Jun 17, 2016

Trending: My DIY Comfy Boyfriend Denim Shorts

 As days are getting sunnier and warmer, my thought turn from comfy boyfriend jeans to comfy shorts. For a while now, I have been noticing slouchy denim shorts but it was not warm enough for me to give the idea serious consideration. Now that it is definitely getting warmer, I started to scout around for summer shorts. Everywhere I looked, the really stylish styles are either too pricey or sold out.  Seriously.... Anyhoo, while going through my closet, I found a pair of old Versace jeans that I didn't know what to do with. It was too expensive to just donate but not quite what I like now. Upon further investigation, it has the beautiful slouchy look for a pair of shorts. This pair of jeans didn't look right on me long, but when cut off, it is quite cute as a pair of shorts.
I kept the length slightly longer so I can wear it at different length depending on my needs. I just need to roll the hem up differently. It is so easy to make summer denim shorts out of old jeans. The best thing in life is FREE! If you are going to DIY your own cut off shorts, first determine the length that fits your daily needs. Second, before you go scissors happy, mark the length on both legs to ensure evenness. I kept mine longer at 8 inch inseam but will change the length depending on how I roll up the hem. I am scouring my closet to try to find a pair of blue denim that I can cut if not, I think I like the ones I picked out on the bottom image. 
left top: Lovers + Friends Dylan Slouchy shorts (Revolve.com) $58 on sale
left bottom: KUT Catherine Denim Boyfriend shorts $46.20 on sale at Nordstrom
right top: Zara $35.90
right bottom: Treasure &Bond Boyfriends shorts $78 at Nordstrom

Have you gotten onto the Boyfriend shorts wagon yet? 
~xoxo Angela

Jun 16, 2016

Scarf for Bad Hair Days & Function of Beauty Shampoo Set Giveaway

Today is just of one of those days that no matter what I do, my hair just seems to have a mind of its own. After trying for about 15 minutes to tame my unruly tresses, I gave up and used a silk scarf to hide my mess. It is actually rather perfect because it is also quite windy as well.

Being a busy mom, honestly hair is really the least of my concern but when my hair is messy, I just don't feel good and the rest of the day is kinda off. Instead of throwing on a hat or a baseball cap, I like using a silk scarf sometimes to add a pop of color to my outfit since I prefer simple pieces. I literally threw on a pair of jeans and a white top with gold sandals and I am ready to start the day. Add a pop of color just makes me feel slightly more chic and stylish. How do you deal with bad hair days???

Speaking of hair.... The folks at Function of Beauty is giving one lucky Savvy Mode readers a set of customized shampoo and conditioner to try. To enter the giveaway please go to my Instagram account. I am rather intrigued by the idea of customized hair care set. Although I am okay with store bought shampoo and conditioner, something is always off. With a customized set, a gal's individual hair type and profile are addressed accordingly. I saw that the company has good review so far and if Vogue, New York Time and NBC are all talking about it, I see that this is worthwhile exploring. Good luck, I can't wait to hear the lucky winner's experience.
Function of Beauty giveaway
Giveaway rules:

1. For US residents only, 18 years or older.
2. Like Savvy Mode post on Instagram and tell me in comment that you want to enter
3. Tag a friend to get extra entry
4. Entry ends on 6/18, winner will be announced the following Monday (Sorry we are going away for Father's Day weekend!)

Jun 15, 2016

Great Anniversary: Addison @ The Grand Del Mar

Normally hub and I are not about spending hundreds on a meal. However we heard so much about Addison and it was our anniversary so we thought why not. Honestly the meal costed us about half month of grocery but it was a great experience and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

So for our dinner, we picked the 4 course meal ($110) instead of the tasting menu at ($265). Upon entering the restaurant foyer, we were greeted by the hostess by our name. Immediately someone walked us to our table by the fireplace and presented us with a greeting card from the chef wishing us a happy anniversary. Instead of putting my clutch on the floor or on the chair, a little stool is placed next to me for the bag. A champagne cart was served table side, we each got a glass of rose. Since I am not an alcohol person, I almost choked when I saw the price for that flute of champagne ($50 each). I was glad I knew enough not to order the Dom Perignon. Heeheee.... That would have set us back $130 per flute. Yikes! It is not that we can't afford it but I just can't see myself spending that type of $$ on alcohol. I rather spend it on food. Anyhoo, we were presented with a delicious amuse bouche of whipped yogurt and a cheese puff. These might come in small packages, but all are super rich and filling.
For my meal, I ordered Kumamoto oyster with sweet and sour pear to start. There were so many flavors balancing each other out in this and the oyster was firm with a slight crunch. Yum!

Normally I am not a running egg yolk type of gal, but this coddle farm egg with sweet peas and salted pork was SO GOOD!

Since I adore duck, it is without a question that I would order coffee roasted duck with candied peanut rice. I almost asked if i could TOGO a second order of rice for my toddler. The best duck I had was at Hotel Coste in Paris and this really rivals the taste. It was cooked to perfect tenderness.
Hub started his meal with seared big eye tun.

For the second course, he ordered Bouillabaisse. I just want to say rock shrimps and grilled octopus in butter mussel reduction sauce is just to die for. Hub let me eat most of it. It was so good with bread.

For the main course, he ordered Kobe beef which is $25 extra. It was SO pretty I thought they brought us dessert initially. Hub teased me for the rest of the night. I don't care because that beef literally melted in my mouth.
Just more images of the homemade bread with house made butter. We got a small serving of sorbet to refresh our palette before dessert. I am still thinking about the rice with duck leg confit on the bottom. It is truly yummy in the tummy.
I finished the meal with strawberry and cream with 24K gold foil. Hub got the Mille-Feuille (I think), After dessert, we were presented with Addison's take on S'mores. OMG it was good. By the time we were done with coffee, it was 3 hours later and I think 2 pounds heavier. I was ready to walk home. All in all, it was a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. I highly recommend Addison for a special date night.

As we were escorted to the foyer after dinner, we were presented with house made chocolate toffee to take home. Again everyone wished us a happy anniversary. Our wallet maybe lighter but it was a great night and I would do it again for another special occasion.

On the side note, I mentioned to hub I really liked the chocolate toffee so being a good hub he went to Addison trying to buy some for me. It was not available for sale but they gave him 2 more small packages to come home. What great service! ~xoxo Angela