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newest addition to the family

newest addition to the family

bejeweled

Well, this fantastic brooch isn’t technically a new addition — I purchased it last year around the same time — but since it’s still a fairly recent purchase I guess I’ll let it slide this time. When I was on O’ahu last summer my mom and I wandered across a little boutique selling home goods and vintage treasures, and this piece immediately stood out to me. The brooch was passed down to the shopkeeper by her grandmother, and since it didn’t hold too much sentimental value for her she put it up for sale in her store. I love its incessant sparkle and shine; I can’t stop staring at it, even now!

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chestnut street treasures

Today my boyfriend and I decided to explore Chestnut Street, since we’d never been before. After lunch at a Mexican restaurant called Toma and a few stops at Williams Sonoma, Books Inc., and Urban Outfitters, we saw This Is The End at the Presidio Theatre (which I highly recommend!). Seeing as I was dressed in a boring white shirt and pair of shorts, I decided my clothes weren’t quite photogenic enough for an outfit post. I’m obsessed with my newest purchases, however, like my blue nail polish which I can’t wait to rock for 4th of July. I also love my new lipstick, acquired at CVS a few weeks ago, cause it’s the perfect burgundy that I’ve been looking for.

Top,  Pure and Simple Grapefruit & Lavender candle from Williams Sonoma; above, Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Plum Perfect.

Newest issue of Bullett and Urban Outfitters nail polishes in Blue Velvet and Storm.

Urban Outfitters watermelon headband.

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tuning in

Last week I enjoyed a relaxing visit at home for 4th of July celebrations, and in the midst of scheduling a haircut, camping out for fireworks, and whipping up delicious (instant) vanilla pudding, I picked up an assortment of vintage vinyl. An afternoon stroll around town turned into a hunt for gold as I discovered and subsequently sifted through dusty records in one of Calistoga’s consignment stores. I was in heaven as I pored over boxes and squinted at shelves full of rock classics. My favorite finds were Elton John‘s “Greatest Hits,” the Eagles‘ “Hotel California,” and Hall & Oates‘ “Rock ‘n Soul Part 1,” though the haul also included albums from David Bowie, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and the Rolling Stones.

I started a record collection a couple of years ago when I bought my boyfriend a turntable for Valentine’s Day. Though we don’t usually use it on a day to day basis (how would I accumulate last.fm plays?) it’s always fun to break out some tunes the old-fashioned way. There’s nothing quite like the hissing, crackling, and popping of vinyl on a turntable, and sometimes I leave the needle circling around for awhile just to listen to the sounds.

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november niceties

It seems like I’m always up to my ears in new magazines. I have a pretty valid excuse though; since being a writer is my future/desired profession, it’s all just research… and great material for collages when I’m done reading. As well as documenting the newest periodicals, I snapped a few shots of some necklaces old and new.

Little known fact? That box or drawer of old jewelry is a goldmine, and you don’t even realize it. When was the last time you went through it? Five, maybe even ten years ago? I’m urging you to break that thing out and “shop your closet” in a sense. Get past those dinky little beaded elastic bracelets you made on Saturday afternoons when you were eight and look for the the stuff your mom or dad or grandparents or family friends gave you, the really nice stuff. Even some pieces you bought awhile ago and tossed aside can seem exciting again! I guarantee that if you’re feeling the urge to shop for jewelry, you’ll discover some free, forgotten gems that can instantly spice up an outfit. (This also applies to a parent’s old stash of jewelry… ask nicely and you may receive.)

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newest addition to the family

bits and baubles


Despite yesterday’s chilly (and eventually rainy) weather, my friend Pilar and I wandered up Fillmore Street for a fun little adventure since we hadn’t caught up in forever. With some birthday money in hand I made a beeline for a few of my favorite stores like Alexis Bittar, Juicy News, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.  I practically died when I finally purchased the (SEVEN DOLLAR!) Marc Jacobs heart compact, something I’ve been wanting for a very long time.

Exploring also led to a few new gems like Nest, Heidi Says Collections, and Heidi Says Casual. I’m so excited by all the pretty things I snatched up, as well as some of my birthday gifts from last month that I never shared (like the religious bracelet, above, given to me by my best friend). It seems like I’m on a colorful jewelry streak lately… but aren’t I always?

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