some days, like today for example, life feels a bit like this (without the perfect hair. or adorable outfits):
which isn’t awful. or great. but just exhausting.
i don’t know if i’ve mentioned it here yet but SoulPancake has been contracted by the Oprah Winfrey Network to create a series of webisodes. it’s a HUGE opportunity and we are all really excited about it. we start shooting in a week and there is SO much to do and so much to learn about this process. i feel a bit like i did when we started the book – completely out of my comfort zone but simultaneously hitting in my creative stride. it will be incredible to be partnered up with such a gigantic brand as Oprah, and we’re hopeful that it will further propel SP into the world. hooray.
we vespa’d to chinatown on sunday. i was on a mission to find roasted brown rice green tea – one of my all time favorite hot drinks. and i didn’t find any in the teabag version and as much as i want to be a classy cat who uses a fancy wrought iron teapot, i’m too impatient. but, the trip was not a waste because i did find this amazing FIRE HYDRANT FACE.
after the chinatown green tea mission we scooted back to our silverlake hood and stumbled upon this little shop called YOLK. which has the most charming household stuff that you just want to hold and have. the only reason we didn’t leave with an armload of adorableness is because nothing in the store was less than $20. and you know what we can get for $20? at least 3 loaves of organic sour dough rye bread and 3 blocks of new zealand cheddar cheese from trader joes. and since that’s what we live off, the bread & cheese won.
but check out this tray design. so except for the err… body ‘parts’, doesn’t this look like me and dev, in stylized format?
creepy yes. but we still wanted it. and the bird one too please.
it’s come to my attention lately that the people i intrinsically want to surround myself with, and the people i’m drawn to are the people who ‘see’ me and allow their inner-greatness to be ‘seen’. it’s important that at the outset i make the disclaimer that this isn’t about accolades or public fame. it’s not about being at the forefront or needing the spotlight. it’s about looking into a person’s eyes and knowing that they SEE you. that they recognize your worth. that they trust in you. and are supporters of your story. it’s about the friends i’ve have since i was 11 who live in new zealand and champion my achievements and are also there for the tests and challenges. it’s about my parents who have always had an innate faith in me and whatever i set out to do and never given me limiting parameters. it’s about my partner whose eyes literally shine when he looks at me. it’s about the friends i have that are authentic communicators and live with a true (ever unfolding) sense of purpose infused with creativity and originality.
and landing in a city like LA where there is a fear that everyone is pandering to you for what ‘they’ can get out of it, i’ve become really good at brushing aside the token kisses on each cheek, and the handshakes with insincere altogether too white smiles, and really taking stock when a true connection is forged. i have an auto-filter, so to speak, that cuts off the excess and extraneous and allows in the people who are present and comfortable in their skin.
it also makes me impatient around haters and cynics. people who disparage others and their choices. people who need to cut others down in order to maintain some sense of self-worth. i’m also fed-up with the passive-aggressive copy cats and envy filled joy-squashers. sorry, but time is too precious. our hours on this earth too fleeting to give you a lot of the attention you’re so desperately craving.
i’m seeing SO much inner strength, courage and capacity in the people i interact with, that sometimes i’m blown away by the company i keep. and when others don’t SEE that light. all i want to do is ask them to take off their blinders and take another look.
so here’s a clarion call to you, the incredibles. you know who you are. thank you for seeing me. thank you for letting me in to see you.
in other news, rainbows are catching my eye. thread rainbows to be precise. these art installations by gabriel dawe are so beautiful.
lately i’ve been so tired that i don’t have the energy to speak coherently/correctly and as a result ‘zausted’ was born. which is a shortened version of exhausted but also conveys the point that i’m too lazy/tired/non-committal to put the effort into moving my mouth and making the ‘eh’ sound.
hmm. i guess this is the kind of riveting stuff that gets blogged when you’re running on too little sleep, too much caffeine, and not enough fresh air.
so let’s see. where was i? oh yeah, being riveting.
today began with an early morning (ok, so it was 9am. but that’s still before 10. which means it’s early) vespa ride to ash & melody’s to watch our friends rainn wilson and andy grammer on rachael ray. is that what you call name dropping? well consider NAMES DROPPED. i’m so proud of them both, but especially andy! it was his first national TV debut and his performance was flawless.
the rest of the day was packed with all kinds of action and then a super exciting call from our publisher to say that our book had made it to the new york times bestseller list. woot woot! (that’s me whistling. which i actually can’t do in ‘real’ life.)
so. that’s amazing. and we’re all in awe and really excited about it. i think of making this particular list as a sort of ‘tattoo’ since it’s this label that sticks and that you can brandish about, even if you only make it on there one time. it’s kinda funny like that.
OH. news just in: the incredible lindsey freitas from bella lu photography did an incredible job of capturing our most recent SoulPancake book launch party! here is just a little sampling of the zillions of shots she took. they are all on facebook here & here. so if you came and conquered, go forth and tag yourselves.
we had a fantastic book signing at one of NYC’s most awesome bookstores yesterday – The Strand. (sidebar: Q, i took a bunch of photographs for you. you would probably want to live upstairs on the rare book level. it smells like worn books and coziness and knowledge and magic. and yes, those things all have a scent.)
it was crazy to see the line beginning to form at 6pm for a 7pm signing and there was a huge crowd and they completely sold out of our book which is a shame as i think that a few people had to leave without getting a copy. lamesauce!
of course the star of the show was my filterless and fearless co-author, rainn wilson. can i gush about him for a moment? and not in a OMG-dwight-is-so-funny kind of way, but in a friend to friend kind of way. this man is so skilled, articulate and talented. i watched him mesmerize a crowd of 300 with no notes and no rehearsed program. in one moment he can be both profoundly deep and incredibly accessible. he’s unapologetically weird. and hilarious, but not at the expense of others. i watched as he enthusiastically signed book after book, each time looking the gaga-eyed fan in the eyes and using their name. he is sincere. he is grateful for what he’s accomplished in his life. and it’s a true pleasure to work alongside him in this little enterprise.
rhett miller also joined us and played three of his songs – while i held a mic for his guitar, dev drummed and rainn tambourined. ha, we make QUITE the backup band. i had actually never heard of rhett miller before, but wow, bust out a fan t-shirt. i’m sold. he was awesome. and sweet. and smart. having live music at an event adds such amazing energy. i think dev will perform at our next signing on thursday.
oooh…and i was even asked to sign a few books! rox was there to capture the momentous occasion – these are her photos below. you know the BEST part about signing books? you get to walk away with some pretty rocking sharpies. i’m such a sucker for sharpies.
we fly to NYC tomorrow. we bought our flights yesterday in a flurry of head cold fog and excitement. i guess it just hit us suddenly that we could actually go to NYC. sure, our publisher is only paying for the celeb in our quadruplet, but that isn’t a good enough reason for us to miss out on all the fun. so tickets are booked. angel ash (a recent convert to spur of the moment travel plans) is ready at the helm for a pre-dawn drop off and our suitcase is packed. well, half-packed. ok. it’s ready to be packed. and the things we are taking are surrounding it in a pile. good enough.
the book tour line up in nyc is pretty fantastic. soulpancake will have stops at google. and people magazine. and npr. and itunes. we have book signings. and jimmy fallon with JONSI. and regis & kelly. and rainn will be making pancakes with rachael ray. we will finally get to meet 3 of our amazing soulpancake brainlabbers – jena, julius and amelia, who we’ve only collaborated with through binary code and never met in person. woohoo! shabs is hopefully going to scoot up from DC so we can all frolic and romp around and make fun of the fact that we are the authors that no one actually cares about. :)
we are crashing at roxanne & anyssa’s adorable abode in brooklyn. and let’s be honest, where else in nyc would anyone want to be? ok, maybe soho. but brooklyn is like soho’s more interesting, less refined cousin…the one who you wanna hang out with because they know how to have a good time. whereas whenever i’m in soho i feel like i need a makeover and a bazillion dollars. also how could i resist this description from rox: “did we mention that anne hathaway, adrien grenier and fiona apple are our neighbors? oh, i think we just did. warning: our ‘hood is uber-gentrified and that hipster cafe downstairs? used to be a crack house/bodega.
i will be armed with one vivtar knock off black slim devil film camera. one nikon d90 digital beast. and mittens. because i expect it to be cold.
a creature couture photoshoot? yes. please.
“This is the principal and most profound reason I take photographs. I am not out to demonstrate something. My sole motivation stems from the need I feel – that we all feel, to varying degrees – to communicate with the world around us.” – Gilbert Garcin
the genius behind these photographs: Gilbert Garcin
constant obsession: lightbulbs with visible filaments
ps. if you have a must see / must do in NYC please tell me. we’ve been traveling there pretty regularly since it’s one of our favorite cities on the planet…but we often stick to what we know. and by that i mean we park inside babycakes and don’t leave until we have had our fill of agave sweetened wonder.
may i be so bold as to ask you, my lovely blog readers and collaborators in cyberspace, to do me a little favor?
as you know, my friends & i wrote a book: SoulPancake // Chew on Life’s Big Questions
it’s basically a ‘big think’ book. it asks questions that you’ve probably thought about, but perhaps haven’t really explored. it is packed with quotes and random facts and each page bursts with art from talented artists all over the earth. and (this is important) it feels good in your hands. the pages are thick and MATTE and it begs to be scribbled in, and drawn in, and heck, move over scrapbooks, this is a living, breathing, growing journal.
so, if you have purchased our book, please head on over to Amazon and give it a rating & a review. it takes very little time, just click on a few stars and you’re done. :)
i would also love to hear your feedback. this is the first book i’ve ever published and hopefully there will be more to come! i know the authors and i would all appreciate hearing about people’s experiences with the book.
in other news, how awesome are the rainbows that leak into our house?
it’s no secret that i love our little abode in silverlake, LA. i especially love all the little details that are coming together as the dust is settling and we are making it our cozy space.
here you can see the vintage fabric flower garlands i made for our wedding, re-purposed as an extension to our headboard. it’s pretty magical to wake up to a burst of color raining from above each morning.
in 2008 i had a thing for birds (not real ones but bird decals, bird prints, bird patterned wallpaper and plates etc.) in 2009 i narrowed down the obsession and started wanting every owl i spied. this is one i found at a thrift store for .30 cents. it now lives in the cutest nook in the house next to the loudest, albeit prettiest, alarm clock in the world.
obsession of 2010 you may ask? basically anything that sparkles. sequins. studs. shoes that look like someone just dumped a whole bunch of glue and then a whole bunch of silver glitter.
this is dev’s grandpa’s piano. i love observing dev as he’s in a creative zone…he’s so focused but it’s never scheduled… he’ll randomly sit down and start playing and a few minutes later he’s written a beautiful melody. the music in the SoulPancake video was written on this little piano.
our awesome friends nina & brandon got us this amazing cardboard deer head. it’s one of my favorite things in our apartment.
another wedding gift were these antique blue bell jars from our dear friend andi seals. i am just starting to fill them up with grains and goodness. domestication stations ;)
this year there was too much going on to properly jump into the halloween festivities. i didn’t even have a costume. oh wait. yes, i did. it was ‘sleep-deprived woman with mane of unruly hair on the verge of getting a cold’.
my friends however busted out some pretty impressive costumes. note: all photos shameless stolen off facebook.
here’s ash. quite possibly the prettiest ghost you’ll ever see.
next up is my sister from another mister, inee. she made this ENTIRE costume from scratch. and we all know how much of a sucker i am for animal masks.
now i present to you the bewitching ‘flapper’ emily. or JEMily. as i like to call her.
and then there’s the amazing reinhorn-wilson family doing their thing. walter is my fave.
and finally, i don’t even know this child. but he showed up at my friend roxanne’s door and he’s possibly the cutest thing in all of creation.
we here at camp SoulPancake are in full swing of spreading the word about our book…which means partnering up with some pretty cool sites and doing a virtual tour. woohoo.
on monday we collaborated with the amazing art community over at Threadless to run a contest to’re-do’ the SoulPancake book cover.
there were a heap of great submissions. below are just a sample, starting with one that made me laugh a lot. you can see the rest over here in the comments section.
artist credit // snaggle_tooth
artist credit // kartune hustla
artist credit // circle dee 19
artist credit // mujina
photo credit: john hanson
photo credit: justin huntsman
on thursday last week i was scouring los angeles for jugglers, sitar players and snake charmers. why? because that’s rainn wilson’s idea of how you get a party started. and you know what, he’s got a point. our little book launch party at WME was a blast. even though the event was predominantly for the media a bunch of our friends showed up to celebrate with us. and even though we were all a mixture of exhausted, awed and nervous, i think it finally hit us that that this ‘thing’ that had sat on hard drives and been slaved over for days, nights, weeks, months, was finally here and we couldn’t be happier.