Home Bar Necessities

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Wish List: Blue Velvet Sofa

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I never thought I’d say this, but I am seriously loving the look of a blue velvet sofa. Recently, I’ve been noticing more and more of these pop up among bloggers and influencers that I follow, and I’m not mad at it one bit.

I especially love the combination of the rich, royal blue with a gold coffee table. So sleek and pretty!7cd537994acd55c81302623f6513687b 8a3ae5988edb8b3a1ac600dea855d45e 8bbb1f90c4bdfdfc757a5b0e0f170252 9e9bc8786874fd5aa8e191bdc9f4b259 44ee9076ac5254ac5f00e86b8462e687 532ea72143c3975be9d4d14a219b8dfa 536db76c0dd6aa4899b3a390ba496459 b915b9cc5e3d9537e4cc87b375e140dc-1 b915b9cc5e3d9537e4cc87b375e140dc ebae6707f4748d72ccdb085275a1538f

Photos from: Pinterest.

Inside My Makeup Bag

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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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From top left to bottom right:

Tricks of the Trade: Table Setting

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hope this inspires you to throw a dinner party soon!

Brunching and Lunching in the Bay Area

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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.

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Boot and Shoe Service // Oakland

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Outerlands // Outer Sunset, San Francisco

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Monsieur Benjamin // Hayes Valley, San Francisco

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Scoma’s // Sausalito

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Trouble Coffee // Oakland or Outer Sunset, San Francisco

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B. Patisserie // Pacific Heights, San Francisco

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Jane on Fillmore // Pacific Heights, San Francisco

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Cheeseboard // Berkeley