Friday, September 30, 2011

hydrangeas of steel.

i bought these beauties at safeway...3.5 weeks ago! isn't that insane?? they must put something crazy in that little packet of flower food. i just keep trimming the stems and changing the water, and they've stayed totally fluffy and nice. bizarre.

p.s. yes i see that my book is upside down - whoops. ;) 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

links galore.

i'm a little {okay a lot} distracted with a super busy work week. while i catch my breath over here, i thought i'd share a few of my favorite links from this week!

Monday, September 26, 2011

jlsf home tour launch party.

this was the setting for the jlsf home tour launch party - how amazing is this space? i kept thinking that you could have a wedding there, with all the beautiful courtyards and sitting areas...and it's a restoration hardware gallery! yup, it's a showcase for RH to show off their gorgeous pieces. just mind-blowing.

apologies for my devil eyes in that bottom pic - darn iphone. ;)

Thursday, September 22, 2011


san francisco summer has finally joined us! we typically have freezing months from june - august {note the parka & scarf situation in this july picnic photo}, but something glorious happens in september and the sun decides to warm up the city and burn off the fog. it usually lasts through october, and it's the ONLY time of year i wish i had air conditioning! amazing.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

french posters.

in love with this rare vintage posters from one kings lane today. considering the prices range from about $600 - $3000 {for a picasso limited edition lithograph, nbd}, i'll continue to admire from afar, as opposed to my living room wall. ;)

if you'd like to join one kings lane 
{amazing home & design items at sample sale prices...usually not 3k, don't be scared} 
you can click my invite link here!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


last night i updated my photo portfolio, and added some new button links to the right sidebar. trying to keep the blog clean & updated is apparently my distraction from keeping my actual closet/apartment in check...haha.

Monday, September 19, 2011

cgi is amazing.

this dior perfume ad basically blew my mind. it features the stunning versailles hall of mirrors {always a plus} and the lovely charlize theron getting ready for a fashion show...alongside marlene dietrich, marilyn monroe, and grace kelly. the cgi is so good, it's scary!

{thanks to my friend heather for tweeting about this during the emmys last night. seen on}

Friday, September 16, 2011

favorite place no. 16 : the tonga room

i'm quite literally obsessed with the tonga room...a mere mention and it brings out all sorts of squealy noises and excitement in me. it is located in the basement of the fairmont hotel, a san francisco icon of design & general classiness...aka, not the place you'd expect a tiki bar.

the tonga room is housed in what used to be the fairmont's indoor pool, called the plunge. after it closed, developers ingeniously thought, "what could go on that large body of water? hmm...probably a floating band wearing tiki shirts and leis!". so yes, the pool still exists in the center of the room, where a cover band floats on it, playing beach boys and other classic hits. and...IT RAINS! i know, crazy. there's a simulated storm within the tonga room every half an hour or so. {i realize it sounds like i'm describing the rainforest cafe. it's...cooler. promise.}

the tables line the pool and dance floor {where dancers of ALL ages seriously cut a rug...the people watching is amazing}, and a bar where coconuts and pineapples house various classic tiki concoctions. you pretty much can't go inside without breaking out into a huge smile and chugging a pina colada. it really is heaven!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

two favorites.

{model; room, found via pinterest}

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

my girl is 4!

when i called my niece this morning to say happy birthday, she replied enthusiastically "happy birthday to you too, auntie!" so selfless. ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

zebra + chandelier.

one of my favorite rooms ever, courtesy of the always-awesome kfd designs. amazing what a chandelier, zebra rug, and lovely print can do! those built in bookshelves aren't too shabby either.

Monday, September 12, 2011


this weekend the girls and i put the top down on the mini and cruised over the golden gate bridge to sausalito. our destination was fish, a super fun restaurant in the harbor that serves fresh, organic seafood. we gorged ourselves on ceviche, chowder, fish tacos, and tuna melts {mmm} and drank some fun lemon-lime soda and iced tea. there was some pretty crazy wind situations going on, so steph and i had about 6 marilyn monroe moments each in our fun dresses. ;)

on the way back the fog over the city lifted a little bit, and i could see back towards my apartment! what a great view.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years.

not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.

-- charles reade 

today is a hard day. it seems surreal that it has been a decade since the world we live in changed, and so many heroes lost their lives. this year as the marketing & pr chair of the junior league of san francisco, i've had the honor of learning the story of melissa harrington-hughes, a san franciscan who lost her life in the north tower. ten years ago, melissa held my position in the jr. league, and by all accounts was an absolutely beloved friend, daughter, wife, and sister. she had gone to new york for one day on a quick business trip, and was stuck above the plane impact site. over the past two months i was touched by the research i did about her life, her experience that day, and her legacy. tonight my friend kelly and i watched a special on the history channel called voices from inside the towers that profiled melissa and the touching and tragic voicemail she left for her newlywed husband sean, who was still asleep in the early morning hours in san francisco. i can confidently say that i have shed more tears this year about the tragic events of 9/11 than ever before, simply because of knowing how truly special melissa was and what a beautiful person we lost that day.

to learn about the amazing life melissa lived, you can go here to read the story i wrote. there is also a page where you can donate to melissa's memorial fund, which benefits san francisco community organizations that melissa was passionate about. her legacy has touched the lives of so many, including mine.

Friday, September 9, 2011

friday links.

happy friday! here are some fun links that i've been enjoying this week. SO glad it's almost the weekend!

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    favorite fall items.

    i'm very much loving capes this year, and always attracted to anything with graphic writing - how fun would these tights be with a black cocktail dress and that cape swooshing around?

    {cape: rachel zoe; tights: threadsence}

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    portrait photoshoot : jess

    i love this photoshoot with jess {from one of my fave publications, sunset magazine!} for a few reasons: she's so photogenic, the bright yellow makes each photo pop, AND it's such a perfect example of how you can find good backdrops anywhere!

    i'm typically a natural light photographer, which means i prefer shooting without extra lighting or flashes. this also means i don't use a studio for portraits, my clients and i pick a location and work with what's already there. jess came over to my neighborhood, and it was really easy to find different spots that worked with her outfit and coloring.

    you'll notice grey stairs from a house down the street {thanks neighbors, for donating your stoop ;) }, a brick wall of the building across the street from me, seafoam green siding of a garage, and a backlit couch shot from my living room. all of this was within a half block of our starting point - pretty fun!

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    the golden state.

    i think i probably NEED this print. check out the other prints too!

    speaking of my lovely state of california, we got REAL FAMILIAR with it yesterday when it took us over 7 hours to drive across {basically from nevada --> pacific ocean} due to labor day traffic. tahoe was an absolute blast, but there's something tragic about inching your way down a mountain at a rate of 2 miles per hour while you have to pee. thank goodness for misha's mix CDs from 2001 to make us laugh our way through the pain! ;)

    hope you had a sunny and road rage-free 3-day weekend!

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    VLOG friday {yay}

    ahhh i did my first vlog. how scary is this? i at least gave myself a little activity to do so i wasn't just blabbing your ear off, but this ended up kinda long...and my little photobooth video camera kept pooping out, so i had to splice a couple together...and yeah, sigh, this really isn't so pro, is it? oh well, i always like to see videos from people whose blogs i read, because there's something so fun about hearing someone's voice and seeing their mannerisms. basically, we've been internet dating and now we're standing nervously at starbucks getting ready for 30 minutes of awkward conversation. yeah kinda like that.

    so ANYWAY i saw a few blogs i like {especially moorea's!} posting these regional dialect videos that i was totally getting a kick out of - i'm a HUGE fan of accents and especially the random turns of phrase that southerners apparently have about weather patterns {this will make sense in the video}.

    play along and record your own video! fun!

    Say these words:

    Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

    Now answer these questions:

    What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

    What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

    What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

    What do you call gym shoes?

    What do you say to address a group of people?

    What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

    What do you call your grandparents?

    What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

    What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

    What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    favorite place no. 15 : bourbon & branch

    last night my friend molly {the ridiculously amazing creative director of modcloth - my fave!} took me to bourbon & branch, and it was MAGICAL. i'd heard of it a million times in the press and through friends, but had never experienced for myself. it's a replica of the original speakeasy that operated at the same address on o'farrell and jones streets in the 1920s, complete with secret entrances, unmarked doors, and hidden passageways inside. the only indication you're in the right place is the "anti-saloon league" signage outside, seen here.

    i think the coolest part of the whole experience is their absolute dedication to authenticity. you have to have a password to get inside {given to you when you make your reservation}, and they have a set of house rules that MUST be obeyed - no cell phone usage {they'll take it away!}, no photos, speak quietly {i.e. speak "easy"}, and hilariously, no ordering cosmos. when you first walk in it seems nearly pitch black, so it's surreal as your eyes adjust and you walk through the room to your booth with 1920s music playing softly in the background. candles flicker on the brick wall behind the bar, and every once in awhile, a wall panel swings open and someone appears from a hidden room. the menu is about 50 pages, and is filled with classic drinks that use bourbon, whisky, absinthe, bitters, & more. everything we tried was absolutely delicious.

    i also got a kick out of people who came dressed in costume - lots of vintage cloches & capes on the ladies, newboys caps & vests on the guys, and a general spirit of excitement. next time i'll be sure to rock some red lips and a pencil skirt at least, as opposed to my boho maxi dress and gladiators. ;)

    {all bourbon & branch images here; 1920s group shot}