Ooh, my favorite!

The Animal Print Shop
August 18, 2010, 1:37 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Nature, Photography

Some of these have already made the blog rounds, but I couldn’t help but to add them here. A few years ago photographer Sharon Montrose opened her line of limited edition prints into a more affordable option so that we could all have the chance to own one (or more!) of these sweet photos.

Here are some of my favorites from the Baby Animals line. See more at The Animal Print Shop.

[All images via Sharon Montrose @ The Animal Print Shop.]

Scratch Map
August 17, 2010, 10:29 am
Filed under: Gift guide

The best part of a scratch lottery ticket without the part where you lose a couple bucks. A super cool way to track your travels around the world and the perfect gift for a jet setter.

Available here for $23.

[via unstitched]

August 17, 2010, 9:13 am
Filed under: Silly, Videos

Considering I can’t even use a yo-yo the conventional way, I find this completely fascinating!

Jensen Kimmitt wins the the 2010 World YoYo Contest with his new signature yo-yo the NORTHSTAR by YoYoFactory.

[via likecool]

Pizzeria Picco
August 16, 2010, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Food, Restaurants, San Francisco

Not the greatest pictures (from my phone) but I had to share because we had quite a lovely Sunday, complete with the most awesome dessert I’ve had in a while.

A trip out to Larkspur to visit our friend Dom quickly turned into a lunch date when I realized Pizzeria Picco was right down the street. Foodie Friend Brian had been talking about this place for a while, but I just hadn’t had the chance to make my way up north until yesterday.

It was a beautiful day and the pizza was great! Oh how I love wood fired pizza. (For my Seattle friends, it was very similar to Tutta Bella. But only the Columbia City location, not the others which are just not as good.) I was so busy eating that I didn’t take pics of the watermelon feta salad, or the burrata beet crostini, or the bacon braised kale pizza. I did however remember to take a pic of the tiny remaining pieces of the margherita pizza with calabrian chilis on the side.

I had been eyeing the dessert menu before we even left the house, and was especially intrigued by one of their specialties: organic Straus Dairy soft serve ice cream drizzled with DaVero extra virgin olive oil topped with a light sprinkling of sea salt. I was all set to order when this magically appeared after a mix-up on a different order. What a happy coincidence!

The ice cream was wonderfully smooth but also had the perfect amount of bite; I could almost chew it and that was a beautiful thing. The sweet and savory flavors were perfect: the olive oil was silky and fragrant and the granules of sea salt offered a bit of crunch and a great counterpoint to the sweetness of the ice cream. Ah, so happy!

Another lovely weekend come and gone…I can’t believe it’s Monday again.

Happy Friday!
August 13, 2010, 11:01 am
Filed under: Personal

So the other day I mentioned that I had been pretty boring and hadn’t been doing much of anything, and then it dawned on me that I was so wrong. I was judging myself based on my latest blog posts (the lack of) when in reality I’ve had a wonderful few weeks, even while settling in at work.

The truth of the matter is that working downtown has been wonderful and dangerous…the last four Friday’s (and this past Tuesday) have turned into impromptu date nights. My Lova picks me up after work, we’ll head out for a lazy happy hour (oysters and champagne at Oola), and then head off to dinner (Perbacco or Anchor & Hope), then I’ll drop him off at work and head home (and sleep!) until he’s ready for me to come get him, usually around 3:30 or so (tis the life of a DJ’s boothie).

[image via parisandbuttermilk and glittertullelace]

It’s all been so fun and spontaneous (and maybe a little rockstar), but now we’ll have to take a little step back to reality and not be quite so impulsive for the sake of our wallets and wastelines. The good news is that we’ll need to do it all again eventually so that I can take some pics and maybe offer you some new restaurant/date night ideas.

Happy Friday friends! Hope your weekend is filled in fun and spontaneity, even if mine will be a bit more censored compared to weeks past.

the birds and the beasts
August 11, 2010, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Gift guide

I’ve never been much of a card gal. I love giving gifts, but tossing a card in the mix never really seemed to add much value, they mostly just seem mass-produced and insincere. I mean let’s be honest here, when’s the last time you got a really nice card that meant something special…one that you actually wanted to keep forever? Don’t get me wrong though, I love a good card with hand-written sentiments sent the old fashioned way, but they are hard to come by nowadays. (This precise exercise is on my list of things to improve upon, by the way.)

I’d really love to be able to make my own, but since that doesn’t usually happen these great cards from the birds and the beasts will do just fine! Quirky, cute, and fun they’re printed with soy based ink on F.S.C certified paper. In other words, they’re as sustainable as a paper card can get. ($3.50 each with envelope)

Robo Unicorn – Happy Birthday

Robo Vampire – Thank You

Whale Party – Happy Birthday

Congratulations squid (die-cut)

(My friend’s BB and Crabby are not included here, they send the best cards!)

August 10, 2010, 3:58 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Videos

A gorgeous video on the subtle power of words and language, this was also featured on WNYC Radiolab and NPR.

Words have the power to shape the way we think and feel. In this stunning video, filmmakers Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante bandy visual wordplay into a moving exploration of how language connects our inner thoughts to the outside world.

[via spiegelman]

August 9, 2010, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Fashion, Gift guide, Yes please

I’ve been following Emerson of EMERSONMADE for quite a while now, and though she’s gotten tons of love from the blogosphere, I still can’t help but to gush. Completely amazing in so many ways Emerson is EMERSONMADE – artist, designer, entrepreneur, and model – she has transformed her one-woman-operation into a full-fledged business. I’ve loved keeping tabs on the blog and the latest fashion line; so much charm and character and produced in small batches!

Finally after all this time lurking around the site I am proud to finally report that I’ve made my first purchase: the leather and brass post belt. It will ship in September and I can hardly contain myself.

I could have easily done so much damage, but since I’ve been waiting for this belt for a while I decided this would be my first little gift to myself.  No promises on the next order though, I think the BlueBells denim and some flower pins will have to be mine.

I also wanted to share her amazing pantry with you, too. I daydream about this regularly. No refined ingredients or sugars. Gorgeous!

Happy Friday!
August 6, 2010, 2:23 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Powell Street, San Francisco

It’s the weekend…finally! Do you have any sexy plans? ‘ll be bopping around Union Square tomorrow night for a bachelorette party, right about where the picture above was taken. I just love being downtown on a Saturday night!

I’ve been absent as I continue to settle in at work, but honestly I feel drained of all inspiration. Not sure why, but there really hasn’t been anything exciting on the cooking, eating, farmer’s market, or fashion fronts for me the past few weeks. I’m really quite tired and boring. Hopefully soon I’ll get back into my groove; I do miss my little place here, it really makes me happy.

[Image via f***yeahstreetlights]

Bulb Bling
August 5, 2010, 4:03 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Came across another fun accessory for the house today. Designed by Eric Therner, available here.

Brilliant, I say! (But maybe not so much after they burn out.)

[via LikeCool]

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