By fashion contributor Ashley
The quickest way to embrace spring is to throw on some sandals. It’s like a breath of fresh air for your feet, am I right? What types of sandals do you prefer? Heels and wedges? or flats and slip ons? I usually wear flat sandal’s all summer with the occasional LOW wedge. What about you?
Photography and writing by Sites and Bites contributor Eva Kolenko
The weather has been amazing lately! When the sun is out, dining outdoors is in. Luck for us Oakland has a good number of restaurants that offer patio seating, and Toast on College Ave is one of them. It was easy to convince my sister to join the baby and I for a little lunch bite while soaking in some spring sun.
The name Toast might throw you off for a moment since there are more than one restaurant in the Bay Area sharing the same name, but this Toast is not of the diner or breakfast variety. Instead, here you can nibble on things like cheese and charcuterie for lunch or dinner.
I’ve been to Toast several times, but for this lunch we ordered a salad of blood orange and avocado, the salami plate, a deviled egg salad sandwich, a lemon chicken kale sandwich and we shared it all.
Everything was really tasty. The citrus avocado paring in the salad was perfectly refreshing, and salami of course is always good! I had tried the egg sandwich before, and it still proved to be a favorite of mine.
Another bonus to patio dinning is it tends to be very kid friendly. If you have a little one like my four month old Parker, there is plenty of room to park a stroller, plus sound dispersed outdoors is much more forgiving for those moment when they get a little fussy.
Keep reading for our next stop, Hawthorn…
By craft contributor Lauren
With a degree in fashion design, I will always have a place in my heart for fashion and accessories. Although I’ve moved into creating decor for weddings and parties, I love a good DIY that I can use on a night out, or any outing at that. My weakness is definitely small colorful pouches that help keep me organized. I have a little collection that I use for random things like mints, pens, business cards and lip gloss. My favorite part is that you can take one out and use it as a mini clutch if needed, carrying only your necessary items.
The trend of spikes and studs always had me looking for a “girly-er” version. So I had the idea of keeping the spikes and coating them with candy inspired colors (did I mention I really like candy too? no? I do…). I loved that it still had a bit of edge, but with the feminine touch I needed.
Here is what you will need to make your own ombre studded zipper pouch…
Hi guys! A short note as we’re headed out the door to LA for a Hyundai epic playdate blogger event, which involves glamping with Shelter co., paint fights, group sand art (I’m in charge of this one!) and rocket building on the beach. Then we’re surprising Henry with a trip to DISNEYLAND for a couple days before we return Tuesday (shhhhh he doesn’t know!).
Today is also Jared’s birthday! Last night Henry and I threw him a simple surprise party since we’re traveling today. Henry was sooo excited for it, it was really sweet. We decorate a bit, gave him a couple fun camping things and tickets to a Giants game next week. We finished things off with one of Jared’s favorite treats- key lime pie! Henry is determined he wants a surprise party now for his 6th birthday, he loved planning it.
By food contributor Sarah
I received the most adorable and delicious edible gift – a Superfood Popcorn kit. A friend packaged organic corn kernels and a a shaker full of homemade superfood topping into a pretty white bowl. This would be the perfect gift for a new neighbor, favorite school teacher, or hostess.
The superfood shake mixture is made from spirulina (rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants), nutritional yeast (a good source of vitamin B12), and salt. Such a fun and yummy way to get some goodness in your body.
Keep reading for the recipe…
Congrats to…Meghan! Send me an email at liz (at) say yes to hoboken.com to claim your prize!
Another great giveaway this week! ShoeMint is giving away a pair of shoes of your choice to one lucky winner. ShoeMint has a great selection of high quality real leather/suede shoes all priced at $79.98 with new styles coming out every month. They sent me a couple pairs to sample and I’ve been wearing them non stop like these Elizabeth ones above I’m wearing.
ShoeMint is also offering 20% off their first purchase (for first time purchases/members) with the code 20LUVUS if you’re too antsy to wait and see if you win!
Details about the giveaway after the jump…
By fashion contributor Ashley
One: Pair your leather jacket with a bright colored top or dress. If color isn’t your thing try bright white. Its a perfect look that can take your leather jacket from winter to spring.
Two: Forget the traditional black leather jacket and go for a white jacket instead. Anything you pair it with will instantly feel light and fresh.
Congrats to….Emily! Shoot me an email at liz (at) say yes to hoboken.com to claim your prize!
This $300 giveaway is sponsored by Beso. Beso is a site that collects clothing and accessories from all your favorite shops in one easy to search + shop spot. Just comment on this post to enter to win $300 in clothing and accessories from your favorite shops through Beso!
Below is my own spring wishlist collection (see it also here as I continue to add more to it):
(see the links in my collection)
1. Jump over to Beso and create an account here. Build your shopping collection (here’s mine). TIP: To create a collection, search around the site and click the “+” symbol next to each product and select “Add to New Collection
2. Comment once below and be entered to win $300 in clothing and accessories from Beso (i.e. your favorite brands!)
Details:Open to US residents, 18 and older. Contest ends 04/29 10pm PST, winner selected by Random.org and announced on this pot on Tuesday 4/30
For additional entries:
-Share this giveaway on instagram (you can repost my instagram image of the giveaway), twitter, pinterest, or facebook (let me know in an additional comment that you did) and mentioning Beso on facebook, twitter,or pinterest.
I saw this collage of grey dresses on The Sartorialist and fell in love with all the amazing options you’d have to style it- rain or shine, winter or summer, dressy or casual. Do you own a comfy mid to long grey dress? It seems like one of those effortlessly chic must-have items for your closet. I think I like it with those high top sneakers the best. Which look do you like?
Hello friends! Apologies for this late roundup. My sister has been in town, I’ve been consumed with this horrible week of news in Boston, and then the weather turned so nice as the weekend approached it feels like summer here (which rarely happens in SF) and we’ve been spending a lot of time at the beach soaking it up. Also, have you been watching Mad Men? I’m in a huge fight with Don. He’s ruining everything. Here are a few links for the weekend, have a great one!
5 Things Every San Franciscan has in their closet (image above)
J.Crew is offering 30% off their sale items (ending today!), here are some favorites: comfy terry sweatshirt, teeny edie purse, navy silk popover shirt, floral printed pants, neon tweed pencil skirt, kimono maxi dress, ikat tee, boy shirt in dots
I can’t stop laughing at this
Have you signed up for Alt for Everyone yet? I’m teaching a class on selling ads and another on staying organized
Have the blues around the house? 10 simple things to make you happier at home
Pretty DIY umbrella project
Bright bags are perfect for spring. Just bought this peach one on sale!
These white chairs!
Pretty flower stirrers DIY
Some interesting food for thought about what America is scared of
10 pretty umbrellas for spring
Best looks from Zara’s kids spring line
10 awesome spring activities for bored kids
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker, plus a few newlywed years in charming Hoboken, I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband and son. This blog is a collection of simple ideas for making your home and life more crafty and stylish. MORE >>>