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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Inchin's Bamboo Garden in San Jose









Need a new spot for happy hour or are you craving a place to eat that unites spice and bold flavors? Inchin's Bamboo Garden an Indian Chinese fusion has made its way to San Jose not far from Levi's Stadium (great location right?) I wanted to share some of my favorite items that is on this delicious menu!

Drinks
The IBG Mule - (First drink photoed) My favorite drink on the menu. Perfect summer drink that is light and refreshing. 

Shanghai Silk - (Second drink photoed) This sweet dessert drink tasted like cake!  
  
Appetizer:
Shrimp Pepper Salt - Full of flavor and with a bit of spice! If you are dining with a party more than two, I suggest you order a plate for yourself because you will not want to share this plate!

Sides
Vegetarian Burnt Garlic Fried Rice - The rice was cooked well and had so much flavor. If I didn't have the main dish, I could have made this a meal.

Main Dish:
Green Vegetable Thai Curry - If you love curry, you are in for a treat! You will experience sweet and savory thanks to the coconut milk. Pair this dish with the Fried Rice and you have a dreamy duo.

Visit Inchin's Bamboo Garden at their new location: 55 River Oaks Place #70 San Jose, CA. 95134

If you make a trip to Inchin's Bamboo Garden, please feel free to tweet me and share what your favorite dish is! 

Enjoy!
Olivia Irene
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Monday, July 11, 2016

My Old Self

 

I am almost four months postpartum and I am starting to feel like my old self again. As I gain back my energy, I make sure to take the time to workout at least twice a week. If I don't get a chance to hit the gym, I workout at home which I will get more in depth with in an upcoming post next week! 

Since I am finally coming out of my shell,  I am starting to wear items that I once had a love affair with....crop tops, tanks and curve hugging clothing. Although I still miss my pre-pregnancy waist line and abs, I am embracing my motherly curves and will continue to remind myself that it took 9 months to grow a human being and it might take 9 months for my body to recoup. 

Keep you posted!
Olivia Irene

Bay Area Photographer: Kellan Rogers
Top: ASOS -- Skirt: The Line by K -- Shoes: Prada
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fourth of July Bay Area Events + Weekend Wear


As you can see, I am already gearing up for the weekend festivities! I am not one to get too decked out for the Fourth of July, but I like to keep it casual with red, whites and who knows, maybe I throw in a denim jacket for some more blue. What are your plans for the 4th?!

Don't have any plans yet? Here are some fun (and inexpensive) Fourth of July Bay Area events for couples, families and friends!


Did I miss a parade and/or show? Feel free to tweet it to me! You can tweet me HERE!

wearing: Cut up J. Crew top -- Joe's Jeans -- Kurt Geiger Boots
xoxo
Olivia Irene
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

15 New-Mom Must-Have Essentials


The past three months have been trial and error when it comes to finding what works for Elliott. It was a complete headache when I was creating my registry. Between reading up the reviews, testing out the products and researching to see if any of the products I had liked had recalls was time consuming. So with that being said, I wanted to create a short and sweet list of my favorite baby essentials for the new mommy's out there!!!


1. Uppababy "Mesa" Car Seat - At first Elliott hated this seat (he hates being confined). But honestly, this car seat is great! It is easy to install in your car and into the stroller. Another plus, super easy to clean!
2. Uppababy "Cruz" Stroller with Bassinet - I was debating with the Uppababy Vista and I am so happy I went with the Cruz that is more compact. It is easy to fold up, it's not heavy and it provides Elliott a smooth ride. All of the seats are rear or front facing. The only complaint with the stroller is that when you insert the carseat or bassinet into the stroller base, it is hard to access your items (bags) in the storage underneath. The bassinet was the perfect size for Elliott who is super tall (born at 9 pounds, 21.5 inches long).
3. Seventh Generation Diapers - I tried cloth diapers, Honest diapers and Babyganics diapers and ended up being satisfied with the Seventh Generation brand. They are chlorine free, absorb A LOT and Elliott had very few leaks!
4. Munchkin Bottle Cleaner - My bestie got this bottle cleaner for me and my goodness, this is a life saver!
5. Little Remedies Gas Drops - Elliott was super gassy whenever I ate dairy (I am now dairy free). These gas drops worked like a charm and he didn't spit out so I am assuming the taste isn't too bad. 
6. Dekor Plus Diaper Pail - Elliott's changing table is in my room so of course, the diaper pail is right next to it. Thank God my room doesn't smell like poo and it is all because this diaper pail has an anti odor interior that eliminates the stink. The only complaint I have, I wish it was bigger.
7. Babyganics Wipes - I like the amount of moisture and how big these wipes are.
8. Munchkin Wipe Warmer - What a God send! When Elliott is half a sleep at night, the last thing I want to do is startle him with a cold wipe. 
9. Jollypop Pacifier - I got a handful of these pacifiers when I was in the hospital. He loves them so why change it up?
10. Fisher-Price Swing - This is the only chair Elliott loves! Elliott would cry in any other seat except for this one. I am kind of freaking out inside because he is growing like weed and will out grow this swing soon :(
11. Gaga Busy Buddy Giraffe - Elliott's favorite toy in the whole wide world. The wood teething rings on the giraffe is his favorite and he enjoys the crinkly noise it makes!
12. Wood Teething Toy - Elliott started teething at two and a half months. Crazy, I know. He loves chomping on wood.
13. Activity Gym - Perfect for hand-eye coordination and for tummy time!
14. Munchkin Latch Bottle - I switched the bottle on him and oh my goodness, Elliott had a fit! This is his favorite bottle when I want to feed him milk that I had pumped.
15. 360 Ergobaby Carrier - As a single mom, it can get hard to get stuff done around the house when you don't have an extra hand. This carrier is THE BEST! Great support for Elliott and I and easy to put on and take off.


Hope I gave you enough insight! Enjoy!
Olivia Irene
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summer Cleaning



What a joyous day it was to zip up one of my favorite skirts!  If you read this post, you got a glimpse of some of my struggles as a new mom. I also mentioned how I wanted to wipe out my entire closet. I was not exaggerating. Slowly but surely, I am cleaning out the racks and drawers. I don't know what sparked the flame to clear out old clothes (maybe motherhood, maybe a change of style) but damn, it feels good. 

Wearing my favorite thrifted denim jacket, skirt by Masion Margiela x H&M and J. Crew summer heels! Like the look? Shop similar styles below!


xoxo
Olivia Irene
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Bandeau


Hi guys! I wanted to share something short and sweet for ya! In my previous post, I shared mixed feelings about my post pregnancy body. Since I didn't want to give up crop tops and bandeau bras, I started to wear them differently. Tweet me your thoughts!

Shoes: Chloe -- Top: Thrifted -- Bandeau bra: forever21 -- Jeans: H&M

Happy Friday!
Olivia Irene

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