Our West Coast Trip Disected

I’m so excited to finally share the photos from our recent trip to San Francisco and Napa. I tried to capture all that we experienced, but it seems I missed quite a lot. Isn’t that always the case?
We arrived in San Fran to frigid temps + foggy skies. It was lovely after all our humidity in Chicago but so weird to wear coats and scarves again! In fact, it was so chilly we certainly could have worn berets in homage. Of course will all our eating we had to walk. Some of my favorite stops included omnivore books and the amazing paxton gate’s curiosities for kids.

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Kuleto Winery

 While we waited for our table we shared a bottle of wine on the sidewalk, shivering but sated. We all agreed that it felt very European. Our friends Nicole + JP (she of the awesome design womb) immediately took us under their gourmet wing driving us to our first stop, pizzeria delfina, for the most delicious pizza ever.

What a quirky find. We ate delicious meals at Flour + Water, Tartine + even Ike’s where BCL was introduced to the Fat Bastard sandwich and San Fran’s never-ending two hour lines. Was it worth it? Yes.

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After saying goodbye we drove to Napa, specifically Yountville. We stayed at the bardessono, one of the most design savvy, eco-friendly hotels I’ve ever seen. I can’t tell you how many times I said, “I wish we could move to Napa and crush grapes.”

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 Our first order of business was to eat at the french laundry. How can I describe this eating experience? Maybe I’ll just say that it was all I’d imagined a little bit more. For those that followed my adventures on twitter you know I was especially in awe of their garden.

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Our first order of business was to eat at the french laundry. How can I describe this eating experience? Maybe I’ll just say that it was all I’d imagined a little bit more. For those that followed my adventures on twitter you know I was especially in awe of their garden. I found out later that Thomas Keller just put it in as something to look at, but now they serve nearly everything grown there on the menu. Just a few ideas of what we ate: Cauliflower panna cotta with white sturgeon caviar, Santa rosa plums with honey mascarpone and vanilla bean, New Bedford sea scallops with garden squash, garlic chips and powerade, and a various other delicious treats.
Following the French Laundry we had a day of tasting throughout Napa. Some of our favorite stops: kuleto winery for their views (vast and magical),schramsberg for their history and the multitude of sparkling wines, frank family vineyards for their Cabernet, and rutherford for their hilltop picnic spot.

It was such a wonderful trip, I only wish we could have stayed longer.

Latest Trend: Hot Pink

I’m going to be honest here. These past few months I’ve been skeptical of the neon trend, remembering days long ago when my fluorescent green shorts mixed with yellow and pink gummy bracelets = tragic.

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However, as of today (when I accompanied my neighbor, the Waist Trainer Girl, on an impromptu shopping trip) I became 100%, entirely sold on the hue.

She wore the perfect pink neon shoes.

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This may have had to do with a certain Furla wallet, or the sordid affair I’m having with her shoes (top shot), but it all became most clear when I laid eyes on this table and room.

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I think we have this  same table in orange, which makes me super jealous.

After having a long discussion with her, We both agreed about that the trend change too fast and right now wearing neon colours are quite trending so, I thought to share this article with you all so that you can be aware about the latest trends.

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Shopping For Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a spring celebration festival celebrated in Washington, D.C., commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki to the city of Washington.

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D.C. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations.

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The Hanami month or cherry blossom celebration from April 2 – May 1st, has just ended but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be inspired. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC.

This sweet outfit reminds me of all the cherry blossom trees which are probably just losing their blooms right now. So you can go for these dress or find something according to your likes.

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1. Phillip Lim racerback henley top / lagarconne.

2.  Phillip Lim pleated short / lagarconne.

3. Tory Burch espadrille / nordstrom.

4. Alexander Wang extreme cat eye sunglasses / barneys ny.

Grab Kate Spade Sample Sale

Oh the joys of a great sample sale!

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From today until tomorrow at 11:59pm EST kate spade is having a massive online sample sale, which means us Midwesterners can actually shop it as well. SCORE!

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Being a devoted Kate Spade fan I couldn’t resist compiling my top picks from this 75% off mecca … I mean handbags aside, her jewelry is something I always include in my fashion and bridal shoots because of it’s ultra, feminine sweetness.

All items can be found via kate spade.

December Kitchen Cook Guide

Today’s december cook guide is dedicated to all my favorite chefs, bakers, foodies, kitchen-aficionados, gadget-loving friends + family. Help them whip it, mix it, beat it, serve it and enjoy it with these sweet treats.

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December is known as the month of festivals, Christmas Day and New Year add spark to everyone in spite of cold streak in USA. So today I am about to share a how you can gift anyone who love to cook this lovely Kitchen Aid Guide.

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1. Spice rack / jamie oliver.

2. Zyliss five-way opener / amazon.com.

3. Bistro thermal jug / bodum.

4. Forever and a day mug / urban outfitters.

5. Measuring spoons / anthropologie.

6. Multi-plaid container storage set / french bull.

7. Recipe files / jamie oliver.

These all are the perfect mix for making someone happy in December. Cheers!

Eero Saarinen Tulip Chair Collection Sale

I’m considering a little re-vamp of my office/guest suite and I’m coveting a “tulip-inspired” chair for the corner nook. There’s just something to be said for pedestal legs and the shape that they create.

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These three versions are standouts with their neutral colors and unique textures (metal, quilting and wood), especially the original (bottom left), designed by Eero Saarinen, a Cranbrook graduate and design genius.

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Top: Flow arm chair / Jean Marie Massaud for MDF Italia @ aram .

Bottom Right: Platner arm chair / Warren Platner @ design within reach.

Bottom left: Tulip arm chair / Eero Saarinen, produced by Knoll @ hive modern.