Yukimi doing the ‘Carlton’

Yukimi doing the Carlton = Makes me happy

The best part of Little Dragon’s latest track “Sunshine” is not the beautiful lyrics, not the upbeat keys and notes fans are devoted to, not Yukimi’s haunting breath, not the tickling fact that Stella McCartney tweeted about loving it. What makes “Sunshine” a stellar tune is the fact that Yukimi is doing the ‘Carlton’ on the single artwork. Yes, Carlton Banks: my favorite conservative, hopelessly optimistic, goofy prepster from Bel-Arie. I suggest doing the Carlton whenever you’re having a bad or brilliant day and need a dose of catharsis.

HEAR IT :: “Sunshine” by Little Dragon + Carlton Banks = Joy


Flick night: “Celeste and Jesse Forever”

My two beautiful nerds in “Celeste and Jesse Forever”

Rashida Jones has a beautiful nerd aesthethic and her sarcasm is key to her comedy. I’m not an avid Samberg follower, but his methods have been proven, he is off the chain funny. ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ was released August 3rd, but barely made its way into theaters in this area this week. Mostly going because the trailer had some promising tunes. But it’s only a whoping 91 minutes long??? I guess you can’t go wrong watching a flick at a vintage theater, they tend to have impeccable taste. #shattucktheatersberkeley

“Celeste and Jesse Forever” trailer

One animal print at a time

comfy top + flashy leopard bottoms = brilliant casual fit

For so long I’ve drawn the line at wearing animal prints for fear of looking outrageously unsophisticated or cougar-ish. The farthest I’ve gone is a scarf or other minimal accessories. A recent encounter with Joe’s Wild leopard print skinny jeans made me rethink my judgments on the jungle textile.

Rule #1 | Don’t commit to a purchase unless you can picture the outfit in your head right then and there.

Otherwise the garment will sadly hang in your closet until you have the ganas to wear it. Every friday night when you stare at your wardrobe deciding what to wear, you’ll glance over at the impulse purchase and even if you’re feeling more brave than beige, if you don’t have something to pair it with, you’ll end up bowing out and going for something safe instead. Finally, you’ll either shamefully return it or give it away to a more adventurous or tacky friend. At least they’ll give it some play.

While shopping, I nervously surveyed the Wild leopard skinny jeans and thought “let’s just try them on” and I was immediately inspired with ideas! I thought they’d be great paired with my favorite comfy, cheap white tank top under an unbuttoned jean colored boyfriend shirt with sleeves rolled up. I’d tip them off with my tan oxford booties and a simple lace bra to give that effortless appeal and ta-da! An edgy, yet casual leopard print outfit is born. As long as you wear one animal print at a time, no one will confuse your edginess for unsophistication.

Have fun with your style my indieDarlings

Great beer + cuisine in my neighborhood

Image by beerandsoul.com

EVENT: Craftsman Brewing “Triple White Sage” Dinner with Brewmaster Mark Jilg
WHEN: August, 13, 2012 – Starts at 6:30pm | WHERE: Boot and Shoe Service, Oakland, Ca

Next week’s Beer and Soul event in Oakland, brought to you by Certified Cicerone, Sayre Piotrkowski  is not to be missed!

At one of Sayre’s last Beer and Soul events at Bar Tartine in San Francisco, I got to meet my Beer Idol, Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewery. Death and Taxes is my all time favorite Moonlight tasty beverage. Not to mention the fact that this modest craftsman started out and remains brewing in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, near my hometown of Windsor.

I’m sure this third Beer and Soul event will deliver on its dynamic tri-fecta: Beer + Food + Venue. Sayre knows good beer and cleverly partners with creative chef’s who pair the beer selections beautifully, surrounded by a stunning backdrop like Monday’s venue, Boot and Shoe Service.

Great beer and company are essential to the indieDarling lifestyle!

See you there!

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