San Francisco’s Pasta Game

I must have been Italian in another life because I could happily eat pasta for every meal of the day. So you can understand my excitement when I heard that today is National Pasta Day. Yes, a free pass for everyone to indulge/ shovel/ inhale carbs on carbs on carbs tonight. Best Friday ev (said the pregnant woman).

My favorite pasta spots in SF:

1. Flour + Water: always opt for the pasta tasting menu.


2. A16: The maccaronara ragu napoletana with house-made ricotta salata is to die for.


3. Piccino: Owners Margherita Stewart Sagan and Sheryl Rogat started Piccino in the Dogpatch, with recipes passed down through generations from Sagan’s mother.

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4. Original Joes: I’m a big fan of the spaghetti and meatballs. Comfort food at its best.


5. Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack. So good, it got its own blog post.


6. Ristorante Milano: My husband, sister and I stumbled upon this little gem a few weeks ago in our neighborhood. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but the gnocchi is on point.


7. Cotogna: One of my favorite restaurants in the city. The pasta changes weekly and you can’t go wrong.


8. Sotto Mare- the seafood pasta is a must.


* On my list to try: Farina and Acquerello

Best Pastas to take home: 

1. The Pasta Shop: my first stop at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. Last week we tried the Sweet Onion & Red Chard ravioli which was amazing.


2. Lucca Deli: the cheese tortellini has become a Sunday night staple in our household. They also have delicious raviolis.



* If you love pasta as much as I do, you must follow Frank Prisinzano from NYC on Instagram. Mouth-watering.


La Matera

After a trip to Argentina two brothers started La Matera, a luxury leather accessories company inspired by the Argentine Countryside and perfected by American craftsmanship.


Gentlemen, if you haven’t heard of this company do your wardrobe a favor and purchase one of these belts. My husband (who I must say has an eye for belts) currently owns two styles. I’ve seen first hand how they add a rugged sophistication to his wardrobe whether he’s hitting the links, rocking a Canadian tuxedo or lounging in casual weekend wear. The designs are beautifully crafted and I’m a big fan of the Navajo prints. And frankly, it’s a welcomed new look from the preppy needlepoint belts I’ve grown up with.Bariloche_3_1024x1024

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M + A wedding paper

Every so often you receive a wedding invite that makes you stop in your tracks. This was the case when we received Matt & Amanda’s invite. It still sits on my desk and I can’t tell you how many friends have commented or inquired about the designer. Juliet Grace hand-designed the New Hampshire wedding invites, programs, menus and place cards which fit the feel of the wedding and the couple so perfectly. Check out her beautiful designs below:

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Recognize the pup on the invite?




Wallpaper Inspo

I would have loved to add a wallpaper accent wall to our nursery. Unfortunately, we’re renters so financially it didn’t make sense. So, if you’re in the market for wallpaper (lucky you) below are a few I’ve been eyeing.

1. Mini Moderns. Feathers in Chalkhill Blue

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3. Prestwould Salon Side Wallpaper, Tarragons on Ivory

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6. Swag Paper. Ikat print.

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10. Persian Garden by Osborn & Little


11. Stripe love with Sydney Harbour


12. Lobster print by Abnormals Anonymous 

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12. The original motif from the Beverly Hills Hotel


Arizona Musings

We’re off to Arizona today which marks my last flight before the baby arrives…k, still processing that last statement over here. Stay tuned for more on our trip next week. Have a great long weekend!


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48 hours in Greenwich, CT

A guide to dining out

Posting about my shower in Greenwich, CT yesterday got me thinking about all the food (pretty much the only thing on my mind) I miss from back home. If you ever find yourself in this lovely NYC suburb, here’s where you should eat:


Versailles- order the quiche or omelette du jour. Those escargots look pretty tasty too.


Aux Delices- the food is so incredibly flavorful and fresh here (especially the salads). Also, it’s the only place in the US where I’ll order chicken which is saying a lot. I really hate chicken.


– Homestead Inn- for a truly memorable night out or special occasion. The Chef, Thomas Henkelmann, is a recipient of the coveted titles: Relais & Châteaux— Grand Chef, Tradition et Qualite — Les Grandes Tables du Monde and Extraordinary (4 star) by the New York Times. Chef Henkelmann offers contemporary French cuisine, seasonal specialties and the signatures dishes for which he has become famous. Classic French training, a German background and time spent in France, Germany and Switzerland’s finest 3 star Michelin restaurants, inspire his menu for fine dining in Greenwich.



– Rinaldi’s Country Deli: pick up some delicious bacon, egg and cheeses on a roll and enjoy at Tod’s Point beach in Old Greenwich.


Meli Melo- my love for this restaurant runs deep. I’m pretty sure from age 10- 18, I ate here at least 1x a week. And now, it’s always on my must-visit when home. Try any of the fresh squeezed juices, soups, Spring or Parma savory crepes, Beet Salad, Nutella & Banana sorbet, dessert crepes–you really can’t go wrong.


L’Scale- beautiful dining room with equally beautiful views of the Sound.



Best Bagel: Upper Crust
Best Sandwich/ Sub: Alpen Pantry
Best Hangover Food: Chicken Joe’s or Garden Catering
Best Steakhouse: Gabrieles
Best Italian: Terra
Best Seafood: Elm Street Oyster House or Mediterraneo
Best Modern American Cuisine: Rebeccas
Best Sushi: Kira Sushi
Best Pizza: Pizza Post (or the salad pizza from Glenville Pizza)
Best Afternoon tea/ coffee: The Drawing Room
Best Ice Cream: Gofers




Showering Baby H

I took a strong anti-baby shower stance when I became pregnant. I didn’t want one (a shower that is). Why would I want to waste peoples Saturdays or Sundays? Who wants to go to a baby shower? Baby games? PLEASE NO. When I finally realized that I didn’t have a choice in the matter (hindsight, extremely grateful) my baby shower was planned to take place in September in Connecticut; before I was too big and uncomfortable to make the cross-country trek. Looking back, I learned a number of things: 1) baby showers are actually loads of fun (at least for the expectant mother-to-be); 2) there’s no better feeling in the world than seeing your friends and family so excited for your little one to arrive and 3) having a baby is expensive so you need all the help you can get. I’m pretty sure I was smiling the entire trip back to San Francisco and couldn’t have asked for a better day. So many thanks to my loved ones! Some photos below if you’d like to see:

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Setting: Belle Haven Club
Cake: Sweet Lisa’s
Flowers: Flowers & Flowers in Darien, CT
Gender Prediction Cards: Etsy (apparently I’m having a girl)
Baby H book: Splurge in Greenwich, CT
Boobie card: Gravel & Gold 
Wrap dress: Diane Von Furstenberg

Fall Beauty with Benefit

Fall Beauty with Benefit

With a new season comes a new beauty routine (I’m pretending that it is actually Fall here in San Francisco, despite the heat). Benefit is my go-to spot for eyelash tinting and brow waxing. Each time I visit I swear I Never happens. I left last weekend with some new goodies that are too good not to share. Here’s what’s new in my makeup bag for Fall:

  1. High Brow- an old product that I used years ago and forgot what a difference it makes to the entire eye area. I line it under my brows for a lifted look.
  2. Gimme Brow- how have I been living without this product? Complete your look with full and defined brows.
  3. Benefit Foundation Brush- the bristles are so soft and makes foundation or tinted moisturizer go on flawlessly.
  4. Benefit Big Easy- provides great coverage with a natural finish. It has a liquid-to-powder finish and takes care of your SPF needs.
  5. Benefit Dallas- hands down, my favorite new purchase. Every time I wear it someone will say that I have the “pregnancy glow”. Little do they know…

Weekend Snaps

A low-key weekend in the city spent doing what I do best these days: eating, watching movies & escaping the heat.

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{views of city & sister dip in the Bay}



{blooms & bump at Cheese Plus}

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{kouign amann, chocolate banana croissant and a pear ginger scone
from b. patisserie}


{sampling Farrow & Ball paint colors for the nursery}

farrow & ball 2{apple, berry, chia smoothie & Melodie’s avocado, kale & corn salad from Evolution}

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Autumnal Tablescapes

This heat wave we’re currently experiencing in SF is bananas. For the first time in my life I’m running HOT and I officially take back all the times I’ve complained on this blog about the fog and cooler temps. Come (back) to Coco!! Let’s hope that we’ll be able to enjoy cozy dinners, chunky knits and crisp air sometime soon! Some autumnal tablescapes making me crave Fall weather even more:

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Heat embossing with rubber stamps

I’ve never been a DIY girl. I leave that to the pros on Etsy or my talented friends and family. Although, with all my recent downtime I decided to get crafty with stationary (obviously). So, I went to Paper Source and got a quick lesson on heat embossing with rubber stamps. Everyone likes to receive a homemade card every now and again, right?

What you’ll need: Embossing Heat Tool, Embossing Powder (comes in a variety of colors), Funnel Tray, Watermark Stamp Pad, Alphabet Rubber Stamps, and a Prima Press Stamp Holder.

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emboss powder5. Using the heat embossing tool, move slowly across your stamp design melting the embossing powder. Caution: the heat embossing tool gets REALLY hot.

heat tool6. And voila! A raised, glossy stamp impression…just like the pros. Kinda.

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It’s Football Season – Let’s Grill Some Wings!!

In honor of all you football fans out there, Chef Michael (see Bloody Mary recipe here and the perfect NY Strip Steak here) has once again whipped up an amazing recipe…Buffalo Chicken Wings. Because football & wings go hand-in-hand, right? But first a forward by moi:


It’s official: I’m missing the football gene. I want to care. I try to care. The sport just isn’t for me. Apologies to my Snapchat friends who receive countless “h8 football” snaps like the one below on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays (SERIOUSLY WHY SO MANY DAYS, NFL???).


Alas, football will always be in my life. My husband loves the sport and I need to respect that (although, if he tries to put a Michigan jersey on our unborn child on the day he/she is born, I will lose my sh*t). Even my parents probably wish I turned out differently…

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I guess you can’t win ‘em all. And now that’s off my chest…Chef Mikey’s recipe without further ado:


Happy football season! While I am sad to see summer come to an end, my next 20 or so weekends will be filled with football, wings and beer so it’s not all bad.

Nothing makes me happier than spending a Sunday in a sports bar following my favorite team, the NY Giants (NFL) and Second City (Fantasy) while drinking beer and chowing on Buffalo Wings. This was a nearly weekly occurrence before I had kids and has happened almost never since then.

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Not to worry…..With some research as well as trial and error I have come up with an amazing grilled Buffalo Wings recipe. Coupled with some beer and NFL Sunday Ticket, I can almost replicate the experience.

First a quick note about chicken wings. A chicken wing consists of three parts: the “drumette”, shaped like a small drumstick, the “middle flat”, consisting of two bones, and the tip which is usually discarded. Traditionally bars and restaurants cut the drumette from the middle flat and serve them separately (an order of a dozen wings usually consist of 6 of each).

Prepackaged, fresh chicken wings bought at a super market are usually not cut meaning you’ll need a good pair of sheers to snip the tip and cut the drumette from the middle flat. This may be a bit awkward at first, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it. You can also buy frozen pre-cut wings at many stores including the 10lb bag at Costco (my favorite store).

Here is what you will need to make about 3lbs of wings

  • Chicken Wings (most supermarket packages are around 3lbs)
  • Franks RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • Franks RedHot Medium Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • Buttermilk
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Blue Cheese and/or Ranch Dressing
  • Carrots and Celery Sticks


  • First cut the wings, we’ve already discussed this above, if you bought them pre-packaged move on to the next step
  • Mix together 1 cup of Franks Cayenne Pepper Sauce with 1/2 cup of Buttermilk
  • Add 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • If you like your wings extra hot (spicy) add about ½ tsp of cayenne pepper. If you like them atomic add more, if you like them medium do not add any
  • Put the wings into a large Ziploc bag (you may need two) and add the mixture of hot sauce and buttermilk
  • Place the bags with the wings and sauce in the refrigerator for no less than 1 hour (you can even do this overnight)
  • Turn the grill on medium-high (you want it hot so the chicken get a nice char)
  • Spray the grates with some sort of cooking oil so the chicken doesn’t stick
  • Add the chicken to the grate and close the lid – Flip after about 10 minutes and then again after another 10. The chicken should be on the grill for about 25 minutes.
  • Take the chicken off the grill and put them in a large metal bowl
  • Next pour some of the Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce onto the wings and toss (start with a little, and add more if necessary)
  • Transfer to serving plate and serve immediately with some Blue Cheese and/or Ranch Dressing and the carrot and celery sticks
  • Crack open a beer, turn on the game and enjoy!

I know traditionalists will say that you can make your own wing sauce by using the cayenne pepper and some butter, but why bother. Sometimes it’s just easier and better to use store-bought! I hope you all have a great fall watching football and rooting on your favorite team, even if it’s a fake fantasy team!

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Scenes from Sonoma

Sometimes a quick trip out of the city is all you need to hit the reset button. Scroll below to see our Healdsburg recommendations (thanks, Mrs. Kirley!).

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Storq Maternity

I’ve been living in my black dress ever since I received my package from Storq. From my little experience in maternity dressing, I’ve quickly learned that it’s all about the material (soft, seamless and tagless clothing items work best). And this dress fits the bill. Storq just announced that their “Better Basics” line just received an upgrade– a good thing just got a whole lot better.



The lowdown:

  • New Lenzing Modal and spandex blend. Equally as soft as before but about 50% heavier for a more luxe feel.
  • Fine tuned fits and expanded size range that spans Petite through Size 14.
  • Now produced in a Fair Labor Association compliant factory in sunny Los Angeles, CA. They consciously consume less and recycle more.
  • Free shipping on all bundles.


Travel: Tulum

Oh what I would do for a little beach getaway right about now. Below my cousin shares her amazing trip to Tulum, Mexico:

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  • Travel
    • Arrange for a shuttle or private car from Cancun to Tulum, it is a lifesaver and the company is wonderful. Tucan Kin:
  • Essentials
    • Bug spray! I cannot stress this enough! Lather up!
    • Flash light! There are no street lights or lights on the beaches because of the turtles.
  • Hotels
    • Coqui Coqui: 1st choice
    • Coco Tulum: 2nd choice, but stay in one of the private towers
  • Restaurants
    • HARTWOOD: AMAZING. Must go… a few times. It opens at 7pm, get there 15 mins because the wait is usually long.
    • CASA BANANA: Outstanding Italian food.
    • EL TABANO: Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila KM. 7; gourmet Mexican food, mexcal margaritas, secret fish tacos, tortilla soup, stuffed ancho pepper.
    • POSADA MAGRITA: Tulum Quintana Roo. One of the best in Tulum. Fresh pasta, great seafood, delicious breakfast (Eggs in a hole).
    • CASA JAGUAR: Carretera Tulum Bocapaila; HOT spot, cool out door vibe. Great breakfast, get avocado toast and fresh juice.
    • MATEO’s MEXICAN GRILL: Zona Hotelera Tulum; Fish Tacos, go early it gets packed.
    • JUANITA DIAVOLA: Wood oven pizza, great breakfast (at Coco Tulum Hotel).
    • PURA CORAZON: Carretera a Boca Paila Km 7, Tulum beach zone. Try the eggs ahau or squid.
    • ZIGGY’s: Road Tulum-Boca Paila; breakfast on the beach.

Five SF Bars to Try This Weekend

It’s always fun to switch up your routine. Below are five new-ish SF bars to check out this weekend if you haven’t already. All were named the Best New Bars: 100 bars across America by Food & Wine. Cheers to a great weekend!

  1. ABV (3174 16th St near Guerrero)


You’ll find those behind the long bar made out of a 100-year-old elm tree. Let’s see, there’s a highball section. A wall of mezcals. Plenty of scotch. And it’s probably in your best interest to consider the Land’s End with Jamaican rum, lemon and raspberry gum. If only because what the hell is raspberry gum…

  1. Coqueta’s Bar 5 (Pier 5, Embarcadero Drive)


Take in those exposed wooden beams and bull hides and warehouse windows looking out onto the bay. Nod your approval and start ordering liquid-nitrogen sangrias and Galleons (gin, acorn-apricot tonic, Spanish bitters…). But then there’s that bar. It used to be a patio when this place was Lafitte. Now it’s just a great place to see what the Bay Bridge is up to and ply your trade over braised oxtail paella and 180 bottles of wine.

  1. Dirty Habit in the Hotel Palomar (12 4th St near Market)


If you’re grabbing drinks with clients, come here. If you need a little something before shopping in Union Square, come here. If you want some sunlight that doesn’t blow your hair straight back, come here. If you… well, okay, we’ll just assume you’re coming here. If you and a date are still feeling a slight chill, say “Get Me a Juice Box” to your waiter. It’s a thermos full of hot toddy, arriving in a lunch box with a PBR and enough housemade bar nuts to share.

  1. Trick Dog (3010 20th St at Florida St)


Sit. Look around. What you’ll see is a dizzying array of bright colors—the yellow ceiling, the blue bar, the pink floor… the rainbow-like splendor of the drinks list. About that last one: the cocktails here are arranged by Pantone color. So when you want to order the olive-oil-infused-gin/Chartreuse Alligator Alley, you’ll look for green; for the beet juice/bourbon Pantone 7621, look for red. (For a martini, just ask for a martini.) It’s like picking out paint in a hardware store, but boozier.

  1. Trou Normand (140 New Montgomery St at Natoma)


Sidle into your tufted banquette by the big windows. Note the twinkle of a fork. Great, now that atmosphere has been established, you can get to it. The name refers to the French tradition of a brandy shot between courses. No reason to buck tradition here.  And if you still want to linger even after all that, the bar beckons with Algonquins (bourbon, lemon, pineapple gum, vermouth).

* Bar write-ups via UrbanDaddy

Fall Nails

I took a hiatus over the summer from painting my nails (Mom, I hope you’re proud). But now that Fall is upon us, I’ve been craving inky blues, deep chocolate, and mahogany hues.


OPI- Tell Me About William

Essie- Partner in Crime

Butter London (currently on my nails)- Come To Bed Red

Essie (currently on my toes)- Style Cartel

Essie- Fall in Line

OPI- Skating on Thin Iceland

OPI- Viking in Vinter Vonderland

Butter London- Royal Navy

Favorite San Francisco Nail Salons:

For Butter London polish: Beauty Company SF
For OPI & Essie polish: Joy Joy Nails

(and…my favorite nail salons in Greenwich, CT)

The Best Salads in the Bay Area

My Doctor told me to cut back on the carbs and increase my greens at my last appointment (yeahhhh…) so I’ve been on the hunt for delicious salads because there’s nothing worse than a bland/ I’d rather be eating mac n’ cheese salad experience.

Ragazza: The Kale Salad (Lacinato Kale w/ carrots, farro, avocado, radish & green goddess dressing). SO good you almost don’t even need to order pizza. Almost.


Insalata’s: Syrian Chicken Fattoush Salad. A Marin favorite that I finally made the trek over the bridge to try. The fresh mint herbs and lemon dressing made for an incredibly flavorful and delicious salad.


Blue Barn: The Tostada Salad (romaine, chicory chop, toasted corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, jicama, scallions, herbs, pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, white cheddar & chipotle-agave vinaigrette. Add avocado.)


Marengo on Union: A whiskey bar with good salads? YES. The Spinach Salad (Laura Chenel Goat Cheese, Strawberries, Candied Pecans, Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette) or the Jerk Chicken Salad (Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast, Tortilla Strips, Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Feta & Sesame Ginger Dressing). Good luck trying not to order the Fricles (fried pickles) or queso.


Comforts: Another Marin favorite. Order the Comforts’ Signature Chinese Chicken Salad (shredded romaine & iceberg, roasted & chilled Mary’s chicken breast, toasted almonds, sesame seeds, green onions, flash-fried rice noodles, sweet sesame rice vinaigrette).


The Plant: The Dino Kale Salad (dino kale, arugula, red quinoa, cherry tomatoes, avocado, carrots, cucumbers, toasted almonds, lemon cumin vinaigrette). One of the few restaurants that gets a kale salad right. The kale isn’t bitter and is dressed well in advance.

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ROAM: Farmer’s Market Salad (add the trio of mini veggie patties on a skewer).


Evolution: Lisa’s Lentils, Brown Rice & Kale (roasted red peppers, grilled zucchini, julienned carrots, feta, fresh herbs, lemon tahini sauce). Be sure to also try the all day scrambles and apple berry chia smoothie.


Rustic Bakery: You can’t go wrong with any of these salads. Asian Chicken Salad (sliced romaine and savoy cabbage with mint, cilantro, scallions, roasted chicken, sesame seeds and ground peanuts, with lime and peanut dressing) OR the Spring Salad (mixed baby lettuces, toasted walnuts, sliced apples, chives and Point Reyes blue cheese served with champagne vinaigrette).


And…some delicious salads to make at home.

Friday Links


Thirteen years later…the faces of 9/11

The Napa vs. Sonoma face-off continues

Why walking is good for you

Getting excited for my trip home

Pancake Art- lucky kid!

The Fashion Bloggers’ Guide to London

Beautiful wrapping with Indigo Hues

Top 24 Sights on California’s Lost Coast

Best Apple Picking in the Bay Area

The scariest house ever

Intrigued by this face mask

Sir and Star

Ever since this article was published, dining at Sir and Star has been at the top of my list. And it did not disappoint. John and I both agreed that it was the best meal we’ve ever had in the Bay Area. I was basically in tears over how good everything tasted. Truly.


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The makings of our feast:

Dinner Rolls and Butter
Sweetened a Bit with Wild West Marin Honey

A Soup of Local Charred Leeks
Encircling Potato Salsa

Tempura of Squash Blossoms
Over a Salad of Jesse’s Toybox Tomatoes
Dappled with Baked Local Goat’s Milk Cheese

King Salmon Plucked From the Pacific
And Clams Culled From the Estero
Opened with Red Wine
Alongside Our Bacon and Annabelle’s Shelling Beans

Flat Iron Steak of Beef
Last Seen Grazing on Local Grasses
Now in the Embrace of Warren’s Onions and Young Carrots
Served with Bearnaise of Wild Stinging Nettles

Soft Serve Ice Cream Milked from the Cow That Day
Drizzled with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Whale Watching in Point Reyes

I’ve asked for a pair of binoculars for the past three Christmases and no one seems to take me seriously. Call me whale obsessed. It’s prime whale watching season out here and while another trip to the Farallon Islands may be a little too aggressive in my current pregnant state, watching from Point Reyes this past weekend seemed like a good backup plan.

Jutting 16 kilometers (10 miles) into the Pacific Ocean, the headlands of the Point Reyes Peninsula offer one of the finest spots to view the gray whale. The areas around Chimney Rock and the Lighthouse offer some of the best whale watching spots in the park.

Saturday was beautiful so we drove out to North Beach at Point Reyes Beach to test our luck. While we didn’t spot any whales (if only I had my binoculars!), my husband looked on the bright side: “who needs whales when we got you here, babe?”

West Marin

We planned a little getaway this past weekend to Inverness and Point Reyes. It was exactly what the Doctor ordered: good food, weather, and plenty of outdoor activities. Some snaps from our quick jaunt West:

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Nursery Planning: gender neutral

We’re taking our friend’s advice and trying to get the nursery in shape before my 3rd trimester begins. Since we aren’t finding out the sex of the baby, we have to keep the room neutral (twist my arm!). Some nurseries and accents currently inspiring me:

The Animal Print Shop
9bbc4dd709cde2c920e646384590d593f6b30fd3f12ee781018f0fd69f99383bPS: In other very important news, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their 2nd child (way to take the spotlight, Kate). Time to throw another royal tea party!

A golden time

Leave it to our good friends Sally & Bryce to find the perfect little spot in the woods (Dracena Park in Piedmont to be exact) to celebrate their son’s golden birthday. He turned one on Sept. 1. On the menu: sangria, watermelon slices, a cheese + charcuterie plate and best of all, homemade banana bread cake with cream cheese frosting. It’s a toss up between who devoured their piece the quickest: the pregnant woman or birthday boy.

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Fall Bucket List

Before the baby arrives, John and I have decided to make the most of our weekends and explore new places close to home. My I’m totally dreaming Fall CA bucket list if I win the lottery:

1. Big Sur

Stay: The Ventana Inn & Spa
Eat: Post Ranch Inn


2. Montecito 

Stay: San Ysidro Ranch
Eat: The Stonehouse


3. Napa

Stay: Meadowood
Eat: The Restaurant at Meadowood


4. Sonoma

Stay: The Farmhouse Inn (excited to check out the new renovation)
Eat: The Farmhouse Inn Restaurant


5. Los Angeles

Stay: Palihouse
Eat: Gracias Madre


6. Del Mar 

Stay: L’Auberge Del Mar
Eat: Kitchen 1540


7. Carmel

Stay: Mission Ranch
Eat: Aubergine

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8. Ojai

Stay: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Eat: Suzanne’s Cuisine


9. West Marin

Stay: Manka’s Inverness Lodge
Eat: Sir & Star


10. Newport Beach 

Stay: The Resort at Pelican Hill
Eat: Juliette


Tennessee Valley

One of my favorite weekend activities is hiking in Marin, particularly Tennessee Valley. Although, someone once rudely corrected me saying, “that’s not a hike it’s more of a walk with pretty views” (#whatever). It gets me outside and feeling good so call it whatever you want.

The Tennessee Valley Trail is mostly level; it begins at the parking area and travels 1.7 miles to Tennessee Beach. For the more adventurous hiker, there are a number of other trails leading into the hills above Tennessee Valley (ahem, rude person above). In the spring time the vegetation of the valley is lush and green and/or blooming and you will find lupine, checker-bloom, blue-eyed grass, California buttercup, and California poppy. In summer, the grasses turn golden, and by late summer you can find fennel, lizardtail, sagebrush, sticky monkey flower, and blackberry bushes. In winter and early spring, rains turn the golden grasses back into green fields. At any time of the year Tennessee Valley is worth the visit.

For a less strenuous hike, take Tennessee Valley Beach (1.7 miles).
For a more ‘adventurous hike’ take: Miwok Trail > Bobcat Trail > Old Springs Trail (approx. 4-5 miles). Photos below:

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Happy Labor Day Weekend



Some links from around the web:

Pack It Up: travel essentials

As Fall nears and we sneak in our last minute getaways, here are my
travel beauty essentials I can’t go without:
Travel Essentials
10. A fun dopp kit (see below)

Fall Maternity

Fall has always been my favorite season. Even though I’ve been out of school for years there’s still a tinge of excitement I get post-Labor Day. I’m excited for chunky knit sweaters, flat booties, and slouchy coats (a pregnant woman’s dream, really). My top picks for Fall maternity clothes:

Skinny Jeans

1. Paige Denim ‘Verdugo’ Maternity Jeans

2. AG Jeans Stella Secret Fit Belly – I love these rolled up too.

3. James Jeans in black.


1. Gap three-quarter solid Henley

3. T by Alexander Wang Slub Muscle Tee – these run big and are great with a bump.

3. Zara Oversize Checked Shirt OR Oversize Poplin Shirt 

Sweaters (I prefer long/ open sweaters)

1. Vince cardigan with leather trim drape.

2. I love this camel/ sandstorm color Theory Cardigan

3. $50 off full price cashmere sweaters through 9/1 at Calypso with the code: cashmere50. I’m eyeing this sweater.


1. HATCH The Afternoon Dress

2. Zara Printed Tunic 

3. STORQ black dress. And some more style inspiration from the designer herself.

4. Jade Bateau Dress


1. Lululemon Wunder Under Pant in heathered bordeaux.

2. J.Crew Oversize sweatshirt

3. Eberyjay stretch-jersey robe.


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Skin Remedy

On a friend’s recommendation, I booked a facial at Skin Remedy on Sacramento Street. Tucked away in the cute neighborhood in Presidio Heights, I immediately felt relaxed in the chic and clearly organic environment. The space is light, bright, and airy–and felt worlds away from city life (see treatment room below).


My facialist named Katie, a fellow East Coaster, was so wonderful to chat with and educated me on the products she was using throughout the treatment. After incredibly thorough extractions, she used a made in-house oatmeal, goat milk yogurt, rosehip, and kale mask to reduce any redness and inflammation. I can’t remember the last time I left a treatment where my face felt this squeaky clean. At the end of my facial, Katie gave me her business card and told me to email her a list of the products I’m using so she could make sure they’re all pregnancy safe. Talk about full service. I can’t recommend this spot enough.



Skin Remedy
3638 Sacramento Street


Happy birthday, Dad!

My old man turned fifty-something yesterday and has always said, “it’s better to receive than to give” (that’s the spirit!). Insert: eye roll from my mother. So, for the past few birthdays we’ve gifted him a Pinhole Press photo album from that summer’s trip to Nantucket.

He counts how many photos he’s in and I’m pretty sure if we didn’t put him on the cover, he’d have the worst birthday ever ;) Below are a few cover shots of the world’s best Dad. Love ya!!

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Bday selfie

B-day selfie


J.Crew September Style Guide

Loved the forward by Jenna Lyons:

GREAT STYLE isn’t universal: it’s the opposite: It’s local. It’s personal. It’s a reflection of a person’s time and place. Doesn’t matter whether they’re from London, Kenya, NYC or Newport Beach; they’ve landed on a distinctive look that always includes a little something that makes it theirs, a marker of style DNA.

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 Psst: 25% off with the code SHOPNOW. Have a great weekend!

Lovemade Workshop

My stylish friend Sally recently told me about this workshop for mamas-to-be. Unfortunately, I’ll be back East during this event but if you’re expecting and live in the Bay Area, be sure to check it out. Sounds so fab! Side note: I’ve added a ‘Pregnancy’ category to the blog where I’ll be sharing little bits and tips I learn along the way.


A one-day lifestyle workshop to help women define a sense of intention about their home & nursery design, style & beauty, and support networks as they prepare for life with a little one.


  • For each attendee, a specially curated New Moms Care Package, stocked with Jeanne & Janette’s favorite beautiful baby essentials.
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack menus that are healthy, delicious and perfectly pregnancy-friendly.
  • Need-to-know lessons on baby-friendly home design and nursery design from Janette. Includes a coveted list of baby essentials and stylish brands.
  • Discussion on flattering fashion for maternity, breastfeeding and beyond, plus style for babies 0–2, from Jeanne.
  • “Ask Us Anything” guest panel with Katie Hintz-Zambrano, Erica Chan Coffman and Liz Stanley, covering work/life balance, emotional well-being, relationships and more.
  • Opportunities to build lasting connections with like-minded attendees at the same stage.
  • “Easy beauty” makeup lessons and professional applications from a team of bareMinerals makeup artists.
  • Bump photos photographed by Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids. (Put your new makeup look to good use!)
  • Mocktail hour…cheers to a fabulous day!

Time: 10 a.m–5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 27
Place: Catherine Kwong Design, 295 Kansas Street, Potrero Hill, San Francisco

Hosted by: Janette Crawford & Jeanne Chan

Spaces limited: 15 expecting women

$325 Early Bird Pricing   
$375 after 8/29

Sign up here.


Tahoe Bound

We’re off to celebrate our friends Lizzie & Keith’s wedding this weekend in Tahoe and couldn’t be more excited. Congrats to the happy couple! Have a great weekend:)

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Whole Foods Beauty

Whole Body finds

Whole Foods has become an even more dangerous place for me these days. And scooping up organic finds has never been easier. I love their beauty products and have made some amazing (and affordable) discoveries over the years. When I get that look from my husband in the checkout line, I recite: remember what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body….;)

1. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. My friend recently introduced me to this and it’s the best.mask.ever (and only $7).

2. John Masters Organics lavender hydrating mist for skin and hair. I’m a huge fan of this brand and packaging.

3. Weleda Skin Food. An amazing moisturizer for those who need hydration but struggle with breakouts. A friend also recommended Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil for pregnancy so I’ll be trying that product out for sure. 

4. Almond Aura Glow Oil. I haven’t used this product in a while but it’s great for nourishing your skin after a shower.

5. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel. See this post.

6. Whole Foods 365 Lavender and John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado are both great conditioners. Still working on finding a shampoo. Any recs?

7. Dr. Bronner soap. There’s a reason this soap has a cult following in the beauty world.

8. Acure facial scrub. Use a small amount because it’s not watered down. Great for your T-zone.

9. Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream. An incredible product that’s great for when you’re battling super dry skin.

10. Alba sugar cane body polish. It does the trick and is affordable.

11. Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal is a great toner. My mother-in-law has always told me to exfoliate with Emergen-C packets and this Vitamin C concoction also works wonders.

12. Egyptian Magic Cream. When the Huffington Post named this as one of the “Best Beauty Products You’ve Probably Never Heard Of” I had to try it out. A mix of olive oil and honey, this moisturizing cream also heals scars, as well as burns and stretch marks.

13. Earth Science Clarifying Facial Wash. I purchased this after reading on Into The Gloss that it gets rid of everything (aka your hard-to-remove mascara).



Shelter Co.

Shelter Co. has never made me want to go camping more in my life. What a fun idea for a big celebration (ahem, my 30th in Feb?) or a romantic getaway. Glamping at its finest…

Shelter Co. is a pop up lodging service catering to groups looking for an overnight outdoor experience.

The idea was born out of a love for California’s diverse landscape combined with nostalgia for the days of summer camp. Shelter Co. provides fully furnished canvas tents and all necessary amenities for group camping trips, weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, and music festivals. Our events provide the simple joys of stargazing, roasting marshmallows, and playing games without the hassles of a typical camping weekend. Depending on your unique needs, we can provide everything from furnished tents and restrooms to full service catering and activities. Your guests are able to enjoy a unique experience in even the most far flung locations with all the comforts of home.

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Pregnancy Essentials

While I’m still learning about baby gear and coming to terms with all the toys and kids items that will soon fill my apartment, I’m a pro when it comes to making myself comfortable during pregnancy. Here’s a list of my current essentials:

1. bkr bottles- Impending motherhood has been driving me to drink…WATER. And lots of it. Bkr bottles have been a savior while at work.


2. Arnicare Arnica Cream: Great for sore muscles. I rub this on my upper back and neck after yoga or before bed.


3. VitaMedMD prenatal vitamins: I never thought I had a weak stomach until I started taking prenatal vitamins. I tried every brand out there and this is the only one I can tolerate (also comes highly recommended by my OBGYN and acupuncturist).


4. Elizabeth W hot/cold flaxseed pack: See this post. Life changing but beware your partner/ husband will try to steal it on the reg.


5. Everyday Shea lotion: I love the lavendar + lemon scent (I buy this at my local Real Foods market). Great for when the baby arrives too!

EDS-00585-26. Basq Advanced Stretch Mark Butter- there’s no telling if this works until post-baby but it’s worth a shot!



7. Soapwalla Pregnant Belly Oil: Use it at night before bed otherwise, it’s too greasy. Works to relieve tight, itchy skin (oh the joys!).


8. Bumpnest pillow: I’m holding off on using this for as long as possible (my husband and I share a queen bed and this thing looks human in size).

9. Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Leggings: My preggo companion, Ana, gifted me these leggings which I swear by (and have lived in since I received them). Super high quality and not see-through like so many others I’ve tried.



10. Acupuncture & Yoga: I’m a firm believer in the importance of mind/ body when going through a major transition period (ie- growing a human) and these have kept me sane. My friend Meg has been a savior and my go-to girl for all things pregnancy. She introduced me to Camille at Stillpoint Wellness for acupuncture and Kari Marble at The Mindful Body for prenatal yoga (highly recommend both if you live in San Francisco).


{happy baby drawing by Julie}



Bey, Jay & Ray

Gangs all here! Between Jay Z and Beyonce’s On the Run tour, Rayland Baxtar playing at the Independent and Outside Lands festival, it’s been quite the week for seeing live music in the Bay Area.

photo 1{Inspired by the Drunk in Love lyrics #beybump}



{Deep convos post concert: Are they divorcing? Did you see their body language on stage? THEY CAN’T GET DIVORCED. Can they adopt me?}

photo 2{Our friend Ray opening for Phosphorescent}


{If you are Outside Lands bound today, be sure to check him out at noon!}

And on a non-musical note, there’s more amazing news for San Francisco. Check it.

A local’s guide to Nantucket

Every summer we look forward to seeing one of our best family friends who grew up across the street from my mom in DC. Dave definitely has more dirt on my mom and her six siblings as a teenagers than anyone but sadly remains tight-lipped. He’s lived on Nantucket for as long as I’ve been around. 29 years to be exact (although he doesn’t look or act a day above 29- must be that salty Island air!). And you can’t walk three steps down the street without Dave running into at least five people he knows. If you’re ever in Nantucket be sure to check out his surf shop, Indian Summer, where my family stocks up on boogie boards, Patagonia, Indian Summer hoodies, watches, and bathing suits.


Below Dave shares his favorite local spots:

1. Best month to visit Nantucket: September

2. Best beach: The one no one’s on

3. Best surf: The big Madaket

4. Best drink: The Goddess (spicy tequila, cucumber & lime) from Corazon del Mar [drank a few too many of these with Dave the night John & I got engaged)

5. Best native beer: Cisco Grey Lady

6. Best lobster roll: Walters

7. Best burger: The Lola Burger on Sparks Avenue

8. Best pizza: Pi Pizzeria

9. Best spot for live music: The box [I was blacklisted from The Chicken Box one summer for passing back my ID to my then 16-year-old sister #lowpoint]

10. Best ice cream: The Juice Bar


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And we’re back to the grind today. Time really is a thief. Every summer I’m reminded of what a special place Nantucket is. There’s so much to do on the little island (3.5 miles wide by 14 miles long). Here’s a recap in photos from our amazing trip if you’d like to see:

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Some news…

photoI’m excited to share the news that we’re expecting a baby in January! I’m notoriously terrible when it comes to surprises but we’ve decided to keep it old school and not find out the sex. My four-year-old niece recently put her ear to my belly and exclaimed wide-eyed that “the baby’s name is Victor and he’s crying like crazy.” Hmm? Let’s see if we have a little psychic on our hands…minus the crying bit, please.

So far I’m feeling great and have had an incredibly smooth pregnancy. People always ask about cravings. Honestly, I’m craving the same things as the day I began eating solid foods: mac n cheese, bagels, Haribo gummy bears…nothing new here! Except tighter pants errr, tighter everything. We are so beyond excited, a little terrified, and can’t wait to meet our little one come early 2015.

Now we’re off to Nantucket for some R&R with my family. It’s crazy to think that at this time next year we’ll be jetting off with a six-month-old in tow! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

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 [Many thanks to my sweet co-worker, Alyssa, for the drawing
and to my sis, Jenny J, for the pics!]

My Nantucket To- Do List

Vacation anticipation: I have it BAD. I’m headed East tomorrow for Nantucket and I’ve compiled my ultimate (and a tad aggressive) to-do list:





  • Nobadeer Beach (for the airplane enthusiasts- DAD!- in your life)
  • Ladies Beach
  • Steps Beach
  • Cisco Beach (for the big waves)

* See my guide to Nantucket beaches here.

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Summer Toes

Summer Toes

San Francisco’s Best Bakeries

I’ve had a major sweet tooth lately…here is a roundup of my favorite SF bakeries:

1. b. patisserie


2. Tartine Bakery


3. Mission Pie

MG_47234. Le Marais Bakery


5. Susie Cakes


6. Batter Bakery


7. Black Jet Baking Co.

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9. Craftsman and Wolves


10. Noe Valley Bakery




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