Friday, May 29, 2009

California, cont.


Saturday of last weekend was devoted to my two loves: shopping and eating. After yanking Ma Soeur outta bed (she usually sleeps till 2 p.m. on weekends!) and a quick breakfast, we headed to Valley Fair Mall, a giant mall in San Jose that is always packed. I must confess, i'm not a huge mall person anymore and much prefer to do my shopping at individual boutiques or outdoor shopping centers. But while Ma Soeur and Bro were at Macy's, i headed over to the giant Forever21 to see if i could score any goodies. And i did! They had a big selection of F21's other lines, and i was especially a fan of Twelve by Twelve. Got this adorable skirt (which looks way better in person, i have to say) and a couple of fun necklaces, all for a great price! J'adore the good things F21 is doing these days!!

After the mall, we went to another outlet mall in Millpedes (sp??), and wow, it was GHETTO. After quickly perusing H&M and Neiman's Last Call, we hightailed it outta there! Made a quick stop at Ma Soeur's fave consignment store, and then headed home to get ready for our fun night out at Santana Row. My Pour La Victoire's made their first appearance!

{I'm wearing Anthro top, AA leggings, PLV shoes and Hayden Harnett bag. Ma Soeur's wearing Old Navy dress and Zara shoes.}

Santana Row is a GORGEOUS, upscale outdoor shopping mall in San Jose. If you're familiar with Austin, it's what The Domain should have been had it been done right (boo so disappointing). I love Santana Row and make it a point to go every time i visit the Bay Area. Beautiful shops, great restaurants, fun ambiance, and pretty people. :)

Our first stop was Kara's Cupcakes! We picked up a few to-go for our post-dinner treat.

(Note: the cupcakes weren't bad - i got chocolate with cream cheese-coconut frosting. The cake was good and moist, but the cream cheese frosting was way too sweet.)

Then i hit up H&M (again) for some more shopping, and after waiting in line for 25 minutes (my PLV-clad feet were not happy), i scored a Matthew Williamson for H&M belt (the hot pink studded one!), linen shorts, a rad printed tulip skirt, and a seafoam green top. Success! Last stop before dinner was Paper Source, my FAVE paper store ever that has finally opened a TX location in Dallas (but it's disappointingly small). The BEST Paper Source is in Georgetown - sooo jelly of you DC-ers!! You have Tranquil Space AND Paper Source! Anyway picked up couple of goodies, including a pink notepad with the words "Do Something Creative Everyday" written on the top. Love!

Finally we went to Pizza Antica for dinner for some of the best thin crust pizza i've had in awhile. I had this tall glass of goodness:

For an appetizer we got crispy hearts of artichoke with aioli and lemon and a delectable warm early asparagus salad with lemon, mt. tam triple cream cheese toast (INSANELY GOOD) and speck.

For pizzas, we ordered the three cheeses, shaved broccoli, caramelized onion and pancetta and the spicy calabrese sausage, onions, peppers and parsley. Both were good, but i preferred the spicy calabrese sausage one b/c i LOVE sausage (i know i know) and it had such a great KICK!

After that massive dinner, we decided to digest by walking to Borders where i picked up SARK's Make Your Creative Dreams Real for 40% off avec coupon :). Needless to say, after all that walking and standing, my feet were pooped. But didn't my yellow toes (Chanel's L.A. Sunrise) look fabulous w/ my PLV's??

I might be breakin' out these babies again for this weekend's festivities :)


Globetrotting Cacti said...

Sounds like a great week-end. Love the toenails. I did not know that you had Zara in the States - I LOVE their clothes (do you have Mango too - similar clothes and also Spanish)?

Fabi said...

your chanel polish is too cute! :)

life according to celia... said...

most of my family lives in san jose, and i'm there often, so this post made me feel like i was there right along with you.

you have the absolute best blog name ever. i mean, ever.

and, about getting into the hammocks over the pool? i'm pretty sure that when you pay a gazzilion dollars a night for a room, they have these strapping young men carry you out on some platform (like you see in old egyptian movies) and gently place you onto the hammock. then, they bring you cocktails and massage your feet. i can't say from experience, but i'm pretty sure that's how it goes down. :)

Pink Heels said...

OH MY GAWD!!! Your toes match your shoes...I LOVE IT!!!

Melita said...

sounds like you had a FANTASTIC time!! food looked great!! and you sisters look so beautiful!!

shannon said...

i'm so jealous! i've never been to cali. looks like you had so much fun.

mindy said...

yummy shopping, yummy shoes, and yummy food. looks like so much fun!

City Girl said...

sounds like a fantastic weekend!

Crystal said...

Oy you are making me miss him! I love Santana Row and Valley Fair. Glad you had a fab time and looked cute during it!