Thursday, February 22, 2018

SF Beer Week 2018 Wrap Up

I’ve been attending San Francisco Beer Week (SF Beer Week) events for the past 3 years, and I even highlighted it once here.  I wasn’t lucky enough to get to attend the SF Beer Week Pre-Party/Launch even, but I was able to attend 3 events.


The first event was s Sour Sunday (Sour Beers are my all-time favorite). This even is held at Jupiter and Triple Rock both in Berkeley, so for an East Bay resident this is an event that’s easy to lyft to (and Lyfting is a must). The Jupiter location has 12 + stations and each station have at least 2 beers (including some unreleased beers from local favorites like Drake’s). . After you get your fill at Jupiter you can walk two blocks to Triple Rock, which features almost exclusively bottle beers, so if you really don’t want to miss any, I highly suggest you stop at this location first then go to Jupiter. This particular event is a staple for me (I don’t ever plan on missing it), and I highly suggest you splurge on the VIP tickets which includes a glass, shirt, and unlimited 3 oz. tastings.


The next event has been going on for 5 years, but this year was my first time attending. It was the Uptown Funk: Beer and Cheese Tasting, which is held at Drake’s Dealership in Oakland.  This was a fun and educational event which featured 7 beers and 6 cheeses. The pairings were really good and unique in some instances and it was capped off by a combination that tasted like a rich and creamy coffee shake, and it introduced me to a Croatian cheese that I know love called Paski Sir (which I must now find).  The event was curated by Drake’s Brewing Co Barrel Program Manager Travis Camacho, and Local Cheese Expert Kristin Jackson. Travis and Kristen described both the beer and cheese pairings and allowed each attendee to sip/taste and then engage in discussion on the flavors etc. For me the highlight of the event for me was I got a chance to try one of the best I’ve had in a long while. It’s called the Smoked Brette  (a blonde sour with smoked tea, 5.8% abv), and you may still be able to try it it’s on tap at the dealership location.




The last official event (I popped my head in a few of the free ones on the weekend) was the Aisle 5 20X 20.  This was nice and also another East Bay convenient location at a new pub/restaurant in Oakland (Aisle 5)  and also a celebration of the venues 1 year anniversary. The event features 6 local breweries  (Laughing Monk Brewing, Headlands Brewing Company, Oakland United Beerworks, Gilman Brewing Company, Sufferfest Beer Company and Ghost Town Brewing!)  and featured 20 unique beers.  Each attend received a 5oz pour of all 20 beers (If you choose to try them all), plus to celebrate the actual venue you also received 20% the food menu. This event started off slower (I’m chalking it up to a weekday, Black Panther premiere day, and it started at 5pm), but it picked up around 6:30pm and all the brewers were knowledgeable and eager to chat about their creations. What I did like about this event is there was even a Cider place (Blindwood Cider, Berkeley) that had a wonderful Dry Hop Cider)


I would say the most unique and tasty beer I had all night would be the “No Filter Banana Split Bock” a light in sport dark beer with some wonderful flavors from Oakland United (the Brewery will be opening in Jack London Square area in about 2 months).


Finally on Saturday I stumbled upon a Japanese Beer Fest at The Trappist There were several selections, and the theme was Yuzu. I of course I had to get the Hitachino Yuzu Lager Beer, followed by a “Wednesday Cat” Belgian Style White Ale.



Overall I say I had a successful SF Beer Week, and I can’t wait until next year!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Goodbye Belle Butters ( + Bonus Brands to Know)

I’ve discussed Belle Butters more than once and I absolutely love the products and deeply respect and admire the woman behind them (that friend in your head/online). Last year she gave her customers notice that she’d be closing up shop permanently in 2018. She gave updates and notice in her newsletters (even though she really didn’t have to) over time, however the change happened faster than expected for  her and her customers because in under a week her shop will be closed permanently (insert the saddest of funeral music here).


If you weren’t like me and didn’t start quietly stocking up last year there is still hope. You can stock up (within reason there are limits per customer) on your favorite products with a 22% discount through 2/18 (the show will officially closed on 2/19). Like I mentioned I have a good supply of the items I really enjoy from Belle Butters, the sad  news for me personally  is after I finally run out of Black Current and Lavender Oil Cleanser I will not know what to do (I’m currently looking for a replacement, but have two full bottles on the way, and one and a half bottles at home) as that for me is the only product I don’t think I can ever replace.



Moving forward there are some good options for when your Belle Butter stash runs out. Here are a few other brands I enjoy, and have great quality products as well as customer service.



Clean Glow


What’s Similar :


  • Butters com in a variety of fragrances

  • Can use the products on the hair and body

  • Has a beard specific products (Belle Butters has a men's balm)

  • Multiple Size options (4 and 8 oz.)


What’s Special:

  • Texture is almost like a balm meets traditional shea butter

  • Price point (one of the most reasonable brands I’ve seen)


Shea Shea Bakery

What’s Similar:

  • Variety of fragrances

  • Multiple size options

  • Also has skincare


What’s Special:

  • The variety of fragrances is vast and fun

  • Very unique packaging

  • Home goods items (candles/wax melts etc.

  • Box of the Month option (a variety of themed items)

Honey and Petal

What’s Similar:

  • Variety of fragrance

  • Can use the product on hair and body


What’s Special:


  • Unique formulation

  • Non-Shea option for those with allergies

  • Unique skincare items

  • Also has add on bath accessories


Don’t forget to wish Belle Butters' luck on her new adventures and let her know how much she'll be missed (she’s typically on twitter @BelleButters).

Monday, January 22, 2018

DIY Hot Oil Manicure

As most of you know I really enjoy painting/ doing art on my own nails. Recently, I really am getting into doing my own manicures (I may try my own get manicure soon, make sure to check out my IG page for nail art: bastylefilegirl). Because of that I’ve been trying to change up the type of manicures I do (I usually do 100% dry manicures), when I came upon the idea for a hot oil manicure.  Since I’m rocking my real nails (no hard or soft gels), I figured this would be the perfect time to do this. It’s also easy to do if you live in a place that has a grocery store that also has a lot of natural products like Sprouts (which is where I got a lot of this stuff from)


Ingredients (I didn’t do exact measurements):

Castor Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil






  • Put together your oil mixture (you can use mine or oils that work well for your skin, I would make sure that tea tree oil is used though)

  • Wash your hands and file the nails and shape them as desired.

  • Warm the oil for 30 seconds in the microwave.

  • Dip hands in it and keep it till the oil cools down. You can do this more than once just by reheating the oil.  

  • Remove your hands from the oil and massage your hands, cuticles/nail beds

  • Wash off excess oils

  • Now push the cuticles and remove excess skin/hang nails

  • DO NOT APPLY NAIL POLISH (the use of oil will make it hard for the polish to adhere and you’ll have lots of chipping etc. Wait at least a day before applying polish).

P.S. Because you used vitamin e (a natural preservative) you can place in a amber/blue bottle in in a cool place and use it again later on in the week.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Q & A: House No. 3028


Just last week, I let you know about a really cool, and inclusive shoe brand called House No. 3028, and as you may know I enjoy putting  a face with the name and it’s even more rewarding when you’re putting a face to a brand that you absolutely want to support.  Thressa one half of House No. 3028 was kind enough to answer a few questions for me as well as for you enjoy……..

1.     What were you doing, prior to the launch of House No. 3028?

My brother Norrell and I were both working in retail.


2.     If you weren’t in the fashion industry what would you be doing?

I would be in some kind of corporate management position.

3.     What inspired you to do footwear design?


When I had to get spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis after losing 50 lbs. I was looking to replace my wardrobe by creating a small capsule collection of basics because everything down to my shoes didn’t fit. I knew I wanted a nude shoe in my skin tone having studied fashion in school, I knew nude heels were supposed to extend your legs by matching with your skin and that just didn’t exist at a reasonable price. That’s when the light bulb went off.


4.     When you aren’t overly busy running your business, what are some of your favorite things to do?

I like to workout to unwind and too look good of course and I love watching Scandal and This Is Us.

5.     The 5 Fashion/Beauty items you can’t live without?

  1. Nyx Primer

  2. Black Jeans

  3. Nude Nails (my nude of course)

  4. Glo Girl Lipstick in Smokin

  5. And House NO. 3028 Heels in Caramel


6.     Inspirations, references, or underlying themes we can look forward to in the future of the House No. 3028 brand?


This is going to sound so weird but right now I’m really inspired by Biggie, the early Rocafella days and Dipset. Minimalism and 1970’s glamour.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mischo Beauty Nail Polish (Relaunch)

We all know how I feel about nail polish (and nail art), I’m absolutely in love with it. Currently I’m taking a long break from gel nails, which means I get to do one of my favorite things polish my own nails and create nail art. That’s why I’m happy one of my favorite nail polish brands is back after about a 4 plus year hiatus. Mischo Beauty   is back and is now 9 free (she use to be 5 free), and has updated her bottles (that were already great by the way), to a lux vintage look that is topped by a gold globe.


The relaunch features 15 colors, as well as a Top and Base Coat. The colors range from subtle nude-esque colors to fashion forward hues. You can purchase them individually for $17.00 or in sets of (that include the base/top coat) for $51.00.  I decided to go with 3 individual colors that caught my eye “Unbothered”, “Diana”, and “San Souci. In addition to the less toxic formulations are long lasting, quick drying, and a breezy to apply. I really highly recommend this brand. If you had the chance, what colors would you get? Happy Shopping!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Event Alert: House No. 3028 Pop-Up Shop

I cannot believe that one of my favorite podcast (Gettin’ Grown) that’s based out of the East Coast put me on to House No. 3028 a shoe brand based right out of my own backyard in Oakland, California. I know it was meant for me to hear about this brand, they specialize in nude heels, and I mean “real” nude shoes that accommodate women of color, not the laughable standard band-aide color. If you are in the SF Bay Area and are interested in this brand you are in luck. House No. 3028 is having a Pop up shop soon. Check out below for more details, and stay tuned for an interview with House No. 3028 to find out more about the brand.


Who: House No: 3028


What: Pop-up Shop (Brown Girl Friendly Nude shoes)


Where: Carpe Diem Gallery and Boutique

1420 Broadway, Oakland CA.


When: November 11, 2017


Invite :

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Brand New Alert: Form Beauty Minis

Photo Cred: Form Beauty

If you listen to podcast then you may have heard about Bevel (a razor system made for skin and hair that is often overlooked) , well Bevel now has a sister brand called Form Beauty. I’ve been excited since this brand was announced and even took my consultation to learn what products (the brand calls it a regimen) will work for me. But, if you are following  my YouTube page then you know how much I enjoy  my  current shampoo/conditioner I’m using, so I did not make the leap and buy the brand when it was originally released

Today, Form Beauty launched minis of every product in its line. I’m super excited that I now get to try all the products in my hair without taking the full size risk just yet. Did I mention that it’s also sold at Sephora (however the minis are exclusive to Form Beauty’s site).  The brand is meant for all types (or should I say forms) of hair, not just for girls like me with jet black springy coils. It won’t hurt to take the consultation and now you don’t have to buy a full size with the introduction of the minis.

Photo Cred: Form Beauty



My Form Consultations Results:


Clarify Detoxing Shampoo

Cleanse – Gentle Shampoo (Did not purchase mini will try later)

Hydrate Moisturizing Conditioner

Multitask 3-in 1 leave- in lotion

Define Elongating Curl Cream

Polish Moisture-Sealing Pomade


Happy Shopping!


P.S. Get free shipping by using the code "minis" at check out.

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