My husband first introduced me to grass-fed beef a few years ago. I was skeptical but, after tasting it, agreed that grass-fed cattle had more depth in flavor and was better than any other beef I’ve ever tasted. I also understood, to some degree, that grass was more nutritious and natural for animals than grain. However, I didn’t realize the significance and importance of grass-fed animals until watching Food Inc. Since watching this film, I’ve been slowly campaigning for all sorts of things related to good local food amongst my family and friends.
I came across eatwild.com while reading Holy Cows and Hog Heaven by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. What a great online source for grass-fed animal issues. I especially love their map of all the local pasture-based farms. Just click on a state and - wow – just look at all that information!
While perusing Studio Violet, I found these pieces. They are lovely and looking at them gives me so much pleasure. I would love to fill our china cabinet with these treasures.
photo by Style Me Pretty
I still find lots of inspiration in stylish wedding magazines and websites. So, I was very excited to stumble upon Style Me Pretty, a well-designed and elegant wedding site. There are so many stunning images to see.
photo by Sara Hicks Malone
Before I had kids, I used to entertain quite a bit. Now, it’s more about creative tea parties and speedracer-anything, with a few wine pairing dinners sprinkled between playdates. To feed my healthy appetite for party ingenuity, I turn to Party Perfect, a blog by Sara Hicks Malone on – what else – parties, inspirational parties. And, of course, I love that she recently featured a birthday party on my favorite Disney story, Alice in Wonderland. Well, I have about 5 months until my daughter’s birthday, so back to work!
photo by Slice of Delight
Whether it’s triple milled or simply something that puts a smile on my face while bathing, soaps are small treasures that I cannot live without. So I love discovering new soaps, especially handcrafted ones. These mini Neapolitan bars, by Slice of Delight, are both eco-friendly but hard to resist!
photo by Veer
I love visiting Veer. I always find wonderful ways to incorporate typographic design into our home, like this whimsical “typography” decal. Place on your wall and viola! instant art!
With so many creative online options to record your every movement, I still prefer old fashion pen on paper. And, what better way to inspire the writer (or list maker) in all of us than pretty journals.
Being able to properly wallpaper has a permanent spot on my ongoing to-do list (still not crossed out). I came across Aimee Wilder’s wallpaper on black eiffel, a daily read that’s good for your creative soul, and feel a sudden urge to wallpaper all the rooms in our house. This particular one, analog nights, caught my eye. My friend and her husband are building / renovating their home to accommodate their family. And, since he is a DJ, I thought this might be a nice design for the family to enjoy.
And, last but not least, in keeping with the San Francisco-theme book, Tuyen arranged several sourdough shaped crabs at yesterday's book club gathering. The crabs were so amusing; it took me a while to finally munch on a claw. Mmmmm, fresh sourdough bread in the morning is quite good.
How inspiring that a colleague from my past corporate life is now creating these lovely skirts. Audrey loves her new dino princess skirt with tiara. She's been wearing it everywhere! Every girl should have one... or two. Thank you Elise!
1. I love pretty packaging. This one is by my talented friend, Elise Hopper of Elise Hooper Designs - with a special treasure inside for my daughter.
2. Hmmmm, my tummy gently grumbled after reading Il Cane Rosso’s sandwich menu... Slow-roasted porchetta with spicy green tomato mostarda, Warm farm egg salad with bagna cauda vinaigrette and provolone… Opening Monday, July 13, at the Ferry Building.
4. Audrey planted a seed at summer camp last week after reading "Jack and the Beanstalk". She was thrilled that the seed actually sprouted (and realized it would not be a cloud-breaking stalk). I was thrilled just to bask in her excitement.