Saturday, September 19, 2015

Whiskey & Women Wednesday, 10/7

Breast cancer has effected a few wonderful women in my life and I want it to stop. 

I am happy to announce that Dirty Water's first Women Wednesdays will go to benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. On October 7th, 5-7 pm, DW's talented bartender, Maritza, will be creating a whiskey-based cocktail for the evening. For every cocktail of hers that is sold and a whiskey flight, $1 will go towards breast cancer research. Our Pastry Chef, Michelle Cabrera, will be doing a special dessert pairing as well. Pay with Cover and get $5 off your bill that evening.

We invite ladies to join us, wear some pink, network and support this cause. Raffle prizes are being gathered but tickets will be 1 for $3, 2 for $5. Raised funds will also go towards breast cancer research. 

Two tickets to the Whiskies of the World event in San Francisco on the SF Belle, a Hornblower yacht on March 26, 2015 ($240 value)
Two (2) $50.00 Cover credits to Dirty Water
Nuubia Artisan Chocolates box
Haircut by Justina Downs of Blesk Salon & Spa in Albany, CA ($95 value)
An assortment of beauty products by Younique ($150 value)
T-Shirts provided by Monkey Shoulder and Hudson Whiskey
A 3-months supply of Kettle Chips, an SF company.

If you would like to donate a cool raffle prize, we will list your prize & company name on all communications via social media and highlight your contribution. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks for your time!

Shirt by Monkey Shoulder

UPDATE 11/1/15
Thank you to everyone that went to our First Women Wednesday on October 7th, Whiskey & Women! The Mrs. Jones Cocktail was sold all month long and $1 of each one that was sold went to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Our raffle prizes also raised fund. Dirty Water participated in their first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Golden Gate Park last week. We raised a total of $831! Every penny counts. 

NEXT Women Wednesday: Women Winemaker Wednesday -November 4th at 5 PM at Dirty Water 

1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Support Local Designers

Shop small! Buy local!

You have to give small business owners credit for taking the risk and putting in long hours all the while keeping a day job so they can launch their own business, be their own boss and make a dream come true. Trust me, I'm STILL in it.

Before DW, it was more on the smaller scale with minimal investment. I started as an Independent Event Planner & Coordinator back in 2007, became a Notary Public thanks to my former employer who took care of all of the fees since 2008, I attempted to be a Wellness International Network rep in 2010 but that was NOT a small investment, and then I started as a Stella & Dot Stylist in 2011. DW has been the biggest and most important investment I have made because I invested in myself in a big way. It was my way out of being in a position with no room for growth. I was not learning anything. I was not being challenged. And I wasn't passionate about the work. Since December 2013, I have spent countless hours and dollars on opening this restaurant and bar. With so much invested, failure is not acceptable to me.

I am happy to see Sherry Koyama, Owner and Founder of Harumi K, doing well. Sherry is a long-time friend of my sister, Melyssa Green, Owner of On-Point Machining. Who would have thought that we would be helping out with each other's businesses over a decade later? Besides the fact that her line is one-of-a-kind, I am all for supporting someone that has been nothing but kind to me, but more importantly, has always been there for my sister. There are some people in the world that you do not want to do business with. Sherry does not fall into that category. Business is built on relationships. This relationship goes waaaay back.

Sherry had a Studio Sale today out of her home in Oakland, CA. This is the second time I have been to one of her events and Melyssa and I went to the Make It Reign fashion show last year. It was a lot of fun and there were so many great pieces. Check out my post from that evening HERE. I believe one of my photos were used in an online pub. Sharing is caring! I still love that green cape she made. One day. Sherry will be going to Japan shortly and will be coming back with new fabric. Stay tuned for her Fall line.

Jeaja Design Studio and Margarette Laizure was there as well and boy, did I do a bit of damage. I took about eight different pieces with me to try on. I was encouraged to come out of the smaller, darker room with a mirror and move into the well-lit living room to show the designers how it looked on me. It definitely does help to get feedback. SOLD! I purchased two black skirts, one by Harumi K, the other by Margarette. I bought a green and black top that is versatile depending on how you tie the pieces in the front or back, and a blue and grey draping sleeveless striped top from Jeaja. Jeaja was also at the Make It Reign fashion show and started the Oakland Fashion Network with Sherry. Afterwards, I went to White House Black Market.  Yes, I know they're not small or local. But I love their store and they gave me $10 for my birthday. I shopped the sale rack, thank you! I usually spend $300 every time I go in that store. I left spending under $40. Shocker. It counts that I spent more supporting designers, right?

Please stay tuned for pics of me wearing my new, locally designed and made fashion pieces. I don't know exactly what I am going to pair them with but I will find out soon! You know I have a ton of S&D jewelry to choose from. Accessorizing will not be an issue.

Do you have any pieces by Harumi K, Jeaja or Margarette?
Which local designers do you support?
Are you a local designer? Comment below with your link. Let's take a look!


This is how to chose to wear Harumi K's skirt. My good friend, Nikki B., came to have brunch with me. I paired the skirt with a draping top from Express I have had for years, my BCBG pumps and jewelry by Stella & Dot of course. The rose gold Pave Spear Necklace ($59), earrings ($49) and Pave Triangle Cuff ($34) went well with the shapes on the skirt.

This song always makes me think of fashion ever since Taylor Swift sang this at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.

Seven Stills

Join us at Dirty Water for a Seven Stills tasting tomorrow, Sunday, 9/13 from 1-5pm. Come by for football, custom cocktails and complimentary tastings of whiskeys made right here in San Francisco in the Bayview district. I am excited to see what our talented bartenders come up with. Brunch is served until 3 pm.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Best Restaurant, Hot Spot & Vibrant Bar Scene Award

Thank you, OpenTable​ diners! Dirty Water has been selected as one of the Best Restaurants in the Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness area with a Vibrant Bar Scene and is an SF / Bay Area Hot Spot. It has been our pleasure to serve you. We look forward to meeting new diners and OpenTable users. 
Dirty Water 
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday, Boston & Austin!

#throwbackthursday #tbt to a night in the city with Christina and friends. Love this picture of us. Can't wait for Austin. 15 days!

Clift Hotel, San Francisco - April 2014

You may recall that almost a year ago on my birthday, my divorce was finalized after almost two years. Christina was going thru a breakup and we both had reasons to get the hell out of town. So over happy hour at Bijou in Hayward, Ca, we booked a 36-hour trip to Boston the following weekend.

Our flight got in on Saturday morning at 6 am and had a late afternoon flight the next day. We had a 10 am tour scheduled at Samuel Adams Brewery. And there we met our Canadians.

Brian basically invited us to join his party of other men there for business at Doyle's, as recommended by our shuttle driver. "Doyle's!" comes with a double fist pump.

The Canadians were very cool and we ended up hanging out with them all day. We went to Beerworks near the ballpark and even went on a tour with them. 

We ended up meeting up with them that evening and went to a bar and the club at The W. It was a fun night that included me getting a piggyback ride all around downtown on the search for food because my feet hurt. Let's just leave it at that.

The next day, Christina and I checked out the Freedom Trail and the Cheers bar while the boys tailgated for the Patriots game. We wished we had done that instead of sit so long at the airport because our flight was delayed and it was a hassle getting home.

Soooo... it is that time again. We booked our flights to Austin yesterday. Christina is just out of a different relationship and I, on that front, have nothing major to report.  We are going for my birthday weekend and to replace a Costa Rica she was supposed to be on. Kind of works out perfectly.

I am excited to hang with this girl. We are going to go a University of Texas game. My dog is named Bevo, after the UT mascot. And we are staying downtown, close to 6th Street, its nightlife and live music. It'll be whiskey, country music, BBQ, football and cowboys. I am definitely ok with that. Follow  #WhiskeyMakesUs on Twitter. 

Next year, we want to go to New Orleans. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Boss Babe

I have never been one to think I'm gorgeous or call myself beautiful. That's a descriptive I leave for others. I'm not the hottest woman in the room, I don't turn heads everywhere I walk and I'm more cute than anything else. I don't let people's compliments go to my head but I am confident enough to want to look a certain way that I am solely happy with and have the life to match it. There are smart, intelligent businesswomen out there that don't dress the part. I choose to. When I saw BossBabe quotes on Pinterest, I had to follow them on Instagram. I'm a millennial and businesswomen of this generation are making it look good. 

When I walk the floor of DWSF, I always wear heels. I'm in love with shoes by Cole Haan and Jessica Simpson. People would ask how I manage all day. Heels make me feel confidant. You hear the clicks on the cement floor and you can hear me coming. My Service Manager is a confident and well-dressed man and told me he likes the way I walk. Confident, graceful, with style and demands attention. My business partner says I'm the best-dressed person he knows. 'Can you get all of our staff to dress like you?' Shopping day with our Wine Director has happened once and I style others with my Stella & Dot jewelry. 

During the day, I'm dressed for business. For girls' night, I have worn sexy, black, misleading lace dress which I've been told repeatedly, 'that's not a dress.' It could pass for some private evening wear. And football Sundays, I wear a 49ers hat, a Faithful, red shirt, cutoff Abercrombie & Fitch jean shorts and sparkly silver Reef flip flop I bought in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico earlier this year. A male member of my staff, one that has a style of his own with his red suspenders, notices the wardrobe changes and says 'I don't know how you do it and still look good.' 

But to further on the BossBabe lifestyle, I'm here on a Sunday, waking up at 6 AM and hustlin'. I need to figure out this business and make it beyond successful And I intend to. 

To all the BossBabes out there, let's do this. 

Just me
Headshot by Dylan Douglas Photography
Shout out to all the other female business owners;
Melyssa Green of On-Point Machining
Sherry Koyama of Harumi K
Justina Downs of Intertwine Hair Design
Dr. Christine Zapata of Vitality Specific Chiropractic
Vicki Tisdale of Mujicians Brewing Company
Christina Perricone of Xtina's Fit Tips
Christina Vela of Mary Kay
Martha Lind of Olinda Organic Farms