12.31.2011

happy




Mama Cass, Mary Travers & Joni Mitchell sing “I Shall Be Released” 
on the Mama Cass Television Program in 1969

How awesome are these three ladies?!
Love!




I hope you all have a Happy New Year celebration!











12.29.2011

helen frankenthaler







Helen Frankenthaler is one of my favorite painters! 
She is the only artist I have loved since I was a teenager. 
Sadly on Tuesday she passed away. She was such an influential artist, and one of the few female painters in the 50's. 
I think her paintings are beautiful and extraordinary!
Barbara Rose wrote of Frankenthaler's gift of, “the freedom, spontaneity, openness and complexity of an image, not exclusively of the studio or the mind, but explicitly and intimately tied to nature and human emotions.”
You can read more about her here.
And I have done a few posts on her in the past, here, here, and here (one of my first posts ever)

The following series of black and white photos are my all time fave! I love seeing her in action, like a ballet dancer. And of course I love everything about the photo above, she was so young, and beautiful, and I love her sitting in the middle (and on!) of all of her paintings. You can see her most well known painting Mountains and Sea on the left. 



I love you Helen!































gifts


A few gifts I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas





A beautiful vase made by my brothers friend, Ben.
An awesome pair of scissors (hand crafted), and a ring that has been on my wish list, both from Alex.





Delicious jam made by June Taylor, from my sweet neighbor Lili
They sell this at Cookbook and Lili told me that June is an expert in sugar!
I love that! It is so yummy I have been sneaking spoonfulls all day!
(and isn't the letterpress label so beautiful?)
And an adorable little vase. 





A beautiful vintage pin from Kate, that immediately went onto my jacket.








And this wonderful gift was from some family friends who live up north. They are an amazing couple  (he works on my dad's race car). They are super retro and cool, and they know how much I love Paris. They sent me this vintage book of Post Cards with a note reading:
Lauren, My Grandfather was an ambulance driver in WWII. He sent these home to Kansas in 1919, from Paris.
Isn't that amazing!!



LOVE!








12.27.2011

ocean fog








































On monday I stayed at the house while everyone went on a sail... and I was reading outside when the fog rolled in.
It was magical!
The light was so beautiful and I couldn't stop snapping photos as the atmosphere changed. 
I love the light and the colors and the rainbow.
I felt so lucky to be witness to such a stunning moment of the day.





12.26.2011

holiday



























My family spent the weekend at the beach, just south of Santa Barbara. 
It was so beautiful to wake up to the ocean every morning and be lulled to sleep by the waves every night.
And so many stars! I missed you stars!
It was so fun to take walks at low tide with the pups. Ava loved running around with Olive (my brother's dog, who loves the water). 
I spent the weekend reading, waking the beach, finding treasures, studying the starfish, and staring at the ocean. I also had fun making pancakes, watching movies and playing board games.
I know all beach photos can start to look the same after a while, so thanks for hanging in there with me. I tried to edit, but it was just so breathtaking.
Speaking of! Wait until you see the photos tomorrow!!




I hope you all had a lovely holiday!




12.23.2011

happy holidays
















Wishing you a magical and joyous holiday full of warmth and love

xo
L






12.22.2011

paris bombay





























I can not get over how stunning the presentation of the Chanel show at the Grand Palais looks!
The new Metiers d’art collection, inspired by India’s Maharajas and lavish palaces. I adore the color palate! And every detail is just so beautiful.

Speaking of, check out this amazing video. The level of craftsmanship just blows my mind.