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.


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.


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.


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.:)


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


Bitter melon



Eggplants galore


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


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.:)


Oh, and seas of flowers.



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.


I could have shopped and shot photographs all day long.


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



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…


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?


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


Even regular old Dole bananas hang differently in here.


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!


The super stylish Ms. Alexandra!



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.



Tripod lamp in red with vintage base.


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


Map valet trays


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.








Little Treasures

July 19, 2010

I am busy editing my 100+ photos from Brimfiled.  As a first time visitor, the place was sensory overload.  There were so many little gems…also a lot of junk, and the challenge of distinguising between the two.  Luckily my friend and interior design maven, Erin Gates, knew her stuff.  She perused row after row of vendor like a pro.  As I soaked it all in, and snapped away.  Check out her post, part I, about the trip here.  I didn’t plan on buying anything big, but I did want to bring home a few little treasures of my own.  I was loving all the 50’s and 60’s vintage jewelry and after a little at home jewelry cleaner they really polished up.

Lucite bangle – very 60’s modern


Faux Ivory bangle with brass clasps – Bohemian cool


Cool multi-stone cocktail ring – such interesting design and details


More Brimfield photos tomorrow.  Happy Monday.

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2009

What better way to ring in the new year than with a fabulous party, dress and shoes.  I have a wonderful fun party to go to tonight with my husband and whole family.  It is in the same place we had our wedding reception three months ago with a tent overlooking the ocean and a big fun band.  I plan to dance the night away under the full moon.  (A blue moon to be exact…the second full moon in the month)

Fabulous Vera Wang dress I got at Labels Resale Boutique in Atlanta for a rediculously awesome price.

And these Terry de Haviland wedges I got a few years ago on

Have a Happy Happy New Year.  See you in 2010!


Vintage Spain!

December 7, 2009

Barcelona is without a doubt one of the coolest cities I have every visited.  The level of design in that city is truly beyond anything I have ever seen.  From the logos and fonts used on store fronts to the Gaudi architecture along the Passeig de Gracia.  There is a design and style that is truly unique to Barcelona.  We found some really amazing shops in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona.


Blow by Le Swing

This very cool vintage clothing shop on Calle Doctor Dou.

As Judy at Atlantis Home noted, this coat and jacket belong together…looks like they found each other in Barcelona!

The owner told me these navy blue satin Christian Louboutins were off the runway and never actually produced.  They even had the name “Gisele” written on the inside…I wonder…Too bad I couldn’t zip them over my calf.  Definitely a Cinderella moment more form the Step-Sister’s point of view.

Edward Scissorhand gloves!


Scarf and fabric weaving artisan shop

Love how they display the scarves


Against – MidCentury Furniture

I went nuts in this furniture store.  I guess they are not technically antiques, but to see actual Mid-Century modern pieces and not Design Within Reach reproductions was very fun.

A Barcelona Chair in Barcelona!

Saarinen tulip chair in black

More great displays

You want egg? (inside family joke:) )

Lovely Ceramics – very Jonathan Adler-esque

Chrome candle holders

We got a few of these fun chrome candle holders.  You can add and stack them in many different configurations.  We figured they were the perfect honeymoon treat.  One we would always have in our home to remind us of our wonderful trip.  The tag said “Nagel”, which I assume was the designer but have not had much luck finding information upon my initial web search.


More Photos of Barcelona

Gaudi Architecture – Casa Milà, or La Pedrera

I can’t believe he was doing this beautiful biomorphic stuff in the early 1900’s.  What a visionary.


We also go to enjoy some time with friends who live in Barcelona.

(L-R) Rodrigo, Steve, Me, Justine, and Avery


Irish Coffee

Lovely Dinner


It was an amazing honeymoon, and that was just Barcelona!  More to come…

This past weekend I did lots of shooting, in and around Boston.  Beacon Hill, graveyards, Bruins game, Halloween festivities and a trip down to the south shore.  My photos are all kind of all over the place, but it was a great weekend to shoot.  I would love your thoughts and feed back on the shots.  Let me know what you think…the good and not so good.


Eve of Halloween, walking around Beacon Hill

Beautiful and festive window boxes

I am learning fabulous window boxes are a Beacon Hill must!



Halloween decorations


Picturesque streets


Street closings

The streets of Beacon Hill are closed to cars from 5-9pm on Halloween and the place is just teaming with families trick or treating.  As our friend described the scene…it is Mardi Gras for children.  So true.



The Boston Public Garden




Eve of Halloween, Ghost Tour

Walking through 200 year old graveyards at night (especially on the eve of Halloween) made for a pretty neat and spooky experience.  Eventhough the night shots were quite challenging, it just makes me want to work on my night shots even more.

Cemetery in the North End



Did you know that the Boston strangler’s last victim lived and was killed in the apartment right above The Paramount on Charles Street?  And I thought they were just known for their delicious omelettes.  We heard that and many other stories of Boston on the Ghost and Gravestones tour.  It was great fun.



We went to the afternoon Bruins hockey game (probably only the 2nd or 3rd hockey game I have been to in my life), and had a great time looking at all the crazy Bruins fans dresses up for Halloween…and perhaps some dressed as the would for any Bruins game.

Pucks & Prada’s


With the outside temperature reaching the mid 70’s my Prada wedges had a nice time at the game too.  I got them at my favorite consignment shops in Atlanta, Labels Resale Boutique.  I have gotten some ridiculous finds there.


On Beacon Hill

The streets were packed and the decorations, out of this world.  A group of us walked around with dogs, babies and wine to take in the scene.

Perfect time to practice night shots.





All Saints’ Day – Cohasset

The next day my hubby and I took a drive down to Cohasset to see the south shore and visit with some of his family.  The drive was lovely and Cohasset is this ridiculously picturesque Massachusetts coastal town.

Darling bistro and place for lunch, The Red Lion Inn and Restaurant.


Food shots



Seriously, this town is out of a movie, “Cue vintage, orange, VW bus.”



Harbor and beach





Sea Dog



Whew.  Enough for now.  Off to Maine this weekend to visit my sister and shoot, shoot, shoot.  It is so beautiful up there.


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