Sweet Chick

Since then, I haven’t found a place to let my inner fatass free. Sweet Chick has been on my very unorganized yelp list forever, and let me tell you – I rolled out of there in the best possible way. I had mucho bacon bits in my waffle, and if that doesn’t give you wet dreams I […]

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BE F E A R L E S S

Hey guys! I know I’ve been really M.I.A. recently. 2017 had a bit of a bumpy start and long story short (which I hope to write about later on) it came with a lot of self-discovery and growth. During these past eight months I lost sight of who I was and what I wanted… and sometimes […]

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bareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

OK SO OBESSED. I’ve been meaning to review this product for ages… well since I got it back in September, little did I know when I went back to pick one up for my friend about a month later, it was totally sold out in Swank (the color I bought, also in the picture). But […]

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Just a Little Breather

Hello 2017! Let me start off saying I apologize for being so MIA from this blog. Originally I created this as a way for me to stay creative and share my experiences, but then I started getting stressed out by it. So naturally, the postings became less and less. I think this year I’m going […]

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A Perfect Fall Day To Night Look

I love me some good day to night looks. Recently I’ve been working the more traditonal business hours, where when I get off from work I just make happy hour or grab dinner at a semi reasonable time. The only thing is I can’t go home and change (like most people.) So I wanted to […]

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Mini Sephora Haul Review

Happy Sunday! Recently I’ve been going a little crazy with my trips to Sephora, I love love love trying out new products whether it be skin care or makeup. As I’ve always said, I’m not a makeup skin care guru but I find things that work for me! On this trip I decided to finally […]

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From Summer to Fall

There are some of us who love summer and totally rock that crop top, jean shorts look. Then, there are some of us who battle the constant chub rub and subway sweat everywhere we go. I unfortunately, fit in the second category. Summer in the city is not a happy time for me… even though I […]

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Tosca Tapes- Barcelona, Spain

What a day we had of barely any sleep, catching one of those super cheap disorganized european flights, and winging the whole tourist thing. It definitely left me exhausted, deranged, and starving. We were going to be by the Palau de la Musica Catalana for a flamenco show, so we figured might as find something close, and found […]

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest has my heart. This city took me by complete surprise. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but every corner I turned there was something that took my breath away. Here are a few of my favorite photos.  

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My First Hungarian Meal!

12 hours of no sleep, feeling a little bubbly… (but really just very gassy) from plane food, finally checking into our hotel.. we stumbled up on this place called, Pest- Buda Bistro. The food was actually really good, and definitely hit the spot. It is located on the Buda side, and is steps away from all […]

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Paint the Town Rose!

Who doesn’t love Kate Spade’s novelty bags? I certainly do! I finally made the plunge and got the rose pale bag, after contemplating it for a few weeks. Let me tell you this- there are no regrets! (Just like my Chinese take out bag) Since spring has been struggling to make an appearance here in NYC, […]

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How To Get Through a NYC Winter

Winters in the big apple can be magical, but it also can be quite dreary. You reach a point where you wonder, ‘ Will I ever get to feel the sun’s warmth on my face?’ and because of the damn windchill all you can think about is how you lived someplace warm, and just pray that […]

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NYC Street Art

One of my favorite things about New York is that every corner you turn, there’s always something interesting. There are days where I just go for a walk, with no destination in mind.  Sometimes it’s a beautiful walk, sometimes it’s a walk filled with garbage, slush, pigeons, and maybe a rat sighting. Check out the […]

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Kendall Jenner Inspired Look

I have a confession to make: I love the Kardashians… well it’s more of a love hate relationship. It’s kinda like ice cream for me, I’m normally never in the mood for it but when I am, it’s obsessive, and after a few weeks I’m done with it. I mean there is no denying that […]

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Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow

Oh Guerlain. I have slowly fallen in love with their products. At first when I tried the Météorites Illuminating Powder Pearls, I wasn’t a huge fan and ended up returning it. I decided to give the powder pearls a second chance since everyone seemed to love it, despite it costing a pretty penny, and I fell […]

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All Aboard!

Hey guys sorry I’ve been a little M.I.A…  life happened… ha ha ha…(still debating if I should start a new section called “Gia Adulting”) Aside from my life being a bit of a hot mess, I wanted to share my recent trip, well, cruise to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Cruise line! Luckily I was with a […]

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Everyone Needs This Fall Staple

Before we step into the first day of winter, let me just leave fall with this: I know my title was a bit of a bold statement, but seriously, everyone needs this- a cool ass leather jacket. Personally I feel super cool in it, even though in real life I’m basically an awkward llama 90% of the […]

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How To Look Good Without Even Trying

  Okay, I know the title is a little deceiving, but to be fair- I look good, and I didn’t put that much time into this outfit. I don’t know about you guys but when I was a child my mother would always try to get me to wear long coats. Her reasoning was that […]

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Inspired look from HTGAWM

For those of you who watch How To Get Away With Murder, if you haven’t noticed, Laurel wears quite a bit of sweater over button downs. (Maybe it’s just me here) Finally, after I caught up to the mid season finale, I was inspired to recreate the look. The key to this look is the white […]

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A Summer Tee In Mid-Fall

Today, I woke up and realized fall doesn’t last forever, and it will soon be coming to an end. Before you know it, people will start saying “Winter is coming!” (For you GOT fans, because I totally do that all the time) So I totally seized the ‘light jacket & summer tee’ moment. This shirt […]

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What’s Hiding In My Bag?

I have quite a story for you guys. Ah, the Fendi Peekaboo. I’ve had my eye on this bag for a while, but never could quite commit to it. It was just missing something… for me to spend a whopping amount on it. Until I saw a Cobalt blue one with a monster eyes when […]

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Fall Favorites

Let me start with my FAVORITE dry shampoo/texturizing/heavenly smelling/just amazing Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I’ve tried every dry shampoo under the sun, and while there are a few that I do really like, I just keep coming back to Oribe. Initially I bought it in travel size because I was hesitant to spend $40 somewhat […]

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How Not To Be Basic With Basics

The leaves are changing in Central Park and everyone knows it’s pretty amazing! If you haven’t been in NYC during fall- I highly recommend it. This is the only time I deem appropriate to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and not feel basic… Personally I feel like isn’t worth the calories, so I skipped […]

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How To Look Hella Badass In A Sweater Vest

Okay, I know you were probably expecting a different type of sweater vest, the kind that your mom would make your wear for awkward Christmas photos, or the one your dad might wear… But this to me- is a sweater vest. Since it’s a sweater without sleeves, and according to wiki ( which we all […]

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Why You Need Armani’s New Lip Stain In Your Life Right Now 

I have to admit, I have a beauty problem. Every time I walk into Sephora, I’m like a child walking into a candy store without parental supervision. I’ve been waiting for Armani’s new lip stain to come out for a while now, so when I saw it, of course I grabbed it in shade 504! I […]

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Current Obsessions

Recently I’ve been going through a shirtdress phase, because I find them flattering on me, and it’s super easy to just throw it on and still look put together. My outer shirtdress is from French Connection and my inner one is from Aritzia. There are a few things that I got recently, which I am obsessed with! […]

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Ralph’s Coffee

Did you know that there’s a coffee shop inside of Polo Ralph Lauren’s flagship on Fifth Ave? It’s a place that I tend to forget about, but it’s quite lovely! If you ever need a break from the crowded streets of Fifth Ave, be sure to stop by. If you’re wondering about the coffee, personally, I […]

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Thigh-High Boots Are Baaaaaaaaaaaack!

I have been looking for the perfect pair of thigh-high boots… and now they’re back, which means that it was easier to find a pair that worked for me. The most popular ones are from Stuart Weitzman, but I choose a pair from Cole Haan (which I found to be equally as nice, and a little less […]

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Macaron For One

I thought I was in the clear when Mercury Retrograde ended, but PMS kicked in and my world is still pretty out of whack. Recently I’ve been going through phases of ‘what is my life post college’ suppose to be like. The reality is that I don’t know, none of us really know what’s going […]

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Where Are The Books?

After living in New York for about four years, I realized I’ve never been to the New York Public Library. I guess when you go to school in the city, you just end up staying in your school’s library and don’t venture to the public libraries. Since it’s THE library (in my opinion), I decided […]

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Blame It On The Mercury Retrograde

Do you ever have those moments in life when you feel like utter a hot mess, and you’re not even PMSing? I was chatting with a friend this morning, complaining about how I felt, naturally, and said, “I swear it feels is mercury retrograde or something!” Low and behold Snapchat confirmed it. It feels like it […]

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Ootoya

I was searching for a new sushi place on Yelp and stumbled upon this gem. I was expecting your typical spicy salmon, California roll type sushi place but was surprised when it wasn’t quite that. Ootoya is traditional home styled Japanese cooking. I wasn’t sure how to order but I finally settled on the Salmon Sushi […]

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Because It Rained…

Do you ever have those days when you feel like you caught the frump? Today was one of those days, and if you’ve been in New York lately, you know that the humidity is real. All I wanted to do was stay in my A/C’d apartment, but you know what, I though it would be […]

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Day to Night Look

Do you ever have one of those days where you can’t figure out what to wear? I had to attend two parties, one in the afternoon and the other at night. This put me in a pickle. Firstly, I don’t have time to change in-between, and secondly, I have to be able to be comfortable the […]

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Roma, Italy

If I could change one thing about my trip, I would definitely have extended my visit to Italy’s capital, Rome. Having only stayed three days there, I can tell you it was certainly not enough time. My Italian adventure began in Venice and I thought, “Venice is so beautiful, I love it!” Then I went to Florence and thought, “Florence […]

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Fall’s Just Around the Corner

Fall is coming soon, and as much as I love fall, I have to admit there’s something nice about walking outside not worrying about freezing you’re badonkadonk off. Shirtdress are always a great option because not only is it great in this weather it’s also a versatile day to night look. You can pair it […]

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My Favorite Nudes

I use to be one of those girls who painted her nails with deep reds, dark blues, and blacks. I hated wearing nude polish until I had an event to attend and nothing else would have matched what I was wearing. So I reluctantly got a nude manicure, after a week I slowly adjusted and it didn’t […]

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The Mermaid Inn

The Mermaid Inn is one of my favorite places in the city. I usually go for their oysters, but everything they have there is ‘on point’! (seriously). There are three locations: Upper West side, East Village, and Greenwich Village . Both locations have indoor and outdoor seating, with a lovely ambiance. Barcat, Malpeque, and Point […]

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Life’s Short, Buy the Bag

The first time I saw this bag, I was in Las Vegas and absolutely fell in love. It was just the bag I had been looking for, but the responsible adult senses kicked in and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend that much on a bag right then and there.  I left the […]

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My New Obsession: Erborian CC Creme

When I travel, I like to check out other makeup/beauty stores (especially Sephora).  I’m always curious to see if they have different products and how the prices differ from those in the U.S. That’s how I discovered this wonderful product. It’s from the brand Erobian (Korean Skin Therapy) on the packaging, it describes it as […]

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My Highlights of Florence

Florence is incredibly charming. Unfortunately, I only had a few days there, so I didn’t get to see all that it had to offer. What I did see, I absolutely adored. Here’s are the highlights of what I did: Santa Maria Novella and the farmacia, which is around the block. Check out my post about […]

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The Beauty in Stillness: Palazzo Pitti

I’ve always loved statues, not only because the amount of work and skill that goes into them, but also for their unique beauty. When I look at statues, it creates an overwhelming sense of peace and calm. In order to make these statues, the sculptor must chip into a piece of stone/marble, and with one small mistake and the […]

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Always Look Up: Palazzo Pitti

When I first walked into the Palazzo Pitti I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of art on the walls and the lavishly decorated rooms. I thought, ” wow… this can’t get any better”, then I looked up… There are no words to describe how breathtaking the ceilings are… Most of them are painted in […]

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Il Mercato Centrale

Food Food Food! I stumbled upon this place when I was looking for the San Lorenzo market, which was recommended in one of those Florence tour books (so touristy, I know. Hey I gotta get around somehow!) The San Lorenzo market was a bit of a disappointment for me, as I was expecting something quirky and unique, […]

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Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

For you Ferragamo fans, Florence is also home to the Ferragamo Museum. They exhibit models of the beautiful shoes, the fruit of Salvatore Ferragamo and his daughter’s genius. The actual shoes are archived and stored properly in special wax paper, to preserve them. One of the coolest parts of the museum for me, were the wooden […]

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Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

If you’re in Florence you have to check out the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella! This is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world (it has been continuously active for 4 centuries!). It has an incredible variety of ancient and modern herbal remedies. What I loved was how natural and refined their perfumes […]

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Biennale: Island Di San Lazzaro

I got a chance to take a boat out to the Isola San. Lazzaro/ dei Armeni to see the exhibit which won the golden lion (as in the first prize) of the Biennale. (In a previous post I talked about the art Biennale, you can check it out if you haven’t already!) ‘Streetlights of Memory- A Stand by Memorial […]

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My Foundations & BB’s for Italy

It’s summer time and very hot in Italy, so I chose to go for a lighter feel for my skin.  There is nothing worse than sweating through a heavy layer of foundation. For me BB is the way to go. Dr. Jart’s ++ Black Label Detox is my favorite of the BB Creams, since it […]

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Strolling Through Venice

When I packed for Italy I just had a vision of flowy, boho dresses, mixed with browns and earthy tones. Here’s what I ended up throwing on!. Dress: Free People (Actually got this at a Saks Off Fifth! But you can find similar maxi dresses here) Shoes: G.H Bass & Co  Sunglasses: Givenchy  Bracelet: Madewell Necklace: Satya  Bag: […]

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Biennale: Conversion by the Recycle Group

I saw another of the Biennale events exhibit called  ‘Conversion’  by the Recycle Group, held in the Saint Antonin Church. Since I’m not familiar with visual art/contemporary art I find it difficult to understand it at times. Recently, I have come to the decision that if a piece moves me, makes me think, or inspires me, […]

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Biennale Arte: All The World’s Futures

It’s the 120th anniversary of the first Biennale, an International art Exhibition hosted in Venice (this year curated by Okwui Enwezor). The Biennale historically is hosted in two locations the Giardini and the Arsenale. However more recently they started opening more private palaces around Venice so as to be able to display more art from different countries […]

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Take a Walk with me through Venice

Venice is simply breathtaking. As you walk through the city it feels like you have somehow turned back the clock and landed in a different era. Every corner you turn is beautiful. I hope you enjoy the streets (as they call them here calle) as much as I did walking them.  View of the Salute from the […]

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What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag

When I travel I tend to overpack my makeup and end up with three massive pouches. It’s literally the heaviest thing in my luggage (even heavier than my shoes…) Recently I’ve been trying to get down to the minimum of what I ‘should’ need for a two week trip to Italy. I could probably keep […]

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Nars Pure Matte Lipstick

So… I might have a slight lipstick problem- but let’s be real what girl doesn’t? Now that we’ve established that let’s move on to this gorgeous lipstick. Most matte lipsticks can be quite drying but there are a few that aren’t so bad, and Nars’ Pure Matte Lipstick is one of them. Personally I tend […]

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My Love Affair with Dig-Inn

Words cannot describe my love for Dig-Inn, but really, my friends even make fun of me for it sometimes. This place is great because it’s set up like Chipolte but with healthier options.(Don’t get me wrong I love me a good burrito that turns me into a literal burrito… but I can’t eat that everyday.) […]

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Nivea: A Kiss of Care & Color

I actually randomly picked this up while I was at CVS and thought, ‘why not?’ Well I think this is perfect for when you don’t quite want to wear lipstick but your lips need a bit of color but still needs moisture. I’ve tried Fresh’s Sugar Lip and while I do like it- I’m not […]

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It’s Not Nobu But…

 Salmon Sashimi, Spicy Salmon Roll, and Soft Shell Crab Roll  For some reason, I found it hard to find good reasonable priced sushi in the city. I’m sure there are other phenomenal sushi places, but they tend to be on the expensive side. I went hunting on Yelp and found Sushi Yaska. It has become […]

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Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court

If you’re like me and every now and then you decide that, ‘today is going to be a princess day’ then go to the Plaza Hotel and have afternoon tea at the Palm Court. You’d be feelin’ faaaaancy. You’ll get mini sandwiches, scones, pastries, sweets, and a choice from their wide selection of teas. If […]

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The Asian Art Museum of SF

I really enjoyed getting in touch with my inner half-Chinese self at the Asian Art Museum. Being a halfie, I don’t know as much as I should about China (though I’m relatively close with my Chinese side). What’s nice about this museum was that it’s not extremely overwhelming, making it very friendly to the casual visitor. The Asian […]

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Golden Gate Park: Rose Garden

 When in Golden Gate Park, stop by the rose garden. I don’t have much to say about it except that it truly is lovely! After stopping by the Rose Garden, be sure to head over to the Conservatory of Flowers- although I didn’t get a chance to go inside  (I wish I had) I did […]

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Laneige Hydration Kit

I am no beauty expert, but I do like to experiment with different skincare products. I first found Laneige by reading about their BB Cushion and Water Mask (which I love!). This little kit is great because if you haven’t tried their products before you can without spending a ton of money buying the full sizes. Not to […]

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Golden Gate Park: Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden, located in Golden Gate Park, is a little gem that makes you feel like you are visiting Japan within San Francisco city limits. It’s a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The serenity of the garden is punctuated by the occasional screaming child and/or tourist attempting yoga poses […]

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SF Chinatown

Being a New Yorker (as I’d like to consider myself) of course I had to check out the Chinatown out here in SF! I must say it is quite different. It’s far less crowded and a nice change from people trying to sell you things every step you take(‘Rolex! Chanel! Louis Vuitton!’). I really loved […]

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17 Mile Drive- Pebble Beach, CA

Ah the famous 17 mile drive… I actually took these first two photos in the stretch before entering the drive. While it is beautiful, I personally think it’s a bit overrated since all of Monterey Bay is breathtaking and serene. To enter Pebble Beach’s 17- mile drive you have to pay $10 in order to […]

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Fancy Pants at the Museum

Top: I actually bought this top at Century 21 (hooray for discount shopping while looking good!) But you can find other Equipment shirts here. Pants: I got these at the Ted Baker outlet (sometimes you can fish something great out!) Here are similar pants, check them out! Shoes: Louboutin Pigalle 100mm Chanel Wallet on Chain: Black, caviar […]

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The Fish Hopper- Monterey Bay, CA

Earlier today I posted about the Monterey Bay Aquarium (read about it here).  If you’re at all like me, and looking at fish for a few hours kinda makes you hungry,  stop by The Fish Hopper on Cannery Row. It has a beautiful bay view and many delicious choices. I decided to go with the Dungeness Crab […]

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is so cool! The view of the bay is seriously wonderful. There are petting stations where you can touch a variety animals including starfish, sea urchin (which I’m still going to call Uni…), sea cucumbers, decorator crabs and baby bat rays. Personally I opted not to pet them… maybe next time… or […]

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Schooners Coastal Kitchen- Monterey Bay, CA

My friends and I took a little mini road trip to Monterey Bay, CA- which is about 2.5 hours south of San Francisco. For dinner we went to Schooners Coastal Kitchen in the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa on Cannery Row. The view was unbelievable, I wish I could have taken a picture but I would have […]

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Point Bonita Lighthouse

If you want to do something a little less touristy, go to Point Bonita in Sausalito, California. It’s  located right across the bridge from San Francisco in the Marin Headlands. What’s super cool about this lighthouse, aside from being absolutely breathtaking, is that it’s still active! They’re only open Saturday through Monday, so I would check their […]

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What’s in My Bag: Chloé Drew

Let’s see what’s in my bag! Don’t underestimate the size of this bag because it can really hold a lot. Usually when I leave the house I always bring more than what I need because you never know when you might get a stain or just have food that won’t settle well… Bag: Chloé Drew Medium […]

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The Golden Gate Bridge

Today I ventured out to the notorious tourist trap, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I recommend going to the bridge earlier because oh my god is this place gets crowded during the day! Even with all the people and riding bikes and walking, the view is amazing. I felt like I got the […]

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Life of a Foodie

Perhaps I’m a foodie perhaps I’m just a person who really likes to eat a lot. But all my food pictures are taken on my iPhone.

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Muir Woods, CA

My friends and I decided to be outdoorsy and explore Muir Woods. It was absolutely breath taking and a nice change of pace from NYC. Muir Woods is located in Mill Valley, CA and is about 554 miles of naturey goodness. It’s known for it’s stunning Sequoia trees (commonly known as Redwoods). For you Star […]

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