Lazyjack Press had a photo shoot yesterday in Tiburon, CA. We were fortunate to have my uncle, Shahram Sanai (shahramsanai.com), work with us. He's a fashion photographer and has worked with everyone (and I mean, everyone)! We were also lucky to have Casey Richards be our model (firstname.lastname@example.org) who was an absolute joy to work with! All in all, we couldn't have asked for more gorgeous weather or a better team to showcase some of Lazyjack Press's SS14 line, as well as some of the classics.
Here are some of the behind the scenes pictures I took on my iPad (untouched):
Casey being styled by Roger, Shahram looking on.
Getting ready to shoot
Casey looked dapper in our Buckwild bow tie!
A cool action shot.
Roger and Shahram styling Casey in his "Gotta Light?" bow tie.
Product shot of our caps, "Re-Rack" and "Mullet" ties.
Casey sporting our "Motorboatin" tie and "All Tied Up" pocket square.
Wearing our new "Shark Week" bow tie, not yet released. Stay tuned!
"Sweet Shades Bro" bow tie
Prepping Casey for some outside shots. He's wearing our "Re-Rack" tie and navy Lazyjack Press cap!
Prepping the shot
Casey in action!
A good friend of mine alerted me to this Zagat list of the ten best Bloody Marys in NYC. As I'm sure you've picked up on, I'm Bloody Mary obsessed! There are some good ones on this list I haven't tried yet, but will be trying soon!
Here's the list if you're in New York!
And since I'm visiting San Francisco, I obviously have a lot more work to do on my Bloody Mary mission so I found Zagat's list for the Bay Area. I do take issue with the fact that my favorite one thus far, the Chipotle Bloody from the Tipsy Pig didn't make the list. It's the perfect blend of spice and smoke!
Email me your favorites: email@example.com and I'll include them on a later blog!
For those of you who follow Lazyjack Press on all of the various social media outlets, you have unavoidably been introduced to Napoleon, my chubby long-haired "teacup" chihuahua who lives with my mom in San Francisco and Isabelle, my beautiful rescue kitty who lives with me in New York. While I'm visiting San Francisco for a slightly extended period of time, I decided to bring Isabelle along. She did incredibly well on the flight and is adjusting wonderfully to her new environs. Well, she was adjusting until my mom introduced her to Napoleon and her other dog, Oliver. Let's just say, it didn't quite go as we had hoped.
We're at the end of the week so I know we can all use a little comedic relief. Just make sure your volume is up for maximum laughs!
Isabelle meets Napoleon, Round 1
Isabelle Meets Napoleon, Round 2
Just when you think it couldn't get any worse, Isabelle meets Oliver
Happy first day of Spring!
We’re all anxiously awaiting the arrival of warmer weather. In the meantime, I can’t help but notice that the Negroni has made a comeback. I’m seeing it in restaurants and bars throughout the city.
Some modern recipes amp up the gin, but this should be avoided. It's an aperitif; if you're in that much of a hurry to get drunk before dinner, have several or just do it with a shot back. It’s one of the few drinks that is versatile enough to be suitable up or on the rocks. In nicer environs, it can be shaken over ice and poured into a cocktail class with an orange peel garnish. In a warmer or more informal setting, mixed on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass and toss in an orange peel or even wedge, if you're feeling crazy. Or dispense with the orange all-together. Either way, toast your friends and be happy that the polar vortex is over!
--Miriam Zelinsky, Official Lazyjack Press Mixologist
Negroni (classic recipe)
What you’ll need:
1 shot gin (preferably Ford’s or Greenhook but Sapphire or Beefeaters will do)
1 shot Campari
1 shot sweet vermouth (preferably Carpano Antica)
Either shake the ingredients over ice or strain it into a chilled martini glass.
Boulevardier (variation on the Negroni)
What you’ll need:
1 shot Bourbon
1 shot Campari
1 shot sweet Vermouth
Serve it up in a chilled martini glass.
Life is hard. Everyone is stressed, busier, and crankier than ever. Now more than ever, we're just trying to get through the day. We don’t have the energy to worry about anyone other than ourselves - to add value to someone else's day, to compliment someone. I’m not talking about telling your friend you like her dress or her hair looks good.
A few months into launching Lazyjack Press, I got an email from a dad who bought our “Re-Rack” bow tie for his college-age son. He thanked me and told me the bow tie was “spectacular” - that it was sure to be a hit at his son's school. He didn't need to write me but this simple gesture had a stunning impact on me.
I’ve made a concerted effort since then to be more aware - to thanking people, letting them know I appreciate them, even on days when things aren’t going my way. I tell restaurant managers about great waitresses, reach out to old friends, and call 311 to compliment exceptional cab drivers. (311 operators weren't even sure they could give compliments, by the way, because they only receive complaints). And you know what? Maybe nothing comes of those compliments, shout-outs, and kind gestures 99% of the time. But the 1% of the time, when they positively affect lives, makes it all worth it.
Try it. Compliment someone today. Make someone feel good in a meaningful way. You won't only make them happy - some of the good jujus are sure to spill over into your day. In this day and age, our world could use a little more kindness.