a simple gal. As such, my style is pretty simple, too. But sometimes, simple is too safe. So this year, I'm saying "so long!" to safe and trying to get more outside of my comfort zone.


Monday, March 13, 2017

How I Stay Motivated to Work Out

It's been nearly two months since I've started embracing my new routine and hitting gym nonstop. I push myself to make it to the gym at least 4 days a week. And for me, that's a lot. At my one month mark I lost a total of 6 lbs, which was a happy surprise. My jeans fit a little better, and better yet, I feel stronger, happier and more confident. (Those endorphins are real, guys - get out there and collect them.) Of course, just like everyone else, there are good days and bad days. There are days I really don't want to go to the gym - maybe it's a long day at work, or I'm just being flat out lazy. Yet, one thing has always been the case - I have never regret a trip to the gym. It's my happy place. For the one hour I'm dancing away at one of my classes, I'm solely focused on the here and now of my class. I'm present and everything else (work, to-do list, stress, etc.) disappears. It's just me and the gym for 60 minutes straight. So, how do I stay motivated to go to the gym on days I maybe just want to go home and veg out? Read on to find out my some of workout secrets.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Food Friday: Elena Una Filipino Cuisine

Elena Una 3347 Fillmore Street

pancakestacker blog x elena una x filipino cuisine x food friday x san francisco

Have you ever had Filipino food? It's okay if your answer is "no" - in fact, most people I know haven't had it. I'm half Filipino, so my answer is an enthusiastic "yes!" In fact, I can't imagine my life without having enjoyed such a cuisine. I grew up eating the usual suspects - pancit, lumpia, halo halo - and some of the "unusual" suspects - kare kare (my favorite!), dinuguan, tuyo, buro, and bistek for breakfast. I've always wondered why Filipino food hasn't become more mainstream, because (biased opinion coming through), it's really, really good. The flavors are hearty, and though the food may not be on the healthier side, it's full of culture and to me, it tastes like home. In San Francisco, there's not a whole lot of Filipino restaurants around. In fact, before Elena Una, I only knew of one long standing restaurant in the Mission, along with one pop-up, also located in the Mission, and a food truck here or there (Hapa SF, is that one still around? And Senior Sigig). Then, last year, Elena Una came along. I first found out about the restaurant during one of my walks home - I saw the sign: "Filipino Asian Cuisine," and stopped right in my tracks. Could it be? Truth be told, I was skeptical. Could it really do Filipino food right? And, in the Marina of all places? I was skeptical, yes, but nonetheless, very excited to try it out.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Stacker Style: Super Woman

pancakestacker blog x bcbgeneration cape

In my book, wearing a cape is enough reason to call yourself a super woman, so here I am in all my super woman glory. I don't own too many capes; and come to think of it, of the capes that I do own, all of them are black and white. Hm, mental note to also step out of my black and white comfort zone and start wearing more colors. Anyhoo, I grabbed this cape late last year during a crazy Black Friday sale Nordstrom was having. It was a sweet $35 price tag, so I said, "Yeah, let's do it!" Seeing how it's now March, it took me longer than expected to finally wear. But, better late than never - even if Spring is right around the corner, ha. Things I love about it: it's chic (meaning it's great to just throw on when I need to look a little more put together), it's versatile (just because I'm wearing it with black and white doesn't mean I don't see all of its potential!), and it's bad ass (hello, super woman strutting her stuff over here!). So, what's the verdict? All in all, not a bad way to spend $35.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Stacker Style: Snow Leopard

pancakestacker blog x TY-LR

I've been looking for a way to wear more of my closet treasures, especially those that are a little louder than I'm used to. Take this leopard coat (which you've now seen twice!). I love it, because I love, love, love leopard, but, I've had trouble styling it because it's so darn loud. And this top? I love it for it's classic appeal - it's also pretty damn chic and kind of makes me feel like I'm this hip Brit walking the streets of London. But, its big bow kind of also stresses me out, because what do I even wear it with? Well, after realizing that I have a ton of cool stuff in my closet that I bought for a reason, I came to the conclusion that I need to wear them. Thus, came this outfit, which you're now seeing on your screens.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Food Friday: 3rd Cousin

3rd Cousin 919 Cortland Avenue

I'll be the first to tell you that I don't spend much time in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood. It's pretty much on the opposite side of the city for me, and without a car, it's a bit of a trek. That being said, I live by the saying, "Will travel for food." So, no distance can keep me away from great eats. Cue, Bernal's 3rd Cousin, a New American restaurant serving California cuisine. I'd never heard of it before, but after being invited to experience the restaurant's tasting menu, I quickly looked up photos of its Uni Creme Brulee on Instagram and my stomach couldn't wait. Nor shall yours after reading this post.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Corner 103: A Sonoma Wine Tasting Experience

pancakestacker blog x corner 103 x wine tasting x napa

At this point, I've been wine tasting more times than I can remember. And I'm not complaining - I love it. My palate has developed and my taste for wine has grown. I've done tastings with cheese, tastings with chocolate, tasting with food pairings and more. I've almost done it all. Up to this point, I've figured out what I like and what I don't like, but not why. That is, until my wine tasting experience with Llyod Davis of Sonoma's Corner 103.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Stacker Style: Something Special

pancakestacker blog x asos camo gucci disco bag

Contrary to what you may think, I'm not terribly into purchasing clothes and things. My closet might tell you otherwise - it's a walk-in, filled to the brim with shoes and various clothing items. But, as a blogger, I'm very, very lucky to receive items from generous brands. I shop for clothing an average of 3-5 times a year, and most of the time when I do, it's because I'm in need of something. My shopping philosophy has evolved - I did used to shop a lot when I was in high school / college, but as I grew older, I realized that spending on fast fashion wasn't the best use of my money and quality really does matter. Having said that, I do still give into trends every now and then, but for the most part, I recycle a lot of my clothes over and over. Given that I don't spend that much on clothing, it's even more rare for me to make larger investment purchases because I'm not super into material possessions. I purge my closet a couple times a year and try to donate as much as I can. By now, you're probably saying to yourself...wait, what? She's a blogger. Yes, guilty as charged. I'm a blogger, but I hope that if you haven't realized by now, you're starting to realize that I blog because I love to write, share my stories, and hope to spread positivity through my work. So, after sharing all of that backstory about my shopping patterns, let's talk about the bag featured in this post (because I've already told you about the shoes).


Monday, February 13, 2017


Photos by: Julia O Test

Remember, how I said that I was hitting the gym like a crazy lady? If not, refresh your mem, here (or just peep my millions of Instagram story snaps praising my seemingly newfound love of the gym). As I mentioned in my last post, this year, I really wanted to carve out time for myself. Part of that "me" time meant moving my body & regaining my energy. In 2016, I spent a lot of time not working out, lol. On the contrary, I spent a lot of money to work out. Basically, I was giving away my money like a fool. Instead of hitting the gym, I'd hit up an event. Long story short, I was extremely inconsistent with my routine, and as a result, I ended up mentally beating myself up for being such a bad gym rat. So, once the new year hit, I couldn't have been more excited to reignite my love of working out.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

PSA: Sweet Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and I don't know about you, but I'm super into a day dedicated to love. Always have been and always will be. I know, you're probably thinking, "Well, sure - it's easy to be into Valentine's Day when you're in a relationship!" Okay, fair. But, there were many years when I was a solo Stacker, and even then, I still loved Valentine's Day. I'd buy myself flowers, chocolates and watch romcoms in my pjs, whilst drinking wine, or I'd have a girls day with my gal pals. When I was single, I'd toast to myself for being an independent woman doing the damn thing. And honestly, not much has changed. I'm still an independent woman doing the damn thing, celebrating the day of love, just this time with someone who holds a great piece of my heart. Our plans for this year are still up in the air, but I've got some wine + chocos stashed away just in case we decide to do date night in.

For those of you who are also still in planning limbo, read on for two ways to make the day even sweeter.


Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Me Again.

It's been a while, huh? Just a hair over two months since my last post, but in those two months, we've seen a whole new year appear. 2017, you're finally here! I've been waiting for you. Like most, I'm a fan of a new year's approach. In fact, in 2015, I got this awesome lip reading (yes, a lip reading), where the reader casually mentioned that 2017 would be my best year yet. Considering 2016 was a bit on the tougher side, I have been waiting for 2017 to arrive with arms open wider than you can imagine.

So, in the time that I've been gone, what have I been up to? Resetting. I went through a bit of a social media detox where I took a breather and tried to reevaluate my priorities. I think it only lasted a few weeks (which is a long time for a social media junkie such as myself!), but it felt really nice. Before my break, there were too many times in which I felt like I was losing myself and my voice. I was working with brands here and there and by the time December came around, I just wasn't sure anymore if I was posting because I wanted to, or if I was doing it because someone else paid me to (yikes!). While I love working with brands (and am so thankful that I am able to), I always want to make sure that I'm doing it because I love the brand and the message. Since it finally got to a point where I just wasn't sure what my purpose was anymore, I wanted to take a break and reexamine myself and my actions. In conjunction with that, I also really wanted to take time to think about my goals for the new year, drill down to what it was that I wanted to spend my time on, and most importantly, figure out what I needed (not just what I wanted) to make myself truly happy.

So, after all of that, what did I figure out? Well, lots of things and probably more than you really need to know, but in the spirit of being transparent and throwing down some pancake wisdom like the days of before, here's what I learned. Brace yourselves - this post is already a long one.

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