Some Scenes From Round Top (Or That One Time I Embraced *Extremely* Practical Footwear)

I think it's safe to say, when it comes to shoes, I am decidedly a form over function girl...

I do installs in heels (albeit sturdy platforms), I cut down Christmas trees (well technically Bryan does the cutting) in sandals, I hike in wedge flip flops. Despite the seeming lack of practicality, for me, it's really a comfort thing (hang with me here). I'm not a fan of a closed toe -- too confining; and flats just feel, well, wrong. So I ignore the cajoling and occasional looks of abject horror and don the 3-inch platforms to hang the gallery wall. It's just my thing.

Except when there's acres of mud involved. Mud is an entirely different enterprise. And friends, this year's pilgrimage to the Round Top antiques fair with Sam and Sarah was mud-tastic (mud fest 2015, mod-o-rama). It was all Woodstock meets gilt-encrusted french mirrors and weathered mid-century leather sofas. Flip flops (as Sarah so emphatically pointed out in our frantic, pre-trip shoe-planning text marathon) were not going to cut it.

Ok, now here's the embarrassing confession. I own no close-toe practical shoes. None, zip, nada. I have those damn flip flops and a pair of Teva sandals (with a little wedge, natch), but nothing appropriate for tromping through deep, muddy puddles. Enter the 23rd hour, totally desperate, looking for something out of season, totally rushed shopping trip. (Never a good scene.)

I ended up purchasing that pair of Hunter boots in the first photo above literally minutes before we left town. I was hesitant at best -- they were pricey and flat (sadly the flat part bothered me more than the pricey part), but friends once I slipped on those bad boys and started navigating the flood waters of rural Texas my world was rocked.

Who knew that practical footwear could be so transformative. I was like an antiquing superhero, it was empowering, exhilarating even. I could literally walk through oozing mud holes to get to pretty light fixtures and feel like a massive badass in the process (and let's just say light fixture shopping rarely brings out the badass in a person).

It's official; I am a convert. At least for the Hunters... Tennis shoes, well, that's a whole other story.


Bucket Listing

I'd like to think that my recently acquired Taca Zhijie Sui photo, Offerings, somehow influenced Audrey's dreams of Chinese adventures (See how I justify my purchases? Impressive, yes?)

The girlies are currently at work at what can only be described as some serious bucket list action. Their lists are epic (as only lists belonging to two kiddos with their entire lives ahead of them could be...sigh) and have me at once impressed (see the great wall of China, go hiking in a rain forest) and mildly amused (be a nanny -- she's aiming high there that kid of mine).

They also have me inspired to make a little bucket list of my own. Here's what's made the cut so far:

1. Go to Japan
2. Live in California again
3. Take my dad to Alaska
4. Write a book
5. Design a hotel

What's on your bucket list?


The Future Perfect, Heath, and General Store (or More Inspiring, Crazy Lovely, Totally Badass Retail)

As promised, more San Francisco shopping goodness for your ogling pleasure in the form of The Future Perfect, General Store, and the Heath factory store in Sausalito.

I hit Heath every time I'm in the bay area (and somehow end up shipping home a box of coffee cups -- oy vey); It is, without a doubt, my happy place. And I'd long loved General Store from afar, so I was pretty determined to trek to the sunset (or have Caitlin schlep me and the girlies and sweet baby Jackson out to the sunset) to check it out in person. Total magic friends -- pottery, books, a groovy backyard area teaming with crazy plants and little rock arrangements.... Pretty much my total bliss. Throw in some Heath dishes and a few of those brass bits from The Future Perfect and I'd move right in.


Hudson Grace and March (aka Retail as Art Part One)

Amid beach jaunts, dim sum, tea gardens, museums, and street karoke (watching not doing) I managed to squeeze in a little retail research (makes it sound purposeful, yes) while the girlies and I were in S.F. My hit list: March, Hudson Grace (both above), The Future Perfect, General Store, and Heath (I'll share pics tomorrow).

(Oh who am I kidding, "retail research" was at the tippy top of my trip to do list. I mean let's get real here.)

The shops did not disappoint. In fact, I'm still marveling over every. damn. thing. at March. Truly that place is the most exquisite, perfectly edited, gorgeously merchandised store I've entered. (And I've entered a lot of stores in my time). If you are in the city I would highly recommend. 


A California State of Mind...

image via Caitlin's instagram

Audrey, Millie and I are off on a little mother/daughter trip to San Francisco tomorrow wherein we will spend time with this lovely lady and this one too, inhale some eucalyptus, revel in the scenery, hit some shops, recharge in the salt air, nosh some dim sum, and just generally bond.

I am so excited to show my girlies my soul place, my most. favorite. city. for the first time. Counting the minutes.



I'm smitten with Calder,  Amanda Blake's line of artist-inspired (think: Nakashima and Arp) understated, made-to-last cotton basics.

But I'm especially loving her look books. The art direction and styling is perfection... No surprise given that Collection 2 was shot by Blakes's cousin-in-law Sophia Coppola in her elegant, minimal (totally. freaking. perfect.) New York apartment.

And then there's collection 3 shot by Patrick Fraser in Jason Schwartzman and Brady Cunningham's killer mid-century abode. I'm not gonna lie friends, this situation is inducing some serious house envy... it makes me want to rip everything out of my house and totally start over.

Thinking it make more sense to just by the black dress in that second image below.

Thanks Amanda...


SWOON on Rue Daily

photos by Heather Hawkins for Rue Daily

And speaking of getting to work with one of your best friends...

Sam and I chatted a bit about that very thing in a little Q&A featured on Rue Daily. Oh and there are lots of snaps of the studio and our lovely and amazing co-workers.