Slighted

August 31, 2010

My dear blog and blog readers, I am so sorry I have been neglecting you.  I am working on lots of fun stuff and will have some wonderful posts in the next day…even my first give away!!!!!  Stay tuned.

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Caramel Apples – Feast of St. Anthony, North End, Boston

Stuff Magazine just published an article written by Erin T. Gates on how to shop the Brimfield Antique Market like a professional.  It is a must read if you are thinking about venturing out for the September show or any antique show for that matter.  They used my photography (shot during our July visit) for the piece.  Thanks Stuff Magazine and thanks Erin.

Best advice:

“Remember, this is an antique show, not a fashion show. Resist the urge to dress in a cute “antiquing” outfit, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. It’s not about who looks the most chic, but rather who can run the fastest to snag that faux-bamboo chair set. Sneakers, yoga pants, hats, sunglasses, and backpacks are your best friends here.”

These are some very wise words indeed…I unfortunately did not consult Erin on how to dress prior to our outing and tried to go for the “cute outfit.”  Not smart at all.

San Francisco, oh my heart…I just love that city.

My husband and I attended a beautiful wedding in San Francisco last weekend.  I am just so in love with the vibe, the creativity, the people and the overall feel of that city.  There are so many different neighborhoods and areas, each with a unique personality, while permeating that California cool/San Francisco sophistication.  The only downside was that due to work schedules we had to make it a whirlwind two day trip.  Although I did have all day on Saturday to wander the city with one of my dearest friends, who now lives right in the middle of wonderful San Francisco.  I posted photos of her May wedding here.

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Although first off, thank goodness Steve and I had plans to hang out with separate friends that day, because look at this nerd alert.  Who decides to pack and wear the same shoes let alone both own them?  This nerdy, nerd couple.

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Here is a little photo diary of what we did one Saturday in San Francisco.  If you find yourself in the city wondering what to do, feel free to copy out little itinerary.  It was such fun, but wear your walking shoes, for those hills are deadly, but they will tone your butt!

Sarah & Alexandra’s day in San Francisco!

We started our morning at The Ferry Building, with coffee and breakfast, at Il Cane Rosso.  This is not your typical breakfast/sandwich/walk-up and order place.  The food is spectacular.

 

Now I am very particular about my scrambled eggs.  I can truly taste a difference between organic, cage free eggs and the normal big white ones found at most large chain grocery stores.  On top of that, most places cook their eggs so quickly and at such a high heat that they become a rubbery, yellow frisbee.  Yuck, yuck and yuck!  These eggs, however, were perfect!  Slow cooked with yummy cheese and pancetta.

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Olive oil fried egg sandwich with bacon and aged provolone.

Aside from the cool walk-up atmosphere and kraft paper/butcher shop feel,  they use the freshest, high quality ingredients.  I actually found this to be true of much of San Francisco.  They take pride in their food and from where the ingredients come.  It seemed like such a foodie city, and I was sad I didn’t have more time to eat my way through it. :)

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After breakfast we wandered about the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, where I saw shades of peppers and apples in colors I didn’t know existed,  flowers to die for, and vegetables I had never even heard of.  Words can’t even begin to do this market justice so I will let the photos do the talking.

Bok Choy

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Bitter melon

 

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Eggplants galore

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Apples of every kind – even perfect little “Twilight apples”

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I had never seen an apple like this before…it is called a Pink Pearl apple. The inside of the apple is bright pink and tastes extremely tart.  Practically like a sour patch kid candy!  I couldn’t even finish it, but the colors were gorgeous.  Although it kind of looks like a Vampire apple.  I think that is what I will call it, because Vampires are so hot right now. :)

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Oh, and seas of flowers.

 

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I love how this one vendor mixed edible leafy greens with flowers all in rustic galvanized buckets.  The kale looked like it could be for lunch or a center piece.

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I could have shopped and shot photographs all day long.

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Wishing I looked a chic as this couple with matching baskets…I’m off to market!

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Chinatown/Japantown

Alexandra and I were determined to get a little consignment/vintage shopping in as well, so we headed towards Nob Hill/Russian Hill, where there were a few on our recommendation list…meandering through Chinatown on our way, or perhaps it was more of the Japantown of the Chinatown district…I have no education on Chinese or Japanese characters, but these seem more Japanese to me….can anyone help me?  Sorry to be so ignorant of this.

I am drawn to the brightly colored Hello Kitty candy like a moth to a flame…or a 5 year old girl to pink Hello Kitty anything…

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At $78 a pound, the root must be some type of miracle cure all or potent aphrodisiac, that or it cleans your house and makes you dinner.  Can anyone ready these characters?

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More amazing fruits.  The colors on this one fruit is like a cartoon, but yet it is real!

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Even regular old Dole bananas hang differently in here.

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Consignment Shopping

So we had planned to scour the city for consignment shop finds and treasures but one step into Cris located at 2056 Polk St (between Pacific Ave & Broadway St), and well we really didn’t need to go anywhere else.  In hindsight I desperately wish I had taken more photos of the store, but I was too busy rifling through rack after rack and filling up my dressing room.  We are talking, Hermès trench coats, Lavin jackets and Valentino handbags.

These shoe were a work of art

 

Unfortunately, even at consignment shop prices many of these were still just a dream, but Alexandra found a super interesting hooded trench coat and I scored this dress/tunic piece from a New Zeland designer named Zambesi. The garment is a little wrinkled from travel, but I’ll show you how I style it once I get it back from the cleaners.

They even packaged our purchases with fresh flowers and ribbon.  The pies de la resistance!

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The super stylish Ms. Alexandra!

 

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As we wandered around Nob Hill and Russian Hill making our was towards the Marina District we stopped in an interior design shop called Fl!pp.  Fl!pp is an acronym for Fashionable Living in Petite Places.  Sounds like we could use a store like this for all the tiny apartments in Boston.  The store had tons of cool antique and vintage finds mixed with new pieces.  Out back was a tranquil little garden and outdoor seating area offering an oasis from the busy San Fran streets.    The store front is basically a showroom for their interior design services.

This wall of gold tone starburst and bleach wood mirrors has me wanting to add that feel to my more dark wood/silver toned home.  So warm and inviting.

 

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Tripod lamp in red with vintage base.

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I love this Rhino head wall mount made from pages of a book.

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Map valet trays


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After walking for hours we treated our selves to a late lunch at Chilyo Mexicano, like everywhere in San Francisco (it seems) the food was amazing.  They only use the freshest local, ingredients many of which come from their own farm in the Sonoma Vally.  I think San Francisco has made me quite the food snob.  I definitely let my heart and stomach in San Francisco.  I can not wait to go back and spend more time there.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Escape to the Cape

August 15, 2010

From the looks of some previous blog posts it may seem as if I spend half my time at some sort of beach.  I am quite a water baby so I usually jump at any chance to visit the ocean,  Despite their frequency over the past six months my trips to Sea Island, Maine and Cape Cod have been little more than day or weekend trips, so I was quite excited for my husband and I to take off a few days from work and get in some real relaxing beach time.

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Sun, sand, and outdoor showers after a day at the beach.  Can it get better than that?

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Quintessential Cape

Some friends of ours lent us their ridiculously adorable quintessential cape house, practically on the beach.  It was heaven.

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Tiny backyard cabin/shed/playhouse

This little backyard shed felt right out of a magazine spread.  Can you imagine this as a playhouse or little office?

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Inside

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Veggie Tales

They even have a vegetable garden!

All this space, greenery, fresh air and gardening makes me want to pack it all up and indulge in gorgeous country living…and sunsets like this have me plotting a way for another day or weekend visit soon.

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I am sure in a few weeks I will be loving the smell and excitement of Autumn in the city, but for now I am holding on to summer for as long as I can.

Happy Friday the 13th!

August 13, 2010

I’ve always considered Friday the 13th my lucky day.  Perhaps because I turned 13 on Friday the 13th, or perhaps it is because I share a name with this eccentric heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, who was obsessed with the number 13.  What ever the reason.  Happy Friday the 13th!

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Me at the Winchester Mystery House in May, 2010

Shot by my husband

August days

August 10, 2010

August is always such a bitter sweet month.  Trying to grab every last minute of summer with September looming on the horizon.  My husband and I are are lucky enough to sneak away to the Cape for a few days, so this post will be quick as I am due back at my beach chair any minute.

Going, going, gone…

Watching the sun set on Old Silver Beach – one of the only places on the east coast where the sun sets over the water.  Absolutely lovely.  I’ll post much more soon, but for now the ocean beckons.

Celebration time

August 5, 2010

I cannot thank my wonderful, wonderful husband enough.  Last night he threw me a fabulous party in celebration of the Orvis Dog Book Cover and to raise a little money for NEADS (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans).  So many friends and family came out to join in the festivities and we even got a special visit from a NEADS dog in training.  I did not take many photographs as I was having too good of a time, but here are a few.

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My husband choose his favorite neighborhood bar for the venue, The 21st Amendment.  It really is his “Cheers.”  We can’t walk by there with out seeing someone we know.  The inside is as historic as you can get.  Originally built in 1899, it has had a few different names, but the inside with the dark wood beams, stone floors and fireplace are historic Boston.

A little camera test shot.  I just love those Tudor style windows.

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I auctioned off a pet photography session and Rebecca Willson from The Urban Hound auctioned off a 5 night stay in a luxury suite at their brand new dog hotel.  We raised over $700 for NEADS!  Thank you everyone for your bids and donations.

Notice anything?  I am working on a new logo and website.  I had business cards made and put the new logo on the auction sheet.  What do you think?

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Donna Laconti from NEADS joined us and brought along the adorable Perry, a yellow lab still in training.  Perry graduates in November and will go to a disabled Iraqi war veteran.

Perry the super dog.  Perry, husband Steve, Steve O’Brian, Helen (mom in-law)

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Steve and I loving on Perry

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Steve O’Brian (L), surprised me and had these t-shirts made.  So fun.  The bar tenders and staff were all wearing one.

Steve and Andrew

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And then they brought out one of those fabulous, sugary sheet cakes with the image on it!  So cute.

Steve O’Brian even pointed out that they intentionally had a marble cake made, because Jake has brown and white spots.  They wanted the cake to match Jake!  Love it.

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Bad photo, but I had to share this one of me and the three girls I use to baby sit in Atlanta and Philadelphia (while at college).  They are all in their 20′s now!  How old does that make me?!?!?!  Such cute smart girls.  We look like we could all be sisters.

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It was a fun fun party and we raised some money for a great cause. By the end of the night we were pooped.  Thank you to all who came out to support.

Mainly – Maine

August 2, 2010

I am so lucky to have my sister live at such close distance, and even more lucky that she lives in such a beautiful place.  We like to joke that I have our city home and she has our country home, but this time of year I find myself wanting to be in my “country home” all the time.  Even when I lived all the way down in Atlanta I would make it up to Maine to see her a few times in the summer.

We had a quick trip this weekend, with a beautiful wedding and rehearsal dinner, and we still found room for a little beach time on Sunday.


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Jump Jake!

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I was loving these seaweed beds.  The color, the water, everything.

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While sitting on the beach I flipped through the new L.L. Bean Signature catalogue.  My sister pointed out that much of it was shot on the cobble stone street of the Old Port in Portland.

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This is totally shot at the Porthole!  A wonderful breakfast and lunch place right on the working warf.  Love this place.

I love all these photographs, and the clothes have that timeless, chicness to them.

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