Love these embroidered cubist art necklaces by SPINTHREAD. Check out some of her rad creations.
Totally wanna try out this fishtail phase.
Love these embroidered cubist art necklaces by SPINTHREAD. Check out some of her rad creations.
Totally wanna try out this fishtail phase.
I discovered the incredible artistry of fashion designer Tsumori Chisato while visiting Japan. I couldn't believe the fantastic color palette and sheer chiffon prints. It seemed we were inspired by the same stimuli. I have encountered many of her dresses in resale shops and awed by there interesting cuts and color combinations. Her recent 2010 fall line has such magical WOW potential. Some gypsy infused flapper/circus misfit creations. They are reminiscent of old school designer Diane Fres, and her whimsical wild prints, of which I am truly a fan as well. Style .com writer Hadley Freeman sums it up best here... If Vivienne Westwood and Celia Birtwell had a child, raised it in Japan, and reared it on a diet of manga cartoons and Disney films, that child would grow up to be Tsumori Chisato. With Pierrot dolls, gypsies, and circus performers all jostling in her latest collection as inspirations, resulting in a whirl of stripes, bright colors, and intricate illustrations, hers is not an aesthetic for the minimalist. But a glance at the very colorful audience attending Chisato's show proved that there are plenty of people who are happy to think of their bodies as canvases for clothes, as opposed to thinking of clothes as canvases to flatter the body.
In fact, like Birtwell and Westwood, Chisato can be deceptively restrained with her everything-and-the-kitchen-sink style. Well, mostly. If any woman out there felt that her life was lacking a double-layer ruffled mini cape in orange and purple, this gap is now filled in her wardrobe. Yet, these occasional slips into OTT-ness aside, Chisato almost always thinks carefully about the effect of the clothes on the onlooker. Thus, there were some terrific color combinations once the monochromatic opening section passed, such as a purple jacket with black frogging and a large brown cape with heavily stitched red pockets. A black velvet bolero crusted with gold trim looked particularly good over a paisley playsuit, with the former playing down the intensely patterned nature of the latter, and the latter adding some fun to the sober glamour of the former. Chisato's skill with patterns has attracted the canny attention of Le Petit Bateau, and their collaboration will be in stores in November.
The theme of the collection was circus, which must be up there with rockabilly and the filmBelle de Jour as an overused fashion inspiration. But true to form, Chisato used her inspiration as a mere starting point, morphing quickly into hippie gypsies in paisley and woodland fairies wearing long, luxe gowns. Aesthetically, it was a treat, and it left one grateful that Chisato had found fashion in which to channel her clearly abundant energy and imagination. If she had turned instead to, say, literature, she'd probably be churning out 2,000-page sci-fi fantasy novels.
If Vivienne Westwood and Celia Birtwell had a child, raised it in Japan, and reared it on a diet of manga cartoons and Disney films, that child would grow up to be Tsumori Chisato. With Pierrot dolls, gypsies, and circus performers all jostling in her latest collection as inspirations, resulting in a whirl of stripes, bright colors, and intricate illustrations, hers is not an aesthetic for the minimalist. But a glance at the very colorful audience attending Chisato's show proved that there are plenty of people who are happy to think of their bodies as canvases for clothes, as opposed to thinking of clothes as canvases to flatter the body.
For some reason I have been thinking a lot about wearing a fun short wedding dress. Even though I am probably running off and getting hitched to an audience of one...it's still nice to have some formality to the whole operation. My main wishes for the big day are
1. be someplace that makes me feel inspired and calm
2. Be comfortable with whatever the scene is
3. Be in the moment, and able to take it all in
4. Be wearing something that I can add my own flair too
Overall, I am just elated to have found such a great guy who I can imagine spending all my days and nights with. Sometimes when he does something silly or obnoxious, he looks over and says, better get used to this, you have 40 years of it ahead. Um, I plan on living to like 99, so actually it's a whole lot longer than that.
I have no idea how people plan these things down to the last detail. I really just don't want to make it a nightmare fiasco. I just want to wander off to the desert like a gypsy and run around having fun wearing a dress dragged through dust. Giant ridiculous colorful real flowers in my hair and something sparkly somewhere on my torso. Open to lots of non traditional or traditional wedding suggestions.
This past week I had the pleasure of attending the annual Costume Designer's Guild Awards. The event was at the lovely Beverly Hilton Ballroom. The sponsor was Swarovski Crystal, and let me confess they delivered one incredible night. The Master of Ceremonies was Parker Posey (who made everything super fun) She changed 3 times during the night, each time outdoing the last ensemble.
The evening was so awesome! So many incredible designers in one place, all being celebrated and honored. My favorites sitting mere tables away...Audrey Fisher from True Blood, Lou Eyrich from Glee, Janie Bryant from Mad Men, Sandy Powell (Young Victoria, Velvet Goldmine! Orlando, Gangs of New York- the list of her incredible designs in films goes on and on and on) Also receiving an award that night was darling actress EMILY BLUNT. I adore her performances in so many movies.
such fun sitting at my table with Jonny(skingraft designer) and my cohort Frank. The show had lots of great film montages and presenters (Loni Anderson, Nancy Sinatra, Nicole Kidman, Alan Cumming, Eddie Izzard, Kristen Bell & many more)
Frank looked awesome wearing my fancy vintage dangle rhinestone earrings. Which I may add were super painful, what were women thinking back then? I also ended up wearing an unbearably painful fitted strapless dress that made me look like a striped sausage. Below: lovely Valerie and Ryan
The evening had many moments of inspiration!
Above- Valerie and Inka with "Precious" Costume designer Marina (center). I was giddy to meet Sandy Powell (Velvet Goldmine)She has effortless personal chic style. While I on the other hand look absolutely dreadful next to her, ha. Can this dress make me appear any more bloated?
This past Sunday Swarovski Crystal hosted a lovely brunch/ presentation featuring their new materials for costume designers. The meet and greet between guild members was such an enjoyable way to hear what is happening behind the scenes and get great advice for future projects. I was super excited by all the wonderful Swarovski crystals and supplies that were gifted to us.
I'm supposed to go shopping later this morning with my friend fran. We are hoping to transform our closets as soon as possible. I still have mountains of boxes in mine and loads of things to sell off. I have decided to try this "less is more" concept. My father (massive fashionista male) used to lecture me way back in high school about "quality vs quantity" especially when I would arrive home with bags of thrift clothes. He was more the Christian Bale American Psycho dresser. And by that I simply mean he never wore a label-less shirt in his life.
I first discovered the lovely and mysterious work of artist Christopher Davison at Miami Art Aqua 2 or 3 years back. I fell in love with everything on the walls at Fette's Gallery (curator/gallery owner who exposed his amazing work). There was something haunting in the eyes of all his people. Exotic flowers and birds nests cradled in laps, so many hidden places. Most of all I have always been captivated by his use of color and overlapping of shapes.
As you all know, one of my all time girl "crushes" is actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of singer Serge and mum Jane Birken) Ever since spying her in the movie version of the Cement Garden (my fav Ian McEwan book)...I have loved her voice and her unique London look. Her sister is also a favorite fashion muse- Lou Doillon. Both have such exotic carefree good style. My boyfriend/fiance bought the double vinyl record by Charlotte G. for Valentine's Day as well as a stereo to hook into my portable record player so I can blast the new songs loud. We made our entry room into a dance floor and put a sweet shelf of all my vinyl against the wall. Perfect listening or reading station for our friends. Anyway- YOU MUST take a listen to this new album, somewhat reminiscent of Cat Power, Beck (who produced and wrote most of the songs) and french dreamy girly electronic vocals.
Here's a link to the reviews on her new album HERE
Check out our new Turkish pillows! Love them. Justin bought this new plant at the Farmer's Mkt, it's from Costa Rica
I've never been much for wearing red myself, but adore the shade on other ladies. Here are a few I found while searching for other things online this past week. Hoping all of you have a sweet and relaxing Valentine's Day this Sunday. It's always fun to watch old movies and bake some cookies with good girlfriends on this holiday whether you are with a sweetheart or not. But if you opt for vamping it up around town, try some of this for inspiration...
Mr. H has not only popped the question, but delivered the best everlasting ring! WOW, can't believe this gypsy ring is on my hand. Even though we have no idea when we will get hitched, it's pretty mesmerizing to glance down at this sparkling thing (knowing it's from the early 1800's and survived many many years) All of my fab friends have been sending me awesome links to cool wedding sites and blogs. The t.v. show I am working on will wrap this week and go on hiatus and then I will finally have a chance to breathe, take it all in, relax, blog more often and unpack. Then hopefully take long walks (praying for more sunshine) and plan for fun springtime adventures.
this style of ring is from the Georgian period- a little back story on that influence: Unlike jewelry of the Victorian and later periods, Georgian jewelry always involves some hand-craftsmanship on the part of the lapidaries of the era. These jewels were made before the Industrial Revolution of the 1840s, and the crafting of pieces were very labor-intensive.
It is not unusual to see tool marks on the backs and findings of Georgian jewels, and all of the stones, were set by hand.
Guess who turned a whole new age? That's right...Annakim Violette. Seems like every year her birthday makeup tops the year before. So many festive faces and gypsy gowns have been documented here over the years. This year her birthday was a lovely rainy winter day. Tons of friends came out to wish her well -as she psychedelically transports into another year older. She had a snake cake and lots of treats. Bummer for me it was on a Sunday- which is now a Work night for me- considering I often have to wake up at the break of dawn (yes folks- it is usually still dark when I am getting ready)
Finally! I decided to start posting some of my vintage and designer wares on ebay! I have been so lazy since moving, and am excited to have my new art space to spread out and see all the lovely things in boxes that I want to sell. There are so many things that it should take me months and months to unload. I realized after way too many episodes of Hoarders that I don't need to covet all the pretty things, I need to share some of them with new cohorts. Posted here are some of the new listings and some of the ones that I will be listing shortly. Above: pale blue 1930's floral sheer flapper dress.Below: 70's Exotic flower dress and MIU MIU cat eye sunglasses
if you want to find these items and MORE stuff check out my EBAY STORE!
Come to New Image ARt Gallery this saturday and observe the ladies-check out the details here
below is Deanna Templeton's work
We spent New Year's Eve the same way we want to spend the rest of the year, laughing and eating and joking around. Somehow after these photos were taken we managed to drink wine (on top of all that spicy food) and I gave him a new haircut with rusty old dull scissors. I didn't think it turned out half bad considering I have zero skills in the styling dept. He seemed to think that I was trying to make him look more like Jim from "The Office". Hey that's never a terrible thing. For old times sake I made him watch the ball drop with Dick Clark. Spending an evening at home instead of going out might make us old timey, but we don't mind. I am ready to ease into a new year without a hangover.
I'm glad that my current job prohibits me from all this online shopping and searching for things I really do not need. I was seconds away from owning this Turkish carpet bag purse. I found it divine. I already pictured myself lovingly putting all my precious beauty supplies inside. "it can fit a nice notebook" I told myself. I waited a whole day, and to my surprise some other impatient lady scored it. Thankfully I dodged spending more money this holiday season. Idle hands will tap at keys and purchase all sort of things that are frivolous. You would think that exhausting move and purging of things would have taught me a valuable lesson, but alas "NO".
I would never carry this purse and yet I liked how way back Whiting and Davis made a graffiti style 80's bag in the flapper days
with the resurrection of these vintage leopard coats everywhere, something from my riot girl art school heyday comes over me. Back in Ohio I used to score one of these every other week
not sure which is creepier, a weird needlepoint cat pillow
or gold granny boots, nor why I heart them regardless
I love Egyptian stuff and
you may wonder...why the weird gyspy folk dolls? Oh of course I was researching presents for my friend's kid and somehow went from folk toy instruments to this. And I couldn't stop looking at these magnificent gems. Why aren't dolls made with this insane flair today? Why don't all dolls have embroidered boots and wicked painted eyes? If I was ever asked the question "What would you want to be doing if you weren't doing what you are now? Or when you were growing up what did you want to be? I would definitely say- Doll/Puppet maker for sure. I may have missed my true calling.
When I review this post, I am grateful that I A.) do not have more free time starting monday B.) Grateful rent is due today, and the voice of reason C.) glad that my look but DO NOT PURCHASE buttons are in full effect
I really LOVE my new art space and can't wait til spring to get to work!! it's still a mess of boxes and random "stuff" but hoping to organize it soon
It's the start of another decade. where oh where did this last one go to so fast? Seems like just yesterday I was traveling to death valley to hang with a dozen boys in the middle of no where wondering if the whole Y2K thing was real? We had decided it best to disappear into oblivion in case of computer meltdown. None of us wore a watch and we had no idea when midnight struck. Since that one the rest have all blurred nicely. Crazy dance parties, weird house parties, lonely "when harry met sally" desperate ones, and that last one which got me really good. Anything has to beat that last one, where my tires got slashed, car keyed and hysterically crying on the side of the road. This year I am starting off with a blue moon eclipse, a wedding proposal, a brand new dream house, a magical art space, a fantastic creative job, awesome pals, lovable kitties and happiness piled high. I am hoping all my readers are bracing themselves for the BIG NEW YEAR!! I am imagining the best of the best things for all of you!! XO
Mr. H got me the gift that is gonna keep on giving...A REAL SCANNER/copy machine. If I had a dollar for every person who has told me, "you know what you need, a scanner- with the amount of art and stuff you have- you need to scan them..."
I would be RICH! And now I have ZERO excuses for updating my website, sending images to people from physical photos etc...I really need to investigate that thing that can scan your slides. I have hundreds and hundreds of those things from art school days.
Isn't this view from our bed adorable!? I can't wait til summer when we can eat outside and put lights in the trees. Below is the new "den of slack" boys club game room. Nothing like a puffy leather couch to scream "stay out, ladies beware!"
here's the candlelight setting on the new camera observing our cheese spread
Annakim brought over her sweet wolf puppy Ozma last night. We had a nice dinner chat while the pup slept and the cats curiously crawled around sniffing her out. We decided to introduce georgie boy to his "cuteness" match- he must have been floored by the levels of adorable (and perhaps threatened)
Our photo pal Taylor Brittenham came by last week to take our Xmas card picture! We were both straight from work and exhausted (as you can tell from our weary faces!) We had planned on having the cats in our laps for the family photo but alas they were "not" having it. We finally moved everything from the old apartment into our new home and it feels amazing.
Christmas dinner was sort of a Flintstones Cave meal. We had slow cooked ribs, hot pot crab, cabbage salad, potatoes and organic carrots, and homemade bread pudding! It was a small cozy affair. Mr. H made us all spike egg nog drinks that practically knocked me out. Georgie Boy has been exceptionally cuddle lately. Totally a lap cat. He follows us everywhere and then curls up and naps.
The blogging will finally commence! Although I broke my camera this past week...I scored a sweet deal on a new camera to replace it. I also realized that I am a photo addict, because this has been the hardest week of my life. So many things I wanted to document or capture. I can't wait to get back to blog life and my new HOLIDAY vacation starts this FRIDAY and lasts til Jan 4th! yahooooo
these are the last pictures I took from my old apartment in the Delmore (home since 2000) I happened to notice that you can almost spy my new house from way up there. I have always admired the row of palm trees on the hill and the way the sunsets highlight their beauty. Now I am fortunate to call that same street home. I regret to say that my Leica Camera #2 was in a tragic car door slamming accident. Alas another one bites the dust. So if I plan on blogging during the holidays...I best surrender to purchasing yet another digital camera. When will I learn that cameras are a fragile friend. Never to be shoved in pockets unprotected. Anyway...cherish these last rounds of pics from my faithful friend-mr. Leica 2.
that is some regal kitty huh? MR. Georgie Boy pre- Friday super shave. He now has a serious lions cut (complete with dumb pom pom poodle tail) Largent keeps biting and taunting him for his ridiculous style. I wish I could show you how funny he looks at the moment. He is sitting along side me (like a person) as I watch t.v....with his poof face and furry boots.
I had a magical Thanksgiving celebration with my friends at their new fairy tale story book house. I wish that my camera wasn't broken...because I have so many things I would love to photograph and blog about!! Alas- must figure out a new plan asap
So my good pal David (mr. scheid) has a talented jewelry designer girlfriend and lucky for us...she is having a festive sample sale on my new street! If you are in L.A you should definitely get over here and check out all the goods for gifts. (Of course gifts for yourself silly)
Kathryn also has a website...for those of you who are not blessed to live in the city of palm trees and zero winter. Just kidding folks, I cherish those snow capped holidays from a far. BUY her fab snake ring or magical pendants HERE!!
funny,just the other day I watched the news and they were telling people during the holidays to keep their GPS systems out of view while Xmas shopping. They also recommended not keeping home addresses programed into them...so the crooks also won't rob your home. I thought about it, and kept mine down under my seat. They also reported that shopping bags should be kept out of view at all times- locked away in the trunk. So I started shoving work bags under the seat and folding over the top
But ALAS...they still got me good. The city came and asked me to move my car from my safe little drive the other day. They were tearing down a neighbor's dead tree. I of course obliged and moved it 250 feet around the corner (near the park) The rest of that scenario is grim. Add a little early sunset and then POW--crime. They took everything, the GPS my boyfriend bought me, phone charger, EVERY single c.d. that anyone ever made me (including Valley Girl Soundtrack-and misc. pals mixed tracks. I mean who wants home made discs super scratched of Bat for Lashes where only the first 5 songs play? They scored big, took off with 2 bags of rental returns from the show- (including an Urban Outfitters giant bag filled with new clothes with tags), my favorite vintage white hat with huge feather, random art work, sketch pads- and who knows what else? I feel so bummed and violated and can't stop replaying how I could've prevented this. I did all the right things and yet they still decided to break in. It's always been those "shoulda woulda coulda" thing that have driven my ocd nuts. I replay the details like...if I just would've left for the bank a little sooner... or if I just would have left that thing at work... WHY didn't I take my favorite jewelry out of the glove box?
It's not like any of it matters now. I'm just in need of a good therapist perhaps to cope with the losses. I can only hope that the criminals are looking fierce walking around the streets of Echo PArk and somehow clutching their sides from the karma cramps.
But REALLY... what do I care? I just had the nicest Thanksgiving holiday regardless and I'am not gonna let this silly crime get me down. Because I have a magical news flash coming your way- and a spring in my step that is unstoppable! This is going to be the best SPRING break of all time. And for now some good hints for my darling blog readers...
Finally getting over that "sick" cold thing, thank goodness. I haven't finished moving into the new house, haven't even started the real packing, ugh. I instead have been taking pleasure in the stillness of our new house and the clean floors and lack of clutter. This weekend will be my farewell to the Delmore Apt building, my address for the past 8 or more years. Imagine the closets of clothes, hats, strange fabrics and riff raff that I have to deal with. I wanted to post some images that have been strolling through my busy brain. I love LULA magazine-here's some images from the Karen Elson #9 issue...
good things to be found at Bona Drag as well... check out the latest cool stuff
Bat cuff bracelets (totally annakim)
Then check out the new lookbook for designer Rachel Antonoff. We just used one of her dresses for an upcoming 90210 episode! I think it will air sometime in mid december!
I have always been a fan of "if you build it, they will come" notions- and recently put a manifestation collage of my favorite home decor pics across from my bed (so that its the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing at night) I would stare at the glass doors opening to sweet green yards, and suddenly imagine my feet walking through them to water jasmine plants and laying back in a chair staring into a far off candy sunset. That "secret" stuff has a funny way of working
Mr. H went off on his own and found a dream house. He met with the landlord and filled out an application without my knowing and then surprised me with "guess what? We got a house!"
Mr. H and I have finally said goodbye to our old Echo Park Building address. I've finally outgrown the old place that I lived for the past 10 years. The changing neighborhood has seen it's new crop of young upstarts, musicians and artists. I, on the other hand am ready to settle down with a quiet board game and perhaps take up some gardening.
(he brought up a bottle of champagne and we toasted to the place)
Like a fairy tale, this place has the most adorable yard, art space with french doors and 1920's charm. I am beyond elated. This is going to be the best retreat from the busy job and noisy streets. Now I can return to my place high on the hill in echo park, and be inches away from Elsyian Park and sweet sunsets.
Here are the early images before the official move in takes place this coming weekend!
guess who is already "at home" in the new place?
the bedroom- minus our stuff ( Mr. H only moved the mattress so far, since I have been deathly ill with the crazy cold going around I have been ZERO help)
there are two super large closets off the bedroom, and a basement storage space under the main floor. But hopefully most of my junk will be left behind and not cluttering up this new spacious space.
Hoping that we have way more time to smell the roses at this place (corny but true)
so this is what it feels like to be all grown up? Pretty good, pretty pretty good
This weekend my super talented friend Maximilla Lukacs is presenting some of her stunning visual films at the ACE hotel in Palm Springs. If I didn't have to move into my new house all weekend - this is totally where I would love to be! They are showing my favorite all time movie DAISIES- and Saturday Allison Anders is presenting her famous "Mi Vida Loca" movie. Funny that I will be moving out of the building that she shot most of the apartment scenes in that film. (Crazy to think that I have lived in that Echo Park old school building for almost 10 years!)
Anyway here are the details for those of you lucky enough to escape L.A for luxurious Palm Springs-
NIGHT MOVES Movie Weekends at Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents GIRLS ON FILM Friday 20 Nov 9.30pm Curated by Maximilla Lukacs DAISIES (1966) A satirical, wild and irreverent story of teenage rebellion, Vera Chytilova's "Daisies" is on of the Czech New Wave's standout moments. The women's anarchic antics are mirrored by the film's wildly free-associative montages, psychedelic color and effects and an overriding impression of gleeful anarchy. Few so-called art movies are this much fun. With short films and videos by Maximillia Lukacs and Sarah Sophie Flicker, Jess Holzworth, Nicole McDonald, Melissa Auf De Maur and Ashley Conner. Saturday 21 Nov 8pm Curated by Allison Anders MI VIDA LOCA (1993) Mi Vida Loca is Allison Ander's brilliant study of girl gangs in Los Angeles' Echo Park. Anders' zig-zagging story line allows her to follow side roads that result in beautiful digressions of the sort you wouldn't find in a more conventional film. Working from her own script, Anders has something like perfect pitch for the secret codes between these sisters. Director Allison Anders and select cast in attendance. With "Viva Morrisey" -- a short documentary by Jessica Hundley and Jonathan Miertschin. Also a special acoustic performance from Tiffany Anders. SPECIAL 25% off Standard Room rate. All movies and curated events included! Call to book rooms direct at 760.325.9900 and mention code DRAWPIC09. Or book online.
NIGHT MOVES Movie Weekends at Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents GIRLS ON FILM
Friday 20 Nov 9.30pm
Curated by Maximilla Lukacs
A satirical, wild and irreverent story of teenage rebellion, Vera Chytilova's "Daisies" is on of the Czech New Wave's standout moments. The women's anarchic antics are mirrored by the film's wildly free-associative montages, psychedelic color and effects and an overriding impression of gleeful anarchy. Few so-called art movies are this much fun.
With short films and videos by Maximillia Lukacs and Sarah Sophie Flicker, Jess Holzworth, Nicole McDonald, Melissa Auf De Maur and Ashley Conner.
Saturday 21 Nov 8pm
Curated by Allison Anders
MI VIDA LOCA (1993)
Mi Vida Loca is Allison Ander's brilliant study of girl gangs in Los Angeles' Echo Park. Anders' zig-zagging story line allows her to follow side roads that result in beautiful digressions of the sort you wouldn't find in a more conventional film. Working from her own script, Anders has something like perfect pitch for the secret codes between these sisters.
Director Allison Anders and select cast in attendance.
With "Viva Morrisey" -- a short documentary by Jessica Hundley and Jonathan Miertschin.
Also a special acoustic performance from Tiffany Anders.
SPECIAL 25% off Standard Room rate. All movies and curated events included!
Call to book rooms direct at 760.325.9900 and mention code DRAWPIC09.
Or book online.
Last night I dragged my pal Niki out for a wild party in the Penthouse Suite of the Roosevelt Hotel. The fab birthday invite was for 90210 cast member Jessica who plays Adrianna on the show. Her 21st party theme was "Lingerie" Moulin Rouge and boasted magicians, can can dancers, tarot reader, photo booth room and real monkeys! How could I pass all that up? I went over to Niki's beforehand (costumes galore) and we applied a million layers of eyeshadow and hair spray. I can't believe she still has all of these weird Doily neckpieces that I made for her in 1999!! That Doily love goes way way back folks. Check out her cute new hats she made that we wore!
Matt and Jeff look like they are straight out of a time machine, circa the 20's
I know I am a total dork when it comes to amazing lighting and dreamy colors but hey...I'm an artist. I thought all of these pics without flashes looked sort of old timey.
Rumer and I had on almost matching Flapper ensembles
Hayden P from Heroes was wearing a rad Valley Girl outfit (she had gone to an 80's party earlier) I snapped this cute pic of her grabbing a cupcake for the road, which her pal swiftly snatched away
Fantastic way to end an evening...giant cupcakes to go.
the next morning I was so happy that I cancelled selling at the ROSE Bowl.
That would've been a rough wakeup following such a late night. Instead I woke up to my new visualization wall (tons of pics of happy houses and gorgeous rooms) And of course one of my boyfriend's weird lizard socks
Glad all of the new designers are starting to see things my way. I mean the overalls have been a staple in my sloppy painter world forever. And I mean FOREVER. I have been wondering when they would have a hey day comeback. I am not sure if the new "Come on Eileen" Bananarama Cruel Summer coverall comeback makes me feel good or bad. Sometimes things like this can ruin your whole style. Guess we will have to wait and see...
Halloween has always been my favorite Holiday. I suppose it has something to do with my birthday falling days before...or the fact that I love the smell of Fall, colorful leaves, pumpkins, ghosts, creepy movies, costumes, makeup- shall I go on?
I spent most of my child hood birthdays attending haunted houses, with groups of screaming girls being dragged by my father through dark halls of chainsaw wielding madmen. There is something about dressing up in all the clothes and wigs and accessories (like capes and such)that you can't wear all the time, and going out in public that makes me happy. It's funny how all that weird stuff is a uniform I'd wear everyday.
The best Halloween costumes are the ones you find in the kitchen (notice shark pot holder) and add a hesher heavy metal wig and DONE! I opted for putting on every single one of my bracelets and applying all of the shades of Urban Decay eye shadow in my arsenal. Add some weird tropical jumper, striped tights and magenta platform boots- and you are WEIRDO freak from another planet
we decided to hit up the local grocery store for snacks and steaks. We bought some candy to play Monopoly with. Wow, big night of gambling Reeses. People were a little fearful of us in the aisles
My sister sent me this card Wednesday...
This year has flown by. I'm not sure if it's because I am working so many hours that the weeks are all a blur? Whatever the culprit, this time vacuum has sucked the calendar into a spiral and I'm hoping to land safely on Spring. Why Spring you may ask? Well this is what I received on my birthday Wednesday from Mr. H
When I got to work earlier in the day, the Wardrobe Dept and show producer for 90210 sent me off some shopping missions. I found out later they were merely stalling me from getting to the office to soon. They had balloons and pinatas and cupcakes galore waiting- AND a singing telegram. That's right Richard Simmons in the fleshy reeking of baby powder and polyester. thank god he wasn't a strip-o-gram. Here I am in the producer's office speechless
I scored the best gifts, a white hot waterproof TIMEX digital watch, Opening Ceremony turban and chloe Sevigny animal print gloves, Cowboy KATE photo book, FACE PAINT!, gift certificate for Palate (wine and cheese shop), MAd Libs, an art piece from the costume designer on the show and my co-worker Amy made me the most gorgeous shirt ever. It looks like a lot of love hours were poured into it.
At night my friends and I went over to the Edandale for drinks and cake.
I have to say this has been the longest and fastest year all at once. I have been living with my best friend/man (who lucky for me is my new partner/collaborator and handyman). We have embarked on so many new projects and I've finally felt like all the hard work has been worth it!
Did I mention we came home to find this monster taking up the whole bed. We bought a new bed this week after I read my Feng Sui book (buried in a huge pile of rubble) And it said that our room set up was bad bad bad. So we moved it all around til the energy agreed with us- and the cats of course. The things you find under the bed in these situations is quite frankly creepy. Pom Poms, checkered mismatched socks, dusty coated magazines.
The weather here in L.A. has really felt like fall. Since it truly is my favorite season, I am in heaven. The winds have seemed especially eerie and their is a slight chill in the evening. Perfect for carving pumpkins and ruining the Halloween comfort levels for all the ladies in L.A. who are stuck in that "sexy- everything" costume. Seriously it's a riot, if you drive anyplace in L.A it's like a parade of costumes that have somehow become sex-Y-fied. How bout a sexy nun? Sexy Scarecrow, sexy banana, you get the picture... Below is my friend Genovieve who spent the day at Lucas salon getting her hair into a Marie Antoinette feather Bun. She looked incredible when she left, sexy but in a classy way
I spent some time darkening my eyebrows. Contrary to most the ladies in L.A. I like em bushy and Groucho Marx like.
Here is my practice for Halloween- I spent my night trying on the new
Urban Decay makeup shadows that they sent me! So much fun. Wish I could make my face up like this all the time. I can't believe how cool all of their new colors are. I felt like someone from one of my paintings. That shimmer sparkle midnight cowboy is my favorite. I swear these pictures are proof that I need more practice
Did I mention that my second favorite Birthday gift was walking by the 90210 lobby on wednesday...a room of women auditioning for the role of Ivy's Mom (bohemian girl) I had not anticipated the caliber of incredible actresses that would be lining the halls that afternoon. And then the best of the best- may be landing the role- here's your HINT
SHE GOT THE PART!! WOOOHOOO
One of my blog readers was so sweet to send me this watercolor painting she did inspired by a photo of me at the 1520 space flea market. Her version makes me look so wide eyed and pretty. Thanks Andrea!
you can even buy the original painting for $30! here
My daily astrology email this morning said this (that last line is totally what I'm saying...)
Your horoscope for October 24, 2009 This should prove to be a fortunate and rewarding day for you, kime. Positive career moves can make a big difference in your income, and a new partnership could be formed. In fact, this could be a great day to discuss any sort of partnership, whether romantic or business. Business and money matters continue to go well for you, though you might be feeling a little weary of all the activity. All you really want is to get away by yourself for a while.
This should prove to be a fortunate and rewarding day for you, kime. Positive career moves can make a big difference in your income, and a new partnership could be formed. In fact, this could be a great day to discuss any sort of partnership, whether romantic or business. Business and money matters continue to go well for you, though you might be feeling a little weary of all the activity. All you really want is to get away by yourself for a while.
The new art space has been buzzing with activity this week as LAURA Kranitz and our lovely new intern Chelsea prepared feather masks and flair for a long evening of Masquerading downtown. Here they are preparing the pricing for the big event. Laura's work was recently featured on an episode of America's Next Top Model (the models were nude on race horses with only her hats on!) And she just sold some head pieces to LADY Gaga. Can't wait til we are all in the space (fondly called the LOVE BOAT) making tons of cool things to wear and hang on the walls
my friend Ian (CAT CULT) came over on saturday to take my picture with Georgie. He is working on a new series and I was super stoked to be a part of it. I felt like Lady GAGA in my sequin jacket, holding a disco ball in a sequin chair with a muppet silver and white cat in my lap. Georgie was pretty well behaved at first but then became a hungry diva as the shoot progressed. I will try and post some of the out takes when they are finished. I am praying that Georgie's face get's reproduced a zillion times on posters and stickers.
The new CAT CULT prints around town are electric dracula cat images with a full moon in the distance. I was lucky to score one this weekend in exchange for one of my paintings. XO
This past Tuesday I was invited to the SKINGRAFT fashion show downtown at MOCA. It was pouring down rain and finally felt like FALL or at least Seattle. Everyone was wearing their best black coats and carrying a fancy umbrella. It was nice that L.A. Fashion week felt truly alive. Tons of people excited to watch a real performance. Frank scored me a seat in the front row! Well, it is his boyfriend's clothing line, so I suppose that made it easier. I dragged my friend Taylor to see it with me. Words can't express how incredible the taxidermy tiered dresses looked in person, nor how detailed the pleats and layers of leather were on the jackets and jumpsuits. The aviator hats were definitely a throw back to Ms. Earhart. You can visit Katie Kay and Jonny's Skingraft website HERE
(my apologies for blog glitch lately, for some reason the text has been getting cut off at the end. Trying to figure it out and correct)
When I first started this blog in 2006, I had done so merely to post about things that inspired me to want to create art. A place to feature the things I found fascinating in fashion,film, books etc... I had no idea at the time that blogs reach
all kinds of people and that you're communicating your
thoughts to anyone who cares to read.
I got myself into a few
sticky situations in the beginning by posting things on my friends that didn't want things "out there". I also received a few emails requesting I take images down that I didn't own. Some of those were slightly scary and made me bummed about the blog world. However one day after posting an elaborate spread of images that I found amazing, I simply put a quote by Nat Finkelstein on Andy Warhol's factory days .
I had discovered the quote while staying in Japan for an art show. The book was stashed on a bar shelf and was the only thing in English. It seemed Kismet. It was a unique thought he had on the whole factory's narcissistic scene, the constant parade of dress up. It was sort of a sarcastic jab and it immediately made me like Nat Finkelstein. He wasn't afraid to tell it like it really was. How the "art" was made and how Edie was quite frankly a bit boring at times. For the life of me I can't find the original quote I scratched down on a scrap of paper and saved all this time from that book. But it connected me somehow to his work. I received this email from Nat Finkelstein after posting his quote in my blog:
Did i say that ??? i do say THE LONGER ANDY STAYS DEAD:
'THE MORE IMPORTANT
BILLY NAME WAS' I THINK YOUR STUFF IS COOL .LETS CORRESPOND.....
the email had this photo attached
of course you must have said that,
because you're a genius.
as for the book I found it in...
by far the best pictures I've seen in a
Love to correspond- kime buzzelli
he then wrote o.k. tell me about you nat-----Original Message----- >From: email@example.com >Sent: Nov 22, 2006 11:27 PM >To: Nat Finkelstein >Subject: you > > >Just wanted to say that I saw the amazingspread in Italian Vogue>with your photos- looks great! > >Hope you are having a good time > >xo > >kimei havent seen it myself...tell me moreand how r yu ? nat
from Nat Finkelstein:
Date: Dec 4, 2006 1:13 PM
hi there Kime could you please forward the Italian Vogue articleto me as I cant find it here . xoxo natOn Nov 26, 2006, at 2:40 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org: > > > Hello. > > Just saw that your new book was being presented atthe STRAND bookstore in NYC. Congrats. > > I can't wait to see it. Wish I was there-are you going to be speaking there as well? I am going to buy the book a.s.a.p.--when I get it can I send it to > you to sign it for me? > > > > p.s. Just found out that the gallery I'm showing atsold four paintings this weekend. > > kimedec 16 2006 8:50 p.m.hey did you get the book yet ? if you did pleasesend a kudo or two to amazoni am now hunting for a gallery on the west coastif you know any that might be interested let me knowxo natFrom: email@example.com >Sent: Dec 17, 2006 6:59 PM >To: Nat Finkelstein >Subject: Re: your new book >Hello. > >I did get my new book! Thanks for signing it-the book is amazing! I love the layout and the big text and overall size of book.The images are great. I know lots of galleries out here...are you wanting to show the photos or just do a book signing or presentation? My art spaceis in Echo Pk near hollywood... it's not massive buthas high ceilings. I also have friends who have galleriesin Culver City- and New Image Art just offered me a soloshow for MArch.She asked if I had anyone else I wanted to share the exhibitspace with so if you do want to do something like that- she haslots of patrons and collectors who admire who she curates.It would go well with most of my women paintings and drawingsthey are dreamy & faint colored as well. Let me know.I found that article in the Italian Vogue- do you want me toscan it and email or physically mail it to your addressso you can have it printed out? Send me the address or I'll just scan the pages for you. XO kime p.s. I sold out all my work at the ART Miami BAsel show!!From Nat Finkelstein 12/17/06:(from myspace he asked to do an art/photo show together:)i think itwould be great your work so sweetly etherial mine so down and dirty .natwow thats a lot of good cheerFor New Image Gallery I think that I would prefer to do a 2person with your women imagery with my women imagery :ratherthan the older Warhols Women ,Edie etc stuff .It maybe coolto show your take on women and mine side by side .As for theEdie ,Nico 60's stuff if you could direct me to commercialgallery I would love you forever . re the Edie bookif you would send a review to amazon it would make me feelgood.my home address:(omitted)My land line is ----- .cell phone is ------ .So lets talk and put our headstogether xoxo natFrom Nat Finkelstein Jan 30, 2007XOhey beautiful thanks for the incredible review . i am in negotiationswith a major gallery in L. A. for the Fall and willbe doing one in Long Island in the spring time.I will let you know how things are coming along.I would still be interested in doing an "Erotica" two personshow with you ,so lets thinkabout it . natOn Dec 08 2006 from Nat Finkelstein:is for her art space- because that would be great. As for the other stuffI will investigate a more commercial spacefor you to show that work...
kimeDec 19th 2006- ---------------- Original Message -----------------
From: SHOW PONY
Date: Dec 19 2006 12:26 AM
So-- that sounds good. I have to work on getting in touch with marsea.As for that review on amazon- it's done. I think they wait a bit before they post them.What is up with all those freak reviewers early on? Some people like creating amythical creature and then anything that doesn't support their ideal perceptionis incorrect. What do they expect- everyone to lie about her real persona?alas
Anyway- Talk to you a.s.a.p about the show
kimeFrom Nat on myspace reply:aint they crazy ??? problem is i tell the truth ,as i see it and these people arelike a line in a rolling stones song . "like the ladies in waiting fora virgin queen; they bitch about things they"ve never seen"I really am itching to get out to the coast and meet up with you .
naton 12-23 2006 I sent Nat a Xmas card (the one with me and all the puppetsand my Mr. P (the now EX)and wished him a "Merry Whatever"to which he replied on Dec 23- "and you too sweet heart"and will always be a haunting reminder of that specific scene. I am grateful thatI was able to meet him from this blog but regret that we never were able tocollaborate and do a show.
The debut party today was super fun! So many rad girls turned up for a magic makeover. Silkscreening by hit and run guys and spinning records from the darling d.j.s Pony vs. Tiger. So many fun friends came out to support. I had a grand time meeting some fans of my artwork too! One girl came by with 5 things for me to sign, I couldn't believe it
so for those of you too away to have attended the party, the makeup is
going to be for sale all over...
including Sephora's and select MACY's. Urban Outfitters also has some available. I will post the rest of the event pictures asap! TONS more from the photo booth xo
here's the 1520 space link:urban decay + kime party
these last pics were from Jiro's Glam photo booth, my pal Ilga (amazing Florist) made me this lovely bouquet
That's right...I got a haircut and actually had my hair combed and blown out. I had been trying to grow my bangs out but then realized I was slowly turning into Jan Brady. So I decided I better cut into that moppy mess so that I don't look too much like a hippie. My Urban Decay debut party is this afternoon and I am looking forward to getting a wild eye makeover so that I can change my profile pic. I really want to have a "Galliano" runway look, ha. Since Mr. H and I have officially moved our creative spaces out of our home, we now have a whole lot more space in our place.We decided to buy a real adult dining room table so that we can eat meals like grownups, but then of course purchased board games so that we can occasionally play scrabble or monopoly like kids. The extra space means that the cats have more areas to play, fight and lounge in their new "kitty city" . First time we have ever bought something at Target that the cats actually utilize. They sleep like stepbrothers in bunk beds all day and take turns slumbering inside.
not sure why that image had decided to appear sideways-hmmm.
anyone who really knows me well, knows that I have a strange fascination with wearing socks and shoes. I also adore nude colored, or pale pink fleshtone socks! These MARNI looks make me swoon. Could be that I adore ginger haired models- with dainty features. Head scarves and gypsy gingham are perfect for SPRING 2010.
In the ART fashion department, I have always drawn inspiration from these GENIUS designers...especially Galliano- the masterful color palettes and fantasy makeup spreads are always to die for. As Mrs. Zoe would say- "Bananas"! It is hard to imagine that he can out FLAIR his previous runways spectacles but ALAS- he is able to deliver new and bizarre get-ups time after time.
and once again my signature style- SOCKS and platforms- ah GLAM
I mean, where else can a painter find such alluring color compositions!? Shades of electric blues, odd peaches and muted ochre- ahhhh
and of course mr. Alexander McQueen never disappoints me-- He also provides a magnificent display of wild stuff
it's like alien sea pod fashion, emerging from another planet under water...