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High Tea: Celebrating Moms with Williams Sonoma

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Teatime has long been a tradition in my family. When Williams Sonoma told me about the launch of their new custom blended tea collection created by Five Mountains, which is based right here in San Francisco – I jumped at the chance to spread the news.


Now to the purpose of our afternoon – spending an afternoon celebrating our motherhood and enjoying some of the best tea I have ever had. I had the opportunity to host tea for an incredible group of Bay Area moms – a reprieve from the busy lives all of us are living today. While many are coffee drinkers these days, I have always been a tea drinker. I love the delicate flavor of tea and the soothing relaxation that pours over me when I sip a good tea. I have great memories of being offered tea in both Istanbul as well as in Marrakech by the owners of stores and markets I was visiting. Let me tell you, the new line of teas that Williams Sonoma has produced is like none other. The Peppermint tea is strong and smooth and the Earl Grey is one of my morning favorites. I think it’s time for us to bring back teatime to our homes. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up that rejuvenates us to finish our day productively.


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The setting of our tea was in the lovely and historic Palace Hotel. I felt as though I were stepping back in time. And the tea service they provide in the Garden Court since the early 1900’s is beautiful. The old school elegance and charm in the heart of San Francisco just can’t be beat. Between the delicate tea sandwiches, homemade scones and Williams Sonoma’s Organic Tea – it was one of those afternoons that was truly magical.


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Gathering this group of moms together that have both inspired me and provided support while being a new mom was icing on the cake. The day didn’t go off without a hitch – as I was getting all the last-minute details taken care of, including making small bouquets of spring flowers for each guest to take home, my nanny had to rush to pick up a sick daughter. As a new mother, I was momentarily panicked, but it quickly became apparent that I would need to bring Jackson with me.

 

It was a reminder for me that motherhood isn’t always smooth and there will always be times we need to place our child above our work. Jackson was a sweet boy the entire afternoon – it goes to show you that when you’re a mom you have to roll with the punches.


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After an incredible afternoon of feeling like we were transported back in time, I’m already wanting to plan another high tea. I’ve gathered all of the essentials you’d need to create and plan your very own high tea at home.


HIgh Tea Essentials with Williams Sonoma

The essentials you need for hosting a High Tea:

 

Peppermint Tea Sachets | Williams-Sonoma Open Kitchen Glass Teapot

Apilco Gold Rimmed Cups & Saucers | Apilco Gold Rimmed Salad Plates

Tonal Edge NapkinsMeyer Lemon Poppyseed Scone Mix

 Meyer Lemon Curd | Honey Pot with Wooden Dipper

 Orange Blossom Honey


Remember to celebrate being a mom everyday. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy the joys of motherhood!


This post is a partnership with Williams Sonoma. A huge thank you to both Williams Sonoma & Palace Hotel for having us. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Images by Emily Scott 

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Minimalist Momstyle

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Honestly, since I became a mother, I’ve had to let some things go. There are days when I don’t actually have a chance to shower or complete a workout. I try not to beat myself up – there will be plenty of time in the future. It’s amazing how frequently I look at my watch and it’s noon and I have not accomplished anything other than just spending time with Jackson.

 

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While having a baby has changed the picture for me in a multitude of ways, my style has remained relatively the same – maybe just a bit more informal. You definitely need to embrace fabrics that can easily be washed when you have a baby in your life.


A great option that I gravitate to on a daily basis, are the clothes I have from Shop Buru. They all seem to work by being both comfortable and stylish at the same time. There are some pieces I’ve actually ordered multiples of!

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Pop on over to Shop Buru and see the items I’ve chosen as motherhood essentials and hear more about how I’m adjusting to motherhood.


This post is a partnership with Shop Buru. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


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Greycork: Convenience Meets Good Design

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In my design business, I have always believed that less is more. I would rather have fewer pieces of quality than a house filled with throwaway furniture. Along with this, I find that buying from smaller companies that care about all of the details of their products can make the experience of buying items an enjoyable one. When I heard about Greycork, I knew their business model fit into my belief about design.

 

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Greycork is a  online furniture startup producing quality furniture that brings cutting-edge design together with practical convenience. Both of the co-founders attended RISD and this is apparent in their products.

 

I have their desk and use it as my office desk. Each of these pieces arrive to your door in only five days. The top of the desk is a stunning solid wood that feels like satin. The metal legs of the table fold into the top for easy storage and it is easy to move from room to room.

 

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I highly suggest popping over to their site! Greycork has done it right – creating products that work in your life.


This post is a partnership with Greycork. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


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Our First Family Getaway

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One thing I pondered about all the time while pregnant, was how having a baby would affect my ability to travel. Obviously, traveling with an infant or young child requires more planning when it comes to packing for a trip, but there is no reason not to start traveling from the very start. Perhaps because of my own upbringing where I always traveled with my parents to the ends of the globe, I wanted to continue this tradition of opening the world up to my children.


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The first trip we took Jackson on was a few weeks ago prior to him turning three months old thanks to Bugaboo and Kid & Coe – to celebrate the launch of the new Bugaboo Bee 3. We ventured as a family from San Francisco to New York.  I was a bit nervous about the flight since Jackson and I would be flying solo, but in the end, I had nothing to worry about. It was smooth sailing for the entire flight. And while navigating the airport could have been difficult, I gate checked my Bugaboo Bee 3 and it was waiting for me when I disembarked. This meant I could have a place not only for Jackson, but also all the carry on items I brought.


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Instead of staying at a hotel we had the pleasure of staying in a condo in the city through Kid & Coe.  We had a beautiful place in the Financial District that we could call home on our trip.  We dove into our adventures and Jackson did beautifully the entire trip.  We had great meals including one at Cluney Café and Momofuku Noodle Bar. Jackson slept in the Bugaboo Bee 3 during all of our meals. We took long walks through neighborhoods with visits to John Derian and ABC Carpet & Home. Our last morning we visited the memorial for 9/11 and were moved to tears.


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I recommend having a stroller for trips with infants. They can nap while you take advantage of the sites.  Jackson was so comfortable in his little home-away-from-home.  And the fresh air always puts him in a good mood. He loves looking at the world around him (ok – honestly, he mostly loves to look at leaves on trees).


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Ultimately, it was a perfect trip. Our little family of three had figured out just how fun traveling together can be!


This post is a partnership with Bugaboo Bee 3 and Kid & Coe. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


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Changing Table Essential: The Diaper Pail

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In an earlier post, I wrote about the perfect changing table arrangement. While I felt confident in deciding the decor of Jackson’s nursery, I had absolutely no clue about the most useful essentials to have at my fingertips next to the table. Quickly, I discovered I needed advice from mothers with more experience than I had.


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One item they unanimously suggested was a good diaper pail that would keep the smell of dirty diapers out of the nursery. Overwhelmingly, they recommended the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin. The top of the pail has an odor-busting Armor & Hammer baking soda that deodorizes as well as a self-sealing lid. I think the best part for me is the ability to open it with one hand. As Jackson becomes more active, it’s important that I can accomplish changing him while always keeping a firm hand on him. Luckily, along with having great function, it also looks great. Sleek and simple design make the pail unobtrusive and visually pleasing.

 

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Do you have a favorite item you couldn’t live without for your changing table?


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