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What’s Up Doc?

4 Jan

I am getting back to reality after a two-week holiday stint spent relaxing with my husband, watching movies, eating and drinking with friends and sleeping longer than usual.

I am sure you all indulged in your own version of that as well. To that, I say cheers and well done!Well good morning 2011, now it is time to get back into the swing of things and start anew. Whatever that means, right?

I realize I have been straying away from fashion posts but I go with what I feel and lately I have been digging a bit deeper and looking outside of the “what to wear” scope. (Hope you don’t mind) I promise there is more fashion on the horizon.Anyway, as with most things in my life, I lean toward the uncontrived and what is more organic and real than documentaries? They evoke real emotions and shed light on people, places and events that otherwise would remain unknown.

I consider myself a connoisseur of the arts in general, (if you haven’t already picked up on that) and think these should land in your “What to Watch” queue for the cold and sometimes listless month of January.

Luella says…Document Everything.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

“This is the inside story of Street Art – a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results.”


According to the NEW YORK TIMES, “There are many different ways to drop off the grid, but few dropped off with such style and urgency as Dorian Paskowitz, the paterfamilias of what is lovingly and at times enviably described as the first family of surfing. It was an intensity in part born of his passionately felt engagement with history as a Jew, which took him from Stanford Medical School in the 1940s to button-down respectability in the 1950s and, thereafter, on the road and into the blue yonder with a devoted wife, nine children, a succession of battered campers and the surfboards that were by turns the family’s cradles, playpens, lifelines and shields.”


Funky Monks

One reviewer writes, “this independent production in living black & white was shot of the Red Hot Chili Peppers as they became “Funky Monks” with producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin and retreated to a virtual monastery of an empty house in the hills above L.A. to record their greatest musical achievement ever, 1991’s “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”.

The personality of L.A. is every bit as much the star of this film as is the personalities of the Chili Peppers themselves. The feel of the town is everywhere, from the record offices where the executives explain the concept behind the recording taking place in the fashion it did to the locations where Anthony is interviewed regarding the lyrics of “Under The Bridge” to the wrap party that is held at the house once the recording has been completed…the soul of Los Angeles (such as it is) and the symbiotic association it has with the band are factors that set this filmed “making of” documentary a step above all the others; there is much more than four guys in a studio and a producer in a booth…it is an encapsulation of a city and its most identifiable band, frozen in time forever.”


Gary Huswit says, “Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.”

So watch the above documentaries and let me know what you think. We found them profound in their own subjects.

There is also something very appealing to have the opportunity to see things for myself, a peek behind the curtain if you will. What would your life’s documentary be about?


I Pledge to Read the Written Word.

26 Oct


I love books. I hate the Kindle. I am sorry my husband is going to kill me for saying that but I simply won’t get on board. I love technology and embrace advancement but I can’t give up on the treasure of a real book.


Every Summer my Mother used to challenge my sister and I to see who could finish the most books. Unlike sports, Nintendo or Science; this I won every time. (Sorry Les)

I think it helped solidify an already present obsession with the written word. I love stories and details and there is something so rewarding about the resolute finality of placing a finished book on a shelf and starting a new one.


Dear Earth, Universe and Time,

I hope I never have to say goodbye to libraries and book shelves.  I want to turn the page of my book, I want to write notes in the margin, I want to pass it on to someone I know will benefit as much as I did.

Love, Luella


Some things are worth holding on to. (literally) If I had endless time this post would be 100 books deep.

Luella says…Save the Bookmark

A haunting book detailing Frank Lloyd Wright’s muse Mamah Borthwick and their illicit affair and tragedy in the early 1900’s. Literally couldn’t put it down. (Luella READ IT)

A frank and honest autobiography on the drug filled world of Anthony Kiedis during his rise to fame as lead singer of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Easy read and extremely rich with details. (Luella READ IT)

Emily Bronte’s only published novel which was originally written under the name Ellis Bell. An age-old tale of deep unresolved passion that led to destruction and despair. One of my all time favorites. (Luella READ IT)


The story of Pat Tillman and his choice to leave a lucrative career in the NFL and fight for our country post 9-11. His death and the mystery surrounding it is detailed in this book and THE PAT TILLMAN STORY, a documentary which was very well received at Sundance.  (Luella is READING IT)


A novel about the Mystery of the World’s most expensive bottle of wine and the journey of how and where it came to be. Did Thomas Jefferson personally own this bottle that was auctioned off in 1985? Read on to find out. (Luella has STARTED IT)


Is a novel about one man’s search for the happiest places in the world. How does one’s culture and habits affect their overall state of mind? (RECOMMENDED by Derek Sivers)


Dave Cullen’s harrowing and detailed account of the Columbine massacre. He was a local journalist first on the scene back in 1999 and took these last 10 years to analyze, search and detail the entire account from the an unbiased and honest perspective. Couldn’t put it down. Hard subject but very well written. (Luella READ IT)


The book which inspired THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Saw the movie this weekend and was intrigued to find out the real cast of characters and what really happened at the inception of Facebook. (Luella is BUYING IT)


My husband and I spent some time in Venice on our honeymoon and we went to the Peggy Guggenheim museum on the banks of the Grand canal. I left more fascinated by her story then the priceless Picasso, Kandinsky, Dali and Jackson Pollock art pieces we saw. This book details her life. She was blessed by wealth but cursed by reality. I look forward to this book. (Luella BOUGHT IT)

I have loved this book, since I watched the movie with my Mother a million years ago and became obsessed. Isak Dinesen was really Karen Blixen from Copenhagen, Denmark. One of the benefits of working for a Danish company for 8 years, was that I actually got to go to her home on the outskirts of Copenhagen, in Rungstedlund and visit where she was born, wrote all of her renowned literary works and returned to after 17 years in Africa. It is a treasured memory, go if you are ever in Denmark. (Luella READ IT)

A scientific approach and study on how one can manipulate their chances for survival. In the middle of it and very interesting! (Luella is READING IT)


One of my favorite books ever. Dramatic tale of the rise of a lowly country servant to the inner circle of the King in 17th century England. Large read at over 900 pages but reads like a short story. If you are into this era, you must read it. (Luella READ IT)


A skeptic on marriage and love, the author explores and learns to accept the  idea of marriage on her own terms. (RECOMMENDED by Derek Sivers)


Dominick Dunne, amongst many other things, was a constant contributor to Vanity Fair. I loved his articles and always wanted more. After his death in 2009, his publishers reprinted some of his earlier novels. I read People Like Us on my honeymoon and couldn’t put it down but this one has received even better reviews. This is an alias/fictitious  recount of Dominick’s rise and fall in high society in the 1950’s. (Luella BOUGHT IT)

A memoir of survival and perseverance to better her life on her own. She went from homeless to Harvard with no mentor or college prepatory. Inspired after just reading the foreword. (Luella is BUYING IT)


Read this 8 years ago and can’t say enough about it. Krakauer was an editor for OUTSIDE magazine and was assigned a story on civilians paying their way to climb Mt. Everest. Ended up being caught in one of the worst tragedies in the mountain’s history. Didn’t put it down. Such a good book. (Luella READ IT)

An explanation of the art of joy and how to achieve it. Learning how to be aware of the present and embrace it. (RECOMMENDED by Derek Sivers)


McDougall tracks down members of the reclusive Tarahumara Indian tribe in the Mexican Copper Canyons. After being repeatedly injured as a runner himself, McDougall marvels at the tribe’s ability to run ultra distances (over 100 miles) at incredible speeds, without getting the routine injuries of most American runners. Excited to get into this! (RECOMMENDED)

A warm yet vivid portrayal of depression as written by an author who suffers from it himself. So many people encounter this in some form or another during their life. This book allows the reader to know they are not alone in their plight. (RECOMMENDED by Maria Bello)


I read this book 6 years ago and again couldn’t put it down. It reads like a love story. John Adams fought through so much adversity in his days as president. He was NOT the popular choice. His dedication to education, his family, his country and his wife makes for beautiful reading. I highly suggest this for anyone who would enjoy a blend of history, love and sacrifice.

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