friday finds.
by victoria comment

8/12/22

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

i’m finally back with a new friday finds after my holiday in paris, and inspired as always by their effortlessly chic and eclectic design aesthetics. i’m going to share all my favorite things to see, shop, and eat with you next week (it’s a lot to compile!) but in the meantime, here are a few glimpses at my discoveries along with some images inspired by the trip. cheers, i hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xo, victoria

  1. one of our favorite shops was Drôle de Monsieur and i was completely smitten with their slogan ‘not from paris madame’, so much so i bought the print and am currently having it framed for my walls. something very cheeky about it that i love. you can find it in their shop, along with tote bags, hats, and tees boasting this fun phrase. but note: it’s not just a slogan. Since its birth in 2014, in a medium-sized city in the East of France, Drôle de Monsieur aims at spotlighting that ambition, talent, and success are not the epitome of just the main metropolitan cities. très cool.
  2. another thing i’ve inadvertently started to collect are vintage ashtrays, which i’ve discovered make for very beautiful incense burners. i picked up a new ‘old’ one at another favorite paris find — the very charming vintage shop AXS design. the owners ariel and sydney are equally as charming so do drop in and say bonjour from me, or shop online. more on this lovely shop in my round-up next week.
  3. i love this chic vignette. @janaroach has such an impeccable eye for design so i really like keeping up with what she’s done to her home lately. recently she brought home this funky brutalist sculpture and it fits in here perfectly. jana also runs three design-based businesses you should have a peek at: vintage shop @themarketbeautiful; organic modern furniture and signage @beckandcap; and Kalispell, montana brick & mortar homewares shop @hellohoneyhome.
  4. this is an incredible northern california woodland hideaway featured in domino and photographed beautifully by chantal anderson, but it’s this quirky little kitchen that i love best. owner Alex Tieghi-Walker’s collectibles are fun and funky and it’s almost like its own unexpected art gallery — which makes it perfect for me. you can view the full tour on domino.
  5. this is another beautiful vignette of collectibles in the home of london-based photographer charlotte bland featured on atelier ellis. i love the green glass and pretty dishware displayed in the open shelving — it all looks so lovely together. charlotte also hosts photography retreats in italy, so have a gander at that.
  6. how cool is this photograph? it’s just some kind of ornate iron gate, but to see and crop this image so creatively takes a special talent — the eye of lisbon-based photographer and artist cristiana couceiro who sees things in just the most interesting way. i’m going to share more from her soon. i’m enchanted.
  7. from the book The Parisians: Tastemakers at Home by Guillaume De Laubier comes this very simple but quite elegant bedroom belonging to fashion historian and curator Olivier Saillard. i love the scan and blow-up of an old customer record card from Louis Vuitton as artwork. an old library card would be a very cool diy, too.
  8. this is another unique idea for art. from another book Houses That We Dreamt Of by Delphine Krakoff and photographed by Ivan Terestchenko, i love this inspiring art installation by Allan McCollum for a small powder room — just fill the space with tons of small frames filled with solid black, or perhaps whatever it is you love — old quotes, matchbooks, ticket stubs. you get the idea.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source.

wear this there: bambini paris.
by victoria comment

8/11/22

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

y’all might start calling me sfgirlviaparis soon because here we are again back in the city of lights for this week’s wear this there. but this beautiful restaurant, bambini, very justly deserves a trip back to paris, even if we are eating italian. located in the Palais de Tokyo, bambini is an italian restaurant celebrating the dolce vita with sumptuous colorful booths, dramatic lighting, and a maximalist approach to interiors from designers friedmann & versace — complete with two wall frescoes, one by Roberto Ruspoli and the other by Céramiques du Beaujolais and a view of the Eiffel tower. More than just a dinner table, this restaurant celebrates the theatrical and gastronomic art of living. one of the things we kept noticing on this last trip to paris was all the women embracing menswear — oversized striped button-downs, high-waisted pleated pants, and a whole lot of pattern play so i’m jumping in to make sure we’re en vogue. i’m pairing a fabulous red & white striped blouse with some Patterned Wide-Leg Trousers and an open-backed bolero-style jacket. add to that a great bucket hat, bright red leather sandals and tote bag, and oversized sunnies. i’ve also added some frilly briefs to play off the menswear look and since we’re just dropping in for a quick stay, i’ve added some girlie sleepwear in our overnight bag. to get you in the mood for bambini’s gastronomic delights, i suggest reading a sweet little book with a long name entitled provence, 1970: m.f.k. fisher, julia child, james beard, and the reinvention of american taste by luke barr, the great-nephew of food writer m.f.k. fisher. it’s a fun read about these major food influencers and their time together in provence, france. bon appétit!

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: janessa leone harriet hat; mango red & white Striped cotton shirt; Anthropologie Exquise Patterned Wide-Leg Trousers; frances valentine Bettina Sandal Soft Patent Red; anthropologie Oversized Geometric Sunglasses; 5 OCTOBRE Iva Earrings Green; free people Little Flirt Cami and Lou Lou Boxer Shorts; Greenable GERMAINE DES PRÉS Frilly Briefs; read this there provence, 1970: m.f.k. fisher, julia child, james beard, and the reinvention of american taste by luke barr; Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in Goldie Red; GABRIELLE PARIS Gingham Print Cotton Overnight Bag Brick red; Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Voile Sheer Lipstick; frances valentine Kiana Ring Aqua Gold; Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag; Ulla Johnson Fortuna Necklace; cos OPEN-BACK BOLERO JACKET.

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambini italian restaurant paris / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of bambini, @bambini_restaurant and milk decoration.

the romantic boudoir.
by victoria comment

8/9/22

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

i’m not sure why i was so drawn to sharing these romantic bedrooms, or i should rather say boudoirs, with you today, but i am feeling a little dreamy as i put together this blog post. sometimes your thoughts lead you where your subconscious is already hanging out. or, maybe i’ve just been very influenced by my brief time in france, with high-ceilinged bedrooms and beautiful crown molding. anyway, i digress — i’m just feeling very inspired by these kinds of romantic and really ornate feeling bedrooms. they’re mostly rather maximal, with vintage touches that help create a very cozy vibe. lovely textiles like layered throws, pillows, bedding, and warm pink shades create a very appealing place to lay your head at night. definitely dream-worthy, romantic boudoirs.

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: bedroom designed by claire crosbie; anthropologie Luxe Linen Blend Pillow; John Robshaw Aarna Lotus Decorative Pillow Cover; fireplace mantel with candles by salvo lopez photography; ceramic vessel by southway studio; vintage bedroom mirror by @marieolssonnylander; let’s stay in bed by cass sersemis; bedroom via apartment therapy; Indian Kantha Quilt Handmade Bed Cover from Savitri Creations; striped bedding via bungalow classic; Santo Sospir villa via miss moss; curtained bedroom by salvo lopez photography; New Handblock Indian Kantha Quilt from Handmade Kantha Hub; lipstick mirror bisous; french linen bedding from i love linen.

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: cassien nicholas interiors bedroom; COCO & WOLF Love Birds and Floral Stencil Super King Duvet Cover Set from liberty of london; canopied bed via digital museum; oh c’est la vie type by maddy nye for designlovefest; COCO & WOLF Mitsi Valeria and Wiltshire Bud Frill Edge Pillowcases from liberty of london; berber lodge from archi lovers; anthropologie Block Print Cotton Cushions; vintage bedroom mirror by @marieolssonnylander; bedroom by the lavender ghost; striped bedding via aged and gilded; bedroom fresco from fantastic frank; Indian Block Print Leaf Kantha Quilt from handmade india; anthropologie Organic Percale Printed Sheet Set; Turkish Rug from the rug co.; Santo Sospir villa via miss moss; jayson home Vintage Suzani Pillow.

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below clockwise from left to right.

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille.
by victoria comment

8/8/22

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

my feet may be on the ground in America and my jet lag is waning, but my mind is still very much in france. but, as always it’s good to be home, cuddle my sweet mutt frances and get back to business — especially with quite a lot of fresh inspiration under my belt. travel does that for me every single time, and i’ve got a great round-up of paris recommendations coming your way as soon as i can get all my many photos together. so today, while i am back home we’re already armchair traveling back to france, the South East of France specifically to drop into @40_rue_de_languille, the gorgeous airbnb designed and run by Clotilde Vente, a very talented french interior designer who also sells her vintage finds online. the holiday rental is in Luberon near a low mountain range that extends from East to West between the Alpes de Haute Provence and the department of Vaucluse near the city of Avignon and within reach of wonderful lavender fields, Provençal markets, flea markets, cicadas singing, and visits to the local nearby villages. @40_rue_de_languille is located in a charming building dating from the 19th century but given new life by clotilde, and located in the heart of the old town, with access to all kinds of shops from patisseries, to cafes and markets, not to mention the vintage decor shops which are quite close to the apartment. naturally, i’m inspired to return as soon as possible. you can see more about this beautiful cottage and make reservations here or on airbnb. until then, follow @40_rue_de_languille and @clotildevente on instagram for more.

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of @40_rue_de_languille.

best of: friday finds.
by victoria comment

8/5/22

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

i don’t know about you, but  i’m armchair traveling an awful lot — browsing assouline’s beautiful travel books as they are thought-provoking and travel-inducing as well as a beautiful addition to any coffee table. and i just binge-watched ewan mcgregor’s long way up apple tv adventure series which put me into major journey envy (not to mention his charm is just so watchable!). so today’s friday finds are all about globetrotting. happy friday everyone! and i’ll be back from paris and return to regular posting on monday!

xo, victoria

  1. venice, italy is one of my favorite places on the planet. not the touristy bits but the smaller neighborhoods where locals hang out. i’ve never made it to burano there yet so i’m longing to get back and visit those colorful, watery streets. oh, and don’t miss the peggy guggenheim museum, either. my most favorite museum ever.
  2. lake como is another spot high on my list to visit in italy. and not to run into resident george clooney, of course. i just want to see that incredible lake in person, perhaps linger all day with a picnic, some rosé, and a great read. maybe i’ll get an invite (in my dreams). by the way, always have your passport current — you never know what travel opportunities might wing your way.
  3. this adorable ‘Va Tutto Bene’ tote bag is the perfect bag to have at our sides no matter where in the world we’re shopping. but i can picture this cute bag on my arm as i leisurely stroll through a european farmer’s market for the freshest fruits. can’t you?
  4. this lovely blog song of style has some great recommendations for getting off the beaten path in paris (and loads of other cities, too). that’s my very favorite part of travel really — getting off the grid and pretending i live in a city and living as much like a local as possible.
  5. petite passport is another of my very favorite travel blogs. she always finds (and photographs beautifully) the best places and i’ve used her recommendations countless times, from lisbon to barcelona and beyond. this review of a new spot in paris, pianoterra looks like a must-visit. she also has wonderfully handy downloadable PDF’s of city travel guides.
  6. another wonderful travel resource is Emily Nathan’s tiny atlas quarterlythe website, quarterly journals, instagram feed and travel book feature travel photography from an abundance of talents like this photo by @zephyrineartois and are all so inspiring. if they don’t get you packing a bag, i don’t know what will.
  7. swedish photographer anna malmberg is another amazing photographic resource for getting yourself geared up and excited for travel. her images never fail to give me destination ideas. i’d love to enjoy an al fresco dinner party at this beautiful outdoor table, for instance. wouldn’t you?
  8. another place i’m aching to visit is morocco, and Riad Jardin Secret in Marrakech specifically. i’ve been ogling photos of this dreamy spot on instagram for ages, so perhaps on my next super marché shopping trip to france we’ll pop over to morocco on the way home. one can dream! and to dream in this lovely guest room? yes, please!

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source.