It’s a boy!

Hello world! Hank here. I’m two weeks old today! Please excuse my mom’s absence as she tries to figure this “being a new mom” thing out. Such an amateur…

IMG_2086We’ve been having so much fun at home and below are some pictures if you’d like to see (more to come)…

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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.


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


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


What to do in Nantucket and scenes from our trip.


Travel guest posts including: South Africa, ItalyTulum and Sedona


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


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


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


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


4. Bourbon Pecan Pie with Dark Chocolate


5. Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin and Rye Bundt Cake

3b6fd39323603fcfd0200edccf890c697. Rice Krispies Treat Cookies

DSC_56658. A hot chocolate bar using this recipe



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


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.


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.



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




baby clothing favorites

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.44.26 AM{I received this beautiful baby blanket at my shower
and now am obsessed with this London brand}
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Can’t get enough of these bodysuits}
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from the hospital in one of their little numbers}
Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.39.12 AM{I came across this brand in Nantucket
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.



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


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


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

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



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


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


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.



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

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

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

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:

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

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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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{wrapping by Simone LeBlanc}



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.


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!


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


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

Holiday decor
Holiday decor inspiration:



Gift Guide for HIM

Norse x Hestra Svante Gloves

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Smathers & Branson Gaucho Flask


Ralph Lauren Cashmere Cable-Knit Sweater

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Gift Guide for HER

Clare V Monogrammed Tassel Key Chain



Mini Polaroid Camera


Daniel Wellington Rose Gold Watch


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Gift Guide for DAD

Font Loading Toolbox

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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

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.02.09 AMHudson Grace Montecito Candle

HG-Original-CandleMore ideas for Mom below:

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Stocking Stuffers

80 Acres Olive Oil Salt Scrub


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



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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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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Closet Refresh (for him)

An incredibly soft/ handsome sweater: Sid Mashburn Half- Zip Sweater

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Shirt: Ernest Alexander Willem Button Down Shirt 


Boxers: J.Crew Inverness Tartan Boxers


Pants: The Bedford Cord



Taylor Stitch Pine Vinter’s Chore Pant


Jacket: Filson Stryker

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Perfect Your Salad Game

Story of my life: wait in line at Mixt Greens > chat with coworkers > get called to counter > blackout/ panic over what to order. 5 times out of 10, I’m unhappy and experience intense order envy. Thankfully, a coworker recently sent me this “perfect your salad game” chart which lays out the science behind crafting a tasty, healthful salad. They’ve even included dressing recommendations…hallelujah. And in case you missed it, here are my favorite salad spots in the Bay Area.


Arizona Activities

For those who get antsy “just” sitting by the pool, there are a wide range of activities to enjoy including: scenic hiking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, golf, spa and more. [For the record my activities included: spa > dip in pool > a frozen mocktail > repeat. It was glorious.]

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Dining in the Desert

Friday night: Mexican fiesta in the Fountain Terrace with leather branding activities for the kids (yes, I overstayed my welcome making leather keychains).

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Family Reunion: AZ edition

Every seven years my mom’s family gets together for a big family reunion. I’m talking 290 family members under one roof. I’m laughing to myself because on my trip to Arizona I noticed the back of my book reads: “This is a beautiful novel about men- their lust and rage and sweetness. Read it – or take it as a gift- when you next go on a dreaded family holiday.”

Truth be told, no one was dreading this family holiday. I can’t remember the last time I was that excited for a trip. The reunion was set for a weekend high in the Arizona desert at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort.

Nestled in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak — among towering, multi-armed cacti — the adobe casitas of the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale embody the desert’s magic and provide a lush backdrop for your family’s rest and relaxation.

Stay tuned for more on the reunion over the next few days. In the meantime, below are some pictures from our hotel stay:

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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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pineapple-ebony-wallpaper-035. Serena & Lily. Herringbone Wallpaper in Fog was my top contender for the nursery. Doesn’t it feel so calming?


6. Swag Paper. Ikat print.

19cf3da8adfdf0654d4476b831cfa2ff7. de Gournay. ‘Earlham’ design in standard design colours on Emerald Green dyed silk

201407_17_large8. Thibaut – my Mom used this brand in our homes growing up.

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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…

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