A friend recently introduced me to Eliana and Doug Reffue, the couple behind finally bringing Backyard sneakers to the United States. They’ve been sold in Denmark since 1972, but this is the first time they’re being imported to the US. I thought sneaks were so cute and they immediately gave me a Camp Collection vibe. When I got my pair in the mail, I was racking my brain on how to style them just right. My initial thought was jeans and a tee… but then I thought well isn’t that expected and couldn’t you try getting a little more creative, Ms. Fashion Blogger?
Even though I’ve been part of a Persian family for nearly 15 years, I only recently tasted albaloo polo, or sour cherry saffron rice with tiny meatballs and pistachios (and I think almonds on this version), for the first time. I’m guessing my mother-in-law hasn’t made it when I’m around because historically I was vegetarian and/or pescetarian. But in the past couple years I’ve been eating everything, and this was served at a family party just after I completed the hormone reset diet, so it was good timing (Thank you Hengahmeh!). And it was DELICIOUS! So delicious that it deserved an outfit.
Opening Ceremony lace-up platform boots, $158 (60% off, low stock!)
Rosanna ‘Talk Is Chic’ tote, $20 (on sale!)
Tomtom chevron green aventurine crystal cuff bracelet, $176 (on sale!)
- 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.
Is this not the most stunning kitchen you’ve seen in your entire life? To be clear, it’s not mine, and my kitchen looks 100% nothing like this. Mine features cabinets from 1974, formica countertops (at least they’re white), and a linoleum floor that we’ll discuss no further.
But since starting the Hormone Reset Diet that I’ve been going on about, I’ve been spending much more time in said kitchen, and a few appliances have made me feel a little bit like I’m in a luxurious one. I actually have to remind myself to calm down sometimes, I mean, it’s just a blender. But it’s so good at making smoothies! Give me a fizzy-water maker and I’m feeling fancy as hell. A nice new toaster oven has me roasting beets like nobody’s business and feeling like Gordon Ramsey (but nicer).
If you, too, are stuck in a rental with an aesthetically-challenged kitchen, modern machinery can do wonders for your mental health. Here are my current happy-making appliances. [Read more…]
Photos by Sofala Knapton
I love clothes, accessories, shoes, jewelry. I love acquiring new versions of all of the above. But I would trade new things any day for an amazing experience. A catered brunch with my closest friends like the one IfOnly hosted for us this past weekend is the perfect example. Actually enjoying time with friends instead of stressing over food preparation is a luxury more valuable than any pair of shoes. Pretty much any pair of shoes. OK maybe not these.
But seriously, I feel so fortunate to have wonderful friends to spend a Sunday afternoon with, and this was a really special group. [Read more…]
Pacifica is not known as a place to rock your new summer sundresses. Most people walking around here are wearing sweatshirts and jeans, often with a hat out of necessity rather than style. But I love dresses because they’re so easy to throw on and feel a bit put together. So over the past five years of living here, I’ve stocked up on long-sleeved maxi dresses. No worries about a blown-up skirt or chilly exposed arms.
I fell in love at first sight with this orange and black one from Osei Duro, an LA-based, sustainable brand that supports the local apparel industry and produces beautiful fabrics that are hand-dyed in Ghana. They design the best dresses, jumpsuits, tops and pants. I also really dig their jewelry.
Also can you believe these shoes? [Read more…]
- Coachella started today! 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).
- Bob Dylan is playing on June 9 + 10 at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. I hope to go, and if you see me there don’t be surprised if I’m all crying and stuff.
- Vinyl record sales were the highest in 2015 than they’ve been since 1988.
- Earth Day is next Friday! If you’re in the Bay Area, check out the street fest on 22nd between Valencia and Mission.
- Watch the video (below) of The Boss singing Thunder Road over a period of 41 years, preferably while drinking an adult beverage and dancing around your living room. Bonus points if you rope in the whole family.
- This Nicholas K bag would be kind of amazing for music festivals.
- Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, has organized a Grateful Dead cover album featuring 59 songs reimagined by bands including Cold War Kids, Courtney Barnett, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent and more. DYING. Preorder here, and look for it in May. Proceeds will benefit the Red Hot Organization
- This weekend, thanks to IfOnly, I get host a brunch without cooking, buying groceries or cleaning up. Check out how you can, too. Or you can take a plane ride around the Bay if that’s more your speed, or take a photography lesson, or learn how to blow glass or try one of their many other amazing experiences. Or, become a luminary if you want to share your skills with other folks.
- Happy weekend everyone! I’m splurging tonight and having a glass of rosé, because I’m a wild woman like that. What are you up to?
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…]
We just got back from a long weekend in Orange County for a basketball tournament and to visit my in-laws. We don’t do much while we’re there except hang out in the garden and swim, which is fine by me. My MIL is an amazing cook, has quite the green thumb, and is wonderful with Frida, so I cannot complain!
I recently had the pleasure of attending a fashion presentation by Blue Illusion, a brand that’s extremely well-known in Australia, but has just three stores in the United States, all of them in Northern California.