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Have a great weekend + Friday links!

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Halloween weekend is upon us! Are you excited? I, and the rest of our team, dressed up as minions. SO. MUCH. FUN! Here are some fun links that caught my eye this week. Have a great weekend!

- Motivating desktop wallpaper to download for free

- My new favorite soup recipe. It’s SO easy to make and super quick.

- Did you know Harry Potter (aka Daniel Radcliffe) was a fabulous rapper?! I’m blown away!

- A funny video of what it’s like to run into your ex.

- Cup of Jo’s heartwarming post about motherhood.

- Jcrew is having a sale. Get 30% off sale products and 25% off regular items with code STYLETREAT. It ends tonight, so I’d hurry on over if I were you!

- I’m still dreaming about Otto and my trip to Mendocino. Missing the llamas.


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HOW DO YOU LIKE TO READ?

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What’s your reading ritual? Do you read an actual copy of a book or do you read on your ipad? I know it’s such an easy question but this has consumed my life. I have been reading a lot recently and have been wondering if I should get an e-book or the physical copy of the book. I LOVE having the physical copy of the book in my hand and think I understand the book so much better. But I do love that no matter how many books I have in my ipad, it will always weigh the same. Oh, and did I mention that e-books are cheaper?

My “solution” came while I was was reading Amy Poehler’s new book, Yes Please. She described the immense pressure of writing a book, as books are something people will have in their house and read over and over again for years to come. After I read that, I thought, “EUREKA! I’ll just buy physical copies of books I want to keep for years to come and e-version of books I only want to read once.”

How about you? What’s been your solution?

 

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WEEKEND AT GLENDEVEN

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Alrighty ladies and gentlemen, it’s time I let you in on a little milestone Otto and I celebrated last week. Last Monday, Otto and I celebrated our THIRD year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s already been three years.

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So, how did we celebrate this milestone? Otto actually surprised me with a trip up to Mendocino! For those of you unfamiliar with California, it’s three hours drive up north from San Francisco. So yes, you pass Napa, Sonoma and even Healdsburg. It’s wayyyyy up there. But the drive (if you ever do decide to do it) is amazing!

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So, a little detail on the drive. We drove up Friday afternoon, so by the time we got closer to our final destination, the sun already set. So that meant driving through the mountain in the complete darkness, using our high beam and singing along to fun songs to keep each other awake. It was one of those drives where I was afraid a wild animal would pop out. After our drive, we arrived at our destination, an adorable bed & breakfast called Glendeven. Here’s our review of Glendeven.

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Glendeven is “an ocean view farmstead inn.” It is quiet, serene and low-key. It has served as a blissful retreat for some famous folks. Oh, you know, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Jane Lynch just to name a few. The best part is, they have llamas (!!!) on their property! Okay, let me tell you all the amazing things about this property as we go. Let’s dive in.

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The view from our room was breathtaking. Because we drove through the dark, we couldn’t see the surroundings. So when we woke up the next morning, we were shocked and amazed to see just how gorgeous it was. I could see the ocean from our patio, hear the waves crashing and see the llamas roaming the property. Heaven! Here’s a shot of the gorgeous surrounding from the bed:

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At 8:00am every morning, they serve a delicious breakfast. It includes fresh eggs (from their hen), freshly squeezed oj (my favorite!), fruit and pastry. It’s accompanied by tea and coffee. After our stay at Glendeven, Otto and I are HOOKED on fresh eggs. In fact, we are going to look for some this weekend at the Alemany Farmers’ Market.

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They have seven llamas on their property as well as chickens. We were able to get surprisingly close to the llamas and had so much fun feeding the chickens:

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They also have their own garden and bee hives on the property as well.

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Another gem of this b&b was the trail that’s just right across the street. We walked through the forest on a dewy morning and was able to walk to the ocean. It was breathtaking!

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Before we left, we wrote in the black leather notebook where all the previous guests wrote in. It was sweet to read about all the people who have stayed at the room before and saw that many were repeat guests. We wrote our entry (not photographed) but I am romanticizing that we’d be back again and pull up this old journal entry and talk about what our lives were like back then and how much things have changed.

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It was so hard to leave and I am daydreaming about buying a cabin out there to go visit every weekend. One can dream! Thank you Glendeven for an incredible weekend!


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HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND

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The weekend is here! Do you have big plans?

Here are some links that caught my eye this week:

- A charming and heartwarming New York Times article about what you learn when you turn 40.

- This article sharing photo the moment she / he said yes to the proposal. It’s so sweet!

- Men trying women’s sexy Halloween costumes and realized how ridiculous it is.

- Finally got my book, Being Mortal and so excited to read this over the weekend!

- What happens when a group of second graders are treated to a $220 tasting menu at Daniel.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 


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WHAT YOU LEARN IN YOUR FORTIES

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A couple weeks ago, my friend Amy sent me a link to an amazing New York Times article. It talked about what the writer, Pamela Druckerman, learned in her forties. It is heart warming, funny and insightful.

Here are some of my favorite lines from her article:

“There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.”

“There are no soul mates. Not in the traditional sense, at least. In my 20s someone told me that each person has not one but 30 soul mates walking the earth. (“Yes,” said a colleague, when I informed him of this, “and I’m trying to sleep with all of them.”) In fact, “soul mate” isn’t a pre-existing condition. It’s an earned title. They’re made over time.”

•”You will miss out on some near soul mates. This goes for friendships, too. There will be unforgettable people with whom you have shared an excellent evening or a few days. Now they live in Hong Kong, and you will never see them again. That’s just how life is.”

Here are the two funniest lines:

“When you’re wondering whether she’s his daughter or his girlfriend, she’s his girlfriend.”

•”When you’re unsure if it’s a woman or a man, it’s a woman.”

What lessons did you learned that you’d like to share?

PS: Here’s a post I wrote for 20’s Inc about things I learned when I turned 25 and a post about what I read in Marie Claire about what you should have and know by the time you turn 30.

(Photo – Marie Assénat via New York Times.)


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LAND’S END

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This October marks my 4th year living in San Francisco. Can you believe it?! Living in a city that’s just 7×7, you’d think I would have seen every little corner of this gorgeous city by the Bay, but now I am starting to see the true beauty of this city. Otto is born and raised here in San Francisco, so that means he introduces me to all these gorgeous places. One of the new place we visited is the labyrinth at Land’s End.

One gloomy sunday, before we went over to Otto’s parents for brunch, we went on a short hike to the labyrinth. Here are some shots of the trail:

We parked by the golf course parking lot and walked down the hill. Much of the trail was covered with sand, but the hike down was easy as it was all down hill.

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The labyrinth and the view was so magical!

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When it came time to hike back UP to our car, I thought I was dying. The uphill (stairs) and the sand trail felt like I was on the StairMaster with no end in sight!

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Looking back, the pain and sweat was all worth it for the amazing view you can only get from Land’s End. If you are looking to spend some time outdoors this weekend, head on over to Land’s End!


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CACAO – ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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During my short trip to Atlanta, Jenni and I stopped by the lovely chocolate company, Cacao. The store has been dubbed to make the “best chocolate” by many food and travel magazine such as Food & Wine, bon appétit and Travel + Leisure. It definitely deserved all the accolade!

The store is adorable and the chocolate selections were fantastic. Since Otto loves whisky and bourbon, I was excited to see that they had truffles filled with Laphroaig as well as bourbon. He loved them!

I also picked up some chocolate bars as well as European style drinking chocolate. YUM!

If you are ever in Atlanta, definitely stop it. And if you have some whisky or bourbon lovers to give presents to this holiday season, definitely check-out their website!

Enjoy.


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PEOPLE GETTING SCARED

One of my newest obsession is watching Buzzfeed videos. They are oh-so-funny and light up my day! So now that it’s almost Halloween, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Buzzfeed video. It’s a video of grown men getting scared (to death!!) at the haunted house.

Need another one? Here’s a video of Buzzfeed staff trying exotic Asian food, like live octopus. Hillllarious!

Enjoy!


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BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

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There’s something magical about autumn and reading. Perhaps it’s the chilly air, the warm cozy blanket or a cup of tea (or a fall cocktail) that motivates me to curl up on the couch and immerse myself in a good book. I just finished reading I’ll Drink to That by the famous Betty Halbreich of Bergdorfs. Having walked past Bergdorfs every weekend when I (briefly) lived in New York, I was fascinated to read the stories about the store and the amazing life of Betty. It was one of those books I couldn’t wait to get home to read!

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I am also hooked in reading the New York Times’ Sunday paper. A couple weekends ago, Otto and I went to Golden Gate Park to watch our friend play tennis and read the paper. I was trying to recreate the summer I lived in New York. Emily (my roommate) and I used to get the Sunday paper and walk to Central Park from our apartment every Sunday. We’d spend all day reading the paper and talk about the new restaurant the paper mentioned or an artist’s painting Emily was excited to see.

So what am I reading next? I just got done reading the sample version of Being Moral by Atul Gawande. It’s a book that shines light on how a patient can spend their last days, weeks or months in a more dignified way. Instead of opting for a dangerous surgery or continuing a painful treatment, he suggests looking at alternatives. I truly enjoyed the sample and now waiting for it to arrive.

What books are you reading?

 

 

 

 


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NATURAL WAY TO REMOVE BAD SMELL OUT OF GARBAGE DISPOSAL

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We all have little hacks to keep the home clean. Today, I want to share how to remove bad smell out of garbage disposal. Oh, did I mention it’s all natural? It’s really simple and requires just ONE ingredient: citrus rind.

1) Run hot water in your kitchen sink

2) Turn on the garbage disposal

3) Drop the citrus rinds one by one

4) Keep the hot water running and turn off

That’s it! This new tricks works oh-so-perfectly for me. With my recent obsession with freshly squeezed orange juice, I always have orange rind around the house. So after I juice my oranges, I keep some rind in a ziploc bag and store them in the fridge. That way, whenever the garbage disposal is getting a wee-bit stinky, I drop a couple rinds and return back to an odor-free kitchen.

What are some clever tricks you have around the house?

 

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