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Give Back | Napa Valley Community Foundation

Give Back | Napa Valley Community Foundation

Our thoughts are with our neighbors in the North Bay. We've made a donation to the Napa Valley Community Foundation today to support the tremendous rebuilding efforts ahead. This Artisanal Aperture photo featuring Silverado Vineyards is a #tbt to lighter and brighter times that will return again. The SF Chronicle is continually updating their "how to help" page and it's a great resource if you want to make a donation or volunteer.

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Welcoming the new + unexpected (aka living beyond fear)

Welcoming the new + unexpected (aka living beyond fear)

2017 has been about relaunching Loyale in an authentic, transparent and sustainable way. If you’ve read my New Beginnings essay, you’ll know that I’ve been attempting to examine life holistically and move away from a compartmentalized existence. Well, it’s easier said than done because I’ve certainly been taken over by business tunnel vision at different intervals throughout the year...Taking a beat to reflect on life post-launch, my husband and I began to feel a pull towards the West Coast. Since we found ourselves constantly weaseling our way back to San Francisco to spend time with my niece and nephew, as well as enjoy the epic landscape, culinary scene and vibrant culture, we began to consider if we should move there. I found myself rejecting the idea, so many thoughts were swirling - who seeks out a factory for 7 years, builds an incredible network of friends and colleagues, relaunches a company and then moves away to start over? After weeks of feeling “no” running through my veins, I began to realize all the questions, doubts and reservations were fear...it was creeping around and severely limiting my viewpoint. Once I thought about it, starting over is practically my middle name and every time I’ve opened myself up to the new and unexpected, I’ve been greatly rewarded personally and professionally. Why stop now? I had to address the negative voices telling me, “you’re getting old...it’s too challenging, inconvenient, tiring, expensive…” I decided that while I can’t know the outcome, new adventures have always offered a huge payoff of growth and discovery, as well as the opportunity to see new perspectives and build fresh intentions. The moment I said “yes” to the idea, energy and momentum drew us towards the opposite side of the country; my husband was quickly recruited by a wonderful company and I found a sensational co-working space; we had to move fast and there wasn’t time to second guess the decision...we jumped into the flow of the current that swept us to the city by the Bay.

As for Loyale, all is well! We'll continue to collaborate with our amazing factory and fulfillment team, in addition to augment relationships in the South. I’m not closing a door as much as leaving it ajar, allowing us to be open to greater possibilities. North Carolina was my home for eight years and it wasn’t easy to say so long, but I see the move as a bi-coastal opportunity to expand horizons, ideologies and connections...I’m living my truth of embracing a more expansive universe where my company, my family and I can stretch our legs. As I sit in downtown San Francisco writing this post and feel its energy running through me, I’m savoring my new reality that I don’t know what everyday will look like, who I'll meet or what I will learn. There are more questions than answers and I’m feeling like I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.

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Must Read | Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook

Must Read | Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook

There are two things we can't live without: happy hour and beautiful cookbooks. As National Cookbook Month kicks off, we've got ants in our pants for Cherry Bombe's inaugural cookbook, available on 10/10! Founder, Kerry Diamond and her Bombe Squad inspire Loyale weekly and we're proud to share that Jenny will be volunteering for the 1st ever, sold out SF Jubilee on 10/14. Make Vinatería's cocktail via Domino's sneak feature and consider supporting the launch of CB's cookbook by participating in their tour.

Photograph by Alpha Smoot.

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Give Back | Americares

Give Back | Americares

Today I donated to Americares to support the victims of Maria, Irma and Harvey. They're a 501c3 that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster with a four star rating from Charity Navigator. Since it was established nearly 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $13 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States. 97% of contributions is used to execute programs and 3% is used for admin costs, which is a phenomenal breakdown, so you can give with confidence.

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Friday Feels | Hopscotch Music Festival

Friday Feels | Hopscotch Music Festival

"On these roads...Out of love, so it goes...How it feels when we fall, when we fold..."

Hopscotch Music Festival has taken over downtown Raleigh and I'll be there soaking in the scene! My top pick for tonight? Future Islands - basically my favorite band since Gerrit Welmers sang his heart out on David Letterman for their Singles album drop in 2014...so pumped!

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Happy Birthday Chicken Boy!

Happy Birthday Chicken Boy!

I first learned of Chicken Boy on Food52’s recent podcast and immediately became smitten. Part man, part chicken, this 22-foot-tall fiberglass figure stands atop the Future Studio Design & Gallery – how did I not know about this quirky Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles?

Chicken Boy was first installed atop a fried chicken restaurant in downtown Los Angeles on Broadway (also Historic Route 66) between 4th and 5th streets, near the Grand Central Market in the 1960s. At that time, International Fiberglass Company, in Venice, California, was manufacturing the more familiar roadside Paul Bunyan and Muffler Man statues for use as outdoor advertising. The Los Angeles chicken restaurant bought one and hired an artist to customize it. A chicken head was fabricated to replace the man's head. The arms were re-worked to face forward and hold a bucket, rather than as the axe-wielding original.

Once the restaurant closed in 1983, the avian hybrid’s future was uncertain, but thanks to the efforts of local artist Amy Inouye, who had long admired the whimsical chimera, the iconic figure was saved from the scrapheap. After much lobbying and an attempt to have the figure entered into a museum, Inouye was finally granted custody, and the homeless Chicken Boy was placed in storage, awaiting a new home. Unfortunately a suitable place was not found for two decades.

In 2007, Chicken Boy’s days in storage ended when he was placed in his current location with the vigilance of Inouye, help of volunteers and donations. He is still a celebrated piece of LA strangeness that is beloved by many and today is his birthday, which we couldn’t let go unnoticed – Happy birthday Chicken Boy!

I plan on paying him a visit one day soon and you can too. Chicken Boy is securely perched on the rooftop of Amy’s gallery located at 5558 North Figueroa Street.

This blog post features info. from Atlas Obscura and Wikipedia.

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Spotlight | The Commons + Food52

Spotlight | The Commons + Food52

One of our favorite American-made home goods companies is Charleston-based, The Commons...made by hand at STARworks in North Carolina, their Shelter collection series is both timeless and contemporary. Also, we're excited that all their pieces are now available for purchase on Food52's online store! Click here to watch a video on how all the ceramics and glassware are made...

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