These Days

Still so inspired by our trip to Thailand, which you can clearly see in our bedroom.

This new-ish spot in Hayes Valley is my dream happy hour venue.

 

Little Yosemite is almostttttt as stunning as the real thing.

Picked up some new succulents for our kitchen at The Dry Garden.

So happy I treated myself to new sunglasses for my birthday. I’m in love!

Staying on Top of It All

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Sometimes staying on top of all of my chores can feel like a full-time job (and please tell me I’m not alone in that feeling!). Between dry cleaning, grocery shopping, and housekeeping, it’s no wonder why people have personal assistants to help them out with daily to-do’s.

And while I would certainly not be opposed to having a personal assistant, I’ve recently taken to a new system that has been working out really well for me and wanted to share it with all of you.

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Enter: this “All Out Of” notepad. I’ve never really been one for pre-formatted notes, as I like to have full creative freedom to write out exactly what I need to do and when. But there’s something about this pad that is just too great to deny. For starters, it’s magnetic so it lives perfectly on my refrigerator door. Second, it has just about everything you could ever think of, so you’ll never run to the store and forget an item again. Amazing, right?

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I particularly love that this pad gives me an at-a-glance view into all of my errands. Once it starts to fill up, I know that it’s time for a drug store haul, and of course, I know exactly what to buy.

Collection of Cookbooks

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For someone who doesn’t cook that often, I sure have a lot of cookbooks. I just love the way they look on my kitchen countertop, and the possibility of scanning through them for inspiration at my leisure isn’t bad either.

In fact, I actually would go as far as to say that a kitchen just isn’t complete without a few cookbooks. Stack them up against a wall, add a succulent and some empty wine bottles, and you’ve got yourself a little vignette.

Here are the cookbooks that I (actually!) have been reading–and loving– recently.

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Tartine Book Number 3 // Flour + Water // Jerusalem // Plenty // Plenty More

 

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What are your favorite cookbooks? Share in the comments below!

Favorite Oakland Spots

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Having officially lived in Oakland for three years now (wow, can’t believe how fast time has flown!), I feel like a roundup of my favorite spots is definitely past due. Below, I’ve outlined some of my top restaurants, shops, and sites, and you can also follow me on Instagram to see more of my whereabouts on any given day.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe I’ll even see you around town!

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I love just about every single shop in Temescal Alley, but Esqueleto may very well be my favorite.

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Boot and Shoe Service is, simply put, the best. Go there for a boozy breakfast or for a boisterous dinner. They don’t take reservations, so I’d recommend getting there on the earlier side for dinner to beat the crowd.

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Like I said, I have a thing with Temescal Alley, especially Crimson Horticultural Rarities. It’s pretty much a known fact that if I enter this shop, I leave with a new plant friend.

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There’s nothing like Jack London Square on a beautiful sunny day. There are so many yummy restaurants to try–Forge, Bocanova, and Haven being my favorites–and the views just can’t be beat.

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When Will and I moved to Oakland three years ago, we knew immediately where we wanted to live: Rockridge. Not only is it super conveniently located to public transportation, but it’s also the most charming and quaint neighborhood I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Walk up and down College Avenue for the full experience, and don’t be shy about stopping into every little boutique you pass.

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Did I mention how much I love Temescal Alley? This book shop is a gem.

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You can grab a cup of Blue Bottle coffee pretty much anywhere in the Bay Area, but the one on Broadway is definitely the prettiest. Trust.

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Oh, Lake Merritt. I feel like I could write a lengthy poem about you. Not only is the lake itself stunning, but there are also tons of shops surrounding it that are equally as wonderful.

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Last but definitely not least, head to Trouble Coffee for Instagram gold. You can thank me later.

Tricks of the Trade: Packing

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If you’ve followed my blog for some time, then you know I’ve written a packing tutorial before. But since that was more than two years ago, it felt like the right time for an update!

Whenever I am leaving town–whether for a weekend getaway or a two-week excursion–I always follow the same 4 steps. They’ve never once failed me, and I hope you find them as helpful as I do.

  1. Go shopping: In your closet, that is. Kick off your packing process by looking through your clothes and pulling out what catches your eye.

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2. Lay it all out: Once you’ve selected your favorite items from your closet, go ahead and lay them down on your bed. No need to make this super neat, as you’re just starting to lay the foundation.

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3. Start making piles: In my last post, I advised you to make piles based on type–shirts with shirt, jeans with jeans, etc. Recently however, I’ve been changing my ways and actually setting out my outfits. So instead of creating piles by type, I create piles of actual outfits that I intend to wear on my trip.

I find this to be the most crucial step, as it ensures that you’re only bringing exactly what you intend to wear and don’t wind up 500 miles from home with 10 blouses but no jeans that pair well with them.

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4. Pile it into the suitcase: With your outfits all set out, it should be really easy to see exactly what you’re bringing with you and what can go back into your closet. Simply put, if you have ten extra dresses than days on your trip, you can confidently put those all back in your closet.

When it comes to actually laying things down in the suitcase, I like to revert back to the piles by type strategy. I’ll put jackets with other jackets, jeans with other jeans, and so on and so forth.

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I like to start with the bulkiest items first and gradually layer in my lighter pieces.

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So now that we’re all packed, where should we go? : )

Sweet Tooth: Berry Scones

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With Spring in full swing, I’ve been finding myself adding berries to just about everything I eat. So it’s no surprise that I decided to whip up these mixed berry scones this past weekend for a little Sunday morning treat.

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As I was making them, I definitely ate my fair share of berries. It went a little something like, one for the bowl, one for me.

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I’ve been loving eating these scones for breakfast this week–just add some strawberry jam and you’re good to go!