new & noteworthy.
by victoria comment


palmistry notecards from noat. / sfgirlbybay

’tis the season for thinking of others before ourselves and so i thought this edition of new & noteworthy might earmark some of my favorite gift ideas for the season. and if one or two of these beauties slipped into your own home, no one will be the wiser. so, shhh. i’ve also tried to purposely select items from small creative makers and businesses, my favorite way to shop.

1. from noat come these turn of the century advertising cards for seekers of their own mystery. Die-cut and foil stamped by third generation New England craftsmen, on sustainably milled, premium American wove paper, palmistry notecards for the future seeking friends in your life.

black and white serving dishes by 31 bits. / sfgirlbybay

2. thirty one bits has launched their new homewares collection handmade in bali and uganda and i had to have their ceramic Deco Serving Bowls — just in time for holiday get togethers. they come in both beautiful Matte Black and white.

new and noteworthy gift items for the holidays. / sfgirlbybay

3. these domi white leather slippers from lost and found would make someone very happy indeed. comfy for sure, but so very chic, too; 4. These recycled mudcloth print notebooks from raven & lily provide the perfect canvas for notes, to-do lists, or sketches. and the Uzma paper journals are handmade from recycled cotton and help empower artisan women in a community where women traditionally were not educated or employed. 5. these fragrant rope incense from freda are my personal favorite and the closest thing i’ve been able to find to the smell of a real fireplace. extracted from cedar trees they come in a cute red tube and have a very sweet aroma, indeed; 6. terrazzo is hot right now — literally on fire it’s so trendy. but this pretty mountain bud vase is the first of its kind i’ve ever seen, from tantri mustika ceramics.

whimsical ceramics from uinverso. / sfgirlbybay

7. i love these whimsical ceramics from uinverso a Young design studio based in brazil. from artistic duo Nadiuska and Priscila Furtado, their projects consist mainly of faces, drawn in 2D and then reinterpreted in ceramics.

cozy gatsby throw from saved ny. / sfgirlbybay

8. if you’re splurging on someone you really hold near and dear, and wouldn’t mind getting even closer to, this gatsby throw from saved ny could be just the thing to warm their hearts. so lovely!

holiday gift ideas. / sfgirlbybay

9. how cute is this big house storage bag by moon picnic from bitte? A safe and cozy house for your kid’s toys and clothes or use it as a handsome laundry bag. adorable design; 10. i don’t know about you, but another thing i never get around to buying myself — knives. and i would really enjoy having a decent set of kitchen knives. this OpinelLes Essentiels Kitchen Set from france is right up my alley; 11. 200 women is a book i’d love to own. Interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds provide a snapshot of female life around the globe. Interviewees include such influential women as Jane Goodall, Roxane Gay, Alice Waters and more. such A perfect gift for the inspired women in your life; 12. these Flor de Texcoco necklaces from viaraiz are just so cool. This necklace is a celebration of modern simplicity and luxurious craftsmanship. Handmade by artisans in a restored textile mill in Querétaro, Mexico using raw cotton and jute.

winter bookworms.
by victoria comment


cozy stack of books with blankets and candles. / sfgirlbybay

it’s that time of year when it’s really nice to just hunker down with a good book. it’s chilly out and i’m much more keen on staying in bed or curling up on the sofa with a cozy throw, a cup of tea and a must-read. i read a lot this summer, too which was sublime — i can’t say enough positive things about getting off the internet for a while and escaping into a beautifully written book. a few books i really loved were a gentleman in Moscow, swimming lessons, along the infinite sea and the fact of a body.

bedside reading stash. / sfgirlbybay

and now as i hibernate a little bit this winter, i’m looking forward to reading The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch (i loved her book white oleander, so i’m really looking forward to reading this new one!). also the Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin sounds really interesting — based on the premise ‘If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?’. i’ve also picked up My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (i’m terrible, i always buy like three books at once!). and I also hear a little life by Hanya Yanagihara is really excellent. have you read any of these? or have any other recommendations for us as we transform into winter bookworms? do tell!

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• photography credits in order of appearance: @mylittlebooktique; aestate studio; her kind of tea; minutes; dominowild and rose; laura seppanen; stadshem; the epitome of quiet; rodigo; her kind of tea.

fall tablescapes.
by victoria comment


suspended floral arrangement. / sfgirlbybay

’tis that time of year when we start contemplating our thanksgiving centerpieces and how divinely we’ll set our dinner tables for the annual feasting! i myself will be in paris by myself where they don’t celebrate america’s favorite feeding festival, so i’ll be having a brioche or a baguette or something very french while you’re feasting with family. but i can live vicariously through these beautiful tablescapes and flowery fall foliage. when it comes to getting ideas for setting the holiday table there are all kinds of great resources out there — either for ordering an arrangement up from your favorite florists or visiting their websites for inspiration. many of today’s florists teach floral design workshops too, and that’s something i think would lean towards the more relaxing end of the holiday spectrum — treat yourself to a floral class and then impress everyone with your new found skills — tulipina even has online workshops.

fall floral arrangements and tablescape inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

i also seek out inspiration from some perhaps unexpected sources — like once wed or style me pretty — wedding sites and even wedding photographer’s sites and lifestyle photographers like luisa brimble have grand ideas for creating your floral arrangements (and maybe not just traditional floral ideas but unique creations like the amazing hanging piece just above from our food stories, or adding edibles like fruit — persimmons or apples, anyone?). no matter what you do, i hope it’s fun, festive and puts you in a thankful mood for celebrating with family and friends.

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• photography credits in order of appearance: our food stories; amy merrick flowers & styling; @soilandstem; rurally yours; our food stories; amy merrick flowers & styling; luisa brimble photography; prato & travessas; mandi nelson; iille; once wed; green wedding shoes; @millayvintage; our food stories; these colors; herz.und.blut; @tulilpina; @thefuturekept; @soilandstem; @al_the_gal; @soilandstem.