Monthly Archives: October 2011

This is Halloween!

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I love Halloween! Tonight my husband and I are going to LACMA’s Tim Burton exhibit. I have two boxes of Halloween costumes I’ve worn over the years so tonight I’m going to mix and match going for a dark bride look inspired by Lydia’s costume in Beetlejuice.

In years past I’ve dressed up as a dead doll, a succubus, Rogue from the X-men,  a Japanese ghost, Catwoman, a plague dancer, a gothic can-can dancer, and many other things. From the time my Dad made me cat ears out of electrical tape, wire, and a headband, I’ve always appreciated the home-made and pieced together costumes versus the store bought but it’s always a treat to see what people come up with.

Whatever your plans tonight be safe, have fun, and let your imaginations run wild.

Secret stairs and pretty flowers

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Before I get distracted today by random links, emails and other internet goodies I’ll share a couple pics from my neighborhood dog walking adventures.

I live on the east side of L.A. in a neighborhood know as Silverlake/Los Feliz in between downtown and Griffith Park. The area has been around long enough to develop a unique character that most people don’t associate with typical L.A. strip malls, suburbia, and freeways. The landscape around my house is very hilly and reminds me of my favorite city, San Francisco. When the  neighborhood was originally built in the 1920s and 30s planners included public stairways as a safer more direct route for pedestrians to access public transportation, schools, and shopping areas instead of walking on the streets.  These public stairs still exist and are scattered around the hills but a lot of them aren’t obvious unless you’re looking for them. My husband and I have dubbed them secret stairs and have a lot of fun finding them while walking our  dog.

I’ve noticed that the higher you go up these hills the nicer the neighborhoods get. Combine nice neighborhoods and nearly year round sunshine and you get beautiful landscaping. The vivid blooming flowers draw my attention often while walking around.

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In other news, I’m driving up to Santa Cruz tonight to participate in the Warrior Dash tomorrow. Hopefully all those weeks of p90X videos will pay off.

Apocolyptic Hell Beast

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So my intention today was to write about how much I enjoy walking my dog in my neighborhood and post some of the  beautiful flowers I’ve taken pictures of on these walks but then I got distracted.

When I turned on my computer this morning Yahoo loaded up with a picture of a giant blue horse sculpture at the Denver airport called the Blue Mustang. Apparently a lot of people really hate this sculpture and there’s whole websites dedicated to trying to get it removed according to this New York Times article. The part of the article that made me giggle quietly in my cubicle is the following haiku dedicated to the sculpture:

Anxiously I fly
apocalyptic hell beast
fails to soothe my nerves.

I kinda like the giant apocalyptic hell beast.

While searching for images of the horse this one also came up and made me smile. I agree Mr. T-Rex, I agree.

Ooo Sparkles!

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Today I’m inspired by jewelry. On October 14th I was lucky enough to score a ticket to see some of Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s collection that Christie’s will be auctioning off in December. The pieces were gorgeous and absolutely decadent. I myself don’t wear a lot of jewelry nor does my life afford me the opportunities to wear pieces like the ones in this collection but I do appreciate the artistry, skill, and beauty of those stones.

I have been interested in beading and jewelry making since I was a kid and used to make beaded Indian style earrings but after an unfortunate bead spillage I stopped. I would like to get back into it and today’s email from Jewelry Making rekindled my interest. The magazine has a contest every year called Bead Dreams. The piece that really caught my eye was the winner in the crystal jewelry category called, “I Will Rise,” by Francesca Walton. I love the reds and the Asian demon mask look to it.

Unrelated to jewelry, but I was up late again last night reading The Fountainhead and a granite quarry! Really? Things aren’t looking good for Howard.

Also Happy Diwali!

Rainy day desires

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I’m having trouble this morning finding something to write about that brings me happiness. I was up late last night reading Ayn Rand’s, “The Fountainhead,” so all I wanted to do this morning was stay in my nice warm bed sipping a hot chocolate and finish the book. This plan was especially appealing because it’s an overcast rainy day where I feel the changing of the seasons. Unfortunately that plan was not to be as I needed to get to work and finish up some projects due shortly.

Fall is my favorite season and I’m getting excited for Halloween. In that vein I thought I’d share two links I came across this morning that made me smile. The first is Ray Villafane’s amazing pumpkins and the second is a video from NASA showing the aurora borealis as seen from the International Space Station.

City of Angels?

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I have a love/hate relationship with the city of L.A. but because I’m focusing on the positives here I will write about one of things I really enjoy about Los Angeles.

I love all the art, culture, music, food, and other random events you can go to in this city. Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the country if not the world. On any given night there are so many options of things to do that I don’t see how I could be bored if I am willing to leave the house.

Friday night my husband and I went to a fashion show at the lot of Sunset Gower Studios for Anthony Franco. Going to a fashion show is not my typical Friday night but it was fun to stand on a red carpet in Hollywood, have a few free drinks, and my husband high-fived Jack Black. We went to the after-party at a club called Tru and then headed over to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles for some seriously delicious food. The yams were amazing and my mouth is starting salivate just writing about them.

As I mentioned in my post on Friday, we went to Dia de los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday with our neighbors. I took a few pictures of my favorite altars but they really don’t do the event justice. Everywhere you looked there were people dressed in gorgeous costumes, vendors with objects I’d love to own, and touching altars to ancestors, celebrities, and important events.

P.S. A friend of mine had this link on his Facebook page and I just had to share: Take Back Halloween. I’ve never been a fan of store bought costumes due to their expense and unoriginality and this site has some fantastic ideas for avoiding the Sexy_____ costumes trap. I see a Pele or Minoan Queen costume in my future.

Mexican art and color

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Color makes me happy and Mexican art is full of it.

I love the blues of Frida Kahlo’s house mixed with the terracotta hues of the bricks and pottery scattered around the courtyard. I haven’t visited her Casa Azul but it’s definitely on my list of places to see.

The Huichol people make amazing pieces of art mixing sacred symbols, beads, and gorgeous designs. My grandma taught me to cross-stitch and one of these days I’d like to tackle a Huichol inspired cross-stitch.

The Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday is a treasure trove of art and color. I’m attending Hollywood Forever’s Dia de Los Muertos event and can’t wait to see all the gorgeous altars and processions.