Thursday, December 1, 2011

sparkle + shine

Happy December everyone!  Its the most wonderful time of the year!  Its the time of reflection, family, friends, gingerbread houses and peppermint mocha, oh and....LOTS of sparkles and shiny things! 

It is the season for parties and who doesn't love a little sparkle + shine to make an evening magical.  The summer and fall have gone by so quickly, I am having a hard time getting into the spirit.  So, to kick off the 25 days before Christmas, here are a few sparkle pieces to get the season started right (the miumiu shoes are on my wish list)!

Oh, and I'm sure I'll be having plenty of peppermint mochas in the next few weeks!!

clockwise from top right-skirt from anthropologie, ring from BHLDN, top from j.crew

top-sequin cardigan from anthropologie, shoe from miumiu; center-bracelet from BHLDN; bottom-necklace from BHLDN, sequin top from old navy

top image 1, 2 

Monday, October 31, 2011

fall times

Here in SF we have been having some pretty warm days, so it has been difficult for me to get into the mindset of fall.  However, I am ready for the crisp days, yummy soups, cozy cardigans and boots!  So in honor of Halloween today (even if I did wear red/pink), I ordered a hot carmel apple cider from Starbucks (yum!) and showing some fun pics of our trip to the pumpkin patch!

No costume for Moz this year...but he enjoyed this just as much!

Happy (late) Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

crazy, fabulous life...

So...its been over 3 months since my last post!  It has been one crazy summer and fall to say the least.  I travelled to 3 cities, got engaged, ran a marathon...oh and spent a week with the fam here in SF!

Just some quick snapshots of the last 3 months...

In August, I went to Vegas with a couple of girlfriends.  In true Vegas fashion, 3 days felt like 2 weeks.  There was the Beatles LOVE show, Bellagio brunch buffet, drinks, gambling and a serious sunburn!

Then on September 18th, R asked me to marry him on top of Mt. Tam!  I said yes, and it has been a whirlwind ever since!!  We have had amazing love and support from all of our friends and family!!  I am excited to start planning (well...I actually already have) and sharing more on the blog!

View from the proposal and our lovely hike afterwards!
Two weeks later, we jet-setted to Seattle for R's birthday!  Seattle is an amazing place, and I can't believe it took 6 years to make the journey north!  We enjoyed an underground tour, wandering around Pike Place Market, 16 mile run through Queen Anne neighborhood and eating/drinking with friends!

During our trip up north, we took a 3 hour ferry ride up to Victoria, Canada, where we visited Butchart Gardens.  The gardens were absolutely amazing!  I love the quiet, serene beauty of nature, and to see someone's love and hardwork into these gardens was simply amazing!

Finally, October 16th was the Nike Womens Marathon!  Though the training in the last 3 weeks was lacking, it was an awesome race!  Sunscreen booths and Ghiradelli chocolate along the course and a Tiffany's necklace handed to you by firemen in tuxes...I mean what woman wouldn't love this race.

Now that I am not running 50 miles a week and gone every weekend, I should be much better about getting the blog back on track!  I also will be adding some wedding posts...inspiration, updates and all things sparkly!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

california adventure-shower lake

This past weekend, R and I traveled east towards Tahoe for an overnight backpacking trip.  It was a great and challenging 8 mile trail.  At the end, was this gorgeous little lake called Shower Lake.  The Tahoe area is full of hidden little lakes way up in the mountains and this was a perfect retreat from the city grind.

Unfortunately, it was a little to chilly to go swimming (still a ton of snowmelt!), but we enjoyed it nonetheless.  I also had the chance to do a long run further along the PCT trail, which was an amazing break from all the marathon training on the roads!
Distant view of Lake Tahoe from the ridges of Echo Summit

Shower Lake-view from our campsite

Friday, August 12, 2011

Summer Fun: RV Love

I can't believe how quickly summer is wrapping up.  Even though here in SF we're already wearing scarves and boots (and have been for a few weeks now), I  still feel that summer rushed by!  The days are slowly starting to get shorter and fall is around the corner.  

image: tec petaja via pinterest

Also, the end of summer comes the multitude of weekend plans, so R and I are taking advantage of one of our last free weekends to head out to the wilderness!  I am looking forward to getting out of the city and enjoying a night under the stars!  

Though I will be spending the weekend in a tiny tent, I had to share some pics of another way to enjoy "camping"...with RV's.  Wouldn't it be amazing to spend a weekend (or longer!) in these amazing little homes away from home.  

Happy weekend!!

images: top-grey likes weddings via apartment therapy ; bottom-caravanolic via apartment therapy

images: left- magnolia pearl, via pinterest top right-yo north shore, via apartment therapy bottom right: deliajude, via pinterest

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

western twist

Here in SF, we really don't get much of a summer until late September...early October, so I am clearly dreaming of fall fashion to wear now!  So, I was thrilled when I found some great faux leather booties from Old Navy this weekend.  They are a great addition for fall and a nod to my love of western wear (I guess its my Kansas roots showing).

After I found the boots, I immediately began dreaming of outfits to put together for fall.  One great store that has an amazing fall collection and just opened a store in SF is Madewell.  After reviewing their fall lookbook, I chose a couple of outfits that are inspirational to anyone dreaming of the leaves changing colors.  I am most excited to translate the shirtdress/flannel combination from my own wardrobe.  Though...maybe adding some tights later for a little extra warmth.

images via Madewell fall lookbook

To dress down the boots, I love the idea of pairing them with a pair of skinny jeans, silk blouse (below is a fabulous one from J. Crew) and a fitted blazer.  I have been on the lookout for a great blazer, so excited to see if this one works out.

For "back to school" I love the idea of a hip backpack and easy timex watch.  Both of those are definite must-haves for anyone heading back to the classroom, or just commuting to work!

1. Tinley Road Blazer; 2. J. Crew Silk Lucinda blouse; 4. Timex Original Easy Reader; 5. Madewell High Riser Jeans;
6. Hershel Supply Co. 'Lil America Backpack'  

Monday, August 1, 2011

Rue Magazine

If you are looking for some serious home eye candy, then you should check out rue magazine.  Its an online publication that is full of wonderful photos and stories of people's homes around the world.  Issue #6 is out now, and it was a great way to spend a leisurely afternoon!  I picked out a few of my favorites that will definitely go in my future home inspiration file!

all images via Rue Magazine

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Daily Inspirations

I recently read that in order to be more innovative, you must begin to look for inspiration in everything you do and everywhere you go.  This helps to build creative thinking skills.  I found this an interesting way to look at how to further increase innovation in my work, but also a way to finding more joy in life.  This thought has stuck with me over the last few weeks, so I decided that I could begin to look around more in my daily life to find inspiration.

Fortunately, we live in a time where there are a plethora of resources to help you record your inspiration in fun and creative ways.  I chose to use my Instagram account as a way to do this.  I love the different filters you can apply to the pics to make them even better!!    

I selected a few images from the last 2 weeks to share here.  Some have been things I find around the city and others have been silly and easy.

Since Instagram works similar to social media sites where it has a feed, you can follow others to see what cool images they are posting to the account.  For anyone on Instagram, let me know, I would love to start following more people!!

my images from instagram

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sweet Dreams

Over the past year, I have been learning a lot about decorating and furnishing homes.  Last September when my roommate moved out, I finally had to grow up and start to buy furniture.  To me, this is one thing that really marked you as a real adult (though now I am not so sure).  It has definitely been fun to learn more about my own style and inspirations.  I have long been interested in fashion, but it was completely new to me to try to mix and match furniture to help make my apartment truly home.

One of the rooms that I have been most craving adding some more personal style to is my bedroom.  I want it to be a sanctuary for sleep, but it also double as my work space.  I love the idea of a soft and feminine space, but with personality!  I am definitely not a minimalist, so I love the idea of colors and being surrounded by my personal treasures.  I have collected a quick look of inspiration for bedrooms!

source: honeyhouses
I LOVE the idea of a bedroom with with a cozy rug and a bed full of fun, quirky pillows.  Also, who wouldn't want that amazing ornate mirror!
source: apartment therapy
Soft and sweetly feminine.  My bedroom gets tons of natural light, and this is definitely a great way to make it light and pretty.
source: left- apartment therapy / right: west elm
I collect pillows from my travels, many of which are full of reds, pinks and turquoises.  I love the idea of mixing red and turquoise in a bedroom (or in any room for that matter!).
source: left- sarah kaye / right- nskwood 
I am keeping an eye out on craigslist and flea markets for the perfect wrought iron bed!

source: top left-apartment therapy / bottom left-apartment therapy / right-apartment therapy

This is just a sample of some of the inspiration that I have found.  If you want more, check out my pinterest boards.  Pinterest is a great website what you can collect images from the web into storyboards of inspiration!

**all images via pinterest.  for original sources, please review links in captions. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mission Sunday

Dolores Park, Moz and leisurely bike rides...

Just a few photos of Moz and I's visit to Dolores Park.  This is one of my favorite places in the city, but I was too busy chasing him around to get to snap too many photos.  It is amazing in the city today, so it was a great chance to take the bike out for a nice ride!  Happy Sunday!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mission Sunday

This weekend turned out to be a super casual weekend in the city.  I had such a busy week, that instead of going out of town, as planned, we had a little mini-staycation.  This meant mostly lounging around the apartment, napping or working on the garden (in R's case).  On Sunday, we did venture out for a few hours to meander down Valencia Street.  This is one of my favorite streets in the Mission...and most likely the city for browsing.  

We started off at a new coffee shop, where we tried some of their wide variety of scones.  We tried the berry and corn/cherry scone.  They were both delicious, but especially the corn/cherry.  It was a crumbling corn muffin with dried cherries.  Amazing!!  Definitely will have to stop by here again.

Next was a small vintage shop, The Apartment.  This place is great for vintage furniture and just in general cool finds.  R & I spent 20 minutes looking through old photographs of architecture.  It was fun to browse through others memories of their trips around the U.S. and abroad.  We ended up with a couple of great photos of a chalet at the Swiss Alps and the Paris Opera house from the late 50's.

On our way home, we took a detour over a couple blocks to a new kitchen shop called Pot and Pantry.  Super tiny, but full of cute vintage and new items.  It was featured here by another SF blogger.  So definitely check out her photos!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

geometric goodness

This weekend, besides brunching in the mission, I went over to Fort Mason for a local artist fair, Renegade.  I used to love to go to craft shows when I was younger with my mom and sisters.  We would browse through the crafty, Americana items that local artists were selling.  Halloween and Christmas were the best times for these, as then you could get plenty of holiday decor!  

SF has many of the same type fairs that I loved going to as a child.  Local artists, selling beautiful hand-made items.  I got 2 amazing prints (I love collecting fun art pieces), some hand-printed, linen coasters and the below fabulous geometric necklace.  I have been dreaming about geometric and native pieces for awhile.  I love the idea of bringing southwest style with a little modern flair!  The necklace was just what I was looking for.  A long chain and large enough "charm" to make a statement.  To add a little drama to my white tee and jeans (though I wore it this week with white tee and black sequin skirt!)  

This got me thinking about other great fashion items.  I found a few great pieces that are definitely more native inspired than true geometric.  However, I love the idea of some bright, vibrant colors with some great geometric patterns for fall!

Thinking about shapes brings up the ultimate "geometric" fashion item.  Yves St. Laurent's dress, circa 1965.  Inspired by Piet Mondrian's art pieces, this was a true example of how much fun you can have with bold, primary colors and simple lines!

1, 2, 3, 4

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mission Sunday

For what felt like the first time in a while, R and I stayed in the city for the weekend.  It was great weekend for a trail run, Dolores Park with friends and strolling about the city.

Today, we went over to 24th St. in the Mission to our favorite brunch haunt, St. Francis!  This is an amazing little 50's style ice cream parlor.  We have been regulars there for a few years, and even more so, since I moved about 5 blocks from it.  

We enjoyed waffles and breakfast burritos, and then shared an AMAZING chocolate malt.  Since we are usually there for brunch, we don't usually eat ice cream...  But after our trail run yesterday (which went really well for both of us :), we decided to go for it.  The malt was delicious and we drank up every last drop of whipped cream!

After brunch, we took the leisurely route home on 24th St.  This street is full of taquerias, mexican bakeries, bars and cute little boutiques, including one of my favorite, Arkay Workshop!  I am lucky to live only 2 blocks off the street, so I am sure there will be more posts to come on it.

My favorite car in our neighborhood!
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