Interiors: End of Summer Bedding Refresh

Having a toddler and an infant at the same time, I feel as if it’s a constant struggle to keep my house looking good. We are of the belief that there are no “off limits” areas to our home. It seems the edges are a bit worn and I need to think about a refresh. One room I am addressing this summer is my bedroom. I desperately needed new linens and a different look that is lighter and calming.

I went no further than down Sacramento Street to Jessie Black. You walk into the shop and it is the definition of calm and soothing. Exquisite linens and carefully curated furniture and accessories, make this a shop at the top of my list when I am looking for items for my clients.

What I’ve done in my bedroom was relatively simple. I changed the lamps to these stunning Parisian Driftwood Lamps – a much needed change since I’ve had them since college. I then added new pillows, a Belgian Stitched Blanket and throws and it looks so much better. I also got one of the Gerhard Ceramics vases and a beautiful South African hand-woven basket that I am completely giddy about. In the end, my bedroom is an oasis of calm and I couldn’t be happier. I created two different looks. Which do you prefer?

Check out Jessie Black when you’re on Sacramento Street. You can find them at:
Jessie Black
3252 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415)757-0202

Tips on Traveling Well (+ A Giveaway)

As someone who values travel in her life, I also love the art of traveling well. I always travel relatively light – I can use a carry on for a two-week trip. That being said, I love to have everything organized and I spend a great deal of time figuring out how to best do this.

Here are some tips for traveling well

  • I always bring a wrap/throw to have on the airplane. I steer away from those airline blankets (too many potential germs). I have several of the throws from St Frank (that I use as a shawl) in black, gray, and recently I got one in cream. They’re great on the plane but are also a perfect way to spruce up an outfit for evening. I don’t leave home without one.
  • I also like to have several cosmetic bags to put medication, cosmetics, and even snacks in. You never know when you might need them. I love how the mud cloth travel clutch goes so perfectly with the larger clutch size (again, my “bag within a bag” belief).
  • Be sure to have a good book. Have you read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles? If not, this is a book you may want to pick up. It was such a heart-warming story. I also just started Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and I can’t put it down.
  • Finally, always buy water for the airplane. Staying hydrated is one of the essential things for warding off jet lag.

The good news is that we are having a giveaway. You can enter to win the St Frank throw and Mud Cloth Travel Clutch that I have pictured. All you need to do is:

    1. Follow both St Frank and myself on Instagram
    2. Comment below about what how you travel well and you’ll be eligible to win

Please note that by entering the contest you agree to receive promotional emails from St. Frank.

A winner will be selected on Monday, August 14th!

The core to St. Frank’s mission is their two-fold social mission:

Supporting economic empowerment for artisans
Preserving traditional artisanal craft

They accomplish this through partnering with entrepreneurial artisan organizations that transform the communities in which they work by providing quality jobs, training, and other holistic support to artisans. They collaborate with partners to tell the story of the historical and cultural context of each unique piece. Textiles are the most universal and yet diverse art form – and their pieces are celebrated as such. I personally love the variety they have and each piece is so versatile! Be sure to check out their website or visit them soon at their San Francisco store or the pop-up store in the Hamptons.

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August Moodboard

It’s hard to believe that it’s August – where has this summer gone? I’ve been anxiously waiting for this month to come because we will be doing a little traveling as a family of four (wish us luck!). Even though we have many summer days upon us – there is something about August that gets everyone talking about fall and the holidays (yes, I said it…).

This summer – like no other, I’ve been obsessed with all things white, beige, light grays, you name it. It’s translating in my wardrobe and our home. I can’t get enough. And even though fall will be here before we know it I have a feeling these hues will continue on into the crisp days ahead.

What’s inspiring you this month?

Beauty: My Go-To Products

Becoming a mama of two littles has changed our morning routine drastically. These days I find myself being pulled in so many directions and when I find myself with five minutes to get put together, I have to keep things simple. Lately I’ve been asked by several friends what products I’ve been using – they say I look refreshed (if only I felt that way!). So, I thought I’d share my go-to products I’ve been using since Amelia has arrived.

1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – This has SPF and a little tint to cover up a few blemishes.

2. Onomie A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment – One thing is for certain, the bags under my eyes are REAL. I just got this in the mail and so far I’m in love with it.

3. True Botanicals Eye Serum – I’ve loved this product for a long time. I use it at night and in the morning. It’s magic! I’ve been a huge fan of ALL their products since Jackson was born – I couldn’t live without my Pure Radiance Renew Oil and Cellular Repair Serum.

4. Glossier Boy Brow – This is a MUST! I rarely get to my esthetician to a brow wax and tint – it’s nice to give my brows a little boost every morning.

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While I’m definitely not a beauty expert these four products have been essential each morning. Do you have any products you love that make you feel more ready in the morning?