Live Well: Succulent Centerpiece

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Over the weekend I wholeheartedly jumped on the succulents bandwagon. Which means I'm unoriginal in one of two ways - I'm either blindly following the most recent botanical trends, or I'm caving to my DNA and turning into my dad, who has used his weekends to plant things for as long as I can remember. Judge me either way. I'm still happy with the results.

Almost three years of floral centerpieces on our dining room table have resulted in the table's finish chipping away in a very noticeable way. As a result, I wanted a more permanent centerpiece to place over the chips. And who doesn't want to eat in the presence of potting soil every night?

Yesterday morning we walked down to Sloat Garden Center and picked up a few succulents, as well as bowl to put them in. We then brought then home, spread out some towels on our apartment floor, and got our hands (and our floor) dirty. Here were the results:

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DSC_2313I'm awfully proud of how this turned out. Now here's hoping they can survive the care of my decidedly black thumb!

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While we enjoyed putting together our sweet succulent centerpiece, we derived far more enjoyment from the company of my sister and her fiancé over the long weekend. Big dinners, neighborhood walks, and a wine country tour all resulted in a very good time. We miss them like crazy and hope they come back very soon!

Like I did last week with my youngest siblings' visit, here was our itinerary during the trip:

Friday night: Dinner at Pizzeria Delfina on California/Fillmore

Saturday day: Wine country tour with stops at Ram's Gate, Arista, and Gracianna

Saturday dinner: Chotto

Sunday brunch: Zazie (if you get there around 8:45, you get seated right away!)

Sunday day: a SUPER long and beautiful walk around Crissy Field and the Presidio. We even ended up stumbling upon the San Francisco National Cemetery, which couldn't have been more appropriate for Memorial Day Weekend.

Sunday dinner: Flour + Water (with the pre-open wait made FAR more interesting by the Carnaval parade/street festival that was going on - there were certainly some interesting characters to observe!)

Monday breakfast: Kitchen Story

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Have a wonderful Tuesday. There's a lot to love about having a four-day week!

Dress Well: On A Slant

Anthropologie blouse, Old sweater from Nordstrom, J Brand jeans, Chie Mihara wedges, Kendra Scott necklace, Clare Vivier clutch, Ray-Ban sunglasses

 This is the first of a few items I snapped up two weekends ago when Anthropologie had a 15% off sale (the psychology of that sale TOTALLY worked on me - I'll admit it). No surprises that I love this shirt - it's a short-sleeved, silk, patterned shirt, which I seem to be collecting these days (see here, here, and here for further evidence). Predictable or not, it ended up being the perfect thing to wear to our Saturday night dinner at The Slanted Door (and I didn't get any food on it - a real accomplishment!).

Speaking of The Slanted Door - having my siblings in town this past weekend was absolutely fantastic. I haven't had a weekend that fun in a long, long time (and all of my weekends are fun!). I miss them like crazy already and can't wait for them to come back. The only good thing about them leaving, though, is it brings me one day closer to my sister and her fiancé coming to visit - they land in SF this Friday! So the good times will certainly continue.

If you're interested in the places we visited and what we ate while they were here, see the end of this post!

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DSC_1918Siblings' visit itinerary:

We kicked things off with a VERY long walk around town and a stop at Smitten ice cream.

Thursday dinner: Zero Zero

Friday morning CrossFit workout

Friday brunch: Brenda's French Soul Food

Drove to China Beach, then hiked Land's End

Ice Cream at Bi-Rite Divisadero + walked to Alamo Square Park

Friday dinner: Zuni Café (the whole dinner was fantastic, but the oysters were A-MAZ-ING)

Saturday morning CrossFit

Saturday brunch: Park Tavern (GET THE PANCAKES - that's an order)

Drove through the Marin Headlands and hiked out to the Point Bonita lighthouse, then drove to Sausalito and got ice cream at Lappert's

Saturday dinner: The Slanted Door

Sunday brunch: Kitchen Story

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Have a great Monday, friends - Memorial Day is almost upon us!