Today in Burlingame, a suburb about 20 miles south of the city, my mom and I stopped inside the store Anthropolgie. Now, we've always noticed how exciting their window displays are, even at separate locations. Today we were drawn to the flowers that wrapped around the mannequins--their curl of their petals were delicate and their colors were strong. Even on an overcast day, it looked like spring!
Upon closer inspection, we discovered that the flowers were actually made out of plastic water bottles, pried apart and spray painted. Genius! I should have asked who the artist was, because the sculptures were definitely impressive-- in beauty and eco-friendliness (except for aerosol spray paint, but yeah, yeah).
I spent a good thirty minutes inside, and I swear I could just live in there. Not only am I talking about the urban style (the colorful patterns and contemporary cuts simply yell out, "Wear me in San Francisco!") but also the home decor. They have vintage mirrors, exquisite armchairs, poppin' bedspreads and the cutest tchotchkas. In fact, I picked up a cookbook titled Organic and Chic: Cakes, Cookies and Other Sweets That Taste as Good as They Look and jotted down a recipe for Sarah Magid's Easiest Chocolate Cake. Definitely going to try it!
Anyway, back to the clothing. Everything is way out of my price range, but their sales are "reasonable", to some people with larger budgets. However, the store is perfect for inspiration! Here's a few pieces (including the armchair) that I loved: