Kitchen Ceramics Tour!

May 9, 2019

Kitchen Ceramics Tour!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed I have quite a mug collection. In fact, I have an ever-growing kitchen ceramics collection. I love handmade ceramics because of their quirks, imperfections, texture, and special glazes mass-produced ceramics don’t offer. I try to buy as ethically as possible and supporting ceramicists is one of my favorite ways to contribute to the ecosystem of independent designers.

One of my favorite gifts I ever gave to my dad was when I was in 6th grade. It was a handmade mug I found in New Hampshire when I went to an orchestra sleepaway camp. Since I’m curious about the intuition and the subconscious and how they play a role in our interests and overall personality, I’ve always tried to figure out why I’m so obsessed with ceramics. I’ve had dry skin/eczema my whole life (the worst of it was always on my hands) and I will never be able to work with clay because it is wayyy too irritating for my hands, so I guess that makes me appreciate ceramics more because it’s something I’d never be able to create myself.

I thought I’d give you a tour of my kitchen ceramics collection and a few that are on my wishlist.

Earthen San Francisco-based and run by my pal Julia Lemke. She runs her studio and brick and mortar shop where she sells other curated goods from independent designers in the Haight district of San Francisco if you’re visiting and want to stop by.

Mimi Ceramics Portland, OR-based and run by Mica DeMarquez. Mica’s real name is Micaela (spelled the same way too!). I love her colored dot mugs.

A Question of Eagles Los Angeles-based husband and wife duo, Jonathan and Melissa. I love their speckled matte glazes and earth tone palette.

Nola Mae Ceramics San Francisco-based Kelly Beiermann focuses on sourcing her non-toxic materials locally. I have a huge bowl from her that I eat from that my mom calls my “dog bowl.”

Alexandria Cummings Ceramics Portland, OR-based Alex mainly does made-to-order items, but due to popular demand, is starting to offer ready-made items in her online shop. I love her colorful yet muted matte glazes. Her multi-colored party mugs are so whimsical and cheery.

neenineen Run by Paris-born Ninon Choplin who now calls Los Angeles home. Her ceramics all have funky abstract shapes and designs. I have her Udon Mug.

Brian Giniewski Known for his “drippy pots,” Philadelphia-based Brian Giniewski is a forever favorite of mine. He does regular shop updates and often sells out within hours.

Wolf Ceramics Sarah Wolf is the Portland, OR-based ceramicist behind Wolf Ceramics. Her ceramics feature simple geometric shapes. She also offers a mug club where you can receive a new mug every season.

The Pursuits of Happiness A Portland, OR-based husband and wife duo, Pavel and April, who make not only kitchen ceramics, but jewelry, pipes, and planters too. I have their Big Bump Mug.

btw ceramics Los Angeles-based Brooke Winfrey makes household ceramics that feature abstract designs and colors. If Jackson Pollock’s work took ceramics form, it would look like Brooke’s ceramics.

Suite One Studio Lindsay Emery is the North Carolina-based mastermind behind this light, ethereal, and perfectly feminine ceramics line. The colors in her work remind me of watercolors.

Martina Thornhill Known for her Hug Mugs, Portland, OR-based Martina has shop updates every few months and she never fails to sell out within hours.

Didem Mert Sebastopol-based Didem’s work is more so sculptural pieces of fine art more than anything else. I love how you can see the indentations from her thumbs in her ceramics.

MMclay San Francisco-based ceramicist MaryMar Keenan. I love her Progress Collection.

Etcetera Tile Company Florida-based husband and wife team who have a small line of kitchen ceramics they offer in 8 different types of glazes. Their Lunch Plate in Spearmint is on my wishlist.

Recreation Center Brooklyn-based Josephine Noel’s ceramics are whimsical and fun. I’d love to get one of her dog bowls for Aubrey, but I’m afraid Aubrey would knock it over and break it within 5 seconds.

Cathy Terepocki British Columbia-based ceramicist. I love her Anthropologie collaboration.

WISHLIST

Mary Carroll Ceramics Portland, OR-based line of colorful and whimsical bowls, mugs, planters, and plates.

Helen Levi Brooklyn-based ceramicist who makes all kinds of household ceramics. I love her Sunrise Dinner Plates and marbleized pieces.

Justin Caraco Ceramics Based in Portland, OR, Justin’s ceramics have the prettiest pastel colored speckled glazes.

Earth + Element Run by Elizabeth Di Prinzio in Los Angeles, I am absolutely obsessed with her Rustic Shape Bowl in Pink.

The Object Enthusiast Run by Kansas City-based Emily Reinhardt, she makes kitchen/household ceramics and beautiful tchotchkes.

O-M Ceramic Been crushing over Los Angeles-based Carrie Lau’s quirky work for years now. Her Celestial Light Pink Dining Plate is to-die-for.

Kitchen Ceramics Tour!

The Last Lolita

April 24, 2019

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

It’s been quite some time since I last did an outfit post, so here you go. I haven’t done outfit pictures (aside from quick Instagram snaps here and there) because I’ve been making a lot of YouTube videos. While I was editing these pictures and jamming out to Iliza Shlesinger’s podcast aka my latest pleasure (side note: I wouldn’t call it a “guilty pleasure” because there’s nothing guilty about it. I listen to it while I WORK for goodness sake yet my saying “latest pleasure” sounds like it’s missing something #randommusings.) ANYWAY. While I was in my editing groove with Iliza playing in the background, I was like, I really miss this. Because, you see, I can’t listen to music while I edit video because I’m editing audio.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

My word for 2019 is “expand” and the purpose of this year was for me to grow — propel myself into new experiences and expand the boundaries of my comfort zone to wider parameters. I rebranded my blog, launched a YouTube channel, got Drifter Organics into a major retail store (!!! more on that soon!!!), and have read (okay, listened to, but that still counts) more books than I read in the past four years combined. With the lease of my Oakland apartment being up in August, I am figuring out where I want to settle down and land.

On a personal front, I worked out less than I have in years, got less sleep than ever before, yet took care of myself more than I ever have in other regards — like regularly facial massaging and being present in my body. Right now, I’m trying to balance all these things. I created an anonymous survey that you can fill out to let me know how you’re liking my current content and if you’d like to see anything else from me because of course I want you to be enjoying what I create as much as I enjoy creating it.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

This is probably one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever worn to-date. I don’t even know what you’d call this style (colorful yet muted? feminine? eclectic? fun?), but I feel like it’s really me. This is my favorite time of the year because the weather is warming up and the days are long and I want to record that now. I want to be able to appreciate where I am right now despite feeling so unsettled. I wish I had the answers to more questions, like how often I’ll post to this blog or my YouTube channel and if I’ll stay in the area or move elsewhere after my lease is up, but I’m trying to lean into my uneasiness about uncertainty and sit with it — roll around in my discomfort until I can fully surrender and enjoy the journey.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

I find it easier to write instead of talk in front of the camera, but I feel like me making regular Instagram Stories and YouTube videos has shown you another part of my personality that I can’t convey through words and pictures and I like that, even if I look back to what I’ve created literally 3 days ago and I’m like “Ughhhh this is so cringe.” (I’m actually currently cringing at my use of the word “cringe,” but I’ve got no other words, so there you have it.) I’m just trying to figure out my balance between posting pics and vids and being on social media enough without being obsessed. All I know is I’ve been saying “Yes” to lots of things that make me (healthfully) uncomfortable and I’m debunking a lot of my fears. I’m getting there.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

Here’s the Fruit Salad Quarter 1 Reader/Viewer Survey in case you wanna fill it out. 😉

The Last Lolita

Visteairia Ruffle Sleeve Dress: Farrow via Need Supply Co. (currently on sale!)
The Merry Bag: Susan Alexandra
Curve Earrings: Laura Lombardi
Grass Pavone Sandal: Martiniano
The Last Lolita Sunglasses in Crystal Hot Pink: Adam Selman x Le Specs via Need Supply Co.

Bedroom Makeover!

March 27, 2019

Bedroom Makeover

One of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow is Noihsaf Bazaar. Noihsaf Bazaar is a series of Instagram resell “shops” dedicated to independent and emerging designers. You can really find some good deals there. I usually give the bazaar a peruse at least once a day. A few weeks ago, I found a Floyd bed frame on @noihsaf_home. Before I proceed with my story, let me back up a bit and tell you a bit of my history with Floyd, specifically their platform bed. About 3 years ago, I was giving Pinterest the obligatory quick morning gander — probably over a cup of tea — when I came across this picture and became whatever is equivalent to being weak in the knees if you’re already sitting down:

Bedroom Makeover

The glass room! The bed! The styling! The woods outside! What was this company Floyd that made this bed I’ve never heard of??? Ever since then, I’ve wanted a Floyd platform bed. Since I just moved to Oakland a few months ago and am only in my lease for a year, I told myself I wouldn’t buy anything until I settled into a more permanent situation, but we all can guess how this story ends (it doesn’t take much guesswork if you looked at the hero image of this post).

Back to noihsaf_home. The bed frame was only 8 months old and was available for Bay Area pickup only which cut out a lot of potential buyers. When I saw it, it was posted a mere 3 hours ago yet I think by then, there were already 6 comments on it. I was backup buyer… 6 or 7? So I thought “Wow, Micaela, you really missed out on this one.” But everyone ahead of me in line apparently backed out or just didn’t respond and I GOT THE BED FRAME!

I almost backed out of the deal because I spent more money than I had anticipated paying my team to make my Moment Invitation Film Festival submission and wanted to give my bank account a rest, but I also didn’t want to be that person who says they’re going to come by at a certain time to buy something, then flakes out. Last week, my mom and I headed down to Palo Alto to pick up the Floyd dreamboat and as I write this very blog post, I sit on my minimal platform beauty.

BUT THE STORY GETS BETTER. Claire, the seller, happens to be an analog photographer. If you’ve followed me for more than 3 years, you know I used to do fashion photography with a focus on analog. One of my favorite photographers is Sally Mann. Claire is very influenced by Sally Mann. Another one of my favorite photographers is Vivian Maier and Claire’s work also reminds me of Vivian Maier. After our meeting, we fully geeked out in Instagram DMs about photographers we admire and I just know that our paths were meant to have crossed. We already have plans to do some sort of collaboration after Claire settles into her new place in San Francisco. One of the greatest things in life are connections and the unexpected, magical ways you make them. Thank you, Claire, for helping give my bed a facelift, and thank you, Noihsaf, for connecting us!

Bedroom Makeover

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