Great Scott - Opera Downtown San Diego

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Great time visiting our local San Diego downtown cultural institution enjoying the opera! This opera is about an opera! 😉 I loved the time after the performance where we got to speak with the cast! So amazing to hear the insider thoughts of the main characters as well as those who put together the production. 

Veggie Garden SoCal Style!

Two of the best things about living in So Cal are the sunshine and fresh food! I started a garden last summer and it is still going strong! I planted a bunch of delicious things for this summer and I am already seeing the results.

Veggies from the garden! 

Veggies from the garden! 

Sweet yellow tomatoes with basil, sea salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Sweet yellow tomatoes with basil, sea salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Squash blossoms stuffed with Gruyere cheese and sautéed in olive oil 

Squash blossoms stuffed with Gruyere cheese and sautéed in olive oil 

Pierre Huyghe - Rooftop Installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 2015

I always love the rooftop installations at the Met! The artists and art installations are always completely different - you never know what to expect! So it was exciting to discover artist Pierre Huyghe's (b. 1962, Paris) site-specific commission for the Cantor Roof Garden on a gorgeous sunny yet crisp Fall day in NYC. Huyghe has spent the past twenty-five years experimenting across media to create ritualistic, engaging encounters with art.

Read more about the installation here: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/arts/design/review-pierre-huyghe-mixes-stones-and-water-for-roof-garden-at-the-met.html?referer&_r=0

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Fall in NYC!

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Fall is in the air in NYC! Finally getting a chance to wear black, boots, scarves and cozy sweaters! Quite a change from the 100+ degree weather in LA!  

 

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First stop from the airport - STEAK!! Meaty delight at the Strip House steak house restaurant on 12th Street.  Love the dim lighting, red walls, and vintage images everywhere. Sharing the Porterhouse steak was amazing! 

 

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Walked through the Farmers Market in Union Square -  all of the beautiful root vegetables, baked breads, fresh eggs and hot apple cider beckoned!

 

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And topped off my first full day back in the city at a fun French Tuesdays party at downtown club "No. 8", sponsored by XL Airlines - whose CEO was there raffling off tickets for a trip to Paris! (I didn't win...) 

Stay tuned for more updates! 

In the Studio with San Diego Artists John Brinton Hogan and Jennifer Anne Bennett with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's Avant Garde Group!

Thank you to San Diego's Museum of Contemporary Art for hosting a fun and thought-provoking evening with San Diego artist couple John Brinton Hogan and Jennifer Anne Bennett in their gorgeous home & studio space!

Jennifer is a painter and printmaker and showed us her current series on Car racing that she has abstracted through the medium of viewing them first in video. John is a photographer who has shunned his earlier hyper-focused works and has moved to super-saturated-color works where the people in the images have been replaced by glitter versions of themselves.

We also were lucky enough to see the works of art this couple has collected in their personal art collection -  quite interesting! I especially loved a crater series with works all by different artists, hung together by the theme of physical impact.

Avant Garde guests

Avant Garde guests

Champagne always makes art viewing more delightful! 

Champagne always makes art viewing more delightful! 

A desert glitter work

A desert glitter work

Guests discussing the art

Guests discussing the art

What a great view and talk about natural light! 

What a great view and talk about natural light! 

On the way downstairs to the studio spaces! 

On the way downstairs to the studio spaces! 

John discussing the couple's art collection while guests listen attentively. 

John discussing the couple's art collection while guests listen attentively. 

Check them out: 

John Brinton Hogan www.johnbrintonhogan.com

Jennifer Anne Bennett www.jenniferannebennett.com

Earth Day 2015

Happy Earth Day!!  

Mountain view in Fallbrook, CA

Mountain view in Fallbrook, CA

Did some tree pose in yoga this morning to celebrate Earth Day! 😉 The image above is a creative addition to a dead tree that fell over a few years ago - makes me smile when I drive home past this friendly face each day!

Of course in Southern California we are working hard to conserve water, and using solar panels to generate electricity from the plentiful sunshine! Tough to keep the balance when the area is also a huge agricultural capital...

Last weekend in Fallbrook we celebrated the Avocado Festival, which had nearly 100k attendees! It is great being out in the mountains with avocado groves surrounding us, and you can definitely feel the connection to nature here.

Hope you are all doing something special for the earth today!

xo - Stephanie Swinton

SoCal Birthday!

I had a fantastic birthday back in Southern California after so many years away in NYC and Paris! So of course we celebrated with a mountain-top BBQ! 

Candy colored skies & eucalyptus trees... 

Candy colored skies & eucalyptus trees... 

BBQ master cooking for all my lovely peeps! 

BBQ master cooking for all my lovely peeps! 

Some birthday moments with my sweet and special friends and family! 

Some birthday moments with my sweet and special friends and family! 

Weeknight Dining in San Diego's Little Italy

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Out on a Tuesday night and all the spots in San Diego's Little Italy were super happening! With our 70+ degree weather even in Winter, all the restaurants had people enjoying outdoor seating, including ourselves! Live music at one of the restaurants permeated the atmosphere. Definitely recommend the area for a vibrant weeknight evening - no need to wait until the weekend!

Mountain Misty Views!

I suppose not every "Winter" day in Southern California can be sunny and in the 70s/80s! Still beautiful however... 

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View on a rainy day - overlooking oak tree (left), avocado tress (center), and eucalyptus trees (right). 

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Mist settled between mountains. 

Sunny Days in Southern California!

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It certainly already feels like Spring (some would even say Summer!) here in Southern California! While the East Coast is covered in snow and all of my friends' photos look pure white, we are already seeing so many colors from flowers and other plants that are happily growing in the sunshine. These pretty white flower buds on a tree at our house look lovely against the blue sky! 

Life With Cats

What fun would life be without cats?! Some mountain adventures with Bez & Bella.

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Bez decides on a leather glove for a trip to somewhere cold!

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Bella with lavender plants.  Shall we make sachets?

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Bella with local California strawberries (the best!) and California Style magazine.  "C'est Cool" with Charlotte Gainsbourg.