May included: a time lapse of my 100 Day Project (progress pictures here), backyard blueberries, nighttime sewing, blooming succulents that live outside my front door, long hair!, shorter hair after a cut, the view outside my yoga studio, light after work, the sound of the trees outside my parking garage, using my Mom’s iron (the same one she’s always had) over Mother’s Day, laying out my blocks to date, squash blossoms in my backyard, more blueberry progress, spooky afternoon weather, Friday night concerts in the park, stillness, Trader Joe’s peony season, more sewing, neighbor’s sunshade in the wind, a wildly successful thrifting night for a craft project, Midtown sunshine after therapy, moving my apartment furniture around to better fit my Dinner Party, gorgeous roses near my place, breakfast at Bacon and Butter with my parents, my new rainbow tomato cages, Midtown flowers, frozen waffles in my toaster oven, lunch from Mother, my first 100 degree day, one of my favorite summer fruits: nectarines, and Fieldwork beers in Berkeley.
This past Monday night I had the honor of attending the Sacramento premiere of the new ESPN 30 For 30 feature, "Down in the Valley". The film documents the city's effort to save their one and only professional sports team, the Kings, when faced with the threat of sale and relocation - twice. The unique part about this story is that I lived it! My boyfriend of over six years works for the team, and through the grassroots effort of fans to keep the Kings in Sacramento, we met our core friend group.
Watching the film was kinda like watching a montage of our lives. I was surprised how nostalgic I felt! First, I was struck by how much our lives have changed since this saga began. We met Kevin, Lydia, Becca, and Ed just over four years ago and quickly became inseparable. Kevin and Lydia got engaged - and married! Becca and Ed had a baby, Liliana, who is now a walking, talking little girl! It's wild to think that these people who are so central to our lives, wouldn't be here, had the team's status in Sacramento not come in to question. Lastly, I'm glad this story was told, so that 30 For 30 viewers all over the country will get a glimpse into the town I'm lucky to call my adopted home.
One of my favorite things about the little gem that is Sacramento, is places like The Crest Theatre. I mean - that marquee is indeed, everything. The inside is just as gorgeous.
And just last month, they opened up a restaurant called the Empress Tavern. Named for the Empress Theatre, the original name of the Crest when it was built in 1912. But this isn't just any restaurant. They renovated the old basement screening rooms - that have not been in use since 2013. The Empress is a "full service restaurant focused on exquisitely prepared rotisserie meats, local produce, and microbrewed beer." Anne had already been, and thankfully suggested it as an option of where to meet before the premiere. I quickly fell in love with the impeccable design features and speakeasy vibe. I have a feeling you will, too.
I'm obsessed with the modern, highly designed branding throughout - including the menu, logo, and coasters. Also, can we discuss the marble slab bar, that multi colored tray, and gorgeous vintage glasses? Magic, on magic, on top of more magic.
Fun fact, because it's location (in the basement) there's no cell service. This might seem like a negative, but I see it as an upside: think of all the uninterrupted date nights!
But my absolute favorite design element in the space was the wallpaper. I did my best getting a shot of it (below) but you have to see it in person to absorb it's true beauty. I took the above shot off of their website.
Don't get me started on all those light fixtures.
That's it! Down there to the right of the theatre. You have to pay attention, or you'll miss it!
I love you, Sacramento. You are a perfect blend of old and new.
I can't wait to see what you come up with next.