Thursday, April 30, 2015

cocktails with carlina: sweet williams

It's really starting to feel like spring around here, the sun is setting later, the weather is getting warmer and I even heard a little rumor that today it was going to be 79 degrees! This gal could not be happier. So, in celebration of springtime and seasonal changes I thought what could be better than to ring in the season with a fresh floral cocktail? 

Today I am showing you all how to make the 'Sweet Williams' cocktail- the name derives from the fuchsia bouquet to your left in the images below. Isn't it a great name? This cocktail ends up with a bit of a sweet note from the addition of the curaçao, and so the name 'Sweet Williams' was appropriately titled. What you end up with is a great spring cocktail, a little sweet with the hints of orange zest and blossom notes, and it's balanced out nicely by the tartness of the lemon. The perfect after work pick-me-up if you will.

Ingredients:
1 oz. Dry Orange Curaçao
1/2 oz.Vermouth
1/2 lemon
Sweet Williams bouquet, or sprigs of small colorful flowers
ice

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Start by pressing a freshly peeled lemon rind on the inside of your champagne coupe,
then pour 1oz. of No. 209 gin into said coupe...

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 Pour 1oz. of Orange Curacao, I used Pierre Ferrand, it's yummy & the bottle is pretty too!
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 Wash and cut lemon in half, then squeeze a little less than half into the drink...
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Stir cocktail, and add a few ice cubes.
While chilling pull a few small flowers and leaves off a colorful flower bouquet and wash them.
Float washed flowers and leaves into cocktail...
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And enjoy! Ahhhhhh
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Big thanks to the Distillery 209 team for partnering on this fun spring collaboration!

Allergic to Vanilla

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

travel diary: what to do {and wear} in boston

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What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy
What to do in Boston, what to wear in Boston, layering in Boston, Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, springtime in Boston, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Shake Shack, LIttle Italy

Exactly one week ago I was languishing in an impromptu vacation, hotel life and exploring the fabulous city of Boston. For as long as I can remember there was never a need or a wanting to go to Boston, even though it has so much history, I preferred to skip town to sunny Miami or dream about a pool lounge escape in Palm Springs. But when my husband had a work conference pop up, we decided to leave town a few days earlier to make a long weekend out of it- especially since we both had never been before. Let me tell you- I was shocked at how much I loved this city! The gorgeous brick facade on everything, the costumed men and women hurriedly crossing the streets on the Freedom Trail rushing to some secret appointment, the people were so friendly, the way the city is incredibly walkable- I did my fair share, and what I think I loved the most was exploring as much as I could of this famed city. I walked, and I walked, and I photographed and I walked some more until my very last day in Boston, and only then did I feel like I truly took this city in from end to end. 

Here are my favorite moments as well as a little list of what I'd recommend to do while in Boston if you ever find yourself there:

The Freedom Trail: this must-do is where you really get to learn about Boston's incredible history. Follow the red-brick walking trail that loops around downtown Boston on this 2.5 mile history walk- with 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. I was privy to see fabled places like Paul Reveres home, Boston Common- America's oldest public park, but my favorite was taking in the grandeur of the harbor where the Tea Party movement began.

The North End: I was introduced to this quaint little area full of life, old-school Italians, brick storefronts and cannoli shops at every corner during my Freedom Trail walk. As most big cities do- Boston also had a Little Italy, the differentiator was the melt-in-your-mouth good cannoli shops. One in particular changed my view on these flaky morsels- Mike's Pastry. If you do make it out there don't be deterred by the line, just walk right past it, and head up to the counter to order. The outpouring of people are the ones looking at the pastries but not yet ready to order. I ordered a slice of Boston cream pie, naturally, and a strawberry and limoncello cannoli. The strawberry cannoli changed my life.

Beacon Hill: I guess you could say Beacon Hill is somewhat akin to what the Upper East Side is to Manhattan. The Beacon Hill neighborhood is stunning. Old colonial brick row houses with the most gorgeous window boxes filled to the brim with blooming flowers, brilliant front doors, and little alleyways so small that only a single lane of cars would be able to squeeze past. I went to visit in the middle of the day when I barely saw another tourist taking in the scene. Check out Acorn street- it's the most frequently photographed street in the US, apparently.

Newbury Street: When I first asked for suggestions on what to do in Boston an overwhelming response to this question was Newbury Street. It's a 8-block stretch of storefronts, restaurants, and most importantly it's a lot of eye-candy- on the street and in the windows. If this town had a Real Housewives of Boston this is where they'd all hang out for lunch, and then do a little damage over at Valentino. I managed to keep my rent money and didn't buy a whole lot, but did jump up and down when I found Shake Shack on this street!

Harvard & MIT: The campuses are stunning, and really a must visit. Walking around you felt the energy and brilliance of the students energetically chatting with fellow classmates and teachers. Also, I felt like I was walking amongst the next brilliant innovator/president, all while channeling my Ali McGraw in Love Story. ;)

Layer, layer, layer: The weather in Boston during the springtime last week was unpredictable. It was warm, then chilly, then raining, then below average at 46 degrees one day. So layers in Boston are key!  Check out my looks below...

Day one:

Day two:

Day three:

Allergic to Vanilla

Thursday, April 23, 2015

the perfect denim jacket

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denim on denim, the perfect denim jacket, oxford buttonup, gap, ariat, nyx, red lips, spring booties, j. brand, h&M, SF streetstyle
denim on denim, the perfect denim jacket, oxford buttonup, gap, ariat, nyx, red lips, spring booties, j. brand, h&M, SF streetstyle
denim on denim, the perfect denim jacket, oxford buttonup, gap, ariat, nyx, red lips, spring booties, j. brand, h&M, SF streetstyle
denim on denim, the perfect denim jacket, oxford buttonup, gap, ariat, nyx, red lips, spring booties, j. brand, h&M, SF streetstyle


Since I haven't properly admitted my undying love for all things denim, please pardon me. It's true denim has been my go to since college- that and a cozy SJSU hoodie. But what I should really be apologizing for is not sharing about my perfect denim jacket. I used to have a dark denim one in my collegiate days that I scored at Ross for $10, it was a gorgeous Ralph Lauren crop cut with front square pockets and I felt so very Audrey Hepburn in it. The only problem is that it had a dime-sized hole on the upper back part- something you couldn't really hide unless it was under a patch of some sort, and I was not putting a patch on my gorgeous dark denim sleek-minus-the-hole-jacket. So I wore it as such. At some point I gave the jacket away in hopes of finding a more perfect one. I thrifted ones way too small, found others that were too baggy, but not until recently did I find one that I truly loved, and at the American shrine of all things denim- go figure- Gap.  It's the perfect shade of blue, fits a multitude of layers underneath for chillier days and equally comfortable when adding layers on top. 

I've worn it to work, play, travel and everything in between. I've even had an old colleague admire this very jacket and of course, being the great co-worker that I am, offered to do a little personal shopping for her. 

Denim is a material that will forever last the test of time and trends, and I can't wait to see how my style evolves in another 10 years. 

Allergic to Vanilla

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

miami vice II

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white blazer, helmut lang blazer, white helmut lang Blazer, black romper, romper, one-peice romper, Karen Walker Super sunglasses, black and white, neon tassel sandals, Rebecca Minkoff sandals, tassel sandals, tassels
white blazer, helmut lang blazer, white helmut lang Blazer, black romper, romper, one-peice romper, Karen Walker Super sunglasses, black and white, neon tassel sandals, Rebecca Minkoff sandals, tassel sandals, tassels
white blazer, helmut lang blazer, white helmut lang Blazer, black romper, romper, one-peice romper, Karen Walker Super sunglasses, black and white, neon tassel sandals, Rebecca Minkoff sandals, tassel sandals, tassels
white blazer, helmut lang blazer, white helmut lang Blazer, black romper, romper, one-peice romper, Karen Walker Super sunglasses, black and white, neon tassel sandals, Rebecca Minkoff sandals, tassel sandals, tassels
{Blazer- another great similar one, Romper-old, great similar one!, Sandals-old, love these similar ones, Sunglasses}


There is something so fresh about a white blazer, sure there may be something so Miami Vice about a white blazer but right now I'm going with the former. San Francisco generally won't let me get away with a little one-peice romper and a thin silk blazer, but LA will. That is exactly where I wore this get-up, it was our last day on our Southern California escape a few weekends ago, and we headed to breakfast at the good and good-for-you Urth Cafe. I ordered a few things but the interesting and delicious Green Tea Latte was definitely worth noting. Speaking of Miami and hot weather, aren't these neon tassel sandals so good? Tassels are having a moment in my mind. I'm think a tassel DIY is in order, who's in?

Check out the original Miami Vice here!

Allergic to Vanilla

Friday, April 17, 2015

venice beach

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Rag & bone, denim high waisted skirt, denim skirt, off the shoulder top, spring style, Venice, Venice beach, LA, slide sandals, Matisse, DSW, black straw fedora,
Rag & bone, denim high waisted skirt, denim skirt, off the shoulder top, spring style, Venice, Venice beach, LA, slide sandals, Matisse, DSW, black straw fedora,
Rag & bone, denim high waisted skirt, denim skirt, off the shoulder top, spring style, Venice, Venice beach, LA, slide sandals, Matisse, DSW, black straw fedora,
Rag & bone, denim high waisted skirt, denim skirt, off the shoulder top, spring style, Venice, Venice beach, LA, slide sandals, Matisse, DSW, black straw fedora,
Rag & bone, denim high waisted skirt, denim skirt, off the shoulder top, spring style, Venice, Venice beach, LA, slide sandals, Matisse, DSW, black straw fedora,
 Rag & bone, denim high waisted skirt, denim skirt, off the shoulder top, spring style, Venice, Venice beach, LA, slide sandals, Matisse, DSW, black straw fedora,
Rag & bone, denim high waisted skirt, denim skirt, off the shoulder top, spring style, Venice, Venice beach, LA, slide sandals, Matisse, DSW, black straw fedora,
Rag & bone, denim high waisted skirt, denim skirt, off the shoulder top, spring style, Venice, Venice beach, LA, slide sandals, Matisse, DSW, black straw fedora,
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{off-the-top dress worn as skirt (sold out but similar style), skirt, sandals, straw fedora, first necklace, second necklace}


Venice beach, you are a gem. I've sworn up and down that I am not an LA person. I can't do the traffic, people scoff at me when I say I'm going to take the bus to the Grove (as if!), and it just seems so different from the life I love and live in San Francisco. But a few weekends ago, if you were following me on Instagram you saw I was in LA for the Easter weekend, and it was pretty charming. Venice beach in particular- the modern palatial homes flanking Abbot Kinney, the sun-shiny weather that allowed this girl to rock her off-the-shoulder looks, and the laid-back vibe from this little beach town made me a believer. While there are many differences between SF and LA, the one commonality is the insane price on owning a home at either location...what can I say, I have good taste.  ;) Hopefully, I will be back sooner rather than later.

Photography by Carlina Harris & Francisco Guerrero

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