Saturday, August 30, 2008
This graveyard is at Trinity Church in Manhattan. It was founded in 1697 by King William III of England. I was in awe because in California, the only place you'll see anything roughly resembling this is at Disneyland.
Halloween was just about my favorite holiday growing up. I've always been intrigued by dark, creepy things. One of my favorite books as a girl was a biography on Jack the Ripper (with photos!) I also read everything I could by Stephen King.
I can just imagine my parents. "At least she's reading."
Back to Halloween. Our home had a long, tunnel-like entry thick with plants, a lone lantern and lots of corners. My brother and I tricked it out with spiderwebs, fake bats, fake blood and body parts on the floor, a flickering lightbulb, fog machine, spooky music and tombstones, naturally.
Our best guests were trick or treating toddlers. They'd be all smiles and then stop abruptly at the mouth of the entry. First they'd look up at their parents in confusion, then back to the front door where they knew treats were waiting for them. The crying would begin and our decorating efforts were officially a success.
For the kids brave enough to walk to the front door, we let them relax long enough to receive their candy and then jump from the bushes to chase them away. Ahh. Memories.
So when I found this graveyard I got a bit emotional because I was in New York to see my brother. He had a bit of a health scare and pulled through like a champ.
I'm not so dramatic that I was thinking my brother could be here pushing up daisies. I just thought, hey, I have some great memories with my brother. Damned doctors better not screw up again. Isn't reality always more frightening than fantasy?
Anyway, back to the the church. Isn't it breathtaking?
Fahey Klein has the most incredible upcoming exhibition of photographs by Melvin Sololsky.
It begins Sepember 4th.
Most of them were taken in the 60's. Possibly my favorite decade as far as fashion goes.
But honestly, you must see Sololsky's personal website.
Plus, he's not strictly into fashion.
Friday, August 29, 2008
My sleeping pattern is so messed up, I'm up at 4:30am and it's my day off. Oh well.
The other day I checked out the latest show at Gallery 1988.
I don't know/forgot to note who created each piece above, but the first two are by Shepherd Fairey and Carlos Ramos.
I like the doll from Office Space because I could totally use it as a punching bag. That guy was so creepy.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
What's not to love about Genevieve Gauckler?
She lives in Paris, and remembers being inspired at an early age by colorful breakfast cereal boxes.
She has created illustrations for Beck's new album and website and exhibitions at Colette in Paris.
Her favorite places are Japan, India and the French countryside.
Isn't she great?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
With a busted computer, it's not fun to blog.
I had a tooth drilled on Monday and I'm leaving town in a few days.
While I am gone, enjoy Jenny Lewis for her sweet heartbreaking voice and this interview that sealed the deal for me.
My friends and I had that song memorized word for word. Must be an LA thing.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Clara Bow & Cary Grant aren't just stylish. The original It Girl & my favorite leading man are simply perfection.
Here are my five fabulous winners of the Style Statement book. They are on their way to style star status. Below are samples of their letters.
Geek Seeks Chic Tweak! If anyone needs a style statement, it's the gangly geeky style-chameleon boyfriend of one of LA's hottest upcoming interior designers! I think what prompted it was seeing Patrick's giant allocation of closet space for his fabulous attire compared to my patchwork corner of assorted polos and casual button-downs.
I just had my first child and I'm terrified of becoming "Mom" and losing myself in the process! Identifying my style statement will help me stay focused on staying true to myself, which is an invaluable lesson for my brand new daughter. I can be a fantastic mommy and uniquely fabulous at the same time. :-)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thank you for sharing your home lovely Nanette. Thank you for making the girly dresses I love to wear too.
Friday, August 08, 2008
I recently watched Blue Velvet for the first time.
Now, I'd like to stay home and watch Mullholland Drive over and over again. (Which I've seen and love.)
Getting my fix with Gucci's first tv commercial, also directed by David Lynch.
This was for spring 2008, but it makes me crave the fall.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
I'm so stuck in the 80's lately and I'm not apologizing!
If you are an avid Domino reader, you already spied a really cool article about Carrie and Danielle and their "Style Statement" which sounds so fun, like a theme song!
Ever since I was 9 years old, Prince's "Baby I'm a Star" has done it for me. I was a dancer (not a great one at that tender age) and idolized three fellow dancers who performed to this song on Star Search. They took classes at my studio - two girls and a boy who performed the most rocking routine to the song. It's so fun, confident and celebratory. I still have some of their 8-counts memorized.
One question that rocked my world was, "What do you love and why do you love it?"
The easiest question was my favorite flower, which is the gardenia. I will never forget visiting Napoleon's Tomb in Paris. There was a tiny church behind the tomb decorated with thousands of gardenias. When I walked into the church I was ntoxicated by the scent and vision of the rows upon rows of lovely flowers. I loved the feeling it gave me & the impression I was left with.
The Style Statement is two words that describe you. The first word is 80% of your life, like your outfit, and the second is 20% of your life, like your accessories. Fashion fans - isn't that fantastic?
Some examples are Cultivated Wonder, Sophisticated Era and Classic Genuine. Don't ask me what they mean, because I only know my own... drumroll please....
Contemporary Pleasure - It fits! Contemporary I get. But pleasure. I've always made the word "comfort" part of my vocabulary. I like to be comfortable while having fun and feeling fabulous. Pleasure suits me better than comfort. Thanks Danielle!
Here are some of my details for your entertainment.
- a strong presence, because they are indeed "present," looks you in the eye
- up-to-date and current with what matters most to them and are typically interested in social and cultural issues
- stay on top of things and make time work for them while looking to the future
- prefer to interact with genuine and authentic people but can tolerate many types of personalities
- can be forceful or critical, especially of themselves and their healthy limitations
descriptive words - (my favorite part because I'm a lover of details...)
abreast, au courant, connected, current, determined, in fashion, informed, in touch, in style, latest, leading edge, linked, modern, new, now, present, present-day, recent, success, synchronous, topical, up-to-date
- pleasure seekers, physical comfort & gratification.
- easygoing, sincerely cheerful, and free from doubt
- can be highly sensitive
- a peacekeeper and nurturer
- always makes time for socializing and celebration
- love to please and accommodate
descriptive words - amusement, bliss, carpe diem, cheerfulness, choice, comfort, contentment, delectation, delicacy, delight, desire, diversion, ecstasy, enjoyment, fancy, felicity, fruition, fun, gladness, gloating, gratification, happiness, hedonism, hobby, inclination, jollity, joy, like, merriment, mirth, preference, recreation, relish, selection, sensuality, treat, voluptuousness, will