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!

Closet Elimination Project Steps 4-5: The Joy of Custom Wallpaper

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.

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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.

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The first step is admitting you have to give up your walk-in closet. The second step is having a good cry. The third step is formulating a plan for what in god’s name you’re going to do will all of your clothes.

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This has been my closet for the past four years, and the rest of the room has been my office. In less than a month, we’ll be getting a new member of our family (more on that later), and this will be his closet and room.

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It’s going to be a lot of work, but he’s a seriously awesome dude and I don’t mind at all giving up this room my husband has taken to calling the “doll house.” In fact, I’m looking forward to paring down my clothing to a wardrobe that will fit on just ONE (maybe 1.5) clothing rack. I have SO MUCH stuff I never wear. (Stay tuned for a rummage sale right here on the blog!) And I’m excited because I’m recruiting a handful of talented and awesome people to help with the new design.

My new closet will be a custom-made rack in this corner of our bedroom. I’ll also need some other furniture, probably a dresser or two, TBD.

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My new office will be located in what’s currently known as the “man cave,” so it will need a bit of feminizing. But I’m up to the task!

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Now that the first (dnd second) steps are taken care of, it’s time to move on to some serious reorganization. Stand by for steps three through—god knows what!

Photos via Apartment Therapy.

Seven Practical Ways to Use a Moroccan Pouf in Your Home

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On an outdoor patio. Photo via Cush and Nooks

I bought a white leather Moroccan pouf the other day at the Serena and Lily outlet,  and I’m so into it! First it was the hanging rattan chair, and now once again S + L has fulfilled a years-long dream of mine to own a particular furniture item. They’re both pieces that the husband resists spending money on because they don’t seem practical. But both the chair and the pouf were acquired thanks to collaborations with Serena and Lily, so he couldn’t argue. Plus, *I* would argue that the pouf is totally practical. You can easily move it from room to room and it can double as a table. Check out a six more ways to style one below!

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What Rocker Alison Mosshart Wore at Art Basel Miami Beach

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I’ve attended Art Basel Miami Beach nearly every year since 2006 with my bestie Robyn. But I couldn’t make it this year, and so of course this is the year when she runs into my favorite rocker chick Alison Mosshart. If you’re not familiar, she’s one-half of The Kills with Jamie Hince, aka Mr. Kate Moss. I’m not going to mope, because I only would have turned into a pathetic giggling teenager, not the cool kind with a cute mugshot. I’m just going to talk about her rad outfit OK?

When Robyn approached her for a photo, Mosshart was checking out this insane sculpture of Salvador Dali. She happily agreed and said, “Oh let me go over by the Iron Maiden painting.” Not only was Robyn lucky enough to run into Ms. Mosshart at the Scope Art Fair, one of many satellite fairs that happen the same week at Art Basel, but she was lucky enough to run into her in the vicinity of an Iron Maiden painting. What could be more perfect? Also, OH: “Can you put Alison Mosshart plus nine on the list?” Aah, to be a rock star.

Update: Mosshart is exhibiting her paintings at Scope with Joseph Gross gallery.

Right this way to get Alison Mosshart’s outfit for your own self:
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Don’t Miss Serena & Lily’s Limited-Time Berkeley Outlet

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I’ve teamed up in the past with Serena & Lily, makers of interior magic, and I’m excited to collaborating with them once again to spread the word about their discount outlet in Berkeley. They’re offering up merchandise with small dents and dings as well as samples through December 8 only at a temporary outlet in Berkeley. All hard goods, bedding and decorative accessories are at least 40 percent off the original price, and upholstered items are at least 30 percent off. You’ll find lots of one-of-a-kind pieces at amazing prices. Personally, I’m coveting one of those poufs! Click below for some examples of the treasures you could find!

Serena & Lily Outlet
1360 Tenth Street, Berkeley, CA – off Gilman
(Google might tell you it’s 1330, FYI)

OPEN – Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 4pm
CLOSED – Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday
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Virginia Elwood Adapts Toca Boca Characters as Temporary Tattoos—You’ll Want a Permanent One!

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So don’t tell my mom, but I’m obsessed with the idea of getting a tattoo. I’ve seen so many beautiful ones on women I admire recently. (I confess this began with a marathon viewing of L.A. Ink.) Plus, I figure, I’m 46 years old. At least half of my life has been lived without a tattoo. Time’s a-wastin’.

So it was perfect timing when I found out that online and mobile kids’ game Toca Boca is collaborating with tattoo artist extraordinaire Virginia Elwood (who earlier this year was featured in Vogue!) Since discovering her work, I’m considering paying her a visit at Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn for my own ink, as they say (plus Robyn lives there, maybe she would hold my hand). Until then, Frida and I have been having fun with the temporary versions Elwood designs based on Toca Boca characters. I chatted with her on the phone to find out more about the collab and her inspirational career.

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On the 1 With Frida: Orange County and Hearst Castle

Welcome to On the 1 With Frida, where we explore all the fun CA Route 1 has to offer.

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A favorite moment in OC.

We recently drove down to Southern California from San Francisco the fast way, and came back up the slow way on Route 1. We swam at Mayee and Baba’s (the grandparents on daddy’s side) in Orange County, ate delicious Mexican food for lunch in Santa Barbara, stayed at a cozy AirBnB in San Luis Obispo, checked out Hearst Castle, and drank bubbly Monterey. We had to postpone a stop at the Monterey Aquarium, but we’ll be back (despite our suspicions that people in that town hate children).
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All the Stars in This Movie Are Eleven

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If the word “tween” makes you queasy, Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey will ease those concerns with her incredibly charming film I Am Eleven. She traveled the world for six years interviewing 25 11-year-olds across the globe, from the United States to France to India and Australia and beyond. They’re no longer babies, but not yet teenagers, and it’s a magical time when unselfconsciousness combined with surprising intellectual capacity create thoughts and expressions that will delight and surprise you—even if you don’t have kids.

This weekend, Bailey, who has won loads of awards for her filmmaking, is bringing her first feature length documentary, I Am Eleven (which has also won loads of awards), to the Bay Area. I’m beyond honored to have been asked to moderate a Q&A panel with the filmmaker after the screening tonight at the Metreon. Come join me for the film at 7pm with the Q&A directly afterwards. Screenings continue throughout the weekend at The New Parkway theater in Oakland at 2:15 on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday, then at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center at 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you there!

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