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.

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 :-)