Friday Forecast: The Wide Leg Crop Pant – The Most Flattering Pant from Everlane

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Update: These pants are back in stock and I have a strong feeling I will be rocking them well into 2018.

YOU NEED THESE PANTS!

Why?

They look good on everyone. The high rise, wide leg and short length make these wide leg crop pants a wardrobe staple. They give you a waist-nipping effect that you can only achieve from sober January…trust me. The high-rise holds you in with JUST the right amount of stretch and you are going to want to flaunt that booty. The booty boosting cut on this pant will make you do you a double take in the mirror.

Dress them up or dress them down – these pants are a year-round wardrobe staple.

You need them!

Shop the Everlane’s wide leg crop pant here:

Blogger Bacon Bites – An Easy Recipe with Farmer John

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Look, guys! I made something!

I present to you my “blogger bacon bites.”This is an easy breezy recipe I created (barely) after attending an incredible bacon brunch with The Bacon Party and Farmer John.

I am 100%, not a Top Chef, so when the team over at Farmer John’s asked me to create a brunch recipe with their bacon I was a little scared. Using a little inspiration from my lifestyle and sourdough bread from San Francisco I threw together this recipe.

Now cooking never comes naturally to me – I didn’t inherit that gene so making a blog-worthy recipe was terrifying for me. What was even more terrifying was the day I perfected my recipe and had everything prepped and ready on the table for my photographer… I went downstairs to let the photographer in AND came inside only to find my dog Benji on the table eating the BACON BITES!

I must have screamed for twenty minutes, locked the naughty dog in the bathroom and did my best to save what was left of the bacon bites!

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Ingredients for the Blogger Bacon Bites


  • FARMER JOHN® All-Natural Bacon (1 pack) – 12 slices of bacon
  • 6 medium organic eggs
  • 4 slices of sourdough bread
  • ½ cup sauteed crimini mushrooms
  • Himalayan sea salt and pepper to
    taste
  • Thyme, Oregano or Parsley

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Instructions for the Blogger Bacon Bites


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 6-count muffin pan really well to ensure that the bread and egg white do not stick
  3. Partially cook the bacon in a frying pan. It should NOT be cooked to crisp, the bacon should be pliable. This will just render some fat out of it. Drain on paper towels and cool slightly.
  4. Using a stemless wine glass, cut circles roughly the size of the base of the muffin cup from the sourdough bread.
  5. Drain all but 1 TBSP of the bacon fat out of the frying pan. Sauté mushrooms for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Set aside.
  6. Place a bread circle at the bottom of each muffin cup. Fit 2 slices of bacon loosely around the sides in each cup, overlapping as necessary, lining the sides of the muffin cup, forming a bacon “cup”.
  7. Place about 1 TBSP of the mushrooms on top of the bread circle.
  8. Finally, break an egg into each of the bacon-lined cups on top of the mushrooms. Sprinkle the top of each egg with salt, pepper, and a pinch of any of the thyme, oregano, and parsley (or a combo of all of them).
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until bacon is perfectly crispy–don’t overcook or the bacon will burn!

Love this recipe? Check out more recipes here + here.

 

 

Sweat It Out 2018. How I Found My Soul at SoulCycle.

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2018 is here! We are 8 days in and today I decided to really kick off my New Year (a little late). What does that mean for me? Step number one: NO delivery. No caviar, no GrubHub, no NOTHING. Everything that enters my mouth will be made by me at home or I will WALK to get takeout. I know, very 2008 but the delivery chaos of 2017 in my apartment HAS TO STOP.

Next up is my workout routine. Did I work out in 2017? Yep. Did I work out consistently in 2017? Hell no! 

In 2017 I started attending SoulCycle classes around the Bay Area (insert an eye roll). I know every white girl in the marina swears by SoulCycle and honestly at first I HATED IT. I felt so silly dancing on a bicycle to the beat and was honestly VERY intimidated by the front row ladies with their rock hard abs and coordinating workout sets.

Flash forward to today – after almost six months of classes, I have to say that I found my Soul at Soul Cycle. It is my favorite way to start my day and I honestly feel 100% better both physically and mentally after class. SoulCycle has also become very personal for me. While I normally enjoy group fitness classes with my friends, this is the one point in my day where I enjoy being alone and zoning out. I leave all of my stress (and electronic devices) in my locker and spend 45 mins focusing on me…not a bad way to kick off 2018, right?

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Where exactly did I find my soul?

Favorite SoulCycle Studios and Instructors:

Northern California

Union St. – Luigi – Take his 60-minute SoulSurvivor class and I guarantee that you will leave with a smile on your face (mixed with sweat) and NO idea how 60-minutes of hardcore spin flew by.

San Mateo – Devin S – I met Devin at the new Outdoor Voices store in San Francisco. She was a gem at the store and the most passionate and motivating instructor in the studio. She is a true badass and worth the drive from San Francisco to San Mateo.


Southern California

Santa Monica – Lindsey S – Did I cry during her 90-minute Turkey Burn class on Thanksgiving? Hard YES. Why? Because she is a fu*king rock star. I have never had an instructor in any fitness class push me spiritually and physically the way Lindsey does. If you are down in LA a visit to Lindsey at the Santa Monica studio is a MUST. Can’t make it down to LA? Check out her podcast here.

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Are you ready to sweat it out this year with me at SoulCycle?

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Yes, perfect!

Here is what I’ll be wearing:

I’m 31 and I still shop at the Brass Plum Department at Nordstrom.

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I’m 31 and I still shop at the Brass Plum Department at Nordstrom.

Oh, you mean the teen department at Nordstrom, Kathleen? Yep.


The Brass Plum department and BP. collection are available exclusively at Nordstrom (my go-to department store). BP. offers the best of juniors fashion (LOL), with cute, cool and covetable looks at affordable prices – yes, please. The Brass Plum department includes a wide range of clothing—like jeans, dresses, sweaters, tops and more—but I consistently find myself stocking up on sweaters. Why? They are on trend, affordable and sold at Nordstrom (the customer service capital of the shopping world). There is EVEN a book, The Nordstrom Way to Customer Experience Excellence: Creating a Values-Driven Service Culture about the AMAZING service behind Nordstrom.


Ok. So we’ve established that I love Nordstrom and their teen department (especially the sweaters) AND today I’m sharing three simple sweater looks from my favorite teen department, Brass Plum…

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[What I Wore: Sweater, Jeans, Boots, Sunglasses, Earrings, + Bag]

Look #1 The BP Cable Sleeve Pullover

$49 – $29.40 – 40% off -Available in Beige and Crimson


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[What I Wore: Sweater, Sunglasses, Pants + Shoes]

Look #2 The BP Flare Sleeve Sweater $39

$39 – Available in Black, Brown Rustic, Purple Mist, Red Jester and Teal


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[What I Wore: Sweater, Clutch, BeltJeans, + Sunglasses]

Look #3 The BP Ruffle Chenille Sweater

$49 – 29.40 – 40% off – Available in Green Jasper and Burgundy Royale

So there you have it – A 31-year-old in three sweaters from Brass Plum…the teen department at Nordstrom.



Shop my favorite sweaters from Brass Plum below:

Base Layers with Sweaty Betty. Everything you need to know to style for snow season.

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First things first we can take a minute and address the fact that these photos were taken on the frigid streets of San Francisco in December – so needless to say it was maybe 60 degrees (not cold) and I had just walked out of a Soul Cycle class on Union Street.

Was there a need for base layers for this look? Hard no.

Did I just want to wear my new Sweaty Betty gear after Soul Cycle? Hard yes! 

But I am also planning an upcoming ski trip to Utah and needed to test out my gear!

Now, what exactly are base layers?

Base layers are the first part of the layering systems starting next to the skin. The baselayers sit snug against the skin and are designed to trap a thin layer of warm air against the body.

Ok, that sounds good – not necessarily a layer we need in San Francisco, but a layer we could all use on a ski trip, especially the way I ski (or roll down the mountain). So when Sweaty Betty sent over these stunning base layers I was ready to trap the warmth against my body (even when I didn’t need it) and style a little winter weather look for you.

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What I Wore:

Turtleneck #1: J. Crew, Tissue Turtleneck T-shirt

Turtleneck #2: Sweaty Betty (c/o), Drift Long Sleeve Ski Base Layer

Jacket: H&M, Padded Jacket with Hood

Pants: Sweaty Betty (c/o), Drift Ski Base Layer Leggings

Shoes: Greats (c/o), The Royale

Check out the full blog post on these shoes here.

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Original Aviator

Beanie: Sweaty Betty (c/o), Giant Bobble Beanie