thank you san francisco giants – from the bottom of my heart

Never have I seen a game, or that I recall, played with such drive and determination, inspiring me to strive, going forward, even harder to achieve the kind of success I’ve longed for. The San Francisco Giants won the world series yesterday, and I know this might mean nothing to some of you, but it means a lot to me as a San Franciscan. Three trophies in five years, from a team, this year, not considered a top contender and even game seven predictions by some expert was for the Royals. I suppose rightfully so. The Royals played a tough game, driven just as well to win. But there was something about the Giantsthe amazing team behind the brand whose drive lifted up my spirits, and until that last inninggame 7, bottom of ninth, I was on the edge of my seat when suddenly a fluke happened, and there was a possibility we would lose. But I kept my faith in my team, chanting from the comfort of my home LETS GO GIANTS for every LETS GO Royals I heard emanating through the television speakers. I believed and Madison Bumgarner, steady, focused and calm, cool, and collected threw his last pitch of the game, not until Sandoval caught the ball, could we celebrateand celebrate we did, tearing up, feeling a mixture of amazing emotions, some I cannot even explainto think a baseball game could do that to me…priceless.

Thank you Giants. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


my style sense defined through other bloggers

As many of you may or may not know, bloggers have their personal list of bloggers whom they follow, and occasionally refer to them in their own blogs, admiring and appreciating common interests, sense of style, decor, recipes and more. So with that said, I will share with you two of my favorite bloggers who I appreciate for their fashion sense, very similar to mine.  Somethingblue  from New York, and 9to5chic from San Francisco.



california home design and decor

One man’s vision for home decor caught my eye from here, and I had to share. Mostly the kitchen ideas, and the neutrals, splashes of color throughout, my favorite being a home in San Francisco of course.

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my fashion: ankle boots fall-winter 2014

Ankle boots, another go-to shoes for San Francisco. I can’t get enough of them, and every year I add to my collection-one pair at a time or two sometimes. Here’s my latest favorites:

Alexa Boot USD695 3.1 Phillip Lim

Alexa Boot USD695 3.1 Phillip Lim

Beckie Ankle Bottie USD995 Chloe

Beckie Ankle Bottie USD995 Chloe

Kelsey Boots USD129 Biala

Kelsey Boots USD129 Biala (love the sole of this one)

Newbury Bottie USD525 Rag and Bone

Newbury Bottie USD525 Rag and Bone

Trevor Leather Bottie  US129 Report Signature

Trevor Leather Bottie  US129 Report Signature

Zipdown Suede Ankle Bottie USD498 Stuart Weitzman

Zipdown Suede Ankle Bottie USD498 Stuart Weitzman (ordered this one)


san francisco giants world series – game two and happy hour

I planned this event a while back, and a few days ago contemplated cancelling it, thinking the SF Giants come first. Then I called the bar and asked if they planned to air the game, since there is no television in this particular hideaway. They said they will have a television set. So, those of you in town, stop by and have a drink with me, to support the SF Giants if you are a fan, and to get a chance to talk novels, blogs, and everything in between. Hope to see you tonight. RSVP here if you will:

Meet The Author-wed 1022

fashion: my style sweaters fall-winter 2014

I adore sweaters and sometimes that’s all you need to spruce up an outfit. In fact, most of the time that’s ALL I need. I’m, how shall I put it, fashionably simple, considering jeans as dress up for most anything. The good thing is, working in the techy world in San Francisco, jeans are welcomed, and being overdressed is not at all necessary. So, jeans always, a T-shirt or a blouse a must, and a sweater is all I need pretty much 7 days a week. Here are my favorites for now – notice the color trend :)

Fine Gauge Cashmere V-Nick Cardigan 398 Eileen Fisher

Fine Gauge Cashmere V-Nick Cardigan USD 398 Eileen Fisher

Merino Jersey Boxy Top 198 Eileen Fisher

Merino Jersey Boxy Top USD198 Eileen Fisher

Open front cardigan 99 Vince Camuto

Open front cardigan USD99 Vince Camuto (just bought)

slubaalpaca and wool blend v-neck cardigan 228 Eileen Fisher

slubaalpaca and wool blend v-neck cardigan USD228 Eileen Fisher (on wishlist)

Solone Long Cardigan 368 Joie

Solone Long Cardigan USD368 Joie (I actually adore the haircut)


recipe: mexican lasagna borrowed


I love Mexican food. I never say no to it when out with friends who suggest the option. So, I found a recipe here, which by changing it up a little to add my own healthy take, I found it tasty and refreshing from the norm.


  • 1 lb. lean ground meat (I used turkey)  – I used ground chicken since I hate Turkey and I don’t eat beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups salsa –  I used fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn (can use frozen or canned, drain as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8-12 corn tortillas, divided and cut to fit lasagna
  • 1 (16 oz.) container cottage cheese (I used an organic low-fat version) -
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, for sprinkling over the top of the lasagna


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brown meat in a large skillet on med-high heat, drain as needed. Return meat to skillet and add onions and green pepper, cook until tender; stirring occasionally.
  • Add salsa, corn and seasonings; stir well.
  • Layer one third of the meat mixture and one half each of the tortillas and cottage cheese in 13×9-inch baking dish. Repeat layers; cover with remaining meat sauce and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with guacamole, avocado, sour cream, black olives, cilantro and/or additional salsa. Enjoy!


adapted from Kraft foods Mexican Lasagna recipe

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interesting finds online volume 4

So the most interesting stories continue – online that is – where for a few minutes I am able to escape, living vicariously through others. Here’s this weeks:


So you live on a cruise ship – eh?


Wait what? Google mapping a desert?


How much do you know about your dishsoap?


Halloween flicks to die for…


And since I’m from San Francisco…did you say you were moving?

decor: let the pictures do the talking


A hidden office – wrapped around an inspiring closet


A dream kitchen for the chef at heart


simply simple modern decor – minimalist naturally


An amazing dinner party idea for the holidays


A warm room. Peaceful, attached to the master suite used to simply curl up on the sofa and read for hours

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