This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to work with Amy Nichols again. She had created a peacock-themed baby shower at a private home in the city. In addition to the fabulous dessert table with sweets from both Sweet Lauren Cakes and Susie Cakes and gorgeous floral arrangements pictured below, there was also an astrologist on site for readings, and even a make-up artist and manicurist for all of the ladies. The guests of course, loved the special treatments! Don't you think it turned out lovely?
The host had a fabulous urban backyard for fun get-togethers like this.
Lavender sugared doughnut holes...
The cakepops were from Sweet Lauren Cakes, another Bay Area vendor I've been working with recently.
Through a chance meeting at the Glitter Guide launch party my first week in San Francisco, I was introduced to Amy Nichols, a fabulous Bay Area event planner. She has hired me to freelance at a couple of events recently that I've been dying to share with you. The first was at the landmark Ferry Building a few weeks ago. These are just a few quick shots I took during set up. All of the floral arrangements were made up of different types of white flowers. And the Ferry Building provided a great classic, but modern backdrop for the beautiful evening. Amy has posted a few more professional images from the photographer on her facebook page, become a fan of hers and go check them out! It was truly a breathtaking wedding!
By now we've all seen lemons/limes/apples/etc. floating in glass vases at events. How about nuts for a change? I don't think they'd hold up too well in water (might make it murky.) But they are divinely rustic and perfect for fall in the image below topped with a lamp shade. I can imagine they're pretty inexpensive too!
Recently while cleaning out the office supply closet, I found a white envelope with some interesting items inside, see below.
Included was a copy of an email sent to the Italian Consulate SF from my boss. The email reads:
"My boss found a number of personal items left in a taxi cab by someone visiting New York City. It has been about six months since he found these items, but he wanted to try to return them to their owner. Can you give me any information about the best way to do this?"
The date, Monday, November 12, 2001, 2:12 PM.
Needless to say, the email went unanswered and so the envelope containing a wallet with an Italian ID, student ID, Italian Lira, and a pair a pearl earrings, a cosmetic bag with comb and blush, and a day planner all remain in San Francisco stowed away on a shelf in the back.
I immediately felt some sort of responsibility as well as excitement about now, ten years later, finding the rightful owner. Her name is Emanuela Pescatore. I found someone with the name on Facebook and messaged them, but don't feel like I'll get a response since my message is in English and she obviously has no idea who I am. Does anyone know a better way to go about this? Doesn't this feel right out of a movie? I've already played out a million different scenarios in my head of how this will turn out. And the inevitable thought that crept in, because it's that time of year, what if she was a victim of 9/11? If she was a student in NYC in May 2011, is it possible she was there for those horrible events? I certainly hope not, and am wishing for a more romantic ending. But I'm also glad to know that I'll never forget those events and the people affected by them. The thought of NYC in 2001 will always remind me of that day, and I am thankful for that memory. I hope you can take a moment to remember the victims and their families this weekend.
After a long week of catching up with friends and family, we had one last night for ourselves in Portland, ME before flying back to SF. I chose the Inn at Park Spring which is a B&B located within walking distance of Portland's "Old Port" area. The Inn's owners graciously welcomed us and the room was lovely.
A highschool friend who vacations in Maine every summer suggested we eat our last vacation
meal at Fore Street. I wish I had taken pictures of the beautiful rustic interiors and open kitchen but I think I had just about run out of steam. The meal, however was wonderful and it was nice to reflect back on our trip and enjoy one last New England meal.
Returning home to a stack of mags was bliss!
And SF, while foggy as always, was comforting to get back to.
And finally, the day before we left SF for our trip, I was bumming out for some reason. It was just one of those days. I really missed my friends back home and in NYC and all I wanted was to sit down with a girlfriend and have a glass of wine. Making friends in a new city can be tough. After work, I grabbed the mail and lo and behold, I got the next best thing! A thoughtful card from my sweet friend Kate, you may know her from Embarrassment of Riches. Along with the card was this bright and cheerful chevron striped bracelet she made for me, umm amazing! And now, the even better news, she is coming for a visit next weekend! Can't wait to share those adventures with you all.
Okay, one more thing, we flew Virgin America. Holy cow, that's a great airline. Before boarding they allow you to check out this little laptop and return it when you land for no charge, c-c-c-cool!