1950's gelatin silver print


happy halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!
I love dressing up - and really have no excuse to do it any other day of the year
I love the costumes, warm apple cider, spooky stories, and carving pumpkins!

I did sort of an art themed halloween post this year. 
Leanora Carington, Victorain post mortem photo, Henry Fuseli, vintage postcard, seance photo, spirit photography
Vija Celmins, Cris Brodahl, Kazimir Malevich's death bead (I am kind of obsessed with this actually)

My post last year was actually pretty good, if I do say so myself.
And if you are looking for something spooky to watch, try this, it is one of my favorites!


i'm wishing for the one i love to find me today

I love so many things about this video,
let me count the ways...

I used to love Betty Boop when I was little. 
I mean, who didn't? She's pretty rad
and this animation is so awesome! 
Love the weird ghost dancing
I also think this song from Snow White is so lovely and adorable
it has become my personal theme song as of late
and I have listened to the Labyrinth Ear version over and over 
and over

so good!

young suns

woke up last night at 3:21 with an idea! 

i have been trying to figure out the missing piece to the new body of work i am starting to make 
and it came to me in the middle of the night 
of course i sat awake in the dark for hours thinking about it
i'm super excited, but tired today 
it made me think of this great talk i watched a while ago on creativity
if you are a creative person in any way - you must take a few minutes to watch it
 i love the idea about genius being a spirit that comes to you to help you make your work 
it makes perfect sense to me
that flash of inspiration
it is the creative spirit that works through you
you just have to get out of the way
and let it do it's thing

french deco

1920s Art Deco French Rug (at Doris Leslie Blau)


in season

Persimmons are in season!
One of my favorites fruits

I went to my friend Ann's breath circle tonight, which was wonderfully healing.  I was being kind of hard on myself, and she reminded me, like she always does when I need to hear it, that I am doing fine... great, in fact is the word she used.
 And on the way home I started thinking about WHY is it so hard for most of us to see ourselves as the amazing, talented, beautiful, special souls we all are? Why at times do we have trouble seeing in ourselves what others see in us so effortlessly? Sometimes without even really knowing us. How can they recognize something in us that we have not yet recognized ourself?
I have been thinking about this idea a lot lately. 
My friend Shawn reminded me recently that sometimes we need a mirror to reflect back at us what has been there all along. He cleverly compared it to the "You've got something right there" gesture a friend makes when you have chocolate on your face and don't know it.  

I wanted to challenge myself, and you, to try to practice some self-love. And see if we can go one day where we embrace ourselves for the awesome people we are. And cherish every part of ourselves, even the faults. Where we don't hold ourselves back and where we let ourselves shine like the bright stars we are. A day where we are our own mirrors and our biggest fan.

One day.
Let me know what you think and how it goes... 
and more importantly how it feels.

I also wanted to thank all of my amazing mirrors out there! 
I am grateful for you and I'm reflecting right back atcha!



the foundation

Yesterday my dear friend Kate took me to the Ojai Foundation. It is an amazing sanctuary overlooking the valley. The Foundation holds rites of passage ceremonies, sweat lodges and retreats, all while embracing a totally sustainable way of living and encouraging a harmonious relationship with nature. Kate went on a retreat here in high school with her class (can you imagine? how awesome!). And I felt so lucky that she shared it with me. We spent the afternoon wondering around the huge grounds whispering to each other about nature and life while we hiked through the woods to the tee pee, walked the labyrinth and picked some sage to put on the alter as an offering. 
It is a super special place. 

Thank you Kate for sharing!


from russia, with love

Russian Ballerinas + J.Crew cashmere = love



profound truths

Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.
Henry Miller

Fredrik Åkum
Craig Cramer


pollock and krasner home

A wonderful look inside the East Hampton home of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock.

Everything is preserved so beautifully and elegontlly. 
Read more about it in this magazine.
(thanks Kelly)



photos from the weekend

porsche at the montery classic


where the sea meets the sky

an amazing sunset in Carmel on Friday night