Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco, is a beautiful (dog friendly!) nursery and cafe in the most unexpected industrial neighborhood and one of my favorite places to go. My friend and fellow plant lover, Katie, and I would bring our dogs, grab a cup of Ritual coffee and meander around the garden - sometimes leaving with a new plant to take home. If you're a plant nerd, this is a great spot in the city for a relaxing outing or some creative yard inspiration.
I'll keep this brief. The past couple months have been a whirlwind to say the least. About a month ago, we lost my beautiful father to amyloidosis. It was an excruciatingly painful experience that I hope one day I'll have the strength to share. To be honest, I haven't actually felt like blogging or "doing" social media at all. I normally lean on on these outlets as a form of therapy, to find comfort in sharing my experience. But this time was different - I needed to retreat, disconnect, and surround myself with the love of my closest friends and family.
But so, life goes on. While I still haven't fully absorbed what life will be like without my dad, I know he'd want us to keep on - to keep smiling and making happy memories. So here I am, back at it, trying to navigate through life as best I can. And hopefully while I'm at it, I can share some of those happy memories in honor of my dad. Thanks for sticking with me.
The new Anthropologie & Co. store in Palo Alto is one of my favorite places so my dreams came true when I was asked to style a photoshoot for an Anthropologie Instagram takeover. The concept was a Spring dinner party, which included food prep, tablescape, appetizers, cocktails and dessert. My job was to pick out Anthropologie products and style them accordingly for each photo. I think the hardest part was deciding from all the beautiful options.
I worked along side the amazingly talented photographer, Eileen Roche of Buena Lane Photography; and floral designer, Rebecca Zver of Milsom & Bloom. The cocktail and food were provided by Terrain Garden Cafe - which of course, we got to taste afterwards. It was a hard day's work but so much fun to do, I hope more opportunities like this come my way!
After being in the urban jungle of Hong Kong for a few weeks, I was really excited to go on a day hike with my cousin Liz and her friends. It was uni (sea urchin) season, so they picked a little fishing village known for their uni, to hike to. Little did I know this hike was about 4 hours long, pretty much uphill the entire way and involved climbing giant boulders in order to get up the mountain. Also, it was humid AF but for some reason, Liz's friends didn't even break a sweat and practically ran up. Meanwhile, I pretended like I was stopping to take photos but was really just trying not to faint from exhaustion.
Anyways, I had never felt so relieved to see the cute little fishing village at the bottom of the mountain. Unfortunately, they weren't able to catch any uni that day (gah!) but we had a lovely and interesting seafood dinner and walked around town for a bit. I'm really happy I got to spend some time with Liz and her really nice friends, outdoors for a day. I miss them all!
My cousin Liz took me to Sham Shui Po, known as the fabric district, while I was visiting her in Hong Kong. It's a fabric and crafting lover's dream with shop after shop of everything you can imagine, from buttons, to beads, and of course, fabric. We walked up and down street after street of tiny shops selling each specific thing. The best part is, everything is so so cheap - I bought 25 yards of black satin ribbon for $2 US dollars. My wheels have been spinning ever since trying to dream up things I could make with everything I saw. I loved all the textures and colors of this neighborhood, I could have spent a whole week wandering around and buying everything!
After about a week of traveling around the urban jungle of Hong Kong, I was excited to visit the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lin Garden. Located in Kowloon, it's a really short walk from the Diamond Hill stop on the metro. I love the juxtaposition of the greenery and calmness against the busy city. Inside the gardens, there's a big buddhist temple that is less elaborate than the Po Lin Monastery but just as beautiful. There's also a giant koi pond and a vegetarian restaurant behind a waterfall. This is a great place to visit to get a break from the skyscrapers and best of all, it's free admission!