best of: my funny valentine.
by victoria comment


margaret kilgallen / sfgirlbybay

hey hey, happy valentine’s day! do you believe in the romance of this holiday, or is it just a scam brought to you by hallmark cards? i’m single (yet again) this year, but i think i’ll just celebrate me! i mean it’s all about the self-love these days so why not show yourself a little extra care and do something special for yourself? the possibilities are quite endless, but perhaps you need a few ideas. never fear, i’m here to help! might i suggest starting the day with breakfast in bed? well, then i do!

floral bedding for valentine's day / sfgirlbybay

valentine's day inspired imagery / sfgirlbybay

how about you treat yourself to some art? i just joined because not only do I get to soak up all kinds of artful inspiration, i figure their regular social events could be just the place to meet . can’t hurt, right? and i love a lazy solo day at the museum with or without hot art-loving guys. it’s good for the soul.

valentine's day trip to a museum. / sfgirlbybay

father john misty sitting on a stool holding a vase of flowers. / sfgirlbybay

make yourself a ‘mixed tape’ — or a spotify playlist if that’s your jam. i make myself all kinds of playlists on — from workout music, to my DJ V mix, i love all kinds of music and i’ve got a mix for every mood. i find making these mixes quite therapeutic, too. and on spotify i’m constantly finding new musicians per their spot-on recommendations. my latest obsession? (Joshua Michael Tillman’s ) — not only are his lyrics pithy, he’s quite an , as well.

pink valentine's day inspired imagery / sfgirlbybay

play hooky. hey, i know it’s only thursday, but c’est la vie. i think you’ve got a low-grade fever and you’re probably very contagious. so skip work. take the phone literally off the hook and treat yourself right. maybe take a day trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. sometimes i just get in the car and drive without any real destination in mind. or, i’ve got an idea of where i’d like to end up and i just meander there slowly — via the long, scenic route. i’ve taken some of my favorite photographs on trips like these. just wander. run amuck. stop by an old diner. drive down a street you’ve never driven before. drive down the block you grew up on. do what you want to do.

spend valentine's day reading in bed. / sfgirlbybay

movies made for watching on valentine's day. / sfgirlbybay

stay in bed. all damn day. you deserve a rest. you don’t have to sleep — you can watch all your favorite movies. ? check! — a thought-provoking masterpiece. is always good for my inner child — or for a couple of quirky little stories that are sure to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step (the soundtracks alone are worth a watch!).

pink and lavender valentine's day inspired images. / sfgirlbybay

or, stay under the covers with a good book. maybe a great book. i find literary escapes some of the best. or go totally nuts and visit your local public library — they’re so old school romantic, don’t you think? sit and read a classic, or better yet check out some love poems. take them with you and read in your favorite secret spot.

woman reading in field of pink flowers by the ocean. / sfgirlbybay

maybe this is the obvious choice but do treat yourself to a little pampering. a new lip color, maybe two! a trip to your favorite spa – nothing like it to make you feel anew. or, still feeling like hanging in your pj’s? try — a new app where they come to you – mani, pedis, blowouts you name it. want to try something a little daring and very valentine-ish? kristen ess has a new for your hair. if you’ve always wanted to try pink hair — do it! i double dare you!

pink hair, lips and nails for valentine's day / sfgirlbybay

happy valentine's day / sfgirlbybay

inspiring images for valentine's day / sfgirlbybay

and lastly, “you’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth (thanks for that quote, ). be kind to yourself. be sure and buy yourself some fresh flowers. heck, buy yourself a whole big bush — a permanent one and plant it in your yard to remind yourself that every day you’re growing and you’re gorgeous, weird and wonderful just as you are. happy valentine’s day!  xo, victoria

cat inspired funny valentine's day image. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: ; ; ; ; visage by ; ; NATALIE CHRISTENSEN via ; father john misty via ; ; ; ; ; ; amélie via ; ; the royal tenenbaums via ; ; ; pengion books via ; ; Greg Miller and young woman reading by ; ; pink braid via ; ; ; by Petra Collins, by Rizzoli via ; Audrey Hepburn in the 1957 film ; ; dancing on a Paris rooftop 1950; ; .

what’s new is old at super marché.
by victoria comment


vintage cream painted arched mirror via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

our latest container from france has arrived and we’ve got a whole lot of new, but very vintage treasures in the super marché shop. it’s obvious that rattan is our jam (it works inside, as well as out!) so we’ve stocked up on daybeds and beautiful bar carts. and it’s probably obvious that we’ve got a weak spot for vintage paintings — so much so that i’ve created a category in the shop dedicated to all things art. i thought i’d share a peak at just a few of my favorites at super marché right now. we’ll be heading back to the flea markets of france soon, so if there’s anything you’d like us to hunt for, do let us know.

glass and metal keepsake box via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait painting via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

vintage home furnishings via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

rattan daybed with side tables via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

vintage home decor via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

vintage rattan barcart via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green velvet tassel chair via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

rattan bench via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

a light-filled b&b in the tuscan hills.
by Ezz Wilson comment


sunlight bedroom in tuscan b&b. / sfgirlbybay

is a family-run bed and breakfast in Florence, italy owned by and her husband, . Passed down by Irene’s grandmother, has been lovingly restored by the creative couple with help from family and filled with antiques and treasures. I really wish I knew about this idyllic, hilly retreat when I was traveling in Italy — it’s beautiful enough to have changed my entire itinerary. But I’m happy to be living vicariously through their , admiring all their vintage collections and wares, blissful beds, and freshly made meals prepared from the fruits of their garden. If I’m ever back in florence, I know where I’ll be staying next!

cheers, .

black and white rustic bedroom in florence b&b. / sfgirlbybay

rustic dining area in bed & breakfast in florence. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern white wardrobe in bed & breakfast in florence. / sfgirlbybay

sunlight dining area in florence b&b. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern whitewashed kitchen in florence b&b. / sfgirlbybay

rustic jug with olive branch. / sfgirlbybay

white cabinet with ceramics and glassware stored inside. / sfgirlbybay

woven shopping tote with dried grasses. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern whitewashed bedroom in florence. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green utility rack. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed vintage modern bedroom in florence b&b. / sfgirlbybay

vintage furnishings in florence b&b guest room. / sfgirlbybay

hanging florals on rustic white rack over vintage cinema chairs. / sfgirlbybay

concrete terrace with rattan furniture in florence. / sfgirlbybay

• Photography courtesy of by Paolo Moretti.