Goodbye Maya Erickson

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This Black sesame-cocoa-cassis-charcoal creation was our favorite. We called it the goth prom dress.

Maya Erickson, the pastry chef extraordinaire who had me loving dessert again, is leaving Lazy Bear. I am so very sad! Wishing her the best of luck. I know she’ll be a success wherever she goes. Read More

More favorites…
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Short Reads: Super PAC, Mixologist, Animal Love

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Images from Modern Luxury, Rally, and NBC New York

Here’s my weekly short reads on my favorite subjects.

The Riddler, a Champagne Bar Backed by Ladies, Is Headed to Hayes Valley
For Bay Area bubbly fans or Champagne-seeking visitors, mark your calendars for The Riddler.

Rethinking the Modern Bartender
Here’s the reason why my husband has become a weekend mixologist.

Hank Willis Thomas on How His Artist-Run Super PAC Will Disrupt the 2016 Election
A refreshing twist on politics, the art-inspired super PAC.

10 Gorgeous Northern California Glamping Sites
Attention Airstream lovers! Glamping NorCal style.

‘Pokemon Go’ Players Walk Shelter Dogs in Indiana
A win/win for Pokemon Go players and animals. This will make you smile.

What blogs or articles are you reading this week?

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Short Reads: Pokemon, Jony Ive, Teens

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Now that Game of Thrones finished for the season, I’m starting my summer reading with “A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One”. Let’s be honest, if you have read George R.R. Martin’s prose, you know it might be winter before I’m done. And how appropriate because winter is here! But I digress.

I love reading about a range of topics, mostly from art and design to raising kids and food (always food), with a few bits in-between, but can’t commit to as many books as I would like. Did I mention that I’m also a slow reader.

This is where articles and blog posts fill the gap. On paper or online, I can read while waiting for my kids’ practices, during a mani-pedi, on a beach, by a pool, in an airport, on a plane, but never in a car because I will get carsick. If you can find small pockets of time to check Instagram or Facebook, you can certainly make time and catch up on your favorite subjects. You get the picture.

Well, let’s get started. Here’s what I’m reading:
Ace Advice From 10+ Moms on Awesome Teens
Sensible, funny and from-the-heart advice.

Dear Jony…
Given the right experience, a design student could become the next Philip Johnson, Alejandro Aravena, or Yves Béhar… so I’m interested.

Student Fashion Designers Learn the Essentials of Sustainability
I’m fascinated by the sustainable movement.

The 11 Best Places for Avocado Toast in the U.S.
Everyone is doing it, even our local dive diner.

Will 22K people turn up to catch Pokémon in San Francisco on Wednesday?
This explains why my family looked like they were wandering aimlessly down the street.

Are you reading anything interesting, humorous, or inspirational?

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The Wisdom of Nelson Mandela

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For the Brexit vote, our vote, for today, tomorrow and on, this quote seems fitting.

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David Barzelay, Lazy Bear

Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2016Congratulations David Barzelay of Lazy Bear
Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2016

Well deserved. As some of you may already know, Lazy Bear is one of my top favorite places to eat… in the world. What do I love about this place? So many things, like their innovative dishes, complex flavors from the simplest ingredients, a fun upstairs lounge, the little plaid book for your tasting notes, best sommelier, super-talented pastry chef Maya, Chef Barzelay, and the unique two-hour evening of discovery and pure delight. Read more about Lazy Bear.

Here are some images from recent dinner parties:
MAY 2016
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FEBRUARY 2016
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Lazy Bear David Barzelay

See more images from past dinner parties.

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Mother’s Day

Inspiring art for inspiring moms.
Happy Mother’s Day!

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Clockwise from left: Hung Liu, Dirty Pink, 2015; Jay DeFeo, The Rose, 1958-66; Sheila Hicks, Bamian (Banyan), 1968; Lee Krasner, The Seasons, 1957

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Disco Edit

I’m working on a rally-day flyer for our upcoming school auction. Here’s what I have so far…

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Boogie nights – done that? Not with our disco edit. Leave boring behind, add some feathers, slide into something satin, and “stand out to fit in”.

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Top row: Custom 54 Forever tattoo | wigs | feather cape
Center row: Bomber jacket | 70s disco makeup tutorial | sequined pants
Bottom row: Vintage Ossie Clark – a favorite with Studio 54 regular Ali MacGraw | disco accessories | satin jumpsuit

Check your closet for more inspiration! Find a mini dress and pair with over-the-knee boots, add Debbie Harry’s signature blue eyeshadow to complete your look. Channel Jerry Hall’s style with plunging necklines and red lipstick. For guys, brave the low-cut shirt or go black-tie like Halston. And a black turtleneck, pants, and white wig will certainly win over Andy Warhol fans.

What’s your favorite disco look?

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