Are you on the hunt for pieces that work from day to night? I’m constantly on the lookout for pieces that I can wear during the day that transition well for a happy hour or dinner with friends at night. I don’t always get to come home first to change into something new. I tend to gravitate towards a more casual look at night – give me a pair of skinny jeans, a blouse and a pair of flats and I’m good to go. What is your favorite go-to look for a happy hour out with girlfriends?
Happy Monday friends! This weekend was filled with culinary delights. Saturday we ventured down to the ballpark for the first annual 7×7 Magazine food festival. They gather all of the best restaurants in the city to showcase their favorite dish. Let me tell you, everything was delicious and I now have a list a mile long of places to go. This is an event I’ll be attending every year. We then had a dinner party with close friends to reminisce about our trip to Turkey – we created a huge feast with appetizers that brought back incredible memories. Looking back, it’s weekends like this that make staying a home even sweeter.
What did all of you do this weekend?
This week I’ve got quite a bit in store for you – a new series with a talented friend, a new workspace I can’t wait for you to feast your eyes on, a scrumptious recipe that I’ve been making every week and much more!
Cheers to a fabulous week ahead!
Photo by Caitlin Flemming (from our turkish dinner)
This past week was quite hectic – most days I was running around with one meeting after another, getting errands done for clients and at the end of each day I’d collapse in my chair wondering what I even achieved. Sometimes I have to remind myself that there is always tomorrow to get the desk tasks done. Do you ever find yourself doing the same thing? After this week I’m definitely ready for a weekend kicking back.
Don’t miss my favorite links from this past week!
- This sale has me excited for fall! I love layering up when crisp weather comes to greet us. Have you found anything you love?
- If you live in the Bay Area I highly suggest popping into SF to check out an amazing pop-up shop (get a peek here) that is only open until the end of the month. It’s filled with Half Hitch Goods treats, The Podolls clothing, Metier jewels and Emily Proud art (I’ve got my eye on a piece for our house).
- I’ll be picking up some peaches at tomorrow’s farmers market to make this crumble.
- I’m loving Smitten Studio’s studio space - she’s one talented gal!
- And lastly, this motivating and inspiring post by Camille on how to avoid the comparison game. It’s important to step back and reflect on what’s important and why you do things. I for one love the way Sacramento Street has introduced me to some of my best friends, allowed me to take the leap into my design career and most importantly I look forward to bringing all of you unique content.
Although you can usually find me running around in flats most of the time, this season I’ve been attracted to chunky heels and wedges. My new go-to sandal is by Vince – they are incredibly comfortable (essential in my eyes!). Since I’ve found a heel that works for me I thought I’d share a handful of others that I’ve got my eye on. Indian Summer is right around the corner for us here in San Francisco. Do you have a favorite sandal you’re loving this summer?
This summer I have been trying to make a concerted effort to slow down and enjoy simple pleasures that connect me to friends and family. My mom and I had never made jam before since my grandmother would always make it for us. We realized this summer on a visit to Oregon that we should learn how to continue this tradition. We went to a farm near my grandmother’s house and got a flat of marionberries. Over the course of an evening we made 24 jars of jam and several bottles of syrup. Now that we’re back in California, we’ve already made another batch of blackberry jam!
You may want to consult a recipe as we chose to make our jam with considerably less sugar. Test it out - I just couldn’t imagine using 7 cups of sugar!
- 1 flat of berries (blackberry, marionberry, or raspberry)
- 3 cups sugar
- juice of one lemon
- 1 granny smith apple in 6 pieces
- 1 box of pectin
1.) Buy one box of 8 ounce jars and lids. Wash jars in a dishwasher. Place lids in hot water prior to filling with berry mix.
2.) Rinse berries and place in a bowl with ½ cup sugar. Mix well and let sit. The berries will begin to macerate and you can then pour them into a large pot (5 to 6 quarts). Turn on heat and bring to a boil. Add one box of pectin, lemon juice, and granny smith apple. I let it boil for a bit and the berries naturally broke down. (With the blackberries, I also put them through a food mill as they didn’t break down). Remove apple.
3.) Using a wide-moth sieve, spoon into jars leaving a minimum of ¼ inch space from top of jar. Place lid tightly on jars. Once you are finished filling the jars, boil water in a large pot with water that reaches over 2 inches above the jars. Boil for 10 minutes. Carefully remove jars with jar lifter tongs. Cool jars on a towel on the counter for 12 hours. At that time check the seal (a small circle will indent if sealed).
If you would like more detailed instructions and information on equipment, I found this site helpful!