On Display

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On Display

A few months ago I decided to finally get rid of some jewelry I had been holding onto for way too long. By “too long”, let’s just say there were few things I’ve had since I was 12 years old (I’m pretty sure I’m too old to rock friendship bracelets).  These items were either beyond repair, or just no longer resonated with my current style since I haven’t tried to dress like a twelve year old since I was…25.  I bought a new jewelry box & started playing around with how I’d like to store and display my jewelry. It’s still a work in progress, but since we’re at the start of a new year I figured what better way to start process of cleaning/organizing than with your most beautiful things. Here are a few finds that I really love.  Both functional, yet aesthetically pleasing, these choices say, “I’m a grownup, and so are my accessories”; and just like that, you’ve stepped up your game. Happy organizing!

Dressing Up for New Years Eve

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Every year it never fails, no matter how much we try to make plans for New Years Eve, we always end up flying by the seat of our pants. This year was no different. We attempted to make plans out-of-town with friends, but it just didn’t pan out. So here we are again two days before with no plans. Yet, I’m not really sweating it because wherever B and I end up, I know it’ll be fabulous. Even if we end up in front of the TV. However, just because we don’t have plans doesn’t mean I don’t have a “just in case” outfit. You know, the “just in case we end up hanging from the chandeliers & going to a the best party ever” outfit. Yep. I’ve got one. This year I might even take a page from the boys and do a little tuxedo action. The classic black & white combo always achieves looking effortless yet upscale all at once; a great “just in case” option. You can take the girl out of the Girl Scouts but you can’t take the Girl Scouts out of the girl…because a little preparation never hurt anyone.

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IMG_0742IMG_0873IMG_0870IMG_0798IMG_0851IMG_0807IMG_0791Faux Leather Peplum Top: Urban Outfitters, similar here, here, and here | Pants: Old Navy, similar here and here| Necklace: Jewelmint| Shoes & silver rings: F21| Clutch: Zara, similar here and here

Falling Out of Summer

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I spent the last few official weeks of summer rehearsing for a show I’m performing in “Kiss Me Kate”. It’s been quite a ride. So much so, that I’ve basically had to say ‘bye-bye’ to blogging, seeing my friends and husband, and practically everything else for, 6-8 hour rehearsals that turned into then 10-12 hour rehearsals + shows.

There’s nothing like performing in a theater in 107 degree temperature with blasting a/c in vain, while sweating and layers of costumes  and heavy make-up to make fervently you wish for fall weather and  cooler breeze to rescue you.

Before my new gig, I had a moment to enjoy the summer weather at my favorite spots in my neighborhood. Milk Jar Cookies, is quickly becoming the go-to spot for the best cookies in Los Angeles. I’m not surprised, the cookies soft & chewy goodness that are beyond undeniable. Just try walking by their store and not going in. I dare you. It just won’t happen. The smell of Banana Split & Rocky Road, Oatmeal Raisin & Chocolate Chip Cookies is a siren call that no one can resist.

 

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{Dress: Madewell, Shoes: Charlotte Russe, Jewelry: F21}

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Love Poems

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About a month ago in my acting class, a scene made a reference to poet Pablo Neruda, and I’m a bit ashamed to say I had no idea who he was. The day after class for some reason it still weighed heavy on was on my mind, and so I took to the internet to find out more about this Chilean love poet.

Pablo Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature, but is most notably known for his book of sensual poems The Captain’s Versus. He finished writing the book in 1952 while in exile on the visually stunning island of Capri. However, the poems were not published until 1963.

His poems just ooze with passion. I love how they essentially capture ‘lighting in a bottle'; that energy created from a new love.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite poems of his so far:

 

DRUNK AS DRUNK by Pablo Neruda

Drunk as drunk on turpentine
From your open kisses,
Your wet body wedged
Between my wet body and the strake
Of our boat that is made of flowers,
Feasted, we guide it – our fingers
Like tallows adorned with yellow metal –
Over the sky’s hot rim,
The day’s last breath in our sails.

Pinned by the sun between solstice
And equinox, drowsy and tangled together
We drifted for months and woke
With the bitter taste of land on our lips,
Eyelids all sticky, and we longed for lime
And the sound of a rope
Lowering a bucket down its well. Then,
We came by night to the Fortunate Isles,
And lay like fish
Under the net of our kisses.

 

THE POTTER  by Pablo Neruda (From the Captain’s Verses)

Your whole body holds
a goblet or gentle sweetness destined for me.

When I let my hand climb,
in each place I find a dove
that was looking for me, as if
my love, they had made you out of clay
for my very own potter’s hands.

Your knees, your breasts, your waist
are missing in me, like in the hollow
of a thirsting earth
where they are relinquished
a form,
and together
we are complete like one single river,
like one single grain of sand.

 

xo

Saudia

P.S. From Me to You

28 Hours in San Francisco

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{Hello from San Francisco}

Last weekend I had an amazing time in San Francisco. It was a short turnaround, but we made the most of our time there. This was my Brett’s first time to San Francisco and he loved it so much,he didn’t want to leave.  Once we arrived Saturday afternoon, we quickly checked into the W Hotel and decided to walk around to explore the area, and enjoy the crisp weather.

Mural in Chinatown San Francisco

{A beautiful mural in Chinatown}

Tea Tasting

{Tea tasting}

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After walking thru the Financial District, we spent some time exploring Chinatown. We’re both huge tea drinkers, and we came across a large store that had complimentary tastings. We ended up buying some of the flavors we enjoyed. As we continued walking we came across a New Orleans style band playing in a bar. The music was so energetic & fun, we couldn’t help but stop for a a drink.

 

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{Old Fashioneds and a New Orleans style band}

Next up was prepping for the bulk of our evening. The foodies we are, we had no problem waiting an hour in line to get a same day reservation at San Francisco’s most talked about restaurant State Bird Provisions. The Yelp reviews were beyond flattering, so we had to give the reservations a shot. In line we met a wonderful couple from Seattle, and the restaurant offered delicious complimentary hot chocolate to everyone in line.

{State Bird Provisions- photo via here}

{photo via here}

After we received our 9pm reservation we changed at the hotel and met our line buddies at a reataurant close by for a quick pre-dinner drink. We didn’t get seated until almost 10pm, but once we had our first bite, any doubt of the waiting so long to eat was quickly erased. We not only chose food from their menu, but also tried many selections on their ‘dim sum’ -style cart. In total we had 14 different tapas (icluding dessert). Each dish was better than the last. My favorites were highlights were the cheese pancake with garlic aioli & tomatoes. The smoked trout mousse with homemade chops was delish. Brett’s favorites included the air-dried beef, and the pork belly with apple, cilantro & basil. We were so full by the time dessert came around but we managed to scarf down 2 desserts. The winner? Oilve oil cake ice cream sandwich with balsamic strawberries and pecorino cheese.

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{The bone marrow, anchovy pancake and oysters from State Bird Provisions}

With our belly’s full, we settled for a nightcap back at the hotel. We continued our adventures for a few more hours before we hopped on a plane back to Los Angeles.

Stickball game on the streets of San Francisco

{A street stickball game between two fire stations}

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{One happy guy}

Italian Doughnuts from Original Joe's San Francisco

{Warm Italian doughnuts from Original Joe’s}

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{Taking the scenic route}

I can’t stop thinking about the wonderful food and weather in San Francisco. I’m kicking myself that we hadn’t gone earlier, but I promise we’ll be back.

 

Have you ever been to San Francisco? What do you love about it? Do share!

Until then…

xo

Saudia

 

5 Ideas for a Fun Friday

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{Paris rooftop via here}


 

You’ve been waiting all week for this and now Friday is here! You’re probably sitting at work right now, trying to figure our how you can get your weekend off to a great start. Well, I think I can help you out…

5 WAYS TO MAKE FRIDAY AWESOME

1) Leave Work Early

Who can concentrate at 4pm on a Friday anyway? To quote my favorite character Donna for NBC’s Parks & Recreation, “Treat Yo Self”! Go shopping, maybe get a mani/pedi or massage, indulge in some delicious calorie ridden ice cream, or go eat at your favorite food truck. Get happy.

Also: Treat Yo’ Self Ideas

2) Take A Power Nap

Maybe you have a long night ahead: an epic birthday party, club night, or concert. Go home and take a nap. An hour (or two) will do you good. Boy do I love a good nap. You’ll thank me later.

3) Go To Happy Hour

I have never, ever in all my years had a friend turn down an invite to happy hour. Why? Because it doesn’t happen! If the cheap drinks aren’t enticing enough, the cheap food is always a winner. A place with great ambiance (al fressco anyone?) never hurts either.

Also: My favorite happy hour spot

4) Throw an Impromptu Dinner Party

Roll the dice once in a while and it keep in mind it doesn’t have to be ‘fancy’. Maybe whip up some shrimp paella and invite your closest pals over. Food, friends, and a a great bottle(s) of wine. Done and done.

5) Just Chill….

Stay at home…because there is always Saturday.

And what I’m I doing this Friday? After finishing up some work I’m prepping for a weekend in San Francisco with my lovely husband. I cannot wait! Hopefully I can get a few pictures in and report back on our trip next week. Until then…

xo  Saudia

On a Summer Holiday

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Any fun plans for 4th of July weekend? Whether you’ve opted to make this 4th of July a complete day of rest, or you’re juggling a plethora of BBQ invites, here are a few things to get you in a patriotic mood:

 

WEAR THIS:

 

BUY THIS:

Cream & Blue one shoulder swimsuit

{via Saks}

 

WATCH THIS:

 

EAT THIS:

 

DO THIS:

As for me, my 4th starts with teaching a few Bar Method classes, with plans later to attend two barbeques. I have more work throughout the weekend, but I’m gonna do my best to bring more fun into the mix.

Happy Fourth of July!

 

P.S. More ideas: Patriotic Inspiration Stylishly Patriotic

 

xoxo

-S

 

Vegan Lavender Martini

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Vegan Lavender Martini picMartini anyone? If the heat hasn’t made an appearance in your region, then I’m sure it’s knocking on your door. This cocktail is the perfect remedy. It was fun to play bartender for the day and try my hand at making a lavender inspired cocktail.  I bought this vodka a few months back after trying it at the vegan restaurant Crossroads in Los Angeles. I really fell in love with the smoothness of this vodka. I’m not vegan, but I thought it would be a fun challenge to create something catering to those that are. This summery cocktail is just as flavorful as it is fragrant. Scroll down for the recipe!

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Vegan Lavender Martini

  • 2 oz Vodka (we used Fair Quinoa Vodka) *vegan & gluten free
  • 1 oz lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 oz St. Germaine (elderflower liqueur) *vegan & gluten free
  • 1 splash of lemon juice
  • 1 fresh lavender sprig for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, St. Germaine, lemon juice and lavender syrup and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the lavender sprig.

Lavender Simple syrup

2 cups vegan cane sugar
1 cup water
4 tablespoons lavender buds (fresh or dried, add more lavender if you’d prefer a more fragrant syrup)

Bring sugar, water and lavender to a boil in a small saucepan. Boil for about 2-3 minutes, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let steep 30 minutes. Strain lavender buds out and store syrup in a glass bottle with a lid. Refrigerate for up to a month.

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Vegan Lavender Martini with lavender sprig for garnish

My vegan friends out there, tell me what you think! I would love to hear your feedback on this. Cheers!

-S

 

 

Our Wedding on Style Me Pretty

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{pictures by Skip Hopkins}

{pictures by Skip Hopkins}

 

So I promised these pics a while back, but now you can finally see what I had cooking…

Yesterday, the wedding blog Style Me Pretty featured our wedding on their site! I was so honored and flattered to have them cover the wedding, especially since I pretty much stalked their wedding blog during my planning phase. It’s only been 8 months, but looking at these pictures, it totally brought me back to reliving this fantastic day all over again. A huge thanks to our fantastic photographer Skip Hopkins. He really knocked it out of the park.

Check out the Style Me Pretty feature here.

In case you missed it check out engagement video here.

 

Until then…

-S

 

 

See + Buy + Listen + Try

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Little surfer pic

{picture via here}

 

How was your weekend? I tried out a new place in downtown called Choco Chicken. The cocktails & chicken were pretty amazing. I also worked on one of my blog posts, as well as another project of mine. Then of course reality hit me yesterday, when I spent over 10 hours doing my hair (experimenting with a new “method”), washing clothes,cooking dinner, and brainstorming with SCC. Whew! Today is pretty light, but I know for sure tomorrow will be full speed ahead. Here are a few things to get you thru the week:

A great list of useful websites.

Could I have everything at the Zara sale please?

I know when I hear this song on the radio, summer is officially here

Try a few of these fashion tips.

 

Until then…

-S

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