Saturday, December 22, 2007

Holidays in LA until VA

Christmas in LA. Its different to say the least. Not anything like what I grew up with.

Yesterday I wandered past the La Brea Tarpits. Its such an amazing little pocket of prehistoric wonder in the midst of huge commercial buildings and a major boulevard. I sometimes imagine the animals coming to life in the middle of it all and what would happen...... On that note, off to the Dali exhibit. I felt like a loser not having paid respect to the great surrealist yet, and the exhibit ends on the 6th. I was beyond trying to coordinate with anyone to go, thats always a struggle in this town. Dali's talent along with his ego and charisma certainly would have been a magnet for me or even an aphrodisiac had I been around in another time in place. I had a few moments in one of the gallery rooms alone with Mr. Dali. His crazy eyes and moustache were alive in his animated expressions in film being shown on the 20 foot wall. I always enjoy those sort of exhibitions, where you get to peak more into the actual world of the artist, rather than just observing their known works. I understand now his fascination with cinema, and how he translated that into his paintings. Capturing the flow or evolution from one scene to the next from the "films" in his mind into 2-D expression. I never knew he lived in Monterey or that he painted commissioned portraits of Hollywood actors and studio execs. I can see why Warhol was so drawn to him. Lucky Ultraviolet to have spent time with them BOTH!

So leaving there, back to reality, I did some family holiday shopping. I had this bizarre moment last night at the Grove. Its such a manicured shopping environment, much like a Hollywood set. I sort of have a love/hate thing with it. The Farmer's market next store is more interesting with all the different sorts of cuisine from around the world. Probably the coolest store there is the one with all the vintage toys and memorabilia. The Grove seems really great for families. Always so many kiddies wandering around riding the train, listening to live music, and last night, they made the Hollywood experience complete with ACTUAL SNOW billowing down from the rooftops. It was amazing. It was cold and melted upon my skin. Bizarre. And I have to say, it helped my spirit of the Holidays come out more.

Lost in Translation or Koreatown

While we don't have natural snow in LA, we do have Koreatown and an interesting place with private karaoke rooms called the Orchid Lounge. Mikey & me invited our remaining interns for a little ghetto fab thank you evening of eats, drinks, dancing on tables, and sing along fun with daddy Mike and momma Jess. Lost in Translation style.

When my taxi dropped me off outside, I was a bit concerned that it seemed a bit sketchy......but it was great once I got into it. I think Eri & her Frenchman were a bit sketched out for the few hot minutes they stayed, but we were just glad they dropped by, looking fabulous as always. Other lovely guest appearances were made by Dave & spicy Ali, just hours before she was taking off for Argentina.

Our little intern & PRLA family has stuck together rather nicely. Some are even trained to kill upon command. I think Mike was trying to have Danielle destroy me? We sang Rod Stewart "If You Think I'm Sexy" twice in a row at the end. And those little kiddies all know the words without the prompter. Good ol' Rod. Dolly Parton also went over well. There were also some Spice Girls and other really fun ones.

Don't let his calm, cool, collected demeanor fool you. Mike's got a real talent for the karaoke. Look for his Spanish translation of "Sexy Back" to take over Karenno's Armenian YouTube sensation (the kid is up to 6,000 views....)

Life-Death-Rebirth: 2008 Is Nearly Here

The winter solstice is many things to us. It is a time for reflection and renewal. The stars align in the sky. The solstice is sun's ebbing presence in the sky so varying ideas of life-death-birth, new beginnings, or the rebirth of the sun gods have been observed and celebrated for as long as man has been on this planet. Maybe this is why those of us who feel so truly connected to the earth and the stars and living creatures have that crazy need to have things at peace in our minds as well as to have our living spaces clean, organized, and re-energized. I can really feel it. Can you? Are you connected?

"Mid-winter celebrations have been observed all over the world since ancient times. In Egypt, Osiris is said to have died and been reborn on Winter Solstice. In Greece, the winter solstice rites were called Lenaea, in which Dionysos was torn apart and then reborn. The Incas had their Festival of the Sun and the Pueblos and Hopis, as well as many other Native Americans, observed Winter Solstice with sun-centered rituals. The Romans had their Saturnalia and in fact there were so many different Sun deities connected with Winter Solstice that the Roman emperor Aurelian (@270 AD) officially rolled them all into one single festival and proclaimed December 25 "The Birthday of the Sun". Lighting fires to encourage the return of the sun on the longest night has been a universal tradition since prehistoric times."

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Love it

Those fried bananas Grey Ant provided are a delight. Oh yeah..... And hello, does a name get any better?

Friday, December 14, 2007

Played By My Heteros......

It was a good thing.

The boys, my heteros, they are full of surprises. Asking for my help shopping for something cool at the Foley + Corinna opening for one of their girlfriends who lives in Paris. They said she dresses a lot like I do. Ok. I wanted to know all about her style, likes, dislikes. Does she wear fur or not. I decided that for Paris, to be safe, they should only look at black, a touch of red, or creme. I found this insane, very unique, very thin black suede tunic with a pattern created into the suede out of finely cut slashes. It had some handsewn pearl accents scattered about. Very Kate Moss meets hippie meets Chanel. Maybe more London than Paris, but anyway.

So they boys are all proud, as am I, having helped a friend in fashion need. They get her all wrapped up. We continue on with our champagne, conversation, new friends, and laughter.

The heteros announce a bit later that they decided I deserved a trophy for being this nice person or what have you. (Am I?) I am taken aback by all the compliments, blushing, and thinking they are actually going to present me with some cool little trophy. Ha. So there it is. They hand me the bag. Its the cool suede tunic I picked out. It wasn't for the girlfriend, it was for me :) It was the sweetest thing thats happened, well, since my birthday when my girlfriends all got together and rescued me from fashion week hell.

Of course I had to show it off and tell the tale to just about anyone who would listen that night. The gays, when told about the heteros manuevering, gave the cutest, most enthusiastic round of applause.

I still can't believe it, days later......Those sweet gestures of humanity. Of course I love the tunic, but Its really more the thought of it. That they planned it out and did it.

Dave & Mark, thank you so much......its nice to have such caring friends who can make a girl glow with happiness. :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

When Morning Comes Again

Morning. Mourning. So amazingly haunting is Chrissie's voice. The best part is when she belts out "I was wrong....."

And she has the bestl androgynous style.

The stage and backdrop are quite good in this little clip.

I hope everyone is having a lovely week. I wish you joyous days and nights. Youtube is making me lazy. Or inspired. I just love all these old videos.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Simply Beautiful

From Eri to Mikey to Me and now to You.

Koop Island Blues.

The song (and part of the video) captures that feeling you hopefully have been lucky enough to have had. A hurt heart can be a fortunate thing. Without pain, one cannot appreciate pleasure.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Anti-Hipster Alert: Big Buck Hunter is Where Its AT!

3 girls all named "Heather" for the night. Now you know my trick to play dumb and get rid of the creeps.

We wandered in. Rebecca made us go there to experience it. I see the game. Skynrd is on the jukebox. I don't even care about a drink. I just HAVE to play this game while Skynrd is on. Must get change!
Seriously. Don't piss me off. I'll cut you. I mean shoot you.

Dive bar + 3 friends and one young nouveau riche guy in a Hummer asking us to "come party with him" and no champagne in sight = lets make the best of it and actually have a damned good time!

Except for the fact, and I do not lie, that I may have been a slight "buzz kill" because everytime I shot the buck, um, well, I actually apologized and said, "I'm sorry." Yes, that made my friends laugh, but I felt bad.....even though I wanted to kick some ass.

Its my new la femme Nikita meets modern Cleo 'do that makes me so comfy with weapons perhaps?

Julie was the sexy winner. Though I SMOKED her in the alien screen. Ha. It was the best! Cows being sucked up by alien ships you had to blast away! Wow. I want this at home! Do you think they sponsor vegetarians?
The "aim" (ha, get it) of Big Buck Hunter is simple. Shoot as many of the three male deer with the double pump shot gun on any given screen without shooting any female deer. Double pumping is really difficult. Ha. get it. Anyway, bonuses are awarded for shooting two (double buck) or three (triple buck) and for accuracy. Just don't shoot the does.......its really bad for your score and your karma.....

Cowtails are the BEST

Chewy caramel with vanilla yumminess, and a really cool logo to boot. Quite tasty with a nice Chilean red wine ;0 Try it some time.

So Back......Lookout Los Angeles.........

My inspiration this week, or at least for now ;)

Kiddies, learn some super amazing 80's dance moves. So difficult, oui? SERIOUSLY, if you are too ADD for the beginning of this Romeo Void video, then just move forward and enjoy the bouncing pogo stick moves.

And I DO LIVE by the phrase Never say NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Documentary will show Kate's highs and lows

Documentary will show Kate's highs and lows (From the Guardian, UK)
The programme airs in January

The life and career of supermodel Kate Moss will be the focus of a two-part documentary.

The Channel Five programme will look at the leggy blonde's relationship with musician Pete Doherty and the drugs scandal that surrounded her.

It will also cover her role as a style icon, mum and entrepreneur.

"It will cover everything from the times of Cool Brittania to her association with the so-called Primrose Hill set," a spokesman for the documentary told The London Paper.

The Kate Moss Years is due to be shown on January 9.

Dirty Part Deux

Arena Magazine. David Beckham is the cover boy. Long chain necklace on him in the interview is from our client Pianegonda and we did this placement through our LA office.

I like to wear this piece. Its pretty amazing. It also feels amazing on. I feel like I should be rolling around naked in it, right? I mean you know, it was on his bare skin! Ha. But I'm just not a DB groupie. Does that make me weird? He looks a little convict to me? I'm probably more into Posh ;)

Anyway, enjoy.

I Feel So Dirty......

I think I was home at 3AM? Looooong night. Hustling for the client to try to get to Britney. Yes, the Britney. At that point, I just was on robot mode. It wasn't about me, or being too cool or embarrassed. Just doing my job. Wow. Huge bodyguards, photographers everywhere. I put on my sweet southern accent thinking that may help draw her over to see the client's designs on display in the mansion, and more importantly for my numero uno favorite client especial. Spoke to her cousin for a hot second, actually to Brit Brit for a hot second, and that creepy Sam guy always with her had a conversation with me. The girl, anywhere she went in the mansion, the crowd just shifted towards her like a school of fish following bait. Its hard to even explain. She actually looks cute enough in person. But I wish she would just stay home..... And honestly, I'd rather have been at home in my little place than in that scene in the Bel Air mansion. It was just so gross I can't even describe......

Surfer girls.....local girls

Some calls this weekend thanks to good ol' USA network showing Blue Crush. I turned it on after prodding from Rebecca. I haven't seen it in so long. My dear Mr. Stockwell, you did a fabulous job. So weird in some ways to watch it, so much has changed since then for me, so much in every way possible, and so much for all of us. Funny to think of how some people know the lines I ad-libbed for the film with Keala and for Kate in the end (or as incidental as it may seem to some, to help in creating the "look" of the "modern" surfer girl is kinda cool. Did ya know I actually designed that rashguard? I was just SICK of my girls looking like boys in contests!) It was such an amazing experience and its a cute film. I forged some amazing friendships on that one. BC truly visually captures the beauty and allure of Hawaii. And thats one thing that hasn't changed for me, the pineapple girl. I love Hawaii so much. I have to get there soon! KK and Sanoe, I miss you...............................