Friday Favorites

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Hey Everyone!

Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week and are stoked about the weekend – I know I am. I’m all about traditions and this brings me to one of my favorites – Friday night date night.

Whether it’s with Ittai or my closest friends, I love to go out to dinner, relax and welcome the weekend with a cocktail (or two).

Often times I go to my usual haunts in the city and never really steer too far away from the uncomfortable. But when I had the opportunity to go to Berkeley last weekend to check out FIVE, well, I couldn’t pass it up.

A lot of people make the Manhattan/Brooklyn comparison when it comes to Berkeley, but if you’ve been to the East Bay, you know it’s pretty effortless.

Nestled in the heart of North Berkeley, FIVE is located inside Hotel Shattuck and right off Shattuck Street. The interior is super modern and inviting and the food follows suit.

Executive Chef Stephane Tonnelier brings his expertise to each dish with subtle hints of his background as a chef in France. We started off with the Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits (nom!) and the Baby Beet Salad that were the perfect gateway into the entrees. Pro Tip: The salads are huge so splitting is a great way to go! I suggest the Baby Beet Salad for it’s delicious watermelon and Humboldt goat cheese.

For my main entree I had the Spring Nettle Ravioli that was filled with the most delicious english pea & cauliflower mascarpone and Ittai had the Grilled Porkchop with eggplant puree.

Finished off with a trio of delectable desserts, we left stuffed and oh so happy. And while the food was excellent, the service was even more so. Will, our waiter was one of the nicest servers (and people!) I have ever met. He’s an East Bay native and has worked at FIVE for several years – a testament to how special the place truly is.

So, what are you waiting for? Be a little adventurous. Catch BART, head to the East Bay and get yourself to FIVE.

Cheers!

 

 

Thankful Thursday

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Thursday! Apologies on the silence the last day or two but you know, better now than never, right?

These past few days have been a little chaotic, but in true Thankful Thursday fashion, I thought I’d share some things I’m super grateful for:

  • Walking to the farmer’s market on a early weekend morning
  • Impromptu happy hour with friends at Black Sands
  • Trying vegan sushi for the first time at Cha-Ya (so good!)
  • Collecting every September issue known to man
  • Saying “yes!” to spontaneous invites like seeing Gwen Stefani & Sting last night!
  • Going to bed before 10:30 p.m.
  • Homemade dinners with Ittai
  • Finding new shows to obsess over (digging Harley & the Davidsons now!)
  • My newest Hush Puppies boots!
  • Catching waves and getting beachy hair in Montauk

Cheers!

Sway

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Dress: Target | Purse: Vintage Coach via Crossroads Trading | Shoes: Forever 21 

When I was a kid, my mom and I would drive together a lot. Let’s rephrase that – she drove me. And I mean everywhere.

Sometimes it was to dinner, lunch, to go shopping, etc. Whatever it was, it was always interesting. Sometimes we’d sit in silence and listen to NPR or sometimes we’d talk about life. Her life. My life. You know how it is. And one of things I loved to hear most were stories about her life when she was my age.

I heard a lot, but what I remember distinctly was that she said she was a “flower child.” A bohemian. Obsessed with The Who and bell bottoms. It was the 60s after all. So, when I saw this dress after making a wrong turn at Target, I fell in love. Maybe our love for florals and retro prints is genetic. You know, “Like mother, like daughter.” Whatever it is, I think I’m living up to the 60s version of my mom pretty well.

Photography via Lisha Wang

Weekend Snapshots

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San Francisco is FINALLY having its summer and I’m embracing it as much as I can. Now, being a Midwesterner, I’ve always experienced humid, muggy summers that are almost unbearable. In this city, however, summer is always sunny, never muggy, and around the perfect temperature – 78 degrees give or take. It’s beautiful and all you want to do is frolic outside.

So, that’s what I did. Saturday morning adventures to Durant & Booth (more to come!), Friday date night with Ittai at FIVE (more to come part 2!), dinner with friends, and spent the majority of my time outside. It was perfect.

Hope your weekend was as relaxing!

 

Tee Up

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I’m going to take a quick poll. How often have you hit the snooze on your alarm in the morning? Once, twice, three times? Well, if you said “yes”…join the club. My 6 a.m. wakeup call is pretty early and the last thing I want to do that early in the morning is fuss around my room trying to figure out something cute to wear.

During these mornings (and every morning, really) I usually default with what I know works well and what I feel super comfortable in – horizontal stripes. My love for horizontal stripes runs deep (15 pieces of clothing and counting – it’s bad, y’all). I often times find that horizontal stripes are even more versatile than the color black. Whether you pair it with a military-inspired jacket, rock it with a floral skirt or anything in between, most of the time it works – and it works so damn well.  That’s why I’m so excited to share how I teamed up with Old Navy to show you how this classic tee is anything but basic.

I’ve always been drawn to darker colors, so when I found this Relaxed Heavy-Knit Boat-Neck Tee in navy, I knew I had to snatch it up asap! After all, it’s a staple! I knew I could pair the look with jeans no problem, but I wanted to try and create an outfit that could take me from work to happy hour.

Channeling my inner Midwesterner, I chose to rock these ultra-comfy Skinny Denim Overalls in a lighter wash to contrast the darkness in my top. Since I’m pretty short, I rolled the legs a bit to give it a little personality and show off my mules. When wearing overalls, I try to stick to a shoe that gives me a little height, so I love these heeled mules that are not only comfortable, but super cute.

Living in San Francisco the weather is super unpredictable and bringing a jacket is a must. I usually switch off and on between heavy and lightweight jackets, but have found my sweet spot in this black denim. For a pulled together look (quite literally), I tie it around my waist for added dimension and to give the overalls some structure.

For some additional personality, I took an old red bandana and tied it around my neck to give the outfit a pop of color. After I’m done with work, I  turn in my work bag for this Double-Zip Crossbody and am ready for happy hour in a flash!

So, how do you style your favorite tees so they’re #NeverBasic?

Cheers & happy Friday!

 

Photography via Jennymay Villarete

This post was in partnership with Old Navy! As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting all The Ohio Transplant collaborations!

 

Home State Style

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Dress, Jacket, Purse, Sandals (similar here) : Old Navy

Since it’s a Thursday, it feels only appropriate to post a throwback. As y’all know, I was in New York last week and man, it was warm. You know the type of heat that happens on the East Coast and Midwest – muggy, sticky, warm. It was a nice departure from San Francisco and reminded me of my summers in Ohio!

I haven’t been back since September for Andi and Eric’s wedding, but I definitely can’t wait to go back. This outfit from Old Navy reminds me of what I’d wear during the summer in Ohio. Something loose, breathable and always with a jacket just in case it gets a little chilly.

It was perfect outfit to trek around in New York and I’d like to think I brought a little bit of Ohio (and of course, San Francisco) with me!

Photography via Ittai Geiger

Nom On: Souvla

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Now that I’ve gotten back from New York, I can finally catch up on my blogging – especially today.

Growing up, Greek food was super important to me. No, I’m not Greek or of any Greek descent, but my mom absolutely l-o-v-e-d it. In my hometown, we had a delicious Greek restaurant named Gyro Time that we used to go to (at least once a week) and chat with the owner, eat gyros, and munch on french fries. Some of my fondest memories are eating with my family there.

This love of Greek continued throughout the years. Whether it was in Chicago and making a pit stop in Greek Town or in New York trying to find the best schwarma, this type of food has been (and always will) be my favorite type.

So, when I moved to San Francisco 5 years ago, I had a lot of promise. It’s a big city with even bigger appetites. Unfortunately, I looked near and far for Mediterranean restaurants that filled the void – to no such luck.

Then, a few years ago – Souvla opened its first location in Hayes Valley. I think I went the week it opened and I can’t tell you how excited I was. Finally, a place for quick, tasty AND affordable Greek food.

I continued to frequent Souvla over the years (first dates, friend dates, mid-afternoon lunch hangs, etc.) until they opened their second location on Divisadero Street in NoPa. I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to check out the new space and truly, it’s breathtaking. The space is clean, modern, but has touches of what make Souvla well…Souvla. Fresh flowers adorn the restaurant and gold light fixtures give the entire dining area a glow.

Even better? I live 15 minutes (by foot!) from this new location. My order of choice? Their Roasted White Sweet Potato salad, Greek fries, and a glass of Souvla’s  Greek Red – the Skouras, St. George. More often than not, I always order a second glass – especially now that they have a variety of Greek red & whites to choose from!

And with another location on Valencia just announced a few days ago, you’ll have even more opportunities to check out this San Francisco staple. Get yourself familiar with their menu here.

Cheers!

 

Photos via Souvla