Wednesday, October 27

dream home

Newly appointed head of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Jeffrey Deitch gives a tour of his new home and talks about why LA is magical.

Tuesday, October 26

what a cute couple

striped Tokyo tote from Rib and Hull + Cleo ring from Queens Metal

why I love long weekends in the desert...

quiet. open spaces. desert sunrises. desert sunsets. my boys. BBQ. red wine. hammock naps in the late afternoon. solace. home cooked breakfast. climbing rocks. clear skies. star gazing. need I say more?

I want to hang this on my wall

(via Swissmiss)

is the weekend over already?

Spent a long weekend in my favorite place, Joshua Tree National Park. Had a great time with the boy and the pup. Photos are on their way but in the meantime here are some Hipstamatic shots Warren took of me and Fidel running into some trouble with the law in Pioneertown.

Wednesday, October 20

nan goldin + erin wasson = heaven on earth

I discovered Nan Goldin my freshman year of college. Her raw, honest, sometimes shocking and painful photos immediately took hold of me. Most recently, she collaborated with model, muse and designer Erin Wasson to create the stunning images for Melbourne based brand Scanlan & Theodore. The label's creative director, Gary Theodore, is known for his work with unusual and controversial artists, and Goldin is no exception. What a refreshing voice to add to the fashion world.


Monday, October 18


Tonight I pulled the winter blankets out of the closet and put them on the bed...a sign that winter is officially here. But I'm already thinking about next spring and a week long escape to one of these amazing houses in Joshua Tree. Nowhere feels more at home to me than the desert.

Friday, October 15

nerd alert!

I am hopelessly addicted to my iPhone. People with short attentions spans should not, under any circumstances, own an iPhone4. Yet I do, and I love it, perhaps too much, much to the chagrin of my friends and loved ones who are attempting to have human interactions with me while I'm texting, checking my email, online shopping...all at the same time.

Anyway, protecting my perfect little companion is crucial, since when I'm on the go I throw it in my giant handbag where it gets scratched by keys and pens. I recently lost my phone case, so I'm on the hunt for a new one. I have found so many lovely, stylish and unique designs that I'm having a terrible time choosing just one. Which is your favorite?

Yellena James for Uncommon, leather Scandinavian case, gray wool herringbone case by Stash, Le Faust leather iphone cases in assorted colors

Thursday, October 14

women then...

Jerry Schatzberg was in all the right places during the 1950s and 1960s, mingling with Aretha Franklin, Catherine Deneuve, Faye Dunaway, Francis Ford Coppola and Andy Warhol's Factory crowd at all the NYC hangouts. As a photographer, he created some of the most iconic images from the era, including the blurred photo on the cover of Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde album. His recently released book, Women Then: Photographs 1954-1969, celebrates the moody, glamorous and elegant women he photographed. In the words of Schatzberg himself: "Everybody looks back to the 60s and says, ‘Oh, those were the days.’ And they probably were the days. There was a different kind of elegance then, a different spirit of life.”

boys' club: bike style

As a companion piece to last week's bike style post, I decided to devote this one to the guys. Here are some bicycle related items I'm totally smitten with. There's nothing better than cute boys on bikes (except maybe cute boys with dogs, but I'll save that for another post).


Wednesday, October 13

just us three

Yesterday was Warren's birthday, and I asked my amazingly talented friend Alice to create a custom card to mark the occasion. Needless to say, he loved her representation of us. She put such loving detail into it, right down to the color and design of our bikes. Between custom built bikes and personalized illustrations, we are setting the bar pretty high for gift giving. I told him for Christmas he can expect a Starbucks gift card.

Tuesday, October 12

Heidi Ross Picture Show

Heidi Ross is one half of the beautiful, talented and charming Ross Sisters. (The other half being my darling friend and roommate Jennifer June Ross.) Heidi is a super talented photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee who has shot the likes of The Dead Weather, Sara Bareilles and Lissie. Every few months she'll have a shoot booked in LA and we will be graced with her presence (and sense of humor). Last time she was here she did a photoshoot with actor Ben Huber and the one and only Jennifer June. Of course my dog Fidel worked his way into as many shots as he could, and exhibited his raw natural talent in front of the camera.


Monday, October 11

homemade is best

As part of an advertising campaign focusing on their kitchen appliance selection, IKEA published a 140 coffee table book focusing on one of the best things you can do in a kitchen: baking. Inspired by high fashion photography and Japanese minimalism, the folks at IKEA took a different approach to food photography by focusing on the ingredients themselves, creating graphic still-life photographs that are good enough to eat...literally. 


Friday, October 8

bike style in los angeles

One of my least favorite aspects of Los Angeles is the lack of public spaces. Well, this Sunday, following the example of cities like New York and San Francisco, Los Angeles will shut down 7 miles of city streets in an effort to challenge the notion that automobiles rule the road. From 10 am to 3 pm, routes from East Hollywood into Boyle Heights will be closed to traffic, encouraging the community to reclaim these public spaces for anything from cycling to yoga to games of pick-up soccer. The event, known as CicLAvia, was inspired by the concept of the ciclovia, which is Spanish for bicycle path. Bogota, Colombia was the first city to host such an event three decades ago. Now each Sunday in Bogota, hundreds of thousands of people take to the temporarily car-free streets. Check out the CicLAvia map for the full route.

In anticipation of a day full of cycling without the threat of road rage fueled SUVs, I've been browsing my all time favorite cycling shop Adeline Adeline. Located in the Tribeca neighborhood of NYC, this shop eschews the high performance and fixed gear bike culture, instead focusing on "comfortable, relaxed riding for pleasure with an emphasis on the beautiful European city bikes that women ride in Copenhagen and other bike-centric cities." Before opening the doors to Adeline Adeline, owner Julie Hirschfeld was a successful graphic designer, and clearly she's translated her design expertise to the artfully curated selection of bicycles and accessories in the shop.

Whether you're a cyclist or not, it's impossible not to be enamored with these beautifully designed items.


Thursday, October 7

oh you fancy huh?

Intelligent too ooh you're my sweetheart
I've always liked my women book and street smart
long as they got a little class like half days
and the confidence to overlook my past ways
time heals all, and heels hurt to walk in
but they go with the clutch that you carry your lip gloss in
and look I really think that nobody does it better
I love the way you put it together

Nail done, hair done, everything done
Nails done, hair done, everything done
Oh you fancy huh
Oh you fancy huh
Oh you fancy huh
Oh you fancy huh


Saturday, October 2

hat's off

Someone once told me "I never trust a woman in a hat, chances are she's hiding something." While I can't attest to whether or not there's any truth to that statement, I can tell you that a good hat can make a woman utterly charming and irresistible, and a little mysterious. A recent trip to Oakland to visit my longtime BFF, and a quick glimpse of her growing vintage hat collection, and I was officially obsessed. Now I'm patiently waiting for the fall weather to arrive so I can bring out my favorite wide-brimmed felt hats.

from top to bottom: Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, Elizabeth Weinberg editorial shoot, Pierre Cardin Spring 2011 Collection, Jean Seberg in Breathless, musician Diane Birch, Alexa Chung, Urban Outfitters fedora, Jessica Simpson hat on Fashiontoast

Friday, October 1

kool thing

Last night I was fortunate to experience the double-threat that was Sonic Youth and Pavement at the Hollywood Bowl. Once again, Kim Gordon blew my mind with how utterly and unbelievably cool she is. Musician, visual artist, fashion designer, furniture designer & carpenter, wife, is overwhelming and inspiring all at once. This one goes out to the queen of all rock and roll...or queen of all things in the universe, actually.


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