a while back, i was invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of pine cone hill by selecting my perfect set of bedding from their beautiful collections. I’m very much into light colored bedding — I just find it more restful and peaceful for a good night’s sleep. I love their natural linen duvets, too. Anything soft like that helps me relax at the end of a long blogging day. pine cone hill has beautifully styled and photographed all of my selections and they look just as lovely together as i had hoped — and they’re giving you the chance to win the entire bedding ensemble! I like the look of mixed up bedding — I don’t think I ever have matching anything. The sheets are always a different print than the duvet cover, and in this case, I love the pop of coral in the throw and pillows to bring out the paisley print in the sheets.
you can enter to win all of my picks: 1. stone-washed white linen standard pillow cases and stone-washed white linen duvet; 2. mirabelle sheet set and mirabelle standard pillow cases; 3. coral pink laundered linen throw; and 4. coral pink laundered linen decorative throw pillow.
to enter to win this complete set of pine cone hill bedding, simply:
• be sure to comment below letting us know you’ve followed on one of the above pine cone hill accounts by thursday, august 21st.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. and Canada only.
• we’ll announce a winner on my twitter account the week of august 25th, so be sure and follow along.
Good luck, and happy sleeping!!
normally, i don’t address the tragedies that happen in life around us. partly, because you come here, i assume, as an escape from that kind of thing. to be inspired, to feel a little lighter. but i feel the collective sadness all around me after the devastating news of robin williams’ suicide and i’m finding it hard to set it aside. i think if you’ve ever known someone who has suffered or you yourself suffer from depression, your heart has broken a little more these last few days. i am one of those people, although very few friends know it, and i’ve certainly never talked about it here. but, i thought — just maybe i should. maybe i should tell you, as i did once a while back, that life is not always the perfect little instagram package you sometimes see.
first of all — i’m completely fine. but i am fine because i addressed the problem a long time ago and i’ve kept on top of it with medication — because i have to. if i didn’t, i’d have bad bouts of depression and i couldn’t get up and write this blog every day. i couldn’t see the beauty around me, let alone share it. i’ve tried not taking medication and trust me, you don’t want me to do that again. i take a low dosage of an anti-depressant, but whatever the dose, it’s what keeps me from hiding in my room by myself and having very dark thoughts and loneliness that is much too overwhelming — there’s no turning back from it without help. but with help, my life is on a very happy, even keel. i do see beauty, lots of it — and i do want to share it. so, if you need help — please, ask for it. please tell someone.
the chronicle’s truthful headline this morning is really what moved me to write this. i often think for a comedian to be a good one, they need to be extra perceptive, because it’s those perceptions that they share with us which make them so relatable, and so well-loved and identifiable to us, right? we nod our heads in recognition and agreement of the craziness that comedians capture so succinctly for us. they just get it. it’s true for lots of people who seem to ‘get it’ — artists, writers, actors — people just like you and me. but i think it’s exactly that extra-perception if you will, that also makes life extremely painful. there’s no filter — you feel it all, especially for the really brilliant artists. so beauty, and love and loneliness and all of the poetry of life is intensified and sometimes just too painful to bear. i don’t presume to know what troubled robin williams, but from what i’ve heard from his peers, he was a genuinely kind and sensitive man. and perhaps that was why he felt he just couldn’t keep looking at the world — heaven knows it’s hard to look at some days with all the suffering that goes on. but sometimes, it’s simply too much beauty that becomes the difficult thing to bear when you haven’t someone with which to share it.
so i think if we are to learn anything at all from the lovely genius that was robin williams is that you really just never know if someone might be suffering, or from what, and so it’s good to take a moment before judging, or acting unkindly or petty towards others, and just think about that. think about your fellow humans and remember that words and actions, or even a lack thereof can really affect the people around you and make them feel excluded. try to make those words and actions thoughtful ones, and watch out for not just those you love, but your community, your world. act to make it a better place. simple acts of love and kindness can do that more than you know.
robin williams said: “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.” maybe, we all just try to make the people around us feel a little less alone.
– xo, victoria
welcome to the whimsical world of tantrum. serendipitously located in san francisco’s very charming cole valley neighborhood, TANTRUM is a curated fun-filled shop carrying kid-centric, well-designed gifts for wee ones as well as grown-ups. yes, it’s great for the kiddies but it’s a perfect stationary and party supply store, too. it’s like an imaginary world of times past — child-like, magical, nostalgic, and completely marvelous. the items that fill this unique and amazing space are part carnival, part storybook, part memory — classic books, vintage and new toys, paper goods, jewelry and cute clothing, too. prepare to step back in time. on your next visit to san francisco be sure to put tantrum on your list of must-sees.
• all photography by cindy loughridge.
The school bell no longer sounds here, but this renovated kindergarten is still an education in what can come from a great imagination and a little inspiration. The building is from 1894, a former kindergarten in Haarlem, just west of amsterdam, but it’s been transformed into a gorgeous light-filled family home. Featured in vtwonen, the entire home is stunning, but i fell for the eat-in kitchen area and those floor to ceiling frech doors out to their secret garden space. i could see starting the day here with a nice cup of coffee and the intention of a full day of work — and then never leaving. thank goodness for laptops.
• photography by Jansje Klazinga for vtwonen.
i’ve got a couple of shops i consider my go-to spots for basics — steven alan being one very close to my heart. i could probably shop here and no where else, but i do try to jazz up my basic blacks with some unexpected hits of color or vintage accessories — at least now and then. but all of these basic black pieces (and a pair of great-looking jeans) would serve me well — i like the idea of a bit of a basic uniform, especially when they’re well-constructed, well-tailored interesting pieces. here’s a few i love from steven alan’s latest collections.
from top to bottom: acne studios Linden Lace Up Boot With Zipper; band of outsiders Crewneck Eyelash Sweater; Raspberries A Line Mini Skirt; Sac Bretelle polkadot bag by CLARE V.; band of outsiders Saddle Shoe with Black Fur; long sleeve sadie shirtdress with multi-strap heel sandal; and the colorblock thalia dress.
from top to bottom: law trouser by hope; a peace treaty Kolbasti Scarf; loose skinny jean by 6397; Gosee Clutch by CLARE V.; acne studios Rogue Light Silk Shirt; karen walker Deep Worship Sunglasses; Mini Backpack by MANSUR GAVRIEL; and Fabien Short.