party : southern-themed engagement party

I can hardly believe my engagement party was half a year ago! Rachel & I decided to let all things southern dictate the party’s style. She gets all the credit for this lovely bash!


IMG_6844Gorgeous dahlias adorned the tables and were surrounded by white votives. Each place setting had a set of utensils tied up with baker’s twine & a bag of saltwater taffy secured with cheery washi tape!


Red, white & turquoise dominated the decor. We set up tables in my parents backyard & rented white folding chairs from Piedmont Party in Oakland. Get a load of that menu my mom cooked up – it was AMAZING.




My darling husband made the southern-inspired drinks!

There were so many sweet details all throughout the backyard…






I was so excited that we got to play badminton – anyone who knows me knows it’s a hobby I love!

The whole party turned out so beautifully!


A GIANT thank you to my sweet sister who made this soiree happen!


xo, S.


party : it’s none of your business (yes, it is.)

You may have read on our Facebook page that we were lucky enough to win a seat at Enjoy Events Co.’s FABULOUS event planning workshop: It’s None of Your Business (Yes, It Is.).

We’ve been admiring Megan & Emily’s work & aesthetic from afar, and it was awesome to finally meet the sweet East Bay party WIZARDS. Seriously, they work magic – check out their portfolio!

Here’s a quick recap of the event!



The event was at Makeshift Society, a creative clubhouse in SF – check it out the next time you’re in SF! We started things on the right foot with Dynamo Donuts.

Megan & Emily were such great teachers – day 1 curriculum included learning about creating & growing your brand, taking official steps to becoming a real-deal business, developing a business plan, & nailing down the paperwork.



The girls also set aside time for us to meet & greet each other (and hand out snazzy cards). All the ladies were so wonderful, but I was especially excited to meet the Ginger&Sugar duo as well as the lovely lady of Healow’s Flowers.

We also were lucky enough to hear from some amazing guest speakers: Anne of The City Sage, Edyta of Edyta Szyszlo  Photography & the Tomfoolery SF photobooth, Amanda of One True Love rentals/Amanda O’Shannessy Creative and Myka from Modern Sequins – so much great info, knowledge and experience to soak up!



We also got to go on a site visit at Terrain after our delicious lunch catered by Sage Catering. This was so helpful & practical!


Check out that SWAG! Our toolbox had all kinds of goodies from all kinds of amazing peoples like Hello!Lucky, Rifle Paper Co., Miette and more! Please note the delicious florals by Twigss!


Day 2 started off with mimosas. Oh yes. We spent a lot of time talking about the differences between an event planner, designer and stylist as well as how to run the day-to-day business.

I could go on and on, but all in all the workshop was AMAZING. I left feeling so inspired!


Thanks again to Megan & Emily for putting on such a fantastic event & to all the other lovely ladies for being such a blast!

xo, S.

eat & drink : lemony chicken and orzo soup

Recently, I bought a copy of Bon Appetit at the grocery store; even though I check their website almost daily, it’s so much more inspiring to flip through a magazine hunting for a recipe!



This soup was deeee-lish, and pretty easy, too!

I’m not known for being a precise cook, but since there are only 2 of us, I often find my self halving recipes. In these cases, a digital kitchen scale is a must. Using the scale used to intimidate me, especially finding the tare weight of the container I was measuring in. But it’s really so simple.


All you have to do is turn the scale on, let it set to zero…


Add whatever you’re using to contain the food…


On this digital scale, you just have to press the button on the left, and the scale with deduct the weight of the container, so you know exactly how much food to use!


And voila! here is the finished soup (with barley instead of orzo)! The bright lemon & dill made it wonderful for a spring evening meal.

xo, S.

home & garden : newlywed nest (part 1)


I’m so excited to share some photos of my in-process apartment! I debated waiting until it was ‘more finished’, but that’s the point, right? A home is a continual work in progress!

Roland and I are very lucky to live in a sweet (ie, 650 SF) apartment near Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. We sacrificed space for safety (and killer bars & restaurants!), and we love it!







I’m really happy with how our living space has proceeded. It seemed crazy to have the desk in the living room at first, but we couldn’t fit it through the bedroom door, so I just worked to make it coordinate with the other furniture.






Eek, that brown thing. I almost didn’t post this, because it’s SO ugly. We were going to trash it, but then it fit perfectly. I have great plans of painting it and doing something to cover up the awful wood paneling above it.

Stay tuned for part 2!

xo, S.

Ps, Where I Got My Furnishings:

  • Framed art – by family & friends
  • Vintage loveseat & side table – grandma
  • Cocktail glass cabinet – handmade by friend (Studio Black)
  • Yellow lamp – friend
  • Record player – Crosley
  • Other lamps & white bookshelf – IKEA
  • Coffee table & coat rack – in-laws
  • Green pedestal bowl – antique store
  • Globe – aunt
  • Typewriter – Amazon
  • Roll-top desk – Out of the Closet
  • Orange desk chair – Thrift Town
  • Burgundy chair – Urban Ore
  • Vintage scale – yard sale
  • Brown storage piece – street score

home & garden : sad couch, happy couch!

The little things can make the biggest difference!  We’ve had this couch in our family room that has needed some love for awhile.  This weekend I decided to change things up and make this sad couch a happy couch!



I already had the golden yellow & grey pillow on the left, as well as the purple throw blanket.  The other two pillows I snagged at Target this weekend.  I just love the way our colorful, happy couch looks now!  What a difference!


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party : easter

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  We certainly did!  Here are some snapshots from the day & the tablescape we put together for our family affair!





There were 13 of us this year, so we utilized a 6′ table to make one big T-shaped table!  The two tablecloths are actually different, but their golden color ties them together.  Purple, yellow and white flowers accented the center and my mother’s china adorned each place setting.


. . . & no party is complete without hors d’oeuvres!


Easter was so much fun and what made it even more special was that Sarah & I realized it was the one year anniversary of our blog’s inception!  Remember last year’s post?