88th academy awards: best dressed.

I watched the Oscars for one thing only, and of course it was to see Leonardo DiCaprio get his first Oscar. I was so excited for him, if you don’t already know I’m a huge Leo fan. He’s my favorite actor, and I’ve been crushing on him since ’97. He looked so dapper, can we just take a moment and look at him. sigh.

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But, let’s move on to fashion. So, here are some of my favorites from tonight (in no particular order):

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Naomi Watts. Totally reminds me of a mermaid goddess!

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Sofia Vergara. She knows how to dress her amazing body!

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Emily Blunt attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Emily Blunt. The color is beautiful, so are the jewels.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Cate Blanchett. I LOVE everything about this dress: the color, the silhouette, and the flowers.

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Jennifer Garner. One word: classy.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Rachel McAdams attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

Lastly, Rachel McAdams. Her dress was a little wrinkled in the front, but it didn’t really matter because she looked flawless. I love the color and the sexy slit. Rach can wear a potato sack, and still look stunning. She’s my favorite.

Did you watch? Which one was your favorite dress?

xo

tony’s pizza napoletana: the best pizza!

Hello everyone,

I hope you all are doing well. I went on a date with my boyfriend on Sunday, to San Francisco’s north beach neighborhood, for some dinner. Dex took me to this cute restaurant called Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. They are very well known for their pizza and meatballs! The wait was around 30 minutes but before we knew it, we got a table outside. IMG_7040

I wanted to start with the “little Italy” salad, and I have to say it was SO SO GOOD. Also, big enough to share with Dex. Mmmm mmm.

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Of course I ordered some sparkling rose! My favorite!

Next we shared a meatball. The meatballs are HUGE, we both had a few bites, but had to take the rest home since we wanted to save room for our pizza! I’m telling you, if you ever come here… GET THE MEATBALL with the cream mushroom sauce on top, not on the side. There are NO words to describe this meatball, it was so rich in flavor, tender and juicy. It was a true foodie moment.

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Lastly, is the margherita pizza. There are no words for this deliciousness. I told my boyfriend, it was the best pizza I have ever tasted- and he agreed! SO GOOD. Better than pizza I’ve had in New York! I mean, it isn’t award winning pizza for nothing.

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This is a new favorite spot of ours! My parents are coming up from Southern California to visit this weekend, and we are definitely taking them here. I think they are going to enjoy it so much. It makes me happy showing my family new places that Dexter and I discover and love.

If you are ever visiting SF, check this spot out! You won’t regret it. If you enjoyed this foodie review, and want more, let me know.

Talk to you later, xo

current wishlist: home related.

I’m currently swooning over some items:

 

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CucinaPro heart shaped waffle maker found here.

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KitchenAid electric kettle in the color pistachio found here.

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Tufted corduroy floor pillow in the color mauve found here.

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San Francisco embroidered pillow from Pottery Barn found here.

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Obsessed with this Pink Crosley portable record player found here.

What are some items on your wishlist? Most of these things are home related, because I love decorating. I like to change things up a lot, and I’m not 100% done with decorating the apartment we live in. Hopefully I can score some of the items on the list….

 

xo

big news: my twin sister is engaged!

I’m so excited to share some amazing news that happened over the weekend. My fraternal twin sister got engaged to her boyfriend! What she thought was just a weekend of visiting me, my boyfriend and our little sister- turned out to be the best weekend of her life!

Her boyfriend, now fiancé, James, texted us all about his big plans and wanted us all there when he popped the question! I’m so thankful he included us on their special day. It is something I’ll cherish forever.

We started the morning going to our favorite cafe and eating brunch. Rose’s Cafe is so delicious, I knew we had to go there first.

Next, we took a drive past the Golden Gate Bridge, past San Rafael to this place called Marshall. My boyfriend and I took them to this very spot, last January and it was a huge hit! They have a little restaurant on the side of the road called The Marshall Store & they sell mouth-watering oysters and clam chowder. We ordered our food, sat at a table outside and enjoyed some beers overlooking Tomales Bay. The weather was stunning- breezy, yet sunny. We ate, talked, laughed and enjoyed ourselves. We wanted to drive back down to a place called Tomales Bay Trailhead to take pictures (like we did last year), they have open pastures where cows roam free and it’s beautiful.

My sister and James were posing for pictures and then he decided he wanted to go to the top of a hill, for more “pictures”. After hiking up a little hill, and seeing cows grazing on grass it was finally the spot he wanted. She thought it was time for more pictures, but instead he started his “proposal speech”. She was so shocked, and I got everything on camera. My little sister took amazing pictures, and I wanted to share some.

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There wasn’t a dry eye at the end of the proposal! I am so happy for my sister and soon-to-be brother! It was such a beautiful day. Her ring is to die for, he did such a good job! I couldn’t be more excited for wedding planning. Stay tuned.

xo

five things that make me happy, #5.

  1. New workout clothes.
  2. Sunny days!
  3. Spending time with my sisters.
  4. Finding new books to read.
  5. Long weekends!

I have some pretty exciting news to share, but if you follow me on instagram you probably have an idea of what I’m going to announce. I hope everyone had an amazing long weekend & a happy Valentine’s Day! See you in my next blog post.

xo

social media: the addiction is real.

Lately, I’ve been sharing less of my personal life on my instagram page. I didn’t announce that I recently got a new job (in retail), or how I’ve been focusing on working out and school. I haven’t talked about my Prolactinoma, or some other huge personal issues I’m dealing with. The reason for that? Well, sometimes very personal things are meant to be kept private. I’ve made the effort not to share as much, because most people don’t truly care. They follow me to be nosy, or don’t have good intentions.

I love social media, probably too much. But I’m trying to live in the moment, and disconnect myself from “social media world”. I want to try and be happy without it, or stop feeling the need to share my every move, every struggle, every accomplishment, every meal, etc. I got accepted into SFSU this upcoming fall semester, and I didn’t announce it on my instagram. I didn’t feel the need to.

The thing is, I don’t care what others are doing. They can share everything- or nothing at all. I just have this personal goal, of maybe sharing less and trying to enjoy life without my phone glued to my hand 24/7. I remember the days when I didn’t even have a cell phone. The days before Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram changed the way of human interaction. I want to live a simpler life, and the goal would be to try and limit myself to spending time on my phone. The saddest part about it is, my phone is the first thing I grab for in the morning. It’s also the last thing I touch before I shut my eyes at night. (and I know many others do it too)

I guess it’s a little contradictory, since I do have a Facebook, Twitter, Blog, YouTube, and Instagram. Maybe I feel this way because life is so short, and I don’t think I’m truly taking full advantage of it. I might be rambling, and I may not make sense to you, but these are some of the thoughts I’ve been having lately.

I watched this movie called The Human Experience, a few years ago and it’s brilliant. It doesn’t talk about social media, but it does take you on a journey and shows you what’s truly important in life. Its a documentary that makes you think about the meaning of life, and the bigger picture. I highly recommend it. Check it out here.

Do you feel the same way? Do you think people are too engrossed in social media? Do you miss the times before social media? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

xo

working out progress: one month.

Hello, and happy February everyone!

I have officially been working out consistently for ONE MONTH! I’ve been trying to drink more water, and track all of my workouts in a journal. I write down how long I worked out for, and how many calories I burned; the reason I do this is to visually see how many days I work out for and if I’m meeting my goals. I have a polar heart monitor and chest strap that I got from Amazon, if you’re interested here is the link. I definitely recommend this heart monitor if you want to keep track of the calories you’re burning. It has worked wonderfully for me.

Here is what it looks like after a workout:

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The reason for this post is to keep my motivation up! Since gaining so much weight, and being diagnosed with Prolactinoma, I’m trying really hard to lose 40-45 lbs! I know it’s going to be a long journey, but I am so ready to be comfortable in my own skin again. I made a goal of working out 3-5 days a week, and so far I have met my goals.

ONE MONTH DOWN! I plan to keep updates, maybe take some pictures of progress. For now I do not own a scale, but maybe two months from now I’ll buy one. Hope this inspires someone who also wants to lose weight and be healthier.

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xo