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Photo of the Week No. 18: “Fresh Cut Calla Lilies”

May 1, 2018

This Photo of the Week, titled “Fresh Cut Calla Lilies,” stars a beautiful bunch of, well, fresh cut calla lilies. I captured this image while strolling through the Santa Monica Farmers Market last Saturday with my guy. I love the juxtaposition of these pure, white, delicate blooms in the foreground against the harsh, cracked, grey concrete in the background. These flowers have always spoken to me. In my dad’s house growing up, there was a print of a Diego Rivera painting, “The Flower Vendor (Girl With Lilies),” that featured the slender, stately, curved flowers. When I see them, they remind me of home.

To see previous Photos of the Week, click here.

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Found Objects: Street Art from NorCal and SoCal

August 9, 2016

James Reka, I like your style. That’s the uber-talented Australian artist behind the first of three Found Objects in this mini Cali street art round-up. My bestie and I set off on foot for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last month, and along the way, I became transfixed by the vibrant, giant peace sign beckoning me to have a moment of zen from on high. I’m a huge fan of the use of color and the minute details, such as what appears to be an eye on the thumb nail.

See the other pieces that I happened upon in SoCal after the jump!

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Thrifted Thursday: Birthday Thrift Crawl, Part Deux, Haul

July 14, 2016

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This Thrifted Thursday is a peek at all the great finds I made off with in my Birthday Thrift Crawl, Part Deux. I usually have great luck at Assistance League shops in general, so I wasn’t surprised about acquiring awesome goods and wares. However, I was taken aback by how deeply discounted most items were at the Assistance League of Santa Monica. I love a deal! This vibrant red patterned scarf ($2.50) could have been used for a number of things, but I intend to wear it as a headscarf. I can’t wait to tie it up in a big bow and twirl on all the haters.

See all the gems from my second annual thrift crawl after the jump!
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Outfit of the Day: Birthday Fit and Flare

July 11, 2016

What a wonderful weekend I had, as I hosted my Birthday Thrift Crawl, Part Deux, in Santa Monica with a gaggle of friends! This Outfit of the Day is whimsical and carefree, much like my energy that day. See more of this summery look after the jump!

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Found Objects: Interesting Signage in Long Beach and Beyond

May 24, 2016

I know I’ve chronicled lots of murals and street art here, but one thing worthy of coverage is the equally eye-catching signs found all over Long Beach, Los Angeles and beyond. In this Found Objects post, I feature some of the aesthetically pleasing pieces of signage I’ve encountered.

First, let me start at home in Long Beach. This warning sign (literally and figuratively) puts it out there that the Del Amo Swapmeet is in no way, shape or form responsible for vehicle theft or damage. No big deal and reasonable when you think about it. But what made this sign extra special for me is the “Jesus Saves” sticker slapped on the sign’s top left corner. It’s amusing because it’s almost like the sign is an admonition that God is watching (a.k.a. Don’t be a horrible person and take things that don’t belong to you! But if you do break some laws, He can forgive you and save you from your unrighteousness). Great stuff!

See more of the interesting signage that struck my fancy after the jump!

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Out and About: Sights from the Metro Expo Extension Tour in Santa Monica

May 17, 2016

I must admit that I’ve been on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) more times than I’ve been on the Metro in Los Angeles (My one and only time was with my guy when we rode to the Wilshire iteration of CicLAvia a couple years ago). It’s a shame, too, because the Blue Line is just a few blocks away from my apartment. But I digress. Last week, I had the chance to go out and about on a tour of the Metro Expo Line extension that’s opening up to Santa Monica, which is promising because my job is a short walk from one of the new stops. Maybe I’ll use that to get into work? We’ll see, but it was exciting to observe all the sights along the way. Click through the slideshow to see all the fun things I encountered on the train ride. Starting from the Culver City stop and going all the way to the Downtown Santa Monica stop (right at the intersection of Fourth Street and Olympic Boulevard, a short walk to the pier/beach and Third Street Promenade), I was amazed by the architecture of some of the older buildings, the growing list of places I’d like to visit, the hidden pieces of street art and murals peeking out unexpectedly. It all added to the wonder and surprise of getting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Metro’s new line. There was a dope Obey mural that I didn’t get to capture, and getting that on camera may be worth another trip alone. I was particularly impressed by the art adorning the different stops, each unique and highlighting a diverse subject. There were piles of artistically scattered clothes and more intricate tile works of the iconic Far East. It makes for great scenery to sit back and enjoy while on board.

To see what other adventures I’ve gotten into, click here to read more Out and About posts.

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Found Objects: Murals on the West Side

February 18, 2016

Nothing brightens my day quite like seeing a beautiful piece of art smack dab in the middle of everyday life. I recently came across some amazing murals on the West Side that made me feel sone type of way. First up, this striking black and orange piece. I call it “Eye of the Tiger,” but I’m pretty sure the artist came up with something way better. I can almost feel the big fella breathing on me. And check out the intricacies of the background that frames the tiger. Stunning!

Keep reading after the jump to see what my eyes spied in passing through Santa Monica and Culver City.

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Found Objects: Street Art in Santa Monica and DTLA

October 22, 2015

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Whether abstract, with a clear message or showcasing a familiar face, these pieces of street art gave me life. Each of them is dope in their own unique way. Take a closer look at these gems I happened upon: street art in Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles after the jump!

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Found Object: Whimsical Main Street Mural

January 21, 2015

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While out and about in Santa Monica this past weekend, my friends and I happened upon this vibrant mural off Main Street (Let’s be honest … we were on our way to get a gelati from Rita’s). You can’t help but stop and drink in this bright and bold beauty. Artist Ruben Rojas’ piece reads, “Anything Can Happen, Anything Can BE.” I just love how the dandelion pappi just dance down the wall. I can feel the movement. Aside from this piece having a positive message, it did something for my soul. It reminded me that it’s OK to make wishes and have that childlike sense of wonder. What ever happened to believing that all things are possible?

I dug a little deeper and discovered that this mural is a part of a larger plan to visually enhance neighborhoods in Los Angeles and beyond. Called Beautify Earth, the ongoing community project is “dedicated to making the world a better place, by bringing color to our neighborhoods and streets.” Well when you put it like that, I’m all for it.