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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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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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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thelifegrubbing: seafood diet

I love food. I especially love seafood, Asian, French, Latin, Italian cuisines… darn it, basically everything. Food rules everything around me. I mean, before even creating this blog, my Instagram comprised of foodporn after foodporn shots, with a splash of pretty views and an occasion outfit of the day. So, how can this be the Lifestyling if it weren’t accompanied with the Lifegrubbing aspects. I realized if I’m going to constantly try new places to eat, why not share it with you all on here as well. It’s probably refreshing to not have to look at my silly face on here all the time, haha, so let thelifegrubbing commence:

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albacore belly nigiri, ahi poke salad, oysters on a half shell, 16th st roll, mommy roll, birthday mochi icecream

Ah..I can’t stare too long at these pictures before my mouth starts to water. I was in Sacramento over the weekend for a girl friend’s birthday and she had her dinner at Sapporo Grill. Nice place and seriously delicious food, you can see for yourself. I’m always on a seefood diet with seafood and any type of food; I see food, I eat it! The rolls consisted of mouth watering goodness. The 16th st roll had seared salmon, scallops, scallions and tops with lemon. Then, the mommy roll was stuffed with lobster salad, shrimp tempura, snapper and drizzled in garlic sauce. I’m not even hungry right now, but I want this meal. right. meow.

xo, tfny.

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No Bake! Chocolate Oatmeal Banana Cookies

Literally, a super easy recipe and basically as mentioned… Chocolate, Oatmeal, and Bananas!

I love making banana oatmeal cookies because it’s a good, clean eat. Simple and it’s a no bake. Normally I don’t add chocolate but I saw this recipe via OhSheGlows and thought it was a  great frozen snack that’s vegan, and gluten-free. It’s a great alternative when you’re craving something sweet.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (found some at Whole Foods)
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

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  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for about 60 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir so the rest of the chips melt.  (TIP: Microwave in increments of 10-12 seconds, take out and stir to prevent burning the chocolate)
  • Chop the bananas and mash it into the melted chocolate chips with a fork.
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients into the chocolate and banana until all oats are coated with chocolate.
  • Line a plate or cookie tray with parchment and form size of cookies to your desire.
  • Freeze for about 1 hour or until firm. Cookies will firm up, but they won’t become solid and will remain chewy

Best serve cold because it is banana so when left at room temperature, the cookies will get a bit “mushy”. I recommend to keep these in the freezer until you want to eat them : )IMG_1057This picture DEFINITELY doesn’t do this justice but when you’re quickly “baking” this so late into the night, something’s got to give right? Anyways, hope you enjoy!

xo,tfny.

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raspberry chocolate coffee cakeish

HOW TO: This isn’t one of the healthiest recipes I’ll post, but it will be a delicious one! : )

My sister actually made this a while back and it was bomb.com… Thought I needed to make this myself and share the recipe that she learned from sallysbakingaddiction.com, an awesome site filled with mouth watering recipes! So get your ingredients ready:IMG_0924
Suggested to use an 8×8 pan but I ended up using a big Pyrex bowl because that was all I had available. (So what, dough!)

INGREDIENTS:

Streusel

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup milk (almond milk works fine too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (your prefernce of: dark, milk, semi-sweet or white)
  • 1& 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) unsweetened raspberries

Spray baking pan with a non-stick spray (or what I did was coat it with thin layer of coconut oil). Set aside.

Preheat oven at 350ºF

Let’s start with the STREUSEL:
Gently mash up 3 tablespoons of cold butter in a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup sugar and mix around with a fork. You want a chunky and crumbly texture. Add almonds. Set aside.

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Now for the CAKE:
In a large bowl with a handheld or stand mixer, add your flour, sugar, butter, milk, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, and egg. Beat on low until everything is sufficiently combined – about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Do not over-mix.

Lay it onSpread half of the batter into your prepared baking pan. Layer with half of the streusel, then add in most of your raspberries and chocolate chips. Repeat with the rest of the batter and streusel. Top with remaining raspberries and chocolate chips.

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Let it bake:
Bake for 45-50 minutes, covered. To determine if done – stick toothpick in the middle of cake and if toothpick comes out clean, voila! You’ve just finished baking a raspberry choocolate coffee cake!IMG_0932

Enjoy!

xo,tfny.

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comfortable

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outfit: Gap double breasted shawl collar sweater, Cotton on harem pants jumpsuit, Forever 21 sweater, vintage Coach bag, Urban Outfitter boots. food: Trouble Coffee and Outerlands

Overcast on a summer’s day. Sleepy, squinty eyes. Comfortable attire and catching up over brunch with some good friends. With the latter taken place, the day’s not all too bad. So what, the leopard may be a bit much for some but I’m a sucker for harem pants and toned down with cozy neutrals, I can dig it.

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve been on a ever long streak of not shopping so all the previous and future posts will most likely be outfits utilizing what I already own. Don’t get me wrong since I’ve made a few misdemeanors, purchasing some newbies so it’s all about self control. Sadly, I believe that all the money I’ve saved myself from shopping is counteracted by my food consumption… and that’s another topic up for discussion.

I can’t wait for a wardrobe revamp but until then, this whole not buying new, has really pushed me to flip my drawers, trying to style pieces together. It’s a fun challenge I’ve accepted where I have my days when I think “why the hell did I buy this” and days when I’m like “oh yeah… forgot how cute this was”. Point is, it allows me be more aware, economical and sustainable to our environment. Rather than constantly in with the new-new, I’m a big advocate for thrifting (before the thrift shop song popularizing it) and just finding ways to ‘recycle’ your clothing – whether it be re-thinking how you wear it, turning things into a DIY project, donating, etc. Hope it can inspire you to dig through your closet and pay a visit to some of the old and mixing it with your new.

xo,tfny

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