it’s been a long while since i’ve shared a separated at birth. but it’s a special occasion. cuz, guess what? mad men is on its way back. and it’s the final season. such bittersweet news. what will become of our beloved don draper? and what of betty — will she ever find contentment? will roger keep dropping acid? will peggy go on to find true love? so many questions to be answered, so little time left. stay tuned — the final season begins sunday, april 13.
i like a nice bit of mix + match when it comes to the patterns i wear. i still wear a lot of classic black and white, and some neutrals too, but it’s much more fun to put an unexpected and playful pairing together — a subtle floral print with a little faux leopard? sure why not. i like preppy, but with little twist. a striped blouse with a faux fur? yep. maybe it’s a little margot tenenbaum meets jenna lyons — but whatever it is, it’s the brush with something you don’t quite expect that makes an outfit interesting to me.
faux fur + pinstripes, kiko mizuhara for APC autumn/winter 2011.
emerson fry’s gusset coat has a nice vintage vibe.
the always charming charm bracelet, via club monaco’s culture club
via zara mixes basic black with unexpected details.
thigh-high leggings from hansel from basel.
broken in boyfriend jeans with double-breasted coat, via zara.
my love for the iconic swiss cross continues, and this version is really fresh, but with a vintage vibe. these green cabinets in bright white bathrooms remind me of those little spring crocus peeking out from winter’s thawing snow. i quite like these pops of kelly green in the way of medicine cabinets, don’t you?
this weekend i finally ventured out to temescal alley. i’m kind of ashamed i’ve not made it out here before, and going there made me realize there’s so much more to explore in the east bay, and i need to spend more time there. temescal alley is adorable with sweet little shops like crimson horticultural and rarities, where i picked up some great little air plants. there’s beautiful book shop, and esqueleto which is just so lovely and filled with baubles i could have so easily adorned myself with (i did pick up a great pillow!). we wandered around the corner to bakesale betty’s to try one of their amazing fried chicken sandwiches (there’s nothing else on the menu) and ate them al fresco at one of her signature ironing boards along telegraph avenue. oh, and then those freakin’ donuts at donut dolly. seriously the very best donut that has ever crossed these lips. wow. such a great little neighborhood to explore — do check it out when you have the chance.
1. Delighted with this new addition to my home by a Bay Area engineer-turned-designer
2. This fascinating San Francisco house with two faces, Victorian and modern
3. The serene Spanish home of the architect and designer behind La Buhardi
4. Leave it to Susanna Vento to make a TV look good
5. This smattering of white textured pillows in the apartment of Kate Arends of Wit & Delight
6. The homemade OSB board desk that resides in this happy little workspace
7. An airy, light-flooded Nordic kitchen
8. Nothing like tea time (with beautiful, earthy wares like these) to lift the spirits
9. Elegant and gift-worthy DIY herbed sea salt