Remember AOL?

I’ve gotten a few emails asking me what reader I’ve ultimately ended up using, so I thought I’d share.

Though this wasn’t even on my original list of possibilities last week, thanks to a comment from Sara, I was introduced to AOL reader.

Yep. AOL. That old pastime that most of us probably thought no longer existed.

But the reader? It’s awesome.

It’s the best replacement I’ve found so far, and it’s almost as good as the much loved google reader.

It’s still in beta, so I’m confident that as time goes on it will be just as good as google reader used to be.

So if you’re still trying to figure out a good replacement, I highly suggest checking it out.

What reader are you using?

ChantalJuly 13, 2013 - 9:39 am

haha wow! i didnt know AOL still existed! thanks for the recommendation!
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A Rooftop Bridal Brunch

A couple of weeks ago my friend Rachel and I hosted our friend Lindsey’s bridal shower.

Our friend Shannon has one of the best roof decks in the city, and she graciously offered to let us use it. The backdrop couldn’t have been better.

It was fairly small and relatively casual, just a few close friends and lots of drinks and food.

We set up a champagne/drink bar, full of homemade peach and strawberry purees courtesy of Rachel, ice coffee with baileys, and lots of brunch delights.

Unfortunately, while I took tons of pictures of the setup, I took very few of the actual people.

However! I did manage to snag a couple of the lady of honor along with her adorable three-month-old nephew.

Babies like this one kind of sort of make me think that maybe having one of my own wouldn’t be too bad…

(Don’t tell.)

Happy Bridal Shower Lindsey!

We can’t wait for the big day!

Lindsey LeBalchJuly 9, 2013 - 10:16 am

Ahhh super cute post Serena! I loved the shower, it was such an awesome day – thanks to all my lovely ladies and all their hard work. I have a ton of pics too of the set-up and my nephew and that’s about it ;)

Can’t wait for the big day!


JessicaJuly 9, 2013 - 6:23 pm

That view is incredible! Looks like you ladies had fun. I’m always so bad at taking photos when I’m having fun too, so I usually end up with before and maybe some afters. Hope you’re having a great week!
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Michelle LimJuly 10, 2013 - 11:44 am

If I EVER get engaged (but we both know I won’t), than I nominate you to throw me a bridal shower. Please and thank you.


StephanieJuly 11, 2013 - 7:46 am

Ahhh . . .what a view! Love, love the pics. I have no doubt you throw an amazing party.

MoJuly 11, 2013 - 5:12 pm

This looks SUPER fancy to me – I love the place settings! Nice job ladies!

A Tainted Love Kind of 4th

After four wonderful days off doing a whole lot of nothing, I’m back!

But now I’m suffering.
Because it’s pretty much guaranteed that if your time off was amazing,
your transition back to reality is going to blow.

I’m sure some of you out there can relate.

Anyway, my 4th of July was pretty awesome.

This is one of the few times that I’ve been in the city for the 4th of July.
Out of the seven years I’ve lived here,
I think I’ve only celebrated this holiday in San Francisco a couple of times,
so I was excited to stay put this year and do local stuff.

A lot of my friends were out of town,
but fortunately Mo and Mish were both here,
so Kevin and I forced them (and their men) to hang out with us
and suddenly a party was born.

A Tainted Love kind of party.

For all of you non-SF people,
Tainted Love is a super popular San Francisco based 80′s cover band.
They are suuuuuuuuper cheesy
and play the best i.e. most horrible 80′s music ever,
and are, in essence, completely awesome.

They were playing for free over at Pier 39,
so we packed our bags with beers
and fought through hordes of tourists
and then pushed our way to the front of the crowd.

And it was a blast.

We danced.

We drank. 

We grabbed boobs.You know, just a typical day in the life.

Apparently Mo felt left out and tried to grab a boob too. Except it was Kevin’s…

Justin was clearly impressed.

After embarrassing ourselves thoroughly,
we headed back to our place to continue the party and watch the fireworks from our roof.

Once there, I gave Michelle and Verner the housewarming gift I had been saving for them for months.

A hand painted replica of Cézanne’s “Still Life with Apples!”

So generous, I am!

The rest of the night is a bit of blur, as great nights tend to be,
but I am happy to report that it was one of the most fun 4th of July’s I have had in awhile.

Tainted love, new friends, good food, lots of drinks, fireworks.

What’s not to love?

How was your 4th of July?

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeJuly 8, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Tainted Love is THE BEST song to drunkenly sing along to, and in my case, run to, work to, shower to, basically I live life with that song in background. Looks like your holiday was a ball! And I’m having the same settling into work situation, today. The 4.0 mile run in the 86 degree heat is not looking like it’s going to happen today. I’ll be lucky to pick up a kettlebell :)
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nancy @ adore to adornJuly 8, 2013 - 2:00 pm

sounds like a great weekend! I stayed local myself and loved it. I love when it’s the holidays and people travel…it makes for being in the city that much more enjoyable since you’re “competing” against less people and out-of-town folks. haha. Maybe the Bart strike was a factor too?

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TheresaJuly 8, 2013 - 4:24 pm

That sounds like an amazing day! I swear, everyone I’ve talked too said this year was the best 4th they’ve had! I was up in Tahoe, but this makes me want to stick around SF next year. Also, Tainted Love is awesome. I’ve seen them twice and it’s always a good time of drinks, dancing, and boob grabbing!
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nicole marieJuly 9, 2013 - 1:04 am

freaking sf throws the best hoidays:) i was there last year for the 4th and it was the best 4th i have ever had

MargaretJuly 9, 2013 - 10:00 am

This sounds like an amazing weekend.

Every time I read your posts, all I want to do is hop on the next flight to San Fran. I really love Cleveland, but there’s just something about San Francisco that keeps me wanting to come back! (and I’ve only been there 3 times- 2 of those before I was 15, but I don’t care)
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MoJuly 11, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Thanks for posting the dancing picture of me. A simple crop would have been amazing :) Fun times!

RIP Google Reader

Today marks the death of my beloved google reader.

I’ve been testing out the other readers out there, but I haven’t found anything I really like yet.

First world problems at their finest!

Anyway, if, like me, you’re still searching for a new reader alternative, here are a few that I’ve been exploring:

Digg Reader
It’s only a day old, but so far, this is the best alternative I’ve come across. I believe it’s what I’ll be using moving forward. It has the cleanest and most simple layout, and reminds me of google reader. It’s still not as great, but I have hopes for this one.

The Old Reader
Prior to discovering Digg Reader, this one was in the lead. The layout is similar to google reader, but! (and this is the only reason why I think Digg might be a bit better) it’s much slooooooower. However, I think that once the kinks get worked out, it will be awesome.

I think this is the most popular option out there right now. I use this more as a way to follow bloggers than as an actual reader, as I hate having to click out to read a post. However, I think this is a great option, and as a shamless plug, you can follow me here if you’d like.

This seems to the the choice of many, but I’m just not loving it.

Kind of like Feedly. Lots of people love it, but it’s just not for me.

What reader are you using?

SaraJuly 1, 2013 - 11:52 am

Hard to believe, but my friend found a winner from a somewhat unlikely source. Try aol reader!! I know, AOL?!

It’s basically the same as google reader and I’m happy! :)

nancy @ adore to adornJuly 1, 2013 - 2:51 pm

I haven’t found “the one” just yet. I am using bloglovin’ now since it was so easy to import my blogs that I currently follow. I’m just having issues coming to terms right now…haha. =)
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JeniJuly 3, 2013 - 12:31 am

which one did you end up deciding on? I have been using Feedly for over a month now and am still not too into it either. Who knew changing a feed reader would cause so much distress!

ChantalJuly 7, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Ive been using bloglovin just cause it is easy and i dont want to do any research haha. l-a-z-y. however, i dont like clicking out either. oh well.

It’s Friday I’m in Love!

A few things I’m loving on this particular Friday…


Wendy Davis.
I’m not sure there are words to describe what an incredible job she did this week.
Thirteen hours standing up, no bathroom breaks, no food, talking constantly,
to filibuster a (in my opinion) terrible bill
and stand up for women’s rights.
I mean, she is just amazing
and the kind of person that I’m so happy to have in politics.


Speaking of which,
the filibuster wouldn’t have worked if it wasn’t for
Leticia Van De Putte,
who I think is kind of an unsung hero in all of this.
When Wendy Davis was called out on technicality during the 11th hour,
essentially ending the filibuster, Leticia Van De Putte stepped in
and fought back with another technicality,
asking questions that kept the filibuster going, one of which was
“At what point must a female senator raise her hand
or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?”
It’s inspiring for me to see women like this in politics.


As someone who believes strongly in marriage equality,
my heart could not be happier about the events that transpired on Wednesday.
The demise of DOMA and Prop 8 has been long overdue,
and because there is no way I can say it better than him,
I’d like to quote my good friend Travers,
who recently married my other good friend Jean,
who just so happens to be Korean:

“It was one generation before mine
that saw the momentous end of a shameful era
that ultimately made my marriage last month legally possible.
I wasn’t exactly around to witness that chapter,
so it is with reflection and optimistic resolution
that we get to witness another regretful era
be delivered a monumental blow.”

Well said, Travers. Well said.


And to end things on a less serious note,
the game of thrones video below is awesome.
As a huge GoT fan, I completely relate.
Especially the spoiler part.
And also that whole identify with a character thing,
because, you know, I secretly pretend to be Calisi.

Watch and enjoy!


Happy Friday friends! What are your plans this weekend?

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TheresaJune 28, 2013 - 10:19 am

What your friend said gave me chills! It’s been a very exciting week! :) We’re finally making progress!
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StephanieJune 28, 2013 - 2:26 pm

That video just made my day, and gave me a good idea for Halloween. I want to be Calisi (in public, as opposed to just being her in the privacy of my apartment) and Molly & Gia can be dressed like dragons to be my dragon babies. Brilliant.
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MoJune 30, 2013 - 5:16 pm

I teared up when I saw Jean’s instagram post about what Travers said – so, so well put! A good week indeed :)