Today I’m excited to share two brands that I’ve adored for quite some time that have joined forces to create a stunning new collection. Etkie x St. Frank have come together to create a limited-time collection that features contemporary cuffs hand-beaded by Native American artisans. St. Frank is one of my go-to shops in SF, which you all know from previous posts (here and here) but you may not know about Etkie.
Etkie works with Native American artisans in New Mexico to create jewelry inspired by the landscape and culture of the southwest. St. Frank and Etkie collaborated to design this contemporary cuff based on antique Navajo rug motifs. Each piece is hand-beaded on a traditional Navajo loom.
What I love about this piece is not only the finest handwork – both beaded as well as an inner part of the bracelet in hand-stitched leather – but the simplicity of the motifs that work with so much of my other jewelry and clothes. I’ve currently been wearing it everyday on my trip to Italy and France.
To celebrate the launch of the Etkie x St. Frank collaboration, with a sneak peek at the new color ways launching for Spring. St. Frank’s founder, Christina Bryant, as well as Etkie founder, Sydney Alfonso, are hosting an event this week at the San Francisco shop. I wish I was in town to celebrate with them but I’ll be there in spirit wearing my very own cuff.
Date: Wednesday, May 16th Time: 5:00 to 7:00pm Location: St. Frank / 3665 Sacramento Street. (Between Spruce and Locust) / San Francisco, CA 94118
The One Room Challenge has come to a close! You may all be wonder – what the heck happened? This is not my proudest moment. First I switched gears from my moms bathroom to redoing my toilet room. Then after finding all the perfect items and GORGEOUS wallpaper I was left with finding someone to install it. Y’all – San Francisco is nuts!
After countless hours calling, meeting, getting quotes, finding someone, losing someone and then finally finding a last resort and being told it would cost me $4,000 (no I didn’t put one too many zero’s) to do a tiny tiny toilet room, I put up a white flag. There was no way I was going to pay that much for a room that might be 2 feet by 4 feet.
When my last resort didn’t work out, I felt completely defeated. I kept thinking to myself – how could I not get this done? What are people going to think? But as I told friends and family about the outrageous quote they all said the same thing – your readers will be supportive of you not forking over that absurd amount of money.
I feel horrible for not finishing and following through this project to the end but I’ll be sharing a lot of my design projects on here from now on. I’ve been asked more and more to share the progress of them and I’m definitely going to do that even if it’s construction or just rooms that have no walls. Sharing the progress with all of you is such a treat.
Recently, I’ve found myself going more frequently to Los Angeles. I have been in search for the perfect hotel that works for my needs: not too pricey and a place that’s comfortable and quiet. I finally found it! The Nomad Hotel is the perfect place. The former Bank of Italy building dates to 1923. It had stood vacant for a long time but now has been converted into The Nomad Hotel. Entering through its doors, you step into a beautiful lobby with jewel-toned furniture. This is a perfect spot for breakfast in the morning or an afternoon drink later in the day.
The upper floors of the Nomad are devoted to the rooms. I was impressed with the décor (I honestly want the lighting!), which is fun yet not over-the-top trendy. It’s also been the perfect location for our trips to do photo shoots. Only a few blocks from the LA flower market, we could quickly jump in an Uber and pick up flowers for the homes we photographed. It’s also centrally located – making it a great spot to get around from.