For much of my life I’ve had relatively modern wardrobe tendencies but as a West Coast transplant, California style has been seeping in over the years. I think my Canadian tuxedo here (and this one and actually this one, too) are telltale signs of the transition. And it’s at its peak right now — I get my most boho in the summer.
But then again, maybe we all do? It’s a slippery slope when the sun starts to comes out. First the sandals, then the flares, and before you know it you’re lounging around in crochet dresses.
Before we moved into our apartment, one of the areas that caught our eye during the open house was the porch. It was tastefully dotted with these lush plants and shrubs and the owner was kind enough to leave them in our care after he left. We loved the little urban jungle. It’s a luxury in the city to look outside and get to see so much green. Ahh…
The sad part was, during the weeks after he moved out but before we moved in, a couple of the plants died. So sad for the little guys, and honestly it was kind of a bummer to look out the window and see some dead foliage. So we finally went to the nursery this weekend and are now the proud owners of a lemon tree! It was our first large plant purchase, although to be fair, it’s not that large since it’s a dwarf. But nevertheless — a lemon tree! We named it Liz Lemon because as I may have mentioned before, we’re better at keeping our plants alive and thriving when we christen them.
And in other news, my Shoes of Prey arrived. You get to design them yourself which is really as fun as it sounds. I’ve been wanting pair of black sandals with a low, chunky heel for awhile now so I created them. I’m really liking the way they turned out! The site offers a ridiculous number of styles and fabrics though, so next time around I’m going wild.
If you’re familiar with The Plant Cafe Organic in the Bay Area then maybe you, too, are already obsessed with this smoothie. It’s possible all of the store’s flavors are great but I would never know because I tried the green banana almond early on and that was it. Didn’t even bother trying anything else.
The nice thing about smoothie shops is they list all the ingredients so it’s easy to use them as a jumping off point to mix up something similar at home. I especially like this blend because it’s not overly sweet. (Side note: it also calls for almond butter so it allows me to use the make-your-own nut butter machine at Whole Foods. Anyone else addicted to that thing?) Dig in!
It’s go time folks. It’s high summer, which means it’s time to unveil that beach body you’ve been working on, (or haven’t, whatever). Choosing the right swimsuit option is like a game of Goldilocks — you don’t want to show too much skin, or too little, but instead find something just right. We’ve found the answer in the form of some surprisingly sexy one-pieces.
Between a few plunging necklines, well-placed seams and cutouts, it’s good looks on the maillot front. Shop our favorite one-and-done picks below.
Blue and white stripes are classic for summer and there is a lot of summer left! I love a good button down and I have the feeling I’ll be wearing this one a lot since of course, it rarely gets overly warm in SF. Hope you had a great weekend.
I know, I’m being presumptuous. But if my beige-loving self can get excited about bold blues, I bet almost anyone can.
To clarify, we didn’t actually choose a blue wall, but it chose us. The kitchen in our apartment is navy and while I wouldn’t have picked the hue myself (neutrals with pops of color is more my thing), I really like it. These images have been inspiring some indigo palettes for our dining area. So many options. Layered blues with organic elements? Black and white and brass? A few prints or patterns??
Decisions, decisions. But of this I am sure – unlike humans, when walls are moody, good things happen.
The latest development since the chunky loop blanket? The chunky loop rug. If you’ve been searching high and low, we found it right here in cream, gray and black. The larger size is sold out for now, but it’s still available in 2.5′ x 3.5′. And there’s a matching floor pillow! So cozy.
Summer is for lounging and these sling chairs are as easy on the backside as they are on the eyes — like little portable hammocks. We have a small patio now and it is begging for a pair. If you don’t have a deck, they’d also be perfect for beach days, park days, or even the 4th of July. Those extra-prepared people who bring comfy seats to watch the fireworks? That could be us! Below are six of my personal faves, starting at just $25 bucks a pop.
I don’t do a lot of vintage shopping, but I popped into Mercy Vintage in Oakland, saw this top and had to make it mine. For anyone in the Bay Area, the store is full of treasures! The team there has such an eye for for textiles. I don’t make my way to Oakland often, but next time I go I’m definitely paying the store another visit.
Naturally, I’ve been wearing this shirt almost every warm day we’ve had in the past couple weeks. Makes me feel like I’m on vacation!
Of course, it was also especially appropriate to wear this weekend. I don’t know how a trip to the Pride Parade has evaded me all these years in San Francisco(!), but after the historic Supreme Court ruling, I finally made my way out, at least to catch the tail end. All 50 states, can you believe it? Incredible. So much love.