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Musings | Lamb and youth


As I get older I have come to find that I have to redefine my wardrobe. Passing the age of thirty means finding that balance of still being youthful enough to be found cute and yet professional. Tough to be taken seriously at work with low-riding pants. I have, however, been known to show a bit too much cleave – but once your girls pass a certain size threshold then seriously where are you supposed to put them? I feel when they pass single letters then they have earned the right to just be out. But in all seriousness, one needs to come to terms with finding an actual style for themselves… and it needs to be one that doesn’t center around how many things you aren’t covering. Mrs. Hodge put it best…

Happy International Women’s Day!

We’re international. We’re women. Let’s have a drink. Kidding.

In all seriousness – let’s take a moment to think about how far we’ve come and how far we could yet go. One of my friends put it best in her usual optimistic tone that inspires me every day to look at things being a cup half full.


A hop, skip and a 6-hour jump

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This is how San Francisco makes you feel… like jumping for joy. It’s gorgeous, the winter is like spring, and my best friends live there – what a combination. I just wish the jump to get there didn’t take quite as long. Five or six hours on the plane is totally do-able, but it’s a rather long trip to have between you and your bestest friends. Bygones. So we relived college together for an amazing four days and discovered we’re – gasp – getting kind of old. When a group of six 20-somethings agree, with a sigh of relief, that ordering Chinese and playing games until midnight on a Saturday is what they collectively would like to do, you know the times, they are a-changin’. Here are some (other) highlights from the trip:

Travel musts: Blow-out (it’s a religion) and gel mani (got my first one – it’s a marvel).

Runaway hit: Kamei, insane Asian restaurant supply/import store in the Inner Richmond. I went to town on patterned Japanese soup bowls, but if you need any plastic display sushi, you can get that too.


Celebrity spotting: Met Monelle Totah, proprietress of the lovely new boutique Hudson Grace on Sacramento St. in Pacific Heights. The former Williams-Sonoma design guru put together a beautiful tabletop store that I read about in the March issue of Elle Décor. Discovered Cire Trudon while there, which are these absurdly expensive French candles (but for good reason… and not just because they’re French), that smell incredible and have been made the same way, including the glass jar, since the time of the kings. When you have enough spare bundles of $80 that splurging it on a candle seems like a logical expense, I highly recommend these. I’m tired of seeing bloggers using those Diptyque candle jars as their pencil holders on their desks. B-O-R-I-N-G.

Best chai (and delicious brunch): Ella’s in Lower Pacific Heights.

For a bit of pomp: Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe in the Outer Richmond. That crazy cart is actually a coffee machine. And the scones from Sarah’s Scones… there are no words to describe.

tea and polo shoppe san francisco tal-y-tara

Saturday night’s new BFF: Cards Against Humanity. Raunchy Apples to Apples. So good.

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Dream homes: Plenty afoot (Seacliff is real estate heaven and the Richmond has such classy entrances).


Worst decision(s): 24-hour donut shops


Best view: Lands End looking toward the Golden Gate, with a sprinkling of sailboat.

golden gate from lands end


All photos courtesy of my Instagram and my friends’ Instagrams. That’s very unofficial. But they know who they are. 

In the Post | Hoping for spring


I may be a bit old fashioned but I still love what comes in the mail. It’s so easy to get inundated with junk e-mails and just immediately delete them. But when things arrive in your mail box you have a moment to quickly leaf thru them and decide whether they are worthy of further study. Normally they are not and they make it directly into the miraculous filing system called the recycling bin, which is also a bit frustrating. However sometimes they bring home decorating inspiration, get me itching to buy clothes for the following season and make me inspired to get off my lazy winter bum and think about spring time activities.

Ideas I’m presently coveting…
1. A ladylike evening at the ballet.
2. A new dresser. The smaller and more impractical the drawers the better.
3. More nautical dresses for warmer weather… Because I’m really lacking those… The mint skinny belt featured in the most recent Garnet Hill catalog is completely up my alley.


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