wear this there: frenchette nyc.
by victoria comment

7/7/22

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

this week’s wear this there lands us in new york city, and we’re headed to a spot i’ve always wanted to dine — frenchette. i’m headed to paris in a couple of weeks (finally!) so i must have brasseries on my mind because this is one of new york’s most relaxed, warm, and definitely charming. and delicious, too — it has the prestigious honor of being the 2019 James Beard Foundation Winner of Best New Restaurant. oooh la la! it’s a touch sophisticated here, so we’re going to get a little dressed up in our black & white feminine best, but not ‘too’ — it is summer in new york city so comfort is a must. we’re slipping on a cropped but elegant black top with a tiered white skirt, great-looking black slingback sandals and a tres chic lorna murray hat. add a black bandana and beaded choker at the neck, and some big, huge sunglasses, and a red lip, and we’re looking completely pulled together! to get you in a new york mood i suggest reading Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe. Written with anderson cooper’s unique insider’s viewpoint (he’s gloria Vanderbilt’s son, afterall), this is a quintessentially new york story of success, and as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures. Moving from the rough and tumble wharves of old Manhattan to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue to modern-day New York, they wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other.

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: merlette lotus blouse; Capri hat by Lorna Murray from maisonette; all saints EVA MAXI TIERED SKIRT; cos SLINGBACK SANDALS; mango Double strap mini basket bag; Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in black crystal; read this there Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe; bandolier HAILEY Leather Crossbody iphone case; NARS Audacious Lipstick in rita scarlet; arket Monokel Eyewear Cleo Sunglasses; all saints BILLI CROSS HUGGIE EARRINGS; all saints KYLA BEAD NECKLACE; the great black bandana.

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: frenchette new york city brasserie / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of @frenchettenyc.

color story: licorice allsorts.
by victoria comment

7/5/22

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

my mother always loved those odd little British sweets called licorice allsorts. when i was little, i thought they were quite disgusting, but as one does, as i grew older i found an appreciation for black licorice and didn’t mind them as much. but i’ve always rather liked the color palette of those weird-looking geometric candy shapes, regardless of their flavor. so, today’s color story is inspired by the nostalgia of those shades — pink, black of course, and sometimes a bit of blue and yellow. a little offbeat, i know but i’m in a mood. i needed something joyful looking and this color palette fits the bill for me. i hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane for me. this one’s for you, mum.

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: taciturn artwork by michael tino; anthropologie Delaney Candlestick; home gallery via 91 magazine; anthropologie Fern Bath Cabinet; DONNA WILSON Hue Pillow; vintage portrait on pick wall by the socialite family; anthropologie Sunset Vase; collage artwork by leigh wells studio; black bathroom with pastel fixtures from the modern house; CHRISTINA LUNDSTEEN Stripe Velvet Pillow; loom & field lily shag rug; Ceramicah striped lamps; hawkins new york waffle towels from maisonette; anthropologie Handwoven Lorne Oval Rug.

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: Bildschirmfoto pattern by Michael Kunz; round window by frederik vercruysse photography; Retro Advertisement poster print from the wall stories; RAAWII Strøm Bowl; checked bath towels Audrey Rose Design Shop; pink bedroom by making nice in the midwest; anthropologie Charlie Sprout Wing Pillow; Unikko Blanket from marimekko; Brutalized Gainsborough painting by chad wys; let’s stay in bed by cass sersemis; Oiva / Härkä & Melooni Mug Set from marimekko; graphic poster via artists for la guarimba; Pehr’s Stripes Away Cube storage from maisonette; three stools by anna malmberg photography; Archive New York Santiago Grid Umber Striped Pillow from anthropologie.

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / sfgirlbybay

color story: licorice allsorts - black, pink & yellow decor / 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.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

7/1/22

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

holiday weekend greetings, friends. it’s been quite a week and an emotional one for many of us but i think for now, i’ll leave my ranting and raving to my instagram stories where you don’t have to watch if you don’t choose to and keep this a safe space for you to unwind and find a little joy, perhaps a little inspiration without having to hear my opinions first. not that i’m not sharing them, because i am, but we’ll leave them on social media for now. i’ll be off for the 4th of july holiday, spending it with family and friends but back next week. i hope you’ll be doing the same and find some time for a little rest from the constant barrage of news. lots of love and good wishes.

xo, victoria

  1. this is a tranquil garden vignette that we can easily recreate in our own homes for a summer lift. add some pretty planted pots, or i even like the idea of an herb garden, and display some of your favorite dishware or ceramics. it just makes for a really pretty indoor garden space.
  2. living on a houseboat doesn’t always evoke the image of a modern vibe, but this incredible houseboat on london’s thames river breaks that mold. i’d love to live on this plant-filled, modern houseboat designed by LAB Architects and featured on the spaces. check out the full tour for some wonderful mid-century modern inspiration.
  3. lisbon continues to be one of my favorite vacation destinations and baixa house is my preferred place to stay. i love their simple, elegant but really inviting interiors. they tend to use an inspiring mix of modern and vintage to create a really cozy home-away-from-home holiday stay, so you feel most welcome – like staying with a good friend.
  4. if you’re a fan of English artist and designer luke edward hall like i am, you’ll be most pleased to hear the news that he’s designed and created a chic new collection called Chateau Orlando, a new brand featuring some divine homewares and clothing with his signature whimsy and color.
  5. i’m a big fan of brooklyn-based artist christina zimpel, and i love this charming display of her artwork over her fireplace mantel. her paintings center around the characters and observances of her daily life, but her childhood in Australia remains a particularly vivid point of reference for her colorful and sometimes very whimsical works of art.
  6. i really love the colorful art collection in this charming paris townhouse, located near the Canal Saint-Martin. featured on the always inspiring socialite family, this home tour is full of great design ideas and definitely worth a visit.
  7. it was such a lovely surprise to see an old vintage portrait of mine on @monogramdecor’s instagram feed. i sold courtney this painting when i was moving from san francisco and scaling back my portrait collection and i love seeing it look so beautiful now living in his home. her history continues.
  8. if you didn’t see on instagram, i’m headed back for a trip to my beloved paris in late july! ouí! and somewhere i usually visit at least a couple of times while i’m there is merci paris. i love both their café and the sheer joy of shopping there — i always pick up a few pieces from their linen collection — like these pretty tablecloths.

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: pug seal zapotec oaxaca.
by victoria comment

6/30/22

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

we’re headed south of the border on today’s wear this there to a vibrant and creative city i’ve always wanted to visit. we’re checking in at the pug seal zapotec in colorful oaxaca, mexico. This beautiful boutique hotel is a tribute to the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures through muralism created by artisan Rafael Uriegas whose incredible natural color pigment frescoes tell the history of Zapotec legends, stories, symbols, and values. this rather mystical hotel is a true cultural experience right in the heart of the historic center of Oaxaca and each of its twenty guest rooms has a unique design full of Mexican inspiration, with a rustic and minimalist design inspired by Oaxaca’s cultural heritage. this is a very colorful place so we’re going to neutralize our ensembles just a bit so as not to clash! we’ll pack an easy tunic dress for evenings paired with some pretty woven sandals and basket bag. for daytime exploring we’re packing a lightweight skirt, some classic chinos, and a few tank tops — one for day and a crochet version for a little more sass. it’s hot in oaxaca this time of year, so let’s bring this super cute woven bottle bag to make sure we stay hydrated. i am also intrigued by this read — oaxaca journal by oliver sacks. it’s his spellbinding account of his trip to the beautiful, history-steeped province of Oaxaca, Mexico bringing together his passion for natural history and the richness of human culture with his sharp eye for detail, the book is a captivating evocation of a place, its plants, its people, and its myriad wonders.

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Devotion Twins Embroidered Ella Tunic Dress from anthropologie; anthropologie Greenpacha Le Blon Bucket Hat; banana republic 90S TANK in dark olive; Suede Fringe Wrap Belt from anthropologie; frank & eileen WICKLOW Italian Chinos; anthropologie Matisse Twister Woven Sandals; mango Acetate frame sunglasses; Ben-Amun Gold Post Earrings with Multi stones; read this there oaxaca journal by oliver sacks; Slip Slipsilk Pure Silk Sleep Mask; By Anthropologie Pretty Printed Two-Piece sleep Set; Ulla Johnson Meadow Bottle Bag; the great Pastoral Skirt; anthropologie Pilcro Crochet Vest and Tee Set; anthropologie Hermina Athens Sealstone Emerald Necklace; mango Leather basket bag.

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pug seal zapotec boutique hotel in oaxaca, mexico / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of Pug Seal Boutique Hotels and muralist Rafael Uriegas.

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster.
by victoria comment

6/28/22

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

this week’s instagram worthy feed is one that i was quite surprised i hadn’t shared before because i’ve long been a fan. it’s the beautiful work of @jessiewebster, a California-based photographer specializing in interiors, lifestyle and travel. her lovely images take us to martha’s vineyard, Mallorca, Palermo, and beyond —  and then all the way back to her native hometown of ojai, california where she’s currently renovating a house. jessie’s photography shares her ongoing passion for travel, simple but beautiful aesthetics, and a knack for storytelling, combined with years of studying portraiture — a camera has rarely left her side since her father, rock & roll photographer Guy Webster, gave her his old Canon at age eleven. She has always drawn tremendous inspiration from her surroundings, and her photos will likely get you hankering to get out of town, or simply stay put and get inspired by her stunning ojai home renovation. for more inspiration, check out Jessie’s website.

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @jessiewebster / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of @jessiewebster.