Hello, Friday


Well, we made it to Friday. What are your weekend plans? Picking out your Halloween costume? Seeing Gone Girl?

We'll see you back here on Monday but first, the winner of our Dreams in HD giveaway is ... Nan! See below for some favorite links from this week.

Oscar de la Renta passed away this week. Anna Wintour's essay on his passing was beautiful.

The collection of BaubleBar's latest guest bartender Megan Runser is gorgeous. Runser, BaubleBar's first customer bartender, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is in the middle of her treatment. BaubleBar is asking customers what gives them strength on social media using the hashtags #baublebar and #asgoodasgold and for every use of #asgoodasgold between now and the new year, we will be donating $1 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Drowning in pumpkin spice.

And the next seasonal drink, the peppermint latte (obviously) has some competition. Starbucks just announced it's new drink: the Chestnut Praline Latte.

Best. News. Ever. Marcel the Shell is back! 

I finally bought these booties and it was such a good decision.

Have you tried Google's new email app?

And in case you missed it:

Fall plaid.

On homesickness.


What's on Your Walls?


I'm in the midst of curating a gallery wall. It is likely one of the hardest home decor projects I've taken on (not that I've taken on too many, but this is surprisingly challenging). Art is one of those things that is very personal. What one person thinks is a masterpiece, another person thinks it's a pre-schooler's sketch (which to be fair, may also in fact be a masterpiece). The point is this: you really do want to love what's displayed on your wall, and perhaps even want to feel a deeper, more meaningful connection to it.

Matt and I have traveled to many places and have photos and artwork that we've collected and brought home and that's been fun going through and deciding what we want to display, but for the blank spaces that remain, it's a bit more of a challenge.

I've rounded up a few of my favorites lately. Art spots that I love to peruse are: the Tappan Collective, Minted and of course Etsy. What about you? What type of art strikes your fancy?

Here is a glimpse into part of our wall (I apologize for the photo quality).

 Above Sources:
6. Isaac Zoller 7. Erin Deegan 8. The Animal Print Shop  9. Lulu & Georgia

On Homesickness


There has been a feeling nagging at me that I couldn't put my finger on until Monday night. It would hit me on the bus or while walking the dog and then float away before I could identify it. But Monday night I finally sat down after a long day and saw Gilmore Girls was on Netflix. Ian was out of town and I was watching while doing some work and chatting with Alexa and it hit me: I'm feeling homesick. We've been in San Francisco 4 months now, which is the longest I've been away from southern California. And I used to watch Gilmore Girls with my parents in high school. And it was only Monday but it had already been a long week. Moving was a big change so when I liked my job and our neighborhood and the city it felt like a triumph and everything was going to be fine, maybe better than fine. But between Ian traveling and being away from family when we're coping with some health issues, I finally had to admit what I was feeling and realize I can be homesick and still love San Francisco. Have you ever been homesick? What helped you?


Dreams in HD Giveaway - Enter By Friday!


Happy Tuesday everyone! We wanted to let you know that we've extended the Dreams in HD giveaway until this Friday, so make sure to enter here. Isn't this photo of Tuscany lovely? It would look so pretty in a dining room. Also it really makes me want to eat pasta bolognese and drink Chianti. :)

I'm also over at the Lulu & Georgia blog today talking about making your home look a little green (in a good way)! Here's a sneak peek, and you can check out the whole post here.

I would love to hear your tips and tricks on how to keep your home feeling fresh and new in the midst of the autumn and winter months!

First Fall Plaid


I've been holding on to my summer clothes as long as I can, knowing I'll be really sick of my sweaters in the coming months. But the other day there was a hint of fall in the air so I pulled out my plaid shirt for the first time this season, pairing it with my trusty black skinnies and beloved Via Spiga heels.

*I got this top ages ago but this one is similar and super affordable.