Mother’s Day

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

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…

Attire at 54 Forever
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”.


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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Mighty Real

I’m working on our school auction this morning, 54 Forever, and am putting together a rally-day playlist. Arguably the best disco song ever, “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real” by Sylvester will kick off the event. Inspired by the fashion in the video.

Happy Monday!

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David Bowie, 1947-2016

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” David Bowie
david-bowie-dies-2016Images: Anthony Devlin/Associate Press, The Guardian, Heike Junge/European Press Photo Agency, Suzanne Plunkett/Associated Press

Like many friends, I’m so saddened by today’s news. From music and fashion, to theatre and art, David Bowie was a prolific and iconic figure who left this world much too early. An inspiration to us all, he will be missed.

Has most of your day been spent reading all the heartfelt prose about David Bowie’s life? It’s hard to stop. Here are some that made me smile and cry:
David Bowie Dies at 69; a Chameleon in Music, Art and Fashion at New York Times
World Mourns David Bowie, Dead at 69 at Flavorwire
Worldwide tributes to David Bowie: ‘His death was a work of art’ at The Guardian

Rest in peace beautiful soul.

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Shop Small Business Saturday

Sharing my post on tada! shop. Support your favorite local store!

Buy Local and from small businessesThis year, tada! shop is doing something a little different for Black Friday. We’re not having one. Call it Anti-Black Friday, opting out or simply being a conscious consumer, but we won’t be featuring special ad promotions and sales during the busiest shopping day of the year. Instead, for the next three weeks, you’ll find a carefully chosen selection of gifts that are ethically sourced, made locally, sustainable and, best of all, give back. Share the love and add these items to your gift list this year! Our last post in the series is about buying local.

It’s not just about supporting Small Business Saturday (November 28), it’s about being a conscious consumer throughout the year. Navigating through artisan-filled cities can be daunting so I asked a few friends and colleagues, all with an eye for the unique and fun, to share an insider guide on the best places for holiday gift shopping. Think handcrafted and creative gifts for family and friends, as well as few treats for yourself. From the tastiest olive oil and ice cream, to the small-batch curators of clothing and ceramics, here’s how to shop like a local.

bar-holly-700x30Karin Schaefer, Acorn Toy Shop
Karin’s favorite places to buy gifts are in the neighborhood of Boreum Hill, Brooklyn and are all quite close to Acorn.

86 Hoyt St. | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | 718.222.1933
Layla is a gem of a shop filled with gorgeous handcrafted fine jewelry, clothing, housewares and bedding from India. The towels and napkins are my go-to gifts.

103 Hoyt St. | Brooklyn NY 11217 | 718.797.3628
GRDN is a specialty garden and home store filled with beauty for inside and out. Favorite gifts are the Saipua soaps, beeswax candles and Bellocq teas.

The Primary Essentials
372 Atlantic Ave. | Brooklyn, NY 11217 | 718.522.1804
This shop has an inspiring mix of special objects for the home and body. I adore their ceramics collection!

bar-holly-700x30Bronagh Staley, Sweet William
When she’s not curating artisan and hipster children’s clothing for Sweet William, you can find Bronagh sourcing the best gifts from her local community.

85 North 3rd St. | Brooklyn, NY 11249 | 718.387.9006
KCDC is a great skateboard store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s been in the neighborhood for years and I have been bringing my son there since he started skating at four. They always make him feel like part of the gang.

Mohawk General Store
4011 W. Sunset Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90029 | 323.669.1601
In LA, I love Mohawk General Store in Silverlake. It has a really well curated selection of women’s clothing.

1639 Silver Lake Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90026 | 323.913.9911
There is a great dessert spot in Silverlake called MILK. My husband loves it because of its range of butterscotch flavored desserts.

bar-holly-700x30JoAnn Crohn, Whimsicle
JoAnn knows how to make mom life fun as you can see on her blog Whimsicle. When she’s not crafting and cooking, you might find her in one of these local spots in Arizona.

Queen Creek Olive Mill
25062 S. Meridian Rd. | Queen Creek, AZ 85142 | 480.888.9290
Shop and taste a variety of locally grown olive oils as well as local wines, vinegars and even a selection of olive oil spa products.

Peixoto Coffee
11 W Boston St #6 | Chandler, AZ 85225 | 480.275.2843
One of my favorite places on the planet. All of the coffee served here comes directly from the owner’s family farm in Brazil. Purchase a bag of beans, coffee soap or stamped coasters.

51 East Boston | Chandler, AZ 85225 | 480.664.8641
The best assortment of natural baby and mama supplies! Shop here for the cutest baby clothes, bibs, books as well as harder to find items such as teething necklaces and cloth diapers.

bar-holly-700x30Sarah Shaoul, Black Wagon
When she’s not at curating hipster clothing and toys at Black Wagon, you might find Sarah seeking chocolates and baubles at these shops.

3556 SE Hawthorne Blvd. | Portland, OR 97214 |503.208.3008
This is where I love to shop for myself and I know I’ll always find something that I love for myself and my husband! Communion carries a vast range of men’s and women’s essentials as well as signature pieces. I love picking up Pendleton shirts for my husband and tunics, tops and dresses for myself! My husband and kids often pick up jewelry for me at Communion. Love their jewelry! This is also where I picked up a gift certificate for Black Wagon’s operations manager to celebrate her ten years at Black Wagon!

3948 N Mississippi Ave. | Portland, OR 97227 | 503.288.1649
I like to describe Flutter as a French bohemian explosion. This lovely boutique does an amazing job of intermingling lovely vintage fashion finds with modern pieces like pillows, candles, fragrances and great collection of jewelry and coffee table books. Flutter is my go to place to score gifts for my girl friends! I can always rely on finding something my friends will love at Flutter!

The Meadow
3731 N Mississippi Ave. | Portland, OR 97227 | 503.288.4633
The Meadow is best known for their amazing selection of salts. My favorite is the alder wood salt, deep and smokey, this salt will transform any dish. In addition to salts, the Meadow has an impressive selection of specialty chocolate bars! Between their salts and chocolates, I always find great gifts for friends, customers and dare say, myself!

bar-holly-700x30Jennine Jacob, Mrs. Peasy
Who better to guide us through home decor than Jennine of Mrs. Peasy. Add the perfect touch for the season from one of her favorite San Francisco shops.

General Store
4035 Judah St. | San Francisco, CA 94122 | 415.682.0600
Never underestimate how handy a beautiful piece of wood can be. Live-edge wood slabs can be used as cutting boards, yes, but can also double as a cheese board or serving platter.

She also loves gift shopping at:
Heath Ceramics
2900 18th St. | San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415.361.5552 x13

Little Paper Planes
855 Valencia St. | San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415.643.4616

bar-holly-700x30My Favorites
I love giving gift certificates to a class or course. From cooking classes to painting parties, know that you or your recipient will walk away one experience richer.

18 Reasons
3674 18th St. | San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415.568.2710
A non-profit organization that has some of the most interesting and delicious hands-on classes as well as curated dinners from local restaurants and cafes. Some of my favorites include tomato canning and chocolate tastings. When you stop by, be sure to get a scoop next door at Bi-Rite Creamery.

The Cheese School
2124 Folsom St. | San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415.346.7530
Classes range from basic cheese board classics to wine and beer pairings and even include truffles! The instructors are knowledgeable and fun. If you’re looking for a gift for fromage-loving friends, this is the place.

Parties That Cook
271 Francisco St. | San Francisco, CA 94133 | 888.907.2665
You’ll see this place marketed more as a corporate-building venue, but they also offer cooking classes for individuals. I’ve made many of the recipes and can tell you that the dishes are sure-fire hits at gatherings.

Paint Nite
All over San Francisco
For your creative social friends, they’ll love this traveling painting party. Select the art and enjoy a glass of wine at a local venue. Tip: Sign up with a group of friends.

What’s your favorite local store?

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Lazy Bear Times Two

Inside Lazy Bear SFLazy Bear is one of those few places that make me jump when tickets on go sale. Sometimes on a Monday, sometimes on a Wednesday, the French-Laundry-like frenzy always begins at noon PST. Once you’re in, move quickly. Select a date, time and number of guests on the calendar. You’ll receive an email confirmation once the reservation is complete.

– Join the Lazy Bear SF mailing list and enter all your information. This will save you time when making a reservation.
– If you want friends to join, get their tickets now. They probably won’t be able to get the same seating and date if they log in at a later time (learned the hard way).

The tasting menu pricing varies between $145 and $175 per person depending on day and time, for 14+ courses. Beverage pairings are available at an additional $85. It’s a bit steep but the pairings are always interesting and add another layer to the experience.

To get the most out of Lazy Bear, we prefer the 6:00pm to the 8:00pm seating. While the format is the same – first four to five courses upstairs and remaining courses in the main dining hall – after dinner, you have a chance to watch an encore performance by the very talented team from the loft space while sipping a final libation. Here are some images to whet your appetite. Enjoy.

Congratulations Chef David Barzelay and his crew for their recent Michelin star!

Inside Lazy Bear SFA lovely display of decanters near the main floor bar.  |  Our table.

IMG_6292Spelt & rye dinner roll with house cultured butter, one of the few times I devour bread.

lazy-bear-legumes-aug2015Legumes, summer squash, bell pepper, fennel and saffron nage : Paired with Aligote, Pierre Morey, “Bourgogne Aligote,” Burgundy, France 1998

lazy-bear-collage-aug2015Fresh corn grits with duck ham  |  Grilled Berkshire pork shoulder, grilled peach, turnip, succulents, stonefruit tare : Paired with White Blend, Salina Wine Company, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California 2012  |  Miyazaki ribeye cap, tomato, black garlic, eggplant : Paired with Syrah, Bernard Levet, “La Landonne,” Cote Rotie, Rhone Valley, France 2009

lazy-bear-white-sesame-melonWhite sesame, green melon, sake lees, rose geranium : Paired with Tokimeki sake (sparkling), Harushika Brewery, “Happo Jummai,” France, 2009

lazy-bear-dessert-aug2015Blue corn, blueberry, whiskey |  Semifreddo Vietnamese coffee  |  Red velvet, red berries  |  Caramelized Apricot, hazelnut, milk chocolate

Kumamoto Oysters Lazy BearPre-dinner snacks of Kumamoto oysters with tomato and caviar : Paired with Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Gaston Chiquet, Vallee de la Marne, Champagne, France MV

Lazy Bear interior and menuView from upstairs | The kitchen | Our dinner Field Guide

Lazy Bear SF Aged Duck Foie Gras HuckleberryClockwise from top left:
Matsutake & cypress broth  |  Spelt & rye dinner roll  |  Brown rice, huckleberry, foie gras, cabbage : Paired with Vernatsch, Baron Widmann, Sudtirol-Alto Adige, northeast Italy 2013  |  Grilled aged duck, quince, collard greens : Paired with Pinot Noir, Von Winning, “II,” Deidesheim, Pfalz, Germany 2012

Lazy Bear SF Lamb TartareLamb tartare, sunflower and its seeds, apple, sumac (almost too pretty to eat) : Paired with Roditis, Tetramythos, Patras, Peloponnese, Greece 2011

Lazy Bear Olive Oil, Apple, LemonOlive oil, apple, lemon, green herbs : Paired with Cider, Ciderie Bigoud, “Le Brun, ” Plovan, Brittany, France

Lazy Bear Black Sesame DessertBlack sesame, forbidden rice, cocoa, cassis, activated charcoal powder (nicknamed “goth prom dress”) : Paired with Porto, Quinta da Rosa, “Passagem” Late Bottled Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal 2010

Lazy Bear SF DessertsTreats: Semifreddo Vietnamese Coffee | Sticky Toffee Pudding, Fig, Red Walnuts | Earl Grey Macaron, scotch, pear, ginger

Kitchen at Lazy Bear SFThe amazing kitchen crew. | The awesome pastry chef, Maya, speaking about the black sesame dessert and other after-dinner treats.

Thanks for the mind-blowing experience. We heart this crew: Akeel, Alan, Andrew, Anna, Antonio, April, Cedric, Chris, Claudia, Conor, Cruz, David, Derek, Dorian, Emilio, Genna, Hanley, Helen, Jarrod, Jeremy, Joachim, Jordan, Jude, Laura, Lily, Lindsay, Keith, Kirk, Maya, other Maya, Melissa, Mepham, Nicolas, Nicole, Nikolas, Renier, Rosie, Ryan, Satterfield, Shyamali, Spencer, Tabitha, Tyler, Vanessa (and anyone I accidentally left out)

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Tulum Family Travel

Traveling with kids to Tulum, Mexico, was one of the best family vacations. We got to experience a small-town feel, white-sand beaches, warm weather, local ingredients, craft cocktails and a wonderfully contagious “chill” vibe that made us all want to stay much longer. Thankfully, I started this travel post weeks after our vacation so I can virtually relive Tulum before another super-charged school year begins.

La Zebra
La Zebra Tulum MexicoHighlights: family-friendly staff, beautiful and well-maintained surroundings, uncrowded, rustic-chic mixed with modern Mayan design, in-room fridge stocked daily with complimentary bottled water and other refreshments, the front desk team is amazing |

Tulum BeachHighlights: soft white sand, long walks, baby turtle nests, friendly iguanas, thatch roof umbrellas

Tulum Holiday with Kids
Tulum Beach KelpWhile we were there, a good glob of kelp washed up to the shores every day. And every morning, an army of men would remove the green invader. I’ll admit, there was quite a bit. However, that didn’t deter any of us from swimming, boogie boarding and enjoying the water.

Mayan Ruins
Mayan Ruins Coba MexicoStarred Photos: Private Tour Guide Kay
Highlights: early risers beat the crowds, historic landmarks, bicycling through the forest, Mayan Red Bull (homemade juice with bee pollen)

Akumal Beach
Akumal Beach Playa del Carmen MexicoHighlights: turquoise water, sea turtles, stingrays

Akumal Sea TurtlesPhotos: Private Tour Guide Kay

Cenote Chikin-Ha
Tulum Cenote Chikin-HaHighlights: most breathtaking ancient sinkholes, underwater caves, clean bathrooms and showers, nice picnic areas, peaceful, underground river

Sian Kaan Tulum FishingPhotos: Private Tour Guide Kay
Highlights: fishing in the Sian Ka’an biosphere, catch & release bonefish, permit fish, snapper, and puffer fish, spotted a barracuda, incredible water color and clarity, having an amazing guide who found this spot (thank you Kay)

Places to Eat
Posada Margherita
Posada Margherita Tulum Highlights: stone-tablet menus (yes it felt a bit religious), handmade pasta, good wine recommendations, staff sits with you to explain menu |

Posada Margherita Tulum

Casa Banana
Casa Banana Tulum MexicoHighlights: Argentine cuisine in the jungle, Argentine foosball table, cool mixologists |

Casa Banana Tulum Mexico

La Zebra
La Zebra Restaurant TulumHighlights: familiar dishes with local twist, staff treats you family, fresh coconut water, Cochinita Pibil (pulled pork), personal touch: when I felt sick (not from La Zebra) the staff made me a special chicken broth that was not on the menu

* We didn’t have a chance to visit Hartwood Tulum, but friends have told us it’s a must for food lovers.

Coqui Coqui Perfumerie
Coqui Coqui Perfumerie Tulum MexicoHighlights: locally-designed clothing, accessories and perfumes, beach-access boutique located in a lovely residence & spa, discovered a new favorite scent Coco Coco for summer, my daughter found her first perfume Rosas Secas – a soft floral that can be worn everyday, unique craftsmanship | Coqui Coqui Tulum

– Bring Florastor Probiotics for children’s florastor and adults. Start taking it before you leave and everyday on your holiday. You never know when a family member might encounter nasty bacteria from food, water or ice cubes

– Bring lots of mosquito repellent and sunscreen. If you plan to go out in the evening, don’t forget to put on repellent as most restaurants are outdoors.

– Use the most reliable ATM at the Chedraui, near the entrance of Tulum. We had some trouble taking out cash with the smaller machines scattered throughout Tulum.

– For a very personalized tour of Tulum and the surrounding areas, hire a knowledgeable and trustworthy tour guide. We LOVED Kay (pronounced Kie, rhymes with pie) whose expertise added so much depth and fun to our family visit. And he had a great sense of humor! You can read more about his work at Private Tour Guide Kay

– I really wanted to love Aktun Chen. With the zipline, underground river and animal conservation, I really wanted to love this place. When we arrived, it was crowded with visitors. While we waited for the next available staff person to help us, we saw Sammy. Sammy is a monkey who, according to a sign next to his habitat, is under recovery. One of the keepers told us that Sammy has been there since birth, four years now. I watched Sammy carry his own chain, which was wrapped around his neck, so he could simply move around. He could barely reached his food and water. I felt sad knowing he wasn’t under any shade, and that day was extremely hot. As I stared through the glass, I wondered why Aktun Chen didn’t give him a bigger habitat or longer chain or some shade. Sammy just kept pacing back and forth. Call me emotional but I gathered everyone, got into the car and drove away (sobbing). We never went inside the park so this really isn’t a fair and fully informed critique. That being said, there may be happy jungle animals inside (I hope).

All images taken by Lizelle Green unless otherwise noted.

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