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I Found My Soul (And Strength) On A Bike At Soul Cycle San Mateo

This isn’t going to be a long post. I just wanted to let it be known (mostly for myself to look back on this day), that I tried in-door cycling for the first time in my entire life at the brand spanking new Soul Cycle in San Mateo. And I wasn’t alone. 50 something of us packed into that nicely air- conditioned room full of yellow bikes and we ‘rode as one’ to Bey. It started with an invite to be introduced to Soul Cycle. And basically inviting everyone and anyone I knew. It was my first time organizing anything fitness related, because as my husband will tell you, exercising is not on my list of priorities. I thought i’d be lucky if 5 people signed up with me. That 5 turned out to be 10 times more than I had expected. How did that happen? Well I could not have done it without the help of Katherine Chen, (a.k.a @poosekat on instagram) who I had the pleasure of meeting through Jennifer Yco and her …

Taryn Kutches: Co-Founder Of Parker Design Reinventing The Woman’s Backpack

A couple of nights ago, guest editor Taryn Kutches did us all a favor and shared her 10 must haves for pumping while on the go. We hope it streamlined some planning for those of you in the beautiful trenches of nursing. Tonight, I wanted to share her story with you. I’ve featured a few female entrepreneurs who left a career to pursue another, but this one is still doing both and raising a daughter. Taryn is from Norton Shores, MI, a small beach town on the west side of the state, where she lives with her husband Pete, a four-legged son Tahoe, and their daughter Parker. During the week she does the 40 hour grind as a sales engineer in the automotive industry. When she’s not at her day job, she’s sleeping, keeping up with her daughter and working hard on her passion project: Parker Design, of which she is co-founder of. What is Parker Design? A fashion brand hoping to re-think women’s fashion and positively changing the world at the same time. They’re beginning with …

Outfit Post: Minimalist Vibes With Lo & Sons

Photography By: Anthony Hudson Minimalism has got to be my favorite fashion trend. It’s simple, easy and stands the test of time. I’m not a huge fan of color, so I’m quite happy in my black, whites and neutrals. I recently got a Lo & Sons Waverley cross body bag which practically goes with me everywhere and is so easy to pair with any outfit. Whether its running errands, going out with family or out on a shoot, its the perfect bag for my minimalistic tendencies and essentials. Don’t be deceived by its small size, this compact little bag can carry a surprising amount and can be worn 4 ways which is a really smart idea for people (including moms) on the go. First as a wristlet. As A Shoulder Bag. As a crossbody. Or even as a hands free belt. This cute little bag is one of my favorites to take around! Very easy to switch from one style to another. From one purpose to another. How would you style it?   Disclaimer: This was …

Need A Gift? Find It At Perch – A Local Gem Nestled In The Heart of Glen Park

One of the things I love about San Francisco, is the endless number of cute neighborhoods and local businesses that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Perch is one of those local shops that you are sure to spend time in and walk away with more than what you intended to buy! Owner Zoel Fages, has been a resident of San Francisco for as long as he can remember and has been curating modern, vintage and international products at Perch for the past 9 years. He is very welcoming and helpful to customers who stop in to browse in his store. You can tell he just loves everything in his store, the kind of love only a local business owner would have. Here you will find items that make the perfect gift for your family, friends and even for your self. The first thing I noticed when I stepped into this bright space was the corner of items for children. This is the perfect place for locals of Glen Park and beyond to pick up a gift for …

First Outfit Post: Spring Florals, Denim and Red Block Heels

I’ve been blogging here for the past 3 years and I haven’t put up very many outfit/style post. To be honest, I’d much rather be behind the camera than in front of it. But sometimes we have to push past our comfort zones and show up. So I decided to give this a try. I’m not a big print person, but Spring is here and I was inspired by all the pretty flowers in bloom. I picked this really minimal location because I just love the colors. It’s the James Turrell Sky Space at the De Young Museum, San Francisco. It’s a must see! Floral Blouse: The Kooples (Now On Sale at Bloomingdales) Jeans: Denim Studio Paris (Now on sale!) or  Alternative Socks: Urban Outfitters $2 or Alternative Shoes: Style Nada or Alternative I heard Everlane is coming out with a pair of cute red heels! Leather Jacket: Serge Pariente  (Now On Sale) or Alternative Sunglasses: Ray Bans   I gave the shirt a lot of thought. Did it seem spring enough? It’s black! The good thing is, …

My Favorite Paperless Post Designers For Cards and Invitations

I just missed my friend’s baby shower down in LA and I’m bummed. I have to make it up to her some how. Being miles apart, having a kid, trying to figure out life… doesn’t make it any easier. Sometimes I don’t even have time to go pick up a gift and mail it. Yes, I’m one of those horrible procrastinating friends. Which is why I’m sort of thankful for what technology can do for us. It got me thinking about Paperless Post. Incase you didn’t know, Paperless Post is an e-card platform. You can send baby shower/wedding invitations, birthday cards, thank you cards and just about any card you can think of for any occasion. You just send a card at the click of a button. And what sets Paperless Post apart from other e-card services, is their emphasis on thoughtful and attractive designs. They look hand crafted, except they’re virtual (They also do paper cards too)! And I just learned that they had an extensive designer collection including some well known names like Oscar …

How To Dine Like A San Franciscan At Home With Grocery Outlet

When it comes to eating out, my husband and I usually try a variety of restaurants around San Francisco or San Mateo. But of course we can’t go out to eat all the time since we have a 4 year old who only likes pizza! So we improvise. What I like to do is get inspiration from the place’s we’ve eaten and try to make my own simpler version of it for us to enjoy at home. I teamed up with Grocery Outlet Bargain Market to bring you this post inspired by our recent restaurant adventures! I made two San Francisco restaurant inspired dishes with fresh organic ingredients from our local Grocery Outlet. Why Grocery Outlet Bargain Market? Grocery Outlet actually has amazing deals on wine and food, but it is not just the price that matters- it’s what you do with it! So that is why I wanted to show how you can live like a San Franciscan and dine at your hearts content, whether it’s by yourself, a date night or with kids! …

How I Overcame Self Doubt And Decided To ‘Just Start’ Freelancing

It Takes Time To Warm Up To The Idea Of Working For Yourself For my entire life, I never thought about working for myself. I always thought I’d be working for someone else for the rest of my life. But circumstances changed. I had my son and quit my job to be a stay at home mom. It took me a few years to get over the idea that I needed to go back to work right now and it that it would have to be a full time job, working for someone else. Anything else just seemed inadequate. But gradually, I warmed up to the idea of working for myself and being a freelancer. It’s not for everyone. This post is about how that happened for me, and if you are trying to figure out your next steps in life I hope this will help you weigh your options! This was my path: About 2 years ago, I picked an area I felt I had a lot of interest in. For me it was digital marketing (I …

“Bien dans sa peau” A lookbook with Pascaline Paris

I read somewhere that women in France don’t categorize themselves – ‘I am a grandmother therefore I should dress like a grandmother’ kind of mentality. French women seem to be women first – then they are girlfriends, wives, mothers or grandmothers afterwards. They are confident and effortless. It’s more than what they wear or how they look, its more of a blissful state of being- of not feeling self-conscious. They know who they are and they listen to their inner voice; as a result they can embrace their own unique beauty. They have an expression for this: “Bien dans sa peau”, which means “to feel comfortable in your own skin”. It must be nice to feel that way about one’s self all the time. In Asia and America it seems as though we’re always so body conscious and body shaming. Like there’s a perfect standard of how we should look and what we should be doing at any given life stage. To me that’s just stifling and we miss out on so much because we’re too …