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Merry Christmas!

Maligayang pasko and Giang Sinh Vui Ve! Hope everyone experiencing the joy of Christmas and being with family and friends today!

Numero Uno

My family and I shared a nice food memory on Sunday. We talked about how yummy Numero Uno pizzas are and how we miss eating there. That thick Chicago crust and stewed tomatoes added as a topping. Yum yum! The Fountain Valley locaton closed years ago and my brother told me there is a nearby one in Numero Uno.

More info:
Numero Uno, 8863 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-964-5926

Sephora purchases

I was at Sephora last Tuesday to buy a Christmas gift for a girlfriend and of course got something for me.

I can't wait to try the Fresh Firebird mascara that promises voluminous lashes. I also got a refill on my Benefit Rave Review lip gloss. Such a nice shimmery red! You can swap it on without a mirror too.

The Limited Holiday Sale

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I'm a sucker for sales especially ones offering 70% off and for my favorite Limited slacks. Tonight, I ordered the Cassidy Tab Trouser and Drew Fit Tab Waistband Classic Flare. Gotta love that this only cost $36! One secret - you can use coupon code 744 to get 25% off the entire order.

My lovely receipt:



More info:
The Limited - http://www.thelimited.com

Banana Republic

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It's been rainy this week in Cali, so it makes me thankful I bought some long sleeve sweaters to wear during my work commute.

Check out the fushia button up I got at Banana Repbulic for $20! Everything was half off at the Black Friday sale at the Cabazon outlets. The black tee pictured probably won't work now, but will look cute in the spring.

Charlie Palmer Happy Hour

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On Tuesday night, I spent a good two hours finishing up Christmas shopping at South Coast Plaza. I was starving by ten o'clock so the hubby and I decided to finally try Charlie Palmer's Happy Hour. We got $9 kobe burger sliders and fries, $13 lavender lemon drop martini and $16 scotch. Yum yum!

The slider was delish with truffle mayo and pickled cucumber with huge fries displayed nicely on the plate. The vibe of the lounge area was cool and very modern w/ dim candlelight and glass case of their wine selection surrounding you. Upscale but chic.

Here's a pic of the sliders:



More info:
Charlie Palmer - http://www.charliepalmer.com/Properties/CharliePalmerAtBloomingdales/

Holiday gift idea: Shamwow

At my last holiday party, we had a gift exchange. The Shamwow! was a popular item that got stolen twice. What a cool and unique holiday gift that would make. Their tagline says it all: "A towel that acts like a vacuum".

More info:
https://www.shamwow.com/ver3/index.asp

Greens with Goat Cheese, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

My hubby made an awesome salad for our Saturday holiday party from a recipe we got on Goop. Goop is Gwyneth Paltrow's Web site, where she sends a weekly newsletter on various topics from spiritual, food, shopping, to fashion.

Here's the recipe for the yummy salad. Who knew maple syrup would be good as an ingredient for salad dressing? You can find other yummy recipes in her November newsletter.

Greens with Goat Cheese, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries
SERVES: 12
TIME: 10 minutes

3 small cloves garlic, pushed through a press
2 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons real Vermont maple syrup
1/3 red wine vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
coarse sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 large heads of endive, washed, chopped
1 1/3 large head radicchio, washed, chopped
4 large handfuls arugula, washed
1 1/3 cup goat cheese
3/4 cup walnuts, broken into pieces
3/4 cup dried cranberries

In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, Dijon, maple syrup and vinegar. While whisking, slowly…

Eddie Bauer

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I think the last time I bought something from Eddie Bauer was when I bought some warm winter clothes when I was a college freshmen going to school in Colorado.

Who knew this would come full circle? Here I am on Black Friday and buying something again for my upcoming Colorado trip.

Check out this navy blue and white striped thermal I bought for $12.99. Oooh la la!

Guess Holiday Sale

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I love finding people who have the same hobbies I do. SHOPPING! A co-worker told me there is a Guess holiday sale in LA this weekend. Check out the jpg for more info and enjoy!

Stila Warehouse Sale

Go to Hollywood on December 13 from 8am to 2pm to score deals on the beauty brand stila. You can save 50% to 80% off at this winter warehouse sale.

Their lip glaze is cool but just a lil sticky and goopy if you don't watch out.

More info:
Stila flyer - http://www.stilacosmetics.com/Images/downloads/Warehouse_Sale_08.pdf

BCBG

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I've been in love w/ the BCBG brand since college. I own several flirty tops and skirts perfect for work or an evening out.

When I went to Cabazon on Black Friday, I took advantage of the 30% off discount. I got some cool black slacks and grey/black striped knit tee.



My mom knows how picky I am and saw that I was eyeing this khaki safari jacket. Being the awesome mom that she is, she bought it for me as a Christmas present and gave it to me early. I can't wait to rock this jacket this winter.

Tuesday deals

My dad reminded me of Taco Tuesday at Rubios and Dollar Scoop night at Baskin Robbins. You gotta love food deals. Yum!

James Perse sample sale

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Can you believe we were crazy enough to fall in line for the James Perse sample sale in Hollywood at 9:56am on a Saturday morning? I think that's dedication. We have been in love w/ James Perse simple California casual for several years now. The tees are so cottony soft.



The cash register rang up to one hundred fifty six smackeroos. We were way happy with our purchase. I got khaki pants, burnt orange tank, turquoise tank, and a sea blue tee. He got a black pullover, baby blue button up tee, and brown v neck. Whoo hoo!

Pizzeria Mozza

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I haven't written about my other favorite love in a while. FOOD!!

After a nice shopping jaunt at the James Perse sample sale in Hollywood, he wanted to take me to a pizza place he's been wanting to try for a long time called Pizzeria Mozza. Chef Mario Batali is one the peeps behind this place. He's the same one who wrote a cookbook and did a documentary while travel with Gwyneth Paltrow in Spain. What a cool gig that is!

We sat at the bar and got a good view of the workers making the food. I loved it when he'd prep the pizza dough and pinch the bubbles.



We ordered a nice amount of food for this late afternoon lunch. The bruschette melted in my mouth. I'd never had butternut squash that way before. Who knew that combo of bacon and greens would compliment so nicely?


Bruschette with butternut squash, applewood smoked bacon and dandelion greens

Next up was the highlight of the restaurant. He got the meaty one while I got the mushroom one. The funghi pizza was awesome. I…

The Slanket

I overheard some co-workers this week talk about something they want for Christmas. I looked up the slanket they were talking about.

Ohmigosh, it is the coolest thing ever. Imagine a blanket you can wear. Totally perfect for these winter months. It's definitely on my wishlist. Hee!

More info:
The Slanket - http://www.theslanket.com

Sample sales alert

Thank you Daily Candy! What will I do without you? I'll be hitting the James Perse sale tomorrow. Can't wait...

What: James Perse Sample Sale
Why: Biannual blowout of men’s, women’s, and baby basics at up to 80 percent off retail.
When: Dec. 6. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Siren Studios, 6063 W. Sunset Blvd., b/t N. Gower St. & La Baig Ave., Hollywood.

What: Obey Sample Sale
Why: Men’s and women’s clothing and gear marked at least 50 percent off retail; buy lots, get more off.
When: Dec. 5 & 6. Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 3500 W. Carriage Dr., b/t Harbor Blvd. & S. Yale St., Santa Ana

Cardigans

I love wearing cardigans for work and over dresses for church. I own a black one I got from Nordstrom Rack and gray one from American Eagle.

Here are a couple good ones I saw after reading Yahoo! Shine. Both are on sale. I may have to add these to my wish list. Say ooh la la!

JCrew merino wool cardigans

Old Navy cashmere cardigans

Sundance Catalog

My niece had some items from the Sundance Catalog on her wish list. I've never heard of this site before so was excited to see all the cool jewelry they have. Everything is artisan made and unique.

Here are some of my niece's favorites:
Enchanted Leaf Ring
Brilliant Cut Garnet Ring
Wishbone Earrings

More info:
Sundance Catalog Jewelry

Recent receipts

-Black Friday shopping w/ my mom at Cabazon Outlets. Gotta love Banana Republic 50%, Eddie Bauer 30%, Adidas 30% and BCBG 30% off sales.
-Hollywood and Highland. Lipgloss and mascara at Sephora, new holiday dress at Express, tweed slacks and white tee at H&M, and custard rolls at Beard Papa's.
-Cyber Monday shopping on AE.com. Gotta love free shipping and 20% promo codes.

Stay tuned for pix and more details of my findings!

Charlie Palmer Happy Hour

Saw this on my South Coast Plaza enewsletter. I think I definitely want to try their happy hour and Kobe beef sliders. Can you say yum after shopping?

"Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza has one of the sexiest bars on the West Coast. Comfy, upscale but unpretentious. And do they have a deal for you. Seven days a week, twice a day (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight) all wines, cocktails and beer are half off. And for a yummy treat, Kobe beef sliders and fries are only $9! Don’t miss it."

More info:
Charlie Palmer