Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Evolution of Professor Zucchini

Soooo... I went to my friends' house the other day to water their garden while they were out of town, and steal a few tomatoes, when I came across this ginormous zucchini!!!

To give you some size reference, my hands are as large, if not larger than most men's hands. Basically, this thing was so huge that I gasped audibly when I saw it! When my friends returned from their trip they were equally as surprised as I was! They ended up weighing it... Almost 4 lbs!!

And then of course I had to come back over and do a special photo shoot with what we named "Professor Zucchini" ... You can see him here giving a lecture about "not eating your vegetables" to his students R2-D2 and Yoda...

Of course, what photo shoot would be complete without a little behind-the-scenes video...

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic
(For those interested, I used a new app called VIBBIDI to make the video. The app is really cool, but sadly Blogger is a bit annoying about video upload so the quality doesn't look great here... BUT the quality is good on any other device/blog platform.)
The moral of the story? ALWAYS play with your food! ;)
Bad Joan

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cheerful Farmer's Market Visit

I had the most colorful and delicious farmer's market adventure yesterday! I tried a different farmer's market than my usual, and I'm definitely going back (it's the Hollywood Farmer's Market for all you LA locals out there). I found a ton of great stuff but my favorites were these "homegrown" looking cucumbers and tomatoes from a tiny little stand that had just a few items. The cucumber was so crisp and sweet and unbelievably tasty, and the tomatoes were like candy! I just ate everything raw, no dressing, no salt... nothing but the real thing...

Then I came across a stand that was selling bright and colorful gerber daisies for a ridiculously low price, so I grabbed a ton of them! I also added in a few sunflowers, which you can't see here, but basically it's the brightest/happiest bouquet ever...

All of the vibrant colors and mouthwatering flavors have definitely helped get my week off to a cheerful start! It's amazing how the simplest things can turn a mood around!

Hope you are having a wonderful week... and if not, then I hope these images at least brightened your day a bit! :)

Bad Joan

Friday, June 26, 2015

Trinket by William Pope.L

I finally got a chance to go to the William Pope.L "Trinket" exhibit at The Geffen the other day, and it was definitely worth it! The main focus of the exhibit is a giant flag (approximately 54 x 16 feet) that is being blown by industrial fans, and is lit from both sides, as well as from underneath. It is a powerful piece to stand next to. There is a lot for the senses to take in... the large scale of the flag, the constant movement, the loud noise from the fans, and the change and flow of the lighting....

In addition to the flag, there are other rooms that display different works that tie into the central theme. Like thousands of onions painted in red, white, & blue (see below), painted canvases, and videos.

There was one piece, besides the flag, that really moved me titled "Blind." It is a large, open room and at the far end there is a black hole in the wall that has a black border painted around it, like a frame. I walked up to the hole, stared in, and all I saw was darkness. It felt both scary and full of possibility. Then on my way out of the room I saw the plaque explaining the piece (see below). I loved the concept so much that I had to go back and experience it for a second time.

To see the flag in motion click here...  And if you are in L.A. you still have a couple more days to see this amazing exhibit! Visit the MOCA website here for details.

Bad Joan

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PROJECTION by Vincent Lamouroux

"Projection" by artist Vincent Lamouroux, produced by Please Do Not Enter, is an amazing art installation project that is happening 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...

Bad Joan

Monday, April 27, 2015

Under Construction LA: IN BLOOM

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!

Bad Joan

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MS Maital Ceramics Studio on 3rd

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?!)... ;)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bel Kazan Holiday '14 Sneak Peek

I got to do a little modeling for the Bel Kazan Holiday 2014 collection and I am in love! Everything is black and gold and completely perfect! Here are a few of my favorites...

The mini...

The crop pant...

The maxi...

 And of course I had to do a little twirl in the maxi...

I can't wait for holiday season to come so I can get some of these pieces for myself!!

Bad Joan

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gray Malin Aqua Glam Launch Party

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!

Bad Joan

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

RECIPE: Creamy Papaya Dressing

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.


Bad Joan

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Flowers

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!

Bad Joan

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Purgatory of Monotony

I'm a little bit obsessed with this short film directed by Ace Norton for the RHIE AW14 collection. It's kind of genius. Enjoy...

Bad Joan

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Late Bloomers NYC Event

If you are in NYC you MUST check out this awesome event happening this Thursday, May 15th...

Late Bloomers' second NYC event: an evening of music and multimedia art benefiting Fountain House!

MUSIC from Glass Animals, People Get Ready, Kitty, Moons, Fascinator, Kitty Cash, Blondes, and DJ Banacrisp spinning throughout the evening...

LIVE CHARACTER SKETCHES by Alessandra Olanow Illustrates

FLORAL INSTALLATION by Brooklyn Plant Studio

VIDEO ART PROJECTIONS by Sara Ludy, Katie Torn, Jonathan Monaghan and Joe Hamilton.

Advance tickets are $15 & keep in mind that ALL proceeds from tickets and merch will benefit Fountain House!!!

Visit http://www.fountainhouse.org/ for more information.

I'm jealous of all the New Yorkers who get to go! Have fun!

Bad Joan

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Nooks & Crannies

I love all the little nooks and crannies around my home. Some days I just can't help but stop and admire them. Take a look at a few of my favorite little spots...

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday, and stopping  to find the joy in the little things in your life!

Bad Joan

Friday, April 25, 2014

Spread your wings and fly!

It's Friday... Get out there and spread your wings and fly!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Bad Joan