While lounging at the SPA over the holidays, I decided to buy myself a fancy fashion magazine to read. I decided to get 10 magazine because of the cool colorful editorials photos. My favorite in particular were the ones of Tennesee Jane Bunny Thomas (of the band THE LIKE) shot by Melodie McDaniel and styled by Christopher Niquet. She is such a great fashion muse and perfect for modeling capes and feathers
Just kidding, you know I am not encouraging you to put your credit cards in danger. But, perhaps a little incentive for wanting to make more cash in the new year, are these pics of the following dresses. Try to get some fab ideas for your New Years Eve. Imagine yourself wearing one of these luxurious $1500- $3400 dollar dresses while you sip champagne and eat little party favors. Then imagine how great your tin foil frou frou party crown will look accenting it. Oh the torture. If you want to know more about these luscious lovelies- you can find them at net-a-porter.com. They are all exclusive designer dresses so try not to weep.
for those of you who need cheaper inspiration... this new years eve, how about looking for ideas on Ebay?
Here's some goods from FILTHY GORGEOUS VINTAGE:
Just got a new invite for the MARTHA RICH art show at La Luz de Jesus
The DEBUT party is Jan. 4th from 8-11
Should be fun:
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
According to the gallery website:
When Martha Rich was very young, she was a model for television and print commercials. Rediscovering one of her old J.C. Penney shoots lead to her obsession with vintage department store catalogs from the 60s and 70s. Working with mixed media; acrylic, pencil, ink and collage, Rich's style, which she calls "imperfect", is heavily influenced by the stiff model poses, undergarments and beauty products found in the pages of these consumer-culture wishbooks.
At the age of 16, Rich's mother was diagnosed with cancer, forcing Rich to deal with issues much heavier than flirting, dating, using make-up, being stylish and girly. "After my mother died, I had to learn the girly stuff on my own. I did this by looking at magazines, TV and mimicking other girls. That is what this show is about; trying on and shedding identities until it feels right, trying to be normal and to fit in by buying the 'right' products or being the 'right' type of person and then finding out how unsatisfying and ridiculous it all is. " states Rich. "IMITATION SNAKESKIN SUPERSTORE" will feature paintings exploring these same issues. In addition, a year-long project started in 2006 called "Freedomwig: One Painting A Day by Martha Rich" (http://freedomwig.com ) which would have ended on October 31, has been extended exclusively for the La Luz de Jesus exhibit.
Her "imperfect" style has given her the opportunity to work on diverse projects such as Beck's music video for "Girl ," packaging for Blue Q and Camel, print work for Lady Footlocker, Country Music Television and for many publications including CosmoGirl, Jane, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, and Bust Magazine and others. Her work has also been featured in Graphic 10 Magazine, Communication Arts, Step Inside Design Magazine and American Illustration. Rich's first book, " Freedom Wigs: Sketchbook Expressionism and Other Personal Things"
to get yourself organized in the New Year!
So hurry and get yourself excited about the adventures you're going to encounter in 2008. Get something that you can hang on your wall or toss in your bag or tear off your desk...and fill it up with new things to do. Take a class, get busy making things, moving things and keeping track of your time. Plan some rendezvous and don't forget to check out more local art shows.
Here's some sweet new 2008 CALENDARS and data books to inspire you to plot your destiny.
(order them at AMAZON, or at TACSHEN or at Barnes and Noble...to get one or just make your own.)
ALSO check out this rad new one you can purchase for only $12 at : http://www.bentstationery.com/
my fellow online blogger behind " my love for you is a stampede of horses" just tagged me and ask that i answer the following four q's. so here goes...
1. what's the story behind the name of your blog and your nickname?
Well, I have an affection for all things disintegrating and decaying, especially when caused by an intense love for that item or years of use. I especially am attracted to the sight of knit doilies and their fragile web like quality. I have a vast array of tattered doilies and beaded 20's sashes and such and decided that this blog would orignally be based on the love objects I shall no longer covet...but share with someone. I had thought it would be the perfect way for me to release my obsessive desire to purchase things I do not need to collect and rather document them for inspiration to others with the same affliction.
Of course than the MOLDY DOILY became a bit personal and not only about the objects that inspire desire
I have a few nicknames but most of them are sort of inside jokes or too silly to mention here. So mums the word on those.
2. Why did you start blogging in the first place?
Well, my friend David (Thisishappeningtome) is a busy tour manager for musicians, and was always on the road having interesting adventures and started a blog so that we could all travel with him. His awesome posts and complaints about life on the road made me realize that I'd love to share what I'm up to creatively with strangers as well as friends. I thought it would be a great way to post on things that I found fascinating and see if other people felt the same way. I guess I also always liked researching things, and scouring books and magazines for new and intriguing stimiuli and the blog world has blown that up bigger.
3. What has been your best blogging related experience? What about the worst?
There have been so many positives- here's a little recap of them
1. Once posted a favorite quote of famed 60's Photographer NAT FINKELSTEIN on my site, (he was the "the" photographer for the Velvet Underground, Edie, NICO, WARHOL, etc...) anyway- he wrote me and asked "did I really say that?" ha ha. I told him the book source in Japan that I located the quote and then we became online friends. He even signed a copy of his amazing full color picture book on EDIE for me.
2. I have met countless creative artists simply because they noticed a post on themself and wanted to thank me personally.
3. ALL-time HAPPY moment, when Faye from the Cockettes wrote to me about my blog post on the COCKETTES movie andmy remarking on her fashion genius (I also showed my paintings inspired by their style) Anyway she asked if she could use the painting for her site. WOW.
1. First month of blogging I wrote a heartfelt entry and long story about the death of fashion icon RHINESTONE queen Mrs. Nudie (of the Nudie Suit famed family) I posted a link to their blog and told of all the times I encountered their bedazzled suits while working as a high-end vintage buyer...they wrote me an email telling me that everything was copyrighted and that all images would have to be paid for. It was my first real blogging bummer and I deleted the entry. I always thought that it was strange that someone wouldn't want the legacy of their family to be reposted, but have since learned that you have to be careful.
2. Um, Another early blogging negative would have to be that I had no idea how many people GOOGLE themselves. I had gone to a party and photographed pics of my friend who happens to be an actor. He wasn't supposed to be throwing a party at the house he was sitting for WELL the actress who owned the home- googled herself and linked it my page documenting the drama. Yikes...Needless to say, learned a painful lesson on that one too.
** I will say that when I started the blog I decided that no matter what I would try to maintain a positive happy vibe and not complain too much or rant about things I don't like. I think that has helped me stay clear of bitter comments as well.
4. What do you think will happen to your blog in 2008?
Well, I think it will debut as a cartoon... no just kidding. I am hoping that I become more computer savvy and take it to the next level. I have little skills in the computer arts area- and would love to make better pages and fonts. I want to steer back to posting mainly on fashion/art inspirational things and keep my obsession with my cat's huge head to a minimum. What can I say the fans dig him.
I am also going to try to vow to carpe diem more often- and really make more and more art
I am tagging my pals:
and Orchid Killer
Xmas eve, around midnight, Mr. P handed me two suitcases and said you have 10 hours to pack two days worth of clothes (fancy and casual) and be ready at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Hmmm. How does a girl sleep on that info? Where are we headed?
What should I bring? What will we be doing?
We headed out Christmas morning and lucky for him, I have no real sense of direction and couldn't tell if we were headed for Mexico or SF. After a few hours on the road, he pretended that he needed to use the restroom and we took off on a side road winding along the lovely coast. Hidden along the shore is an exclusive SPA retreat called Bacara. I realized it was the same place we had been years back during the Santa Barbara Film festival, attending Leonardo DiCaprio's award receiving party.
The entrance is breathtaking, an enormous fountain packed with giant bulbs and greetings by attentive bellhops offering to drive you to your room in golf carts.
Our room was across from the SPA organic cafe and Spa center.
I love that I have never been one to get my "Relax" on properly. In fact I've never been a good receiver of massages, nor facials. I lack the necessary smarts for how to let go and be pampered. The SPA booklet featured luxurious treatments for the body and the face as well as manicures/pedicures and exercise activities. Within 20 minutes of arriving on the scene, I opted for a toxin /stress releasing mud spine treatment with shoulder and neck massage. I misunderstood her instructions and laid down face up on top of the covers. When she entered and saw me, she gasped and said- "You need to get under the sheet, please" Faux Paux nude blunder number 1.
It was funny.
I also got a facial later that day. They call it the Instant Gratification Facial, and for a mere 25 minutes it'll set you back $95. Compared to most of the other decadent peels and masks, that price is a bargain. Did I mention sitting in the Eucalyptus STEAM room for 15 minutes til my face almost melted off? WOW it was amazing in there. Hot pools and saunas with women lounging around reading the latest issues of Vanity Fair- Ahhh the life of luxury.
This will go down in history as the MEAL of a LIFETIME!
Seriously- the best 4 course Christmas dinner ever. If I could frame the menu I would. Actually the bill was around $650 so perhaps we should be framing that too...Ouch.
We also shopped around Santa Barbara and saw the Kite Runner. It was amazing and heartbreaking. A must see.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS...
Ok, I'll admit "our family" may have been borrowed, allright...paid for. We needed a rental family unit and fast, and these cool kids agreed. I thought this card was appropriate retalliation for all of the times my father wondered why I'm not married with kids yet.
It's been a real whirlwind this past week, hitting Christmas party after party.
Who knew my friends were so good at hosting these shindigs? I started off the season at my friend Nina's newly remodeled Victorian home. Imagine entering a giant foyer with 24 foot high ceilings and an old fashioned bike basket loaded with Xmas lights. Then on the middle stair landing a big silver tree sheltering piles of presents. Tables of cheese spreads and olives, and rooms full of candles...Ah the life.
The next day was reserved for another Holiday party, which I unfortunately forgot to bring the camera for. I hit it at the tale end, but was impressed with the musicians playing holiday songs and amazing vocalists. Last night we attended funny lady Cheri's party. This is our official 4th invitation to her annual shindigs and they're always packed with fun people and festive foods. This year her theme was "Night of the 7 Fishes". An Italian deal. There were crabcakes, fresh tuna tar tar, ginger black cod, sweet encrusted salmon, caviar, spicy sushi yellowtail, and a mystery fish.
Look at Mr. P and his brother- do they look like family or what?
My favorite Show Pony contributing creator has always been artist/designer AMY HEMMENS. Her knit crotcheted pieces are spun from another dimension. Each hat balanced with an intricate craft compostion that allows multiple options on the head. Every piece so original that it not only tells a story but commands a precious place in the owner's closet. Amy has recently opened her very own space called ATELIER :Dressmakers Workshop, Vintage & Handmade Boutique. The darling SHOP is located on 1617 16th St. in Sacramento, CA.
I recommend locals to hang out and experience her designs by trying them on and seeing all the cool ways they can be worn. When people would ask me about the designer and I mentioned she lived in Sacramento, they always assumed she was from Berlin, or Iceland making custom things for Bjork.
Ever since I was a kid, I've sort of put off the Holiday shopping til the bitter end. Mostly for two reasons:
1.) I normally feel compelled to rush home and hinty hint till you guess or discover what I got for you
2. Well, the obvious, I'm a procrastinator. But the truth is if I start shopping too soon, I continue to rack up gifts for the same people...like "oh, that would also be good for so and so, I'll get that too"
IT's back down to the final five days before Xmas and I'm proud to say I've neglected everyone. Truth is we don't need anything. I know I don't. Save your money and buy yourself a meal. I've got enough stuff here at home to re-gift for a family of 126.
It's bittersweet really.
Raised by a mother with an extreme case of the Christmas Crazies, I loathe the sight of SANTA. This was a real condition, with serious side effects. My mother would start right after Thanksgiving and then leave it up til around early April. You're thinking "No big deal" ? Try bringing friends home from college in the Spring only to walk into Christmas Chaos...hundreds and hundreds of santa statues and santa folk art and elves and bells and plastic window candles and eyes staring at you in every direction.
We had a 24 foot high tree in high school once, and there were still about 22 boxes of ornaments sadly unboxed. I'll bet that if I had a dollar for every SANTA and roll of unused Xmas wrapping paper combined I'd be about $26,000 dollars richer.
My mother can wrap a gift, I'll give you that. It's like the DREAM Dept Store gift wrapping center in that basement. Martha Stewart eat your heart out.
She doesn't hold a candle to that bow collection.
So if you see me wandering around a MACY's cringing to Christmas music and looking listless, blame my dad and his eggnog brigade and my mother's affliction.
COOL new stuff from Misaki Kawai
I ventured downtown to see my friend Annakim's new ART studio. Her wild walls and taxidermy animals trapped in glitter and glass create an art asylum. Her haunted house of creative ideas seem coated in magic fairie dust.
I love the way she casually discusses her headless painted bats and her intention to replace them with doll faces. Where else can you see a purple painted skeleton lounging on a puckered lip couch? Imagine stumbling upon this scene without any previous explaination
Every year at the Show Pony we like to get festive. We buy some egg nog or some mulled cider and we cookie it up over at the shop. We markdown some stuff down that we can't stand looking at anymore, and we pull lovely crap from our closets to trade down on the block. In the past we have sold some rad art, books, knick knacks and clothes that we are tired of, but that someone else will scream " SCORE!".
I think one year someone found a PUCCI print scarf and another pal scored an original PICASSO. Ok, now I'm just pulling your leg to see if it plays jingle bells.
Anyway, try not to miss this one, cause I'm selling some ART- and jewels and furniture too.
We will be hustling all day from 11-5, so come join the party.
Well, it's that time of year again. Time for the closet to get smaller.
So if you are on the lookout for a Jimi Hendrix Joplin jacket, or a heart explosion disco jumpsuit- look no furthur.
go here: SHOWPONY Ebay
I will be updating them weekly and listing more and more...
It's always fascinating and strange when you see someone with the same last name, or almost the same last name. Especially when it's crazy Italian and sounds funny like mine. It's even cooler however when that person is an awesome painter.
So let me introduce my probable relative WILLIAM BUZZELL. That's right minus the lil "i" on the end and we are practically cousins.
It's not easy making art that transcends the folk art of decades and decades ago. But somehow Buzzell creates pieces that seem stolen from the side of dusty road. Precious little time capsules of events and images.
Maybe his grandfolks decided way back that the lil " i " is for sissies. I'm gonna go with that theory cause we should somehow be related.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I adore my Ike and Tina Turner Albums. I play them around my house and in my shop all the time. I have taken a lot of heat for my loyalty to these albums, due to the nature of Tina's turbulant relationship with Ike. I do not condone domestic violence, but have always seen the unfortunate demise of their partnership as tragic- and a direct result of an insecure man, a combo of powerful drugs and losing control. Ike was an early influential musical player to the R & B scene way back, and sadly is known more for his temper and abuse. I saw Tina play when I was in the 8th grade with my mom. We sat on the lawn waiting to see Lionel Ritchie. The opening act was the comeback girl TINA Turner. I 'll never forget "What's Love Got to Do with it?" and her fantastic legs.
Later when I discovered her earlier work I was astouded by the great 60's energy of the Ike and Tina act. I played "Contact High" and "Proud Mary" countless times. Ike and the Family Vibes (his other band) is a record worth about $75 bucks now and has the awesome song "I Am Your Garbage Man". When I found out that their amazing sound was ceased by his abuse I immediately tried to understand WHY?
Of course he was a perfectionist, someone who discovered his muse only to see her career take off without him. Combine a drug abuse problem with all of this and you have a real disaster. The fear of losing her to bigger things and getting left behind seemed to fuel this. I have never thought of him as innocent, but rather a man clinging to his past.
According to MTV:
Ike Turner, the musician, bandleader, talent scout and record producer best known for his work with former wife Tina Turner, died at his home on Wednesday (December 12), according to The Associated Press. He was 76.
Turner's death was confirmed by his manager, Scott Hanover. "He did pass away this morning," Hanover said. There has been no official announcement of the cause of his death, but TMZ.com reports that Turner died in his sleep at his San Marcos, California, home.
"There is no doubt that Ike Turner was one of rock and roll's great architects with his genre-defying sound as an instrumentalist and bandleader," Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement issued Wedneday. "His innovative musicality helped lay the foundation for rock and roll and R&B more than 50 years ago. As a bandleader, his well-rehearsed ensembles were some of the most exciting live groups the world had ever heard. As a two-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of the Recording Academy's 2004 Heroes Award, Ike's legacy as a groundbreaking pioneer in the music industry will never be forgotten."
While his contributions to the world of music have been largely overshadowed by his personal turmoil (documented in the 1993 Tina Turner biopic, "What's Love Got to Do With It"), Turner was a true rock and roll pioneer, having released what many consider to be the first rock and roll song, "Rocket 88" (albeit under the name of his band's singer, Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats), in 1951.
Izear Luster Turner Jr. was born in 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He formed his first band while still in high school, and by the late '40s had assembled an outfit dubbed the Kings of Rhythm — the group recorded "Rocket 88," although authorship of the song has been disputed. The song became a hit and the Kings went on to work with such legendary blues musicians as Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and many others.
Turner and the group continued performing and recording throughout the 1950s, with Tina joining the group late in the decade and ultimately marrying Turner in 1958. In the ensuing years the Ike & Tina Turner Revue built up a strong following, scoring several hits in the 1960s and becoming a top live draw. Tina's voice caught the attention of producer Phil Spector, who cut "River Deep - Mountain High" with them in 1966; a huge hit internationally (although not in the United States), the song has since attained classic status.
In 1969, the group was invited to open the Rolling Stones' American tour (documented in the film "Gimme Shelter"), which broke them out of genre status and led to a series of hit covers of rock songs, including Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary," which won them a Grammy. However, Turner's problems — including substance and spousal abuse — soon became untenable and Tina left him in the middle of a tour in 1975; they divorced in 1978.
Reflecting the distance that had grown between the ex-spouses over the years — and the bitter feelings that allegedly still existed between them — Tina Turner's publicist reportedly told TMZ.com on Wednesday, "Tina is aware that Ike passed away earlier today. She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made."
Whatever demons Ike created down here, he will have to contend with upstairs with the big guy. In the meantime I can still appreciate the times when their music still radiated positive vibes.
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Miss Cynthia and I decided we should attend the annual Glendale College Ceramic Sale. It wasn't a good idea considering we both highly appreciate the art form, and have no self control (nor excess cash).
She told me on the way there that her mother once took her to this particular sale when she was a child and she threw a fit because she wanted all of the cool colorful enamel vases and could only get one small item. Funny because the same feeling came over both of us. Hoardes of crazy Xmas shoppers rushing the isles grabbing the one of a kind lovelies.
I scored some great stuff as gifts and a couple of cuties for myself. Don't act surprised, you and I both know that's the Shopping way.
This past summer I met artist Rebekah Miles at the JILL of ALL TRADES show in Santa Barbara. She had the cutest business cards I've ever seen. Little watercolor webs and tiny things all dreamy and painterly. Her work has an innocent feminine flair, and her subjects range from fruits to masks and love stricken couples. Tonight the Show Pony welcomes her for her solo ART show-at the shop and display of her handpainted art book covers. She also creates whimsical wall hangings from yarn and clay and paints lovable lions on plates. If you are in or around L.A. please try to stop out and see us to jumpstart the holidays.
I promise to do a follow up post for those of you who can't make the party- to show her installation and the festivities!