My San Diego Food Coma

I was in San Diego semi-recently for a work conference and had to take time to give respect to the one of the most magical meals I’ve had to date. We found an amazing restaurant called Herb & Wood in Little Italy and I lost my mind for a few hours as we cruised through 11 courses  - split between 4 which I LOVE because I have to try it all! 

Herb and Wood Ambiance

Upon walking in you’re immediately hit with Great Gatsby and Parisian vibes, plus the buzz of excitement filling the air. It’s LOUD and I LOVE it. 

The place used to be an art warehouse before being given new life as a culinary paradise. We sat down and soon caught the attention of the owner of the restaurant who gladly picked out our courses for us! Not only did we enjoy the inside scoop on his favorite dishes, we heard all his inspiration for the details hidden throughout the restaurant.

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The plates were all vintage from different stores in his travels, the bar counter was made from volcanic rock, the paintings imported from France… it was all divine in my book.

Here’s the lineup:

My #1: Tuna Tartare, Gochujang, Red Onion, Country Wheat, Rice Pearls

HUGE chunks of tuna with crisp toasted bread, the perfect soft and crunchy combo and very generous portions you rarely find when going out. Will come back for this one!

Roasted Beets, Burrata, Sherry, Walnut Pesto, Jamon Iberico

 I love a good beet salad and this one was so juicy and perfectly paired with our tuna appetizer.

Drinks: Bourbon & Rosemary - Orange-Rosemary Infused Old Forester, Sugar, Lemon

Gin & Lavender - Lavender Infused Beefeater, Thyme-Honey Syrup, Lemon, Soda

Strong and complete with adorable straws & herbs for garnish. I always go for a drink with lavender when I see one and this one was the right amount of sweet before the meal. Also the love & care put into this restaurant was visible from the coasters:

Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic, Parsley Vinegar, Mama’s Lil Peppers

Delishious and well seasoned, not life changing but definitely a solid choice.

My #2: THE PARKER ROLLS

Off the menu secret dish the owner clued us into. A southern classic, it tasted like a Hawaiian roll on crack and shining with buttery goodness (I had only a couple bites as to not go too crazy).

My #3: Grilled Venison Loin, Roasted Dates, Sherry, Thyme, California Buttermilk Polenta

The venison topped my list surprisingly and I never order venison! The owner recommended it as a must and with the combo of polenta and dates I DIED. I may be pro-Venison now after this dish as anytime I venison it becomes a special night (or vise versa?).

Roasted Half Chicken, Smokey Braised Kale, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Caper Herb Salsa

Approved by the Italian mama in my group as having the desired balance of crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. It was yummy and I love the kale as part of the dish.

Roasted Baby Carrots, Cashew Sesame Dukkah, Aleppo Yogurt, Carrot Top Pesto

Baked carrots aren’t done enough and this made me remember how much I love them! GET EM!

Seared Black Cod, Cracked Wheat, Persimmon, Calabrian Chile, Melted Onions

Really good but I honestly can’t remember details as I lost my mind over the other dishes.

Vanilla Crème Torte / House Made Ricotta, Farmer’s Strawberries & Pistachio Gelato

Layer after layer of crepe paired with pistachio gelato was so satisfying. If you get only one dessert, get this. I felt like I was crashing Marie Antointette’s tea party and foaming at the mouth from eating this. I wish more desserts were this precious!

Also when hungry in San Diego I have to mention…

Water Grill: When you’re expensing for work (or treating yourself) you must get a seafood tower and a spicy margarita! Their bread, wedge salad, and Sablefish were also tasty :P

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The bathroom also has a perfect selfie ambiance so I had to snap a photo… plus I actually made a friend doing so.

All Saints Leather Jacket/ Shoes from Boutique in Austin / Dress F21 $5!!

All Saints Leather Jacket/ Shoes from Boutique in Austin / Dress F21 $5!!

If you know of any San Diego gems - especially in the Taco Department - let me know below! Xoxo

"where the creatures meet"

I love the Doors and I love driving through Laurel Canyon, so it's fitting the worlds would collide when I took a few photos outside the Laurel Canyon Country store and found out Jim Morrison's home is an actual stone's throw away from this store he describes on "Love Street." I feel I never understood the Doors until I spent time driving around Los Angeles - the music fits into the atmosphere and time cruises by listening to their albums in the car. My current obsession I've been playing is: The Wasp - Texas Radio and the Big Beat.

The Country store is equally magical and a living relic of the Summer of Love, plus they have killer snacks I frequently pick up driving through the canyon. And there's always an element of mystery that you never know what creatures you could meet in this store...

Outfit-wise I wore this not planning to take photos at this store, but clearly was drawn to this place when wearing it. I love bell sleeves and had to snatch this sweater when I saw it to take advantage of the trend. It can go with many looks though it as a tad more midriff than I would have liked so needs an undershirt to be work appropriate. The skirt and shoes have become the foundation for most of my weekend outfits, and the scarf really spoke to me with the pretty flower details and the orange punch of color. It's definitely hippie inspired... but modern enough to wear anywhere. 

Honey Punch Blank Cameo sweater from one of my favorite boutiques in Oceanside, Royalie ASOS Denim Pencil Skirt in Midwash Blue - almost exact here (Closet staple!) ASOS Fearien Leather Heeled Ankle Boots  - Flat version here (Closet staple!) Vintage Pattern Scarf

Honey Punch Blank Cameo sweater from one of my favorite boutiques in Oceanside, Royalie

ASOS Denim Pencil Skirt in Midwash Blue - almost exact here (Closet staple!)

ASOS Fearien Leather Heeled Ankle Boots  - Flat version here (Closet staple!)

Vintage Pattern Scarf

Took a few photos of my friend Christina in her badass look available here

Took a few photos of my friend Christina in her badass look available here

Meet me on Love Street xoxo

These boots are made for romping

I'm in love with my rain boots. I never thought I would say that because I used to despise rain boots - the fact that they awkwardly hit your knees and you can't romp around in them bothers me. Also the polka dots and cheesy patterns DON'T GO WITH ANYTHING so I just opted for LL Bean duck boots instead. I think those were 1 of 2 rain boots I've ever owned ever, and I'm a big fan of holding off on something indefinitely until it's meant to be. 

Finally I found these boots last year and they've brought me a sense of peace: 

Matte Chelsea Rain Boot / J Crew / $65 Not available now in my beloved army green but I think the dark burgundy could be a future stunner since I've been seeing the Kardashians doing all burgundy looks (I just keep tabs on them not KEEP UP per se, but I digress...)

Matte Chelsea Rain Boot / J Crew / $65

Not available now in my beloved army green but I think the dark burgundy could be a future stunner since I've been seeing the Kardashians doing all burgundy looks (I just keep tabs on them not KEEP UP per se, but I digress...)

THESE BOOTS ARE IT. I've been wearing them the past 4 days in LA since it has been consistently raining for way too long (we're spoiled). My socks were COMPLETELY dry the whole week while my unprepared friends expressed frustration about their soggy footwear. I wouldn't recommend them in a city link Nola where rain is serious, but for your everyday storm they deliver. I feel unconstricted when wearing them so I find myself sporting them in festivals since they don't have a risk of getting ruined. They're not Hunters but they still give me Kate Moss vibes as this image has forever been burned into my skull:

"Kate Moss, the Patron Saint of the Hunter Wellington" - a fabulous E News read

"Kate Moss, the Patron Saint of the Hunter Wellington" - a fabulous E News read

Here's a few other options for boots you can live in:

Hornbaek Rain Boot / Ilse Jacobsen / $199 SHOUT OUT to the Scandinavians on these boots! Just discovered this brand and their boots are all perfect - both in short and mid length versions. The laces on these are to die for. 

Hornbaek Rain Boot / Ilse Jacobsen / $199

SHOUT OUT to the Scandinavians on these boots! Just discovered this brand and their boots are all perfect - both in short and mid length versions. The laces on these are to die for. 

Alex Chelsea Rain Boots / Target / $25 In terms of style these look almost identical and they're so cheap! I've never been a fan of Target shoes in terms of comfort but hopefully these are ok.

Alex Chelsea Rain Boots / Target / $25

In terms of style these look almost identical and they're so cheap! I've never been a fan of Target shoes in terms of comfort but hopefully these are ok.

Cloudy Chelsea Rain Boot / Jeffrey Campbell / $55 I love the marriage of the 90s grunge trend with these boots

Cloudy Chelsea Rain Boot / Jeffrey Campbell / $55

I love the marriage of the 90s grunge trend with these boots

Hydro Chelsea Platform Rain Boot / Jeffrey Campbell / $55 These lean in more to the grunge factor

Hydro Chelsea Platform Rain Boot / Jeffrey Campbell / $55

These lean in more to the grunge factor

Candy color transparent rain boots / Sanrense / $22 Some crazy cool asian brand... these are just pure fun and the possibilities are endless

Candy color transparent rain boots / Sanrense / $22

Some crazy cool asian brand... these are just pure fun and the possibilities are endless

Leopard Chelsea Rain Boot / Poshmark (Jcrew years ago) / Various $$$ This boot was made about the same time and I admired the design then - currently is only available on Ebay or Poshmark

Leopard Chelsea Rain Boot / Poshmark (Jcrew years ago) / Various $$$

This boot was made about the same time and I admired the design then - currently is only available on Ebay or Poshmark

Moto Rain Boot / Rag & Bone / $225 Pricey but based on functionality you can wear these in rain and snow & they'll be worth the investment. LOVE l'orange

Moto Rain Boot / Rag & Bone / $225

Pricey but based on functionality you can wear these in rain and snow & they'll be worth the investment. LOVE l'orange

Good to the Last Raindrop Rain Boot in Rubber Duck / Modcloth / $80 Not my aesthetic but DANG

Good to the Last Raindrop Rain Boot in Rubber Duck / Modcloth / $80

Not my aesthetic but DANG

Lacey Short Waterproof Rain Boot / Bernardo Footwear / $102 and $155 for Black Colorful and classic! I've never seen a boot like this ever and I like ittt.

Lacey Short Waterproof Rain Boot / Bernardo Footwear / $102 and $155 for Black

Colorful and classic! I've never seen a boot like this ever and I like ittt.

Fritten Kilton Rain Boot / Burberry / $325 Again a pricey BOOT THAT CAN DO BOTH

Fritten Kilton Rain Boot / Burberry / $325

Again a pricey BOOT THAT CAN DO BOTH

A Tribute to American Apparel

If you haven't seen the news, American Apparel is closing all its stores since it was bought by Canadian company Gildan Activewear and EVERYTHING IS 40%! Make sure you use the code TAKE40 at checkout! I'm not too surprised to hear this as I feel like they haven't been coming up with many new and exciting pieces in recent years and the price is a tad steep.

I did a Welcome to 2017 photoshoot with my friend Kristina after she stopped by the store and I am IN LOVE with the pieces she bought and how this shoot turned out!

American Apparel Socks $5 in store (not online) / Brandy Melville T Shirt and Skirt / Timberland Boots / Forever21 Shades

American Apparel Socks $5 in store (not online) / Brandy Melville T Shirt and Skirt / Timberland Boots / Forever21 Shades

Forever21 Coat

Forever21 Coat

American Apparel Bodysuit ($11 in store) and mesh top ($11) / Pacsun Embroidered Pants

American Apparel Bodysuit ($11 in store) and mesh top ($11) / Pacsun Embroidered Pants

EVERYTHING 

EVERYTHING 

Calvin Klein Bra / Brandy Melville Shorts / Forever21 Shirt

Calvin Klein Bra / Brandy Melville Shorts / Forever21 Shirt

Asthetic

Asthetic

And my top picks from their online sale are...

Bianca Blazer $25 / In store only now but I love the crisp design of this blazer and the quality is better than Forever21 which is where I find this style but can never commit because of the bad fabric. Runner up jacket pick here - completely different vibe but good throw back piece (shoutout to Adams HS colors).

Bianca Blazer $25 / In store only now but I love the crisp design of this blazer and the quality is better than Forever21 which is where I find this style but can never commit because of the bad fabric. Runner up jacket pick here - completely different vibe but good throw back piece (shoutout to Adams HS colors).

Ringer T-Shirt Dress $16 / I bought this as I need more golf outfits to wear 

Ringer T-Shirt Dress $16 / I bought this as I need more golf outfits to wear 

Demi Wrap Skirt in Cornflower $15 / Bought this too and hoping it's long enough to wear to work, if not it will be a Saturday look (BONUS: I found this in the FACTORY SECTION which is discretely featured on the top nav bar)

Demi Wrap Skirt in Cornflower $15 / Bought this too and hoping it's long enough to wear to work, if not it will be a Saturday look (BONUS: I found this in the FACTORY SECTION which is discretely featured on the top nav bar)

Easy Denim A Line Skirt $29 / I live in my denim skirt and if you need one this style looks very flattering and will last years

Easy Denim A Line Skirt $29 / I live in my denim skirt and if you need one this style looks very flattering and will last years

US Flag Double V Bodysuit $23 / A good time to stock up on American flag pieces for Memorial Day and the 4th of July where I always wait last minute and find nothing I like. Also runner up pieces here (I like both crop tops and their swimsuit is 7?!)

US Flag Double V Bodysuit $23 / A good time to stock up on American flag pieces for Memorial Day and the 4th of July where I always wait last minute and find nothing I like. Also runner up pieces here (I like both crop tops and their swimsuit is 7?!)

Nylon Tricot High-Cut One-Piece $27 / This bodysuit is very Bella Hadid and the back is so sexy! AA has always killed the bodysuit game so if you need a serious one, get it now. Also their shiny leggings are going fast which you could wear with this and on game days!

Nylon Tricot High-Cut One-Piece $27 / This bodysuit is very Bella Hadid and the back is so sexy! AA has always killed the bodysuit game so if you need a serious one, get it now. Also their shiny leggings are going fast which you could wear with this and on game days!

Flex Fleece Dog Zip Hoodie $17 / Their dog hoodies are to die for and make great gifts!

Flex Fleece Dog Zip Hoodie $17 / Their dog hoodies are to die for and make great gifts!

Operation Organization 2017

I've never been more fired up about starting a new year than 2017. One because it felt so right but two, the quality of instagram photos skyrocketed on new years day. I definitely felt the floor shift.

To carry on that momentum, I’ve been hunting for the right organizational items to do big things in 2017. The first was the hunt for the PERFECT planner and it took me 3 months.  I checked Amazon, Barnes & Noble (total dud), Papersource, Marshall's (the cheapest by far and actually a good selection if you hunt the whole store for them), Etsy, and finally I found my planner from Neiman Marcus of all places:

Desk Diary / Neiman Marcus / $130 

Desk Diary / Neiman Marcus / $130 

I almost settled on a $12 Marshall’s one that was a unbearably small, but when I found this my dad assured me the money would be well spent since he swears by his (massive) Franklin Covey planner. Thanks pops! I joked that mine was too expensive last year but now that I'm spending over 2x in 2017 I've accepted it because really a planner is the only thing holding my life together. And at least $50 of this is going to the color & monogram... :D

Now here are my top picks for organizing 2017:

The rich color on this planner is to die for (the panama yellow color was perfect but is sold out) 2017 Panama Diary Agenda / Neiman Marcus / $70

The rich color on this planner is to die for (the panama yellow color was perfect but is sold out)

2017 Panama Diary Agenda / Neiman Marcus / $70

Runner up in that it's the color JADE but there were no lines on the weekly plan section :( This planner did lead me to a great website - their stuff is so fun Ban.do 17 Month Medium Agenda / Band.do / $28

Runner up in that it's the color JADE but there were no lines on the weekly plan section :( This planner did lead me to a great website - their stuff is so fun

Ban.do 17 Month Medium Agenda / Band.do / $28

Love the simplicity of this one Big Plans Planner / Anthropologie / $28

Love the simplicity of this one

Big Plans Planner / Anthropologie / $28

Michael's had a really interesting selection... Violet Floral Zipper Planner / Michael's / $30

Michael's had a really interesting selection...

Violet Floral Zipper Planner / Michael's / $30

I cannot say enough good things about this file cabinet: the ridiculously easy assembly, good design for the price point, size (fits under a desk easily), and 100+ positive reviews. I searched the web for 3+ hours and I don't think there's a better one for the price. Life changing. Wilbur File Cabinet / Joss & Main / $64

I cannot say enough good things about this file cabinet: the ridiculously easy assembly, good design for the price point, size (fits under a desk easily), and 100+ positive reviews. I searched the web for 3+ hours and I don't think there's a better one for the price. Life changing.

Wilbur File Cabinet / Joss & Main / $64

This screams Beverly Hills Hotel and there's a whole collection of Banana Leaf pieces to match this Banana Leaf Notes in Acrylic Holder / Neiman Marcus / $50

This screams Beverly Hills Hotel and there's a whole collection of Banana Leaf pieces to match this

Banana Leaf Notes in Acrylic Holder / Neiman Marcus / $50

On that note... not an organization item but pretty essential. From Band.do again! Hot Stuff Thermal Mug - Beverly Stripe / Band.do / $14

On that note... not an organization item but pretty essential. From Band.do again!

Hot Stuff Thermal Mug - Beverly Stripe / Band.do / $14

Not sure what I'd do with this cube but I'm obsessed with it  Pantera Golden Box / Neiman Marcus / On sale for $40  

Not sure what I'd do with this cube but I'm obsessed with it 

Pantera Golden Box / Neiman Marcus / On sale for $40  

First saw these at a boutique in Studio City called Soto Lifestyle and LOVED them - the whole collection is amazing. I opt shopping local but if you can't find them... "Suck Less, Thanks" Engraved Office Desk Nameplate / Amazon / $33

First saw these at a boutique in Studio City called Soto Lifestyle and LOVED them - the whole collection is amazing. I opt shopping local but if you can't find them...

"Suck Less, Thanks" Engraved Office Desk Nameplate / Amazon / $33

Also great Head Honcho Black Desk Name Plate / Amazon / $17

Also great

Head Honcho Black Desk Name Plate / Amazon / $17

Let your sass run wild Office Desk Name Plate or Door Sign / Amazon /$6

Let your sass run wild

Office Desk Name Plate or Door Sign / Amazon /$6

I have this and use it everyday Kate Spade Acrylic Letter Tray / Nordstrom / $38

I have this and use it everyday

Kate Spade Acrylic Letter Tray / Nordstrom / $38

I love using the business cards section for incoming cards so I keep track of them better Acrylic Pencil Cup / Neiman Marcus / $24

I love using the business cards section for incoming cards so I keep track of them better

Acrylic Pencil Cup / Neiman Marcus / $24

LOVE the color & tasteful contrast of lines and it's a bit cheaper than the kate spade one Frisco Letter Tray / Franklin Covey / $17

LOVE the color & tasteful contrast of lines and it's a bit cheaper than the kate spade one

Frisco Letter Tray / Franklin Covey / $17

To keep it fresh It Me Pennant Flag in Meow / Modcloth / $15

To keep it fresh

It Me Pennant Flag in Meow / Modcloth / $15

This periwinkle blue is stunning and there's 8 other colors to choose from! Willis Writing Desk / Joss & Main / $218

This periwinkle blue is stunning and there's 8 other colors to choose from!

Willis Writing Desk / Joss & Main / $218

Let me know if any of these stand out to you!

xoxo,

Anne