Hop til you drop

Easter is around the corner so hop to it:

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El Mirador

For my cousins annual trip to San Francisco, we decided to rent a house in the Sonoma hills. It was our first trip with Hank and the layout could not have been more perfect for traveling with a newborn. There was a separate guest cottage where John, Hank and I set up shop as to not to disturb the rest of the fam during nighttime feedings. I can’t recommend this house enough.

Some pictures from our sun-drenched weekend away:

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Point Bonita Lighthouse

Temperatures have been abnormally warm and it seems that everyone has been taking advantage of this summer-like weather. We took Hank to Point Bonita Lighthouse a few weekends ago, followed by lunch at Salsalito Taco Shop. It was the perfect day to test out my new Nikon too…some pics from our outing below:

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Soothing Sore Throat Tea

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Peppermint (teabags or fresh)
8 slices fresh ginger
4 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
Honey

Peel the garlic cloves, then whack them with the side of a knife to release the essential oils. Boil the sliced ginger and the crushed garlic in 4 cups of water for 10 minutes.

According to One Medical Group:

  • The peppermint, ginger, and garlic have anti-microbial properties, meaning they are thought to inhibit or help kill off bacteria and/or viruses.
  • The menthol in the peppermint also cools inflamed throat tissue and may have anti-inflammatory effects to reduce the swelling in your sinuses.
  • Honey coats mucous membranes, which will help soothe your sore throat. It also boasts anti-bacterial and tissue healing properties.
  • And the lemon adds vitamin C, which helps your immune system recover more quickly.

Five Foundations :: A review

When my cousin Cami (remember her wardrobe essentials post?) was planning her wedding in Green Lake, Wisconsin she couldn’t find a makeup artist she trusted. So she had to learn how to do her own makeup for the big day. Gulp. Cami’s first foray into coverage makeup was  Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. She was always scared of trying foundation like so many of us are. There’s a definite stigma attached to wearing foundation. The biggest fear? CAKE FACE. She was, however, well aware that in order to get the best pictures, she’d have to wear foundation. After researching makeup lessons in NYC, she made a few appointments at the Armani counter at Saks. In the end a great choice as she fell in love with Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and the rest is history. As the dreaded aging process continues, Cami continues her quest for the best coverage. Below, she reviews five foundations and debunks the myths that go along with wearing foundation.

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Travel : Jumby Bay, Antigua

My sister and her two best friends from growing up spent a sun-drenched weekend on the Island of Jumby Bay. I can only imagine the laughs and stories these three shared (after all, two of them found out Santa wasn’t real in the 8th grade…#special). Below, my sister shares pictures from her getaway.

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Hank’s Nursery

Designing and setting up the nursery was a welcome distraction from the third trimester waiting game. Turns out, we didn’t take our friend’s advice and were scrambling to get it all together (I work better under pressure?). We used blue and white accented pieces from my first apartment in DC which worked out well considering we had a boy!

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Valentine’s Day Cards

The art of nailing Valentine’s Day lies in giving a good card. Something witty with a heartfelt note inside and you’re golden. Perfect cards that every human deserves on 2/14:

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The 5-minute nighttime regimen

Have you seen Neighbors? We watched it for the first time last week. Talk about perfect timing. The movie was hilarious and relatable (ie- the final scene when the young couple is watching their baby sleep realizing they will be responsible for their daughter’s life until they’re “really f*cking old”) .

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As I approach Hank’s one-month mark next week, I feel as though I’m slowly getting back into the swing of everyday life. Removing my contacts or making my bed was a huge win for me during the first two weeks of his life. Forget about washing my face…if he was asleep past 8pm, I would run and DIVE under the covers. Now, I’m feeling *somewhat* rested and calm enough to enjoy a little more of a nighttime routine. Again, perfect timing. My girlfriend, Mer, came to visit us and brought me a post- baby/ early 30th birthday present filled with new beauty treats (you can imagine my excitement as there’s no spa trip in my near future). The regimen takes about five minutes and makes my tired skin feel completely rejuvenated.

FullSizeRender (30)FullSizeRender (31)Aqua Reveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel: like nothing I’ve used before. Space.NK can’t keep this product on the shelves. It’s an ‘innovative facial exfoliator containing no acids, no scrubs, and no enzymes. Clinically proven to provide powerful exfoliation that’s as gentle as water’.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask: I use this mask as an overnight treatment and wake up with incredibly soft skin.

Lancer Volume Enhancing Lip Serum: An advanced lip treatment which plumps lips and diminishes fine lines.

The gift was a nice reminder that it’s important to feed your skin. Speaking of feeding…duty calls.

Vday gifts: SF shops

In addition to giving a thoughtful card, who doesn’t love receiving a little something extra on Valentine’s Day? My go-to San Francisco shops for finding one-of-a-kind trinkets and gifts:

1. Hudson Grace

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2. The General Store

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3. Elizabeth W

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4. Gumps

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5. MARCH

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 10.24.57 AM6. Serena & Lily Design Shop

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8. Nest

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2014 :: looking back

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is just days away. Over the past year this silly, little blog has provided me with the exact creative outlet I needed so THANK YOU dear family and friends readers for being such wonderful supporters. COCO LOVES YOU. Here’s to an amazing 2015 and to looking back:

San Francisco city escapes including: Nick’s Cove, Napa/ Sonoma, Bolinas, Point Reyes and West Marin.

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A coastal California road trip including: San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Carmel.

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A Mexican getaway: the ranch, the roomsSea of Cortez and Todos Santos.

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What to do in Nantucket and scenes from our trip.

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Travel guest posts including: South Africa, ItalyTulum and Sedona

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Dear friends weddings including Virginia, Tahoe, Cape Cod and New Hampshire nuptials.

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San Francisco eats including: best pasta, salads, brunch, and bars.

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My first pregnancy: pregnancy essentials, a gift guide for moms-to-be and my East Coast + West Coast baby showers.

First Trimester: 1-13 weeks

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Second Trimester: 14- 27 weeks

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Third Trimester: 28 weeks- labor

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We can’t wait to meet our baby girl or boy so soon…

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Happy, Happy New Year!! Xx

Holiday Desserts (on the brain)

1. Gingerbread Cookies recipe from Big Sur Bakery

Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 7.08.35 AM2. Ina Garten’s Holiday Sticky Buns

Food Network Ina Garten Holiday Sticky Buns3. Sally’s Baking Addition Holiday Cut- Out Sugar Cookies

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4. Bourbon Pecan Pie with Dark Chocolate

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5. Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin and Rye Bundt Cake

3b6fd39323603fcfd0200edccf890c697. Rice Krispies Treat Cookies

DSC_56658. A hot chocolate bar using this recipe

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Potato, Leek and Fennel Soup

I’m a work in progress in the kitchen so when I come across easy recipes like this (thanks to a coworker), I have to give it a go. This recipe only requires 5 ingredients: olive oil, leeks, fennel, vegetable broth and russet potatoes. I doubled the amount below to get multiple meals out of the batch. It’s fantastic served hot with sriracha and crusty bread.

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Serves 6

  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 leeks, white and pale green parts sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, sliced, and fronds reserved for garnish (about 2 cups)
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leeks and fennel, and cook 7 minutes, or until softened, stirring often.
  1. Add broth and potatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer 25 minutes, or until potatoes are very tender.
  1. Purée soup in batches in food processor (I used a hand emulsifier). Return to pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  1. Ladle soup into bowls, garnish with fennel fronds, and serve.

December Beauty Picks for her

Bath/ Body

EO Eucalyptus & Arnica Bubble Bath: An accidental gift from a friend (she bought it for her sister but left it at my apartment. Sorry, Sarah.) It’s great for my third trimester aches and pains.12oz_bubble_bath_euc_arn_mdBelly Bombe: Stretch mark prevention aside, this stuff is great for feeling super moisturized and itch- free.Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 8.04.09 AM

Hair

Kerastase Initialiste: I’ll admit I’m a sucker for when my hair stylist tells me I need to try a new “fab” product. Anything to help my fine/ limp hair. I’ve been using this scalp treatment for about three months and people have commented that my hair looks THICK (say what?!) and shiny.

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Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip: I’ve been using Cetaphil lately but wanted to try something to help even out my skin tone. This face wash has been on my radar since my trip to Space.NK.

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery: I’m a big fan of this brand and the price tags so I decided to give this serum a go. I use it at night to help combat dry skin.

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Next on my list? Dying to try these Glossier products!

 

 

 

baby clothing favorites

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Can’t get enough of these bodysuits}
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from the hospital in one of their little numbers}
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and love the incredibly soft baby outfits & preppy prints}

The Crispy Egg

Frank Prisinzano of NYC is somewhat of a legend in our household. If you don’t follow his mouth-watering Instagram account, you’re missing out. His obsession (and rants) about the crispy egg is contagious and we’ve almost perfected it over here. A simple sunny-side up egg? Fuhgeddaboudit.

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The ‘Cripsy Egg’ Method:

  • You don’t need a non-stick pan
  • The key is to start the egg out in smoking hot olive oil so you can achieve the crust on the bottom
  • Lower the heat down so the egg goes nice and slowly until all the white sets on top while the yolk still remains runny
  • The eggs should almost explode in the hot oil, the white should soufflé around the yolk and the bottom should form a crispy crust hard enough that you can remove the egg from a normal pan with a fish spatula with just a little scraping and shimmying
  • You should eat it immediately, “like a steak,” with lot of sea salt, pepper flakes, herbs and spices

(And here’s a little video)

Medicine Cabinet Picks for him

Men rarely admit it but they love beauty products every now and again. Who doesn’t? And now is the time to sneak some goodies into their stockings or under the tree.

Blacked out electric toothbrush.

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Musgo Real Aftershave: The Portuguese classic for over a century — with aloe, witch hazel and echinacea to soothe, tone, and protect just-shaved skin.

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Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer: GOOD MORNING.

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Kent Dressing Comb: this particular comb is better for thicker hair.

kent-175mm-dressing-comb-coarsefineNo Crack Hand Cream: for the manly man.

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J.R. Watkins Pain Relieving Liniment: this company has been around since 1868 and is all-natural.

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Baxter of California Shower Kit: this brand is a favorite in my household.

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Children’s Books

We’re all familiar with the classics (100 Great Children’s Books list here) but sometimes it’s nice to shake it up a little. Here are some fun, new-ish books I’ve come across over the past few months:

1. Julia, Child

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 6.26.02 AM2. The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

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4. The Lion and The Bird

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5. Ah-ha to Zig Zag 

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Gift Guide for the mamas- to- be

1. Belly Bombe: I’m addicted to this belly oil!

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2. Ingrid & Isabel Seamless Maternity Leggings: I just bought my second pair.

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3. The perfect blanket for cozying up on the couch (and perfect for tummy time later on too!)

9681_chambray_l4. Elizabeth W Eye Pillow so mom-to-be can be extra comfortable while listening to Serial

78315b5. A bathrobe she can enjoy now and bring to the hospital.

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6. Aromatic Bedtime Treatment (pregnancy safe!). 15% off today with code: FF2014

5ml_armaticbedtime7. A Prenatal Massage

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8. Holztiger Wooden Animals for the nursery (I just picked up this one).

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9. Storq Leggings: The first thing I change into when I get home from work.

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10. A diaper bag/ tote

2-0-011. Chic slip on sneakers (for when it becomes hard to tie her shoes…)

spe-1412_flint_side_512. DryBar Gift Certificate for those days when she needs a little pick-me-up:

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13. Earth Mama Tea (Organic Morning Wellness, Organic Heartburn Tea, Organic Peaceful Mama Tea, Organic Third Trimester Tea). A great stocking stuffer.

B10-171-04_mama_to_be_sampler_front_view_white14. Full Body Pillow

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Holiday Gift Guides: a roundup

20 days until Christmas– happy shopping! 

Gift Guide for MOM
Gift Guide for DAD
Gift Guide for HER
Gift Guide for HIM
Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide
Aha Life Holiday Gift Guide
Goop Gift Guide
Ann and Sid Mashburn’s Gift Guide
To & From Magazine Gift Guide
Editors of Martha Stewart Gift Guide
Unionmade Gift Guide
Shopbop Holiday Gift Guide
Tomboy Style Gift Guides
J.Crew Holiday Gift Guide
Sacramento Street Gift Guides
Neiman Marcus Fantasy Christmas Book 2014

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Pssst….

Make the men in your life happy this Christmas and stop by the Taylor Stitch Warehouse sale this Saturday, 12/6 in the Dogpatch. According to their recent Instagram post they’ll be “damn near giving stuff away”.

Deets below:

Address: 949 Illinois Street
Starts at 9am!

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5 Startups to Spruce Up Your Home

1. Homepolish

They skip the commissions and product markups and charge a flat hourly fee. Whether you need a little space editing or someone to take care of everything, Homepolish has you covered. Life is better when you love where you live and work so it’s time to create your dream space.

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2. Uprise Art

The founder Tze Chun saw a gap in the market for people who wanted to own beautiful art but found the process of buying it intimidating or confusing. It’s built around an “invest-to-own” model, in which young collectors can take artwork home and invest $50 a month toward owning the piece. Chun is trying to make living with beautiful art more accessible to everyone.

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3. Framebridge

They founded this business so souvenir posters, antique maps, beach trip Instagrams, diplomas, baby announcements, flea market art, and anything that’s special to you could be easily custom framed, shipped, and enjoyed. They have a curated product selection and clear pricing with no surprise fees. They’ve included all of the typical frame shop quality upsell items—UV-protective glazing, acid-free materials and matting—in our base price. They provide the packaging for your art to be shipped to us and an easy way to upload digital files. And, of course, all shipping is free!

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4. Tuft & Needle

Tuft & Needle has disrupted a tired mattress marketplace. The founders wrote down all the things they hated about their mattress-buying experience. Then they tore apart actual mattresses and called suppliers to gather information about manufacturing costs and processes. What they learned was that Marino’s $3,000 mattress cost only about $300 to manufacture, including materials and labor. In general, they found, big-brand mattresses are marked up five to 10 times.They thought there were too many zeros in a mattress too. You should be able to get the best materials available. First class service shouldn’t be reserved for a private club. You should be able to try it out for a full month while wearing your pajamas. It should be made in America and shipped right to your door at no extra cost.

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5. Luna Sleep

Get smart about sleep with a smart mattress pad (launching soon). The team of entrepreneurs believe that better sleep leads to a better life. It is time for everyone to realize that a well-rounded life doesn’t stop at eating organic and exercising, but rather that it should go with us all the way into bed. We spend one third of our life in bed. It’s time to get smart about it.

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Town Cutler: a SF knife shop

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My sister and I always joke that my husband develops a new obsession every 3-6 months. About 6 months ago? Pappy Van Winkle whiskey. Right now? Kitchen knives. He’s obsessed with building a solid knife collection. Enter: Town Cutler. This little shop located at 1005 Bush Street (at Jones) in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood is the Bay Area’s premier purveyor of professional-quality knives and sharpening services.

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Travel: Sedona

ASK five people to sum up Sedona, and you’ll probably get five wildly different responses. Art lovers exclaim over the galleries specializing in Southwestern tableaus. Shopaholics rave about boutiques selling Western duds and American Indian jewelry. Pessimists rue the rash of T-shirt shops, while enlightenment-seekers wax spiritual about its “vortexes.” And outdoor enthusiasts rhapsodize about hiking among red rock spires and ancient Indian ruins. All of this is great news for visitors, who can sample it all — even a U.F.O.-viewing site — in a quirky city that some call the most beautiful place in the United States.- The New York Times

My friend Meghan shares her trip to Sedona and recommendations for traveling with a big group below:

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Black Friday

While shopping on Black Friday would make all my worst nightmares come true, there are a few online deals worth noting (see below). Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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  • Helmut Lang- 40% off blackout sale
  • Theory- 40% off
  • Calypso St Barth- additional 50% off already reduced sale styles + 30% off full price styles with code: PINK30
  • Joie- 25% off with code: THANKS
  • Cosabella- 40% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY40
  • Equipment- 25% off with code: THANKS
  • Vince- additional 25% off select women sale styles with code: LAYERUP
  • Trina Turk- 30% off everything
  • Pinhole Press- 25% off all products

 

The Holiday Home

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Holiday decor inspiration:

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Gift Guide for HIM

Norse x Hestra Svante Gloves

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Smathers & Branson Gaucho Flask

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Ralph Lauren Cashmere Cable-Knit Sweater

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Gift Guide for HER

Clare V Monogrammed Tassel Key Chain

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Mini Polaroid Camera

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Daniel Wellington Rose Gold Watch

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Gift Guide for DAD

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Scully & Scully Petitpoint Coaster Set

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Norse Projects Birnir Sweater

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Gift Guide for MOM

Bone Inlay Picture Frame

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Ann Mashburn Apron

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Stocking Stuffers

80 Acres Olive Oil Salt Scrub

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Jen Pearson Apothecary Matches

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Pearl Ice Cooling Eye Mask

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West Coast Baby Shower

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 7.22.57 AMMy friend Molly and sister hosted my West Coast shower last weekend leaving me feeling spoiled and so full of love. The weather was warm and the laid-back poolside vibe in Marin made for the perfect day. I recieved tons of great pointers from the cute “advice for the new mommy” cards they had guests fill out and I thought I’d share these two:

  • “The baby can fit into your life, or you can fit into your baby’s life– I would suggest the baby fits into yours!”
  • “Sleep whenever you can! Take one night escapes whenever possible. Be kind to yourself, kids won’t always remember.”
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Bluxome Street Winery: Engagement Party

In keeping with the spirit of yesterday’s post, I’m always on the hunt for fun and interesting venues to host events. My friends recently held their engagement party at Bluxome Street Winery in San Francisco. A winery/ tasting room in the heart of the city? Yes, please. There’s a cozy bar and tasting room near the entrance which is perfect for mingling during cocktail hour. And the masonry warehouse with its high bays, stainless steel tanks and stacks of oak barrels lends itself to a beautiful dining venue.

The couple lives in San Francisco but were getting hitched on the East Coast so they chose the perfect venue to showcase the bride’s roots. They worked with the boutique catering company, Jessica Lasky Fine Catering who specializes in local, seasonal, California cooking with an accent towards the Mediterranean. For an extra charge, they will even coordinate your entire event. The food was delicious!

From the bride-to-be on the florals:

The key to creative florals is to mix color, texture, and movement. Third generation San Francisco florist, Natalie Bowen and her amazing team know how to create modern and innovative floral designs through unique combinations. For my engagement party, Natalie integrated billy balls and kumquats into the flower arrangements for a colorful and fun play of color and texture. A single billy ball was placed on top of b-spired custom Kraft paper menu cards  for a pop of yellow.

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Top party vendors in the Bay Area

Over the past 4.5 years of living in San Francisco, some part of my job has required me to throw events (and lots of them). I now know a thing or two about what it takes to throw a good party…good vendors!

The top vendors in the Bay Area for throwing a party:

1. Invitations/ Decor: Paper Source or Fantastico

2. Flowers: Natalie Bowen Designs, The Bud Stop or SF Flower Mart (for DIY)

3. Balloons: The Balloon Lady

4. Custom Cakes: Susie Cakes

5. Custom Cookies: Sugar Mama

6. Wine: PlumpJack Wine & Spirits

7. Catering to go: Comforts Cafe or The Little Chihuahua

8. Private Food Trucks: Off the Grid

9. Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher 

10. Linen/ Misc. rentals: Hartmann Studios

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These cooler temps have me itching to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and explore. Unfortunately, I’m on lockdown from my Doc for the next few weeks so looking at pics from a hike a few months back will have to suffice for now. I still can’t decide if it’s better hiking Tennessee Valley on foggy or sunny days. There is something so picturesque about the fog rolling in over the hills though…

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Holiday Scented Candles

If I could have it my way, I’d burn holiday scented candles all year long. There’s something so comforting about the festive scents that help set the mood of the holidays and make the home so happyI think it’s kosher to start burning these the day after Thanksgiving (which is only weeks away!) so it’s time to stock up. My favorite holiday candles below:

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J. Crew November Picks

How many times have you heard, “I can’t believe it’s November” over the past few days? A valid statement, indeed. My Sunday morning consisted of cozying up with a cup of coffee and flipping through the new J.Crew catalog which left me wanting everything…

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27ec6ebde8a16195f230ef7d34ae7e73{pastel drop-waist coat}
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Marine Layer Ski Tahoe Party

Stop by the Workshop tonight from 6-9pm where Marine Layer will be hosting a “Pray for Snow” sweater sale and ski Tahoe party. They’ll be hanging out with TREW and Liftopia with lots of free booze, awesome ski gear and lift deals for all. I’m going to get a head start on my Christmas shopping and for some much needed comfy sweats.

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Wedding Wednesday: The Kirley’s

The professional photos are IN from #meetthekirleys! I blogged about their amazing wedding before (see here) and here are some more photos to enjoy. Happy Wednesday!

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Newborn Essentials

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A few mamas-to-be requested a post on newborn essentials. Each mom will obviously find what works best from them but here are the items that have worked magic for us (and I’m no expert):

1. Snugapuppy Rock n’ Play :: I’d lose my mind without this; especially when Hank started boycotting the bassinet.

2. Sleep Sound Machine :: Babies are creatures of habit and whenever I turned this on, Hank starts to nod off.

3. Honest Healing Balm :: great for diaper rashes and dry skin (I rub this all over him after baths).

4. aden + anais swaddles :: No explanation needed for these.

5. Summer Infant Comfy Sponge Bath :: I used this until umbilical cord fell off and still use it to dry him off after a bath using the Brica ComfortTemp Infant Bather 

6. Nail Trimmer :: I’m too nervous to use baby nail clippers with Hank’s spastic movements (however, as of late I bite his nails as he’s nursing).

7. Zoli Diaper Changing Mat :: Perfect for naked tummy time if you need to air out any diaper rashes and as a changing mat for when you’re out and about.

8. Skip Hop Giraffe Safari Activity Gym :: This keeps him happy and occupied during wake time.

9. Black & White Art Cards :: I place these in Hank’s crib and he is captivated by them.

10. Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic :: His favorite toy (it rattles too).

11. Medela Quick Clean Micro- Steam Bags :: Takes away the hassle of boiling water. I wash bottles and pump parts with warm soapy water (using this) and then use these bags for three minutes in the microwave.

12. Nipple Shield :: I wouldn’t be able to breastfeed without this genius contraption. Amazing for anyone who experiences latch-on difficulties.

13. Soothies :: I promised myself I wouldn’t be a ‘pacifier mom’ but that lasted about an hour (Hank has since graduated to big boy pacifiers).

14. Carter’s onesies :: He lives in these day and night under his outfits.

 

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