A weekend in San Francisco's Sunset District with friends (family).
Surfboards by Travis Reynolds.
Mollusk Surf Shop
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Earlier this month I stopped in Los Angeles for a week before heading up to San Francisco. During my time there it was my good friend Eva's birthday. We chartered a sail boat out of Marina del Rey and sailed up the coast towards Malibu. We had unusual weather for LA and it felt as though we were somewhere on the east coast. That morning I said out loud "How amazing would it be if we saw dolphins?" Never expecting it to actually happen, until all of the sudden we spotted a huge pod of dolphins not too far away. Soon enough our boat was sailing alongside, my feet dangling off the bow. They were so close I could almost touch them. I truly cant remember another moment I was so happy, it was spiritual and I've never felt so close to nature. We were all like giddy school children, clapping and yelling in excitement. I don't really have the words to describe it other then in an instant I questioned my entire existence on this planet. I wanted to give up everything I've worked for and go on to become a marine biologist, a childhood dream of mine. Nothing else seemed to matter. So many things became clear to me on this last trip, gotta love how travel will do that. Showing you the way. I had the most beautiful day with the most special people.
Check out this video I took of the dolphins to really live the expierence <3
In the current issue of Anthology Magazine there is a story I shot of my pal Caroline Z Hurley. Caro is a multi talented artist, she's a painter and designs a line of home goods that ranges from throws to napkins to pillows that are hand stamped in her signature style. Her adorable loft apartment in the West Village is a true charmer. I love her instagram too! Be sure to pick up the current issue and you can view the full story here.
Prop Styling by Kate Jordan
So get this, you know how the world is really small? It always blows my mind on just how small it really is. Back in the day (10 years ago) I used to live on a small island in the Caribbean. I worked in a fancy smancy restaurant and went to the beach during the day. Then one day this beautiful young lady walked in the door. Long brown hair braided to her butt, earrings shaped like cherries in freshly pressed chef whites. She was the new pastry chef in straight off the boat (literally the boat) from Napa Valley. I worked with Ann for a year or so, our paths continued to cross and we kept in touch. Her and I both have lived many lives and traveled around. She now resides in Charleston and makes beautiful jewelry. Then sometime last year I stumbled across the insane photos Brian Ferry took for Voices of Industry. I was in awe of the color palette and light he captured in the shots. I pinned a couple photos and my good old pal Ann wrote me and said "That's my sister!" I had no idea she even had a sister.
So here we are. When I was in San Francisco last May I went and visited her studio on a whim. Her beautiful space is in Heath's Tile Factory in the Mission. Only a few creatives have the privilege of calling those spaces their home. Adele Strafford makes hand woven textiles off a loom, made with variety of domestic fibers. They are so luxurious and beautiful. Learn more and view her online shop here.
About an hour from Santa Fe near Cochiti Pueblo is Tent Rocks National Monument. Layers of volcanic rock and ash were deposited here some 7 million years ago after an explosion within the Jemez Volcanic Field. Years of weather and erosion left Tent Rocks which is made up of a series cones and canyons made of soft pumice and tuft.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
New Mexico | June 2014
It's been a very long time since I have posted anything with a recipe. Sorry dudes! This recipe from a recent shoot I did with Saveur felt very suiting for a quick and easy summer dessert. Its super straight forward and takes very few ingredients.
Blueberry Crisp via Saveur
6 cups (3 pints) blueberries, washed and stemmed
½ cup granulated sugar
1¼ cups flour
⅔ cup brown sugar
Pinch of salt
10 tbsp. cold butter
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toss together washed, stemmed blueberries and granulated sugar in a bowl, then transfer to a medium baking dish.
2. Combine flour, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt in another bowl. Using two knives, work cold butter, cut into pieces, into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle mixture evenly over blueberries.
3. Bake until berries are bubbling and topping is golden, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with heavy cream spooned over top.