happy 4th!

friday

 

it’s the long weekend, ya’ll and we’re planning on some down time! i hope you’ve all got something fun planned! i’ve got friends visiting, some bbq’ing to do and probably a visit to sunday’s pasadena city college flea market! have yourselves a wonderful three days, and see you back here on tuesday! cheers! xo, victoria

 

• photo credits, clockwise l to r: beach bum towel co. via rue magazine;  Vogue, 1957 Photo by Roger Prigent; lulu lemonbeach bum towel co. via rue magazine; her new tribe; days of camille; joseph moncada painting; lucas grisinelli; and unknown.

 

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the weekday happy hour.

the weekday happy hour / sfgirlbybay

 

just before we jump into the long hectic holiday weekend, we’re partnering with Target to style up my upper backyard bonfire space for an easy weekday happy hour. it’s sometimes challenging to decorate quickly and easily on a week night, but it’s also important when you work really hard all week (and as a blogger often weekends, too!) to decompress and refuel your creative energies with like-minded friends. as creatives, a lot of my friends work long hours too, so it’s really nice to have a midweek break to get together, relax with a cocktail and just appreciate life!

 

target chaise lounge / sfgirlbybay

 

decorating for happy hour / sfgirlbybay

 

we’re also spending a lot more time outdoors, to soak up the warm evening weather, so i’m adding some additional outdoor lounging space with this awesome rolston wicker double chaise – with cute and super comfy black ikat throw pillows. i plan on spending a lot of time relaxing with friends up here all summer long! and when the sun goes down and happy hour goes more than an hour, i’ll be turning on the globe lights and lighting candles in my blown glass lanterns for an extra glow around the fire pit.

 

the weekday happy hour / sfgirlbybay

 

watermelon margaritas on the chaise lounge / sfgirlbybay

 

watermelon margarita happy hour / sfgirlbybay

 

i thought i’d share some super easy cocktail and small bite ideas you might find come in handy for low stress, last minute get-togethers. one of my favorite and definitely most refreshing cocktail recipes is this watermelon lime margarita – tastes so fresh and delicious, and best of all it’s so easy to make. serve it with some lime-salt rimmed glasses and it’s very, very good going down. i’m adding some guacamole and chips and my homemade salsa served in Target’s geometric print bowl and serving plates and serving our watermelon margaritas in threshold clear tumblers with some cute sipping straws. easy-peasy and you’re ready to celebrate in laid-back summer style. cheers, everyone and oh, and have a happy 4th too!

 

watermelon margarita recipe / sfgirlbybay

 

WATERMELON LIME MARGARITAS

 

to make the watermelon lime margarita, you’ll need the following:

 
 
    • 1 large watermelon
 
    • 3 limes (or concentrated lime juice to taste – about 1/2 cup)
 
    • a handful of fresh mint
 
    • your favorite tequila
 
 
 

• Chop up your watermelon in small chunks. Add mint, lime juice and watermelon to high-speed blender or food processor. Blend on high for a good minute and until watermelon has liquefied and mint has broken down. If the liquid still seems pulpy, you can strain it. You can make the mixture in advance and keep cold in a pitcher the fridge for a couple of days.

 
 

• rim your glasses with lime juice and dip in salt

 
 

• add crushed ice to the glasses and add 1 oz of tequila

 
 

• add 3-4 ounces of watermelon mixture to glasses and stir well

 
 

• add a straw, a lime wheel, a sprig of mint and enjoy!

 

 

backyard double chaise lounge / sfgirlbybay

 

watermelon margaritas / sfgirlbybay

 

watermelon margarita happy hour / sfgirlbybay

 

watermelon margaritas / sfgirlbybay

 

• photography by Lily Glass for sfgirlbybay.

 

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harlow & grey.

harlow & grey / sfgirlbybay

 

our dear friend jeanne chan (of shop sweet things) and her event designer cousin gloria wong tritasavit (of gloria wong design) recently launched a gorgeous and modern line of party goods and we are excited to share these with you! inspired by their love of fashion, graphic design and pop culture, the harlow & grey collections allow individuals to beautifully entertain with plenty of ease, confidence and style.

 

harlow & grey partyware / sfgirlbybay

 

after planning countless celebrations and family gatherings over the years, both jeanne and gloria saw a huge void in the market for chic and disposable partyware for their stylish soirees. soon after they combined their talents and the idea for harlow & grey was born. the pieces featured here are from the goddess collection-a refined, polished and elegant line inspired by today’s modern woman. i love the palette and textures that were chosen. and the beauty of this collection is that it can be used for both adult and children’s celebrations.

 

the goddess collection by harlow & grey / sfgirlbybay

 

harlow & grey modern disposable partyware / sfgirlbybay

 

harlow & grey modern party plates / sfgirlbybay

 

harlow & grey modern disposable partywares and decor / sfgirlbybay

 

the other collection, designed with the modern and bohemian child in mind, is called modern camp and is full of whimsy + woodsy critters and starry nights.

 

harlow & grey modern partyware and decor / sfgirlbybay

 

harlow & grey modern disposable goods for parties / sfgirlbybay

 

all the pieces can be purchased individually or as party kits. there are also some fun party ideas and diys in their style guide. and stay tuned for updates by following their instagram. i cant wait to see what these ladies plan next!

 

harlow & grey creators jeanne chan and gloria wong tritasavit / sfgirlbybay

 

• all photography by ashley batz.

 

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abc carpet & home’s sublime summer sale.

moroccan area rug from abc carpet and home with a white cake stand and fresh cut fruit / sfgirlbybay

 

if i had to choose just one favorite store in the whole wide world i know it would have to be new york city’s abc carpet & home. any visit i make to new york must include an idyllic and leisurely afternoon of exploring every floor of their beautiful six-floor Manhattan flagship showroom followed by a long, lazy lunch in the abc kitchen where i can sit, think and absorb all that inspiration. abc’s collections are unique and bespoke – an eclectic mix of bohemian modern and vintage-inspired – just my jam. the annual abc carpet & home summer sale is on and they very kindly invited me to share a little summer love with y’all. i couldn’t think of anything more beautiful than styling up an indoor picnic spread against a mix of a few of their stunning and one-of-a-kind rugs.

 

indoor picnic to celebrate abc carpet and home's summer sale / sfgirlbybay

 

i paired this amazing handwoven vintage moroccan wool rug with a mod ‘flower power’ pattern for our top layer – wow! i then followed it with this unique geometric black & pink nomad vintage flat weave wool rug inspired by the colors, cultures, and landscapes of the eastern deserts – sigh – i’m quite sure this one wants to live with me permanently. and lastly, i added the bara bara vintage wool rug – an eccentric work of art, this collection brings the perfect mix of bohemian eclecticism to any space. the abc carpet & home sale is on through july 17th and there are gorgeous offerings up to 70% off! happy summer sale, indeed!

 

colorful moroccan rugs styled for indoor picnic to celebrate abc carpet and home's summer sale / sfgirlbybayabc carpet and home sublime summer sale area rugs / sfgirlbybaycolorful moroccan style area rugs from abc carpet and home / sfgirlbybayindoor picnic with fresh cut fruit on rugs from abc carpet and home / sfgirlbybayabc carpet and home moroccan style rugs / sfgirlbybaycolorful moroccan style rugs from abc carpet and home / sfgirlbybayabc carpet and home moroccan style area rugs styled for indoor picnic / sfgirlbybay

 

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

 

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the shutterbugs: julie ansiau.

modern home with open floor plan and tall ceilings with industrial black light fixtures and lots of potted indoor plants photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

i’m such a fan of paris-based photographer julie ansiau. her photography is bright, beautiful and a little bit whimsical, and even with decor images like these, the styling gets just a little bit playful. julie shoots for elle, figaro and milk magazines, just to name a few. she also keeps a blog, blog des fruits des fleurs etc. with updates on her latest projects – these are just a few of her very inspiring decor images.

 

modern white living room with black framed art prints and red velvet sofa photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

rattan acapulco chair next door a vintage floor lamp photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

bohemian modern indoor outdoor room with glass wall and ceiling photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

modern living room with tall ceilings and black framed grid windows photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

modern room with red ombre wall paint and wood daybed and mismatched chairs photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

modern bedroom with plywood headboard and white walls with black beamed ceiling photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

playful home with mid-century modern style photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

modern home with large framed art print photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

wood table with leather dining chairs in bohemian modern kitchen photographed by julie ansiau. / sfgirlbybay

 

• photography by julie ansiau.

 

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cool vibes for warm days.

indoor outdoor whit room with matching rattan chairs / sfgirlbybay

 

durham house.

 
 

 

 

it’s been record high temps for L.A. in june these past two weeks, and wouldn’t you know it but my AC decides to go kaput on me. lucy’s panting on the floor and i’m working practically naked whilst positioned directly in front of the fan. ugh. 108 temperatures last monday sent me in search of cool, calm and collected decor looks to ease my sweaty pain. all these spaces seem to bring down the heat whilst still looking good – cool vibes for warm summer days is what we need – lots of rattan, ikat and Moroccan prints -and neutrals for keeping the room in a calming comfort zone that is much needed right now. let’s chill, shall we?

 

cool vibes for warm days / sfgirlbybay

 

urban outfitters.

 
 

 

 

woven moroccan pendant lamp and throw pillows / sfgirlbybay

 

planete deco.

 
 

 

 

white wall decor and white home furnishings with modern white oversized lamp / sfgirlbybay

 

lark & linen.

 
 

 

 

minimalist and modern home decor via veda house / sfgirlbybay

 

veda house.

 
 

 

 

various home decor for hot weather climates / sfgirlbybay

 

clockwise from l to r: barsan.; style addict.; girl a la mode.; african moon.; domino.; my domaine.

 
 

 

 

minimalist modern lounge chair with faux fut and nuetral color palette / sfgirlbybay

 

the line.

 
 

 

 

rattan acapulco chairs with pendant lamp fixture and upholstered sofa // sfgirlbybay

 

rue magazine.

 
 

 

 

white wire mid-century modern chairs with mismatched tables an yellow woven pendant lamp / sfgirlbybay

 

maison collective.

 
 

 

 

houzz home tour with modern and vintage decor / sfgirlbybay

 

houzz.

 
 

 

 

pendant lantern light fixture in sun room with dning table and chairs / sfgirlbybay

 

dust jacket.

 
 

 

 

rooms with cool vibes on warm days / sfgirlbybay

 

clockwise from l to r: airbnb.; est living.; maison collective.; the selby.

 
 

 

 

modern black and white woven acapulco chair with woven white bowls on wall / sfgirlbybay

 

trendspanarna.

 
 

 

 

split-level room with desk and coffee table area and modern indoor outdoor funishings / sfgirlbybay

 

the style files via flickr.

 
 

 

 

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