Monday, February 24, 2014

What I Wore: Drinks in SoMa

On a lazy Sunday evening, I met a dear friend for drinks and small bites at RN74 in SoMa. RN74 is a Michael Mina restaurant that demands chic attire. The wine director, Rajat Parr, is one of my sommelier crushes and his wine list is to die for.

Though the list features a ton of Burgundy, they've got interesting wines from around the world. I stuck with a French theme and indulged in a Carignan from Cotes Catalanes and an Alsatian Pinot.

A lady can never go wrong in all black - especially at a SoMa staple like RN74. Though I may have been channeling my inner spy in this get up, it's so easy to complete an all black outfit with a bright lip and some big hair.

It's also a good idea when wine tasting. There is nothing worse than red wine stains.


Jacket: Old Navy, Shades: Ray Ban, Lips: Armani, Bag: H&M

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Palace

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” 

My mother loves San Francisco. I think she may love the city more than she loves me. Or at least - so it would seem. The frequency of her visits has increased steadily since I moved from La Jolla to this city by the bay.

I'm not complaining though. Having Mama Deb in town means I've got my partner-in-crime by my side. Not to mention, she was my absolute favorite Valentine.

Our adventures typically involve some sort of beauty treatment, shopping, museums and lots of alcohol. It's rare that my mother would suggest we go on a hike or something of the like to spend time bonding together. We like a good indulgence.

This weekend, my Valentine and I decided to spend the dreary afternoon at The Palace sipping champers and earl grey.

As we have had tea together all around the world, our standards are higher than most. That said, the ambiance of The Palace makes up for the fact that their afternoon tea is lack luster.

Despite the weak spread, we so enjoyed our afternoon underneath the rotunda discussing our careers, our men and our next travel adventures.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday Wish List: New Orleans Getaway

It may be because I listened to Louis Armstrong on my walk home. It may be because I had creole food a few weeks ago. It may be because one of my friends posted her upcoming trip plans.

Whatever caused this wanderlust, it’s done work.

I can’t stop day dreaming about a weekend getaway to New Orleans. 

I’d  like to spend the weekend strolling through the French quarter, hearing live jazz, dining in restaurants straight out of 1920 and exploring the ever romantic New Orleans.

Have you ever been to New Orleans? What are the town’s best spots?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Appropriate for Work?

Working it in Tech has huge benefits. Lots of food, smart people, ergonomic chairs, yoga classes, a kick ass CEO -- etc etc. The list goes on and on.

Amongst all of the perks, one of the biggest benefits is the relaxed office uniform. LinkedIn has got to be one of the most casual offices I've ever seen. The majority of employees where LinkedIn T-Shirts in the same way students at UC San Diego donned their Triton pride.

It can be confusing though. We are encouraged to be casual -- and yet, we are warned that what we wear represents who we are.

One look I've seen surfacing around the techie-filled streets of San Francisco is dressed up sweats/harem pants. Though I hate to admit it, I've been known to rock leggings at work. I think these could be the perfect alternative I'm looking for.

What do you think? Office appropriate or save it for Sunday Brunch?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

San Francisco's Best Date Spots

San Francisco is a darn beautiful city. With twinkly lights on nearly every street, cable cars, victorians, hills with grand vistas - the city screams romance.

Over that past 6 months, I've had the pleasure of trying out some seriously good date spots. Some are pretty well known, others are under cover.

Enjoy some of my top picks...

Editor's Note: If you don't have a loved one, these places are simply wonderful with a good ol' pal as well. 

Second Editor's Note: If you have been at one of these places with me and didn't think it was a date... chances are it wasn't - but it sure could have been a good one.

Third Editor's Note: If you ever do go these places with me in the future, chances are it may be a date. 

Top 5 San Francisco Date Spots

1. Alcatraz Night Tour

Nothing says romantic like a spooky night tour of one of the world's most infamous prisons. Not to mention it's a San Francisco icon.

2. Belden Alley Restaurants

Belden Alley is San Francisco's slice of European life. The various restaurants of the alley differ in food, but offer similar ambience and pricing. A great first date spot in the Financial District.

3. Salsa Dancing

I recently visited this salsa secret with several girlfriends, but we concluded that it would be a fantastic date spot. Arrive before 9:30 pm so you skip the cover charge and you can grab a quick, free salsa lesson before the floor gets packed. Quench your thirst with a strong mojito and finish the night with a Cuban -- cigar that is ;).

4. Exploratorium After Dark

The Exploratorium is all the rave here in San Francisco. This is a fantastic date spot, especially with someone new in your life because it's sure to spark good conversation. Nothing breaks the ice like seeing which colors affect our moods and debating if yawns are in fact contagious. Great spot to bring out the inner children in us all. Go on the first Thursday of every month and enjoy cocktails while you explore the exhibitions.

5. Palace of Fine Arts Picnic

Now this is a spot for the romantics out there. Palace of Fine Arts is easily one of the most beautiful spots in San Francisco. Bring a blanket, watch out for the hungry swans and dance under the Palace.

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