Friday, December 27, 2019

Festive and Chic Christmas Style

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Wow, how did we get to the end of the year? I can't believe we're here again! Just popping in quickly to say I hope you all had amazing Christmases. Mine was a bit of a blur with lots of ups and downs. It's funny how we think we have control over how something will play out. This year I lost my Mother-in-law and had a baby with SO many in-betweens. It was the first holiday with so much happiness paired with an uncomfortable balance of heavy sadness. 2019 has been a rough one if I'm being honest and I'm over the moon excited for a fresh start in 2020. 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Best of Bay and Beyond Gift Guide



As a kid you generally relish in the memories of the holidays as a time to eat lots and lots of snowman cookies, dream about the magical day that is Christmas and all the presents you'll get, and of course on that fateful day bouncing down the stairs to open one after another gift until you are left with a pile of shiny new toys. Well, while this was very much a lovely reality for me, I also was one of those very interesting children, and now adult, who loved the idea of a gift set for Christmas. One of the very first gift sets I encountered was the ubiquitous Hickory Farms gift box filled to the brim with smoked cheeses, sausage, mustards, sweet paring knives for those said cheeses and of course the beautiful box or basket the set came in. I probably first encountered this type of holiday gift at a Walgreens or a gift to my parents, but once I saw it perfectly packaged and ready to gift in its entirety I was hooked -- it was perfect and I wanted it in my stocking (if it fit) or under the tree. Not sure how or why I needed a gift like this as a teen, but as an adult, I still romanticize the notion of a great gift set in a perfectly packaged basket. Fast forward years later and every Christmas I obsess over a great gift set. And here in San Francisco, I've encountered some very special ones! Sets for foodies, sets for wine drinkers, sets for beauty-obsessed friends -- there is pretty much a set for every kind of picky friend on your list. So without further ado, here is my great gift guide for San Francisco and beyond. Happy gifting!

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Jamnation  -- damn good jam for the foodie or a hostess at your next holiday party.
Well, as the name suggests it's not a jam to sleep on, people. This gift set is one for the foodies in your life, the ladies and gents who have dinner parties and whip up cheese plates for fun, these jams will be the present that wows them, since it's actually called the 'Cheese Lovers' Gift Set'. With flavors like Midnight in Pearis -- bosc pear butter with vanilla + nutmeg, Can You Fig It -- black mission fig jam with thyme, and Apricot Red-Handed -- Blenheim apricot jam with almond -- this gift set is a no-brainer, and it's only $27.95. I love that each jam is carefully crafted with local fruit, and I believe it's not grown more than 200 miles from here where it's created. I've always been a fan of Jamnnation since I was introduced to them a few years ago, any jam set from them is a winner in my opinion, but this cheese lovers' one is next level.

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Fresh-- A lip set for your BFF, sister, or your very put-together work wife. I've been using this complete set: the lip scrub, the sugar lip treatment advanced therapy, and the final touch -- the Sugar Icon Tinted Lip Treatment in a classic red -- and my lips definitely feel luxe and winter-ready. I love the Advanced treatment as a standalone moisturizer, and I am obsessed with the Tinted Lip treatment, I wear that one a lot and it's perfect to get that chic French girl without-trying-pout. There isn't a full dedicated set for this trio, but if I were you I'd snag the last Lip Treatment and the Tinted Lip Treatment in the classic red shade for a total of $40 since everything is 20% off with free shipping right now.





Clif Family -- the perfect treat for your Mom, MIL or your favorite hostess.
This Napa Valley Happy Hour set is exactly what you'd need for an impromptu HH making any hour happy hour. The set includes libation appropriate favorites like a split of their red blend, rustic crackers, red pepper jam, smoked Spanish pimenton almonds, and maple curried cashews and almonds. It's a lovely little set and coming in at $60 retail, or $48 if you are a member of their wine club.

Round Pond Wines -- a really nice gift for really nice person, i.e, the foodie/wine lover in your life. 
I was recently introduced to Round Pond, a local Rutherford winery with really good wine. I opened a bottle of their 2016 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and was blown away. Let me tell you, I drink a lot of red wine but this was exceptional. Right now Round Pond is doing a pretty epic gift set that includes -- three full bottles of wine, three splits of wine, an infused olive oil, and a trio of syrups all gorgeously packaged in boxes with bows -- now that is a good gift! Make sure this giftee has been very good this year. Use code "AllergicToVanilla" for $10 flat rate shipping on all of their gifts this year!

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Sézane in San Francisco

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Sézane was a brand I was never really familiar with until one Los Angeles based Julie Sariñana Instagrammed them up and down her page one fateful day while traipsing around Paris. They were a very chic French brand from what I saw, and I'll forever remember the iconic Parisian shots Jules shared in her Sézane pieces while abroad. Many years later I was reintroduced to the brand by their team while on a press trip to San Francisco. They had rented out a home in the city and had a week of visits and appointments where they invited bloggers, influencers, editors and press to peruse the newest collection and really get a feel for the brand since they are only available to view in person in Paris, London or NYC.  

I spent hours on an invite from Glitter Guide at a shopping party, drinking wine, plotting what items I needed to shop and truly falling in love with the carefully crafted selection of inventory. The quintessential striped bateaus, the delicious buttery leather goods, the exotic woven straw bags -- I wanted it all! I then came back a few days later to chat one-on-one with the marketing team, Beatriz and Margeaux, and I fell even more in love with their brand ethos, and a genuine admiration for these two boss women making impressions and being truly inspirational. 

Word around the block is that they are coming back this Winter for a pop-up shop so we can get our little slice of Parisian chic here in the Bay. Hoping they come sooner rather than later so I fill up on Sézane for the holidays.

Here are some of my faves from the brand at the moment. The price point is on the higher side but it's classicly French and a piece you'll have and wear for a while, plus if you snag a dress this week they throw in tights --- ooh la la! I'm definitely ordering these this week.

 

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