Archive for March, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

fake problems

Mad men or tropical weather? Funny that that’s the conundrum I’m dealt with this week and yes, I’ve been heard harping once or twice about the fact that I won’t be home to watch the season premiere this Sunday, two weeks overseas and who’d ever think a trip abroad to tropical weather and great food would have any drawbacks. Anyways, the recording’s been set for Sunday and given that we’ve been kept waiting for so long already, what’s another 2 weeks really? You can bet though that I’ll be sipping on an Old-Fashioned at a local bar or restaurant in Vientiane just like Catherine Deneuve did in sweaty Saigon in Indochine, channel the ladies of Mad Men and wear my velvet printed heels that feel so dressed up and polished and wonder what went down.

Just getting there is the goal now, 17 hours on a direct flight and then a 1 hour flight to my destination, wowzers it’s gonna be a long one! bon voyage! hopefully some dispatches from the other side of the world too.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

spring!

Enjoy the weather lately? It was so windy here and stormy too over the weekend. Good thing I was at home with a fire going just watching out through the large picture windows and it was like mother nature was bitch slapping the house, even if only for an hour that one episode when it rained cats and dogs on Saturday was pretty epic. And rushing out in our rubber boots to clear the debris from all the drains..um, not so much. Oh the joys of living on a hill! and who knew our sloping driveway easily doubles as a water slide, of course it’s a rushing stream of water headed straight to our garage door, not the most ideal scenario and you can imagine how vital working drains are around here. Anyways, cheers to spring! Bring it, bring it!

I want this vintage floral Attic and Barn Kuredo dress at Madewell

and these peeptoe Ferro sandals at Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Lovely, no?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong)

How fortunate I am to be living in an area where people can meet throughout the week to practice this amazing guided meditation known as Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong). My friend, Mitch introduced me to Falun Dafa and I had also heard a bunch of wonderful testimonials from strangers about it too, so of course I was curious and finally I “showed up.” My first “meet-up” was at Bindu Yoga Studio in Del Mar, just strangers and friends coming together on a late Saturday afternoon. Myself and a girl from Manhattan who was on a business trip staying at the hotel down the street were the first to show up that afternoon, both “newbies” to the practice and it was over an hour of just peaceful and thoughtful movement, the warm orange light of the sun setting into the ocean filling the entire studio and afterwards the sky was the most brilliant shades of blue with a crescent moon hovering above, there couldn’t have been a prettier setting and introduction for us. I like that it’s open, there’s no walls, no dogma, it’s not a religion, no ritual, no doctrine and how humbled am I to know that there’s people like Mitch who commit their time every week volunteering to organize these “meet-ups” up and down the coast so they can share Falun Dafa with everyone. It’s free of charge, there’s no donations and everyone is welcome, just show up, help heal your bodies, feel light with your mind clear and clean, at peace and as Mitch has said,

“…the amazing peace that you feel after practicing is genuinely pure, sincere and incredibly inspiring to human health. While the exercises help to reduce stress and bring great improvements in health and fitness, the purpose of practicing Falun Gong is to connect to one’s true inner self, to strive to be more honest, more kind, and more patient as taught by the founder of Falun Dafa, Teacher Li Hongzhi.”

Falun Dafa/Falun Gong is widespread, practiced all over the world. Hopefully you’ll be moved to action or inspired knowing that there are people out there who have been persecuted, jailed and killed in China just for coming together and practicing. The facts and the history will make you think about freedom, human rights, value and importance, offering perspective and understanding. If you’re local here’s the site where you can check the schedule for the weekly “meet-ups” and if you’re not local here’s the site that will help you locate a practice in your area. Check it.

Friday, March 16, 2012

rodent boots

Birds chirp here 24/7, last night especially loud and chit chatty, very much like humans and still at it this morning too while I filled two garbage cans full of weeds. It’s like my morning ritual, after the morning’s packing and shipping is done it’s just me and weeds, slowly and surely 2 garbage cans full a day at least 5 days a week and they should disappear, containment is more like it. And this is just dealing with what’s left after Ritchie and his bobcat took care of most of the yard the other week, leaving me here with just the perimeter, nooks and crannies but of course it feels like a field-full still. Lesson learned, never let the weeds get out of control, the goal is not a forest, evict them immediately.

Indoors for something to munch on, trail chews from my friend’s family’s supermarket, Frazier Farms in Vista are so good. Definitely in the running for best cookie ever; dried coconut, apricot, papaya, cherries, cranberries, almonds, walnuts and pepitas, so good.

A quick look too at Isabel Marant’s F/W 2012 offerings and these 3 dresses, warning ya, don’t look at the pricetag and just imagine yes, please.

The print above is lovely and the dresses below, a nod western.

Runway pics via M’oda ‘Operandi

I also got a package in the mail and dude asks, “what is it?” Box unopened and my immediate reply was, “a box of awesome.” Yah, ya know it! Moving into my new closet has also meant a thorough edit and trades like this one on ebay make it all so sweet. “Trade ya my old stuff for new stuff” and spring cleaning’s far from a chore this season.

kick ass Pierre Hardy leather wedge booties, dead marmot?

or not? As it is a marmot I can fathom it was roadkill…and now on my feet. Never one to think of ever purchasing fur and this feels cruel, conflicted? yes.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

Have you seen this place? It’s gorgeous, very well done and open to the public to stay too, sweet!

To wake up in a bedroom like this; Tunisian-style painted tall ceilings, a busy bright floor, large windows with light and breezy window coverings, of course nothing less, it is Southern Italy and you are staying at Francis Ford Coppola’s fifth and most luxurious hotel, Palazzo Margherita.

Sofia’s bedroom would work too, the trompe l’oiel trellis walls are jaw-dropping gorgeous.

Then fly down the flight of stairs, you can’t miss the fabulous white murano glass chandelier and the railing’s real pretty too

Then we’d meet for a drink at the bar, how cozy are we? Look up and there’s another pretty murano glass chandelier, look down, a pretty tile floor and the wallpaper, it works.

And the many amazing lunches and dinners we’ll share, cheers with some good wine of course. The attention to detail is everywhere, in everything here and Parisian interior designer, Jacques Grange did an amazing job turning this home into the perfect “summer palace.”

All pics via WSJ.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

wednesday farmer’s market

Did you know downtown Encinitas is getting a second farmer’s market every Wednesday starting this springtime? May through September, the farmers market will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and October through April, it will run from 4 to 7 p.m. taking up about two-thirds of the 80-space parking lot on the corner of Vulcan and E St. right along the railroad tracks. Come out and support local growers and artisans, Sundays and Wednesdays, sweet!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

after the storm

Recovering here from a week afflicted with that mean coughing bug that’s been making the rounds and monday night’s hail storm, my poor house and some damage control is in the works, yard drainage issues setting us back a good month now. I’m beginning to think this reno process enjoys our company a little too much, right when you think you’re nearly done, the rug of course gets pulled right from under you. What’s a little more work thrown into the lot? they won’t mind kinda deal. Mind we do of course but there’s not much you can do but bite your tongue and keep on.

And as quickly as the gopher assisted bamboo came crashing down the cable railing installation on the decks and stairways went up as well, much thanks to the guys at Pacific Rigging Loft, Inc. in San Diego. Honest dudes that did not take us for a ride and the kind of quality and good workmanship you dream of. Very nice solid stainless steel poles and cables and we finished the top rail ourselves, custom cutting, sanding and oiling mangaris handrails to blend in with the rest of the house, soften the look of the steel frame. Success.