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MCLV Style: Bloggers Who Brunch

I stumbled on these pictures from a fun brunch a few months ago and just had to share.

If the blonde doesn’t look familiar it’s likely due to the fact that she’s gone through varying stages of color since these images were snapped, including, but not limited to, grey, purple, and blue.

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Checkered Dress – Asos

White Heels – Zara {Similar here}

White Sunglasses – ROMWE

Floral Wristlet – Rebecca Minkoff

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Clearly the unofficially dress code for this impromptu Saturday brunch was black & white paired with a bold lip. I fell in love with this black & white checkered dress over the Summer and enjoyed finding different ways to take it into Fall.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

These shots were actually captured after Kat from KatwalkSF and I shot this fun denim-on-denim Saako picnic in the park across the street and before we wandered off into the alleys of North Beach for this checkered dress photo shoot.

What’s YOUR go-to brunch look?

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MCLV Style: Checkered Dress – Part II

After showing off my favorite new checkered dress from Asos in all its strapless glory a few weeks ago, I wanted to share my favorite way to take a sweet Summer dress into Fall!

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Checkered Dress – Asos

White Heels – Zara {Similar here}

White Sunglasses – ROMWE

Floral Wristlet – Rebecca Minkoff

Checkered Dress White Blazer Summer-to-Fall Black & White San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style

{Check out more photos here}

Checkered Dress White Blazer Summer-to-Fall Black & White San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Living in San Francisco is all about embracing labels. When you reside in a city where it can go from pouring rain to sunshine in a few hours time and fog is a near-constant, you learn the value of carrying scarves and umbrellas on a daily basis.

Taking a great printed dress like this beauty from a sunny Summer day in the park to a fun Fall brunch is simply a matter of the perfect blazer.

This crisp cropped Mod Cloth blazer in the perfect shade of white was the obvious choice – It adds the perfect amount of polish without detracting from the eye-catching print.

How would YOU wear this checkered dress?

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MCLV Mange: Crackling Cauliflower

One of my favorite things to cook with – And eat – Is cauliflower. I munch on it raw dipped in hummus and throw it into salads, I love it spicy and savory in traditional Indian dishes, and I love “ricing” it for things like pizza and bread sticks.

This crackling cauliflower recipe is an adaptation of Eating Bird Food‘s version – It’s quick to prepare, takes under 30 minutes to cook, and is delicious. The recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, and Paleo-friendly so it’s a good dish to share with friends or family who have allergies or dietary restrictions.

Note: This dish can come out spicy. Personally, I love it with a little kick, but if you’d like to tone it down try reducing or excluding the Chili flakes/powder

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{Photography by Jessica Michelle Photo}

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower {Or pre-chopped bag} – Broken up into smaller florets
  • ½ Red Onion – Diced
  • ¼ Cup Oil {I prefer coconut oil for dishes cooked at higher temperatures}
  • ½ Tablespoon Curry Powder
  • ½ Tablespoon Garam Masala
  • ½ Teaspoon Chili Flakes or ¼ Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cloves Garlic – Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Ginger
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 400°
  2. Thaw frozen peas
  3. Combine oil & spices – Toss with cauliflower florets
  4. Pour mixture into a baking dish
  5. Roast for 20 minutes – Stir at 10 minutes
  6. After 20 minutes add peas and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes

Extra special bonus of this recipe. It’s great warm or hot. When I made this last time I meant for the leftovers to last the week but I ate the rest of it straight out of the fridge. The same day…

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

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Celebratory Weekend

This past weekend was a once in a life time celebration for my family – My baby brother, who happens to be the only male cousin, celebrated his recent engagement. He and his adorable fiance drove (drove!!!) up from Albuquerque for a week in California which ended with three days of non-stop celebrating in San Francisco.

The festivities began Friday night with our longtime tradition, dinner at our favorite North Beach spot, Don Pistos. The chips & salsa are amazing and we always gorge ourselves on them long before the food ever arrives, the tacos and seafood specials never disappoint, and their sangria is top-notch. Which is very important in a restaurant.

Ceviche tacos, carne asada, fried calamari, fish tacos, wine & sangria, and unpictured (eaten too quickly…) veggie tacos for me.

Why do boys never tire of trying to scare you?

After leaving dinner, totally stuffed as always, we walked past Washington Square Park and headed to another fun North Beach spot, the always lively brewery Rogue which has great outdoor tables and a huge beer list.

How cute is my future sister? 🙂

I’m always exhausted on Friday nights, the week always seems to come crashing down on me riiight around 7pm, so I made my life easier and just threw on a little black dress and some killer gold jewelry for our Friday night out.

V-Neck Dress – Mink (from the North Beach boutique Annabella’s), Heeled Sandals – Ralph Lauren, Lariat Necklace – Vendome (from the Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show), Bracelets – JewelMint & Vintage, and Ring – BCBG {Click on the hyperlinks above to visit sites where you can find similar pieces}

For the main event on Saturday the rest of our family joined us for brunch and bottomless mimosas at a little hole in the wall bar/restaurant in North Beach called Tiernan’s Irish Pub.

And yes, I ate sweet potato fries for brunch. Completely worth it.

Comparing bling with fabulous friends – An important part of any good outing

Most of our extended family departed after brunch wrapped up, so those of us who remained walked over to the beach at Ghirardelli Square for some celebratory bubbly and a toast with a killer view.

Fashion highlight? Realizing Sean had been wearing my little pink running socks from Victoria’s Secret with his new Banana Republic dress shoes all day…

And what did I wear for this fabulous event you ask?

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Striped Blouse – Zara,  Royal Blue Shorts – Zara, Shoes – MaddenGirl, and Zebra Print AviatorsPiperlime {You can shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or click on the hyperlinks above to visit websites where you can find similar pieces}

In conclusion, it was an amazing, sentimental, crazy fun weekend, and now I feel like I need to sleep for a week to recover. 🙂

How was your weekend?

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Goodbye Leavenworth

 

I’d like to take a moment to lament & say au dieu to my beautiful Russian Hill apartment.

 

I adored that apartment’s period details, high ceilings and amazing light, as well as the building’s gorgeous facade.
 
But the time had come for me to say goodbye to the leg burning hills and find a new apartment. Somewhere flat. :)The cats were not quite as excited as me to move to North Beach though… The new building has none of the classic San Francisco characteristics that I’ve always looked for, it’s a squat, modern building with carpets and mirrored closets. So why did I make this move? The building is walking distance to work, is located in a great neighborhood and has a pool, gym and sliding glass doors in the living room that lead out to a courtyard.

But my favorite part? There’s space for all my very important goodies.

A giant walk in closet

With room for purses, shoes and my dresser in additional to all of my clothes

There’s room for the cats to play…
 
 
And there’s even enough closet space for my new roommate…
 
 
And what did I do to celebrate this move?
 
 
 
Bottomless mimosa brunch with one of my favorite people, of course.
 
Look out North Beach, here I come!
 
 
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