Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend! They always go too fast, don’t they? I had a great time this weekend and was feeling good the whole time! This might seem commonplace for some, but for me, this is a true celebration! And it was an especially good thing because I had some fun plans. As I mentioned, I went to see Jersey Boys with San Francisco Delta Gamma Alumnae group and we had a great time! I love musicals (this was my second this week after Sound of Music for my Grandma’s birthday) and this was no different. I’d heard great things about it and it didn’t disappoint. It did however, have a slightly different musical format than I’m used to. Rather than the characters singing songs as dialogue and to progress the story, the music in Jersey Boys are songs that the Four Seasons sang, so they didn’t relate as much to the story. But it was still very enjoyable and I had a great time with my friends- it’s always such a pleasure to get dressed up and go to the theater! I’m hoping someday I can find a guy who will enjoy it too. ;) Then the next day my gals and I went to Foreign Cinema for brunch and had a lovely time. It was so fun to be all together again and we had so much to catch up on. The food was delicious, the space was beautiful and the company was exceptional! After a fun brunch I met up with my parents and we did a little pre-wedding shopping and I finally found a rehearsal dinner dress, yay! Then on Sunday I went over to my sister-in-law-to-be’s house and we did a few pre-wedding activities as well which was so much fun! I’m so excited that we will soon be family- she’s amazing. And then the weekend ended watching my new tv obsession Mr. Selfridge (fans of Downton Abbey-you will love it!) and enjoying a sweet treat! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to your work week!

Excited for the show to begin!

Excited for the show to begin!

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The gorgeous Curran Theater… they just don’t make ‘em like they used to

Ladies who brunch

Ladies who brunch

My first time trying coconut milk ice cream and it was DELISH!

My first time trying coconut milk ice cream and it was DELISH!

Questions:

-What’s your favorite play or musical?

-What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies. I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine had a rocky start because I was feeling really yucky but thankfully I started feeling better and was able to enjoy my Grandma’s 88th birthday surprise celebration! We always do something fun for my Grandma’s birthday and last year went to Vegas! This year we stayed in town and had an amazing time and my Grandma was over the moon- just how everyone should feel on their birthday :) Hope you all have a great Monday!

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Ready for a change- shorter hair for summer!

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A very surprised Grandma when she saw the limo!

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The fam in front of the limo, ready to embark on Grandma’s special birthday!

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My first time at the Tonga room and my Grandma’s first time back in over 40 years!

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Queen of the Tonga room with her strawberry banana daiquiri!

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I’m such a lucky Grandaughter to have the most amazing Grandma!!

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Surprise round 2- Sound of Music the next day!

Questions:

-When’s the last time you were in a limo?

-How was your weekend?

What to Wear Wednesday: ’80s Style

Hi lovelies! Thanks for your kind words about how I’ve been feeling. I am definitely on the mend and despite dealing with some pain, and am happily feeling stronger each and every day. I’m so lucky that through all of this, I have such an amazing support team. I have been blessed with an incredible family and it is through their help and prayers, that I credit my improvement with!

But before all of this happened, I went out for a fun night celebrating my friend Virginia’s birthday. She decided to do it ’80s style and we went to see the band Tainted Love. For those who haven’t heard of them, they are an ’80s cover band that is actually incredibly good. They play a lot in San Francisco (I actually saw them on NYE) but they also travel around as well. As an 1980s kid (ok, so I was born in ’87 so was technically an ’80s baby) so I’m a huge fan of ’80s music. I first discovered it in college actually when I became obsessed with Journey. I credit this to Fraternity exchanges when the DJs would always play “Don’t Stop Believing”, or other non-Journey classics like “Jesse’s Girl” and “Living on a Prayer.” And of course Madonna. Obviously. I always found myself singing these songs with my friends at the top of my lungs and they are some of my best memories from the dances. In my post-college years, when an ’80s song comes on and people are surprised that I know every word, I explain that they are my “end of the night songs.” So a whole night singing those songs with a live band with all my friends AND the opportunity to get dressed up? DONE.

I’ve always gotten really into dressing up for theme parties. Being in a sorority in college I had a LOT of opportunities to do so and get this- I used to sketch my potential costumes during class. (When I was little I wanted to be a fashion designer, so I guess a little part of that still remains.) Though I didn’t sketch this outfit, I did my research. I knew for my ’80s look I wanted to channel Madonna. And this is what I came up with…

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When it comes to shopping for costumes, Forever 21 is the best. Everything is cheap and they often have so many ridiculous items that are completely theme-party appropriate. All of the above (with the exception of my Nine West shoes) is from Forever 21! It took a little time to shop the store (and I felt about 10 years older than everyone there) and with the addition of cutting my t-shirt thanks to a Youtube video, the outfit came together pretty easily.

And of course, I have to show you some pictures of my gorgeous friends, rocking their neon looks:

Katie had amazing fishnet gloves and Biz was rocking the cutest legwarmers.

Katie had amazing fishnet gloves and Biz was rocking the cutest legwarmers.

The  3 Katies looking fantastic!

The 3 Katies looking fantastic!

Questions:

-Do you like theme parties? What’s your favorite theme? (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

-Have you ever seen an ’80s cover band?

 

Gluten & Allergy Free Expo

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend! They always feel too short but I am very excited that next week is a 3-day weekend! I had a great weekend and an amazing time at the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo. I’ve discussed my journey to my celiac diagnosis on the blog before (though full post will be on my About page soon) but I haven’t gone into detail about my other restrictions. Back at the end of November, my doctor put me on an elimination diet where I cut out a variety of things and then could gradually re-introduce them to see how I reacted to them. The list included but was not limited to: corn, soy, dairy, peanuts, vinegar, alcohol, chocolate, strawberries, beef and eggs. I’ve taken the reintroductions slowly and have found that I’m fine with alcohol and chocolate, however I have had reactions to both beef and vinegar. I likely won’t be re-introducing dairy or soy but I’ve tried corn on 2 accounts lately. The first was a complete and utter failure, as I found myself very sick immediately after eating. Since then I’ve been sure to stay away from corn, but on Saturday evening I ordered gluten-free pasta at a restaurant, but forgot to ask if there was corn in it. Big mistake. Minutes after eating I was fighting the urge to throw up, had a killer headache and was really miserable. As it turns out, more than 50% of celiacs are also allergic to corn! Corn also has gluten in it, but it’s a different type of gluten that hasn’t been studied so it’s on the “safe” list. However, since it’s very similar on a molecular level, the body often reacts the same. So for those of you fellow gluten-free guys and gals still experiencing symptoms, try cutting out corn!

After not the best Saturday night, I was determined to wake up feeling better since I had tickets to the Gluten & Allergy Free Expo that I’ve been looking forward to for months. A whole convention where everyone is like me and there will be food that I can eat available! Since I have the most supportive parents in the world, they too wanted to go and we had a great time together. It was such a wonderful conference and part of me wishes I would have gone both days so I could have seen all the speakers!

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One of my favorites was Mrs. Northwest International, Brandy Wendler, who gave a fantastic session on Heart Health & Celiac disease. I had no idea that celiacs are 30% more likely to develop heart disease than the rest of the population. After being scared by that fact, I was pleased to find out that the risk goes back to the normal population risk, after a celiac eats gluten-free. However, it is important to note that gluten-free products are not the solution. Almost every recently diagnosed person (myself included) begins to eat every gluten-free boxed product they can find because they are so excited to be able to eat something ‘normal’! However, those products are often laden with sugar and fat and overly processed. AKA not healthy and certainly not good for your heart. Therefore, the same rules apply as for the rest of the population, eat lean proteins, lots of fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. Brandy was a great speaker and was humorous while still being informative. She is doing so much for the gluten-free community and is truly an inspiration!

Now after all that talk about heart health, let me tell you the main event at the conference: eating! There were over 100 vendors and almost all gave samples of gluten-free goodies. I don’t usually eat any sugar except on special occasions, but this definitely qualified in my book! There were so many amazing things to try, many of which I’d never heard of! It was also extremely helpful that each table was labeled with a sign that specified which (if any) of the common allergens the food contained. That way, I wasn’t constantly having to ask if there was soy/dairy/peanuts/corn in any of the items and could happily much away. Since many of you are also looking for new fun products, here are some of my favorites!

Bella Gluten-Free: Bella  makes great flours and baking mixes but what I was ALL over was the fact that they were serving focaccia bread served with olive oil! I can’t remember the last time I had focaccia which the Italian in me greatly misses so this was absolutely fantastic!

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CheeCha Puffs: These light crispy puffs are absolutely delicious and if you see the allergy card in the left-hand corner of the picture, free of all the common allergens! The fiesta salsa were my favorite and you can have 2 cups for only 80 calories! How amazing is that when you just feel like snacking?!

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Home Free: I think these cookies were targeted toward kids but it certainly didn’t stop me. They were delicious mini-crunchy cookies and reminded me of those Famous Amos cookies you always see in vending machines, only these ones are allergen free!

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Coco-Roons: I’ve never been lucky enough to win one of the Fitnessista‘s famous roons giveaway, but I’d imagine they taste something like these. Every flavor I tried was amazing, but the Almond & Strawberry PB&J blew me away. They are absolutely amazing, organic and raw and I cannot wait to try them again!

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When I got home from the expo I was completely stuffed! You don’t think you are eating that much as the samples are small but I was definitely indulging! But some days it’s important to do that and today was definitely one of them! Tomorrow, I’ll be back eating lots of whole foods like I usually do! Of course, I couldn’t attend the event without buying some products and between my mom and I and our purchases and samples, this is all of our loot which I think is a great haul indeed.

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Questions:

-If you are gluten-free, are you also allergic to other foods?

-Have you ever attended an expo like this? What product would you most like to try?

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