Saturday, February 16th, 2013

I realize I hadn’t posted pictures of my last trip to paris (besides these photos of taxidermy and these photos from pitchfork paris with bon iver). I didn’t shoot a lot, mainly places and moments that are familiar to me; have meaning for me for how invisible they can seem. These places normally live halfway around the world from me and my life in Los Angeles, but when I’m back in Paris, they feel so familiar and real and timeless that I wonder how I live without them so much of the time.

Images, more or less:
The crumbling stairwell and details and views around the apartment where I have my earliest memories and a place that has not changed in 3o years.
The fantastic blue ish light.
Fantastic real butter.
The Jardins des Plantes where I visit my favorite greenhouse, a lalanne sculpture and is also where I like to walk and people watch.
Palais Royale where my grandmother has the smallest shop in Paris–she sells music boxes and the shop makes a special cameo appearance in this local natives video.
My grandfather.
Walking with my family after a long lunch through the arcade of trees in Palais Royale
A plant-filled window I always loved in place des vosges.


rainy day at the huntington

Monday, November 19th, 2012

This weekend was heaven. Rainy days in Los Angeles are my favorite.

Went to the Huntington with family on saturday and and basked in the misty day and the even light.

braid bar + fundraiser

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Those of you who follow me on instagram might be familiar with all the awesome braids I wear. They’re all thanks to my friend Ali who is a braid genius. (She and Kate and I did a whole series of braid tutorials). And Ali needs all of our help. After a routine check up, it was discovered that she had a huge tumor in her ovary that needed to be taken care of immediately. She had been having symptoms but was misdiagnosed months earlier when she had insurance. So that meant she had to go ahead with an emergency surgery sans insurance. You can read her story here for more details.

The bottom line is that Ali has a ridiculous amount of medical debt and we all want to help her out. So Kate put this amazing design together and Whitney from Myrtle generously agreed to host a braid bar fundraiser on Saturday (Oct 20) with 10% of sales going to the fund. Ali will be offering 4 styles of braids for a suggested donation all afternoon to help you primp for your evening. And if you’re anything like me, the braids will last for days. PLus there will be ribbons and flowers and other fun things to add and play with.

Also I will be there documenting all the braiding action. It’s sure to be a good time and for a good cause.

Find all the info here. Walk ins are welcome and you can also email Ali to guarantee a slot, all the info is on the site. And if you aren’t in LA but want to participate you can donate here.

Hope to see you all there.

32 + sfgirlbybay

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday in a quiet way with some friends, some wine and some beard papa. I’m planning to stretch out the celebrating for at least another week in various ways, possibly swinging by the Ace, glasses of champagne shared with friends, etc.

I also got a nice little birthday present this morning when Victoria featured me and my apartment on sfgirlbybay.

Thanks to Morgan who helped pull my place together and thanks to Victoria for asking me to share, it was a great motivator for getting the place done. Hop over and peek into my apartment.


Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

This is Petrolia. To say that Monica and Will live off the beaten path would be an understatement. To get to petrolia, you have to exit the 101 and then basically drive through a redwood forest and over a mountain range on a tiny almost 2 lane road where you pass maybe 4 cars in an hour and a half. You drive through a ‘town’ called honeydew. And then 20 minutes after that you are in Petrolia.

Monica and Will live there in this yurt. They grow their own vegetables, have 39 chickens, operate on solar power and both work for non profits helping to restore the king range and mattole river to their original glories. Monica is due any day now so these pictures show her at almost 9 months along. I feel like monica and will are almost always smiling.

About 10 minutes away is the coast where we took a long walk on a basically deserted stretch of beach and I found a rock I liked. I took a picture so that I could leave it where I found it; such is the lost coast.

the lost coast

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Just returned from the Lost Coast and Arcata.

The trip involved redwoods, solar powered yurts, chickens, empty coast line, yoga, dirt roads, lots of garlic, NO INTERNET, a pregnant cousin, a non pregnant cousin, dogs, cats, wine, cheese, tie dye, greenhouses, more redwoods, long walks on the beach and sleeping.

Pics of all of it soon enough.

And thank you to everyone who left such thoughtful comments on the last post. I got them on the trip and they were really comforting.

a year ago

Monday, September 5th, 2011

A year ago I went to Alaska, twice. Once to visit family with Elliott and go on an adventure. Then 4 days after I came back to LA, I flew a red eye back to Anchorage to deal with the breakup that had happened on the flight home from the first trip.

My family gave me a lot of support and my cousins let me crash their trip to Denali (thanks again guys). After 5 years with Elliott, I was just in shock. It wasn’t dramatic, it just wasn’t working. And it was sad and scary.

Then I stayed another 10 days just because it felt good to be there.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since then. I’ve kept myself really busy–with Rue, Standard, Rue again, trip to New York, the desert, living with Marie, being featured in Sunset (and yes that photo of me was taken about 3 days after the breakup), 2 trips to San Francisco, spread in Anthology, shooting for emily, moving to a new place (and out of the old one), shooting for At Your Leisure, AYL again, visiting the house in Todos Santos, being on Oh Joy, working on the Show, shooting dwell on design, Victoria spotlighting me, dating, the New York Times, more dating, more New York Times, the Show again, and just a whole lot more.

I’m proud of all the things I’ve been able to accomplish in a year. I feel more independent and capable and I’ve carved out more of a life for myself. But the truth is that it’s really only now that I’m actually starting to feel a lot of the loss. Not to get all woowoo feelings about it all, but I think I needed to be busy to get through the transition. And I was basically exhausted for the entire year. Now that I’m actually settled, I’m really able to feel all the shittiness. Acutely. And it sucks.

I don’t normally get super personal around here, but this was such a milestone and has been such a big part of the last year that I really wanted to share. I’m slowing down a bit, going to go up north and visit my other cousins with my mom. One of them lives in a yurt, the other lives close to redwoods. This will be good for me.


Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

My French grandfather, Bernard, was in the business of textiles in France in the 60′s and 70′s. Apparently he was big enough that someone decided he was worth a little magazine spread. My mom just dug up the clipping. We figured it must be 1980 because, that’s me as a bebe! (I got my 15 minutes of fame over with early, to take the pressure off).

This was their house in the Dordogne. I have vague vague recollections of being there. But I recognize some of the furniture from their house now. And I kind of wish I had that table and those pendants…and that whole house. This clipping is totally going into the box of memories.

orchids + subtle big news

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Gramma’s orchids, in bloom, 5 years later, thanks to mom.

Happy weekend everyone. I’m doing some more work this weekend for the same place I was so excited about last week. Maybe you’ve heard of it? THE NEW YORK TIMES? Details next week!

elle decor + frog chair

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

wow, what a nice surprise to be featured on elle decor’s design insider’s weekly finds! Thanks, Emma at marion house book for the shout out! And just for you, here is the unveiling of the lalanne crapaud in my living room. Sure, it’s a little tight, but I think it’s working.