A Sneak Peek with Jeff Bridges

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(photos courtesy of Jeff Bridges)

Who knew actor Jeff Bridges was an undercover photographer? He often takes his Widelux camera on set with him and snaps photos in between takes (like on the set of his western, “True Grit.”).  The images give us a rare glimpse into the world of movie making behind-the-scenes.  He’s recently published Pictures, a collection of his photographs and was nominated for an Infinity award for his photography.

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Good Morning!

How are you today? Hope you enjoyed your weekend.  I had a great time at the Timberlake/Jay-Z concert Friday night at Candlestick (Jay-Z brought the house down).  Even though it was freezing, once the music started, you forgot about the bitter cold of what summer is like in San Francisco.  I saw these poor girls in shorts and sleeveless tops (obviously not natives or current residents of the city) while others were wearing beanies and goose down (me!).  The show was amazing and I’ve been listening to the set list all weekend on Spotify.

And I’m definitely setting my TiVo to record Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” performance art film (Coming to HBO this Friday, August 2nd 11pm)

Last fall I bought a field jacket from J.Crew that I wore all the time and still do.  I love that look and I”m thinking of adding this tres-chic Barbour to the mix

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My summer books are starting to pile up, but I want to add this one to the list

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A Dual Inheritance – Joanna Hershon ($18.28)

From Amazon.com:
“Autumn 1962: Ed Cantowitz and Hugh Shipley meet in their final year at Harvard. Ed is far removed from Hugh’s privileged upbringing as a Boston Brahmin, yet his drive and ambition outpace Hugh’s ambivalence about his own life. These two young men form an unlikely friendship, bolstered by a fierce shared desire to transcend their circumstances. But in just a few short years, not only do their paths diverge—one rising on Wall Street, the other becoming a kind of global humanitarian—but their friendship ends abruptly, with only one of them understanding why.

Can a friendship define your view of the world? Spanning from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the present-day stock market collapse, with locations as diverse as Dar es Salaam, Boston, Shenzhen, and Fishers Island, A Dual Inheritance asks this question, as it follows not only these two men, but the complicated women in their vastly different lives. And as Ed and Hugh grow farther and farther apart, they remain uniquely—even surprisingly—connected”

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Met a woman over the weekend who was sporting these TOMS sunglasses ($139).  Who knew TOMS made such cool glasses? Thought they were a great mix of a cat’s eye and the throwback Ray-Ban Risky Business look. Plus, love that they’re black and tortoise shell.

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Michelle Williams is perfect in the new fall Louis Vuitton campaign.  I’m a big fan of hers…

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Dig this print from Marc Johns.  Would be funny for a powder room.

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Is my hunter hubby rubbing off on me? I think this makeup case ($44) from C.Wonder is pretty cute.

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Yes, I love bags.  I think a bag can completely represent your style in it’s sleek and beautiful presentation.   And I think this one from IOMOI ($398) is really cool.  And of course I love the monogram.

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I know I mentioned “Ray Donovan” in one of my previous posts, but if you haven’t checked this show out yet, I highly recommend it. One of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.  And Liev is fantastic.

(photos courtesy of the site links mentioned above)

Have a good one! C

Um……what?

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This morning Straw and I were watching the bunny eating carrots and our conversation went something like this:

Straw: “Man, he was hungry.”

Me: “Look at how big he’s getting.  A bunny is just a rat in a cuter outfit.”

Straw:  “Yeah it is.  You know, I read somewhere that you can potty train rabbits.”

As he was saying this, he looked up at me, waiting.  What he meant was, “you should potty train our rabbit.”

Yeah, I’ll get right on that.

You sometimes have moments in your life where all of a sudden, somewhere far off in your head, you hear circus music playing.  This was one of those moments.

I could just see my “to do” list for the week:

1.  Get through mountain of laundry

2.  Go grocery shopping

3.  Take care of all my three year old’s needs

4.  Try to hit the gym so I someday avoid elastic waist pants

5.  Put in the time to research, plan and potty train our rabbit

Sorry Straw, not high on the priority list.

This is the difference when you have a husband who works and a wife who stays at home.  In his mind, I’m drinking mojitos and fanning myself in the sun while I pop bon bons in my mouth and watch reruns of “Oprah” and “The Hills” while my son naps.

“Do you mind picking up some face wash for me and oh yeah, can you potty train the rabbit?”

Face wash, yes.  Bunny, no.  Is this a priority? Is there somewhere that I would have bragging rights for a potty trained rabbit?  Am I striving to be one of those moms in my small town who weigh 110 pounds, have a perfectly clean house, a well mannered kid and a potty trained rabbit?

(Insert circus music here).

My big goal this summer is to get my son to swim on his own.  And if I did potty train the rabbit, what would be next? Teach her how to sing?

Her name is Beyonce after all.

I have to say, I’m a little speechless.   I’ve gotten our dog to go outside, our 3 year old son to pee in the toilet, and now the rabbit? We going for the animal-baby trifecta triple ring here?  Is there a potty trophy of some sort, because if so, I think my husband has my name already engraved on it.   And I would enter that realm of freak-dom – you know those people.  Women who have 30 cats and answer the door wearing sequins.   The head knight at “Medieval Times.”   Middle aged men who have mastered “World of Warcraft” and are now on a speaking tour.  Serial killers.  And the woman in the J.Crew shorts who POTTY TRAINED BEYONCE!

I can barely get myself to pee in the toilet.  Try doing jumping jacks at the gym for 2 minutes while listening to a little Timberlake and biting your lip so you don’t have a full release.  And I had a C-section for chrissakes.

Hey Straw, how about YOU potty train the rabbit? And sign up for more swim classes.  And buy P new shoes.  And schedule the house cleaner, do the grocery shopping and pick up stuff from the dry cleaner.

You have to remember that you have a “need to have” list and a “want to have” list and luckily I don’t have a “are you fucking crazy?” list because potty training a bunny would be right at the top.

Good luck with that.  I’ll be chuckling at you and drinking my mojito in the corner.

(Insert circus music here).

And if you’re curious, here’s how to properly potty train your rabbit.

Out of Africa (and stuffed & mounted)

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Straw is leaving soon for a hunting trip to Africa.  “How about a full body mount hippo for the living room?”

For those that have actually been in my living room, you know that I don’t find that joke funny.  When you’re trying to watch trash TV surrounded by a bless buck, a Kudu, and a Tar, you often have the “how did this happen?” thought….as in, “how does my Pottery Barn/Restoration aesthetic get steamrolled by a guy who likes to hang up trophies?” “How in God’s name did my living room turn into a Alabama truck stop?” “How does someone who hunts animals marry someone who hunts at Nordstroms?” Instead of “Duck Dynasty” it’s starting to look like “WTF Dynasty” in here.

One time he called from Africa and actually said, “Hey….do you want a zebra rug for the living room? I can shoot one for you.”

Um no.

Animals, especially the ones roaming the vast open spaces of Africa are so majestic.  How could anyone shoot a lion or elephant? They’re not going to be around forever and I certainly don’t want one hanging on my wall (what little wall space I have left).  The plan was to build a cabin to move the heads.  After the cabin was built, I got “well, the heads are too big for the cabin.” Silence.

I need a drink.  Or a cupcake.

And my man needs a man cave.  Preferably far away from my living room.

So, pray that no “crates are on their way” after this trip.  No heads are heading into my house to haunt me.  Pray that my son would rather be enjoying a boat drink in his boat shoes when he gets older more than a Bud Light on a back road.

Pray that I can somehow get us OFF the Cabela’s mailing list.

And pray that I don’t get any phone calls from this trip with offers of decor made from animal hides.

(photo courtesy of Nick Brandt)

Tues Chic: Lee Radziwill

Before there was Kate and Pippa, there was Jackie and Lee.

Lee Radziwill, sister of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, was born Caroline Lee Bouvier in Southhampton New York in 1933.  With forays into acting, public relations and interior design, Lee has made her mark as the stylish younger of Jackie O. and has shined as an American symbol of true elegance over the years.

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Lee sat down for an interview this past winter for the New York Times Style Magazine. Love the pink couch!

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and of course I adore the understated elegance of her New York apartment.

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Watch the video of her talking about hanging out with Truman Capote and touring with the Rolling Stones.  Sofia Coppola sits down with Lee for a discussion on protecting privacy.

(Images courtesy of the New York Times)

What Time is It?

Just got back from vacation where I ate a lot of wonderful food, had many delicious cocktails and indulged in too many desserts.  I got a lot of sleep, flipped through magazines at the pool with my best friend, had lots of laughs, shopped, laughed, drank, sat in the sun, slept, ate popcorn in bed and watched “Some Kind of Wonderful” for the 100th time, slept, hit the spa, enjoyed  iced coffees and today I’m hung over from my vacation.  I came home, stayed up late catching up on shows and was slammed back into reality at 5:45 am this morning when the three year old came in to tell me he was hungry.  I had a great time and was very excited to get home and see him but sometimes you wish you could wade back into your life versus feeling like you were thrown into the deep end in freezing cold water.  But that doesn’t happen with a three year old.  I know this sounds like I’m complaining but I’m not.  I know this sounds spoiled, but I think the lesson learned was I was still pretending like I had no where to be last night when I was surfing the web, watching TV and didn’t lay down until 1am.  In other words, still acting like I was on vacation.  You can’t do this when you’re a mother.  When you’re back, you really have to be back.  There’s no “taxiing on the runway before takeoff” any more.  When my girlfriend got home, she sent me a snapshot of the laundry that had piled up from being away from her husband and kids for 4 days.  The trip was wonderful but the carriage definitely turned back into a pumpkin when we walked through our front doors.

Oh, and the sugar/bread/drink detox starts today.


I’m looking forward to “Vintage Bowles” where Hamish goes all over the world in search for pieces for his couture collection.

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I would love to get all dressed up to see Harry Connick Jr. at Davies Symphony Hall in SF on August 7th.

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Loved how all the So Cal girls were rocking this Panama hat (J.Crew, $58) with aviators and beachy hair at the pool this past weekend.  Looks great with a beach cover up.

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I love this take on a monogrammed bracelet by Mannin Fine Jewelry ($395).  Would look pretty stacked with a few thin gold bangles.

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I know summer is in full swing, but one of my favorite colors is Thigh High by Essie ($4.90).   A perfect deep wine color for fall.

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Putting the Sugar Beach Resort in St. Lucia on my wanderlust list.  Wowza.

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Loving the photos and comfy recipes in the Home Made Summer cookbook by Yvette van Boven ($22.99)

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I think these nautical glasses from Paper Source ($19 for 4) are so cute and would look great on the kids table for dinner.

(photos courtesy of sites featured above)