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After 4 years in San Francisco, I am moving on to new places and new adventures. For my current followers, thank you for your support and, for those who come across this blog later, I hope you find it entertaining.

Lena

Are Years What? Mark di Suvero

Are Years What? Mark di Suvero

ArtMarket SF 2013

Once a year, art galleries of San Francisco, Oakland, New York and some other cities gather under Fort Mason’s roof to show their collections from the front lines of contemporary art. Unusual media, 3D installations, and collages from recycled materials, including Ian Berry’s denim creations, and David Mach’s playing card pieces, dominated this year’s exhibit. All the pieces are of course for sale, although you might have to start saving now to afford the next year’s pieces :P

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

pineapple upside down cake

pineapple upside down cake

Despite its exotic name, this cake is pretty easy to make.

Here is what you need :
1/2 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
20 oz can of pineapples
maraschino cherries

1. Set the oven to 375. Melt butter in an 8 inch round, nonstick baking pan and mix in in brown sugar to create syrup. Place pineapples and cherries on the bottom.

2. Mix flour, white sugar, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. Beat egg’s whites and yolks separately. Fold in dry mixture and beaten yolks into the egg whites. Add almond extract. Pour the batter onto pineapples. Bake for ~30 min.

3. Take it out, use knife to separate from the pan’s walls. Flip after a minute. Done!

pineapple dessert

pineapple upside down cake

Bay to Breakers!

Bay to Breakers 2013

Grease inspired?

toast cats bay to breakers

toast cats? Cute!

monkeys with cymbals

Monkeys with cymbals

Superman team bay to breakers

Superman team

b2b crowds

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

b2b smurfs

Smurfs

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers 2013

Elvis and the Banana

Bay to Breakers 2013

People actually running

adult baby costume, B2b

And my favorite…

Just in time for Bay To Breakers: DIY Tiger Costume

This is a super easy, last-minute costume idea that takes 15-20 minutes once you have the supplies.

What you’ll need: 2 yards of animal print fabric, a safety pin, 1/2 yard of fur and a set of any cat ears – all of which (except the ears) you can get at the Fabric Outlet in the Mission.

Cut the fabric as shown in the pic at the bottom – armhole next to the selvage edge and bottom cut diagonally which will allow for easy and flattering draping. Once wrapped around the body, use a safety pin (hide it in the folds) to hasten the loose end at the waist. Adjust the length by cutting off extra fabric and use fabric scraps to create a matching ear set. Voila!

For another idea check out my Cotton Candy costume instructions.

DIY Tiger Costume

DIY Tiger Costume

how to cut

how to cut

Mt. Diablo Hiking

While the views at Mt. Diablo’s state park were pretty, they weren’t all that different from anywhere else in California. Add to that rather boring, narrow hiking trails snaking through the dense bushes and a myriad of flying bugs waiting at the top, and my overall feeling was that hiking here is more of a locals’ past time in the absence of much else around. I’d say Stinson Beach, Big Sur, Muir woods, or any smaller hikes around the city are much more scenic and enjoyable.

Mt. Diablo hiking

Mt. Diablo hiking

Mt. Diablo hiking

Mt. Diablo hiking

Mt. Diablo hiking

Mt. Diablo hiking

Mt. Diablo hiking

Mt. Diablo hiking

Mt. Diablo hiking

Can you spot a heart?

Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show 2013

Yesterday, Academy of Art University held its Graduation Fashion show at the Palace of Fine Arts. The event was free to the public (unlike a similar show next week by California College of the Arts) and included the whole professional setup with runway, music, models, and a big TV screen. The show included 18 collections by individual fashion designers and collaborations between fashion, textile and jewelry designers all which were creative and eye-catching each in their own way. Having a weakness for chic knits however, I have to admit my favorite collection was that of Pipatchara Kaeojinda and Emma Mengchen Yang, although the seamless designs by Shumpei Okamoto and Andrea Nieto were also pretty striking.

It’s a baby tiger!

SFMOMA closing soon

On June 2nd, SFMOMA is closing its doors for the next 3 years to undergo expansion. It seems, the curators decided to go out with a bang by adding to its regular and rather impressive collection pieces of a more shocking variety. Among them, a five-story long installation by Gu Wenda that looks airy and beautiful until you take a closer look (or read the label) and realize it’s made of human hair. I’d say, that’s one piece where “don’t touch” sign is not needed.

If you think that that is a “no biggie”, proceed to the next room to examine a piece by Damien Hirst, titled “Philip” (as in 12 disciples). Care to guess what it is? No? Good, because you couldn’t have possibly come up with a “flayed cow head in an aquarium box”.  By the way, I googled the artist – definitely has crazy eyes.  And, rounding up the odder pieces, a large scale painting of a, well, a large-scale woman by Jenny Saville. (I googled her too, just to discover that “Hem” is actually one of her milder works).

There was also an interesting special exhibit by a street photographer, Garry Winogrand. Many of his photographs, shot with a tilted frame and from a side angle, contained a lot of energy yet managed to capture genuine facial expressions of his subjects – men and women on the streets of New York, LA and Dallas. After seeing his work, one won’t be surprised to learn that he is the photographer behind this iconic image of Marilyn Monroe.