Monthly Archives: January 2016

Travel Diaries: Buenos Aires

January 27, 2016

When a good friend and her husband were packing their bags for a four month gaunt around the world, I quickly became inspired and remembered the days when I too dropped everything and trekked the world for six month to go “find myself.” What has happened now and what so easily happens to most of us, is we grow up, become entrepreneurs and travel solely for business, or “another” wedding. Finding the time to take care of myself and my own needs have become far and few.

I quickly decided to take the trip to meet my friends and spend a week in one of the most inspiring cities in the world!

This trip was for me, and me only. I had no expectations, no research, or follow up to do. If I stumbled across a fabulous textile supplier or one of the largest weekend markets in the world, then so be it! I would explore and inquire for the pure joy of it, and not bargain for a client or source for a project. Just me, and the reason why I fell in love with travel and design to begin with.

Buenos Aires is an astonishing metropolis with a European flare, and an edgy Latin American vibe. It was love at first site for me. The culture, the design, the street life, it all blew me away. On top of that, the city had a glimpse of New York living within it’s streets and that was a sweet familiarity that comforted me in a beautiful way.

Welcome to Buenos Aires!

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The City Neighborhoods (My favorites!):

Palermo: This is the hipster, New York part of Buenos Aires. The streets are lined with “cool” clothing and vintage shops, along with cafe’s that will make you drool. In this trendsetting neighborhood, you will find the Zoo and many green-gated parks that are perfect for a bike ride or stroll. Because of the time of year (it was hot!), the shade from the trees is where it’s at! This is where we also visited the Eva Peron museum and discovered a little more background on the famous Argentinian. Madonna only covered a portion of this amazing women’s life in the well know blockbuster. Needless to say, I will be watching Evita on Netflix this week.

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San Telmo: This is the older part of town. The cobbled stone streets and crumbling buildings remind you of the fight that the Argentinians put up to defend themselves from the Spaniards and British, hence the street named “Defensa.” This is the main street in San Telmo and we were lucky enough to have our AirBnB located here. It’s also the neighborhood with all the antiques, and houses the most amazing street market I have ever experienced!

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La Boca: The most colorful town on earth! This is the place you see in all the travel books where each house is painted a different color; the streets are lined with row after row of stacked and crooked house all painted vibrant colors. We learned that since this is a port town, the fisherman and boat owners would use the left over paint from their boats to paint their homes. This is how the beautiful tradition came alive and is one of the most inspiring places to see in person.

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Recoleta: We didn’t spend much time here, but we did visit the famous cemetery. Again, a breath taking experience. Some of the tombstones in this sacred space are bigger than my condo and more elaborate than the Basilica in Roma. This is also where Eva Peron was finally buried along side her family. The rows and rows of towering tributes to people’s lives is both eerie and stunning.

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Must Do’s:

Recoleta Cemetery

San Telmo Sunday Market. The largest market I have ever experienced. (blows the Pasadena Rose bowl out of the water) and the most unbelievable antiques I have ever seen.

El Zanjon De Granados: A remarkable underground archaeological site made up of old tunnels, sewers, and cisterns. Must take the tour. I know it may sound a bit touristy, but a different view into how the town of San Telmo use to work.

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Where to Eat:

I Latina: Mind Blowing. The most memorable meal to date.

Cafe Felix: A closed door (in someone’s home) community style, exclusive meal.

El Cuartito Pizza: Best Pizza in town! The pizza is amazing in BA because of the heavy Italian influence. All I have to say is, Cheese and Onion. Two please!

Gran Parilla Del Plata: This is where you go to get your steak and malbec!

Bar Seddon: This is where you grab a drink with an old vibe and black and white checkered floors.

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Where to Shop:

Gabriel Del Campo: The most beautiful antique shop I have ever stepped foot in. I kept telling the owner, that his shop is what my heaven will look like.

PAUL French Gallery: One of the best merchandising and home collections I have encountered. Their designs inspired me, and had me wanting to head home to dive back into my designs!

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Our Amazing Air BnB: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/42450

 AND, my dear friends who inspired the trip, Joni and Connor!

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You can follow their amazing adventures as they continue to travel over at The Clippies. Also, for a daily glimpses of their inspiring travels follow them on instagram: @jonpon12

Love, Susanna

SPACES WE’RE LOVING: A FRESH FAMILY HOME

January 21, 2016

We found this house via Pinterest (of course), but loved how designer Irene Lovett incorporated timeless pieces with current trends. We also couldn’t agree with this statement more, “One of the most successful aspects of this design is how Lovett seamlessly combined pieces with traditional forms and shapes with more contemporary items to give the classic furniture and accessories new life and enable them to feel current. “Traditional pieces should be mixed with contemporary pieces in order for them to feel fresh,” says Lovett when asked for advice on how to pull off this look. “It can also be as simple as swapping out the outdated fabric on a traditional chair with a current pattern to make the piece feel updated. Offsetting items with fun or bold colors helps liven things up as well.”! See full tour below, courtesy of My Domain.

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Love, 
The Sisters

LOCAL LOVES: CIAO BELLA LASHES

January 17, 2016

20160112-IMG_6335Ciao Bella Eyelashes is a boutique style Eyelash Studio in the beach town of Encinitas, California. Founded by twin sisters Amie Calico and Ali Lindgren, the small studio offers high-end eyelash extension services using only the highest quality materials and the safest methods, they help you to feel beautiful and fresh with less hassle.

Here’s a little photo diary of my amazing visit with Scottie, pictured above and amazing lash artist. We are so grateful for the opportunity to share our experiences of this cool salon!

We fell in love with Ciao Bella because of their amazing lash results (obviously!), cute decor, and the warmth that fills the place thanks to their lash artists. They also incorporate family and community with events and outreach, which we love. The vibes of the modern, bohemian decor gave us major heart eyes and was icing on the cake to our wonderful experience.

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XO, 
Susanna

Currently : Pinning

January 11, 2016

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Ever get sucked in to the Pinterest hole , unable to escape it?? We do! Here’s a round-up of a handful of things we found this week.

We are loving the blush and dusty blue trend that is happening– we think there is going to be a PLENTY of beautiful rose, blue, and green colors going around town this year and we aren’t mad about it. As always, loving brass accents. We’d take that powder bath in our home any day, and that cacti window garden too.

What are you pinning? Let us know your username  in the comments so we can follow you, or find us HERE.

Love, 
The Sisters

Featured Artist: OKIINO

January 7, 2016

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I first met Angeline my freshman year at Berkeley. For me it was a love at first sight. I knew I wanted to be friends with her as she has this amazing energy and incredible spirit. Our friendship grew fast and before long, we were spending all our free time together. We went on to be roommates in two different houses in Berkeley where we would throw the most amazing parties and have incredible dinner feasts with all of our friends. Angeline had a way of making incredible and exciting things happen. I’ve been watching her manifest every dream of hers since those early days, morphing into a successful entrepreneur. Whether she’s throwing down beats as A-List, consulting high-powered executives, or buying up real estate or flying across the globe to surf she’s an inspiration to me.

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She has recently launched yet another dream of hers, the Okiino brand. This business venture marries some of her favorite things and as a result, her and her partners have created a beautiful brand selling high quality leggings that are designed by local artists. They will carry you through your surf session, your yoga class, or just an outing around town. They’re incredibly versatile, feel so great, and made with love and incredible attention to detail.

While there are a few surf and yoga leggings currently in the market, OKIINO’s product has the highest quality Italian 4-way stretch fabric technology, maximum UV protection, custom prints created by artists, and unique design features to truly be multi-functional in the water and on land. Plus, their products are locally made in San Francisco, and they donate a portion of the sales to non-profit partners that reflect their brand and values.

Be sure to check these ladies out on Instagram and Facebook!

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XO,
Elaina

2015 IN REVIEW

January 1, 2016

Wow, what a year! We had so much fun this year that wanted to share our highlights with you all!

In January Elaina started the year out with finishing up the cozy and eclectic Villa Aloha in Bali. We loved working with this super fun and adventurous client who loved big doses of color and pattern. Susanna took a trip with the gals to New York, the City that never sleeps! It was so fun to play tourist.

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February we finished up the Johnson bath. This was my favorite project of the year! Loved how this bathroom turned out and we got a great response from our followers!

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March was full of planning and creating, but Elaina especially loved running around with her two boys in the jungle.

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May, I loved finishing up the renovation of Villa Simona! This was a blast to do.

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July Susanna had an unbelievable family trip to my favorite place on earth! Yosemite. The only thing that was missing was Elaina. Elaina did have a blast though spending time with the family in Nusa Lembongan island, off the coast of Bali.

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August, Elaina was so happy to get to fly back to the States to spend some quality time with my family as we celebrated our cousin’s wedding. Cheers to the best siblings a girl could ask for.

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September included an East Coast Visit with Elaina. We met up in Philly to have some major catch up time and dance our hearts out at the wedding on the year!

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October had the honor or styling a room for a community event and collaboration with one of our favorite local companies, Swenyo!

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November was a busy month, but the highlight was definitely being able to show the San Diego community how to style your Thanksgiving table tops on the popular news channel Fox 5.

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December we finished our Locke Fireplace. Love how this turned out and it was a great note to end the year on!

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2015 was a great year and we can’t WAIT to see what 2016 has in store for us. It’s already out to a great start with rad projects so keep your eyes open!!! We can’t wait to share 2016’s work with you all.

Thank you for being apart of our Sister community, and get excited for a new look this year!

Xoxo,
The Sisters