September 26, 2011

King of kings.

So, since moving into the new house, we've been carefully deciding how we want to "attack" (for lack of a better word) each room.  We are starting with the master bedroom - it's this huge attic space that's been redone beautifully.  Well, despite the Toile wallpaper overload, it's been done beautifully ;).

This weekend, we purchased the Asher Bed from Crate and Barrel in a KING size.  Yes, a King! From what I hear, there's no turning back....

So, now that we are going to have a new King bed and mattress, I had to go on a quest for proper bedding.  I'm such a stickler for bedding.... I think it's sometimes the hardest thing to make a decision on.  It's a rather big investment (for the good stuff), and you need to love it.  Here are a few I was looking at:

Organic Circles Duvet, West Elm
Organic Chevron Duvet, West Elm
Parachute Duvet, West Elm (with those striped sheets!)
Georgina Bedding, Anthropologie
Rivulets Bedding, Anthropologie
Batavia Dove Duvet Collection, DwellStudio

I loved a lot of the DwellStudio bedding sets, and ultimately I ended up going with a duvet of theirs that I've been in love with for, oh, about a year now.  I first saw it at my friend's shop here in Kansas City - Urban Dwellings Design.  It's pretty bold, but I think our master bedroom is big enough to carry it off.  Plus, I like bold. So, without further delay, the winner is....

Peacock Citrine Duvet Collection, DwellStudio

This patterns comes in a greyish-blue hue for those of you looking for more muted bedding, FYI.  I'll post pictures once everything is set up and the red toile wallpaper is GONE.

PS - I mean no offense to the Toile lovers out there. I love it too. There is just way too much of it in this house for any one person (especially my hubby). 

September 20, 2011

Put a flower in your hair...

I was in lovely San Francisco all last week for work.  I definitely got to see many different parts of the city thanks to my local friends and coworkers who gave me rides everywhere!

The first night I was there, I poked around downtown Burlingame - my home base for the week.  I found this great shop with unique (but affordable) clothing called Therapy.  They have several locations, so you should check them out if you're in Cali.

The next night, I went to a Giants game. I made it a point to ride The Guzzler (a Coca-Cola slide usually reserved for children).  It was totally worth it!  They also had a Fist Pump Cam that I thought was pretty genius.  Everyone got really into it!  Please notice the brilliant graphic...

I had the wonderful chance to hang out in beautiful Sausalito!  We had the most delicious meal at Fish, a seafood restaurant right on the water dedicated to serving sustainable fish.  The crab roll was absolutely splendid.  It melted in my mouth... like butta'.

After spending the afternoon in Sausalito, I spent my evening in the Marina District.  There was some great shopping - including a whole Benefit store.  A WHOLE STORE of the stuff!!  If you know me, you know my love for Benetint (see here and here).  I stopped in and fell in love with their new lipstick shade for Fall called No Competition.  It's a nice berry color, but not toooo dark that it scares me.

After I finished my shopping, I met a dear old friend and her lovely family at a taco place in the area called Mamacita. It was wonderful!  I had the fish tacos (I couldn't get enough seafood on this trip), and my friend raved about her carne asada tacos.  Here's a cute pic her husband took of us outside the restaurant (notice all the shopping bags I'm holding. Oopsies!).

All in all, it was a fun trip!  It reminded me how much I love true urban life. Can't wait for the next time I'm back in this blissfully foggy metropolis - hopefully, I can bring the hubby along (he was super jealous of all the amazing asian food and seafood I was having).  There's just so much more to do and see!  Alcatraz, anyone?!  

September 08, 2011

Operation Ombre Hair: Accomplished.

So, remember when I told you I was going to try the Ombre hair trend?  Well, this past Saturday - I went for it!  And I'm very happy with the results. Jane, my wonderful stylist at Belle Epoque, ended up using 4 different shades of red throughout my hair to create this effect.  It took a few hours, but was totally worth it.  My guess is it will be pretty easy to upkeep too!  I mean, after all, the whole look is kinda like you're highlights are all grown out.... ;).

Here are the best photos I could get - I think it's a little more dramatic in-person.  But you get the idea...

September 07, 2011

Scotchy scotch scotch scotch....

Not the liquor.  But the nail polish from Scotch Naturals!  I love nail polish. We know this. Non-toxic and eco-friendly nail polish? Even better.

Plus, Scotch Naturals nail polish comes in some amazing colors. And isn't the packaging super stylish?! You can visit their website to order (free shipping over $35) or find a distributor near you.

September 06, 2011

Happy Birthday, Freddie!

Love today's Google Doodle!  If you press play, it comes alive with the song "Don't Stop." What a wonderful tribute to the Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury!

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is one of my favorite karaoke songs to do with friends.  What's your favorite Queen song??