Fall is my Favorite

Man oh man, it has been a WHILE. Summer seriously flew by (yes, September counts as Summer in San Francisco), and I’ve been running around all over the place for the past few months. Summer in the city was so much fun – Outside Lands, Oyster Fest and plenty of park days – but it was a blast to sneak away to Tahoe, Vegas and Chicago, too.

While there’s nothing like summer, Fall has always been my absolute favorite season. Maybe it’s because I’m a Libra baby, but Fall always ushers in the feeling of starting over for me. I have the urge to set goals for the year ahead, make plans for the holidays and of course, revamp my wardrobe.

Weekend Update: BottleRock Napa

This past weekend, we played hooky on Friday and headed up to Napa Valley for the very first ever BottleRock Napa – five days (I KNOW…unfortunately we could only hang Friday through Sunday) of amazing bands entertaining the festival-loving masses in the wine country.

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We drank too much champagne, danced ’til we dropped, and fell into our sleeping bags every night exhausted, oh-so-sunburned and happy. It was such a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of city life, and a perfect way to spend the weekend.

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My faves (if I HAVE to choose) were The Black Keys, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Alabama Shakes, Grouplove, Iron & Wine and Rogue Wave. Whole Foods sponsored the most amazing food garden, my favorite being The Q Restaurant’s stand that proudly (as they should be!) dished up pulled pork sammies with creamy cole slaw (I think I actually dreamed about that cole slaw last night…) I could spend the rest of my life at a music festival – if I was allowed to shower, that is – and it was so fun to experience the first year of BottleRock…I think I’m ready to start planning next year’s trip!

Spotlight on: Artist Chloe Fleury

Last week, Refinery29 S.F. posted about paper illustrator Chloe Fleury, and I just had to share the love!

First of all, her studio is amazing — particulary her use of a wooden dowel to keep her washi tape and ribbon in an easy-to-access place, and how saturated with color and textures it is. Not to mention, Chloe is adorable, and her work is so detailed and unique. Head over to Refinery29 to see the full tour!

Make sure to check out Chloe’s studio, hopscotch design — her commissioned pieces are seriously jaw-dropping.

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My favorite pieces are her S.F. neighborhood posters (I’m so curious about what North Beach would look like…)

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I think I may need to treat myself to the DIY Paper Rabbit Bust kit…

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SO amazing.

[All images via hopscotch design & Refinery29.]

Currently Coveting: Three Jane NY

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Yep. Those are bangles that look like hair ties.

Fashion publicist Katie Schloss founded Three Jane NY about a year ago, and is most recognized for The Map Necklace — a 14K gold plate that can have any location engraved on it. Your childhood home, where you had your first kiss, your favorite place in the world, etc., etc.

I love her line, and as I follow her on Instagram (obsessed, much?), I’ve really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes peaks at the recent pieces she’s been working on. Especially this bubble wand necklace. GIMME.

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[Photos are from Three Jane NY’s Instagram feed.]

Wild Instinct: The Hedgehog

Today I came across one of the world’s cutest Instagram accounts — Darcy the Flying Hedgehog (thanks, Buzzfeed!). Needless to say, I thought about cute hedgehogs all day, and my friend (who is actually named Darcy…but isn’t a flying hedgehog) and I discussed them in depth — would they be soft?  Cuddly? Can they make themselves less prickly if they like you?

This is Darcy the Flying Hedgehog:

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So adorable, right?

There are a lot of communities on the Internet for hedgehog lovers, and I learned some interesting facts that I thought were worth sharing:

— Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets

— Hedgehogs prefer to live separately from other members of their species, but can form tight bonds with humans

— They have a strong sense of smell but weak eyesight (hey, me too!)

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[Measuring Hedgies, $36; Little Hedgehog Print, $8; Cherry Patent Coin Purse, $85; Canvas Tote Bag, $18; Hedgehog Clock, $54; Hedgehog Ring, $240; Creature Comfort Mug, $8; Hedgehog Watercolor Painting, $35]

DIY: Dish Towel turned Pillow Case

One of my weaknesses is throw pillows — I am obsessed with them (seriously, I have about 10 on my bed right now). Anthropologie, Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Target and Etsy are some of my favorite places to find beautiful pillows. But no matter how much I love pillows in all textures, sizes and colors, I just can’t justify paying $50+ for one.

I picked up this dish towel at Anthro a few months ago and have just been holding onto it because I don’t want it to get dirty in kitchen (I can’t imagine ever actually using it on dishes). Sooo I decided to turn it into a cute pillowcase!

It was pretty easy — just a little time consuming because I sewed it by hand.

All you need is:

— A dish towel, tea towel or any fabric of your choice
— A sewing kit (needle, thread, pins)
— Pillow stuffing (You can buy polyfill at any fabric store or rip open an old pillow that you’re not in love with anymore and borrow that stuffing)

This is the dish towel — so cute, right?

First, fold the pillow over and place a few pins at the corners and around the edges, then start stitching. I chose to use colored thread because I thought it would look good with the multicolored pillows.

Once you have securely sewed the pillow case on three edges (the two longer sides and one of the shorter sides if your pillow isn’t a square), you’re ready to start stuffing. Put as much in as you want, depending on how fluffy you want the pillow to be. Sew the remaining side shut.

Ta da! Your brand-new “Anthropologie” pillow.

I had a lot of fun making the pillowcase and I’m looking forward to making more. Let me know if you try this DIY — I’d love to see how you put your own spin on it!