Wednesday, April 29, 2009

today is a special day.

{ it's my roommate's birthday!!! } 

julia - aka HERMAN - is 27 ! she is also the best roomie, the funniest person alive, my always-willing model, and my family here in sf.  we are celebrating her birthday in style this weekend with a yacht club/gossip girl themed party in tiburon (complete with ferry ride).  can't wait!

happy birthday, hermie!  love you!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

favorite place no. 5 : amante

i have been wanting to write about amante for awhile, so i started looking through iphoto and flickr for some good pictures.

turns out, when i really love a bar i am apparently more preoccupied with having fun than taking pictures.

amante is truly wonderful - a teeny bar in north beach full of awesome music, and pretty much always our first stop on a night out. the main reason for this is their delectable pineapple-infused vodka. yes, you heard me. they have a lemonade-dispenser-ish thing where they have whole pineapples sitting in skyy vodka for 3 days. it is served, shaken over ice, into a martini glass, producing a weirdly great foam and a potent, refreshing cocktail.

it is also the best thing in the land, and i say {without ANY hesitation} my favorite drink i have ever had in this city.

Monday, April 27, 2009

if you're looking to waste some time...

i've got you covered:

aka, God's gift to commercial breaks.  i seriously just have this open in my laptop for me to plug some pics into.  it is WILDLY entertaining.

for example, while watching gossip girl, julia and i got REALLY into it:

and then i decided that i like nelly furtado's hair on me.

and then i sang with johnny cash.

and reminded myself to go to the gym (but was pretty impressed that my hair color matches j-simp's so well).

and then stopped into my favorite movie ever.

and took a trip to india.

and then hit up nick at nite.

oh hello, brit brit.

and marie antoinette.

in conclusion, i put my sister and brother-in-law in there with me...

i am asking, nay, BEGGING you to make some of these and share them with me.  just find a few good pic options of yourself and start plugging away.  i'm sure i'll be back with more later this week...there were some good pro wrestler scenes i need to explore.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

strawberry rhubarb pie.

{ this is why we enjoy the many farmers markets in sf.  yum. } 

Saturday, April 25, 2009

favorite place no. 4 : stow lake

yesterday kelly stew's co-worker michelle was telling us about a personality test where you are determined to be a number between 1 and 9 {the enneagram test}. she pretty quickly told me that i am a seven, who are the people always looking for their next adventure and fun time.

i tell you this because last night i also proclaimed that we should probably go to brunch and then take boats out stow lake the next day and just expected everyone to agree with me. i like fun, ok?

i rounded up the three chickadees and we headed to perry's on union and then golden gate park.

the stewart sisters enjoyed some sisterly bonding in the greenery.
we opted for the pedal boat instead of a rowboat, and we were pretty excited about getting out there.we saw a girl scout troop dressed as pirates out there - good idea, ladies. we were jealous (though i cranked some tunes on my iphone while we meandered by the waterfalls and chinese tea house).

post-boating we grabbed some snackies at the concessions...icees are the grandest treat.

we then hiked down to the pioneer house to see the haunted statue of stow lake. if had been a foggy night i am pretty certain we would have heard the crying children and ghosts...yep.

and finally, i made the girls pose for me one last time. good little models!

flashback friday day late.

no excuses, i know, but it's been a hectic week all around.  hopefully the following will make up for it:

acid washed jeans/jacket combo, chicago bears sweatshirt, VIKING HELMET...just your average day in my childhood.  wow.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

viva los gigantes!

i went to my first giants game of the year tonight with cody.  we decided this game was amazing for several reasons.

{one} hot dog baby.  self explanatory: a few rows away a baby was dressed as a hot dog. AMAZING! all babies should dress like this from now on.

{two} a grand slam. to quote the giants' twitter: "Renteria hits a revenge salami!" love it.

{three} pink sunset. i didn't think to capture this when it was super vibrant, but the tail end of this sunset is still gorge.

{four} "the smell of fresh-cut grass. ladies love it." this is a quote from the stand-up gentleman we bought our tickets from.  we normally wouldn't go to a scalper but there was a line of about 200 people at the box office - what the heck, sf?  anyway, we were convinced to take our 5th-row third baseline tix with that artistic description.

{five} a "colorful" bus ride home.  cody is new to the city, kind of afraid of the bus, and managed to cause a few hilarious scenes.  i love muni.

{six} giants win.  nuff said!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

spring showers

don't let the title fool you, it's actually about 90 degrees in sacramento.  i am home to attend my good friend jenny's wedding shower.

{i've know jen since about age 2, but here we are at 16 - i think.  love.}
jenny and dan are getting married this summer in malibu, and they just had the most amazing engagement photos shot by bonnie tsang.

scroll down on her blog to see more!

Friday, April 17, 2009

flashback friday

i spent all of last weekend {and will spend much of this weekend} at my parents' house in sacramento, sorting through old pictures, report cards, swimming ribbons, and so on because they are packing up to move to texas. 

we found some hilarious items worth sharing, and i was recently inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, erin wilson, who regularly posts fabulous/mortifying old pictures in a "throwback thursday" feature.  i am adapting her great idea to take on flashback friday, beginning with my 1st grade school picture.

so stylish!  and the curve of those bangs is certainly fashion forward.  the best part is the artist's rendering found  creative juices were a-flowin.

have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


i am babysitting the cutest little somebody this week...couldn't you just eat him up?

his name is chiquito {yes, he is secure in his masculinity}, he belongs to a friend of my boss, and i have been secretly pining to pretend that he's mine for at least a few days.  luckily i got my chance this week!  i think we're in love...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

best party ever

jordan ferney of oh happy day {who was not only in my photo class but also owns the studio where class was held} threw the most amazing san francisco party in the entire world. seriously, anything that ends with people looking like this:

is a winner.

read about it here.

Monday, April 13, 2009

model friends : julie (and tyler too)

i was in sacramento all weekend for britney and easter, so i also convinced julie to let me take pictures of her at her new, beautiful, amazing house in folsom.

it was such a gorgeous day that we drove the 2 minutes down to the lake to enjoy the clear skies.

i even got tyler away from his various house projects to come take some pics.  aren't they the cutest new home owners in the world?

thanks guys!  and thanks for letting me pick out my room.  can't wait for our first slumber party.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

because i know you've been wondering...

brit was amazing.


circus performers, a bajillion outfit changes, and brilliant lip-synching {cause who are we kidding here} alongside some great choreography.  i don't know when i started loving this girl so very much, but i became a 12 year old fangirl REAL FAST.

part of that may be that my acquaintance on the tour {who is now obviously my best friend} gave us the vip treatment and placed us ringside.  where there are thrones.  and where we were watching alongside the pussycat dolls.

soooo umm yeah, pretty cool?  i go to a lot of concerts, work on a lot of big tours, and i have never EVER geeked out the way i did when britney was 2 feet away making eye contact.  BIG LIFE MOMENT here, people.

can you see the joy in our eyes?

MANY more pics can be found {here} if you're into that sort of thing.  don't deny are.

happy easter!

i spent the morning dying eggs with my mom - my favorite easter tradition.

i also was the recipient of an easter basket full of goodies {don't let the 25-year-old felt bunny head frighten you, this was probably my favorite thing as a child and i LOVE that it is still put to use.}

hope you're having a lovely day!

Saturday, April 11, 2009


{ i am ridiculously excited. }

Thursday, April 9, 2009

model friends : claire

the same day as the misha shoot i also convinced claire to let me photograph her for a class assignment in alta plaza park.  

what a trooper for sitting on the rainy steps...

i love these!  and as a sidenote for any friend who may secretly harbor a desire to frolic around for me while i practice my photo skills...just let me know, and i will be there.  with bribes.