Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dressed for L.A.

Mimi wears a suede skirt, faux fur jacket and monster tote for all those shopping bags she hopes to bring home.  Although she is more of an "Off Rodeo Drive" kind of gal, she admits she's a Wannabe.

Yeah, yeah.
We peaked.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Rodarte Exhibit

Last weekend I shopped the boutiques along Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood--always a favorite haunt of mine.   It's not the clothes in the shops that I've been dreaming about all week, rather it's the exquisite gowns and tutus designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy displayed at the MOCA satellite behind the Pacific Design Center.

You enter a dark hole of a space and nine black garments are suspended in mid-air.  The three Odile tutus twirl around as if embodied by ghosts.  The long black gowns are collages of vinyl, silk, lace and alpaca wool.  There is a hushed reverence as a handful of people circle the clothes, gawking, dying to touch, knowing it's strictly forbidden.  "Stay behind the line," a security guard barks.  "No pictures."

I blurt out, "Oh, I want this dress," and I am totally mortified.  A well-dressed older woman smiles back at me.  "Me, too," she says.

Upstairs the eeriness is washed away by bright lights, white walls and the creamy dresses from Rodarte's Fall 2010 White Collection.  Again I am mystified at how cohesive a blending of wool, gauze, silk and pearls can be.  It's the addition of twine to the short red and white dresses in the last grouping that delights me the most.  The sublime is interwoven with the ordinary.  It is what I strive for every day of my life.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The David

Well, all I had to do was show Mimi the photo I took of Michelangelo's magnificent David and she dumped her terracotta warrior in no time flat.  Now, she's in love with all things Italian.

like this Marni blouse

and Missoni scarf.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Xian Warrior

Oh no!   Mimi is in love
with this Xian Warrior.

I shouldn't have ever shown her my pictures of the terra cotta warriors.  She has embedded her wrought iron stand into the floor and is refusing to let me dress her.  She insists I pack her into a wooden crate and ship her Air Cargo to Xian.  She wants to spend all of eternity guarding Emperor Qin with her beloved.
What am I going to do?  I just started this blog.  She can't abandon me now!

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Yangtze River Cruise

We float down the Yangtze River
passed pagodas and temples
and deserted homes.
The faces in the limestone mountains
implore us to never forget them.

The water turns from brown to jade
to emerald green
the deeper we penetrate the Lesser Gorge.
This is a land consumed by spirits,
blessed by a goddess,
and protected by a dragon.

 "Are your parents saddened by having to leave their home?"
I ask our guide.
"No way.  They're happy.  They have
new bigger modern house now."
Our cruise ends and all of us,
tourists and natives alike,
are silenced by the roar of
The Three Gorges Dam.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Silk and Cloisonne

Mimi models the silk jacket and blouse I purchased in Shanghai.  Our U. S. Size 6-8 translates into Extra-Large in China!

I bought these cloisonne bracelets at the Friendship Store in Beijing.  Craftsmen at the store demonstrate the cloisonne enamel technique.  Wire is bent into shapes and soldered onto the copper piece.  Different colors of enamel are then applied and finally it is fired and polished.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Great Wall of China

These stones bear the weight of centuries.  Originally built to keep out invaders, the wall now links all of humanity, past and present.  As I walk across its spine, I have that "Good to be Alive" moment.  The Great Wall of China is truly a highlight of my travels.

Poor Mimi.  She has a "My mom went
to China and all I got was this lousy
t-shirt" moment.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mimi in the Redwoods

I highly recommend GETTING LOST to anyone who travels.  The element of surprise--that secret garden or hole-in-the-wall bakery, undiscovered by guidebooks and Anthony Bourdain, is what makes life, well, so damn fun.  Mimi and I are currently lost in a redwood forest.  However, we have our warm vintage coat with the orange lining, a bottle of Syrah, some sourdough bread and brie.  We're in no hurry to get found.  Ever.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Walk in Carmel


The Hobbit Houses have names like Sea Magic, Dream Catcher, Anchor House and The Echo.

If I lived here, I would call my house The Otter Shoe.  (Okay, maybe not!)

I bought this black fedora from the Carmel Hat Company where hundreds of hats are stacked from floor to ceiling--by far, my favorite store in Carmel.  These shoes, purchased from the Carmel Bay Company, are the color of the ocean.  A perfect souvenir!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Big Sur

Slow down.
Stop the music.
Listen to the litany of oohs and aahs
as you round every corner.

"You guys can just leave me here if you want."