Thursday, September 29, 2005

How cute is this...

Jean and Trent have to pick up a couple of these puppies for the future.

Sale alert: Cost Plus

Cost Plus World Market is having a sale on kitchen furniture and other items this week. Pretty good prices if anyone is looking for a new set of chairs. I may go by this Saturday to investigate buying a full length mirror. Not being able to see my complete outfit in the mirrors at the house has been quite the hindrance lately.

Gun wheeling and dealing

Who would have thought that yours truly would end up in the arms dealing business! I just visited a fancy auction house and posted an antique Japanese gun for sale. It's estimated to fetch about $1,500 dollars. Not too shabby!

The unique precautions one must take when hauling around a four foot gun in San Francisco are quite hysterical. I wrapped the gun in newspaper and hoped to pass it off as some sort of art thing. It's worked so far...no panic mobs just yet. I'll be sure to link to the auction catalog once the gun is up for sale at the end of October.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Chaise controversy

The chaise lounge that we ordered way back in August is finally about to arrive after 6 or 7 delays. The fabric that we wanted was discontinued, etc. etc. etc. At least we are getting free delivery now. And it is a really cute chaise :)

Monday, September 26, 2005

Continued: Things I love today

Along the same theme of impractical seasonal decor, these squirrel placecard holders are divine. Wouldn't they be great for Thanksgiving?

Things I love today

These Halloween plates from Sur La Table are so adorable! I wish I had a huge house with lots of storage for this sort of seasonal decor!

Alert: Dog blog update!

New dogs are posted online now! Click here.

WTF

According to the British newspaper, The Observer, there may be a pack of assassin dolphins loose in the gulf of mexico. Apparently these dolphins were trained by the military to carry and fire toxic darts and were set loose by the recent hurricane.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Things I love today

In the category of small pleasures (freshly sharpened pencils and hershey's bars), I profess my love today for stacks of letters. Is there anything more satisfying than having a little pile of sealed, addressed and stamped letters on your desk ready to go out?

I love it when I have stacks of Christmas cards or announcements, but the best is when it's a mix of bills, personal letters and cards of different sizes. It's just so nice...so efficient...so old fashioned...

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Things I love today

Boden is a great source for cute clothes from the UK. Check out the coats, wrap dresses and purses. Now only if the currency exchange rate actually made their clothes affordable!

It's spa day!

I am so excited for my facial after work today! The combination of swimming in municipal pool water, cold windy days and urban pollution has me feeling more than a little icky. It's time to get scrubbed!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Therapeutic madness

I can't believe I forgot about it this morning! Last night while hanging out with Jean, I discovered the power of "therapeutic madness." Not only does it scare away attacking hobos but I am convinced it is better than Prozac for improving your mood. The concepts is simple...just yell out the three weirdest words that pop into your head really quickly and really loudly. Some highlights:

- Snorkle Squid Toes
- Corduroy Octopus Nipples
- Mahogany Pony Ride
- Fishflake Monkey Zoo

You get the idea. Try it sometime, you'll see that I am right about it's effectiveness. This therapy is also an effective way to come up with a band/blog name.

Fall make-over season

For me fall is all about new clothes, new outlook, new furnishings, etc. What better time than the invigoratingly crisp days of fall to take a step back and find ways to improve. (whoever came up with the idea that we should make resolutions in the depths of dark January was crazy). Here's three quotes to aid you with your re-invention this fall:

"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Ghandi

"What other people think of me, is none of my business" - Rupaul

"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny." - Coco Chanel

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

If you read the Times weddings page...

This blog does a great job of dissecting pretentious wedding announcements from the New York Times Style Section. Not only snarky, this site actually does a little interesting research into the bride and groom.

Faux BART

The Will Smith bum/investment banker movie is progressing right along. It turns out that the weird monument structure they constructed in the park by my house is actually a fake BART station. How confusing would that be if you hadn't heard it was for a movie!?

I can just imagine someone being really excited that there is a new BART station in their neighborhood, only to discover that it's made of plywood and the escalator leads to a hole in the ground.

Broker dilemma

I really want a new investment advisor now that I am in San Francisco. The trouble is that my old broker was such a weasel. I am still having to work with this chump to try to transfer the last of my stocks over to an independent fund. Seriously, it should not be this hard. It seems like I have to call him everyday just to find out that they are charging me extra fees, the certificate is being sent to the wrong address etc. Weasels!

At least I could try to find an effective weasel here in the city. A weasel that's on my side...

Monday, September 19, 2005

Ridiculous or brilliant?

Pillows...Something we spent a third of our live using and never really give a second thought. I am going to Macy's today to pick out some new pillows and decided to scope it out online first. Most of the pillows are in the $10-30 range but some cost as much as $250! My first reaction was "you have got to be kidding me" but the more I thought about it, the more that seemed semi-reasonable.

Can you think of a single item that impacts your daily life more than a pillow? I am willing to spend $250 on a 30-day hairstyle but only $20 on the pillow where the same hairdo spends 8 hours a day?

Last wedding of the season!

Rob and I are photographing our last wedding of the summer season (and probably our last wedding back in SLO) this weekend. I am really excited because the bride is gorgeous and it should be one of our most photogenic wedding ever.

Hopefully, the photos will be a great portfolio piece. The pressure is definitely on though. I made Rob practice taking some portraits yesterday at the Palace of Fine Arts and I have been scouring the web for "inspiration" shots. Seen any great photos set at the San Luis Obispo Mission lately?

Friday, September 16, 2005

I'm number one!

EmilyStyle.com has slowly but surely climbed up the Google ranks these last few weeks and now I am the #1 listing on the search. Sorry Emily Joe Lerma and other Emily-girl from England!

Style Bakery update alert

StyleBakery.com has updated today with some great new looks for fall. Their last few updates have been pretty uninspiring but I love almost everything they suggest this time. Yikes! My recent paycheck is already burning a hole in my pocket...

99 days to go

It's official! There are under 100 days left until Christmas. I don't know where my sudden obsession with Christmas has come from. Perhaps, it has to do with being in a new city and a new apartment. I can't wait to put up a tree in my new living room.

The obsession also surfaces at odd times: when I am on my cell phone, 3:30pm at work, midnight. Usually in no relation to any other topic. The obsession has no boundaries!!

LAC newsletter

Jean had the good idea to send out a monthly email newsletter to the members of the Ladies Activity Club. The idea is to include a few "activity" suggestions and maybe a recipe or craft idea to tide us over in between meetings. I'm going to do a little research today. Submit your suggestions in the comments area.

The soreness

Last night we went to the driving range instead of playing bocce ball. Today, my hands are super sore. Who knew that an hour of hitting golf balls would render my hands into useless little claws. Ouch! I have a feeling my typing skills are going to seriously lack today...apologies!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I desperately need a facial

All this city living has taken a toll on my poor skin. Maybe this weekend, I'll get a facial with J. The Kabuki Springs Spa seems pretty affordable and I have heard good things. I also like Relax Now but they have raised their prices. If J calls and makes an appointment for Saturday I will pay for hers...

Sort of like exercise

In my continuing effort to get out of swimming, I have convinced the PT Twin to forgot laps tonight in favor of Bocce Ball. Jill is going to join us for this little outdoor activity too. Should be a fun way to get out to the park and hang with some dogs.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Things I love today

I am trying to order some See's Candy today for my twin brother and sister's 40th birthday next week. I can't even look at this stuff without a total Pavlovian drool response. Long live Nuts & Chews, Bordeaux Bars, Scotchmallow and Molasses Chips!

Take me out to the ballgame

I got lucky last night and the PT Twins invited R. and me to attend the Giant/Padres game last night at PacBell park. (Plus, I got out of swimming!)

It was a great game, the second since Barry Bonds's return. Mmm...hotdogs, peanuts and nachos make for a fine and nutritious dinner. I've been to two games so far and both have been wins for the hometeam. Go Giants!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Things I love today

Is this not the greatest thing you have seen in a long time?! It's an antique French cameo ring depicting Jesus. Plus, it's HUGE - about an inch and half wide at least. I love it!

Moving up the ranks

I am only one below the top of the google search on "EmilyStyle" these days. A few weeks ago I was below both Emily Joy Lerma (the 8 year old from Detroit) and another Emily from the UK. Now it's just me and this weird spammy site.

Things I love today

I first tried on this jacket from FCUK a few weeks ago. It looks even better unbuttoned. Sooo cute....sooo expensive. Alas! I have been searching for an alternative ever since. Any suggestions? Make your recommendations in the comments section.

It's official

Will Smith is in San Francisco filming a new movie about a homeless man who becomes an investment banker. Here's the official article. Part of the movie is being filmed in a park by my house. Right now the construction is underway for a huge...I am not really sure?...Fountain?...Building?...In the park. Ironically, my brother absolutely hates Will Smith. I'll have to tell him about this exciting development!

Must reads:

I just got this book on request from the San Francisco library. I can't believe how quickly it arrived! So far, I love it. War Reporting for Cowards is the story of a hypochondriac celebrity-beat journalist who ends up embedded in Iraq. Funny and insightful.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Someday, I will have a guest room

Living in a California city, you get used to the idea of limited personal space. And when you live with a boy, you also get used to the idea of "gender-neutral" interior design. But someday, I will have a guest room and it will be super girly. Full of all floral prints, bird shaped lamps, pinkness and candles. Plus, this rug from Anthropologie.

It's good to have dreams!

Things I love today

Anderson Cooper...most definitely.

I don't even like gum...

...and yet I seem to always have four or five packs of Orbit gum laying around. Is it the cute shiny paper packaging? The magic origami that keeps each piece stuck in there? The cinnaminty flavor? Who knows! But gum is supposed to be good for your teeth and it keeps me from eating everything not-nailed-down during work. Rock on Orbit gum!

Morning television is good for you?

I read an article in the New York Times Magazine yesterday that mentioned watching morning television as a way to improve your mood. I don't really watch television in the morning but my friend Kate swears by it. Come to think of it...she is a pretty happy person. Maybe there is something to this theory.

Things I love today


Give your brain a little exercise this Monday morning! Try navigating this French website. The reward for being a francophile? Really amazing photos that are guaranteed to make you smile.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Yay for Seeds of Change!

I picked up two organic pasta bowls from Seeds of Change today at Safeway. They were on sale and a whole lot healthier than the baked potato soup I was eyeing. Plus, when I grabbed them from the freezer their delivery guy happened to be right there and actually thanked me for buying their product.

Now that is a primo example of front-line public relations at work. This delivery guy probably gets paid really well and gets full benefits, of course he is happy and proud of his company. Good job Seeds of Change!

Why did I buy it? Because it was on sale. Why will I keep buying it? Because they have a nice delivery guy!

Weekend activity

I love opera and I love picnics so this event is ideal for a sunny Saturday in San Francisco. I'll be getting there super early in order to grab a good spot on the lawn. I could be wrong, but I think this is being held on the same field as our weekly kickball games.

Sale alert

Wishing Fish is an online version of that cute little boutique down the street. Sure, you done really need anything they sell. But it's all so cute that you definitely want everything. I picked up glass sea-urchin vases, dewey howard notebooks and lavender scented pencils from this site a while back.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Cute or not?


It's a cashmere "bat wing" sweater. Looks like it could either be really cute or really crazy and overwhelming. Maybe with a big pair of dangly earrings? At $200, I am not buying it either way. Submit your vote in the "comments" section.

Things I love today

Today's cold cloudy weather has me loving the end of summer. I am not sure why, but I like fall so much more than any other season. Maybe it's the fact that my birthday is in October or that fall is full of cute wool outfits.

San Francisco today is perfect for curling up with a book and a cup of tea inside. Too bad I have to go swimming with the PT-twins (personal trainer twins) after work. I'll just have to get all snugly after I return from the pool.

Kickball is out of control

Our local kickball league has transformed from a good natured group of young adults to a mob of hoodlums, seemingly overnight. It started last week when a fight broke out at the post-game bar and someone was caught doing coke in the bathroom.

This week, the mayhem continued when we played a super-agro team. The result: I got tackled by a huge rugby-type and have a wicked head/back ache this morning. Luckily, the sister and boyfriend stood up for me and got a little revenge on the brute. In the meantime, workplace productivity is at an all time low.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Is this just too weird?

Is it wrong to buy logs off the internet for $20? I want to get these as a gift for my sister's apartment fireplace. Something to keep it looking cute when not in use. At what point should something not be available online...

Hmmm...what other things should you not buy online? Bricks? Live fish? Wives?

Post-party glow

Last night's meeting of the Ladies Activity Club was a success. We had seven girls and they did a great job with their mini-gardens (better than I did!). I can't wait for the next party in October.

Plus, I love the way an apartment looks after you have finished cleaning up from a party. There's just something in the "aura" that indicates a bunch of people were there having fun. The boyfriend and I just sat on the couch for an hour last night just soaking it all in.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Dogblog update alert

Our favorite San Francisco blogger has a new posting of urban pooches up today. If I was rich, I would pay this guy a million dollars to update his site everyday.

Mini gardens tonight!

Tonight is the first meeting a club I am starting for ladies in San Francisco. We are making mini-flower gardens (to brighten up the ol' cubicle) and drinking "green-thumbs" (Midori and Squirt). I am so excited for the party! I have a feeling all the girls I have invited will get along really well.

Things I love today


Okay, that photo of the giant schwarma meat is starting to gross me out. Time for a new TILT!

I am always a fan of lipgloss, in all shapes and sizes. My friend Kate introduced me to this plumping lip gloss from Rimmel when she was in the city this weekend. It's not too tingly and the "Patent" color is a perfect pair for fashionable fall outfits. Plus, at only $6.95 it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the Nars gloss I usually keep in the purse.

Always trust the cabbies


Late last Saturday night, we took a cab home from North Beach. When the middle-eastern driver heard where we wanted to go, he immediately picked up the cell phone to order a "combo-plate to go" from Truly Mediterranean. He couldn't stop talking about how great the food is at this place on 16th and Valencia. We tipped the guy a few extra bucks for the food advice and for his three "babies" and stumbled home.

The next night, lost for ideas on where to eat, we walked down 16th to give it a try. It more than lived up to it's reputation. For $6, I got a huge plate of hummus, baba ghannouj, dolmas, fallafels, feta cheese, spiced onions, tabouleh and cucumber salad. The place is a dive, but the kind of dive that you feel really lucky to have discovered.

From now on, I am going to ask every cab driver for a restaurant recommendation!

Friday, September 02, 2005

If I had a million dollars...

Not only would I be rich, take a limo because it costs more and buy a monkey (I have always wanted a monkey)...but I would also own these glorious velvet and bead $780 Valentino shoes.

Semi-productive activity to combat boredom

This Behr paint tool is a really fun way to daydream on a Friday afternoon about painting your apartment - http://www.behr.com/behrx/workbook/

Things I love today


I am not a fan of expensive candles in general, but I love this particular scent from Bluewick. Plus, their candles are made with soy wax which is better...for some reason...who knows! I just liked this candle.

Maybe one little political post before I quit cold turkey...

This post from Wonkette is just too good to not pass on.

Things I love today

Can you think of anything in the world that is possibly more delicious than confetti cake? Especially when made with the cheapo mix and the matching confetti frosting? I literally cannot think of anything that I would rather eat.

I am making a confetti cake after work today for my friend Ken. It's his birthday and he is flying up from LA for the long weekend. We are going to dinner around 8:30 with him, my sister and her boyfriend. I think I'll just have a side salad and some water...gotta save room for that cake!

On the iPod

Have you heard Wyclef's new song called "President?" I can't get enough of it today! I woke up with it stuck in my head, listened to it on the bus and am still humming it at work today.

I heart Wyclef Jean!

Blogging about politics is bad for the complexion

Enough political blogging already! As upset as I am about the hurricane, I am not going to use this blog to vent anymore. Primarily, because that's not the goal of this site. Secondarily, because there are a lot of fabulous blogs out there that do a much better job of it.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I can't believe how bad it's getting

Where is the leadership in America? People are dying in New Orleans, there is no medical care, no food, no water, it's total devastation. I am so mad at the current administration for not caring about it's citizens. In my day dreams, Bill Clinton rises up for his southern brothers and storms the White House.

Must reads:

The New York Times has a biting editorial about the President's response to the hurricane - http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/01/opinion/01thu1.html

DailyKos does a nice job of summarizing the political impact of Katrina -
http://www.dailykos.com/

It's amazing that they are still managing to publish so much news over the internet - http://www.nola.com/

Things I love today

I am trying to get back to work, but the hurricane stories keep pulling me away. I am really mostly angry at this point. Angry that funding was cut for levee repairs, angry that the national guard is in Iraq instead of New Orleans, angry that my tax dollars are in Iraq instead of New Orleans...etc. I digress.

This children's book series was one of my favorites growing up. The Boxcar Children are orphans who make a home out of an abandoned railroad car. I loved reading about making a replacement home by scavenging for dishes, furniture and food. I think this book really set the foundation for my love of "nesting."

I thought about this book reading about the hurricane refugees rebuilding their lives and hearing about my friend Nicole's disappointment with her new apartment in San Francisco. Life can be really terrible sometimes, but you have to just do the best you can. Hope is finding a boxcar, making a stew and picking some flowers for the table.