Thursday, December 27, 2018

first official maternity post / styling a tweed set

tweed set, maternity style, winter style, chanel, beret, OTK boots, San Francisco
tweed set, maternity style, winter style, chanel, beret, OTK boots, San Francisco
tweed set, maternity style, winter style, chanel, beret, OTK boots, San Francisco
tweed set, maternity style, winter style, chanel, beret, OTK boots, San Francisco
tweed set, maternity style, winter style, chanel, beret, OTK boots, San Francisco
tweed set, maternity style, winter style, chanel, beret, OTK boots, San Francisco
tweed set, maternity style, winter style, chanel, beret, OTK boots, San Francisco
tweed set, maternity style, winter style, chanel, beret, OTK boots, San Francisco


The cat's out of the bag, folks. Well for those the algorithm is affecting at least. I announced my pregnancy on Thanksgiving in this post, and of course, like clockwork, IG only showed it to a very select few. So when I posted this image, it was a bit of shock that so many more people congratulated me as this wasn't even the announcement post. Either way, yes if you are reading this and not following along on IG -- I'm pregnant! It's all very exciting and very new, one thing is for certain -- I'm unclear on the fashion rules here. I'm trying each day to make my normal clothes work for me still, as I refuse to buy maternity clothes, but the problem therein lies that I obviously can't fit my belly into my old size small clothing. 

So what's a (pregnant) girl to do? Size up, wear dresses, skirts with a zipper (you can leave half up, depending on your trimester), overalls, rompers, etc -- all tricks I swear by. If I do bite the bullet and buy a new little something I make sure it's something I can make use of post-baby.

This set I'm wearing above is most definitely something I've been getting lots of use of, being very holiday appropriate as well as forgiving for those hidden unzippered zippers. The tweed set is a lovely gift from the very chic Apricoss team. It's a bit early 90's glamour done modern in the sweetest Chanel pink shade. I'm obsessed with the coat, I've worn it many, many times and know it's a staple I'll continue to rock out and about, perhaps with baby on hip, and for all those wondering, yes said zipper isn't fully zipped up. ;)

This pearl encrusted sweater is a DREAM, it's a cozy cashmere piece from Minnie Rose, I've been wearing this one for the last few weeks and it's the perfect holiday addition to my wardrobe and my growing bump. I ordered it in a large to accommodate the extra room and I like the fit a bit baggier. The team at Minnie Rose has graciously offered a 20% discount for all my readers if you use the code ATV20 at checkout.

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Photography by Jessica Monroy

Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Not So Merry Christmas

Cinq a Sept, holiday style, white boots, holiday sads, Minnie Rose cashmere, Freda Salvador boots
Cinq a Sept, holiday style, white boots, holiday sads, Minnie Rose cashmere, Freda Salvador boots
Cinq a Sept, holiday style, white boots, holiday sads, Minnie Rose cashmere, Freda Salvador boots
Cinq a Sept, holiday style, white boots, holiday sads, Minnie Rose cashmere, Freda Salvador white boots
Cinq a Sept, holiday style, white boots, holiday sads, Minnie Rose cashmere
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Christmas is coming in fast, folks. I for one planned absolutely nothing, just a low-key family filled week. Christmas has always been a time of festivity for me, it wasn't until my grandma passed away a few years ago that that notion for the first time wasn't necessarily true. I saw that sadness and grief do find a way to sneak into this season, and no one is exempt. I acknowledge that this is a hard thing to say and even harder to understand but it happens and it's ok to not feel "jolly" if you are going through disappointment, concerns, or the unforeseeable future. 

This post is dedicated to all those who are having a not-so-nice holiday season. It happens and it happens a lot. Sending my love and understanding for a not-so-Merry-Christmas if that is what you are experiencing this year. 

Photography by Jessica Monroy

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Easy Holiday Entertaining with Bucher Wines

Allergic to Vanilla- San Francisco lifestyle blog, how to entertain for the holiday, J. Bucher wines
Allergic to Vanilla- San Francisco lifestyle blog, how to entertain for the holiday, J. Bucher wines
Allergic to Vanilla- San Francisco lifestyle blog, how to entertain for the holiday, J. Bucher wines
Allergic to Vanilla- San Francisco lifestyle blog, how to entertain for the holiday, J. Bucher wines

Allergic to Vanilla- San Francisco lifestyle blog, how to entertain for the holiday, J. Bucher wines

Well, well, well look who blinked and missed all of November and jumped right into the following month all too suddenly? Anyone else not sure where the time went? This time of year is my absolute favorite even if it does go by way too fast, and I plan on savoring every last (very quick) minute of December. 

Even if I can't drink I'm not letting that stop me from throwing a good soireĆ©. If you know me, you know I love to host a party. I've hosted a Friendsgiving or a Holiday party for as long as I can remember — it's my favorite thing to do, to get friends, old and new together, eat, drink, be merry, and maybe throw in a 90's jam session on the rooftop deck in faux fur coats (that's a story for another time). 

Generally, a lot of thought goes into the whole hosting experience, it can be overwhelming and stressful but today I'm sharing my four tips on how to easily host a fabulous party. It's the stuff I've learned over the ten years of throwing get-togethers around this time of year, my no-fail-works-everytime hosting tricks. 

One: Get fresh florals. Flowers are beautiful and set the mood, they scream festive and liven up the place. But I don't get just any florals, I like to go for something that will last me a few weeks, something like eucalyptus leaves, holly berries or Douglas tree trimmings-- that way not only does the place dress up it, but it actually smells like Christmas. That piney scent really does wonders for the room's ambiance.

Two: Get good local wine. Living in San Francisco there is no shortage of great wineries nearby. Every year I try to have a mini supply on hand of local wines I love and want to support, in recent years I've been in the habit of buying and opening a magnum of something really delicious. I ask all the invited guests to bring a bottle of their favorite as well, that way the wine never needs to stop flowing. This year Bucher Russian River Pinot Noir 2015 made it on my list. It's light, fruity, and slightly sweet, it also pairs perfectly with decadent nibbles like truffled Marcona almonds and rosemary garlic cheddar. 

And if you have time pre-holidays to pick up your local wine in person at the winery, even better! Whenever you stop into the Butcher Grand Cru Crush tasting room and mention this blog post you will get two complimentary tastings (a $25 value per person)!

Three: Use real glassware, I love the idea of stemware, but not everyone has 20 wine glasses stored somewhere, especially in San Francisco. I usually pull together stemless cups, small glasses, champagne coups, wine glasses, and even fun colored glass, like the blue ones in the pictures above. All the glassware collectively pulled together really makes for a thoughtful elegant spread, and the click-clinking makes for one hell of a party. Plus not sure about you, but wine tastes so much better out of real glass as opposed to plastic. 

Four: Asking your guests to contribute and bring something whether a bottle of wine or an appetizer allows you to focus on prepping your home and less time in the kitchen or market picking out beverages. For my first ever Friendsgiving I slaved all day in the kitchen making a turkey and all the sides, I didn't get to finish until guests were already in my apartment and even then was cooking and fussing with the food. Having them bring a little something alleviates whats on your hosting plate and allows you to be more in the moment with your guests. 

Thanks to Bucher for sponsoring this post and sending some wine!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

oversized denim and moody vibes

leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties
leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties
leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties
leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties
leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties
leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties
leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties
leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties
leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties
leopard dress, oversized denim, winter style, chic street style, San Francisco style, Rachel Roy leopard dress, gold booties



Today's pairing was an easy one to pull together. Oversized denim and a floaty leopard dress with perfect extras like this fisherman cap, gold stiletto booties, and a deep burgundy pout make this one of my favorite Fall outfits to date. There is something so festive yet everyday pulled-together-chic about it. I would even style this look sans gold booties and throw on some white sneakers for a low-key city stroll. How would you style it?


Photography by Jessica Monroy

Friday, November 16, 2018

Cooking with Carlina // Baking at the CIA at Copia


I'm going to start this post by saying I look awful in an apron and that's why I generally don't wear one when I cook at home, aside from poor fashion choices in this post let's chat about what I'm doing. BAKING! If you watch my IG stories (and honestly I watch more stories than I consume IG posts nowadays, so I'd be surprised if you didn't catch them!) I'm a closet chef and baker, or at least I'd like to think I am. I do however very much like spending time in the kitchen, whipping up a healthy meal or an indulgent pumpkin cheesecake, just because it's Tuesday. 

So, when the CIA at Copia invited me to Napa for a day to take a baking course I jumped at the chance. I was not sure how to choose between a pasta making course or a pastry one, and after inhaling the last season of The Great British Bakeoff, I was convived the baking class was the right move. Plus, I could channel my inner Paul and critique all my fellow bakers' work. 

It was a group class, with about 7 other couples, a mix of young adults, mom, and dads, and every pair had an assigned recipe to create, in the end, we would all share the fruits of our labor over wine and merriment.  

My husband I were tasked with making raspberry souffle and while a non-time consuming event in terms of baking, it sure was laborious every other step of the way. It took us a few hours to prep — pureeing the berries, sieving the compote through the tiniest mesh to get all the seeds out, then whipping in egg whites into the mix ever so lightly so as not deflate the mixture. Then once they were piped into the ramekins, into the oven they went for a little over 10 minutes, until the tops turned golden brown and puffed up just so.

The cooking experience at the CIA is amazing, and I am going back for a dim sum class or finally trying out that pasta making course soon. Definitely a repeater. If you are in the area and would like to check it out use code "COPIAFUN" to take 10% off any classes through the end of the year. 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pink Blazer // Cutest new Pastry Shop in San Francisco

Le Marais croissanterie, pastry shop in SF, chic street style, anine bing boots, cords, fall style, beret
Le Marais croissanterie, pastry shop in SF, chic street style, anine bing boots, cords, fall style, beret
Le Marais croissanterie, pastry shop in SF, chic street style, anine bing boots, cords, fall style, beret
Le Marais croissanterie, pastry shop in SF, chic street style, anine bing boots, cords, fall style, beret
Le Marais croissanterie, pastry shop in SF, chic street style, anine bing boots, cords, fall style, beret
Le Marais croissanterie, pastry shop in SF, chic street style, anine bing boots, cords, fall style, beret
Le Marais croissanterie, pastry shop in SF, chic street style, anine bing boots, cords, fall style, beret
Le Marais croissanterie, pastry shop in SF, chic street style, anine bing boots, cords, fall style, beret
Le Marais croissanterie, pastry shop in SF, chic street style, anine bing boots, cords, fall style, beret
Le Marais bakery SF, best breakfast spot in San Francisco, Most instagramable spot for breakfast in San Francisco
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San Francisco is my home, a city I love very much, and I don't mind spending all my time here. Exploring on the weekends in the city is my jam, and it's one of those things that doesn't get old because there are so many sights to see, places to discover and new restaurants to try. Living in North Beach, a very visited area by tourists in the city, it's not lost on me how often people from other countries come to tour mine, it's pretty special to know I live in one of the most visited and to me beautiful cities in the world. It's no wonder I want to spend my nights and weekends here in the very town I live in. Sure, weekend getaways to wine country are pretty special, but I love it when I can spend a weekend in my own backyard exploring. 

Recently I was invited to visit a croissanterie opened by the Le Marais chain brand, and it was delicious as you can tell from the images above. I have quite the sweet tooth so when they invited me to enjoy breakfast in their newest spot you better believe I (almost) ordered one of everything. The gluten-free almond cake, seasonal tarts, and tasty coffee from Verve was the perfect start to the morning. If you are ever in the neighborhood and spot a Le Marais shop, I'd definitely recommend exploring it. 

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