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R.I.P. Etta James

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1.25.38 – 1.20.12

Winter in LA…

…looks like Fall anywhere else.

fall, los angeles, the look see, images ©christina beaulac

fall, los angeles, the look see, images ©christina beaulac

fall, los angeles, the look see, images ©christina beaulac

fall, los angeles, the look see, images ©christina beaulac

We’re into it.

Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980

Perhaps you’ve already heard about Pacific Standard Time, especially if you’re a Southern California resident.  If not, check out their site and start planning what events and exhibitions you want to go to!

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“Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene. Beginning October 2011, over 60 cultural institutions will make their contributions to this region-wide initiative encompassing every major L.A. art movement from 1945 to 1980.”

I’m super excited about these upcoming shows and events in and around LA. I suppose I should also mention that my jewelry line is going to be featured in the Orange County Museum of Art’s shop in conjunction with their Two Schools of Cool exhibit and State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, which is their contribution to Pacific Standard Time. I’m currently working on a batch of one-of-a-kind pieces for them, mainly with vintage materials.

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Pyrite

pyrite, minerals, stones, wiki, metals, the look see

pyrite, minerals, stones, wiki, metals, the look see

Nature is an amazing sculptor.

Matt Bernson Quilted Loafers

I saw these loafers at a wholesale market a few months back and drooled over them. I love them. They’re now available here.  Wishing I could spare $168 for shoes right now!

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William Morris

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Weekend Finds

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Found this great basket at a garage sale this weekend for fifty cents, and the orange pot I picked up at the Bauer Pottery sale for a song as well. Hooray for factory seconds! The Bauer pot will soon be filled with a cactus or a succulent of some sort, and I’m still deciding what the basket should hold.  Until I decide, they can sit on my bookshelf and look pretty…

The Nut Tree

I just came across this post which took me to this post, which then totally took me down memory lane.  I grew up in Northern California and my dad was a pilot, so I grew up flying with my dad in small airplanes.  We’d fly to almost anywhere that had an airstrip, especially if there was cool, kid-friendly stuff within walking distance from the airport.  The Nut Tree in Vacaville was one- there was a little airstrip literally steps away.

It’s one destination I remember going on more than one occasion and loving- from these photos you can see why! Granted these photos were taken about twenty years before I went there, but honestly it hadn’t changed too much by the 80’s. These photos reflect my memories of the place. There was a restaurant, toy shop, sweets shop, a train, and the feeling like you were at playground for kids and grown-ups.  Sad that the original is not around anymore… people didn’t know what they were missing.

Thanks to Cathy for the reminder of this childhood favorite. Seriously, check out these photos to see exactly how awesome this place was.  I appreciate the modernism so much more now than I did then.

vacaville, the nut tree, kids, leisure, airplanes, fun, vintage, the look see

vacaville, the nut tree, kids, leisure, airplanes, fun, vintage, the look see

vacaville, the nut tree, kids, leisure, airplanes, fun, vintage, the look see

Milton Glaser Cubismo blocks

These beautiful educational blocks for children were designed for “Art in America” magazine by Milton Glaser.  According to him “they sold poorly”.

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“Just Being Happy (A Little Book of Happy Thoughts)”

I found this little book of (often insipid) quotations a long time ago and the only thing that the former owner had underlined was this quote:

We can’t choose happiness. We can only choose whether we will indulge ourselves in the present moment or whether we will renounce that for the sake of obeying the divine voice within us- for the sake of being true to all the motives that sanctify our lives. I know this belief is hard but I have felt that if I let it go forever, I should have no light through the darkness of this life.
– George Eliot

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vintage, book, just being happy, thelooksee

vintage, book, just being happy, thelooksee

vintage, book, just being happy, thelooksee