Category: General

GeneralMarita Francescon: MakeUp Now!

In my dream mansion by the sea, I would also have my own walk-in closet and a boudoir filled with these:
 
 
 
The incredibly talented architect and designer Marita Francescon studied in Naples, Madrid, and Barcelona, and she currently resides on the island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples– poor thing!! Her focus in designing is to create objects that convey the joy of living and positive emotion, and these awesome makeup-inspired creations definitely hit the mark. 
 
 
Mascara-shaped hat rack? Yes, please!
 
 
I can’t tell what this is; brownie points if you can figure it out!
 
 

Follow her on Facebook, or check our her website!
 
(Photos courtesy of Marita Francescon.) 

GeneralGood Eats: Fogcutter

As most of you may know, little ol’ LuLu*s is based out of Chico, CA, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from San Francisco. So I tend to spend quite a few of my weekends down there visiting friends, going to shows, and above all, eating. I wouldn’t really call myself a foodie, but I do love to eat and one of my favorite places to get some grub in SF is Fogcutter, a torta/brunch truck that is out of this world
Founded by Guillermo Perez, formerly of Matini House and Ame, and Caroline Hummer, former operator of The Chairman Bao food trucks, Fogcutter’s food is influenced by the melting pot of culture that makes San Francisco so great! The ingredients for their tortas are not only inspired by the tastes of Mexico, but also Japan, America, India, Italy, and Vietnam as well.
I went on the weekend (when they serve brunch!), where they were posted up at Proxy on Hayes and Octavia. As I am a vegetarian, I met up with my sister so she could tell us about their meat tortas. Below you can see Caroline chatting it up with one of her customers!
I ended up getting my go-to, The Baker Beach. It consists of tomato-braised butter beans, sauteed chard, white cheddar, and garlic aioli, and I added a fried egg to the mix for $1 extra. The sandwich was warm and savory, with a kick of garlic to give it that extra spice. Adding the fried egg is what really makes this sandwich for me. The yolk complements the rest of the ingredients perfectly.
The fusion of my two favorite foods, Italian and Mexican, will always win a special place in my heart, no matter what. Warning: you will definitely need napkins and be willing to get a little dirty, because these tortas (mine especially) are deliciously messy! Or you can always dig in with a fork and knife.
 
 
I’ll let my sister expand on her carnivorous adventures with her Torta Mi:
The Torta Mi is the Fogcutter take on Vietnamese bánh mì– and the perfect sandwich for a warm, late spring morning. I of course gravitate towards pork belly– put that on your menu, and I will order it (I sometimes fancy that I will turn into a pig ala Willow).
The pork was fresh from the grill and savory, tender delicious! A wonderful conterpoint to the savoriness was the crunchy, sweet, tangy, and midly spicy pickles (daikon, carrots, and cucumber). Inviting the perfect about of zest, the lime aioli completed the experience. All-in-all a refreshing sandwich, and optimal for the fantastic turn the Bay Area weather has decided to take these past few weeks. 
 
An important factor for both me and my sister: the bolillo had the perfect consistency for sandwich bread. Firm, almost crunchy crust and soft inside, but not so fine as to absorb all the sauces and become mush. There’s no greater sandwich turn-off than the bread getting soggy and disintegrating, making it impossible to pick up without a pulpy, drippy mess. Not so here!
We both decided to share the Sour Flour French Toast as a desert after our tortas. I am not a huge sweet person, but the french toast was the perfect conclusion to our meal (plus, my sister“requires” desert). The combination of the sour toast with the rich, buttery homemade whipped cream, and the slightly tart strawberry rhubarb compote, made the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and savory. It was a flavor explosion with every bite.
Besides the delicious food, one of my favorite things about Fogcutter is the amazing illustrations that cover the truck. Done by SF local artist Michael Jeter, he creates a badass scene of a pimp rooster, and mustached pig, and beautiful, SF style houses. 
You can follow Fogcutter on Twitter or their Offical Site to find out where they will be and what they will be serving!

 

GeneralWindow Farms for the Urban Dweller

Want to embrace your green thumb, but don’t exactly have the room for a vegetable garden? Well Window Farms are just the solution for you! 
“Window farming” allows urban dwellers to year-round farming in almost any window. It uses recycled 1.5 liter water bottles, clay pellets, plastic tubing and inexpensive fish tank air pumps to create a decked out indoor garden.
The plants capture natural light and vertically disperses the organic liquid soil throughout the levels of plans. Not only do they look cool, but it can also freshen up your place! It’s also a great way to save money on fresh veggies!
The farms can be used to grow fresh peppers, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and bok choy, to name a few! However, root vegetables are not suitable for the window farm.
WindowFarms.org was founded by Britta Riley, who raised $27,000 in donations as seed money. The project hopes to teach others that they can put recycled consumer goods to use and get the most out of things that are readily available to them. The site already has 4,000 registered users who all manage their own window farms.
The website tells you what you need and the materials will cost you about $30. You can download the PDF from their website or you can buy an at-home kit so you can get to growing your veggies even quicker!
To learn more about the Window Farms project and how to make your own urban garden, visit WindowFarms.org.
(Photos courtesy of MrKate.com)

GeneralDowntown From Behind

 

Have you ever visited a city and wished you had more time to stay and get to know the locals? Well, now you can in New York City! Sort of.
Downtown From Behind is a photographic series that aims to document subjects riding their bikes, on streets, avenues, and lanes below 14th street and captures them visually as they depart from view. Both established and emerging individuals are chosen, leaving a sense of their daily contributions to a bustling city scene!
Lower East Side
 
East Village
Noho Bowery
Soho Nolita
Tribeca
(Photos courtesy of DowntownFromBehind.com)

GeneralDIY: Saltwater Beach Spray!


Summer is fast approaching and as the weather warms up, the last thing we want to do is plug in a flat iron or any other hot tool to do our hair. This simple DIY will help you achieve saltwater kissed waves even if you don’t live anywhere near the beach. The best part is, this style takes less than 10 minutes to achieve and costs less than $10 for the materials. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 3 tbsp. finely ground sea salt 
  • 3 squirts of water-based hair gel 
  • 1/4 tsp. coconut conditioner 
  • Tap water
  • 8-10 oz. spray bottle
 
 
1. Add all of your ingredients to your spray bottle and add enough water to fill it up. Shake vigorously until all ingredients are combined. 
2. Spray onto wet/damp hair and scrunch upward until a wave begins to form. Spray a small amount and scrunch as you go. Remember, less is more!
3. Either let it dry naturally or use a diffuser for a more tousled look 
And voila! Enjoy that fresh-out-the-ocean look anywhere and keep the spray bottle in your purse for touch ups throughout the day!