A bedroom makeover w/ eve

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Along with our new bed, we got a new rug, a couple new indigo pillow cases, and mounted a large framed print I took from the back of a Washington ferry to go above our bed. In the corner, I put a tee pee with a little sheepskin rug in it for Mila cat, and hanged a plant since it’s a good spot with lot of sunlight. I also put up a dream catcher we brought back from Tulum, Mexico. I love how airy the room feels and how “us” it is -minimal, cozy, with wild elements. I’m glad we finally finished this space! 

Eve is offering $100 off one of their mattresses by putting your email in hereThis post was sponsored by eve. All content and opinions expressed here are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands who support Wildlandia!

Smells like Salt Water

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This weekend was fun and relaxed. On Saturday we got some coffee and did some early Christmas shopping. After that we took the dogs to the dog park near us to let them run around. It’s funny how you get to know all the dogs and their owner at the dog park. There’s Elsa, the giant Irish wolfhound that puts all her weight into you for scratches (she’s our fav), then there’s McCovey the Swiss mountain dog mix who’s a ball thief. There’s peanut the overweight beagle that loves chasing other dogs, and the two shelties that the new parents down the road bring to the park along with their two new twin (human) girls. Oh! And there’s Auggie, the new black lab puppy that comes now too since he’s had all his shots. I’ll definitely need to take some photos to show the diverse crowd of dogs/people we see every day. Anyway, then on Sunday we slept in and then went to Fort Funston to play with the dogs on the beach in San Francisco. We all got sandy/muddy. Jack’s ears still smells like salt water. This week ahead is a busy one. For the last three years we’ve gone to Tennessee to be with Trey’s family for Thanksgiving, but this year we decided to stick close to home and hang with some friends in town. Bring on the sweet potatoes!

 

Let’s get cozy

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It’s Wednesday morning, 8:34 am. The radiator is humming and Jack is asleep upside down next to me. My brain wants coffee but my toes crave the warmth of the covers for just a few minutes longer. The city looks chilly today. Outside our window I can see the fog blanketing the Golden Gate bridge. In a few minutes, Trey will take off on his motorcycle across the Bay bridge into the city for work and I’ll tuck my cold toes into some warm slippers and relocate to our home office (it’s really a closet). In the past week or so the temperatures have really began to drop. It never gets that cold here, but it’s enough to warrant curling up with a blanket and a cup of something warm at night, and eating a slow cooked meal made in the dutch oven. The dogs have been loving their new dog beds and Mila has been occupying a sheepskin rug I tucked into her little cat teepee. Do you have anything in particular that you do to stay cozy during the cold months? Any good book or show recommendations? We’ve been meaning to watch more of Game of Thrones. “Winter is coming”, (that Jon Snow is so dreamy).

Warm leggings, Slippers, BlanketLe Crueset oven, Slow Fires bookWoolrich dog bed

 

Giveaway / Sun of Wolves – Closed

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Kleine-Wolf-vlag2 polfcleo steven-wolf stranddag-SOW_22 Website-SOW-fotos-fl-14 foto4 Website-SOW-fotos-fl-53 Website-SOW-fotos-fl-33 Sun of Wolves is the creative works of couple Steven (a graphic designer/illustrator) & Cleo (a photographer) who live together with their dog, Wolf, and cats Whiskey and Muffin in the Netherlands. They spend a lot of time on the road traveling (they even recently visited San Francisco and other parts of California!) and take the most amazing photos! I love following along on their adventures. They also create beautiful screen printed flags and posters, as well as high quality photographic prints and bags. Their designs are inspired a lot by their dog, Wolf, and are an ode to him and all the other dogs out there.

They have been so kind as to send us one of their exclusively designed Wolf flags that reads “It’s not the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog” for one very special Wildlandia reader! To enter, leave your email address in the comments section below and a winner will be chosen later this week!

To see more of Cleo and Steven, be sure to follow them on Instagram - @sunofwolves, and visit their website sunofwolves.com.

 

Have a rad weekend.

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Hello (sang in Adele’s voice)

What are you guys up to this weekend? We’re going to the El Vy show tonight at the Independent if our friend can score us some tickets. The rest of the weekend is a free grab…maybe a hike at Lands End and tacos at Tacolicious? Maybe some eggs on toast? Hell yeah, eggs (always)! I’m also working on a little bedroom makeover that I can’t wait to share. So, that too.

Here are some links from around the web this week. Have a rad weekend!

Ha..So true!
The best friendship movies of all time – Now and Then and Ghost World, remember those?!
Sheepdogs helping save Australia penguins
A book I’ve heard is good
From the creators of Juno comes…
A song for the weekend
 

Above photo by this is veda.

A weekend in the life

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This past weekend was one of those weekends where we hung around town and got caught up on everything. It feels so nice to wake up with fresh sheets on the bed, food in the fridge, washed dogs, and clean laundry. On Saturday we slept in, then went to the Berkeley farmer’s market. In the afternoon we picked up some local cheeses (Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam is my fav) and a few slices of pizza from Cheeseboard. Later we watched We Are Still Here, a horror movie (thanks for falling asleep, babe). On Sunday we made brunch at home (poached eggs on rosemary flatbread with avocado spread) then took the dogs to Point Isabel – a dog park on the water with great views of the city and bay. Then we came home and gave the dogs baths, made dinner, and fell asleep watching Homeland in bed.

Here’s to hoping the week is just as good as the weekend.

Cheers,
nic

Around Here

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1. / Cat food bandit Jack / 2. Morning walk / 3. This hammock has been getting a lot of use this week / 4. Mila likes to groom the dogs / 5. Smells like teakwood, tobacco and sandalwood in our place lately / 6. Someone raided the cat food, but we don’t know who / 7. From our hike in Henry Cowell State park last weekend / 8. Her head is always out the window / 9. The prettiest new chair / 10. Her favorite spot / 11. Because we don’t have many photos of the two of us / 12. These three are best buds

 

Hello, Fall.

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I love fall. It’s my favorite season for a lot of reasons. It was fall semester when Trey and I started seeing each other again. At the end of our sophomore years in college we both transferred back home to NC State and ran into each other on a crisp September morning in Winston Hall. “Is that your purple bike?, I’d pointed out. “It’s maroon”, he’d correct me. Fall is when we adopted Jack and drove over the Golden Gate bridge to move into our little apartment above Dog Eared Books in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. Fall is when I moved to San Diego for grad school. Fall is when we moved to Florida for my job. Fall is when we moved back to California for Trey’s job (wow, it’s been a year!). Fall always feels like a season of renewal for us. Something about the leaves changing brings about a certain metaphorical newness in our lives. I’m looking forward to several things this fall, such as: cooking soups in the crock pot, drinking cider and spiced teas, camping trips, hikes and road trips, wearing jeans, comfy sweaters and boots, eating pumpkin pie and acorn squash, and reading a few good books. I’m also looking forward to practicing more yoga and living more simply. What are you looking forward to? Welcome, Fall!
Photos via my Fall Pinterest board.

Have a rad weekend

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HOW’S IT GOING?

Is it hot as bananas where you are like it is here in the Bay area? Everyone is getting excited for Fall meanwhile I’m marinating in my own forehead sweat. Yesterday it was 90 degrees! Where’s the AC when you need it? No one has that here. Anyway, what are you guys up to this weekend? There’s this place down the street that has THE BEST chicken wings, but only on the weekends and last weekend they were a no-show so I’m pretty dang happy about ordering a ten-er of those this weekend. Other than that, we’re keeping things pretty low-key. The dogs picked up bordetella during their stay at Pet Camp last week, despite having the vaccination for it. It’s a nasty, highly contagious respiratory infection. They are on antibiotics and can’t go to public places at the moment. Jack crawled up next to me last night and watched dog youtube videos with me on my phone. He stared at it so intently. I imagine we’ll be doing some more of that while they are on the mend. Poor buddies.

Here are some fun things I found on the internet this week. Have a rad weekend!

This hipster barbie Instagram account is hilarious
A pretty chair
Couple tells how they met in Drunk History style
Private part rugs
This has been on repeat in our house lately
So sweet! The last living 9/11 search dog is honored with birthday celebration
We had so many pina coladas in Mexico and this recipe looks delicious
A cool cloud art installation in London

Above photo via A Restless Transplant.

Have a rad weekend.

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HEY.

We’re off to celebrate Trey’s 29th birthday in Mexico. Yesterday evening while Trey was running an errand he accidentally pocket-dialed me and it was the funniest thing. Coldplay was on the radio in the car and I swear he nailed every note. Normally I would just hang up, but I couldn’t resist listening in on his awesome Chris Martin rendition. When he got to the store he discovered he had accidentally dialed me and asked coyly “how much of that did you hear??”, and I told him through muffled bouts of laughter “all of it”. And now I’m sharing it on the blog. I’ll wait with baited breath to see how he’s going to get me back for this one. Happy birthday babe!

Here are some links around the web I found interesting this week. Hope you have a rad weekend!

The sweetest
Yum!
Can’t put this book down lately
To smile or not to smile
Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are writing a screenplay together
Don’t like any of the 2016 presidential candidates? Perhaps you’d like Deez Nuts
Music for your weekend

Above photo found here.