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blue ivy…

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{Cotton Candy denim jacket; Madewell shirt; J.Brand jeans; J.Crew oxfords; Ray-Ban sunnies; Jewelry: Vintage, A Peace Treaty, and Brandy Melville}

Known as the “Canadian Tuxedo”, denim on denim is a look I’ve always been skeptical of (we all remember Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears circa 2001). However, when I think about it…why wouldn’t it make sense to throw on two pieces that go with everything? Why can’t they go with each other? I heard the key is to wear different denim washes and somehow with a blue oxford and my favorite oxford loafers thrown into the mix I feel like jay leno and bob dylan’s love child. And I love it.

 

molina’s…

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a2 presetHaving grown up in Marin, I already have my favorite places to eat. Kitti’s Place and Sushi Ran in Sausalito, Grilly’s in Mill Valley, and MH Bread & Butter in San Anselmo. Now, I am inclined to add the brand new (and gorgeous) restaurant Molina’s to that list. The perfect date-night spot, Molina’s is a rare combination of chic and comforting. It feels like you are at a friend’s house (if said friend has amazing interior style and musical taste) eating amazing home cooked food. Another “share style” eatery, we dove right in by ordering a bunch of small plates to…well…share. All the ingredients are farmed fresh, a few herbs are actually grown right outside the restaurant, and a large wood oven is used instead of a stove. We started with the Goat Cheese Croquette, a new, creative take on a beet and goat cheese salad. The only downfall to this dish, is that there wasn’t more of it! Next up was the Seafood Chowder. Not typically a fan of seafood chowder, this tasted fresh and not overly “fishy”. However, my favorite item of the night was the Hand Cut Kennebuc Fries. Thick cut fries, perfectly cooked so they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They were served piping hot with a green goddess aioli and not a trace of oil was left on my fingers (even after eating as many as I could fit in my mouth). We also got the Gigante Beans and Vegetables as well as the Pork and Lamb Meatballs. While I didn’t try the meatballs, the gigante beans and  vegetables were delicious! Perfectly filling and fresh, just as the whole meal was. I loved the large white beans topped with roasted garlic and carrots. We finished our dinner with the Flourless Chocolate Cake which wasn’t my favorite item. The cake itself was dry, but the homemade strawberry and chocolate ice cream did do a good job at making up for that. Overall, I would highly recommend this adorable Mill Valley eatery. Next time, I look forward to trying the fresh Oysters!

 

how to wear: mixed prints

how to wear mixed prints www.laircake.com I am so excited to start a new weekly series, How to Wear. Often times people see a trend on the runway or a friend and love it, but convince themselves they couldn’t pull it off. Fashion is about having fun and expressing yourself. It shouldn’t be hard or daunting. People are always asking me “how would I wear this” or “what can I pair with this?”, so I decided to break it down into 3 easy ways to tackle trends.

Mixing prints is a classic trend (Diane Von Furstenberg and Etro do it amazingly) that people, more often then not, run into trouble with. There are a couple rules that I think will help anybody style like a pro. 1.) Stripes go with pretty much anything. This is a good place to start if you are new to mixing prints. Grab a stripped top and pair it with your favorite floral skirt (like I did here) or printed capri’s. 2.) Pick a color and carry it throughout the whole outfit. If you have a dress with a little light blue it in, pair it with a jacket that also has light blue. This allows your eye to travel throughout the outfit. 3.) You can’t go wrong with black and white. One of my favorite ways to mix prints, is by layering various black and white prints. This is an easy way to get used to the trend if you’re like me and prefer neutral colors.

Let me know in the comments below if there are any trends you’d like to know how to wear!

sunday’s best…

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{Brandy Melville shirt; Asos skirt; Fendi heels; Ray-Ban sunnies; A Peace Treaty necklace}

There’s nothing like a gorgeous, sunny day in San Francisco. This past Easter weekend I decided to take advantage of the amazing weather we’ve been having and inject some color into my wardrobe. This skirt was a impulse purchase that I am happy I made. The whimsical print and A-line shape make me feel like I am on a tropical vacation in the 1950′s, while pairing it with a casual striped tee shirt keeps it feeling easy and modern.

mellow yellow…

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{J.Crew shirt; J.Brand jeans; ShoeMint loafers; Ray-Ban sunnies]

I bought this shirt for a recent trip to Thailand. I loved the gorgeous marigold color, cool pattern, and vintage vibe. The last time I wore it was on the beach drinking out of the coconut, so I wasn’t sure how it would translate to the city. Now I love that I can throw on jeans and loafers and still feel that cool, easy vibe whether I’m on a beach in Thailand or a San Francisco street.

fish tacos…

DSCN0657DSCN0639DSCN0635 DSCN0643   DSCN0651I never order fish tacos at a restaurant. Mostly because I don’t like a lot of condiments and I’m always afraid I’ll get some variation of mayonnaise (ew) as the sauce. But the other night I was trying to come up with a meal that was fresh and light and fish tacos seemed like the perfect option! I looked up some recipes that appealed to me and combined my favorite elements to make these. Turns out they are super easy, delicious and make you feel like you are beachside. I’ve already made them two more times!

you will need:

2-4 filets of white fish (like sea bass or tilapia)

3 limes

purple cabbage

1/2 a bunch of cilantro

small corn tortillas

1 garlic clove

1 jalapeño

olive oil

avocado

directions:

Start cooking your fish by heating up a skillet (medium-high) and adding a little olive oil. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on both sides of your filets and add to the pan.

For your sauce, add the cilantro (minus a few leaves for garnish), garlic, jalapeño (the more seeds you add the spicier it will be), and the juice of two limes. Add a little olive oil to get it blending and continue to add as needed. You should have a sauce that is creamy, not too oily and runny.

Flip over your fish to cook both sides. When your fish is almost done, start breaking it into small pieces with a fork or spatula.

Cut up your cabbage and toss it in a bit of the sauce.

If you want to heat up your tortillas, you can. Otherwise add a dollop of sauce on each one and top with your cabbage, fish, and a couple slices of avocado. Garnish with cilantro and some lime slices.

Enjoy!

homemade matzo ball soup…

www.laircake.com  The other night I had the apartment to myself and decided I would spend the evening catching up on my DVR over a hot bowl of homemade Matzo Ball Soup. I don’t care who you are or how you grew up, Matzo Ball Soup is a comfort food everybody loves. It’s like a being curled up in a blanket by the fire – in a bowl. It makes you feel right at home no matter where you are. While I didn’t grow up with a grandmother who made it for me, I have enjoyed it my whole life at places like Max’s Cafe and Jerry’s Famous Deli. Here is a recipe I whipped up that is super easy, quick, and will hit the spot.

you will need:

for the matzo balls:

1 cup matzo

4 large eggs (I used 2 full eggs + 2 egg whites)

1/4 cup water

1/4 vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)

1 tsp. pepper

for the soup:

1 box vegetable broth (you can use any kind of broth you want)

1/2 cup onions, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

pinch of red pepper flakes

salt to taste

parsley to garnish

directions:

in a bowl, mix the matzo, eggs, water, oil, and pepper. once mixed, place in the refrigerator to set for at least 30 minutes.

in a pot, heat a little bit of oil. once hot, add the onions.

cook until translucent (about 3 minutes) and add the garlic and red pepper flakes. cook for about a minute more.

add the whole box of vegetable broth, salt to taste, and bring to a boil then set to simmer.

start another pot of slightly salted water.

once your matzo is ready, wet your fingers a bit (to prevent sticking) and start rolling your matzo into balls depending on what size you prefer. (I like medium to large matzo balls and yes, I know how that sounds).

drop your matzo balls into the boiling water, cover with a lid, and simmer for 30 minutes or until they are fully cooked through.

strain your broth and transfer the matzo balls.

serve hot and garnish with some parsley.

enjoy!

1760…

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spring lace…

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Pencils skirts are one of those items that are super flattering on a curvy figure, but seem like a lot of work. They have the tendency to look like I’m going to the office or like I’m trying too hard. However, in my quest to find some cute midi-skirts  (a recent obsessed of mine) I found this lilac gem. The color is amazing and it feels playful and fresh. Pairing it with a loose top keeps it feeling relaxed and perfect for a sunny spring day.

splurge vs. save

mid-heelA trend I’ve been eyeing is the mid-heel sandal. While this is not a new look (I think I had a pair in middle school that I thought were sky high), my sudden desire for them is. I am only 5’1″, so shoes have always come in two heights: super high or flat. I was always under the impression that anything in between wouldn’t be flattering or would make me look like I was revisiting my middle school days (and not in the cool throwback kind of way). It was my sister who ultimately convinced me to give the look a try. She tried these Valentino sandals on in white and, being short as well, I was amazed that she didn’t look anything, but chic and modern. When I finally tried them on myself, I knew I would have to give into this look. While $995 is more than I’m willing to spend on a trend I haven’t committed to yet, this Tory Burch option gives a similar vibe and the perfect compliment to a flowy summer dress or A-line midi skirt. 

What trends are you excited about trying this spring?

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