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A Week in Review

December 23, 2011
tags: , , , , , , panettone, poinsettias, , San Francisco, santa claus, , ,
by Sonia

Home again, home again, jiggity jig. I’ve been back in San Francisco for almost a week now and oof! I love it. Aside from going to see The Nutcracker and doing a little shopping on Hayes Street, I’ve been in my PJs for the majority of the day either doing work from the comfort of my bed or adding Christmas sparkle to everything and anything I can find in the house.

Tonight is one of my best friend’s annual Christmas party and then tomorrow it’s off to the kitchen to prep for our Christmas Eve dinner that I can say with complete and utter sincerity is my favorite day of the entire year. A whopping 15 people consisting of my immediate family and our closest friends gather every year to eat a meal that makes me pass out it’s so good and drink until Santa comes squeezing down the chimney forcing us to go to bed.

But before I get all active on you, here’s a look at my week spent in PJs.

{ My unmade bed that I so rarely want to leave }

{ A panettone that takes me back to days in Florence }

{ Prezzzziessss! }

{ Festive poinsettias all around my house that Finn likes to smell }

{ Tree and Nutcrackers and Stockings, Oh my! }

Holiday Blowouts

November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving is practically a week away, I’ve booked my plane ticket back to San Francisco for Christmas, and I’ve got about five parties coming up in the next couple of weeks - suffice it to say, the holiday season is here!

Fa la la la la la la la la!

As with every holiday season (see here and here), I’m on the hunt for a few new festive dresses to make the coming month that much more exciting. While last year my picks were a bit more scattered, this year I’ve narrowed my party dress wishlist down to three categories/trends: bold patterns, updated LBDs, and sequins and embellishments. Now comes the even harder part of narrowing it down to just one or two pieces!

Which ones would you choose? (Keep in mind the Thanksgiving dress always needs a bit of room around the waist…)

  1. Tibi Rococo Print Dress - $462
  2. Betsey Johnson Envy the Heiress Dress - $398
  3. Edun Marble Silk Chiffon Dress - $500
  4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Panthera Shift Dress - $358
  5. Topshop Tinsel Fringe Dress - $120
  6. AllSaints Char Dress - $295
  7. Rebecca Taylor Lace Bustier - $425
  8. Vanessa Bruno Athé Black-Beaded Dress - $360
  9. Anthropologie Wink & Rimple Dress - $228
  10. AllSaints Erodes Dress - $495
  11. Vince Sequin-Embellished Crepe Dress - $495
  12. Philosophy di Alberta Ferreti Embellished Lace-Overlay Dress - $322


Christmas Workshop

December 14, 2010
tags: arts and crafts, christmas craft ideas, christmas crafts, christmas pumpkins, cookie cutter ornaments, cookie cutters, decor, decorations, felt garland, , fir tree place-card holders, glittery trees, , magazine christmas trees, martha stewart, ornament chandeliers, ornaments, painted pumpkins,
by Sonia

One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the crafting that comes with them. Halloween calls for spooky ghosts and jack-o-lanterns, Thanksgiving is all about autumnal colors and festive centerpieces, and Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without glittery ornaments, twinkly lights and tons of wintery decorations interspersed throughout the house. This Friday I’m heading home to San Francisco for the holiday and I’ve already begun pulling together new and fun craft ideas to try out. So in between my gingerbread house making, cookie baking, and tree decorating, here are a few other holiday crafts that I can’t wait to display around the house.

twisted felt garland (DIY here)

glittered magazine Christmas trees (tutorial here) •

now I know what to do with all those unused cookie cutters! •

glittered pumpkins may be great for Thanksgiving (see here) but these detailed painted pumpkins are perfect for Christmas tabletops and mantles (DIY here) •

groups of ribbon tied ornaments look colorful and festive hanging from light fixtures •

fir tree place-card holders (here) are the perfect way to use up those extra bits of tree trimmings •


photos via tumblr, martha stewart, i love to create, & the purl bee

Holiday Gifts • Under the Tree

December 8, 2010
tags: , christmas 2011, christmas gifts, christmas tree, , for her, gift guide, gift wrapping, holiday gifts, , santa claus, stocking stuffers, under the tree,
by Sonia

Last week I wrote about my family’s tradition when it comes to opening our stockings on Christmas morning (see here), and as promised here is the second edition to our Christmas routine. After we open our stockings, we scurry downstairs to the kitchen where we feast on a delectable breakfast of homemade waffles, scrambled eggs, fresh bacon, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and now that I’m older, tons and tons of coffee. After that it’s off to the Christmas tree where my brothers and I each have a section where Santa has placed boxes covered in festive wrappings.

While I love the trinkets and treasures that slip into the nooks and crannies of stockings, there’s nothing like the bulkier gifts like books, shoes, and household decorations to fill that empty space underneath the Christmas tree. I like to wrap my presents in the most generic boxes I can find because I find that the element of surprise is always that much greater.

So, as I get deeper into my holiday shopping (boy is it exhausting!) I thought I’d feature some items that I certainly wouldn’t mind finding underneath my tree this year :)


  1. Jonathan Adler Banana Rug - $160
  2. Textile by Elizabeth & James Gregory Pullover Parka - $400
  3. Rebecca Taylor Grande Fleur Skirt - $123
  4. Pamela Love Silver Talon Cuff - $920
  5. West Elm Wall Tealight Holder - $99
  6. Vintage French Interiors by Sebastian Siraudeau - $23
  7. Topshop Woven Check Trousers - $80
  8. Miu Miu Penny Loafer Maryjanes - $409
  9. Sunai Patchwork Ottoman - $229
  10. Modcloth Cutensils Cutlery Set - $30
  11. Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection - $175
  12. Madewell Brownstone Suede Bag - $126
  13. Illume Gardenia Diffuser - $40
  14. Issa Double Decker Red Dress - $587
  15. Madewell First Frost Necklace - $102
  16. Taste Test Recipe Book - $28

Born in the USA

June 30, 2010
tags: 4th of july, activities, decorations, , fourth of july, , long weekend, party, , Party Favors, summer, summer cocktails, summer food
by Sonia

I know I’m not alone when I say how excited I am for this coming holiday weekend. Aside from my appreciation for long weekends, I’m particularly excited for this Fourth of July because I will be spending it with most of my family and celebrating the engagement of my brother Austin and his beautiful fiancé Arianna.

Although the majority of my weekend will be consumed with swimming in my cousin’s pool and trying to show Finn that it’s OK to ride in the basket of my bicycle, I can’t deny my love of all holidays so I’d be lying if I said I’m not equally as excited to partake in some traditional Fourth of July hoopla.

This year we are throwing a barbecue, so while my brother and Mom take over the grill I plan to be in the kitchen fixing up a fresh summer salad, crisp cocktails, and a festive dessert. Below I have compiled some of my Independence Day necessities:

• Fresh Berries with Mint (recipe here) - This dessert/snack is the perfect blend of sweet and tart and the mint adds just the right amount of bite •

• Opening Ceremony x Pendleton Dress ($180) - Fourth of July parties tend to be on the casual side, so a lightweight sundress is key. I love the feminine cut and delicate print of this Opening Ceremony x Pendleton dress, and it’s also on sale! Score. •

• US Flag Pinwheel - Who doesn’t love a good party favor? This patriotic pinwheel is a great party handout because not only is it festive but you don’t have to worry about any obnoxious clean up (*ahem* party poppers) •

• Seychelles Pumps ($92) - These shoes are a perfect touch of color to brighten up an otherwise neutral dress •

• Dots & Stripes Tumblers ($20) - Why serve yummy cocktails in a boring glass when you can use fun decorative glasses like these!? I can already picture serving beverages (like these) in them •

• Summer Luminary Bags ($4 per dozen) - There’s nothing like a little candlelight once the sun goes down. These luminary bags are not only summer appropriate but their faded colors are patriotic without being obnoxious •

• Sparklers - enough said. :D

• Sheer Petals Platter ($148) - The design of this platter is absolutely gorgeous, it would almost be a crime to serve anything on it. But if there were ever going to be a platter worthy of gourmet burgers and summer corn this would definitely be on the one •