snow day

pics from my phone of my day on the mountain (that’s me!)



winter vacation

-some snapshots from my little winter vacation in the snow-

festive Whistler village dusk to dark

skiing + snowboarding

prada-inspired cable headband my mom knitted me for christmas (similar style here)

gilded gold + glitter ombre nails à la my glitter guide how-to feature done with butter london’s ‘the full monty‘ & ‘west end wonderland

NYC food porn

While my trip to NYC back in September was the shopping tour of the city, this trip was most decidedly the ‘Eat and Drink’ tour of New York. Wish I had taken more pictures but here’s a little bit of my tour….

When I asked my roommate who recently moved from NY for some recommendation on where to eat she could barely get out the word ‘Momofuku’ without tripping over her own giddy excitement. She even ran into her room to get the cookbook which she promptly plunked on my lap and forced me to read through. You HAVE to go, she said. Now while my work friends here in SF have said there is just as good of noodle places out in the Richmond, I have to say, Momofuku Noodle Bar is so bomb, if you are a giant bowl of noodles and veggies and intense, interesting mixed asian flavors person like me. Plus, they have these amazing things called ‘Pork Buns’ – yes, but so much better than any you’ve ever had before. Delic.

Now, if you didn’t already know this about me, you should know that I am somewhat of an omelette aficionado. It’s pretty much the only kind of eggs I like, and I really like me a good omelette. Thankfully, dearest Eliot chose the most magical and lovely omelette brunch locale for our Sunday afternoon meetup in the Meatpacking: Fig & Olive. You must go. It’s classy in a ‘ladies who lunch’ way and you can drink rosé without judgement. Plus its an old meat warehouse which is kind of cool too. The herbs, the veggies, the cheese, the dipping sauce. yummm. Oh and the Crostini sampler? Divine Providence.

Also on Le Tour de Cuisine was the yummy Gemma in the Bowery Hotel, for their rustic Italian homemade pasta; the secretive underground in Chinatown mexican restaurant Pulqueria for their pitchers of Margaritas and 3am dance floor complete with Mariachi band (and yes, the enchiladas were insane too)- I am not kidding, this place was; Elsa for delicious chick-friendly cocktails, the adorable Cornelia Street Cafe tucked away in the West Village for a cheese platter and a bottle of wine, and Joseph Leonard, on Waverly also in the West Village for an unreal Pork Chop with butternut squash puree and an entertaining wait staff (hey girl hey) and fun atmosphere (this place is a total end-of-the-night cocktail party in a tiny 7 table WVillage walk-up pretty much every day of the week, all day. Plus the food is fantastic). Bon Appétit indeed.

Happy Weekend loves!

a new york afternoon

sweater: old Zara, mustard top: H&M, skirt: Madewell, shoes: BR, collar necklace: H&M, (similar here), bag: Kooba

I spent Sunday in New York traversing the city from one end to another, exploring, shopping, and rendezvousing with friends. First it was a jaunt to Williamsburg (where I had some seriously good coffee and saw Lana del Rey walking down the street), then a hop skip and a jump over to the Meatpacking for a lovely afternoon brunch with New York friends Meghan (who snapped those pics of me!) and Eliot at the delicious Fig & Olive, then scampered uptown to the upper upper west side for an early evening cocktail with my best friend from high school and lovely NYC host and Columbia student, Chadé. I get around, don’t I?


pssst…. have you ‘liked’ ‘the wonder girl’ on facebook? It’s pretty fun! Do so here!

holiday spirit

The best thing about being in New York last week? The holiday spirit….

vermont parks itself on almost every corner

the city at dusk from the bowery

the always amazing windows at Bergdorf’s: ‘Carnival of the Animals’ theme, outfits by J. Mendel, Alexander McQueen & Marchesa

the exterior of Ian Schrager’s 40 Bond residences

stacks of flannel plaids at uniqlo’s new flagship at 53rd & 5th

the tree at rockefeller center

and you can’t leave new york (if you’re me) without a stop at Magnolia’s Bakery for a winter themed chocolate cupcake


“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years”  Thomas Wolfe

fall escape

I did just that (escape… leave behind glamour….) with a bunch of friends at a beautiful farm in Northern California this past weekend. Cozy flannel and fairisle sweaters were worn and tractor rides and campfire singalongs were had. One friend saw these pictures and said we looked like we were at some kind of Pottery Barn ‘Outdoor Spaces’ catalog shoot locale, and she’s kind of right. It was the kind of place that makes you daydream about running away from your current life and taking up residence on a rural farm and riding horses and wearing hunter rain boots and giant sweaters all day. Wouldn’t that be nice? Actually I don’t like horses that much, but you get my point…

new york, new york

Hi all! I’m mid NYC trip and having the time of my life! Literally, dreams have come true this week (see last photo) and I really don’t want to leave in 2 days! (trying not to think about it)

Sharing with you here a sneak peek of what I have been up to since I got here Wednesday morning. Touring around the city & shopping (SoHo), Fashion’s Night Out with girlfriends Alicia & Meghan, a sunny midday walk in Central Park, beautiful Saint John the Divine Cathedral near the Columbia campus, and, of course… Fashion Week!

More photos to come! ♥

my park outfit- tank: BR, skirt: Anthropologie, purse: vintage Francesco Biasia, sunglasses: Stella McCartney, bracelets: Alexis Bittar, F21, BR, Tiffany & Co.

fashion from a far off place

Obsession du jour: online boutique shopping mecca As in, keep me up at night obsessed. You see, this unique online store features merchandise from on the zeitgeist boutiques from all over the world (including the coolest boutiques in the US). The site makes hard-to-find small European lines and unique global vintage pieces instantly accessible and purchasable. No more same jacket or platform heel as the girl sitting in the cube across the way from you. The site is organized by boutique country location (as well as by category) – making it so fun to see what’s hip and hot in the stores in say, Antwerp, Belgium. If you consider yourself a citizen of the fashion world as I like to (even if you rarely physically leave your state), then you should get on this. I went to town a bit and put together 3 fall outfits from some pretty cool far off places…

Joseph sweater from Francis Ferent in Brussels; Arielle de Pinto necklace from Ra in Antwerp; Henrik Vibskov skirt and Sabrina Dehoff bracelets from the Henrik Vibskov Boutique in Copenhagen; Alexander McQueen booties from Biondini in Paris

Gucci fringe shawl from Al Duca d’Aosta in Mestre; GALITZINE Vintage blouse, Pierre Cardin Vintage sunglasses, European Culture trousers from Babylon Bus Women in Plato; Italian Production Vintage alligator boots all from A.N.G.E.L.O. Vintage in Lugo di Ravenna

Maison Scotch Bathtub graphic tee and Citizens of Humanity Straight Leg denim from Atrium in NY, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Bounty leather jacket from Anastasia in Laguna Beach, Made Her Think Hampshire coin bracelet from Confederacy in L.A.; LUV AJ Crystal shard earrings, Will Leather Goods La manta mini backpack, Doc Marten’s Pascal Botanic boot all from American Rag in L.A.

(psst – i have to say, they have an amazing selection of designer footwear for all you shoe freaks)


While in Santa Barbara last weekend for a family friend’s wedding we took a day trip to wine country, ‘Sideways‘ style, to taste what the region had to offer (lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, yummmyyy). It was, of course, scenic and gorgeous and I ended up trying some new things that I loved, such as a White Syrah (that resembles a rosé, but doesn’t taste nearly as sweet) and a Viognier (never had before). My father congratulated me for paying attention and learning all sorts of new things! I couldn’t resist some pictures of the day, so sharing with you here. Is is wine hour yet?

wineries from the top: Babcock, Melville, Dierberg/Star Lane


joie de 4th

morning view: sail boats in the sound

belgian waffle brunch

fisherman sweater and nana’s 4th of july pin

hanging out with kitty jasper and…

…brother John

dining alfresco

sweet seasonal treat: italian strawberry almond creme cake

sun setting over the sound

i’m heading back to foggy San Francisco tonight after a leisurely week long vacation over the holiday weekend at home with my family on bainbridge island, wa. the weather has been glorious here and it has been so nice to take a break from it all in the city. unfortunately it’s back to work and real life tomorrow, although thank god it will almost be the weekend! i am looking forward to weekend plans of lounging in the park with a blanket, a bottle of wine and friends as well as a night on the town with fancy cocktails and a concert. looks like real life ain’t so bad!

i hope you all had a lovely 4th of july with your friends and/or family!

xx, Tara

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