"Projection" by artist Vincent Lamouroux, produced by Please Do Not Enter, was an amazing art installation project that took place just a few blocks from where I live on the eastside of Los Angeles. The project consisted of covering the notorious "Bates Motel" in Silver Lake, and its surrounding palm trees and billboard, with an opaque white lime wash. I happen to pass by it as they were still in the process of painting. It was a gray/gloomy day in LA, which, in my opinion, made for a perfect, almost eerie setting to take a few images! Check it out...
I recently attended a beautiful event called IN BLOOM by Under Construction LA. They put on amazing, well-curated events that showcase unique fashion and art. The IN BLOOM event was all about flowers. There were incredible flower art installations all around the room done by the artist Karolina Maszkiewicz, as well as photographs by Sharlene Durfey, which featured a mix of floral and human subjects. It was the perfect event to welcome in the Spring/Summer season!
A few images of all the beauty around the room...
And these are the lovely masterminds behind Under Construction LA, Ravid Levy and Iliana de Boisblanc...
If you are in LA you should definitely follow them on Instagram so that you can find out about their next event! Or just follow them for some awesome inspiration!
One of my favorite places in L.A. to visit is MS Maital Ceramics Studio on 3rd Street. I always feel so inspired there. You can buy pre-made pieces, OR you can make your own! There are classes that teach you how to use the pottery wheel, or you can make things freehand as well. And if you really get into it, you can sign up for a monthly membership which allows you to just come in all month long and create whatever you feel like! Sooooo much fun!
Here are some of favorite little nooks & crannies in the studio right now...
And this was my first attempt at making my own ceramic pieces... I think I have a little ways to go, but I had a great time during the process so that's what counts (right?!)... ;)
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for Gray Malin's latest collection, Aqua Glam. In case you don't know, Gray Malin is an amazing photographer who is known for his stunning beach aerial shots. Gray's Aqua Glam collection features the fabulous Aqualillies, a water ballet troupe! I got to know Gray a few years back and have enjoyed seeing his talent flourish! Here are a few snapshots from the party, and don't forget to check out the Aqua Glam collection here!
I bought one of those very large Mexican papayas the other day and just couldn't get through it all. So I decided to get a little creative and use it in my salad dressing! I give you, Bad Joan's Fresh & Creamy Papaya Salad Dressing (scroll down for the recipe) ...
Small handful of fresh, ripe papaya.
Fresh lemon juice (from a quarter of a lemon).
About 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest.
About a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
2 or 3 small leaves of fresh purple basil.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Blend all the ingredients together (I used a hand blender since it's just a small amount), and dress your salad. In my salad I used: iceberg lettuce, baby heirloom tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, shredded carrot, garbanzo beans, and crushed walnuts.
It was delicious, and made from fresh, healthy ingredients that your body can make use of! I also think it would make a great marinade for red meat or chicken.
I visited my favorite florist this morning, Toyo Florist. It's a tiny flower shop located a few blocks from my house. They are a small, family owned business, and they are always so friendly and helpful. Plus, they always have a gorgeous selection of fresh flowers, like these beauties that I came across today...
I love starting the day (and the weekend) with bright colors and sweet scents.
Hope everyone is having their own bright and sweet Friday!
Every year I have the privilege of attending the most beautiful Easter Brunch with one of my oldest friends and her family (and all of their friends!). The surroundings are surreal, like something out of a fairy tale, and the Easter Egg Hunt has something for everyone, whether you are a child or an adult. It is my favorite event to attend! Take a little peak at some of the beauty and fun...
I hope that everyone enjoyed their own Easter event, or just enjoyed a lazy Sunday. Now it's back to the grind... Happy Monday!
P.S. - My dress is from one of my favorite lines, Bel Kazan, and it is available right now in their online store here.
I'm an L.A. native, so I have a special place in my heart for palm trees. And since it's Friday, and since I feel like it, here are a few gratuitous palm tree shots from my last trip to palm springs...