Krista Von Stetten pulled up to the nursery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden listening to The Descendents soundtrack on ITunes. Hearing it reminded me that I L O V E Hula and Hawaiian music. The above image is the cover of Award winning historian, Adira L. Imada's Aloha America - Hula Circuits Through The US Empire - a work that maps hula as a cultural and political practice that has enabled Native Hawaiian survival despite missionary and colonial repression.
April 23, 2013
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These fab tassel's by Clare Vivier are part of a collection she designed for h&m spinoff, & Other Stories, and are available in europe. I'll be checking on this fun flair and hope they become available to US shoppers soon!
Clare Vivier bags and accessories are the highest quality and style.
Cinco Powell is another bag/accessory store touting tassels - love that green!
March 22, 2013
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March 5, 2013
The drive from Pasadena to Ventura is hectic with interstate freeway convergence zones every which way. Think "the 210 to the 134, to the 101..." on and on it goes. As one travels north away from the San Fernando Valley to Ventura where the 101 meets Pacific Coast 1, the vast ocean is instantly the main attraction. In honor of our pledge to go to the beach more often, we visited a place called Summerland. Sounds nice, right? I wanted to see samples of hand blocked fabric by Les Indiennes at a shop called Botanik on Lillie Avenue (the fabric was gorgeous albeit more dijon and than sun king gold). Across the street was the gallery, Just Folk, a vast and stunning collection of primitive folk art in a modern structure that was inspired by a barn. One of my favorite things about this place was the smell of ocean, burning wood, antiques and a kind of beeswaxy, old church essence that made me happy. The collection belongs to the successful television producer, Marcy Carsey and her partners. Guy's eyes lit up when he found forged tools, and the upper deck where he could see across the highway to the sea. My favorite pieces of the collection were the Lion sculpture by American Folk Art hero, Elijah Pierce and the quilted textiles mounted on the weathered barn wood.
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photos by Nowfashion.com via New York Times
Donna Karan Fall 2013 - oh the glamour, the drama!
February 13, 2013
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photos by firstVIEW via Wmagazine
Count the ways every one of Derek Lam's looks for fall 2013 are ideal and so wearable! The shapes and colors paired with details of fringe, toggles, camel, vintage-y pieced leather, and gorgeous shoes are simply divine!
February 11, 2013
My obsession with LA architecture led me to the discovery that Moby, yes, smart, sexy animal loving MOBY, keeps a blog called Moby Los Angeles Architecture Blog! On Moby's blog is a map via Archinect News that displays the utter magnitude of sprawl - doesn't even display the surrounding suburbs. This map illustrates how all these nice, big US cities together could fill the entire area that is LA. The gifted artist Moby elucidates upon his oberservations of this vast landscape in a video produced for last year's Pacific Standard Time exhibition - it rocked!
January 12, 2013
I prepared this out of focus bowl of Great Northern beans in the oven. Cooking the beans in the oven rather than the stove really helped them keep their shape; they seemed less watery and more savory. After cooking the dried beans, I prepared a delicious bean and potato gratin! We loved this - especially with breadcrumbs toasted on the top. It was so good I forgot to take photos of the gratin. Check out Mark Bittman's recipe here.
January 11, 2013
This winter I feel like I'm missing out on titles to read and more, art books!
Art books and creative journals curated by Los Angeles based, Claire Cottrell. Selections for sale include rare and unique books, magazines, videos and zines unveiled. The online experience is polished and organized by collection, and is a holiday from busy, cluttered sites!
I repeat to my kids over and over that reading is sexy, and Book Stand donates $1 from every purchase to The Library Foundation of Los Angeles