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sweater: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
blouse: H&M
pant: Leith
boots: Urban Outfitters

Alas, part duex of the Portland trip. Keeping it weird with the bipolar weather and some overt color and print on a rainy day. Can’t say enough how badly I feel for not committing enough time on thelifestyling. It’s the holiday season madness. I hope everyone’s got their Christmas shopping almost in order and your lives are filled with holiday cheer! We don’t want no scrooges, haha.

Quick recap of our foodie Portland Adventure – We basically at our way through town; a bunch of amazing places, you can’t go wrong. Have to admit, my top three goes out to the highly yelp rated places below:

Blue Star Donuts (more complex flavor offering than Voodoo)
Screen Door (brunch)
Pok Pok (Thai)

Photography by Hung Fong
xo, tfny.
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pdx flannel

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parka: H&M (old)
flannel: Uniqlo
jeans: vintage D&G
boots: Urban Outfitters

Holy moly, I guess I should probably post day 1 pics from our mini Portlandia foodie adventure from the beginning of the month. With an abundance of celebrations, and being sick (again. UGH), it’s been difficult to muster up the energy to get to blogging. I’ve also been prepping myself mentally as I started in a new role and sure enough, the start date was my birthday! If that’s not a good sign, I’m not sure what is. So please forgive as life has been sucking the life outta me, in the best way, of course!

Back to Portland.. What a beautiful city, even with random spikes of rain and 5 seconds of hail. It was the perfect time to escape and experience actual autumn with leaves turning color and the crisp cold air, slightly chilling to the bones. So I know we’re not suppose to be chasing waterfalls, but god damn, we did so anyways. Why? Because Multnomah Falls is breathtaking. If I could just sit in solitude without becoming a icicle or eventually get drenched by rain, trust, that is where you’ll find me.

Photography by Hung Fong
xo, tfny
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Bacon Almond Quinoa Recipe

bacon almond quinoa rice With the heaviness of thanksgiving feast just around the “waist side”, I decided to add some yummy quinoa to the table for a small friendsgiving dinner we had last night! What’s great about this dish is you can prepare it in advance. I found the super easy recipe on Food and Wine and altered it a bit. Now, let’s head over to the kitchen, all you bacon lovers, and get to cooking:
Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp. vegetable oil
3 thick slices of Applewood-smoked bacon (cut into 1/4-inch dice)
1 small shallot, minced
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups chicken stock
1 sage sprig
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 tbsp. minced chives
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Cranberries for a little sweetness, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds in a pie plate (I just used a baking tray) and toast in the oven until golden brown (4 minutes); let cool.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil. Add the diced bacon and cook over moderately high heat until the fat has rendered (about 2 minutes)
  3. Add the shallot and cook, stirring a few times, until softened but not browned (about 1 minute).
  4. Add the quinoa, stock and sage and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the stock is absorbed (about 17 minutes).
  5. Remove the quinoa from the heat and let it stand, remain covered for 5 minutes.
  6. Discard the sage and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  7. Stir in the chives, parsley and toasted almonds. Season the quinoa with pepper. Add some cranberries if you want this to be savory and sweet, and serve!

Bon Appétit!
xo, tfny
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defined lines

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top: Cameo ‘Megalomania top’
pant: Leith
leather jacket: Choies
shoes: Alexander Wang ‘Abbey’
sunglasses: Michael Kors

Can I just say, I’m a little obsessed with this top? The perfect little sheer lines and the silhouette itself, love love love. If it weren’t getting so cold, I swear I’d wear it for as much as I could – toned down or sassed up. Plus, pairing this with the Choies leather jacket, with incredible quilting, okay… If you haven’t notice, I’m obsessed with these two pieces at the moment. I didn’t expect this jacket to be in such good quality and it had literally served purpose for several different occasions. If you love it, you can purchase it here for less than $70!

Absolutely love these photos taken from Tomas. Check out more of his amazing work here at: Left Lane Photography

Have a good one!
xo, tfny.

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faux real

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top: Uniqlo (Men’s)
trench: H&M
jeans: vintage D&G
belt: H&M
booties: Nine West
sunglasses: Michael Kors (similar)

Faux vs Real fur. Such a touchy subject, fur real (pun intended). Controversial without a perfect solution that wouldn’t offend either sides of this argument. One will argue even faking the idea of fur is condoning the idea of wearing an animal. I get it, I love animals and I believe that they should be treated fairly. Sadly, I will admit that I do fancy the luxuriousness of fur. I’m going to share with you some factors for consideration so you can draw your own conclusion about fur:

Faux fur – Allows similar look and feel for the fraction of the price and it’s animal friendly. This is don as the ‘greener’ option but personally, it is not considered a fully environmentally-friendly option. Faux fur is made of synthetic fibers so once it’s disposed, it will be but another non-biodegradable object in landfill. Also, many times faux fur is made of acrylic, which is carcinogenic for factory workers who work with this chemical in high heat, but we shall save that discussion for another day. Ultimately, it has been found that fake fur IS at least a few times better for the environment than buying real fur because the treatments and processes done to preserve actual fur are not necessary for fake fur.

Real fur – ‘The real deal’. I do own real fur; However, I will not buy ‘new’ fur. I refer to ‘new’ fur as fresh kill (sorry to be so graphic), available in stores. You are this animal’s first owner. That is a lot of commitment and responsibility; are you going to love that piece for the rest of your life?! View it as buying a pet, don’t stop loving it once it’s not ‘in season’ anymore. Personally, my moral way of purchasing real fur is thrifting. It’s like adopting your fur piece before it is unloved and sent to the landfill graveyard. This piece is now abandoned with a second chance to find a new owner who will care for it, the animal(s) lost it’s life, and you want real fur.

Sending you off with some food for thought and a little Miley face!

miley tongue plaid flannel fur

Photos by Tomas. Check out more of his work here at: LeftLane Photography

xo,tfny.

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where there’s still warmth

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denim vest: Gap
dress: Urban Outfitters
booties: Topshop
bag: vintage Dooney & Bourke

An outfit of irrelevance now that autumn is truly here, chilling to the bones. I’ve been meaning to post this as soon I returned some weekends ago; however, I was overtaken by sloth behavior. Fighting this lingering cold (ugh!), I decided to take break from exercise to rest, resulting to depleted energy levels. I’m slowly mustering back some energy and recalibrating to my norm, just in time for another weekend trip.. only to find myself back in recovery mode. Then it’ll be my birthday/Thanksgiving food coma (I’m starting to notice the trend here).

That past weekend of October will remain a significant piece of my life. I would say it’ll mean much more for my best friend (or at least it better). I phoned all our close friends and her boyfriend to prepare a surprise gathering for her birthday. It was beyond successful; everyone contributed in creating such a memorable weekend. Really, how can you go wrong with non-stop fooding, spectacular rooftop views, sharing hilarious jokes with great friends and a chance to meet Chili & T-Boz of TLC? Coming from a girl that obsessed over her limited edition Fan Mail CD because it was holographic, and still bumping TLC until this very day, I was on cloud nine for at least the next 72 hours due to short conversation with them. There are a hand full of celebrities that I’d lose my shiz for, and TLC is one of them… I mean I even referred to them in a previous post: here.

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xo, tfny.

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food for thought: life is sweet

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Let’s just start off by saying this is so hard for me to do. To let people into the personal but I think or I hope from this, somewhere someone will find this helpful:

UH HUH, HONEY. We will all have our time to shine, I promise. Life is good. This year has honestly been the best year ever. Why? Because all my closest friends moved away from home, I dealt with a break up that revealed a lot of dirty truths, and sticky situations at the home front. Doesn’t that sound a lot like perfection? Cutting the sarcasm, everything happened the way it did and opened my eyes. What I learned:

Friendship – I would have never gotten closer to the people I am with today if I never broke down my barriers. I used to be the type to rely on my support system and stuck with the same bubble of friends. Maybe it’s a San Franciscan thing, we like our cliques. Having my closest friends further away, I built paths for me to break out of my comfort zone, allowing new people to dig their roots into my life, like planting new trees on a road. It wasn’t that I never made new friends; the issue was allowing others to become more than an acquaintance in fear of cruel intentions. Reality is, there will always be someone that may hurt you and I knew if I kept going about with this impression in my head, I will never let anyone into my life. Lesson learned: sometimes it’s okay to be a little foolish. To really learn and get to know someone, you have to drop your defenses, listen without judgement, and be a friend without presumptions.

Relationship/The Self – Everyone loves status updates on “how are you doing” when you get out of a relationship. They are even more astonished, maybe confused, when you go through a break up and tell them you’re actually doing great and mean it! You have to mean it. Lesson learned: Ladies and gents, you’ve got to love yourself first, or no one else will (J.Cole – Crooked Smile, exactly what he said). If that ‘love’ is no longer there, don’t fret, the love from your friends and family is solid. The love for the self, your self worth, still remains. And if it isn’t, honey, you have to go find it! The moment you stop seeking attention from others because of a little loneliness and instead focus on becoming the best YOU, your light will shine. You’ll realize your accomplishments made for yourself, by yourself. Allotted this single-hood, there is plenty of time to be productive, be promiscuous, be lazy, have fun with friends and best of all, you’re going to sleep happy with who you are and your becomings, rather than feeling sad about what you had and why it didn’t work. We all know relationships come with healthy arguments and they’re much harder to deal with when you’re carrying the weight of not understanding yourself. Instead of dealing with one problem, you’re then digging into all the things that you previously left unresolved. The best relationships work out when you have a strong understanding and connection with yourself first.IMG_5421Tout Sweet Pâtisserie desserts and hot chocolate

With all that was said, I’m still learning and each day I’m loving what life has to offer. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Why not add yummy pictures of sweets I devoured to go along with the topic, it’s like we’re chatting over tea/coffee! I truly hope whoever out there dealing with a sucky situation can see light at the end of the tunnel. I posted this because I had people frequently ask me about these topics so I thought it’ll be helpful to shed a little of my findings. Seriously.. I’m already fighting to delete this because I really can’t believe you guys are gonna read this…… (freaking out in my mind)!! Oh well, “Got 99 problems but… __fill in the blank__  ain’t one” haha.

xo,tfny.

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