Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Things I love today: Club Monaco

Club Monaco has finally updated their website with a few snapshots of the spring collection. Darn it...everything is perfect as always. For example, this turtleneck and jeans outfit. This is exactly what I would wear every single day of my life if I could. (As Jean knows, I already do wear this once or twice a week).

It looks like they also have a great black pencil skirt. I've been without one for about 6 months, a pretty disastrous move on my part. You can bet that I'll be there this weekend handing over the credit card to take another stack of clothes home with me. This store must use my identical twin as their size model, everything fits like a glove just as long as you are a 5'7" and 115 lbs with lanky appendages.

Now if only Club Monaco would open one of their home stores here in San Francisco, I would go completely broke.

Sale Alert: Ravin Style

RavinStyle.com, the always stylish and sometimes quirky online store, has a great sale going on right now. Check out this amazing kimono sweater that would be perfect for visiting a trendy bar in the Marina when paired with some dangly earrings. Or this must-have dog carrier if you have a special teeny-tiny-pup in your life. My favorite pick is this denim pencil skirt. There would be no end to the cuteness if you had on a pair of retro pumps, dark tights and this skirt.

Quick photo: Ladies Activity Club highlights

Shelly passed on some adorable photos from the November and December San Francisco Ladies Activity Club parties. In November, we made raviolli from scratch and in December Jill hosted a gingerbread house party. I am so happy that the LAC is working out well. We just passed out six month mark and have great plans for the year ahead!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Crafty: Make your own conversation hearts online

Thanks to our friends over at Acme Labs, we have the power to create digital conversation hearts of our choosing! I discovered this awesome online tool when I was making custom conversation hearts with credit card themed messages for work last week. Exercise your brain coming up with mini haikus of four-letter two-word messages. Enjoy!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Things I love today: Wrap dresses

Spring is here and it's time to emerge from my wool-tweed-turtleneck cocoon and start wearing actual cute clothes again. Actual clothes like skirts and dresses. Especially, wrap dresses. DVF had it right when she started mass producing these dresses in the 1970's. They are delightful! They are comfortable! So comfortable that it appears you can practice kung-fu while wearing one. (WTF?)

Behold, the most perfect black dress in the history of the universe. Sure, it's $290 but you could literally never buy another piece of clothing again! Armed with just this dress, a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, you could spend the rest of your life only shopping for accessories!

Note: This is actually a post from yesterday but some issues with Blogger prevented me from putting it online. Coincidentally, Jean called me last night with a trivia question about wrap dresses and DVF.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Urban Girl Tip: Quadro water pitcher

Uggg...I was home sick yesterday with a cold. Not feeling perky today. I believe I may have laryngitis and I have to admit my voice is kind of sultry (how's that for silver lining!). Anyway, for the few hours I was actually awake yesterday I wanted nothing more than a big cold glass of water. And thanks to my Quadro water pitcher, this dream was a reality.

Look at this beauty! A thousand times more attractive than a Brita. Plus, I think the glass keeps the water a lot colder than a plastic jug. Of course it's perfect, I bought it at Cliff's Variety Store. This Castro landmark has a perfect version of everything a city girl could need. Perfect trash cans, perfect Halloween costumes, perfect dishes, perfect Edwardian hardware, perfect art supplies. You name it, Cliff has it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Urban Girl Tip: Ballet tickets

Did you know that you can buy tickets to the San Francisco Ballet's performance of Swan Lake for only $10? On Friday or Saturday nights, the tickets are as low as $15. Men in tights, frilly costumes, romantic story line...what more could a girl ask for!

I'm going on February 1 and splurged on tickets that are slightly lower than the uppermost nosebleed section. After my experience at the opera (dear lord, why would someone wear hiking boots to Doctor Atomic!?), I am hoping that this increase in price/decrease in altitude will result in better dressed neighbors.

Things I love today: Calla Lilies

Once again I have managed to not quite make it to the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Market. This is about the sixth time I have planned to go and somehow ended up off track. Oh well! My plan was to buy huge bouquets of tulips and peonies but I am settling for calla lilies instead.

I am going to make an arrangement tonight of mini-calla lilies and mini-roses for the Ladies Activity Club party. There's something so nice about these little calla lilies. They are so dainty! I especially love mini calla lilies in exotic colors. Gorgeous!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Crafty: What to do with leftover pumice?

After potting my icebox tulips last night, I was left with 3/4 of a bag of pumice gravel. It's fairly attractive stuff. I feel like there must be some way to use it instead of throwing it away. Quick, put on your Martha-Stewart-Thinking-Caps and come up with something clever!

All I can think of is to use it to decorate a diorama or model train scenery (desert of course). Both of these ideas are really terrible. I guess I can become a cactus gardener? Help!

Things I love today: Pie

Happy National Pie Day! That's right: "Created by the American Pie Council, National Pie Day is dedicated to the celebration of pie." Apparently my office is very in to Pie Day. We have five pies in the kitchen (I recommend olallieberry) and I'm already on my second piece of the day. Plus, a bunch of people just went for a chicken pot pie lunch.

Did you know that the first pie recipe was published by the Romans and was for a rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie? That actually sounds pretty tasty.

Things I love today: Peachy-keen colors

Spring is here! Okay, I could be wrong...again. But it definitely looks like spring outside. I am celebrating by finally planting those white tulip bulbs last night and wearing my favorite pale green ballerina skirt to work today.

I am also celebrating by switching up my make-up from the browns and coppers of winter to the peachy pinks of spring. I bought a new peach blush from the Stila counter on Saturday. It looks so fresh when combined with my Pink Diamond (not as 80's as it sounds) lipstick from Lancome!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Friday's perfect thing: Emerald cabochon ring

Taking a cue from my favorite fashion blog, Bunnyshop, today is the debut of the "Friday's perfect thing" feature on EmilyStyle.com.

Today's perfect thing: a gorgeous gold, diamond and emerald cabochon cocktail ring from the 1930's. I have no idea what it costs but it is perfect. Wouldn't it be lovely paired with a simple black wrap dress for the office? Or even better, with a white linen outfit while traveling in Greece? Something about it is just very Genevieve Gorder (from TLC's Trading Spaces...don't ask me why).

It is a thing of beauty, like a sparkly blackberry for your hand.

Things I love today: Croissants

Sweet buttery goodness! I love croissants. I know that they are terrible for you. But French women don't get fat, right? I eat about one a week and haven't died of a coronary yet. They remind me of this poster for sandwiches I once saw in Spain that said "Freshly Crustly Bread." Mmmm, crustly bread!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Things I love today: Wrap shirts

Enough with the things I hate (evil yoga teachers, car doors, saxophone jazz), let's move on to the things I love today. Mainly, wrap shirts. If you have what is commonly described as a "boyish" figure (let's not kid ourselves, twiggies), wrap shirts accentuate your thin waist and help you pretend to have hips/boobs. Plus, they work will as an alternative to tucked in shirts. Who needs all that constant tucking in their lives?

Here's one option from La Redoute for $29. Here's a plain option from Esprit (I know! Where have these guys been for the last 15 years?) for $17. But this one is my favorite choice: from BCBG via Bluefly for $29.

Urban Girl Tip: Yoga survival

Life just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Last night, Jean and I had an intense yoga session with an instructor that bore an uncanny resemblance to Rosie Perez, may have been a masochist and was dead-set on breaking our arms off. I'm not sure what type of yoga we were doing, but I left feeling pretty much like this guy. Plus, I definitely disrupted the class by laughing about not being able to do a pose, drooling on my mat because of the laughing and then laughing more about the drool. Oh yeah, I am sooo sophisticated!

After shutting my foot in the car door later that night, I was pretty ready to write off the day as a one-time fluke. But then this morning, it continues! While waiting for the bus (20 minutes!?), this middle-aged white guy pulls up to the light in his lexus with the windows down, sunroof open and radio blasting some weird saxophone elevator music. He's two feet away from a crowded bus stop and seriously rocking out. According to one of the people waiting, this is a daily occurrence for this guy...usually with Madonna or light jazz! Does he think the people waiting in the cold for the bus enjoy his little visits? Maybe he considers himself a good samaritan delivering insanely loud smooth rock to the masses? What a weirdo!

Anyway, the point of this post is to remind urban girls to always ice & ibuprofin after yoga class, try not to drool on your yoga mat and please keep your car stereo to yourself. It's a zoo out there ladies!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Crafty: ArtGhost.com

Yay for Liz and Eric from Seattle! They have a cool crafty website called ArtGhost that sells some awesome designs. For example, these notecards and these paintings.

They also have a blog. The best part: Liz is working on making a Pride and Prejudice comic book. How cool is that! You can read the first three chapters of this comic version of the Jane Austen classic online. Liz rocks! I am officially inspired to start drawing again!

Quick photo: Ruby Skye

Thanks to birthday-boy-Joe for sending over this photo of our view from the VIP balcony at Ruby Skye last Saturday. Wild and crazy times!

Urban Girl Tip: New catch phrases

After last weekend's craziness, it's time to cycle in a few new catch phrases:

Acid burn - A curse term for any sort of minor injury. For example: Oh no, I accidentally touched the curling iron...acid burn! Derived from oddness of international film "Dot the I." Apologies to people with actual acid burns.

I don't believe you - Said quickly in a heavy Spanish accent in response to an obviously truthful statement. For example: (I had a bagel this morning.) I don't believe you. Derived from weird bum fight about having lived in Alaska that was recently overheard on the 22 MUNI bus.

MUNIficence - An actual word (meaning generosity) but used in an ironic setting to describe the terrible conditions or odd passengers of the MUNI system. For example: I can't believe that the bus refused to pick up passengers at my stop, MUNIficent. Derived from nearly every MUNI bus ride experienced.

Hippiechickadee - A term of endearment for friends who like yurts and gorp. For example: Have fun making lanyards today, my little hippiechickadee. Derived from conversation with friends who live in New Mexico.

T-amnesia - The total lack of belief that you once or ever will again wear less than two layers of clothing outside. For example: She has t-amnesia and refuses to buy anything from the new Spring collections. Derived from my current belief that I will wear nothing other than turtlenecks and blazers for the rest of my natural life.

Things I love today: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters...the end-all-be-all source for affordable hipster schlumpiness. Also, a great source for the occasional hidden gem. A gem like these $16 angel-wing earrings. Or these semi-bizarre raffia flats. Or this dreamy urban tea table. Or this adorable candy dish that would love to hold post-it notes at your office. Or the candy dish's friend, adorable pink lamp, that would like to come along too. Embrace your cheapo-hipster-nature!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Crafty: Make your own baby shower gifts

It's cold and rainy outside...why not stay at home tonight and start a new craft project. There are a few new babies entering this world in the next few months, so I need to think about shower presents.

How about making one of the homemade teddy bears (without the tooth pocket) instead of buying a diaper genie for your next baby shower? This pattern can be downloaded online for free...or try making your own pattern for a stuffed animal. Plus, with some adorable fabrics you can make your bear even more creative. Just be sure to avoid buttons and other choking hazards. Alternatively, you can also try embroidering a baby blanket or making some customized onesies.

Handmade baby gifts are sure to be cherished by the new mom in your life. Just think...your craft project could even be brought out of storage sixteen years from now to tease the kid when he's going on his first date. Now that's a gift that keeps on giving!

Things I love today: Weekend round-up

Whew! That was some crazy weekend! Jean's friend Hillary was in San Francisco for a visit and we painted the town red. Plus, we had Monday off from work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Between eating out a lot, shopping and seeing the sights it was an exhausting but fantastic weekend. Here's some of the highlights:
  • Dinner at Capp's Corner - Delicious food in an inexpensive, not-crowded-with-tourists, north beach restaurant? It's possible! We had a very tasty Italian meal at Capp's Corner (across from Northstar) on Friday night. Thanks to our clubbing-cabbie for the recommendation.
  • Big sale weekend - Club Monaco, L'Occitane, Benetton, Macy's and Kenneth Cole were all having huge sales this weekend. That's how I picked up my new best friend: Kenneth Cole's Bar Association handbag in dark brown on mega sale.
  • Thep Phanom - Mind blowingly good Thai food in Lower Haight. Sure, you have to wait for a table but the tasty dishes (like crispy spicy basil chicken) and unique waiter outfits are worth it.
  • Ruby Skye - Well....that was an interesting experience! I had a great time but can definitively say that I am not a "clubber." Who knew that pervy hula hooping was such a huge trend on the club scene!
  • Jean's House - Jean and Trent had us over for a super yummy dinner on Sunday night! Two kinds of pasta, a huge salad, garlic bread and ice cream. Add in a duraflame log in the fireplace and it doesn't get much more cozy than that.
  • SF MOMA - Love it! Glad I got to see the Chuck Close exhibit. This exhibit gave me the heebie-jeebies.
  • HOME - If you go to Home for dinner between 5-6 pm, you can order the three course early bird dinner for $11. That also includes a glass of wine! Sure, the restaurant may be full of just old gay couples that early but the food is so good!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Urban Girl Tip: Rainy day activities

It's supposed to rain tomorrow in San Francisco and generally be pretty miserable outside. In fact, the weather report for tomorrow depicts angry dark clouds with giant yellow lightning bolts...yikes. For a city that loves the outdoors it can be easy to be stumped about rainy day activities. Here's some don't miss plans for Saturday:

International Rubik's Cube Competition - The Exploratorium is already a perfect rainy day activity. Throw in the wild genius of a rubik's cube competition and you simply have to go. I watched this competition last year and, simply put, it is mind blowing. Watch geeks from around the world solve the cube in under 12 seconds.

Flower Market - I'm always a fan of visiting the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate park on a rainy Saturday. But for a free alternative visit the wholesale flower market on Brannan between 10-3:00. Plus, unlike the conservatory, there's ample parking and you can take home the flowers.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco - This huge museum in the Civic Center is equipped with at least a few hours worth of art, a fantastic gift shop and a delicious cafe. Run a few feet from the subway station in the rain and spend half a day perfect warm, dry and cozy. Plan to arrive right before 11 am or 2pm to catch a free docent-led tour.

Shopping challenge: Going clubbing

A bunch of us are going to Ruby Skye on Saturday for a friend's birthday party. I haven't been to this club before but it's one of the most popular dance spots in San Francisco. It's supposed to rain all Saturday and will probably be about 110 degrees in the club....so what to wear?

Flared V Halter
- Honestly, can you think of a better place than Forever 21 to shop for this kind of thing? I'm not trying to be cheap, but the realistic lifespan for this top is about five hours. This halter top is not a bad option. The flared top does have some pregger-potential though, would have to try it on.

Crossover Top with Sequins - This sequined top is actually pretty cute. With a my pair of black theory pants, it could work. I'm not sure that all black is the way to go though. I'm already going to be about ten shades paler than most people there, wouldn't want to look like the angel of death.

Ruched Dolman Top - Actual coverage from a club-worthy top? Sacre bleu! This top from Banana Republic has enough style to pass at the club and doesn't require me to expose my bony shoulders in public. Being that I weigh only 115 lbs, I could either end up looking like Mischa Barton or like I was involved in an unfortunate shipwreck incident.

Cowl Neck Halter Tunic - According to Wet Seal, this top "is perfect for layering with just about anything." Really? What could you possible layer with this insanity? A down vest? A hoodie? With a few rolls of double-sided tape and a couple of shots of vodka, I could possibly wear this out of the house.

Country Dress - Ideally, I would wear this top over a pair of jeans. Ideally, I would also have lots of extra money, it would be a comfortable 80 degrees in the club and I would be really tan with straight hair. Sigh.

The hunt continues...I may have to go to Forever 21 downtown after work today for some shopping.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Sale alert: L'Occitane

L'Occitane is having a sale. Stock up on fabulous candles, skin saving shea butter and delightful perfumes! Visit L'Occitane (pronounced "loxitan," see earlier demoralizing post) online or in stores to pick up some goodies from Provence. My picks: rose bath soap, shea butter travel set, guest soap collection and rose pepper candle. I'm addicted and may be turning into a bonafide francophile!

Crafty: Easy embroidery patterns

I love embroidery, but it can be hard to come up with a good pattern sometimes. Anything beyond initials and flowers gets complicated.

Problem solved! Visit Sublime Stitching to buy iron-on embroidery patterns in all sorts of cool themes. Mexican wrestlers, chinatown, pirates, monkeys and much, much more. Plus, they even sell kits to help you make your very own flaming martini tea towel. Get crafty!

Things I love today: White Flower Farms catalog

It dawned on me last night that the reason I feel spring has sprung is that I just received my White Flower Farms catalog. This nursery is the end-all-be-all source for exotic plant varieties and massive amounts of daffodil bulbs. Have a 10 acre estate that needs new shrubs?...need to update your begonia collection?...looking for the perfect flowering tree?...this is the place for you.

Of course, I live in the middle of San Francisco and have no garden. I can barely keep my house plants alive. But I still love receiving this catalog each spring. It's fun to imagine planting these crazy varieties and managing to keep them alive.

PS: Why does Blogger return "housewifeliness" on a spell check of "house plants." Is housewifeliness even a word? Is it an insult? Is it a compliment? Why does their spell check know this word but not the word "blog?"

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Things I love today: Bee necklace

Maybe it's the spring talking, but I adore this brass bee necklace. Do you love it? Do you love it even more when you find out it's only $28?

It would be perfection for the office when matched with a white collared shirt and green pencil skirt! Thanks to online fashion mag N.E.E.T for the tip!

Things I love today: Spring?

As soon as Christmas passes, it seems like the end of winter is already just around the corner. Without poinsettias and holiday shopping, winter is no fun and soon to be ditched.

While the weather outside may not agree, spring has definitely sprung in my opinion. Just last weekend, I bought my first daffodils of the season. Here are some other ways to say hello to spring and sayonara to winter:
  • Start wearing pink again
  • Stop wearing all tweed and wool sweater outfits
  • Start making valentines out of construction paper
  • Stop hoarding chapstick
  • Start redecorating and organizing
  • Stop coveting electric blankets
  • Start buying fresh asparagus
  • Stop skipping pedicure appointments
Bring a little spring into your life today! Even if you need to wear your pink sweater under a giant coat for a while!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Urban Girl Tip: iPod Pet Peeves

Has this ever happened to you? You're typing away happily at work, listening to your iPod. All the sudden, a song you've never heard before comes on. What's happening? Where did this atrocious song come from? Am I drunk right now?

This just happened to me with a song from "P Money & Scribe." Apparently this is a rap group from New Zealand? I swear, I do not remember downloading this thing. It's pretty bad, I sure I wouldn't have bought it on purpose.

This is my new iPod peeve. Also on the list of annoyances: accidentally downloading Christian Rock from iTunes (they really need to mark that stuff more clearly), becoming a huge fan of a new song before discovering that the lyrics are really icky and when my iPod decides to shuffle a mix of only Christmas songs and french lessons. Bad iPod!

Sale alert: Crane's Stationary

Crane & Co stationary is so lovely! I especially love their heavy stock correspondence cards, the perfect size for a quick note or thank you. If your stock is depleted from sending out Christmas thank-you's, go to www.crane.com to pick up some sets today.

My favorites? These red bordered thank you cards, these engraved house notecards and these plaid shoe correspondence cards. My absolute least favorite: These orca notecards. I know, it's wrong to hate "orcas"... even if they were called "killer whales" for hundreds of years for a reason and have been known to eat babies. Don't get me wrong, I want to "Save the Whales" and all. I just wouldn't ever want to spend time with an orca, they don't seem nice in the least.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Things I love today: Beloved FCUK Moonie Jacket

I have been drooling over this FCUK Moonie Jacket since October...it's so adorably hipster-Victorian with the mandarin collar, asymmetrical buttons and puffy sleeves.

Actually, writing down the description makes it seem pretty dreadful. Like something a crazy dread-wearing bookstore employee would wear with a long skirt made out of a pair of old jeans...and a lot of rings...at least seven.

Come to think of it, I remember trying it on over a black linen tunic the first time. OH NO! Am I secretly trying to become a hippie?! Has San Francisco culture finally beat my fashion sense senseless?!?

It really is cute right? Maybe this is why I can't bring myself to buy it yet, even though it is on sale. I might finally go for it once it drops below $100.

Urban Girl Tip: MUNI discount for the de Young

Flash your MUNI fast pass or transfer at the ticket counter of the new de Young Museum in Golden Gate park for a discounted entry price. Tickets are normally $10 and with your MUNI pass you'll get in for only $8. Or, if you really love the de Young, buy a $70/year membership that includes unlimited membership for two adults and a 10% discount to the gift shop.

Urban Girl Tip: San Francisco Antiques

Furnishing an apartment in San Francisco can either be very inexpensive (as in "check out this cool chair I found on the street last night") or very expensive (as in "$20,000 for a chair!? Are they insane?!"). There's not a whole lot in the classy-yet-affordable category here in the city.

Only two places come to mind: Past Perfect on Union Street and Mickey's Monkey in Lower Haight. Both stores are full of one-of-a-kind gems at reasonable prices. The selection at Past Perfect is better but the prices at Mickey's are lower. Look for fabulous finds like antique globes, mod lamps and delicious paintings. Both shops offer delivery options too!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Sale alert: Nordstroms

Nordstroms is having a huge sale online right now. Save up to 70% off some pretty nice merch. My pick: this 71 Montaigne Oversize Collar Jacket (the pants are nice too) and this Maxine pump. Overall, way too much good stuff on sale.

Urban Girl Tip: Wedding registries

I've been to a fair share of weddings in my day and about half the time the couple's registry is filled with totally insane items. Red satin sheets? Shot glass chess set? Crystal figurines? Where are the dishes? It's not their fault usually, people in California reject all forms of formality and unfortunately this often results in bizarrely impractical wedding registries. So, for the record and in my humble opinion, here is what every basic wedding registry should include:
  • A set of dishware - It doesn't have to be fancy china, but you should include dishes in your registry
  • Matching serving dishes
  • A set of water glasses
  • A set of wine glasses
  • A set of flatware - Again, it doesn't have to be fancy silver, but you should include this in your registry
  • A set of serving spoons
  • A cake service
  • A set of grapefruit spoons
  • A set of crab forks (maybe this one is a San Francisco-only necessity)
  • A set of kitchen knives
  • A set of steak knives
  • Two tablecloths
  • Two sets of placemats
  • Two sets of dinner napkins
  • A set of bed linens (no satin, please!)
  • A cashmere throw blanket
  • A set of towels
If you don't already have appliances, pots or bakeware you can add these items to the list. If you already have basic dishes and flatware that you like, register for something fancy you wouldn't buy on your own. You only get one registry (let's hope) so make it count. Also, don't over do it with your registry. People will inevitable gravitate toward buying you things you don't really need and away from your china and flatware. Fewer choices means more guests buying the things you really want.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Things I covet today: Louis Vuitton bags

One of the dangers of working smack-dab in the middle of the San Francisco design district is that you are constantly surrounded by fancy interior designers. The kind who talk exclusively about color palates and $600 lamps. The kind with perfect highlights, one of the kind accessories and who are always seen eating ahi tuna salads (barely) and carrying around fancy shopping bags. It all makes a plain ol' corporate girl seem downright dowdy in comparison.

So when one particularity trendy interior design femme was at the cafe toting her impossibly perfect $920 Louis Vuitton Cabas Mezzo today at lunch I just about lost it. I don't normally go for designer bags but this one had me drooling. Never mind that I wouldn't speak to myself for at least 12 weeks if I splurged on this kind of thing. Also ignore the facts that I also can't afford it and that I would spill makeup inside it before the end of the first week. Maybe it's time for a trip to Chinatown for a $30 imposter. Be still my beating, jealous heart.

Update: I just discovered that you can buy the same bag online here for the oh-so-bargain price of $480. Although...it does appear like the kind of website that would gladly take your money and keep the purse. Rightly so, it's karmic retribution for even considering owning such an expensive handbag.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Things I love today: Small things

I just spent waaay to much money on new bedding from Macy's white sale online. Time to stop and reflect on the smaller, more affordable lovely things out there. Goodness knows I shouldn't be dropping that kind of money again for a few weeks:

Handpainted Ceramic Floral Knob - With a name like that could it be from anywhere other than Anthropologie?! Predictable twits! Anyway, for $5.95 wouldn't these be a cute replacement for your current bathroom cabinet knobs?

Tulip Bulbs "Anqelique" - If I had a garden and ample time, I would plan massive rows of these gorgeous pink tulips. I would also garden wearing a skirt and matching gloves, but that's a different neurosis for a different time.

Ultimate Gel Glitter Pens - I have a thing for a glitter pens...a full on thirteen year old girl crush on glitter pens. If I weren't so "professional" I would do all my work in glitter pens and stickers.

Extreme V-neck Top - Ah, Wet Seal...let me count the ways I secretly, shamefully love you. I know I am twice as old as your target market, but my love will go on.

Metal Clasp Envelopes - Is there any limit to the number of things you could skillfully organize with a set of these babies? I just sorted my glove collection into envelopes as a New Year's resolution and I have to report is was wholly therapeutic. Forget Prozac, try putting things neatly into envelopes. (for pete's sake, I am so anal)

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's resolutions...if I don't write them down there's no hope of actually achieving them. After some not so careful deliberation, here are a few of my best New Year's resolutions for 2006:
  • Update my bedding and toss some of the old stuff (I am cheating...this one is already done)
  • Organize the hall closet (also already done...such a cheater!)
  • Stop being a cheat
  • Cook healthier meals a few times a week. Cheeze-its accompanied by macaroni and cheese is not a balanced diet
  • Watch less television
  • Buy fewer things from Wet Seal and more things from Saks
  • More dinner parties and Ladies Activity Club parties
  • More exploring new parts of San Francisco
  • Eat at those thai, indian and italian restaurants around the corner
  • Less anal retentiveness
  • Plant those white tulip bulbs that have been in the fridge for months
  • Replace the last of the wire hangers with plastic
  • Put together the 2005 photo album
  • Eventually take those 10 pairs of worn out heels to the cobbler
  • Find a new hair stylist, one who may actually pretend to like his clients
  • Be fabulous!
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Things I love today: New spring merchandise

Was it just me or did anyone else get really sick of the holiday merchandise out there? Since Christmas starts after Halloween, most stores have been carrying the same ol' boring lines for months. Finally, now that the holidays are over they are releasing some new items. I am in the market for a new set of bedding and new lamps and there is some great new stuff on the market. Here are some instant faves:

Anthropologie - Some of their new bedding lines are very attractive...still very "Anthropologie" looking...but attractive. This Asian-inspired wysteria bedding is a favorite. I am kind of obsessed with this $248 lamp too.

West Elm - Quick! Buy two of these nice ceramic table lamps for just $99...in just a few days Jonathan Adler will come and shut down West Elm for copyright infringement. Get it while it's hot!

Macy's - LOVE this duvet cover from Ralph Lauren. Plus, it's on sale! Good stuff, Ralphie!