This is the Bay: Olla Cocina

    December 18, 2017

    We wanted to create a new series for Style Approximately called “This is the Bay” where we highlight a few of our favorite restaurants, shops, museums, people across our beloved Bay Area. Adrienne and I are Bay Area natives, and while we love our dear San Francisco to pieces, we aren’t there very often. I’m in the South Bay while Adrienne is in the East. Of course we’ll cover SF, but we wanted to highlight the hidden gems that are often off the beaten SF path. Let us know of any places you would like for us to cover in the comments below!

    The first place we wanted to share with our readers is Olla Cocina. Located in downtown San Jose, Olla Cocina celebrates San Jose’s deep roots in Latinx food and culture. The design of the restaurant is gorgeous, refreshing, and detail oriented. Among the many beautiful touches, we especially love the bright walls, high ceilings, and the Dia de los Muertos themed wallpaper. When you walk in, there’s also a pair of cute swing chairs facing outside. It feels like you’re far away from the city and transported to a beachside bar. “Cervezas Aqui” is boldly splashed across the bar furthering the vision of a relaxed atmosphere where you can gather with friends.

    And the food! Olla Cocina emphasizes community gathering, and it clearly shows in their food. The menu encourages a shared experience of both small and large plates. The menu takes on regional Mexican cuisine with a San Jose spin of fresh California ingredients and flavors. Our favorites include the ceviche, ahi tuna tacos, street corn, and the taco sampler plate. We wash it down with their colorful cocktails, a favorite being The Paloma.

    We come to Olla Cocina often especially when gathering with friends. The fun unpretentious atmosphere is the perfect setting for a celebration or get together, and the food is really a sampling of the city’s best. Yes, it is a beautiful space and definitely instagrammable, but also stay for the food, kick back, and enjoy a cocktail and (several) tacos while you’re at it.

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    Gift Guide: For the Guys

    December 17, 2017

    Most of our gift guides have a woman-centric focus, but that’s not to say we haven’t forgotten the men in our lives. Check out our spin on the classic gifts any dude on your list would love.

    1. Everlane Crew Tee $16 -The perfect basic shirt, unfussy and classic.
    2. Bonobos Bomber Jacket $198 – A staple that should be in every closet. We love how this jacket transitions from day to night and through the seasons
    3. Kiehl’s men’s kit $35 –  Men’s faces need love too and it doesn’t get any more classic than this grooming set.
    4. Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet $89 – Traditional look, but has unique features that removes the bulk.
    5. Juniper Ridge Mojave Backpacker Cologne $48.00 – For the one who left his heart in the high desert.
    6. J. Crew Kenton Leather Pacer Boots $248 – Built for comfort and built to last.
    7. Everlane Twill Weekender Bag $98.00 – A sleek updated carryon for the man on the go
    8. Barebones Living Explorer Cooler $100 – A very cool…cooler. This one that can be kept for a lifetime.
    9. Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic Sampler $22.00 –  Nourishing essential oils for the bearded ones. Herbivore Botanicals also does not test on animals!
    10. Retro Bluetooth Speaker $50 – On second thought…you might want this for yourself.
    11. Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey $36.99 – Beautifully packaged bottle, and tastes amazing. It’s the next tier up from your standard whiskeys, but still at good price point.
    12. Kinfolk Entrepreneur Book $35 – To get the hustlers motivated and inspired.

    Gift Guide: For the Home

    December 17, 2017

    One thing I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is how much I appreciate a nice item for my home. I personally love to host and throw parties, and I like my home to feel welcoming and inviting.
    When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to get a gift for someone’s home. What’s great about getting a gift for someone’s home is that there is endless possibilities. I always believed that someone’s home is a reflection of their personality. This guide has a wide range of gifts. From the practical to the quirky, there’s something for everyone here.

    1. The Kinfolk Home $35 – Kinfolk is pure inspiration for living a minimalist lifestyle
    2. Heath Ceramics $98 – For the one who loves fewer and better things. If the person you’re gifting is into homewares, a little from Heath Ceramics really shows how much you love them.
    3. Areaware Totem Candles $12-$20 – We love the architectural-esque structure of these candles. The earth tones of these candles work well in any home
    4. Appointed Wall Calendar $28 – This is a unique take on the famous calendar Stendig calendar. We like the little details like the brass foil accents
    5. Schoolhouse Electric French Press: $56 – We love this French Press for its old school vibes.
    6. West Elm Coziest Throw $19 –  We can’t get enough blankets. The softer, the better.
    7. West Elm herringbone planters $22 – For the person who cares for their plants like their babies (aka Mary Ann).
    8. Artifact Uprising Float Frame starting at $69 – Artifact Uprising is our go-to for prints, albums, and frames. The quality is well worth the price. Even if a frame is well out of your budget, we recommend looking at their instagram books as a unique and thoughtful present.
    9. Boob bath mat $60 – Definitely a conversation piece that we find amazing.
    10. Esselle Coasters $38- High quality handmade coasters made by one our favorite people.
    11. Schoolhouse Electric Work Hard poster $99-$269 – A mantra that should be repeated every day.
    12. Urban Outfitters Houseplants Mug $10 – Because who doesn’t love looking at a succulent while sipping tea?

    Artifact Uprising

    December 15, 2017

    I got married nearly 3 years ago and I was stalling on creating our photo album. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the photos. In fact, I loved how our photographers captured our special day so much that I was worried that I wouldn’t find a print company that could translate our photographers’ vision. And, honestly, I hoarded the photos on my computer for a very long time.

    I started using Artifact Uprising as a way to get back into keeping physical photos in my house; it was also a chance for me to step outside the proverbial comfort zone of instagram and back into reality. I started by printing out square photos from my instagram, followed by creating a few soft books. I then made the jump into creating the wedding album.

    Creating the album was very easy to make. All I needed to do was to make  an account, choose an album type (I chose the layflat album), pick the templates for each page, and upload it directly to the album for review.

    I was super excited when the album arrived. The quality far exceeded my expectations. The cover is a beautiful gray with gold foiled lettering with a lyric from our wedding song; February Seven by The Avett Brothers. The pages are thick and the print quality is top of the line! I love how the layflat album provides a panoramic view of the photos without a binding breaking it up.

    I’m going to continue using Artifact Uprising for all of my album and photo printing needs. I think it would make great gifts for loved ones this holiday season. I’ve received so many compliments on everything I’ve made with them. They even made it easier for you to get prints and make albums via their app. I highly recommend Artifact Uprising as they are an amazing company putting out high quality product at a fair price. As an added bonuse, they’re even throwing in a 10% discount for Style Approximately Readers! Use code: STYLE10 starting today through Friday 12/22. Enjoy!!

    This is a sponsored post in partnership with Artifact Uprising. All words and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting brands and products that we truly believe in.

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    Gift Guide: The Style Seeker

    December 12, 2017

    This gift guide pays homage to the style seeker in your life. This guide is slightly bigger than the rest because we have a lot of ground to cover. Each of these objects were carefully picked to gift to that person in your life who always seems to dress with that extra edge. We’ve included items from a range of prices as well as lines. We’ve also included a clothing brand from the Bay Area, a luxurious pj set from the UK, and an on trend teddy coat from one of our faves. Hopefully you’ll find something for that stylish person in your life that always seems to be ahead of the trend. Let us know what catches your eye 😉

     

    1. Bancroft Parka $375 – For person who want to stay cozy and chic out there.
    2. Mejuri Necklace $259- I like giving personalized gifts and this is dainty enough that it can be worn everyday.
    3. Cuyana Mohair Beret  $65.00 – Perfect for the one who is all about the Parisian style and loves to add an extra piece to round out their outfit.
    4. Everlane French Terry Crew $40 – Because a comfy and stylish piece from Everlane is always a great gift.
    5. Amour Vert Set:  $125 – A timeless set that can be worn over and over again.
    6. Garmentory by Poketo $90 – Garmentory x Poketo collab, curated by the woman behind Linda says Gah.
    7. Lou & Grey fuzzy slippers  $59.95- Who doesn’t love a good furry slipper to lounge around in?
    8. Lou & Grey teddy coat $148 – Teddy Coats are in! This is a great fitted version of the ones we’ve been seeing everywhere
    9. Madewell Tassel Earrings $28 – Fun earrings are always a nice statement piece especially for the holiday season. Tassel and pompom earrings have been in style for awhile now.
    10. Aritizia Kahlo Jacket $225 – duster coast in the bone white, will freshen up winter outfits
    11. Madewell Femme Tee $39.50 -The future is female, wear is loud and proud.
    12. Reformation Love your Mother Tee $38 – Vintage vibes and sustainably made.
    13. Backbeat Rags Midi Cotton Dress $60 -For the person who is all about the California laidback vibes.
    14. Between Ten – Manhattan Trouser $62.40 – For the modern fashion lover. The silhouette is modern but the navy color is classic, the sheen make it so versatile to transition from day to night.
    15. Pop & Suki The Camera Bag $195 – Cute brand made by two best friends who just wanted to share the things that they love with the world. Sounds familiar? <3
    16. Sezane Tights $20 – High quality tights from Paris with beautiful packaging.
    17. Libertylondon PJs $200 – I’m more a sweats girl myself, but Liberty London PJs will last a lifetime.
    18. White Rabbit NY Madison Bikini Set  $80 – Their lingerie feels so amazing. We can’t get enough of our sets.