color story: holiday by the sea.
by victoria comment

11/4/20

color story: holiday by the sea.

okay, kids, we’re taking a little laid back holiday on today’s color story. after all my frayed nerves last night, i felt we deserved a getaway by the sea. i’m not 100% sure about our locale, but it feels like a retro 1960’s escape to st. tropez, or perhaps a leisurely summer in coastal spain. it doesn’t really matter, we’re just making it up today to ease our tired brains. picture lots of striped awnings, shades of red and aqua everywhere. they’ll of course be cocktails on a beautifully tiled terrace overlooking the sea, french doors thrown wide open, and not a phone or a computer in sight. are you there yet? let’s go!

color story: holiday by the sea.

color story: holiday by the sea.

color story: holiday by the sea.

color story: holiday by the sea.

clockwise, l to r: turquoise colored walls via pure and original; holiday june 1956 via kristine; Filt French Market Tote Bags from anthropologie; arizona, 1952 via @holiday_boileau; anthropologie set of two Ceramic Melon Knobs; par fum painting by @ladygodart; blue beamed ceiling in ibiza by @analuiphotography; st. frank RED CLAY PITCHER; Château de Méritein via the socialite family; st. frank TECHNICOLOR FRAZADA WALLPAPER; Jane Fonda and Alain Delon photographed by Francois Pages, 1963; tile floor by @LucieLaucht; Set of four Mary Jo Bowls from anthropologie; baracoa window plant by the second layer.

color story: holiday by the sea.

color story: holiday by the sea.

color story: holiday by the sea.

color story: holiday by the sea.

color story: holiday by the sea.

clockwise, l to r: Claus Porto Deco Collection Bar Soaps; vintage dior ad; citizenry FLORES ONE-OF-A-KIND PILLOWS; relaxing pool via julia; fruit stand by @mellowsecret; checked floor via penisione agricola; seaside staircase by @ceecchi; pool tiles by david graham fuller; carley page summers via the bliss blog; Eres Platter from anthropologie; Monterosso beach in Cinque Terre, italy by @ceecchi; st. frank vintage KILIM CLXV RUG; guest bedroom by pete bermejo; Tammy Bud Vase fromanthropologie.

color story: holiday by the sea.

color story: holiday by the sea.

color story: holiday by the sea.

• all other photography in order of appearance: @_lagiuditta; architectural digest espana; @LucieLaucht; @sibellacourt; penisione agricola; Doorway Baracoa photographic print by Tria Giovan via clic; dwell magazine; regards et maisons; honestly wtf; firehouse hotel via domino; @toctoctoceditions; border studies; pete bermejo.

undercover comfort.
by victoria comment

11/3/20

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

i don’t know about you, but i am feeling extremely anxious about the election and to be honest, since i voted early i think i’d feel a little bit calmer were i to just stay under the covers until it’s all over. even better, hide me in a tented bed, please. they’re not only oh-so-pretty but so cozy and comforting, too. there are a few different ways to achieve the vibe — mosquito nets, canopies, and even privacy curtains can all make you feel all safely tucked in and ready for bed, or to simply hide out the entire day. however, before you do, please get out and vote if you haven’t already, and if you’re not registered, these states allow election day voter registration today, november 3. so vote, and then feel free to get back under the safety of these pretty covers!

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: pink tent via @kimficaro; yellow canopy by robert hadley photography; lit up canopy via buzzfeed; bedroom privacy curtain via home edit; curtain clips from bordde scene; ONXO Freestanding Room Divider Stand; mombasa majesty classic canopy bed; privacy bed curtain via domino; urban outfitters Tessie Canopy; bed, bath & beyond Cirrus Galaxie 4-Poster Bed Canopy; mustard muslin canopy from Babotipi; urban outfitters Tessie Canopy.

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

undercover comfort and canopy beds / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography in order of appearance: BAMBOO Mosquito Net; introducing new worlds; grace bonny on flickr; new york times; @michaelsinclair; regards et maisons; architectural digest france; @osenamoradosibiza; muslin canopies from Babotipi; inside closet; @theinside.

shop small: erica tanov.
by victoria comment

11/2/20

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

since my days living in san francisco, bay area designer erica tanov has always epitomized style and grace to me, so i am very excited to be sharing her beautiful collections with you today on shop small. i used to live around the corner from her stunning boutique shop, and would often take a stroll over, simply to get inspired by her clothing, jewelry, homewares, textiles, vintage collections and even just the lovely shop itself. erica has one of the best eyes for style around and i feel a very strong symbiotic connection to her creativity. not only is she a small shop owner with brick and mortar shops in the Marin County Mart and 4th street in Berkeley, she also runs her online shop, and is the author of a most inspiring design book, design by nature. i adore everything she creates and i’m just mad over her textile prints and color palettes and her clothing is sublime — including her signature silk slips — one of my favorite ways to get feminine but sophisticated. i like to pair them with a simple black blazer, black tights, and some sassy mary jane kitten heels — add a few vintage baubles around my neck and i’m good to go out. check my instagram stories to see more of what i mean and follow @ericatanov on instagram for more of her lived-in, quiet luxury. it’s understated glamour at its very finest. here are just a few of my favorites from erica tanov.

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

shop small: bay area's erica tanov / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of @ericatanov.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

10/30/20

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

it’s a big weekend — halloween is here, as well as the coming election on tuesday and to be honest, i’m more than a bit anxious. and you know that i don’t often share my politics here, but this year i feel that it’s important to be involved and definitely to vote. to me this election is not an issue of Democrats versus Republicans, it’s about what’s right and wrong, so i have voted early for biden and kamala because i believe they have the people’s best interest in their hearts. our current administration has let us down in my eyes — with a never-ending, leaderless pandemic, encouraging hatefulness and racism, and the denial of climate change including dismantling major climate policies and rolling back of many more rules governing clean air, water, wildlife, and toxic chemicals. i truly worry about our future and the future of children, my nieces, for all of us if we don’t change who’s in government right now. sometimes we might feel pressured to vote the way our families or our partners and friends vote, but the beauty of voting is that it is all yours, and it is completely private. so if you’re listening to your heart right now, i hope you’ll follow it and not vote the way someone else might expect you to. no one has to know how you vote — that’s your right. but please vote like our lives and our mother earth depend on it, because they do. thanks for letting me get that off my chest, and have a happy halloween weekend.

xo, victoria

  1. maven collective can style like nobody’s business and is also one of my favorite online vintage shops. the way she creates little vignettes of her merchandise makes me want to buy it all! she’s got a great eye, and this little daybed situation is exactly what i mean.
  2. i fell in love with this moody little living room on the design files. i’m not always one for draperies but in this case, they just create such a warm and inviting ambiance in this beautifully decorated Melbourne home. the rolling cart is pretty sweet, too.
  3. i love the work of stylist and art director @hansblomquist and his latest work for anthropologie is just beautiful. not to mention this photoshoot location — just look at those floor to ceiling windows and view! spectacular.
  4. the line new york is such a beautiful concept shop because instead of looking like a traditional shopping experience, it looks just like a dreamy apartment that one might live in. i love this loft look and most especially that lovely clawfoot bathtub right there in the bedroom!
  5. love the details and styling of this little vignette from an Antwerp interior. the art collection is great, and the macrame lampshade is just so cool!  i’m thinking it might not even be that hard to DIY.
  6. this is a fun and funky lounge chair — it’s the oversized bond chair from maiden home featured in a recent feature on domino, so have a look for more from their stunning furniture collection.
  7. nate berkus and jeremiah brent’s home is one of my favorites, and most especially their gorgeous living room. the arch entryway really makes an impact, but it’s all pulled together so beautifully! if you like what you see, check out camille style’s gorgeous home tour with them.
  8. whatcha reading these days? this pretty nook reminds me of all the great books on my reading list — it’s really what’s getting me through the pandemic. i like keeping track of what i’m going to read next and share what i’ve already read on goodreads and highly recommend using it. i just finished Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur and i loved it!

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan.
by victoria comment

10/29/20

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

this week we’re headed into what looks to me like a funky pastel pink film set of a wes anderson film and i’m always okay with that. we’ll be arriving at the very eclectic and exquisitely designed villa magnan in Biarritz, on france’s beautiful Basque coast (complete with a much-beloved resident donkey!). it was once owned by Spanish aristocrats but luckily for us, new proprietors Anne and Jérôme Israel have completely restored what was once in ruins to its original grandeur (and far beyond!) and have opened this pension de famille to travelers from all over. reservations are made exclusively through their villa magnan’s instagram account — how thoroughly modern for such a grand old chateau, built in 1927. we’re going to pack for an entire weekend here, and mix & match our ensembles as one does to pack light — a chic mini dress for evening, paired with lowkey leather sandals, and a creamy poncho that can go from night to day when you add my favorite white button-down blouse, and some flared pants and swedish clogs and don’t forget a killer hat with a sash that also double as a face mask. whilst doing an awful lot of lounging i recommend reading The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri — the story of Nuri, a beekeeper, and his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo. Moving, compassionate, and beautifully written, this book is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit and one that also reminds us of the power of storytelling.

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: PAMPA PONCHO in NATURAL; j.crew Classic-fit white boy shirt; TRAVE Collette Kick Flare Pants; cos LEATHER DECONSTRUCTED SHOPPER BAG; Swedish Hasbeens Clogs; SHASHI Maverick Bracelet; free people So I Gathered Sleep Set; read this there The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri; free people Leslie Leather overnight Tote bag; Chimi 008 Sunglasses; beek Seabird Flip Flops; free people Strawberry Fields Velvet Mini Dress; janessa leone oren hat with face mask/scarf.

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: villa magnan in biarritz / sfgirlbybay

• photography via villa magnan and the socialite family.