Live Well: Happy Weekend


Happy Friday, friends.

I considered doing an outfit post today, considered writing about The Goldfinch. But then I realized that it's been a long week, and I just want to relax. So I'm going to leave you with a picture of the roses we had as our centerpiece last week, next to our currently-in-progress chess game. Because what says "it's the weekend" more than chess?

A few highlights from the week:

Television. After having it repeatedly recommended to me, my husband and I finally started watching Brooklyn 99! And now I have no idea why it took us so long. If you're not an Andy Samberg fan, stay away, but those of you who (like me) are OBSESSED with The Lonely Island - jump right in.

Haircuts. I finally got my hair cut yesterday and it feels SO GOOD. Pictures to come next week!

Anniversaries. This week marks my one-year anniversary working at shopkick, which is pretty special.

It also marks the three-year anniversary of when my husband and I apartment hunted in San Francisco for the first time and ended up finding the place we now call home. How do you remember that was three years ago, you ask? Well, three years ago we drove up to San Francisco from Stanford on a Thursday evening and looked at an apartment on Chestnut Street, in our current neighborhood. After we looked at the apartment, we strolled down Chestnut (which has a bunch of restaurants and bars) to find a place for dinner. As we were walking down, I was struck by how many people were eating at Mexican restaurants. Every Mexican restaurant was literally packed to the gills, spilling out onto the sidewalks. To be honest, I was encouraged by how popular Mexican food appeared to be - it made it seem like San Francisco wouldn't be that different from Texas after all. It was only a few days later that I realized we had looked at that apartment on CINCO DE MAYO...explaining the neighborhood's obsession with Mexican food. At least it made for a memorable evening.


Enjoy your weekend, friends. This is my husband's and my last weekend doing the Whole30 - we'll hopefully make it count!

Live Well: Recipe for the Perfect Weekend

You know, just the view of the bay from our neighborhood.

I have to admit - although the past few weekends have been enjoyable, something about them has been a bit lackluster. Part of the problem has been cold weather, part has been residual workweek exhaustion and worries, and part has been our Whole30.

Because our diet is pretty limited right now, I've been hesitant to make plans with friends. I mean, no one likes to hang out the weirdo at a small dinner party who awkwardly and nervously avoids bread, pasta, and cheese at every turn. When you don't eat those things but your friends do while in your presence, they almost always feel like you're judging them, even when you're not.

But this past weekend we were blessed with a trifecta - the weather was beautiful, I didn't have any work stuff hanging heavy on me, and I put extra effort into making plans with friends (by scoping out restaurant menus beforehand). Here's my recipe for the perfect weekend:

1. Get off of work before 6PM on Friday.


2. Enjoy a long dinner with one of your oldest friends and his wife at a great restaurant.


3. Wake up the next morning and get a great workout. Note - I am usually NOT a selfie person, but after Saturday's CrossFit workout I felt compelled to document just how sweaty and red I was looking. For those of you who are interesting in this kind of thing, this is what we did:

Warm-up: 5x5 squats @ 75%

Workout: In groups of three, complete

Run 800 meters

150 thrusters

150 calories rowing

150 burpees

Run 800 meters

= death

4. Have your husband cook you a delicious brunch


5. Take a long walk around your beautiful neighborhood. (Unfortunately, that is not my husband and me laying on the grass. I agree, it would be a lot cooler if it was.)

6. Get dressed up for dinner, only to forget your memory card, making the camera you carted to dinner with you totally useless. (Don't worry, you know me - I'll just re-wear that outfit this week.)

7. Go to a delicious early dinner with friends (who were lovely and accommodating of our weird diet when we discovered that everything is served family-style).

8. Go see niche artsy films like you used to in college. (We saw Locke. Not unexpectedly, we loved it.)

9. Wake up and take your poor body that endured that CrossFit class to yoga.

10. Eat a delicious brunch at Kitchen Story. (Seriously - so good. And the wait for two people at noon on a Sunday was only 20 minutes! Unheard of by San Francisco standards.)

11. Take an afternoon nap.


12.  Make totally delicious, totally easy, totally Whole30-compliant tuna and avocado lettuce wraps for Sunday dinner.

13. Close out your Sunday by watching Mad Men. (I'm still devastated that we're only getting seven episodes this year.)


I hope everyone had a similarly spectacular weekend. I'm also pretty excited about the upcoming week - for the first time in a LONG time, I will not be flying anywhere - woohoo!

Enjoy your Monday - I'll see you back here tomorrow.

Dress Well: Weekend Blues

J. Crew vest (old), Madewell shirt, Paige jeans (similar), Rocket Dog boots, J. Crew necklace (similar), J. Crew bangle, Anthropologie bag (similar), Coach sunglasses

This outfit is pretty much my weekend uniform - my favorite jeans, a loose-fitting shirt, a puffer vest to keep me warm, and shoes that I can slip on and off easily when I'm driving around, running errands (am I the only one who can't stand driving with shoes on? Possibly...). Just looking at this outfit is making me wish it was the weekend again...DSC_3999







Did you guys have a good weekend? Mine was good, albeit short. We had the macaroni & cheese at Citizen's Band on Friday night (only 98 more items to go on the 100 Things to Eat in SF Before You Die list!), got in a workout and a beautiful walk across the city on Saturday morning, had dinner with friends on Saturday night, and headed up to Napa yesterday for a fancy pizza party (more on that tomorrow!). Although I was sad to see the weekend end, I'm also excited for the next few days to pass - on Thursday evening I will be heading to Texas for a Rice reunion event and my mom's birthday. I know next weekend will be filled with good food, good friends, and bare legs (God bless Houston in March), so naturally I'm counting down the days! Have a great Monday!

Live Well: 2/9/13 Weekend Recap

Per the usual, I had a wonderful weekend here in San Francisco. Here are a few of the moments that made it fun:


My surprise Valentine's Day gift from my mom that showed up on Friday night. My husband worked late on Friday, so this gift kept me company while I got my trashy TV fix from Say Yes to the Dress and Fashion Police. (And yes, you will most certainly be seeing this bracelet in future posts.)


Restocked our wine supply. Something tells me these won't be around for long!


Made cake batter truffles for a little dinner party we hosted. Despite their somewhat strange appearance, they were pretty tasty! (Recipe later this week.)


Enjoyed a very chill Sunday morning...

DSC_1721 the presence of these beautiful flowers.


And only made this face when my husband decided to take close-up photos of me...

DSC_1655...but really felt like this all weekend.

I hope you guys had as great of a weekend as I did! Enjoy your Monday.