Before Midnight

I know I'm late to the party here, but have you seen Before Midnight, Before Sunset, and Before Sunrise? The movie series follows the evolution of love between an American man Jesse and a French woman Celine and their paths, which intersect decades apart. The stories are gripping, moving, and totally enthralling. I can't wait until the release another movie in the series, but I guess I'll be waiting a while. :)

{Photos via NPR


March in SF

San Francisco is experiencing a huge drought, which we all know is a bad thing. Buuuuut I have to admit that I've really enjoyed the warm, dry weather this winter. The weather this weekend was incredible and we spent the entire weekend soaking up the sun and reveling in the fact that we live in the best city in the world. 
We had breakfast on Saturday and Sunday at Jane on Fillmore. It's quickly becoming my favorite breakfast spot in SF. The lattes are out-of-this-world good and the food is light but delicious. I recommend the granola (above) and the quiche of the day - yesterday's was turkey, gruyere, and rosemary. It's always busy but the wait isn't nearly as long as some of the other popular brunch spots in SF. A bonus is that the interior is really cool. Think: cool wallpaper and cozy chairs.
On Saturday afternoon, we visited the Ferry Building farmers market, which is one of our favorite thing to do on weekends. We stopped for sandwiches at Blue Fog and then went to meet our friends at Fort Mason. It was insanely crowded - there were so many people hanging outside. We brought Spike Ball, which got pretty competitive (we lost). 
We capped off the weekend by paying a visit to our friends, Derek and Lena, and their sweet baby, Charlie. We visited them a month ago and I can't believe how much he's grown since then. We kept joking that Charlie is experiencing new best moments ever all the time - Sunday was the best weather he's ever experienced in his entire life, he went to the first picnic he's ever been on, and he was pooped on by a bird for the first time ever (poor Charlie!). Can't get enough of that sweet baby and isn't Lena the cutest mom ever?

Hope you all had an amazing weekend. xoxo

Favorite Beauty Products: Version 2

Someone recently told me that they took my beauty product advice to heart and now they use some of these products on a daily basis. Well, that totally made my week, so I decided to share a few more of my favorite Sephora/drug store favorite products.

1. Too Faced Brow Envy Kit ($35 at Sephora) - anyone who knows me well knows that I'm obsessed with eyebrows. I've always dreamed of having Lily Collins eyebrows, but it's just not in the cards for me so I fake it 'til I make it (never). I've tried pretty much every eyebrow product on the market. For me, powder works better than a pencil. I recommend going one shade lighter than your natural brow color for the best results. This Too Faced eyebrow kit allows you to mix and match shades and comes with the best brushes and tweezers. I don't use the stuff in the drawer, but it is a cute little compartment, which I'm obviously a fan of. Pros: really awesome powder and tools and lasts forever. Cons: sort of bulky and takes up a lot of room in my makeup case.

2. Benefit Lemon-Aid ($20 at Sephora) - this is technically an eyelid primer, but I use it under my eyes as well. I have really bad dark circles and this is one of the only correcting creams that works. It covers up all discoloration on my eyelids and under my eyes. Highly recommended. 

3. Anastacia Beverly Hills Brow Gel ($22 at Nordstrom) - once you've colored in your brows, this gel helps secure and define them a bit more. Keeps brows in place all day. I've tried the tinted ones and the clear ones, and I think the clear is the way to go (unless you want to look like Frank n furter). I love this stuff! 

4. Eos Lip Balm ($3 at Target) - great basic lip balm. It makes my lips feel really smooth and provides an SPF coverage for beach days. Highly recommended for a basic balm. 

5. NARS The Multiple in Copacabana ($39 at Sephora) - for the same reason I love Benefit High Beam, I love this highlighting stick from NARS. It gives some much needed shine to my t-zone but goes on really light. 

6. Origins GinZing Eye Cream ($30 at Sephora) - I originally got this eye cream as a free sample from Sephora, and damn you Sephora, I loved it. I wear it every night to fight the bags, puffiness, and under eye circles and I always wake up feeling like my eyes look a bit more moisturized. Maybe it's a placebo affect, but I like it!

There you have it! xoxo


Napa Weekend

Lucas and Kristina ran the Napa Valley Marathon yesterday, so we made an entire weekend out of it. Kristina came into town on Thursday with her Mom and her Mom's BFF, Connie. It was sort of a girls weekend, plus our chauffeur, Lucas. :) We spent a few days in SF, where we did hot yoga, hit up Blue Barn and Philz, and visited Fort Point. We also saw Beach Blanket Babylon, which is a long-running music/comedy show in North Beach.
Then we headed up to Napa, which was rainy but so fun. We did tastings at Gargiulo Vineyards (our favorite!), Larkmead Vineyards, and Silver Oak Winery. We ate dinners at Mustards Grill and French Blue and had some casual lunches at Oakville Grocery. I'm always amazed at the quality of the food and wine in Napa - it's such a treat and feels like a vacation, even though it's only an hour from SF.
Yesterday, Lucas and Kristina ran the marathon like champs - they were inspiring and I kept getting teary eyed watching them run. I'm so proud of both of them! 
I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Already counting down the days until my NYC trip with Kristina! xoxo




Valentine's Day 2014

Here's a secret: I really look forward to Valentine's Day every year. In an embarrassing way. Maybe it's because it helps me break through the January blues, or maybe it's because I really love the color pink, or maybe just because I'm sappy and love celebrating love for one cheesy day a year. 
Luckily my BFF gets into the spirit too - she used to go all out for V-Day in college and hung a heart-shaped wreath on our apartment door. This year, Kristina sent me the sweetest care package for Valentine's Day, complete with a gorgeous pink shade of Kate Spade lipstick, hazelnut chocolates, a sparkly gold sports headband, heart tea towel, and fun paperclips. So thoughtful and it totally brightened my entire week. So good to have sweet friends!
Even Google was in the holiday spirit and served up a trio of Valentine's Day-themed desserts at lunch last Friday. How cute are the silver sprinkles?
Continuing with my cheesy-ness, Lucas gave me this unbelievably beautiful flower arrangement from Church Street Flowers in SF. They've been looking so gorgeous in our apartment all week. He also surprised me by booking me a blowout appointment here right after work, which was so thoughtful and the perfect way to end a stressful week and get into a relaxing mood for our date night. Amazing experience and such a treat. 
 
We had a romantic date night at SPQR in Pacific Heights, where the food/wine is amazing. It was the perfect first Valentine's Day as a married couple. To be sappy for a moment, I feel so incredibly lucky to have my sweet husband in my life, who makes me happy on Valentine's Day and everyday. Hope you all had an amazing (Hallmark-but-who-cares) holiday as well! xo