Wow! This Spanish hacienda wedding designed by Crosby + Jon is breathtaking. This venue and theme could also be used for a special birthday event.Read More
My friend Amy recommended this book, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. If you haven't already seen the TV show, read the book before you do. It was helpful to think of Madeline as Reese, Celeste as Nicole, Jane as Shailene, Bonnie as Zoë, and Renata as Laura.
Warning-it does have a few scenes that are hard to read. I normally hate violence and could get through it, but I skimmed one scene, not diving into the details.
Besides that part, it's an easy, not super deep, vacation type book. I look forward to watching the TV show now! They are winning lots of awards.
If I were heading to a formal event, which dress do you like best?Read More
I am going to set a "cheat" New Years Resolution. Part of it is just going with the flow. You know how sometimes in your life things come in, then they go out, then they come back in? That is what happened with me and reading.
I have always been an avid reader. Ask anyone who knows me well-I used to never watch TV and read tons of books. For some reason the last few years I've been reading less. I blamed it a bit on the job - I am in front of the computer more than ever and I just don't feel like reading at the end of the day. A few times I pushed myself to get back into it, but it didn't last.
Then something happened in December. I started reading again. It just happened naturally. It has continued, so I am going to make this my "cheat" New Years Resolution. If you have something you're just starting anyways, and want to continue - I highly encourage adopting this as a new years resolution - you already have a head start!
What types of books? I like having a variety. I love the fluff/vacation/not important literature books. Think Sex & the City. Easy reads, no need to totally focus, an escape. I also get sucked into life advice/self help type books. Whether for business or personal or spiritual - always trying to learn and grow. Finally, I mix in some "real" books. Those that actually win important awards. Those that book club may have a serious discussion about. Those you could mention on an interview, etc.
So, as I am reading more, I'll share with you.
What books have you read recently that you love? Thanks for advice!
Image above is from Simon Breitbard Fine Arts and is in a St. Helena home. Photo realism oil painting by Jeanne Vadeboncoeur.
Happy Valentine's Day! This Valentine's Day, I am thankful for good friends.
Anyone who has been through a rough time really learns who their friends are. Their loyalty sticks with you think and thin, they believe in you even though you are not perfect, tRead More
HydraFacial: better than a facial, less downtime than a laser or peel. Do you pay $200 for a facial? If so, it may be worth considering paying $250 for a HydraFacial, a special facial you can get from your dermatologist. This photo above shows clear glowy skin the day after my HydraFacial.
The HydraFacial is a bit like an electric toothbrush mixed with a vacuum cleaner. The machine has different steps with different attachments. The process takes about 30 minutes with zero downtime.
Side note-I have tried a Hydrafacial somewhere other than my dermatologist and did not experience as good of results. Lesson.....I wouldn't just go anywhere that has the machine. I go to Dr. Welsh & Dr. Hui in SF.
Painless with immediate results, your glowy look will last about a week. They suggest a treatment every 6-12 weeks. The results will not be as dramatic as a peel or a laser, but the zero downtime is really nice.
a few hours after hydrafacial with makeup
I purchased this cashmere sweater from Mango in the Barcelona airport. I snapped a photo to show my friends who were already on the plane.Read More
moved into this house about a year ago, and as you know, it takes time to get settled. Here is the transformation of my living room. I had lots of advice from Mead and Mom...Read More
've noticed a trend of one lamp on long sofa tables or entry tables instead of the traditional two. Now that I think about it, it makes sense. Typically these lamps aren't very apart, why do we need two?Read More
I had the most magical thing happen to me the other day. I was in Lafayette Park for a dear friends going away party. While walking down a path out of the park,Read More
Everyone has trash cans....you may as well have nice ones. Especially if they aren't in a cabinet and are out in the open in your kitchen.
I love my rose gold simple human trash cans.Read More
Subway tile. There's more than one way to lay this out! Which appeals to you most?Read More
I am starting a little photo project in my guest room. Won't it feel homey and welcoming to see family photos on the wall? I think these look best when all the photos are the same size......which can be trickyRead More
How pretty is this wedding invitation? So soft old fashioned and subtle. Gorgeous!Read More
I have always enjoyed Brené Brown's perspective, so when I heard she released a new book, I dove in.
This one offers a new viewpoint which is best summarized by this video:Read More
One wonderful treat while on vacation: hiring a private chef to cook for you at home. No need to go anywhere, no need to do any dishes. Just sit back, relax, and they do it all.Read More
For those of you who like the Lan Jaenicke coats, they are on sale right now at Jessie Black on Sacramento Street. 75% off!Read More
Hygge: a perfect word for winter. What does it mean? Basically, it means cozy.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment,Read More
You've seen shipping container houses, shipping container stores, shipping container everything. Have you seen a starburst shipping container house? A movie producer just built this unique structure as a vacation home in the Joshua Tree desert.Read More
How nice are these hanging single flowers? So girly and romantic. What a whimsical backdrop for a wedding.
This is another example of hanging florals, referenced in an earlier blog post. I think this trend is here to stay!