Tuesday, May 31, 2011

going to my happy place


We spent the weekend up in San Francisco. My childhood friend is having a baby and so we all got together to celebrate this new little life.


Nick and I stayed at Cavallo Point, which is the old Fort Baker military base that's been turned into a 'luxury spa' and lodge.


When my girls were little ones, I would take them over to the Bay Area Discovery Museum which sits adjacent to the hotel property. I'd, longingly, peer into the windows of the empty military housing, imagining what it would have been like to live there, under the Golden Gate bridge, with a view of the city lights. Rumor has it that a huge Marriott was to be built on this property destroying the charm of these red roofed houses. Thankfully, this didn't happen and the houses have been turned into hotel rooms-the charm has been maintained.

I recommend staying here if you get a chance. The service is impeccable and the food, as always in SF, is an experience in epicurean perfection.

fennel, apple salad, wrapped in cucumbers with a juniper, citrus vinaigrette + smoked shrimp

we took a cooking class on Friday and learned how to make burgers the right way (grind your own meat is the first step) lots of prep work. Not sure if I have the patience to do this at home in the galley kitchen.


The Saturday was a gloriously sunny day so we opted to take the Ferry over to SF

However a flukey storm opened up the skies to an hour of downpour. Which was a great excuse to shop.

Cole and Son wallpaper at Kate Spade. You can't tell from this photo, but the background is a pale blue.  I feel like I may need to use this some place......

We walked through North Beach in the rain and decided to take cover in a corner bistro.

Storm passed and we were back out on the street.
Peter and Paul Church, after the storm.  I know, back to the beach..... Summer is here!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Walk With Sally

As some of you who have been around here for the past several years know my husband, Nick, is the founder of an incredible non-profit mentoring program for kids whose families are dealing with cancer. The program, Walk With Sally , matches these children with adults who have gone through what they're going through.

The friendship and support of the mentoring program creates a safe environment during a very scary time for these kids. Through donations, Walk With Sally is able to provide day outings, an education resource library and a supportive community to anyone who has been touched by cancer or who is currently living through it. 

Walk With Sally's annual fundraiser event will be taking place July 16th and for anyone in the L.A. area, I encourage you to come and be a part of it. Below is the info and I'm extending the friends and family invitation to you all (because you are ) I really hope you'll be there. It's a really special evening, there's great food and The Blues Travelers! Who doesn't love a little harmonica by the sea.


Dear WWS Friends and Families!

Walk With Sally and the White Light White Night committee would like to invite you, your friends and families to an exclusive pre-ticket sales from May 15 to May 31 to see the Blues Traveler on July 16th! 
The tickets are priced at $125 ($25 savings), and it includes an invitation to the exclusive VIP PRE-PARTY event as well as the "Taste of the South Bay" food and drinks!

Don't miss out because this WILL sell out!

Go to WALKWITHSALLY.ORG You will be prompted to type a user name and password. User name is "wws" and password is "mentor".

Ticket does not include priority seating for concert. An opportunity to upgrade will be announced on July 1, 2011 if available.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

hidden gems of L.A.

a great little movie I just found on the overlooked architecture of L.A. If you like history and trivia (it took 33 years to build the Watts towers?) check it out....

green + yellow

photo credit:: chelsea fuss {frolic!}

first runner up......

and the winner is........

your barn door should always be open when you're going to the bathroom.

That's all. I was just considering this color combination and thought I'd share.

Marimekko in the Morning


Yesterday morning, after packing lunch boxes, feeding dogs, children and man (which includes force feeding the fore mentioned green juice )  dropping kids off at school, filling up the gas tank ( 95.00 bucks....b. jezus.) I sped up to Crate & Barrel at the Grove and was treated to a morning of Marimekko. On my drive, I chatted on the phone with my mom who reminded  me that Marimekko is, truly,  a modern classic that's been around for at least 50 years ( turns out it began in 1951 )

Brought to the U.S from Finland by retailer and architect, Ben Thompson and featured heavily in his Cambridge, Mass retail store, Design Research the line gained instant popularity.

Joyful, modern and graphic the patterns appealed to everyone including Jacquelin Kennedy, who bought eight Marimekko dresses which she wore throughout the 1960 Presidential Campaign. That's like Oprah suggesting a book. The line took off instantly.

I read someplace or heard somewhere, that SJP wore a Marimekko bikini, dress and curtains on Sex and the City (which I don't remember or maybe never saw) but look above! this little montage that I found proves it. Stylists know, that a classic never loses it's hipness.

need this bag, but I've been cut off from all bag buying for awhile.

I know, my photos are terrible. I think I had too much coffee.

Back to the Cambridge shop, Design Research. Design Research was the influential blueprint behind Crate & Barrel - who brought Marimekko in as a staple for the store as well. All of these years later, Marimekko's creative sensibility still remains to be a major thread through CB's success. Yesterday marked the launch of Crate & Barrel's, Marimekko, store-within-a-store. The shop will be carrying exclusive items and fabric by the yard, including oil cloth which is the perfect answer to upcoming beach picnics and patio parties.

 The store set up a table with strips of Marimekko jersey knits. Like a camp-within-a-store. We made necklaces, n' stuff.


For all of you DIYers they've produced a book that you're not want to be without. Surrur is full of sew and no sew ideas to make your own Marimekko.

I'm especially eyeing the 'bad hair day' cape which may just become my new uniform.
the above 3 photos came from here . thank you, Lovelorn Unicorn.

If you're a shut-in or spend way too much time at your computer (as do I) they also have an online store. click here and then go out and get some fresh air.

Monday, May 23, 2011

3 products that I'm endorsing without being compensated

The Soda Stream:

For years, I drank several Diet Coke's a day (6-10). I knew they were bad for me, but I also knew that red bull and phen-phen, while quite effective, was not the best way to take off baby weight. Older and I'd like to think wiser (although it probably has more to do with the awareness of my impending mortality) I've pretty much all but eliminated Diet Drinks. I did so by replacing them with soda water. The problem with that was, I had a trash can full of empty plastic bottles. Bad on the environment. Enter, the perfect answer. Using no electricity, no batteries, just a CO2 cartridge, the soda stream is one  of the best kitchen appliances to crowd my counter top. You can add flavoring, but I prefer the occasional squeeze of fresh lemon.

The Breville Ikon:

I may lose some of you here. Considering that I've spent years  bathing my cells in carcinogens (see above), I figure no harm in attempting to reverse whatever harm I've done. Every morning, I drink a juice made of 1 head of Romaine, half a bag of Kale, 1 cucumber and 1 apple. This gives me about 16 oz, of green juice. And the bonus is that it sustains me until lunch. To some, the green taste is a bit strong, but you'll get used to it. Toss some pineapple in to sweeten things. I did a lot of research before landing on this one. Besides being really good at grinding everything to a pulp and then extracting the juice via a centrifuge system, it's EASY TO CLEAN.  Also, I give a bit of the left over pulp to my dogs. Just read about the benefits of liquid Chlorophyll here and maybe you'll be a convert too.

I've heard that you can make some great, fresh juice cocktails with this thing. (Apple-Cucumber-Mint Martini? )

Red Flower:

Because of my recent skin condition called 'advancing age' I've finally buckled and started taking a little better care of my skin (do you see a pattern here? in vanity verite. ) I was introduced to this product by the woman who does my facials, Jan Davidson Skin Care (that was endorsement #4) Red Flower began as a natural candle business but soon moved over into skin care. I love this product because, well because honestly, it smells SO GOOD.  Fennel, rose, lavender would be what I'd guess the combo is.

If that's not enough to sell you on it, my skin looks fantastic and feels great and look at all of this:

" omega 3s and 6s, beta glucans and concentrated antioxidants. potent and pure for the face and therapeutic for the body. one hundred percent botanical. entirely free of all synthetics, parabens, dyes, petrochemicals and sulfates. made with certified organic ingredients. sourced from Finland. contains the spirit of life. not tested on animals. packaged in 77% post consumer recycled paper. printed at a 100% wind powered plant. "

ok that's it for me on this Monday. Back to work.
(god, I hope they send me some free stuff for a give away or something)

Friday, May 20, 2011

peace out

Wiley Words. Location: Oxfordshire, England Photo: Tobias Reynolds
Take heed and proceed. Have a lazy weekend. See you next week.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

honeycomb hideout

With summer upon us, I'm starting to have dreams of little get-a-way forts like this. It was always my dream, when I lived in SF,  to get a little parcel of land in the wine country and build a canvas cabin or place a tricked-out Jet Stream, just for weekend down time from the electronics and a time for reconnection and reading....maybe a morning hike. Villa Else ( in the middle of the Søllerød Nature Reserve in Denmark ) would be perfection, if only it were a little closer to home.

Villa Else is owned by Henriette Willerup and Anton Greiffenberg.

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