oh man, evil carbs be damned!! one look at mr holmes bakehouse and any thought of restraint must be tossed out the window! wouldn’t you agree? just look at this adorable larkin street bakery with its pithy “get baked in san francisco’ pink neon sign – genius! apparently, and i need to verify this stat, baker ry stephen’s specialty of the house is his signature ‘cruffins’ — muffin-shaped croissants filled with pastry cream that arrive hot from the oven at 9am sharp, daily. ummm, hello! the delicious creamy insides change up frequently, with specialities like coconut creme, caramelised pineapple, rum and topped with toasted coconut and a pipette of liquid sugar rum. or, perhaps a CRÈME CARAMEL HONEYCOMB CRUNCH CRUFFIN! cheers to all of that! but hurry in early — mr holmes bakehouse opens at 7am monday thru friday, and 8am on weekends — and closes when they run out. for more drool-worthy pics, follow along on instagram.
• photos courtesy of mr holmes bakehouse.
long time san francisco locals, peet’s coffee & tea recently invited me to try out their new iced blended javiva made with fresh brewed coffee, so i thought i’d make an extra special day of it. peet’s has several locations all over the bay area (alfred peet opened the very first shop in berkeley in 1966!), but my very favorite cafe is their spot on fillmore street at the corner of sacramento street. it’s such a pretty spot, an older building covered in great green tiles with little outdoor cafe tables — one of my favorite spots to people watch when i lived in the neighborhood. so i hit the farmer’s market just down the hill at fort mason and picked up some lovely lilacs and produce and then hiked my way up to peet’s to treat myself to an iced blended javiva and a snack.
that javiva was mighty delicious, and so pretty, too. someone on the street actually stopped me and asked, “what is that? i need one!”. another cool thing about peet’s — you can bring your own glass for a discount on your purchase. so i had them fill up my vintage Ball jar and top it with whipped cream and then a swirl of caramel. oh yes – yum! next time you’re near peet’s i highly suggest a stop. this particular peet’s in pacific heights is right next to one of my favorite new and used bookshops, so if you really want to treat yourself, stop in there and pick up a great book, then grab a fresh brewed javiva, and sit a spell and watch san franciscans walking by — it’s quite a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
spring is most definitely in the air, and what better time to brighten up your space with a few cheery objects to celebrate the season of growth. spring is one of my favorite times of year because you finally can shed the heavy clothing and feel a little lighter overall. same goes for my house — fresh cut flowers, along with something pretty to put them in and some colorful accessories is a great way to start anew. here’s what’s new and noteworthy.
welcome to the brand new swedish-inspired home line from hanna andersson! portland-based hanna andersson loves making clothes that let kids be kids — clothes that give them the freedom to play and explore, with comfy clothes that your kids will love. and now they’ve adopted that same philosophy with their new hanna home collection. when it’s time to tuck your little ones in for the night, their bedding’s going to be comfy cozy, not to mention adorable. i think i’d be quite alright with some of these pink stripes myself! Hanna’s Swedish beginnings have inspired their love of strong color with simple design and great quality — there’s sheets, duvets, throws cute storage baskets and even coordinating rugs to deck out your kids’ rooms in style. to celebrate the new hanna home collection, we’re giving away a $500 gift card towards any merchandise from their collections you like!
to enter to win the $500 gift code from hanna andersson towards any Hanna Home merchandise of your choice, simply:
• visit hanna home and have a look around.
• comment below sharing what you love from the hanna home collections.
• please comment by wednesday, april 15, by 12pm PST.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• hurrah! this giveaway is worldwide!!
i’m down in los angeles this weekend, still on the house hunting expedition. i saw two homes i really loved, so we shall see what happens with those. both homes were so open and airy, and had a very bohemian modern vibe — one was like a beautiful tree house. i could see padding around barefoot all the time, windows wide open, and spending a lot of time in their garden patios. so i went looking for inspiration on how i might decorate them in a way that would really suit them — bright, but nice and light with a vintage boho vibe. this is what i do — daydream about the decor, when i probably should be thinking about the plumbing. oh well — we’ll get to that soon enough! here’s some looks i just adore.