Monday, April 30, 2012

MOCA: Transmission LA

I loved the colorful pinwheel installation by Ara Peterson and Jim Drain.
A Coffee Bar/ light installation in the middle of the museum. Really awesome.
Paintings by Sage Vaughn. Inspired by wildlife.
Self portrait.

Transmission LA: AV Club was curated by Mike D from Beastie Boys. For those of you who haven't seen this inspiring exhibition at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, then I'd say you are truly missing out. I was really moved with all of the paintings, installations, audio and visual forms of art that were so neatly displayed here. This exhibitions runs until May 6.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's a Audrey Hepburn kinda day

One of my favorite posters for Roman Holiday. Updated version.  
Italian poster for Sabrina. It looks like a fashion magazine cover.
Gotta love this Spanish poster for Funny Face. Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn were so good together. I can watch this film over and over again.

This morning I woke up feeling sick. It must be the crazy weather in Santa Monica. First it's super hot, then it starts to rain. I don't get it. I decided to stay in this morning and watch some classic Audrey Hepburn films. I hate to sound cliche, but these are some of my favorite films. They never fail to put a smile on my face on days like today. All I need now is a box of macarons from Bottega Louie and a cup of jasmine tea.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Embellished Collars

I can't get enough of these embellished collars. I love the mixture of punk princess meets ultra feminine. Here are some of my favorite ones so far! (Images 1234)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

To Rome with Love

  I can't wait to see Woody Allen's latest flick. I am a huge Penelope Cruz fan. She was amazing in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and I know she is going to be great in this film. Other  cast members include Jesse Eisenburg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin and Robert Benigni.
I hope they continue working together in the near future. In the meantime, check out these great photographs from behind the scenes.
Woody Allen really knows how to bring out her comedic side. Who knew?
Sonia Grande designed the costumes. I'm loving this polka dot top.

Friday, April 20, 2012

This week on instagram

Happy Friday! I am looking forward to this weekend. Here are some pictures from my trip to San Francisco and other random things that inspire me everyday!

1. Bottega Louie is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. They have the best macarons.
2. A modern chandelier at Zinc Details
3. Our tickets to The Walt Disney Family Museum.
4. Bead shopping in Downtown LA.
5. Chinatown in San Francisco.
6. Some cute panda cookies from a Japanese market in San Francisco.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Color Theory: Mary Blair and Fashion

Mary Blair is one of my favorite artists. If you are a Disney fanatic like I am, then you know where I am coming from. She worked with Walt Disney for over three decades. You might have seen her concept art for films such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella.
Alice in Wonderland. So dark but whimsical. The perfect balance.
She was absolutely one of the best colorist. I love how she mixed jewel tone colors with pastels. Her work is so elegant and feminine.
The shadows and dim light in this photograph reminded me of Mary Blair's work.
Very Sleeping Beauty meets Shakespeare don't you think? "If only tonight we could sleep
 in a bed made of flowers" (lyrics by The Cure)
I wonder if this photographer was inspired by Alice in Wonderland at all?

Mary Blair's website.
Fashion photographs can be found on this blog.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

San Francisco Chronicles

For my birthday this year, I decided that I wanted to take a short road trip to San Francisco. Me and my husband packed our bags and hit the road over the weekend. It's been about four years since I last visited the city and I forgot how beautiful it was. I loved the mixture of Victorian and Modern architecture, but I was mostly fascinated with their public transportation and by that I mean just the cute trolleys, like this one.
Another year older. I never took off my green Zara jacket, you wouldn't believe how windy it was in San Francisco.
 A lovely Saturday morning stroll at the Presidio National Park. How beautiful are these cherry blossoms? I love Spring!
Union street had the most amazing boutiques. On our way to breakfast, we stumbled upon a great vintage store called Past Perfect. I fell in love with their vintage clothes, jewelry and their grand selection of hats. Everything was in great condition and reasonably priced.
China Town!!! How inspiring, look at these breathtaking vibrant colors. Walking down this 
street made me feel like a character in a Amy Tan novel.
Nest was one of my favorite boutiques on Fillmore street. It was such a great gift shop. Here you can buy anything from vintage postcards, rare interior design books, hand made jewelry from local designers and much more. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Style in the Movies

On March 28 TCM and Bloomingdales (Beverly Center) hosted Style in the Movies: A Celebration of Costume Design with costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore.
It was a lovely evening filled with music, classic films, fashion and fancy cocktails. The event was mostly a Q&A with Debra Nadoolman Landis and a fashion retrospective on Hollywood glamour. She discussed the work of costume designers and how they have influenced the world of fashion. 
Her book Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design was also on sale at this event. I finally got my copy! This book is beautiful and it has officially become my coffee table book.
This amazing band was jamming classic movie tunes! Overall, Bloomingdales and TCM put together a very sophisticated event for classic movie lovers!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Muse of the week: Georgina Chapman

I am huge admirer of Georgina Chapman. You might know her as the face of the fashion label Marchesa, but did you know that she started her career as a costume designer? Fascinating. She studied costume design at Wimbledon School of Art in London. She and her school partner Keren Craig, a fashion textile major, co-founded Marchesa in 2004. 

The line was named after the eccentric Italian socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati. Marchesa's whimsical gowns are always the center of attention at red carpet/ gala events and you can be sure that who ever is wearing one of her dresses will more than likely land the best dressed list. 

That's not all, Georgina Chapman also happens to be an actress, she has had roles in numerous films like Bride & PrejudiceMatch Point, and Factory Girl and to top it all off, she is also married to the king of Hollywood, the one and only Harvey Weinstein. Who said you can't have your cake and eat it too?