My good friend Tammy flies in the clouds for a living, and I suspect this may be a common view. I think this image perfectly captures the fresh feeling of a new day, and touches an unreal, surreal landscape in the sky that is in fact, so, so real. (photo: Tammy Carrico Meigs)

Happy New Year y'all...



Coasting down the slope at the tail end of this year, wraps some things up in neat bows, and finds new boxes wide open. I like the idea of expanse --a never ending road, if you will. It's the feeling of a promise to a very interesting journey.


Vijay Iyer

I'm listening through the archives of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. What a treat! Pat Metheny, Kurt Elling, an old 70's show with Bill Evans, and more. I stumbled across the amazing jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer, a while back, and listening to his show now reminds me that a shout-out is in order.

Vijay Iyer Trio: Vijay Iyer (piano), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Stephan Crump (bass).

Galang (Riot version)

Michael Jackson's Human Nature.

Leonard Bernstein's Somewhere. Something about this remake makes me cry.


I love you San Francisco!

Woo Hoooo!!!! And cue the fireworks going off in my alley... San Francisco Giants - 2010 World Series Champions!


Farewell Cool Ruler

Thank you for all the wonderful music - RIP.

Gregory Isaacs July 15, 1951 - October 25, 2010


Happy birthday Pepe Joe!

A little post-bath smile.

Green moustache

Ya, mon

My guinea pig, Pepe Joe (aka Pepe John Joe aka The Silky Banana aka My Butterscotch Boo), turns 3 years old today. He's been a joy since I adopted him, and I feel grateful to have such a sweet, and sometimes naughty, pig in my life. Ah, the shenanigans...


White Denim

... is feeling so good right now. - Last Day of Summer

I waited for your warm Indian Summer breeze to slink by,
in the lightest cotton dress, and caipirinha-flushed cheeks.
Dreaming of a rooftop, with the faintest scent of dusk.
Hold on just a while longer...

in the pool

This feels like the truth

Hardly Working


The Simpsons x Banksy

Collaboration, exploitation, theft, social commentary? It's all about the message. I love Banksy.


I was looking for Maximum Balloon vids

and found this... Kinda NSFW, but I think a nice way to start the week. A curvy, dancing girl having fun is always a yes in my book.

Maximum Balloon - Tiger (feat. Aku)


Loving Dries

Every season, Belgian designer, Dries Van Noten, puts out another amazing collection, that reminds me exactly why I love his vision. He always stays consistent with his aesthetic: marrying color and pattern mixing, with minimalism, menswear tailoring, and ethnic elements. His clothing drapes a woman in a sensual, yet pulled together way --never constricted, always relaxed. Sometimes his collections are like a painting come to life, or a long, fragrant walk in the garden. And can we focus on the accessories? Oh my... they are dreamy and covetable.

A few of my favorites below, along with his latest collection for SS 2011.

Spring/Summer 2011

Fall/Winter 2010

Fall/Winter 2009

Spring/Summer 2009

Fall/Winter 2008

Spring/Summer 2008


Some new things

Vintage Lanson printed coat & vintage Indian cotton wrap skirt

I'm finally re-opening my online shop very soon. Despite the disparate fabrics, here are a few things I thought complimented each other "pattern-wise." I'll update when new things are posted, but please drop by Hello My Friend anytime. Thanks! :)


Baby be mine

I can't stop listening to Quadron. Here they are lending their silky grooves to this MJ classic. This has been on major repeat mode. A nice way to wind down the Summer...

- more tunes on their myspace page


Thai House Express

I managed to get up early, one Saturday, and grab a bite at one of my favorite Thai restaurants. Although the sun was blazing, a hot bowl of noodle soup fit the bill. This one's a hard (although not 'bad') habit to break.

#56) Tom Yum noodle soup with thin rice noodles, medium spicy. This soup delivers all the elements of Thai food I love, with a punch! Sour, salty, sweet and spicy. Pork, pork and more pork! Topped with peanuts and a generous sprinkling of pork cracklins. Needless to say, my sensitive tummy only allows me to indulge in this soup once in a while.

Possibly the best coconut juice I've ever had, next to the real thing. No sugar, no pulp.

I highly, highly recommend eating at their Larkin St. location. Don't let the neighborhood deter you from the great food. Although avoid ordering Chinese-type dishes --they're bland and unexciting, in my opinion.

Thai House Express
901 Larkin St @ Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Civic Center/Tenderloin
(415) 441-2248
Yelp reviews

photos: Antoinette Celes

You always leave a lasting impression


Jimmy Scott

Smile though your heart is aching... Jimmy Scott makes aching supine, and thoroughly wonderful.
- Wiki bio
- official site


Chickpea Radish Okra Salad

I've been taking a break from my usual carbs of rice and pasta. I recently made chickpeas from scratch, and realized the flavor and texture is far superior to any canned chickpea I've ever tasted! If you can, I highly suggest you make your beans from scratch.

This salad is kind of a deconstructed falafel, but without the sumac or onion --although you can certainly add these ingredients if you like. Mixing in the okra creates a sliminess I enjoy.

Chickpea Radish Okra Salad
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 Tbs sesame seeds
- handful of chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- a few pinches of salt for the paste
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 1/2 cup raw, thinly sliced okra
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced radish
- additional salt and black pepper to taste

In a mortar & pestle, combine the coriander, cumin, and salt and grind together into a powder. Add garlic clove and sesame seeds, to mortar, and grind to a paste. Then add chopped cilantro and lightly pound into paste to break it down into a rough pesto texture.

Combine the paste with the chickpeas, okra and radish --toss well. Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper. Eat right away, or allow to sit for a while for the flavors to meld. Enjoy!

Labor Day used to be another holiday

but for the past few years, it's been a symbol of what I no longer have --a steady job. For those of you in the same boat, I'll think of you in my intentions.


Reworking horn

My sister gave me a very pretty horn bracelet shaped simply in a round. I loved it, but found the sizing too loose for bundling up with other bracelets --my motto for wrist-wear is "More is more." I decided to do some research on reworking horn, and thought I might turn the bracelet into a cuff instead. During the process, I took another road and reworked it into this design. I'm in love with the end result!

Reworked horn bracelet with rubbed gold-leaf, wrapped in cobalt cotton thread.


Spaghetti with Fennel in Peanut Sesame Sauce

As mentioned in a previous post, I've been hooked on a peanut sauce consisting of a really good, crunchy, organic peanut butter, paired with soy sauce and a squeeze of lemon. You can actually substitute the lemon juice with a similar citrus (like lime), or a nice, flavorful vinegar --apple cider, champagne, coconut or rice vinegar come to mind.

I recently picked up a beautiful fennel bulb (with fronds) at the farmer's market, and thought I might try pairing it with pasta and the addictive peanut sauce. Only this time I added lightly ground, roasted sesame seeds to the mix, and used apple cider vinegar for the peanut sauce, instead of my usual lemon juice. Oh my.... superb!

Spaghetti with Fennel in Peanut Sesame Sauce
(makes 1 generous serve)
- 1 serving spaghetti (if dried, cook till they give a nice toothiness, but not too al dente)
- 3/4 cup fennel bulb, shaved or sliced thin (I used a mandoline)
- 1/2 handful fennel, fronds chopped
- sliced scallions
- 1 Tbs sesame seeds, toasted then lightly ground in a mortar & pestle
- peanut sauce, to your taste (recipe here)
- salt for boiling water
- a dash of oil to toss with cooked pasta
- ground black or white pepper to taste

Cook your dried spaghetti according to box directions. Note: you are looking for a toothy texture to the noodles, but not too al dente since you are not further cooking the pasta with the sauce.

Prepare the veggies and crushed sesame seeds and set aside. When pasta is done, reserve a few tablespoons of the cooking water. Drain spaghetti, toss with all the ingredients, and add a spoon, or two, of the cooking water to help amalgamate the ingredients. You can eat this straight away, but I'd recommend waiting till it cools to warm, or room temperature --the flavors become more pronounced. Enjoy!

p.s. Excuse my messy chopstick styling. I was trying to shoot with my left hand, with a chopstick-full of pasta on the right. Hello, a tripod is def in order.


Awesome Tapes from Africa

Awesome Tapes from Africa - a music blog dedicated to mp3's of African tapes you can play to your heart's desire! (shown above: Alhaji Yaya Zakori Fushien Kububua)

(via Laureen Manoogian's studio interview on Elle.com)


Oh my love for the first time in my life

My mind is wide open.

Oh my lover for the first time in my life,
My mind can feel.

I feel the sorrow,
Oh I feel dreams,
Everything is clear in my heart,
I feel the life,
Oh I feel love.
Everything is clear in our world.

My father and I have been exchanging songs and singing to each other. I sang this to him when we last spoke. He asked me where I found this tune, and I said I had this one somewhere in my back pocket. It's about love, but the lyrics interestingly are about self-discovery.


Newly discovered

Brush your teeth. Then shake your hair. Don the widest hemline in your skeleton closet. Grab someone you love. Or several.... Run barefoot on the lawn. Or sand. Or soil. Or glass covered pavement. Then spin and grab limbs and be as free as a bird like your fucking life depended on it.

I'm falling in love with myself....

Tame Impala

And awesome fan video of Le Tigre's Deceptacon, via my friend Rio.


I live in the city

but my soul lives in Oakland.

DJ Cali - Day

1-Kay Suzuki-Move On (Original)

2-Quadron- Day

3-Erykah Badu-Out My Mind, Just In Time

4-Seu Jorge and Almaz-Everybody Loves The Sunshine

5-Suff Daddy-Deep Shit (feat Mar)

6-Cobblestone Jazz-Midnight Sun

7-José James-Detroit Loveletter

8-BUDdy Sativa-Una Peripecia

9-Robert Aaron-Flow Like A River

10-The Four Tops-Still Water (Ezel's Remix)

11-Havana Cultura Band Feat. Danay & Carina-Think Twice (4hero Remix)

12-Fudge fingas-Its About Time

13-Theo Parrish Feat-Billy Love-Can't Keep Running Away

14-Electric Wire Hustle-Perception

15-Malik Alston-In A Better Way


Hurt's so bad

Summer is no time for the mean reds... Appreciating the beauty in melancholy, but really --enough already.


Skin Deep: Horiyoshi III

This city inundates you with tattooed folk everyday. It's personal and subjective, but I see a lot of pieces that make me cringe. Although lately I've revived my interest in traditional tattoo art. Perhaps it's time for more ink. Read more about Hiroyshi III here.


Peanut power

I've had to give up spicy foods for a while, and it's seriously been cramping my style. I'm one of those add-spicy-chili-peppers-to-everything sort of people, and the fact my special Tinian-grown dried ground chili pepper spice is gathering dust on my shelf, is a sign of some sort of relapse in my character, or maybe I'm just listening to my body these days.

In an effort to find new taste sensations, I've discovered the amazing power of a good peanut sauce. Not the supermarket peanut butter stuff we grew up with... No, like really good organic, roasted, no-salt peanut butter you can find at your local snobby grocer, or hippy market. The combination of said peanut butter mixed with soy sauce, a few grinds of pepper (I'm using white here), and a light squeeze of lemon juice is just sublime. I've been eating this sauce with cold noodles almost daily. Totally addicting, and a good dish for these hot Summer days!

Cold Noodle Salad with Sauteed Lentils and Peanut Sauce
(makes 1 generous serve)
- 1 pack of dried bean thread noodles (but you can use buckwheat, rice or wheat noodles if you like)
- palm full of dried wakame seaweed
- julienned carrots
- sliced purple cabbage (any cabbage will do really)
- chopped cilantro
- sliced scallions
- 1/2 cup of sauteed lentils (recipe below)
- 2 to 3 Tbs peanut sauce (or more if you like! recipe below)
- salt for boiling water
- a dash of oil to toss with cooked noodles
- ground black or white pepper to taste

Soak dried wakame in a small saucepan of cool water and set aside. Make the peanut sauce, then make sauteed lentils thereafter (recipes below). Prepare all the fresh veggies.

Remove the rehydrated wakame from the pot, but do not throw out the liquid. Leave the wakame in a sieve to drain off water. Now add a dash of salt to wakame-infused liquid to season noodle cooking water. Bring to a boil.

Add dried noodles to boiling water, and cook following instructions, or till desired chewiness. Drain and cool down immediately in cold, iced water to stop cooking process. Remove cooled noodles from cold water, and drain well.

Assemble your bowl with cold noodles at the base tossed with a little oil (I'd recommend roasted sesame, grapeseed or olive oil). Top with prepared fresh vegetables, rehydrated wakame seaweed, sauteed lentils and a generous helping of peanut sauce. Feast with your eyes, mix everything together and enjoy!

Sauteed lentils
- 1/2 cup cooked lentils
- 1 clove garlic, sliced thin
- 1 Tbs raw peanuts with skins intact (find these in an Asian market)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 Tbs oil for sauteeing
- salt to taste

Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add peanuts when oil starts to heat, and saute carefully, stirring constantly, as peanuts start to brown. When they start showing a hint of color, add garlic.

When garlic becomes fragrant and starts to lightly yellow. Add cooked lentils and turmeric powder. Add salt to taste, and saute till lentils are warmed through and peanuts and garlic take a lightly browned color (you'll need to keep your eye on them). Set aside to cool to room temp.

Peanut Sauce
- 3 Tbs organic, roasted, no-salt peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
- 1 Tbs soy sauce
- the juice of a 1/4 of a lemon
- water to thin sauce (as little or as much as you need, adjust salt accordingly)
- ground white or black pepper to taste
- salt to taste, if needed

Mix ingredients together, and set aside for at least 15 minutes for flavors to meld. Enjoy over cold noodles, or as a dip for fresh veggies.


Love knots

Gah! I want these so bad. I've been researching knotting techniques, and these pieces are scratching that itch. The shoes combine my current love of flesh-colored leather shoes and cording. I'd imagine they'd pair great with the dress non? Coveting!

Both found at the beautifully curated shop, Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Would someone please throw money at me so I may open something as nice & interesting here in SF? Sorry for the rant.. not being able to visit this shop frustrates me. :)

Camper together x Bernhard Willhelm

Electric Feathers Convertible Rope Dress


Ghosts want hair

The first time I saw Bjork's Human Behaviour video, my eyes twinkled and silly smile spread across my face. Director Michel Gondry's amazing stop-animation, coupled with the power of Bjork wearing one of my all time favorite looks by Martin Margiela, was like a force to be reckoned with --a force of wonder, that is.

My eyes did a familiar twinkle when they were set upon the work of Swiss-American design student, Mariel Manuel. I've been following her Flickr stream for a while, but her latest collection, No wonder. ghosts want hair., just about bowled me over. There is something about this whimsy I love.

Read Dazed Digital's interview with Mariel and her fellow design students here.

Mariel's previous collection, high up on the cactus top. I love this one too!

images via Mariel Manuel


Wrapper's Delight

These bouts of insomnia = wire-wrapped rings. I'm thinking of adding these to my shop.

(left-right): Red dyed bamboo coral stone, vintage brass-wrapped quartz (this was previously a pendant), and two rings of hematite beads. All stones & beads are either found, or deconstructed from thrifted/vintage jewelry.


Treat me warm

So I can move...

I'm in love with photographer Rocio Montoya's images (more here); and I've been listening to Danish duo, Quadron, on a loop (below).


Pattern play

I've been watching a lot of sweet video shorts inspired by films by the great Charles & Ray Eames. I find it soothing to watch these process stories unfold, especially when accompanied by cinematic jazz. Seriously... watching a slew of these in succession probably lowers my blood pressure by ten points. It's quite mesmerizing to watch the pretty colors and patterns dance before your eyes.

Additionally, I've been revisiting past collections by Italian design house, Marni, and found it a nice coincidence that this sweet Marni post-Spring 2010 promo vid landed in my YT subscriptions. Maybe the Marni folks like the Eames' too huh?

A few of my fave Marni Spring/Summer collections

With all this color & pattern play, I wanted to share this wonderful screen print I found while thrifting. I believe this is a print etching. When viewed up close you can see the color overlays, and some texture embossed onto the paper. It's titled Home is Where, and there's a some writing near the bottom that reads "Home is where the bird is." Very sweet...