Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Sounds: Bonnaroo 2014 Series - Little Dragon


Happy Easter everyone! Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Thought I'd come to you this weekend with another Bonnaroo (as well as Coachella) artist. Here are some of my favorites from Little Dragon. My favorite of them all being Ritual Union.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

March 2014: Month in Review Part 1

Mar. 1st:
Had the weekend off and being the working woman that I am, I tend to wake up quite early (try 6:30am before the time change). Usually we lay in bed and try to find a place for brunch. We found this place called Great Maple with bacon donuts! Had to try it. We got there and it was packed! Luckily it's open seating at the bar so instead of waiting almost an hour (which the lady quoted me), we waited 5 minutes for a spot at the bar. Brunch is not complete without a bloody mary so I opted for the Big 'o Pickle Bloody Mary. Yah... and this came out.

massive pickle

just for a size comparison

seriously delicious. so warm and toasty when they first come out!! *drools*

We went shopping afterwards in search of some new sheets. Ok, maybe this is one of those weird things about me but I absolutely LOVE the feeling of nice sheets and it's a MUST. I seriously can't sleep if the sheets don't feel good. So we bought some sheets last year at the San Diego County Fair and because we washed them a whole lot, they started having those little balls that pop up and make the sheets feel fricken weird. It got so bad that I was actually having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep (It sounds like I'm joking but I'm completely serious!). Luckily we found some at Walmart which is what I have at my home home. I used my gift card so it was Free99.

It was only about 3pm when we got a little hangry. We decided to go for some Hawaiian food at Island Style Cafe. I love this place and I keep trying to get my friends from Hawaii to go to this place so we can see how authentic this place is. To me it's "broke da mout" lol. Thanks Richard for teaching me that hahaha.

We were pretty beat after being out all day so we called it a night after we got home.

Mar. 2nd:
Didn't do much all day. Went to dinner at Osteria Romantica with my friends Richard and Blaire who were in town for a few days. I got the Pappardelle pasta with braided lamb, mixed wild mushrooms, olives and rosemary. It was pretty good but definitely not as good as Bencotto.

Mar. 3rd:
Took the day off to go to the Childish Gambino concert. Met up with Richard and Blaire for lunch at El Zarape. Haven't tried this place before but heard really good reviews. I got the Wasabi burrito and it was pretty tasty and I don't even like Mexican food (I know... blasphemy right?! lol).

Went to the Childish Gambino show that night but unfortunately I forgot my camera (I was trying to vlog for the day and then ended up in the middle of uploading my footage to the computer so I completely forgot to put the camera in the purse). I have some minor videos from the show but nothing worth posting.

Mar. 4th:
After work on the 4th, we went brewery hopping. First stop was Ballast Point.

Next stop was Green Flash and the final destination was Stone Brewery Beer Gardens.

Mar. 5th:
Got a chance to do happy hour with one of my San Diego gals. We went to Fleming's and it was totally yumes! Their happy hour menu is really good. We got 2 burgers, 2 alcoholic drinks, and 2 apps between the two of us and it was $20 each. Their burgers were actually surprisingly good. Their calamari is a MUST (tastes tangy Asian).

For dessert we decided to go to Lette at UTC for their macarons. OMG. My snooty LA self will have to admit that these macarons are better than Bottega Louie or any other macarons I've had. Their salted caramel macaron is seriously the BOMB DOT COM (and I hate salted caramel stuff but I just ordered one of each flavor and I figured I'd just give anything I didn't like to Tony).

Mar. 7th:
Went out to eat in Little Italy at Mona Lisa for Tony's cousin's birthday.

Mar. 8th: The Curious Incident of the Infamous Pub Crawl
So one of Tony's friends rented out a bus and we went around to 9 different breweries. Needless to say, I only made it to 4.

Mar. 13th:
Random date night at Wa Dining OKAN. A really neat spot. I would highly recommend it. Everything was really good including the uni. They have these bowls and they are super tasty. They also had a green tea cheesecake dessert which was very interesting. It was good but not what I had imagined.

Mar. 14th:
Hope all you marshmallows went out and watched Veronica Mars! I went before work. Oh man, Logan in uniform. In the words of Veronica, "You should wear this and only this forever." Raises hand. Um yes please.

Stay tuned for part 2!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Sounds: Bonnaroo 2014 Series - Sam Smith

Wowza. After the performances on SNL (which were complete amazeballs), everyone has been buzzing about this guy. Sam Smith's performances seriously made me tear up. Such an amazing empathetic singer. His demeanor is also so humble and shy but when he starts performing, he's completely transformed and it's amazing to see. We had the opportunity to see him in December at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Sounds: Coachella 2014 Series - BANKS

When someone remakes a classic like Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody" and gets praised for her rendition, it's a pretty high compliment. Introducing BANKS. Listen to her rendition below and judge for yourself. It is a bit different but also amazing. She looks like a cross between Sara Bareilles and Natalie Portman (aka beautiful lol) and sounds like what Sara Bareilles would sound like if she decided to make Indie music. Her music is what I would put into my "Funk" playlist which is just a bunch of songs that I would play when I'm feeling in funky mood (i.e. can't decide what to listen to). I can just imagine "This is What It Feels Like" being played during the club scene in the Matrix when Neo meets Trinity for the first time.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Product Rave: J. Crew Campbell Capri in Stretch Cotton


All you shorties out there looking for work pants, look no further than these J.Crew Campbell Capris in Stretch Cotton. I'm 5 feet and 1/2 an inch, 26 in. waist, and 28 in. inseam. These capris fit me like regular pants without alterations in terms of the length. In the thigh and waist area, they literally fit me LIKE A GLOVE. I went in specifically to try these pants on so originally when I went into J. Crew, I picked up the size 2 and the size 4. WAY too loose. Then the sales associate, Cindy, at Fashion Valley, who was helping me said to pick up the 00 because it stretches out and to get a size smaller. I kind of looked at her disbelievingly because I know my body and I know that I might look tiny but trust, pants never look right on me. They either fit me in the waist but the thighs could fit a few chickens or it fits me in the thighs but the waist cannot be buttoned. Also, I haven't fit into a 00 since the college years when I was super depressed and only ate one meal a day but luckily for vanity sizing, a 26 in the waist is apparently a 00 at J. Crew lol. Anywhos! It also has real front pockets and back pockets and it's also machine washable (I don't buy anything that isn't 'cause honestly... "ain't nobody got time fo that!"). I mean the price isn't what I usually spend on work pants but lately I've been trying to dress for the job I want and not the one I have. I will definitely update you guys on how these pants hold up in the wash and multiple wears but if I end up loving them, I'm definitely getting more.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Nordstrom Triple Points Event - Beauty Wish-List

So I've been accumulating a list of random products (mostly beauty) that I'm waiting to purchase when Nordstrom has their Triple Points Event (which is actually going on right now! March 19th-23rd). I have a problem with buying things immediately because most of the time when I want something, I want to use it for an immediate problem. However, this is mostly a list of "YouTube made me do it" products that I've heard so much about but because they are high end, I can't bring myself to drop a few benjamins to try them out.

1. Chrisian Dior - Creme de Rose ($27.00)

2. Bobbi Brown - Blush in Apricot

3. Bobbi Brown - Sheer Lip Color in Rosy ($25.00)

4. Dior - 'Addict Lip Glow' Color Reviver Balm ($32.00)

5. NARS - Creamy Concealer ($29.00)

6. The Balm - Mary Lou-minizer ($24.00), Blush in Frat Boy ($21.00)

7. M.A.C. 217 Blending Brush ($24.00)

8. M.A.C. Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle ($30.00)

Also, if you purchase these items online with your Nordstrom card, you can go through Ebates and get 3% cash back! No fees. You just click on a link on the Ebates website and go about your purchasing as usual. Ebates will track whether you purchase anything and 3% cash back of your final purchase goes back into you pockets in the form of a check! Please use my referral link below if you check them out! I've been using them for years and every few months I get a check in the mail for $10-$20 and I rarely purchase anything online so for those of you who shop online a lot, you'll be making bank!

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

So thanks to Holly who posted about this on Instagram, I totally want this California Dogeared Necklace. I have the one from Jewelmint but this one is daintier and who doesn't love dainty lol. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Sounds: Coachella 2014 Series - HAIM

Top of the morning to ya'lls. Coming to you this Sunday morning with yet another Coachella artist. This week I'm featuring HAIM. After the summer festival season ended, there was speculation that HAIM would be a performer in this year's Coachella. Their sound is unique and the three ladies remind me of my Hanson days. Here are a couple of favorites. Check them out on their Soundcloud page.

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