Despite what the weather outside may suggest, spring is officially here. And for those of us tolerating yet another bout of rain and snow, keep your head up. Soon enough, you’ll be able to trade in those cold weather wool hats for Janessa Leone‘s boaters, fedoras and baseball caps in light and dark shades of beautiful, handwoven straw. My personal favorites are the Michaela, made of packable straw and perfect to travel with (you can actually keep it rolled up in your suitcase for up to 3 days!), the Sydney, which can be worn with the brim flipped down or up, and the Cara, a baseball cap constructed out of a lightweight Sisal straw with subtle knotted pattern. Now, if only the sun can surface . . .
2018 has been all about finding a better work-life balance. While running my own business from home gives me the freedom to make my own schedule, most of the time it feels as though I’m never not working around the clock. With mental wellness and stress management as a priority of mine these days, I’ve been making an effort to set boundaries and unplug whenever necessary, especially during those periods where I find myself in a creative rut. So whenever I feel the need to breakaway from the computer, or happen to be out and about for a meeting or event, I’ll take a couple of hours of “me” time while visiting some of my favorite spots in San Francisco. Since parking in the city is an absolute pain, I like to request rides using my Uber app and then schedule pick up times from each destination, thanks to the convenience of Uber’s Scheduled Rides. This way, I’m able to carve out just enough time where I can still make it home to crank out a few more hours of work before hanging up my hat for the day. Because it’s all about balance, right? These are just a few of the places around town give me that brief but meaningful respite . . . and frankly, just make me happy. Where do you like to unwind?
Our dining room is currently in design limbo and I could use your help! It’s the last room in the house that has pretty much remained untouched since we moved in four years ago. It currently has a beautiful and oversized farm table, a piece we brought over from our previous pad. However, because of its square shape, the room actually needs a large round table. And just when I finally came around to the idea of dining around a circular table, I soon realized how impossible it is to find one. It’s been quite a challenge to locate a table large enough to fit 8 to 10 people – 72″ wide, at least. So friends, if you have any leads, please send them my way!
How wonderful are these illustrations by Brazilian artist Brunna Mancuso? Each of the ladies, some of which were painted as part of the artist’s own 365 Day Project, are so full of authentic character and individualistic charm. The clothing patterns and the facial expressions are so full of confidence and life, one can only dream to be the subject of one of her portraits! Love.
Tigers and denim and caftans . . . oh my! Designer Sandra Sandor drew inspiration from the far East, Africa and the wild West this spring, with western yoke details on light blue denim jackets and vests, sarong like dresses and skirts with a subtle rose jacquard pattern, and babouche slippers in a reminiscently 90s jungle print. I always admire the unexpected details and wearable ease of Nanushka’s collections – this one, in particular, has me day dreaming of a warmer season ahead.