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San Francisco’s Own Mary Poppins: Alyce Desrosiers


A little birdie told us about a delightfully named company called Chirp. This unique business based in San Francisco offers nanny placement services for Bay Area families. Founded by Alyce Desrosiers, a licensed clinical social worker and author, Chirp takes the guesswork out of hiring a child care provider and guides parents through the nanny-finding process every step of the way.
Since 1994, Desrosiers has been immersed in the local childcare scene and has authored two books about hiring a nanny and the family/nanny dynamic. It’s a wonder she has time for anything else, but Desrosiers also maintains a bustling personal life. We’ve  recently caught up with this busy lady to find out more. 

Q: What do you love about your job?

A: I am honored that parents invite me into their family life and that I have created long term relationships with them. I learn everyday from nannies and parents about how to care for young children.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot and why? 

A: Austria for the quality of life: Wonderful friends, fantastic healthy food, great hiking, biking, swimming, sailing, skiing…and sleeping all day if I want to! 

Q: What is something surprising about you?  

A: I hold a red belt in karate and I’m practicing diligently toward my black belt.
Q: What is your favorite local restaurant and favorite dish there?   

A: Mission Beach Cafe for their burger and fries, topped off with their banana butterscotch cream pie!

Look at Alyce’s website and subscribe to her newsletter for important information and parenting tips. Her book, Nannies for Modern Moms, has all the tools and checks you need to make a good hiring decision.


Real Estate Guru Neal Ward and Wedding Planning Maven Nicol Turner

Neal Ward

Think back to the first time you purchased a home. What was the experience like? Chances are that it was a stressful process…you know, the kind that requires hours at the spa afterwards in order to melt away all that terrible home-buying tension.

Too bad you didn’t’ use Neal Ward from McGuire Real Estate as your agent. Ward’s attention-to-detail and client oriented philosophy have made him McGuire’s No. 1 Agent, meaning Ward specializes in stress-free real estate transactions.

In this video, the top-notch agent who has been with McGuire since 1989, opens his home and shares the philosophy behind his long and fulfilling career. Curious about where San Francisco’s best-known real estate agent chooses to call home? Consider this your chance to legally snoop.


Little Blue Box Weddings

Perhaps it’s the gorgeous weather or the proximity to world-class wines that has made Napa and Sonoma’s wine country region a go-to destination for discerning brides and grooms. But the sheer number of venues, vendors and myriad other decisions to be made can be a headache for busy couples who would rather focus simply on the business of saying “I do.” That’s where Nicol Turner, owner of Little Blue Box Weddings steps in.

This full-service boutique wedding planning firm brings the epitome of Northern California style and charm into the bridal arena, with Turner herself the capable maestro behind the hundreds of stunning Northern California weddings she has artfully orchestrated.

Although born and raised on the East Coast, Turner moved west to attend Stanford University. During her time there, she assisted in the planning a few senior class activities and sorority events and discovered that she was hooked. “I’ve known since I was 18 years old that I wanted to be an event and wedding planner,” she says.

In 2005, Little Blue Box Weddings was born. Based in downtown Napa, the firm has developed a reputation for stellar client service and a simple yet elegant design aesthetic. Although in constant demand, Turner and her team carefully curate dream nuptials for just a handful of couples each year. Sun dappled vineyards? Lakeside vows? Little Blue Box Weddings has perfectly planned it all.

Married couple


Curated Closet Spaces by Tailored Disposition


Tailored Disposition is a professional organizing and decorating service in the San Francisco Bay Area. Christina and Danielle work with individuals and families helping them create a space that reflects how they want to feel and function everyday. 

You don’t have to be a celebrity or a stylist to enjoy the luxury of organization!

Some inspiration courtesy of The Coveteur:


Clockwise from left to right:
Celebrity Stylist Caley Lawson’s work featured on The Coveteur
Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s closet featured on The Coveteur (2 images)
Jessica Alba’s shoe closet featured on The Coveteur
Celebrity stylist Luisa Fernanda Espinosa’s Chanel bags featured on The Coveteur

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July 4 Recipes by Bobbie at Events, Etc…


EVENTS ETC…, an award winning, full service catering and event production company, founded in 1983 by Barbara (Bobbie) Fakkema celebrates its 31st birthday on July 4th! Since then, Bobbie has produced a long list of extremely satisfied and loyal clients including Facebook, Ernst & Young, Nokia, and The LA Times.



Santa Maria Tri Tip

2 T Granulated Garlic

1/3 C Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

1/2 C Garlic Cloves

3 T Kosher Salt

2 T Brown Sugar

2 T Harrisa

(3-4#) Prime Tri Tip Roast


Combine Granulated Garlic and Black Pepper, Mince garlic with knife or alternatively in food processor while alternately slowly adding Salt and Brown Sugar to form a paste, then mix in harrisa. Rub outside of roast first with Salt, sugar, garlic, harissa mix, then sprinkle with black pepper garlic mix. Cover and refrigerate for 18-24 hours. Warm grill and sear on all sides bringing internal temperature to 125 Degree Fahrenheit. Let rest for 15 min, and slice against the grain.


Barbeque Baked Beans

1 Pound Dried Great Northern Beans

4 to 6 Slices Bacon

1 Cup Chopped Onion

1 Clove Garlic, Minced

2 Cups Ketchup (I like Hunt’s)

1/2 Cup Molasses

1 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard (I like French’s)

1 Teaspoon Chili Powder

2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder 


Pick through beans and soak overnight in salted water.  Drain beans and cover with water this time cooking till soft but not bursting. Combine ketchup, Worcestershire, brown sugar, Molasses, mustard, chili powder, garlic powder in a large bowl.  Cook the bacon in a large skillet to crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon and add in onion and sauté with fat for 3 mins stirring, add garlic clove and sauté. Drain reserved beans and 2 cups of their cooking liquid. Stir in dry ingredients to bacon fat/onion combo, and then add reserved beans and water. Stir in rendered bacon and bake in 13 by 9 casserole dish @ 350 degree for 1 hour or until bubbly.


Brian’s Buttermilk Cornbread

1/2 C Butter

2/3 C White Sugar

2 Eggs

1 C Buttermilk

1/2 T Baking Soda

1 C Cornmeal

1 C A.P. Flour

1/2 T Salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8” square pan.  

Melt Butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended.  Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into prepared pan. 

Bake in preheated oven for 30 mins, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


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Bay Area June Loves


1. We live in SF- who are we kidding? A light weight scarf in turquoise reminds us of our holidays in the Caribbean Islands, while shielding us from the inevitable wind. ALYS GRACE carries an assortment of soft Chan Luu Cashmere and Silk Scarves.

2. ROCKS WITH SOUL‘s most kissable item, The Diamond X Ring, is a luxurious and affordable must-have to adorn your fingers with. It’s available in yellow, rose, white and rhodium. Allow time to order your size. 

3. Take a walk through LIVING GREENs nursery and check out one of their specialties- a hot trend in landscaping- vertical gardening. They are innovating new directions in this growing sector of garden making by integrating art with thematic plant ‘stories’ that attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. They can provide the proprietary infrastructure for your project, or design and execute from start to finish.

4. Have we told you how much we love Golden Goose Italian sneakers? They have stood the test of time- unlike the Isabel Marant sneakers. Okay, they are pricey, but definitely one of the best investment pieces in your wardrobe. These ‘Deluxe Brand Sneakers’, perfect for strolling up and down SF hills, are available at Angela in Menlo Park. Their website is down, so here’s their contact info:

ANGELA // MENLO PARK // 650.323.7410

5. Don’t go to the beach or the pool without Colorscience’s Sunforgettable SPF 50 Brush in Perfectly Clear, available at DR. KATHLEEN WELSH‘s office. This lightweight mineral powder won’t feel heavy as it blocks UVA and UVB rays with micronized titanium dioxide. The Sunforgettable SPF 50 Powder Brush is easy to carry and easy to apply, thanks to the self-dispensing brush that makes re-application throughout the day simple. 

6. On a hot Summer’s evening, what could be more refreshing than to top off dinner with a Kaffir Lime ice cream and coconut sorbet, with pistachios, Buddha’s hand and pineapple. Indulge at SPRUCE.

7. San Francisco’s destination for luxury home furnishings, ANTHEM carries this collection of Summer suitable decorative floral appliqué cushions in white. They would accent any modern or traditional home.

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1920’s-1980’s Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show at Pearl


Preview Party

June 4, 4:00p-6:00p

Trunk Show

June 5 – June 7, 10:30a-6:00p

June 8, 11:00a-5:30p 

Pearl Wonderful Clothing:

1219C Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574 

p: 707-963-3236

FEATURING: World renown vintage jewelry collector Carole Tanenbaum!

Carole Tanenbaum’s trained critical eye helped her to cultivate a stellar selection of over 20,000 pieces, forming a cohesive collection that is now known worldwide. Every piece is hand selected with an eye for design, creativity, strength and exceptional workmanship.

They will have 55 Pieces available for 4 DAYS ONLY at PEARL in St. Helena.


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