Baana, San Francisco

Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog

I first met the creative mind behind Abacus Row, Christine Trac, through Blog Party a couple years back. I was immediately drawn to her jewelry because of the simplicity in her beautiful designs and the materials she uses. We got together for coffee with our S.O.s after we exchanged emails and became instant friends. 

Late last year, she debuted her new studio space in the heart of the San Francisco, fittingly called Baana, the Swedish word for "rails", since it's located directly across from the San Francisco Trolley Museum. I swung by for a visit this week to catch up and see her "Wishes for the New Year" pop-up, featuring treats and traditions of the Lunar New Year. The space itself features a store front, meeting and event space, and her production studio and office. It's full of light and creative energy and I'm just so excited to see what Christine has in store for the space in the future. Be sure to stop by if you're in the city! (Baana | 1256 Mason Street, San Francisco 94108)

Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog

Alexandra + Laurence


J for Jamie Blog | Al + Laurence Proposal Last month I had the honor to participate in a beautiful proposal for my lovely cousin Alexandra. Al is one of the kindest, funniest and most intelligent people I know so when her boyfriend Laurence asked if I could be part of the day, I was so ecstatic! Laurence planned everything out to the last detail and disguised the day as an "early Valentine's Day". We went up to Tomales Bay to go for a private morning kayak ride, guided by none other than my sister Jasmine. Then we drove down to one of my favorite places, the Marshall Store, to have oysters and champagne. He actually bought an oyster ahead of time, shucked and cleaned it out, attached the ring inside and glued it back together (I know, straight from a rom-com right?!). During lunch, Laurence offered to show Al how to shuck an oyster and the look on her face when she opened it saw what was inside was absolutely priceless. The best part was everyone at the Marshall Store was in on it and started cheering and applauding when he got down on one knee. It was one of the cutest most precious moments in history and I got it all on video!

I am so so so elated for their love and the adventures to come and I'm so excited to see them grow as a couple, they're truly a match made in Heaven. Congratulations Al and Laurence!















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A special birthday celebration

image-0449 Today is my dad's birthday! It's also the day before my birthday but I'm okay with that. We've had quite a big year, with him giving me, his youngest daughter, away at my wedding in September. He's had a couple of health scares this year as well so I'm just thankful we get to celebrate another year of him. I can't thank my lucky stars enough to have been raised by a man who taught me how to work hard and be able to laugh at myself sometimes. I love the photos the Manchiks captured of my dad during our wedding ceremony. Cheers to the sweetest and charismatic man I know (I mean, look at that last photo!), happy birthday!



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Yoga Jasmine

DSC_0024 My sister Jasmine is the most interesting person I know. She is a social worker at a maximum security prison, paddle boards almost everyday, was a master triathlete, lived on a boat and is now pursuing a teaching career in yoga. This weekend she taught her first community yoga class in Berkeley, California. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go to the class so she came down for a visit and gave me my very own private yoga lesson at a nearby park. I have always learned so much from her and am constantly inspired by her energetic passion for life.

Not all yoga people are vegetarians or vegans. Not all yoga people are fit and healthy. Not all yoga people are white and affluent. Not all yoga people are hippies. Not all yoga people are minimalists. Not all yoga people are young and lithe. Yoga is for everyone who strives to be mindful, present and compassionate.

- Bryonie Wise

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photos by jforjamie

Cuckoo's Nest West.

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We have amazingly talented friends. Two of whom are also a design-y duo, Hailee and Jake (located in Los Angeles), and are starting up their own photography biz as Cuckoo's Nest West. Even though it was their own anniversary weekend, they spent our wedding day with us. Before I do the big reveal of our wedding photographer's photos, I'd love to share some of our wedding moments captured through the eyes and lenses of Hailee and Jake. Check out their website for some more beautiful work and a sweet recap of our day. Oh and I should forewarn you, if you peruse through their site, you may come across some ridiculously adorable photos of their precious baby girl, Harper. Be prepared!









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Hazel + Eli's 1st Birthday, Part I.

Over the weekend, we celebrated the first birthday of two of the most adorable twin babies ever. Hazel and Eli's parents, Nick and Milcah, threw the party in the most amazing setting in Oakland at Roberts Regional Recreation Park. I had the honor of helping with some of the party decorations (specifically the flower centerpieces, birthday garland and balloon table decor). Milcah wanted to use lots of color for the decorations and it was perfect with the forest as a backdrop. I obviously took a million photos so I'll be sharing more photos from the party on Friday (all the kids at the party were too cute for words). Nick and Milcah and their family are so much fun, it was a lovely celebration and I'm so happy we got to be a part of it! hazeleli_1















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