Saturday, October 31, 2009
Le cub and I are, at the moment, devouring pork & napa-cabbage dumpings (yuuum). And when our bellies are filled, we shall head off to West Hollywood (Boys town...) to admire some mind-blowingingly inappropriate costumes! We, ourselves, will be donning less-extravagant costumes. Le cub is heading into public as a banana (again!) and I'm dressing up as the youngest Jonas brother, Nick. Alexis and Jeff are dressing up as Joe and Kevin... sexaaaay! Hope my hunk wig will score me some sweets!
Hope y'all are enjoying your Halloween :)
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
An eye. Er, EYES!
Been on the hunt for artwork to hang in the guest room, and ooooooh, lookeee what I found. A box o' prosthetic eyes! Okay. Maybe not. This piece is a tad creepy. Am curious to see this box in a home setting though....
Available at 1stdibs.
I am a walking bubonic plague. Muah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Dammit, I think I've caught the flu. Don't think it's swine flu, but I'm taking Tamiflu anyway...
Have quarantined myself at home in Burbank in order to avoid infecting others. But I'm clearly on the road towards recovery as there's an abudance of spring green mucus running down my nostrils as I type. Alas, I sit around the apartment with Kleenex shoved up my nose as a test of le cub's love for me... And you know what? He hasn't run away yet!!! I knew he's the one...
And Beans? He doesn't treat me like an Outbreak victim either...
Think he wants to eat my mucus.
Monday, October 26, 2009
My classmate, Kevin, is my stop-motion mentor. I have no idea what I'm doing and am lucky to have someone to harass a mere phone call away. Kevin's currently working on a short titled "You're My Ghoul", and above is my contribution to his film... a turkey lawn ornament :) Made out of white Sculpey and then painted with acrylic paint...
Friday, October 23, 2009
Paper submitted. Midterm taken. Alongside Alexis, Jeff and Christina ("We are Lego!"), we dropped by Celebrity Vault, a gallery in Beverly Hills, to attend Jeff's boss' book launch party. Photos from her book, RARE were on display. My fav was her pairing of Cindy Crawford with a lion. Fierce. More about Nicole (a super nice lady) HERE.
But ooh, there were other photographers' works on display as well. There was a to-die-for shot of a young Mick Jagger with pillowy lips by Gered Mankowitz. Click HERE to see. Available for a whopping $12,400. And ooh, there was a shot of Audrey Hepburn with her doe, "Ip" by Bob Willoughby. Pictured above. Available for $10,000+... both sooooo lovely.
What a wonderful evening. I even spotted some stars! An actor from Nip Tuck was present - as was Aunt Becky from Full House aka Lori Loughlin... :)
Much thanks to Jeff and Nicole for all the fun...
Thursday, October 22, 2009
... will eventually result in trial and success. I'm hoping.
Turning in a paper and taking a midterm for my Disney Imagineering class in a few hours. Ahh...
Pictured: A test head for one of my senior citizens in "Til Death do Us Part" - my second-year film. Made with Sculpey.
1. Caught up with old friends at Osteria la Buca last night. It's an unfussy, unpretentious Italian restaurant on Melrose that's owned by my good friend's friend. Delicious. Funny thing is, I opened my gmail inbox this morning to find a GOOP newsletter recommending the joint. Apparently Gwyneth likes the place too! A must-try. Loved the decor. And the prices are kind as well...
2. Attended an ASIFA screening of Summit & Imagi's Astroboy the night before. Somewhat disappointed. I give it a C+. Luckily I didn't have to pay to see it. At least the complimentary poster handed out was cute.
3. Conan o' Brien. I'm finally going! My friend got tix, and she's taking moi!!! We're soooo painting portraits of him and bringing them to set. Gosh, can't wait for November 3rd. Wonder who's going to be on...
Picture source: Elisabeth (finelittleday) and her son decided to host a lil' tribe war. Too cute.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I've "clothed" him.
Decided to leave the tree green because I like the texture of the floral tape and did not want to mess up what I'd created thus far by introducing the unknown element, paint. Used a glue gun to get all the lil' leaves on, and am still contemplating whether or not he (the tree), needs more. Thoughts?
OMG, this film is going to be so much fun to make...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Are you ready for this? OMG, I'm not... but... *drum-roll please* Come December 6th, I'm going to be participating in my very first group art exhibition!!! My friend, Yuan-Yuan lives in San Mateo (yep, the Bay Area) and recently came across a charming chibi taiyaki shop called Sweet Breams. Their website can be accessed HERE. They've been around for two years now, and are not only known for their yummy desserts, but fun small-scaled artwork as well. Anyhow, Yuan-Yuan took it upon herself to set up a meeting between me and their management, and WOO-HOO... I'm going to be showcasing my work in a public arena for the very first time! Specs will be sent to me sometime this week (theme, size and price constraints)... I'm so happy. Week's improving rapidly :)
Pictured: Storyboard panel from my second-year film... a happy heart-attack.
Hello Kitty's 35, and I'm going to her birthday party!
Read more about this epic event HERE.
My excitement has no bounds!
P.S. No, I do not own a Hello Kitty toaster, but YES, I will be begging for one in our (me and le cub's) wedding registry.
There is none. At least not in the "script" that I've been concocting for my second-year film. Since the issues at hand are a tad heavy (think: lonely senior citizens, death of a spouse, suicide...), I thought I'd lighten the film up with rhythmic narration. Big mistake!
I'm so not a poet...
and dammit, I know it.
Pictured: Soviet Bear available HERE.
Stop-motion set building is hard-work, but boy, is it fun. Tah-dah! My very first prop. A miniature tree. He stands about 13 inches tall... Will post more photos of him once I cover the tree trunk and branches in paint and clothe him with leaves.
Would love to know if floral tape is receptive to acrylic paint... I'm going to find out soon :)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
"... he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a straw..."
It's incredibly uncharacteristic of me to be a pushover, but lately I've been giving in to other people's requests and demands contrary to my gut warnings. I walk about with a lump in my throat and a heavy heart, and am disappointed that I have allowed the actions of others to dictate how I feel. Must rid myself of the bad "chi"... UGH.
Quote source: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe
Eagerly anticipating Wes Anderson's latest project, the stop-motion feature, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Watch the trailer HERE. There's just something about stop-motion animation that's so incredibly magical (more so than 2D and 3D animation, if you ask me)... and it certainly doesn't hurt when a director is able to attract a cast as star-studded as the one this feature's got. George Clooney, Bill Murray, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston, Mario Batali?!? And ooh, read that Anderson directed the entire flick REMOTELY via email... What the.........
Still excited. Coming stateside on November 13th. My birthday!!!
I heart Disney, and I heart Kristin Wiig. And while I'm at it, I might as well shed some love for Gerard Butler. Wasn't a fan but became a convert when I saw how incredibly sincere and charming he was while getting interviewed by Bonnie Hunt (I attended a live-taping with my classmates a week ago). The episode featuring his interview aired this past Friday...
Saturday, October 17, 2009
It's been a long-time dream of mine to own a used Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair. This one in caramel (available at www.1stdibs.com) is perfection and would work beautifully with our living room rug. Now if only it came at the perfect price...
Also fun... duck feet lamps. Surrealist, no?! Available here. Too expensive for my home, but I had to post it.
And ooh... a vintage rug for my studio. Was available at Etsy until a cub and cougar snatched it up...
Man Shops Globe. Have you guys seen this?!? Keith Johnson, the "Buyer-at-Large" at Anthropologie just might possess the coolest job in the world...
Pictured: Shot of the Champs-Elysee from www.sundancechannel.com
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tis that time of the year, my friends... FALL! It's the most wonderful time of the year, for I'm finally able to bust out my treasure trove of snuggly sweaters, opaque tights (I detest my freakishly pale and imperfectly-formed legs) and ooh, I can finally walk around sipping on hot hazelnut soy lattes without having to break out in sweat. (I live in LA, y'all... I actually crave "crispy" weather...)
In celebration of the new season, I indulged in a lick of Kate Spade (see the Bisous Lips Noelle blouse above), How cute is her latest collection?!? Paired with a skinny belt (black or red patent), this silk top is bananas.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Imma let you finish, but my cougar cub is the best sig-o (significant other) in the whole-wide-world! (Or at very least, Burbank.)
Yup, yup, yup, he's back in town, spreading joy. After picking him up from LAX earlier today, we grubbed at one of our fav cheap-eat joints, The Beach Hut at Manhattan Beach. And once our bellies were happy and full, we stopped by Single Stone in downtown LA to picked up the ring!
Better photos to come. In the meantime, enjoy these. One of "the ring" and one of "Pon de Lion," the mascot for a popular Japanese donut chain. The spheres that make up his mane are supposed to be donut holes. My vintage engagement ring looks like this donut lion. I love that.
Lehman Brother's art for under $2,000. You don't have to be a master of the universe to snag works by Hockney, Lichtenstein, and Rauschenberg. Bankers looking for an elegant office decoration - and one with a conversation-starting provenance - should check out the catalogue HERE.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Gabe Bondoc's management (yes, even YouTube stars have representation) got back to me and le cub, and we were told that it's too early to say whether or not Gabe would be free to perform for our guests on the big day. Not wanting to be left hanging, I did some research online, and no worries, y'all! Le cub and I have found another soulful crooner in Tini Grey. Click HERE to listen. Of the samples provided, I dig "On and On" :)
Pictured: Doodles of some old ladies. My second-year stop-motion film is going to feature a couple of them.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Whereas some folks start their mornings with a cup of jo, others (ME!) start their mornings with wedding gown fittings at Monique Lhuillier. *Jillian shriek* Okay, okay, my mornings don't always start like so. I, like you, am a Muggle, so my mornings start with *drumroll please* morning breath. (TMI!) But hey, today was a special day. I awoke to a sea of to-die-for, ivory perfecetion. After stripping down to a thong for Megan, my really helpful bridal consultant, I tried on a bevy of amazing dresses in silk organza, satin, chantilly lace... With much effort, I was able to narrow their wide selection down to two very different gowns. Looking forward to stopping by Monique's atelier a second-time in a week or two to make my final decision. Only this time, I'll be armed with my fashionable sidekicks, Pam and/or Kathy.
Not going to divulge much more - le cub sometimes reads le cougar's blog - but I just can't stop gushing about my lovely experience. Work on your storyboards, Debra. Do it. Meh! I think I'm going to continue obsessing over silk mousseline chiffon for five minutes more... It feels too good.
Pictured: Monique's frothy, ethereal, non-bridal collection from 2007. *swoon*
Monday, October 05, 2009
A vintage embroidered painting that needs no praise as it speaks for itself. It possesses the charm of a toddler's drawing with the exquisite handiwork of a ridonkulously talented artist. Or ooh... does this not remind you of the works of Andre Derain? Hands-down my favorite find from Elisabeth's Fine Little Shop.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Gilles Mendel's message for Spring at J.Mendel was "Specialness, preciousness, and value—with a little something to make you dream." I'm dreaming alright.......... dreaming about the above-pictured dress! I'd pair the fluffy gown with these to-die-for Henry Dunay coral and diamond vintage earrings (previously available at www.1stdibs.com). Yuuuuum.
Also pictured, a crazy-cute polka-dotted number by Vanessa Seward of Azzaro. Perfect for a honeymoon, no?!
Le cub and I made a reservation to dine at Animal next Saturday - a restaurant run by two cool dudes, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. The restaurant opened in Los Angeles in June 2008 to widespread acclaim, and the duo even won Food & Wine Best New Chefs of 2009. As if this weren't enough already, the restaurant also received a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant. Mmm... James Beard. All this blah-blah-blah aside, the real reason behind our desire to dine at Animal is that Shook and Dotolo also cater weddings... Should Animal turn out to be an amazeballs culinary experience, we just may be able to check off yet another box on our wedding planning list :)
More about Animal here.
Pictured above: Animals (stuffed) from the Natural History Museum.
Appointment at Monique Lhuillier's lil' Melrose shop on Tuesday before class. Since le cub and I are having a rather untraditional wedding as is (no church, a married maid-of-honor, no cake), I think I'm going traditional with "the dress." All this said, I'm still tempted to "go nuts" as Alber Elbaz did when designing Lanvin's 2010 Resort bridal looks. Such fun!
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Le cub and I stopped by Single Stone in downtown Los Angeles earlier today, and together we picked out a vintage engagement ring! The ring is nothing like what I'd planned on or imagined picking (neither a round cut nor an asscher cut), but the moment we slipped it on, we knew. We'd found the one. I can't wait to start flaunting my douchey-bling next week. *annoying Jillian-from-the-Bachelorette-shriek* Photo to be posted.
P.S. Ari and Patty of Single Stone were so lovely to deal with that I opened up a Yelp account to give them the five-star review that they deserve.