#GirlPower

I'm backkk and emerging from my blogging hiatus for a really awesome partnership with Sseko Designs. A truly inspiring brand, Sseko makes sandals and accessories that not only look awesome but enable a future for women in Uganda by providing them with jobs and a place to live. Profits go directly toward education so the girls can pursue their dreams of attending a university. Cool, right?  

Aside from offering ladies halfway around the world with a dose of #girlpower, each pair of sandals can be tied several different ways — perfect for those of us who hate to commit. I settled on the "Topister Tie" and my go-to white nail polish for this look.

You can shop all the Sseko sandals here. It’s fun to pick the color/fabric of the straps you want. The black base and leather ties have quickly become my Summer staple.  

Sandals // Pants (flower print available in stores)  // Top (similar) // Sunnies // Polish

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Links I Love

Left to Right...

1. Obsessing over Danielle's cute black & white getup

2. Everything you need to break a stylish sweat. No joke, so cute. 

3. Soooo Gabriella Wild is my latest style icon. 

4. This up & coming fashion blog is fab. 

5. These girls will make your Instagram feed cool again. 

6.  Loving this home's eclectic perfection

7. These San Francisco postcards are so great. 

8. Nom nom: the various ways you can munch (or sip) on cucumbers this Summer. 

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Two Words: Tartine Bakery

Ok. OK. 

I know I don't need to be blogging about a restaurant that has over 5,000 Yelp reviews, but my first time — we all remember our first, right? — to Tartine Bakery must be documented (beyond Instagram). 

THE CALLING

In all honestly, I can't believe I've lived in the Bay for 6 years and had never made the trek for a $5 pastry. I had heard about it, dreamt about it, but never actually committed to the hyped-up bakery. It only took a foggy morning and a random longing to be in Paris for me to finally commit. Luckily, the rest of SF didn't share in my craving for caffeine and carbs because the line was tiiiiinyyyyy! 

THE PROCESS

This part was rather easy and mostly based on my senses and a few Foursquare suggestions (duh). Also, my friend and I had decided before hand that there was going to be no holding back; we'd deal with the consequences later. Twenty-five dollars down, here's what we got...

1 Iced Coffee (it was really strong, none of that Starbucks -ish) 

1 Latte (served in bowl — obvi) 

1 Large Bread Pudding (suggested by social media) 

1 Chocolate Croissant  (classic)

1 Coconut Macaroon (only one because I hate coconut) 

1 Buttermilk Scone (because it looked good)

THE EXPERIENCE  

Epic. Overwhelming. Orgasmic. Ideal. Should I go on?

I'm not exaggerating. I truly think this was one of the best "foodie" experiences I have ever had. For starters, I usually talk sh^t about bread pudding. But, whatever was in this recipe was unreal and extremely addictive — rehab worthy. Croissants aren't my thing either. I only eat them because French women do and they're skinny. Yet this particular croissant was the best thing I've ever had. It was flakey, buttery, sweet, gooey, and perfectly crispy. It was truly a gift from God. The scone was the real deal too. It tasted exactly like the scones I have in Ireland and those are hard to beat.

THE AFTERMATH 

 I'm almost embarrassed that I'm taking the time to write a post about a such a simple Saturday morning, but Tartine Bakery is truly worth the hype. If you haven't yet been or are planning to come to SF, do your tastebuds a favor and enjoy this Mission moment. 

I imagine true love to be like this...

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