color story: california sunshine.
by victoria comment

5/3/21

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

for this week’s color story how about a little california sunshine to start your week? not literally, but figuratively we’re bursting with some vitamin c with that classic color orange — so fresh, youthful and sassy, is it not? a little orange goes such a long way to making a bold statement, and i’ll admit, i can really only take it in small doses, but those cheerful citrus bits are just enough to make a big impact. whether it’s displaying itself in a beautiful outdoor umbrella or a pretty pompom throw i think orange is just smashing for the upcoming summer months — both inside and outside the house.

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

bright orange home furnishings and art. / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: anthropologie Set of 4 Matte Latte Bowls; wary meyers’ staircase via domino; Faux Orange Tree Branch from anthropologie; Find Art Everywhere art print by bethanysara via society6; @kendraalexandra; bryson outdoor pillow from Anthropologie; anthropologie Set of 4 Flor Glasses; oranges via true botanicals; west elm Honeycomb Studio Coral & Gold Bud Vases; ASSOULINE Capri Dolce Vita book by Cesare Cunaccia ; new york times by @ellegramm.

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: Vintage poster-Bauhaus Ausstellung 1923 Poster from society6; a produce portrait by photographer julia stolz; beach umbrealls via caroline chic; ALASKA RED POPPY FLOWER SEED GROW KIT from bando; a better happier; bando ALL AROUND GIANT orange CIRCLE TOWEL; daniel fletcher ARTWORK FOR TAPPAN X WINC CHARDONNAY; urban outfitters Favorite Boho Cereal Bowl; caroline walls prints via design milk; Tasseled Merida Pillow from anthropologie; STANDARD BAGGU bag in ORANGE TREE from bando; shelf by nicole franzen photography; grapes by virginie gosselin; Satsuma mandarin oranges via the wsj.

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

metal bookshelves with pops of orange decor. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed interiors with pop of orange home decor. / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: umbrella from @businessandpleasure_co; sugar & cloth diy pompom throw; essenziale; the design files; minted; nomad workspace by @teklan; merchant modernnicole franzen photography; fox and juneinside closet; habitually chic; dear iris; ethereal vsco; arts thread; miss mossdear iris; kbl atlas; nuevo estiloxo amys.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

4/30/21

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

i don’t know about you, but the closer i get to my second vaccine next week the more my wanderlust kicks in. i’m just itching to travel again, but at the same time i admit to some anxiousness, too. but life must go on, or really what is the point? 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!

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

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london.
by victoria comment

4/29/21

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

i absolutely adore london, and i love a good teahouse, but this time it’s perhaps not exactly what you’d think of whilst in londontown. not your typical British high tea but instead a Taiwanese teahouse and restaurant. once it reopens we’ll be headed to the very charming and romantic looking xu teahouse & restaurant. i love their very bygone-era decor with its plush pale green leather booths and taiwanese motifs. the small dish menu looks spectacular too — it’s about time to get our dumplings on! it’s springtime in london, but we’re layering up, nonetheless in a sleeveless pleated play dress, a warm cashmere poncho, and a pretty satin scarf that easily doubles as facemask paired with the cutest pair of floral clogs and very portable crusher hat. oh, and don’t forget your very own chopsticks (much more environmental). london’s a city you want the inside scoop on, so i highly recommend the Not For Tourists Guide to London 2021 — a map-based, neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide that will help you master the city like an expert. Packed with more than 150 maps and thousands of listings for restaurants, shops, theaters, and under-the-radar spots, you won’t find a better guide to London.

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cos pleated playsuit dress; Hat Attack Washed Cotton Crusher Hat; & other stories tropical print satin scarf; j.crew Cashmere-wool poncho; j.crew SUPER by RetroSuperFuture Virgo black sunglasses; & other stories Multi-Coloured Diamanté Ear Cuff Set; read this there Not For Tourists Guide to London 2021; Anthropologie Set of 2 Pairs Carved Mokuzai Chopsticks; French Girl Le Lip Tint in Ambre Noire; j. hannah artichoke nail polish; clare v. Coin Clutch in Pastel Painted Snake; anthropologie Julien Tote Bag; Penelope Chilvers black Floral Clogs.

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: xu teahouse & restaurant london / sfgirlbybay

• photography by x@xu_london.

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr.
by victoria comment

4/28/21

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

this week’s instagram worthy feed is for all you foodies out there. i recently fell happily down a bit of a julia child rabbit hole. i read 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. i got curious about julia and paul child’s summer home where the group often gathered for gastronomical evenings and ended up discovering that their rustic holiday home (complete with julia’s famous kitchen pegboard), La Pitchoune, was built on the homestead of Simone Beck, known as Bramafam, and La Pitchoune (or ‘La Peetch’) and after the death of her beloved husband julia left La Pitchoune back with the Beck family, and soon after in the 1990s, a woman named Kathie Alex purchased La Pitchoune and turned it into a beloved cooking school, Cooking With Friends.

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

in 2016 after a near-decade hiatus, La Peetch has returned to its roots as a center for culture, food, and community after Makenna, a bright-eyed young Smith graduate (just like Julia) bought La Pitchoune from Kathie Alex and reopened this incredible cooking school retreat, event location and vacation rental, @lapeetchfr. Pitchounians, as they have been called for decades return year after year, drawn by the magic of the french countryside, the good company, the fabulous food, wine, and of course the @lapeetchfr cooking classes! here’s a look at what you might have to look forward to should you, too decide to visit @lapeetchfr. i’m definitely adding it to my must-do list!

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lapeetchfr cooking retreat in france / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @lapeetchfr.

art. it’s so subjective.
by victoria comment

4/27/21

art. it's so subjective / sfgirlbybay

a little bit about art today! like a lot of us, when it comes to decorating with art, i get a little stuck — at least at first. when i moved into to my new place in laguna i had a lot of internal struggles about which art to hang and where, and honestly, i’m still changing it up! i also like a lot of different kinds of art, so i get inspired when i see eclectic home galleries put together in what looks quite effortless. i envy that and strive to emulate the look. i’m still a work in progress and will probably stick to a more minimalist look, but here’s what’s inspiring me right now — from simple to wildly eccentric, i kinda love it all. whether it’s an eclectic gallery wall, to sculptures or art simply leaning against the wall to artwork placed in unexpected spots (like kitchens — j’adore!) art is as unique and special as you are. it’s all so subjective. we like what we like and we know it when we see it.

art. it's so subjective / sfgirlbybay

art. it's so subjective / sfgirlbybay

art. it's so subjective / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home art collections. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: vtwonen; tenniswood; wonen & co; domcvetnik; m.k. sadler; julia leach’s home via aficionada; @carolinewallsart; interior deluxe; the devil wears zara; marcus teo’s home via the maryn; @megan_morton; The Immoralist by André Gide via buzzfeed.

art. it's so subjective / sfgirlbybay

art. it's so subjective / sfgirlbybay

art. it's so subjective / sfgirlbybay

curated home with art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

black and white art in minimalist wood frames. / sfgirlbybay

art. it's so subjective / sfgirlbybay

art gallery wall over bed cane headboard. / sfgirlbybay

art. it's so subjective / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: semikah textiles; city home collective salvo lópez photography; @seekinglavenderlane; marcus teo’s home via the maryn; @saarmanche; @gallerisylviaenget; herz and blut; @colinking; @finelittledaystore; artist beatrice alemagna via milk magazine sketch; inside closet; @colinking; julianne moore’s home via architectural digest.