San Francisco Does Brunch | Favorite Bruncheries in SF

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Is bruncheries a word? Nope, but we're going with it.
My favorite meal is brunch. The combination of breakfast and lunch which is actually, or at least usually, just a large amount of breakfast food at a later time, closer to lunch time. It's genius actually. You combine two meals into one, you usually aren't hungry until dinner. It's great!
Thank you to whoever invented brunch. You are awesome.
What could be next, lunner? I doesn't have the same ring to it. Dinsert? That's just weird.

Here are some of my top San Francisco brunch places!
(Let me know if you also want an LA one, because I mean if you want me to eat brunch in LA, all you have to do is ask)

These are in no particular order, I love them all equally, I think... Also, in writing the descriptions of these restaurants I realized how bad I am at describing taste, almost as bad as I am at describing scents, so click on the restaurant for the Yelp page, and that will probably be more helpful.

I lied, this is my favorite. Get the French Toast. You will die and go to heaven, and then come back to finish eating it. I go here every time my parents come in to town and it is magical.

The bacon is actually delicious.

 The Benedicts are my favorite.

Super touristy because it is at Pier 39, but that doesn't take away from the yumminess!

Get an omelete and a latte. You won't be disappointed and it will be worth the wait.

Everything on the menu is delicious, but of course, I always get the bacon scram. Come hungry, it's a lot of food. Also, come during the different seasons because the flowers change! I want to eat it. Right now.

YUM. The biscuits they give you with the mango jam/spread. NOMS. And no, your eyes do not deceive you. That is a latka. 

Cafe Flore
Ended up here because the line at Ike's was too long (yes, I have never been to Ike's I know, it is a crime. Let's go!) But it is delicious, and fun, and spunky. Sometimes the pigeons attack you though. You have been warned.

Hipster never tasted to delicious

So many locations, all so delicious.

If you get coffee, you will never get the same mug twice. Classic diner food.

Get the beignets. I ca't say it tastes like New Orleans because I've never been, but they are soul-tastic. Also, the hangtown fry is delicious. 

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National Cat Day?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Because everyone deserves to smile at least once today. And, I'm pretty sure cat memes are my spirit animals... Like I related to all of them on Google.

 This (underneath) is a Norwegian Forest Cat, and they're my favorite.

Oh, and this is my cat...

Clearly he thinks he's a lion.

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Happy Monday

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sorry, I know.
I was gone.
For like a week. Which is like a year in blogging days.
And you're all probably like,

But hey, I'm a student. Not a good enough excuse? Here is my current state of mind:

In case none of these made you smile, or even if they did, you should go follow @instafrenchiez on Instagram for a dose of French Bulldogs (:

They're just so cute... how can you not?

Have a great week! I will try and not go MIA for that long this time (:
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Fall Break 2013 | I Ate.... A Lot

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18, how did you get here so fast? Like it's almost Halloween.. IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS! Okay, not really, but after Fall Break is Thanksgiving, and then Christmas so we're getting pretty close! Fall break is a new-ish concept to my school (they started it when I was a freshman) and it is a four day weekend in the middle of October so that us students don't have to go from Labor Day to Thanksgiving without a break! I think it is a must have, because it is right after midterm week. Anyways, this fall break my mom and aunt came up from Friday to Tuesday morning, so I thought I would share with you some of the things we did and yummy foods we ate!

Awkward family portraits in San Anselmo and me on the bridge! We were very touristy and I loved it

These pictures are kind of random, just go with it. First we have my mini pumpkins (Trader Joe's), then we have a semi updated picture of part of my room, which of course I will be showing once everything is put away! Then I have my new monogram necklace from my mom, YAYYYYY! And lastly, a picture of the golden gate bridge shadow, I got pretty artsy. 

And now on to food, yum! We ate most breakfasts at home with the exception of tea at the Fairmont (highly overrated), Tuesday's breakfast (top right) at Pier 39, and brunch (which was at like 2pm) at Cafe Flore in the Castro.

Now on to dinners! 
Top Left- B Star Tea Leaf Salad (delicious)
Top Right- Green Chili Kitchen, Pork Burrito
Bottom Left- A LOBSTER from Sausalito
Bottom Right- what we were eating the rest of the weekend...

And finally, for our last dinner, we went to the new Chinese food restaurant in the Westfield mall downtown after seeing Captain Phillips, and then went to Ghirardelli for ice cream!

Hope you all had a nice relaxing fall break, weekend, week, everything!

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Fall Beauty Must Haves

Thursday, October 10, 2013

With summer here and gone, not only are your wardrobe and nails changing, but so is makeup. Fall makeup trends are some of my favorites because it still embraces tan and glowy skin, while at the same time bringing in more neutral, earthy and fall tones. Here are some of my must have products this fall!

{left to right}
Nars Eyeliner in Via Venito (Black)
Buxom Lip Pencil/Stick in Tokyo (Cranberry shade)
Mac Prep & Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose (Under eye concealer)

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Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation
Nars Sin Blush (Berry with gold shimmer)
Garnier BB Cream (Oil Free)
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (translucent)

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College: My Experience Thus Far | Reality

Monday, October 7, 2013

As I sit here in bed, in my second apartment, during my third year of college, I wonder why I haven't talked about my college experience yet. Maybe because it has been such an overall unique experience that I didn't know how to verbalize it? Either way, here I am fellas, a junior in college, and here is my experience so far:

Junior year of high school I was determined I was going to school on the East Coast. I was going to go to school in New York, love everything, and be the happiest I had ever been. Then reality set in. I realized that as I was growing up, so was everyone around me. Moving across the country would not be the best decision for me because I would be a few days drive, or a 5 hour flight away, from the people that mean the most to me. So now the choice of if I wanted to go to school in Northern California or in LA. I applied to a total of 13 schools and got accepted to 6, I believe. Some of them I wondered why I even applied. I would have never been happy there and nothing felt right about it. One thing I regret about this process was visiting most schools after I had applied, with the exception of some Bay Area schools, like Berkeley. So I had my top 5 or so schools picked, and the rest were all back up schools. I was offered several scholarships but was denied acceptance to my two top schools. The two schools I actually wanted to go to, the two schools I dreamed about. Reality. A few weeks after I got wait listed/denied for these schools - I was wait listed at my top school in LA and they would not notify me in time, and denied my top choice in the Bay Area - I went to visit the school I currently attend in San Francisco. I fell in love. Something clicked with this campus, and the past spring break trips I had taken with my mom and aunt all came rushing back to me. I felt at home in this city. It was a city I could explore. It was something new, it was perfect. I accepted. My best friend and I had both been accepted into this school, but we did not want that to influence each others decisions. She visited the school, and two weeks later I visited. We decided not to say anything to each other until we had made our decision. By some miracle, we had both chosen the same school for completely different yet the same reasons. I would be a 45 minute flight, or 6 hour drive away from my parents and would be rooming with my best friend.
[I will have a whole separate blog post about living with my best friend, roommates, and my on-campus/off-campus living experiences.]

Freshman year was a lot. A lot of fun, a lot of studying, a lot of tears, a lot of friends, a lot of memories, a lot of exploring, a lot of independence. I had to learn how to budget money (did I?), I had to learn how to manage my time (sort of), I had to learn how to do laundry, I had to learn how to discipline myself, I had to branch out, I had to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I went into college undeclared. I guess I filled out the application wrong because I am almost positive I put down Sociology. Anyways, I was still set on the "Sociology" track so I took my first Soc class. SOC 101, Sociological Theory. I was not having it. This was during the time of the Occupy Movement and I could tell just from the different essays that I could not do this for the rest of my 4 years in college. My first semester I became a charter member of Kappa Alpha Theta at my university, and I can honestly say that joining a sorority, joining this sorority, was the greatest decision I have made thus far. It was my home away from home, and nothing that is portrayed in movies or shows. I now had my best friend/roommate and all of my sisters by my side. College was becoming more and more of a reality every day. By the end of Freshman year I knew who my true friends were, who my friends back home were, and a basic idea of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I had my first internship working on a political campaign, and declared my major as Politics.

Sophomore year was a total whirlwind. It went by so extremely fast I do not even know where to start. I was disaffiliated coming back from summer break due to my position on Panhellenic Council, leaving me in charge of the PR and Recruitment aspects of Panhellenic Formal Recruitment. Craziness. You do not realize how much you miss something until you no longer have it. This was my case with my sorority sisters. Not having that support system beside me was like the first few weeks of Freshman year all over again, except this time I wasn't living in the dorms, I was living in an apartment. My very first apartment. The apartment I will always look back on with my amazing roommate. Yes, that same roommate, my best friend. "The Backroom." It was an upgrade from the dorms, a downgrade from our current apartment, but who can tell the future? Not us! We were four blocks away from campus, and we had no complaints. Except the fact that it was a studio and a bit small, but hey, beggars can't be choosers right? It was either this or living in the PanHandle. You think I'm kidding... We realized that apartment hunting in the city is not very easy for college students.  My Sophomore year after disaffiliation, I got my two amazing littles, one in the fall and one in the spring. I made new friends, new memories, and lost some other friends. Reality. I declared my minor in Public Relations, got a job at the law school, made more friends, decided I was going to study abroad, and also decided that it was time to move on from our first apartment. But first, Spain. [I blogged most of my trip in Madrid/Barcelona so click here to read about it!]

I was halfway done with college. I had received GPAs all above a 3.4, I had enjoyed all of my classes, and I actually had a feel for the city I lived in, the school I attended, and the people I called my friends. Coming back, I was about to start my third year of college, with a major I was interested in, and a minor I loved. I just recently moved in to my second apartment, and will be doing different blog posts about my apartment, my roommate, living on and off campus, and just living in San Francisco and on our own as a whole! I hope this post gave you some insight into my first two years of college!

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Get Vampy | Fall 2013 Nail Polish Favorites

Friday, October 4, 2013

My favorite aspect about summer nail polishes are that they usually make me look more tan than I really am. Now, as we enter the first month of fall, that tan has quickly faded and I now have to mask up the fact that I am getting pale through dark lips and nails! This post is going to show you my favorite nail polishes that I will be loving this fall! 
I apologize in advance for my awful descriptions... Especially the OPI ones.

"Maximillian Strasse-her" (grey toned mint green)
"Carry On" (dark purple)
"It's Genius" (metallic sheen golden purple) 
"Wicked" (dark, vampy red and my favorite Essie color ever)

Butter London:
"Aston" (taupe-y nude with silver sparkles)

"220 Rain Forest" (deep hunter green with silver sparkles)
"Stileto" (black...)

Formula X For Sephora:
"Obsessed" (true "ox blood", more red than wicked)

"Wocka Wocka!" (doesn't the name describe it?- cranberry red with slight sheen)
"Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow" (this title confuses me- deep forest green)
"Warm & Fozzie" (looks like leaves turning colors- orange, brown, green sparkles- looks like fall)
"Parlez-Vous OPI?" (taupe-y lavender)

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