Always Em

First Look at Our New House (Yep...We Moved Again)

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Our new living room. For reference, this was about the size of our entire apartment downtown.

Our new living room. For reference, this was about the size of our entire apartment downtown.

You guys, life has been a little crazy since the last time I posted. I've been working insane hours at the startup, Danny got a new job over at Google, and WE. MOVED. AGAIN. (This marks our third move in one year. We're actually insane, I know.) 

This time we didn't move to another state, or even another city, oddly enough out all the moves we've made together (around 4 or 5 total) this is our first same-city move. By now we're pros at packing all of our worldly belongings into the back of our SUV, so it was a breeze.

We moved from our teeny tiny studio in downtown SF out to the Sunset District. If you're not familiar with San Francisco, the Sunset District is on the edge of the city right by the ocean, and it's super chill and quiet and the total opposite of our place downtown. I am so obsessed with it out here. Not only do we have a real house (I'm pretty sure our living room alone is the exact size that our entire studio was) but it's also so much cleaner and calmer and beachy old-school SF — I love it.

Here are some before pictures of what it looked like when we first moved in in December:

This is our landlord; he's Russian and about 130 years old and loves telling us about the homeland.

This is our landlord; he's Russian and about 130 years old and loves telling us about the homeland.

Dining Room. (I HAVE A DINING ROOM! I'm basically the Queen of England.)

Dining Room. (I HAVE A DINING ROOM! I'm basically the Queen of England.)

Kitchen. Cooking on this stove makes me feel like a '50s housewife and it's fabulous.

Kitchen. Cooking on this stove makes me feel like a '50s housewife and it's fabulous.

Bedroom

Bedroom

Office. You can kind of see the backyard, which looks 100 times better now than in this photo.

Office. You can kind of see the backyard, which looks 100 times better now than in this photo.

And just for fun this was the size of our entire studio apartment we were living in downtown, where we were basically standing on top of each other at all times and wanted to murder everyone 24/7 (this is from their website and not my furniture; just need to clarify that I would never decorate with all primary colors):

Two full-sized human adults and a dog cannot live in a space this size. Just, no.

Two full-sized human adults and a dog cannot live in a space this size. Just, no.

That's it! Our living room is the only room that is actually starting to look cute and put together, but I'll post photos of some of the progress of the other rooms soon!

xx always,

Em

Night out in San Francisco: Zedd at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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So, funny story, I actually live right next to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, which is a huge concert venue in San Francisco, but before this week I had never actually been there. Anytime a big performer comes to SF this is where they're usually playing, so you should keep an eye on their site. Anyway, I finally got to go when I went to see Zedd this week, and it was insane. I've never been to a DJ concert like this before (I keep calling them DJ concerts but don't call it that in front of people who actually know what they're talking about, I think the correct term is house or EDM). It was crazy.

Also quick back story, I got our tickets from this site I was just introduced to called TickPick — if you haven't heard of it you need to check it out asap. They show you all the cool events going on in your city and they sell tickets for way cheaper than sites like StubHub (because they don't add on all the crazy extra fees).

They also have a pretty sleek app that lets you set price alerts and see when your favorite band is coming to town. So needless to say if you love going to shows/events and don't want to pay a million dollars every time, downloading their app is a must.

zedd at bill graham civic auditorium

So anyway, I never used to be into this type of music but a lot of my friends are obsessed, and Zedd really puts on a great show. The light show and lasers were crazy and there was literally fire and smoke and confetti, it was kind of insane. The pictures don't really do it justice, but just trust me when I say it was awesome. 

Another thing to know about these concerts is that it's basically like entering an alien world where everyone is wearing like, zero clothing, and giving each other beaded bracelets and doing this thing called gloving. It's literally the most interesting people watching you will ever do in your life.

Basically it was insane; after working nonstop these past few weeks it was definitely a super fun night out. Okay so let me know if you've ever had a crazy rave experience! And big thanks to TickPick for a much needed, amazing night out.

xx always,

Em

What the F#$% is Acai?! (& How to Make Your Own Acai Bowl)

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In case you've been living under a rock and haven't heard, Açaí is the hottest new health food on the block. Like sorry, move over Kale, there's a new superfood in town and she's tastier, has a cooler name, and makes a way more instagram-worthy snack.

But seriously—what is Acai?

First off it's pronounced "ahhh-sighhh-eeee" so don't sound like an idiot like I did the first time I tried to casually throw it in a sentence. And it comes from South America, and has been all the rage down in Brazil for a long time.

People are going cray over Acai berries because they have more antioxidants than cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. They also have Vitamins A, B, and C, as well as a whole bunch of other good-for-ya crap. But is it actually as crazy-amazing-super as all the trendy people you know make it seem? Who knows. All I can tell you is it looks good, it tastes good, and it's a healthier breakfast trend than the Cronut, so there's that.

ANYWAY. If you try to get an acai bowl anywhere (at least in San Francisco) it's crazy expensive, so I decided to try to start making them at home. Alert: it's still pretty expensive to DIY a bowl at home. Acai powder might as well be cocaine, because it's priced at like $45 a pound. I bought this little 4 oz. pack for $15 to give it a try. Then you've got to buy the granola, and the fresh fruit, and I obviously can't half-ass it so I also got coconut flakes, slivered almonds, goji berries, honey, and chia seeds. Oh and don't forget your $80 Ninja Blender, you've got that all set right? God, life is expensive I'm exhausted just thinking about this. Let's get on with the recipe.

Ingredients:

A spoonful of Acai powder or pack of frozen azai puree
A frozen banana (or not frozen, whatever)
A few frozen strawberries
A drizzle of honey
A pour of almond milk (or whatever liquid you fancy)
Yogurt (I used a cup of raspberry Greek yogurt)
For the health freaks/adventurous types: A handful of spinach or kale - you literally can't even taste it though so it's cool I swear

Potential toppings (but like, go nuts and throw in whatever you want):
Granola
Fresh fruit
Coconut shavings
Goji Berries
Chia seeds
Some more drizzles of honey
Slivered almonds
Chocolate syrup???
Ice cream???
Pizza??????

Okay okay. Now put everything in the blender (but not the toppings, obviously) and blend it all up and then throw your toppings on and voila! You've got an expensive smoothie in a bowl that will hopefully give you amazing health benefits and change your life and make you look like a young supermodel. Happy munching!

xx always,

Em

 

 

The Past Month in San Francisco

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paddle boarding in san francisco marin

Okay, time to fill you on the deets of what I've been up to since moving back to San Francisco. I have actually been insanely busy— my life has totally done a 360 since my super chill days of bumming around the Portland mansion. (Note: from here on out I will refer to the Portland house as a mansion because I now once again live in a 350 sqft studio in SF and anything with more than one bedroom—let alone 4—is a mansion in my eyes).

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While a lot (okay, all) of my time has been spent working, there are certain perks to having a job at a startup—like taking team building trips up to Tiburon. Tiburon is just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin. It's kind of crazy because in San Francisco on this same day it was crazy foggy and cold, but just 25 minutes north there is the secret hidden wonderland that is Belvedere Island Lagoon in Tiburon. Apparently because the lagoon is surrounded by hills, it creates a little pocket of warmth. Or something. I don't know, I'm not meteorologist, but anyone who knows NorCal weather knows it's never very warm, least of all warm enough to go swimming. Anyway, I got to do a ton of amazing stuff that I've never done before like paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing and it was amazing.

Obvs channeling a very Gossip Girl moment

Obvs channeling a very Gossip Girl moment

I also took a trip to Napa; we did a girls trip to Wine Country and got to act like fancy people all day. We stopped by a super adorable boutique winery as well as a much larger well-known one, and of course now I can't remember the name of either. But honestly if you just drive around Napa you hit a winery every mile so you truly can't go wrong.

outside lands music festival

I went to Outside Lands! We saw Sam Smith, Elton John, Nate Ruess (the lead singer of FUN), Sky Ferreira, and a bunch of other people. Outside Lands is run by the same people who run Coachella, so it's a really fun festival. It's in a gorgeous part of Golden Gate Park and it's all very Pinterest-y; they had summer camp things set up in the woods and food trucks and face painting and a lot of cool stuff. I only went for one day and I think it was totally worth it, so if you ever have the chance to go, I highly recommend it!

That covers most of the noteworthy stuff I've been up to this past month. Most of my time and energy has been focused on moving into our new apartment and starting my new job, but I think things are finally starting to get settled (at least for now)!

xx always,

Em