Whether she wants it or not, every First Lady comes under style scrutiny that lasts not just an evening or the length of her time in the White House, but for all posterity. The inaugural ball gowns worn by each, for example, have ended up in the Smithsonian since Helen Taft started the tradition in 1909, when she donated to the museum the white silk chiffon number she wore on her husband’s first night as president.
So, who knew this day could happen? Its hip to be patriotic.
Bush wrapped himself in the flag for so many years, you’d think we could never get the smell of hypocrisy out of that thing. But lo and behold, Facebook is full of feklempt Friscan bleeding hearts who felt the totally alien sensation of national pride when Aretha stirred souls with her not dog-calling version of Our Country 'Tis of Thee.
And she wasn’t the only relevant recording star to belt in out for Barack yesterday and Saturday, at the star-studded concert for we, the people.
Back in the day when quill pens were modern tech, nibs were both necessary objects and admired accessories. Thanks to the London-based design duo behind Tatty Devine, nibs are back again. But this time, they’d rather hang around your neck than rendezvous with parchment paper.
In the talented hands of Tatty Devine’s Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, the oversized, gold acrylic laser-cut nibs adorning handmade necklaces, brooches and cufflinks ($60-$245) pair with black crystal drop beads for a result that’s as sharply refined, yet full of cheek in that so-very-British kind of way.
Name: Bonnie Dominguez
Occupation: Footwear Designer/Artist, www.bonniedominguez.com
Spotted: At a cocktail party in Potrero Hill, 12:15 a.m.
Wearing: head to toe vintage
Favorite item you're wearing: bow with rhinestone pins
Best place to window shop in SF: Barney's New York
Most recent purchase: a Paul & Joe gray leather jacket
Why we love her look: Her unique take on a cocktail outfit. Bonnie gave polish to her all-black ensemble with an amazing vintage black bow with rhinestone pins (which were reminiscent of cuff links), T-strap heels, and bright red lipstick. The result? A refreshing and modern take on vintage.
1. Fantastic Foam
Suds-lovers, unite! On January 23, Jack Tar Bar & Grill (in the Cathedral Hill Hotel) will be hosting a beer dinner with the brewmaster from North Coast Brewing Co..The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and golden ale and concludes with imperial stout and molten chocolate cake, with a main course of duck confit rounding out the meal. The dinner is $70 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity; to book, visit beer-chef.com.
2. Java Junkies
If the economic tempest in which our nation presently finds itself prompts a tidal wave of shopping guilt, here’s a simple tactic to curb your impulse-buying urges: keep your mitts to yourself. And we’re not talking about the ones intended for use with an oven (if that’s the kind of thing you’re into). We’re talking about your hands. Touching, it seems, may increase your likelihood of purchasing.
I obviously go out to eat a fair amount. If you have been following my blogs, you will know that I am not a big fan of cooking at home in my downtime and usually prefer to have someone else do it for me. This week I amuse you, the reader, with a list of my pet peeves about diningout. I'm not going to name names, because that would be rude, but here are some things that I consider to be simply unacceptable.
It may not be chic or classy (or legal) to smoke in your home anymore, but the decorative cigarette box is still promptly displayed on cocktail tables across our finer neighborhoods. And remember that Louis Vuitton vintage trunk you coveted for 10 years? The one you want to use as a coffee table (good luck with that)? How fantastic would these home accessories by Tom Ford for Gucci look on it? Or perhaps on top of your Danish Modern bedroom dresser? $500 each at Amarcord Fine Decorative Arts (by appointment only).
Just to let y’all know--In the last couple of months, Zuni Cafe finally solved its lifelong glass problems. Thanks to wine director Thierry Lovato and co-owner Gilbert Pilgram, those former clunky, thick-rimmed, poorly balanced café glasses that were Zuni’s one major blemish for years have now been replaced by elegant, thin-lipped, all purpose wine glasses. A minor change to many, perhaps, but it’s significant to me and makes me much happier to order finer wine there. Thanks, Zuni
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