Friday, March 30, 2012

joshua radin

just in love with this song. happy friday

recent work

have I ever mentioned the Smart Girls? Hunt Ortmann is a law group out of Pasadena that specialize in construction law. Two of the lawyers there, who are women, wanted to develop a focus with women in construction. Little did I know but there is a whole National Organization of Women In Construction.

The three of us [with blessings from the partners] put together an identity, a launch kit and workbooks about construction law last year to kick off the Smart Girls project. The booklets help keep contracts current and keep folks out of trouble [hopefully]. In the event they need assistance the Smart Girl team is there to help.

More importantly, The women at Hunt Ortmann really wanted to have a networking group dedicated to women in the business. Let's face it construction is pretty manly, so by having events and inviting the networking they hope to elevate women in all aspects of the industry.

last week they had an event out in Los Angeles and they asked me to come up with a fun and interesting give-a-way. I had spotted this Essie nail polish late last year and though how fun it would be to use it for their group since the color nearly matches their logo.

They loved the idea and so I called on a local beauty supply chain and said, can I buy everything you have? 200 bottles later [girl heaven] and on SALE no less [smart girls love a bargin] I developed a trifold hangtag that was digitally printed and we tied a pretty ribbon to each one.

it's always fun when clients love an idea out of the gate. It was a treat to do it as well.

know a woman in construction? [anyone from project managers to subcontractors] it's a free service to sign up for their newsletter and get informed about new bids coming up [that sometimes women owned businesses get a leg up on], networking events and mailings of the latest and greatest smart girl guides.

Thursday, March 29, 2012


how sweet is this photo of Elizabeth Taylor? I've never seen it before.

american badass

in the studio today

american badass via Ashkahn

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


what have you been doing lately? oh printing my ass off for this crazy, talented man Ashkahn.

His work is funny, edgy and ballsy to say the least! My assistant who is openly out said to me this morning "as a gay man, I've had my hands in quite a bit of vagina lately" umm, yes you have. sorry about that? it's never dull around here.

I'm sending this to my waxer [seriously]

who wouldn't want a crotch shot congrats card?

I'm so glad I don't have anyone I think about like this daily. there was a time though...

true dat!

psssht think that's it? not even close go see the rest of his stuff here. Better yet? if you're in LA go see his pop up shop this weekend.


is a pop-up shop created by ASHKAHN and ADI and inspired by Los Angeles.

7 TO 10PM

At: 2147 W. Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA


Monday, March 26, 2012


just a little ode to Mad Men's season premiere

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Elbow patches

Chris is having a vintage obsession lately. I shouldn't say lately because it's been since the start, but he is honing in on a sort of refined look these days complete with horseshoe moustache [it's growing on me]. I saw this story over on NYTimes blog last week and thought oh he's going to love this. {surprise he does}

Jack Foxley's Dapper Patches is brilliant no? trim out little jazzy bits of leather and attach them to the pointy elbow bits that poke out [I am guilty of this]

there are two types of service: patches only [12 bucks!!] or send in your garment and they'll attach for you for $35 including return shipping.

I said to chris lets order a set of a orange or something they're only 12 bucks! duh honey we need the professional elbow patcher to sew them on. [duh, of course]

photos Flora Hanitijo for NY Times and cover image via Jack Foxley

Thursday, March 22, 2012


in my old age I've become a fan of large jewelry... like bubble gum size 50's inspired jewels. I'm on my way to being Iris Apfel

I also have discovered I don't like a necklace that has a dangily bit down the middle... what is that called? a pendant? it's not graphic enough for me. It's got to stay ROUND about my neck.

then in comes Elva Fields and it's like pretty much everything was made for me. who knew?

ps. I reaalllly reaaallly like that turquoise one. $338

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

some days are better than others

do you have to pep talk yourself? I do, pretty regularly. The past few weeks seemed to call for something almost hourly. I'm just riding the wave of a creative spiral at the moment. I look to a few sites that help me during these times and low.and.behold this perfect gem was just waiting for me this afternoon at lunch...

"Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping,…Stop it and just DO!…

Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety…

You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!…

Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be…

I know that you (or anyone) can only work so much and the rest of the time you are left with your thoughts. But when you work or before your work you have to empty you [sic] mind and concentrate on what you are doing. After you do something it is done and that’s that. After a while you can see some are better than others but also you can see what direction you are going. I’m sure you know all that. You also must know that you don’t have to justify your work – not even to yourself."

excerpted from a letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse

from this wonderful woman

Monday, March 19, 2012

photographer profile: Palani Mohan

gosh, I always love when something takes my breath away don't you? it seems such a rare thing these days to be sort of joyously thrilled. I was flipping through a silly little magazine this weekend included with my paper The Red Bulletin put out by Red Bull. I say silly, but it's really well done and focused on action sports around the world. I've seen 3 or 4 now and I'm always sort of happily surprised by the photography and the quality of the magazine. When I got to the section with photographer Palani Mohan's work I just gasped. The color! the people!

The event photographed is the Hindu festival Holi marking the end of winter and the coming of spring. A celebration of the god Krishna and is considered a festival of love.

during the festival, crowds throw colored powder and colored water, representing a moment in Krishna's life when he complained about the contrast the dark color of his skin and the fair skin of his lover, Radha. His mother responded by applying color to Radha's face.

The celebration sets down India's caste system for a brief period of time. The celebration crosses social boundries and even invites tourists to join. The colors called gulal were once plant based but are now artificial [careful on that red dye #5!]

Mohan's advice? "Wear old clothes, take sunglasses, and don't think you'll come away unstained."

I'd probably say camera housing might be advised as well.

please please go see the rest of his work? The Vanishing Giants series is also very magical.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

be back next week

why yes, I will have another swig of cough syrup, how did you know?

PM cough syrup is the BEST.THING.EVER.INVENTED. and the only reason I'm getting any sleep right now. has anyone died from the flu? wait, don't answer that.

see you next week kiddies when I'm all better.

Monday, March 12, 2012

nightmares on wax

ever have one of those days where every.single.minute.annoyed you? I had one of those today but about 3pm this little diddy came on and made me stop and enjoy it for just a second.

fan made video but it's not too bad. If nothing else just leave it on in the back ground and groove to it

band: nightmares on wax
song: you wish

Friday, March 09, 2012

happy treat weekend

I hope you eat something naughty this weekend

why? I don't know it just seems like a fun idea right now

Thursday, March 08, 2012

behind the scenes

been tied up a bit the past few days on a photo shoot. Ahhh the glamour of behind the scenes... crawling around on the floor at 9 last night, prepping mini foods for the overhead shot.

photographer Eric Hameister

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

dreams realized

I love LA for many reasons.

The new 24 hour CUPCAKE MACHINE at Sprinkles being just one of them.

Sunday, March 04, 2012


My PSA for the week

as someone who was bullied, the topic breaks my heart. I am glad it's getting national attention though. If you have kids I hope you talk to them about kindness.

Friday, March 02, 2012

thank you, more please

thanks to Aubrey Road for the find
apparently it's a netflix'r


for all the lovers out there [and soon to be married folk] the new Love stamp illustrated by the amazing Jessica Hische. Available now at the USPS