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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Learn How To Keep Your Cool After Becoming a Mom

 Learn How To Keep Your Cool After Becoming a Mom

If you’re expecting, or trying to adopt, even if you’ve been trying really hard to be a mom for years like I did, you might have all kinds of fears about what life is going to be like after your little person arrives. I certainly did, and I would’ve loved something like Lovemade, an events series created by my friends Jeanne Chan of ShopSweetThings and Janette Crawford of Sun + Dotter and Homepolish.

Their goal is to reassure you that you will not lose your cool, your edginess, your character, or any of the other awesome stuff that makes you you, just because you’re a mom. Their first workshop is on Saturday, where expecting moms will learn about nursery design, maternity and baby fashion, breastfeeding, get a makeup tutorial with Bare Minerals artists, get baby bump photos with Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids, plus listen to a panel about work-life balance with Katie Hintz-Zambrano, founder of Mother magazine, Erica Chan Coffman of Honestlywtf and Liz Stanley of Say Yes.

The workshop costs $375 (sign up here), and includes a SWEET gift bag stuffed with goodies from International Orange spa, Freshly Picked baby moccasins (which make me want to have another infant immediately), The Honest Company diapers, bibs, bottles and lots more. Space is limited to 15, so sign up quick!

Linda Fahey Ceramics in a Magical Redwood Grove

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A few weeks ago, we made a trip out to the King’s Mountain Art Fair in Woodside. It’s a magical event, with arts, crafts, food and drink nestled among a shady redwood grove (mark your calendars for next year!). The highlight of the day was running into Linda Fahey (who is also a friend and fellow Pacifican) and her amazing ceramics. She created an exclusive collection for Anthropologie last year, and is working on another, which will be available for holiday 2014. Watch out for it, and follow her on Instagram to track her progress!

If you’re in the Bay Area, stop by her Yonder Shop at 158 Reina Del Mar in Pacifica (right next to Gorilla BBQ). And congrats are in order: the shop just made the SF Chronicle’s list of the Bay Area’s top 100 shops! It’s not tough to see why—from her big, nautically-themed platters, to her Tiny Love Cups, everything is incredibly unique and beautiful, and it’s all handmade by Linda. I’ve been jonesing for one of her driftwood spoons for a while now, and a tall ship platter is also on my must-buy list.

Also look out for an upcoming collaboration with graphic designer and printmaker Julia Kostreva. More info coming soon! Check out lots more of her work below, plus more shots from the fair.
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Events and Sales I Would Totally Go To/Shop…

… if I didn’t have a two-year-old and had tons of cash!

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580 Hayes Street—The open space next to Hayes & Kebab (corner of Hayes and Laguna) is throwing an art show tonight from 6 to 9pm featuring photography by Jarda Brych, mural art by John Baden, and lots more. This is probably the last event here before the space is demolished and condos go up.

Fiat Lux—Tonight, from 7 to 11pm, the tiniest, awesomest jewelry store in SF is hosting its annual truck show with Claire Kinder Studio & Daisy San Luis Metal. The space might be small, but the couple behind Fiat Lux knows how to throw a party, and they have amazing taste. (I’m going to try to make it to this one!)

Amour Vert—Tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, stylist and “eco-ambassador” Greta Eagan will be at the new store to sign copies of her new book Wear No Evil. Sophia Bush called it “the ultimate, all-in-one style guide with ethics built in that we’ve all been waiting for.” Eagan will be there from 12 to 3pm at 437 Hayes Street in San Francisco. I don’t know about you but I’m way ready to get rid of the sweat shops in my life. (OK so I’m actually going to this one, see you there?)

Ligne Roset—The brand’s floor sample sale is happening through August 3, so go get some mid-century goodness for your place. The store is at 162 King Street in SF. Just make sure a baseball game isn’t happening when you go!

Freda SalvadorMy most favorite shoe brand is three years old! To celebrate Freda’s birthday, all sale shoes are an extra 15 percent off with the code FREDAISTHREE.

Legion—One of my favorite new shops in San Francisco has marked down summer merchandise from brands including Ilana Kohn, Rachel Rose, Theonne, Collina Strada, Kathryn McCarron, Kaarem and more 40% off! Find the shop in Chinatown at 679 Clay Street.

Raw Dance—RAWdance is kicking off its 10th Anniversary Season with two world premieres for the company, plus two premieres by guest companies Project B. and Gretchen Garnett & Dancers this weekend. Catch one of their gorgeous performances at Z Space (450 Florida Street) tonight, Friday, at 8pm; tomorrow, Saturday July 26 at 8pm (including a post-show reception and silent auction); or Sunday, July 27 at 7pm If you need a little nudge to buy tickets, check out the Chronicle’s super flattering writeup about Wendy Rein and Ryan Smith, the duo who launched Raw Dance in San Francisco a decade ago.

So I Got Fired Yesterday

Yep, I got canned. It’s kind of the worst feeling, and it’s embarrassing, and my first instinct was to not let anyone ever know this really humiliating thing happened to me. In fact, I fibbed to one of my closest friends yesterday when I told her I couldn’t make it to the girl’s night out we’d planned because I’d “quit” my job and was upset about it (really sorry, Shadin).

Then I talked to my husband, who also got fired last year. He decided then not to take his employer’s offer to say it was a mutual agreement, not really a firing. I asked him why he would not take that opportunity to save face, and he said because it’s liberating to tell the truth. The job wasn’t right for him, and he got fired, why sugarcoat it? That got me thinking about my own hesitation to admit the truth of my shitcanning.

Then we picked up our daughter from daycare. As I waited for her caretaker to open the door, I was overwhelmed by the feeling that what’s on the other side of that door is what’s most important. Then it opened, and she gave me that smile and ran to me like I was the the most awesome person on earth.

I see quotes about how failure is good and necessary all over social media every day.

Here’s a great one from Maya Angelou:

“Courage allows the successful woman to fail-
and learn powerful lessons-
from the failure-
so that in the end,
she didn’t fail at all.”

Various outlets publish tons of lists of quotes on failure every year—but hardly anyone talks about their actual failures (Here’s one exception).

While reading the quotes makes me feel not as terrible, facing what’s real feels even less terrible. I want to live up to that awesome-person status, which would seem to require being an honest person. I got fired yesterday, y’all. I did some good writing at that job and I’m proud of my work. In the end it wasn’t enough, and it’s time to move on. So here’s to what’s next… omg what is next? I’ll try to figure that out over the weekend. Check back Monday, won’t you?

Just a Fabulous Tapestry

woven wall hanging Just a Fabulous TapestryI’ve been looking for a macrame piece for above our bed for a long time, and I think I’ve finally found it at this Etsy shop called Jujujust. It’s not technically macrame but it’s the perfect blend of modern boho ’70s fabulous for our heavily shag-carpeted home. Her jewelry and accessories are also wonderful, check out some more of her work below. Choosing a color is the hardest part!

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A Couch at the Dining Table

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I’m currently obsessed with finding the perfect couch to pair with our dining table. I’m dreaming of it doubling as a place to hang out and read during the day (even though that may not happen until Frida graduates from toddler-hood), and seating for guests at the table when we have dinner parties. And I found plenty of inspiration online to fuel my obsession. What do you think? Kind of a great way to do a dining table, no?

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