Friday’s Favs

It’s not April yet, but the showers have started. Rain has visited SF and will continue to stay for the next two weeks (talk about outstaying your welcome). This weekend it will pour but the birthday party and class I am taking will still take place (I wish we had rain days). And since it will be raining anyway, I am reserving Sunday for doing nothing. After traveling and going away for most of the weekends in March it will be nice to curl up with a book at home. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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{turns out this is where Aladdin stays when he is in town}

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{dinner for 10 in our Sonoma mansion – the Cline Villa – last weekend}

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{the pool at our villa}

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{I’m no artist, but I made this to add some color to our otherwise all white and grey bedroom}

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{gorgeous bougainvillea creeping up the wall}

Chi-town, IL

Sometimes I forget how cool a place the US is – not only for its most obvious reasons like the American Dream or the diversity that is the melting pot we call home, but also because there are some amazing places to visit in our own country. When I think vacation, I think somewhere really far away that I’ve never been before, with different cultures and histories – but I forget that there is a plethora (I’m patting myself on that back for using that bad boy) of cities in the US that offer just that.

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Chicago, a place I have never been before, is awesome. I have a soft spot for cities (Paris being my main squeeze) and I love how different they all are from each other, all unique with fascinating histories and stories to tell.

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Not the most pleasant sign to pass on the sidewalk

The Chicago that exists today, rose from the ashes of the 1871 fire (that wiped out three square miles of the city) and refused to give up. To this day, it has maintained its status as one of the largest and most successful cities in America.

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I was visiting for work – but I got to squeeze in a little sight-seeing and my first stop was the Skydeck at the top of Willis Tower. It’s the 8th tallest building in the world and the tallest in the western hemisphere and at the top you get to take in the 360 degree views of the city skyline.

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The main reason for visiting the Willis Tower is to step out onto the Skydeck. Which is a glass box that you stand in that extends 4 feet over the edge of the building. It’s like you are standing on air, and the views are incredible.

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After floating on air for a bit, I returned to Earth and walked down to Millenium Park – to The Bean. Probably my favorite thing in Chicago (well my favorite of the 8 square blocks I visited), The Bean – or the Cloud Gate – is a giant kidney bean shaped mirror sculpture that is said to have been inspired by liquid mercury. It’s placed perfectly to create distorted reflections of the Chicago skyline. And while the sunshine reflections are pretty the reference to mercury makes a lot of sense at night.

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For dinner I checked off stuffed pizza from my wish-list of things to do and went to Giordanos (more on that to come) after my stop at Topshop. My room was at the Intercontinental and while I have no pictures it was lovely. Classy but still modern, with a comfy bed and good water pressure – what more could a girl ask for?

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The next morning I had my meeting at Chicago Tribune and then I strolled the city again (this time in the daylight) before I flew home. The architecture is picturesque, it’s as beautiful as it is in the movies and if it hadn’t been 20 degrees I would have stayed longer. It would be great to go back, in warmer months, because I know that once all the snow melts the city will shine like the gem it is.

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Friday’s Favs

Long weekends are the best – it’s funny how just one more day makes such a difference. That one extra day makes me feel like I have so much more time – more time to jam in more activities. We have some apartments to see (yep still looking), some birthday parties to go to, a new museum and restaurant to try and a trip to Great America – that’s right, I’m a child and I love funnel cake and roller coasters.


I made chicken gyros (protein style) on Monday for dinner and they were so tastey I made them again last night. I am on a Greek kick these days and cannot get enough tzatziki, I want to put it on everything.


For the non-SF natives – this past Sunday was Bay to Breakers. And my explanation will not do it justice, because its the best day of the year – but it’s a race in the city from the Bay (the Ferry Building) to the breakers (Ocean Beach). Its about 7 miles and everyone dresses up (or not – many people wear their birthday suits) and walks along the race route. Our theme this year was “garden,” so naturally I spent way too much money and time making something elaborate – bird wings (mini tutorial on those to come).


This building is the gift shop for the Contemporary Jewish Art Museum. I love how it hides in a little alley between big brick buildings.


I bought something outrageous this week – a jumpsuit -( more on that to come) but while I was perusing Anthropologie and wishing I could buy more things, I came across this shift dress. The pattern is so bright and vibrant but not overbearing.

This flower is just too pretty not to share. It lives on the gardener’s hut in the Panhandle and I admire it every time I pass it. Have an AMAZING long weekend friends!

Friday’s Favs

Hello Friends! Sorry I have been silent this week – lots of things going on and my laziness played a huge factor. Being bored at work all day is not conducive for a productive evening. This weekend we are being productive though, and going camping! And I’m being productive today (two posts) and I’m being productive right now by showing you some things from this week that made me smile (look at me go!).

Spinsters had our giant charity party (at the City Club) and everyone got all gussied up for the event.

This past Tuesday was Free Cone day at Ben & Jerry’s – look at that line go!

After a walk in the park my boo and I stopped by Stowe Lake and met this lovely couple. I think he was scared we were trying to steal his girl…

Happy Hour in North Beach is a nice change of scenery. I never make it out there but I always have a great time when I do!



Something pretty for you on this lovely Friday in San Francisco.