The most wonderful time of year…

I can tell you in 2 words why late August is one of my favorite times of year…

September Issues

I go crazy for the Fall Fashion issues of magazines, aka, the September Issues, and spend hours of time every August pouring through each magazine.

I can’t wait to go shopping!!!

And yes, I am one of those people who saves her September Issue of Vogue (fashion Bible) every year, I have from 2002 on…

White Collared Shirt

There’s nothing better than a crisp, clean, brand-spanking new white collared shirt. The white collared shirt is a staple in my wardrobe and I wear one to work almost once a week – under a sweater or vest for a preppy look, with a statement necklace, or all on it’s own tucked into a great pair of pants for a simple, minimalist look.

The biggest necessities to look for when buying a white collared shirt are that it’s well tailored, fits you perfectly, and is long enough to tuck in, but not too long if you want to wear it out.
I also refuse to pay a lot for a white collared shirt, because let’s face it – anything white only lasts so long before a stain “appears” or dingy-ness sets in.
Well stop your search – a few years ago now, I found the perfect white collared shirt and continuously by the same one as needed:

– H&M
– $19.95!
– Men’s style but tailored for a woman’s shape
– Perfect length to tuck-in or wear out under a sweater

Note: This shirt does look cheap in some of the other colors they sell, but you can get away with the white looking luxe when paired with the rest of your outfit.

San Francisco Treats

When my husband and I travel, we always find local, delicious food to try. We went from treat to treat during our week in San Francisco…

Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad:

from il Cale Rosso
Organic Salted Caramel Donut:
from a vendor in the Ferry Marketplace
Chandon Sparkling Red:
from the Domaine Chandon Winery in Napa Valley
Various pieces of maki and nigiri sushi (and green tea!):
from isobune in Japantown
Kara’s Karrot Cupcake:

 

from Kara’s Cupcakes (this amazing cupcake didn’t last long enough for me to get a photo other than the great packaging).
Dungeness Crabs:
from a vendor at Fisherman’s Wharf
What a delicious trip!!

Outside Lands

It’s all about who you know…

While in San Francisco, a friend of mine was there too working at the Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park. She generously offered us tickets to the show, and it turns out they weren’t just regular tickets – we got in the VIP area!

I’m glad I packed a layered look for warmth (I’m wearing 2 shirts under this one) as well as fitting in with the rock n roll festival crowd. I did have to maintain my preppy look though with the yellow pants…

 

And this was our view of the show from our V-VIP soundboard spot (with open bar, fun night!)…

Marimekko

I just love Marimekko prints – bold, colorful, bright!

There is an amazing website where you can purchase Marimekko fabrics along with a customizable kit to create your own wall art.

http://www.txtlart.com/

Buy the fabric by the yard and the wood kit according to the final size wall hanging you want. Once you get the materials, you assemble the wooden frame, wrap the fabric around the frame, staple with a staple gun, and voila – wall art!

When we moved into our house I knew I wanted to create one in a large, dramatic scale with a vibrant but not overpowering print.

We hung ours in the dining room…

 

Behemoth Bouquet

We went to my cousin’s wedding last weekend up in the North Shore.

It was lovely – ceremony overlooking the ocean, cocktail hour outside, reception in an open air tent. Perfect summer night, not too hot, not too cool…
At the end of the night we realized the DJ never played a game or had a contest to determine who would go home with the table centerpieces, so one of our table-mates took ours and we took the one at the next table.
Well…
The one at our table was a traditional, petite centerpiece. The one at the next table was a nearly 5-foot monstrosity that when disassembled took up the trunk of our SUV. HUGE!
The next morning, as I saw that the centerpiece took up the entire top of the island in our kitchen, I realized I should disassemble the centerpiece into many arrangements throughout our house.
Here are a few…

Dining Room Table

Living Room

Kitchen

Living Room

These decorative twigs were sticking straight up out of the original centerpiece, actually making it taller than my 5-foot disclaimer above. I turned them along with the tall vase into a permanent installation in an otherwise dead space in our living room.

This behemoth bouquet was the best “wedding favor” I’ve ever received.