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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maven + SF Street Art

maven san francisco

Favorite neighborhood in the world, hands down. Lower Haight in San Francisco has got it all: it's filled with life, community, local restaurants, boutiques, and plenty of gorgeous street art (how amazing is the above mural, painted on the side of a local grocery store). We ventured here for brunch at one of those local gems: Maven.

Sound familiar? This is hardly the first time I've featured this venue on my blog - you may remember past Maven meals.

maven san francisco

Maven is always packed, so the hostess will often take your number and call or text you when your table's ready. We peaked in the boutiques nearby before we came back for our meal. The top plate pictured above is French Toast, the bottom is a side of Scrambled Eggs and a Green Salad.

maven san francisco

I'm usually floored by Maven, and I would definitely recommend their duck sliders, but we weren't too impressed with their french toast (above). 

maven san francisco

My plate was okay for what it was - a side of scrambled eggs and a salad. I wish there had been a tad more flavor/dressing to the salad, but that probably would have made it less healthy! There were a lot of great options on the menu that probably would have been amazing, but since I'm currently going gluten-free I had to opt for these sides. 

maven san francisco

Can't beat that view! Take a look at more great San Francisco street art below.

maven san francisco

maven san francisco

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Golden Strolls


She Inside black and gold dress review
Dress: c/o SheIn | Boots: H&M 
Happy Sunday all! We've seriously had the mildest winter in Boston so far. It's basically February and there's no snow on the ground! It was nearly 60 degrees today and I was able to get away with this fancy SheIn dress (less than $25) without leggings! Ok, it turned out to still be pretty chilly, but the point is that it was way warmer than usual for New England this time of year.

Anyway, this dress has definitely been on repeat for me since I received it from SheIn. You may remember it from my post on the Hotel Commonwealth Sparkle + Glow Party. Its black and gold sequin baroque patterning gives it a really formal, almost regal look which I love. It's also super comfy which is the #1 priority in my closet! I do wish it was a bit longer, but that's the only drawback I experienced. 

She Inside black and gold dress review

She Inside black and gold dress review

She Inside black and gold dress review

She Inside black and gold dress review

I paired the dress with some gorgeous pieces from this month's Rocksbox set: Merlot earrings by Lauren Hope, PavĂ© Double Teardrop Pendant Necklace by Sophie Harper, and a set of midi rings by Gorjana (not pictured above). Rocksbox literally brings high-end jewelry to your doorstep every month and is the perfect way to complete an outfit! For U.S. residents, sign in to Rocksbox here using code chelseaxoxo2 to try it free for a whole month! 

Between SheIn and Rocksbox, I feel like I've got my whole wardrobe cut out for me. SheIn has ridiculously good deals on gorgeous clothes that I always get tons of compliments on!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Italian Faire at San Francisco's Uva Enoteca

Uva Enoteca San Francisco

The last night of my stay back home in San Francisco for the holidays, my dad and I found a local Italian gem : Uva Enoteca. From the outside it looks like a tiny restaurant, but as you step inside you can see how far back it goes! There's a small initial seating area, followed by a full bar, and a second seating area behind that. 

This venue has amazing food - healthy, incredible taste, and good ambiance to boot. They even have great gluten-free pasta options which are scrumptious (though I wish it wasn't $3 extra)! The only drawback we experienced was the service: Our waiter was very attentive in the beginning, but he definitely went MIA as the meal went on! We had to ask for water refills multiple times, and we even ending up flagging down the busboy for a dessert menu in the end. All-in-all, I would go back for the food and atmosphere, hopeful to get a slightly more attentive waiter this time!

Uva Enoteca San Francisco

Is this not the healthiest looking salad ever?? It's mixed kale, almonds, and ricotta. I love how the kale here is purple with green tips! You can tell it's incredibly fresh.

Uva Enoteca San Francisco

Uva Enoteca San Francisco

Marinated olives - yes please! I find olives to be impossibly refreshing and always feel so healthy eating them.

Uva Enoteca San Francisco
Above: Pasta pomodoro w / mezze rigatoni, garlic, chilis, pecorino.
Below: Gluten-free baked rigatoni w / roasted butternut squash, hazelnuts, sage, smoked mozzarella, breadcrumbs

Delectable pasta plates! Both dishes were honestly incredible - perfect texture and bold flavors. I do wish they didn't charge an extra $3 for the gluten free option though!

Uva Enoteca San Francisco

Uva Enoteca San Francisco

Finally, we come to dessert. My dad got the affogato - vanilla gelato & double shot of ritual espresso, and I ordered the pear & mascarpone tart. YUM! I can not recommend the tart enough. I believe it's now on the menu with strawberry which I'm sure is equally as good. 

Uva Enoteca San Francisco

Uva Enoteca San Francisco

My dad and I at Uva Enoteca! He's the hardest working guy I know, and coming out with a new AMAZING fashion line soon, so stay tuned!

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