.made with love in san francisco – be.spoke apothecary.

bespoke2Last week was the launch party for the new be.spoke modern apothecary sold exclusively at Beauty Company. Made with love in San Francisco, this paraben-free bath & body line boasts amazing fragrances (lemongrass is my absolute favorite), stellar results (silky smooth skin) and customizable labels –  which are simply beyond.

bespoke3Pick your potion – hand soap, body wash, bath salts or body lotion – and choose from three fragrances. The friendly staff will whip together your customized label. Perfect for “Happy Birthday!,” “Congratulations!” or simply, “Thinking of you, so-and-so,” these hand-written touches are such to please.

20130616-211039.jpgAs we all know, no party is complete without handmade, gourmet, fresh delicious waffles, right? Chrissy concocts the best batter in town, and his fresh waffle with whipped cream and apricot jam melts in your mouth.  Follow him here (seriously, you will want to know where he’s popping up next).

bespoke4Have you swung by Beauty Company for a sample of be.spoke yet? I”d love to hear your thoughts! Tell me in the comments below. In the meantime, I’ll be soaking with these new bath salts….


.colored pencil dreams.


Immediately stepping out of the salon today I felt the need to share my darling manicure. The creative nails pictured above are the result of a profound pin I discovered last night, though they were brought to life by the magic touch of nail technician Amy at Beauty Company on Polk Street. Not only did I fall nearly comatose during my warm lotion/warm towel arm massage, but Amy did a fab job of studying the pins on my phone and recreating the delicate look on my fingers.

Though the original pin served as inspiration, I incorporated my personal favorite nail shades (including Where’s My Chauffeur and Cheeky Chops among others). The result in what I coin “colored pencil” nails. The retro-chic throwback makes me smile, and the trendy-but-tame style slips perfectly into the workplace. Explore the beauty of Pinterest and share comments on the looks you recreate!

.vintage baubles.

moi contre la vie & sasha maks vintage, upper right corner

It’s no secret that I love me some Sasha Maks Vintage. Her hand-picked collection of vintage baubles is absolutely massive – seriously, she has something for every style. Sasha has an impeccable eye for vintage jewelry. While she has pieces from all throughout the 20th century, her eclectic selection is heavily focused on 60’s-70’s Pop and Mod styles (think YSL, Chanel and Dior).

Last week SMV hosted a trunk show at Mike Page Style Lab, which is a beautiful salon downtown on Post and Jones. I’ve collaborated with owner Michael on a couple different fashion events and I simply love working with him – and his amazing space! BTW, if you’re craving some beautiful hair, he is definitely the man to see.

stunning jewels & lovely shoppers

The event also had makeup styling and rockstar giftbags  from another fabulous local business, Beauty Company. It was a night filled with all my favorite things! When you check out Sasha’s website remember she also does views by appointment: meaning you get one-on-one time with the expert herself. I promise you, there is NO better selection of vintage jewels in the Bay Area!

.mid polk love.

I’m the first to admit –  this particular blog may be biased. After living and working on Polk the last few years, I can’t help but find it the best damn street in San Francisco. Needless to say, I expect everyone to agree with me on this one. In case you’re new to the Polk Street scene, allow me to introduce the highlights from Pine Street to Union Street.

Funky Door Bikram Yoga It’s sweaty and stinky, but it’s the best yoga ever. Perfect for sweating out those toxins you get down the street at some of SF finest bars.

Beauty Company Hair, nails, tanning, waxing. Plethora of beauty products. Couldn’t be better.

Bob’s Donuts Cheap, open nearly 24 hours, delicious.

Bella Coste New and vintage clothing and home items. One of my absolute favorite SF shops.

Amelie Wine bar with perfect ambiance.

Parilla Personal favorite! Killer margarita happy hour and the best staff

Loving Cup Incredible, organic, nutritious frozen yogurt. You must check it out now!

Bigfoot Lounge A wooden yeti waits for you in the back. What could be better?

Red Devil Lounge Live music (on an albeit small stage). Polk Street classic

Toast Breakfast, all day. Get a scramble. You will swoon!

Bow Wow Meow From “kibble to cashmere” Bow Wow’s got your pets covered

Lombardi Sports Best sporting/athletic store. And free runs, rooftop yoga and TRX classes. High five!

Golden Veggie Market Cheap, cheap cheap fresh produce. And unique ethnic cooking ingredients. Love it.

et al. Coming soon! Wine! Coffee! Small Plate! Beautiful Decor! HOORAY!

Polk Street Florists Neighborhood floral shop. Often necessary for quick gifts. Recently moved (across the street). Lovely staff.

The Crepe House Delicious, delicious crepes. Mmhhhmmm…..

Real Food Company A little pricey, but always has what you need. And open until 9pm. Often a lifesaver!