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excited for fall!

per usual, EmersonMade has put out some fabulous new items! although it's pretty much fall in SF now...I would still love to fill my wardrobe with these pieces.  I'm obsessed with the new (to me at least) bag-o's which are cute bags filled with multiple colored basics. The turtleneck one would be perfect for fall! And that velvet jacket is number one on my wish list!  will you purchase any new fall items this year? 

last chance!

don't forget to enter the Sarah Pinto giveaway!

a little bit of life lately...+ happy friday!

a gorgeous table from the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Alice Water's Chez Panisse, It was a beautiful SF day and Maiden Lane was the perfect spot! All proceeds went to the edible school project.  
handpicked organic dahlias from aptos sold in whole foods-a nice little break from work this week and make my desk a bit more cheery
favorite bedtime tea!

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to this weekend.  Tomorrow I'm off to Napa for a bachelorette party and I will be ending the weekend seeing one of my all time favorite singers!  Very excited!  

happy friday!  

giveaway! ~sarah pinto weekly planner!

*giveaway closed: winner Abbie from A Glimpse of the Girl Next Door

As an avid organizer and planner, one of my favorite things to do during this time of the year is pick out a new weekly planner.  And if you've read Deliciously Organized for a while now, you know I love Sarah Pinto's!  Not only are her planners stylish, but they are functional!  But truly the best part about her line is the fact that a portion of her proceeds goes to a very special cause near and dear to her heart.  

"this is my lucky year" design has always been one of my favorites! 

Sarah Pinto has a line of weekly planners, notebooks and postcards & today we are giving away one weekly planner! There are several others that I love that are on her website...go check them out and tell us which one you'd pick if you won!

To win:

1. Visit sarah pinto and leave a comment with which planner you'd choose, including your contact info. 
2. Make sure you're a follower/subscriber of Deliciously Organized
3. Tweet, Blog, Facebook, etc. about this giveaway and leave a separate entry
4. Giveaway ends Thursday, September 1 @ midnight

a dreamy shoot

I received the new j.crew catalog last night and fell in love with the cover. 
(how cute are the little ones in the middle?)

I've danced since I was young, but  never stuck with ballet.  I found myself loving jazz and hip hop more, but a piece of me still wishes I would have had more of an interest at a young age.  Anyway, I always find myself drawn to ballerina shoots in magazines, etc.  This being one of them.  All dancers from this shoot are from the Yakobson dance studio in Saint Petersburg, Russia, featuring local ballerinas. 
I love seeing the behind the scene shots...
a little note from j.crew tumblr“Many of the dance studios we scouted were basic and dark. When we found these windows, I knew we had to take advantage of the milky (and ever forgiving) backlight.”
lovely shot of all the dancers
such a pretty mix of beautiful fall cashmere sweaters and gorgeous tutus. 
aren't these shots dreamy?

craving catch up.

How charming is that blue velvet chair?  It's official, our home is definitely in need of a good dose of velvet! And I'm loving the magazine file folders turned the opposite direction and the fact that their left unpainted, creates a more rustic/organic look.

Anyway, life has been busy lately {wedding planning, work...} which is causing me to crave a long morning of flipping through mags {glossies & online} and all your lovely blogs for a good dose of design! Maybe with an extra delicious latte served in that beautiful gold mug too...

What about you?  Have you had time to catch up?  

*image Emily Henderson  

the skinny leopard belt...

About a month ago I started my search for an inexpensive skinny leopard belt for the fall. I've always been a leopard gal (flats, clutches, blouses, etc.-I guess you either love it or hate it, and I love it) and wanted another accessory to spice up a pair of jeans. During my initial search I found 1 or 2, but recently I found a boatload. Apparently they just came into style, or the Fall items have finally hit the stores (probably a little of both).  I already purchased this one but I think there are cheaper options that I might need to switch it out for!  The one I purchased met my requirements though: gold buckle and multiple holes to wear on waist and in actual belt loops (buy up a size to do this).  Anyway, click on all belts to make your way to their website...

Do you all already own one?  Or plan to get one? If so, the one in the middle above is a steal from here and they are currently having a sale!

looking forward to fall, although we didn't really have a summer in SF!

*not all the belts are technically skinny, but I thought they'd be good to post too!

a little bit of life lately...+ happy friday!

loving my new kicks even though it's not sandal weather in sf...makes the day a bit brighter.  
my absolute favorite herb bread from eduardo's  {must go if you're in marin!}
second rose of the season from our rose bush on the patio! huge accomplishment in my book!
you've seen it here before, the delicious blue bottle at the ferry building
a little pre-game fun here with a watermelon beer, followed up with a delicious basil lemonade from here
nosebleeds at the game are my favorite in sf, look at that view of the bay!
absolutely the best tasting kombucha i've had yet...try it!

I'm gearing up for a weekend at Outside Lands Festival {fyi-it's 55 degrees in SF right now, the sun seriously needs to pull it together} and definitely looking forward to hearing some great music and spending time with friends outdoors!

hope everyone has a great weekend!

an afternoon at the beach...

My sister & her friend came to visit from Southern California last weekend and we managed to squeeze in a lot of sightseeing.  One of the many things we did was hit up Stinson Beach.  Nor cal beaches are not like so cal beaches.  Sun is unusual, fog is typical.  You don't really throw on your suit and pack a cooler if you know what I mean...

What you can do is curl up in blankets, drink hot chocolate and soak in the crisp air...
{above is my sister & I}

On our way out of Stinson we spent a few minutes soaking up the beautiful Muir Woods...
aren't these two adorable?  

having these two around really was a blast.  they smiled continually, giggled a ton and had so much energy.  can't wait to have them back! 

the nest: fall 2011

The Nest Fall 2011 Magazine is live & digital!  This issue is full of tips on reinventing your home decor & I'm grateful to be a part of it along with great company! 

{click here to see the striped boxes}

lavender & lemon cookies

My sister, her friend & I made these cookies this weekend:
let's get a close up...

We LOVED them, my fiance did not.  They taste more like lavender than lemon, just a heads up. This recipe is from Giada {love her} and is easy and quick {I promise}. What wasn't easy and quick? Locating almond flour.  I'm now certain only a few health food stores carry it. I finally found it in bulk {which was great because you only need 1/2 cup} at Rainbow Grocery.  

Anyway, if you like lavender & lemon...this is a delicious recipe! 

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons arrowroot
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon dried lavender
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, chilled
1 large lemon, zested
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse together the flours, arrowroot, sugar, lavender, salt and baking soda.

Add the butter and lemon zest. Pulse until the mixture forms a coarse meal. Add the honey and lemon juice. Pulse until the mixture forms a soft dough. Form the dough into 1-inch round balls and press into discs, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 1/4-inch thick. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light brown around the edges, 9 to 11 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely, about 15 minutes.


wakey wakey, eggs and bakey!

My sister & I hit up the Ferry Building Farmers Market early this morning and picked up fresh heirloom tomatoes, bacon, basil, coffee and made a delicious breakfast as a group (her friend is also staying with us). We added lemon zest, vanilla, and cinnamon to our waffle mix for a little kick.

off to explore more of the city...
Happy Saturday!

happy friday!

My little sister has arrived in San Francisco and I'm looking forward to spending some time with her.  Not only is it her Birthday, but she's really never explored San Francisco.  For her birthday...I made the easiest, quickest, tastiest red velvet cupcakes ever and they were boxed {I typically do scratch, but there was no shot I had time for that this week}! This mix can be found here, or at Cost Plus. 

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! 

a little bit of life lately...

I have been posting my favorite candles for a while here on do so I thought it was only appropriate that I post the newest one I picked up this weekend.  Voluspa Saijo Persimmon.  This is a coconut blend layered with juicy peach and red currant.  If you're in the market (I never am I just can't stay away from candles, it's an illness) I highly recommend this one!  I had it burning my bedroom yesterday and I could smell it through out the entire house.
I went wine tasting all day Saturday with friends and ended up at EDK for dinner.  Everything on the menu was delicious, but if I had to pick just one...I'd go with the jalapeno peach martini!
 and the s'mores tart...ok, I pick two.
my fiance made french press coffee with our new fav whole beans by bicycle coffee, a local company based out of the Mission that delivers organic coffee by bicycle all around the city...
there is a new stationery store in the SF Center and it's dangerous. Maido is the name, and they give you  credit for every purchase on a punch card.  Definitely worth a visit...

hope you all had a nice weekend!