Treasure Island Music Festival turned out to be my first fest during a downpour. I had seen the photos from Glastonbury and muttered to myself that those people must be nuts. When I saw the Bay Area weekend forecast, I decided to skip Saturday and brave the rain on Sunday only. But I also really wanted to see Glass Animals, who were performing on Saturday, so I last-minute rallied and convinced my friend Jarda to rally with me. As luck would have it, he is also an on-again, off-again professional photographer and I had a pit pass for him. As you can see by the photos, it all worked out! [Read more…]
My husband whispered the news to me this morning over the head of our slumbering four-year-old (between us as usual): “Bob Dylan won a Nobel.” It was a meaningful moment that I’ll treasure probably forever because Kourosh knew know how important the news would be to me and had to share it right away, even risking waking the child and starting off our day extra early. Little things like that make me grateful to be in a longterm relationship, child sleeping between us and all. [Read more…]
Something that became clear while preparing for my photoshoot with the Chronicle was that while I’ve tried to fight it over the years, I am a diehard hippie at heart. When Kourosh and I bought our first home together in San Francisco in 2005 (terrible time to buy real estate, btw), I tried to keep things minimal. I’m not sure what forces were conspiring to push me in that direction—I think minimal was a big trend at the time—but I tried to reign in my bohemian tendencies, for whatever reason.
But then my mother-in-law brought me some amazing kilim pillows from Iran, and my inner bohemian was let loose. Every year since then I’ve accumulated more plants, more pillows, more baskets, more textiles (and more shag carpet, incidentally). The result is, I feel much more at home in my home. [Read more…]
The process of getting ready for the San Francisco Chronicle (check out the article) to shoot our home involved much anguish over pillow and plant placements, too much shopping, and the rearranging of many pieces of furniture, only to replace most of it back to where it was in the first place.
I wanted it to be an honest re-org, not a shove-things-in-the-closet one, so I cleaned out not only the obvious stuff, but also items no one could even see. I went through drawers and closets, tossed or gave away A LOT of clips, magazines, books DVDs, CDs, clothes Frida outgrew, clothes I outgrew. I channeled my inner Marie Kondo (though I ran out of time to finish in every room—next photoshoot!).
It was a lot of work, but it felt GOOD when the pictures were finally taken. I highly recommend a date with a photographer as a motivator for getting your home in order and looking fresh in that way the kids say it. Even if you’re not a blogger or don’t have a newspaper feature hanging over your head, maybe give yourself a deadline to snap some photos to post on Facebook or Instagram, silly as that sounds now that I read it back to myself. I’m making a point to do it bi-annually, because otherwise things get really out of hand. And deadlines are the only way I keep life moving forward productively.
Anyway, here are some photos in addition to the ones that appeared in the article to show you how it turned out. I increased by plant-to-human ratio to about 2:1, and borrowed many pieces from Room & Board that I was very sad to have to return (I restrained myself and only kept two baskets!).
1. Our house was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. Pretty cool to open up an old-school newspaper and see our digs! There’s a new-fangled online version too.
3. Rogue Wave at Bottom of the Hill TONIGHT. It’s sold out but there are some tickets on Craigslist. Also their California Bride video has some cool vintage images of San Francisco.
6. These dip-dyed wall hangings—can’t get them off my mind.
7. Under $100 retro ’70s bellbottom jeans.
8. Cost Plus World Market’s big, awesome rug sale
[Photo by Liz Hafalia via the SF Chronicle]
With relief and a touch of hostility, I just closed my browser tab for “fresh strawberry cupcakes” at the Sally’s Baking Addiction. Same with sand dollar cinnamon cookies at Mama Miss and the “Mermaid party” search tab on Pinterest.
I’m so embarrassed. I fell for the social media illusion that a DIY Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday Party would be a piece of perfectly-iced cake. If adorable images have you thinking something similar, stop it right now.
Throw money at your party or get VERY organized. Follow instructions and allow approximately two weeks longer than you think is necessary to prepare. In my case that would have been two weeks and two days, which would have been just about right.
So you will understand what doing it yourself is really like, I give you my evolution from DIY newbie to wizened crafter with so many feelings:
3pm – 7pm
Hit Michaels, Dollar Tree and Safeway for supplies. Feel anger towards Michael’s for having an aisle #74. Feel proud for shopping two full days in advance of party. Drink a glass of rosé and go to bed early.
If you missed the Makers Market fair last month, I have good news: you have three more opportunities to join in the festivities and shop the beautiful, handmade wares and meet some of the makers in person. This Saturday July 9 from 11am until 6pm, head to San Jose’s Santana Row for work by local artisans, wine tasting, live music and bites. The party will be in the park across from Left Bank Brasserie. You can also catch similar festivities on August 11 and September 10.
A few years ago, I bought an enormous Bob Dylan poster. I knew I’d never splurge for a frame quite so large—it would cost many times the amount I paid for the actual poster. So it remained stored downstairs until earlier this year when I was ouout to host a brunch and I felt the living/dining room area needed a change.
It was an experiment at first. The husband said he felt like he was in a teenage girl’s bedroom in the ’80s (a framed photograph of a horse heightened this feeling). The teen had questions: “Who is that guy??” and “When are we taking that down?” Nevertheless, a few months later, the poster remains on the wall. I’ve grown to love seeing him every day. It’s like we’ve gone back in time 40 years and Giant Bob is strolling by outside.
- Bonnaroo:If you’re not lucky enough to be in Tennessee, you can watch livestreams on their site, or listen to performances on Sirius XMU (subscription required).
- Makers Market: Come celebrate the opening of a new Makers Market brick and mortar store at San Jose’s Santana Row. I’ll be co-hosting some festivities (come for the free food and wine, stay for the U.S.-made goods) near the park across from Left Bank Brasserie.
- West Coast Craft is also this weekend!
- Coclico’s friends and family sale ends tomorrow! Get 20% off with code FRIENDLY2016
- Join me in having a whole new respect for Kesha.
- Helena Bonham-Carter will produce and star in a miniseries telling the story of, Mazie Gordon-Phillips, a brash heroine of NYC homeless people.
- Black lips, yay or nay?
- Radiohead will stream an all-day performance of Moon Shaped Pool at record stores globally on June 17.
- Refinery 29 breaks down the best plain white tees.
[Photo via Wikia]
Hey everyone, I’m excited to be co-hosting the grand opening festivities for the Makers Market brick and mortar shop at Santana Row in San Jose this Saturday, June 11!
Come join us between 12 and 6pm, for beautifully-designed, handcrafted all-American made goods including ceramics, jewelry, handbags, apothecary and more. In addition to checking out the gorgeous new store, you can shop 25 booths hosted by local artists in Santana Row park, enjoy live acoustic guitar, sip on complimentary wine from Scheid Vineyards and enjoy appetizers from Roots and Rye, Sino and Straits! Get there early for the wine and bites—and stay to snag gifts for grads, dads, brides and grooms. Hope to see you there! I’ll be there between noon and 2, but the festivities will continue until 6pm.
What: Makers Market in the Park + New Store Opening Celebration
Where: Look for the festivities across from Left Bank Brasserie
The store address is 3798 Santana Row Park, #1110
When: Saturday June 11, 12pm – 6pm. (Also look for Makers Market in the Park July 9, August 13, September 10)
Click through to see some of my favorite Maker’s Market products.