Savvy Lifestyle

I <3 Holga
March 15, 2009, 10:01 pm
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I’ve discovered a new love- my Holga camera! For those of you who don’t know, the Holga was designed in 1982 as a toy.  The construction is so cheap that you end up with light leaks and this unique low-fidelity aesthetic.  I just got my first roll developed and I was sure they would all turn out black.  To my surprise, when I opened the envelope and pulled out the prints, I was happy to find these:  



I’m excited to do some more experimenting and see what happens with the next rolls!



Flour Bakery
November 25, 2008, 6:26 pm
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Practically everyone has a dream job.  All of us would obviously like to see Savvy Tools become a reality.  My friend Christina would like to open up her own bakery someday.  She got the chance to try out her skills at the Frankenartmart this past weekend.  It’s a gallery space meant to encourage everyones imaginative side and open up art to all.  Leslie, the owner, picks different themes for her shows every few months and invites whoever wants to, to come participate.  The current show is called, “Dream Jobs”.  You can make an appointment with her and basically “rent” out the space for an evening, a weekend, whatever you’d like.  She’s had dentists, fortune tellers, tie dyers, and most recently, a very talented baker.
Christina transformed the space into the Flour Bakery.  She had everything from cakes to chocolate covered candied orange peels.  It was a great success.  If you’re in the area, you should stop by Frankenartmart and say hi to the resident kitties.  And, in case you feel like supporting a fellow dreamer, she’s taking custom orders at  I promise you, it’s all to die for.

Dominus Winery
November 20, 2008, 2:03 pm
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I had the unique privilege of touring Dominus winery by Herzog & de Meuron yesterday.  They’re notorious for not allowing tours or tastings, but once a month to do allow a small architectural tour and I was lucky enough to tag along with a group.  The builidng is Herzog & de Meuron’s first in the U.S. and for those of you non-architecture geeks, they’re the same architects that designed the De Young Museum in San Francisco and most recently the Bird’s Nest stadium for the Olympics in Beijing. 
Fall has come to Napa and the colors were amazing. Enjoy!
the vineyards
the main arch/ entry

offices on the 2nd floor



Red Bull Soap Box Derby
October 21, 2008, 9:55 am
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San Francisco loves crazy events!  The weirder, the better.  So, it’s no surprise that Red Bull decided to host their Soap Box Derby in Dolores Park in the Mission District this past weekend.  Somewhere close to 100,000 people showed up for the show.  36 different teams built their own soap box cars and raced down a steep hill, over a jump, and tried to get to the finish line without crashing.  The crazier the contraption, the more the crowd cheered. 

One of my friends was on the Home Run Hero team.  They were one of 2 teams to score perfect 10’s from the judges, but somehow they didn’t win.  They did finish 3rd for fan favorite, though. 

All in all, I’d say a good time was had by all.  I’m hoping this becomes a yearly event.  Check out the highlights here:


Parking Day!
September 24, 2008, 4:14 pm
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Do you ever get tired of the city life, the concrete jungle as they say?  Long for your own little patch of grass?  Well, then find a park, or just make your own.  That’s what we did last Friday for Parking Day 2008.  It was a great success!  It’s amazing how people were drawn to the sight of green… or maybe they just thought it was weird to see a park in the middle of cars on a busy road.  Either way, it garnered a lot of attention and all the feedback was positive.  Some people even ask us if we could make it permanent.  That could be a little difficult (grass doesn’t usually grow well on asphalt), but we can always use more green.  You can check out all the mini parks around the world here on Flickr.  I also saw Method’s park on my way home and wanted to give them some props as well.  There was so much creativity involved in all the parks!  I already can’t wait for next year!

our bamboo jungle…

lunch break…

They like to spread the love in Philadelphia…

what it’s all about at Method…

a new way to go green with your vehicle…

Special thanks to Rebar who started it all and The Trust for Public Land for organizing it.


PARK(ing) Day 2008
September 16, 2008, 10:49 pm
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At the last minute, I decided to throw together a Parking day group at work.  For those of you that don’t know, PARK(ing) Day was started by a San Francisco group called Rebar.  They’re a group of artists, designers, and activists and they came up with the idea back in 2005.  They picked a specific spot in downtown SF that’s under served by public open space and they set up an “intervention”.  They fed the meter and set up a small park.  The installation garnered a lot of press and quickly turned into a global movement.  Since then, more people have joined the efforts each year in cities around the world.  Everyone’s invited to join in and create your own park wherever you see the need.  This year’s PARK(ing) Day is on Friday, Sept. 19th.  The website has a very helpful manual describing exactly how to set everything up and join in the fun.  I’ll upload pictures from our park next week.  We’ll be at Folsom & Spear if you feel like joining us!

Rebecca_ SF

September 5, 2008, 10:52 pm
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I just felt my first earthquake!  It seems practically like a rite of passage as a San Francisco resident and I hate to admit it, but I’ve been looking forward to it.  I know that’s not right, but I’m being honest!  My apartment shook for just a second or two.  By the time I figured out what was going on, it was over.  Apparently, it was a 4.0 magnitude. (For some perspective, the big one in 1989 was 6.9 and lasted about 15 seconds.)  So, that’s it.  I won’t wish for anymore.  I promise!  I definitely don’t want to feel anything stronger than that!