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Baby Come On Home

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Went back home this past weekend for my best friend, Megan’s, baby shower. She’s due in November and having a baby girl! Aside from picking out the cutest baby shower theme ever, she chose the name Nora.

I’m so mad that I forgot to take a picture of the treat yo self kit I made for her! I made Meg some lavender scented bath bombs, they were pink and flower shaped. I also used washi tape to decorate a vanilla bean candle and a mason jar full of tea bags (they’re mom friendly, it seemed appropriate.) Seriously though, washi tape is my newest addiction. I’ve been decorating EVERYTHING with it lately. And I threw in a box of a peanut butter brownie mix, because why not? There was a cute little description in the card and I hid everything in the diaper bag I got for her. Seriously, can more people in my life get married or have kids or do anything that will allow  me to DIY until I die please?

If you’ve never had a cake from Wegman’s, you’re missing out. This one was a vanilla cake with raspberry filling and whipped cream frosting. I almost regret not getting a cake from there on my birthday, but this made up for it.

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Look another form of cake! I believe the cupcakes were made by one of  Megan’s friends. On the left is lemonade, and on the right is raspberry almond. They were both delicious and it was difficult not to take all of these cute little owl boxes. Whoooo wants all of the cupcakes? Me.

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My mom came along with me, her and I are an unbeatable force at baby and bridal showers. We somehow got talked into each getting blind folded while spoon feeding each other apple sauce. I got apple sauce stuck in places where apple sauce shouldn’t be. I don’t want to eat that stuff again for a very long time. Just give me more cake please.  Meg works at Starbucks, so I had no doubt that the prizes would be awesome.

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Dress: thrifted, Amvets

Tights: Target

Shoes: thrifted, Amvets

I look like I’m about to start a 1970s folk band but I think that’s why I bought this dress in the first place. As adorable as it is, it somehow got torn at the seam in the front. It’ll be an easy fix but it was a little difficult to not make it look obvious while I was at the baby shower. The shoes need to be a little restored and cleaned a bit better, but again it won’t be too bad of a fix.

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Aside from baby shower things, I also got to do some belated birthday things with my family, Jonathan, and my friends while I was home. After a quick wardrobe change, we had dinner at the new Texas de Brazil at carousel mall (I refuse to call it Destiny USA, okay.) Ever since Vegas, I’m totally obsessed with this concept. I was pretty impressed with the salad and soup bar selection. After filling up on salad, a little sushi, and lobster bisque, it was time for entrees. What’s not to love about people coming at you left and right with delicious meat on swords? It doesn’t take long to fill a plate up. I guess it could be a little overwhelming, there are lots of things to choose from and I definitely wish I tried everything offered. I don’t know why I thought I could finish an entire creme brulee on my own afterwards. I absolutely love cracking the caramel layer whenever I have one. Don’t order dessert based on amusement though.

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Finished the night with Jonathan,a few friends, and some drinks. Bring on the girly moscato, tasty Southern Tier Pumpking beer on tap, and deliciously retro white russian cocktails! Started at Bittersweet and Al’s, obviously. Then went on the hunt for Pumpking which led us to J.Ryan’s.

I’m lucky enough to have a thoughtful family, boyfriend, and friends who all gave me a few birthday presents.

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Soon to be mama Megan got me a pretty sweet iced tea collection from Teavana. On top of the tea I won at the shower, I should be all set on tea for awhile. Maybe I’ll spread the wealth and throw a tea party sometime this semester.

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I love gift presentation almost as much as I love gifts! Fun fact, Jonathan wraps presents better than I do.

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Leave it to Jonathan to incorporate Breaking Bad into this. Thanks Walt White/Heisenberg for the birthday wishes! Sadly, I don’t have a bathtub in my suite on campus, so I can’t test out these bath salts. I’ll have to wait until my next trip home to give them a go. I feel like I should probably watch Breaking Bad while soaking in a bath tub full of “meth” salts.

I’m also crazy about this sailor shirt from ModCloth! I love it to death and I know I could take it too literally if I don’t outfit this correctly. But, I think I’m okay with literally dressing like a sailor in public actually. He also threw in some cute little solid perfumes, one is French lilac scented and the other is Hawaiian guava.

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Even if I wasn’t interning for them this semester, I’m pretty sure Jonathan would’ve given me something Buffalo Sabres related anyways. Besides, I look really great in blue and gold! Maybe I’ll make hockey chic a thing and write my final paper on it.

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I’m really loving these Hunter boots too! Winter always destroys my poor defenseless leather boots. I’m hoping these will last better, and they’ll look great with my trench coat too. I’ve been having fun shopping around for welly socks too. Right now, I’m torn between the moss cable cuffs and the birds eye cuffs.

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And then of course, my parents got me a few things. It’s safe to say that my mom wrapped these up. I got my gift presentation appreciation from her, along with her joy of picking out cards.

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I’ve been in love with Honey by Marc Jacobs since I first tried it in Sephora. My bottle of Dot just ran out, so this gift came at a good time. It smells very similar to Dot, but you can definitely pick out the honey scent, which gives it a distinct sweetness. I know this is a strange way to describe smell, but there’s warmth to this fragrance. Maybe it’ll make sense if you spray it on for yourself.

My parents know I’m a huge Lady Gaga fan, so a bottle of Fame seems fitting. I’m not big on perfumes by celebrities, but this actually smells really nice. It has traces of honey as well. I’ll never understand how this black liquid sprays on clear. What black magic are they conjuring at Haus of Gaga?! Also, I’m not sure if it was supposed to be funny, but I thought the description was a little funny. “Tears of Belladonna” was first on the ingredients list. These are reasons why I love mother monster.

I also got another Fossil watch. It’s very similar to the black and gold one I wear a lot. It’s a nice casual counterpart, it’ll be a nice pop of color to add to certain outfits and it’ll look nice with any of my silver rings. I got a nice variety of new earrings too.

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My parents also got me a brand new 50 mm F 1/8 lens! I’m absolutely in love with it so far. I decided to test it out on my favorite corgi, Aggie. She technically belongs to my mom’s boss and he leaves Aggie with her whenever they’re out of town. She spends so much time with my family that I consider her my dog too.

Even though I’ve been back in school for about three weeks, it was still  nice to go home for a little bit to see everyone and spend time at a few of my favorite places!

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Summertime Sadness

All good things must come to an end. Whenever pumpkin spice lattes and octoberfest beers are available, it’s safe to assume that it’s fall. I’m back in Buffalo (and my internet is FINALLY working!) and looking forward to what fall semester has in store for me. But for now, let’s take a look back at the final days of my summer vacation.

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Bikini: Forever 21

Headband: American Apparel

I instantly fell for the vintage vibes of this bathing suit when I first saw it. The only downfall is the awkward tan lines, especially if you’re like me and have a million different bathing suits.

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Aside from the gorgeous beaches and ocean waves, I miss Cape Cod’s yummy cheap seafood. I don’t think I could ever get sick of lobster rolls. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that a lobster meal for two cost $25, and that was at a random pit stop. Provincetown also some pretty delish salt water taffy. My favorite flavors were rumbutter, watermelon, and maple.

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More back tracking, but I forgot to include this in my Boston post. Wired Puppy has some pretty awesome drinks. I’m pretty sure I ordered an iced peanut butter latte here.

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Sweater: Urban Outfitters

Top: Urban Outfitters

Skirt: H&M

Shoes: Aldo

My last week or so consisted of many date nights – romantic, friends, family, etc. at some of my favorite places.

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My last trio of Cafe Kubal macarons. I had blueberry, lemon raspberry, and brownie flavored ones. I’m already going through withdrawals, so if anyone knows where I can get my macaron fix in Buffalo puh-leaseeee let me know!

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I wish Insomnia Cookies existed near my school. My daily diet would only consist of snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookies. Also, this cookie cake is hilariously relevant. Props to Insomnia Cookies for the Billy Madison reference.

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Jonathan claims that the chicken tenders at Varsity are the best in town. They are tasty. But, Tully’s tenders are just wonderful. What do you guys think? To be honest, I forget that Varsity even has food that isn’t pizza.

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Who would I be if I didn’t have a last meal at Dinosaur BBQ? I feel like I’m boring for always ordering a pulled pork sandwich and mac and cheese. I can’t resist, they’re just good. I’d gladly eat everything else on the menu too. I didn’t think that I’d be excited for a Dinosaur BBQ coming to Buffalo, but I’m like 110% pumped.

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I didn’t discover the magic of Boom Boom Mex Mex until I started dating Jonathan. For those of you who don’t know, it’s in this weird part of Camillus and it’s only open seasonally. When it gets too cold, they pack up and head south of the border to Mexico. Like that’s how legit this Mexican food is. For some reason these are the messiest quesedillas I’ve ever dealt with but they’re so worth it. The guacamole is pretty perfect too.

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Jonathan used his fancy SU Alumni status to get us into the Dave & Buster’s VIP opening night. Maybe I should’ve gone to SU too, Otto and I look adorable together!

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Gotta love the fancy flair bartender. Not quite sure what the rainbow fruity mystery shots were supposed to be but they were pretty and pretty delicious.

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Dress: H&M

Shoes: Nasty Gal

Purse: Coach (vintage)

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I’m so in love with my new glasses. They’re exactly what I’ve been looking for. I got lucky and they happened to be at my optometrist’s. I’m one huge step closer to looking like I walked straight out of Mad Men. And don’t let the picture fool you, all of those tickets still couldn’t get us anything too fancy.

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Later that week, we went out to dinner with my parents to Pastabilities for a last meal and as a congratulation meal (I’ll tell you about that later!). I always underestimate how spicy everything is. I’m usually not one for spicy foods but chicken riggies would taste weird if they weren’t.

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I also soaked up as many solo cafe dates too. This was around my neighborhood at Cafe 407. Fall fashion magazines are also another indicator that summer is over. The September issue will always be intimidating.

 

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Top: Urban Outfitters

The New York State Fair is always the very last thing I do before I head back to school. Yes it’s the same damn thing every year, but that’s why I like it I suppose. I can always rely on the fact that the $1 baked potato line will be ridiculously long. Weird things will be deep fried. Wine slushies will be awesome. Animals will be adorable. Etc. etc. etc. This is the only time I’ll drink whole milk. It’s fresh chocolate milk, I’ll force my stomach to deal. I usually save fried dough for right before I leave so I have something to snack on during the excruciating ordeal of trying to leave the fairgrounds.

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It’s been a solid summer to say the least. Sadly, this was possibly my last legitimate summer vacation EVER. Welcome to the adult life. For anyone who’s interested, I’ve got some pretty exciting things coming up this semester. My senior year at Buffalo State should be interesting to say the least. I have an internship lined up with the Buffalo Sabres that I’m beyond excited for! I’m also (sort of) getting back into journalism, but as a photographer this time around. Fear not, being back in school just means that I’ll have plenty more outfits to show off. I’ll always be writing, eating, drinking, taking photos, and exploring. I sincerely hope you all continue to follow my adventures now that I’m back in Buffalo!

 

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Bostonia

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Last weekend Jonathan and I made a trip out to Boston. This is my first time visiting and probably his millionth. I believe that it’s perfectly fine to do stereotypical touristy things when you first visit a city. But I try to balance that out by doing some exploring off the beaten path.

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BNB breakfast

Even though I’m a Boston newbie and he’s a Boston veteran, this was both our first time staying at a Bed and Breakfast. We stayed at Prospect Place in Cambridge. I’m completely in love with this  Victorian home. They even serve home made granola. I don’t know how you can do that, but it’s possible, and it was crazy delicious. We had some fun company during breakfast too. One other couple that stayed with us that weekend was also from Buffalo! What a small world right? Apparently, if I ever go to North Tonawanda and ask about the Fire family, they’ll know who I’m talking about. If you guys are reading this, please let me come over for a home cooked Italian dinner this semester. That is all.

Ula Cafe

After a 5 hour drive, sandwiches sounded like a great idea. We dropped by Ula Cafe while waiting for a Sam Adams brewery tour to begin. Drinking on an empty stomach isn’t a good idea. Unless you’re totally okay with getting drunk within 5 seconds. There’s nothing wrong with that either actually.

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Hops smell even better when they’re not in beer.

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Louis/Louie? You’re the funniest tour guide I’ve ever had. Stay classy and cynical.

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We got about 3 samples and a few glasses to take home afterwards. We had Boston Lager, Summer Ale, and this new IPA they’re testing out. We should have come in the fall for free Octoberfest. Words can’t describe how much I love Octoberfest beer.

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Next stop was the Prudential Tower. Lots of lovely views. I wish we could’ve gone at sunset or at night too.

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Went on one of those duck tours. They drive on land and float around in the water. Just like a duck! How clever. Our tour guide was funny in the way that your Dad or Uncle or Bill Cosby is funny. I also have no idea who this child is. These two kids rode by themselves next to us and while he let some of them drive, he asked me to take a picture. He just assumed they were related to us in some way. Wrong-o. So yeah, whoever’s kid this is, enjoy this picture of your child driving the tour boat/car/whatever this thing is. Thanks for all the facts, photo opportunities, and complimenting my camera a million times Mister Duck Boat captain.

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Ended our first day with some pizza at Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Harvard Square because all good days should end with pizza.

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Shirt: Forever 21

Shorts: ???

Shoes: Sperry

Purse: Kate Spade

My mother got me these shorts last summer from the Philippines. My high wasted obsession is slowly coming together. I figured this red and white striped shirt was a safe and relevant pick for a day at Fenway

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Jonathan’s a Red Sox fan, so I think it’s safe to assume that this day was his favorite.

Fenway Tour

hashtag Fenway selfie.

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For a girl who knows absolutely nothing about baseball, I actually enjoyed the Fenway tour. The stadium is really pretty and has tons of fun history behind it.

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In between the tour and when the game actually started, we visited the aquarium. I was really disappointed that starfish aren’t as squishy as they look.

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But I did get to pet a few baby stingrays! These guys are surprisingly adorable.

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Had some legit New England Clam chowder and lobster rolls at Quincy Market. I expected seafood in New England to taste great, and it lived up to the hype!

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We had some time to go to the park and go on a swan boat ride. It was a gorgeous day to do it too. From there we walked through Newbury Street to get back to Fenway. I was exhausted but walking around is the best way to explore cities. Besides, it made sitting around at a baseball game for 4 hours seem less daunting.

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I even managed to find a sports related t-shirt that doesn’t sacrifice cuteness! This floral print v-neck was on sale at the souvenir store across the street. It was obviously meant to be that that I needed to blend in better.

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These Fenway franks are delish! I could get into baseball if all food served at sporting events are this yummy. Sadly, I couldn’t enjoy beers during the game because those things are crazyyy overpriced! After every hot dog I ate, someone got engaged. The second I stopped buying them, no one else got engaged. I might’ve cursed engagements at Fenway for the rest of eternity. Could this be the curse of the hot dog eating baseball clueless floral print wearing Asian girl? Sorry Boston. But congrats to the lucky people who got engaged while I was there.

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To celebrate their victory and avoid being sardined in the T after the game, we grabbed drinks at Boston Beer Works. Which we were also sardined. But at least we had beers! I got a watermelon flavored beer. I didn’t get a watermelon slice in mine sadly. But I still tasted the watermelon.

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Before we continued our Boston bar hopping, we ordered some poutine at Saus. Probably the best poutine I’ve had since were in Toronto. This tasted as good as it looks. If I can find a decent place in Buffalo that makes good poutine my life will be complete.

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Shirt: H&M

Shorts: DIY

Sandals: Aldo

On Sunday we checked out the SoWa Open Market and explored the area. Food trucks and cute etsy in real life booths galore!

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Headband: American Apparel

I bought two of these. I’m completely in love with them! I wish I had them in every color. I want to see how many different ways I can pull these things off. My birthday’s less than a month away sooooo,hint hint hint.

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I bought this compass ring and some rose tea at the market. I wish I remember exactly where I got it from! But it actually works. For someone who has no sense of direction, this might come in handy. And who doesn’t love good quirky jewelry?

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It’s not a real trip if there isn’t at least one sushi meal. After enough asking around and internet research, we settled on Avana Sushi in Chinatown because it’s affordable and the chef is super duper friendly! It’s this little hole in the wall place but probably some of the best sushi I’ve ever tasted. Jonathan ordered a Spicy Red Sox maki which has crabstick, avacado, spicy tuna and crunchies. I took the server’s recommendation and ordered a  Black Pearl maki which has crabstick, eel, eel sauce, avacado, and black tobiko.

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I guess the thing to do here is to draw cute pictures and say nice things on paper plates. I found an open spot and stuck ours on there.

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We spent part of the afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts. This place is gigantic! I wish we had more time to scale the entire place. I enjoyed the exhibits and pieces that we were able to see.

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“She’s a full on Monet…From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess. ”

– Cher, Clueless.

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Hangin’ with Barbra Streisand. Almost literally?

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My favorite exhibit was hands down the Hippie Chic one! A room full of crazy 1960s fashion. Honestly some of these mannequins reminded me of window displays at stores. I took tons more pictures, if anyone cares I’ll probably post them to my Tumblr account.

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We walked around Newbury Street enough times to drop by Georgetown Cupcakes to see what all of the hullabaloo was about. I was surprised when I learned there was in one in Boston. It’s just weird that they exist outside of Washington DC. I mean it is called Georgetown Cupcakes. They were pretty delicious and looked adorable. We split a Banana Split cupcake. How appropriate.

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Alright. So. This might’ve been the most tourist-y part of the whole trip, and it wasn’t as big of a tourist trap as I assumed it was going to be. I watch a lot of TV so I was bound to visit a place that inspired a TV show. I assume it’s the type of place that everyone goes to at least once just to say they’ve done it. So yeah, we did it!

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But we didn’t order beers. Norm would’ve been displeased by this. Sorry Norm.

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One of the very last things we did in Boston was pay a visit to Mike’s Pastries. Everyone was ranting and raving about this place when I mentioned our trip. We followed the trail of people holding boxes as soon as we got off the T. The wait wasn’t as long as everyone said it’d be. We did go less than an hour before close. If anything getting into the actual place where you order was chaotic. My 3 choices were espresso, chocolate chip, and hazelnut. Jonathan got strawberry, oreo, and pistachio. We might’ve gone a little overboard by getting 6 cannolis but I’m not sorry about it at all.

Overall, I enjoyed my first trip to Boston. It’s a lovely place full of history, beautiful buildings, and friendly folks. I’d definitely visit again.

Next stop on our vacation: Cape Cod!

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Foux Du Fafa

If you understand what I’m referencing in this post title or know whether or not it’s an actual French word – holla at me si vous plait because you’re probably tres awesome.

Skirt – H&M

Please excuse the horrible lighting. I promise this skirt looks way better in person. I think this was my very first high wasted skirt I ever bought and it’s still in great condition after all these years!

Shirt – Forever 21

Super close up because this is the main reason why I bought this shirt. The other reason being that it’s mint green. This is specifically part of Forever 21’s Love 21 line which is my favorite line by them next to Heritage. Collar tips in general are just bad ass and classy, I need to get my hands on more!

Selfie because my cat eyeliner was looking extra cool. I’ve been getting better at taking secret selfies while I’m out with people. I’m fully aware that 97% of my skills are completely useless.

Nail polishes: Blanc by Essie, can’t remember the name of the black one but it’s discontinued on Essie, and OPI for Sephora matte top coat.

Black and white half moon mani because I was too lazy/my nails get wrecked at work to do anything too crazy but I thought I deserved a nice mani in general.

Went out to dinner at L’Adour in downtown the other night. I’ve always been curious about this place and I was super pumped to finally dine there! I was instantly pumped by the adorable personal glass bottle of water that they give you.

Started off with the cheese platter appetizer. The menu didn’t list what cheeses were on it and I am no cheese expert so excuse my lack of fancy words. I liked the soft gooey cheeses the best. The harder ones, not so much. They were a bit too strong. And yes a lactose intolerant girl like myself should’ve known better than to order a plate of cheese. Oh well too late now!

Potatoes Au Gratin came with my meal. Had a conversation over dinner about favorite forms of potatoes. This is probably in my top 5. But seriously, think of how many delicious things potatoes can be made into. Keep doin’ your thang potatoes!

Medium rare duck breast with honey lavender sauce because I was gettin’ bougie. The portion was perfect for my appetite and I love duck so nothing could’ve possibly gone wrong here.

Creme Brulee and fruit for dessert! French desserts are so lovely and heavenly. It’s a mystery how French people are so goddamn skinny. Obviously had a fantastic first experience at L’Adour!

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Om-nom-nomivore

I’ve been a busy busy busy lady lately but I’ve been taking pictures over the past few weeks sooo get ready for a long ass post or two! It’s my last week in the cuse so I’m obviously going to hit up every single place I love in town (and some new ones) before I leave.

I’d like to kick off this rare one hundo percent food post with this. My bestie Meg over at Starbucks obviously love me very much ❤

As you all know, I work at Destiny USA (ugh that’s so awkward to say now. It’ll always be Carousel.) And there’s a Popeye’s there annnd everyone’s been shitting bricks and forming massive lines for it. As an employee who is limited to 30 minute breaks, standing in that massive line is not worth it. I literally had to make a trip out on one of the rare Sundays that I have off just to see what the BFD was. And I understood what the BFD was. Like this chicken is bananas. b-a-n-a-n-a-s. Even their side dishes kick ass. It’s probably a good thing that I’m impatient and have limited breaks because I probably would’ve turned into a chicken filled blubbery hot mess from eating it every single day.

Oh hey guys, it’s my friend Alexa/spacevagabond hanging out with me at Roji Tea Lounge! Look at her model those almond vanilla cookies Vanna White style. And look at my safe choice of Taro bubble tea with soy and cinnamon cookies. Totes delish to the max.

Instead of taking pictures of all the same things I get on half off sushi Mondays, figured it’d make more sense to take a picture of something new. I tried the lasagna roll and it was, interesting. Who thought cheese + california roll = surprisingly awesome. Food math, can you dig it?

These pictures are horribly out of order but I decided to save the best meal for last. Someone surprised me and took me out to Lemon Grass in Armory Square. I’ve only been there twice: On Valentine’s Day many years ago with someone that I used to know and with my parents right after my high school graduation. We started out with the lobster dip appetizer. Actually, I think the previous two times I went I started out with that, because it’s obviously awesome.

I went with the orange tamarind for my entree. In case anyone was wondering – I.love.duck. I usually refer to it as super chicken. Maybe I like duck so much because I can only ever have it at nicer restaurants. Or maybe because it’s beyond awesome.

Even if you’re not into Thai food, please please please for the love of God at least go to Lemon Grass for their deserts. They are the most precious and delicious things in the whole world! I purposely boxed my tasty duck just so I could have room for desert. I went with the Red Balloon. I mean how can you read “raspberry puree frozen with liquid nitrogen” on a desert menu and not be intrigued? And just look at that adorable pink polka dotted cake! Again, probably a good thing I can’t afford Lemon Grass 24/7 because I’d be hyped up on sugar and jiggly wiggly from eating desert every waking second.

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