Infusing grandeur into otherwise drab Mondays with five things/ideas/events for the week:

I.  One day shy of Cinco de Mayo, and I realize I have no plans… To remedy this, I’m inviting friends over for my take on Tacolicious tuna tostadas with chipotle aioli and crispy leeks paired with spicy-sweet passion fruit habanero margaritas. Easy to make and much more appealing than waiting in what will surely be an insanely long line at the restaurant, this is the perfect antidote to the gloomy weather in San Francisco this week.

II.  Cinco de Mayo isn’t the only special occasion coming up, we’re also celebrating our beautiful mothers! If you’re as busy as I am and haven’t had time to find the perfect gift, Farmgirl Flowers has you covered. Much more lush than the standard 1-800 delivery option, Farmgirl offers American grown, burlap wrapped, hand delivered bouquets to the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Best part - every Mother’s Day arrangement contains coveted pink peonies.

III. Tempting as it may be to order flowers for every occasion, I promise it’s not as hard as you think to do it yourself. One way to keep things especially simple is to stick with one color or one type of flower. I’m obsessed with this colorful tulip runner. To complete the look for your next dinner party, order Jonathan Adler Pop Highball Glasses in “Emerald” and rent or purchase lucite Chiavari chairs (the new Louis Ghost).

IV.  If you live in San Francisco (or any other ridiculously overpriced metropolitan area) you’re familiar with dividing up your undersized living space into distinct areas - dining room in the kitchen, bedroom in the living room, etc. While I’ve seen offices everywhere from foyers to closets, I’ve never seen anything quite as genius as the photograph above featuring a gigantic frame literally framing the office area. I love how the frame keeps work product elegantly contained. There are many options for replicating the look in your home: custom frame, thrift store frame with the picture removed, or if you’re handy - piece together crown moulding from a hardware store.

V.  I hope that you’ll join me in feting fashion through the ages in honor of one of the world’s preeminent costume collections - including Chanel, Givenchy and Dior.  High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection includes gowns and accessories by the most influential designers of the last century. ArtPoint and Neiman Marcus are joining forces on June 5th to offer an exclusive after-hours exhibition viewing with hosted cocktails and bites in the Legion of Honor’s stunning Rodin Galleries. And don’t forget about the Botticelli to Braque private tour and scotch tasting party this Thursday at the de Young!

Have a wonderful week!  xx tt