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Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, Calif.: The Happiest of Hours

As I'm sure you have realized by now, I have a love for fashion and great food. Nothing can really stop me from dragging along a friend to try a new restaurant in town or a happy hour I have yet to try.

The latter is what brought me to Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Though I've been to this lovely restaurant a few times, I had never tried their happy hour or their sangria that everyone raves about. So, I decided to give it a shot and see what all the talk was about.

For those who don't know, Luna Red is a restaurant and bar with a fantastic outdoor patio that you should choose to sit at if you get the chance. The restaurant serves tapas -- or small plates -- that are unique, fresh and absolutely mouth-watering.

I mean, where else can you find chorizo stuffed dates that are bacon wrapped, duck confit crepes or blue crab lasagna in San Luis Obispo? That's what I thought.

Luna Red's $5 happy hour is held Sunday through Wednesday from 3 pm - 6 pm and all day Thursday (seriously, all day). During happy hour, drink specials are $5 and select menu items are $5.

My friend and I ordered sangria, the smoked paprika hummus with flatbread, blue crab hushpuppies with an avocado remoulade and two arrachera skirt steak tacos. Though service was slightly slow, everything else was amazing. If I had to choose one dish that you must try during Luna Red's happy hour, it would be the blue crab hushpuppies. You won't be disappointed.

As for the sangria... it was the best. I completely understand why everyone raves about it. And for $5, how can you say no?

Luna Red, San Luis Obispo

For a delicious (and pretty happy) happy hour, visit Luna Red at 1023 Chorro Street.

By |October 11th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

What You Missed This Week

Take a break and catch up on the latest.

Take a break and catch up on the latest.

From the latest news to the latest in fashion, here is a roundup of what you might have missed this week (and need to catch up on) from around the web:

Taylor Swift gets down in her new music video for her new song off her upcoming album 1989: "Shake it Off." And there's been a LOT of backlash.

Vogue's September issue cover was leaked (and announced!) this week and it is kind of a big deal.

Is the skinny jean trend over? According to a Bloomberg News report, the answer may be yes. I have my own thoughts about this... but I'll save it for another blog post.

Peanut and almond butter sold at major retailers have been recalled for possible salmonella contamination.

There's a reason people on your Facebook feed and dumping buckets of ice on themselves. Learn how the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge actually started and an interesting take on why we need to do better than the ice bucket challenge.

So how many makeup brushes do you really need? And why do you really need them? Elle Magazine breaks down the 11 makeup brushes you need to own.

 

By |August 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

5 Tips to Organize Your Life

5 Tips to Organize Your Life | Chicisms

Hit refresh by organizing and cutting out the clutter. Here are five simple tips to help you organize your life:

1. Find your perfect planner. Organize everything by writing it down in a planner or your Google Calendar (or both). Set alerts, write to-do lists and plan your day ahead of time to make sure you get things done. Color code important events/tasks like class, work, exams and errands to help organize your planner further and keep it looking pretty.

I purchased a 17-month agenda from Ban.do and I was really excited to start using it once August 1st came around. This agenda comes with fun stickers, color-coded month tabs with fun illustrations and quotes for every month and fun to-do's for every weekend (like "Clean your house in roller skates" and "Throw some confetti"). Check out  Ban.do's blog post on where you can find their fun agenda.

Bando Planner

2. Make schedules and deadlines for yourself. Clean the house before tomorrow. Do laundry at 12 pm on Wednesday. Finish writing that paper by Thursday at 3 pm. Work on the design for two hours on Friday.

Prioritize your tasks and create schedules and deadlines for each of them to make sure you devote time to each and complete them.

3. Do things one at a time. 

Trying to get three things done at once is, most likely, not going to benefit you. Focus on one project at a time to simplify and do things more efficiently.

4. Declutter. 

Someone once told me that a cluttered desk meant a cluttered mind. It's true. Split up areas of your home and/or workspace and take time to declutter each area one by one to keep your head clear and organized.

5. Take a break. Everyone needs one.

You can't stay organized while stressed. Remember to take a break and enjoy time with others and by yourself.  Take a hike, see a concert, read a book or do yoga.

California Mid State Fair - Train Concert

Train at the California Mid-State Fair

Do you have any tips for organization? Share them in the comments below!

xo, Leila

By |August 4th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

Friday Favorites

I'm kicking off summer with a look at the chicisms Instagram and bringing together my favorite photos from the past month.

Happy Friday and happy summer!

Received a wonderful package in the mail the other day. In love with this Rebecca Minkoff pouch!

Bread pudding, anyone? Check out my recipe for this delicious apple bread pudding!

By |July 11th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Recipe File: Apple Bread Pudding

If you're in need of comfort food that is slightly sweet and completely delicious, this apple bread pudding recipe is calling your name.

Apple Bread Pudding Recipe | Chicisms



What you need (for 1 - 8 inch square pan):

  • 6 slices day-old bread (I used Whole Grain Honey & Oat bread from Trader Joe's)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 box (or 1 oz) raisins
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced apples

For the Vanilla Sauce:

  • 1/6 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 1/3 cup water
  • 1.5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Apple Bread Pudding Recipe | Chicisms
Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the bread into cubes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, sugar, butter, cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Add the sliced bread cubes, apples and raisins into the egg mixture. Slightly toss so that the bread cubes are coated.
  5. Pour the bread and egg mixture into a well-greased 8-inch square pan. With a fork, slightly push down on the bread and apples so that they are somewhat covered by the egg mixture.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  7. While the bread pudding is baking, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan.
  8. Stir in the water until the mixture is smooth.
  9. Bring to a slight boil over medium heat and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  10. Remove from heat. Stir in the butter, vanilla and nutmeg. Serve with warm bread pudding.

Happy eating! :)

 

 

By |July 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment