Last year I had the pleasure of working with Matt Monroe and his lovely wife, Jen. We shot Matt’s entire line of handcrafted furniture in their amazing Atwater workshop. He takes so much pride in his work that it more than borders on perfectionism, in the best possible way. His work is impeccable, grand and beautiful. Plus everything is made in LA. My favorites are the Seawall coffee table, the Independence Desk and the Haverhill Rocker. A special thanks to the talented Sarah Rainwater, who did all of their graphic design, for introducing us!
Cortez is finally open and it feels like it’s been here forever. Marta and Robert of Cookbook have been working on the restaurant for a while now promising a neighborhood spot for simple delicious food and a menu that changes daily based on what’s at the market. And that’s already what it feels like: a great local spot to drop by and run into friends, have a bite, have a drink. Eventually they’ll be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but for now they’re open for dinner every day. I stopped by earlier in the week and had a tasty selection of small plates and the highlight: Basque Cake. A custardy vanilla cake that is moist and simple and amazing.
Stopped by again for the Edible Selby event on sunday night (and ran into two of my favorite people). Was happy to see Todd representing in true cat lady style. It was an evening of small plates, grenache, casual vibes and good company. So looking forward to making cortez a weekly hang out. Like maybe it’s my new baco mercat.
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.
Hope to see you all there.
My spread in THE NEW YORK TIMES is out today in the Home and Garden section! I had such a great time shooting Erik and Kelly, of Urban Homestead fame. While I was there they made jam, worked in the garden, processed herbs, baked bread, fed the chickens, wore a bee suit, and let me play with their little black, nameless kitten. A special thank you to Nic who was the best assistant I could have had on the shoot.
Just got the chance to meet Alexandra, the creative mastermind behind From the Desk of Lola. Am totally loving the way she blends folk touches in pattern and textiles with modern interiors and keeps them approachable and, dare I say it, fun. Also how she makes hot pink work is genius. Considering a redesign of my minimal bedroom. Or stripes in the kitchen. (Also how great is her logo?).
Happy Weekend Everyone!
September might not be so bad after all. A bunch of work I did over the summer is making its way into the public starting with a spread I shot for Kelly LaPlante’s new online magazine (with a focus on green): Standard Magazine. I got to shoot this incredible home in the hollywood hills that married indoors with out. It was for a piece called “The Modern Man’s Guide To Hillside Living’ and it starts on page 66.
Here are some of my favorite shots (including some outtakes that didn’t make it into the spread). See the whole thing in the new issue of Standard!.
Thanks to Kelly for the opportunity to shoot such a great place!