Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wine Log - 2015 Q2

This is a continuation of my wine log on a quarterly basis (2014 & 2015 Q1). Transitioning from Office Manager of a law firm to Operating Partner of DWSF is in full effect and expanding of my knowledge of all things Food & Beverage is necessary. I am in the middle of a 30-Day Fitness Challenge using Shredz supplements and am prepping for Bodybuilding.com's #StillInIt 6-week challenge beginning on April 20th. Drinking won't benefit me in these challenges so I expect this log will not be extensive, but when I do drink, it will help me remember what I have tasted.

Bottles
Sunce Winery & Vineyard - 2011 Syrah
*Gold Critics Challenge Winner 2013*
This was first tasted in early November 2014 when a friend, Mike, was visiting from Ottawa, Canada. While waiting for my business partners to arrive in Sebastopol, CA, we went ahead and got a jump start on wine tasting. We stopped at Sunce not knowing an event was taking place that day with many other wineries in the area. Without a ticket, the greeter allowed us in anyways and there were soooo many to taste! They were quite generous. I was also feeling a bit under the weather and our thoughtful pourer gave me tea bags from her purse. How kind. Mike discovered he liked NorCal's Syrah. This was his first purchase of wine in Sonoma County. And one Sunday evening in April with my ex-roomie, studying wine after a healthy dinner, we enjoyed it. It had a deep, garnet appearance, fruity and not too tannic.

Pulling out this wine also reminded me that I recalled the name when my best friend, Christy, and I were checking out locations to hold her father's memorial service in late January. In Fremont, CA, the woman showing us a spot near a park and cute townhomes was wearing a gray Sunce hoodie. "Hey, I've been there!" That was a fun day with bocce ball, tasting appetizers and many wines straight from the barrel. Not bad of an experience for Mike's first winery in California, right?
 
More to come!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rockin' My S&D Everyday

It has been almost five years since I signed up to be a Stella & Dot Stylist. It has been fun and I have met many wonderful people and women thru marketing the pieces and doing trunk shows. I have had supportive friends and family and had eight women on my team at one point. Nowadays, I haven't had the time to invest in this business but I love the flexibility of it. My site is up 24-hours a day and I am a walking billboard with all the pieces I wear every single day. I either post pics on my Facebook page or via my Instagram (user: bappletree).

The new Summer Collection just launched and I made a few purchases. I have tons of samples still and have tried to sell them thru friends and family, the few trunk shows I do do and via my Facebook page. But I wanted new pieces to add to my very large collection, especially with my new adventure happening at DWSF in San Francisco. I alerted my cousin of my recent shopping spree and she said I need to 'model' them. Oh, the selfies. Sick of them yet? Well, it seems to be the best way to show how I wear these gorgeous and fun pieces and what I pair them with and where I wear them to. I can't say I go to anyone's blog for their OOTD (Outfit of the Day) posts and I wouldn't expect you to come to mine to see what I'm wearing that day. I have a simple kind of style but I like to be bold with my jewelry and my shoes. I wear A LOT of black so when shopping, I try to make it a point to stay away from that appealing color and add more vibrant colors to my wardrobe. But funny how one of my favorite stores is White House Black Market. I can't stay away. They have a lot of my money and I get nice discounts. I actually have to thank the S&D sponsor I was under for turning me onto WHBM. Her name is Natalie and she posted this one black dress with white polka dots and  a big floppy hat.  It was adorable. So I guess posting what you're wearing does indeed influence people. I am just making the disclaimer that I do not think I'm 'Miss Fashionable' or that people should dress like me. I am just sharing the jewelry and yes, sometimes what I'm wearing makes me feel pretty and I want to share. Do you mind?

Here are some pics I've posted in the past. The jewelry is all Stella & Dot and may or may not be available today. But if you love the piece, make me an offer. I might be willing to part with it.

Can't remember the name of the hoops but they are discontinued and I lost them. So sad.
Discontinued Maya Brenner heart necklace
Discontinued layering necklace

Yelp Oktoberfest with my friend, Yelp Ambassador, Joanna S. Wearing the versatile Sanibel Pendant ($69) in silver with a Forever 21 dress, Old Navy jacket and Steve Madden shoes.

A Patron cocktail event at Terra SF with my business partner and beer mistress. Wearing the Callie Necklace ($98) and WHBM dress.


My Birthday Party 2014 - The discontinued Renegade Cluster Necklace and Earrings in gold.


My everyday kind of look - Norah Pendant Necklace ($98), Cleopatra Studs ($24) and Arrison Bracelet ($34) that you can wear two ways. Forever 21 top.

Memorial Service
All three ladies wearing S&D - Can't remember the name of the other two, (BAD Stylist!) but I'm wearing the gorgeous Helena Necklace ($128) over a WHBM dress.


A birthday outing to Lagunitas in Petaluma, CA
Discontinued Bamboleo ($228), Angela is wearing the discontinued Fiona (sale $82.60)
I'm wearing a cheap top from Bloom and Prada sunglasses

Easter 2015
Interlock Cross Necklace ($59) - By Maya Brenner, available in gold and silver.
I wear my late grandfather's wedding ring everyday.
Dress by J. Crew

The Alexandria Necklace (Reg. $80, Sample sale $45) is retired, paired with the versatile Orbit Hoop Earrings ($39) in silver, on top of a cheap black tank top was worn to a Three Days Concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. BareMinerals 'Witty' lip gloss.

Dressing up a University of Texas shirt with one of the three strands on the new Zuni Necklace ($98). Wear this strand long or short. Go TEXAS!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My First Beer Log


To accompany my ongoing wine logs (2014 & 2015 Q1), a beer log is now needed. I have a new love for beer since my spontaneous trip to Boston with Christina last October. We toured the Samuel Adams brewery and met some great Canadians. From then, I have a greater appreciation and thirst for beer. I am sure this makes my business partner, Kristian, happy. He makes beer, grows his own hops and is no doubt a beer lover. When we first met in 2006, I didn’t really like wine or beer. Nine years later, I am finally on board with learning and drinking more beer. 

Kristian used to work at a popular spot in Downtown San Francisco. I asked if his establishment had room for one of my Legal Clerks to hold his birthday there. He definitely hooked it up and I have always been a big supporter of him so of course I wanted to bring him some business. That evening, Kristian brought me a bottle of beer to taste. He knows my taste and with a hesitant look on my face, he said, “Damnit, Dankle, just try it.” Yes, he has a unique and funny name for me. Everyone asks, “What’s a Dankle?” I’m a Dankle. Anyways…he was right. That beer was delicious. I cannot remember the name of it for the life of me but of course, it was an expensive bottle. Figures.

To avoid future forgetfulness of deliciousness (another Kristian word), here is my first Beer Log. Since beginning this fitness journey, I am trying not to drink alcohol as much. Keyword: trying. Enjoy!

And you might as well follow me on Yelp, because I'm an 8-time Yelp Elite (lol). My second Review of the Day goes to Alameda's tastiness that is Faction Brewing. Y-U-M. Actually, my first one was for Alameda's Burgermeister. Hmm, is that a sign that I should move to the Island(s)? Hawaii would be more like it. Someday.



Bottles

Superior Rubia - March 2015
This was in our fridge in our rental in Playa Del Carmen. Had it while watching Coming to America en espanol.

Akumal - Porter - March 2015
Had a few of these at the Wah Wah Restaurant and Bar in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Tasty. This bar served their beer incredibly cold. Loved that.

Corona - March 2015
Everyone's heard and probably had a Corona. It's not my beer of choice but for $7 pesos and a shot of Mezcal in Carmen Del Playa, why the hell not?

Angry Boy Brown Ale - Baird Brewing Company
Had this while in Sebastopol, CA.

Mission Brewery - Hef, San Diego, CA
Had to allow myself one beer during SF Beer Week.

Glasses

Faction Brewing - Alameda, CA


Also tried their Imperial Stout that was served at Hog's Apothecary in Oakland, CA.

Fort Point Kolsch - at The Tipsy Pig in San Francisco, CA

Friar Starter by Coronado Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA.
It's is a 4.8% Belgium Blonde I had a glass of at Fat Angel, also in San Francisco, CA. Met two gents at the bar and we started talking about beer and ended up splitting the 'small' kale salad with chicken and they gave me a taste of their San Franciscan beer which had a mango and passion fruit flavor.
Lagunitas Brewing Company - Petaluma, CA
Porter

Pine Street Brewery - Stout
I really enjoy stout and porters. It didn't go very well with the kale and chicken salad I had at Green Chili Kitchen in San Francisco, CA but I still enjoyed it.
Schubros Brewery - San Ramon, CA
Little Devil - Hoppy Belgian Style Pale Ale
Tasted at Hog's Apothacary in Oakland, Ca


Tastes
Half Moon Bay Brewery - Half Moon Bay, CA - January 2015
After a hike, we wanted beer. Beer is what we got.


Lagunitas Brewing Company - IPA
Again, after a hike around Angel Island, I had a little bit of Christina's beer.

Negra Modelo - from Mexico. Tasted it at Green Chili Kitchen in San Francisco, CA. I preferred my Pine Street Stout.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bodybuilding.com's #200KTransform Challenge

Bodybuilding.com's 12-week transformation challenge was a contest for one male and one female to win $40,000 each. My Paralegal, Justin, convinced me to do it. My good girlfriend, Nikki, and Tatiana disclosed they are doing their first fitness competition in August. They signed up as well. 

Before pics: 1/10/15
After pics: 3/24/15

I was nervous about posting these but F it, it is what it is. In the end, changes were made and it has been so much fun doing the challenge with wonderful friends. Thanks for the support to those that endured my fitness postings, kicked my ass at the gym (Dylan & Justin!), brought me bottles of water instead of a cocktail and being ok with me drooling and staring while they ate their pizza, French fries and dessert. Oh, the dessert!!!

"I know I said I wanted abs, BUT I was hungry."

I definitely tried to avoid drinking and think I did alright. I could improve there but I AM opening a bar, y'know?!  It's called 'research' and I'm sticking to it! Gimme a break. Saying no to alcohol is way harder to say no to than sweets and carbs. 

This newbie runner can do a mile under 10 minutes and a 5K without dying. Goal is to get to a 10K by the summer. Protein powder were my only suppls until I added Bodybuilding.com's CLA to the mix with 3 weeks left in the challenge. I meal prepped, logged my food and workouts (til DW needed some major attention), felt guilty when I actually did take a rest day and slowly moved about with soreness and pride.

The best part, besides my male Clerk saying I have shoulders like Lebron, was doing a flex or post-workout photo exchange with Nikki. Examples include sweat dripping down from ...places, face flushed, hair just God awful, funny and exhausted expressions, pics that made us feel sexy and even some silly booty-booty shots. Love that girl. Photo exchange continues. We keep each other in check and motivate each other. This was her brilliant idea and I love it!

Down 8 lbs, lowered BMI, body fat percentage but am stronger and not finished yet. Next up is the 30-day #Shredztransformation challenge with some beautiful family members. This started 4/3, upon my return from Mexico. Goal is to be down another 2% body fat. Went down 2% in 80 days but this time I'll be taking more supplements. And I just signed up for Bodybuilding.com's 6-week #StillInIt challenge for $15K. This challenge starts April 20th.

Summer goal is to lower body fat another 2%(!) and have the sexiest damn stomach I've ever had.

Until April 3rd!


Arms work out with Justin



Really hated these side profile shots but I can definitely see some changes and I'm ok with that.


I think the girls and I kicked some ass!

Did you do challenge? Are we connected at Bodybuilding.com? Why not? Add me! 'bappletree'

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Playa Del Carmen 2015

 
 
Getting one more vacation in before another adventure starts. Mezcal, street food, a cenote or two, Mayan ruins, beach time and wonderful company is basically the plan. This will fulfill my annual international trip for 2015. 

VAMANOS!!!

(LOL. "No, Papa, that's not my boyfriend.")


Drinking Akumal Porter at our favorite spot, the Wah Wah Restaurant & Bar


Talum


Scorpion in Mezcal bottle
 
Right outside our apartment's window was the rooftop seating at Lucky Luciano's.

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This was my home for 2 weeks in 2012 touring Europe with my Cugino. Saw it again in Cozumel.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wine Log - 2015 Q1

Let's be honest. I like wine. I had to break up this year's log into quarters or this would be a very long post. However, I started a 12-week #200KTranform fitness challenge thru bodybuilding.com with two friends, Nikki B. and Tatiana, and one of my Paralegals, Justin.  Therefore, this quarter's list may not be as extensive. Nonetheless, the experiences and memories created during the consumption of this 'deliciousness' as my good friend, Kristian, would say, will be long lasting.

Please see Wine Log 2014 to see how and why this all began. I have also started a Beer Log as well. Ever since my spontaneous trip to Boston in October with Christina, I have developed a new appreciation for beer. Do read on...

The wine is separated by 1) Bottles - wine I liked enough to purchase and take home, 2) Glasses - from mostly dinner outings and 3) Tastes - as in wine tasting, which I commonly love to do.

Enjoy!
 
BOTTLES:
The Buccaneer, Pinot Noir - 2012
My favorite wine is a Pinot Noir and this one didn't disappoint. This purchased for my birthday party last year but so many others were brought that this wasn't shared. Christy and I opened this on a spontaneous visit on a Friday night. It was me, her, Bevo and the kids running around. Who needs to go out when you have a nice bottle of red and great company?
Haha, not my nail job.
 
Lots of love in these photos. With my best friend and my niece and nephew.


GLASSES:

Apothic Red - 2012

Domaine la Perriere, Sauvignon Blanc - 2013
Sancerre, France
After a hike on Angel Island, a late lunch needed to be accompanied with a glass of wine. A beer is usually what I crave nearing the end of a hike, so a sip of Christina's Lagunitas IPA sufficed while waiting for our boat to arrive to take us back to Tiburon. I have read some articles of the Sancerre region and have never tried one. I was looking for something refreshing and this wine didn't 'wow' me like I thought it would. I should have made a note to myself but it really wasn't impressive. Clearly.

Forrest Ville, Cabernet

Gigondas, Le Gravillas - 2010
Rhone, France
This delicious red without a bouquet was had at Uncle Yu's in Livermore, CA, another great area to wine taste in Northern California, after my second shoot with Dylan Douglas Photography.

Piemonte, Italy
I had this glass Nikki's birthday dinner in Las Vegas at Il Fornaio just as the #200KTransform challenge began. I wanted a glass of wine to go with the swordfish and veggies dish, and that's all I can say about it. Oh, Vegas.

Rock Wall, Harris Kratka Vineyards Zinfandel - 2011
I'm trying not to drink and haven't had much wine. Brian came by with an opened bottle of this deliciousness while we discussed a possible deal with my motorcycle. I had half a glass. It was dry, deep and delightful. Yes, I have RW wine glasses and now a RW hoodie that is very comfortable. 


TASTES:
50 Shades of Grey - White Silk
The hyped up movie of the book series have cute little teddy bears with a blindfold at Target. The name is now on a wine bottle. Just a sip was a bit bitter and I didn't like it. 

Marimar Estate, Sebastopol, California

On the hunt to get some Pliny the Elder and Younger at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA, our (DWSF's) Brewmasters and I found our way to Sebastopol for beer and wine tasting, plus a great dinner at Peter Lowell's. It was nearing the end of the day and Janice, a young, beautiful Italian, host was incredibly pleasant. She said it was unusual to get young patrons in the tasting room. She poured us more than what was on their tasting list and it was all tasty and appreciated. 

MacPhail, Sebastopol, California
A cute spot at The Barlow with a spot to drink outside on bright, green chairs. Inside you'll find a few high tops, low tops and a counter but you can't miss the tall structure of crushed, commingled, red Radio Flyers. Wines served here are mostly Pinot Noir and are quite different and unique than the previous wine they'll pour for you. One Pinot Noir was quite cloudy. I have never seen a Pinot like that and it wasn't as smooth as I like. I love the plum garnet of a Pinot. That wine was quite different (not pictured below)


#imamujian #drinklove
Rock Wall Wine Company
Various wines including a Rose and Sauvignon Blanc that were served at the Amore Valentine's Day event. I received complimentary tickets as a Yelp Elite and took my usual +1, Megan Z., as my pre-Valentine's Date. Her sister also joined us who used to pour and work events for Rock Wall. We had a blast.

3 shades of wine on a 50 Shades of Grey weekend.


Absolutely love this. So much fun.

My PB, Nanabuddy & Dandelion.
 
With my 'Best Friend' and favorite 'Ex-Boyfriend' LOL.



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hello, 2015!

It feels like another year has blown by. Many wonderful things have happened and I am so appreciative for people that were right there with me, those who have played a part in them and for the long lasting memories.

I haven't really been one for resolutions but a new life will commence in 2015 and I should kick it off on a positive note and end it successfully. They say it's best to write your resolutions/goals down so here they are in no particular order:

- Continue to go international at least once a year.
--- 2/19/15 --- Update: Mexico is in the works for late March.

- Continue to hike once a month.
--- 2/19/15 --- Update: January - done! February - Angel Island!
- Lower my BMI and maintain and maintain it by exercising and being more cautious of what I put in my body.
--- 2/19/15 --- Update: #200KTransform 12-week challenge in process. Lowered BMI!

- Run my first 5K race.

- Maintain positive relationships, end those that hold me down.

- Continue to try to be a better manager.

- Excel at DW.

- Less possessions, more experiences.

I'm sure I'll add more. Here's to 2015! Good luck to all of you!