Thanksgiving and Black Friday

This year, our Thanksgiving dinner was a small group, tasty foods, and a perfect day. I’ve been staying for a few dayswith my parents and I finally ended my epic clothes hold-out, and started doing laundry. If you don’t remember, … Continue reading

Why, Hello February

January was such a busy month!

This cute little thing just came in the mail! I always love getting new Kiel James Patrick boxes, because they come with the cutest packaging!

I was able to knock 7 things off my 101 in 1001 list. Wahoo!

1. Inspire someone to write their own list (Yay)
2. Go wine tasting with friends or family (Napa Valley was so beautiful)
35. Organize my Itunes
39. Find my signature cocktail (Lemondrop, oh so yummy)
63. Buy a plane ticket with frequent flier miles only (the Santa Fe trip in March)
98. Get a hammock (Given to me by the lovely Maureen!!)

Done and done!

I have a few more items I plan to cross off in the works for February, so it should be a great month!

It felt like every weekend in January was jam-packed, from going to Napa, having friends over for fun cocktails, to babysitting basically every day of the weekend. February looks to be as busy as January was, complete with a trip with friends to Tahoe and a family trip to the Cayman Islands (eeek!!). This may or may not have contributed to the radio silence here on the blog.

Work is going well, and teaching full-time makes for a busy day, but I have been slowly carving out gym time, which has been good to get back in my life. I have a dinner date set up with Annie and my favorite old proff to discuss the masters program at SCU for this fall. I’m both alternatively stoked and dreading going back to night classes.

I finally set up a savings plan so I now can look forward to one day having a fancy-pants camera and a KS watch sometime in the next year or so.

Oh, and February is my no-spending month, so wish me luck!

We had such a grey, rainy, perfect for snuggling with the pups weekend. I babysat for a lot of the weekend, but did manage to get in a few hours working on my quilt. It was a great way to finish out the week.

Happy February!

Love,

-S

Black Friday Shopping and Two Christmas Trees

The Roomie and I went shopping on Black Friday.

Most people avoid going out on Black Friday like they would catch the plague if they did (aka my father, brother, heck my whole family) but my Roomie and her brother John were both bold enough to tackle the crowds with me. It was a first, since for the past few years I had worked at Sur La Table for the whole week basically.

Let me say this, it is much nicer to be a shopper than a cashier. I found a few great gifts, but mostly found things for me. Normally, my mannishly large feet limit the shoe options, but the gods were smiling, and I really lucked out! I was able to cross a few good things off my wishlist.

I couldn’t resist picking up a new KJP bow bracelet.

It matches my new Sperry’s.

Nordstrom’s Dalton Boots

Plaid Sperry’s.

Sperry Loafers-Hayden.

Umberto Raffini Boots from the Walking Company

J. Crew Quilted Tack Jacket

J. Crew Quilted Tack Jacket

Banana Republic Pea Coat

Banana Republic Pea Coat

I am very excited to wear this all to work in the next few weeks. It is just three more weeks until Christmas Break, and wearing some fun things is keeping me going strong.

On Saturday the family, Roomie and I went Christmas Tree Shopping. For the past few years we have gone with family friends on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. They go to a specific tree farm, and have been going for 30+ years. This year, the Roomie and I got a petite tree for our apartment in addition to the large family tree. I am looking forward to decorating this beauty!

IMG_8989 2IMG_8990IMG_8994IMG_8991IMG_9006tree christmas tree

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! When do you usually get your tree? It is usually a family affair?

Love,

-S

Kiel James Patrick

Over the last year I have watched this fantastic company called Kiel James Patrick grow. Run by Kiel and his girlfriend Sarah Vickers, and their team of friends make bracelets, belts, shirts and purses all in their adorable factory. Sarah has a blog called Classy Girls Wear Pearls, and has fantastic style. Recently they gained Brooks Brothers as their sponsor, which means I can wander into the Brooks Brothers here on this coast and peek at some of their products. I purchased this bracelet in March, and this bag in July. I love both.

Cape-Spencer-Approaches photo

They have released all sorts of cute bow bracelets and I need some help making up my mind. Which ones do you like? Which one would go with the most outfits?

Adirondack Hammock

Anne-Bancroft

Anne-Bancroft

Bershon and Berkshire

Bershon and Berkshire

Dapper Huey

Dapper Huey

Scarlett O'Hara

Scarlett O’Hara

Mailey Darlington

Mailey Darlingtonbracelet images are from the Kiel James Patrick website.

These bracelet images are from the Kiel James Patrick website.

 

Can you tell I love polka dots?!

Which one do you like the best? Help me make up my mind!

Love,

-S

Shorts, Purses, Puppies and Bowties

The last few days have been spectacularly warm here in the Bay Area. Hitting the high 90’s every day has prolonged the summer feel, and I have been hitting up my shorts shelf every day. These are a few of my go-to pairs:

Hot heat makes shorts a must.

September heat makes shorts a must.

I had been waiting for something special to wear my new Kiel James Patrick purse to. So when my friend Kim had a BBQ I decided it was time to show it off. It was a casual relaxed affair, and I loved every minute of it.

My KJP purse debut

My KJP purse debut

Sometime in July the Roomie and I got new collars for both pups. Reece’s rocked a blue one and Nala got one with whales and a bow-tie. They fell asleep one afternoon in the back of my car and this is what they looked like. It proves they are indeed related.

Nala and Reece's new collars.

Nala and Reece’s new collars.

Nala loves to wake me up in the morning by standing basically over me until I wake up from the sheer force of her staring at me. In this photo she was momentarily distracted by the squirrels playing in our yard.

Nala 1

Nala 1

We loved how she looked in the whale bowtie, so we decided to find some other colors for her (and Reece’s!) to wear occasionally inside the house. We had a small photo-shoot the other day, and both pups rocked the photos.

Nala in her red bow-tie

Nala in her red bow-tie

Reece's in her lilac bow-tie.

Reece’s in her lilac bow-tie.

Both of them wanted the dog treat the Roomie had in her hand!

Both of them wanted the dog treat the Roomie had in her hand!

I’m hoping to make this a regular thing.  Do you have any pets? Do you do silly thing with them like I have? I hope everyone is having a great Sunday!

Love,

-S

New Cars,Kiel James Patrick, Moleskine, and Sunflowers

On Wednesday my good friend Joey swung by the house to show off his new car. It was a sexy little white convertible, and we zoomed off to celebrate at Santana Row with some bubble tea. He was over the moon about this new beast of his.

Isn’t it pretty?

Joey is happy.

Joey is happy.

Joey and his new car

Joey and his new car

All good things come to those who wait:

Beautiful things come in pretty boxes.

Beautiful things come in pretty boxes.

I also picked up a new planner. As much as I love my little Iphone, I really do love writing things down physically. I seem to remember them better if I do, and I also love looking over the week as a whole. While I have finally figured out how to use the Iphone Calendar, I am forever making mistakes and putting events on the wrong day/time. So for now, back to my beloved Moleskine.  I love the 18 months planner, it covers the school year and summer all wrapped in one! I started using them my first year of college and have used all used many of their different products over the years.

My new Moleskine

My new Moleskine

I stopped by the farmers market on my way home to pick up some summer fruit and flowers. Fresh flowers, and sunflowers in particular, make every day a little bit brighter, don’t you agree?

Sunflowers are my favorite flower

Sunflowers are my favorite flower

So how was your Thursday? Did you do anything fun? Do you have any plans for the upcoming long weekend?

Love,

-S