one of the best part of traveling for me is having all new locations to photograph and share on instagram. i love shooting pics of san francisco, but having all new fodder is so inspiring, and i shot a lot while down in Los angeles — which i shared yesterday. so when a new company called framebridge very kindly invited me to print and frame up some of my images from the trip i was excited to try their services out. i couldn’t be more pleased with the quality, and i had my doubts. i’ve printed from my iphone images before and the quality was somewhat grainy, but the framebridge prints look pretty fantastic. and the frames are really lovely as well. a trick i use for better quality images is shooting directly on my phone in the VSCO App and then editing them and uploading to Instagram. That way i always have really good quality, pretty hi-resolution images should i want to print them or use them in a blog post — and you can also always go back and edit your pics should you want to. i uploaded these files to framebridge and voilà — beautiful prints arrived seamlessly.
framebridge has 25 beautiful frames in a range of styles from clean to classic to eclectic, and matting if you like, too. i chose their Thin natural wood frame, ‘marin’ at 8×8 — six of my favorite shots from L.A. were framed and i hung them in my office, as an inspirational reminder of a pretty wonderful trip. here’s how they turned out — so very nice, right?
framebridge is offering sfgirlbybay readers a discount to give them a try and i think you’ll be pleased as punch. simply enter FRAME15 at checkout for a 15% discount (offer expires expires Oct 31st). you can also download their app to your phone to test out how your image will look in their frames, and if you have original art just waiting to be framed (i always have a pile!) framebridge will send you sturdy mailing materials to ship your art safely back to them. your framed prints arrive in pristine packaging, too and ready to hang with hardware included. couldn’t be easier. i hope you enjoy their services!
buongiorno everyone! is it just me or are many folks venturing off to italia right now? i’m feeling a bit of wanderlust and would sooo love to return myself. there are many regions i have yet to explore, like the amalfi coast, naples, sardinia, venice, and milan. i, myself, have only been to rome, tuscany and one other area which was truly the most memorable for me: cinque terre.
cinque terre is a stretch of five darling little villages situated along the coast of the italian riviera: riomaggiore, manarola, corniglia, vernazza and monterosso al mare. it is a popular hiking destination, as the trails between each town take you through spectacular cliffs overlooking the sea, private gardens, vineyards, olive groves, as well as the romantic via dell’amore (a.k.a the lovers lane). for those who choose to skip the trek, there are trains and boats you can take, too. although each town may look the same, they each have their own individual personality and offer something unique. for example, riomaggiore is typically the starting point and has plenty of accommodations and restaurants. corniglia (my favorite of the five) is perched away from the water and is most known for its quiet setting and its wine. and monterosso allows cars and is the most resort-like with its chic hotels and colorful umbrellas lined along the beach. you simply just have to experience all five and embrace the charm of each place. and in italia there is nothing but but good drinking and eating throughout. here in cinque terre you’ll enjoy the freshest seafood + fill up on plenty of focaccia and pesto, as these two originated from this region.
so my friends, where have you been in italy and what was your most memorable experience?
• all photography by leslie santarina.
i have a love/hate relationship with los angeles. it’s the place i grew up, so i love being near family and lots of good friends i have there. i love the warm evenings, and swimming in the ocean. there’s certain neighborhoods i’m especially drawn to, like silverlake, los feliz and venice. downtown is fascinating to me and i love that it’s had a resurgence of late. when i was living there, no one went downtown. the hate part is mostly the traffic and sometimes that heat — i just don’t function well when it’s over 85 degrees. i’ve come accustomed to san francisco’s cooler temperatures, i guess. and i kinda hate how sprawling and spread out los angeles is. if you live in venice, i hear you never see friends on the east side. i wish i could squish it all together and have the ocean butt right up to silverlake. but unless some epic earthquake does that for me, it’s not going to happen.
so i go there for extended periods of time and soak in all the good bits. this trip was one of those. good times with great friends and celebrating my brother’s birthday with family. i love that part for certain. here’s my guide to the good side of L.A. and some of the really special places i visited. thanks to everyone on instagram who hastagged your L.A. pics #sfgirlinla — you had some awesome recommendations and i spent time in many of them.
in and around silverlake there’s some great shopping and dining. bri took me to amazing spots. yolk is a cute boutique on silverlake boulevard, carrying wonderful home accessories, clothing, cards and stationery, and really darling kids stuff as well. a few doors down is lawson-fenning — a stunning home interiors boutique with great mix of new and vintage furniture and home decor accessories. and next door to that is lake (where i found a gorgeous new rug) — they carry beautiful clothes, jewerly, bags and candles. a really special little shop. across the street is a yummy little bar and restaurant, L & E Oyster bar with a great happy hour upstairs with a open air balcony with lounge-y sofas to relax on.
over on sunset in silverlake is ensoie (below), a beautiful clothing and accessories shop with the cutest handmade pouches and totes — have i mentioned how addicted to cute pouches i am? it’s a problem. and right around the corner i picked up a pretty new wallet at the clare vivier shop — another beautiful accessories store. and nearby at sunset junction, we stopped into clementine floral studio for a breath of fresh air — such unique flowers and arrangements you’ll find there.
one afternoon, we headed downtown and had cocktails on the roof deck of the ace hotel. what a fantastic space they’ve created in the historic United Artists theater building. they’ve completely restored this ornate architectural gem, built in 1927 for the maverick film studio. this is a must visit for dinner, cocktails, or simply a stop in the photo booth. and don’t miss the view from the rooftop deck of the stunning art deco buildings surrounding the area. why doesn’t san francisco have an ace? i ask myself this question all the time.
this was a blast from my past. i spent many hours in wacko/the soap plant in the 80’s — shopping for kistchy collectibles. not much has changed at this shop on sunset near hollywood boulevard in los feliz, but the exterior has taken on an aged pastel patina that was loving the camera. chay (below) is a beautiful clothing boutique on West 3rd Street, owned by chay wike featuring her own line of locally made clothing and lifestyle pieces that are both timeless and utilitarian. The store is set in a warm and intimate space that echoes a NY apartment (where chay grew up).
the weather was scorching hot while i was there, so one day we headed to venice, to one of my personal favorite stomping grounds — abbott kinney boulevard. we had a divine lunch at beautiful gjellina. such a pretty space and delicious food — it’s a must stop. we also wandered into the piece collective, a fairly new clothing and accessories shop we blogged about last week in a sunny, cottage-like atmosphere. and across the street is ilan dei studio, a sweet outdoor space with great modern patio furniture they design themsleves, succulents and outdoor acccessories galore.
we also visited our friend audrey who owns urbanic paper boutique — an adorable shop that carries every kind of home accessories, gifts, wrapping paper, card or stationery one could hope for. urbanic also offers custom wedding invitations and custom stationery.
and finally — perhaps the Pièce de résistance — the commissary restaurant atop the line hotel in korea town. it looks like you’re dining in a giant green house, with views of the roof top pool, and the food is just fabulous. prettiest place i’ve eaten in a long time. and downstairs in the line hotel is poketo’s new second location — a cute shop where you’ll find unique home accessories and clothing, so be sure to stop in there, too.
the frankie magazine email blast featured these wonderful ceramics from rami kim and i just had to share. Rami Kim is a korean ceramicist, artist and maker with a background in animation. her work is whimsical and poetic and She loves working with puppets, paper, watercolor, gouache and lastly, clay, which has led her to a whole new artistic adventure, ramiskim — beautiful and unique salt cellars and sculptures — EACH PIECE hand built and hand painted by the artist. i just love these little figurines peeking out IN HER “BURIED UNDER THE SNOW” – SALT DISH series.
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea Rami Kim currently lives in Los Angeles with a little canine named Gus. check out their blog, and their great little etsy shop gus and rami, and her instagram feed is pretty sweet, too.
it’s been a while since i went daydreaming about where i might like to live. i very often have fantasies about living in new york city — a stylish NY loft-like space would suit my fancy quite nicely, thank you very much. i imagine it to be an eclectic mix of sleek modern meets vintage-inspired. lots of black, white and neutrals. in my dreams, i live here: new york city.
i love the idea of some simple but stylish and space-saving barstools at the kitchen counter. also – a sweet little coffee station is a must. the dining room will have floor to ceiling book cases and an ultra modern and fantastic light fixture. eames arm chairs will look smashing around a simple polished black marble dining table. and naturally, i’ll have a fantastic view from my kitchen + dining area of the manhattan skyline.
in the hallway from dining room to living room, i’ll have a little modern art gallery of my very own, shared in a grouped collection on one big white wall. the living room will be nice and cosy with a natural sisal rug, soft sheepskin throws over a low slouchy sofa and modernist chaise lounge by the fireplace to mix things up a little.
i’ll keep my bedroom open and airy with a large geroge nelson bubble lamp to enhance the tall ceilings. to add a bit of charm i’ll share my sentimental but somewhat kitschy collection of new york city souvenirs. and lastly, my bathroom will be a pretty little sanctuary from the big bad city — peaceful and filled with lovely light. okay — i think i’m ready! NYC here i come.