What I Ate: Petit Crenn

Petit Crenn - Hayes Valley

Petit Crenn may be my new favorite restaurant in San Francisco. From the dreamy white decor to the rustic french bites the dining experience at Petit Crenn is one of a kind.

Lucky for me I had the chance to dine at Petit Crenn on a beautiful Friday afternoon with some of my favorite food and fashion bloggers in San Francisco. We chatted about dating (insert all the awful Tinder stories) over some several bottles of sparkling wine while dining on the perfect mix of light bites.

#LadiesWhoLunch.

Petit Crenn - Hayes Valley

Little Gem Salad: Caper Vinaigrette + Chioggia Beets

Petit Crenn - Hayes Valley

Petit Crenn - Hayes Valley

Great Island (MA) Oysters: Buddha’s Hand Mignonette + Charred Meyer lemon.

Petit Crenn - Hayes Valley

Mushroom Tartine: Roasted Garlic + Pickled Vegetables.

Petit Crenn - Hayes Valley - Amour Vert

Petit Crenn - Hayes Valley

Grilled Trout: Sauce Vierge + Crispy Garlic

Petit Crenn - Hayes Valley

Petit Crenn is open Tuesday through Sunday. Lunch is served with or without a reservation from 11 am – 2 pm. Dinner is served a la carte at the Chef’s Counter without a reservation from 5 – 10 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

 

Dress Obsessed – Bringing In Fall With A Little Leg

Amour Vert - DressIt’s officially Fall according to the calendar and the fashion god’s, but San Francisco always fails to get that memo and brings on the heat the minute everyone is ready to bring out the chunky knits and layered outerwear pieces.

I tried to fight it, but now I am conforming to San Francisco and bringing some of my favorite dresses from Spring + Summer back out with a bit of a twist for Fall. The ‘Taylor’ dress (above) from the local and eco-friendly brand, Amour Vert feels like pajamas, works like spanx and looks super chic. The ‘Taylor’ dress is made  of super soft modal fabric and features ruching on the side for the most flattering fit (insert my diet goals in a dress). I threw a striped shirt over my shoulders for this look and a white oxford shoe, for a classic preppy touch.

Banana Republic Cropped Military Peacoat

This peachy pink slip dress was an Amour Vert Sample Sale SCORE, but don’t worry they’ve introduced a ton of nude/rust/blush colors into their fall collection. I layered this slip dress with a cropped military peacoat from Banana Republic and ANCIENT Prada wedges.

Bam! An easy Fall-ish outfit for lunch in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood.

All Saints - Amei Long Sleeved Dress

This uber drapey (and tummy flattering) dress from ALLSAINTS is an absolute gem. I borrowed it from a friend in this deep turquoise green color for the San Francisco – Marin Foodbank Gala last weekend, but I couldn’t live without this dress in my wardrobe and managed to snag it in black on Poshmark this morning!

Uniqlo - Le Maire - White Dress - Hush Puppies

This white sweater dress is an oldie from the Lemaire x Uniqlo collection last year. This boxy sweater dress can be worn solo or layered with a vest, leggings or skinny jeans. I styled it last with a little turquoise jewelry and the ‘Melodi‘ booties from Hush Puppies for a casual brunch in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood.

Will you be styling dresses for Fall too?

Shop some of my favorite dresses for Fall below:

Feelin’ Fur For Fall

ASOS - Dolly Coat in Floral with Faux Fur Collar

While it very well may be over 80 degrees in San Francisco, I am yearning for Fall and all the faux fur!

I know I’m not the only one out there who is looking forward to bundling up this season and ditching my also faux summer bod!

I snagged this jacket from ASOS a couple of weeks ago and it has literally been staring at me on a mannequin in my apartment begging to be worn (insert cold weather in San Francisco, please). The metallic jacquard print and faux fur collar make this a fall wardrobe essential in my closet!

ASOS - Dolly Coat in Floral with Faux Fur Collar

Marrin Costello - Marnie Necklace

Betabrand - Dress Pant Yoga Pants

And in addition to these pants being VERY comfortable and possibly ok for yoga the team at Betabrand and nonprofit Techstars Foundation are launching YogAID, a month-long program to raise funds to help women build their businesses.

How’s it work?

Easy, for every sale of Betabrand’s hugely popular work pants – Dress Pant Yoga Pants – in September, they’ll donate proceeds to the Techstars Foundation to support killer female entrepreneurs.

Hell ya! Let’s support some future #GirlBoss’s

ASOS - Dolly Coat in Floral with Faux Fur Collar

Banana Republic - Caitlin Sunglasses

ASOS - Dolly Coat in Floral with Faux Fur Collar

ASOS - Dolly Coat in Floral with Faux Fur Collar

What I Wore:

Coat: ASOSDolly Coat in Floral with Faux Fur Collar

Tank: Old Navy, Relaxed Curved-Hem Scoop-Neck Tank

Pants: Betabrand (c/o), Dress Pant Yoga Pants – Crop – Black

Shoes: (OLD) Love this splurge option from Manolo Blahnik,

Necklace: Marrin Costello (c/o), Marnie Necklace

Sunglasses: Banana Republic, Caitlin Sunglasses

Bag: Pomikaki (c/o Rossi & Rei), Giulia Bag

Friday Forecast: A Statement Sleeve

KatWalkSF - Bell Sleeve - Statement Sleeve

Unlike so many other trends that come into the spotlight via street style, the statement sleeve is comfortable and easy to wear (trust me – that is me rocking those sleeves).

Whether it is an exaggerated bell sleeve or a ruffled, tailored style with cut-outs—there are many ways to work this directional look that I can NOT stop shopping online. From this super simple version of the bell sleeve from the LOFT to this military jacket from Burberry the statement sleeve is trending everywhere from fast fashion to the major design houses.

KatWalkSF - Bell Sleeve - Statement Sleeve

KatWalkSF - Bell Sleeve - Statement Sleeve

Shop some of my favorite looks below:

A Healthy Start: How Turning 30 Helped Me Change My Morning Routine

Easy Breakfast - Honey Bunches of Oats

As some of you may know I turned 30 on August 25th this year.

And with that big milestone birthday in mind, I decided to create some goals for my 30-year-old self. These goals included paying off my credit card debt (almost there), eliminating toxic people from my life (easier said than done) and to get healthy!

So, these goals are not easy and led me to make some big life changes. No credit card debt means no shopping, getting rid of toxic people drastically reduced my social life…but hey that helped me get healthy!

So to kick off my health push I decided to participate (and create?) Sober September, yep no booze for me. And while kicking the booze I am heading back to the gym and making a conscious effort to monitor just what I am putting in my mouth.
Easy Breakfast - Honey Bunches of Oats

So, to kick off my healthy September I made a quick + easy Honey Bunches of Oats® breakfast parfait. I normally start my day with a coffee and my laptop, so this was a welcome addition to my diet and morning routine. The parfait was super easy to make and consisted of simply what I had in my fridge and pantry:

Greek Yogurt

Honey Bunches of Oats®

Raspberries

Honey (found some DELICIOUS local honey in my pantry)

Mint (because I want my shit to look fancy)

I layered the ingredients in a stemless wine glass (because Pinterest told me to), sat on my patio and enjoyed my morning with my dog and the September Vanity Fair issue. Not only was this a welcome change to my normally chaotic morning routine, I started the day with a ton of energy and a positive attitude…maybe chugging coffee, checking emails and watching the news isn’t the best way to start your day.

When did I become so wise?

Easy Breakfast - Honey Bunches of Oats

Easy Breakfast - Honey Bunches of Oats

Easy Breakfast - Honey Bunches of Oats

Download a coupon here and try Honey Bunches of Oats® cereal for yourself!

Maybe you will end up as wise as me.

Photos by Garry Alexander