women & whiskies, the perfect mix!

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

if you follow me on instagram, you may have seen photos of a little bash i threw last week. the lovely folks at women & whiskies invited me to host an evening of whiskey tastings at my home here in san francisco. i invited some of my friends and colleagues over to taste some of their best cocktails and learn a little bit more about how to order whiskey drinks like an expert. women & whiskies was started in 2010 when it became clear that women were interested in learning more about whiskey, but their interests weren’t really being taken seriously — the goal of women & whiskies is to provide women with knowledge so we are comfortable tasting, talking, and buying a spirit that has been traditionally marketed and advertised to men. i’m a whiskey girl and love a well-made cocktail, so yay for women, yay for whiskey!

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

The women & whiskies Portfolio includes a delicious collection of whiskies from around the world including Wild Turkey, Russell’s Reserve, Forty Creek, and Glen Grant and their very marvelous bartender and brand ambassador Lucia mixed us some fabulous cocktails using these whiskies along with some of their lovely mixes like aperol, campari, cynar and even a homemade peach mint shrub lucia whipped up. my favorite was the rye buck, which included Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Lime Juice, Ginger Syrup, Ginger Beer — so refreshing. you can find all the recipes lucia created for us on the women & whiskies website.

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

It was so much fun to partner with women & whiskies andput this outdoor summer party together, but i couldn’t have made it successful without the help of some very creative and talented people — floral designer kiana underword of tulipina provided us some of the most gorgeous flower arrangements i have ever seen. truly — they were stunning and so imaginative with combinations of garden roses, zinias, beautiful greenery and even green apples. and lucky me, resident sfgirlbybay photographer and friend cindy loughridge photographed the event — she takes amazing photos, even while sipping some lovely cocktails!

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

our caterer was jennifer cho from kitchit and she outdid herself as well. she created scrumptious appetizers like peach, burrata, basil oil, sea salt, caramelized onion (served in porcelain soup spoons!) and for dessert beignets, filled with salted caramel — paired with whiskey, they were simply extraordinary!

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

our cocktails were served in these crazy fun vintage cocktail glasses i rented from frances lane and a few i found on etsy. their collection of party rentals is stunning and the pink goblets and highball glasses made the women & whiskies cocktails even more special. i love a fancy glass! if you’d like to check out more pretty instagram photos from my guests — check out the hashtags #whiskeygrams and #drink pretty, and follow women & whiskies on instagram. they’re a fun and gracious group of women!

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

women & whiskies, the perfect mix! / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by cindy loughridge.

This post made possible in partnership with a women & whiskies but all opinions and thoughts are my own. thanks for the supporting the brands that make sfgirlbybay possible.

olsson & jensen inspiration.

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

Olsson & Jensen is an interior design company Located in Helsingborg, Sweden that specializes in selling new, as well as vintage furniture and decor throughout Sweden and many other countries. the latest catalogue from Olsson & Jensen is so full of inspiring images and decor ideas i couldn’t help but share. their very eclectic and vintage-modern inspired styling had the decor side of my brain working overtime — their mix of period pieces from modern lighting fixtures to farm tables and well-worn antique collections is simply sublime. here’s just a few of my favorite images from their 2014/2015 catalogue.

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

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olsson & jensen inspiration / sfgirlbybay

• all photography via Olsson & Jensen.

introducing the citizenry: a reader giveaway.

introducing the citizenry: a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

meet The Citizenry — a wonderful new company that designs and delivers modern, globally-inspired goods crafted with style and substance. Country by country, The Citizenry partners with local artisans to create carefully designed essentials for your home without the markup of traditional boutiques, and every purchase supports the advancement of their artisan entrepreneurial partners. Rachel Bentley and Carly Nance, the co-founders of the citizenry just launched their full collection from Argentina and Peru — beautiful butterfly chairs, hand-dyed and woven rugs, handwoven pillows and hand-loomed throws — and to celebrate with you, they are giving away to one lucky reader a $500 gift card towards a purchase at The Citizenry.

introducing the citizenry: a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

The Citizenry believes our homes should be reflections of the journeys we take so they’ve set out to build a company that celebrates the people behind their products. Personal spaces deserve designs with a soul, a story, and a purpose. It’s why they travel the world to develop their exclusive collections of home goods. By personally traveling to each country and using only local materials, Carly and Rachel establish sustainable relationships with their artisans and from there, they sell directly to you online — so there’s no middleman. The Citizenry name is a reflection of this collective of individuals –artisans, designers, and dreamers — who rally together across cultures and continents to craft their collections. The Citizenry is their way of sharing these stories and products with you.

you can also follow The Citizenry on twitter, facebook, instagram and pinterest.

introducing the citizenry: a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

to enter to win a $500 gift card from The Citizenry, simply:

• visit the The Citizenry, and choose your favorite pieces from their collection.

• comment below, and share your favorites from The Citizenry with us.

• please comment by wednesday, september 3rd, 12pm PST.

• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.

• yay! this giveaway for the gift card available worldwide, but free shipping to the winner only applies to the continental U.S.. please be aware if you should win and live out of the U.S. you will need to pay shipping costs.

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of september 8th, so be sure and follow along.

introducing the citizenry: a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

introducing the citizenry: a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

introducing the citizenry: a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

introducing the citizenry: a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

• this post in partnership with The Citizenry. thank you for supporting the brands that allow sfgirlbybay to publish fresh content five days a week.

the stylists: line kay.

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

this is the very scandinavian white home of both photographer and stylist line kay in oslo, norway. recently featured in femina, her home is all white, which could feel very cold, but balanced with so many natural materials like wood, baskets, linen textiles and cosy sheepskins, it instead feels like a very inviting white and wintry wonderland. line keeps her home tidy by storing away unnecessary objects, and only displaying those treasures she covets. lovely. for more from the very talented line kay, you can follow her on instagram.

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

the stylists: line kay | sfgirlbybay

• all photography by Yvonne Wilhelmsen for femina.

gray half way.

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

vtwonen.

gray days — they get such a bad rap. i love a good gray day here in san francisco (not every day, mind you). it creates this kind of large, living light box over the city and every color seems so much sharper, and well, just more colorful. i love the look of a gray wall, too — just one accent wall, or trim or wainscoting can add such a soothing palette to a room and make everything else pop. there’s so many shades of gray, and it goes with just about every other color quite well. gray, the color that gets along. here’s what i mean.

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

vtwonen (above + below).

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

la petite fabrique dereves, via french by design.

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

kotipalapeli.

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

vtwonen (above + below).

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

vtwonen.

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

vtwonen.

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

decor dots.

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

vtwonen.

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

stylizimo.

gray half way / sfgirlbybay

vtwonen.