Julis Rothman and Caitlin Keegan at Rare Device

11th July 2008

My fun thing for yesterday was stopping by the Julia Rothman/Caitlin Keegan opening at Rare Device. There were so many women there who I’ve admired at a distance online but had never met in person, and every one of them was exactly as charming as I’d imagined them to be. Strange, no? You’d expect at least one of them to surprisingly catty, or awkwardly silent, or falling over drunk — something. But no! They were just fun, and well scrubbed, and generally happy with life. It was nice.

Among the pleasant run ins was Elizabeth from Browner Brown and Apartment Therapy San Francisco, Natalie who makes beautiful things for her shop Miss Natalie, and Evany who always makes everything better than it was before she got there.

I was especially thrilled to see Grace of DesignSponge, who was out from Brooklyn for the show. I’ve been wanting to meet her for years, and it turns out she’s aptly named. I refrained from grabbing her by the shoulders and cheering, because I’m so excited about everything she’s done in building her business. I held back mostly because I was wearing shoes that made me four feet taller than her, and I thought yelping in her face might be a little much on first meeting. Perhaps next time.

I also ran into Shoshana, the founding editor of ReadyMade Magazine, whom I’d never met — despite working on the ReadyMade blog, exchanging emails about cool old houses for sale, and having lots of friends in common. We started talking because I was making faces at her baby, and it took us a few minutes to figure out that we already knew each other.

All that, and I was in bed by 10:30. What a great night.

12 thoughts on “Julis Rothman and Caitlin Keegan at Rare Device

  1. HouseofJules

    I love your fun things posts so much because life is short… My fun thing on Wednesday night was seeing George Michael in concert, which I highly recommend. It was so much fun that I’m still all hyped up about it 2 nights later.
    Jules
    House of Jules

  2. Elli

    Huh…I read the title to this post and thought it said Rape Advice, not Rare Device. That was awkward. Anyway, I like your new commitment to doing fun things! It’s fun to read about.

  3. RGP

    You inspire me to try and go do some more ‘fun things’ with my days. Does T.V. count?

    Truly envious of your meeting all these wonderful women! Thrilled to hear they’re everything you hoped!

  4. Kyran

    “…and every one of them was exactly as charming as I’d imagined them to be…”

    nice. this is the mantra i’m bringing to sfo next week, and the impression I hope to leave others with.

  5. bradleytee

    I love to see faces behind creative production or innovative thought. Sometimes you just cannot believe it but the best is when you couldn’t be MORE RIGHT!
    My friend heard me on the radio and said I sounded fat…with a beard, damn!
    Pretty women!!!

  6. jackie c

    I love Julia Rothman and Caitlin Keegan! Their stuff is constant inspiration for me.

    I can’t believe a roomful of totally awesome role-models such as yourselves didn’t just explode into glitter.

  7. jessica ann

    Oh thank you for this! I kept seeing images of the show online and thought exactly what it would be like to be in the same room as all of these awesome women! I’d have been giddy with delight! And nice to have found your blog!

  8. Aurora

    I’ve met Grace before, too, and felt the same way. I live in Brooklyn and once saw her walking down the street and felt like it was a celebrity sighting – I just admire what she’s got going on SO much!

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