Chinese New Year & Spring Sprucing

Friday, January 31, 2014

I am considering this Chinese celebration as an opportunity to give my condo a fresh renovated start. Chinese New Year literally translates to Spring Festival. This is my attempt, or at least first step to spring cleaning and renovation! My mission- to finally fix up/ clean up/ art up the condo!
My Pinterest board has grown from ideas to obsessive looks. I have narrowed down my style into an elegant, colorful, art-filled cozy space. I promise it is possible, with my expert thrifting, and shopping on a budget skills, the condo should be ready by summer! (This includes a few minor contract needs) Lets start with the entry way/living room- it's all about curating the perfect space.

1. mid-century piece (we already own) it just needs some lovelies on top,
and a few pieces of artwork on the walls
(All images taken from Pinterest) 
Any mid-century piece would not be complete without a hand-full of art toppers: 

Beauties in the Bay

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Why have we not visited sooner? Michael & my two sisters decided to meet-up in San Francisco for Christmas. My aunt Ginger & uncle Wayne live in Berkeley, perfectly positioned on a quant hill across from the historical Claremont Hotel. I spent about 10 days traveling through Berkeley, Oakland & San Francisco with new friends and cousins. I might have to break this into ten posts!, but here are a few of my favorite spots. Let's start with SF:

The de Young Musuem  perfectly nestled in the Golden Gate Park this architecturally impressive museum showcases priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Michael and I toured the David Hockney exhibition - & I was blown away by the work, and the museum's efforts to encourage visitors to share their experience and excitement using hash-tags on social media check it! ..found using #davidhockney 
@smallest_m / @shaditolouiwallace / @dzem34 / @lattecosmico 
now GRUB: I highly recommend Dosa in Valenca. Unfortunately, my phone died right as we got to the restaurant, so I will have to scour the net to impress you with their drool worthy plates, get a reservation because they fill up pretty damn quick! #YUM
Above: Chile Bhaji  Also, you must order the bhatura with any meal! It is sweet, fried and chewy- perfect to dip in any dish. 

Now the Mission district, do a little shopping!! 
Do not miss Laku on Valencia, designer Yaeko Yamashita began her career as a fashion designer in Asia, then moved her shop from New York to San Francisco. Every item in the shop is handmade: using both vintage and natural fabrics such as silk, cotton, velvet organdy and brocade. It's simply lovely! 
that's all for now !! xoxo- C 
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