POM Friday . 5

It’s Friday and you know what that means! Alfie makes his weekly appearance for Pomeranian Friday.

Here’s a flashback to Summer 2013 when I took Alfie to a course to get our dogs comfortable in the water. He’s hangin’ out on a surf board! Going to keep this short and sweet as always, and let the photos of Alfie do the talking. Enjoy your weekend folks!Alfie and 2 dogs

Me and Alfie surf

Dogs on surf board

Getting Holiday stressed

Sweet mother of (some bad words).

There’s too much stress going on in my brain right now. Every day for the past number of weeks I have been checking flights for The Guy, Alfie and I to fly home to Newfoundland Canada for Christmas. It’s looking pretty grim right now, and at first I was all about staying here in California, especially since our first wedding anniversary hits on December 30 and I didn’t want to be staying at my parents house for it.

So, we decided we’d try and fly home. Google Flights is where we’re looking from – Air Canada is who we usually fly with, but of course it’s going to cost $2400 for the both of us not even including Alfie’s $100 round trip to come on the plane with us.  It won’t be a huge deal if we stay here in California. We’d finally get to have a Christmas tree, create our own traditions, but since we decided to try and go – I can’t help but go all in 100%. If it doesn’t pan out I’d probably be disapointed, but make the most of it down here. I mean, I may even have to get some of that fake snow and put it on our front porch, cause ya know California doesn’t have snow (where we live anyway).

Instead, I’m going to forget it all for now, and talk about hanging out with fun bloggers at a fun event that happened weeks ago.

Uniqlo-at-MilpitasLast month I was invited an exclusive pre-opening event at Uniqlo at the Great Mall in Milpitas. Jessica and I, like always carpool together and had an awesome time hanging out with the other bloggers there. Totally thought those models in the above picture were mannequins multiple times.

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Uniqlo-Grand-OpeningAnd a video to go with the above!

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Here’s Ashley, Jessica and myself before they opened the doors.Bloggers-at-UniqloThe invite said to dress in California Chic attire. Had no idea what that meant, because doesn’t California chic mean comfortable loose tee’s, jeans and some flip flops? I ended up dressing up a little and wore my new Zara jeans with a few old pieces in my closet.

My outfit:
Zara jeans, Silky red top from a store that ended up going bankrupt
faux leather jacket from Suzy Shier, Giraffe print shoes from another store that closed.

390-pantsI tried on those orange jeans simply because the price was amazing. I felt a little weird in them though, so I passed.

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Uniqlo-BloggersLauren-and-NancyHung out with my friend Lauren, too!

womens-shirtsTotally picked up that yellow plaid shirt for The Guy, asking a sale associate how it fits on men. To which she then informed me it was a women’s shirt. I mean, I guess the Guy could wear it, but I ended up picking him up a different one… from the men’s section.

Here’s what I ended up getting for us (and half an outfit of the day before I headed out).before-heading-out-and-buyi

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Uniqlo-changeroomsWe were given a gift card to shop the store, where I bought this awesome puffer jacket and a button up shirt for The Guy. Between the jigs and the reels I had initially been thinking of getting the ultra light down quilted vest too, but I put it back since it wasn’t on sale at the time. I kind of want to go back and get the quilted black vest and even had a poll on it. Ya guys. You know me all too well, lovin’ the neutral colours saying I should go for the brown. You see, I normally would — but I already have a brown vest (see?). We’ll see if it goes on sale in a few months time. Maybe I’ll pick it up.

Jacket-from-UniqloFor reference I’m wearing the ultra light down parka in size small, and while the Canadian in me wants to correct them from using the term parka, it definitely won’t be keeping me warm if I wear this on its own if I desire to experience another Canadian winter. But it’s keeping me warm here in California when it drops down to a frigid 6°C (17°F). ;)

SinfulColors-blue-polishesNow I’m off to paint my nails one of these fun four colours. Have a great rest of your “Friday Junior” :)

Decorating help and coffee breaks

Guys, I’m dying for a bitta Thanksgiving food. I still can’t believe it’s a little ways away yet.

To combat those food cravings, I’ve decided to start shopping for Thanksgiving decor. World Market is currently has 25% off their candles, then I had a $10 off a $30 purchase. I picked up 3 varying sizes of their flame less candles. flame-less-candlesPretty right? They flicker like real candles too. Now I’m on the hunt for a nice wreath to hang on the front door and a few table decorations. I’m a picky person when it comes to decorating our home. I want unique looking items, not something typical. Know what I mean?

I’m in a bit of a rush to get our house organized and finished since we have friends coming over for Thanksgiving. My parents-in-law and my husband’s buddy all coming in December. Here’s my dilemma: There’s an empty space dyin’ for a club chair to fit in that nook. I’ve been on the hunt for weeks in stores and online and I can’t seem to find a nice comfortable chair.

Looks a little pitiful, hey?empty-space

View from the empty space. Pardon the photos, they’re grainy since I took them on my phone without any natural sunlight.loveseat-and-desk

I even stopped by this new-to-me place called Home Consignment Center in Campbell. The store is huge! I found this nice green velvet-like chair, but I wasn’t about to pay $229 for it especially since it had no arms! Lol. HomeConsignmentStore

After browsing the stores yesterday I popped into Bellano Coffee to grab a vanilla latte to re-energize myself. I love heading in there to relax and people watch. They play the perfect coffee shop style lounge music, and has this comfy looking couch which is not surprisingly always occupied when I go in. Bellano-Coffee

I like to say this place is a bit of a hidden gem since it’s blended into one of those shopping plazas that you most likely would drive past if you didn’t see it. Half of the cafe is wall to wall windows, so it allows a ton of bright, warm sunlight in. The staff at Bellano are totally chill people, and super friendly. Love the atmosphere inside, and their awesome latte art. I feel so fancy drinking them.Bellano-latte

There’s a column behind the register where the barista’s work, filled with currency from other countries.  I couldn’t spot any Canadian dollars, so I’m thinking I should rectify that situation. Wonder if they’d like some loonies or toonies on their walls?Currency-column

Bellano Coffee

3985 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051
Hours: Weekdays 7am-5pm, Weekends 7am-7pm

So back to my decorating dilemma. Where do you guys buy your club chairs/arm chairs? Ideally I’d love a velvety grey club chair without any tufting on it that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Best places to eat in Carmel

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There are so many great restaurants to choose from when visiting Carmel, it’s difficult to narrow your search down. Whatever you’re craving, Carmel is sure to have a restaurant for it. Although the selection of places to eat is diverse and unique from each other, we enjoyed every bite at the places we ate during our 2 day honeymoon.

la Balena — With their changing lunch menu, you’ll be sure to find something that will tickle your taste buds with flavour. The food and service here was excellent, and we enjoyed our last lunch in Carmel at this Italian restaurant. I would recommend you try their Cavolfiore Fritto (cauliflower appetizer) along with the Frittata. Don’t forget to bring your dogs along with you to this place. Like many shops and restaurants in the area, la Balena is dog friendly.

The Grill — Although the atmosphere of the restaurant wasn’t what I expected with blown up photos of the famous Pebble Beach golf course. The restaurant is smaller than I thought and it can be noisy, paired with paper table clothes on top of linen. We can overlook that for the quality of the food the chef makes. We’d be back again simply for the lamb and salmon we raved about while eating it. The staff were so friendly, popping in to check in on us from time to time. The meals were pricey, but well worth it.

5th Avenue Deli — You won’t be able to eat inside this deli as there’s no seating so it’s a perfect way to grab a quick lunch and explore Carmel, Point Lobos, or drive to Big Sur and have a picnic. There was so much food to choose from, bakery, deli meat sandwiches, and even a buffet style salad bar when you walk in. If you’re stumped for ideas, go for one of their 4 choices of picnic lunch boxes that won’t break the bank.

Brophy’s Tavern — If you want to give your wallets a break from all the money you’ve spent on food, this is the spot to visit. Brophy’s is a traditional American style sports bar serving large portions of pub food to your table quickly. When we ate here, the San Francisco Giants had won their game and were heading to the World Series, so you know this place was hoppin’. It had a great vibe with the local crowd, it was fun seeing them all pumped and cheering at all the TV’s for their our home baseball team.