Great Escapes: the Bay Area

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Now that summer’s days are already beginning to wane, it’s time to make sure you make a great escape before it’s too late!

San Francisco is home to Mark & Graham, so what better place to get away than our own backyard?! Just outside of the city lay so many great getaway options that feel secluded; like you are in a far flung location tucked into the wilderness within barely 2-hours drive. With just a short car ride, you can suddenly find yourself feeling far removed from the lights in the big city. Here are a couple of our current faves!

Trés Chic Monogram Moment

We love typography, specially when it is edible, and it looks like we’re not the only ones! We were pleasantly surprised when we came across these delectable monogrammed cookies! We knew we had to have these trés chic monograms immediately!

Lucky for us, they came with instructions on how to recreate these typography inspired treats!

This is a DIY both our kids, and our tastebuds, can get behind! With only a few tools you can be on your way to making these font based cookies! Simply whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough and get typing!

The Perfect Preppy Picnic!


We may not always have the luxury of taking a far flung vacation to Bali or even to dream destinations state side that are still just too far for a quick get-away (sorry Hawaii.) Let’s hear it for the Stay-cation! Earlier this Summer, Rue Magazine and Mark and Graham teamed up for the perfect preppy picnic at a serene spot in our own Bay Area backyard. This Stay-cation would cure even the worst wanderlust!

Click READ MORE for all the details on how to plan the perfect getaway close to home.


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Floral Tres Chic Monogram

Summer may be in full effect, but we still have the bright and beautiful florals of Spring on our mind! Amy of Homey Oh My must be on the same wave length! Her latest DIY features a fresh picked fabric with a stunning pattern of vibrant buds.

With a few materials this DIY can be made in a jiffy! It is a simple but striking project that would be great for a bridal shower or child’s birthday. For pizzaz, add this floral monogram to a bookshelf, a bedroom wall or even a desktop accessory for a personal and fun touch.

How to Pack For 4th of July Weekend!


For a short trip or the July 4 long weekend, a enormous rolling bag is not necessary for toting around a couple days worth of outfits. But how to carry all of your beauty supplies and wardrobe changes on your mini-vacay!? Enter the mighty weekender!

This handy-dandy bag can stow all your essentials for a quick jaunt to a favorite beach or wine country. But what to pack in your weekender to get the most out of it? Every square inch is prime real estate after all! We have you covered with our strategic tips to packing the perfect weekender: Click READ MORE