yipee! it’s the long holiday weekend. gosh, i love long weekends — that extra day is something i personally think we could all use every darn week. i know i could do with that many days of r & r all the time. i think it’s much easier to have a mini holiday when you’ve got that additional day off, right? i seem to have the more rustic side of life on my mind these days — trips to the woods, family cabins, campouts. and if the great outdoors isn’t exactly your thing — some camping spots have gotten pretty fancy-schmancy (they like to call it ‘glamping’) so it’s more like luxury camping than roughing it. what have you got planned for the long weekend? you staying indoors, or heading out?
• moonrise kingdom is one of the great camp movies. you might already know how i feel about wes anderson, but this is director wes at his most sublime. as always, excellent casting and a nostalgic feeling that is spot on. the perfect movie escape if you’re not actually headed anywhere this weekend.
• or, maybe dirty dancing is more your kind of summer movie. i’ve always wanted to visit the adirondacks, or more specifically one of those summer camps for grownups like the one where the movie takes place. do they have places like that on the west coast? i think not. i wanna go somewhere where ‘nobody puts baby in the corner’.
• do you know that site cabin porn? it shares some of the most reclusive and cool cabins i’ve ever seen. from beach shacks to places that look like hobbit homes, i love daydreaming away on cabin porn (thanks luis for reminding me!).
whatever you do this weekend, have a blast!
happy friday everyone, and hello long-weekend! i’m ready for a few days off and i’m sure you all are too; so without any further ado here are my favorite pins of the week.
no. 1 – the most lovely pink dress
no. 2 – a pale sparking drusy ring set in a gold band
no. 3 – delicate flowered and whimsical paper poms from bhldn
no. 4 – just in time for summer a flattering stripe one-piece bathing suit
have a great long-weekend!
i haven’t been dreaming nearly enough lately. dreaming of wonderful places to live beyond san francisco. this city is amazing, but in my dreams, i live lots of other places. this week i’m dreaming again and this time i think i’ll live in vermont. mind you, i’ve never been to vermont, but i imagine being tucked away in a modern cottage in the woods with a big beautiful bed with those dark moody walls that make you want to sleep in. it will be the kind of place i can have pancakes each and every morning with maple syrup from the neighbor down the road (hey, it’s a fantasy) and i’ll probably have breakfast in bed. ready? let’s go.
the kitchen will be small, but functional with a chalkboard wall for scrawling notes — you don’t want to forget anything at the market which is miles away (via the design files and design*sponge). and even my laundry room will be cabin-chic with a fun chandelier and wood barn siding on the ceilings, like the colesmans in love. charming!
the dining area will be quite rustic, but comfortable — a big farm table right there in the kitchen so visiting friends and i can cook together drinking wine while we chat. i’ll collect loads of vintage glassware from the local flea markets and estate sales and it will all be mismatched just perfectly.
the living area will be tiny and intimate, with just enough space to unwind after dinner with lazy sunken slouchy sofas to keep us cozy by the fire and there will be modern touches, too — like the milk table lamp just to keep things from getting too rustic.
i’ll have a comfy little enclosed porch with globe lights hung, where i can read and nap. that’s an essential. and of course a clawfoot tub for soaking after hikes in the woods. ah, vermont. you’ve got me dreaming.
In her book Things I Love, Australian interiors stylist extraordinaire Megan Morton inspires us by example, sharing her infectious enthusiasm for the houses, people and design she loves. But Things I Love is also full of wonderfully practical tips –- from how to fold those pesky fitted sheets (gah!), to how to clean a vintage painting you’ve picked up at a flea market. It also contains postcards, a stylists’ glossary and even a list of the ‘best movies for house-perving’ (like the royal tenenbaums), as well as a ton of awe-inspiring homes, and cool, creative people. Quirky, witty and irreverent, Things I Love will put you in touch with the things you love and teach you how to make sure they fill your home in your own unique way. love this book!
last week you all enjoyed the post on umami mart in oakland that sfgirlbybay assistant editor rachelle dunn put together, we thought it might be about time to share more of oakland — also fondly referred to as oaktown. and right in the nick of time, maia mcdonald of the awesome blog conundrum, über pinner and art director at rue magazine offered to show us around oakland with her own little guide to the best of east bay, including where to dine. so, without further ado, i give you maia’s most excellent guide to oaktown!
Since moving to Oakland almost 2 years ago I’ve become a tad obsessed with my new home. People always rave about San Francisco, but little do they know that it’s slightly grittier neighbor to the east has some pretty amazing things going on. Don’t just take my word for it, not only was it ranked in the Top 5 Places to Visit by the New York Times last year, it also got top honors for the Best Climate, boasting more sunny days than Orange county. I could probably go on forever about everything I love about Oakland, from the breathtaking views when hiking in the hills, to the vibrant First Friday art and music scene. But for the purposes of this post I’ll stick to the revitalized restaurant and shopping scene. Below are just a few of my favorites in both categories and many of them are within walking distance of the Bart for those of you who are venturing over from San Francisco without a car.
2214 broadway • oakland
A local favorite helmed by executive chef Manfred Wrembel. You can’t go wrong with their deliciously modern take on California Cuisine.
5812 College Avenue • Oakland
Don’t miss the newly opened Ramen Shop in Rockridge, but get there early because there is always a crowd! Created by Jerry Jaksich, Rayneil De Guzman and Sam White, formerly of Chez Panisse, they’ve taken the classic ramen to the next level with a menu that changes weekly featuring interesting flavors such as Meyer lemon and maitake mushroom.
2442 Webster Street • Oakland
Mua’s large cavernous industrial space in uptown Oakland is perfect for large groups. With great art, loud music, superb drinks and even better food, I find myself going back again and again.
146 Grand Avenue • Oakland
True Burger takes a fast food burger to the next level. Specializing in house-ground beef patties served on homemade toasted egg buns, each bite is simple perfection!
247 4th Street • Oakland
A great brunch option just a short ferry ride away from San Francisco.
6317 College Avenue • Oakland
A really great neighborhood spot serving up consistently delicious locally sourced California Cuisine in a comfy environment.
482 B 49th Street • Oakland
It really doesn’t get more indulgent than the fried treats at Donut Dolly. These donuts don’t have holes but instead are filled by hand with custom, seasonal flavors, such as raspberry jelly, salted mexican chocolate and lemon curd. To-die-for!
Beauty’s Bagel Shop
3838 Telegraph Avenue • Oakland
Beauty’s takes their bagel making seriously. Done in a traditional Montreal style, which includes hand-rolling them before boiling them in honey water and baking in a wood-fired oven. All I can say is the outcome is mind-blowing!
Boot & Shoe Service
3308 Grand Avenue • Oakland
Scrumptious wood oven pizza and a killer brunch spot on weekends.
Brown Sugar Kitchen
2534 Mandela Parkway • Oakland
What can I say about Brown Sugar Kitchen that hasn’t already been said? It’s classic chicken and waffles. They are heavenly! Go now! Just make sure to get there early.
5453 College Avenue • Oakland
Atomic garden is a elegantly curated shop with everything from French stoneware to beautiful Turkish towels to some of my favorite stationery finds. I can always find the perfect gift for a friend here.
815 Broadway • Oakland
Specializing in Japanese kitchenware, Umami Mart has the most stunning items for the modern kitchen. An added bonus, they host a Ramen pop-up on First Fridays and carry bento box lunches on Tuesday/Thursdays.
Crown Nine Jewelry
461 A 9th Street • Oakland
Opened by local artisan Kate Ellen, Crown Nine specializes in the most beautiful handmade jewelry, not only by Kate herself but also by other local jewelry makers.
Marion and Rose’s Workshop
461 9th Street • Oakland
A quirky little shop featuring art, jewelry and other odds & ends that I always find irresistible.
482 49th Street, Suite A • Oakland
Another great jewelry store featuring amazing pieces by some of my favorite local artisans.
Crimson Horticulture Rarities
470 A 49th Street • Oakland
I could probably spend hours in this tiny store in Temescal Alley. With unique botanicals and everything you need to create your perfect terrarium or succulent garden, it’s awe-inspiring.
1235 Grand Avenue • Piedmont
You no longer need to venture into the city for your high end fashion fix. With brands like Carven and Jenni Kayne, you can find that special piece that you’ll love forever.