Style: Kendall Conrad in Montecito

Kendall ConradAs most of you probably know already, I love it when I can buy from small local companies. On my trip to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, I stopped by one of my favorite shops – Kendall Conrad. All of the accessories she makes are made in California of sustainable materials. The design is timeless, with wallets, weekenders, purses, shoes and jewelry made from saddle leather and supple suede from Italy, Spain, and France.

Kendall ConradKendall ConradKendall ConradWhat strikes me about Kendall Conrad are the simple designs of each piece that all stand the test of time and can be enjoyed for years. I picked up one of the leather bracelets, perfume, and a key holder with a stunning leather and brass tassel.

Kendall Conrad Kendall ConradIf you don’t live in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara, you can also buy online. KC boutiques are in Venice, Brentwood, and Montecito and are so worth a visit. Beautiful photographs as well as Picasso prints, create an atmosphere you won’t want to leave. I’m coveting a pair of sandals and a bag that I can’t stop thinking about…next time!

Photos by Caitlin Flemming

Layer It: Beach Side

Layer It: Beach Side

For most parts of the country, you’re probably ready for the summer to wind to an end. But here in San Francisco, summer can be one of the cooler parts of the year. Instead of swimsuits and barbecue, we bundle up. Toward mid-August, the fog moves out and the sun comes out. September can be the warmest month of the year. This is when we pull out our swimsuits and head for the beach!

Layer It: Beach Side

I’ve pulled together some of my favorite pieces for the beach, poolside, or your own backyard. I have loved the scalloped edges on swim wear lately. Do any of you have a suit with scallops? I’m ready to soak in some rays of sun and enjoy the beautiful August light out there! Happy end of summer to all of you.

The Basics

the bikini | the tunic

The Layers

the hat | the shoesthe tote | the hair spray | the sun enhancer

Do you have any favorite pieces you love wearing for an evening out? Also, don’t forget to check out past Layer It posts for outfit inspiration.

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Shopping Local on Sacramento Street

Sacramento StreetI’ve lived on Sacramento Street for over 10 years. I love that the street has become a mecca for designers and interior design shops. When I need to source, I just step out of my home, and the first place I set out looking is on the street I live on! Recently, I’ve decided it’s time for me to be a bit more grown up, so I got an American Express Blue Cash Everyday card. I like being able to shop the street and also go out to lunch all on the same card, and it feels great to know that I’m getting 1% back on those purchases with this card. If you haven’t been to Sacramento Street lately, come on over and check it out! There are so many shops for design that are fun and filled with fascinating items. I’ve outlined a few of my favorites that I would recommend.

St Frank

St. Frank

This is the new kid on the block and let me tell you, if you want to find something unique, this is the store for you. The owner has a carefully curated shop filled with items she has found in her travels around the world. Beautiful fabrics have been made into both wall hangings as well as pillows. Items from Mexico, Africa, Istanbul, Morocco and beyond are all represented here. The St. Frank store also has an extensive collection of design books that are impossible to resist.

Anyon Atelier Anyon Atelier

Anyon Atelier

I often find myself lured into Anyon Atelier when I see something beautiful in their windows. I have found unique bowls and lamps that are the finishing touches for design projects. They also have a strong selection of photography that has tempted me a more than one occasion.

Hudson Grace Hudson Grace

Hudson Grace

If you need a hostess gift or finishing touches for your home, be sure to visit Hudson Grace. I often will buy a large platter here as a wedding gift. They also have an extensive collection of silver they have picked up in Paris and London. Hudson Grace has their own line of candles that smell out of this world. Right now I’m loving the Brentwood Candle with it’s cedar undertones. I have also find some hard-to-find interior design books here. They often have authors in for book signings which can be great fun!

Jessie Black

Jessie Black

If you like a serene interior, come by Jessie Black and you will find the best collection of neutral goodness found in one place. Cashmere throws, antique pieces from France, baskets, and more await you in the stunning shop of Jessie Black.

As Quoted As Quoted

As Quoted

Finally, after all of this shopping, you may want to stop for lunch or a coffee. Be sure to stop by the newest place on Sacramento Street – As Quoted. I love the salads there but they also have a turmeric latte that is out of this world.

Now that I have my American Express Blue Cash Everyday card, I can leave home with my list of things I need to buy, and know that I’ll be getting 1% cash back. Another perk – after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new card in your first 3 months of Card Membership, you will receive the $250 back in the form of a statement credit. It’s easy, fun and just out my front door! Happy shopping – I hope to see you soon on Sacramento Street!

This post is a partnership with American Express Blue Cash Everyday. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming | Portrait Shots by Claire Giffen

How to Create an Effortless Picnic at the Beach

Beach PicnicAt times it’s hard to believe it’s summer in San Francisco. This is the time of year that the fog rolls into the city and rarely burns off in our neighborhood. Regardless, there are times I am willing to bundle up for some time outdoors.

Beach Picnic Beach PicnicI decided to ignore the fog and pretend it felt like summer and planned an outdoor picnic at Baker Beach here at the edge of the city. To be honest – I chose a perfect day. We saw dolphins who were so close it looked like we could reach out and touch them! There were fishermen and a few dog walkers, but we were some of the few people enjoying this outdoor treasure.

Beach Picnic Beach Picnic Beach Picnic If I had needed to prepare this picnic from scratch, I might never have actually get it together to invite friends to share a simple meal. Instead, I bought the items already prepared. I picked up delicious open-faced sandwiches at Tartine Bakery and also put together a cheese board with all of my go-to goodies (see this post for details on cheese board essentials).

Beach Picnic Beach Picnic Beach Picnic - 14Beach PicnicJust because I wasn’t home (where we have zero outdoor space), didn’t mean I had to use paper plates. I pulled out some of my favorite favorite blue and white dishes from Elsie Green. They were a mix of different patterns that looked so pretty together. I also brought a beautiful remnant of fabric from Elsie to use as a tablecloth/blanket for everyone to sit on. I even brought some of my houseplants to make it feel a little bit more special. And to make the setting more comfortable for friends, I brought along my favorite striped pillows from Studio McGee and the blue series pillows from Citizenry. It was comfortable, intimate, and had a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Can’t get much better than that!

Beach PicnicBeach Picnic Sometimes, we have to take pause from our hectic life and take a few minutes to spend time with the people we love.

Photography by Delbarr Moradi

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