Monday, September 29, 2008

More Pixies Please

I've blogged about TrixyPixie before, but she deserves an encore.
View all of her fabulousness on Deviant Art here.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Joshua Petker

Joshua Petker has a new show opening next weekend at Corey Helford Gallery.

He's a local boy. He grew up in Van Nuys and lives in Silver Lake. Gustav Klimt is one of his big influences, which I love. Here's an excerpt of an interview with him I spied on a blog. Click here for the full interview.
Unfairly or not, women have been used objectively in art for so long that I can paint and feel like I am referencing this objective historic subject all while trying to paint the inner emotions of a person, subjectively. Plus, I am primarily only attracted to art that I consider beautiful, so a beautiful women is an easy subject for me. But, when I say I only like work that is beautiful I should point out my opinion of what is beautiful is definitely artistic and at times ugly.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Don't Forget Your Cardigan

My goodness, I stumbled across this video while - yet again - trying to find the green fairy song from Moulin Rouge on youtube. I think it's the most visually stunning film I have ever seen.

So this video is Carnival by the Cardigans. This was my theme song not that many moons ago. My friend Maesa & I would play it over and over and over again. And then again. And then Pizzicato Five!

It makes me reflect and wonder why I've been obsessed with the 60's for so long? What gives? Watching this video explains it. I would still die to hang out in that retro fab hair salon!

Anyway, the lead singer looks like my gorgeous friend Natasha who just received her pilot's license. Congrats missy!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

White Boy Where You Going?

Hallelujah! I had the best time at Beck's concert. He was punctual and didn't run three hours late like the last concert I was forced to ditch.

I was on my feet practically the entire time and so was everyone else. What a great crowd. The mood was festive and chill and my company was fantastic. We had a garden box - which seats six - but crammed (snuck) in another two pals to make it nice and cozy.

MGMT was great too. How old are those boys? They seemed so young and fresh.

I'll send you off with one of my favorite Beck songs. It makes me proud of my lovely El Lay and kinda makes me want to hop in a lowrider. It's the perfect song for hydraulics.

Que Onda Guero
(What's Up White Boy?)

Mano Blancos roll with crowbars
singing rancheras on cheap guitars

Abuelitas with plastic bags
Walking to the church with the Spanish candles

Dirty borracho says 'que putas!'
Andale, Joto, your popsicle's melting

Run better run, da doo run run
Mara Salvatrucha in the midnight sun

Monday, September 22, 2008

8 Snaps of House Ocho

This house is in Carmel, high in the Santa Lucia mountains on a nature preserve. Love the high ceilings, clean lines and big windows that look out to nature. It has a comforting, tucked away feeling because it's built into the hillside.

The home is 3,000 square feet - which is pretty large by LA standards - but it's half the size of other homes in the area. The homeowners are eco-friendly, so they made better use of their outdoor space instead of buiding bigger rooms. I am enamored of the outdoor fireplace and the cool pattern of the concrete courtyard.

It was designed by

More stunning photos of the property and other projects at their website.

Ok, technically nine photos. I couldn't resist.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

There Will Be Blood

My friend, the outrageously talented and hilarious Donny Miller pulled a slick one on big oil.

He put up posters at various gas stations around El Lay.

My favorite: We're eco friendly! Just kidding, we're an OIL company.

If you've thought of becoming an artist, he gives away all of his secrets HERE.
Don't miss tip #14... and the rest.

Here We Go Again

I am attending another concert. Can you believe it? I must have a death wish.

The last Beck show was cancelled. The last two Jenny Lewis concerts were a bust. (Busts?)

But we have tickets to the Hollywood Bowl tonight to see Beck & MGMT with a bunch of friends, so fingers crossed it's fun. It better be.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Deja Va Va Voom

Check out my last post. Recognize a familiar pattern on my tabletop?

Here I am chilling with Simba and a guest dog. I like my big dogs ceramic because they don't bark or mess up the furniture. I also don't have to walk them or clean up after them.

Thankfully, Simba has charm.

We had a very exciting photo shoot yesterday. Can't wait to unveil the surprise!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Coco Chanel & Kelly Green

What a sweet little room. I love the soothing, romantic greys and silvers. I love the simple ethereal sheers covering the window behind the bed. I adore the velvet tufted bed and the dark shiny floors. The pattern on the armchair is Kelly Wearstler. I only know this because my barstools are covered in the reverse pattern. It's hard to see, but it's the same fabric used for the bedspread and shams.

I spied this room on coco+kelly's blog. (The name is inspired by Coco Chanel & kelly green... fab!) She is leaving LA to return home to Seattle and I am so sad to lose my beautiful friend who reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara. Yessir, she's that insanely gorgeous.

LA is losing her but she's keeping her home online and I believe opening her own store in Seattle! She's yet to announce the details. Check out her blog in the meantime!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

I Saw the Sign

I feel like I had a breakup the other night.

I saw my second Jenny Lewis concert and it was another bust. The last time I couldn't handle standing for hours. This time I had a seat but kept dozing off while waiting. I would perk up for a moment and then start nodding off again. I was just too tired to enjoy it.

The highlight was Tiki Ti.

Of the last dozen times I've passed by the bar, it's been closed. I thought it was a mirage when I saw the lights on. There was parking right out front. At that point it was bad karma to pass it up.

I learned my former favorite drink - the Penang - comes in a more delicious version. The Bayanihan. The only difference is coconut powder. Try it sometime within the next year if they are open again.

Friday, September 12, 2008

America Invades Versailles

Jeff Koons' outrageous pop art creations are on display at the outrageously opulent Ch√Ęteau de Versailles.
I love it. I'm tickled that protesters have gathered outside of the chateau saying the works should be moved to Disneyland.
If you are lucky enough to head to Paris, it's free and runs through December 14th.

Remember his big silver bunny in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Monday, September 08, 2008

Audrey In Rome

A few of Audrey Kawasaki's latest pieces. Sigh. They are so delicate & beautiful. I love how she's also using dark wood too.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Viva La Valencia

Back from La Jolla.

Hanging after dinner. My David Lynch inspired shot.

Robert enjoyed the pool. I enjoyed the sunset.

Wallpaper look familiar? Deja vu BH Hotel. I adore the bathroom in the Sky Room.

The lounge had a similar feel to the Chateau Marmont. The gardens were divine.

My banana/chocolate birthday cake. My view to the left as we left.

La lounge a noche. An encore of the fab bathroom.

I felt like Snow White with seagulls eating out of my hand.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

It's My Party

I thought I'd make a little birthday collage.

A cute tweak on the Keep Calm & Carry On posters. This one is by Every Day Is A Holiday.

Damien Hirst's dots always make me happy.

Braces by Rampsla on DeviantArt. I just got fitted for Invisalign because my teeth keep moving. I've had braces twice and always lose my retainers. Never again!

A Banksy/Hirst collaboration.

Confetti by Lady Monroe. Sums up how I feel about getting older. I keep having mini-meltdowns.

A film by Guy Bourdin because it's dreamy.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A Date With the Pink Lady

I'm going on a getaway for my birthday.

I asked Robert if we could go somewhere and open the window, see the ocean, walk to the beach and do a whole lotta nothing, without leaving the country or taking time off work. (Less stress!)
Robert polled some of our most entrusted friends and chose La Valencia, aka The “Pink Lady of La Jolla.” He knows what I like. The Spanish style hotel was built in 1926. I love a sense of history and stories behind buildings.

Groucho Marx stayed here and I don't know if these quotes originated behind the hotel's walls, but I love them just the same.

"Please accept my resignation. I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member."

"Room service? Send up a larger room."

That last quote brings me to the ocean villas, which I am looking so forward to and sound absolutely divine.

At our last party, one guest kept looking around & confessed he had been in our house before. He said, "The last time I was here, there was a jacuzzi in the middle of the room. It was wild." I fell in love with my house even more at that moment.


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