Summer Essentials

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Without even consciously realizing it, I think I’ve developed an unofficial checklist of items I make my way through each summer. I was reflecting on it when I was brainstorming ideas for this post (which is another link up that Meg and I are hosting at The B Bar — you can see all the participating blogs at the end!), only to realize that without fail, there are a few things I’ve done every summer as an adult. It’s like clockwork — the calendar hits June, and the urge strikes to check each of these items off my list. To get real with you for a sec, I think it’s partially because early to mid-summer is actually a very personal time for me. My dad passed away in mid-July when I was 9, about two weeks before my birthday. So I think I always feel like mid-June to mid-July is a time for a little more self-care, before my birthday arrives and usually brings me out of any doldrums.

But all that being said, summer is still such a wonderful time of year for me, and I always try to make the most of it with a few different traditions. Here’s what’s on my summer essentials checklist (read on; I’d love to know what’s on yours!):  Read the full post +

"All we wanna know is where the stars came from, but do we ever stop to watch them shine?" - Jon Bellion

Review: M. Gemi Felize Loafers

Talk about obsessed.

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A couple weeks ago, I mentioned the new-to-me shoe brand M. Gemi in this post. I had been obsessing over a specific pair of loafers they had, which appeared to be out of stock. Well, update time: since telling you about the company in early June, I’ve since gotten my paws on said loafers and totally fallen for this brand. I’m hooked, and wanted to share a quick review of the shoes and my experience for anyone else who’s been thinking about purchasing from M. Gemi.

First, how did I even get the shoes when all of the Felize loafers were waitlisted? Well, apparently, that waitlist really works. I’m not sure why I hesitated (maybe because product waitlists always feel like a nice way to say, “You can have this item if you remember to order it in 4 months.”), but I did end up pulling the trigger, creating an account and getting on the waitlist for a pair of the “orange peel” Felize loafers. Low and behold, I got an email that a pair of the shoes were available in my size the same day I signed up. Actually, clarification: I got a welcome email from M. Gemi at 12:49pm. At 2:18pm, I got an email saying the shoes were available. Not bad, if you ask me! My guess is that because the products are handmade, they can’t always release what’s actually available on the site, so if you sign up for a waitlisted product, they can more easily dole out the goods and ensure you actually get your order. So waitlist: probably a good thing. Or maybe I just got that lucky and this was shoe kismet.  Read the rest of my review after the jump!  Read the full post +

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Crushing On: Annachich Jewelry

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You know how they say inspiration is everywhere? That adage proved doubly true when I discovered Annachich Jewelry. First in how I even came across this super creative jewelry company — through a comment via my Instagram. A while back, I was roaming around downtown and snapped a picture of the Phelan building, a flatiron style building that was built in 1908. A few days later, I got a comment from @annachich_jewelry: “Our Capsule collection of jewelry is based on the interior architecture of the building on the left!” A jewelry collection based on San Francisco architecture? I was intrigued!

I took a screenshot of the company name and then didn’t revisit it until early last week. And I happily discovered that for Annachich founder and designer Becky Johnson, inspiration really is everywhere in SF. The former graphic designer channeled her creativity and passion into making jewelry in 2012, and attended the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts to learn metalsmithing. Her designs are inspired by architectural elements from buildings she loves in the city; she actually 3D prints the various elements she wants to use, then casts them in metal (how cool is that?). Pieces are all hand-fabricated to order (even cooler).

Some examples of the inspiration: the hexagonal design in the cuff and earrings above are from ceiling tiles in the Phelan building; the half circle pendant in the Half Cam Snake Charm necklace is from the Native Sons of the Golden West building. I LOVE how the designs incorporate historical elements from these treasured edifices, all made modern again through an accessory. Keep this jewelry shop in mind for a one-of-a-kind gift — for yourself, or someone else (especially if they live in SF!). You can learn more about Annachich Jewelry, including how the company got its name, right here, and shop the two most recent collections here and here.

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Wide Band 5-Hex Cuff   ·   Half Cam Snake Chain  ·   Dot Pendant Necklace  ·   Descendente Earrings

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Building images via Ancestry.com and Annachich Jewelry