Two Thousand Thirteen

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So, here we are. Here’s the part where I say something about how fast this year has gone by, and how many things have happened, and how incredible it’s been to hear feedback from people who have been reading my blog. But I don’t think there’s a way I can adequately express my thanks and tell you how much it means to me that you’re here. And I fancy myself a writer, so that’s just embarrassing.

This year has seen so much- an utter career shift, exciting adventures, personal challenges, and so much growth and discovery. You’ve traveled with me twice to Los Angeles, first for BeautyCon and then again for the whirlwind of LA Fashion Week. You’ve hung out with me on rooftops, you’ve checked out art exhibit openings, and you’ve had more than your fair share of wine in Napa (and another glass, and another glass, and another). One Gatsby party is never enough, so you came on over for my own version. You’ve also gotten to know my family, seen me without makeup, and peek into what life is like when I put fashion on pause.

2013 has certainly been a trip. It’s been the most tumultuous year that I can remember, but all that change felt so necessary. Now it’s time to work out the kinks. I’m not sure what 2014 will bring, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.

So, again, thank you. Thank you for reading and for being here. Tonight, I’ll be raising a glass to you. Happy New Year!

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And of course, I could never have done this without the man behind the camera. I love you.

James Winstead photographer

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Lake Tahoe Winter

Lake Tahoe Winter

Of all the Christmas movies I watched this year, White Christmas has to be one of my favorites. Sure, I’m a sucker for good tap-dancing, and Bing Crosby’s velvety voice isn’t something you easily forget. But that fervor, that desire, that need for snow around Christmas- that gets me every time.

When I was a little girl growing up across the bridge in Marin County, every single wish I made was always for snow. I wanted our house to be covered in it, absolutely blanketed. Other than the one time I built a Hail Man out of a pittance of the white crumbly stuff, my wish remained ungranted.

And then we moved to Minnesota, where my first Halloween was wiped out by an ice storm and -40 degree temperatures. Yeah, I know- be careful what you wish for. Now that I’ve migrated back to my native Bay Area, I’m finding myself wishing yet again for snow. But this time, I just need to drive four hours to find a Lake Tahoe winter.

Jim and I spend the days after Christmas exploring around Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley, blasting downhill on our skis (and board), taking a tram up to dizzying heights, and consuming no small amount of festive beverages. No snow fell from the sky, but I was still as happy as a child.

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SEVEN Quick Snaps (whoa)

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Hoooooly guinea pig, I just realized it’s been a month to the day since my last Five Quick Snaps post. I used to do them fairly consistently, but somehow the last month got away from me. I realized that part of it is that I’ve been spending a lot more time at home writing and less time out and about on the town. But with the holidays rapidly approaching and the next few weeks packed full of holly jolly merrymaking, I’m sure that things will change.

The last month has held so much- a visit back to see family, celebrations with friends, and our third-annual tradition of squeezing a giant live Christmas tree into our studio. There’s been holiday shopping, some cyber Monday insanity, and lots and lots of holiday coffee drinks. Here are just a few snippets of what’s been going on since November 13th, and I’ll catch any interested parties up in full over the next week.

As always, you’re a rockstar for reading. Seriously- you should have your own band.

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First, alllll the way back to November! Jim and I jetted back to Chicago for his brother’s engagement party (to pretty much the coolest chick ever). She’s the hottie on my right in this photo. Have you ever had one of those moments when you realize that all the people you just met are just ridiculously awesome? That’s pretty much the bridesmaid situation. Katie, you’re simply fantastic (and not just because I know you actually read my posts) 🙂

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I’ve had many a latte in my life (insert crotchety old man voice here), but nothing tops the beauties at Jane on Fillmore. It’s pretty much my idea of paradise- the muffins are divine, the coffee is perfect, and at least one of the lovable, scruffy baristas will be wearing a flannel that matches mine on any given day. Love.

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 Oh, Jonathan Adler– you clever dear. Just steps from Jane lies that deliciously decadent interior design shop- basically the place that dreams are made of. I can’t get enough of these cheeky little canisters– seriously, how many double takes would you get the next time you had guests into your kitchen? I picked out the couch I want for our apartment, and now all we have to do is double our incomes. Le sigh.

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Speaking of incomes, I was a wee bit nervous heading into dinner at Flour + Water with girlfriends the other day. One of my friends actually had the grown-up wherewithal to make a reservation three months ahead of time (the typical requirement), and our slot finally arrived. I had heard terrifying things about the cost of dinner there, but I was surprised in the most fantastic fashion. It’s definitely a special occasion kind of place, but I loved the ambiance, the pumpkin-stuffed pasta, and the $8 glasses of rosé. Well done, F + W!

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Hold on now, Sarah. Didn’t you already show us this picture? Well, yes and no. In my post about must-do San Francisco holiday activities, I mentioned the Hyatt and how unbelievably jolly and gorgeous it becomes this time of year. I took this photo myself after dragging Jim inside during a day of shopping. It’s seriously one of my favorite parts of this season. Go see for yourself!

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And finally…. ahhhhh. Isn’t this just so calming? I don’t usually see the city from this view, and it just makes me so happy. And if you have an absurdly good memory and read my blog religiously (yes, I’m talking to you, that one guy), you might recognize this view from the day I went swimming a few months ago. Pretty sure that won’t be happening again for a while.

To get the view without getting wet, stroll out to the end of Aquatic Park Pier and look back south. For bonus points, do it after dark to see the amazing lights. Can’t go wrong 🙂

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