I love rainy days

It’s a rainy Friday here in San Francisco.  I have a ton of errands to run today, but all I want to do is put on these…


Lounge by this…


And decorate this…


Thank goodness the holidays are right around the corner.  Have a great weekend!


Women who make beautiful things

(Photo from The Daily Puglet Blogspot)

Liz Paik is the owner of my favorite pet store, Cheengoo.  She totally rocks.  Not only does she make beautiful handmade leashes and collars, but she gives back to the community through animal related charities like Animals Asia.

Liz treats every person who walks in her store as if they are the most important person in the universe.  And her Bark n’ Wine events are so much fun…especially the Halloween ones.  Who can resist a dozen adorable dogs decked out in hot dog and bumblebee costumes?! Not this canine lover.

(Orelia sporting her Cheengoo raincoat)

(Orelia rockin’ her Cheengoo gear)

(Orelia likes the Bark n’ Wine events too.)

(Photo from The Daily Puglet Blogspot)

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Over the weekend, it occurred to me that I don’t have to go to Paris to see something beautiful. So, I picked up my camera, grabbed Orelia’s leash and took a tour of an exotic faraway place called…my neighborhood.  It’s not Paris, but it ain’t too shabby.

I particularly loved seeing all the holiday decorations cropping up in the window fronts of my favorite shops. It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas.

Before and After

I’ve always enjoyed Before and After segments.  Particularly when it came to the makeovers featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  It’s over a year later; and there’s still a small hole in my life that’s felt every day at 4 pm.  Oh, how I miss you Oprah.

So, here’s a little bit of my own Before and After.  Have a great Tuesday!

Before: Drab and ugly grey IKEA TV stand

After: Red paint + gift wrap + Modge Podge = Retro chic TV stand

Before: Boring IKEA chest of drawers

After: Mercury glass lamp + Anthropologie knobs + hot pink serving tray + fresh flowers = Whimsical and beautiful showpiece

Before: Orelia as a 1-year-old puppy lounging with InStyle magazine

After: A highly evolved and self-actualized 3-year-old Orelia reading Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

It’s always sunny in San Francisco


Okay, maybe it’s not.  But it was this weekend. So I took advantage of the 70-degree weather.  While I spent the day hiking in Point Reyes and exploring the lighthouse, Orelia enjoyed a long overdue grooming session at Bow Wow Meow.  Does she look cute or does she look cute?!

On Saturday night, I scored front row seats to an electric performance by Earl Thomas at Biscuits and Blues.  One of my favorite songs of Earl’s is called Soulshine.  And both my soul and that of my good friend, Katie, were shining bright during the entire performance.

Earl doesn’t just sing.  He gyrates across the stage, tells hilarious stories and feels the music on a deep soul level. Next time you’re in San Francisco, go see him perform.  You won’t regret it!  And order the fried chicken and gravy.  You won’t regret that either!

Women Who Make Beautiful Things

(Photo by Stella & Dot)

I’ve never been a huge fan of jewelry. But a couple of years ago, I was so bowled over by the stylish jewelry of Stella & Dot that I actually became a stylist.  I quickly realized I’m way too much of an introvert to be a good salesperson, but I’m grateful for the experience.  I met some awesome women. And I have some lovely jewelry that I loan out to my friends for special occasions.

Blythe Harris is the Chief Creative Officer and talent behind the jewelry and handbags of Stella & Dot.  One of the highlights of my experience as a stylist was hearing her speak about the inspiration behind her designs.  Blythe is creative, articulate, passionate, kind, inspired and inspiring.  She is the kind of woman I want to be when I grow up.