Smile Brilliant

I rarely talk about my teeth on my blog/social media, but the truth is, it took a lot of work to get this smile (3 years of braces and retainers and at least 8 tooth extractions, to be exact).

So of course I do all I can now to maintain their appearance. Keeping them white, however, has been an ongoing – and tiresome – process.

In the past, I relied on Crest Whitestrips, but I wanted something a little longer lasting. I was considering doing a professional whitening treatment at my dentist, when I was introduced to Smile Brilliant.

Unlike other teeth whitening treatments, Smile Brilliant provides you with a fitted tray which is otherwise only available at the dentist for $500+, for only a fraction of that price! You get the molds in the mail, which take about 5 minutes to fit at home and ship back out, and then voila! You can start whitening your teeth with your new custom-made trays just a few days later!

I was a bit worried because my teeth can be quite sensitive, but Smile Brilliant’s whitening gels come with complimentary desensitizing gel, which you can use afterwards to re-hydrate your teeth. To learn more, check out this video and their reviews/testimonials page.

And now I have a surprise for y'all: Use my discount code "tiffanywang" to get 5% off your whitening trays.

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I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review; however, all opinions are my own.

Rockstar Skinnies

This post is sponsored by Old Navy.

I have a confession to make. Even though I love dressing up (and will suffer through all kinds of uncomfortable articles of clothing just because I like the way they look), I hate wearing skinny jeans.

I will do everything I can to avoid wearing them. I have several pairs in my closet that have been accumulating dust for years. 

You may protest, and point out the fact that I clearly wear skinny jeans all the time (at least according to my Instagram). But allow me to let you in on a little secret: They are ALL jeggings.

And my current favorite pair of jeggings are from Old Navy. Not only do they have a high-waisted version of their Rockstar Skinnies – I’ve been looking for a flattering pair of high-waisted “jeans” for years – but they are also super slimming and elongating. They’re made with a stretch material that will hug your curves in all the right places, but still remain comfortable all day long!

I like to pair my skinnies with looser-fitting tops to add dimension, and a maxi coat (which I had custom-made in Beijing) to make the look a bit more polished – but also because it’s been super-cold in San Francisco lately.

How do you guys like to wear your skinny jeans/jeggings? Share your tips below xx

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Guide to Point Reyes

MARSHALL STORE

MARSHALL STORE

COWGIRL CREAMERY

COWGIRL CREAMERY

COWGIRL CREAMERY

COWGIRL CREAMERY

CYPRESS TREE TUNNEL

CYPRESS TREE TUNNEL

POINT REYES DRIVE

POINT REYES DRIVE

POINT REYES LIGHTHOUSE

POINT REYES LIGHTHOUSE

POINT REYES LIGHTHOUSE

POINT REYES LIGHTHOUSE

POINT REYES LIGHTHOUSE

POINT REYES LIGHTHOUSE

Oysters and cheese are some of the best ways to lure me out of the city, so Point Reyes has that down pat. Also, it’s only an hour-and-a-half drive away from San Francisco – a totally reasonable distance for a fun day trip.

Below are a few of my favorite stops:

Marshall Store – The oysters aren’t cheap here, but the view is unrivaled (overlooking the bay and all the oyster farms) and the toppings (which range from chorizo to garlic butter) were delicious. I was skeptical about the BBQ oysters but it was love at first bite.

Cowgirl Creamery – If you’re like me and hopelessly addicted to cheese, this is an obvious destination. There’s a vast selection of picnic items and freshly made sandwiches, plus you can peek behind-the-scenes and watch the cheesemakers churning cheese right in front of you. If that’s not droolworthy, I don’t know what is.

Cypress Tree Tunnel – This is the iconic Instagram location, where a row of giant cypress trees form a “tree tunnel” and the lighting is perfect all day long. Also, it’s located conveniently en route to the lighthouse.

Point Reyes Lighthouse – This is apparently the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent, so definitely dress the part – wear lots of layers (and sneakers – there are a lot of stairs to climb). Other than that, I seriously can’t believe I’ve never been here before. Yes, it’s located about 25-30 minutes outside of the Point Reyes town (which is adorable, by the way), but it’s well worth the drive. The view is beautiful and it’s amazing to be able to explore this place of such historical significance.

Drinking the (Collagen) Kool-Aid

I’ve always been dubious about ingesting products that promise better health, weight loss, or perfect skin. But when I did some quick research on drinking collagen, I found that many of my favorite publications (including Allure and Elle) and celebrities (like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow) all sing its praises.

In case you’re unfamiliar, collagen is a fibrous protein found in our connective tissues that is chock-full of amino acids, providing our skin with structure and elasticity. Unfortunately, our collagen starts to break down as we age, hence why we get wrinkles. To counter this, we humans have traditionally applied collagen topically or via injections (aka skin fillers).

The concept of drinking it on a daily basis, though, began in Asia (where else), and is supposed to result in more lustrous skin and hair. I personally like the idea of beautifying myself from the inside out, so I decided to give it a shot.

I opted for Taut Premium Collagen because it’s popular in Asia, and only recently became available in the USA. The orange flavor is easy to stomach if I follow it up with my morning coffee (although the instructions say to take it before bed, I usually sip it first thing when I wake up).

I’ve been pretty dutiful about drinking it for the past month and a half, and I’m serious when I say I think it’s made my skin appear brighter and more supple. Although I’m still in my late ‘20s and don’t have wrinkles (yet), I do suffer from dry skin – and it’s helped my skin look and feel more nourished.

And good news – it looks like many of their products are currently on sale, including the Taut Collagen Intense Transformation pack that I have.

I also tried one of their collagen sheet masks, but I'm saving my review on that for a future post on sheet masks in general. Stay tuned, everyone! xx

The District Happy Hour

For some reason I had never stepped foot into District until last month, and now (and I promise you I’m not being paid to say this), it is legit one of my favorite happy hour spots.

I usually favor the Mission or the Tenderloin when it comes to watering holes, but only in Soma can you find bars this huge, airy and gorgeous.

For those of you unfamiliar with District, it debuted as a wine bar 10+ years ago, before expanding to Oakland in 2012 serving whiskey and wine. As of a couple months ago, the owners have decided to introduce full bar service to its SF flagship location as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the cocktails we ordered – they were all thoughtfully balanced and tart, with stunning presentation – but I want to go back to sample the bourbon and rye flights. Still, as much as I love whiskey, I may have loved our server’s wine recommendations even more. District’s wine menu is spectacular, and the staff is knowledgeable and intuitive.

Given its roots as a wine bar, District’s house-made charcuterie and cheese boards were obviously impeccable. 

But my friends and I were also crazy about several items on their happy hour menu (available Mon-Fri 4-6pm and Sat 5-7pm), including the delightfully creamy deviled eggs, crispy spiced chicken wings and $1 oysters.

Oh, and the guanciale pizza with cured pork cheek, chili sauce, onions, arugula and pecorino? Definitely worth the hype.

The District. 216 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Old Navy Tee

This post is sponsored by Old Navy.

OLD NAVY boyfriend tee / OLD NAVY mid-rise skinny jeans / SOLUDOS sandals

OLD NAVY boyfriend tee / OLD NAVY mid-rise skinny jeans / SOLUDOS sandals

I’m always on the hunt for the ever-elusive “perfect tee,” and Old Navy’s newly reinvented tees fit the bill!

Their linen-blend boyfriend-fit shirt checks off all the boxes: it’s soft (pre-shrunk for added softness), comfortable (it’s even tag-free!) and perfectly slouchy (with extra durability in the shoulders).

I like to wear this one tucked into skinny jeans or cut-off shorts, but it pretty much matches with everything.

I'd love to hear how y'all wear your tees, though. Feel free to share your tips in the comments below! xx
 

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Pretty in Pink

ZARA sweater / ZARA denim skirt / ACNE STUDIOS ankle boots / GIVENCHY Antigona bag / VANESSA MOONEY choker

ZARA sweater / ZARA denim skirt / ACNE STUDIOS ankle boots / GIVENCHY Antigona bag / VANESSA MOONEY choker

There was a time I hated pink. I reveled in the fact that I loved gray and black, that I wasn’t one of those girls who considered pink her favorite color.

I guess I’m making up for it now. I’ve already purchased a pink slip dress, a pink oversized sweater … I was even considering buying these pink Axel Arigato sneakers.

Because pink – a color traditionally associated with femininity – can be radical. Girliness does not have to equate weakness. And right now, more than ever, we need to celebrate the strength and resilience of womanhood.

So yes, expect to see a lot more of this hue on my Instagram and blog for months to come :-)

Pleated Skirt

ZARA skirt / ZARA heels / GIVENCHY Antigona bag / BRIXTON hat

ZARA skirt / ZARA heels / GIVENCHY Antigona bag / BRIXTON hat

Rarely am I drawn to pieces this feminine, but there’s just something about a pleated skirt. Paired with white sneakers or a tee, it suddenly becomes more interesting – rebellious, even.

Of course, I went for a more traditional look here, with strappy block heels and a silk tank – but only because I was going to a nice dinner. I’ll be debuting more looks with the pleated skirt in future posts to come!

Yuzuki Japanese Eatery: Tasting Menu

CHICKEN KARAGE

CHICKEN KARAGE

I’m both a Dolores Park regular and chicken karage lover, so imagine my surprise when I learned there was an amazing izakaya restaurant on the corner of Guerrero and 18th Street.

YUZUKI JAPANESE EATERY

YUZUKI JAPANESE EATERY

Like its food, Yuzuki Japanese Eatery’s exterior is quiet and unassuming – and easy to miss, given the distracting bustle across the street at Tartine Bakery. But its $90 six-course tasting menu for two is thoughtfully curated and incredibly good-value, given the quality of ingredients and the quantity of food.

COLD APPETIZERS

COLD APPETIZERS

You’ll recognize many of their homestyle dishes, including many of my favorites such as salmon clay pot rice, grilled yakitori (omg the chicken meat balls and pork belly were out-of-this-world good), and seaweed salad dressed up with dungeness crab and tosa vinagrette.

DUNGENESS CRAB & FRESH NARUTO WAKAME SEAWEED SALAD

DUNGENESS CRAB & FRESH NARUTO WAKAME SEAWEED SALAD

Unlike many of the dark, dingy and loud izakayas you may have frequented in the past, however, Yuzuki offers the above in a subtle yet upscale environment.

GRILLED YAKITORI

GRILLED YAKITORI

Most of their food makes use of their specialty ingredient, “shio-koji,” an all-natural fermenting agent prepared in-house using traditional techniques that coax out the ingredient’s umami character over the course of five days.

SALMON CLAY POT RICE

SALMON CLAY POT RICE

To truly experience koji, I recommend their signature house-made fresh tofu, made with organic soybean and sea salt – it’s silky-smooth with layers and layers of flavor. (Sadly, I was not able to capture a good photo of this dish, but imagine something pure, white and beautiful.)

CHICKEN KARAGE

CHICKEN KARAGE

Yuzuki Japanese Eatery. 598 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Covry Eyewear

All my fellow Asians can probably sympathize with my plight to find a good pair of glasses. Most frames are simply not designed for our lower nose bridges, which means we're constantly pushing them up every five minutes. Not ideal.

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Enter Covry, a New York-based eyewear brand that got its start on Kickstarter. Founders Athina Wang and Florence Shin spent two years perfecting an “Elevated Fit” that features longer nose pads, a reduced frame curvature and narrowed nose bridge. Previously they specialized in sunglasses, but now they’re releasing their first optical collection!

Finally I have some specs that sit comfortably on my face – and they’re actually stylish, too. I was torn between the Pavo and the Rigl designs, but ultimately settled on the Pavo in amber since I feel I’d wear them more.

If you’ve struggled with glasses in the past, I highly recommend Covry!