Divisadero Art Walk

There are a couple of art walks here in the city and I know the first Friday of every month they have on in Oakland but until last week I had never been to one. I’m usually lazy when it comes to art and I always miss the Divisadero one (even though I can literally walk there) but this time I made an effort to stop in – and by effort I mean my friends were showing art so I had more of a reason.

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The concept itself is actually really cool. For about a 5 or 6 block stint on Divis there are open shops with people’s art displayed. My friends had their art showing in a gallery but there were first floors of apartments that were open and some first floor shops that were displaying works as well.

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It was a really cool community thing to do in such a little-big city and in such a cool neighborhood. It’s a great spot to meet people and to see some really amazing art (aka. my friend’s art – shameless plug, I think yes). You can check them both out here and here.

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For a little night cap we visited the La Urbana garage bar (sounds weird, but it’s cool) and had a couple tacos and brews to celebrate our artist friends. It was a great place to celebrate whenever they both got a text to tell them something had sold!

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Love n’ Haight

Fashion Week has consumed my free time more this year than ever before. I guess I really do like fashion and reading about the newest updates, good thing I have a fashion blog – phew, passed the test on that one. The prints and outfits from NYFW are endless and I love the unique outfits on the attendees, they are as much a part of the shows as the models.

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One of my favorite shows was Kate Spade, she always has interesting prints and silhouettes, and it looks like she came to the Haight for some inspiration. Kate Spade and Haight Street couldn’t be more opposite, but here they could be distant cousins. This bold Kate Spade print is fun and bright for spring and little ol’ Haight wanted to participate in fashion week too by painting the meter maid vehicles in a matching print. This street’s colorful murals and characters would make an interesting runway show…

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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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.

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}

Friday’s Favs

Rough week. Not sure why, not sure if it was because it was a short week and everything got crammed into 4 days or if it was the fact that I had something to do every night after work or what. But I can say that I am glad it’s over! The good news is that it’s Friday, and its going to be sunny and 65 degrees this weekend! Going outside is going to squash those bad-week blues and I’m planning on outdoor brunches and park lunches (sweet rhyme). There were a couple bright spots in my week – like the shark sweatshirt I got.

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{just look at it, it’s awesome}

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{glam doorway in Nob Hill, lit with golden light}

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{I think I would do more tie dye if I owned this book}

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{mysterious and elusive animal known as the Jackalope, was mounted in our Tahoe cabin}

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{it looked like these pillars were holding up the sky}

What are your plans for the weekend?

Farmer’s Market

It’s a little rainy here today, and a little snowy and icy in other places so I thought I’d share some pictures from the warmer days (or just last week in SF).

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The Ferry Building is a SF icon, she sits at the aquatic entrance to the city, right next to the Bay Bridge (remember the lights) and is a welcome sight to all. Not only is the Ferry Building a huge commuting center for the city by the bay, it’s also home to some of the coolest little shops and restaurants, as well as a pretty famous farmers market (rated one of the top farmers markets in the nation).

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The market is a popular tourist attraction but it’s also full of locals doing their weekly grocery shopping. Out front are all the veggies and fruits and daily shopping needs.

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They have local honeys (good for allergies) and huge baskets of fresh flowers.

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Out back is where you get the good stuff. There are food stalls and food trucks full of amazing snacks. We stopped at Craftsman and Wolves for and egg muffin – to. die. for. Amazing bacon, cheddar chive muffin holding a perfectly cooked soft boiled egg!

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We also stopped at Miette for a macaroon, because it was Saturday and why not have one, or three for breakfast?

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As you wander down the aisles of tents and food stalls you are greeted by all the fresh colors and friendly sounds of local growers and sellers and buyers. Everyone is smiling in the sunshine buying their bread for the week or their hummus for their dinner party. It makes for a perfect start to a sunny Saturday morning.

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Love n’ Haight

Sometimes I wish I had that artist gene. It runs in the fam, my sister got it but it skipped me. She can literally draw or paint anything. She made a poster for me when I ran for president (of the 8th grade) that was my name in the same script as the Coca-Cola logo (ps. I won, and it was probably because of that poster). The coolest thing I have ever drawn or painted was a replica of Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ – it was a total Monet. But instead of making my own art, like my sister does, or like she will hopefully do for me, I need to buy it. And you guys know I have no trouble buying things, no trouble at all.

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I am attached to art with lots of colors. I love that this one, by Kristy Gammill, is neon bright but also abstract. It could go anywhere in my apartment to add a pop of color. This girl on Haight has some talent, should I commission her for a painting to hang in my house? I might steer away from the skull, but she is using all the colors of the rainbow.