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

pancakeSTACKER Blog x Kara Nixon Photography

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

pancakeSTACKER Blog x Kara Nixon Photography

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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