Best Facial in SF

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Looking for a great place for a facial in SF? Stop by Skin Remedy. Located in Presidio Heights, Skin Remedy is the perfectly decorated and most relaxing skin care studio I’ve ever been to.

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I first found Skin Remedy after conducting an intense research on Yelp to find a skin care studio that only used all natural products and ingredients. My skin was suffering from excessive dryness due to the products I was using that weren’t reacting well with my skin. A trip to Skin Remedy solved it all.

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Not only is the studio relaxing and a perfect place to pamper yourself, they actually make their own line of all-natural skin care products! So you can get customized products to combat your skin’s condition that do not contain the chemicals commonly found in other products.

The ladies at the studio are all sweet, caring and talented. I always look forward to my next visit.

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Their full length facial is 80 minutes, but if you are looking for a quick fix, I’d recommend the 45 minute session. While the 45 minute session does not come with extractions, your skin will still get all the tender love and care. Your skin will THANK YOU and glow.

As soon as I am back from my work trips, I am going to head over to Skin Remedy for a much needed facial!

 

Scribe Winery’s Pick-Up Party

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This year, Otto and I headed up to Sonoma to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day with a big splash, so when we found out Scribe Winery was having a wine pick-up party for the members on V-day, we RSVPed and took a trip up north.

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The weather was especially warm that day, which made our time up in wine country so much more pleasant. We were greeted with a glass of their rose. Delicious, as always!

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With our glass in hand, we stood in line for the chicken wings. The chef came from Japan so we were really looking forward to having some authentic Japanese treat. We spent the next several hours relaxing in the sun and enjoying this beautiful winery. Did I mentioned cherry blossoms are back?! They are so gorgeous.

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One of my favorite part about Scribe is their attention to detail. Look how gorgeous this shipment’s inserts are! I’ve been secretly obsessed with watercolors, so I was mesmerized when I saw these. Love them!

Otto definitely did an amazing job making this Valentine’s Day so special and fun. It was our first pick-up party at Scribe and we look forward to attending the next one.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, my valentine!

How do you like to spend Valentine’s Day?

 

I’m in New York City!

Happy long weekend! How did you spend the time? This Monday morning, I took an early morning flight out to JFK for a work trip. I just started a new job (yay!) and it’s my first work trip. I’m so excited that it’s actually in NYC.

Because of the early flight, I fell asleep as soon as I got on the plane. About 5 hours later, I woke up and saw this frozen tundra, also called NYC.

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The traffic into the city was crazy but so excited to be staying in Lower East Side. I usually end up spending most of my time uptown so I’m looking forward to exploring all the fun stuff down here after work. Can’t wait!

After checking-in to the hotel, my brother and I met up for dinner. He moved from Hell’s Kitchen down to the area so it was great to check out his favorite spots.

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After dinner, we did a little shopping, of course. But the weather was too cold for this California Girl (me!) that I begged we go back to the hotel, crank up the heater and watch some TV. Mean Girls was on so it was the perfect way for us to spend some quality time together.

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The temperature here has dropped significantly and it’s supposed to be the coldest it has been in two decades. But I’m still excited to be back in NYC!

Any tips / places to eat and visit in LES? I’d love your recommendation!

 

 

CALISTOGA RANCH

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Otto and I took a trip up north to Calistoga over the holiday weekend. We stayed at the picturesque Calistoga Ranch. It was dreamy, as one would expect from such a lovely property.

Here are some photos, if you’d like to see them!

The Cave: Before we dropped our luggages at our cottage, our valet took us on a tour of the property. We, of course, stopped by to see the famous Cave. Wouldn’t this be an amazing place to hold a party?

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Hotel Room: I loved how nature was so effortlessly integrated into the cottage experience. They had an outdoor living area and an outdoor shower. It was a little too chilly to enjoy the outside sitting area and the outdoor shower but something to look forward to on our next stay!

Property: The best part about the hotel was how much walking we got in! And yes, I mean this in a good way. Instead of using the hotel purely as a place to sleep and recharge, you could make a day out of just exploring this hotel.

I wish we had more time to enjoy all the amenities the hotel has to offer like the morning yoga / meditation classes. It’s definitely one of our favorite places and something we hope to do every January!

 

ONE LINE A DAY

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I have set a new routine! Before Otto and I go to bed, we write in our One Line A Day journal. My co-worker told me about this and I am so in love. You write down a couple things to note that happened that day for five years. So next year, I can see exactly what we were doing, what we were thinking and also see some fun patterns.

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We started this journal right before Otto and I flew out to Charleston for the wedding we attended. I can’t wait for next year to roll around, so we can relive the week again. I think this makes an AMAZING gift for anyone embarking on a new life journey, such as graduating from school, getting married, having a baby or even moving into a new house.

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How about you? Do you keep a journal?

(Photos via UO)

 

 

EXPLORING CHARLESTON + WEDDING!

boone_plantations_charlestonOtto and I just got back from our trip out to Charleston for a wedding! It was the wedding of my previous boss (now a great mentor / friend) and his partner. They had their civil ceremony last Christmas Eve and decided to have the official ceremony this weekend. We have been counting down to this weekend since beginning of the year. We felt so grateful and honored to be a part of this special ceremony. We enjoyed the gorgeous city and the amazing food they had to offer.

A full post is coming, but I could not wait to share some highlights of our trip.

boone_plantations_charleston_mansionWe started out our trip with a visit to Boone Hall Plantation. Boone Hall Plantation is the oldest working plantation, full of history and stories. The weekend we visited, Boone Hall was preparing for the Civil War re-enactment! So we got to see some cannons and folks pitching their tent. I felt like I jumped back in time.

We also took FULL advantage of all the amazing food the city had to offer. We dined at The Ordinary and Husk while we were there.
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husk_charlestonWe also walked through the Charleston City Market. Located across four blocks, this National Historic Landmark used to be  where plantations sold their meat and produce. We got to walk through the whole market and check out the products vendors were selling.

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charleston_city_market_2Now let’s get to some wedding details! The wedding took place at The Cottages on Charleston Harbor, which is also where we stayed. The two grooms outdid themselves and showered us with only the finest. Just look what an amazing job they did with their welcome amenities!!

the_cottages_on_charleston_harborThe Cottages were so peaceful. We loved sitting on the rocking chairs in the patio and watching the sunset. We even caught a glimpse of the perfect couple taking some photos during the sunset.

the_cottages_on_charleston_harbor_sunsetIt’s hard to believe the week already flew by and we made our way back home. I’ll forever treasure the memories of the city and the wedding of one of the greatest people I know! It truly was a perfect week full of love, tears of joy and laughter. Congrats again on your wedding R+T!!

the_cottages_on_charleston_harbor_patioHave you been to Charleston? What are some of your favorite spots?

THE SHED – HEALDSBURG

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On our way up to Mendocino, we stopped by Healdsburg as Otto wanted to show me this place called Shed. It’s located in downtown Healdsburg and one of the BEST stores I’ve ever been to. Imagine Dean & Delucca meets William Sonoma. They sell everything from dishes, spices to wine, charcuterie and even gardening tools. If you are ever in the area, it’s DEFINITELY worth a visit!

Here are some photos of this amazing store.

What’s your favorite store where you live?