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April 2017

    5 Coffee Shops to Visit When You Travel to San Francisco

    There are many differences and similarities between Chicago and San Francisco. One thing I always notice right away when I get to San Francisco is the lack of Starbucks cafes at every corner, which is a nice reprieve from all of the ones in Chicago, especially in the downtown area. While there are fewer Starbucks’ in San Francisco, there is no shortage of excellent coffee shops in SF. Here are a few that I always try to go to whenever I visit (in no particular order).

    1. Hollow 1435 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

    If you’re looking to get some work done on a weekend afternoon, Hollow is definitely the place to go. It is quaint and not rowdy, so you will be able to focus. Although this Inner Sunset coffee house seems small from the outside, there is a lot of seating on the inside. The matcha tea latte that I got was perfect too. It was full bodied, wasn’t overly sweet, and did not taste bitter. Also, that latte art though!

    2. Royal Ground Coffee 2342 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

    Royal Ground Coffee has many locations. I went to the Outer Richmond coffee shop because it was the closest one to where I was staying. I have been to other locations before, but the staff here are SUPER nice. They were so welcoming, that you couldn’t help but smile while ordering your drink or food. I ordered the lox bagel and it was delicious. The ingredients, especially the salmon, tasted very fresh. It was the perfect reward after completing the Land’s End hike.

    3. Trouble Coffee Company 4033 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

    You can find Trouble Coffee Company in Outer Sunset, not too far from Ocean Beach (one of my go to spots in SF). This place is probably my all time favorite coffee shop in San Francisco. You can get a whole young coconut here! What other coffee shop do you know of that has coconut on their menu?? They also have different kinds of thick toast that you can get topped with cinnamon sugar, peanut butter, honey, or homemade jam. Yum! (Also, that sign says, “Sk8 or Die”)

    4. Devil’s Teeth Baking Company 387 Noriega St, San Francisco, 94122

    Devil’s Teeth is also located in Outer Sunset, and it is only a short walk from Trouble Coffee Co. They have amazingly delicious breakfast sandwiches. The buttermilk biscuit they use as the sandwich bread is baked fresh daily, in-house. I ordered the special breakfast sandwich, sans bacon. The biscuit is so fresh that it melts in your mouth and the lemon-garlic aioli brings all of the ingredients together…and my mouth is watering now…

    5. Blue Bottle Coffee Co  1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Technically, Blue Bottle is not unique to San Francisco, as it has cafes located in Los Angeles, New York City, and even Tokyo. However, the original Blue Bottle cafe originated in Oakland, CA. This coffee house focuses on freshness to bring out the best flavor from the coffee bean. I ordered a good ol’, normal latte Honestly, I am not the biggest fan of coffee. Caffeine has a strong affect on me and I prefer the taste of tea over coffee instead. However, I loved the way this latte tasted. It was rich, creamy, and very smooth.

     

    Tulle Skirt + Glitter Heels + Leather Jacket

    Hey there!

    I know, I know. It’s been a while since my last post- 6 months to be exact. Well, Happy New Year & I hope 2017 is going well for you so far 🙂

    Jumping right into the OOTD (I have never been good at transitions…)

    I LOVED shooting this outfit, not only because tulle skirts are so much fun, but also since my talented friend & make up artist, Kanza, did a really cool cut crease on my eyelids. She is a Sephora certified make up artist who is available for bookings in the Chicagoland area. Check out her Instagram page for details on how to book an appointment and to see her work @makeup.by.kanz

    I ended up wearing the tulle skirt and glitter heels with this black blouse to my friend’s rehearsal dinner. The skirt definitely turned heads, and someone told me I looked like a grown up ballerina, which I took as a compliment.

    Although, the pink skirt is the first thing you notice about this ensemble, the real star are these glitter heels. The gold, glittery shoes are almost like a fancy pair of nude heels, which means that they can go with a bunch of different outfits. Whether you dress them up or dress them down, you’ll be looking chic regardless. Did I mention that they’re super comfy too?

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    Chic Outfit from the Thrift Store

    Do you have that one person in the office whose outfits are always on point?

    Ever ask that person where she got that top, skirt, etc?

    Does she respond with an outlet or second hand store, like Goodwill?

    Do you then think to yourself, “Ugh, I could never pull off shopping there”?

    Well, the truth is, you CAN pull it off! I found these jeans, blouse, AND purse at Goodwill for under $20 total. I fell in love with the jeans. The distressed style of these patchwork flare jeans really caught my eye. Since the jeans are the statement piece of the look, I paired them with a plain, white, button up top. The blouse is made up of a satin-type of material which helped to maintain the upscale casual chic look I was going for (is this a thing?).

    The shoes are from Topshop. They are more comfortable than they look. The silver color was the perfect accent for this look. The silver shoes brought out the rest of the outfit as well as the jewelry.

    The earrings and bracelet are from a boutique in Lincoln Park, Chicago called Viktoria’s. Sadly, the boutique closed for good back in August. Viktoria has decided to pursue her dream of starting her own fashion line. Best of luck, Viktoria!

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    An Adorable Puppy + Yellow Floral Summer Dress

    Chicago summers are filled with bike rides along the lake, Navy Pier fireworks, Cubs baseball game, people watching at Lollapalooza, and much more. There is never a dull moment in this city, especially in the summer.

    Sometimes, though, the weather does not agree with your plans. For example, mother nature will not care that you are having a photo shoot for your first blog post. The heat will be cranked way up and the humidity will be high. Your make up will melt off of your face and your hair will grow twice its size as you desperately try to look “blogger chic” and effortless in your pictures.

    To all the style bloggers out there, I mean… like…. how do you do it??

    To stay cool (& help me look like less of a hot mess), I paired this Zara midi length dress with some minimalistic black sandals from Nordstrom Rack. One of the many great things about this dress is that you can wear it in the summer or in the fall. The fabric is like chiffon which makes it light enough to wear in the summer. The deeper yellow color is perfect as a summer to fall transition color. To complete a fall look, pair this dress with a darker denim or black leather jacket and some peep toe ankle booties.

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    *P.S.- That is not my dog in the pictures (unfortunately). He is my friend’s dog, and his name is Butters <3