Five Things

Hello all,

Happy Wednesday! I’m back this week with a long-overdue Five Things! This past few weeks have been a doozy, to say the least. (Yes, I used doozy. I do not regret my word choice.) Luckily, there’s always a bit of silver lining to life; there are always lovely things to observe and share, if you look close enough. This week, I’m sharing a few of these bright spots with you, dear reader. Onward, to Five Things!

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I recently was lucky enough to see Darren Criss in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” I can’t remember the last time I went to a musical, and I’ve decided that I need to do so more often! This show was particularly great: simple, slightly ridiculous, and splendid, all at once.

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If you follow me on Instagram (or take peeks at my feed down below), you might have noticed my latest “treat yourself” purchase from Tiffany. This little love bracelet only recently caught my eye. It’s a bit big on my wrist, but I refused to have it re-sized right when I purchased it. It was the kind of day where I needed a little something shiny and special to take home.

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As it turns out, my friend Stephanie and I are now Alameda famous! She spotted this photo of us in our town magazine. A few months back, we attended a really lovely benefit for Meals on Wheels at our local Rock Wall Wine Company. I had absolutely no qualms about supporting a great cause at one of my favorite spots on the island.

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I spotted this display while perusing through a local boutique the other day, and I couldn’t have picked items that seemed more…well, me. I actually own this particular Voluspa candle, but haven’t gotten around to lighting it yet. It’s seems almost too lovely! One day…

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I came across the above cartoon while exploring Instagram the other day, and it made me chuckle. In hard times, it definitely helps to laugh at oneself. I’m also incredibly reassured that shopping and alcohol seem to be the common cure for many issues. We are not alone, my friends.

EVA♥

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Foodie

Hello all!

The best things in life are free! Well…sort of. I have, for a long time now, praised the little things in life. And while some of my favorite things are relatively simple, (bubble baths, exploring new neighborhoods, fresh tubes of lipstick) some could considered a bit more extravagant.  I’m a total foodie- from foreign street food to fancy ice creams to local diners, I will eat and enjoy it all.

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Wine, cheeseburgers, and a beautiful view at Rock Wall Winery.

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The amazing pizza specials at Scolaris on the Alameda Point!

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Sunday desserts at Craftsman and Wolves.

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Kougin amann filled with Valrhona chocolate.

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While I seriously enjoy eating out, I do try to make a point of having relatively conservative meals during the week, so I can strategically indulge on the weekends. There is a massive soft spot in my heart for cheeseburgers, so my first stop this last weekend was at Scolaris out on Alameda Point. This, of course, was accompanied with tall glasses of neighboring Rock Wall Winery’s sparkling rose and amazing views of the San Francisco skyline. On Sunday, I finally made it to what felt like the most hip bakery ever: Craftsman and Wolves. They’re known for their innovative pastries like The Rebel Within, a savory muffin with a soft-boiled egg baked right in the center. I had an incredibly hard time choosing among all the artfully displayed pastries, but finally settled on a chocolate-filled kougin amann.(Hint: if you’re anything like me and constantly wonder how to pronounce this treat it’s pronounced: pronounced QUEEN-ah-mahn.) For me, the fun of new, delicious foods comes from the experience as a whole. Sure, I could easily visit a local Alameda bakery and have a pastry at home, but then I would miss all the people watching in Dolores Park and the walks around San Francisco’s Mission district. It might sound silly, but I could easily plan a weekend around wonderful things to eat and sights to see. I would like to think that being a “foodie” is about so much more than the food!

Until next time!

EVA♥

Five Things

Hello all!

It’s time for Five Things, yet again. Quite honestly, life can get so cyclical sometimes that collecting my Five Things of the week acts as a time-stamp of sorts. Oh look- another week’s gone by! To give you all a quick, unbidden update, things have been quite interesting over the last few days. With the dance studio on summer schedule, I suddenly find myself working only one job. You know, a 9-to-5, like a normal person. What is this nonsense? I get to go home, and sit down? Highly unnatural behavior in Watch-Me-Juggle-land. It always takes a bit of getting used to, but the positive side is that I can sleep in two days in a row now, if I so choose. I can also check out that stand-up paddle boarding lesson off my to-do list this summer. I’m determined. It’s going to happen. Stay tuned for embarrassing photos of me falling off a surfboard.

In the meantime, here are this week’s Five Things as entertainment.

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Once upon a time, I worked in a flower shop. I spent my days arranging flowers and even creating bridal bouquets. Though I found myself only with bunches of flowers and some ribbon (no floral tape, no pearl-topped pins) I made it work! There is something amazingly therapeutic about working with flowers, and I must do it more often.

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In between answering phone calls, chugging coffee, and staring at spreadsheets today, I managed to find time to buy these spunky red flats from Topshop. They’re dead-ringers for Aquazzura’s Christy flats that retail for a whopping $675.

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Did you know that my little island town is home to a winery? Because it is! Rock Wall winery has incredible views of the San Francisco skyline, and a mighty fine happy hour. While I’m not one to jump on the rosé bandwagon, their sparkling rosé is delicious.

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I’ve found myself reminiscing over the goodies at Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola. A day trip is very much in store this summer.

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Ever wonder how the marzipan in the Nutcracker get their multicolored shoes? Pointe shoes come in very few colors, and most companies have to special order their shoes if they need something other than the traditional pink satin. But, even then the options are limited. Two words: spray paint. It’s very high tech, I know.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

EVA♥