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…]
- 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.
Yep, champagne gummy bears! Despite my recent dietary efforts, I would splurge without hesitation on this collaboration between Sugarfina and Jonathan Adler. And wouldn’t these cute boxes make the perfect Mother’s Day gift? My mom is not exactly the champagne-taste type, but I’m certain she would find these candy bento boxes amusing and fun (and delicious!). The three limited-edition boxes were designed and themed by Adler and are each paired with three 3.5 oz. lucite cubes of best-selling Sugarfina confections including:
- “Cocktail Hour” – It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere (I say this a lot)! Champagne Bears are made with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne, plus “Martini Olive” almonds and spiced rum and cola Cuba Libre gummies.
- “Chic & Sour” – Cult favorite Sugar Lips, citrusy Heavenly Sours and ripe and juicy Peach Bellini.
- “Cocoa A-Go-Go” – Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, shimmery Sugarfina Pearls and playful pastel Fruity Loops.
You can find the boxes exclusively at Sugarfina stores, Neiman Marcus, and Jonathan Adler for $30 each.
If you’re not familiar with Sugarfina, a little history: Sweethearts Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick founded the brand, selling online in 2012 with cocktail candies including Champagne Gummy Bears, Cuba Libre and Peach Bellini dummies. They opened their first retail store in Beverly Hills in 2013. It now has 15 retail locations throughout North America.
If, like me, you’re in the Bay Area, you can visit stores at Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108(415) 579-0599; 1837 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (415) 579-0555; and Santana Row, Space 1015, San Jose, CA 95128 (669)222-1100. [Read more…]
Happy Monday everyone! So you may have noticed on my social media last week that I co-hosted an event with Move Loot and Two Mile Wines in Oakland on Wednesday. We had such a great night and I wanted to share a little recap of the event.
The theme was Furniture Is the New Fashion, a topic that Move Loot co-founder Jenny Morrill also talked about at SXSW on Saturday. Attendees last week got a sneak peek of her presentation, plus delicious wine and great company!
We curated a collection of furniture from the Move Loot site especially for the event, and they transported it all to the beautiful Two Mile Wines space in Oakland. I helped arrange all the mismatched pieces (my favorite) into little vignettes and conversation areas. We then had a little panel discussion with Jenny and Shruti Shah, another co-founder. These ladies are a couple of badass entrepreneurs. The conversation was really interesting and the audience had tons of great questions about how it all works.
We’ve all had that piece of furniture that’s still got a lot of life left, but we’ve fallen out of love with. And we just kind of want it OUT of the house but it all seems so labor-intensive: shooting great photos, listing it, fielding email and phone calls from prospective buyers who may or may not be serious. Move Loot solves all of these problems.
Just head to Move Loot and click on the “Sell Furniture” button. Take a few snaps of your item, but don’t worry about the clutter of magazines in the corner because the Move Loot folks will white out the background. They’ll then discuss a price with you and list the furniture on their site. The piece stays in your home until it sells. When it does sell, you can then get on with your life and use those funds to buy something awesome to replace what you’ve just sold.
It’s perfect for moms who might want to refresh their space, but don’t want to drop bank on a piece that will end up crusted with Play-Doh and covered in experimental Crayola art.
The founders also explained that the service is handy for real estate agents who need to stage homes, professional organizers (there was at least one at the event, great to meet you, Lucy!), and startups creating new office space.
I had so much fun meeting new people and interviewing Jenny and Shruti. They have built an amazing business from the ground up—coming up with the concept came somewhat naturally, but they then had to create an entirely new logistics system for picking up and delivering furniture. There was no off-the-shelf solution for what they needed, so they built it!
It’s a really cool business and I hope you’ll check it out. There are still some pieces left from my curated Move Loot collection! A percentage of all profits goes to Family Builders, the adoption organization that helped us adopt Frida. Happy shopping!
Photos by Kristen Philipkoski
Last year I went to the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City, and the highlight of the 3-day event was seeing Future Islands perform. Not only is the band’s music fantastic, but lead singer Sam Herring, as you can see here, is an incredible front man.
And while this was one of my favorite moments of 2015, it also turned out to be one of my biggest regrets because I never found a way to use the photos I shot at the show. I was super excited and kind of proud when I saw how they turned out, but, alas, they languished on my hard drive. [Read more…]
I love my family and have always wanted to display photos of my parents, cousins, grandparents, in-laws—especially those treasured moments from back in the day when we used FILM. But I’ve never found a way to display family photos that feels right. While some have mastered the look, I’m not one for a cornucopia of picture frames on the bookshelf—my arrangement usually evokes a hoarder grandma feel.
So I was excited when my friend Janette Crawford told me about a new project she’s working on called Parabo Press. It’s a brand new service from the folks at Photojojo and Zoomin that offers creative ways to display photos. My favorite is the risograph print (above), which uses a Japanese machine invented in the ’80s to apply a color—pink, blue, turquoise or a peachy-orange—to your photos and blow them up into a 12″ by 17″ inch art piece on sturdy art-quality paper. I was so excited to get these made of our teenager and 3-year-old!
Photos by Kourosh Karimkhany
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
With the first three phases of grief behind me, I’ve moving on to the step four of seven: depression, reflection, and lonliness. I am a bit depressed, mostly because every morning when I wake up I’m staring at a giant pile of my clothes, shoes and bathroom “necessities” that I’ve been putting off organizing for a week. Reflection? I am reflecting on how much clothing and makeup I purged—several large garbage bags worth—and how I still have piles with no home. Lonely? I do feel that ironic loneliness that happens when you’re surrounded by so much, but still feeling alone this world. And I am indeed alone in my responsibility to get it all in order.
But let’s take a baby step towards step number five, “the upward turn,” by celebrating the amazing custom wallpaper we’ve installed in The Teen’s room. Truth be told I didn’t lift a finger to install it. The kind folks at NousDecor recruited celebrity interior designer Mark Cutler (he did JLo’s house!) to design a wallpaper featuring all of our boy’s favorite things, plus a design for the rest of the room! Read more about it here.
I’m focusing for now on the wallpaper because 1. It’s the coolest thing in the room, 2. The Teen called it “sick” when he saw it for the first time, which cool/young people in my life tell me is a positive review, and 3. We still have a little work to do on the rest of the room.
But stay tuned, because I have a deadline. Tend.com is filming our home at the end of this month, so both my room and The Teen’s must be ready by then! This is a good thing, because otherwise things may continue as is, with my bags of bags (Yes I have several bags that contain nothing but other bags. At least they are together with their kind) piled atop bags of shoes which are wedged in between my bags of beauty products.