An Unconventional Taco

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There’s this Mexican restaurant in my neighborhood that I go to basically all the time, partially because it’s über convenient, but mostly because it’s deee-lish. Anyway, they make this seasonal veggie taco that is so good I could probably eat it all the time, so I decided to recreate it. And might I say, it’s pretty on the money so give this a try.

Now, I know most people don’t associate kale and butternut squash with tacos and that is their loss. The squash is sweet and the kale is crunchy and the guacamole is guacamole which is known angel food. The best part about this recipe is if you throw some beans, rice, and sour cream it becomes a burrito! Burritos are good too!

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Ingredients: 

6 pieces of cooked Butternut Squash (I would do this the night before, the squash needs to be baked for 40 mins at 375 degrees) *see photo for size approximation 

1/3 cup Curly Kale

1/2 Sweet Onion

2 Flour Tortillas

3/4 cup Shredded Cheddar

4 tablespoons Guacamole (I bought this from my local market, but they hand make it so it still counts)

1/4 cup Chopped Tomato

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour a fine layer of olive oil on your skillet and place the butternut squash and the kale on it. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until slightly browned, then flip to the other side. When both sides are complete, move to plate and proceed to cook onion in skillet. Cook until onion is caramelized.

Place tortillas on a baking sheet, then put cheddar in the middle of tortilla. Stack kale, butternut squash, and onion on top of cheddar. Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes or until cheese starts to bubble. Spread guacamole on top of veggies and sprinkle tomato on top of that.

Fold in half and you are good to go!

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Also, my neighbors dog came to visit me and he was so stinking cute so he deserves to be in this post.

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Titus and tacos, what else does a girl need?

-K

A Tale of Two Cities

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So, big announcement! I am doing spring break in style this year, Lily and I are hitting up Montreal and NYC in little over a month! Well, Lil lives in Montreal (college and whatnot) so that part won’t be as exciting for her as it is for me, but New York, baby! My aunt has an apartment on the Upper West Side, so that’s where the whole NY in style comes from. I’m picturing all my favorite NY sets (Friends, You’ve Got Mail, Gossip Girl) and predicting that it will be just like that. I will eat yogurt on the steps of the Met, have pizza delivered, and buy sharpened pencils… or something. Basically I’m excited.

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Montreal, on the other hand, I have less of a picture for. I mean, it’s kinda French and old looking but also it’s Canadian, which means hockey and niceness and more hockey? I don’t know the only real ideas of Canada I have are from old episodes of Degrassi and How I Met Your Mother, which I’m fairly certain are 100% accurate.

Anyway, from the little research I’ve done it sounds like the food in good ol’ Montreal is pretty killer. That and that the winters are no fucking joke. But I look to the positive! I get to brush up on my extremely rusty French! Ce est vraiment mauvais.

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Bon Voyage!

-K

*All images curtsy of Pinterest

Gala on a Whim

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So yesterday morning, Audrey and I were on our way to class and we realized that San Francisco Ballet’s Gala was tonight. Gala had been sold out for at least a month, but we really wanted to go and Auds and I are can do people. So we got standing room tickets, put on our fanciest duds, and went to Gala dammit.

Gala, I swear to you, is exactly like prom for adults. Seriously, the amount of tulle and taffeta I saw was shameful. Add some plastic sugary and huge diamonds to any teenage prom movie and you get the picture. There were some more creative fashion choices (I managed to snap a pic of the woman whose outfit was inspired by owls), including one gown that had prints of her selfies all over it.

Getting into the after party was a challenge because we didn’t, in the technical sense, have tickets. But when there’s a will there’s a way, so with the combination of hiding in a lump of people and running past the ticket checker really fast, we somehow got in. Open bar and a reasonably good DJ made helped me forget how much my feet hurt (standing room tickets are actually the worst) and we danced the night away.

Gala for 30 dollars, folks. Not too shabby.

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Now excuse me, I have to go ice my feet,

-K

Oakland is Closing

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Oakland is closing. My Oakland store is closing. The store where I got my first ballet shoes, where I went up on pointe for the first time. I found out today, and while I was surprised I didn’t start to really feel what a loss this is until now. What hit me first was the obvious “will I need to find a new job”, but the more I think about it the more it makes me want to cry. I have spent the past seventeen years of my life coming to this store for all things dance and now it will be gone forever. A part of my childhood is being sold for 30% off, excluding shoes and hair products.

I’ve seen You’ve Got Mail about a hundred times, it’s definitely my favorite Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks flick (Sleepless in Seattle sucks). In it there’s this one email that Meg sends to Tom that so perfectly sums up what I want to say that I won’t even try to paraphrase:

People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they’re really saying is that something you didn’t want to happen at all… has happened. My store is closing this week. I own a store, did I ever tell you that? It’s a lovely store, and in a week it will be something really depressing, like a Baby Gap. Soon, it’ll just be a memory. In fact, someone, some foolish person, will probably think it’s a tribute to this city, the way it keeps changing on you, the way you can never count on it, or something. I know because that’s the sort of thing I’m always saying. But the truth is… I’m heartbroken.

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Oakland closes in a month, and truthfully, I’m heartbroken.

-K

Just Another Terrific Tuesday

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Today I took a Master Class from the incredible Wendy Whelan, who I’ve written about in past Favorite Things. She is the ultimate prima of New York City Ballet, or at least she was until she retired last fall. One thing that really astounded me is how nice she was. I mean she is so talented she doesn’t have to be nice to anyone, and yet she was super sweet. Anyway, after her class, Audrey and I decided that filling our stomachs with as many carbohydrates as possible would be the best course of action. And that means breakfast for lunch. So good. To put the cherry on top, I stopped my my parents to pick up a package (to be discussed in a later post) when I came across my old school portraits and some old glamour photos my mom did back in the late 80’s which are supremely hilarious, but also make me jealous of her hotness.

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Happy Tuesday to you,

-K

Fave Style Blogs

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I have the tendency to procrastinate, be it school work or sending thank you cards (I will get on those soon, like tonight or tomorrow for sure). SO, to help with the procrastination, I have my favorite fashion blogs that I stalk- I mean follow- so that I’m not just sitting in bed binge watching Friends, although I do that too tbh. So here’s the list of my favorites, in case you’re in a similar procrastination situation.

9to5Chic

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If you’re looking for a blogger with a grownup office work style, then this is the blog for you! Not only does she have a cute little baby girl who just makes you go “Awwww”, but Ahn is the homegirl from the Bay! Gotta love that.

Link: http://9to5chic.com

Cupcakes and Cashmere

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While the style on C&C is always trendy and colorful, this blog is also great for home decor, advice, recipes, basically everything. Emily’s giving Martha Stewart a run for her money, she’s got that whole perfect looking life thing going on, especially now that she has a baby girl on the way.

Link: http://cupcakesandcashmere.com

Polienne

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While Polienne is a for recent blog I’ve been following, literally only like a week now, although I’ve been admiring her style unknowingly on Pinterest for many moons. That bob, those sunglasses, how many languages can I say “I love” in? Well since Paulien is based in Antwerp, Belgium I guess I’ll just say it in Dutch: Ik hou van (yes, I did google that).

Link: http://www.polienne.com

tlnique 

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If there is one blogger that completely and totally shares my penchant for the monotone color palate, it’s Levi. Not only does she have fab style and a gorge blog, but she’s ONLY TWENTY-ONE. I’m twenty and she is twenty-one. Way to screw up the blogging curve.

Link: http://tlnique.blogspot.nl

The Style Eater

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If you like some sass with your style, then Janelle can hook you up. Plus she works at InStyle and loves jeans almost as much as I do, so obviously this blog is a goodie.

Link: http://thestyleeater.com

Happily Grey

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Another recent addition to my blogger rotation, Happily Grey has some seriously great fashion for ya. Just trust me on this one, Mary will inspire you.

Link: http://www.happilygrey.com

Jess Hannah

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Jess’s real profession is a jeweler, but her blog is also sups enviable. I mean, even disregarding her style, her vacation photos have me longing for the beach (like I actually want to buy a swimsuit, and I hate swimming). Also, doesn’t this photo give you mad Devil in a Blue Dress vibes? Take me to L.A. and ask me to solve a murder, why doncha.

Link: http://www.jesshannah.com

Hope these inspired you as they inspire me!

-K

Tryna be Tay

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I pushed my new bangs to the side, winged my eye-liner, and dusted off my red lipstick and BA-BOOM. It’s like we’re twins right? Man, this whole red lipstick thing is hard work though. You can kinda see how is smeared past my actual lips in the photo below. That picture also made me question whether or not I should get my eyebrows shaped. Pretty eye opening stuff, amiright?

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Cuz darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream,

-K