Temescal Alley

Temescal1Donuts! There is a new generation of donuts – from Doughnut Dolly to Donut Savant, Dynamo Donuts and more. And I love donuts. They remind me of childhood – about once a month, my dad would go to the donut shop early Sunday morning and get my brother and I some of our favorites – old fashioned chocolate, maple bars and sprinkled donuts.  As you approach Temescal Alley, you notice a line and yes, it’s for Doughnut Dolly. It’s a cute, super small donut store. You enter and they have donuts in a basket – simple, sugar crusted donuts – and you have three choices for fillings that are piped in to order. On our trip to this lovely shop, we tried a lavendar honey filling – amazing!

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Temescal6Temescal Alley is Oakland’s hip and vibrant that has a bohemian vibe with a range of small shops from artisan clothing to sweets to handcrafted jewelry.

xo.

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Sunday in Oakland

photo 2Adam Tucker oxfords; Rag & Bone distressed skinny jeans; Zara coat with leather accents; Trouve silk black blouse from Nordstrom; Brahmin bag and Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses. On location in Rockridge in front of a beautiful bright purple door.

photo 7On location in front of Box & Bells in Oakland.

photo 6Brunch at TOAST in Oakland.

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photo 3Spring vegatable frittata with holey cow cheese, garlic toast and mixed greens; biscuits and egg.

photo 1The Trappist in Oakland. Amazing beers on tap.

xo.

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LookMazing & Hoss Intropia Spring Event

Looking forward to checking out the new Hoss Intropia boutique in Bloomingdales SF this Saturday!  Feminine, different, versatile, colorful, optimistic, fun, special, dreamy and elegant all describe the Hoss Intropia collections. Their designs are original, unique, feminine, fun and suitable for any occasion, wearable, elegant and with a classic touch. With an exceptional quality, the designs always include original prints with special attention to detail and finishes.

Check back on my blog on Sunday for a recap and photos from the event and follow me for updates on Twitter @yaseminck or on Instagram @yasemin_sussman.

xo.

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Doors of Spain and France

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IMG_2922As we traveled through Spain and France, September 2013, I noticed how unique every single door was in each town we were in.  We got “lost” in Barcelona, Girona, Montepellier and Lyon, wandering up and down streets and alleys. I began to take photos of the different doors, mesmerized by the different colors, style and architecture. It’s all about the little details.  Enjoy the “doors of Spain and France.”

xo.

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Remodelista Holiday Market

photo 4(2)Remodelista is a beautiful site all about interior design. They recently published a book that is an amazing resource for interior design ideas, with examples of designers homes and amazing images.  They hosted their annual Remodelista Holiday Market at Heath Ceramics in San Francisco and also celebrated the launch of the book.  The editor was there along with some amazing designers showcasing everything ranging from rugs to handmade clothes to pottery and more.

photo 5(1)The beautiful Heath Ceramics.  I dream about someday having a set of this amazing dinnerware. Heath is one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today.

photo 2(2)Beautiful flower arrangements from the Russian River Flower School in Healdsburg. They offer classes for groups – what a fun idea for a party with some girlfriends!

photo 1(1)Fabulous vintage Louis Vuitton trunks from Big Daddy Antiques.

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photo 4(1)This is why I cannot wait to have children.  Adorable handmade clothes from Dagmar Daley.

photo 3(1)More handmade children’s clothes from Dagmar Daley.

photo 2(1)Beautiful handmade dolls from Jess Brown.

 

photo 4Gorgeous handmade tea towels by StudioPatro. Makes the perfect gift and goes well with other gifts – cookbooks, cooking utensils, and more!

photo 3Shed in Healdsburg is a mercantile for garden, home and kitchen, fresh market, coffee bar, fermentation bar and cafe, plus event space with a full schedule of classes and workshops.  Looking forward to visiting the Healdsburg location and glad they were at the Remodelista event!

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photo 1And of course, a Blue Bottle Coffee latte.

xo.

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Urban Hike + December Beach Day

IMG_3175We left our loft at 10 AM and started our urban hike down Folsom Street with the first stop on route being coffee! We approached 7th Street and made a sharp right turn to enter the beautiful independent coffee space.  We ordered a Cappuccino, a drip coffee and a chocolate croissant at Sightglass Coffee. A lot of their pastries are from Hookers Sweet Treats and are all really delicious.

IMG_3173 The chocolate croissant that is made with an orange dark chocolate.

IMG_3178Sipping a drip coffee.

IMG_3181Behind the scenes!

IMG_3183From SOMA, we continued up Folsom and then turned down 16th Street to make our way towards the Mission district. A sandwich was next on the list.  We headed for Bi-Rite Market to get a deli sandwich and ordered one of our favorites,  the Bahn Mi Tofu sandwich.  We took the sandwich to Dolores Park to enjoy the sunshine and city views.

IMG_3188From Dolores Park, we walked up and down a few hills towards our next destination – Kite Hill Park.

IMG_3189Headed up 20th Street and stumbled upon a beautiful, modern house with an outside living plant wall.

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And we made it to Kite Hill Park. Definitely a hidden gem of San Francisco. You get to the park and don’t know what to expect until you make your way up the final small hill and are greeted with one of the most beautiful panoramic views of lovely San Francisco.

IMG_3195Dolores Heights bordering Eureka Valley, SF.

IMG_3198City views from Kite Hill Park.

IMG_3203Taking a water break on the bench at the top of the park.  From here, we decided that we were already at least two-thirds of the way to Twin Peaks (which has been on our list of places to walk to for a very long time) so we decided to continue our journey to that destination.  And it didn’t hurt that it was 70+ degrees on the last day of November.

IMG_3211Houses, teal pots and cactus in Eureka Valley.

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IMG_3215And after quite a few more hills and stairs later, we made it to the very top of Twin Peaks.  Such an incredible view of San Francisco from here and a whole new perspective on the city. Front and center you have the Bay Bridge and to the left, the Golden Gate Bridge. And a great view of Market Street cutting through the entire city leading all the way to the Ferry Building in the background.

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IMG_3242December 1 was one of the most beautiful days in San Francisco (and we have been lucky to have many of these this year but in December?!) Quite amazing and kind of scary, too 🙂 It was again, over 70+ degrees. We drove out to Ocean Beach to have brunch at Outerlands.  You add your name to the list which the wait time varies between 30 minutes to two hours.  Luckily, you include your cell phone number next to your name and they text you when your table is getting close to being ready.  Oh – and Ocean Beach is two blocks away.  We had an amazing time strolling up and down the beach, feet in the sand and not a care in the world.

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IMG_3254Nigel enjoying Ocean Beach.

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IMG_3257After brunch, we walked two blocks in the other direction to end up at Golden Gate Park. We walked through a few different trails, going from the Lincoln side of the park to the Fulton side.

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IMG_3277And of course being in Ocean Beach, the surf shops!

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IMG_3293The urban hike ended at the Sutro Baths and Lands End, one of my favorite places in San Francisco.  We kept commenting on how lucky we are to live within 20 minutes of a place like this.  After the journey back home, we had walked a total of 16 miles.

xo.

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Style Section & Challah

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Art of Moda is a combination of my love for fashion – and food! This post combines those two favorite things.  This was taken in our loft in my favorite corner of the entire space – our antique chair with faux fur in front of the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the courtyard.  Every morning starts off with coffee and the San Francisco Chronicle and my two favorite sections are Food & Wine and Style.  I was wearing a black & white animal print shirt from H&M, pattern pants from Nordstrom, red platform shoes from the amazing Target (yes, Target!) and one of my favorite jewelery pieces – a silver necklace that Nigel got me for my 30th birthday (it’s made in France). Glasses are Corinne McCormack and are from Nordstrom.  And the cutest thing of all is the furry animal – the lovely Miss Fidel.

Now for the food.  I love Challah bread and decided to make my own. The recipe I found is from Food.com – Double-Braid Challah Bread with Sesame Seeds.  It was fairly easy – just takes a lot of patience and time for letting it rise multiple times, braiding the bread (the fun part) and then cooking it.  For the first time making challah bread, I was impressed with how it turned out! I was able to take some over to my brother’s new apartment and share with him and his girlfriend Devin for a dinner party we had with our parents. I can’t wait to make it again.

xo.

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Fall at the Loft

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Fall is definitely in the air here in San Francisco! We have been having our fabulous Indian Summer but there is a nice crisp in the air especially in the mornings and evenings that remind me of Fall and Winter, and I love it.  We took a few photos outside at our Clocktower Loft this weekend and I love this comfy but stylish outfit – great for the weekend.  Sweater is very soft and cozy with a leather accent around the neck and down the sleeves – by Vince Camuto at Nordstrom.  Jeans have a worn look and are from Zara (in Lyon, France!) and my favorite style of shoes – oxfords – these are Franco Sarto, the ‘Andes’ flat from Nordstrom.

xo

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Color Block Cashmere

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My favorite time of the year for many reasons is Fall but mostly because of fashion. I love Fall clothes. In my opinion, it is the most fashionable season.  From amazing coats, sweaters, blazers, fur, boots, leather jackets, scarves, etc.  You can create a very stylish yet cozy and casual look.  Nordstrom is having their best sale of the year – pre-sale for Fall! I found this amazing 100% cashmere wrap and loved the color block. Perfect with white jeans now and dark jeans in the winter. It is very cozy and pairs well with a belt wrapped around the piece.

On location at our Clock Tower Loft.

XO.

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Ram’s Gate & Buena Vista Winery

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A fabulous day in Wine Country with my husband and a much needed away for us together!  I wanted to be stylish (as always) 😉 but comfortable.  I wore my white jeans from Nordstrom, green tank from H&M, Zara sandals, Theory blazer, and a silver necklace that Nigel got me for my 30th birthday from a cute Parisian store in SOMA.

XO.

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