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:

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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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fashion: my style autumn to winter

Our autumns are not your typical. We don’t necessarily dive into cooler temperatures during the three months here in San Francisco like some places. We actually experience Indian Summer, in my dictionary defined as the best travel season for this amazing city. With that said, it is very difficult to plan for Fall weather outfits. So we dream. well mostly me, and maybe a dozen other locals of Fall outfits. Here are a few of mine. Which technically I can wear during “our” Fall-like winters. :)

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travel: amazing world we live in

The wealth of knowledge about travel is endless, thanks even more now to the internet. I remember when I used to check out books and encyclopedia at the public library to learn about the world, the wonders and the exciting tidbits. Now everything is just a click away, one article leading to the next, delighting me to no end, educating and challenging my brain  – I love it. Here’s the latest interesting articles that got me going:


Beautiful Craters around the world


Seeking peaceful places to escape?


China’s version of Underwater  Lost City


Must visit islands according to BBC Travel


Classic European Hotels I’d visit in a heartbeat

a few updates for my other life

As you may or may not know,  I am a published author and have written two books so far, and one more due out February 2015. In light of that fact, I have a scheduled a fun happy hour in San Francisco to get a chance to meet anyone interested in discussing blogging and writing books. I have included the link here for you to RSVP should you be in my favorite city – San Francisco on October 22nd.

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