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If you don’t know Cassie McGettigan, or Gravel & Gold, the San Francisco-based design collective and shop she co-founded in 2008, you certainly know the boob pillow, a design she made for the brand that’s gained a cultish following. For the past few years, Gravel & Gold has produced a line of locally-made clothing, accessories, and home goods featuring their handmade prints, for which Cassie is the primary print designer. Here, she tells us about what she likes right now.

1.Monochromatic Wardrobes

I’m into variations of just one color worn head to toe, including mechanical extensions, such as a cell phone or an automobile. Otherwise known as “Color Monks” exercising a “Signature Color.” Black doesn’t count but white is a go. As a big league clashing pattern enthusiast, I can’t imagine going there myself, but I admire this approach to dressing for its unbeatable ease: impact ratio.

I met Judy when we were both shopping for shelving materials at our local Discount Builder. Even her lip color was yellow, were you to allow a liberal definition of the color so that a human skin tone might be flattered. Such proliferation seemed to indicate that Judy is always an all-yellow gal, but I found out that she actually has eight one-color outfits that she selects from each morning, reflecting her mood: pink, green, sage, blue, orchid, periwinkle, white, and this, the yellow.

2. Onsen Tomago

I used think I had boiled eggs down pat, but when I went to Japan last year I found out that I actually had no idea how to make them. Now I do and here’s how:

1. Get to a place where water is coming out of the earth at about 70°C (158ºF).
2. Put some eggs in basket.
3. Invite your eggs in their basket to join you in the hot spring for a 30-40 minute soak.
4. Exit.
5. Crack open and serve with seasoned bonito dashi at breakfast time or a light sauce of mirin, dashi, soy sauce, and chopped spring onions later in the day. The egg will have poached within its shell. The yolk will be firm yet custardy. Delicious!

(Also works OK if you use a cooking thermometer to help maintain a steady 70°C (158ºF) temperature on a regular indoor stove while you poach your eggs in a regular pot for 30-40 minutes).

3. River Swimming

And drying on a rock after.


4. Kiwi Sandals

Lee Risler and his family have been making these excellent river rat sport sandals by hand since 1963, even after Lee lost his left arm below the elbow in a LA freeway horror story. To get a pair, you send a tracing of your feet and a check to Lee’s PO Box in Lucerne Valley, CA. I go in for the #71, $79 plus CA tax, plus shipping. A couple of weeks later, the sandals appear in your mailbox: [they are] durable and insanely comfortable, with a squishy Vibram sole and classy all-leather upper parts. I already have my Kiwis foot tan in place this year.

5. Oum Kalthoum

AKA Oum Kalthoum, Om Kalsoum, Om Koulsum, Om Kalthoum, Oumme Kalsoum, Umm Kolthoum, Om Koultoum, Ummi Kultsum, Ummi Kaltsum, Umi Kulsum, Umi Kalsum. Specifically, I’m into watching the videos of her very long performances on YouTube while I’m painting. I think this is my favorite. Any one of those shade-wearing orchestra guys could be the boss, and then she stands to sing with that long silken hankie and—boom—what a boss!