Urban Jungle

I just got back from a business trip to New York, and while I love the city with every fiber of my being I just can’t ever seem to assimilate in freezing January temperatures.  I grew up in Houston and I live in Los Angeles so it makes sense.  I got a little too excited this morning while getting dressed when I remembered that I didn’t have to put on my down coat.  Instead, I got to put on an Indian summer dress and go out into the sunshine.  For me, nothing beats the sun shining through the palm trees and the surreal orange meets purple meets pink meets red sunsets that frequent the Los Angeles skies.  I am a California girl through and through.  While I was at the studio cleaning and organizing post-trip, I came across these photos of Valentine Fillol Cordier that look as if they were shot in LA (the neighborhood stairs give it away) and it reminded me of all the natural beauty and greenery that is the perfect backdrop for a big city.  It always makes for a good photo shoot, especially when the subject is pretty in pink, posing under orange trees and exploring open fields of grass.  I especially love the coquettish mood that also manages to evoke a playful bohemianism.  It’s very LA.

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Bejeweled

I have a very deep love and appreciation for antique jewelry.  Two of my most prized possessions are my 300-year-old wedding ring made with emeralds and rose cut diamonds and a gold horseshoe locket I bought in Buenos Aires about 8 years ago.  Just like any girl, I love jewelry and always have a special something on my wish list, but there’s something about antique and vintage jewelry that just feels completely unique and special – like a true keepsake.  One of my favorite antique jewelry (and accessories) stores is Erie Basin in New York.  It never fails that every time I look at their online selection of gems I fall completely and totally in love with something.  I rarely make it in person to the shop for fear of spending all of my money, but when the time comes to buy another antique treasure I will surely visit.  These are a few of my favorites on the Erie Basin website.

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This 1880s Victorian bracelet is something I would wear everyday, like my wedding ring and my horseshoe locket. I am a sucker for gold and turquoise together. Add pearls to the mix and I go even crazier.

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These 1890s pearl, rose cut diamond and enamel Victorian earrings are total showstoppers.

a_flyring07131-LWhile some might think it’s odd to wear a fly on your finger, I am of the kind that says yes to critters decorated in diamonds, rubies and emeralds. This beautiful ring is from the 1870s-1880s.

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Nothing but class, these French Poissarde earrings are made of Topaz paste and 18K gold. I’ve never been a big fan of topaz, but these are so special that I would consider buying them.

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I love the shape of this 1910s Edwardian Diamond Dinner Ring. This isn’t something I would wear everyday, but it would definitely get some love.

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a Happy Holiday filled with peace and love. I’m off to Mexico City but wanted to sign off with this watercolor and graphite work of art titled Santa Claus Studies made by Jim Dine in 1962. It is the featured work of art on The Met website.

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The Ones That Got Away

As much as I love clothes and the act of deciding what to wear and getting dressed, it’s shoes that really seal the deal for me.  Shoes can make or break an outfit, give you a peek into someone’s personality, and can make you reconsider your whole style game.  There’s always a few pair that I’m coveting, a few that are in heavy rotation, and a few that only make an appearance every once in a while but are still my jam.  These are a few below from Prada, Miu Miu, and Manolo Blahnik that I wish I had gotten my hands on, from an old issue of Elle.

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Giorgio Griffa

If there is one art show I kick myself for missing it’s Giorgio Griffa at Casey Kaplan Gallery in NYC.  I am obsessed with the Italian artist’s work.  His last show titled Fragments 1968-2012 spanned four decades of his career and included paintings on un-stretched canvas and linen.  Looking at the photos of his paintings make me think of symbols and patterns and of the natural progression and flow of things.  Some of them look very ’80s while some of them look very contemporary and even remind me a little of block-printing, and I could really see a few of them being great album art.  I think what first drew me to his work was his use of color – pastels that bleed onto linen and darker tones used to create lines and shapes that merge together to form what looks like it could be some kind of code or numerical formula.  I really hope I get to see his work in person some day.

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Fashion Finishing School

The past few years I’ve been invited to the Art Center of Design by artist, teacher, and friend Nancy Picot Riegelman to speak about my career.  Nancy has always been incredibly supportive of me and my creative endeavors and I’m flattered when she asks me to speak to her students each semester.  Aside from teaching and making art, Nancy has been working on a big project that recently launched called Fashion Finishing School.  It’s a website that “offers instruction in the techniques of fashion drawing and design for communicating original fashion ideas, guidance in acquiring the body of knowledge about fashion details and design, and inspiration to stimulate creative thinking.”  There are three parts to the site – drawing, styling, and design.  It’s an excellent website and tool for students and anyone interested in pursuing a career in fashion.  I wish I would have had something like this when I was young and wondering how I could break into the industry!  In addition to the three parts, there is also a section titled “The Notebook” compiled by contributors that features all kinds of interesting articles, profiles, interviews and creative content.  I especially love the recent interview with kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson.

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