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Weekly Wrap-Up | End of Summer Feastin’

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Nami Sushi | 2880 5th St. Ste 105 Davis, CA 95618

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Outfit no. 1 | Forever 21 Necklace, Top, & Denims | Mossimo Supply Co. “Lakitia” Sandals in Cognac | Dooney & Bourke Florentine Medium Pocket Satchel in Black Leather |

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Pictured |Grilled Pork Chop & Sautéed Veggies | Stuffed Mushrooms | Grilled “Mac & Cheezus” | Char Siu Bao | YardHouse Happy Hour: Onion Ring Tower, Fried Calamari, Garlic Chicken Pasta, Seared Tuna Sandwich, BBQ Chicken Pizza, & Beer Sampler | Wrap & Roll Carne Fries & Deep Fried Sushi Burrito |

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Outfit no. 2 | Forever 21 Top & Genuine Suede Shorts | Deena & Ozzy Studded Flatform Sandals | Dooney & Bourke Florentine Medium Pocket Satchel in Black Leather | Cole Haan Rounded Acrylic Sunglasses |

Summer’s finally coming to a close and to celebrate we’ve been feasting. (Though I like to find any excuse to grub year round.) My sushi cravings are always present but were even more intense last week, so when a new sushi joint opened up in Davis, I obviously had to try it out. There’s a lot of sushi places (especially sushi buffets) in Davis, but I have to say I think Nami Sushi has become my favorite. Unlike the other sushi buffets I’ve tried, the rolls are made to order, the ingredients are fresh, and the service there is awesome. Our waitresses were so nice.

We (more so Alex) have been experimenting more with home cooked meals & the dishes we concocted actually turned out quite well. Ever since we’ve gotten the iron skillet, we’ve been grilling most (if not all) our meats on there. It has finally gotten a nice seasoning to it (plus we never have to add any extra cooking oil!) And we’ve been trying to cut down on eating rice with everything so I sautéed a mixture of vegetables together as a side to the pork chop. I don’t know how to cook very well, but sautéing veggies is my jam (though it is pretty hard to mess up.) I experimented a little and decided to make some stuffed mushrooms since our mushrooms needed to be used. They honestly just turned out all right–edible but not to-die-for. At least they looked cute in pictures though. Alex did a little experimenting of his own when he made what he deemed the “Grilled Mac & Cheezus.” It was delicious, but it’s definitely a carb overload. Yum, carbs. The best thing he made though was his marinated pork more accurately called Char Siu Bao in Chinese. I love this Chinese dish and order it a lot when we go to Chinese restaurants, but his is better than any I have ever had. It was perfect, and it was only his first attempt, so I can’t wait until he makes this again…

But what’s a celebration without some drinks? Everyone knows that the best hour is happy hour so when we went to Roseville over Labor Day weekend, we decided to get our grub on at YardHouse. It didn’t disappoint, their garlic chicken pasta and the Andersen Valley Summer Solstice seasonal brew were bomb-friggin-diggity. And then last but not least, later on in the week, we decided to revisit Wrap N’ Roll because you really can’t have too many sushi burritos, right? (Mercury poisoning from over-consumption of fish aside.)

It was a great week to feast like kings to get rid of our summer bods and fatten up for the colder seasons. #WinterIsComing
Just kidding, I still need to go work off that Grilled Mac & Cheezus! Anyway, hope y’all have been eating well and milking the rest of the summer! Talk you you lovelies later. But for now, bon ap!  😉

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Street Sm[art]

Hello! I’m back from another hiatus with new hair and a new post of my outfit that easily transitions from day to night.

So yesterday, I had my first haircut in about 2ish years at The Spanish Fly Hair Garage in Midtown. I was really nervous because my mane is typically hard to tame and I’ve had some horrible experiences with getting my hair cut in the past. And since moving to Davis, it’s been difficult trying to make appointments with my trusty hair stylist back in the Bay Area so I decided to try a new place closer to home. Thankfully, adventuring out turned out successful and I had a great experience with Odessa at SFHG. Check out the new ‘do!IMG_3606Honestly, it’s not that new, haha. I don’t even know if you can tell the difference. But I wanted to keep my hair quite long since I’ve just been loving the length lately. I just definitely needed to get rid of some of the dead weight (I literally had so many split ends)  and add a little more dimension to my hair. Ladies, you know it’s time for a hair cut when you can’t lift your head upright in the shower & you lose more hair combing it than a husky shedding its coat in summer…naw’m’sayyyinn? (haha, okay okay I’ll stop.)

But anyway, after gettin’ my hair did, I was supposed to meet some friends for dinner and drinks later that night. It was a busy day: work from 7:30-4:00, had to drop off a package at the post office, pick Alex up from work at 5:00, hair appointment from 5:15-8:00 (I got some highlights put in which took a while), and then dinner and drinks straight after. During busy days like this, where there’s no time to head back home to change, I need to find a smart and easy way to sass up my plain outfit. Enter the printed navy blazer, the perfect transition piece. Et voila, girl you lookin’ sensible as fuhhh! IMG_3612

Details | Zara Black Tank | DIY High-Waisted Shorts | Thrifted Leather Belt | H&M Navy Blue Printed Blazer | Van Heusen Statement Necklace | Dooney & Bourke Florentine Medium Pocket Satchel in Black | Mossimo Supply Co.  Lakitia Sandals |

Surprisingly, drinks were provided at my hair salon & they even offered Alex a beer as he was waiting for me. His patience really is a virtue, so Im glad he was able to get some kind of reward as he patiently waited (though you can’t tell by his face…) Afterwards, went to dinner at Wrap N’ Roll just a few blocks down to get some sushi burritos (aka sushirritos) to fill our cravings and empty bellies. [Pictured: The Sashimi Burrito & The Carne Fries]IMG_3601

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Rowing With The Homies

Saturday | Canoeing the Russian River

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On Saturday, Alex & I met up with a few of our friends to go canoeing down the Russian River. I’ve never been canoeing before so I didn’t know what to expect. I imagined it to be like the scene The Notebook where Noah rows Ally across the pond with all the birds and willows–where I could sit pretty and Alex just muscled his way across the river with little to no help. Well, that’s what I was hoping for at least. But now that I think about it, that scene used a row boat and not a canoe…my mind just likes to romanticize things. lol

I also imagined it to be like the scene in Pocahontas where she sings “Just Around the River Bend.” This was the more realistic scenario because a.) I already look like Pocahontas and b.) I did in fact sing “Just Around the River Bend” on multiple occasions as I was paddling my way down the river.

We started around 11:30 in the morning. We met up with our friends at Burke’s Canoe Trips, got orientated, and were distributed life-jackets, paddles, and canoes. (The canoes were made out of metal and not the awesome wooden one that Pocahontas had…) There were two people per canoe, so Alex and I hopped in one and decided that he should sit in front (which controlled the power/speed) & I was to steer from the back. I thought steering would be easier because I wouldn’t have to paddle as much, but I was sooo wrong. When we reached the next shoreline about 10 minutes later, my friends and I parked our canoes for a well deserved beer break. When we set out again, Alex and I traded positions and felt they were more fitting to our strengths (or lack there of.) If you ever want to test your relationship with someone, go canoeing…it’s pretty funny watching couples getting frustrated and physically trying to work together.

The next four hours included about 4 or 5 more “breaks,” lunch, attempted tandem canoeing (which was successful with two canoes but definitely not all four), a few sabotages which resulted in crashing into rocks, a flower bed with hundreds of bees, and also a few too many tree branches, playing bumper canoe with strangers in other canoes or innertubes, giving a lift to a few lazy innertubers, jumping off trees branches into the water, and just an overall hilarious and fun experience.

The last stretch was probably the hardest part. I was determined to get to the end without anymore breaks even though every part of my upper limb was sore. Alex & I were the first in our group to get to shore at 4:50 p.m., it was glorious to be back on land!

When everyone else finished soon after, we rode a yellow school bus back to our cars and decided to get some grub. We wanted to go to Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa but there was a long wait so we walked a block or so to get some burgers and fries at Flip Side. Everyone was exhausted and dirty but there’s just something about good food, good people, and good vibes that just makes everything better.

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We went home, showered, and decided to fight our grandma-like tendencies by going out again to watch our friend’s premier at the Skateboarding Film Festival at Duende’s in Oakland. After that ended, we went to The Ruby Room for a night cap and then finally headed back home to get some overdue rest. Nothing feels as good as your bed does after a fun yet lonnnng day. zZzZzzz

Sunday | Rest, Brunch, and more Rest

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Everything was still sore the morning after and I was just craving Sunday Brunch to ease my pains. We woke up relatively early and got Starbucks to keep us awake and hold us over ’til brunch (there’s nothing worse than me being hangry while waiting to be seated.) Alex and I were planning on heading over to SF for the Ramen Food Festival but decided to skip it since we knew the lines would be way too long and we wouldn’t have the patience or energy to go through that in our frail, elderly conditions. We decided to get La Note in Berkeley instead. When we arrived the line was out the door, so we walked a few doors down to Venus and luckily got seated almost immediately even though it was also packed inside.

The rest of the day was spent chillin’ and cuddlin’ with Mac, my dog. So all in all, it was a great weekend though I’m still sore in muscles that I didn’t even know could hurt! But no pain, no gain right?

 

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Sunday in the City

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Weekend Shenanigans | 1. Stern Grove Festival x Yuna & Allen Stone | 2. Lunch at King of Thai (not pictured bc I was too hungry to take pictures, oops.) | 3. Dancing & sand dollar hunting at Ocean Beach | 4. 90’s karaoke at Perry’s (Video not included for your ears’ benefit. lol, you’re welcome.) | Night-cap & intense GoT discussions at Jackie’s |

Outfit Details | Crochet top from H&M | Overalls/Dungarees from Urban Outfitters | Thrifted Wool Sweater | Brown Leather Booties by Marc Fisher | Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters |

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Weekly Wrap Up | It’s Its & Television

So today, I just thought I’d do something a little different and post a weekly summary of some things I did this week.

Disclaimer: Anyone reading this, aside from myself, probably won’t be all that interested in these mundane events. It’s mostly for my own memory’s sake, but if you do happen to find this interesting/are obsessed with the same things as I am… then awesome & hey, how you doin! 😉

It’s been sweltering hot where I live so by the time I get home from work, all I’ve been wanting to do is take off my pants and do absolutely nothing. I don’t want to move, or think, or do anything other than cool/wind down. What better solution than vegging out on the couch eating ice cream & watching TV?#murrrica

My current favorite ice cream are the It’s It ice cream cookie sandwiches, and if you don’t know what that is….it’s ice cream shoved between two delicious ass oatmeal cookies (and I don’t even like oatmeal cookies, but these ones are bomb.com) and then covered in melt-worthy chocolate. Please do yourself a favor and put one in your mouth right now. Ok, did that sound a bit harsh? It wasn’t meant to. I’m just passionate about your well-being, sorry. But really, I’ve gone a little overboard with these bad boys. They usually come in packets of 3 (because that’s probably the maximum amount to consume in a week) but I found at 12-pack and the box is almost empty. I eat one everyday & I have no regrets. Well, not now anyway…

Isn’t it glorious? P.S. This is not my picture. Obviously. I’m not white.

After my ice cream indulgence, I usually like to wind down by watching some television. I don’t have cable, and if I do, I think I only have like 5 channels, so when I watch T.V., it’s typically older episodes and via Netflix. A few months ago, I got the entire 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. so I binge-watched that from beginning to end even though I had practically seen every episode already. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reruns never get old to me, and I can literally watch it anytime and still LOL even when I know all the jokes. I’m a 90’s baby, it’s pretty much in my DNA to love this show. But after finishing the last episode of the last season, I didn’t want to watch TV for a while, it just wasn’t the same for some reason…so I stopped watching my usual line-up of New Girl, Parks & Rec, Suits, The Mindy Project, Big Bang Theory, and I can’t remember what else.

But 2 weeks ago, I was watching SuperFruit on YouTube and they had Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as a guest star. Alex had been obsessed with Game of Thrones but I had absolutely no interest in watching despite the hype. I caught part of an episode once and I remember it scarring me for life, so I was like fuck this shit, I’ll stick to my comedies. But after watching that SuperFruit episode, I had a slight inkling to see what all the hype was about. I planned to just watch one entire episode to see if it would be my cup of tea. Honestly, I was skeptical the entire time because of all the boobies, incest, and unnecessary gore. I’m kind of just whatever about it now… the story is intriguing, the characters are awesome, and this show is just so addicting. I hate scary movies or like gory movies (even thrillers are scary to me, my tolerance is lowwww guys) but I do like Game of Thrones. There, I admitted it. Happy Alex?

I finished all the seasons last week and my inner TV-junky has awakened from hibernation. I started Sherlock this week and I’m super into it. I was going to watch it instead of writing this blog but decided I should be faithful and wait for Alex to get home so we can watch it together. Does anyone else have that thing where watching an episode without your TV-buddy for that show is basically like cheating on them? Trying to fight the temptation is hard, which is probably why this blog is like 10 pages long already. I’m trying to distract myself, haha.

Anyway, I will wrap it up and end it here before I write a novel. Happy Friday little lemons!

XO,
Kristin

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