Weekend Inspiration

Weekend Inspiration

NYC
This is the first time I’ve been to New York as an adult and I’m now appreciating just how beautiful this city really is. Even with a pretty rocky start to this trip, I’ve felt lucky to be here. I’ll be calling this place my home for the next 2 weeks for work and play and I already don’t want it to end. If anyone has any suggestions for food, drinks, shopping, or any must sees, leave a comment below!

 

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Weekend Inspiration

Go on a roadtrip

Tomorrow I’m headed to my parents’ house in Orange County for the holidays.  My roommate and I are roadtripping down California with some fun pit stops planned along the way.  After an incredibly long and stressful week (actually, month) at work, I couldn’t be more excited to spend the next 2 weeks relaxing and seeing my family and friends.

Happy Weekend!

image via Kate Spade

Weekend Inspiration 7.19.13

The perfect weekend outfit, via Dressed in Orange weekend brunch, via Dressed in Orange

Happy Friday dear readers! This weekend I’m planning to get out of the house while it is still warm to explore some more of my SOMA neighborhood– grabbing margaritas at Tres Tequila Lounge, and waking up early for the SF Flower Mart . I’m also excited to put in some work around the apartment over the next couple days– cleaning and donating (the not fun stuff), and then lighting a new candle, buying some lamps for my living room, and maybe even getting a little tree for my small apartment.  To fuel all that cleaning, I’m looking forward to trying to make my own cold-brewed coffee tonight so I can enjoy it tomorrow, as well as this amazing looking grilled potato and arugula salad. Can you say yum!?

With all the summer sales going on, I’m also making it a mission to go through my closet and make a list of some fall staples I’ll be needing in the coming months. This outfit made me realize I need a brown suede motorcycle jacket asap (similar here), as well as a timeless bucket bag and goop-approved ring for good measure. I’m also eying these black boots, since I practically lived in my one pair of Cole Haan riding boots last winter, and that 35% off is pretty hard to resist!

Hope you are all enjoying summer– I can’t believe we are already halfway through July!

images:  outfit / coffee / salad

Weekend Inspiration 6.28.13

Weekend Inspiration

The second half of my week was spent desperately fighting off the first signs of a cold.  I took medicine and vitamins, drank tea with honey, kept my body warm, made sure to get plenty of sleep, and drank lots of fluids. Despite my best efforts, I wound up sick anyway.  It’s never a convenient time to be sick, and last night I found myself in some deep self-pity.  I missed a concert I had been looking forward to for months and my fun weekend plans were cancelled.  I was missing out all because of a summertime cold, and I felt upset, even angry.  But after 12 restful hours of sleep, I woke up this morning feeling mentally refreshed.  Though I’m still physically sick, I realized just how silly I was to feel so sorry for myself.  So this weekend, I’m going to embrace this time to rest and recharge by catching up on some reading, watching TV, drinking tea, online shopping, and of course, blogging – all from the comfort of my own bed.

Happy weekend!

images via: bed / tea

Weekend Inspiration 6.7.13

Weekend Inspiration, via Dressed in Orange

art print / shirt / ring / shoes

Work has been especially crazy this week since I have taken on a couple new projects, so if you were wondering about the sporadic posting this week, mea culpa!

It must be in reaction to how busy my days have gotten, but I am now craving simplicity in my wardrobe and home. I know it is summer and I should be enthusiastically wearing neon and patterns, but right now pared down classics just feel right to me. Lately I have been standing in my closet, thinking I have nothing to wear when I know it is the exact opposite– and I think some editing, reassessing, and strategic purchases are just what I need to make my closet workable and inspiring again. Plus, with some new found space, I’ll actually have room to add this Everlane blouse, this Stella and Bow midi/pinky ring, and these t-strap ballet flats to my wardrobe. If that’s not an incentive, I don’t know what is!

I’m also loving this calm, minimalist print by Fabienne Rivory. I learned about her work through Daniell Krysa, who writes the blog  The Jealous Curator. A dreamy combination of photography and paint, I want to add this piece to my apartment ASAP.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Grace

Weekend Inspiration 5.3.13

Weekend Inspiration, via Dressed in Orange

Happy weekend friends! I’ve got lots of chores and shopping on my To Do list this weekend, and thankfully some amazing weather to get it all done in. I’m thinking I need to get some new accessories for some upcoming events I’m attending, and I’m dying over these Lulu Frost earrings— they are a recreation of their signature vintage pieces, and would go with just about anything!

Also on my wishlist, I have been thinking on and off about getting myself a Mini M.A.C, which would be perfect for running around town and going out to dinner. I was excited to learn this week that for a limited time Rebecca Minkoff will be offering a select few Mini M.A.C colors with monograms, so it seems there is no time like the present to buy one! I have also heard, however, that RM will be having a sample sale in San Francisco on May 18th, so I might wait until then to see if I can score something great.

This weekend is also Cinco de Mayo, and SF will be celebrating in full force. I have plans to head down to the Ferry Building on Sunday for Hecho en San Francisco to indulge in some bites from Nopalito and Tacolicious. I’m also planning to try making a Paloma, based on a recipe I saw on Style Me Pretty Living. Nothing sounds better than some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with tequila and soda water right now!

What are your plans for this weekend?

Grace

images via: drink / ferry building / bag / earrings

Weekend Inspiration 4.27.13

This week has felt especially slow, so the weekend couldn’t arrive soon enough!  I’m ready to fill my days with a mix of adventure and relaxation.  A few things inspiring me this weekend:
Weekend Inspiration, via Dressed in Orange

I’ve been eager to completely update my apartment for Spring, but with a small budget and roommates’ tastes to consider, I’m opting for a simpler, yet impactful change.  Adding new patterns and colors to existing pillows is the easiest way to bring your home into the latest season.  I plan to visit Britex to pick out fabrics in whites and blues to be sewn into covers.  Interchangeable covers can be washed and stored as the seasons change to keep your living space fresh.

It’s two of my roommates’ birthdays this weekend, and to celebrate we’re going ziplining through the Redwoods.  This actually seems a little terrifying, but the idea of experiencing a beautiful forest from above outweighs my fears.

I hardly ever need a real reason to bake, but 2 birthdays in one weekend is the best excuse to try some new decorating techniques.  (Style Me Pretty Living posted steps on creating rosettes using a star tip on your piping bag.)  And instead of having hot coffee with cake, I’ll be reaching for a glass of iced coffee to cool down this weekend.

What’s inspiring you this weekend?

Robin

Images via: Home / Redwoods / Iced Coffee / Cake

Weekend Inspiration 4.19.13

I’m so happy that the weekend and warm weather are finally in sync! It’s no fun spending the week indoors while it’s sunny outside, only to reach the weekend and get buried in fog. Here are a couple things that are inspiring me this weekend:

Weekend Inspiration, via Dressed in Orange

Doing: Robin, Emily and I are going on a little picnic tomorrow in the park. It is forested to be in the 60’s, which should make for a great day of people watching, snacking, chatting, and maybe playing around with a DSLR. I wish I had this gardening bag from Apolis to tote our picnicking supplies around handily– it would also be great for buying groceries at the farmers market!

Eating: After our picnic we are swinging by Bi-Rite Creamery to pick up a couple scoops of their incredible ice cream. I just looked at their menu for today, and they are featuring milk chocolate with peanut butter swirl, orange blossom with candied orange zest and pistachios, roasted banana, and hazelnut with Dandelion Chocolate’s cocoa nibs ice cream. I. Can’t. Wait. If you don’t live in the area, but want to have a taste of Bi-Rite at home, they have a cookbook, Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, that will teach you how to make your own scoop of heaven at home.

Decorating: I stumbled across the beautiful apartment of Danielle Arps, and it has so many elements that I’m trying to incorporate into my own place. Her apartment is light, cozy, tonal, eclectic, and sophisticated, and I wasn’t surprised to learn she is Rita Konig’s former assistant designer, now working at HomePolish. I’m especially loving the mix of pillows on her sofa, and the adorable succulents in vintage drink ware on her table. Too cute! (Speaking of Rita, her apartment was recently featured on The Selby, and is too beautiful for words. Check it out if you haven’t already.)

Buying: I’ve been thinking about getting a pair of natural leather sandals for a while now, and these would fit the bill nicely with only a $40 price tag. They are sold out online, so I’m going to swing by my local Gap store and try my luck there. Fingers crossed!

What are you up to this weekend?

Grace

Images via: Picnic / Ice Cream / Apartment / Shoes

Weekend Inspiration 4.5.13

Weekend inspiration, via Dressed in Orange

I’m so excited for this weekend: I’m going out for dinner and drinks tonight with Eric, walking with Emily and Robin tomorrow, and possibly going to the flea market on Sunday morning. As a girl who like to spend her weekends at home relaxing, that’s a whole lot of action! I’m also going to a Giants game on Monday night, which to me means warm weather is almost here. I’m so ready for homemade margaritas (this recipe  is pretty close to how I make mine) and day trips to the beach with friends.

This collage is a combination of several of my favorite Pinterest images right now. I’m thinking of picking up that flamingo picture above to add some color to my small, windowless bathroom- I love their pale pink reflections in the dark, rippled water. I’m also loving these two interior shots with their green, white, and blue color schemes. They are definitely giving me shopping ideas for the Alameda Flea Market on Sunday… I can’t wait!

What are you up to this weekend?

Grace

Images via: Green Dresser / Flamingos / Lounge Chair / Margarita