One of the pleasures of living in Los Angeles is the close proximity to nature. I still can’t get over the abundant hiking trails dotted with yellow wildflowers or the occasional coyote sighting. After growing up in the desert—where I painted rocks or spoke to silent cacti—and after years in New York City where I saw many a fire escape garden wither in the grey heat, I decided to resurrect my nonexistent green thumb. Luckily, the Book Stand pop-up shop at the Hollywood Standard was offering a plant workshop devoted to kokedama, aka the art of Japanese hanging gardens. If you’re imagining Scarlett Johansson stumbling upon a languid flower arranging class in a high-end Tokyo hotel while an Air soundtrack magically tinkers in the ether, you’ll understand how I saw myself in this situation. Sadly, I’d mistaken kokedama for ikebana, but I was still intrigued.
First of all, if you haven’t visited the online Book Stand store yet, please do so. I met Claire at the LA Art Book Fair and was completely blown away by her booth. Not only does she carry a vast array of interesting art and design books from around the globe, she sells unusual vintage books, too, and styles everything in a spare and elegant way. Also? She loves tumbleweeds and proudly displayed one in the center of the store.
I was so taken with the pop-up’s wares, that I felt it only appropriate to buy a bluebonnet button (TEXAS FOREVER), flower t-shirt, and cactus sketch book to usher in my new gardening lifestyle. They all went into a free tote bag designed by local artist Lauren Spencer King. Oh, and the workshop? It was orchestrated by Lili Cuzor, who made sure we all left with soil under our fingernails and a couple of colorful string gardens to enliven our homes. Her advice was this: “Talk to the plants, let them know you care. They will thrive.”
So far, so good.
What’s the best punk rock girl movie ever made? Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains, of course! I’m thrilled to announce that it’s the first movie I’ll be tackling for my new Cinema Style series with MTV Style. Here’s a sneak peek on how to get the Corinne Burns (aka Third Degree Burns) look.
“One does their work for the people, and the more people you can touch, the more wonderful it is. You don’t do your work and say, ‘I only want the cool people to read it.’ You want everyone to be transported or hopefully inspired by it.”
Before I get into the trials and tribulations of a recent cross-country move from NYC to LA, I must point out that I love, want, and NEED a Macramé Palapa Chair from Pacific Wonderland to usher in West Coast living. They’re available at Kneeland Mercado Co should you want to infuse your own home with Cali style.
Whatever happened to ’80s Brit band YAZ (also known as Yazoo)? They’re the synth-ier, slightly happier precursor to The xx and they’re my inspiration this week. Behold them in all their asymmetrical, Bowie-mulleted, neon-goth electro glory…
“Don’t let it get you down. After all, no matter how you feel, you have to live with people. You have to live with yourself, too!”
I came across Emily Miranda’s jewelry line via Grey Area, a NYC showroom with a fantastic webshop. Cobbling together works fit for a more regal Little Mermaid, her latest collection is all about seafaring accessory GOLD.
I can’t decide if I want to live in or avoid the worlds depicted in German artist Till Gerhard’s paintings. Lush, haunting, enigmatic, and menacing, they could be pleasant dreams or subtle nightmares. Either way, they’re riveting.
Food, fashion, cats, and literature–these are some of my greatest loves in life. Swirl them together and you have Eatable of Many Orders, a Japanese fashion label that takes its name from Kenji Miyazawa’s short story, “Restaurant of Many Orders” about a cat who seeks vengeance on hunters. Wishing to inspire buyers to dig deeper and question the provenance of the clothing, Eatable of Many Orders presents their collection as you would food and its list of ingredients. They state that they would like to introduce products in such a way as to provoke the question, “What’s in it?” Colorful, ladylike, well-crafted, and interesting, even their accessories leave you wanting to know more.
Artisanal Ansatz is a French design duo interested in surrealism and ballpoint pens. They painstakingly recreate graphic paper grids that are adorned with simple-lined images of everyone from Woody Allen and Rene Magritte to David Bowie and Serge Gainsbourg. (And one cannot forget Snoop!) Get ‘em in their online shop or over at Colette.