Monday, December 28, 2009

Tinsel Rules the World

Check it started here, people. TINSEL TANTRUM FOREVER!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009


I only wish I could join her this evening for the celebration. This one is for you tan......

love tin

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Muse: Baking

For all 3 of you loyal Tinsel Tantrum readers (Tinsel included) you are well aware that I love baking with all of my heart. It calms me in times of stress, makes me happy when I'm feeling down and just generally makes me feel calmed and complete. I love how combining flour, butter, eggs and sugar in varying amounts can make such amazing and different concoctions. Also, my grandmothers were huge bakers and I'm pretty certain I inherited their kitchen skills.

And so, in their honor and in my 2nd annual christmas tradition, I baked all day long yesterday and made 7 different types of cookies for my friends. I'm hoping to get a reputation as the christmas cookie queen and therefore, people will clamor to be in my good graces and receive my cookies. It's my version of Anna Wintour's power in the fashion world.

Here's what I made:

Fudge with walnuts
Almond Biscotti
Peanut Butter Cookies
Russian Tea Cakes
Jam Thumbprints
Lemon Bars
Molasses Cookies

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

for anna


When, in the night, I wait for her, impatient, Life seems to me, as hanging by a thread. 
What just means liberty, or youth, or approbation, When compared with the gentle piper's tread?
And she came in, threw out the mantle's edges, Declined to me with a sincere heed.
I say to her, "Did you dictate the Pages Of Hell to Dante?"
She answers, "Yes, I did."

long and lost

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A great way to spend a tuesday....

Looking at Legos


Monday, December 14, 2009


I think I am gonna stop blogging while drinking.

Saturday, December 12, 2009



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

DJin tonight at Icon Tattoo

Come by and say hi or bye or whatever. For reals, Tin+Tan

Friday, November 27, 2009

A classic Korean Thanksgiving

Thank you Hillary + Ian + Youngmi + Danny + Kevin + bacon wrapped turkey


Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Look! The Muppets have somehow taken on human form and formed the band Passion Pit. I like it.


Sunday, November 22, 2009


I've been accused of a few things over the years by Tinsel regarding my taste in men. Some I agree with, others I don't. But here is something I think she and I can both agree on:

This posting from the funny site Dealbreaker.

It involves Mark Ruffalo. What's not to love about that man?

ps...for all 5 of our faithful readers, Tinsel Tantrum is DJing an event on December 5th! Stay tuned for details...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hello, kitten!

Introducing Jasper Jullapat, kitten extraordinaire. He is all black,
which makes taking pictures hard. But what he lacks in photogenic
quality he more than makes up for in cute kitten happenings. Like this
old chestnut: the chasing of the tail. Or falling over onto the floor
while cleaning yourself because you don't have good balance yet.
Stuff like that.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Song of day

Hard times

Another quote from "The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene.

"I want somebody who who'll accept the truth about me and doesn't need protection. If I'm a bitch and a fake, is there anybody who will love a bitch and a fake?"

So I most certainly sound bitter hurt.

I'm not........

Blowing up

Picture taken by Kevin in NYC. I love it so much I am having him blow it up. Anyone who knows me knows I love The Stein. I named my first cat Albert and have read a couple bios on the man. This was found in the meatpacking district while I was getting drinks with my new friend Anne.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Welcome home!

We missed you, o friend of friends!

Your Pals,
Tinsel Tantrum

Love Bites...Love Bleeds

I too am reading, "The End of the Affair," because here at Tinsel Tantrum headquarters, we are team players.

My favorite quote from the book so far is this: "A vow's not all that important -- a vow to somebody I've never known, to somebody I don't really believe in. Nobody will know that I've broken a vow except me and Him -- and He doesn't exist, does he? He can't exist. You can't have a merciful God and this despair."

Cynical? Yes. But there is some truth to it.

I'm going to go kick a puppy now.

Blueberry + Lavender

7 1/2 pounds of blueberries
tons of lavender (like a shit load)
special stuff

Hella good Jammmmmm


Fall is here

I am currently reading "The End of The Affair" by Graham Greene. I found an excerpt that I particularly like, or don't like but either way it made me think.

"I have always wanted to be liked or admired. I feel a terrible insecurity if a man turns on me, if I lose a friend. I don't even want to lose a husband. I want everything, all the time, everywhere. I'm afraid of the desert. God loves you, they say in the churches, God is everything. People who believe that don't need admiration, they don't need to sleep with a man, they feel safe. But I can't invent a belief."

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Neil Patrick Harris is a fuckingmazing.....

My heart still belongs to Bill Paxton however Neil has my soul. I pretty much don't want to be friends with anyone who doesn't think he is one of the funniest people on earth.

Love, tin

Monday, November 2, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Basketball is Sexual

There are about, um, 20 million reasons why I love the Blazers. Up near the top is this guy, Mr. Travis Outlaw. OUTLAW! The best last name ever. And he's a nice, southern boy who also is a baller. In other words, he's my fave. Le Sigh.

I dedicate this post to you, Mr. Outlaw. When Wells Fargo introduces your bobblehead, I'm all over that shit.

What does a $2500 jacket feel like?

Dear Diary,
I am shallow or poor or both but I did feel like a better person when I put it on. Wait I take that back I WAS a better person. 


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

making jamz

pear + rosemary - bestie = lameness

Sunday, June 28, 2009


My roommates are chefs. They work at this rad place in SF called Outerlands. Please read the following review done by the ny times if you are cool and can read.

miss you,


Sunday, June 21, 2009

puppies soul mates and cooking for work

these are the new things that have happened to me.

i am happy to introduce jane crawford.

i just spent the weekend in vegas. pics to follow but above all these are the 3 best things that have made me have the best week ever.

love tin,

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I give up

My dear friend rick has a blog with a friend as well and, um, it's AWESOME and FUNNY. It's unfortunately named, but we can't all be "tinsel tantrums." Anyway, you should still check it out because Rick is one of the only people in this world that has given me a stomach ache because I was laughing too hard. Check it

PS, added incentive: Rick has crazy hair. When we were in college, the first time I met him I was scared because his hair is so awesome and scary and curly all at once. See above photo for a likeness of him that is actually from the New Yorker. Rick looks a lot like this.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I made risotto at my new house the other night. Chicken & Mushroom, to
be exact. My roommate provided the wine. We live in a house with a
jasmine enclosed porch. It's wonderul. There's also a garden bed here
& I've planted tomatoes, basil, cilantro & parsley. Pretty much the
only herbs you need for enjoying tomatoes.

The risotto was especially good the next day when I pan fried it and
made it crispy.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In the Trenches

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Here's a new jacket I just bought from -- if you want to get crazy good deals on designer clothes, follow this link

Anyway, I've been wanting a trench for awhile -- classic and chic, I'm a big girl now.

PS -- big congrats to Tinsel. She's on her way to becoming a Jam Baroness!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Poetry Post of the Month

Here is a wonderful poem by the most wonderful Jorge Luis Borges.

You Learn

After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,

And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn...
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure...

That you really are strong

And you really do have worth...

And you learn and learn...

With every good-bye you learn.

Things you can never be:

Too Skinny or Too Rich. See above. This is why I'm not going to Vegas this year. So I can get to the too rich part. JK!


So I purchased my ticket to vegas for film festival today. This year since Nicole is getting ready for the bar exam I am taking my dear friend Amber. I am excited to see everyone and play!!!! In remembrance of last year here are some pics.  Nicole dancing with Todd. By far the best night was when we danced till 4am at a non-sponsored festival venue. All of Nicole's sisters came out from LA. Renee, Tan, Tin, Michelle. Again this is the night of karaoke and rad interpretive dancing. 

This was the last night or I guess morning. There is a pic out there also of me, todd, nicole and christopher sleeping all heads on table. We were soon kicked out of the place. 
Morgan Spurlock before I punched him in the stomach at 4 am in a bowling alley.
Here is Nicole sober and not tired. I hope she takes a look at these and realizes the error in her ways. The law is truly being broken by letting me go alone. I don't know if Amber is ready. We will see!


All the food Nicole ate at my work. What a pig. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


One of the scariest things I have ever seen!

Lets recap. When I said go big or go home this is not what I mean at all.

Can she look any creepier?

Enough with the kitten!

These were my favorite designs from the NY Costume Institute Gala event titled "The Model as Muse". It seems that when you go to an event like this you should go big.....

P.s. LeBron is wrestling my arm as I type. Precious. 


Monday, May 4, 2009

Mr. LeBron

I will stop posting pics of my amazing new kitten when something more important happens....


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Let me introduce.....

LeBron James Frankenstein Crawford


Update names.....
Here are a few that were sent to me this morning.

1. Vern by Cousin Renee
2. Bon Ton by Kate Towers
3. Cuervo! Mendez! Something that makes it clear that Jose is his Godfather....! Or something else Spanish-y. Diego? Ponce? Pinche? Churro? Flaco? Taco? Queso
xoxo  by Cristina Linclau
4. Richard, Paul, Wolfgang, Serge, Stanley, Viktor by Kate Towers

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The 1st Cat post

So on the quest to find the perfect new name for my new buddy I texted a few friends to get their ideas. I got back around 45 responses so I decided to categorize.

Lets start with honorable mention. These are names that were good but not good enough.
1. biggie smalls by Nicole Warren
2. Lulu by Felipe Nunez
3. Brutus by Laura Millard
4. Pitcher by Zoey Luquette
5. Butch by Shirley Daniel

Echo Echo obvious people think alike(Alex you need to think big)
1. Tom by Phoebe Ebright and Tom Tom by Jennifer Szfranski
2. Boots by Ernesto Aguilar and Bootsie by Alex Kidd
3. Carl by Jesse Daniel and Carl by Alex Kidd
4. Charlie by Eric Tsou and Charlie Bronson by Amy Gallow
5. Lucifer by Joey Abalufe and Matt Kerley

The names I came up with
1. Beth Von
2. Harvey 
3. Britney Spears
4. Jamal Crawford
5. Chuck Morris
6. El Capitan or just Captain

Joeys own list as put in the text message: 
Besides Joey?
1. Bruce Wayne
3. Zelda
4. 007
5. Regina
6. Chico
7. Lucifer
8. Truck
9. Tanesha
10. GOD

Not unless I secretly hated the cat and always wanted to be pissed when I said his name. This category could also be called "why are we friends?"
1. Stinky by Elise Luquette
2. Jasper by Amber Wiltermood
3. Kerovac by Brett a guy who is friends with Adan Torres and I have never met.
4. Oscar by Chris Joseph (this doesn't really fit but it mildly annoys me.)
5.  Mickey Dora by Queztal Aguilar (i love when i type this name it's comes up as misspelled)

With explanations - Names with explanations 
1. Denny Crane by Mom- Some character from Boston Legal
2. Desiderious "Desi" by Sam Crawford- 16th century scholar and father of christian humanism
3. Charlie Can by Eric Tsou - Can cats respond to something with more than 2 syllables?
4. Salo by Carson Mell - It's a robot from a good book.
5. Jacques by Richard Morgan - "So does this mean your not moving to Portland?"
6. Messy Bruce by Rocky - Only if he has long fluffy hair
7. Kollin Letson by Kollin Letson - "I thought we discussed you and pets. BAD IDEA"
8. Tranny by Pablo Arando - If he is neutered

Funny but not gonna name my cat that.
1. Senator Johnson by Sean McCoy
2. Mister Steve by Erikson De Jesus
3. Day man by Destinee Scott
4. Night man by Destinee Scott
5. Lester by Destinee Scott
6. Stitches by Felipe Nunez
7. Lamar by Joe VonAppen
8. Chris by Mike Levitt
9. Rodney James Dio by Eric Lavine
10. Kleetus by Keith Feigin
11. Sietee Cat by Mom

Actual Possibilities 
1. Lebron James by Todd Luoto
2. Lunchbox by Jennifer Crawford
3. Wallace by Joe VonAppen
4. Frankenstein by Traci Flitcraft
5. Little Hitler by Nicole Warren

I would like to thank all of you for not just the names but the constant entertainment at work. I will update when I have met and named my new love.

word. believe


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ella Street Social Club

Nothing prepares you for what can happen, but feeling crappy 2 days later is sometimes the price you have to pay.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Back to the Future

I took a stroll down memory lane via iPhoto this evening and look what I found!

Behold! The origins of Tinsel Tantrum:

That's Chris and I four years ago! What innocent young women we were! And look at us now:


Right Back At Ya

(This is my cat Jose and me trying to high 5 him)

See you tomorrow, Tinsel!

Today was also my last day of working at my law firm til after the bar
exam. Now all I'm gonna do is study & post stuff on the blog when I
start feeling a little crazy in the head.


Freaking Friday

this post is a internet high five to all our faithful readers. So Nicole here is a galatic interwebs motherfucking high five! Good morning happy friday and i am off to portland way to early tomorrow!


Sunday, April 19, 2009

food philosophy

my friend found this in Berkley and met her. Sharing is caring. 


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Do you like to shop?

Then click on this link: Gilt Invite

For reals, this is the best online sale shop out there. Gilt has these limited time only sales on HUGE designers and their stuff is CRAZY BONKERS BEZERKER cheap. For instance, I bought a Gryson bag for $168. Retail? $800. See wha' I mean?

And it's invite only. Everyone likes feeling exclusive now and again.

Miss Manners

This is what you get when you're nice to me: peanut butter chocolate
chip cookies. I made these for my friend who took care of me the
last two days. I kid you not -- they taste & smell like reese's
peanut butter cups.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bananas an' Shit

In times of stress and uncertainty I like to bake and cook. I decided to go with baking this evening since my buddy is under the weather and thats what she would do. BAKE! It's not just for when you are hung-over!

I came across 6 bananas that were too ripe to eat at work so I took them home to make banana bread. I also got 4 totally black frozen ripe bananas from my friend Jesse. I used a very simple old basic recipe and added a couple things.

The recipe calls for 
1 cup butter (never use margarine)
2 cup sugar ( i always use 1 - 1 and a 1/2 cups)
4 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
4 cup flour
6 large bananas
1 cup nuts ( i use walnuts)

1. mix butter and sugar then eggs
2. mix dry ingredients then sift into wet ones
3. add bananas, i took the 4 frozen ones put them in my oven safe bowl and rinsed with hot water so they start to get soggy, then i put over gas stove and mash till it's a warm smooth liquid banana soup. the other 6 not totally ripe ones i mash into mix but leave some chunks the size of quarters. 
4. i add a tsp of real vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, cardamom and nutmeg for my extra special spice.
5. grease the pans heavy with butter!

325 degrees for 1 hour and fifteen min.  this recipe will make 2 large loafs or in my case 1 normal and 2 small.


love tin

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cops and Tinsel

My mother came to visit and we walked to the Ferry Building to check out the saturday farmers market which is pretty amazing in itself when we came across the protest to the bailout. I love the weather in SF and I love that everyone I know is getting married. Fuckin A!

Monday, April 13, 2009

High Fashion Vanity

I just got these pictures back from Josh Elliott, the photographer who shot these pics from a photo shoot we did for Emily Katz. We did this shoot in December. It was FREEZING. But I survived. Anyway, I kinda like the prostitute-on-the-farm look we had going on here. Notice, the Dries Van Notens I'm wearing. This is where my love affair with these shoes began.

Mr. Clair and Mr Morgan as their easter best.

Monday, April 6, 2009

You can't tell...

Because of the glare, but tinsel is getting her picture taken next to a
man with one of the most impressive mullets of all time.

I would post more pics, but I forgot my camera in sf. Of course Tinsel
could upload them in my stead, but..,

Friday, March 27, 2009

City of Angels

We are on our way to destroy LA. Hooray!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Proof is in the pudding.

I miss you so much but this is a mild version of the disaster you wake up to every day.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Card Games or Mind Games

The 2nd evening in SF was awesome as no surprise. We went to a bbq and played cards alone because thats how we roll.

Now we are have been on speaker phone for the last hour with Richard. He is sad about his accidental mullet but you know shit happens. We forgive him just like we forgive so many others. Don't be sad you have a mullet be sad your 38 and give a shit about what we think..... 

What the fuck do I know?

LA is coming up this weekend so it's time for my new jean shorts and sweet flea market. Todd is planning a trip to the abandoned zoo. Apparently you can climb into the cages. It's animal bananas!

Love Tin

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Frye Slate Riding Boots

I want these as my spring/summer boot.  They will be mine.....