Will and I have been looking for a little bar cart to put beneath our ornate light fixture in the living room for so long. We sadly haven’t found anything, but are still very much on the hunt!
Since we were having friends over the other weekend, I decided to pull out the bar cart we use in our kitchen to hold our microwave and toaster oven and put it in the living room. While it doesn’t look quite right in the space (we’re hoping for something a bit shorter & wider), it was seriously so.much.fun styling it. Here’s how I did it:
Props, props, props: Sure, a bar cart should mostly be functional in nature (hi, alcohol), but it also needs a bit of stylizing with props. I topped it off with two of my favorite cook books, a bowl filled with lemons, marble coasters, and a pretty bud vase.
Add variety. While I have double that number of glasses tucked away in my cabinets, I liked the look of having a few different glasses and only a few of each. Not only does it create visual interest, but also ensures you’re prepared for any drink your guests might want.
Find a place. While most bar carts come on wheels, I’d recommend finding a designated spot for it in your living room or dining room and keeping it there. It will seem much more purposeful that way.
And on that note, I’d like to say cheers to a wonderful next few weeks! I’ll be taking some time off the blog to travel throughout South East Asia and will be back here on March 14th. Can’t wait to share about my travels with you when I am back!
Crisp white hydrangeas in my bedroom to brighten up these gloomy Winter days.
My 2017 essentials.
The most beautiful sunset from a weekend getaway to Monterey.
Clear blue skies just outside the San Francisco Ferry Building.
My sister’s dog is on top of the leopard trend.
First off, how pretty is my Cuyana makeup bag? I’m pretty much in love with it and makes me want to fill it with only the best of beauty products. On that note, I thought it’d be fun to share what beauty items I can’t live without.
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As a little girl, there was nothing I loved more than setting the table. Whether it was just a normal Tuesday night dinner with my siblings and parents, or a fancier occasion with family friends, I busted out all the stops. I’d pick flowers from our garden, put out wine glasses, make place cards–you name it, I did it.
Fast forward several years later, and I still love a good, classy table setting. Since I don’t usually have fancy dinner parties at home (we only have a total of four chairs and aren’t the best cooks in the world), I tend to keep it pretty casual with a few special touches. See below for what I mean.
My first rule of table setting is try to color coordinate and keep things consistent (but let’s be real, that applies to pretty much everything I do). The gold in the glasses compliments the straw placemats, as well as the bit of wood on our cutting board.
The second rule is to always have a centerpiece. This really doesn’t have to be anything too fancy; practical is just as good. Right now, I’m loving the look of a chic cutting board with salt and pepper shakers, a small bouquet and some wine.
The third and final rule is to know the real rules. The fork is always on the left, knife on the right, and salad plate on top.
Hope this inspires you to throw a dinner party soon!
Why is it always so hard to list your favorite restaurants when put on the spot? I always seem to freeze when asked that question, as if I’ve never eaten anywhere ever. Please tell me I’m not alone in this!
Because I do get asked that question all the time, I thought I’d share some of my favorite brunch & lunch spots as of late.
Boot and Shoe Service // Oakland
Outerlands // Outer Sunset, San Francisco
Monsieur Benjamin // Hayes Valley, San Francisco
Scoma’s // Sausalito
Trouble Coffee // Oakland or Outer Sunset, San Francisco
B. Patisserie // Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Jane on Fillmore // Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Cheeseboard // Berkeley
I’m super excited to report that I have a new morning routine that has seriously changed my life. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic but let me explain.
A few weeks ago, I bought these wall hooks from Anthropologie because I thought they were too pretty to pass on. When I first purchased them, I knew that I would find a use for them but it wasn’t immediately clear just what that use was. I thought about hanging them in the bathroom to hold towels, or maybe even in the kitchen to hold oven mitts. Eventually, I landed on my closet and could not be more pleased with that decision.
I have always loved to plan my outfits in advance, but don’t love that then you just have a pile of clothes in your closet waiting for you. Luckily, these hooks have saved the day. Now, I can set out my outfit in advance but hang all of the items right onto the hooks. I hang everything from my jeans to my bra to my jewelry right on the hook, so when it comes time to get dressed, it’s all right there waiting for me.
So far, I am absolutely loving my new routine and would highly recommend it!