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High Tea at the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus SF

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WARNING: Scroll no further, and do not look at any more of these pics, if you are currently so hungry that you could eat a stack of Post-Its.

Not kidding. I’m serious.

OK…if you read any further, don’t say I didn’t warn ya. :)

These are pics from the Signature Tea service at The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus SF right down where the action is in Union Square, and it’ll put the rumbly in that tumbly.

Oh, boy… I can’t even look at these pics without wishing I was there right now stuffing my face with tiny sandwiches, cakes and cookies the size of my thumb.

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Little better than than Strawberry Pop-Tarts I’m having for breakfast right now! (Although sometimes a Pop-Tart really hits the spot, I can’t lie.)

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I met some friends there last week, Arianne from The Glitter Geek blog, her baby daughter Sarah and my buddy Marisol.

The Signature Tea service is a wonderful way to take a break from shopping for a few hours if you’re ever visiting the city with friends. It costs $45 for ample ambience, a pot of tea for each person (chosen from among a wide variety of flavors) and savory sandwiches, sweets, scones and fruit for noms.

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Everyone has a different nom-eating strategy, but I started with the savory sandwiches (the sliced cucumber ones with cream cheese were my favorite, followed closely by the egg salad), then moved on to the scones (which I doused in lemon curd), before finishing with the sweets, which included a gingerbread cookie that made me feel like I was melting into my chair…


Of course, the tea was delectable, too. I ordered the vanilla decaf black, and it perfectly paired with the snacks.

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I Actually Named My Trader Joe’s Herb Garden

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The plants on my little deck garden that brightened my spring and summer have bid their seasonal adieu. :( And now when I go back there to get some fresh air with Tabs, there are no more gorgeous greens and bright yellow sunflowers for us to look at (and for him to nibble). Just drooping vines and crumbly brown leaves.

But I gotta get my green thumb on somehow, so I picked up this Potted Herb Garden from Trader Joe’s…


I think it was around $10.


It’s sitting just to the left of my kitchen sink… I hope it hangs on through winter.

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Cute Betsey Johnson Bag Alert!

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OK, so maybe it is totally cliche to both love makeup and also be totally into anything and everything with a lip print on it, but to that I say this: “MWWWAHH!” Because I don’t care! :) I love a cute lip print, ya feel me?


These adorable Betsey Johnson cosmetics bags are at DSW. I spotted them the last time I was there. They were tucked away on a cluttered shelf in the cash wrap area, otherwise known as “Impulse Buy Heaven.”

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The bigger bags, the ones with the pink lips, are $29.95, and the smaller ones with the gold lips are $19.95. I thought about getting one as a spare/backup Christmas present for someone, but then I realized, who am I kidding? I’d just end up giving it to myself…

Still cute though, aren’t they? If Baby Girl were of age, I’d fill one with makeup and hair accessories for her. :)

I’m not seeing the bigger bag online, but the smaller one with the gold lips is available now on the DSW website.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Outfit of the Day: Bumpin’ at 20 Weeks With a BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket and TOMS Majorca Peep Toe Booties

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Funny story about these pics.

I’m not sure where I saw or heard this tidbit of advice (it may have been America’s Next Top Model), but it helps you hit your poses when you take pics if you 1) suck in your tummy and 2) squeeze your butt.

Cheeks. Your butt cheeks. LOL!

I know, you don’t even need to say it. :) But it helps, believe it or not. As far as photography posing tips go, it’s right up there with rolling your shoulders forward and working your angles.

Now, the butt-squeezing part? When you’re with child, totally doable. But the tummy-sucking is sooo not happening.

About this outfit here, nothing I’m wearing is official maternity gear. I had all of this in my closet before Baby Girl set up shop.

The dress, which I always get questions about, is what I now like to call “vintage.” I bought it eons ago, around 2001 or 2002, at a random store in San Francisco’s Fillmore district. It’s super soft and stretchy, and it’s become one of my go-to outfits lately.

The tag says it’s by a designer named Hot Sauce, which I Googled, but alas…I don’t think Hot Sauce is working anymore. (Ha! “Hot Sauce is working…”)

The jacket is easily one of my all-time best Nordstrom buys, the Faux Leather Jacket by BLANKNYC, and I’ve had it for about two years. I think it’s a pretty popular style at Nordies because they restock it every season in different colors.

I have it in basic black, and I wear it with everything!

It’s $98, and I’m always amazed that it wasn’t $300 because of how legit I think it looks. The faux leather looks totally real, and you can easily dress it up or down with a party dress or pants any time of year. Highly recommended.
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Bejeweled and Fabulous!

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Bejeweled and fabulous! — because Tabs wouldn’t have it any other way.

Please note the sassy front paw action. It’s his new signature move.


The bling is the Kristin Perry Audrey Necklace.

It’s actually made for people, but as you can see, it also looks quite fetching on cats. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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