goodliving: boost your immunity

Achoo! Bless you, you, and you. We all know everyone and their mamas, papas, cats and dogs – you name it – we’re all getting sick! I had to deal with a gnarly cough for about a month and ended up on antibiotics. If you know me, I rarely hop on drugs for a quick fix.

So to hopefully help some of you dodge this crazy cold, here are a few natural, easy tips you can give a try:

R&R – RELAX & REST. Many of us are always busy. We’re workaholics. We’re party animals, and amidst it all, is the importance of finding that quiet time to get a good night’s rest. That’s the hard part – finding that balance. Without good rest, your body wears out, grows fatigued; that is when you’re more susceptible to getting sick. As much as we’d all want to run off caffeine and live like the energizer bunny, we’re only human; we need rest to re-charge our body.

ECHINACEA. So I kind of, sort of, swear by this. This herb has helped me conquer minor colds to fevers. Best of all, it has helped my friends bounce back from feeling under the weather at a much quicker rate (especially my best friend, who used to always – I mean always – be sick). I use echinacea when I notice onset signs of a cold, or at the early stage of when I’m actually sick. Echinacea makes symptoms less severe. It should not be taken as a daily supplement because you won’t allow your body to build it’s own immunity.

ZINC. This mineral increases the production of white blood cells that help fight infection. I’m no doctor but I do recall my own doctor telling me this isn’t something you have to take everyday. It’s not recommended to have too much zinc in your body though it is still essential. It is a metal, so use sparingly and it is beneficial to our health. I normally only take zinc when I notice the early signs of feeling sick.

GARLIC. Not only does garlic add a wonderful kick to foods (mm.. garlic fries), it’s fresh cloves are packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. So get to eating more of this stinking rose, because it’s also good for your heart.

Stay healthy folks and if you’re one of the many not feeling well, I wish you a speedy recovery!

xo,tfny.
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fallin’ love

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shirt: thrifted
sweater: H&M (old)
suede skirt: Forever 21
boots: Steve Madden (old)
bag: Louis Vuitton ‘Speedy 30’

Fall in the city has turned into the sunny first few weeks of Summer; these are the only days you’ll be able to see confident bare legs roam the streets without the stiff, trying to look like “you’re not freezing your butt off when you really are” look. Unless you’ve bumped into a tourist who unfortunately had no idea that SF is usually always cold. Fine. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little, and it’s just me, and I’m always cold.

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

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go green

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cut out top: ASTR (Nordstrom)
plaid blouse: Equipment (similar)
skirt: Nordstrom
shoes: Urban Outfitters
clutch: vintage Dooney & Bourke

There’s been a lot of wind lately, and I’m not necessarily speaking to weather; there’s a lot of talk but no good action or a step to a right place going on in the news. You’ve guessed it. The shutdown continues and I encourage for you to take just a little bit of your time to keep updated with whatever you can. And dig, really dig… There’s always plenty of dirt when you start with a shovel and you will see there’s a lot you will find.
The good, the bad, and the ugly. Truth.

On a breezier note, leave it to me to have my hair a mess in the actual wind. Some girls, they look like a scene in Baywatch, others are like Pocahontas – Colors of the Winds, and then there’s me… beastly uproar mixed with a little of The Grudge. Luckily I had Tomas to capture the tamed, haha.

Tremendous thanks to the multi-faceted talent, that is Tomas, for taking these amazing shots.
Check out more of his work here at: LeftLane Photography

xo,tfny.

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now and zen

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top: BCBG
bralette: Honeydew ‘Camellia
shorts: H&M (old)
jacket: Rubbish
shoes: Nike dunks
backpack: from Mexico
belt: thrifted

Sunday was a blend of throwback bliss; I met up with some old friends to picnic in the park, and dance to good tunes. Not to mention most of this outfit was thrown together with circa 07-08 in mind. Speaking about fashion collection dates, a funny conversation sprouted. If I could rock a rainbow of Celine purses, I’d probably drop that cash in a heartbeat; However, reality is, my life is like Lorde – Royals. I’m happy with what I got, even if it’s not a lot. So most of my outfits aren’t gonna consist of the new-new, but they are a reflection of me and what I make of all my clothes thrifted or bought on sale! Baller on a Budget, I’ll say it loud and proud! If you can relate, shout it out loud with me!

Now reverting back to the concert, Now and Zen brought back flashes of nostalgia. Not gonna lie… Goo Goo Dolls – Iris was my song, along with everyone else I’m sure. One Republic killed it with the mash ups of Same Love and Gold Digger. I love a melting pot of… Well, everything: music genres, high-low priced fashion, diversity, culture, you name it. Think of it this way; we’re all living the same struggles on this earth so to open your eyes and see beyond just what you want to see, and notice like the movie Crash, we are all connected and as a whole, it is beautiful.

xo, tfny.

Thanks to Hung Fong, for her awesome photography.

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Le Dîner à San Francisco

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jacket: Ashley (old)
tank: BCBG
pant: Kate Spade ‘Hallie’
boots: Dolce Vita ‘Java
bag: Vintage Gucci

Talk about extreme pop-up; not fully aware of the event’s elegance and its masquerade theme, I dashed home from work to throw on all white attire. Had I known, I would’ve dressed more up to part; at least I got the monochromic color memo down. I played it safe and wore what would transition to the pub crawl ensued. It was my first time attending Le Dîner, or any event similar. If you love decor, this is the all white dream turned reality because most of the table settings here were decorated so lavishly. Le Dîner à San Francisco is a flash dinner picnic held annually in only SF locations. The location is kept secret and revealed only a few hours before the start of the event. Mucho thanks to my girl friend Connie, for inviting me! It was the perfect, fancy way to start off the weekend that is now over *sad face.

xo,tfny.

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sunday spirit

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jacket: Gap
t-shirt: Old Navy
jeans: Urban Outfitters
shoes: Dolce Vita ‘Razz’
bag: vintage Coach ‘Willis’

Happy Monday! This is a recap on yesterday, a busy Sunday to be in the city. It was commotion with the Do Over, Dunk Exchange, Soma StrEats, and of course, the Niners game. These heels were a serious steal I found for a whopping $23. Can I get a hell yeah for heels I can walk all day and night in? Well, I wanted to break these babies in so why not look like “that one girl” wearing heels to a food truck event to watch the game. It went so well with the tee. AND WHAT? It’s that Sunday spirit.

xo, tfny

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thelifegrubbing: berkeley bites

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Sundays are my fun days; their my favorite days along with Fridays and Saturdays. I assume that goes the same for most people. To do it right, I ended last week by going on a pretty yet long hike to then stroll around Berkeley for lots, I mean lots, of bites with my friend. Nothing like ending a good workout with gourmet potato puffs and white truffle fries at Gregoire. SRSLY. It didn’t stop there because it’s only proper to wash it down with some Philz Coffee. We then sat down at this cute sushi spot, Joshu-ya, and filled our bellies with yummy tuna and salmon rolls, uni, and ama-ebi! Wait, one can’t simply forget about dessert. I can’t even describe how much I loved Ici’s handmade organic scoops of heaven, I mean, sorbets. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard and mention that the harvest moon was sitting full, big, and low this week. What a lovely site while jogging to dinner mid-week that I had to snap a shot. Is it just me or whenever I think these tall electrical wires, this song pops up in my head, “Through the fire, through whatever come what may. For a chance at loving you, I’d take it all away. Right down through the wire, even through the fire”. Okay, signing off with the throwback Kanye before I start rambling even more.

xo,tfny.

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