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Moodboard: Winter 2017 is Here!

Winter Moodboard.jpgEven in southern California, it’s time for cozy makes, stews and baking, and communing and meditating with the darkness! It is also time for riveting reads while deep under the covers and catching up on loved series-even though Game of Thrones is breaking my heart by making us wait til Summer! But I digress. So since I completed my Work Capsule Wardrobe, my theory being if I dress for the part the work will come -I am working in a temp capacity and for now enjoying changing gigs periodically. Day job a gogo.

Now that I’m working a steady gig for a while I haven’t had as much time with my makes. But that’s okay. I’m very inspired to do more planning around sewing and refashion. You can follow some of my magick and yoga on Instagram, like my solstice cards this year and my favorite tarot spreads and magick moon rituals.

I’m very inspired to do more planning around sewing and refashion. As usual, the New Year inspires a lot of clearing and cleaning for me and of course organizing which I went to town on this weekend with a new Ikea shelving system that makes me so happy! It also reminds me that there is a lot more purging and/or making to do and that there will be no buying of fabric in 2017! For real, it’s time for some major stash busting.

So much of last year’s refashion and make plans are still in play! And I have also inspired by other sewcialists online to partake in projects like #MakeNine2017 and get to know other sewists and makers in this great big interwebs universe. And lastly I look forward to discovering new creative inspiration everywhere I can. Happy 2017 lovelies.


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Autumn is Here….


I am utterly inspired by two beautiful Vogue Italia editorials shot by Fabrizio Ferri among the ruins of Rome and beautiful portraits by Paolo Roversi. Both feature model Leila Nda and the stunning pieces from Valentino’s Autumn Winter 2015-2016 Haute Couture Collection. source

I am inspired to get out my deconstructed velvet, tulle, netting and laces and dwell in all things romantic. I do love aesthetics. Autumn is coming and it a season of endings and therefore of beginnings. I am planning my refashions, for the holiday season, and for the calendar new year. It has begun!

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I have rich stretch velvets and black and cream laces of variety, and polka dot netting in my stash of deconstructed wares waiting for some special pieces. I can’t wait to dive in!

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This has been a year of power & vulnerability for me. This has been a year so far of awakening to my own strengths and abilities. This has also been a year of Goddesses and butterflies. And now here we are coming to Autumn, my dear dear Autumn – my favorite time of year. To new adventures and projects and the beginning of the end and the promise of rebirth. To Radical Romantics everywhere….


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Inspired: Invisible Cities

IMG_3442Two years ago in the formerly fabulous and now defunct Royal T gallery in Culver City the Industry launched their first show. The Industry presents experimental productions merging “music, visual arts and performance to expand the traditional definition of Opera and create a paradigm for interdisciplinary collaboration.” Yes, I say! The last time I went to the Opera I had a 3 show subscription with Los Angeles Opera company 5 years ago.

At the time Woody Allen, and David Cronenberg had created operas for the 2008 summer season. Allen’s production received rave reviews. Sadly I opted for  the David Cronenberg directed production of The Fly instead. Little did I know how UNfabulous the production could be, involving continuous dry humping nude love scenes, and the worst lyrics I have ever heard in my life. “And his arms and his limbs started to fall off……” My humiliation FOR the cast was all encompassing. Even when I later saw Carmen, which was staged beautifully with gorgeous costumes I wasn’t very excited about it.

About 4 weeks ago: I am riding my daily commute via L.A. Metro bus and “transit tv” features a profile on The Industry’s latest production Invisible Cities. Almost immediately I am sold. I was fortunate and entirely grateful to be able to attend a free performance this Sunday after I took too long to buy tickets and the 3week run quicklysold out quickly. 


IMG_3453The production of Invisible Cities takes place entirely in the very beautiful Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, while the station is in use by commuters and travelers. The station is the stage and the commuters are the background players for a drama based on the novel by Italo Calvino and music and libretto performed by Christopher Cerrone.

In director, Yuval Sharon’s introduction to the performance he informs us that there is “no right way to view this performance.” He asks us to allow everyone who is using the space to let it meet their needs, whether it is transit, or warmth and shelter. He also encourages us to share our headphones with passerbys and those who were not able to procure some for that very performance. He asks us to journey together and just experience Invisible Cities, without concern of missing something somewhere else in the station because this is by design a unique and fleeting experience. I find this divine. IMG_3454 IMG_3461

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You will be able to see exactly what is so magical about this Opera, thanks to KCET‘s Artbound series when they air a feature on the making of Invisible Cities in early December. The show closes November 8th.

For me the performance was a joy. The joy of a beautiful public space becoming even more alive with music and dance to many’s surprise as people passed through the station. The faces of my fellow audience members with intent as a dancer’s kinetic energy was all of a sudden beside them and or all around them. The excitement of being in the middle of a scene as a singer is emoting and singing while staring into my eyes walking toward me. Me on the verge of tears.

I am endlessly in love with Invisible Cities.  I have a renewed interest in classical music and opera in particular thanks to the creative infusion of The Industry. Thank you kindly, I am feeling inspired for years to come. XXO

KCET and Artbound Feature on the Industry Clip

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Inspired: LACMA – Kubrick, Caravaggio and German Expressionism, Oh My!

Entering Kubrik

Entering Kubrik

Stanley Kubrick at LACMA! I finally took a long overdue trip yesterday. I kind of shame my membership going as scarcely as I do. But I was shocked at how much I loved the Kubrick exhibit. Film junky that I am,  I am almost embarrassed to say I have not seen the vast majority of his work except for the GAWD AWFUL Eyes Wide Shut and very violent Clockwork Orange. Not even Spartacus or Lolita. Yes, the Shining too people.

I may NEVER see 2001 Space Odyssey but I adored the video on the costume design. Frederick (Freddie) Fox, milliner for the film (and the now retired Queen’s milliner) is my new obsession. He is a perfectionist and a riot. The costumes by Sir Hardy Aimes are so right on and subtle in their nod to the future. Smart and fantastical in an approachable way. I love the sketches by Sir Hardy Aimes, on display. I might just have it on as background while I am listening to music. Lolita and Spartacus are first on my must see Kubrick list to be sure. I had no idea he did Paths to Glory either. I will have to see Clockwork Orange again too and feel like The Shining is knocking on my door. Amazing exhibit extolling the amazing if not fanatical devotion Kubrick has for the craft. Genius.

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Another film surprise in my favorite wing, the Expressionist collection, featured films, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and my favorite, Metropolis. The films were screened on opposite walls and were surrounded by film stills and the German expressionist art that inspired Fritz Lang & Robert Wiene to create these stylized gems. Amazing music selection for the exhibit as well.

Still from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Finally I visited Caravaggio (and his Legacy) exhibit. Caravaggio is exquisite. Truly. Clearly an innovator his influence is clear. It just seemed as if Caravaggio overshadowed his peers so completely for me. In the gorgeous and skillful light and shadow of Caravaggio’s hand, I found too many of the otherr artists fell flat, literally, creating a pale comparison scenario. But Carravagio, absolutely gorgeous. In person, divine.

Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness

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Taking Note: Spring Fever!

Spring is officially here next week dolls! While Paris just celebrated the end of designers displaying there Fall 2012 Runway shows, I am very much here and now in love with spring. Which as is normally the case in Los Angeles, feeling very much like it is already here. Not to brag. 
The Spring collections that I am salavating over feature pastels, graphic design, print and contemporary lace, oh my! What may seem quite gurly is so smart and chic. I love how everything from the styling to the textile is familiar but so fresh! And I am thrilled with the chic and sexy return of modesty. 
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Jill Sander Spring 2012