Over the last few years I’ve had my shot at growing a Summer Garden. I never thought I had a green thumb, and always swore I’d kill any plant that came my way. In 2008 we moved into our first house and there was a small garden plot. I asked my Grandma, who has a pretty green thumb, what to plant and she told me to start with Tomatoes. I did, and year after year they’ve done good or bad depending on the weather. Since then I’ve planted many different Summer gardens with various types of fruit and vegetables and today I’m sharing some of my favorite easy to grow garden plants with you.
In between a few of our trips this Summer, I’m looking forward to exploring where I live more. I’ve created this post as a sort of San Francisco Bay Area Summer Bucketlist for us to come back to as a reference for what we’d like to accomplish. Our trip to Sea Ranch was a good start, but I’d also love to explore…
Cuyana Panama Hat* / Prada Timeless Sunglasses / Asos Midi Dress With Curved Hem (Only $20!) / Michael Kors Pavé Bracelet / Lou & Grey bracelet (similar by Ariel Gordon) / Cuyana Classic Zipper Tote* / Gold Hex Ring / Caseology Savoy Rose Gold Phone Case / Everlane Modern Point Shoes*
Awhile back, my friend Reichel and I met up for a coffee date at Trouble Coffee in Oakland, California to plan one of our Blog Exchange events. I snapped some photos of the gorgeous white space, and she snapped some of my outfit. I had a coffee with almond milk, and bought a couple of lavender shortbread cookies to take home for the boys. Founded by Giulietta Carrelli, the name Trouble was inspired by the people who helped her when she was in trouble. There’s a wonderful piece about her story on NPR’s This American Life program. In short, the coffee was amazing. Have some toast too.
1. J.Crew High-Neck Swimsuit / 2. Marine Layer Jetties Beach Blanket* / 3. J.Crew Wide Brim Hat / 5. Prada Sunglasses / 6. Cuyana Boatneck Sweater* / 6. H&M White V-Neck Tee* / 7. Cuyana Black Scoop Tee* / 8. Chinti & Parker Striped Tee / 9. Current/Elliot Denim Boyfriend Shorts / 10. H&M Melange Joggers* / 11. J.Crew Navy Hankerchief Dress / 12. T by Alexander Wang Jersey Tee Dress / 13. Loeffler Randall Canvas Striped Backpack / 14. DLK Escape Weekend Bag* / 15. Metallic Copper Birkenstocks / 16. Nike Free Athletic Shoes
Next week we are headed off to Utah for a family Summer Camp. Think about the camp experience when you were young, but meant for entire families to enjoy. I have to admit it’s a little outside of my box, but it’s an extended family trip so if anything, we’ll get some good quality family time in. We’ll spend our time in the lodge, participating in activities, hiking, and lounging poolside. When thinking about what to pack for summer camp, I’ve tried to put together a packing list that will reflect being able to be stylish while still enjoying the camp lifestyle.
Not too long ago I had the privilege of attending the grand opening Minted Local, a new pop up shop from Minted in San Francisco, California. The night was full of wonderful people and beautiful things, a perfect embodiment of Minted’s brand and lifestyle feel. The shop features art, home goods, and stationery from Minted’s community of independent artists and designers. There is even a special area dedicated to California-based artists and offers original art and one-of-a-kind items (my favorite section!) Minted Local will also host workshops, artists-in-residence programs, styling services, as well as interactive crafts and complimentary mementos to keep children entertained while you’re shopping.
Photo by Matthew Williams for dwell.
Lately I’ve done a lot more thinking about living in small spaces, whether it’s our master bedroom (which is now an office/workspace as well, though still unfinished) or the general lack of space for anything in our home, it’s been on my mind frequently. I came across this article in dwell magazine about a family of 3 living in 675 square feet and I have to say I was very inspired. Their remodel and creative use of space is so intentional and functional, that when paired with the simple finishes and aesthetic of their home leaves my jaw on the floor. I’ve started to think about better ways to use the space in our home, including any problem areas we have and how to make them work better for our needs.