When I was invited to “An Evening With India Hicks,” I immediately wanted to attend because I had a vague idea that she was somehow related to the royal family, that she was fabulous and stylish, and that an evening with her should not be missed. [Read more…]
Until recently, I’d had the same Marimekko fabric print hanging above our couch for, oh, a dozen years? I rather liked it and was proud to have kind of DIY’d it—as in I bought the fabric and the assembly-required frame and put it all together. That’s pretty much the extent of my DIY abilities.
And since said abilities are limited, the fabric always seemed to have unsolvable wrinkles which became one of those eyesores in the house that you don’t even see anymore because your brain figures it shouldn’t care since you’re not in any way addressing the issue.
So when Minted got in touch about a collaboration on their art selection, I jumped at the opportunity. This beautiful horse photograph by Jenni Kupelian caught my eye and while I wondered how the husband would feel about it, I almost didn’t want to ask him because I was really falling for this horse. If he wasn’t on board, it would be a problem. [Read more…]
Hey everyone! Here I am with my face, wearing my old glasses because I broke my newer ones. I’ve been obsessed with my skin since I was in my 20s, mainly because of my issues with acne over the years. But also, I won’t lie, because of vanity. When I was a nanny in Colorado in my 20s, the mother of the family I worked for convinced me to go to her aesthetician. Perhaps she thought I had a trust fund because one facial plus the products I couldn’t resist buying cost the equivalent of about a week’s worth of nannying.
But, like I said, I was vain, and that’s where my priorities were. Never mind rent and health insurance.
A friend recently introduced me to Eliana and Doug Reffue, the couple behind finally bringing Backyard sneakers to the United States. They’ve been sold in Denmark since 1972, but this is the first time they’re being imported to the US. I thought sneaks were so cute and they immediately gave me a Camp Collection vibe. When I got my pair in the mail, I was racking my brain on how to style them just right. My initial thought was jeans and a tee… but then I thought well isn’t that expected and couldn’t you try getting a little more creative, Ms. Fashion Blogger?
Even though I’ve been part of a Persian family for nearly 15 years, I only recently tasted albaloo polo, or sour cherry saffron rice with tiny meatballs and pistachios (and I think almonds on this version), for the first time. I’m guessing my mother-in-law hasn’t made it when I’m around because historically I was vegetarian and/or pescetarian. But in the past couple years I’ve been eating everything, and this was served at a family party just after I completed the hormone reset diet, so it was good timing (Thank you Hengahmeh!). And it was DELICIOUS! So delicious that it deserved an outfit.
Opening Ceremony lace-up platform boots, $158 (60% off, low stock!)
Rosanna ‘Talk Is Chic’ tote, $20 (on sale!)
Tomtom chevron green aventurine crystal cuff bracelet, $176 (on sale!)
- Go see Purple Rain tonight at the Balboa Theater. I still can’t face that Prince is gone.
- Bay Area Dance Week started yesterday! Rhythm & Motion is offering lots of free classes.
- The second weekend of Coachella is on. If, like me, you’re not attending, you can follow along at Sirius XMU (subscription required) on their dedicated Coachella station (#18 on your dial).
- If you’re in the Bay Area and really looking to get crazy this weekend, Frida’s preschool’s fundraiser on Sunday April 24. The Rainbow Festival will have tons of fun activities for the kiddos including music from Charity and the JAMband, plus some amazing raffle prizes and adult beverages! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, buy them here.
- Bob Dylan is playing at the Greek Theater on June 9th and 10th—the freaking Greek Theater! What a venue for him, must go.
- Modern Citizen (2762 Octavia St.) is hosting a Margaux (made-to-measure flats) trunk show on Saturday April 30 from 12pm to 4pm. RSVP here.
- Sunday, April 24 is Fashion Revolution Day. Grab a friend and RSVP here. Meet up is at the Clift hotel, 485 Geary. Get there by 2:30pm for a champagne kickoff. Designer presentations are at 2:45 and a 4 there will be a short march to Union Square.
- Art Market SF starts on Wednesday and goes for a week at Fort Mason.
- This New York Times article was hanging out in my tabs for two weeks and I finally read it. You should too. That these guys are the future of fashion is such a relief. Their attitude towards creating clothing is refreshing and renews my interest in the whole enterprise.
Is this not the most stunning kitchen you’ve seen in your entire life? To be clear, it’s not mine, and my kitchen looks 100% nothing like this. Mine features cabinets from 1974, formica countertops (at least they’re white), and a linoleum floor that we’ll discuss no further.
But since starting the Hormone Reset Diet that I’ve been going on about, I’ve been spending much more time in said kitchen, and a few appliances have made me feel a little bit like I’m in a luxurious one. I actually have to remind myself to calm down sometimes, I mean, it’s just a blender. But it’s so good at making smoothies! Give me a fizzy-water maker and I’m feeling fancy as hell. A nice new toaster oven has me roasting beets like nobody’s business and feeling like Gordon Ramsey (but nicer).
If you, too, are stuck in a rental with an aesthetically-challenged kitchen, modern machinery can do wonders for your mental health. Here are my current happy-making appliances. [Read more…]
Photos by Sofala Knapton
I love clothes, accessories, shoes, jewelry. I love acquiring new versions of all of the above. But I would trade new things any day for an amazing experience. A catered brunch with my closest friends like the one IfOnly hosted for us this past weekend is the perfect example. Actually enjoying time with friends instead of stressing over food preparation is a luxury more valuable than any pair of shoes. Pretty much any pair of shoes. OK maybe not these.
But seriously, I feel so fortunate to have wonderful friends to spend a Sunday afternoon with, and this was a really special group. [Read more…]
Pacifica is not known as a place to rock your new summer sundresses. Most people walking around here are wearing sweatshirts and jeans, often with a hat out of necessity rather than style. But I love dresses because they’re so easy to throw on and feel a bit put together. So over the past five years of living here, I’ve stocked up on long-sleeved maxi dresses. No worries about a blown-up skirt or chilly exposed arms.
I fell in love at first sight with this orange and black one from Osei Duro, an LA-based, sustainable brand that supports the local apparel industry and produces beautiful fabrics that are hand-dyed in Ghana. They design the best dresses, jumpsuits, tops and pants. I also really dig their jewelry.
Also can you believe these shoes? [Read more…]
- Coachella started today! If, like me, you’re not attending, you can follow along at Sirius XMU (subscription required) on their dedicated Coachella station (#18 on your dial).
- Bob Dylan is playing on June 9 + 10 at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. I hope to go, and if you see me there don’t be surprised if I’m all crying and stuff.
- Vinyl record sales were the highest in 2015 than they’ve been since 1988.
- Earth Day is next Friday! If you’re in the Bay Area, check out the street fest on 22nd between Valencia and Mission.
- Watch the video (below) of The Boss singing Thunder Road over a period of 41 years, preferably while drinking an adult beverage and dancing around your living room. Bonus points if you rope in the whole family.
- This Nicholas K bag would be kind of amazing for music festivals.
- Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, has organized a Grateful Dead cover album featuring 59 songs reimagined by bands including Cold War Kids, Courtney Barnett, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent and more. DYING. Preorder here, and look for it in May. Proceeds will benefit the Red Hot Organization
- This weekend, thanks to IfOnly, I get host a brunch without cooking, buying groceries or cleaning up. Check out how you can, too. Or you can take a plane ride around the Bay if that’s more your speed, or take a photography lesson, or learn how to blow glass or try one of their many other amazing experiences. Or, become a luminary if you want to share your skills with other folks.
- Happy weekend everyone! I’m splurging tonight and having a glass of rosé, because I’m a wild woman like that. What are you up to?