Lean Mean 2017
What does 2017 feel like so far? We rang her in quietly with an intimate dinner among friends — a classic roast beef with Yorkshire pudding for the main, then sticky toffee pudding for dessert (which I am still dreaming of two weeks later), then rushed home to watch the clock tick toward midnight with a toast and a view of all the bay's fireworks erupting at once. It was splendid and impossible to take them in altogether!
We bundled up New Year's Day to explore the site of an ancient volcano in the Oakland hills, filled with labyrinths and an old quarry pit and trails and vistas galore.
There's something really satisfying about heading to nature on January 1 and I definitely wasn't the only one who thought of it — the trails were packed with folks all reflecting the striking diversity of this town, and there was a gentle camaraderie in the air (which was so cold I wished I'd worn gloves). Everything was rich and fragrant with the recent rains and swathed in golden sunlight.
HOME SWEET HOME (FOR REAL)
On the homefront, we closed on our new house in early November, just days before the election. Throwing myself into feathering the nest helped with the grieving, and so did being with our people.
Hosting a handful of parties over the holidays forced us into overdrive in terms of getting settled, and for awhile there it felt like we traded weekends spent house hunting with weekends spent furniture shopping!
It paid off every time we found a treasure, like this Omann Jun rosewood sideboard, sifting through local gems like Narrative, Swap Shop, and Something to Sell About in Oakland, Vintiq in Alameda and Atomic Living in Hayward, and of course the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. We also finally got to do stuff with our newfound free time, catching a few shows at the Fox, Cirque's brilliant Luzia in San Francisco, and the Black Panther 50th Anniversary exhibition at OMCA. There's no place like home!
Between the people and the beauty of the place I felt oddly reassured and hopeful: demographically, Oakland's population reflects the future make-up of this country, and I can't wait for the day when more and more places inevitably begin to look the way that we do.
On a femme note, few things are better than a little salon refresh when it comes to feeling shiny and new, am I right? Two days into the new year I treated myself to a rich, lush brunette balayage boost and long overdue whisper trim.
I love it, and I adore my girl Kiriko — she's a genius when it comes to hair and easily has the best taste in music I've come across in another human in a very long time. (Nothing will make or break a crush on another human faster or more reliably for me than their taste in music.) Also she taught me that fractionated coconut oil > plain coconut oil for boosting shine and strength when it comes to glossy locks!
Parlian Dress — Diane von Furstenberg
Vintage Pumps — Christian Lacroix
Vintage Horse Bit Chain Belt — Gucci
Sometimes simple and spare is all you need for a killer getup! I love the unfussy silhouette of this crepe dress, to say nothing of the incredible color — it looks just as rad belted as it does left alone, and I like the idea of pairing it with snappy nude sandals in spring, or with tights and boots on chilly days when layers are non-negotiable; it turns out there are more of those here this winter than I expected.
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