Thursday, July 31, 2008

oh the cupcakes! {live from NYC}

NYC has been incredible, it's been non-stop family/friends/shopping/shows and we're loving every minute! I don't really have computer access, but I had to share the cupcake trails that I've been blazing through the city. I'm on a mission to try them ALL, and since we walk all day long, I won't feel the guilt. Let's begin with the famous Magnolia bakery~love the small town shop atmosphere and the serve yourself white pastry boxes. The cupcakes themselves are a wee bit heavy on the butter cream for my taste, not that it stopped me. Next up, Billy's Bakery (image above) in Chelsea, a tiny old fashioned style joint filled to the brim with originality, the cupcakes are DIVINE, not too sweet and fab frosting/cake ratio. We'll be hitting up a few more today...and I'll be sure to share. xoxo
**Look for us tonight (Thursday) on the Dave Letterman Show!!**

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

bon voyage

I apologize for the complete and utter lack of design inspiration this week, I've been terribly busy packing and tying up loose ends at work. I'll try to post from NY, but for now I leave you with a very happy yellow kitchen, bon voyage!

Monday, July 21, 2008

NYC Bound

We leave for NY on Thursday for 12 days, if anyone has any recommendation for food, sights or entertainment please let me know!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

off the beaten track

This weekend we took a gorgeous family hike (only about 2 miles each way) on the Tennessee Valley Trail in Mill Valley. A complete gem - the mountains, meadows and eucalyptus trees made way to the ocean and a secluded beach - it was breathtaking. We collected colored rocks on the beach, made wishes on dandelions and inspected a family of giant beetles. What a great escape!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

happy weekend!

Isn't this image divine?
image from italian elle

Friday, July 18, 2008

wood block stamps

If I were to ever start collecting things, this would be it - wood block stamps (click image to see the details). My friends Rosalie & Susannah brought these back for me from a work trip in India. The little metal star-flower I found at the Camden flea market (in London), I always though it would make a pretty tattoo. Aren't they beautiful? I'd love for the whole shelf to be filled with them.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

e.e cummings

Just after high school and well into my first year of college I fell in love with the poetry of e.e cummings. Couldn't get enough of his passionate words, all strung together just right. I carried a tattered copy of his poems in my backpack should I need to suddenly read "somewhere I have never travelled" while eating my lunch on the lawn, and smoking beedi's (it was such a bad habit, I know...). When I met my (now) husband, I wrote the words of "i like my body when it is with your body" in a love letter. I just found my tattered book and I think I may just start carrying it around once again, for old times sake of course.


Ever since I spotted a giant orange pouf in a fabulous shop in San Diego I've been obsessed. Obsessed with poufs, seriously. I want one for our (unusually) tiny living room in lieu of a coffee table. They'd also look great at the foot of a bed. The great thing about these adorable poufs - they're portable! Instant extra seating, instant super cool style.
via sfgirlbybay & graham and greene

Monday, July 14, 2008

stack 'em up

Would it be dorky if I brought this stackable lunchbox to the office everyday chock full of healthy snacks? Probably better than the mismatched Ikea cheapies I'm using now, and check out the kids version - LOVE!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

birch bark soaps

I'm a sucker for sweet smelling soaps, hints of jasmine and pikaki mixed with creamy coconut - YUM. Any of these handmade soaps would look just right next to the bathroom sink, and smell like a little slice of heaven!

oh, hello my pretty

dear pretty pretty dress,
would you like to come home with me, live in the wine country, and hang proudly in my messy closet? I think we'd be really happy together, xo amber
via inside the loop

Thursday, July 10, 2008

gee, your hair smells terrific.

My friend Susannah has hair like a Breck girl, you know one's that fling their locks gently from one shoulder while looking in the other direction? This is what was running through my head as she was telling us about her fancy "real" haircut and not her usual Supercuts do. Anyhoo, today I came across this hair mist by Victor & Rolf, but I have to say the thought reminds me of teen romance novels and afterschool specials. In the 70's there was actually a product called "Gee, your hair smells terrific.", and you just know I'd love to get my hands on a bottle of that. I kind of want to get this for Susannah for her next b'day, though $40 for hair that smells like apples & pink champagne - not so sure.

beach baggin'

I need to invest in a "real" beach bag, a roomy little number with thick straps and an inside pocket for my lip gloss, cell and money. Some contenders:
Rip Curl Tote
Red & White Paisley
Green Cotton Canvas
Rattan with Leather
Orange Cutie

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

pure Americana {rewind!}

Work has been a little crazy this week so my posts have been sporadic, but how could I not mention the 4th of July?! If you love the 4th, you must come to Sonoma, it's 100% pure Americana. The day was probably the longest I can remember; the town parade in the morning, our block party in the afternoon, family over for BBQ dinner, and then fireworks in the park at night. The kids loved every second - can't you tell? The funny part about this picture is that half of these kids are from Canada - but you know, any holiday is a great reason to celebrate!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

no, really, do you like like me??

Even though I'm married, and I'm pretty sure my husband does like like me, these little notes are so adorable. I seem to remember passing these exact notes to friends circa 1985.

{needed} easy breezy

It's officially HOT here in northern California, and dressing for the office has become my morning torture. Jeans? Strappy tank? Not in the now what? I need a serious hot weather wardrobe makeover. Isn't there a show I can go on that will do this for me? I love this look from Cookie mag, though much better for a sunset stroll than office wear...but cute all the same!

apricots everywhere

There are buckets full of plump apricots in my office today courtesy of my boss who has some sort of orchard in his garden. We're having guests over this weekend and I'm trying to figure out what delicious dessert I can create with far I've seen an apricot pudding, this pie with ginger crunch topping, or apricot napoleon's that look kind of divine.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

jeff canham {surf art}

I just stumbled upon artist Jeff Canham, whose funky typography inspired art is popping up in magazines and surfshops on all coasts. Some of his type designs are truly amazing, check his site out!

ruffle tops

I've been wanting one of these layered ruffle tops, don't they just look so comfy? This one by Cynthia Vincent would look so cute with jeans.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

nonchalant flair

Swoon!! Did anyone catch the article in Domino this month on Nonchalant Mom boutique owner Carina Schott?! Incredible home, with such pretty Scandinavian flair. I love the fabric-covered sliding window she created from the living room into her kids room - genius!

{urban} summer goods

Just got a new Urban Outfitters catalog, all 18 year old sun drenched models sporting this season's trends. Sometimes I think I'm too old to shop at Urban, but they really do have some little gems.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

raised beds {organic beauty}

I love raised beds in the garden that can be changed out each year - a mix of herbs and veggies are so handy to have around for cooking, too. We have a teeny garden, so we have our herb/veggie garden planted in a large galvanized tub (oval shaped), which I'd love to have lined around the garden, but space is limited. I find myself adding sage, basil and thyme to just about everything I cook now, even on sandwiches and i omelets - mmmm so good. PHOTO BY RICHARD FELBER