BIKING AROUND TOWN

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A couple of months before I moved out of the Marina, I purchased a hybrid bike to ride around Crissy Field and the Presidio. While I had lived in the Marina for two years, I never fully took advantage the neighborhood so jumped at the opportunity to buy an affordable bike to ride around town.

After work, I hopped on my bike and rode along Marina Blvd toward Crissy Field. It was the highlight of…

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SONG OF THE SUMMER

SONG OF THE SUMMER

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Have you heard the song Rude by Magic!? I’m obsessed with this song’s groovy reggae beats and have declared it my song for the summer. It’s about a guy going to his girlfriend’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. The father says, “No.” The singer replies with, “Well, I’m gonna marry her anyway.”

I don’t know if it’s the gutsy…

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WHAT’S YOUR DAYDREAM ABOUT?

WHAT’S YOUR DAYDREAM ABOUT?

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How do you escape your day-to-day routine? Sometimes I like to daydream. I’ve been daydreaming about moving to a farm. Don’t laugh. I have got quite the farming background on the old resume. Better yet, it’s in my BLOOD.

As you know, I love being outdoors. It’s hard coded into who I am. (A little programming joke for those of you tech wizards. You are welcome.) It all stems from my childhood.

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Happy Monday. How was your weekend? I’m still dreaming about the weekend and thought I’d share some photos of my recent trip to NYC to ease into the week. Let’s take a quick mind trip to NYC, shall we?

One of my favorite spots in Manhattan is Columbus Circle. Yes, it’s far too touristy. But it brings back memories of the summer I lived there, so I visit the spot every single trip. And on this trip, I was able to see Columbus Circle from a whole level. Literally.

While visiting NYC, our friend was able to get us a reservation at the Mandarin Oriental’s Lobby Lounge. Located on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, it’s supposedly almost impossible to get a reservation. All my NY friends were so excited and even compared it to “seeing a unicorn.” When a group of New Yorkers are excited, you better be excited. Fast.

The tea service was exceptional, of course. But the best part of the tea service was the view. From the 35th floor, I was able to see the Columbus Circle and Central Park! It was enchanting. The colors, the energy from the street below and realizing just high we were made me feel a million miles away from everything.

And the BEST part? It started to rain while my friends and I were drinking tea and chatting away. There we were, reconnecting and watching the rain drops fall from the sky, hit the window and gracefully slide down. Ah, it truly is the best form of therapy. Of course, I captured the moment to share it with you. Enjoy!

- Joody

(All photos by Joody)

TEA TIME Happy Monday. How was your weekend? I’m still dreaming about the weekend and thought I’d share some photos of my recent trip to NYC to ease into the week.

ARUBA, ARUBA!

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“Aruba, Jamaica, ooooh I wanna take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama, Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go.”

Ladies and gents, drumroll please….. I’m heading out to Aruba! “Aruba, Jamaica, oooohhh I wanna take ya!” In case you couldn’t tell, I’m over the moon about my upcoming trip. And why yes, Kokomo by Beach Boys HAS been playing on repeat all morning! I’m not sure if I’ll be…

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When do you usually start planning for the weekend? I like to start on a Thursday. Yup. I sit at my desk and plan out my weekend. And looking at the list, I am definitely excited for the weekend to be here. Want to hear what’s on tap for the weekend?

One of the things I am looking forward to doing is having a breakfast / brunch with Otto. We spend time together after work, but because we are both so exhausted from work, it seems like we don’t really spend any time…together. Are you planning to do the same with your loved ones? If you are in Portland, I’ve got JUST the spot for you: Tasty & Sons.

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I’ve read so many amazing reviews about this spot beforehand so went in with HIGH expectations. What happens when you go in with high expectations? Most of time, you’ll be disappointed. Crushed. But not with Tasty & Sons. I love the decor, the high ceiling, the people and the FOOD. I got the Burmese Pork Stew (because everyone recommended it) and it was phenomenal. I wanted to take that bowl to a dark alley and, well, you know the rest. I could sit at this restaurant for hours, eating through the entire menu, watching people pass by and chatting the day away with Otto.

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For those of you lucky enough to be in Portland this weekend, head on over to Tasty & Sons with high expectations, a hungry belly and someone to enjoy it with.

For other eager beavers out there, what have you got planned for the weekend? I’d love to know!

- joody

(Photos all via joody + otto)

TASTY & SONS – PORTLAND When do you usually start planning for the weekend? I like to start on a Thursday. Yup.

MY DREAM WARM WEATHER CLOSET

MY DREAM WARM WEATHER CLOSET

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The rain and the cold may have returned to San Francisco, but I can’t stop thinking about my spring / summer wardrobe. I’ve been on a mission to keep my closet simple, clean, understated and elegant. It’s been surprisingly hard to find pieces that qualify all the criteria.

So of course, I was excited (over the moon, actually) when I saw Emerson Fry’s newest arrival. Aren’t these looks incredible?…

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How was your weekend? Mine was perfect. I really squeezed every last drop from this weekend. We spent time running errands, of course, but also went to Crissy Fields. The sun was out, the breeze from the ocean was delightful and everyone was so happy and relaxed.

We did our fair share of eating, of course. We headed out to the Mission for some freshly baked bread from Tartine Bakery and also stopped by Bi-Rite Market. Have you seen their flowers lately? The pops of bright colors definitely shouted “summer is coming” in my ears. Take a look!

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Have a great Monday.

- Joody

(All photos via joody)

FLOWER MADNESS How was your weekend? Mine was perfect. I really squeezed every last drop from this weekend. We spent time running errands, of course, but also went to Crissy Fields.