naughty + nice

This is a public service announcement to all my fellow burlesque dancers, as well as any mommies out there who might want to be demure and a little sexy at the same time. I present to you:

TIGHTS WITH A GARTER PATTERN WOVEN IN! I love them! No one needs to know you're wearing them, unless your skirt "blows up"!

I got mine HERE, you can thank me later.

And, to all my architect and design minded friends, I was sitting on an Eames DAR, in front of our wonderful Danish filing cabinet full of drafting and painting supplies when I took this photo. 

By the way, we found "The Danish", as it's called around here, at a junky furniture shop in the lower Haight several years ago. Check it out:



into the muir woods

David being out of town this weekend, Stella and Oliver and I went for a cold and beautiful hike in Muir Woods on Sunday. It was early in the day, and a little colder than expected. But now that I realize how close this is to San Francisco, this is something I could see myself out doing and home again before the rest of the house wakes up on the weekends. 

You can take the girl out of New Hampshire, but you can't take the New Hampshire out of the girl. The trees here in Muir Woods mainly consist of giant redwoods and small, blighted oaks, but the feeling of forest is transcendent. And obviously, there is nothing more fun to kids than the idea of climbing a tree. Stella and Oliver are such city kids, but they will climb anything with bark on it.

apartment therapy awards

Note: "The Homies 2012" are over and voting is closed. I landed somewhere around 20th place,
and that's good enough for me, this year anyway! Thank you to all who voted for me!

Apartment Therapy has been very good to me over the last six months. The exposure I've gotten from being featured there (five times!) has been really fun and exciting, and I'd love to be included in the "Best Family Blog" list, part of their "The Homies 2012" awards. I would be thrilled if you'd be willing to cast a vote for this blog over there right now. The voting ends Friday, March 2nd, and I'd be grateful if you wouldn't mind giving it a try. 

Here's what you do:

1. Click HERE.

2. Scroll down (or up!) until you see "corner blog" and cast your vote. It is possible you may have to register to do this. Apartment Therapy is a very legit blog and registration is easy, so don't worry. Please only vote once for me.

Thank you so much. I've got a lot more I want to show and share in the coming months. I love being included with other design-minded folk, and I'd be in good company on this list. Thanks again!



menu: oscars party for kids


Chips and Broccoli with
The Artist, Hugo, Midnight in Paris
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Tree of Life
Because the dip is "French", chips and dip are loud and close, and broccoli looks like trees.

French Baguette with Warm Brie
The Artist, Hugo, Midnight in Paris

Mini Hot Dogs in Croissant
All those French movies

Pineapple and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches
The Descendants & The Help
The Hawaii thing, the 50's thing.

The Help
Because of the chocolate pie, but I've been dying to try this recipe.


le Village Sparkling French Berry Lemonade

Sofia Mini Blanc de Blanes Sparkling White Wine
Because I'm alone with the kids and don't want to waste a bottle!

We're just back from a hike in Muir Woods, but wanted to pop this in here in case anyone needed some ideas for their kids for the Oscars. I just thought of these in the car, the best I could do for now, and they're reaching, for sure!

tourist in my own town

In the beginning of February, I spend a few days as a tourist in my own town, with my mother and aunt, and of course, Oliver. By my best estimates, we walked about four slow, window-shoppy, touristy miles on Friday, three slow, nature-filled, sight-seeing miles on Saturday, and then David and I walked a bit on Sunday to a get-together in the Mission in the afternoon. Those aren't giant distances, but San Francisco has those hills, and the stop-start of tourism, and the bending over to keep (a very patient) toddler entertained, and then the walking at each actual destination. We had a great time. But, tired!

The Conservatory of Flowers current "Playland at the Conservatory" exhibit. I'd been looking forward to seeing it. Looking forward to it ending even more so, so I can grab me one of these for my collection. Oliver was in heaven, of course.

Big me, tiny Oliver.

The tower, again.

And, the Japanese Tea Garden, again, with these two lovely ladies who were rarin' to go, all weekend.

Oliver INSISTED there was no chocolate from his taiyaki on his face.

Like I said, loads of fun! But for this tired mama who'd been sleeping on the floor for over a week, trying to teach Oliver to possibly sleep for four hours at a time without me spooning him, that was alotta walking. I'd do it again, though, and probably will. Who's visiting next?


weekend plans

My main man is on a trip for the weekend, so I'm flying solo with Stella and Oliver for a few days. Tonight we had a little dinner out and a movie, and now they are off to bed and I'm setting up my portable workstation to start bedazzling some things and get myself back into a burlesque and costuming state of mind. I'm also drinking a makeshift hot toddy, and channel surfing for programming that only I could enjoy. AND I cleaned. Why am I more productive without my sweet David around? Hmmm....

Look at those Swarovskis in the little plastic bag. They are so beautiful! I'm going to have to do some thinking about how to integrate the really, really shiny ones with the other less shiny ones I received in the mail recently, and the pretty shiny ones I've had for ages. I'm excited to get on this project!

Tomorrow we're going to snuggle all morning, and in the afternoon head over to the East Bay to check out this nice looking Etsy event, curated by the sweet Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

There is one artist scheduled to be there who I've been admiring from afar, and another seller has some of the most amazing paper pompoms I've ever seen. Also, there will be cupcakes, so the kids are all set. 

Then Stella and I are going to make our annual "Oscars Matrix", which looked like this last year:

The idea is to integrate recipes into more than one movie, so you're not cooking nine different dishes. Last year's hits were ice cream baked potatoes, for Toy Story's Mr. Potato Head, and an amazing chicken pot pie from an Ina Garten recipe. Also, Sriracha wings. Winter's bones. 

I haven't seen a single nominated movie this year. What a shame. I am dying to see The Artist.

And finally, to round out the weekend, lots more hanging out in our jammies and watching the awards. I would love to have people over on Sunday night for an Oscars get together, but our only television is in the bedroom, for nighttime movie viewing, and I am not throwing an Oscar party in our bed. So, I'll see you on the other side!

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