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Layer It: Holiday Shopping

Layer It : Holiday Shopping

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Although I have a bit of a head start on my holiday shopping – I’m excited to get a few more people crossed off my holiday gift list. This weekend I’ll be hitting up a few of my favorite local shops for small business Saturday.


Layer It : Holiday Shopping


In my eyes, it’s all about comfort when doing shopping. Pair together a lightweight sweater with slouchy jeans and a pair of cute tennis shoes and you are good to go for a few hours of running around town. Now, if it’s chillier in your neck of the woods don’t forget to bundle up in some of these layers!

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1.) Merino Wool Asymmetrical Zip Sweater in Colorblock

2.) Point Sur X-Rocker Japanese Denim Jean

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3.) Penfield Appleby Down Jacket

4.) Small Cedar Street Harmony Tote

5.) Cozy Metallic Polka Dot Socks

6.) ‘574 Precious Metals Sneaker

7.) Touchtec Ragwool Gloves

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On the Menu: Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad | Sacramento Street

Although I love Thanksgiving, I find that sometimes between all the stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey, (and not to mention those pumpkin cheesecake bars) the meal is really heavy. Almost too heavy. I know that is kind of the point for Thanksgiving but it is nice to have the option of something healthy and crispy. This shaved brussel sprout salad is the perfect solution; crispy, tart and full of healthy flavors to complement all that butter and gravy goodness.

Brussel sprouts are an underdog of a vegetable. Only in the last 10 years has there has been a renewed love and realization that they are delicious. These leafy greens are easy to prepare and delicious when cooked properly. This salad is the easiest way to eat them, sliced very thin and tossed with toasted walnuts and Pecorino cheese – so good you will forget that they are actually good for you.

Since the hardest part about Thanksgiving is planning, these brussel sprouts can be shaved 2 -3 hours before serving and kept in the fridge. The dressing can also be made and tossed in just before serving. If you don’t have walnut oil, which I love using because it adds a delicious nutty flavor, olive oil works just as well.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad | Sacramento Street

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

2 lbs brussel sprouts
½ cup walnut oil
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
¼ cup Pecorino cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) Using a sharp knife or a mandolin, thinly slice the brussel sprouts starting at the non-stem end stopping once you get to the stem. Place brussel sprouts in a large bowl.

2.) In another small bowl, whisk together walnut oil, lemon juice and honey. Taste for salt and pepper.

3.) Toss brussel sprouts with dressing and serve topped with toasted walnuts and Pecorino cheese.

Serves 6 -8

Recipe by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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Blooms in Season: November


Just in time to inspire you for Thanksgiving, Natalie and I wanted to share a few tips on effortless entertaining and creating the perfect holiday centerpiece. For my tips on effortless entertaining, head over to the SF Chronicle where I spilled the beans on how anyone can have a flawless fete. Today, Natalie is sharing her go-to tips on creating a beautiful arrangement for your holiday season.

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

1.) Never make anything that is too tall. If you cannot see over the arrangement, your guests will ask to remove it from the table and then there is no point in having it in the first place. You can measure your arrangement by putting your elbow on the table and measuring to the tip of your fingers. If the arrangement is taller than your fingers, then it is too tall.

2.) Try and avoid flowers that have pollen because many people are allergic and having a sneezing guest does not help a dinner party.

3.) Don’t use any flowers with strong fragrance. While it can be nice to have the faint scent of a rose at the table, strong floral scents can compete with the food. The aromas of the meal should take center stage.

4.) When selecting the color of your centerpiece be sure to take in account the other elements on the table. Tying in the other tones really turns your look in to a complete table scape. I selected the roses to match the honey colored taper candles and the two balance and play off of each other beautifully.

5.) Think ahead and take account of what other elements will be on the table. Will the table be family style or plated? If family style, be sure to leave room for serving dishes on the table. As a rule of thumb you will need less floral and candles if you are serving family style and more if you are not.

6.) Don’t over think it. So many people are intimidated by floral arranging. Just go for it! Flowers make such a difference on a table and your guests will appreciate the effort so much! Trust me…I know this for sure!

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento StreetBlooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

I know that this Thanksgiving and holiday season I’ll be using all of these tips Natalie had to share. I hope this helps you create a stunning arrangement of your very own!

Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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a brand new week . . .

Fall Style

With the arrival of Thanksgiving week – I’m definitely feeling like it’s time to slow down and enjoy the beginning of the holidays. It’s amazing how fast November flew by, don’t you think? This past weekend I decided to ditch my computer and focus on getting the house ready for entertaining family and friends this Thanksgiving. Yes, we’re hosting even though I’m nine months pregnant. Both Eric and I love cooking up a feast and since we’re probably going to have our hands full around Christmas this year, we thought why not kick off the holidays at our house?

What are your plans this Thanksgiving holiday? Are you flying home to see family or enjoying some time in your city with friends?

I hope all of you have a wonderful short week – I’ve got a lot of inspiration for the holidays coming your way so stay tuned. I will also be launching some gift guides that you won’t want to miss!

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Four Favorites: Scarves

Four Favorites: Scarves | Sacramento Street

One of my favorite accessories is scarves. I don’t even want to admit how many I have . . . let’s just say I have a scarf problem. Here in San Francisco it’s the easiest item to tuck in your handbag in case the fog starts to roll in. Not only do they keep you warm but it’s also a way to add a little bit of pattern to any outfit.

Do you have any scarves that you love this season? I’m always on the hunt to add more to my collection!

1.) Cashmere Infinity Scarf

2.) Plaid Scarf

3.) Metallic Detector Infinity Scarf

4.) Woven Animal Print Scarf

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