The Grand Budapest Hotel


I can’t help but love Wes Anderson’s movies (this scene makes me laugh every time) and I am very excited for his next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, to release next year. I only wish it was coming out for Christmas – seeing this in the theaters and having a peppermint ice cream sundae after sounds like the perfect December evening!

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Tosca Cafe


As someone who likes to eat, I’m always excited to read about restaurant openings across the country, but especially in my hometown of San Francisco. Tomorrow marks the re-opening of North Beach’s historic Tosca Cafe. New York restauranteur Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield saved the SF landmark from rising rent, and are keeping many of its elements (like the House Cappuccino – their signature hot chocolate and brandy drink) intact, while adding an Italian menu to the mix. I’m so happy to see this piece of San Francisco history preserved, and can’t wait to re-experience it!

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(image from April Bloomfield’s Instagram)

Lulu Frost’s Baroque Wonderland


As a lover of all things girly and pink I may have just stumbled upon the most captivating SS 2014 presentation of NYFW! Lulu Frost created a sugar coated “neon baroque” show that was the envy of every little girl. Check out their website and you’ll be sure to get lost in the wonderful, colorful world of Lulu Frost!

LULU FROST Spring/Summer '14 Neon Baroque Presentation

LULU FROST Spring/Summer '14 Neon Baroque Presentation

LULU FROST Spring/Summer '14 Neon Baroque Presentation

Clementine Daily


Big congrats to Erin, Anne, Elizabeth, Joanna, Hilary,  Julia and Amanda on the launch of Clementine Daily! The site is beautiful and we can’t wait to see what you talented ladies have in store!!

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{Image from here}

Sammy & Hayden’s Playdate


We recently had a super fun playdate with Jeanne of Shop Sweet Things {adore her!} and her scrumptious daughter Hayden {who’s almost exactly Sammy’s age!}.  They totally hit it off, of course, and had a blast at one of our favorite family spots, The Oakland Museum of CA.  {We’re members and go once or twice a month!}  Check out the toddler fun here!

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Cookbook Club


Ever since our friend Miranda Jones told us about her cookbook club, everyone in the office has wanted to start one! Just like a book club (but more delicious), we’ll select a book to cook out of for a few months, and then meet for a feast of our favorites to compare notes. My cookbook collection is on its way to outgrowing my regular book collection (a sad sign for my brain but a good sign for my stomach) but this sounds like a fun way to try cuisines and techniques I may not normally be drawn to.

What are your favorite cookbooks right now? I am still working my way through Canal House Cooks Every Day, but can’t wait to check out Pok Pok (Thai food!), Franny’s (simple Italian from the restaurant in Brooklyn), and Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s upcoming cookbook. Happy cooking! (And eating!)

cookbooksimage via Design*Sponge

Paper to Petal


My friend Rebecca Thuss and her equally talented husband Patrick Farrell {together they make up the photography/design duo THUSS + FARRELL} are releasing a new book tomorrow called Paper to Petal, 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand, and it could not be more inspiring!

Each tutorial is clearly and beautifully photographed and the steps are easy to follow…which makes even the most intricate paper flower feel a little less daunting.  I’m in  love with the simple “cheerleader” flowers and the slightly more complicated “Smiley’s mobile”.  With Castle in the Air nearby, which was also a favorite resource of Rebecca’s when creating the flowers in the book, what excuse do I have for NOT making these at home??

If you like supporting small, independant businesses, like I know you do, buy the book at Berkeley’s Castle in the Air when it releases tomorrow.  {Yes, they will ship it to you!}  And to hold you over until then, here’s a fun little video!

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Crumb Shoppe


I fancy myself a baker…I love baking cookies, cakes and pies almost as much as I love scarfing them down afterwards.  But as a business owner and mom of an almost-three year old, time to bake either happens at 11:30 PM or sadly not at all.  Enter Crumb Shoppe on Zaarly: a locally based cookie dough bakery that will ship scrumptious rolls of cookie dough right to my door.  Now I can go to bed before 1 AM and still get to snack on the dough, smell the cookies baking, and savor warm, just-out-of-the-oven cookies.  Heaven.

Crumb Cookies

Spotted SF


Have you seen Spotted SF? It has quickly become my favorite local site for learning about cool new places. Leslie Santarina (in addition to being a warm and lovely person!) takes beautiful photographs of local spots around the Bay Area and wherever her travels take her, and I have discovered quite a few gems from her…including this taco shop in Montauk!

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Marisa Haskell’s shop in Oakland

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The Fat Radish in NYC

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Outerlands in San Francisco