Thursday, January 31, 2008
You walk into the Tate Modern in London.
(Mind the crap comes to mind. Curse that Banksy!)
You're here for an exhibit called The Weather Project. You walk into a room with a big glowing fake sun on the back of the wall. You see hundreds of people lying down on the floor. It's a little strange. Then you notice half of them are looking up. So you sit on the floor too so you can see what they're looking at. The ceiling is mirrored and you can't help checking out yourself and everyone else. You're on a futuristic fake beach. You hear The Blue Danube play in your head as images of 2001:A Space Odyssey come to mind.
Now watch the video.
Hopefully you liked it. I didn't want to ruin it. That was my impression when Robert & I saw the exhibit in 2003.
Now, New Yorkers get to check out Danish artist Olafur Eliasson's latest "refreshing" installation.
He's installing 4 massive waterfalls around NYC this summer. Below the Brooklyn Bridge, between Piers 4 and 5 in Brooklyn, on Governers Island, and on Pier 35 in Manhattan.
BTW, after we had enough sun we went to the gift shop. We normally check out the umbrellas and calendars covered in The Starry Night and get out of there... fast.
But I noticed they had raindrops encased in lucite for $50 by the lovely artist. I wanted one. Only they were sold out. That was the moment I knew I would kill for a raindrop. I still haven't found one. Anyone?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I'm doing a live chat for www.myfoxla.com. If you didn't know by now, I work there & it's so much fun.
Wednesday Jan. 30th at 10:15am (West Coast time) or 1:15pm (East Coast time).
Send me any question you'd like or just tune in. I can't wait! :)
Reason to Dance:
I just reached 10K hits. Thanks to you! This began as a way of jotting down something special in my week. Now, it's a little daily affirmation that makes me stop and smell the roses.
Let's watch a classic scene from Bande à part set to a beautiful song by Nouvelle Vague.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Caroline & I had dinner at Toi tonight. I took this photo in the hallway leading to the powder room. She's working hot boots.
If you're ever on Sunset in Hollywood, Toi is a relaxed, reasonable & yummy Thai place. We ordered pad thai & yellow curry. Both were great.
I just googled it & discovered it's one of Quentin Tarantino's faves too. Here's a quote from the LA Times:
"It's open really late; the food is great. I come in to write. During the day, it's way kicked back. They always play good music. I can sit for five hours, order some coffee and just work. I've been doing that at Toi for 15 years."
I've interviewed QT a couple of times. He's a ball of energy & a total charmer. I asked him (at Movies Rock) to name his favorite song. He told me "Tangled Up In Blue" by Bob Dylan.
My fave song of all time? "Blackbird" by The Beatles. It's sad & hopeful at the same time. When I've been down it's always inspired me. I learned recently that Paul McCartney wrote it about the civil rights movement. Now I love it even more.
So back to shoes. I was wearing my favorite zapatos tonight. They were a Christmas present.
They have the perfect heel. Tall enough to make you feel girly... yet you could walk in them all night. They're Chanel, so of course they're perfection!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Just in time for Valentine's Day. Some sweet & special art by Will Cotton - The Da Vinci of delicious delights - ok, so that's according to Robert. Yes, he was laughing as he said it.
This first one is titled, "Kiss Me." (Oil on canvas.) All of his creations are pretty cool, but my heart lies with his candy landscapes.
Like this "Peppermint Hideaway."
This one is simply, "Flooded."
How cute is his "Churro Cabin" nestled between glazed donuts?
Below is the photo that started my obsession. It was in someone's home in some shelter magazine. It's called "Chocolate Wave." It's from 2002, so it's pre-Chocolate Rain, people!
By the way, Will Cotton really does feature cotton candy. View his beautiful works at www.willcotton.com
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I love it. If you're gonna work it, work it big. I love that hair. I'm a big fan of big hair.
I love her wild outfits too. Better to be over-the-top than boring.
Can't wait for the movie.
I first spied this on fredflare.com's blog.
It's hidden behind a pocket door.
The kohler toilet has become quite the conversation piece. Who knew it would be such a hit? Most people don't know how to flush it. (Touch the left side.) The wallpaper is Florence Broadhurst with the colors customized by W&R.
We're at one of my favorite things in the room. This sketch features Oyster Boy by Tim Burton. (Yes, I saw Sweeney Todd & loved it.) In this drawing he's decided to dress as a human for Halloween. If you haven't already read it, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy is a must-read.
Ron Woodson & Patrick Ediger selected the framing. Isn't it perfection?
To the right is the sink is from ZGallerie, the trophies are vintage from the 20's & the mirror is Horchow. The brass mirror was mine growing up.
Below is a look at the detail. The sconce is Restoration Hardware. Custom lampshades by W&R.
Below is the rain shower. I believe it's a Kohler showerhead in polished nickel. The glass door is custom & the fixtures Kohler too... The marble tiles are polished carrera marble from Ann Sacks.
If you look down Little Miss Trouble is celebrating an open door with a playful tailchasing. The floor is Ann Sacks polished marble too... the base is American Standard.
Here's a closer look at the tile. They were customized cuts. I love the look of elongated subway tile. We saw a similar cutout in a magazine for the toiletries. It saves space and you don't see it immediately.
Here's the view as you look out. These little figurines are from Jonathan Adler & (even though they've been knocked over at a few parties) they are troopers. They stand the test of time.
That's it for the pint-sized powder room. Well, here's the photo you see before walking in. Most people don't even notice it if the bathroom door is open. Pink steals the show. It's a beloved piece by David Lynch. I love that man. I remember Robert chasing him down at the NBC lot. Lynch was walking to his car with his signature cigarette hanging out of his mouth. A swirl of cigarette smoke hung over his silver pompadour.
Robert asked what the old couple meant in Mulhulland Drive. David said pay close attention to the opening sequence. We still don't get it. (If you know please tell us.) I love DL anyway & his daily weather report too.
Everything you see is designed by Woodson & Rummerfield. The art was chosen by Robert beforehand. :)
Friday, January 25, 2008
I found a website called wefeelfine.org which scours blogs looking for the phrase, "I feel.... " and their findings are compiled via crazy computer programs to determine answers to questions like: Do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men?
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
I love these styles! They're from The Face Hunter. They are young, colorful & fun. Interestingly enough, I discovered the blog on The Sartorialist. Another fashion blogger who spies gorgeous outfits. They're usually classic with muted colors.
These are for a younger demographic.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
My favorite video is below - Mansard Roof - so preppy, Northeastern, do I even detect a sprinkle of The Life Aquatic?
Robert prefers the video for A-Punk. I admit the boys on drums are irresistible.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Whether they are trendy or not, I love cupcakes! I tried a new shop after seeing it featured on my station. Lisa Breckenridge was there & it looked so yummy I had to make a pit-stop.
I wasn't disappointed. Robert & I shared the Strawberry Cream Cheese cupcake & we competed to finish it. That's when we know we like something. It's just a few blocks away from Sprinkles. I like that because Sprinkles is always busy & this place wasn't too busy - yet.
My overall favorite is still Frosted Cupcakery in Belmont Shore. The cupcakes are the perfect size and have a well-balanced sweetness.
But in LA, Crumbs is now my fave :)
Here's the info.
The kitchen table was a thrift find. They created the tabletop pattern using paper doilies.
The cabinets, oh the cabinets! The painted border, bird stencil & wood detail at the bottom are genius.
They built the cabinet surround to fit the fridge, with a spot for the microwave & bowls stacked overhead. I love the shelves again & the message board backing.
While going through old beloved issues of Domino & Elle Decor, I spotted Margie Bobbish's work. I love the personality in these watercolors. Her signed prints sell for $40 and she also does custom portraits of pets.
By the way, I'm passing on my favorite mags to my brother in law. He just bought a home! I haven't seen it yet. He doesn't close until the end of January, but I can't wait to check it out & share my ideas!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
It's Taste on Melrose just off La Cienega. I love their web address http://www.ilovetaste.com/ but their mini-menu is even more delicious.
Robert & I would've been fighting over it, but I had it all of it to myself & finished every bite.
We shared two chicken & roasted vegetable pizzettas (Chicken Breast, Roasted Vegetables, Macadamia Nut Pesto, Oven Dried Tomato, Goat Cheese $9.50). A must try.
We also had the pommes frites (french fries with Garlic Aioli, Remoulade & Ketchup 6.00) No one ever seems to finish them. It's a heaping yummy helping.
Next stop, Comme Ça. I thought it was closed, but my dad wanted to take a walk, so we crossed the street to check it out & discovered it was open!
The hostess informed us they're open 7 days a week 11am-11pm! I discovered it thanks to Jaime Rummerfield whose store is around the corner. Comme Ça is a brasserie about the closest thing I've found in LA to my fave restaurant in the world.. Balthazar.
It's pretty new. If you go, have the burger. But since we were already full, we had dessert & the insanely tasty Rumble. It's bruised blackberries, rum, lemon & crushed ice. We collectively decided it's an adult snowcone.
We all raced to get bites of the Myer Lemon Tart & we ordered the Brioche Pudding & Ice Cream... but I think they gave us Jr's Chocolate Tart. I dunno. It was like a warm homemade brownie. (A nice break from the molten chocolate cakes that seem to be on every menu). we fenced forks over it.
I sat against the white vinyl for the comfort & the view. It wasn't busy tonight, but last time I was there for lunch, it was a great crowd, with a guy wearing a jean kilt sitting next to us & a group of ladies who lunch in front of us.
I love the restrooms. They aren't over-the-top, but I love the white subway tile, painted doors & stones in the sink. That's mi madre Henrie.