And… I’m back. Well- technically I got back Sunday just in time for the premier of Mad Men (I promise no spoilers but I gasped out loud on several occasions!) and jumped back into everyday life. Just like my man promised, our trip to Detroit was a whirlwind of food and drink. Thankfully we got a few hours to ourselves to check out Ferndale’s local vintage shop Mother Fletcher’s. As anyone would hope it was packed to the seams with patterned dresses, pill-box hats and little vignettes that just made my heart sing. Bruno and I had a ball trying on outfits we picked for one another, finding some gems along the way. The owner adored us. My man did purchase the coat modeled above 1. because it makes him look like a russian mobster and 2. it was COLD and we were not prepared.
I was so ready to jump into winter clothes I almost got this little number. It fit really well but does it ever get that cold in LA? and it was really itchy. But it’s just as beautiful on the hanger.
Well, it’s finally here. I am boarding a plane (for the first time in a year (!!!)) for Detroit tomorrow to visit with my mans Parents, brother and brothers girlfriend (how many years does it count to make it girlfriend-in-law?). It’s an understatement to say I’m excited. Family bonding time in Bruno’s childhood home, chilly weather and just some new doses of inspiration. Though my visits to Michigan have been sparse I have always had a good time. Everything is so fresh and green. The abandoned buildings, though tragic, are beautiful works of old school architecture. I mean- how can you beat a wedding in the old Ford mansion Dinner held in the paved over pool room? The last pic is from that night. It makes me want to dye my hair really dark. I could pull it off, no? Now with my last minute packing in full swing I contemplated taking my computer but was reminded that we are going to be having so many adventures and good food for computer time. I agree. I am detaching myself from this machine and blog and going to enjoy my vacation. Be sure to check out my instagram, Rebecca_Bee, for my social media fix.
Confession: I have a list the size of California of little tasks in preparation for my upcoming trip to Detroit on Wednesday but yet I cannot seem to stop watching Louie, get off the couch and start knocking things off. It’s the curse of the internet. Made for stumbling down the rabbit hole of beautiful things you can’t afford. But you know what? You could win a $500 American Express Gift Card to get some of those things. No, for reals. Anne Sage from The City Sage and I have teamed up, collecting objects that we fancy for the Spring Green Style contest with Kaboodle (click here. easy to enter). It will let you day dream of new pillows and beautiful flowers.
So… I have some exciting news. As soon as next month I will be teaching how to sew fabulous pillows and dresses to the masses! Well- not the masses but to a cute boutique studio in South Pasadena. Creating things out of fabric has been apart of my daily life since the age of 5. It is such a great thrill of accomplishment to whip out a project in a few hours.. just to get the creativity out. Yesterday I sketched out the project and selected fabric for the first samples. Eeeek!! To think about it … I’m really turning into my grandma. She taught how to sew lingerie in the 60′s out of her basement. It gives me a lot of pride. What a great way to start spring.
I would be the first to admit that I’m pretty lucky; I was given the spare room in our apartment for my studio space. For one, it wasn’t being used besides to hold a horrible futon but I think the main reason is because I am really bad at containing my projects. The room is still very much a work in progress. There is still art to be hung, things to be organized and a chair that is not falling apart. My goal in the next year is to get the make the space somewhere I want to be. To not dread working in (like today) or simply opening the door because it’s just too overwhelming. When that happens I end up working at the kitchen table or sofa (like now) defeating the point of the great gift.
This studio is really pushing me to get all sorts of greenery to make everything more serene and fresh. The simplified macrame plant holders are getting my crafty brain turning. You could make some out of fabric strands, old rope or chain… the possibilities are endless. I may need to work out a DIY for them. Oh… and don’t even get me started on the windows… I wish!!
There is something of approaching spring that makes me frisky. I want to run in the sun. Play with flowers. And dress inspired and fresh. This season classic lines and fabrics are really speaking to me… Oh and anything floral. Admittedly the majority of my jewelry are statement pieces in kind of gaudy way. Not that it’s bad I’m just kind of over it at the moment. I adore how effortlessly chic and delicate the hair clip. Maybe even a little monogram on the gold ring? And anything tortoise or leopard are also welcome. Want more? Check out Couverture and the Garbstore
MAD MEN is in less than one month away!! What is going to happen? Is Don going to cheat… with Betty?!? I *really* want them to have one last fling. They are actually quite perfect for each other. I can name episodes and examples if you wish. I could go on… but I will not. Let’s discuss the new poster art for season 6. The shows creator was inspired by childhood memory of rich painterly illustrations but no one could get it exactly spot on. What to do? Get the original artist, age 75, to give this classic style a fresh take. love. To quote Steve Martin ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you’. Read the rest of the article here.