Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pop the Bubbly!

2015 was one heckuva year, don't you think? I've been working on about 20 posts for this bloggy-blog. (Let's be realistic, 4 to 7ish posts.) And they're all about 3/4s of the way done, as are most things in my life right now. The heaviest sigh of the year was juuuuust sighed.

Anyway, I'm 100% reveling in this whole "Christmas vacation" deal and the thought of typing at a computer just makes me cringe. CRINGE. Regardless, I wanted to pop on by and wish everyone a fabulous, fun, sparkly, and safe New Year's Eve. It's one of the best holidays and I fully believe in the power of a fresh start -- even if it's just the date on the calendar that prompts it.

We're holding true to one of our FAVORITE New Year's traditions, but you'll have to follow along on Instagram for the fun. I look forward to writing back here next year. ;)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Last week, the team at Rue released our annual holiday issue. It's one of my favorite issues of the year because it forces me into the Christmas spirit BIG TIME. In the past, most of us were in the same city and would gather at Maia's apartment in Oakland to work super late -- crunch time, baby! The Christmas music would be blasting and we'd order takeout long after the sun went down. I'd get seconds, because, winter. Now, we're all in different cities but I still try to keep the vibe alive as we type back and forth as fast as we can on g-chat. I made hot chocolate and put on some festive tunes. Look up the "Christmas Classics" playlist on Spotify. You won't be disappointed.

I also really love that this issue includes such a comprehensive gift guide. Our Style Editor, Victoria, has SUCH a pulse on "what's new" that I am always so excited to see her picks. Without fail, I'll discover a few new brands and add those items directly onto my own wish list.

Here are a few of my personal highlights from the issue:

Our founder opened the doors to her own home! Crystal has such exquisite style and I am always in awe of her design skills. This SF apartment may be small, but her aesthetic shines in every corner. I particularly love this dining nook. Cozy yet CRAZY beautiful.
[photo: Emily Johnston]

My extremely talented friend hosted a holiday party that was beyond-beautiful. Everything is super sophisticated but not stuffy. Genius. Bianca Sotelo is one to watch, you guys.
[photo: Debarr Moradi]

This San Francisco bachelor pad has a super rad 3D gallery wall that I adore.
[photo: Odessa]

I interviewed the unrivaled Jay Jeffers, and sort of want to sign up to be president of his fan club.
[photo: Aubrie Pick]

This Sonoma escape is the definition of a dream. I love the rustic details. It also houses a pretty fantastic art collection. 
[photo: Emily Johnston]

Our graphic designer, Julie, opened the doors to her Oakland home just in time for the holidays. I love the sophisticated approach. I hate when it looks like Santa threw up.
[photo: Suzanna Scott]

Annnnnd.... HELLO. That's my house! Yep, Haley from Homepolish turned our little home into my version of paradise. Take the tour here.
[photo: Tessa Neustadt]

If you saw the issue, I'd love your feedback! Did you have a favorite feature?