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Behind-the-Scenes: Timbuk2 Launches Stylish New Lux Line, FEMME

The San Francisco-based Timbuk2 recently launched their latest collection, TIMBUK2 FEMME, a new lux women’s line that is very stylish, yet practical. I’ve always loved the Timbuk2 bags (my husband has one!) and have pegged them to be more outdoorsy and for men. Well, this new line proves me wrong.

Timbuk2 hosted a preview event to showcase the new line.  CEO Patti Cazzato, a veteran of the fashion industry, led us on a tour of the studio where the magic happens: from design boards, to rows and rows of fabric, to the production of the bags and essentially what are their offices, as well! She told us the story behind Timbuk2 and how today, it’s becoming more of a lifestyle brand with the launch of Femme.  The new collection was designed by Patti and Senior Design Director Andrea Chynoweth who has an impressive pedigree: Gemma Kahng, Vivienne Westwood, Levi Strauss.  Seeing the bags lined up on the racks, I feel in love immediately. The first thing that came to mind was how these would be perfect for work. My version of “casual” is more dressed up than most, and bags are a huge part of that. I’ve always used bags that are great for work but something that looks nice and can be brought out to dinner or an event post-work.  These new bags are that perfect bridge between work and something that works for the evening, as well: think wine night with your girlfriends, a dinner date, stopping by the mall, attending a work event, etc.  The designs feature a range of color-blocking: from my favorite, the “Black n Tan” to a dark blue and gray version.  I love the different fabrics used on the bags – the leather complements the other materials, adding a touch of chic. Prices for the bags range between $198 – $398 and as of now, come in four different styles:

Femme Messenger – Harkening back to Timbuk2’s hero bag but with a twist: all leather construction lends an elevated look to the everyday cyclists’ favorite bag.

Satchel Backpack – Inspired by the shape of a vintage Persian carpetbag, this luxe piece can be worn as a backpack or carried as a tote, helping to smooth the transition from work to play.

Fanny Pack – This miniature version of the classic Timbuk2 messenger is for women who want a chic hands-free bag with more compact storage: perfect for the festival or concert goer.

Boxy Tote – A modern and minimal shoulder bag with a slim profile that can carry everything you’ll need for the day and night.

Check out the beautiful lookbook and below are photos from the event and directly from the collection.

FEMME BACKPACK M_463-4-1182_Fall2015_Lifestyle007The Satchel Backpack. Photo credit: Timbuk2.

FEMME BACKPACK M_463-4-1182_Fall2015_Lifestyle018The Satchel Backpack. Photo credit: Timbuk2.

IMG_8139The Black n Tan Satchel Backpack (my favorite!) Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman. 

IMG_8145In the studio where each back is customized made. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8148All that denim!  Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8149Endless fabric choices in many textures and colors. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

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IMG_8155Sneak preview of the Spring 2016 inspiration design boards for the new collection. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8156Design boards of different fabric choices. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8136The Satchel Backpacks on display. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8138The Femme Messenger (another favorite). Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

I always love supporting local companies and have added the Satchel Backpack in “Black n Tan” to my holiday “wish list” (or may have to get sooner!)

Happy Shopping!

xx.


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What I Wore

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On location at one of my favorite places in the world – the San Francisco Ferry Building.  It was a balmy 75 degress on this February day. I’m wearing a top from Madewell, H&M short jacket, Rag & Bones ‘Kensington’ skinny & stretch jeans, Halogen ‘Daphne’ oxfords from Nordstrom, and my black Brahmin handbag (various styles), also from Nordstrom.

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It was sunny but much colder this day, also on location at the San Francisco Ferry Building.  I’m wearing my Anthropologie coat, leopard/chartreuse Nordstrom scarf, dark denim 7 for All Mankind jeans from Nordstrom, GAP patent ankle booties, my black ‘Transport Tote’ from Madewell and a grey Goorin Bros hat.

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Strolling around Berkeley and discovered this fabulous warehouse. I’m wearing my ripped Zara jeans, Nordstrom blouse and Nordstrom sweater (from last season and one of my favorite layering pieces!), Urban Outfitters gold feathers necklace, Anthropologie sunglasses and my black Brahmin handbag

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It was a hot, muggy day in Colorado for our friend’s wedding which meant something simple and light.  I wore this beautiful, flowy Zara skirt, with a simple black tank from Nordstrom paired with my black ‘Transport Tote’ from Madewell and Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

xo.

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Tastes + Sips from the Good Food Awards 2015

In its fifth year, the Good Food Awards celebrates food producers, farmers and artisans in 11 different categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserve, spirits, oil and honey. This is one of my favorite events in San Francisco and I’ve made sure to attend every year, and it keeps getting better and better!   The Marketplace takes place at the beautiful San Francisco Ferry Building with tables lined up outside all along the building.   The place is buzzing with people there for the Saturday Farmer’s Market, the crowd that wanders through the Ferry Building and others there to enjoy tastes and sips from the winners of the Good Food Awards. The coffee section is the best way to start to get your own buzz.  I enjoyed tastes from Blue Bottle, Square One, and Noble Coffee Roasters.  I then move on to the charcuterie and cheese, slowly moving from table to table, sampling and talking to the owners/producers themselves, some local and others that have traveled from the East Coast.  Then it’s time for sweets, starting with tastes of the preserves and honey, and ending with chocolate. I was so excited to see Zoe’s Chocolate there as a winner, all the way from Waynesboro, PA where my husband’s from! We then made our way over to the Beer & Spirits tasting.  The Forbidden Planet from Bluejacket Brewery out of DC was one of my favorites and I also enjoyed the really unique Black Currant Cider from Finnriver Farm & Cidery based in Washington.

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Charcuterie from Olympic Provisions based in Portland, Ore., is always my favorite. 

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Cheese tastings from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

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This ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream out of Ohio was to die for, especially topped with the salted caramel sauce.

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The Mango Marmalade from The Royal Gourmet was bright and tropical! 

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RAFT was serving their soda syrups that are delicious to add to soda water.

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The Wild Blueberry compote from American Spoon tasted like eating tiny wild blueberries straight out of a jar and was one of the most unique compotes I’ve ever tasted. 

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Venus Spirits had a beautiful display and set-up, serving sips of their Gin. Based in Santa Cruz, they are on our list to visit once their tasting room opens (soon!)

I was also lucky to meet the owner/producer of Bloomery SweetShine who won for their Seasonal Pumpkin Spice spirits, which was good on it’s own but would also be amazing drizzled over a cheesecake or other dessert!

Congrats to all of the winners and the team for another great event!

xo.

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Sweet & Spark Trunk Show

The beautiful Marmalade Boutique on Union Street in San Francisco hosted a trunk show with sweet & spark  a couple of weeks ago and I was thrilled to go as I have always wanted to check out their jewelry. First of all, Marmalade Boutique is such a charming, well-curated store with fashion at affordable prices.  From tops and dresses to pillows and jewelry, the lovely owner, Hope Schaffer-Colling, carefully selects each piece from her travels around the world. Hope and her husband Pete also own The Mason Jar, another boutique with great interior design pieces. If you are in the neighborhood, you must stop by.

I really liked a lot of the pieces from sweet & spark, which consists mostly of curated vintage jewelry. The jewelry is unique and they have great collections that fit your specific style needs. Check out their Fall Trends; I am especially loving the Boho Chic. I love their story, too, being a father-daughter team that started this from spending their time together out and about at local flea markets (that included stops at the donut shop). 🙂

It was a great event filled with fabulous company and delicious champagne (why not when you are shopping?!)

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xo.

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DIY Tea Time at The Mason Jar

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masonjar3Last week, I got to spend a lovely evening at The Mason Jar in San Francisco that’s owned by husband and wife team Pete and Hope Colling.   The Mason Jar is a home goods store with a well-curated collection of everything from home decor to luxury candles and artisanal soaps to jewelery, coffee tables and the most amazing pillows. The store opened just last year in October 2013 and is located at 2149 Union Street.   I joined an intimate group and the owners for a DIY Tea Time event to kick-off the launch of their DIY events.  There were three different tea choices (green, black, and white teas) and mason jars filled with the loose tea to make your tea bags.  We got a step by step overview on how to make our hand blended tea bags (and learned the best trick to seal the tea bag – a travel size hair straightener!) Check out the upcoming DIY events and in the meantime, spend an afternoon shopping for some fabulous items at the store!

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So many choices of tea.

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Hope explaining how to make your own tea bags.

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Stamps to label your tea – Black tea.

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xo.

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Hog Island Oyster Co. Reopens in Ferry Building

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Hog Island Oyster Co. just reopened their oyster bar in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building after being closed for a few months for expansion. Hog Island was one of the opening tenants of the ferry building during its transformation as a food marketplace in 2003. It’s a very popular spot in SF for locals and tourists alike. Tomales Bay, on the coast of Northern California, is where they harvest and shuck the amazing, hand raised, sustainable oysters and shellfish.

The newly opened space has an expanded bar and much more seating. There is still a line outside, but don’t be intimated by it – it moves pretty quickly and it’s all worth the wait!  We were able to get one of the best seats – right at the oyster bar, overlooking the Bay Bridge and front row seats to watch their team shucking oysters.  We ordered the half dozen chef’s selection and an order of the grilled oysters, paired with their bloody mary and a glass of prosecco.  We will be back to indulge again at Hog Island over oysters and cocktails.

And since it was a Saturday, we wandered around the amazing farmer’s market and took home gorgeous purple and bright orange flowers that look perfect in the loft.

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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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.

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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.

IMG_3190Only one of at least 10 sets of stairs on our journey.

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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.

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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_3271The squirrel that was loving any and all attention and up for anything!

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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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Fashion at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

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What I Wore: Theory blazer (Bloomingdales); Black & White striped tank-top (H&M); Rag & Bones Jeans (Bloomingdales); Sandals (Zara); Marc by Marc Jacobs cross-body bag; Chanel sunglasses.

Nigel (my husband) and I visit the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market almost every single Saturday morning. It’s quite an amazing routine and I feel extremely lucky to be able to wake up and walk to this iconic and beautiful spot in SF – one of my favorites.  As we approach the Ferry Building we head straight for the outside Blue Bottle coffee kiosk and wait in the line (which moves fairly fast).  On a 75 degree day like today, I went for the New Orleans Style Iced Coffee.  New today to the market is Craftsman & Wolves! They have a spot in the Mission on Valencia street and will now have a stand at the market – awesome. We shared the infamous “Rebel Within” which is an asiago-cheese, green onion, and Easton sausage-flecked muffin with a poached egg in the center and it is quite amazing!

We did our usual route through the entire market and this is one of my favorite times of the year – beautiful flowers and cherries and strawberries! From here, we walked up market to brunch at Bluestem Brasserie and then onto the SFMOMA which closed in a month for a long (but what will be an amazing) renovation. 

XO.

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