This is Pierre Paillot, a sommelier and restaurant director. He lives in a medieval village called Noyers-sur-Serein in the Burgundy region of France. He was raised here and left in his early twenties to work with restaurants abroad, including Mint in Dublin and Gordon Ramsay's Royal Hospital Road. After expanding his winery address book, he took off, bought a van, and visited every wine producer that interested him around Europe for a year and half.

He just bought the house behind him here which is an enchanted building made up of four houses that have all been connected over the years. Walls have been knocked down and rooms joined, and now it's a labyrinth of a house where you can disappear. He is a dreamer who will transform this into a Gite (french B&B), grow his own grapes on land purchased nearby, and will hopefully host many meals in the years to come. An accomplished young man who knows how to pour a perfect glass.

Jerome C. Rousseau

A few years ago Jerome was living in my hometown (Santa Barbara, California) for a while, working for a large footwear design firm. It was during this chapter that I met Jerome, and he was definitely not the tan surfer bro that I was used to seeing around this part of California. He was an instant 'it' boy in town and everyone wanted to know who he was. He was the big city boy exuding international charisma and I was instantly sure that he would be an inspiring friend for years to come.

Jerome grew up in the french speaking region of Canada, lived in London for many years during and after his student life at Cordwainers College (while bouncing around with London's music scene), and then eventually moved to California. After tons and tons of hard work, working with a variety of footwear designers, his time had finally come and he launched his own collection in 2008.

He has a keen sense of how to design shoes that look incredible on a woman's foot, and possesses a sky's worth of natural talent. He get's it. We are so lucky. Jerome is an artist with a unique vision. Between his elegant choice of materials and colors and his eye for modern shapes, his work is powerful yet sensitive - similar to a lot of women I know who care about art and music and wear his shoes.

Jerome C. Rousseau online

During Paris's recent fashion week I spanned time with JCR at his showroom. Here's a peek at his Spring 2011 collection:

This is Nathalie. She is from Lyon and is a performance artist. I met her at the rue Martel apartment in passing and knew I would see more of her. Soon after our quick meeting, we cooked dinner with one of my favorite people, Jerome C. Rousseau , and all had a magical evening among new and old friends.

She has an incredible story to tell. I'm hoping she will design a performance soon and share it with the people of Paris. You will find out more about her here.

New Psyche

I made these today while trying to get into some photo work flow. oops.
Feel free to get crazy and download them. I made them for you.

I was kidnapped by the rave culture in 1992-1994 and spent many a night dancing
all night long while forgetting about the 80's. It was perfect timing for the ultimate escape.

In a conversation during my recent birthday party, my friend Marco told me all about his
experience as a science nerd in the 90's who got swept up in Montreal's rave scene. It was awesome.

The Road to Noyers

The hairdresser in Noyers-sur-Serein, a medieval village in France
Trip on the coiffure posters that peek through 600 year old windows

I'm slowly finding inspiration while spending 10 days in a tiny village here in the Burgundy region of France. When I arrived I had no car, knew no one, and had no plans. Now I've met Madame Mignot around the corner who sells vegetables, eggs, and walnut oil from her backyard. I've met the young chef who is giving Adrian a ride tomorrow in his truck to buy some walnut wood and also have an invitation to try homemade Burgundy liquor tomorrow before lunch.  A butcher, a bakery, an art museum, a Wednesday market, 2 restaurants, one wine seller - take a walk with an open heart and get all that you need. Small town style. A necessary life exercise when living in a dense city full of complication and decoding.

Breathing Space

A recent visit to London's Hampstead Heath confirmed my need to get out of Paris and take a long deep breath of countryside air.

Im so excited to take a break from city life and get country. Adrian, Ingrid and I are going over to Noyers-sur-Serein for a 
10 day creative retreat. YES.  We will stay at Rod & Marco's house, a magical house in a medieval village.

Ink on Paper

Why are there so many artists in states like Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania that all produce incredible wood cuts, etchings, screenprints, and letterpress based works on paper? Please keep the art of print making alive. We need it. I love it.

I discovered a Pennsylvania based print maker today, Valerie Lueth. Here are some of her ink on paper works:

I'm Sharing Stories with Opening Ceremony

I've been asked to share my travel stories with the reader's of the Opening Ceremony blog. I am a big fan of Opening Ceremony and love the collaborations and designer's they feature. Check out my posts and check out some serious goods.


Can I start by saying how stoked I am that the 80's are finally out and the 90's have been 'in'? The 90's were about so many things for me. Let's see, I was shifting into the 90's in Junior High School. Boom.  The ultimate age for absorbing everything and anything. Too much at times.

Obsessions, secrets, anonymous note passing, butterfly stomachs, day dreaming, crying, sneaking, yelling, lying, confessing, impressing, giggling, bonding, privacy... it was everything to be a teenager. 

By the time movies like Stealing Beauty, Singles and Reality Bites came out, I was a bright-eyed college student.  I have friends who are stylists here in Paris who work with all the big guns, and when one of them came over to put together looks for a big feature, I told him he should just watch Singles. He turned to me and said, "What's that?". Euros are so fashionable but the references are painfully familiar to genre's they know little about. Perhaps I should be a 90's fashion consultant out here.

I remember going to see R. Bites with my new dorm friends. We were way into Ethan Hawke and thought Ben Stiller was totally lame.  Stealing Beauty was my all time fave movie back then. It moved me to a point where I dreamed of olive groves and wine soaked countryside parties.  I also loved 90's films like Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures and John Duigan's Flirting. Simone and I traveled a lot while picking up new music abroad and we loved the then-new British  pop movement - especially bands like Pulp, Blur,  The Stone Roses, Suede and Verve. It was cool to mix all night dance marathon raves and Brit-pop. Dancing-dancing-dancing into feeling-feeling-feeling. I was caught in-between watching 90210 with dorm buddies and quitting the volleyball scene to becoming an artist, going off the popular grid, and immersing myself in pop-art, obscure foreign cinema and music. I wanted to get existential and shed the silver city pink lipstick and opalescent nail polish. I was basically a teenager from the Santa Barbara bubble with a hunger for big cities like San Francisco and London.

That said, it's been a little mindbendy to see what was so popular for me in real time in the actual year 1991, be so nouveau trendy today. The 16 year olds in Paris are wearing what the 16 year old me wore in the 90's. Wow. I guess the sensation I'm feeling is what my older sister must of felt when the 80's were back in full steam. It's my turn to feel the timewarp. Dang, I'm being reminded of my awkward years and how shy I was to hit the dancefloor. I'm hearing the very songs from my non-cell phone school dance world on the radio while Im working at home. Love it.

I'll never forget the moment Micheal J. Fox was in my hometown, Santa Barbara, on State st. promoting the use of grey water or some such environmental concept. I was really into Back to the Future. My brother took a photo of M J. Fox with us girls in the background. He made copies of it and sold it at school. I had an aqua net sprayed wave of bangs and wore a short sleeved cotton button up shirt, collar slighly up, with a loud floral print on it. My shirt was tucked into my peach cotton pleated cuffed shorts from the gap with a leather belt and a huge silver buckle on it. Oh yeah, and on my feet were my light toned top siders with no socks ( a splash of Euro in there for sure) and on my finger was a silver dolphin ring.


My friend Tülay asked if I could write down a few tips on operating an slr (or dslr) camera for her. If you could use a few pointers on using your camera, these notes are for you too.

A Wedding in Bergen

My trip to Norway is coming to a close, but my heart is very much open. Last Friday I experienced a true Norwegian wedding, one of simplicity, sweetness, and all within a very intimate poignant party. Dear friends and parents of a porcelain skinned little boy, Frei, decided to have their ceremony take place in the small square just beneath their home on the hillside of storybook Bergen. Everyone gathered on both sides of a tiny cobbled lane leading up to the square, and then cheered them up to the steps where they performed the ceremony. Afterwords, we all walked in our own love parade to the Paris style sightseeing boat that took us to the Urdihuset (an old house specifically built for parties put on by the social elite) for the dinner and dance party. The New Wine performed along with a yacht rock style band (with members of the New Wine). The second band had three modern doo-wop girls singing backup with cute matching glittery outfits. It was so good. One of the best parties ever. 

I was their photographer and found it very hard to take a bad photo of the radiant lovers... Viva love  celebrations between good people and food friends. Tusen Takk!

Back in Bergen

Enjoying some sunny days in Bergen leading up to Eirik and Ina's wedding. I'm honored to be their photographer and portraitist for their magical day. I'm also baking cupcakes with Simone to add something scrumptious to the dessert table. What flavor? Eirik said Norway is famous for their berries so we might have to berry it up.  Their neighbor and friend will be singing some notes with the use of her loop station which brings up memories of Leslie doing the same at my own wedding. Speaking of which... being by the sea here in Norway, makes me think about our post-wedding beach day with everyone in SB. GOODNESS.

Paris Parties

Im super excited to be organizing events at the Brachfeld Gallery here in Paris. This is the second show with Kacey at the gallery and this time will feature a projection of footage I shot in Marfa, Texas. If you want to do something radical in Paris, contact me. Let's do something at the gallery.

Tin Tin

    Murals in Brussels, Belgium

Food Tour of Barcelona, San Sebastian and the Côte Basque

I recently took a trip down to Spain and the Basque coast. I documented many of my meals there, especially in San Sebastian where it was all about the Pintxos. Basque tapas. I fell in love with the Basque country and can't wait to return and explore more into the countryside. I ended up lost outside of St. Jean du Luz and had one of the best meal of my life at L'Auberge Basque. I've uploaded the food tour (all food images) here.