Lovely Things

Hello Monday, goodbye long weekend. I hope everyone had an amazing break.

Thanksgiving was nice, and Saturday was especially nice- I visited Harbin Hot Springs with some friends. It felt great to soak/relax/detox/get my lymph moving. Harbin’s system of pools includes warm, hot, and cold, and it felt just right to soak for a long while in the warm, then alternate between hot and cold for a few minutes at a time. The warm pool is kept right at body temperature and, while I floated there, I thought – this must be what it feels like in the womb… I highly recommend a visit. Next I want to try Wilbur Hot Springs; how dreamy does this place look?

Other lovely things on my mind:

I tried out this Diptyque perfume the other day and can’t stop thinking about how nice it smells… I might have to get it for a special ‘treat yo self’ holiday prize.

This photo from the latest The Selby feature- the home of publisher Angelika Taschen:

I just love the idea of a huge glossy photo hanging over a simple bed. Happy Monday, friends!

Lovely Things

Dinner at Cyrus

To celebrate one year of dating, my super-sweet beau took me to dinner last night at Cyrus. Just off the main square in the adorable town of Healdsburg, Cyrus is a two-Michelin-starred restaurant offering a tasting menu of 5 or 8 courses, with plenty of additional treats along the way. As far as I can remember, here is what we ate (bear with me, it’s a long list):

mango pixie stick, gougere, grape bubble, grapefruit and campari jello, shiitake and umi broth, squash puree with pickled mushrooms and rice puffs, ginger bone marrow custard, foie gras torchon with quince glass and jam, john dory with braised romaine and yuzu butter, avocado lime ice pop, crispy chicken thigh with truffled risotto, celery, parmesan froth, fresh white truffles shaved table-side, warm bananas with hazelnut and milk chocolate, passionfruit marshmallow, coconut macaron with dulce de leche filling

this morning- sugary pastry filled with chocolate
this afternoon- caramel pop

Other tidbits: The caviar and champagne cart was wheeled by our table upon sitting down, but we opted to skip those treats. Our waiter brought by an enormous white truffle in a wooden box for us to smell. In an unusual move, much to my dining companion’s delight, we were seated next to each other on the booth side of the table. The two gentlemen at the table next to ours ordered two bottles of what must have been CRAZY expensive wine. The sommelier went through an incredible ritual pouring the wine, asked their permission to taste it, and presented them the corks in a gilded box. What an awesome dining experience.

Up next on the list of special dinners: Frances.
Dinner at Cyrus

Letterpress, posters, and Etsy, Oh My!

This past Friday was a work holiday (thank you, veterans!) so I took the opportunity to rent some time on the printing press and whip up some holiday goodies. Most importantly, I made my holiday cards. They are super adorable and I would post a picture *but* then they won’t be a surprise when certain persons get them in the mail. My other project on the press this week was a poster… which you can now purchase… in my Etsy shop! Check out the new widget on my sidebar over there ——->

Here’s a peek at the poster:

The Vandercook V4 on which I printed:

And an old photo of some type I set:

{a limerick I wrote about my friend Sara}


Letterpress, posters, and Etsy, Oh My!

Totally trendy nails…

I’ve been seeing so many articles/tidbits about trendy nails on websites like Refinery 29 lately, so I figured I should try out a fancy manicure on myself. Behold:

To achieve this look, I first painted my nails completely silver. Once the silver polish dried, I cut round shapes out of masking tape and stuck them to my nails so that the bottom parts were masked. I then painted up over the tape with black polish, and once that was mostly dry, I carefully peeled off the tape. The last step was a clear top coat, and voila! Silver and black ‘half moon’ nails.

{In case you were wondering… the silver polish I used was Sephora by OPI in ‘Queen of Everything’ and the black was American Apparel Nail Polish in ‘Hassid’}

Totally trendy nails…

Finally Friday

Hello interwebs. This week was a bit rough with crazy early wake-up calls… I’m running some tests on the East Coast, so a ‘reasonable’ start time for them, 7:30 am, is an insane 4:30 am for me. No matter; I took a nice long nap yesterday afternoon, and woke up to my beau cooking me dinner. Then I went to a live production of Radiolab as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. Radiolab is an awesome NPR series of podcasts in which “the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” Last night’s production was about ‘darkness’ and had incredible special guests: comedian Demetri Martin, dance troupe Pilobolus, and musician Thao Nguyen. My favorite part of the night involved the actual building up of a giant (working!) eyeball, from a primitive light-sensing layer of cells, to a pinhole-camera type eyeball, to a modern, lens covered eye. Incredible!

Also, in a cute example of how wonderful the internet is… I clicked on an interesting painting shown on DesignLoveFest, which led me to a blog called Loveology, where I spotted this photo:

There wasn’t really a source for it, but the image url had ‘etsytastic’ in it. So off to Etsy I went! After various combinations of ‘dog’, ‘crown’, ‘bones’, and ‘dress’, I found it at this shop. Wild. I kiiiiiind of love it and want it. Maybe I’m just sleep deprived…. Ahhh, happy Friday y’all.

Some fun links:

My fave lifestyle blogger on Glitter Guide.

America’s first spaceport!!!!

From my mom, a great article about the importance of family planning.


Finally Friday