Little Miss Stella

One of my favorite designers, Stella McCartney, recently launched a capsule collection inspired by the Little Miss book series (another favorite). Introducing the newest character, Little Miss Stella! You'll find her T-shirts, bags, and jumpers at at stellamccartney.com. { Images by Stella McCartney. }

Last Call for Summer Foods

The kids start school next week, a glaring reminder that summer is coming to an end. For our last hurrah, we drove up north and spent most of our time by a pool with a couple of trips the local farmers markets. When you're in Sonoma, I'd recommend Valley of the Moon on Tuesday nights (food, music,…

World Class Baker

Friday morning in Sonoma means heading over to the local farmers market for some hometown goodness. While filling our basket with heirloom tomatoes and basil, our noses were taken captive by a local craftsman baker. Just past several tables and tents, stood Mike (a.k.a. the bejkr) surrounded by specialty breads, a display of true rustic beauty.…

Coveted Pan Am Bags

My favorite vintage travel bags are back and on sale at Fab until this weekend. These Innovator bags are now $55 (normally $75). Prices range from $36 for those cool blue toiletry bags to $129 for large duffel style bags. Log in to see the complete collection here.

Happy Birthday, Julia

Thank you for your inspiring no-fuss approach to delicious meals. It's a warm evening so I'm keeping it simple with grilled duck pork sausages accompanied by a modest platter of marinated chèvre, heirloom tomatoes, black mission figs, and pain de epi. And, of course, we'll have some bubbly... a toast to you!

Back to School Backpack Lists

While researching backpacks for my kids, I kept coming back to Tada's picks. I particularly liked that the selection went beyond the usual PBKids realm (although my daughter still loves their owl design). If you're still looking for something snazzy and durable to carry books, pencils, and other school treasures, you'll find something on Tada's…

Back to School Pencils

For back to school or work, my new accessory is the pencil. I've been a strict Uni-ball micro point person for years but have started using pencils for all my note-taking. Perhaps I'm being nostalgic (architecture class) or just making more errors that need a reliable eraser (old age?). Currently, I love using my Missoni for…