Mighty Life List
Aug 6 2012

This Post Has a Secret Crush on Her Math Teacher

Interior design and pet wrangling by Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay, who is a lovely host. It’s possible I was not sober when I did this on Instagram. (Speaking of which, my favorite thing about this photo Victoria took is how I might as well be naked and people would still only notice Victoria’s rug. Internet, you are weird.)

Lucy is so proud of your progress. | Mighty Girl

Lucy is so proud of your progress.

The hand soap dispenser is a stickler for details. | Mighty Girl

The hand soap dispenser is a stickler for details.

The apron made cookies for the Science Olympiad team. | Mighty Girl

The apron made cookies for the Science Olympiad team.

The sewing machine goes to bed at 8 pm on a Saturday. | Mighty Girl

The sewing machine goes to bed at 8 p.m. on a Saturday.

This Catherine Holm saucier never knows what to say when people ask what she does.  | Mighty Girl

This Catherine Holm saucier never knows what to say when people ask what she does.

This Vermouth is living in his parents' rec room. | Mighty Girl

This Vermouth is living in his parents’ rec room.

This throw pillow feels overdressed. | Mighty Girl

This throw pillow feels overdressed.

This cheese plate is tired of discussing Satre. | Mighty Girl

This cheese plate is tired of discussing Sartre.

This chalkboard can barely admit how he feels. | Mighty Girl

This chalkboard can barely admit how he feels.

This air fern is secretly in love with the West Elm vase. | Mighty Girl

This air fern is secretly in love with the West Elm vase.

This George Nelson lamp was afraid of you in high school. | Mighty Girl

This George Nelson lamp was afraid of you in high school.

This task lamp is busy right now. | Mighty Girl

This task lamp is busy right now.

This egg isn't sure about being born into this world. Not like this. | Mighty Girl

This egg isn’t sure about being born into this world. Not like this.

These antlers don't really like cocktail parties. | Mighty Girl

These antlers don’t really like cocktail parties.

This foot scored higher on the SATs than you. | Mighty Girl

This foot scored higher on the SATs than you.

This glass of wine is unimpressed. | Mighty Girl

This glass of wine is unimpressed.

Jun 28 2012

Objects of Affection: Ana Kraš Bonbon Pendants

Gorgeous, colorful lights handmade by Serbian artist and photographer Ana Kras.

Images by Ana Kras.

Jun 21 2012

Objects of Affection: Rope Works by Doug Johnston

Does anyone else wonder whether Brooklyn artist Doug Johnston literally took Basket Weaving 101?

Trivet

Shoulder tote

Images via Doug Johnston.

Nov 8 2010

And So it Begins – Christmas Cards

Peace Snowflake Holiday Letterpress Cards in Blue and Silver
from Letterpress Delicacies

These letterpress Peace cards are so good I’d like to bite them.

I know it’s obscene to be shopping for Christmas cards already, but I get discouraged if the holidays pass us by without sending cards and hanging a wreath on the door. It seems like a low bar, but I can’t tell you how many years have gone by that I haven’t managed to accomplish those two things.

What’s your “it’s not the holidays without” tradition?

Oct 12 2010

Mighty Closet: Our Wedding

Our photojournalist wedding photographer showed up at the hotel at 7 a.m. I was wearing a silk robe that I got at Thrift Town in Sacramento for $10. It’s still one of my favorite things.

I changed into one of those horrifying velour tracksuits that was very popular at the time, and one of our groomsmen remarked that I looked like a movie star trying to go incognito. Mostly I just wanted a zip-front something to wear all day so I could change out of it without ruining my hair and makeup. Also I might have wanted to practice a cheerleading routine or something. You never know.

(That kissable bundle is little Evan Frasier; I was his nanny briefly. He is 43 now.)

My dream wedding dress was Audrey Hepburn’s bridal dress from Funny Face:

I’ve mentioned before that I have clothing nightmares. We were on a tight budget when we were married, and I was accordingly horrified by the idea of spending $1,500 on a dress.

I was set on a short dress, which I thought would be easy to find, but absolutely no one wore them at the time. When I say no one, I mean I went to every bridal salon and department store in San Francisco, and found exactly one short, white dress, for $1700 dollars. It was not cute.

Three months before the wedding I still didn’t have a dress, and I was beginning to hyperventilate and have tooth-griding nightmares. For those of you who’ve never been married, lots of women order their dresses a year out, and many bridal salons look at you like you’re nuts if you expect less than a six-month turnaround.

Bryan finally had enough of my whimpering and rocking in the corner. He said, “We are going to the Gunne Sax outlet and buying something.” We ended up buying two dresses, one that would become the bodice for $80, and a size 14 tulle monstrosity for the skirt, which was about $100. I asked my dear friend Lisa (Hi, Lisa!) from Stitch Bitch if she could lop off the skirt and smush the two dresses together. She did it for less than $100, because she loves me. This is how we ended up spending less for my dress than we did for the bourbon at the wedding. Fact!

Lisa didn’t want the dress to be too heavy, so instead of using 300 layers of tulle, she put some horsehair ruffs under the sides of the skirt to make them stand out. This meant that the skirt was nice and poofy, but I could still use the restroom withoutout aid. Bonus.

I got a satin headband at Britex, and my mom-in-law sewed a circle of tulle to a metal hair comb the night before the wedding. I’d hoped for a cage veil, but this was in the hours before Etsy, and they were impossible to find. I thought about skipping the veil entirely, but when my girlfriends pinned my veil in my hair, it was the moment I realized I was really getting married.

I grew up with a gardenia bush in the backyard, so I had a gardenia in my hair and one for each of the bridesmaids. They wore them in their hair or pinned to their shirts as they chose.

Thanks to tequila and vigorous dancing, my hair flower fell out, and no one mentioned it because they didn’t know I had 14 more in the back. Word to the wise brides, extra hair flowers ladies.

I also wore red shoes, which was strange at the time. One of our guests mentioned that he particularly loved my shoes because his mother always said red shoes were for little girls and whores. I like to think I fall squarely in the latter camp:

Later, I pulled on a red sweater with a rhinestone brooch, because it gets cold on the docks in San Francisco. The sweater was a merino Bennton cardigan, and I still wear it.

Bryan’s suit was a striped Donna Karan cashmere blend on sale at Nordstrom Rack. His tie was Calvin Klien. My maiden name is Berry, so the boutonnieres were Eucalyptus leaves with unripe blackberries, all collected on the wedding site. We asked our groomsmen to wear black suits, and we got them matching ties.

My bridesmaids were from size 0 to size 14 and were 4’11″ to 5’10″ — we even had a pregnant attendant — so I had to find something that would be flattering for everyone. I chose white cotton wrap tops and red wool skirts from Foley’s, which I asked the bridesmaids to wear full length or have hemmed to the knee as they chose. My bridesmaids actually did wear the pieces again, and the whole outfit was $70. Separates!

Pro tip: When you’re getting married, it’s helpful to have girlfriends who are all knockouts. I love you, girls.

Old? A penny in my shoe. New? My dress. Borrowed? My lipstick. Blue? My engagement ring, which is a giant ’60s era cocktail Aquamarine. Oddly, I do not have a close up photo, but it is lovely.

For the rehearsal dinner I wore a red, heavily embroidered shift, of which I also cannot find a single photo. By the end of our wedding I was so through with red that I could barely look at a tube of lipstick without shuddering, but seven years later I’m coming back around.

Apr 27 2010

Elsewhere: Mighty Goods

Apr 13 2010

My Lifescooop: 5 Cool, Easy Ways to Display Snapshots


You have 15,000 photos on your hard drive and nothing on your walls. Here are a few clever ways to display snapshots quickly and change them out often. Go ahead and hit print.