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Here’s a look at what’s been happening in life, lately…
A Fab New App
I had dinner with my buddy Kirby last week, and she showed me this awesome new app that’s perfect if you like trying new restaurants in your city. It’s called Salt, and it helps you track places you want to try, write notes about places you’ve been, and even share lists of restaurants with friends. So if you have a fellow food loving crew and you currently track where to go next in a Google Doc (guilty) or a super messy text string (also guilty), Salt is your answer! You can download it here.
Free Vintage Jewelry
My client (and friend!) Jillian over at Sweet & Spark is running an amazing promotion for the month of February: you can gift a piece of vintage jewelry to a friend (or yourself) for FREE. For real. There’s no obligation other than paying for the cost of shipping. The free jewels are all in this Spark On Collection, and you can get the details of how to get your free jewelry here (it’s basically as simple as entering a code!). The promotion should run through the month, or while supplies last, so hop to it and get shopping. S&S will be adding more jewelry in the next few days, so keep an eye out.
My Holy Grail Serum
I was in Credo last week and got introduced to the skincare line from Susanne Kaufmann. Based in Austria, her products were totally new to me, and I went home with a little sample of her Hyaluron Serum. OMG, you guys. I think this is the best serum I’ve ever used. It only has three ingredients: water, hyaluronic acid, and citric acid. If you’re not familiar with it, hyaluronic acid is one of the most hydrating ingredients that can be used in skincare. It’s naturally occurring in our skin and joints, and can hold 1000 times its weight in water. This particular serum soaks in quickly, and because of the high concentration of hyaluronic acid, immediately plumps up your skin. I couldn’t believe how soft, dewy, moisturized, and smooth my skin felt! I thought it was already doing well with the current products I use, but it just made everything that much better. True story: I stopped by the grocery on Sunday for some snacks and beer for a Super Bowl get together, and the checkout lady said, “Are you planning to show me some ID?” I get out my ID and as I’m handing it over, she goes, “Don’t you think you’re a little young to be buying this?” She was being dead serious. When she saw my ID, she looked at me all confused. “You would’ve never guessed that was the year?” I asked her. “I honestly thought you were about 17 years old,” she replied. It was day three of using the Hyaluron Serum. I ordered it full price on Monday, no regrets. It’s rare that I splurge that much on a skincare product, but #WorthIt. You can find it here, and Susanne Kaufmann also sells at Anthropologie, so keep an eye out to see if you can get a little sample before committing.
I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I’m headed to Charleston next month! I’ve been planning this trip since last fall, and can’t wait. I’m going to fly to New York first, to stay with my friend Julia, then head down to South Carolina with her and Grace (so glad she’s coming, since she’s our Charleston expert!). So far we have a dinner at Husk and FIG on the docket, and will for sure be going to Leon’s and The Ordinary as everyone has instructed. I’m also going to drag Julia around on a historic tour of Charleston, and she’s going to drag me to the spa (ha!). Any other secret gems we have to see? We’re only going to be in town for a few days, but I’m really looking forward to it. Growing up in Texas, I’ve traveled all throughout the gulf states, and even visited North Carolina (for a college visit, back in the day!), but haven’t spent any time in South Carolina!
In Search of Cigarette Pants
I have this pair of black stretchy cigarette pants from Old Navy that (impressively) I’ve had for about 3 years. Not so surprisingly, the stretch has begun to give and they’re turning a bit shapeless. So I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair that will hopefully last! I’ve been gravitating towards black pants for dinner dates recently as they feel a bit more put together than my usual pair of destroyed denim, and they’re just so easy! No thinking involved; add a silk top and I’m out the door. I’m eyeing these black pants from Everlane because the price is great, I like the zipper detail, and hello cropped. But curious — do you have a brand of black stretch pants (NOT leggings) that you swear by? I’m okay with investing more if they’re pants that’ll last for years and years to come! Give me your cigarette pant secrets, please.
An Interesting Newsletter
So many of you shared great resources in the comments of my post last week — thank you! Shannon shared a really cool new newsletter called Polar News. I signed up over the weekend and have been enjoying seeing the content each days. Basically, they pick one or two issues being talked about in the media, and share a “left side” article covering the story, as well as a “right side.” It’s fascinating to see how each view point is being presented. It’s free to sign up and easy to digest; you can check it out here. Thank you for sharing, Shannon!
Girl About Town
I’ve been on a new restaurant kick recently! SF locals (or anyone planning a trip here), take note of these fun new spots: Flores is a new Mexican joint that opened in the old Betelnut space on Union (RIP). I have to say — I was impressed. It’s loud in there, but the food was incredible. You can’t miss the Short Rib Chile Colorado, and I think their carnitas were the best I’ve ever had. Betelnut who? I also recently checked out the jazz lounge at Black Cat (the drinks and atmosphere there are fantastic — perfect for a date night or double date); ate a fab dinner at The Saratoga (skip the wait upstairs and try and snag a seat at the downstairs bar and lounge; while you do, order the warm Parker House rolls, then turn around to ogle that insanely chic gallery wall along the back side of the room); and also discovered the coolest Champagne speakeasy ever, thanks to my friend Heidi (I’m going back again ASAP. If you can, try and make a res for their Champagne Happy Hour, which is the first Monday of every month. Two (big) glasses of champs for $25. And it looks like a new date was just added for Feb. 20! See you there.
I swore I wouldn’t procrastinate this year. I’m really trying not too. But why is it that no matter how organized you are and how easy you know it’ll probably be, getting your info together for taxes is like the worst thing ever? Like worse than nails on a chalkboard. Have you gotten started yet?
That’s the news from here! Hope everyone is having a great week!