This Was the Best Scone I’ve Ever Eaten

We drove 30 minutes for scones, and I would happily have driven a few hours. Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, CA in Sonoma County is that good. We’ve made several trips to the Russian River Valley this summer because our awesome and generous friends bought a place in Monte Rio. It has been so much fun exploring the area. On Sunday morning we made our pilgrimage to this wood-fired bakery.

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The amount of baked goods available, especially when you’re hungry and possibly a little bit hungover on a Sunday morning, is overwhelming. They have something called Fougasse, which is bread with potato, garlic, rosemary, jack cheddar and swiss cheese. The Bohemian has orange, apricot and pecans. The sticky bun is packed with currants, cinnamon and walnuts.

The bread was stacked high.
Everything except the scones comes loaf form, so be prepared to share or take some home. Even I, with my insatiable sweet tooth, couldn’t finish what we ordered:
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What Will You Do With the Final 50 Days of Summer?

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Hey everyone, it’s August 1! We have one more month of summer left until the kiddos (or you) start back to school. But I’m a cup half full kinda gal, so I’m going remind you that summer isn’t actually over until September 22, so that’s nearly a month of summer after the kids go back to school! Plus, we all know September is when summer just gets going in the San Francisco area. So that means 50+ more days full of opportunities to break out the brightly-colored beach accoutrements.

As I mentioned last week, I’m partnering with Serena & Lily, and co-hosted a trunk show at the brand’s San Francisco design shop on Wednesday with a group of lovely SF bloggers where we celebrated exactly those items. They are even prettier in person—I basically wanted everything. They’re available for a limited time only, and some are on sale. So make your way to the beautiful new Serena & Lily space at 3457 Sacramento Street or get shopping online! Click below for some of my favorites from the lifestyle collection.
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So I Just Put My Age on Facebook

I was 6 in 1974.

I was 6 in 1974.




I’m 46. That might be even scarier to say than “I got fired.”

We all know age is often a closely guarded secret by women. “How old are you?” is considered to be a very rude question indeed. Why? Because America hates old people.

Just kidding. I don’t know why it’s so terrible to admit you’re past 30 or 40 or whatever. Even some of the strongest women in history (Frida Kahlo, for example) lied about their age. Is it just too awful to go public about losing your ability to reproduce? To realize we’ll never experience young love again? To face that our career is not where we’d like it to be and time is running out? Whoa, hopefully that’s just me because that shit is depressing.

BUT. I was at a blogger event last night, where Miss Savvy in San Fran (AKA Melissa) told me she’d just celebrated her 40th birthday, to which I responded: “Oh, the 40s have been the best decade of my life!” And it’s totally true. Partly because a lot of awesome things happened (adopting a baby, moving to the beach, strengthening my marriage). But also because I’m comfortable in my own skin for the first time ever.

Yes I wish I’d felt this OK with who I am at 25, but it’s been a long road. Here’s one thing that happened:
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Seven Sparkling White (and Affordable) Pieces of Polished Beachy Jewlery

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When I spotted the image above from Planet Blue on Pinterest, I dreamt that was my hand, and that it was located on a tropical beach, deeply tanned (fake, of course), and lazily leafing through a summer novel. The rest of me is wearing perhaps this kaftan. You too? Well, you’re in luck because I went on a hunt for beachy white jewelry so you don’t have to.

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Lauren Wolf White Druzy Studs, $150, Fiat Lux
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Four Poisonous Facts About Your Style That Will Make You a Greener Shopper

A summer 2014 look from Amour Vert

A summer 2014 look from Amour Vert

As I mentioned on Instagram, I had the pleasure of interviewing Greta Eagan, author of a new book called Wear No Evil, at Amour Vert’s beautiful new boutique in SF’s Hayes Valley on Saturday. She was lovely, and knowledgeable on a topic I’ve always been interested in but often been lazy about: ecologically-responsible fashion. I sat down with her book when I got home and was shocked into caring again by these four facts:
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Misery Is Ice Cream and a Carousel

Moments before she was "done."

Moments before she was “done.”

Yesterday we had a fun day planned for our little family. We would wake up early, take the BART train into the city, then catch a cable car to Pier 39 to see the sea lions. Simple enough, right? Not incredibly ambitious? LOL. Nothing is ever simple with a two year old.

The BART ride was great. Frida is obsessed with choo choos, so it was heaven for her. But when we arrived at Powell Station to take the cable car, the line wrapped around to infinity. There was no way she’d wait for this mass of humanity without incident. So we decided to walk to Pier 39, and take the cable car back. It wasn’t a bad walk! Great exercise, and to reward ourselves, we stopped in North Beach for a gelato. This is where the trouble started.
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Events and Sales I Would Totally Go To/Shop…

… if I didn’t have a two-year-old and had tons of cash!

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580 Hayes Street—The open space next to Hayes & Kebab (corner of Hayes and Laguna) is throwing an art show tonight from 6 to 9pm featuring photography by Jarda Brych, mural art by John Baden, and lots more. This is probably the last event here before the space is demolished and condos go up.

Fiat Lux—Tonight, from 7 to 11pm, the tiniest, awesomest jewelry store in SF is hosting its annual truck show with Claire Kinder Studio & Daisy San Luis Metal. The space might be small, but the couple behind Fiat Lux knows how to throw a party, and they have amazing taste. (I’m going to try to make it to this one!)

Amour Vert—Tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, stylist and “eco-ambassador” Greta Eagan will be at the new store to sign copies of her new book Wear No Evil. Sophia Bush called it “the ultimate, all-in-one style guide with ethics built in that we’ve all been waiting for.” Eagan will be there from 12 to 3pm at 437 Hayes Street in San Francisco. I don’t know about you but I’m way ready to get rid of the sweat shops in my life. (OK so I’m actually going to this one, see you there?)

Ligne Roset—The brand’s floor sample sale is happening through August 3, so go get some mid-century goodness for your place. The store is at 162 King Street in SF. Just make sure a baseball game isn’t happening when you go!

Freda SalvadorMy most favorite shoe brand is three years old! To celebrate Freda’s birthday, all sale shoes are an extra 15 percent off with the code FREDAISTHREE.

Legion—One of my favorite new shops in San Francisco has marked down summer merchandise from brands including Ilana Kohn, Rachel Rose, Theonne, Collina Strada, Kathryn McCarron, Kaarem and more 40% off! Find the shop in Chinatown at 679 Clay Street.

Raw Dance—RAWdance is kicking off its 10th Anniversary Season with two world premieres for the company, plus two premieres by guest companies Project B. and Gretchen Garnett & Dancers this weekend. Catch one of their gorgeous performances at Z Space (450 Florida Street) tonight, Friday, at 8pm; tomorrow, Saturday July 26 at 8pm (including a post-show reception and silent auction); or Sunday, July 27 at 7pm If you need a little nudge to buy tickets, check out the Chronicle’s super flattering writeup about Wendy Rein and Ryan Smith, the duo who launched Raw Dance in San Francisco a decade ago.

Would You Renew Your Wedding Vows? Because I Kind of Want To #TBT

0500Dancing with my new sister-in-law in my dress by Azadeh at my wedding in 2003

Back in the early years of this blog, I was a little bit obsessed with throwing a vow-renewal party and wearing a hippie wedding dress to the event. September 2013 marked our 10th anniversary, so that seemed like the perfect opportunity, and a great excuse for a party and a new dress. OK, you know what I’m going to say. I’m obsessing again.
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Crush Your Summer Beach Style With Serena & Lily (and Come to This Party!)

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Photo via Serena & Lily

After launching Serena & Lily in Sausalito 11 years ago, founders Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter opened their first brick and mortar store in California, the Serena & Lily Design Shop in San Francisco (on Sacramento Street, naturally!) back in May. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out these photos at SF Girl by Bay, and you’ll be scheduling a trip, stat. Obviously, the place has gorgeous and dreamy interior goods galore: furniture, art, decorative pieces, rugs and tons more. But, S & L wants you to know that they’ve got some special merchandise for summer including beach blankets, cover-ups, scarves, travel cases, tote bags, home textiles and lots more.

That’s where I come in: I’m partnering with Serena & Lily to get the word out, and to co-host an accessories trunk show at the new Design Shop on July 30. It’s an opportunity to check out these fun products in person, because they’re usually available online only. And if you buy something at the event, you get free shipping, woot! We’ll be sipping wine and having a little nosh at 3457 Sacramento Street from 5 to 7pm. I hope ya’ll will join us! RSVP here.

Get more details and check out the merch below!
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Be the First to Shop This Chic Camp Clothing Collection

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San Francisco designer Tamar Wider (she also designs the jewelry line The 2 Bandits) launched her Fall/Winter Camp Collection today. The concept behind all of her Camp designs is to make chic clothing for people who love the outdoors. Like you can actually wear these clothes camping and still look cute. Very Undone Done. Tell your friends: you don’t have to wear head-to-toe REI just because you’re hiking. Granted there’s no real functional gear in these collection… so if you’re going to be outdoors in some serious weather, fine, go to REI. But if you’re taking a hike in Santa Cruz, or camping in Big Sur where the weather is always nice, or picnicking in Sonoma, this collection is perfect.

Or, you don’t have to be doing stuff outside. You could be having some casual indoor fun and look stylish in Camp. See for yourself below in the Fall 2014 lookbook, just released today. It was shot in Australia by Renee Carey, featuring model Rachel Rutt,

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Click below for more of my faves from Camp!
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