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I spent a quick second (not really) grinning, not grinning, looking professional, being silly and posing for (and with) Dickson Bueno a few weeks ago and had so much fun!  My sweet friend Michael Chu is the Editor of Beverage Industry News Magazine and gives me lots of love when the focus of the issue is vodka.  The new issue, the VODKA ISSUE, came out today and I was so happy to be there with Ultimat and Patron!

The full page coverage was mighty generous and the showcase of our partnership with Riedel was a first splash for us!  I’m excited to be the new face of Ultimat Vodka in San Francisco and so thankful to Michael and the entire BIN Magazine staff for including us in this issue!  For a quick peek at the issue you can view it online here!  And, while you’re at it, “LIKE” them on facebook too!

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Crushing on Texture

I’m crushing on some of my very favorite textures today.  I wore my off-white lace Mariposa Shorts from Urban Outfitters with a ruffled black top and carried my favorite vintage tooled leather bag from the flea market to a party I hosted.  I love the way mixing textures gives any look richness and depth.

One of my favorite, go-to little black dresses came from Forever 21 many moons ago and the fun, cotton lace texture makes it go from daytime work to nighttime play very easily.  It’s a short cotton dress with a scallop edge and pockets, something I found for nearly nothing and I’ve worn it a million and one times.

 

Little Things…

I’ve had a big week with a lot of hustle and I’m a few days behind on my posts as a result.  This is perfect because I want to stop, and take time today to think about some of the “little things” that have made my heart happy lately.  Some not so little but you get the idea…  Like, a friend back home sending me a sweet note and a picture of something I did with my students many years ago that still hangs in the library of the high school where I taught.  Finding a really cute fishie necklace that I forgot I had and adding it to my playa collection for Burning Man.  Weekend date nights with my main squeeze and happening upon the most perfect flea market find with my name on it!

Trying on funky green suede fringe designer shoes at John Fluevog on Haight Street, finding cute skull patches for Burning Man craft projects…and maybe other things too?  Appreciating a new way to view the world through my MarbleCam app and getting blue flippers from my friend Abbie for my time on the playa.

Living in a city where I can enjoy a simple butter lettuce salad with in-season cherries, blue cheese and red wine vinaigrette.  Pretty gates outside of my account in the Mission.  A quote I love from the deck of quotes I have from old movies and a juicy piece of watermelon with salt for breakfast with my mocha.

Gumball machines with cool necklaces instead of gum, bartenders that light lemon peel on fire, colorful make-up at the Dollar Store (so that I can justify getting one of each of everything!) and…the little thing that’s not so little, the newest member of our family – little Mae, my niece.

Wishing you lots of love, lust & butterflies on this happy, happy Friday!

 

I think the term “arm candy” used to refer to a great looking girl on a guy’s arm, not today.  Arm candy is all around us; it’s a hashtag on Instagram, the name of many jewelry companies and fashion blogs and the subject of lots of chatter on Twitter.  It turns out I’ve been wearing “arm candy” since back in the day.  As a matter of fact I remember my mother threatening to cut off certain friendship bracelets that had gotten a little “unsightly” according to her, but it was bad luck to not let them fall off on their own – remember this?

I grew up during the Madonna craze and owned real jelly bracelets (in all black cuz that was the coolest) and wore so many of them you often couldn’t see my tiny little arms.

Today is no different.  The more arm candy, the better and major designers are joining the obsession.  As you know, I wear my mala most days but I change up the other arm candy daily.  Today I’m crushing on some really great, simple beads with healing powers that I got at a cozy shop called Inside Asia in Sausalito that is no longer there and a few shell and bead bracelets that I picked up in Collioure a little fishing village in the South of France near Barcelona.

 

It doesn’t take much to get me excited about dressing up.  And, I’ve always been this way.  I was the college coed that loved a theme party, and the teacher who took Spirit Week to all new levels.  I’m the girl you can count on to go all-out for Halloween or any other costume-related party and I have been known to plan my own parties around fabulous costume potential.

So it should come as no surprise that I’m completely and utterly consumed with prepping for my “Playa Look” for Burning Man in a few weeks; it will be a full week of playing dress up!  And not surprising either, I have many things already that are perfect for the playa.  Faux fur vests of which I have a handful somehow, feather accessories and silver glitter nail polish and pink ruffles and a silver sequins bustier that I found on Haight Street.

Feather eyelashes that didn’t make the cut for some costume and left-over gold polish from my Foxy Brown at Studio 54 last Halloween… I am in Heaven with all of the possibilities for what I can wear and be.

When I want to add to the treasures I already have, I head to some of my very favorite places to shop for costumes in the city: Costumes on Haight, Piedmont Boutique, New York Apparel , Buffalo Exchange and of course the Goodwill and vintage stores in the Haight are always full of great finds!

 

Every year I feel like the summer gets shorter and shorter.  I remember when I was little, summers seemed to last forrrr-ever.  Maybe it’s because I love summertime and I want it to last.  And, I’m sure the record passing pace has to do with how busy I’ve gotten over the years.  Here it is August already and all this “Back to School” talk I’ve been hearing lately has put me in the mood for PLAID!

Timeless, especially in vintage form, plaid seems to transcend short-lived and even seasonal fashion rules.  Couple this with the British invasion, both in wedding and Olympic form, and some would say plaid is hotter than ever before.  Hot for Fall 2012 according to the latest Fashion Week reports from NYC and London with Michael Kors and Tory Burch leading the charge.

Lucky for me because I absolutely adore plaid, especially these vintage plaid Levi’s that a dear fashion designer friend of mine helped me find at Pretty Penny in Rockridge.  I bought three pairs of vintage plaid pants that day!  The pair pictured above fits me like a glove and the high waist and flared bottoms make them especially vogue.

I love that these pants can be dressed way up with a belt, silk top and fancy pants heels or way down like I did this week with my Barcelona sandals, white cotton ruffle top from Anthropologie and vintage beaded bag that I found at the Alamedia Point Antiques Faire last year.

Pretty Penny is an amazing shop filled to the brim with carefully chosen and hand-picked vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories.  You can follow their treasure finding on their blog and on facebook and at @prettypennyoakland on Instagram.  Pop in sometime and tell them I sent you!

 

“Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress.” – Charles Pierre Monselet

Thought I’d take time out today to tell you what I’ve eaten lately instead of what I’m wearing today. I love the Monselet quote above, “let your dinner be like a poem…” is such a beautiful thought. Living in the Bay Area this isn’t hard at all, we are surrounded by some of the most innovative, eclectic, varied and well-sourced and prepared food in all the land! And, being a foodie, I search for and appreciate this beautiful food on a regular basis. People that know me know that I photograph everything I eat (practically everything) because it IS so beautiful most of the time. Photographing food is so much easier than photographing myself for this blog, today I’m sharing some of my recent subjects.

I enjoyed every single bite of the mini Kobe burgers and sweet potato fries (with a Ultimat Dirty Martini, of course) pictured above and made with love at 5A5 Steak Lounge. I am a burger connoisseur and these earned a well-deserved spot on my Favorite Burgers in the City List!

I’m a burger girl who goes ga-ga for anything having to do with a taco. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday at Azucar Lounge on Folsom where you can get all the tacos you can eat for $10! I can’t eat more than two so the deal is lost on me and I’m much more concerned about the “poetry” anyway. Everything at Azucar is handmade and locally sourced and you can taste this. The Oaxacan Peanuts pictured above are roasted with garlic, arbol chile and lime and they are amazing! The Ceviche is made with tilapia marinated in lime juice, pico de gallo, cucumber, avocado and it, like the guacamole also pictured, is served with crispy and perfectly salted house made tortilla chips. The drinks at Azucar are crafted with equal care and innovation.

One of the most beautiful places to lunch and be seen lunching in San Francisco is Chaya Brassiere. The bentos are changed daily and the sushi is a work of art..errr…I mean, poetry. I love sushi and I could write an entire post about it because I love the art of it and I think it’s the perfect food. For some reason I always order the San Francisco Roll pictured above, it’s not really sushi because it has tomato in it but I love it!

Somehow I’m going to try to gracefully segue from beautiful sushi to one of my guilty pleasures that, in my opinion, is equally pretty: the Lucky Strike deviled eggs, made even better by the bacon sprinkled on top! There, I said it! I love deviled eggs! Who doesn’t?

And it wouldn’t be a beautiful food post without one of my very favorite foods, oysters! I’m a new lover of oysters, maybe it’s an acquired taste but I think it has more to do with access. The smaller the better for me with Kumamoto at the very top of my list. Each one really is a beautiful little poem and I’m so glad I love them so that I can take full advantage of eating them every chance I get! I enjoyed these on my birthday at Farley’s Bar at Cavallo Point where we had a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge!

Wishing you lots and lots of love, lust, butterflies and poetry on your table every night!

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