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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.”


Surfwise

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.”


Helvetica

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?

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17 Dec

It is pouring rain here in California and I love it. Coming from the Midwest where bad weather is a mainstay, it brings me back to my childhood and makes me want to stay in bed and watch movies.That is one of my favorite things about the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays as well. The world stops functioning in its normal capacity and we are allowed to drink a little extra wine, eat another helping and stay in a our pajamas all day.

Even if you have stressful family situations, at least you are spending time together and what better way to do that than to sit around a fire and watch a great film. So to enjoy the upcoming holiday to its fullest, or in some cases merely survive, make some popcorn, pour yourself a large glass of egg-nog, gather everyone in the family room and watch something together.I have the task this year of trying to pick out which movies to bring with us when we spend Christmas at my in-laws. It inspired me to start collecting some good choices and I figured I would share them with you so you have time to secure them before next week. (YES!! Christmas really is next week)

(FYI-Some are not technically “Christmas movies” but were shot in Winter with the holiday season in mind.)

Luella says…Merry Movies.

(in no particular order)

Which Christmas movies do you love?

What holiday family traditions do you have?

First Comes Love, then Comes Marriage.

15 Nov

One of my good friends is getting married next year and she is just starting her dress search. They are not sure if they are going to make it a destination wedding or have it in California but either way she wants something non-traditional and unique.

It has been a while since I have done an INSPIRE TO FIND and I was really excited for this one.

For new readers, INSPIRE TO FIND is when someone sees something they absolutely love but either can’t find it at retail or want a more affordable alternative so they send it to me and I do the searching for them. This can be Anything: travel itineraries, clothes, food and wine, accessories, home decor etc.

Luella says…I challenge you to challenge me.

Ok back to the dresses. My friend gave me two totally opposite choices to search for. One floor length, one mini. I loved both.

Did someone say long for the ceremony, short for the party?

Choice #1 Valentino

As worn by Keira Knightley at the 2006 Golden Globes

My alternative choices  to this dress are all by the British designer Jenny Packham.

My friend’s style is very Boho Chic and I think Jenny Packham encapsulates that perfectly.

(Click on the logo to go to their retail websites)

Choice #2 Marchesa

Mini Wedding Dress as worn by Tori Spelling to renew her wedding vows in 2010

For this one, I chose to feature similar dresses by Oregon based designer Sarah Seven. She is amazing and I will be doing a future post just on her collections very soon. She does everything made-to-order and so it makes your wedding dress truly one of a kind.

All the Pretty Little Accents.

9 Nov


To me, home decor is about personal expression. Similar to fashion, one can take the liberty of doing whatever it is their heart desires. A blank wall becomes the canvas, the inhabitant becomes the artist. What a perfect dilemma.

Etsy is a great marketplace for anything and everything decor. I was searching for something unrelated and came across this fine art Polaroid print.

Love is Possible Polaroid print.

It inspired me.

How beautiful would this be in a simple frame perched on a mantle or hanging on a wall? Sometimes the best parts of room decor are the little details and smallest editions.

Below are some more subtle finds I feel would be beautiful to frame and display.

Luella says…Accentuate the Positive.

Mustard and Bloom Fine Art Botanical print.

This Tree Stands Polaroid print.

Rue des Saules in Montmartre fine art print.

Life is an Adventure letterpress print.

Melancholy Blossom photo with water-color overlay.

Keep Calm and Carry On photograph.

9 Polaroids of Paris.

Pearl and Marmalade Limited Edition letterpress print.

In the Light of Day photo using Analogue and Digital Techniques.

California letterpress print.

Peacock Feather Starry Night print.

Whirly Gigs original hand painted print.

La Vie en Rose letterpress print.

Cake letterpress print.

Caribbean and Sky Polaroid print.

All Glory letterpress print.

Tree with a Sea View Polaroid print.

Art Deco Wallpaper print.

Buy it. Frame it. Hang it. Enjoy it. Build your own nest.

Dark Decadence.

14 Oct

I have loved fashion since I was born. (I think) My parents embraced this, if not encouraged it. My mom started buying me Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and I had subscriptions to Sassy and Seventeen when I was in grade school. My Dad put up 2 huge gypsum boards on either side of my bedroom so I could display all my magazine findings in appropriate fashion. Thanks Mom and Dad, I love you.

I tore this picture of Marilyn Monroe out of my father’s NEWSWEEK back in September of 1993. (I know this because it is date stamped on the back) I was 14. I took it with me to college, to NYC and then to California. It was always displayed in a place where I could see it.

Now, married and living in Hermosa Beach, Marilyn has been on our vision board amongst to die for shoes, dresses, places we want to visit and all of our number bibs from various runs and races we have finished. When I launched this blog, I knew I would bring her to the virtual world as well.  

The look on her face is haunting. Much like Halloween, the state of our economy and the weather in California today. I was inspired in an earthy, dark, dramatic, intense sort of way.

 

Luella says…Sometimes You Don’t Need to Say Anything

The End.

(PS. Please check out the blogs in which I found these stunning photographs.)

 ◊ MemoryBook, An Abundance of, Blue Sky Butterfly, SFGirlbyBay, Vifardent, Saipua, BienenKiste, Solid Frog, Field and Sea, Studio Choo

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