Home Edition: Champagne Brunch

3,000 miles is a long way from home, and sometimes you feel like only San Franciscans understand San Franciscans. So I planned a champagne brunch to (re)connect alumnae of my alma mater for those of us living in the other city, New York City.

To greet the guests, I was honored to welcome our recently appointed President of Schools. Though nothing makes a girl feel more at home than cute food and lots of bubbly, it was the decades-old memories that warmed the space and made everyone long for the City by the Bay. Details after the jump.

Champagne Brunch B

On the menu, I served a selection of sweet and savory:

  • Pains au chocolat
  • DIY yogurt parfait
  • Lox and home-pickled onion
  • Truffled deviled eggs

And filled in the details with a few touches of flair: 

  • Vintage flutes
  • Blooms in yellows + greens
  • Bubbly…

Cheers to connecting with these ladies!

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The Lost Square

What’s better than the utility and depth of a pocket? The singular aesthetic purpose of the pocket square! No, it’s not quite as handy as a handkerchief—it does not blow your nose or wipe your forehead—but it pleases the eye and shows a little you. It serves as a tuft of color, an accoutrement of flair, a pop of personality.

But where have they gone, the pocket squares? Maybe out with blazers. They are rare and far between. I say it’s time to bring them back, boys and girls. And don’t save them for the penguin suits. With the casual textures and whimsical prints that are presenting themselves these days, pocket squares are for the daily wear. Add a square to the pocket of a puffer vest, a lady’s knit blazer, a leather jacket, or even an oxford shirt. Here are a few inspiring looks and colors.

Pocket Square Looks

Left to right: via Reckless Bones. via Nice N Clean. Set winter/fall 2012 collection with Anna Selezneva. via Alterations Needed.

Pocket Squares

Top, left to right: Topman green dot. Alexander Olch pocket round. Paul Smith London white/yellow stripe.
Bottom, left to right: Kent Wang cat print. The Tie Bar blue silk knit. BKLYN Dry Goods x Study NY.

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Home Edition: Cocktail Hour

When the workday starts at 7 a.m., I’m hoping for a cocktail by 4 p.m. Wouldn’t it be great if a bar cart trolled the hallways offering a cold beverage to get me through the last few hours of the day? Well, a girl can dream… In the meantime, a bar cart is just as perfect as a stationary furnishing, housing crystal double old-fashioneds and my favorite whiskey. I bet I could find some place for one of these:

via 1stdibs
Top to bottom: Vintage French industrial steel bar cart/trolley; Briggs House Antiques. Mid-century Italian Cesare Lacca-style cocktail trolley; Blithewold Home. Cesare Lacca bar cart server trolley in ebony finish; Chez Camille. Mid-century two-tier bar cart in chrome, glass, and mirror; Showplace Antique + Design Center. Carlo de Carli bar cart; Surfing Cowboys.

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Punch Up Plaid

Maybe it was the overcast sky or the Brooklyn locale for brunch, but both Ali and I were inspired to pair slouchy plaid with punchy pants—and within our respective color families. Sometimes matching colors is the fastest way to get out the door. And putting on brights, the most fun way!

Do you remember your Crayola crayon names? I think I’m wearing Granny Smith Apple, Tropical Rainforest, Mountain Meadow, and Jungle Green; Ali, Vivid Violet and Royal Purple. Try your hand at being matchy-matchy. That was easy!

Ali | Top: J. Crew large-gingham. Bottom: Joe Fresh coloured denim.
Charlene | Top: Trico Field Denim Dungaree. Bottom: Siwy slim jeans.

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