So I have approx. 18.5 work days left before I give notice. Not that I’m counting or anything. I’m trying to tie up loose ends, get projects finished, and generally leave things as organized as possible. However, all I want to do is get ready for the next phase of my life. I’ve got so many disjointed thoughts floating around in my head that it’s difficult to focus. I wrote them down in a general to-do list on my phone but it crashed and killed that app so I’m back to square one. I hope I don’t end up like my friend’s Mom in high school with a big beautiful house full of crap because she couldn’t focus enough to finish her projects. AHHH!
In my current scattered state I became distracted by knitting patterns on Ravelry , which lead to reading forums on knitwear, which lead to current trends in knitwear fashion, which lead to amazing designs by Mark Fast, which lead me to this blog, which lead me to these gorgeous pictures of knitwear:
Seriously, how are these things made? Anyone know?
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!
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.