Monthly Archives: October 2009

holiday: day of the dead

photos courtesy Ruby Lang

Halloween is just around the corner … and so is The Day of The Dead. Each year the amazingly talented Ruby Lang lovingly installs an ofrenda within SoLo to celebrate the holiday. This year’s theme is “Alimenta Para El Almo” (“Food for the Soul”). She decorated with traditional sugar skulls, fresh flowers, religious artifacts, a basket of limes, and plenty of food. The altar stands about 12 feet tall and is chock full of treasures and tiny details. You can check it out through November 1st at SoLo (on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, CA).

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stocking stuffer: mini calendar

Sub-Studio’s first ever calendar is genius! The mini size (2.25″ x 3.75″) will fit in my wallet so I can keep those pesky dates straight. And the mini price ($5) will not cause my wallet to seize up.

Inspirational phrases are on the front of each calendar. Here are my favorites:

Don’t panic.
Take the chance while you still have the choice.
Be brave enough to live creatively.
Change your luck today.
Originality overcomes everything.
Good luck is the result of good planning.

You can choose your own saying ($5) or leave it to chance & let Sub-Studio pick for you ($4).

If you like Sub-Studio’s calendars you’ll probably also like Orange Beautiful‘s inspiring Gocco art prints. I have the “Do Something About It” print hanging in my studio.

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culture torture: the frick collection

Last week I visited The Frick Collection in Manhattan. Amazing! I spent a lot of time there as a teenager, because my Godmother lived around the corner and she and my mom liked to “culture torture” their kids by dragging us to museums. The visit brought back a lot of wonderful memories. When I was younger the entire home was open for tours … I remember racing Drew up the staircase (shameful, I know). These days the collection is consolidated downstairs, and the curators have added wonderful audio tours. I love this museum because it really is like visiting a home (a spectacular, fancy home with a built in art gallery wing with gorgeous velvet walls).

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holiday freakout

photo: delphine

Christmas is roughly eight weeks away. It’s giving me minor heart palpitations just thinking about it. Shopping, packaging, organizing, planning, cooking, baking, shipping, tights, playing Santa, baking more, Christmas cards, lines, deadlines, dressing up, parties … PANIC. Last year I felt really into the holidays early on. This year the thought of a cookie exchange fills me with dread. What can I do to get into the holiday spirit? Right now I just want to climb into a gopher hole and emerge after Valentine’s Day! Do you ever feel like you just don’t have time for the holidays?

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fall colors: athens, ohio

Before my camera broke I did manage to snap a few shots of the beauty of the fall leaves at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. When I was a student October was my favorite month because of the splendor of the turning leaves. In fact when I think of Ohio University I think of an afternoon that I sat outside in front of the library on an October morning … the leaves were shockingly bright yellow on the enormous oak trees. I was late to French class because of the spectacle.

It was our son’s first time seeing a true fall, and the bottom right photo is him looking up at the tree waiting for the leaves to “fall down.” He brought home a few leaves to share at show-and-tell.

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party at the plaza: martha stewart weddings 15th anniversary

My camera broke while on vacation in Ohio so I had to use my trusty iPhone to take snapshots of the Martha Stewart Weddings 15th Anniversary party at the Plaza Hotel. I cannot describe how disappointed I am that I couldn’t get some nice shots! It was a truly spectacular event (though you can’t tell so much from my ick photos). Editor Darcy Miller wrote a post on her blog with some better photos, so check that out for more details and photos here. Congratulations to the entire MSW team on 15 fantastic years.

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trend: champagne saucers

I’m loving the new trend of champagne saucers (or coupes) instead of flutes.I know it’s better for the champagne to be in flutes (to keep the bubbles tight) … but I drink it so quickly a saucer is just fine with me.

Left to right: Marc Jacobs “Colette” for Waterford (Macys), Calvin Klein Home “Basso” (Macys), Marc Jacobs “David” for Waterford (Macys), Platinum Ombre Champagne Coupe by A Mise En Scene for Ruffian Design (Anthropologie).

UPDATE: The “welcome” champagne cocktails (they were yummy and PINK) at the Martha Stewart Weddings 15th Anniversary Party at The Plaza were served in sweet champagne saucers. So chic.

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color palette: first impressions of ohio

These are the colors I have seen in Ohio so far. We arrived at dusk yesterday to the Columbus, Ohio airport. It was a gloomy, dreary day. The airport there is pretty much a concrete box, and smelled of stale smoke. Blech. Then the parking garage where the rental cars are was even darker and drearier. Our 5yr old asked “why is it so boring?” … he is used to a lot of color and action in SoCal I guess! It was drizzling a little and he wondered aloud why nobody was outside enjoying the rain (it rains so seldomly at home that we rejoice with every raindrop). He couldn’t wrap his head around the idea that it rains a lot here.

The red in the color palette represents all the Ohio State sweatshirts we saw during our brief visit to Columbus. It also represents the pit stop we took for pumpkin pie at Bob Evans (so many fond memories of Bob Evans … it’s the Denny’s or Waffle House of the Midwest).

The purple and pink (color! yay!) represent all the fun princess stuff in my niece’s rooms in their new home in Athens, Ohio. Today I’m hoping for blue sky to best illuminate all the beautiful fall foliage … and I predict a lot of OU green, too.

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mini fall vacation

Today we’re en route to OHIO! John is a native, and it’s where he and I met (17 years ago as undergrads at Ohio University). We’re visiting family in Athens, Ohio, and we’re super excited to hang out with the family, of course (!), but we’re also looking forward to walking down memory lane as we visit the town where we first met. The Ridges, The Post, Tony’s, Casa Nueva, The Front Room, Burrito Buggy, Hays, Yogurt O, Court Street, The Pub, The Crystal, The Dugout … the Shuffle. I doubt most of those things are still around (with the exception of Hays and, we hope, Tony’s) but we’re looking forward to it nevertheless!

Note to self … try to remember things about College Days besides the names of favorite bars …

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