You’re probably thinking, “Whaaaat?” because that’s exactly what I thought when I was asked to participate in an exhibit about Koreans who live outside of Korea back in 2007. The photo shoot happened when Tim and I first got together (officially) and we went to New York where I was photographed and interviewed by CYJO. I sort of forgot about it over the years and then boom — there was a press release about a larger exhibit of Asian Americans that would be featured in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
So this week I traveled to Washington, D.C. to check myself out. Luckily one of my best friends Tara was able to come with me and sneak some photos before we got asked to stop. It surreal on several levels (I lived 10 blocks away for a brief stint at George Washington University back in 1994, and I was hanging in an iconic gallery where people like Hillary Clinton have portraits and I look so serious.) In addition to the portraits — featuring some famous Korean Americans such as Daniel Dae Kim, SuChin Pak, Chang-Rae Lee and Bobby Lee — there is a mosaic I am also part of.
The exhibit runs through October 14, 2012 in case you find yourself in D.C. this summer.
Clare Vivier’s new airy and colorful shop in Silver Lake, designed by Barbara Bestor, is making me want to run over and snatch up bags in every color of the rainbow (I currently own three, but have my eye on a couple others). Racked LA has a full report and some stunning images.
To my male readers: If you are looking for a gift for your gal, I promise you she will love one of Clare’s made-in-L.A. leather bags.
My friend Heather served us watermelon granita a few years back and I’ve been making it every summer since. My sister and her boyfriend were staying with us last week and so after Zankou I served up the icy treat and it was a big hit. I love it because it’s so refreshing, incredibly easy to make and it’s very healthy.
Just puree (in a food processor or blender) 4 cups of cubed seedless watermelon with 1 tbsp fresh lime juice and pour into a shallow baking dish. Cover and freeze the mixture for about two hours. Using a fork just rake the granita to form icy flakes. Do this every hour until you are ready to serve (I like to just make it a few hours beforehand so I’m not raking all day, but this is the most fun part.)
Here is a great step-by-step recipe from The Pioneer Woman so you can see the whole process (I skip the sugar since the watermelon is sweet enough on its own.)
My 93-year-old great uncle Johsel Namkung, an acclaimed nature photographer based in the Pacific Northwest, often focuses on patterns, textures, rocks, water, forests and sand in his work. I just received my copy of his latest book, Johsel Namkung: A Retrospective (Cosgrove Editions) featuring 100 gorgeous, oversize images.
In addition to being an incredible photographer, Johsel was also an opera singer and translator. We have several of his works in our place and my parents have many more. It’s so wonderful getting to read about his life and hear stories that he never told me before. While we have many successful people in our extended family, from doctors to educators, Johsel makes me realize how many artists are also part of my family.
Lana Del Rey has some powerful lyrics.
On Tuesday I got a text from Candice saying we were featured on Style Me Pretty. This wedding blog has a cult following and sure enough, within a couple hours, I had heard from a long lost high school friend and some newly engaged friends of friends who excitedly stumbled on it.
Since I was a journalist for more than a decade, I got very used to being behind the scenes, and spent much of my day building other people up and helping their careers. So it’s a big switch up to be featured like this, but I think they did a beautiful job and I’m so happy to see our photography and video team and incredible vendors getting some glory since they are amazing.
I’m working on feeling more comfortable putting myself out there and not just staying in the background so I hope you enjoy!
What office, baby shower or summer soiree wouldn’t welcome a giant pink box of Bottega Louie’s famed macarons?
Inspired by Rene Crevel’s novel, in which a butter knife falls madly in love with a dinner fork, L.A.-based designer Laurel Broughton’s Mr. Knife, Miss Fork collection is a Surrealist-inspired dream. I was particularly enamored by the kid glove coin purse with signature silk lining and nickel clasp. Broughton’s studio, WELCOMEPROJECTS, focuses on architecture, interiors, fashion, products, graphic design and brand strategy.
Located 20 miles from Santa Barbara, El Capitan Canyon is a luxury beachfront camping site, offering luxury safari tents or cedar cabins, that we have been talking about for the last couple years. On Sunday night we had dinner at Sara and Lee’s home in Silver Lake and they were raving about the beach side spot. From BBQ and S’mores Kits at the Canyon Market & Kitchen to the complimentary beach cruisers, this is the kind of camping I can get behind.