Tuesday, December 30, 2014

San Francisco & Lunch at Caffe DeLucchi


Caffe Delucchi San Francisco

Hello dear readers! As you may have noticed, I've been on a bit of a hiatus since spending the holidays back home. I'm still out west, but I wanted to show you what I've been up to in San Francisco! The other day, we took an epic urban hike around the gorgeous city I call home. 

Caffe Delucchi San Francisco

To start, we walked up the steps that lead to Coit Tower, which were filled with amazing views of the bay and great topiary/from the front yards of the houses along the trail.

Caffe Delucchi San Francisco

We also met this cute little black and white cat - Mister Jacks! He was super friendly and literally jumped up and into my arms! We wanted to keep him. 

Caffe Delucchi San Francisco

To refuel after our urban hike, we stopped at the adorable Caffe DeLucchi in the nearby North Beach. Caffe DeLucchi is a classic Italian restaurant with outdoor seating and a scrumptious menu.

Caffe Delucchi San Francisco

We started with the original caesar salad, with anchovies on top. It was entirely fresh, crisp, and delicious.

Caffe Delucchi San Francisco

I ordered the rigatoni bolonese, which was cooked perfectly - not too soft, not too tough. This dish really hit the spot!

Caffe Delucchi San Francisco

Here is the fresh snapper sandwich, with parmesan encrusted fresh snapper filet, housemade caper aioli, lettuce, and tomato on a soft ciabatta roll. You don't see snapper too often on the East Coast, so it was a treat coming back home and seeing this one on the menu.

I feel so incredibly lucky to go home to San Francisco, a city filled with breathtaking views and drool-worthy feasts. It's important to experience everything your city has to offer and I'm making more of an effort every year to do so, both in Boston and SF!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Lunch in a Castle: Smith and Wollensky


Smith and Wollensky

How often do you get to feast in a castle? Well, the other day I got to eat in a building called The Castle, does that count? This armory was built in 1891 and made to look like a castle. Apparently when it was built, it was the tallest building in Boston at a whopping six stories. It's only source of heat for over a century were the small fireplaces, until 2004 when Smith and Wollensky came in and spent $12 Million renovating the medieval building.

Smith and Wollensky


Smith and Wollensky

Now known as one of the best steakhouses in Boston, Smith and Wollensky reigns in its castle. Of course I had to stop in for a meal and see what all the fuss was about. 

Smith and Wollensky

Even the doors are regal.

Smith and Wollensky

Smith and Wollensky

The waiter explained to us that the room we were dining in used to be army barracks and sleeping quarters for revolutionary soldiers.

Smith and Wollensky

Smith and Wollensky

Our prix fixe menu. It's nice how they have vegetarian options for some, but as a meat lover I was excited about the tenderloin.

Smith and Wollensky

Warm, buttery bread topped with thyme.


Smith and Wollensky

Light Wollensky Salad. I personally prefer when restaurants opt for spinach or kale salads over iceberg lettuce, since they have so many more nutrients. To be fair, you don't go to a steakhouse for the salad, so I'll let it pass.

Smith and Wollensky

Our side of Whipped Potatoes had an incredibly bright, fun flavor. Something in the seasoning really made me feel like I was sitting out in a warm garden somewhere.

Smith and Wollensky

Here is the belle of the ball, The Crusted Beef Tenderloin Duo. The left piece is topped with bone marrow butter, and the right piece is topped with gorgonzola

While they were both phenomenal, I preferred the gorgonzola piece on the right, because of its deep, earthy flavor. I thought this was a great juxtaposition to the bright flavors in the Whipped Potatoes.

Smith and Wollensky

I know it looks tiny, but the steak was thick, rich, and packed with flavor. 

Smith and Wollensky

We ended with a scrumptious Chocolate Cake, fruits, and raspberry sauce for a sweet finish.

Smith and Wollensky


Nothing better than dining beside a roaring fireplace. 


Smith and Wollensky

Another one of their dining rooms, ready for the holidays. Apparently all of the wood is original from the 1890's.

Though I wasn't impressed with the salad, I was enamored by the bread, sides, entree and dessert at Smith and Wollensky. The castle ambiance really put this venue at another level, as did the knowledge of the waiters on its history. I definitely recommend it as a unique fine dining option in a city that prides itself on it's rich history.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Boston Blogger Event: Peruvian Connection on Newbury



With the holidays fast approaching, blogger events are in full force - which I love! It's always so amazing and inspiring to meet with fellow local bloggers. From lifestyle, to fashion, to books and food, everyone has their own niche. Because of this, we aren't as competitive as other blogging locations sometimes are, and it feels like more of a community. 



This particular event took place at the oh-so cozy Peruvian Connection on Newbury Street and was hosted by the inspiring Georgina of Notes on Lifestyle, Kayte of Mass Musings, and Kristen from The Boston Fashionista. 


How cute is this?? The Peruvian Connection offered a contest for a $100 gift card to whoever styled a mannequin the best, using their current collection within the store. Each stylist took a picture of their work with an old school polaroid. I love this idea!



This was my look - If I wasn't so tired from work I probably would have added a hat, scarf and long necklace to complete the look, but I'm still happy with it! I would so wear this as an outfit (maybe with a puffy winter coat on top while outside).

Dress: Forever21

Hanging out with the awesome Celina from Trends and Tolstoy, and Agnes from Spoons and Stilettos. Agnes ended up winning the style contest!


Snacks and warm cocktails and were provided - which is so nice now that the winter chill has arrived! See the steam in the cup below? Yum!




Here are a couple of my favorite styles from Peruvian Connection, which uses this season's popular Marsala tone in their pieces:



I've been seeing this color everywhere, and though it's not a tone I would have normally reached for, I now appreciate it's rich, laid-back style. Blogger events like this one not only allow you to connect with fellow bloggers, but really learn about what's trending. This is great because it allows you to really learn about your own personal style and what you like!


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I've Got That "Fever London" Fever

Fever London comes to the US

It's no secret - London is known for it's great fashion and shopping. I often come across adorable online shops that only ship to the UK, but it seems more and more companies are starting to offer US shipping, whooo! Even Primark is opening a store in downtown Boston next spring, which I'm so excited about since I keep hearing about it from my UK blogger buddies!

I just found out that Fever London is adding itself to the list of stores now shipping to the US, and I'm seriously excited! Next year I'll be showcasing their SS15 collection, and I honestly can't wait. For now I can show you a sneak peek of their gorgeous upcoming pieces:

Fever London comes to the US

Fever London comes to the US

Fever London comes to the US

I really enjoy Fever London's feminine and vintage theme. From their lace detailing, to the bright colors and pastels they use, these pieces will put a little spring and summer into each winter day. I would pair any and all of these outfits with a pair of tights and call it a day!

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Clink: The Restaurant that used to be a Prison

Clink Restaurant Boston

Did you know Boston's Liberty Hotel used to be a prison? Now a swanky venue, it houses a lounge called Alibi, an Italian restaurant called Scampo, and a modern American restaurant called Clink. I personally think the Italian restaurant should change its name to something prison-related like the other venues. 

Anyway, we've been wanting to check out the Liberty for a while now, and finally for our two-year anniversary we did! 

Clink Restaurant Boston


Clink Restaurant Boston

We dined at Clink, a modern American restaurant that still has the brick walls and iron bars from when the building was a New England prison. It was crazy to think of the history of the building as we ate here, which really added some depth to the venue.

Clink Restaurant Boston

Clink Restaurant Boston

Yellowtail Crudo: Hijiki, tangerine, cranberry, and tobiko. This dish was so jam-packed with multi-leveled flavors and textures, ended up being my favorite plate! The initial flavors of the fish and sweet cranberry sauce were fresh and bright. It ended with the sage seasoning that tasted just like Christmas.

Clink Restaurant Boston

Roasted Salmon: freekah, brussel sprouts, almonds, cauliflower puree, and aji amarillo. The fish was light, but packed with flavor and cooked to a flaky perfection. I especially enjoyed the puree which retained the wonderful taste of cauliflower. This airy puree paired so well with the salmon.


Clink Restaurant Boston

Pork Chop and Belly: bacon grits, broccoli rabe, roasted apple. The theme of this dish was pork and apples, a classic pairing. The apple seemed to be subtly infused throughout the meat, and the bacon grits added to the hearty ingredients.

Clink Restaurant Boston

The Liberty Hotel had amazing holiday decorations, like this upside-down Christmas tree.  

Clink has mixed reviews on Yelp, but we thought it was fantastic! The prison ambiance works in a very trendy, hipster way, the waitstaff was prompt and friendly, and the food was delicious.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Shop Jami Jewelry

shop jami jewelry

There's snow on the ground, holiday events galore - it's officially winter in Boston! While I love all the festivities, winter temperatures means it's time to bundle up, and that means covering up our cute outfits. 

My solution to the winter fashion blues is Shop Jami jewelry. This is the best time of year to break out my favorite accessories and add some flair to those puffy coats and rainboots! 

Shop Jami Jewelry

shop jami jewelry

Shop Jami Jewelry

I adore how unique these Gold Ezra earrings are! Their 14K gold plated stud spikes are classy enough to wear to a holiday party, edgy enough to stand out a bit, and subtle enough to wear casually to a Sunday brunch with friends. That kind of versatility is key in my jewelry collection. 

shop jami jewelry

Shop Jami Jewelry

This Black Lulu ring honestly stole my heart, and I wear it almost every day. It's band is 14K gold plated and adjustable so as to perfectly fit my slender fingers, and the Cupid's arrow design is so darling! The pave crystals really shine and sparkle in a mesmerizing way. 

Shop Jami Jewelry

Shop Jami Jewelry

This Black Lulu necklace pairs perfectly with its ring counterpart. After all, who really needs color blocking when you can match jewelry pieces!

Shop Jami Jewelry

How stunning and fun is this Cobalt Estelle Bracelet? Its 14K gold plated chain is woven with a cobalt thread accent for that pop of color. I think bright colors are great to wear in the winter months when we don't see as much color in nature. 

From their color to their shine, the right pieces of jewelry will always turn around a dreary winter day!


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