Friday Favorites

friday-favorites

Hello Friends,

This is just a quick round up of things that are my wishlist as I’ve been browsing online. Happy Friday!

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The first one is just a cozy Jcrew sweater from their Spring line in just a cheerful color. I also like the green option they have.

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These earrings are gorgeous in person. I’m not sure how comfortable they would be as they are rather large, but I’m debating these as I think they would look gorgeous with a simple black dress.

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Classic everyday piece that would look great with a work appropriate WBD or a breezy striped shirt for summer.

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This camel color I think works with everything, dressy black pants, comfy blue jeans on a casual Friday, or to dress up a pair of shorts.

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I could see myself cozying up with this on a long flight. Looks soft and easy to pair with many shirts and sweaters. Is a great mix and match piece to throw into your suitcase for a chilly evening.

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I love the scalloping edging on this. Would look great with a simple skirt or a nice summery dress. The red color is out but they still have a few choices left.

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I’ve been drawing to larger watches lately, and I like the shape of this.

Have any fun weekend plans? Like any of the above items? Let me know!

-S

My top 4 Podcasts

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1. Serial. 

This podcast is hosted by Sarah Koenig from This American Life, and investigates a different topic each season. The first season focused on a murder case from Baltimore of a young high schooler named Hae Min Lee. She investigates the case put together that accused the then ex-boyfriend Adnan Sayed, who is currently in jail on the charges. Season 2 is a totally different topic, and analyses the story and background of missing POW Bowe Bergdahl.

So I know that we are about to hear season Three from them, but I am honestly more interested in hearing how their updates from their Season 1 case is going. In case you missed my post on that, you can read my original post on Serial about it here.

2. Young House Love

This podcast is hosted by bloggers John and Sherry from the blog Young House Love.

Frankly, I love their blog the most, but their most recent adventures into podcasts have been hilarious. It really feels like I am sitting in their living room hearing these two down-to earth happily married couple talk about DIY, reno’s and their recently purchased dilapidated beach house. They are so cute, funny, and I want to be their best friend.

3. Up and Vanished

So its a great cold case podcast led by an amateur investigator Payne Lindsey.  It focuses on a high school teacher and former beauty queen named Tara Grinstead, who went missing in 2005 from her small home-town in Georgia. He is still airing current episodes as he further investigates this cold case.  I really liked this podcast, but I’ve struggled with how many ads are in it. He does not have the backing of a radio company, or a blog, instead he is an independent film-maker that is doing this on his own.

4. Accused

This podcast is hosted by a reporter from the Cincinatti Enquierer , as she investigate the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Andes in December of 1978 in her college apartment in Oxford Ohio.

So I liked the first few episodes of this podcast, and then she takes a left turn and investigates other killers, serial killers and it got a little creepy and weird for me. But overall I liked it well enough to continue listening, I just skipped over some parts as it was a little scary for me. She has announced that she will be doing a second season, on a different cold case. So when that airs I will listen to it.

 

Do you listen to any podcasts? Do you like them? Any I should listen to? What do you like to do when you listen to a podcast? I love them for when I’m running, doing errands cooking or doing the dishes!

Love,

-S

 

 

Netflix Reviews

Recently I’ve been into watching Netflix documentaries on the fashion industry. I love that Netflix allows you to rate a movie that you have seen, and then gives you similar movies to watch.

A few that had popped onto my radar, that I ended up watching over the last few weeks were the following: The September Issue, The First Monday in May, Dior and I, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Image from IMDB

Image from IMDB

 

The September Issue

I ended up liking this movie a lot more than I thought I would. It really gives you a great “behind the scenes” feeling to Vogue, and I learned a lot about the process and timeline of making a magazine issue. I really enjoyed seeing the different dynamics between the different editors and Anna Wintour. I also loved seeing Anna interact with her daughter, who is most decidedly not going to follow in her famed footsteps.

 

Image from IMDB

Image from IMDB

The First Monday in May

I really enjoyed the cinematography of this movie. It follows Andrew Bolton who is the Costumes Institute Curator at the Met prepare the 2015 China Through the Looking Glass exhibit for the Met Gala. They did a beautiful job showcasing the amazing art in the collection, and the detailed and delicate process of curating such a large exhibit. It is a star studded event, so it was fun to see the drama of the seating chart dilemmas. I’ve always been a big fan of watching this event on television, so I liked seeing how intricate and how early they start developing a theme and plan for the Met Gala.

Image from IMDB

Image from IMDB

Dior and I

Dior and I followed the Christian Dior Fashion House as fashion designer Raf Simons prepares his first haute couture collection. This movie had none of the glitz and glamour of the first two movies, instead it showcases the labor of love the seamstresses and designers really have for the craft. My favorite part was seeing all the exterior shots of the different French buildings.

Image from IMDB

Image from IMDB

Yves Saint Laurent

I was really expecting to like this movie. Netflix had given me three hits, so why wouldn’t this movie be more of the same? Sadly, I didn’t really enjoy this movie. I struggled through watching it. The main character Yves seemed immature and odd. The only character I felt like was well developed was his business partner and lover played by Guillaume Gallienne. The famous designers demons are in full force in this movie, and I felt it really detracted from the great art of his work: designing his couture line. Sometimes movies with subtitles are harder to follow sometimes, and perhaps that added difficulty to understanding the scenes. The scenes where they filmed in France (The InterContintental and Avenue Marceau ) were gorgeous.  I would say if you have a bunch of free time, and don’t mind his vices of drugs, drink and sex, then go for it. Otherwise, skip this one. The first three movies were much better. Sorry Netflix, this movie was a total miss for me.

Have you watched any documentaries lately? Any that you would recommend?

Love,

-S

101 in 1001

 

Happy New Year

Hello Friends,

I know resolutions are a split topic, people either plan them and love them, or scoff at them knowing they are often forgotten once February rolls around. My resolution the last few years have been less focused on negative actions, and more on a positive plan. My 2016 resolution was to be more healthy, and I think I achieved that. I see a personal trainer a few times a week, have a dance class I attend on Mondays, and meal prep on Sunday for the work week. I certainly feel stronger, which is a nice feeling. I instead prefer to think longer term, which is why I created a list of 101 things I would like to accomplish in 1001 days. If you were reading my blog a few years back, I started it around New Years time.

My 101 list ended in late September, and due to the new job and my move to Santa Clara, it fell off my radar. I am pleased to say that I completed a good many things on the list.

I was able to complete 68 of the items on my list, which is more than I honestly expected to cross off. I’ve been brainstorming the next one, and I’ll keep you posted once I finalize it.

But for now, let’s talk about the highlights of the ones I completed.

Image From Daily Fancies & Pinterest

Image From Daily Fancies & Pinterest

13. See a Taylor Swift Concert. It was such a fun evening. The girl knows how to put on a show.

22. Visit Harry Potter World in Florida. A and I flew in January to Florida and I had such a blast. A and I have plans to visit the L.A version in January and I can’t wait.

48. Photo Shoot for the whole Family. I bribed one of my coworkers from my old school to photograph us. This was my favorite picture out of all of them.

60. See another Frank Lloyd Wright Building. My dad and I toured the Marin Civic Center over my summer holiday.

 

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? What is it? Have you heard of a 101 in 1001 Days List? Would you like to make one?

Love,

-S

 

On my Radar December

 

Hello Friends!

I’m sure you’ve been busy just as I have with the holidays and spending time with your friends and family. Here are a few fun things to peek at in between dinners and presents!

 

1. Jimmy Fallon & Nicole Kidman….Almost:

So Funny. You must watch it. Such a missed chance on his part!

 

2. Harry Potter: 4 Privet Drive is up for Sale.

I know they had filmed the first one there at that location, and then weren’t able to get rights after that, so they made a set of it eventually. How cool! Would you want to live there?

3. 2 Year-old Shopping:

This cute toddler and his dad go shopping at Whole Foods and he gets to steer and select for his own tiny little cart. Kids are so funny.

4. The Lumineers: Sleep on the Floor.

This music video is pretty amazing. I love the filmography of it. Apparently the three songs they released recently are a triptych of some sorts. I was reading about it on their facebook page here.

 

 

5. HRC In the Wild: Apparently a twitter solely devoted to finding Hilary….living her life. I particularly love this neighbor selfie picture.

Hope your Holidays have been merry and relaxing!

Love,

-S

Life Lately

Hello friends,

Life has been extremely busy lately, thus the radio silence on the blog here. So many holiday events, get togethers with friends, observations at work, prepping for Christmas and time in Tahoe.

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Our neighbors got a wood-fired mini pizza oven, and we made our first batch a few weeks ago. They were amazing!!

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I went to a pearl tea place with a friend and these were their signs outside. I loved it!

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This was a cute birthday card given to a co-worker at ND, and i thought it was supercute. #ilovealpacas

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My brother and I baked apple donuts for the first time and they were deliiiish. I liked the donut holes the best!img_7553

To go with the apple donuts we made chili and I made the cornbread. Yum.

Also, we bought a Christmas tree….and then I got one for my house, and then one for my brother’s house. That’s how we ended up with 3 trees!

My tree all decorated. It only leans a little as it was hard to tell if it was straight in the tree holder as I live by myself.

I made biscotti as a holiday gift for friends, family and co-workers. I make both snickerdoodle and gingersnap! So tasty, I ate so many during the first batch there weren’t many to share.

Kim’s family had me over for their thanksgiving holiday party this past Sunday at their new house in San Carlos. I had so much fun, we did a while elephant exchange.

That’s it, life has been good and busy, but I promise I get back to posting more often!!

Love,

-S

Birthday Brunch at the Ritz

Hello Friends!

This video was a long time coming, but life just kept on getting in the way. Enjoy!

Let me know in the comments below if you liked this video, or would like to suggest more topics for future videos! :]

Love,

-S