Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Marisa Haskell

After visiting Marisa Haskell’s shop in Temescal Alley over this past weekend, I’ve become hooked on her beautiful jewelry designs. If you are in the area I recommend dropping in to see her wares first hand, but if you can’t get to Oakland anytime soon you can visit her online shop.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Peach Shortcakes

When it comes to shortcakes for dessert, strawberries usually get all the glory, but these Peach Shortcakes with Lavender Cream from Camille Styles look absolutely mouthwatering. Surprisingly, the recipe is pretty simple too!

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is Oakland

It’s never lost on me how lucky I am to live in the Bay Area. We are surrounded with so many great places to explore and yesterday was spent doing exactly that, with a day trip into Oakland. Oakland has had a pretty bad rap for a long time, but over the past decade it has grown and changed immensely and is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves.  My sister recently picked up the newly published: This is Oakland which profiles some of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods and must see places to visit, so we hopped in the car for a book signing with Author Melissa Davis and Photographer Kristen Loken at McMullen yesterday. Then using the book as our guide, made our way through several of the neighborhoods written about in the book, and stopped in at places like The Trappist, Temescal Alley and The Ramen Shop.  Of course, we didn’t have nearly enough time to conquer even half of the places we had hoped to visit so we’re planning a return trip soon. Hope you all had a fun weekend of exploring like we did!

 The Ramen Shop 

The Trappist

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tangelo Gin Rosé Spritzer

It’s Friday…and that usually means I have cocktails on my mind for the evening. This Recipe from A Cozy Kitchen sounds like a good way to start the weekend off right. Hope you have a good one.
2 fluid ounces gin
 Juice from 3 tangelos
 4 fluid ounces rosé wine
 Ice cubes
 Sparkling water (optional)

1. Add all of the ingredients to a shaker, minus the sparkling water, and shake away. Add a few ice cubes to each glass and divide cocktail between glasses.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nickey Kehoe Designs

A collaboration between Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe, these two designers out of Los Angeles run a successful design firm and retail shop that houses their furniture collection in addition to vintage pieces amassed from around the globe.  Below are three of their projects all based out of Los Angeles.  I love their mix of traditional pieces and dark wood mixed with bright accents and patterns.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Best SPF for Your Skin Type

The Best SPF for Your Skin Type

Beauty website Byrdie has come up with a great list of quality sunscreen specific to your skin type. I recommend giving it a look if you haven’t yet found the perfect sunblock for face…it’s one thing I never, ever leave home without applying.  I am personally partial to THIS one, but I’ve heard excellent reviews (outside of the linked article) about a few of these above.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hanging Gardens

I love these hanging planters from Angus & Celeste. The planters are good for both indoor and outdoor use and they come in a range of shapes and colors. 


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