I’m a dinosaur when it comes to knowing about cool new apps and sites. I’d like to blame it on not having an iPhone or iPad, but it’s clear that I’m just not hip with the trends, so leave it to Time to put together a 50 Best Websites of 2011 list and distract me for half an hour.
I was thrilled to see my ongoing obsession Pinterest featured — a site where you can create virtual pinboards with all the beautiful images you love from just about every site (except Facebook!). They make it super easy to “pin” images with the convenient “Pin It” button they’ve created, and organize and share all your brilliant ideas and thoughts. In my case, I love putting together seasonal lookbooks or idea boxes to store things like my random gift ideas into one place or visualize the little neighborhood bodega/general store/corner market concept I’ve been working on.
The only other site I actively use on the Time list is MapMyRun where you can, yes you guessed it, map your run via Google maps and keep track of all the outdoor runs you do, or browse other user-mapped runs, which includes pertinent details like mileage and terrain.
Other sites I’m not familiar with but am looking forward to using are Storify (edit your own stories with social media content); Hipmunk (best new way to browse flights); and Instapaper (also on iPhone/iPad), which is like Pinterest but for text instead of images, so you can capture articles and save them to read sometime later, instead of saving them all into a bookmarked folder on your browser called “neat finds” like I do (insert tech n00b embarrassed face).
Even though LA is 75 degrees just about year-round, I still like to feign the feeling of seasons with little shifts in my fashion and design palette. So I’ve already got some obsessions for my fall/winter wardrobe, new apartment (!), and soon-to-begin ballet classes with Kosha.
I’m a bit strange and like to grow my hair in spring/summer, and cut it short for fall/winter, so even though I’m enjoying my newly long locks, I’m contemplating a fresh short do.
Love all the jewel tone hues that are everywhere this fall; eying key pieces in bordeaux and midnight blue.
Looking forward to a weekend uniform of layered outerwear with knee highs.
Fingers crossed — I’ll soon be moving into a cozy, charming studio with exposed brick and hardwood floors. Planning to fill my little space with plenty of fashion and literary inspiration around me.
And lastly, I can’t wait to start ballet classes. As my unfit summer figure tells me, I’m still, and probably will never be, a gym person. And in true-to-myself fashion, I’m already obsessing over Rodarte-inspired ballet looks even though I haven’t stepped inside a class yet.
“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”—
Thanks, Kosha for first posting this. Another guy called it a “triptych love letter to travel” and I couldn’t have described it better. The official description:
3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films…..
We’re in the middle of LA summer, and per usual, I’m already looking forward to next season’s wear and obsessing about fall boots, coats, and jewel tone hues. And while I can certainly admire men’s fashion, I am no expert. I usually stick to appreciating men in well-tailored suits; the rest always seemed too uninteresting or overwhelming. With this being said, never did I imagine that I’d be so engaged by menswear in a movie — a romantic comedy at that! — but leave it to costume designer Dayna Pink to change my opinion on how subtle and expressive cuffs, collars, silhouettes, and layering can also be for men.
In the recently opened Crazy, Stupid, Love. I found myself just as enthralled by Steve Carell’s perfectly layered and relaxed looks as Ryan Gosling’s finely tailored ensembles. Ms. Pink truly understands how to express the development of each character through the most nuanced evolution of each respective look. So I’ll leave you with Dayna Pink’s interview with GQ to share more on how she established visual arcs for these characters, along with a couple fantastic looks from the movie. Needless to say, I won’t be looking just to women A/W lines this fall for inspiration.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Even as a communications professional, I still find Twitter overwhelming from time to time, especially if you like food in LA (a million foodies in this city!) but I love that I can always count on my feed to tell me what awesome obscure holiday it is, like today’s Ice Cream Sandwich Day. So in honor of the special day, I am sharing an ode to my absolute favorite ice cream sandwich purveyor in LA: Coolhaus
If you’re not familiar with them, an intro: Coolhaus was an early pioneer in the LA food truck scene, and like a handful of other great trucks, has stood out amidst the trend due to their distinct and well-executed concept—architectural ice cream sandwiches. The fresh delicious taste of these all-natural, made-to-order sammies alone is remarkable, but they don’t stop there. Coolhaus founders, LA natives Natasha and Freya, explore the intersection of food and architecture, or Farchitecture as they call it, applying a design/architectural mindset to their love of food. They thought it would be interesting to deconstruct flavors of food and present them in a new way, and voila, the Coolhaus sandwich was born.
They have a rotating menu of sammies — all architecturally inspired, of course — which have included Frank Berry (strawberry ice cream + snickerdoodle cookie) and Mintimalism (dirty mint ice cream + chocolate cookie).
I just learned this myself — all these great hand-made gourmet flavors are made from the fantastic local ice cream shop Milk. Brown butter with candied bacon, olive oil with rosemary, and meyer lemon peel are among the rotating choices.
Naturally (ha!), the Coolhaus sandwich wrapper is edible; they’re also big on sustainability.
Soon, following the Coolhaus trucks on Twitter won’t be the only way to get your sammie fix; they’ve got a brick and mortar opening on the horizon. But you gotta admit, their truck is pretty darn cute.
In light of the incredible soon-to-close Alexander McQueen show at the Met, I thought I’d share my post for LACMA’s blog, where I ponder the connections between the late designer and our equally imaginative resident artist, Tim Burton.