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Fall Checklist



Fall is great and there are so many things to love about it. But as much as I love it the small teenage angsty part of me wants to go against popular opinion and deny it. But you know what? I’m an adult, and being an adult is admitting that something popular things are popular for a reason. Pumpkin patches, leggings and boots are great, there’s a reason we (k, mostly girls) love fall.

Here’s a few things I got on my list:

1. Go to a pumpkin patch, take some pics (you know for social media…don’t act like you wouldn’t instagram your pumpkin patch pic!) ✓

2. Drink my weight* in spiced rum and apple cider (*or you know two or three or four glasses; there’s something about any cider drink that will fool you into thinking that it’s not 85 degrees outside)

3. Catch the Andy Warhol Exhibit at the MOCA (not fall-related, but still a must do, I think)


4. Learn to bake a pie (I’ve made an apple pie before but I half cheated by using pre-made dough. This shall be the year I make my own pie!)

5. Prepare a turkey ala Martha Stewart (by which I mean make something remotely tasty and somewhat edible)


6. Drink by a fireplace at one of these locations

7. Step up my style game (is this lame? yes probably. But I think chances of me dressing like an adult go up if layers are involved. Will this be the year i wear heels recreationally instead of a forced formal situation?! no, probably not….but a girl can dream)

Wish me luck!




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Embracing the Holidays



As I get older I feel like I’m becoming more enthusiastic and excited about the little things. Besides presents, holidays used to mean uncomfortable dresses and awkward forced family photos. But the older I get the more I’m letting myself embrace the holidays.

With fall officially starting in less than a week, the holidays aren’t too far behind. First up, is Halloween. Now I’ll be honest, growing up Halloween wasn’t really my thang. Didn’t always dress up and never a fan of scary movies. But when I got to college I, along with every other college student ever, got really into Halloween. But it’s easy to get into things when everything involves drinking, friends and little responsibility. Ah, youth.

Anyways, now as a full-fledged (sort of) adult, I’m becoming less cynical and more inviting. Besides my new skull candleholder, here’s some Halloween-y things that I’m currently digging:


do I need black balloons? No. What would I do with them? Why would i want them around? Well because why not? DIY above here.


Years ago Halloween was about thinking of a clever costume (I think the year I went as Toad was a highlight). Now it’s more about drinking a festive drink (the one above from one of my favoritest blogs Cupcakes and Cashmere), wearing a witch hat, watching a scary movie and waiting for the masses of kids to come knocking.


I can wear these as I lounge around the house like the crazy party animal I am. Basically, I’m going to use Halloween to try out some new recipes, some silly accessories and some fun drinks. Can’t wait!





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Weekend Warriors: Welcome Back Football

Weekend Recap: September 6-7, 2014


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In case you’ve been living under a rock…football is back! This calls for beer! and food! and more beer! With Frank deep into fantasy football land, it was only appropriate that we welcome in the regular season right. This Sunday was the 49ers first regular season game against the dumb old Cowboys. To prep, we bought plenty of food and my parents joined in the festivities by donning SF red and gold and BBQing.

Here’s a colorful pic of all the yummy produce we got for the BBQ. We ate, we drank, the 49ers won. Success!

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To pair with the food, Frank and I decided not to let the heat stop us from pretending it was fall and we had a very autumn-y drink. Spiced rum and apple cider on ice. I will definitely be drinking this when the weather cools down.

All in all the theme of this weekend was: overindulgence. But I don’t regret it. Ok, maybe I could’ve eaten just a little less. But it’s hard for me to resist those chips and guac.