8.31.2011

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Lucian Freud painting the Queen






lovely







carmen dell'orefice by richard avedon






8.30.2011

ingenua





















Summer has finally arrived!
Or should I say the summer heat has finally arrived. I thought June and July were too good to be true here in LA. But it finally feels right to be posting summer inspiration. 
For months I have been lusting after this spread that I saw last November in the Bergdorf Goodman Magazine. I love the feminine look of every outfit, and the more modern take on the classic 50's hair style {I have been trying to figure out how to get my hair to do this}, everything is just perfection!






  

summer















8.28.2011

feeling



cory janiak





Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.
Rainer Maria Rilke






i am happy







it is seriously this simple



8.26.2011

my ten favorite things // kate danson \\



Kate is an amazing photographer and talented actress. She is warm, and wise, and wild at heart. She is a perfect blend of a modern free
spirited woman who is down to earth, and whose heart knows great depth. Not to mention she is just as beautiful on the outside as she
is on the inside. She has amazing style, and she and her wonderful husband have created such a cozy home together. 
I am so happy to have Kate share her ten favorite things!
enjoy






Medicine Pouch
When I was 17, I was given a medicine pouch {on right) by a Native American medicine man, pretty amazing right?  I was so moved by the gesture that ever since, I've carried it with me and continued to build on it.  There's something so amazing about the tradition, the idea of carrying your own personal medicine with you. Of course, nothing beats advil. 




      


Antique Blouse and Shorts
I was very close to my grandmother, or Granny as I called her, on my father's side, and when she passed away, we all went through her precious belongings and chose a few things that we wanted to hold on to.  We found the most beautiful objects in her trousseau, it's too hard to say that just one of them is my favorite.  The Victorian blouse was her mother's, my great-grandmother's and is in perfect condition.  And the shorts, or dare I say underwear, are hers!  Too cute!   





Miss Lauren Spencer King's Painting
What can I say about Lauren's art that you all don't already know!  It's unbelievably gorgeous and she's an unrivaled talent.  I'm honored to have a few of her pieces on my wall.  And even more honored that she made the art for our wedding invitations, which I'm showing here!  I cherish it!!!  





Crystals
I've been collecting crystals since I was a little girl.  I'm not sure if it's their beauty or their properties that I love so much.  I remember the first time I flew alone, my parents gave me a crystal to put in my pocket, and whether it was just the idea that it might protect me or if in some magical universe it really did, either way, I felt better knowing it was in pocket. 



 

Piano
My husband and I first saw this adorable miniature piano (yes, it's as small as it looks) in our friend's store, Ten Over Six.  We both thought that it was part of the decor.  But to our surprise, it wasn't, and they were actually thrilled to sell it to us!  It's one of my favorite objects in our house.... There's nothing I love more than when a friend is moved to play it.
(Side note, and I know I'm cheating, I love those prints above the piano, which I lusted after for years and were gifted to me by my siblings!)





Horse Painting
This painting was a long time coming!  Years ago, I sublet a semi-furnished  apartment from a really cool woman with fantastic taste.  One of the things she left in the apartment was an amazing horse portrait that I fell in love with.  And for years after that, I was on the hunt for a portrait of my own.  Finally, after years of looking through flea markets and antique stores, my sweet husband found this painting and surprised me with it on my birthday!  





Records
I have an amazing collection of records that were my mother's as a child, as well as my grandfather's.  My mother was training to be a concert pianist as a young girl and my grandfather played the upright base and conducted big bands in the 1940's.  So needless to say, the collection is pretty amazing.  Most of the records are 78's so I rarely get the chance to play them.  But the albums themselves are such beautiful objects that I love having them on the shelves. 





Drum
In a parallel universe, I'm a hugely successful drummer in a band.  I've always wished that I could play drums but never had the nerve to take lessons.  Growing up, my father had a beautiful leather drum that I loved which he would occasionally play for me.  Knowing all this, my dear friend Jane Anne, gave me this amazing Native American drum for my birthday.  (And sometimes when I'm feeling crazy, I'll pound on it when no one's home!)





Rings
I love my rings!  I have a collection of rings that I wear everyday, come hell or high water, almost.  My engagement ring, which is a true beauty, is thanks to my husband Jesse and the designer Irene Neuwirth.  I have never loved a ring more!  Then there's a few thin bands that I wear everyday.  And lastly, my amazing Woodford & Co coin ring designed by my dear friend Sheree Commerford that is a real show stopper!  Every time I wear it, someone stops me to ask about it. 





Camera
Second to acting, photography is a great passion of mine.  And because of that, I love cameras, of all shapes and sizes!  This Contax T2 has never let me down and because it's a film camera, I never know how the pictures are going to turn out, which I love!









8.25.2011

favorites







Tomorrow I am posting the first edition of my new feature, My Ten Favorite Things

I love looking at the great blogs out there that give you sneak peeks into stylish peoples closets, but even with all the eye candy at times I long for more, something that goes deeper. One day while looking around my bedroom, imagining what special pieces I would pull out to show-and-tell, I started thinking about what I value in my life. I started to realize that all the items I really love are the ones that have personal meaning. My favorite bag isn't my favorite because it is the "in" style of the moment or because it was expensive, it is because it has sentimental value. I know the most important part of life isn't the things we own, but for me, the things that are my favorite are so because of what they mean to me, who they are from, or where I got them. It is why they are important that really matters. I think you can tell a lot about a person if you listen to them speak about why something matters to them. And I wanted to create a place where this was explored, and where people could share their stories.

So, I will be asking friends, "what are your ten favorite things, and why?" It could be anything in their home: a book, a ring, a piece of art... anything. I am excited to see what people come up with! I'm sure everyones list will be quite different.



I hope you enjoy!





photo by me



8.24.2011

collection





























           








This is part of my rock and mineral collection. 
The other part is in my studio and then I have some larger pieces around my home and then a pouch of special crystals and minerals I keep by my bed, use during meditation, and also travel with. 
Some have been gifts, and I have collected some during travels, but mostly I go to Gem, Mineral and Fossil shows. I know... dorky, but oh so awesome! It is seriously heaven to me. I love going and spending hours looking around and asking questions and finding the special pieces. I can't get enough, there are so many amazing shapes and colors and textures. I find them endlessly inspirational. One of my favorite minerals is Pyrite. It is what I have collected the most of, I am always drawn to it.  

What do you collect?





8.23.2011

awakening








I had an amazing weekend, truly life changing. I spent the weekend in David Elliott's Healer Training One. After meeting him through my dear friend Ann, and having my first breathing session in 2004, I have wanted to do this workshop. I knew I needed to, but something about the timing never seemed right, until now. I feel totally ready, 2011 is my year to dive into this head on, and work on myself and learn about my gifts and nurture my intuition. 
It was a two day course full of so much insight, knowledge, experience, growth, fun, emotion and love. I just can't put it into words... it was so magical and profound. I learned so much. I won't try to explain how I feel changed or what I learned, but I will just say I look forward to honoring my new insights and going forward with love and awareness. 

I want to send love out into the universe to all of the truly amazing people in the workshop this weekend who came from near and far. Each one was not only a healer but also a teacher, all with their individual gifts, talents and knowledge. Although it was only two days I feel very close to them, we all bonded and are like a little family. I want to thank both of my partners, Jorge and Nicola (who is Italian, and a gifted Gong Master) for being open and trusting, and for sharing their gifts with me. And I want to especially thank David, I have so much gratitude for you, words can not express. 


love!





{photos: me & joseph scheer the moth is one of my animal guides}



8.22.2011

craft night



So, last Monday my sweet, lovely and creative neighbors, Lili and Kelly, and I got together to have our first ever Craft Night! We gathered at Lili's cozy home. As we enjoyed every bite of Kelly's delicious kale and arugula salad, we laid all of our materials out, got all set up and then ended up talking about profound life experiences until midnight with out a single craft made! Haha! As Lili said, "...whatever was shared last night, although no crafts were actually made, was very beautiful and inspiring." And she couldn't be more right!

above is Lili's cat, Button. he is such a love


Though the next day we were itchin' to get our craft on! So Lili and I set up outside and got busy.






Originally I had this elaborate dream catcher / mobile combo idea, but I was rearranging some things on my wall (having to take down a watercolor I had made when I was little, I was afraid it was fading in the light), I was left with a hole to fill. So I decided to hang a pouch that is from my mum's amazing collection of Native American objects, and then it still needed something. I looked around and saw my half moon dream catcher and stuck it up there! I think it works? What do you think?


             








Check out Lili's post on her beautiful branch arrows!



Also - So many exciting posts to come this week! I had an AMAZING weekend at a Healer Training Workshop, I am going to share photos of part of my gem and mineral collection (you can see a little above), and my new addition to the blog My Ten Favorite Things, first up, Mrs Kate Danson




8.18.2011

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velvet magazine june 2011