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 rosĂ©. 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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Westfield San Francisco + eBay = Digital Storefronts

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Even though the first snowflakes of the seasons are miles away from me, holiday shopping ideas and sugarplums are already dancing in my head. In the same way that pumpkin starts sounding great in August, there’s something fun about getting ready for the holidays a wee bit early. I love baking gingerbread houses and peeping at holiday lights, but my favorite November-December ritual is thinking about what I’d like to give my family and friends. Call me sentimental, but there’s just something about tying a bow around the perfect gift that makes me downright jolly.

To help fuel such holiday inspiration, Westfield Labs + eBay Inc. launched their new trio of digital storefronts for popular brands Sony, Rebecca Minkoff, and TOMS. Based in Westfield San Francisco Center, the interactive displays will remind SF residents of the touch-screens popping up at bus stops and airplane terminals around the area. Unlike the screens you’d find elsewhere, however, the digital storefronts allow customers to purchase items on the screen and pay directly on their phone. Neither purely digital nor traditionally tactile, the storefronts are the perfect merger between online shopping and the physical browsing experience.

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While perusing Sony’s display, I had the opportunity to play with the QX100 Lens-Style Camera, a nifty little device that uses Bluetooth to turn your smartphone into a camera screen that syncs with the lens. I always have my iPhone with me to snap spontaneous city images, and I love the idea of taking the image quality up to the next level (ok, about ten levels). Any Instagrammer’s dream, right?

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Even though my holiday shopping list is still in the works, I love knowing that I have a brand-new way to shop this December. If you’d like to see the displays for yourself, head to the 4th floor of Westfield under the dome. Displays will be up until January 12th. Who knows- you might just run into me there!

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for many more holiday adventures!

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Go Bare in Public (with bareMinerals, that is!)

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I’ve loved fashion since high school, but I’ve been a beauty fiend ever since I can remember. During my teen years, a host of skin issues prompted me to cake on layers upon layers of foundation and powder like a bad cliche. The result was unnatural and heavy, and I certainly wasn’t fooling anyone. I’m much happier with my skin and makeup routine now, but those misbegotten years left me with a serious phobia of powder foundation.

However, when bareMinerals invited me to try a makeunder (yes, under!), it sounded like something right up my alley. Hailing from San Francisco (woot woot!), bareMinerals part of the bareEscentulas family, carrying on the mission statement that makeup and skincare should enhance natural beauty and boost confidence. They describe their mineral makeup as a form of skincare and “so pure you could sleep in it,” which certainly had me intrigued. My liquid foundation served me nicely, but I couldn’t wait to take it off at the end of the day.

So, I found myself at the Go Bare event sponsored by bareMinerals and held just outside the beautiful Ferry Building on the Embarcardero. It’s one of my favorite areas in the city- that no-man’s-land between the bustling Financial District and the grey-green water of the bay. The fading light of the day was the perfect backdrop for the pop-up stand, where makeup artists subtly transformed women into a more radiant version of themselves.

Liliana, my fabulous makeup artist, gave me a fresh, natural look with serious staying power. The secret involves moisturizing and applying a primer first and being sure to choose the right brush for the coverage you want. Liliana applied a light layer of  their Original foundation followed by concealer, later warming my face with bronzer and blush. For the lips, I couldn’t resist going bold with a lipstick called “Risk It All” (love the playful names!) for a bold pop of pink that just so happened to match the decor. Coincidence?

I was lucky enough to take home some goodies to try myself, and I can say I’m officially hooked. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a little 5-minute makeup tutorial I came up with, and I’m so excited about it that I’m even posting a no-makeup face shot for comparison.
Courage, Sarah. Courage.

Many thanks to the fantastic folks at bareMinerals for making this all possible!

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My friend Mathilda accompanied me for her own makeunder- doesn’t she look fantastic? I love how they played up her adorable freckles!

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