Fall Colors

I’m excited for fall colors, but I don’t mean the red/orange/yellow leaf kind of fall colors…we don’t get seasons like that in Northern California. Right now I’m thinking of fall colors for my nails. Chanel has a great lineup- three of my favorites are below:

Peridot, the middle color, is on my nails right now.  It’s pretty amazing; from one angle it looks green and from another it looks gold. I told my boyfriend they must make it with magic… Just kidding- I’m a scientist, not a tea partier.

And as my mom well knows, I’m terrible at matching, so the color on my toenails is Vendetta, also by Chanel. I may be getting ahead of myself, since our indian summer is about to start, but that’s another thing at which I usually fail: dressing for the season.  Sorry mom!

Fall Colors

Are those Space Pants?

Right now I’m loving cosmic prints. Maybe it’s just because I’m a nerd, or maybe because they are actually, totally rad. In an ideal world, I would own a dress from Christopher Kane’s 2010 Resort Collection. SO Dreamy:

In the real world, however, I will wear my Black Milk Leggings:

And if I could brave the sky high heels that are Jeffrey Campbell Litas, I would wear these on my feet:

Are those Space Pants?

SF Summer

It’s been pretty gloomy here this summer, but I’m looking forward to the weekend, hoping that it will be nice out. This awesome music video shows off some sunny SF/Marin goodness, and makes me happy:

 

Happy Friday!

{PS: Dear friends on the East Coast- hope everyone makes it through Irene safe and sound!}

SF Summer

Pizza Dough

How is this for planning ahead? A friend and I are making pizza on Saturday night, so last night I whipped up a batch of pizza dough. That’s right, two full days in advance. The recipe I used is from the lovely A16 Cookbook, which is full of delicious Italian recipes, beautiful pictures, and perfectly paired wine suggestions.

The book claims that the key ingredient in their perfect neapolitan crust is the ’00’ type flour, or doppio zero. This rating refers to the fineness to which the wheat is milled- in this case, very fine. So I picked up some doppio zero at Rainbow Grocery, and got to work. The dough is currently rising in the fridge, and I will report back on how it turns out on Saturday!

As a side note, A16 happens to be the sister restaurant to one of my all-time SF favorites: SPQR. Go there.

Pizza Dough

Burning Man

Is not for me… But with a higher-than-usual number of my friends going this year, I might have to do something in its honor. I found this handy list of activities to try right here in SF while my friends are on the playa…

For those of you not in the know, here is the Wikipedia entry on Burning Man, which cites the ten principles on which Burning Man is founded:  radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, and immediacy. I don’t think I can take the heat, can you? Maybe next year on the playa…

Burning Man

Sweet Succulents

Yesterday I paid a visit to Cactus Jungle, a great nursery in Northwest Berkeley. As you might guess from the name, they specialize in cacti and succulents, which I adore. In addition to having a great selection of plants, they also have a friendly, helpful staff on hand. After half an hour of talking to the nice gal working there and browsing succulents and planters, here is the arrangement I came up with:

What a lovely addition to my desk! If you are also inspired by succulents, and are looking for a DIY project, check out this wall planter that Steph from the local spoon made. One day, when I have a porch, I will definitely make one of those.

Sweet Succulents