October Foodie Pen Pal–still to come!!

Because of my chaotic life I didn’t actually manage to get my pen pal package on time this month. Major sadface. It’s totally my fault, ’cause I had a missed package notice, but my schedule just didn’t allow me to get to pick up the package from the post office or find a convenient redeliver time. Check out the package I sent Emily over at Life on Food. And look out for the post about my package this weekend!

Just thought I’d post the rules anyway for anyone interested in getting involved! Foodie Penpals works like this:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re interested in participating for October, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by October 4th as pairings will be emailed on October 5th!


San Francisco Style

My current view as I write this

You know those days where you have the perfect outfit planned out and in your head you see yourself strutting the street as heads turn? Okay so maybe that last part is just me, but you know what I mean. And then you know those days where you pull out the shorts for your oh-so-great outfit and realize that during your flight nail polish spilled all over them? Dreams shattered, cute outfit flying out the window, the works.

Well lucky for me when I pulled out my nail-polish covered shorts I remembered an important detail: I’m in San Francisco, and I can wear whatever I want. Summer style be damned, I would wear whatever I wanted. A lot of people knock the Bay Area for being decidedly untrendy and its inhabitants for being unfashionable flannel-wearing granola freaks. What I love about San Francisco though is that everyone seems to be wearing exactly what they want to wear. I wont lie, my heart belongs to New York and London, both of which I’d place above SF on the fashion hierarchy. But the many people who are fashionable here in SF always seem to be effortlessly so.

Side note: my other favorite thing about San Francisco fashion is that on any given day you have people dressed like it’s the desert, like it’s the dead of winter, and everything in between. Awkwardly mild/cloudy weather will do that to you.

In the end I opted for a more temperature appropriate sweater and met Patrick for lunch downtown, which gave me a chance to wander around a little bit. I love exploring whatever city I’m in, and the walk was just what I needed. The 25 minute wait for the bus.. not so much.

Walking around downtown

In honor of San Francisco style and the fact that it got me off the hook when my outfit fell through, I thought I’d just post about a couple of my favorite San Francisco fashion blogs. They’re definitely worth checking out.

1.) Calivintage: Erin at Calivintage lives in the Bay Area and rocks one of the most tried and true San Francisco looks: vintage. She’s got a very quirky style and her pictures always seem to capture a decidedly Bay Area look.

Erin from Calivintage

2.) Going West: Jennie is a non-native who wound up in California and I love her look. She mixes a little bit of edge (black, leather, etc) with more classic pieces for a very defined style.

Jennie from Going West

3.) Britt + Whit: I feel like Britt and Whit who write this blog embody the “I’ll wear what I want” vibe that I love about San Francisco. They definitely keep up with trends, but they wear them in their own way. Plus I love the fact that you get two different people’s style on the same blog. I’m all about consolidating the amount of blogs I check.

Britt + Whit

All three blogs are definitely worth checking out for a taste of San Francisco style. Or better yet, just come to the area and see for yourself.

July: My Month of Travel


I know I complain a lot about getting bored at home and wanting a job, but it’s actually turning out to be a pretty well-planned summer. After getting back from California, I spent most of June in Providence with family and friends. July, however, has become my month of much-needed, well-timed travel. It’s not the traveling to other countries travel I might have wanted, and it’s not exploration or traveling to new places. But I just got back from a trip to Florida, am headed to New York tomorrow, and head back to San Francisco next week. And let me tell you, all the packing and unpacking bags has given me the serious travel bug.

So, knowing myself, I’m going to post about traveling a good amount for the rest of this month. I thought I’d start off with a link to this stellar travel blog Legal Nomads and the author’s Practical Travel Tips (originally sent to me by Patrick when I was feeling particularly in need of an adventure). Though mostly applicable to travel abroad, but it’s a pretty great set of tips, from the highly practical (#8: Oranges are the perfect public transportation snack) to more keep-in-mind advice (#11: People are more alike than you think).

Sage advice from Legal Nomads

Sometimes when I start getting overwhelmed by wanderlust I skim through various posts on Legal Nomads. The author quit her job as a lawyer and has spent four years traveling the world, which serves as a great reminder that it’s never too late to for big adventures.

A couple other travel blogs I like? A Big Life and What an Amazing World!, although in general I like any travel blog that lights a fire under my ass to start traveling more.

Get excited for me to inundate you with various travel wishlists, travel tips and other travel-related topics. After all, the GRE isn’t exactly riveting blog material, and I need something to get my mind off of it.

(Image found via Pinterest)