Brahmin summer 2018 blogger event San Francisco

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Last week, I was invited to attend an event hosted by Brahmin at the Presidio Social Club. So what do you wear to a handbag event in San Francisco? A handbag made by Brahmin of course! You can see my bag of the night placed carefully on the passenger seat of my car above. I wore my favorite denim dress and brought a pale grey pashmina with me just in case the fog showed up and froze me to death.

My outfit turned out to be perfect because the fog never came in! Imagine that?! The event started with a cocktail hour outside on the back patio of the Presidio Social Club. The deck was so pretty! I wish I took more pictures, but I was having so much fun I forgot to snap photos!

The restaurant passed appetizers, which were amazing, and I met a few new bloggers, a writer for the style section of The Chronicle, and the Brahmin team. Everyone was so nice, and so much fun to talk to!

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The amazing bartender pictured above gave a  drink demonstration, and then the restaurant passed around mini-drinks for us to taste. I tried to stay away from the mixed drinks since I don’t drink very much, and I knew I would be driving back to the south bay later that evening; but they looked good!

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The table settings were so cute, and there were place cards at all of the seats. I was seated close to a few of my blogger friends, so that worked out well! The ladies I met on the patio were at a different table, but I am so glad I got to meet them at the beginning of the night, I definitely made some new friends. I met a few new ladies at my table too, so it was a great opportunity to meet new people.

The Presidio Social Club prides itself on farm to table cuisine. The chef has his own farm and much of the food raised and grown on it is served at the restaurant. I enjoyed a vegan soup to start, followed by an amazing swordfish dish. The dessert was fabulous too. If you are ever in the city, definitely enjoy a meal at the Presidio Social Club, the food is to-die-for! Plus, they have a parking lot! That’s golden for us suburbanites coming into the city with our cars!

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My seat was on the corner of the table, so sometimes it was hard to hear people talking further down the table. That’s OK though, because this was the view from my seat. Do you see that black satchel? It is now number one on my wish list. I was staring at it all night long; and it is so chic and beautiful in person. I need one in my life! I wish this was a better photo so you could really see how beautiful it was. Alas, I only had my iPhone that night, so my photos are not as good as they could be.

Now, onto the summer 2018 collection by Brahmin! The collection is beautiful, hands-down beautiful. The brown hue in the collection is rich, and will easily flow from summer into fall. It is also dark enough to be worn in lieu of black. I would love to get my hands on a bag from the collection in brown! For summer, Brahmin also has on-trend styles which include a belt bag, a small backpack which is great for travel, various tote bags which will work for the office, the beach, or day to day summer life. The famous circle bag, known as the Lane Melbourne, is also being shown in a few new colors for the summer season. There are also basketweave leathers, and smooth leathers which compliment the predominately stamped croc collection. All of the summer fabrications are very pretty in person. You will love it!

You can view the entire summer 2018 collection online here. I curated my favorites from the Brahmin summer 2018 collection and placed them in the shopping widget below for you to see. Which bag is your favorite?

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*special thank you to Brahmin for hosting this event and gifting us with a tote bag and goodie bag filled with local artisan foods. all thoughts and opinions in their article are my own.

*all photos taken with my iPhone, apologies for any quality issues

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Signs of a heart attack in women

Beautiful silent auction prior to the lunch. I bid on the Kendra Scott lot, but ultimately got outbid.

Yesterday I had the honor of being a guest of the American Heart Association at their annual “Go Red” luncheon in San Jose, California. It’s an amazing fundraising lunch which features education about heart disease, survivor speeches, and tear-jerking moments. Yes, I did well up with tears during one speech a survivor delivered.

Pretty table setting at the lunch.

A woman dies every 80 seconds from heart-related illnesses. Sadly, roughly 80% of those deaths are preventable. While men tend to have more text-book symptoms of a heart attack, women often think they are suffering from the flu, stress, acid reflux, or exhaustion. Therefore, it is so important for women to know and understand the symptoms of a heart attack.

Donation cards from the tables

The following symptoms are signs that a woman could be suffering from a heart attack. These are the symptoms, detailed on

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest which lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both of your arms, back, neck, jaw or your stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is or discomfort. Some women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some additional common symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

If you ever feel any of these symptoms, don’t be afraid to call 9-1-1. Every second counts when you are having a heart attack, so calling 9-1-1 can significantly help your recovery if indeed you are suffering from a heart attack.


Please help spread the word to other women, so they too will know what to watch out for. Together, we can help increase awareness and reduce the annual deaths in women due to heart attacks. For more information, please visit

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Laura Adney from Have Need Want and myself after the lunch. I won’ 49er tickets from the silent auction!

*Please excuse the photo quality, all pictures were taken with my iPhone.

Chico’s #HowBoldAreYou spring style event at Santana Row recap

Thank you to everyone who came out last Thursday night for the Chico’s #HowBoldAreYou spring style event! Dawn from Fashion Should be Fun and I hosted the event, and we had so much fun! Like almost every-time we do something together, we forget to get a photo together! Haha, you can remember with me by clicking here.

The Chico’s #HowBoldAreYou spring style event at Santana Row was so much fun! I really enjoyed meeting many of you in-person and helping you shop! It was so much fun to see my favorite necklace sell out in the first half hour of the event!

If you haven’t seen my favorite necklace from Chico’s yet, you can check it out online here. It is three necklaces in one, clipped to an extension chain. The necklaces are all reversible; they can be worn blue or silver. The necklaces can be worn alone, in a pair, or all three together; giving endless mix and match possibilities. There are so many options with this necklace! It is perfect for traveling because you can wear it on the plane, then you have several necklace options while on your trip! I can’t wait to take mine on vacation with me this summer!

The event was filled with shopping, champagne and other drinks, mini cupcakes, and mini cheesecakes! So yummy! If you watched my insta-stories, you may have noticed Dawn and I dancing the night away; we can get pretty silly!

Yup, we’re silly! Let’s face it, how can you not be excited and get a little silly when you are surrounded by fabulous clothing and accessories! The Chico’s spring 2018 collection is so pretty! There are amazing bold colors, incredible styles; and I even spotted a few fun dresses which would be perfect for a Derby party!

Chico’s also has a section of the store dedicated to travel clothing! It’s the perfect packable, mix and match selection of fashionable and fabulous clothing. I will definitely be checking it out for my summer vacation plans!

Sometimes, you just need to take a selfie. Dawn and I got one photo of just the two of us! Haha Well, I guess it’s about 1/3 of her face in the photo; but you can tell it’s us! Haha

It was so much fun seeing everyone at the event! Thank you again to everyone who came out to visit with us, and shop from Chico’s fabulous spring collection. If you have not had a chance yet to check out the collection, definitely visit your local Chico’s store or check it out online at

I loved my dress from the event! It’s really comfortable and the fabric is great for traveling; it does not wrinkle! This dress runs a little bit large, if I pick one up in another color I will size down.

Shop my favorites from Chico’s spring collection:

Thanks for all of your support!



*sponsored by Chico’s, all thoughts and opinions are my own

Photos: Lori Rose/Signature Images 2018©