this is such a lovely space, created by finders keepers in copenhagen — a shopping destination to source original artworks by Denmark’s emerging artists. much like the apartment by the line in new york city, these kinds of pop-up concept stores are all the rage, and work quite well since you can see artwork in an environment close to home. The concept is simple — creating a stylish home environment, where everything is for sale. Whether it’s the towel in the bathroom, skin care products in cabinets, pots on the balcony, kimono are on the hanger rod – or hanger rod itself!
every once in a while i get invited to throw a party to help celebrate a new brand, and those events are definitely a favorite part of my job. so when SKYY Barcraft asked me to introduce you to their new line of flavored vodkas, how could i resist? pretty and delicious cocktails, gorgeous flowers, globe lights, fantastic food with great friends in a beautiful space — i’m in! last week we took over the lovely gallery event space AvenueSF and transformed it into a summer cocktail lounge — fine art by gail lehman created the perfect backdrop. complete with SKYY Barcraft’s Margarita Lime; Watermelon Fresca; and White Sangria flavored vodkas. SKYY Transforms the Process of Making Cocktails into Two Simple Steps – SKYY Barcraft plus Soda or a favorite mixer — so simple to make, we thought it’d be fun to let our guests get their barcraft on with a DIY Cocktail Garnish bar and dress up their drinks — so much creativity! so much fun!
to dress up our SKYY Barcraft cocktails we used gorgeous glassware from frances lane and i enlisted ashley rose to put together some super pretty garnishes — from your ‘must-have’ drink umbrellas and pretty striped straws to fresh fruits, like watermelon balls, lime & orange wheels, blackberries and raspberries, and fresh mint — but the pièce de résistance? edible flowers! they added the wow in some already really delicious and delectable looking SKYY Barcraft drinks! scrumptious appetizers like crab cocktail and empanadas from kitchit complimented our cocktails to perfection, christine herrin made our beautiful chalkboard menu, and the fabulous emerson and benjamin at ampersand flower shop and design studio helped bring our summer party to life — their arrangements were just over the top stunning — from big huge bouquets to wandering vines along our globe lights — everything looked magical.
Without needing additional bar equipment or the skills of a seasoned bartender, SKYY Barcraft is providing us the ease of enjoying mixology at home without a lot of fuss. SKYY Barcraft Margarita Lime delivers the tangy-sweet taste of a true margarita without having to slice a single lime. White Sangria captures the favorite libation of Spain without wine or a trip to the fruit stand. And, Watermelon Fresca allows you to experience the fresh, cool taste of watermelon all year long. essentially, SKYY Barcraft has hacked the modern cocktail! if you’d like to see more from our dressed up drinks, follow @SKYYVodka on instagram and check out the evening’s hashtag #barcraftbybay.
• photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.
est magazine continues to be one of my go-to good reads for interior inspiration. they recently featured The White House, a charming guest hotel designed by Lynda Gardener of Empire Vintage in Melbourne, australia. her guest cottage, in Daylesford, is a lovely private studio apartment set back on a private lane and decorated in an über inspiring industrial vintage style. for the full tour, visit est magazine.
• photography courtesy of est magazine.
meet kim west — a fine artist living in los angeles, who has recently launched a new webshop. kim shares limited edition prints and original tiny paintings, but her usual work consists of medium to fairly large paintings (even mural projects!), but in the shop kim’s offering work that is more approachable with respect to wall space and depth of our pocket books. her limited edition prints are professionally printed reproductions of original work from her series ‘101 from the 101′ — a body of work she’s actively working on in the studio, which is based on views of the 101 between L.A. and Santa Barbara — When the series is complete there will be 101 original pieces. All reproductions from this series are printed in editions of 101.
to enter to win set of 5 kim west prints, simply:
• follow @westkim on instagram.
• comment here on the blog confirming you followed @westkim by tuesday, july 7th at midnight pst.
• yay! this giveaway is worldwide so anyone can enter to win!
• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.
• we’ll announce the randomly selected winner the week of july 6th on my twitter, so be sure to follow along.