Saturday, March 15, 2014

saturday style: hello sunshine!

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It was a week. Stressful...check. Aggravating...check. Busy....check check. Luckily, all those components together equal five days that flew by. I'm glad it's behind me and have been looking forward to a quiet, relaxing weekend, with temperatures supposedly expected to reach 80. I'm ready for it!

I picked up that baseball tee last weekend at the J. Crew sale, and while I normally gravitate away from hearts, I really loved the colors and lived-in feel (I got the small, and it's still roomy on me). Plus, it was an extra 30% off. Perfect weekend wear.

Today, the husband and I are trying to decide on our adventure for the day. I've been wanting to pop downtown to MOCA, but with this seriously beautiful weather, it seems a shame to spend it indoors. We also have been dying to see the new Wes Anderson movie, but that also entails indoor entertainment. 

Possibly, we'll end up cruising our old standby for lovely day strolling, Abbott Kinney. Maybe grab a quick bite at Gjelina (if we are prepared to wait..) or Abbot's Pizza Company (seriously delish.) Maybe even pop into the local dive bar for a quick old fashioned cocktail before heading home. I think this sounds like a perfect Saturday - enjoy your day as well!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Can I live here, please?

Downtown Los Angeles is enjoying quite the resurrection, what with the newly opened Ace Hotel in the arts district, and all the fantastic restaurants in once sketchy parts (okay, they're still sketchy, but the adventurous foodie in me outweighs the coward).

Herman Miller is showcasing their vast and always amazing collection in the Carondelet House, and you must see it. It is perfection - via Domaine Home.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

sunday style

sunday style

Well, we've sprung forward this morning, signaling the eventual coming of spring. I have to admit, it's been spring all winter in Southern California. Partially a relief (when seeing what the rest of the country is dealing with) and partially disturbing (more than partially actually) when thinking about our drought situation and what is to come if the climate doesn't cooperate. 

Sundays are my favorite days. My errands have all been done, all that's left is marketing and laundry, and a lot of relaxing, usually with a book, my iPad or watching pay-preview. Comfort is key, and I will usually be found in some combination of the above outfit. Enjoy the extended daylight! 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

On the wish List

I've been curating design books in my Amazon wish list for years. Nobody realizes how easy it is to buy for me. My husband and friends routinely tell me that I'm difficult to gift - believe it or not, I'm really modest and discreet and could never come and say that I actually have wish lists on various sites! Something I should probably get over, right? Here are a few of my favorites of late:

I'm infatuated with Palm Springs. Sure, it's a mere 2 hour drive from my home, but we don't get out there nearly as often as we would like. We were there 2 weeks ago for Modernism Week, and can't get enough of the beautiful mid-century style that is so natural in that desert community. Julius Shulman is the master of capturing these beauties and this book is high on my list.

Stop it. Doesn't everyone need Tom Ford on their coffee table? Yes. They do. I've had the opportunity to observe the man (believe it or not) and covertly observed his every move, nuance and thread on his body. To say the man exudes sophistication is a great understatement. I've been obsessed ever since.

I follow Humans of New York on Tumblr, and cannot get enough of these stories, some so poignant that I'm moved to tears. Somebody, please buy me this book!

There are more. Way more. But I won't bore you. These are the top three.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

California Chill

California Chill

Yes, this is what happens in Southern California. It dips below 70 and we all freak out. Also, we are ecstatic that we can actually bundle up, wear extensive layers and complain about the cold. I'm in heaven right now :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

This is what's going on

Lots of sketching lately. I find it both relaxes and challenges, and slowly, skills are sharpening. 

I've also become slightly obsessed with typography and hand-lettering. My inspirations are quotes from songs; they work well I'm this situation and I often get tired of regular inspirational quotes because they are so over used.

And finally, museum visits. Yesterday we went to Pasadena and spent some time at the Norton Simon Museum. This little man by Edouard Manet (The Ragpicker) so moved me that I spent a few moments sketching him, while my husband captured it unbeknownst to me.

Things are good.

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