Fashion Friday – Spring Wish List

Happy Fashion Friday, friends! (and a Good Friday at that!)

I have to admit I’m usually more excited shopping for fall because I tend to gravitate toward darker colors and lots of layers. One reason I love San Francisco is we don’t get obscenely hot weather here. On the contrary, while the rest of the country is warm/hot, the summer months here can be quite chilly. (Thanks to Karl the Fog!)

This season I’m happy to see a plethora of offerings that are light yet neutral. I am just not a fan of pastel/girly things for myself. (But I love them on other people!)

So I’d like to share what I’ve bookmarked for my spring shopping season.

I’m loving these b&w d’orsay pointy toe flats from Tory Burch. They’re on trend, yet will remain classic for many seasons to come.

 

These Loeffler Randall snake skin flats are subtly sexy and would go with lots of things already in my closet. I would pattern play and wear these with stripes or polls dots.

These Sam Edelman studded sandals are tough yet cute. Great for a casual weekend look.

J Brand has quickly become my go-to for skinny pants (which is really all I wear). I love these updated cargo skinnies in a light olive wash.

Do I dare to tempt fate with white jeans this summer? I assure you only clear beverages will be consumed while these are on.

This simple striped v-neck sweater will be great for layering during Grey May, June Gloom, and Fogust. (I don’t have one for July)

The fir of J Crew’s Schoolboy blazers are incomparable. Love the chambray

My love for Cuyana knows no bounds. Great quality, affordable prices, a great company mission statement and a beautiful showroom facing Union Square. This clutch will be a great change up from my usual black leather Kate Spade bag.

Have a great weekend. And if you celebrate it, Happy Easter!

Rheezee Foodie: garlic-stuffed, oven baked artichokes

Artichoke

Whenever artichokes are on the menu at a restaurant, I usually order them because 1) they’re delicious 2) they’re a huge pain to prep and make at home. But here’s a recipe that requires little prep time & effort so we can enjoy delicious in-season artichokes without all the fuss of trimming the spiky leaves.

Ingredients:

  • 4 artichokes, stems and 1″ of the top trimmed off
  • 2 lemons (Meyer lemons are great too)
  • garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • olive oil
  • salt

Preheat your oven to 425.

Trim the artichokes and gently separate the leaves away from the middle. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon over the cut end, letting the juice permeate into the artichoke.

Insert the crushed garlic cloves into the artichoke. I like them more garlicky so I recommend two in the middle and a few spread out into the outer leaves. (You may have to make little pockets for them with a pairing knife).

Drizzle generously with olive oil and season with salt to taste.

Wrap each artichoke in a double layer aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet, stem side down. Bake at 425 for 1 hour 20 minutes. Let cool and unwrap.

Serve with extra lemon wedges or an aioli, if desired.

The best part of this (besides the simplicity) is the garlic cloves get roasted too and you can spread them on baguette!

Stylin’ Profilin’ – Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Are you guys excited about the Scandal finale this Thursday? In true Scandal style, this season has been filled with all kinds of crazy that keeps us crawling back for more.

Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) style on the show is swoon-worthy. Amazingly tailored designer pieces in a selective color palate of soft ivory, steely grey, and sophisticated pastels. She dresses as sharp and strong as her intellect and fitz (see what I did there?) right in with DC power players with grace.

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2014

We are already half way through the first month of the New Year. I can’t put my finger on it, but feel like this year is going to bring big changes. Perhaps it’s my unflinching optimism or that I’m turning 35 this year (which is weird because I still feel like a kid sometimes). My husband has a superstition that even numbered years are better than odd. I don’t know about that, but whatever the reason, I’m keeping hope alive that this is going to be a great year.

Not being a fan of resolutions, I choose to focus on goals. So I’ve made a little desktop vision board of all my goals for the year. (Dorky, I know!) I’m guilty of always losing sight of the big picture as I get bogged down in my everyday tasks as a business owner. I want a reminder of what I want this year that I see everyday. And I want to share it with you!

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This year Mike and I celebrate 10 years of being together. For our annual anniversary trip I’m dying to go to Paris. I’ve never travelled to Europe and how is that possible? It’s a sin I tell you. A SIN!

I want to continue to connect with amazing people and strengthen the bonds that I have with current friends.

This year I want to be able to hire a design assistant. This is a biggie that I am both excited and terrified to take on. If a resume came to me that looked this cute, I would definitely take notice. It puts my first resume to SHAME.

I want to be able to let go. Of negativity, of toxic people, of things that just don’t make me happy.

Another big goal for the year is to dig my way out of my credit card debt and be able to start saving for a larger goal: a condo. In San Francisco. Which means I’ll probably be saving forever.

I want to begin submitting my portfolio work to design blogs that I follow and admire. I’m hoping that by getting my work out there it will help connect me to more incredible people.

Finally, in the center a reminder that not all days are going to be over-the-top incredible and awesome. Some days will be shitty and I’ll question myself, my talent, my passion and wonder what the hell I’m doing. Following your dreams is not easy but it’s worth it.

What are your goals for the year? How do you remind yourself of them?

Padbury Clock

My good pal Robert designed a chic, minimal clock screen saver for OS X. Check it out and download it here.

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P.S. That’s the amazing view from his SF apartment which I did the interiors for. Hopefully I’ll get some shots of it to share with you soon!

My Golden Globes Round Up

Awards season is officially upon us. Being a good consumer of movies and television, I have to admit I enjoy the Golden Globes a bit more than the Oscars. I mean, it’s kind of funny to see celebrities a bit drunk am I right?

This pretty much summed up my evening:

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So without further adieu, here are my top 5 hits and misses from the Golden Globes last night:

Hits

#5 Elizabeth Moss in J. Mendel

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I’m loving this sheer, sexy Art Deco number Elizabeth Moss wore. Her hair and styling were perfection. And can I just say that it’s nice to see someone with cute toes wearing strappy heels? Nothing is grosser than ugly, fangly toes out for all the world to see. (I’m looking at you, Steven Tyler)

#4 Olivia Wilde in Gucci

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Olivia Wilde is one of those women that are just so stunning that I don’t think it’s fair to the rest of us. Her baby bump is adorable and I love that she still wore a very fitted gown showing it off. Glamorous and gorgeous!

#3 Margo Robbie in Gucci

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Newcomer Margo Robbie killed it in this chic white Gucci. The emerald jewel beading detail was just the right amount of glam to bring it to the stratosphere. Loving the emerald shoes too!

#2 Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive

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Cate Blanchett knows how to dress her body. Lacy, sexy and just showing a hint of skin. This woman is the epitome of a Hollywood star.

#1 Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren

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Lupita got robbed of the award for best supporting actress in my opinion (And you all know that I love me some J Law). But everyone was dying over this amazing Ralph Lauren in the red carpet. Chic, simple and the color is to die for against her skin. And it has a cape…I mean, that is so much win it’s not even funny.

Misses

#5 Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhulier

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Oh Drew, I do love you. But this is just so busy and the fit is not flattering.

#4 Julia Roberts in Valentino

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I just don’t understand the white button-down shirt.

#3 Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung

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So I heard Zoe’s interview with E! on the red carpet and she said Prabal Gurung made this exclusively for her. It must’ve been too hard for her to say “Um…no” to this hot mess.

#2 Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

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Oh Jennifer…I know you’re young and still trying to figure out your red carpet style. Seriously, you should fire whoever put you in this dress. On the plus side, the internet never fails to amuse.

#1 Paula Patton in Stephane Roland

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Dear God, why would one of the most beautiful women in the word do this to herself? I mean, I just. don’t. understand.

My (Tragic) Christmas

It all started innocently enough. My husband and I decided to do the 49-mile scenic drive around SF. We thought it being Christmas and all there would probably not be many people out and about.

The drive was going great, there was not much traffic and the wether was absolutely perfect. It turned out to be a drive down memory lane for us, reflecting back on the 10 years we’ve spent together in this city.

We drove by City Hall. (Excuse the photos, I took most of them while stopped at red lights). We got our domestic partnership here when Mike got his first job out of college so I could get medical insurance.

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Wove around downtown a little bit. This is the corner of Van Ness & Post. Our last apartment in the city was a few blocks from here. It was crazy to see how empty it was as it’s usually a really busy intersection.

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Through the gates of Chinatown. Which is always bustling with tourists, no matter what day it is.

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Then up California Street and into Nob Hill, another one of our old neighborhoods.

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A shot of Grace Cathedral. Our first apartment together was a few blocks from here.

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We stopped for a picnic lunch at Crissy Field, one of our favorite spots in the city. We had our engagement photo shoot here.

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And past The Palace of Fine Arts.

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We stopped at Fort Point which surprisingly neither of us had been to before.

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We hiked down to the pier on the water. See what I mean about the beautiful weather?

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Then we wove our way down the Great Highway along Ocean Beach.

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The route took us around Lake Merced and as we drove past Park Merced, a huge apartment complex along a really busy road, I accidentally struck and killed someone’s dog. She ran out into traffic SO fast I didn’t even see her until it was too late. We stopped and Mike called the poor dog’s owner. Apparently the owner’s roommate (or a friend of her roommate, I’m not sure) left the front door open and Lucy, a little Jack Russell Terrier, ran away.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so upset in my whole life. Surprisingly Lucy’s owner didn’t yell and scream at me. In fact, she apologized to me! I couldn’t believe it. We sat with her and cried together for a good long while until one of her friends came. They took Lucy and left.

I guess the one silver lining is Lucy died very suddenly, she didn’t suffer and she wasn’t bleeding or anything. But yeah…as you can imagine I’m pretty fucked up about it. I love animals…like a lot. More than people most of the time. And this would be upsetting any day but on Christmas it’s especially awful. Even though it was a total accident this is BY FAR the worst thing I’ve ever done.

I don’t know why I want to share this with you. It’s not to beg for sympathy, believe me I don’t think I can feel worse than I already do. In a way I feel it’s therapeutic to let it out somehow. Maybe because everyone is always posting these perfect Christmas moments all over social media and in real life not everyone had a perfect holiday. So if you’re out there and had a really shitty Christmas, know you’re not alone. I, for one, am never leaving the house on Christmas again.