friday finds.

feminine pink wall and copper pendant lights. / sfgirlbybay

i’m not certain of the reasons why, but it would appear i’m feeling a tad on the flirty and feminine side today — one might almost say, victorian. perhaps i can blame it on binge watching the crown, or the fact that it’s officially summer, and that always lightens my mood — and our layers. off go the jackets and sweaters and on go the flowy sundresses and strappy sandals. might i suggest you treat yourself to an afternoon of high tea, or a day trip to your local spa or salon for a dose of what i’m sure is well-deserved pampering? maybe it’s time for a pink pedi to get those toes flip-flop ready. happy friday, everyone, happy summer. xo, victoria

  1. i love the styling in this bedroom — the ephemera casually pinned to the walls, the pink bedspread, and even a tophat — a clever little detail.
  2. the pairing of this swedish fireplace, high ceilings and ornate crown moulding with modern furniture really rings my bells. love it!
  3. this fireplace mantel styling is spot-on. i love all the vintage layering from the sconces to the tassles and prints — just lovely.
  4. from a lightly over the top pink salon to a shimmery pink and gold velvet robe, this is all 100% girly.
  5. this is a beautiful bedroom and the color palette looks like a most soothing space in which to rest our weary heads after the long week.
  6. are you the romantic that saves your long-dead flower bouquets? then this little bit of styling is right up your sentimental alley.
  7. everything about this bedroom is romantic too, but with a vintage modern vibe. very restful, and with those always enviable high ceilings.
  8. and this is probably the most victorian bedroom — just look at those marie antonette-worthy ceilings — but throw in a platform bed and black steel doors and it’s simply transformed!

vintage ornate cabinett with fireplace. / sfgirlbybay vintage sconces and marble mantle. / sfgirlbybay feminine pink decor. / sfgirlbybay electic bedroom with black and gold mantle and pink bedding. / sfgirlbybay feminine bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay white bedroom with subtle pink details. / sfgirlbybayrustic pink paint in minimalist vintage bedroom. / sfgirlbybay



wear this there: the italian.

wear this there: copenhagen's the italian.

this week’s wear this there may be strictly scandinavian in design sensibility, but when it comes to the fare it’s a trip to the mediterranean coast of italy — a magical mixture no doubt. with shocking teal seating against a pure light wood, and white walled structure the italian is the spot to hang in copenhagen. designed by the norm architects studio, it’s worthy of a few snaps of you in your look of the day. a peachy frock, with your neutral accessory game on point, you’ll be ready to face whatever carbs come at you from the italian menu. our read this there of the week is the sweet novel a gentleman in moscow (obviously we have european cities on the brain), the perfect summer read.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

the italian in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybaywhat to wear to copenhagen's the italian. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: gap tencel shirred boatneck dress; via raiz crin sencillia necklace; intentionally black joy in black shoe; cuyana leather travel wallet; grei small tassel keychain; Pamela Love Monte Ring; read this there a gentleman in moscow by amor towles; need supply Acne Studios Scientist Sunglasses in Black; w3ll people bio bronzer stick; j. hannah nail polish in agnes; shop vérité les courses tote.

inspiring interiro of copenhagen's the italian. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: copenhagen's the italian. / sfgirlbybay

teal walls and modern lighting at copenhagen's the italian. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of copenhagen's the italian. / sfgirlbybay

greenery inside copenhagen's the italian. / sfgirlbybay

copenhagen's the italian. / sfgirlbybay

inside the italian in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via est magazine.




a trip to spain with coast to costa.

pink building with green shutters spain. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve had so many travels this year, i feel extra fortunate. i don’t normally travel this often and i sometimes forget how much inspiration comes from stepping outside your day-to-day world, getting a fresh perspective and seeing life from other countries outside our own. as you probably couldn’t help but see from the abundant instagrams i posted, i went to cuba last november with tour company extraordinaire coast to costa. it was the trip of a lifetime that i highly recommend you make and especially encourage you to do so soon if you live in the states, now that the current administration may make significant changes to how americans can visit cuba. traveling to cuba with coast to costa makes what can be challenging an easy, relaxing and most especially fun and beautiful trip. we had such a memorable cuba trip that coast to costa invited me to travel with them to spain as an ambassador of their trips so i could share how they travel, and i jumped at the opportunity.

spanish mural. / sfgirlbybay

so, to get right to it, here’s what a trip to barcelona, spain (and beyond) is like with coast to costa. we traveled with a great group of new friends from all over the country and met some wonderful people from barcelona along the way. we stayed in a beautiful flat with the prettiest terrace in a very central part of barcelona, walking distance from great restaurants and shopping and many of the sites and historical spots you’ll want to see while in visiting. coast to costa sets up the trip so that you get acclimated to the city quickly, and then feel comfortable enough to venture off on your own should you want to. so first off was our evening with our incredibly knowledgeable guide sam of zucker & spice travel who took us on a tapas and wine crawl all over the city. i had some of the best tapas i’ve ever tasted! here’s what you shouldn’t miss.

art and coloful fonts in spain. / sfgirlbybay

Cèntric canalla  — my favorite place to eat tapas, this spot originally opened its doors 1862 and since reopened in 1942 — so they’ve long been serving their delicious vermouth along with yummiest tapas like escalivada with anchovies and the patatas bravas with chilli aioli. A lot of locals frequent this bar, always sure sign of the quality of the food.

a trip to spain with coast to costa. / sfgirlbybay

can cisa / bar brutal — another excellent meal was had here, in the arty el born district with a funky decor and an extensive and excellent wine list. again, the tapas here were divine and meant to be shared at a communal table. we had some out of this world anchovies, a salted cod and potato dish that was the dream comfort food and a pork sandwich i would eat every darn day if i could.

Cañete — everybody said we should go here, and sadly we waited until the last day of our trip (with 11 people) and we couldn’t get in. however, i hear from my niece who’s a huge foodie that the food here is life changing. so make it a priority and learn from our mistake! located in the center of the Raval, their bar has just been awarded the Entrepreneur’s Kitchen Award.

outdoor market in spain. / sfgirlbybay

a trip to spain with coast to costa. / sfgirlbybay

La Boqueria — one of my personal favorites is the traditional old marketplace and the largest public food market in the Ciutat Vella district on las Ramblas (meaning Esplanade in spanish), a pedestrian  walking street through the city to the oceanfront if you keep walking. You can gourmet shop to your heart’s content here, and dine on some of the freshest food the city has to offer — lots of booths have samples, too.

markets in spain. / sfgirlbybay

Mercat de Santa Caterina. / sfgirlbybay

Mercat de Santa Caterina a trip to spain with coast to costa. — with its beautiful colorfully mosaic wavy rooftop designed by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue to replace its 19th-century predecessor, this the more contemporary version of La Boqueria — less crowded than la boqueria, too but also filled with beautiful produce stands, restaurants, cafes and bars.

Mercat de Santa Caterina. / sfgirlbybay

Mercat de Santa Caterina. / sfgirlbybay

casa batlló — The Casa Batlló was Antoni Gaudí’s architectural masterpiece, finished in 1907 and is perhaps the best example of modernism from the beginning of the 20th century. Hidden behind the modernist façade which mirrors a calm blue sea, tours include the Noble Floor which was the original residence of the Batlló family, the Attic (formally storage rooms and wash tubs), the gorgeous Roof Terrace with its mythical Chimneys and the fabulous Stairwell. it’s all incredible and not to be missed.

park güell — Created by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí between 1900 and 1914. The grounds are a combination of lush green and some of gaudí’s most beautiful and unique work. be sure to buy tickets, otherwise, you’ll be able to walk the park, but not visit the architectural treasures. we failed here, too and didn’t have tickets!

park güell. / sfgirlbybay

basílica de la sagrada familia — much more than the huge Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, the basílica is forever changing for it began construction in 1882 and to this day is still not finished. the main chapel is breathtaking and masses are still held here. it’s honestly one of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture i’ve yet to visit. book tickets online to avoid the lines.

basílica de la sagrada familia. / sfgirlbybay

coast to costa often includes some wonderful day or overnight trips out of the main destination, and this time we visited barcelona’s wine region and a couple of great wineries. we also road tripped to cadaqués — which is the most beautiful coastal village i may have every visited. truly, i’d like to retire there. it looks a little bit like a miniature greece — everything white and blue. so here’s a bit about those amazing trips.

black and white art in spain. / sfgirlbybay

a trip to spain with coast to costa. / sfgirlbybay

Can Ràfols dels Caus winery — just outside the city of barcelona and about an hour’s drive is their incredible winemaking region. we had the most amazing tour here — this exterior looks like a spanish mansion, but this place is like the batcave inside! the owner Carlos Esteva began rebuilding his grandfather’s 17th century estate at the end of the 1970s, digging underground (it took two years!) to build the winery in this huge limestone cave. and the wine, of course, is most delicious!

cavas gramona – we also stopped in at this beautiful old cava winery — spain’s version of champagne. we learned so much here from the charming guide who took us down into their ancient cellars where they store hundreds and hundreds of vintage cava — since 1881! the views of the vineyards from their rooftop patio are not to be missed either.

salvador dalí museus. / sfgirlbybay

salvador dalí museus. / sfgirlbybay

salvador dalí museus — on our road trip to cadaqués we stopped in Salvador dalí’s hometown of Figueres and visited a museum dedicated to his life works. what an incredible homage to him — we were all wowed by it and it gave me a whole new perspective into how prolific his work was. from self-portraits to furniture, to murals with hidden paintings within them, this museum has everything dalí under one beautiful roof.

gorgeous seaside village in cadaqués. / sfgirlbybay

alley in cadaqués. / sfgirlbybay

cadaqués — leaving the town of Figueres we headed to the sea, up and around a winding road into stunning cadaqués. as you come around this bend, the village is laid out before you with its red tiled rooftops and whitewashed buildings and the twinkling blue-green sea and you just kind of let out this huge gasp. it’s that pretty. we checked into hotel tramuntana and it was so charming and so lovely — everything you’d want in a seaside hotel. modern, but simple with super comfortable rooms with stunning views from little balconies with french doors to allow in the sea breeze. and a perfect breakfast was served each morning. i could have stayed here much longer!

el barroco restaurant in spain. / sfgirlbybay

el barroco — a magical dalí-themed Lebanese restaurant with the lushest, flower-filled outdoor dining terrace. it was raining a bit the night we arrived so we dined in their equally charming interior that was chock-full of unique art, brick-a-brack, and antiques. our host was wonderfully charming and the food delicious — pita, falafel and hummus and all kinds of Lebanese specialties we couldn’t stop eating. our host even played a little piano concerto for us to finish off the evening with our baklava. perfect!

beautiful bougenvilla in spain. / sfgirlbybay

brown sugar in spain. / sfgirlbybay

brown sugar — don’t miss a mojito (made with brown sugar) at this little hole in the wall bar. the local music is as lively as the atmosphere, which spills out into the narrow streets. such a perfect way to experience this small, quaint village.

colorful handmade shoes in spain. / sfgirlbybay

sights from my trip to spain with coast to coasta. / sfgirlbybay

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the many moods of blue.

dining booth with blue velvet upholstery. / sfgirlbybay

when i was in portugal, i was yet again surrounded by european blues. beautiful blue tiles are everywhere in the city of lisbon — azulejos, a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework is literally everywhere. in fact, Heather, of skinny laminx wrote an entire blog post about their beautiful blue tiles. so, i was inspired yet again to share the many moods of blues with you. some shades of blue feel a little bit more rustic to me, like the choppy waters of the deep blue sea. and some are more soothing, pale and washed out, like the sky on a hazy day. but i adore all of these blues and one of these days i’m going to find a spot to share them in my own home. maybe i need a beach house dedicated just to all the dreamy shades of blue. i mean — we all need a beach house for some reason or another, right?

blue walls with blue plates. / sfgirlbybay

bright blue painted floors. / sfgirlbybay

blue home decor. / sfgirlbybay

blue sundeck with white padded bench. / sfgirlbybay

modern blue sofa. / sfgirlbybay

blue walls. / sfgirlbybay

blue shiplap walls and denim quilt. / sfgirlbybay

blue wall and black wall tapestry. / sfgirlbybay

light blue rustic walls. / sfgirlbybay

dark blue walls with vintage decor. / sfgirlbybay

• image credits in order of appearance: luxelouu; the new york times t magazine; architecural digest; cote maison; skinny laminx; bo bedre; dwell magazine; heidi’s bridge; Japanese Poster: Mona Lisa’s Hundred Smiles, Shigeo Fukuda 1970 gura fika; apartment therapy; Joan Miró Sin título I, 1973; remodelista; dwell magazine; on the wild slopes; martha stewart; terrier design; toast magazine; farrow & ball.

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway.

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

i love featuring mother/daughter businesses and saphyr pure linen is an inspiring one. founder Rory O’Mara knows fabric from the inside and out — from an early age, her love of textiles and fashion set her on a path of developing a passion into a career that would take her around the world as an industry innovator. As Director of International Fashion Marketing at Cotton Inc., Rory was responsible for scouring markets globally to present new ideas and trends to leading textile mills and manufacturers. in her travels, Rory observed that it was common in Europe to sleep in the luxury of pure linen, so she’s created her own collection for the American market and beyond. she now works with her daughters Genevieve and Rosemary to create saphyr pure linen — bedding from the finest French flax fibers and woven in soothing colors to enrich your sleeping experience while creating a beautiful, dreamy bedroom. and in case you were curious — The name saphyr is the common name of the flower that blooms on the flax plant, where linen fibers come from. to introduce you to the collection, we’re giving away a $500 giftcard to shop saphyr pure linen.

win $500 worth of saphyr pure linen bedding. / sfgirlbybaysaphyr pure linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

to enter to win a $500 voucher to shop saphyr pure linen, simply:

• visit saphyr pure linen, pin your favorite bed linens to pinterest.

• be sure and tag your pin @saphyrpurelinen.

• comment below, letting us know you pinned your favorite saphyr product.

• please comment by thursday, june 28, 12pm PST.

• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.

• sorry, this time around the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account later in the week of july 3rd, so be sure and follow along.

modern linen bedding by saphyr pure linen. / sfgirlbybay

since we spend a lot of our lifetimes in bed, we want them to be as comforting as possible. linen offers the therapeutic properties that can be “as warm in the cooler months as it is cool in the warmer months”. saphyr pure linen has a philosophy that there is “truth in linen” with its natural tendency to softly wrinkle, part of the fabric’s inherent charm and comfortable “lived in” appearance. The simplistic beauty and the properties of linen are completely natural, hypoallergenic, breathable, durable, and delightfully soft. There are no added resins and the sheets will continue to get softer with each wash. saphyr bedding is available in the most serene pastel colors, which you can mix and match within the full saphyr pure linen collection. dreamy, indeed!

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

saphyr pure linen in a variety of colors. / sfgirlbybay

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

pale neutral saphyr pure linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

pretty pastel saphyr pure linen bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of saphyr pure linen.