Month: January 2013

interior decor: areal rugs in full bloom

Ever since I’ve been on the kick to redecorate my studio apartment, I have fallen in love with everything available to make my dwelling my very own work of art.  I had forgotten how wonderful it is to decorate, revamp, recharge, redo and since I finally got my very own kitchen, I am slowly piecing the place together to make it a permanent home for a while. Areal rugs are  a must in my opinion, it not only ties in your room’s decor, but also feels good against, well in this case, my feet. Here are some of my favorites to ponder over while I decide on re-arranging the space.

healthy recipe: beet tartine and goat cheese

I found a recipe here, which included one of my favorite vegetables – beets and the fact it is marinated, and eaten with goat cheese make it even more appetizing, not to mention the fact it is one of the best ways to detox. Beet Tartine with Marinated Caper Berries Serves 2 Ingredients: 2 medium-sized beets 4 slices whole-grain rye bread (check the ingredient list for suspicious ingredients) soft goat cheese / chèvre (optional) handful marinated caper berries fresh rosemary sea salt + cracked black pepper Directions: 1. With the skin still on, wrap beets individually in foil and roast in a 400°F / 200°C oven for at least one hour, until you can easily pierce the beet with a sharp knife. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Unwrap and slide skins off. Slice into desired shapes. 2. While the oven is hot, spread goats cheese on the slices of rye bread and place under the broiler until golden, about 5 minutes. 3. On each piece of toast place the sliced beets, caper berries, …

creative gala gowns for the red carpet

Since I follow the red carpet fashion trends, I have noticed most celebrities have conformed to a uniform look just so they could pass the fashion police critique.  While that is acceptable, it seems they have compromised a sliver of their bold and daring creative side, at least in my opinion. I hope this year is a little different and we can actually see a little bit of daring and unique fashion like the ones I have picked out below.

san francisco gem: the ferry building

I love it when friends show up in town unannounced and beg to spend a day with you.  I really mean it, I do love it, even though it throws me pleasantly off schedule (If that makes sense). Anyway, I got the word my friends were in town at ten in the morning and asked them to meet me at the end of Market Street at noon for lunch.  When I asked, what they wanted to eat, they mentioned Sandwich shops and fast food and I basically rolled my eyes. I pointed to the Ferry Building and asked if they had been there and they both shook their heads NO and so we ventured into one of our proudest conversion of a historic building into an amazing waterfront hangout.

fashion sense: a peek at spring wear

I love pencil skirts and am glad to see colors are back, because here are some of my favorite pieces  I want to duplicate this season. 1. Moschino cheap and chic embellished chiffon and crepe top 595USD 2. Gucci cotton blend twill pencil skirt 535USD 3. Etro stretch silk satin top 480USD 4. Malene Birger stretch crepe pencil skirt 285USD 5. Tory Burch Clayton embellished silk crepe de chine top 395USD 6. Jonathan Saunders Shannon wool crepe skirt 805USD 7. JCrew polka dot silk twil top 198USD 8. Emilio Pucci stretch crepe pencil skirt 694USD 9. DKNY silk crepe and chiffon top 195USD 10.Giambattista Valli tweed pencil skirt 1150USD 11.Miu Miu embellished cady top 1495USD 12. Roland Mouret Yama cotton pique pencil skirt 849USD

seeking simply therapy at the flower market

Wow, I have to say this week has been a challenge. It happens to the best of us on occassion. But when I came home after work and slept for over twelve hours the other night, I realized I needed something to change the mood I’ve been in. So, on Thursday, I walked to the Flower Mart in San Francisco and admired the array of flowers on display so much that I actually brought some home and I have to tell you, I had forgotten how wonderful flowers make me feel.

cold weather blues

I never thought I would say this, but since we’ve had freezing temperatures throughout most of California, I have literally shut down in more ways than I imagined could be possible.  The strange thing about this weather, which is holding steady at 34ish in the city and 28 or less in the suburbs, is that people actually hibernate and that makes for a dreary day, almost every day this week. What’s happened to everyone? There was a point during my lunch hour on Monday and Tuesday, that I walked through Union Square and was able to count the number of people in the streets and as for the retail shops, the sales clerks outnumbered the cliental in most any store I walked through. This is a hard thing to see right after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.   The worst about this weather is that all I  crave for is comfort food and find it difficult to stay focused on my brand new eating plan.  In addition to the food cravings, it seems I have also lost my creativity …