Happy 2015 and Highlights from 2014

We hope our flowers pleased the goddess.

We hope our flowers pleased the goddess.

Photos by Viva Van Assen

Years ago, friends invited us to Ocean Beach to celebrate the New Year like Brazilians do: by dressing in white for good luck and throwing flowers into the ocean as a tribute to Yemanja, the goddess of the seas. This year it occurred to me that we live by the beach! Why not take on that tradition ourselves? And so we gathered some friends and did just that. The sunset was beautiful and it was an amazing way to end an eventful year.

Usually I do a lot of thinking at the end of the year about the previous 365 days and my hopes for the coming year. But this year we had back to back houseguests since before Christmas until literally about an hour ago, so I’m still kind of processing everything. Below are the 10 things that seemed most significant in the Stylenik world in 2014—because it’s not right to let the New Year pass by without a list now, is it?

Why are we at the cold beach again?

Why are we at the cold beach again?

Toasting as the sun sets.

Daddy that hat looks better on me.

Daddy that hat looks better on me.



Gina, who works at Lifefactory, brought white silicone-covered glasses for the occasion!

Gina, who works at Lifefactory, brought white silicone-covered glasses for the occasion.

Wishing everyone a very happy 2015!

Wishing everyone a very happy 2015!

Pacifica Pier

Pacifica Pier

Things that happened in 2014:
I got fired. It was the high point of my year.

Apartment Therapy stopped by for a house tour.

Frida turned 2!

I started a writing gig with Forbes|Life.

I started writing for the SF Chronicle.

Mother featured my fost/adopt story. And my mom jeans!

ThredUP called me a style expert. That’s all I really ever wanted.

I think I went to Outside Lands?

I wrote a bunch for 7×7.

Madison Reed called me the comeback queen, and I relished the opportunity to make an L.L. Cool J reference. #dontcallitacomeback

Wearing: Vintage fur jacket (similar here) ASOS dress (also seen here; similar here), Converse sneakers, Eugenia Kim hat, Ray Ban sunglasses.

Don’t Miss Serena & Lily’s Limited-Time Berkeley Outlet


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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A Foggy New York Day Welcomes San Francisco’s Marine Layer


When I woke up yesterday and checked the weather app, I immediately noticed the “severe fog warning” streaming across the top. I laughed and thought, a perfect day for the opening of San Francisco brand Marine Layer’s first east coast store. Kristen and I have a running joke that SF punishes me weather-wise every time I head out to visit her, and now it was coming after me here, on my home turf. Ah San Francisco, why must you torture me so?

NYC fog Marine Layer opening day
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Let’s Talk About Personal Style at PoshFest, Tomorrow!

Photo via All Dylan

I was at an event for Veronica Beard a few weeks ago at Neiman Marcus, and my fellow bloggers and I were standing around, as we do, talking about were we got our sense of style. I kept quiet because I honestly had no clue from whence mine hails. I was an only child, and I never had a relative who was particularly interested in fashion, or a family friend.

I’ve been trying to come up with something ever since, and now the pressure it on: I’m on a panel tomorrow entitled “Style Q&A: Fashion Pros Help Elevate Your Look” for Poshfest (tickets still available!), a gathering of fashion and style enthusiasts organized by online clothing reseller and community Poshmark. I have a hunch someone might ask me that question, so it’s been at the back of my mind all week. I still don’t have a clear answer, but I think it might have something to do with moving to San Francisco in the ’90s. And Bob Dylan. And possibly Nirvana. And this Foxygen video is giving me some clues. Fingers crossed this will make sense by tomorrow.

How to Throw a Baby Shower for Baby Shower Aficionados (and the Best Pastry Chef in the Country)

I found the banner at Target—you can write on it with chalk! I also made a last minute trip to Home Goods for the cupcake stand and a few other serving implements.

I found the banner at Target—you can write on it with chalk! I also made a last minute trip to Home Goods for the cupcake stand and a few other serving implements.

More and more women are getting pregnant in their late 30s and 40s, which means their friends—i.e. the folks you would invite to their baby shower—are probably also around that age. And that means they’ve seen a baby shower or two (or 25) in their lives. And let’s face it, many of us will try any credible excuse to lay on the couch and watch The Good Wife instead of attending our 26th shower. So when I volunteered to plan my friend Jen’s shower, those possibilities were top of mind. I wanted everyone celebrate a new little person (a girl woo!) coming into the world without being forced into uncomfortable situations.

Oh the other thing about this party? The co-founder of one of the best restaurants in the country was one of my guests. Have you been to State Bird? It’s the most creative, delicious food I’ve eaten in my entire life, and there was no way I was going to cook for that esteemed establishment’s co-creator. So I did a brunch where other people cooked almost everything: Bagels from the bagel shop (we made a special trip into the city for the good ones) with all the fixings, Kourosh made egg salad (not afraid!), we had jams made by his mom, and I picked up cupcakes from Pacificakes right down the road, which were delicious. I did bellinis for drinks and called it a day.
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‘I Am Eleven’ Is Playing for Another Week in San Francisco! Win Two Free Passes Here


So this is exciting: the documentary film about 11-year-olds that I told you about last week has been extended in the Bay Area through next week. That means you have another chance to see this touching film before the filmmakers, Genevieve Bailey and Henrik Nordstrom, travel back to the other side of the world in Australia. And you really need to. I had no idea how hilarious and charming 11-year-olds could be before I saw the film last Friday. They’re still kind of kids, but almost teenagers. They’re on the cusp, and they are all wonderful, from India to Indonesia, the U.S., China and beyond.

Want to win? In the comments section below, fill in the blank: When I was 11 ___________. It can be anything: funny, sad, embarrassing, whatever. I will pick a winner at random on Monday morning, who will get to check out the showing of their choice at the Metron next week from Monday through Thursday. The film has been extended to other theaters in Berkeley and Oakland, Larkspur as well as the Balboa Theater and the Regal Stonestown Twin. Check out all show times are listed here and above on the flyer. And don’t forget to tell us what you remember about being 11!

All the Stars in This Movie Are Eleven

I am Eleven

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!


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


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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Mara Hoffman + Freda Salvador Is a Match in NYFW Heaven

I always love it when friends from disparate parts of my life get along. So I was beyond thrilled to see this match-in-heaven happen at New York fashion week: Mara Hoffman showed her Spring/Summer 2015 collection with San Francisco-based shoe brand (and a major favorite of mine) Freda Salvador.

The Mara Hoffman collection looks 100% to-die-for, and it couldn’t be more perfect with the Fredas. Here’s further proof:

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