home & garden : bar cart styling (under construction)

I recently acquired this super-awesome vintage industrial bar cart from Rachel (who is making way for high chairs!). I’m pretty stoked about this buddy & have been collecting inspiration for how to style it.

Some of my favorite bloggers with their gorgeous bar setups:

Love the feminine details on this sweet bar cart from Camille Styles


Designlovefest’s bar cart is bright & fun!

While not a bar cart, Coco + Kelley’s vibrant table hack is genius & so cute, too!

I’m just getting started playing around with mine — hence (under construction) in this post’s title! — but I’m already having lots of fun! I busted out my silver tea server (collected from various thrift stores) to get in the holiday entertaining mood.

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I’m excited about filling up the cart with our cocktail gear, recipe books, stripey straws maybe some fruit or flowers.

xo, S.


party : birthday picnic

Hosting a party is a lot of time and money, so this year I wanted to do something more laid-back for my birthday.


Roland & I are fortunate to live super-close to both Piedmont Avenue & the Morcom Rose Garden, so I decided we’d have a birthday picnic.


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We walked down to the Avenue to pick up some grub – ps, have you ever had Gregoire? It’s an adorable, fancy takeout place!


We met up in the rose garden, put on party hats & enjoyed our evening picnic!


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Afterwards, we walked back to our place for yummy cupcakes made by Rachel, lavender lemonade made by me (recipe here!), and lavender French 75s (recipe here!).

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We streamed some sweet beats by the Flashdance – I wish I had pictures of it, but an epic dance party broke out in our teeny apartment!

This was such an easy & inexpensive idea that allowed our friends with kids to come party with us for a while and allowed me to RELAX & enjoy turning 28!

xo, S.

party : r&s – the big day!

Our wedding day was a blast. Period. It was everything we wanted it to be: meaningful, relaxing and a killer party!

Here are some of the many, many photos from our big day.892391_10100457634908139_1483646158_o





906351_10100457633700559_1842760631_oWe wanted our wedding day style to reflect us: a little bit fancy, and a whole lotta fun!

We took our wedding photos around Oakland (the old Parkway Theater, Lee’s Garden and the Leviathan building) to reflect our love for our city & the vibe of our whole big day!





883016_10100457636160629_1729105502_oI am SO glad we saw each other before the ceremony & even had time to hang out with friends – it made the whole shebang way more relaxing for me.

We wrote & directed our whole ceremony. The whole thing was very special, but especially honoring some of our friends (we didn’t have a bridal party) & hearing my dad share some wisdom.






Okay, here’s a little secret: we had our guests go to a cheese & coffee hour (so nice to have friends who work at Blue Bottle!) at the church while we ESCAPED. We snuck out the back of the church & jetted over to the reception site, so we could greet the guests as they came in. Plus, it gave me a few minutes to catch my breath & adjust – this made ALL the difference throughout the rest of the evening.

Our goal for the reception? A BANGIN’ party (on a budget). I think we succeeded.






This venue was such a score – seriously! How gorgeous is it?





Our guests loved our photobooth – they got to take home their prints as a souvenir!





My big splurge for the wedding was the DJ. We knew we wanted a bonkers dance party, and boy oh boy, did he deliver!










That’s my mom & aunt teaching everyone the “Gangnam Style” dance. Definitely one of the best moments of the night.





What an unforgettable day! Not only did my life change forever as R&S became official, but that was the greatest party I’ve ever thrown.

And now, at long last, a shout-out to ALL my incredible vendors!!!

Let’s do it again for our 10-year anniversary!!!

xo, S.

things we love : daytrips

The last few months have been pretty crazy for me, so Roland and I decided to take a daytrip in the middle of the week. Rachel suggested Saint Helena in Napa Valley – it’s a bit quieter than Napa and Sonoma, so we plotted out an adventure!

Saint Helena is a little over an hour from Oakland, so we stopped at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.

Then we did two tastings – one at Whitehall Lane and one at Cuvaison. Both were really enjoyable, and we had each place to ourselves, so we both got to learn a lot!

We had a late, super-indulgent lunch at Goose & Gander in Saint Helena. This place was awesome as you can see!

No daytrip is complete without a little detour into the Big City across the Bay. We went to Ocean Beach where we had our first date and where we got engaged, then grabbed some coffee at Four Barrel before heading home.

I definitely recommend Saint Helena if you’re in the Bay Area, but wherever you are, treat yourself to some time off to relax!

xo, S.

party : art of fancy

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend a collaborative salon between The Makeshift Society, Skill Exchange, and The Bold Italic on tips & tricks for entertaining! After checking out The Bold Italic’s sweet space (complete with a typewriter installation), I added myself to the skill wall.

The skill wall was where you posted skills you can share with others (event styling!) & skills you want to learn (Photoshop!).

The night was full of cocktails, creatives, the creme brulee cart, and 6 demos:

I was super-happy to meet SFGirlByBay among so many other talented, beautiful people!

Thanks for a great night, San Francisco!

xo, S.

eat & drink : tropical sips

Although the sky isn’t quite as blue as I’d like it to be today, summer is practically upon us.  In an effort to try and hasten summer’s arrival, I have been enjoying some tasty, tropical sips.  They are so easy to make and are guaranteed to make your day just a little bit sunnier.


Sunset Sipper

Fill an 8 oz. glass with 1/2 orange juice and 1/2 tonic water (Sprite & 7-up work just as well). Add a splash of Grenadine and watch as your drink becomes a beautiful ombre sunset! Garnish with a fun straw & sip away!


Pineapple Smoothie

In a blender, combine 1 cup low-fat yogurt (I used vanilla instead of plain), 1 cup cut pineapple chunks, and 6 ice cubes.*  Blend until well combined.  Pour into a glass and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.  Garnish with a pineapple wedge & enjoy.

*For a tasty variation, add a splash of rum before you blend.



xo, R.