Howard Stern (and Robin!) Said My Name (NSFW)

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 4.24.36 PMIt’s true. Howard Stern of the radio said my name, and he pronounced it perfectly (the first time). An old friend who has been a die-hard fan of the Howard Stern Show since we were in college at Penn State together in the freaking eighties was thoughtful enough to create this video clip and email it to me. Warning: this is not for the meek, mild, or minors among us:

 

If you’d rather not listen to something potentially offensive, I’ll just let you know Howard is discussing this article about bestiality I wrote (sorry) for Gizmodo back in 2011.

Of all the things I’ve written about, it’s mostly the articles about sex that have been the most popular (I realize this is not shocking). This necklace-slash-vibrator article received the most pageviews of anything I’ve ever written. This one, though depressing, did OK, too.

Then there was the article about the guy who got sued by FedEx because he made furniture out of their shipping boxes—that one had about 500k pageviews last time I checked, which was about eight years ago. Well, FedEx does rhyme with sex doesn’t it.

Anyway, Howard Stern said my name!

 

 

 

Get a Sweet Nutrition Boost and Enter to Win a Spa Day!

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This post was sponsored by Olly.

Even though I live at the beach, my doctor informed me a couple years ago that I have a vitamin D deficiency. Bummer! I’ve purchased vitamins several times since then but, unsurprisingly, I always forget to take them. That means every year when I get my check-up, I still have a vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to brittle bones and depression—not cool at all. But I have a feeling the next doctor visit might be different, because I pretty much never forget to take my Olly vitamins—a recently-launched brand of delicious, chewable vitamins. They sit on the kitchen counter next to the coffee (which I obviously never forget to make!), and as soon as I catch a glimpse of them, I start salivating like Pavlov’s dog—that’s how yummy they are. They’re a nice little sweet jolt of nutrition and sweetness first thing in the morning.

When I found out they also made a product with melatonin, I snapped that up too. I have a teenager now, and his sleeping habits are all over the place. When he needs to get up in the morning for school or basketball camp, he HAS to get a good night’s sleep. Melatonin, since it’s natural, makes me much more comfortable as a parent than another type of sleep aid. And the bonus is it tastes like a grape gummy bear.

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I tried the citrus and the berry versions of the women’s multivitamin (I think berry is my fave!). Until recently, my diet was pretty atrocious, so I figured I would cover all of my bases with a multi. But now that I’ve gotten my eating and health a bit more under control, I’m going to try the vitamin D3-specific Olly product.

With its beautiful packaging and revolutionary concept—how did no one think of this sooner; kids chewables have been around forever!—it’s no surprise that one of Method’s co-founders is behind Olly. Read more about it here.

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To celebrate their official launch, Olly is throwing a Sweet Bliss Sweepstakes! The grand prize is a Day Spa package for a lucky winner and a friend, a 6 months supply of Olly Vitamins, and a personal wellness consultation with Olly’s resident nutritionist! Plus, 100 runner ups will receive an Olly product of their choosing. Check out the link for more details and to enter!

 

After One Month of Using the Jawbone UP MOVE: Progress!

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Photos by Kourosh Karimkhany
This post was sponsored by Jawbone UP MOVE.

I described previously how the Jawbone UPMOVE was already changing my behavior in a significant way, specifically when it comes to sleep, exercise, and diet. The device continues to affect my life in those categories, with one additional benefit: it doesn’t look out of place with an all-black outfit!

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I wore this to my teen’s junior high graduation and I felt good in it—and not just because all-black is slimming. The last time I wore these pants on the blog, I was demonstrating how to attempt to camouflage a seven-pound weight gain over the holidays. After using my UP MOVE for a month, I’ve lost more than half of that extra weight—four pounds! I have to say it’s great to feel in control of body again. I’m addicted to logging my sleep every night, which means more sleep and better metabolism. Same with recording my food and exercise—seeing my stats, as well as the UP App’s advice to eat more fiber and get to bed earlier, have proven to be key in getting me on the road to a weight I’m more comfortable with.

I’m particularly impressed with the workout logging function of the UP MOVE because if I forget to click my device beforehand, when I log on to the UP App, it greets me with: “It looks like you were really moving.” I’m like: “Thanks for noticing!” I can then let the app know what I was doing and how hard I was working and it estimates the number of calories I burned.

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I do believe the UP MOVE and I have a long an meaningful relationship ahead of us!

Wearing: Hayden Harnett pants, Pickwick + Weller (RIP) t-shirt, Surface to Air blazer, Freda Salvador shoes

Take the Stress Out of Father’s Day Gift Giving

Compensation was provided by T.J. Maxx and Mode Media

One reason my dad is awesome: he will chase down a toddler to get the shot.

One reason my dad is awesome: he will chase down a toddler to get the shot.

Everyone’s dad is the hardest person in the world to buy a gift for, right? I’m pretty sure it’s not just me. But I’ve found a tactic that works for finding great surprises for myself as well as for dad: Go to T.J. Maxx with an open mind, and see what goodies you find.

The merchandise at T.J. Maxx is always changing, and that’s one of the things I love about shopping there. There’s always a sense of discovery. My local T.J. Maxx is right next to the grocery store I visit weekly, so I make it a habit to stop by whether I have something in mind to buy or not.

Last week, I made my regular visit with a vague idea that I needed a Father’s Day gift. I was secretly hoping for some T.J. Maxx magic, but I didn’t want to jinx anything. I casually passed through the men’s clothing—that’s one of the many things he does not need—and headed to the tech gadgets. He loves his iPad, and is a master photographer. He’s got tons of accessories for his DSLR, but he hasn’t experimented much yet with the camera on his tablet. So when I spotted a fish-eye lens made for a mobile device, I snapped it up. Then I spotted a five-piece “task master” tool set, which included a magnetic pick-up tool, carabiner, light-up screwdriver and leveler. It was inexpensive, would be easy to ship to Pennsylvania, and since my dad is doing some kind of odd job around the house pretty much every day, I’m pretty sure he’ll use it often.

Mission accomplished! But no visit to T.J. Maxx is complete without a visit to the home section. I scored a ceramic frying pan—my latest cooking obsession.

I'm so serious: these were a score.

I’m so serious: these were a score.

On my way out, I also grabbed these tortoiseshell sunglasses for myself, plus a white polo shirt in my dad’s size. After all, clothes aren’t always about “need,” right? As usual, T.J. Maxx magic helped me make it work.

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Three Ways Jawbone’s UP MOVE Taught Me to Get Healthier

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Photos by Kourosh Karimkhany

This post was sponsored by Jawbone UP MOVE

I mentioned a few months ago that I gained some weight over the holidays. Somehow that’s half a year ago now and I still haven’t lost the pounds. In fact, to my chagrin and astonishment, I have gained a little more. I weigh more than I ever have before in my life, including post freshman-15. I think I’ve officially hit that age when losing weight has become ridiculously hard.

Or, maybe it’s the fact that I have zero willpower, and now that we have food in the house requested by our teenager—Cinnamon Toast Crunch,  Nutella, cheese crackers (you know the delicious, ingrediently ambiguous sandwich kind)—you can imagine what’s happening when I come home famished after a dance class. Especially when no one else is home to witness my immoderation.

Or, maybe it’s because I tend to only get myself out the door a couple times a week to exercise?

Who knows? Actually, I do, now. The mystery is being solved  by Jawbone’s UP MOVE. The timing was perfect for a collaboration with them, because I really didn’t know what to do about the continually rising numbers on the scale.

Now I know exactly what to do, because I’ve been wearing the UP MOVE watch-like device for a few weeks, and the corresponding UP App let’s me know where I’m killing it health- and fitness-wise and where I need some work. So far, here are the top three things I need to do to get healthier and finally lose that weight.

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1. Move more. On days when I go to dance class (usually Monday and Wednesday), I get all the movement I need. UP MOVE helps you count the number of steps you take every day, and my goal is 10,000. On dance days I get there easily. But on other days, I barely get to 3/4 of that. But, as UP MOVE has suggested, all I’d need a 20 minute walk and I’d reach my goal.  That’s easily done, and getting outside has lots of other benefits including helping me think more creatively and granting a dose of much-needed vitamin D.

2. Sleep more. I started using UP MOVE on a weekend, and thought I was a rockstar sleeper. The UP App was congratulating me left and right for sleeping more than most other women in my geographical region, as well as for getting some good sound sleep. But then Monday struck, and I discovered I stay up way too late and get up way too early Monday through Friday. Some nights I’m sleeping less than six hours, and I’m not going to bed at a consistent time. The UP App tells me that women who get more hours of sleep and go to bed at a consistent time have less body fat. That’s enough motivation for me to make a concerted effort to get more Zs—plus I’ll be more patient and in a better mood, which I’m sure my teen and toddler will appreciate!

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3. Eat smarter. I’m a calorie counter, so I tend to focus more on quantity than quality of food. But the UP MOVE device and app have taught me that’s not the best approach. After logging all my meals for the past few weeks, my score has been consistently around 5 or 6 (10 is the best), and the cause seems to mostly be BREAD AND SUGAR. But seeing that number go down from 9.5 to 6 because I added sugar to my oatmeal is helping me make better choices—i.e. now I put mango chunks in my oatmeal instead. Another favorite tip from the app: use avocado instead of mayo. I like avocado better anyway, I just always forget to buy them!

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I’ve only lost a pound so far, but I FEEL like I’m on a good trajectory. My goal is not to be skinny, just to be healthy so I’m around for these two kids for decades to come. I’d also prefer not to outgrow all of my clothes, you know? Stay tuned for my next installment in a couple weeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A ’70s Denim Jumpsuit and a $100 Giveaway

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We’ve got a lot to cover in today’s post so let’s get started. Isn’t it funny how pretty much every instructional video begins that way? Anyway, I have been wanting to shoot photos at Shelldance Orchid Gardens since the moment I laid eyes on it about four years ago when we first moved to Pacifica. It’s a magical place with long, steamy greenhouses packed with flowers and succulents, plus event spaces that are crying out for the kaftan party I’ve been contemplating (who’s in?). The woman who owns the nursery, Nancy Victoria Davis, is amazingly patient with toddlers who run around screaming, and, even better, she can help you keep an orchid alive indefinitely.

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Next up is this denim jumpsuit straight out of the ’70s that I bought recently at Wallflower, my current favorite vintage shop in SF. I got myself 100% ready for the Governors Ball this weekend with items I found at that beautiful place.

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Last but certainly not least is the ocean clutch I’m carrying in these photos, which was designed by Protland-based photographer and illustrator Leah Flores. It’s the reason for the—drumroll—$100 RedBubble giveaway! RedBubble recently launched a new street style line of apparel and accessories, including skirts, scarves, leggings, pouches, drawstring bags and tops. The “Art in Motion” collection features original art transferred onto clothing, and it all looks pretty amazing. Want $100 to snap up some of these goodies? You could win just that by simply following Stylenik on Instagram, and entering their raffle below. You have until June 9 to enter!

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See, I told you we had a lot to cover! Here are a few more photos from the gardens. It’s such an amazing spot to shoot, and Nancy not only tolerated us but offered to help with props. Love her and this place.

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Come On-a My House!

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Since Mode published this video of my hippie beachside home the other day, I can’t get that Rosemary Cloony song out of my head. Somehow the miracle-working Mode crew edited around my stuttering, tripping (don’t wear heels on shag carpet) and looking in the wrong direction to put together this amazing video. If you’ve been following my “closet confidential” posts, you know I’ve had a lot of work to do recently to get things in order around the house. So if I look tired in the video, you know why!

A few shout-outs that didn’t make it into the final cut: A huge thank you to the folks at NousDecor, who gifted our teenager the custom wallpaper in his room, as well as the design of the room, which was laid out by celebrity interior guru Mark Cutler. Read more about that here.

Big thanks to Danny Montoya for making my beautiful clothing rack—check out the massive redwood feet! Also check out his recently-launched woodworking studio for kids, The Butterfly Joint. Sign your kid up for a summer camp! Can’t wait until Frida’s old enough!

Also thanks to Linda Fahey of The Yonder Shop in Pacifica for loaning me the cool plant you’ll see on the bar in the room formerly known as the man cave. The ceramic pot it’s in was also supposed to be a loaner but I couldn’t bear to say goodbye so I bought it. 

My crazy pants are by Amour Vert, my top/jacket is from H&M’s Conscious Collection, and my shoes are Shoes of Prey.

Last but not least, Frida’s dress (which I think is actually a tunic) is by The Podolls‘ kid’s line, Podots!

Thanks for watching and happy weekend!! I’ll be hunkered down in my sunken living room catching up on work and getting ready to head to NYC next weekend for the Governors Ball Music Festival—stay tuned for more about that!

How to Get Free Tickets to the California College of the Arts Graduation Fashion Show!

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Photos by Stevan Nordstrom

It’s one of my favorite times of year. Not only did some amazing cruise fashion presentations happen in far-flung locales around the world, but here at home in San Francisco, the senior fashion students are putting on their graduate fashion shows. They’re always a ton of fun, and not what you might imagine when you picture a “student” fashion show. We have serious talent in this city, and some of the best will be on display this Friday when the California College of the Arts Fashion Design Program sends their hard work down the runway.

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The CCA campus at 1118 8th Street will become a full-blown runway tomorrow night, and as you can see from these photos taken at previous years’ shows, you won’t want to miss it. You can support the school by purchasing a ticket to attend the event for $40, or $100 for VIP entry, which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres at our a pre-show party from 6:30-7:45. Show starts at 8pm!

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Or, you can win free entry by commenting on this post! Just say hi, or tell me your favorite color, or if you’re feeling creative I really like poems. I will announce the randomly selected lucky winner tomorrow morning! I hope to see you there!

Acceptance, Hope, and a New Closet

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So this list of the seven phases of grief has turned out to be pretty spot on for me when it came to mourning the loss of my closet. Steps 1: shock and denial—yep that happened. Pain and guilt? Yes. Especially the guilt about feeling the pain. Anger, bargaining and depression—less important but, excluding anger, they may have had a place in my emotional landscape for a minute.

Backstory: We welcomed a new family member into our home, and my former closet and office became his room. That meant I had to move an entire room-full of belongings—including my motherlode of beauty products because that room has a sink and vanity area (!)—into the corner of mine and my husband’s bedroom. It started out as a fun challenge, morphed into a monster task I never thought I’d finish, and now is an accomplishment I will probably brag about for months to come or forever.

Wallpaper courtesy of NousDecor and Mark Cutler

Wallpaper courtesy of NousDecor and Mark Cutler

After the brief depression I quickly moved on to “the upward turn,” taking pleasure in the fun wallpaper we installed for The Teen.

Clothing rack by Danny Montoya

Clothing rack by Danny Montoya

Then came the “reconstruction and working through” phase. There was construction: My friend Danny Montoya, a brilliant carpenter, built me a clothing rack with awesome, sturdy redwood feet and a gold bar. LOVE the gold bar! It so suits my ’70s obsession. Check out Danny’s latest project, The Butterfly Joint, a program for little kids to learn woodworking. He and his wife RedTri SF editor Erin raised $53k through Fundable to launch the program. They have secured a space in San Francisco, which Danny has been working hard on building out, and they tell me they’re about ready to announce an opening date. Stay tuned!

There was also a lot of construction in the form of Ikea furniture assembly. I hope my handsome clothing rack doesn’t mind hanging out with the hoi polloi, but they seem to be playing nice together so far.

This is an Ikea "laptop table" that I spray-painted gold.

This is an Ikea “laptop table” that I spray-painted gold.

And now I find myself firmly in the “acceptance and hope” stage. I have to say it’s great to have all of my clothing, bags, jewelry, makeup and toiletries all in my bedroom. Everything feels very convenient and I can keep track of what I own much better than before. The fact that our bedroom is on the top floor near the front door is also a bonus since I always ALWAYS forget something and have to run back—with my old setup that meant running down and back up a flight of stairs.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the move is that I am enjoying sharing space with my husband again. It’s close quarters, but in a nice way. I see him more, we talk more, and it’s like we’re more of a unit than before when I had my own domain—the “doll house” as he liked to call it.

The home office and former man cave

The home office and former man cave

We also now share the downstairs as a joint home office, so that brings us together more often than the previous configuration.

I’m still not finished. Although a visit from Tend.com’s video squad (video coming soon) forced me to get everything 90 percent in place, I still have a few boxes in the garage that must be dealt with if I ever want to park my car in there again. Also, Frida’s two closets are filled with clothing I intend to sell. I will have to address that sitution at some point before she becomes a teenager like our new family member.

I also got the living and dining rooms in order for the video shoot.

I also got the living and dining rooms in order for the video shoot.

Have you ever had to downsize? How did you make it work? I would love to hear, please share your stories below!

A Backyard Pirate Ship

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Our neighbors two doors down asked if we had seen the boat yet. Not in the ocean, which is just a few blocks away, but in the neighbors’ backyard oba dare (That’s how Frida says “over there.”) We had to tramp through some pretty high grass and, I suspect, some poison sumac. But our short hike led to a pirate ship, complete with a mast and sails, a ship’s wheel, and a bin of clothes for dressing up like pirates! Ahoy mateys!

Frida was in heaven, even though she fell off the ladder trying to get down out of the boat (I feyl off boat! I feyl off boat! Was her refrain the rest of the evening.). Two little boys came tearing out of the neighbor’s house, followed by their sweet mom, who invited us to come play on the boat anytime.

As you can see, I was wearing an unconventional outfit. I grabbed this blazer on the way out of the house because there was a little chill in the air. And I don’t usually hike in my Freda Salvador booties, but sometimes when a toddler is involved, you have to favor speed over appropriateness. Anyway, slightly inappropriate is better than bland, right? Arrr!

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