Monthly Archives: June 2014


Simple Banana Pancakes

June 9, 2014


A few weekends ago, I whipped up these fluffy banana pancakes from a recipe I found on Pinterest. They were so easy and received boyfriend-approval. They’re also gluten-free and paleo. Try them this week for a healthy and easy breakfast!



  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 banana mashed
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until a thick, yellow batter forms.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet, pour in palm-sized dollops of batter and add chocolate chips. Cook over medium-heat for 3-5 minutes. Be careful when flipping as the pancake batter is fragile. Recipe should yield about 4-6 smaller pancakes.
  3. Top pancakes with the other 1/2 of sliced banana, maple syrup, and sweet cream butter.





They’re so yummy… enjoy!



Product Smackdown: Boscia Black Face Mask vs. Origins Clear Improvement Face Mask

June 3, 2014

Product smackdown-masks For The Wink’s second installment of Product Smackdown, I decided to test out two of the latest face masks on the market: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask versus Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. Check out my thoughts below and find out which one I liked more!

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: After showering, I slathered on this tarry mask and waited about 20 minutes for it to harden. Unlike other masks that lighten as they dry, this one stays extremely black (fun to scare your cat with) and you must wait until it turns smooth and plasticky to peel off. Underneath the mask, my skin felt tight and dry. This mask provides mechanical removal of impurities (as opposed to chemical removal), so it was quite painful to peel off my skin. After removal, my pores looked clearer but my skin was red and slightly irritated.

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask: Right after applying, my skin felt tingly and cool. The mask had a different consistency than the Boscia one and was easier to spread across my face (less sticky/tarry). The mask went on a shark blue color and dried to a dark gray. Once it had fully dried (about 20 minutes), it was very easy to rinse off with warm water and left no residue behind. I felt that it cleared my pores and brightened my complexion immediately.

The verdict? Origins Clear Improvement Mask won hands-down over Bosica Luminizing Black Mask. Not only does it ring in at $10 less for more product ($24 for Origins’ 3.4oz vs. $34 for Boscia’s 2.8oz), my skin felt softer, looked brighter, and was much less irritated than after I’d used the Boscia mask. The Origins mask has become a weekly skincare ritual for me and helps keep my skin looking its best.

Have you ever tried these products? Do you agree with my choice? Let me know in the comments section below!



Meghan Comes to San Francisco!

June 1, 2014

This past week was a blur – a happy, sunshine-y blur. My good friend Meghan (whom you’ve seen here and here) came to visit me here in San Francisco all the way from Boston. It was Meghan’s first time to SF (and California!) and my first time having a guest in our new home. Here are a few snapshots from her visit!


We started her visit off right with a fantastic brunch at Squat & Gobble.


While shopping on Market Street, we both grabbed the same pair of sunglasses, only to find out that they gave us pink unibrows!


We couldn’t get enough of those sea lions on Pier 39.


Chocolate-dipped waffle cones on the Pier.


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After browsing the farmer’s market, we stopped for another delicious brunch (with mimosas, of course) in the Ferry Building Saturday morning.



All three of us took a day trip to Sausalito on Sunday. That Golden Gate will never get old!


Breathtaking views of the California coast. So different from Maine, yet equally majestic!


Even though this photo of us is blurry and out-of-focus, I still love it. :)


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Drinking in those giant redwoods.


Relaxing Monday afternoon with our toes in the sand at Ocean Beach.


I’ll miss you so much! Come back soon!