The German Tourist Club

Tahoe didn’t end up happening this weekend (7 inches of snow on Friday alone, and yes it is the end of April) but we got to play tourist just the same. We visited the German Tourist Club on Saturday – a cabin in the woods that you hike to, open to the public one weekend a month for drinking. Yes you heard all of that right, people hike to this cabin in the woods to enjoy beer and play board games.

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Nature Friends (Naturfreunde) originated in Austria in 1895 as a place people could visit with their families and enjoy nature. It’s one of the largest non-governmental organizations and has branches all over the world. The German Tourist Club, in Marin was started in 1912 and people have been visiting with their families and enjoying the nature of Northern California ever since. If you are not a member, they open the club to you once a month to visit.

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So we decided to visit. The ‘hike’ was more like a leisurely stroll through the hills (cue Sound of Music soundtrack now), with the sun shining and the birds chirping.

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When you make it to the cabin,  it’s like you stepped into another time and place. It’s nestled on a ledge among the trees, and you can tell it’s German just by the look of it.

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We packed a good amount of snacks and some games and they sell pitchers of beer and bottles of wine.

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This is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the sunshine and company of your friends – the scenery isn’t bad either.

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After the sunshine, beer and games, we sadly hiked back out, got back into our cars and returned to the real world.

Friday’s Favs

It feels extra sleepy and tired here today. The cloudy, cold, rainy weather is not helping my sleepy eyes but I am so glad it’s Friday! I was trying to think of one word that described this week for me and in my 5 minute contemplation I came up with ‘gone’ (maybe I need to work on my vocab, I’ll do better next week). This week just felt like it was here the one second and gone the next. Did anyone else feel like that? I think the pace of this city is catching up to me (I’m getting old you guys), so we are heading out to Tahoe this weekend for a nice, cozy, lazy, slow (should I keep going) cabin weekend.

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{tulips are my favorite}

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{another dip dye project, this one is a gift for my friend}

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{pretty lake in the park, I always stop to take in the view}

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{brunch beverage, the strawberry muddled mint lemonade from Sparrow}

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{gorgeous racks of paper at Flax – my new favorite store}

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{homemade brownie bites with fresh strawberry whipped cream}

Bon Weekend Friends!

Love n’ Haight

Black and white is probably the most classic combination there is, basic and original. It’s original and there are so many ways to describe the combo; the light and the dark, the good and the evil or the scary and the safe. I always used to say black and white weren’t colors, they were shades and that made them different in my mind. One wasn’t better than the other, they were just different shades in the giant spectrum that is reflective light.

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I love these wire wine bottle candle sticks because they bring both of those ideas together. The literal of the black wire and the white candle but also the imaginative aspect of the dark and heavy base against the light and bright top. This mural at Haight and Masonic does the same. It is dark and scary in some parts but once you notice the light you learn to appreciate the darker parts along the way. It is beautiful in all of its colors, dimensions and shades, accentuating and bringing life to the most classic color combo out there.

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Fresh Coat of Paint

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A fresh coat of paint can go a long way. It can transform the most basic of items into something beautiful. I transformed simple wooden spoons into pastel painted cooking utensils (they even sound fancier with the paint on).

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I bought these wooden spoons on sale a long while ago, thinking I would paint them and put them in a pretty jar in the kitchen. It only took me about 6 months to do it even though the project only took 10 minutes to complete and photograph.

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A couple weeks ago I bought a few tubes of paint and painted some stripes on canvas for my bedside table (seen here). I recently opened the closet where these tubes are stored and the lightbulb went off. I pulled out those wooden spoons (still in the mesh packaging), the paint tubes and got to work.

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I taped all of the spoons where I wanted the paint to end. Then chose the colors I wanted to use (mixing the pink with white for various shades) and went to town. I used acrylic because honestly, it’s what I had and I knew it would soak into the wood nicely. I also used a sponge brush to get that nice even coat.

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I stood them in the jar to dry and there you have it, a step up from boring wooden spoons that adds a pop of color to the kitchen! What are you favorite simple craft projects?

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The Baseball Cap

Hey Friends! Sorry it has been crickets over here lately. Work hit like a category 5 storm and its been a whirlwind ever since. We are launching a new product in June and the planning (and planning and planning) has begun. So that’s happening, but I am going to make it up to you on here this week. GET READY!

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I always wore baseball caps as a coverup for unwashed hair or while camping or traveling. They were what the boys wore to school (not that I didn’t sometimes either, the tomboy in me loved them). But now with the chic floral patterns and leather fabric choices they are more of a fashion statement than a grease-ball cover up. And they shade your face too, talk about dual purpose! I found a couple that I want to work into my wardrobe, what are your thoughts on these beauties?

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The prep on this one is stellar. The monogrammed logo looks like a team logo from afar but as you get closer it transforms from tomboy to classy.

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This graphic floral is perfect for summer and festival season. Wear it backwards with those overalls and bandeau for the 90’s throwback look.

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Cheetah is the best accessory (don’t you agree), and when it comes in a hat it fits perfectly. This would go great with a casual black dress and sneaks for a day in the park or walking around the city.

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The pattern on this one reminds me of a Hawaiian shirt, it is so summery and fun! (Pssst I may or may not already own this one…).

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The leather cap is not as girlie as the rest and could be paired with boyfriend jeans and a loose shirt for a tomboy relaxed look. I love how its such a casual item but the leather dresses it up a bit

Friday’s Favs

First quarter of the year is done – um where did it go? After realizing that the first three months of the year have vanished into thin air, I decided that I need to step back a second and take stock. I have some resolutions that I wanted to stick with (still doing them, ok check), I have some things I want to accomplish this year (ok still working on them), I have some bucket list items I want to cross off (need to plan them), and the list goes on. How is it that the time just flies by and I feel like I’ve only crossed a quarter of things off my list? Does anyone else feel like this? To combat this feeling, I carved out some time this weekend to take stock and evaluate. This weekend is full of – no plans, events or obligations, just how I like it!

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{different view and blue skies}

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{crazy biscuit stand in the Ferry Building I want to try}

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{wall of whisky at Hard Water}

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{Game of Thrones starts on Sunday and I might make these for the viewing party!}

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{who doesn’t love a bucket of beers – HAPPY FRIDAY}

Love n’ Haight

You know the saying “less is more” or the old rule “take off one piece of jewelry before you leave the house’ – yeah those aren’t valid anymore. I think today it would be ‘mo is betta’ and ‘you best put on another bracelet before you leave’ or ‘layer that statement necklace with this one too.’ Why they needed to be sassy sayings, I don’t know, but that is the reality – especially recently. I’ve worked on my arm candy stacking and necklace and shirt layering and come to love how versatile it can be and how it takes an outfit to the next level. I now feel naked without some sort of jeweled accessory.

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So I am constantly on the lookout for new ways to stack or layer. These stacked bracelets are perfect, all a little bit similar but each different in its own way. They all work together to make this stack sparkle. This stack of animals is doing the same, stacked to make the perfect community. Haight Street is an eclectic group and this door mural shows how we are all different, that we all sparkle and yet we still fit and work together to complete the look.