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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A blog makeover story


For awhile now, I've been meaning to clean up and redesign the blog but haven't had the time or proper knowledge of coding to do so. A bout of the sniffles yesterday resulted in a sick day and ample time to clean things up a bit. I think everything is much more streamlined and easy to find and the new logo header is much more fitting to my brand. Hope you like it as much as I do! :)

Holiday terrariums!

I love the look of these compartmentalized holiday decorations from Terrain. They have a whole line of goodies so that you can make your own holiday terrarium to add a little cheer to a wintry window sill. This is lovely for someone like me who barely has enough room in their tiny apartment for an office, let alone a Christmas tree! Make yours here!




Holiday terrariums by Terrain


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pitter patter...

Snowy bicycles from Bang! Bang! Studio via Design*Sponge

Cake pops. 'Nuff said. From Style Me Pretty


Perfectly imperfect lapis studs handset by Kate Spade

A lovely stack of Pendelton blankets via tumblr

Let it Go sentiment via imgfave


DIY Christmas ornaments by Scandinavian Deko


Charming wedding favors via tumblr

Graphic stripped walls via Flickr

Baby it's Cold Outside


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 Yesterday, a fog advisory was issued for the Bay Area and temperatures were downright chilly. I'm not a fan of the cold weather and the sniffling and shivering that comes with it, but I do love the cold weather attire that comes out of it. A knit cap with a furry pompom on top just screams Winter, wouldn't you agree?

Monday, November 28, 2011

From ZineFest

Hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend! For me, it's been non-stop visiting {and eating} with family and preparing for and participating in ZineFest yesterday! It almost feels like a welcome change to the busy weekend to get back into the swing of my regular routine at work {almost...}.

ZineFest was fun, it was held at Gilman's, a historic punk rock venue and Green Day's old stomping grounds! It was great to meet many great local artists and crafters and to just hang out and people-watch. Here's a few shots of my booth set-up!




{ Victory Paper Designs }

Thanks again to all who came out to show their support and a special thanks to Rock Paper Scissors Collective for hosting us! We hope to be back again real soon!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


{ Victory Paper Designs }
Here's to turkey dinners, breaking the wishbone, laughing with family, turkey naps, football in the background, and pumpkin pie {three feet high}! Have a delicious Thanksgiving! xoxo

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Hostess


1. Jam Gift Package by Martha Stewart // 2. Brooklyn Slate Cheeseboard via Gilt Taste // 3. Maple Candy Dish from Herriot Grace // 4. Fabric-wrapped soap from Anthropologie // 5. Linen tea towels in "Retro Trees" by Red Wren Designs // 6. Linnea's Lights Fir Candle from Terrain
Before we all go off to our Thanksgiving parties tomorrow {and start the holiday party season!} I thought it would be only fitting to include The Hostess into my Holiday Gift Guide! {in case you missed it, check out part 1 of my Holiday Gift Guide here!}

It's always a nice gesture to show up to a party with a gift for your hostess. I'll usually bring a bottle of wine or call ahead to ask if anything is needed from the grocery store, but I love the idea of these little tokens of appreciation to say Thank You to your hostess. These black slate cheese boards are not only handsome, but are also useful for your hostess' next party! The maple candy dish is also useful for this purpose and can also be used to display pretty little cakes! Martha Stewart has a DIY jam gift package which is as easy as tying your favorite jam and a baguette together with a pretty ribbon. Scents of rose petals mingled together with white musk and sandalwood complete this lovely fabric-wrapped soap, and continue to tingle the senses with fir tree-scented soy candles. And finally, no kitchen is complete without dish towels, so give your hostess these graphic tea towels to add a colorful pop to the kitchen!

That's it for me! Stay tuned for more holiday gift ideas throughout the holiday season! Happy Shopping and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! xoxo

In the Shoppe: Ribbon Dancer Invitations


{ Victory Paper Designs }
Our Ribbon Dancer Invitations leaves space for you to write-in your party deets! Use for your next holiday party or birthdays, you can use them year-round! Each set comes 10 to a pack with pool blue envelopes and a matching storage box. Pick yours up in our online shoppe!
And just for you, my readers, now through December 23rd, enter the code "SPIRIT11" for 10% off your next purchase from Victory Paper Designs! Thank you for your continued readership, loves!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's bedtime


Virginia Johnson
It's been awfully cold lately {by California standards} and I can't help but just want to be in bed under the blankets with the heater turned up and of course have my bed mates {boy and pup} snuggled up close. Any of these bedding sets from textile designer {and Kate Spade illustrator!} Virginia Johnson are sure to do the trick in the warming factor all while being super cute and stylish.

Monday, November 21, 2011

ZineFest 2011


Rock Paper Scissors Collective
Just wanted to pop over real quick to share that I'll be a vendor at East Bay ZineFest 2011 hosted by Rock Paper Scissors Collective on Sunday, November 27th from 12pm to 6pm. It'll be an afternoon of art, crafts, food and rockin' bands. The event will be at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley so if you live in the Bay Area {and are able to get up from your turkey coma!} you should stop by and say hi! {big thanks to my virtual pal Marian from Urban Petite Designs for keeping me in the know on this event!} Hope to see you there! xoxo

Dinner is served

Wouldn't these handpainted dishes by Rebecca Rebouche be a lovely addition to a Thanksgiving table? Available at Anthropologie.


Rebecca Rebouche for Anthropologie


Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Roundup: Sketchy

When I was a student I would pass time in lecture halls by doodling in my notebook while drifting in and out of some discussion on the theory of art. This was of course in a time before iPhones whereas now students are probably more likely to be sneaking in a game of Angry Birds hidden in their laps. {I still refuse to download that game!} There's a free-spirited quality to the sketchy doodle, as though artists are sharing a piece of their notebook or journal with the world. The results are raw and beautifully imperfect.


1. Kelly Wearstler // 2. Geometric wall calendar by Leah Duncan // 3. Gold painted stripes Thank You Card by Rifle Paper // 4. Shade Room by Design Front // 5. Via Style Bubble // 6. Thanksgiving party table from Country Living // 7. Watercolor wrapping paper from Sweet Paul Magazine


Thursday, November 17, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Gal Pals



1. French Connection cardigan with Sequins from ASOS // 2. Inka books by Inky Co. // 3. Relax Evening Bubble Bath from Lollia // 4. Ombre wool scarf by Bajra // 5. Vintage Cocktails Book via Dwell // 6. Oversized leather fold clutch in ostrich by Marketa New York


With Black Friday being next week, I think it's about time to start thinking about some holiday shopping! This will be my first gift guide of the season, with more gift ideas to come throughout the holiday season for those special people on your list, so stay tuned...!

First up are some lovely gifts for the gal pals! Sparkly sequin details, patterned notebooks, and bubble bath disguised as a bottle of vino are just some of the pretty gifts that you can get for your BFFs. Give her the book of Vintage Cocktails and you can have a girl's night in experimenting with different recipes! And what gal wouldn't like a gorgeous clutch with a fabulous fold-over detail? And of course a scarf is a necessity in the coming months, and this one from Bajra in ombre shades is sure to keep her warm and fashionable. Happy shopping! xoxo

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Boho jewels

I'm crazy about this collection of jewelry from Iosselliani with its rad details of fringe and feathery goodness. Such statement pieces would be best served with the basics...can you just imagine that fluttery necklace with a long-sleeved white dress, chunky ankle boots and messy beach hair?? Perfection.


Iosselliani


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Freutcake

I was honored to be interviewed for Freutcake, one of my favorite daily reads! You may remember I interviewed the lovely Ms. Leah last month for my In the Creative Suite column, and now the tables have turned as she interviews me in her 5 Questions feature! Pop on over and give it a read! (cameo made by my sister's freakishly tan shoulder)

Freutcake


A Holiday Roadtrip

It's hard to believe that next week is already Thanksgiving! Every year we have dinner at my parents' house but this year will be more special because my sister will be driving up to spend it with us! It's been years since she's been able to make it home for Thanksgiving because as a US Marine she was always stationed too far away to make it home easily for the holidays, but this year she's been stationed down in San Diego which is about an 8 hour drive away from the Bay Area! She'll be driving up next week with her pal Brittany and her new puppy Zooey! In honor of this momentous occasion, I've compiled some goodies that are necessary for any holiday roadtrip!


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Pitter patter...

Kate Spade's pretty pretty rainbow striped store floor via Rebecca June

A delicate arrow cuff by Jacquie Aiche


A rustic, chocolatey dessert table by Jenny Cookies


Decorative pie crusts by Martha Stewart


A pretty zig zaggy ikat clutch by Bagatelles and Co via Oh Joy!


Sweet bunny book ends from Baby and Child Restoration Hardware


Cozy snowflake sweater tights from Sammy Dress

Monday, November 14, 2011

Grilled cheese @ The Melt

Lately I've been reimagining the grilled cheese sandwich. I used to love the simple American cheese slice between two slices of bread as a kid, but as an adult I've been feeling inspired to find ways to update the classic cheesy sandwich. A couple months ago, I played around with throwing together a blend of cheddar and provolone with slices of ham and pear, and drenched it in butter and garlic. I must admit, it was surprisingly tasty, especially with the pear softening up over the stove and being covered in melty cheese.

So you can imagine my delight when last week on my lunch break I strolled around the corner from my office to discover a new restaurant called The Melt, whose menu consists primarily of gourmet grilled cheese and soups. I got the Parisian combo which consists of brie with apple butter grilled on white wheat bread with tomato and bacon added and a side of wild mushroom soup. It's a heavenly little combo made all the more desireable by their cute decor of white subway tiles with industrial metal stools and pops of orange and Rockwell font used throughout.

It's pretty much my new favorite place which I've already visited twice since Thursday; and now my lunch breaks are about to become a little more tempting.


Top: SF Eater // Bottom: The Parisian Combo from The Melt


Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Roundup: Colorblocking

There's a retro feel to colorblocking that reminds me of Neoplasticism paintings of the past, but with updated color palettes in pops of fuschias and greens. These looks are best paired in clashing colors to create a style that is both dynamic and bold.


1. Forever21 // 2. Colorblock pink and gold multichain bracelet by Lee Angel // 3. Maritime pillow from Burke Decor // 4. ASOS colorblock top // 5. Thomas World Block Party Credenza by Design Public // 6. Colorblock blanket by No Spare Parts // 7. Paint swatch boxes from How About Orange! via Hello Lucky


Under the big top

Do you have any big plans this weekend? Matt and I going to Cirque du Soleil on Saturday, and we're pretty stoked! I've been to one of their shows before but this will be Matt's first time going. For those who aren't familiar, Cirque du Soleil is a circus styled show that features a mix of acrobats and dance from around the world with each show having a different central theme. It's kind of like a modern day circus, but there's still hints of that vintage circus feel which I love and can't get enough of. From magical doves to a 1920's styled tweed and fur coat, these styles hearken back to the theatrical circus of yesteryear.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Out of the Woodwork

It's fair to say that I am both parts tomboy and a lady. I like playing around with different looks whether it be a sweet flouncy dress to faux motorcycle jackets. I'm a gal who's a little rough around the edges, and this gal takes notice to masculine elements played up into girlish designs such as these assortment of wooden clutches. They're bold in their simplicity and would be beautiful to tote around with a warm furry coat this winter.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fantabulously Frugal

Our 2012 Wrapping Paper Calendar was featured on Fantabulously Frugal's Fab Gift Ideas this morning! How fantabulous is that? Check out the full feature here!


Fantabulously Frugal


Welcome home my love

I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a romantic. Okay, I'm a big romantic and The Notebook makes me weep. I love my hubby with every inch of my heart and everyday I feel so lucky to have found my best friend and love all rolled into one beautiful package. I'm always leaving little notes of sweet nothings around the house for Matt to find on any given day to remind him how special he is to me. These decals by Shanna Murray feature lovely sentiments nestled in pretty hand-drawn florals that are sure to brighten anyone's day too. The Welcome Home my Love decal would be such a warm welcome to an entryway, don't you think?


Shanna Murray


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mish-mashed SF

These spaces designed by Tyler Dawson are a perfectly chic mixture of old and new. Vintage items are carefully curated together with a modern mish-mash of patterns and accented with gilden pieces throughout. I could very easily move in right away {especially since these homes are just one neighborhood over from my office in SF! Now if only my office would pay me enough to live in that neighborhood...}




Tyler Dawson

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pitter patter...

Bubbles and hearts via My Best Friend Jules

A moody bar cart from Lyla and Blu


DIY yarn and twigs dandelions from Apartment Therapy


A feathery kiss from 500px




Blueberry pancake cupcakes topped with maple buttercream by Your Cup of Cake


Pretty pretty living room from Elle Decor


Hand dipped brass feather necklace by niniville

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