Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday Thoughts

photo via folkmagazine

- holidays! it's overrr!
- off to ski this weekend (second time this season)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



Jackie is my good friend, and also a huge style inspiration. Every time we hang out, I try to pick her brain on how she chooses a belt, or where she got her blazer, or what she looks for in a button-down or a scarf. She just knows.

Several weeks ago, Jackie casually mentioned she was considering donning a jumpsuit for her work's holiday party. My jaw dropped. How cool is she? Obviously, not 2 minutes later, I was trolling Rent the Runway for my own jumpsuit. That's when I spotted this beaut.

Jackie ended up forgoing the jumpsuit she rented in favor of a trusty dress standby. (And that's the beauty of Jackie. She knows when it's right.) I went back and forth, and was ultimately convinced to go for it by the dude in the photo. ("You know you want to." Much wise.)

Not sure how much the jumpsuit had to do with it, but I had an awesome time.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Little Things

photo via thewalkbreakers

My commute home typically starts with a mad dash to catch the train. But a few days ago I actually had time to put on my headphones, and enjoy a leisurely walk to the station. The coolest thing happened...

Friday, December 5, 2014

On Code Review (again)

Hahahahah. This just happened. (reference)

Scuba Weekend

Work has had me in the zone this week. The whole team has been super focused and just crushing it. Felt pretty good, but I'm ready to take a little break.

I'm getting scuba certified this weekend! I've been talking about getting it done since 2007 (after my friend, Monique, did it, and then taught me how to tread water). Now I'm signed up for a class and it's actually happening. Here's hoping I can swim 200 yards without getting hydrogen psychosis. Errr. Help!

Hope you have a fun weekend.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2 inches

Even though I've always wanted to be taller, I rarely wear heeled shoes. But I dusted off these boots the other day, and it just felt so right. I became the perfect height. (Even rode my bike to the grocery store in these.)

Just out of curiosity, I checked the heel height. A measly two inches. Two inches! Really, life? Was two extra inches too much to ask for? What a joke.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thelma & Louise

This rainy weather has had me in a movie watching mood lately. And since I'm still pining for the elusive best friend, I've been trolling silly "best friendship movies" lists. That's where I spotted this gem: Thelma and Louise. Have you seen it?

Honestly, I'd watch it just for the fashion inspiration. Dat denim + muscle tank combo looks legit.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kids and Autonomy

photo via joanna

I recently read a couple of really solid parenting books. (It's weird, I know. But before you judge me, consider the following. People do whole majors in child development. It's just an interesting topic.) What really stuck with me is Pamela Druckerman making a case for encouraging children's autonomy in Bringing Up Bébé.
Letting children "live their lives" isn't about releasing them into the wild or abandoning them. It's about acknowledging that children aren't repositories for their parents' ambitions or projects for their parents to perfect. They are separate and capable, with their own tastes, pleasures, and experiences of the world.
While giving kids independence isn't a novel idea, I don't often see it implemented by American parents. I recently met a couple who hasn't spent more than a few minutes away from their child in the 2 years since the little one was born. That doesn't seem healthy for the child nor the parents.

Obviously, I know nothing about parenting, but this no micro-management style sounds lovely and freeing, don't you think?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Eating Alone


A while ago, Joanna ran this short series where people wrote about what they eat when eating dinner alone. Since mama moved in with me, I don't get to have dinner alone anymore (not that I was a huge fan before). But I still think you can learn a lot about yourself by trying it out.

Without the expectation of feeding anyone else, you get to ask yourself what it is that you want. Maybe you cook up an elaborate meal. Or maybe you don't want to spend any time in the kitchen at all and get takeout. (Gasp. The horror. :) Either way, I think it's a good idea to check in with yourself every once in a while.

This past weekend I learned that, given the opportunity (and no eggs in the fridge), I will literally subsist on expensive cheese and apples. Derp.

my in-the-kitchen-alone jam: soundcloud | spotify | youtube | itunes

P.S. I did get tired of avoiding the kitchen toward the end of the weekend, and broke down to make chocolate babka. So, I don't hate cooking, I swear.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Best Kind Of Friday

If there's one holiday I can get behind it's Black Friday and (especially) Cyber Monday. I've been flying my capitalist freak flag with this tiny dollar stud, and you should too!

I'm not in the market for anything. But I do love giving out unsolicited recommendations:

- shopbop (up to 25% off GOBIG14). I'd go for the basics booties | jeans | l/s tee | softest underwear.
- equipment (25% off THANKS). Silk, duh. This is always a safe bet.
- aether (15% off BLACK15OFF). This is the first thing I put on when I get home. I'd love to cozy up with this.
- emerson fry (20% off SHOPFROMBED14). I'd layer a turtleneck under this number.
- everlane is donating all their profits today. (I've been wearing this sweater nonstop.)
- eberjey (20% off STAYCOZY). (These are softer than you can imagine. Also, this and this.)

Hope you have a fun weekend!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holidays, Shmolidays

photo via cwk

Just can't get into it. (I'm sure I'll  roll my eyes reading this at some point.) 

Mama and Vova are leaving for Tahoe for the weekend, Forrest is off to Hong Kong. I'll be chilling at home with the shittens finishing the app I abandoned when I started at Remind, seeing how many books I can get through, and maybe smackin' it, smackin' it in da air :)

If you're actually doing Thanksgiving, here's an excellent guide.
Else, here's a dog video.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014



Oh, the sass. You likely failed to notice because you're blinded by the sheer sass of this photo, but I'm sporting the coolest necklace. Of a Kind had a popup shop in SF a couple of weekends ago. I picked it up then, and haven't taken it off since.

Those cussin' black diamond eyes! (Totally channeling Fantastic Mr. Fox.)

Monday, November 24, 2014

On Code Review

photo via feathery 

This past week had been a tough one. I'll just say that it culminated in doing jumping jacks in the office bathroom in attempt to make my face look like I haven't been crying in time for standup. (It totally works, guys.) I was crying over a fucking code review.

I know. It sounds silly, but I assure you, it did not seem silly in the moment (and several hours after the moment, if I'm being honest). I talked to Vova about how to approach receiving and giving a code review. Apparently thinking about how I would have solved the problem, and then diff-ing it with how the author of the code solved it is not the way. And that's what I've done for every one of my code reviews. :( Clearly a change of perspective is in order.

Then, Forrest forwarded me this article. This is the story of a negative review mindset:
Author: I’ve done a lot of coding, and I’m proud of it. I really want to merge, but I need to ask someone to check my work.
Reviewer: I’m busy with my own code, but now I’ve got yet another task to do.
Author: This may take a long time…
Reviewer: Someone is touching my code, and I’d better make sure they don’t mess it up.
Author: hmm… I don’t think the reviewer even understands what I’m trying to do.
This is spot on. I had no idea I had a negative code review mindset. Something to think about this week.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Beirut Practice


What's this? Oh, nothing. Just my cat being the coolest, helping me become the best beer pong player I can be. She's such a patient coach.

P.S. In case you've doubted it, Quora is good for everything (even beer pong practice tips).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


photo via

Turtlenecks. Do you wear them?

Every Russian winter outfit starts with tights and a turtleneck. And before you're out the door, you might find yourself wearing another (thicker) one. Double trouble. Naturally, I have a lot of ...itchy memories associated with turtlenecks.

I think I'm ready to give it another try this season. I'm starting slow and smooth with this number. Shift dresses in the back of my closet, I'm coming for you!

P.S. Fun fact: my nickname used to be Turtle.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bad Train Week

Bad train week.

This has been a long week. Daylight saving, trying to meet a deadline at work, gloomy days, no more Mad Men, a spot on my favorite pants. Things have just been bumming me out lately. And Caltrain hasn't been helping.

M: #217 terminated. My train (#221) 20 min late and combined with #217.
T: #284 stuck at Hillsdale behind a stalled train. (Got a ton of work done though!)
W: No problems! Standing room only, but that's a good day on the Caltrain.
R: #221 engine stalled. We all piled into #225. (See photo.) 
F: Nothing would surprise me.

Hope your week has been better than mine.

 ♫ youtube | spotify

P.S. Oh, hey! This is my 700th post.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Don Draper Worthy Commercial

via forrest

Now, this is a time-lapse. People make such cool things!

I'd love to live in both of these cities at some point in my life. But when? Life's too short. :(

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Barre Class

photo via photosfordancers

I'm taking a barre class at Avant Barre today.

I'm slightly embarrassed because, let's be honest, barre class is just bastardized ballet. It feels like I'm cheating. But! It's so close to the office, and so much more convenient than any ballet studio, and dat perfect 5-star Yelp rating.

We'll see if I can get through the class without rolling my eyes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Past Is Prologue

I've been listening to Tycho's Past Is Prologue a lot recently. (You can listen to the whole album here, which is how you should be listening to it anyway.) Something about this cooler weather and foggy mornings that's making me choose this album.

Pbs is a favorite, of course. Two things:
- drop ~1:42*
- "what are you? free!" ~2:52
* times for the album version of the song, here

P.S. Will you tell me if this is crazy person music? Preferably before I recommend it to everyone in the office.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Curious Case of the Matching Shoes


I've been on a quest to make female friends. And this stylish lady with the coolest haircut just dropped in my lap on Tuesday. We were wearing the same exact shoes, and stuck on a crowded CalTrain. It was such kismet.

Unfortunately, I was too much of a coward to talk to her. And watched as she exited the train in slow motion. :(

P.S. These are the shoes we're wearing, if you're curious.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Storing Bread

photo via food52

This is a major problem, friends. Since I typically don't consume a loaf of bread within a reasonable amount of time, I need a way to keep it fresh. I've thrown away too many half-eatten hard as a rock baguettes, batards, and brioches.

I used to slice bread as soon as I got home from the store, and throw it in the freezer. It's still a pretty great method. The only downside is you have to toast the bread (aaaand no stale bread for french toast/bread pudding). Toasted bread is beautiful, of course. But I kind of missed the non-toasted option.

Putting it in a plastic bag doesn't work. Instead of getting stale, it gets moldy, or both!

The other day I was hanging out on food52. (Fair warning. That thing is dangerous. One minute you're bookmarking a brussels sprouts recipe, the next you're putting a $600 set of french steak knives in your shopping cart. Browse at your own risk.) And this bee's wrap came up. I've been using it for a month now, and it totally works!

I know they market it as plastic wrap replacement. Ehh. I wouldn't go that far. But bread storage? :ok-hand:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Office Breakfast

Remind breakfast

This is what breakfast at the Remind office looks like. (Minus the Vaseline :) We have the best office ops team. Lauren and Brenda cut up fruit in the morning and afternoon. Keeps me from binging on sour gummy worms all day.

In other sort of work-related news:
-- ODESZA is my jam at work
-- 0% yogurt is awful
-- baseball season is over!!!!
-- twofish is on the way to work and has earl grey tea latte and breakfast calzones

Oh, and I love it here.

She A Go

This is fantastic. A rap video made entirely of office stock footage.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mt. Tamalpais Backpacking

I just realized I never posted the video of the backpacking trip I took a few weeks ago. As you can tell, I banana-ed up the sunrise time-lapse a little bit.

Shooting a time-lapse is an investment of sorts. It requires you to set up the camera as quickly as you can without missing the movement you're trying to capture, and then hope for the best for an extended period of time. I'm an anxious person to begin with, and shooting a time-lapse makes me seriously twitchy. Do I continue to adjust the camera settings, or just roll with it because holy-shit-the-sun-is-coming-up? Did I set it up right? Should I give up on what's in progress and start over because I can see I made a mistake? Is it fixable?

Screwing up a time-lapse is never fun. But it's even less fun when you carried 10 pounds of camera equipment, in addition to your backpacking stuff, up 2,572 feet to capture this moment.

P.S. And photos from the trip, if you'd like to see.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tycho | Fox Theater

Tycho is finishing up their world tour tonight. And Forrest and I will be there! Can't wait.

P.S. Totally wearing the winner shirt I wore to the last concert.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Office Competition


My teammate, Rex, and I are having a "friendly" standing competition. (I put friendly in quotes because we're both pretty competitive.) The first person to sit down loses.

Wish me luck! I might be here well into the night. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Alpine Labs Time-lapse Contest

I entered my Switzerland | Greece video in an Alpine Labs video contest. They announced the winners last night...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Speaking of career changes. Forrest traded Yelp for funemployment 5 weeks ago. Now, he walks around saying nonsense like, "weekends are more relaxing now." lol.

Besides saying ridiculous shit, he has a standing bet with Vova about gym visit frequency. Vova's $1000 says (or dinner at The French Laundry), Forrest will fail to go to the gym at least 90 of 180 days (started 3 weeks ago). It's 12/23, so far.

Another goal that Forrest set and met is walking 100 miles in a week. That's more than a half-marathon/day! He did it last night. Ballin'! Remember when I ran 100 miles in a month?? A month! And that was tough.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Exciting News

I joined Remind! Proof: my mug on the team page (in the last row with the dogs, where I truly belong :).

Leaving Bitcasa (only after ~10 months!) was a really tough call to make. I made so many great friends there, and learned a ton as the lead dev on the team. Ultimately, it came down to figuring out what has been lacking in my experience as an engineer.

For most of my short career, I was assigned the lead role on projects. Certainly, I've appreciated the responsibility entrusted in me (and like to think that I've done well with it). But when Vova and I worked on Cake a few months ago, I saw just how much faster I was learning when there was somebody more experienced to guide me.

Joining Remind put me in an environment where I am learning from peeps more senior than me every day. And since it's a small company (~35 people), I can still have a lot of impact. Call me enamored (it has only been 2 days), but it is exactly what I hoped it would be.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Awesome Beauty Tip

photo via joy the baker

Reading this article (via hn) made me smile the other day. Social studies have proven again and again that physically-attractive people are universally treated better. Ugh, right? Thankfully, that's not the whole story.

This study shows that non-physical traits, how kind, hard-working, respected you are, affect people's perception of your physical attractiveness. Assuming the experiment is sound, how cool is that?! Of course, the skeptic in me is wondering whether you can truly gauge a person attractiveness by what somebody says they're attracted to.

So, beauty tip: be awesome. :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Perfect Fall Shoe: Loafers

Everlane came out with their loafers last week. Everlane + gamine-staple shoes; what could go wrong? I wear loafers roughly 5 days of the week (this + this), so I was really stoked for the release. But they're just so... pointy. Anyone else have this feeling?

Instead of Everlane, I'm dreaming of this lovely tasseled wonder above.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Falling Back to Running


I signed up for a 10K a few months ago. Nico convinced me. He signed up to run a 1/2 marathon. And, so, we ran on Sunday!

Nico beat his target time like a champ. I missed mine (0:55) by 2 minutes. But given that I did no training, and my foot was out of commission most of last month, I consider it a success.

Isn't fall the perfect time to get back to running?


Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Thoughts


aghh. post-vacation.
not just the two weeks in europe
my mind has been on vacation for the better part of this year
i want my normal routine back
was it ever normal?

start @ 1:28

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bye, Greece!


It has been lovely over here, truly. I swam my little heart out in the Mediterranean, pet lots of cats, ate my weight in tzatziki, and got plenty car sick riding the bus on cliffy roads. It is breathtakingly beautiful. I can't believe I got to see it all with my own eyes. But most importantly, I don't think any place will bring out the blue in my blue shorts quite as well as Santorini. :) 

This is not goodbye. It's see you later.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Easiest Way to Make Simple Syrup

OK, I know simple syrup is already... well, simple, but hear me out. I used to make it using this recipe, and store it in this nifty bottle. It made a killer compliment to iced coffee. But apparently, I've been doing it all wrong:

1) you don't have to boil water and sugar (it'll dissolve at room temperature)
2) the part where the syrup is supposed to drain back into the bottle would get clogged

Enter Simple Syrup Kit. I can't say I've ever made a cocktail. But I'm a huge fan of sweetened coffee, not sugar hanging out at the bottom of the cup. This kit makes it stupid easy. I backed it as soon as I heard about it, and have been meaning to tell you about it. You only have 10 hours. Go!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Olives and Chocolate

4 days in Santorini + 4 days in Zermatt + 1 night in Zurich = 9 days of vacation and 44 hours of cramped seating and crying babes.

See you on the other side!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Boyfriend Jeans

Bf jeans have got to be up there with harem pants in the list of man repelling clothing. And I haven't always been a fan either.

There was slight spike in my curiosity when Claire Underwood wore her lover's (from an extramarital affair) clothes. She looked amazing, obviously. Whatever interest Claire generated, however, died when Emily did a post on bf jeans. :( Each pair made her look...meh. And she's gorgeous!

Cue my coworker (the lovely lady who sold me her bike!) in these. After months of hemming and hawing, I finally went to the store and tried them on. They're awesome. I mean, yes, they're comfortable. But they also make me look roughly 10x cooler than I really am. The Madewell model is doing them no justice.

Only downside: my coworker and I have to coordinate the days we get to man-repel. :)

she's so fineeee / and i like sometimes to wave it high, up where everyone can see / i'm a ladyyyy

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thwarted Weekend Plans

I greeted the weekend, not kicking off a backpacking trip on the Vikkingsholm Trail with friends (as planned), but in the ER. What a gigantic bummer.

Hope you have a fun weekend! (I'll be drowning my sorrow at a hackathon. Come cheer me up.)

the gloves are off. the wisdom teeth are out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts


the cats got nail trims tonight
i might be in love with them
if it's wrong, i don't want to be right
cafe au lait instead of latte nowadays
i'll be honest with you; i can't tell the difference
speaking of coffee
this should be arriving soon
is it just me, or has daylight abruptly shortened recently?
i've been really reluctant to let go of summer, but...
let's hear it for a coffee-fueled fall!

 ♫♫ uhhuh

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Honest Leopard

image from ohhmygee etsy shop; via anna's pinterest

I am really feeling this drawing lately. :)

dancing to this helps

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Bedrooms

So, I've been thinking about bedrooms. I spend a total of about 15 min of my waking hours in there, and most of that time it's standing in front of my clothes doing this. :)

Why is it that bedrooms are dedicated so much space? I recently saw these photos, and it makes me want to find an apartment with a room the width of my bed. I'd gladly give up bedroom space for a bigger living room, wouldn't you?

Some more photos of this brilliant setup...

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Rick Owens Jacket


This is "Ricky" (placed stupidly within cat's reach). I bought it almost year ago. Even though it has gotten a lot wear since then, I'm still slightly embarrassed about having spent 3x the worth of my car on a light jacket. What compelled me to do such a thing? I haven't been able to adequately put it in words.

Until somebody else did. A dearest friend sent me the link this morning, and I was nodding along before even clicking on the url. Ms. Choi captured the feeling precisely.

Have you ever bought anything embarrassingly expensive? I think getting this jacket is my only experience thus far.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A (Block Syntax) Milestone

+ (void)listGroupsWithCompletion:(void (^)(NSArray* groups))completion
    //awww yissss

I've been writing obj-c for roughly 809 days. (Doesn't seem like a lot, actually.) And today marks the first day I successfully wrote completion handler's syntax without looking at first.

Level up!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Thoughts

photo via feathery

this is the end of summer, isn't it?
nothing is really changing
at least that's what I keep telling myself
and yet i'm saddddd
does anyone else feel like they've totally wasted the summer?
or are you too excited for fall to care?
i, for one, haven't consumed enough tomatoes, gone backpacking, swam
and i definitely haven't worn enough see-through clothing
at least there's indian summer

i'm smiling on the surface, i'm scared as hell below = sums it up nicely

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bread Debate

Sourdough is better than dutch crunch. That is all.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Emerson Fry Fall '14 Preview

Emerson Fry released their Fall '14 preview yesterday, and I am completely and totally in love. Granted, a tailored overcoat is not quite practical for my (biking/longboarding) lifestyle. I have a feeling I'm going to let the classy lady in me free this year.

I'm 24, for fuck's sake.

Anyday now...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NorCal Staple


Flipping through my photos the other day (testing photo uploads for work :) I was reminded of this ridiculous incident.

It was a nippy day in Muir Woods, and Vova forgot to bring a sweater. No idea why I had both scarves on me, but we fashioned the second one into this cape. Everlane cashmere for the win. That thing is warm!

P.S. Remember that 30 Rock scene? I'm pretty sure it's my version of a light sweater. :)