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

DSC02249 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.

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

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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

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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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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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What To Pack in Your Carry-On for Fashion Week so You Won’t Have to Check a Bag

One of my goals in life is to never check a bag at the airport ever again. With a toddler in tow, this may be impossible. But on occasions like New York fashion week when I’m solo and confused about what to do with my hands (why is there not a small person yanking on my arm?), the carry-on is a work of art that I’m continually perfecting.
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This Is What Happens When Veuve Clicquot Invites You to Dinner

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Last week, Veuve Clicquot hosted a dinner at Namu Gaji, a new-ish Korean restaurant in the Mission on Dolores. The food was amazing, and each dish was paired with a type of champagne, from vintage to rose. If you drink that much champagne and don’t feel hungover the next day, it’s clearly a testament to the quality of said champagne. It was such a fun night (despite my minor outfit regrets). I saw one of my oldest SF friends, Sarah Sung of Urban Daddy (above), new-ish (though it feels like we’ve known each other a long time!) friends Jeanne Chan of Shop Sweet Things, Angela Tafoya of Refinery 29, Anh of 9to5 Chic, and Chanda Stacker of Pancake Stacker, and made some brand new friends. I was seated next to Dana Eastland of Tablehopper (who coined “Veuve Marigold” as the champagne’s trademark yellow) and Darya Pino Rose of Summer Tomato, who recently published the book Foodist. I loved our conversation about food, dogs, raccoons and wedding dresses and hope to dine with them again soon. Here’s a peek at what went down. Cheers!
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Highlight and Contour Makeup Is Not as Fake-Looking as You Think

As I’ve mentioned, I don’t usually wear a lot of makeup. I like a natural look and I don’t have the time or patience to do much more. But who can look away when faced with one of these amazing makeup tutorial videos? This one made me think maybe I should rethink my minimal approach. I mean, I definitely won’t do this every day in this lifetime. But for photos or events, I kind of love how much it transforms her face without looking really makeup-y—despite the fact that the look is supposed to emulate Kim Kardashian. You can skip the last step completely (stop at 4:16) if you’re not interested in hyper-defined cheekbones.
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A Fast and Furious Denim Affair

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I haven’t been buying clothes for myself all that much in the past two years. I’ve bought some of vintage, and a new item here and there, but compared to before Frida came into our home, I’m like an Amish person. I have my uniforms that I wear over and over again, and the funny thing is I don’t even mind. I’ve purged my closet several times, selling stuff at Crossroads Trading Company Threadflip, and Poshmark and sending them off to the Score! Pop-Up Swap. And it feels pretty good to have tamed my previously over-indulgent self.

That must be why I’ve barely taken off these Goldsign “The Stevie” jeans since I bought them recently at Rand and Statler in Hayes Valley. I mean it’s kind of a problem. They are all I want to wear, to a fault. You’ve already seen them here, and there I am above wearing them at the park with the little missy. I rather like my Canadian tuxedo look, but I can’t say the same for all of my recent ensembles involving these jeans.
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