Monday, March 30, 2015

natural edit {what's on my nightstand}

It's funny how packing up your life into boxes makes you really evaluate the sheer amount of stuff you can accumulate. Case in point? My closet took me close to a full weekend to really dig through and sort. A lot of folding, boxing up, rediscovering pieces I thought were lost forever and cringing at a few that had managed to stick around for that long. It's been incredibly therapeutic in a sense to just cleanse -- pare down to exactly what I need and want in my life and part with the things I don't. 

My beauty shelf is really no different. I wouldn't say I'm necessarily a product junkie at heart but somehow, I've managed to fill a few overflowing shelves in my bathroom, precariously stacked and arranged with creams, foundations, powders, lipsticks and probably one too many brushes than I know what to do with -- a lot of them I love, a lot of them are samples I've yet to try. So naturally, when I tackled those shelves this weekend, I realized how very few products I really reach for on a regular basis -- the ones where I wouldn't be able to start my day without -- one of which is a great skin cream. As I get older, I'm starting to realize how much emphasis I put on routine, especially when it comes to something as foundational as skin care. I'm much more diligent about drinking lots of water than my former 20-something year old self, I apply a nightly eye cream (because those late night email catch up sessions are definitely catching up with me) and I don't dare leave the house without a base layer of SPF lotion on (Baz was right all along)

I recently read about Voucelle and was intrigued by the stem cell activation of it -- to essentially encourage cell turnover -- for firmer, more resilient skin. I wouldn't say anti-aging steps are something I'm actively looking into, but sometimes the best preventative care is taken well before you need it so I was excited when the folks at Voucelle asked me to test drive it. I've been applying the serum nightly (after drinking a full bottle of water to boot) and have been really happy with the results so far, especially around and near my eyes, which tend to be slightly puffy in the morning. 

Have you guys tried it? Would love to hear what your thoughts!

This post was in collaboration with Voucelle. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting all This Time Tomorrow collaborations! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

left my heart in san francisco {favorite restaurants}

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I suppose a better title for this post would be: "I left my stomach in San Francisco" because, if I'm being completely honest, I'm going to miss our food scene here in SF dearly! Naturally, New York has plenty of tempting menus to keep me busy, but after spending five years here in San Francisco, I have to say, this isn't an easy goodbye for me. And don't get me started on the apparent lack of good Mexican food out east. Sigh. 

Here are a few of my favorites (new and old) that I've accumulated over the years accompanied with the dish you MUST try while there. 

Park Tavern: Must try dish - This is a tie for me between the brussel sprout chips and the Marlowe burger. Get both. You'll thank me later.

Wayfare Tavern: Must try dish - It's hard to chose a favorite (Tyler Florence can really do no wrong) but I'd have to say the fried chicken wins me over, every goddamn time.

Flour + Water: Must try dish - Their bianco verde pizza (asparagus, ricotta, garlic and salsa verde) is always a table pleaser. But I rarely share with the table. :)

SPQR: Must try dish - Their menu changes pretty often, but I recently had their nettle and mushroom cannelloni with nettle fonduta and piave cheese and was not disappointed. 

Elite Cafe: Must try dish - Don't leave without getting a big order of their meetinghouse biscuits and make sure to try seafood gumbo!

Absinthe: Must try dish - Where to start? For appetizers, don't miss the soft garlic pretzels (these guys will forever haunt my dreams) and for an entree, their potato crusted salmon is some of the best salmon I've ever had.

A16: Must try dish - All of their pasta dishes are sure to please, but their bucatini dish with walnut-lemon pesto, cream and wild arugula is my fool-proof choice.

Marlowe: Must try dish - Three words for you: roasted bone marrow. 

The  Cavalier: Must try dish - If you're going with a few friends, I highly recommend getting both the wild mushroom pie and the rabbit and shelling bean pie to split. 

Boulevard: Must try dish - I've only gone here once and it was for a birthday celebration years ago, but the nettle tortellini with veal meatballs is still one of my favorite dishes this city has to offer.

State Bird Provisions: Must try dish - Everything. It's dim sum style and it's kinda hard to turn ANYTHING down as it's passing you.

Nopa: Must try dish - I'm not usually a fan of pork chops, but there's something about the country pork chop from Nopa that just gets me. 

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