a morning by the bay

We decided last minute Saturday morning to drive into San Francisco to do a little early birthday celebrating. It’s my birthday. I make everyone celebrate for at least a week. I may be just a little selfish. 

For breakfast we went to the wonderfully delicious restaurant The Grove in the financial district. It was my first time and it was the relaxed and urban vibe I love. My husband got major brownie points for knowing that. I ordered eggs benedict for the first time and I am a major fan. That Hollandaise sauce is still dancing in my dreams.

I highly recommend trying out this spot. And fortunately they have multiple locations around the city.

After walking around and enjoying the sites and beautiful weather we decided to venture over to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (yeah I know, I know, we did just eat a huge breakfast). It is worth the hype!  Just make sure if you go-get there early for the best selection.

Until next time EssEff.

Here is to turning 27


DIY kitchen table makeover

This Saturday on a whim I decided to redo our kitchen table. With our new living space (think VERY small) we don’t have a ton of space for a table so we have been using this tiny one that we had in our garage in our previous home. I forgot to get a before picture but just trust me, it was nothing to brag about. It was an ugly brown laminate type wood grain.


   These are the supplies I used. The best part about it was, I didn’t have to buy anything for this project. Yes, I could have used a better sealer, and eventually I will, but for now this Polyurethane will work with a few coats.


I sprayed it all a glossy white with 2 coats. Originally I was going to just keep it like this, but that’s boring and I don’t do boring, unless you look at my wardrobe, that needs a major upgrade.


I taped off the table to add a little something something. I decided on this pattern because it was simple and didn’t need any measuring. I’m telling you, even the laziest of lazy people could pull this project off in no time (and I am as lazy as they come).


Paint as many coats as you feel you need! For my table I used Americana brand acrylic paint in the beautiful color Mulberry (3 coats). I am just trying to be trendy and go with the Pantone color of the year 2015 (which is Marsala FYI).


cool right?


Then I found gold spray paint. GOLD PEOPLE! I had to use it. I taped it off and sprayed the leafs. Or is it leaves? I think it’s leafs.


Seal it with your sealer of choice. You can use any kind of wax, polyurethane or whatever you fancy. I used a matte poly, but like I mentioned before I used what I had. Next time I will make sure to use a glossy top coat, like painting your nails, nice and shiny. Who doesn’t love shiny things?


Let it dry completely, bring it inside, and VOILA! Enjoy. If you end up trying it, let me know in the comments below!


What do you think? Too non-traditional? What style have you brought into your home?

thanks for humoring me by reading this post!

a morning at the market

One of my absolute favorite things about making this move to the East Bay Area is the cute and laid back vibe of Downtown. In fact, the whole town is wonderfully mellow and pleasant 😉

It definitely adds a little excitement that we have a potential american idol 2015 contestant living here and she still performs on the weekends at the farmers market. She is adorable.

We have delicious local fruits and vegetables and exotic cheeses and fresh seafood available every week. Not to mention delicious smelling baked goods and kettle corn. Mmmmmm yum!






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We love getting an ice cream cone as we walk around taking in all the new tourists and wonderful sounds of smooth jazz and acoustic performances at either end of the street. The fresh cut flowers tease me every week with beautiful vibrant colors and unique mixed bouquets. I usually end up bringing home one or two bunches. I mean, why not?



I am so blessed.