eloise at christmastime

When I was in New York I couldn’t resist making a trip to the Plaza to see Eloise. They actually had the whole front room dedicated to her, with a Betsey Johnson designed pink Eloise Christmas tree with Eloise on top. So cute.

“I always hang a two-legged Christmas stocking just in case”

– Eloise at Christmastime


a closet of my own

I was thinking over this weekend that I have had exactly 5 closets over the last 8 years since I left my childhood home. I have to say, I like this current one the best. There are things I dislike about my apartment (my room is tiny, the kitchen gets no natural light), however this closet makes up for it. Yesterday (Sunday) was dark, rainy and gloomy and there was nothing good on TV so I decided to spend a little bit of time hanging with my clothes in my closet. I like to re-org every once and awhile in hopes of inspiring myself to wear outside of my comfort rotation and to brainstorm new, ingenius ensembles. There was also some work to be done in my sweater department – I still owned some from high school that just had seen better days.  All in all, a pretty successful Sunday in. What did you do?

Now, I am not saying my closet is anywhere near Coveteur status (I think I need some upgraded hangers to start, and a little less organized chaos), but maybe someday…

How amazing is this room I found on apartment 34? I would kill to live in here. fantasy!

brooklyn flea

On the Saturday I was in New York, I decided to take a break from the craziness of fashion week and the city and take to Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Flea Market in Fort Greene. My two friends and I instantly fell in love with the charming borough – a nice laid-back escape from the city without being too far. We discovered a small boutique there that we wanted to literally move into – Stuart & Wright. If I could only shop in one place for the rest of my life – this store would be it (maybe along with Opening Ceremony), it was that cool. You must go. The Brooklyn Flea market was equally as charming and amazing – a literal playground for the vintage loving girl. I scored a black short sleeved pleated-skirt dress that I am imagining wearing to death this fall. Couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday.


Happy Hump day! Have you ‘liked’ my blog page on facebook yet? If not you’re missing out!

a regal affair

 sharing with you here some of my photos from our Royal Wedding party last friday night. We started partying in style before the Abbey doors even opened at 12:01am and didn’t stop until Wills and Kate had whisked away in their decorated convertible at 5:30am. We all wore hats- Mom, me and Godmother Robin in various styles from my grandmother Roberta’s vintage collection from the late 50s and early 60s. Friend Shelby also let me try on some of her amazing fascinators she purchased in London. It was surely an evening/early morning to remember as we sipped champagne watching Kate walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey escorted by her father in that truly unbelievably beautiful Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress (plus that tiara! those earrings! the veil! her hair!). It could not have been a more perfect choice of a dress for her and the event and I am so happy she chose Sarah. In truth, it could not have been a more perfect wedding, a true fairytale that I am still in awe that I got to witness. xo



I am looking forward to watching Princess Kate become a true Queen over the years- cheers to many more tiaras and classy outfits to come

also- can we talk about how beautiful David Beckham is? He just looked sooooo amazing. And hats off (pun intended) to Posh for rocking those custom Louboutins while 6 months pregnant, you put the rest of us to shame my dear. They were my favorite guests by far, although thank you to Beatrice and Eugenie for being you and adding a little bit of tacky spice to the event.

Lastly, thank you to the hostess with the mostess Queen Mum Robin for hosting the party for us and making it so special and lovely ♥♥

royal wedding!

it’s mere hours away! i cannot WAIT to see her dress and her tiara! i am a lucky girl and i have been invited to a lovely royal wedding party starting at 12:01am, so i will be up all night, eating sausages and scones and clotted cream and drinking lots of champagne in my pajamas, grandma’s vintage hat, jewels and pink lipstick with some lovely ladies.

Fun wedding inspired swag! clockwise from the top: adorable celebration tote bag, plate and keychains (below) from House That Lars Built etsy shop, Butter London’s ‘No More Waity Katie’ nail polish inspired by the event, Halcyon Days Royal Wedding Commemorative box, PS I Made This’s instructions for DIY fascinator for the event (LOVE).

Also: if you haven’t seem this amazing and hilarious tumblr blog, you are missing out. It’s sooo good – Kate Middleton For The Win  tagline: ‘Anything but “common”‘ My favorite post below:


stay tuned for photos of the party… xx

happy easter

did the easter bunny visit you?

i love easter mostly because i love bunnies and cadbury mini eggs are my favorite candy, hands down. yum yum yum.

here’s some pictures i took of my easter treats and some of my mom’s decorations at our family house

the easter bunny brought me two of butter london’s new colors – primrose hill picnic pink & artful dodger teal-ey blue- choices that were inspired by this outfit. the easter bunny knows me well xo

Be Mine

♥Happy Valentine’s Day♥

a Valentine, from me to you…

monday musings: 5 things

 Well hello there! I am back from the dead finally, in case you were worried. Last week I came down with a bad case of strep throat that left me immobile in bed for days and then work to catch up on after that. I am just now coming out of it and starting to feel alive again. The beautiful 70+ degree weather in San Francisco this weekend didn’t hurt! Weekends like this one make me feel lucky to live in the great state of California, especially with the rest of the country digging themselves out of the snow!

While I was holed up I did find some inspiration to keep my spirits alive. Sharing with you here my 5 things that got me through the week….

 One Day by David Nicholls

I blew through this cute, girly novel last week. It reminded me of one of my other favorite books, The Time Traveller’s Wife, in that it is a fragmented love story told over a long span of time – 20 years in this case. Each chapter is one day of the year  (July 15th) of the lives of the two main characters, Emma and Dexter. Through this one day you learn their life story and witness their love story develop and unfold. I highly recommend if tis sounds like your cup of tea. The story is currently being made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (that cute guy from 21).

Rue Magazine’s  3rd issue. The ladies of Rue continue to impress me – they keep pulling out all the stops and have not slowed down!  Their 250+ page bi-monthly interior decor online magazine is true design lover’s eye candy. It was fun to have the time this week to really devour this issue. These were some of my favorite features:

the happiest of wall art (pg 44):

Feature on the vintage-quirk style of adorable musician Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy (who was born in Seattle!) (pg 97):

Inside the studio of jewelry designer Jess Constable (pg 50), Inside the home of blogger Nicole Cohen’s glamorous Manhattan apartment (pg 103):

A peek inside Faire Frou Frou, a whimsical and girly lingerie boutique in LA (ooh la la!). I’d like someday for my personal boudoir to be styled like this shop! (pg 238):

 Google’s Art Project     www.googleartproject.com  …  Last week, Google launched a pretty amazing new product, Art Project. They took their street view technology inside some of the world’s best museums and have brought us virtual online tours. In addition, they took 7,000-megapixel rich images of each museum’s prized works and uploaded them on the site for us to view and zoom in on. As a lover of art (and former student of) who has travelled the world over to see these masterpieces, I can’t get over the fact that I can now view, experience, and interact with these pieces of art seriously up close and personal thousands of miles away from where they live.  Being able to see the rough yet carefully planned texture of Van Gogh’s visible brush strokes that changed the course of art forever from my bed is pretty mind blowing. I’m totally obsessed. This is the art history textbook taken way to the next level. Here are some of my favorite pieces from my favorite museums on the site:

Van Gogh’s Starry Night from the MoMA in New York (below)

Sandro Botticelli’s La Primavera from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Cézanne’s  Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses) from the Nation Gallery in Washington DC

Degas’ Swaying Dancer from the Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza in Madrid

 Getting excited for Glitter Guide! I am already loving Taylor’s tumblr site (here!) of inspiration and I can’t wait for the official debut of this daily “blogazine.” What’s better is that my good friend Alicia is a contributing editor! See Alicia’s interview with Taylor, the woman behind Glitter Guide, and what inspired her to start this new venture here  ♥ 


The Ultimate Merchant, Miss Diane von Furstenberg.  ♥♥♥ 

Gilt Groupe has started doing a series of interview videos –  “Unracked”, and I just discovered the DVF session (thank you to JoAnn of I’d Rather Be Shopping). As I head back to work on this Monday morning, I can’t help but be inspired by this lady to get me through the week. I hope someday I’m lucky enough to meet her. I highly encourage you to watch the interview here, maybe you’ll feel as in awe of her as I do.

“You have to like yourself, and in order to like yourself, you have to see the truth.”  – DVF


winter wish

Merry Christmas Eve

I am happy to report that I have gotten my Winter Wish… a White Christmas ♥

I’m a lucky girl because my family and I always spend Christmas in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.  We like to spend the holidays in a true Winter Wonderland. The snow is really coming down this year, making it especially scenic and photogenic (these are all pictures I took outside and inside our condo) and of course, there’s the excellent skiing and snowboarding.

I wish you all and your families a Merry Merry Christmas.

xoxo, Tara

to market to market

The day after thanksgiving my mother and I decided to pass by the Best Buys and the Targets for a shopping experience of a more intimate kind. We spent the morning trolling  Bainbridge Marketplace , a pop-up vintage/flea market housewares shop in an empty open space tucked behind some shops on my hometown’s main street. The 2 day pop-up shop was operated and curated by the very talented Sarah Wen who collected all of the items in the shop from many sources (salvage yards, estate sales, various flea markets, local artists) and merchandised them in the space to make you feel like you were walking into an immaculately beautifully decorated “Farmhouse chic” home where you could buy everything.  I was in heaven from the moment I walked in. Mom and I spent hours in there looking at everything and admiring Sarah’s eye for design. Naturally, I had to snap some photographs.

of course we made some purchases: the wall mirror mom’s holding, the vintage chandelier necklace on the mannequin and a vintage milk glass vase for me and vintage cookie cutters, olive oil and ornaments for mom.

Sarah’s planning on hosting these pop-up shops on a seasonal basis and I really can’t wait for her next one.

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