Happy Labor Day

It’s the first day of September and a holiday – I think it’s going to be a good month! Kicking this month off with a day that celebrates how hard we all work is a great start to the fall season (because it’s going to be Christmas soon right?). Today we are going to ride some roller coasters, have some G-forces applied to our bodies, eat some cotton candy and see a couple marine animals. I hope you all have a lovely relaxing and very fun Labor Day! Take a load off, you deserve it!

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Friday’s Favs

While fashion is transitioning from spring and summer to fall, San Francisco (always a little behind the times weather-wise) is trying to transition from winter to summer. Our summer usually starts in September and it’s been a long time coming. I dont know about you other SF friends, but I am ready for dresses and less fog, a lot less fog. We are venturing north of the city this weekend to see the sun for Nate’s bacon birthday and hopefully going to an amusement park on Monday – you know, for some good old fashion fun! What are your plans for the long weekend?

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{delicious rice bowl from Bun Mee for lunch}

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{my first project, a boutonniere, from my floral design class, corsages are next}

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{I really need a pair of these}

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{have you ever seen a prettier cream puff}

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{beneath the pines in Tahoe}

Bacon Care of Business

I’m not sure if all of you know this, but Saturday is National Bacon Day (it should be a national holiday) and it’s also my boo’s birthday – which could not be more perfect as his family nickname is boy-who-runs-for-bacon. We are heading to Stinson beach to celebrate his fine 27 years and I am thinking of making some bacon infused snacks. I have a couple of ideas after brainstorming with my good ol’ friend Pinterest, but can’t narrow down my options.

Bacon Bark

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I’m intrigued by the greasy crunch of the bacon and the smooth velvety feel of the dark chocolate. I’m curious to see how that combo plays out.

Caramel Bacon Brownies

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These just sound and look too amazing to not try right?

Bacon Pancake Sticks

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Pancake sticks look easy and yummy and I bet with that sweet maple syrup they are fantastic!

Cheddar Bacon Bread

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I mean, what’s not to like about this?

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon together with bacon is a combo I haven’t tried or thought to try, but this recipe makes me want to taste this interesting flavor profile.

Bacon Cookies

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This sounds like a mouthful of goodness just waiting to happen. Candied bacon baked right into a cookie, I think they are on to something here…

See why I can’t decide, there are too many good options! I want to make them all! Do you have any favorite bacon recipes that you make for those special bacon lovers in your life?

Tahoe Eats

I could write a week’s worth of posts about Stella and still not sing it’s praises enough. The food was amazing, each bite carefully crafted to deliver that punch of flavor and mix of texture. I would recommend it to anyone, for any occasion.

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We went with the tasting menu approach, in order to get a little bite of as many things as possible. For starters I ordered the duck pate, which is always my favorite. Creamy, buttery pate with crunchy bread and an acidic salad.

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The second course was this impeccable ceviche. Flakey, fresh fish cooked in the acid from the lime and topped with a little spice. I never wanted this dish to end.

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For the main I had the lamb, and while I don’t usually opt for lamb, it was the perfect choice. The medium rare meat was juicy and flavorful and the peach accents added a great burst of sweetness to each bite.

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Dessert was a smorgasbord of summer fruits and chocolaty decadence. We ordered everything (obviously) and shared.

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There was a lemon pudding and a raspberry cake with cream but the chocolate swirl was the most delicious item of the evening. I could have eaten three of them by myself.

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On Saturday, for a less fancy option we went to Fire Sign for brunch. And brunch being my favorite meal, we needed a place that the locals say is the best. Fire Sign (so named for the astrological sign) was just what the doctor ordered. Nothing fancy, but quality seasoned home fries with runny eggs and big cups of coffee – the perfect fuel to a busy day in the mountains.

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A recommendation that wasn’t on the Tahoe To Do List, was Cottonwood. And it was a good find! This place used to be an old ski lodge (Hilltop Lodge) and was cute and comfy like one. We had a gorgeous view of Truckee at sunset and enjoyed a nice dinner and wine.

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We ordered many an appetizer, calamari and polenta (and short ribs, not shown), all of which were delicious.

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And dinner had an italian flair with a seafood soup, pasta and steak choices from all of us.

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Tahoe may not be known for its food but it has some truly fantastic options if you are willing to wait in line or drive to the top of a mountain.

The Weekender – North Lake Tahoe

I wish every weekend were a long weekend with my family. Sometimes it’s so nice to just hang out and laugh and tell stories with the people closest to you. This weekend was the perfect last trip of the summer and Tahoe was gorgeous. In true Chelsea fashion the only things we did on the Tahoe To Do List was eat, but those meals were so  fantastic that they deserve their own post (stayed tuned). Today is about the views.

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When we arrived it was too windy to lay on the beach at the lake so we travelled to Virginia City for a dose of history and gold mining culture.

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This historic town is absolutely adorable and as kitchy as can be. It has old candy stores and saloons (with buckets of blood apparently), it has riskay 25 cent peep shows for men only and boasts this 100 mile view.

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There was a casino-like saloon that had something called a suicide table. Where it is said that three people killed themselves after gambling away their life savings. This town is not messing around!

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Horse drawn carriages and a museum of horse and human drawn fire engines line the main street. There is so much history here, from the lives of the miners to their families and visitors during the gold rush.

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Being tourists and all, we also rode the train along the gold mine route through the mountains.

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After our train ride, we drove back to Tahoe and enjoyed a lovely dinner at Stella. On Saturday we drove up to Squaw and rode the tram over the mountain and above the Olympic village.

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The giant tram takes you more than a mile up and over the peaks gliding right through the breathtaking views. There is a pool, a restaurant and a bar (perfect) at the top with picnic tables for you to sit back and relax.

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Fun fact from our tram operator: Walt Disney designed Thunder Mountain after the granite rock formations that line the mountains in Squaw.

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You can see a little of Lake Tahoe from the top of the mountain, a thick blue smudge in between the greens and browns of the mountain tops. I feel like everywhere you look in Tahoe there is either amazing wildlife (like coyotes walking along the side of the road) or an amazing view. It’s beautiful up there and summer is just as gorgeous as winter.

Friday’s Favs

This weekend is the last of my summer weekend getaways. Tahoe is gorgeous and I’m so glad we ended with one that was close to home and that wasn’t jammed packed with obligations. Relaxing by the lake in the warm sunshine is the perfect ending to another perfect summer. See you next year have-something-to-do-every-weekend summer, now it’s bring on the pumpkins, turkey and presents (is it Christmas yet?).

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{off to another lake this weekend, this one is much bigger}

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{sparkles make every outfit better}

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{rainbow flowers}

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{in LOVE this this iphone case}

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{happy weekend, and cheers to summer friends!}

Tahoe To Do List

We are spending this weekend with my parents and sister in Tahoe. I’ve never visited during the summer (except for one wedding) so I’m excited to be a tourist. I always get confused with the geography of Lake Tahoe (east coast brain over here) because for some reason in my head Truckee is at the bottom of the lake, not the top. But I finally got it right and with a little help from my sister who lives there, I now understand that we are staying in North Lake Tahoe (they even make it easy by saying north lake) this weekend. The agenda is wide open, so I decided to put together a couple of suggestions so the fam can pick and choose what they want to do.

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Taking in the views with my mental camera and my physical camera are definitely on the list. No matter where or when you go to Tahoe the views are always breathtaking.

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My main priority this weekend is to sit back and relax. And nothing says that better than a sunset paddleboat cruise. This giant boat looks so historic and fun!

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My sister works at this amazing (and apparently world renowned I just found out) restaurant called Stella. It’s a great choice for a fancier dinner.

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Brunch is a must on any vacation and the locals love this place. The menu sounds amazing and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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I think the saying goes ‘while in Tahoe, do as the Tahoe-ians do’ (bit of a stretch I know) and that means sporty activities. The views and the weather are too great not go on a hike or two. And in accommodating all levels of sportiness my family possesses I found these two trails that look easy enough but that pay off in the views and waterfalls they lead to.

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I also really love other sporty activities like kayaking and Nate loves to bike. There are so many possibilities of things to do and see, do you have any suggestions for summer in Tahoe activities?

Ear Jackets

I know, the name is not the best sounding (I like ear crowns better) but it’s descriptiveness is pretty spot on. These little beauties are my new favorite earring and I would even dare to say they are my favorite new trend! I have been stuck on studs for a while now, needing a change and along come these revamped stud ear jackets just for me. They spruce up stud earrings and once you have a pair you can mix and match with the studs in your collection. I already have two pairs (#addicted) so I thought I would share my obsession, which ones are your favorite?

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What do you think of this trend? I really like how it’s such a small change but it can make such statement. I’ve worn mine non-stop since I got them and received another pair in the mail yesterday! Can’t wait to try them!

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Friday’s Favs

Collaborations are so fun and Monday’s Featured Friends was a perfect example of blogging bringing people together! I’m aiming to do one a month with various blogger friends to get some cross pollination going on and if you have ideas or want to collab definitely reach out! In other news – where did this week go? I kind of remember Monday but now all of a sudden it’s Friday?!? I’ve been a busy bee over here I guess, forgetting days, making honey and cross pollinating!

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{casual Friday attire}

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{I never turn down a hot pot dinner date with Nate}

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{we just booked a weekend in Portland, do you guys have any suggestions – neither of us have ever been?!}

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{bright blossoms for a bright day}

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{words to live by – cheers to the weekend friends!}

Wine Tasting Dress

Wine tasting always calls for a dress, somehow it makes it more festive and fancy, even though by nature the act of tasting wine already is. It’s probably not the best idea; walking around uneven rows of vines in wedges and a dress while drinking copious amounts of wine, but who listens to that logic.

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It’s been cold and gloomy in SF so when I heard it was going to be in the 70’s in Sonoma I immediately reached for a dress. This green silky shirt dress fit the casual-but-still-fancy-enough bill perfectly and it complimented the color of the sky and grape leaves (which I planned obviously). I wish I were back there right now strolling through the vines, soaking in the rays, sipping on wine and wearing a dress.

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Dress: Urban Outiftters (old) // Wedges: Seychelles (similar) // Jewelry : Ambiance // Jacket: Gap // Purse: Michael Kors (old)