Friday, September 30, 2011

Fixation :: Curator by She-Bible

I have a secret. I'm in love. Well, take a look in my closet, and it's not much of a secret. After growing up as a tomboy, there is one label out there that can get me into a dress, and make me feel pretty good about it. It's She-Bible, the San Francisco clothing label that is making its transition into a new name: Curator. Headed by two amazingly hardworking women, Deirdre and Stacy, this little brand has grown from a local San Francisco sensation sold in small boutiques to a fashion force that demands attention.

In the past few years, Deirdre & Stacy opened up their own boutique in San Francisco's Noe Valley-- in a location near & dear to my heart, 1767 Church Street, between Day & 30th. After the small shop that I managed at that location closed its doors and the She-Bible gals took over, I knew that the 300 square foot storefront was in perfect hands. Now, online and in store, you can find a great mix of apparel, apothecary items, jewelry and sundry items for men & women.

But my one true love with always be the dresses. Oh, the dresses!

The Classic Dress. Seen here in the one color I don't own, this is the definition of "The Perfect Dress." Flattering on every figure, easy to wear and easy to care for.

The Beatrice Dress. Sleeves and pockets, oh yes! Loving this teal color, as well.

The Baca Cardigan. I don't know if I'm the girl that can rock this cardigan, but I'd like to think I am. Cozy, oversized, comfy and perfect for SF weather. (Sadly, not so much for Los Angeles weather!)

The Izzy Top. One left? In my size? You don't say....

The Alex Pullover. Another perfectly cozy fall/SF summer piece.

The Gardener Dress. I picked up a jersey version of this dress a while back at a sample sale, and it was the best notverymany dollars I've ever spent! There are only a few of these left in the chambray version, so snap 'em up quick!

And speaking of sample sales, Curator is hosting another one this weekend! See the blog for more details, if you're in the Bay Area, do not miss it!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fixation :: Wolfum's Folk Patterns

I'm a sucker for a good pattern. I fall in love with housewares all too easily. The cute stuff, it kills me. Lucky for me (unlucky for my pocketbook) I found a brand that hits all three of these targets, in just the right way. Meet Wolfum. Handmade in Los Angeles by Annabel Inganni, who is crafting sustainable products with natural materials.
Love the styles, patterns, colors and material choices. Two thumbs up from this gal!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fixation :: Izola's Apothecary Style

I'm a sucker for the ephemera from other times. My favorite local watering hole is a subtle tribute to the saloons of the Barbary Coast-- full of old apothecary and seltzer bottles, big and burly wooden counters and cabinets, bartenders with just the right mix of handlebar mustache and punk rock. So it's no surprise that I fell immediately in love with the goods from Izola. Decidedly masculine, but with a unisex appeal. A great way to sneak a little style into your home, without overpowering it.
I love the monochrome subtlety of this soap dish. Use it in the entryway or bedside to catch keys or coins.
Amusing, straight forward and sturdy. What more do you need from your laundry bag?
I have a tendency to keep on hand an extra toothbrush or two. at $12.50, this set of three spare 'Guest' toothbrushes is an affordable way to greet your guests with something out of the ordinary.
Love the graphic punch of this canvas shower curtain-- I only wish it fit the width of our extra-large tub!
I don't normally go for bar soaps, but maybe that's because all of the good stuff is too cute to use! These Sport Soaps are no exception. They'd be right at home in the vintage setting of the Los Angeles Athletic Club-- squash, anyone?
And probably my favorite part of the collection- the curvy, chrome flasks. The shape evokes the look and feel of a Victorian pocket watch.. but obviously, way more useful!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Snippets of the past.

I take a lot of photos. A lot of photos.
I've done so for most of my life- I think it's my way for balancing my bad memory with my desire to remember everything. Of course most everything is digital now, but once, there was film. So, so much film. Which often leads to mountains of photo paper.
Someday, maybe, these 16" x 20" portraits will find their way to a wall. But for now.. back into the box they go.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

A little teal.

Not sure that turquoise is the 'color' of the fall- in fact I'm quite sure it's not. But that doesn't keep me from being completely enamored (enameled? hah.) with this nail color from Essie. I especially like how it matches things in my house.

Recently added to the vintage shop, this amazing Edwardian-style ledger is just the perfect color. Can't you imagine a whole room based off of this color scheme? Pale aqua, black, white and tiny hints of red scattered throughout. Yes please.