In her line of work, Los Angeles-based photographer Amy Dickerson meets plenty of interesting people. She’ll be sharing her images and interviews with some of them in an ongoing series called “One on One.” 

Yunnie Kim Morena
Owner of The Albright

Yunnie Kim Morena grew up on the beach—and not just any beach, but the historic Santa Monica Pier. For someone like me who grew up in a land-locked state, those words sound delicious. She’s a true California girl, with all that those words conjure up: a laid-back, easygoing vibe and great style.

I first met Yunnie on a magazine shoot with her mother. I found their relationship inspiring and I love that she’s taken the reigns of the business her parents started on the Santa Monica Pier in the 1970s: The Albright. The seafood restaurant has become an institution. I caught up with Yunnie a few weeks ago on a hot day in Santa Monica. She told me about the many changes on the pier, her transition from fashion to food (she previously co-owned Fred Segal Couture), her son Oz’s namesake (his great great grandfather, Frank L. Baum, who wrote, The Wizard of Oz), and an upcoming trip to Mexico. After our walk around the pier and beach, I enjoyed shrimp tacos at The Albright while the wind off the Pacific offered a warm breeze. It was the perfect end to my day with this California girl.

Yunnie Kim-Morena | Santa Monica CAHow does your current work draw on your past experiences?

I’ve had a passion for food since I was a little girl helping my mother and grandmother in the kitchen. Before my time at The Albright, I owned a clothing store for years at Fred Segal in Santa Monica. Putting my passion for food and love for the service industry together came naturally.

Yunnie Kim-Morena | Santa Monica CAWhat does your favorite day look like?

Farmers’ market trip, paddle board or hike with my family, and then cooking up a delicious homemade meal with all the goods I picked up from the market that day.

Yunnie Kim-Morena | Santa Monica CAWhat is on your to-do list?

Working on a cookbook and a collection of sauces and spices that would be available all over the country.

Words to live by?

Seize the day.

Yunnie Kim-Morena | Santa Monica CAWhat have you accomplished that you are most proud of so far?

Building a family.

What has been your favorite age so far?

Now (36).

Yunnie Kim-Morena | Santa Monica CAWhat is your strongest sense?


Yunnie Kim-Morena | Santa Monica CAFavorite place to take an out of town guests?

Santa Monica Pier—where else???

{ All images by Amy Dickerson }


{Off Shoots} Juniper Ridge

by Alexis on February 21, 2014

If you haven’t heard of—or smelled—Juniper Ridge, a company based on wildcrafted fragrances, you’re missing out. There are some scents—the earth after a rain, a misty redwood forest, the grass in spring—that are universally loved. And Juniper Ridge has set out to capture and bottle them. Their products, like Backpacker’s Cologne and Trail Crew Soap, are formulated with entirely naturally derived fragrances. For our latest issue (No. 14), we went along with the Juniper Ridge team on a foraging trip to see just how the process works, and experience the magic of taking tree trimmings and flowers and turning them into finished products. Pick up Issue No. 14 and flip to “Call of the Wild” to see more behind the scenes, including the mobile Juniper Ridge Field Lab and a peek into their Oakland distillery.

{ Images by Jen Siska for Anthology Magazine }

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Laure Joliet Print Shop

by Anh-Minh on October 10, 2013

Laure Joliet and I go way back—to the days when we were both contributing to Apartment Therapy. In the six year since, I’ve really enjoyed watching her photography career take off. (It’s always great to see people who are talented and super nice succeed at something they’re passionate about.)

When Meg and I launched Anthology three years ago, Laure was one of the first photographers we called on; she shot a home in Venice, California, for our inaugural issue. This year, we’ve been fortunate enough to have her shoot a couple more stories for the magazine. She’s one busy lady these days—with her images often appearing in publications such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. And she recently launched a print shop, which is fantastic news because now we can all appreciate Laure’s work on our walls. I especially love that the prints are pretty affordable ($45 each) for such large pieces (32″x48″). Now I just need to decide which one to buy!

{ Images via Laure Joliet }


Bryant Terry

by Alexis on May 28, 2013

In Issue No. 11, chef, writer, and activist Bryant Terry was among the contributors to the “Screen Play” column, sharing one of his favorite food-related flicks. One of Bryant’s missions has been to redefine soul food. Modern comfort foods associated with the soul food—like fried chicken, and biscuits and gravy—aren’t on anyone’s health food lists. But Bryant points out that the traditional daily diets of African-Americans of past generations were full of healthy foods like leafy greens and legumes. In his cookbook Vegan Soul Kitchen, Bryant’s delicious recipes focus on this side of southern cooking. And with a nod to jazz jam sessions, Bryant’s latest cookbook, The Inspired Vegan, is focused on his favorite preparation and cooking techniques, as well as basic recipes with room to improvise and make them your own.

I often find myself searching for inspiration for a particularly delicious meal when I have vegan or vegetarian friends coming to dinner. Next time I’m planning a meal to share, I’m sure I’ll be looking to Bryant’s delicious recipes!

{Images from Bryant Terry}


Jenny Pennywood

by Anh-Minh on December 26, 2012

Waaay back in Issue No. 5/Fall 2011, in our “Conversation” feature, we visited with Keith Johnson—an art and antiques buyer for Anthropologie. When we asked him for his motto, he told us: “You only regret the things you leave behind. So many people tell me stories of things they wish they had bought.” My story of regret dates back a number of years and involves a painting by San Francisco artist Jen Garrido. I came across it at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery; I believe it was during one of their big warehouse sales. After much deliberation, I decided not to buy it—and I still regret that decision.

Since then, in addition to her fine art, Jen has started a line called Jenny Pennywood. It includes custom work (such as patterns devised for special events), as well as a products with motifs of her own design. The latter are a great, affordable way to own one of Jen’s creations. And these will tide me over until I’m able to acquire one of her original art pieces!

Zippered pouches available in the Jenny Pennywood shopJenny Pennywood pillows available at The Curiosity Shoppe