Playing with Proportions: Mini with a Loose Tee and Blazer

I’ve been addicted to plain tees recently. Especially when you have a neutral colored tee, you can practically where it on top of anything, then change up the jewelry and coat to vary the look from day to day.

Because a simple tee often comes in a more relaxed fit, I advise to play around with proportions, fit, and accessories to add a more feminine touch to your outfit. I paired my simple gray tee with a polka dotted mini and a bold, pearl bauble necklace to bring out some femininity while wearing my relaxed tee, boyfriend blazer, and rugged boots.

Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start!

<3 jenn 

Outfit details:

Shirt: Gap

Blazer: Urban Outfitters

Necklace: Banana Republic (on sale!)

Skirt: BCBGMaxazria

Boots: Clarks (Winter 2012)

Weekend Cookie Time! Brought to you by Anthony’s Cookies

Happy Friday! It’s basically the start of the weekend – time to reward yourself for a week’s worth of work by relaxing, going out, and having some sweets! C’mon, you deserve it!

If you haven’t been to Anthony’s Cookies, shame on you. I’ll half forgive you if you don’t live in San Francisco, but if you do live in SF, we’ll need to take this conversation offline.

Anthony’s Cookies is my absolute favorite cookie shop. They offer a variety of flavors; many of their flavors are available on a daily basis (check out their site below for details), but they occasionally have some “seasonal” flavors (coffee, peanut butter, etc.). Their standard variety includes cookies & cream (OMG… and btw, that’s what I’m eating in the photo), chocolate chip, toffee chip, german chocolate, oatmeal raisin, cinnamon sugar, and more. My favorites are the cookies & cream and the toffee chip. Both cookies are to die for – so creamy, crispy but somewhat chewy, and overall delectable. The size of each cookie is perfect to give you a good taste of each one and leave room for a couple more. Read my full review on Yelp for more info!

All in all, you can’t go wrong at Anthony’s. Do yourself a favor this weekend, and treat yo’self to something sweet! Have a great one!

<3 jenn

Shop details:

Anthony’s Cookies (this site  tells you the flavors available each day)

Yelp page for Anthony’s Cookies

Hours: Daily 10am – 8pm

Dress Code: Super casual. There is one communal table situated in the cookie shop if you want to sit and enjoy your cookies with milk/tea/etc., but typically patrons just grab the cookies and go.

Occasion: Whenever a cookie craving needs to be satisfied, this is the place to be.

Silk and Feathers

The weather in the bay has been beautiful the past few days, and from reading friends’ Facebook updates, this seems to be the case around the country. Spring is in full swing!

Whites, peaches, and other light colored pieces are perfect for the sunnier spring weather.  Yesterday, I had some fun combining my silk, jewel-collared blouse with a feathery skirt that I actually bought in the fall. One thing I’ve really liked about working in games, tech, and the general Silicon Valley is that the company dress code is usually pretty casual, so I get to experiment with different styles even during the work week.

Hope the week’s going well for everyone, and thanks so much for reading!

<3 jenn

Outfit details:

Blouse: Madewell (similar here)

Skirt: Sabine

Sandals: Chinese Laundry

Sunglasses: Aldo

Soaking in Spring with a Striped Tee, Distressed Denim, and my new Fall bag?

So excited we’re officially in spring! Sorry if that’s old news since the start of spring was a couple weeks ago, but whatever, I’m still ecstatic. I love fashion year-round, but dressing for spring is particularly fun for me, likely because I get the flexibility of whipping out more skirts, dresses, and bright colors due to the warmer, sunnier weather. But there are still plenty of days that require pants, jackets, and cooler-weather clothing. Overall, I utilize a larger portion of my wardrobe during springtime, which is always a plus.

A denim skirt (or shorts!) paired with a simple tee and a statement necklace is one of my go-to outfits when the weather is nice out. It’s an easy combination (denim goes with basically everything!), which you can create many different looks with depending on what shirt, jewelry, jacket, or shoes you decide to go with. For me, the icing on the cake for this particular outfit was my Celine Trapeze, the newest addition to my bag collection. I had been searching for this particular color combination since last fall. By the time I decided to purchase it, the color was gone since it was a fall exclusive! But after months of searching, I was able to track one down, so don’t mind me for infusing some fall trends into spring!

<3 jenn

Outfit details:

Shirt: Gap (similar here)

Skirt: Abercrombie (buying a denim skirt can go a long way, since I’ve had this one for over 5 years!)

Necklace: Tinley Road (on sale!)

Sandals: Chinese Laundry (on sale!)

Bag: Celine (Fall 2013)

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Kale bread pudding with fried eggs, shortribs, and horseradish Fried chicken & egg benedict, biscuit, ham and hollandaise Baked french toast with maple & pear Mimosa

Brunching at Central Kitchen

Is it just me, or do other people wake up every Saturday and Sunday deeply contemplating what to eat for brunch? Please say you do, so that it makes me feel better about the hour or two I spend in the morning perusing Yelp restaurants, reviews, and photos, in the search for “the one” brunch place that will satisfy my weekend craving.

Living in SF, you need to PLAN to brunch. Many brunches require a 1-2 hour wait if you don’t plan ahead. Luckily I was able to make reservations for Central Kitchen earlier in the week, so no wait required for Sunday brunch. Yippee!

Today I had a delicious brunch here at Central Kitchen. For one, reservations on Sunday for a good brunch place is unheard of - so the morning was already off to a good start with that in mind. But overall, the food and ambiance were perfect for a nice Sunday morning/afternoon catching up with friends. High ceilings, spacious table arrangement, and plenty of natural sunlight created a cheery atmosphere and facilitated easy conversation (no need to yell over the people sitting next to you!). The menu is not crazy extensive, but there’s enough variety in appetizers, entrees, and side dishes to make everyone’s meal interesting and delicious. I’m sure I’ll be back for brunch, and I can’t wait to come back to try dinner sometime.

Foods pictured: Kale Bread Pudding, Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict, French Toast with Maple & Pear, Mimosa

<3 jenn

Restaurant details (for brunch)

Central Kitchen

Yelp page for Central Kitchen

Hours: Brunch ONLY on Sundays from 10:30am-2pm. But open daily for dinner starting at 5:30pm.

Dress Code: (Classy) Casual… No need to wear anything super fancy, but it should be a step up above wearing sweatpants and a loose tee out of the house :) For guys, I’d recommend a nice pair of jeans or slacks with a casual tee, polo, or button-up. For the ladies, dresses or casual tees with skirts or pants would work. I wore a flowy, knee-length green dress today.

Occasion: Weekend brunch with friends or family. Also would be perfect for a date. Like I said above, best part is that this place accepts reservations for Sunday brunch!