Live Well: Making Me Happy

DSC_8935[My favorite dahlia arrangement ever + colorful books]

This week felt forever long. Maybe it's the result of coming after a four-day week, maybe it's due to too much work and too little sleep. Either way, I'm so excited it's Friday. In honor of the tradition on Pop Culture Happy Hour (which you know I'll be listening to on my way into work today), I decided to share the things that have been making me happy this week. Happy weekend, everybody - rest up, have fun, and I will see you back on Monday!


[The incredible view from my rooftop deck. I can't wait to be back up there this weekend, soaking in the sun (hopefully) and reading my book!]


[The most delicious brunch ever at Universal Cafe. I had to get in a final breakfast there before finally cutting back on calories!]


[The fact that it was warm enough to wear shorts and short sleeves last weekend. Okay, I ended up being pretty cold. But it was close to warm enough! I'm hoping we're graced with the same beautiful weather this weekend.]

photo[Amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Never. Gets. Old.]

Live Well: Labor of Love

Labor DayOf all the words I could associate with this weekend, "labor" is probably the least likely to make the list. You know when you build something up so much that there's no way that reality could meet your expectations? Well that totally did NOT happen on this highly-anticipated Labor Day weekend.

This entire weekend has been one long good-time blur, starting with dinner at Frances on Friday (service was questionable, food was amazing), then moving onto watching Rice do a GREAT job in their season opener against Texas A&M (and proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are the classier team), then a walk around my beautiful neighborhood, then dinner with friends, then trips to the farmer's market, then enjoying homemade chicken skewers and zucchini pancakes paired with rosé with my wonderful husband...and best of all, we have ANOTHER day! All of this is to say that my weekend has been wonderful so far, and I hope you've got plans today that are even better than mine (which primarily consist of baking cookies, walks around the neighborhood, and chores at my apartment).

Happy Labor Day everyone!

Live Well: Life Lately

Life LatelyAm I boring you guys with my constant pictures of dahlias yet? I would completely understand if the answer is "yes." With these gorgeous, technicolor flowers available every Sunday at my local farmer's market, I find myself compulsively picking up multiple vases worth to beautify our apartment. This post is a celebration of the small things in life that keep you happy. On my list of small things, dahlias are at the top.

Other things currently on my list: Cards Against Humanity, figs eaten with goat cheese and honey, a mug with my face on it that has become my husband's favorite cup (I'm drinking out of your face!), even more padron peppers, and my ever-present favorite, farmer's market strawberries.

Not pictured, but still notable: dinners and brunches and drinks with wonderful friends, Breaking Bad being back on the air, kind co-workers, and most of all, my wonderfully unselfish husband who continues to be his angelic self even though he's been under the weather. I live a good life.

Dress Well (and Eat Well): Sunday at the Farmer's Market

J. Crew sweatshirt, UnderArmor leggings

Natalie, the hardcore coffee drinker: that's a decaf almond milk latte in my hand. You know, the hard stuff.

July has fully lived up to its reputation this year. This past weekend, just like all other weekends this July, was cold, gray, and foggy. Every time my husband and I stepped outside, one of us said, "it's like it's November!" because this weekend's weather felt exactly like November in Texas. We didn't let a little fog interrupt our weekend routine, though - we still got up, bundled up, and walked over to our neighborhood farmer's market. Here's a small peak into our standard weekend:











And this is what those dahlias look like when you get them home. Aren't they beautiful?

DSC_6351Nothing too exciting from this past weekend to report. Our Friday night dinner at AQ was wholly underwhelming. I loved the meal we had the first time we went, but almost every course this time missed the mark. Disappointing. On Saturday we got in a little shopping before coming home because I was feeling pretty sick. Sunday we braved the fog for a bit, cooked a big brunch (more on that later this week!) then lazed around the house. As you can see, I wasn't lying when I said I had nothing exciting to report...

Next weekend we're off to Texas for a friend's wedding. While we'll only be in Dallas for slightly over 24 hours, I'm ready to trade some Texas summer sun for this San Francisco summer fog! Between work and some fun dinners with friends this upcoming week, I'm sure the trip will be here before I know it.

Have a great Monday, everyone!