Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Acquisitions: Vintage Eyeglasses

It's been some time since I've proclaimed the need for new specs. Well finally, this Sunday I stopped in to one of my favorites: Old Focals (at their semi-new location on Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock). I tried on aviators, 70s oversize, round, horn-rimmed, clear plastic, and so many more of their deadstock inventory.

I decided on these two (more classic, less quirky) to go with my more grown up ways.

A simple black pair and a more delicate brown pair with an interesting multi-point shape.

A close up of the black pair.

And the lady-like brown pair (Brown Haze is the color noted on the sticker).

I really loved the assortment of the eyeglass cases - leather, pleather and fabric.

Did I mention the girl crush that Mr. W and I formed on the shop girl? Seriously stunning! She is French no less AND plays guitar in a few bands (The Antarticans and OGOD and another which I can't remember). She had perfectly swooped cat-eye liner and a nice way of talking - though she says her French accent is fading. Very sweet. XOXO

Friday, November 19, 2010

In to the Woods

It's seems like an eternity that I've been searching for the most perfect woodsy scent. The fascination began when I ordered a sweater via an online shop. When the sweater arrived and I unwrapped it - I detected faint cedar scent, though I couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was.

Since then, I've been on the hunt! Now that my current go-to Patyka Boise seems to be discontinued, I am again in search. Appropriately named Hunter, I hope this fragrance by MCMC will fill the void.

Just reading the description for it leads me to think it will suit me fine! (I love flannel shirts, Bourbon Vanilla and cabins!). Actually, all the little "Shop Stories" of each fragrance are very endearing! XOXO

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Weekend Morning Walks

We've been trying to figure out ways to tire out the dogs so they are less of an audible nuisance for others.

Mr. W has been trying to walk them every night when he gets home from work. Weekend mornings, we go down one of the neighborhood stairs to Silverlake for an adventure, for the dogs, at the dog park and an adventure, for me, to LA Mill.

The stairs are really awesome adventures in and of themselves, like secret portals.

Going down is a piece of red velvet cake, but going back up? OMG (Oh My Glutes!) - these photos don't do the real ascension justice. My fellow east siders know what I'm talking about.

I usually let Mr. W and Melo go first (that way he doesn't see when Millie and I take a quick break).

And sometimes we take group breaks.

When we get home, the dogs are tuckered out - mission accomplished! Melo usually collapses on the living room rug before we take her leash off. She's just like her mama, says Mr. W. A-hem! XOXO

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Definitely a fan: Rolex Milgauss

When it comes to time pieces, I prefer vintage pieces - like pocket watches or tiny wrist watches with metal bracelets that my grandmother used to wear.

Rolex Milgauss (designed for men, but I would wear it) is a beautiful time piece. Not as flashy as one would think a Rolex would be.

The hash-marks are a simple graphic representation of numbers and the lightning bolt in the second hand is a wonderful detail. Somewhat recently, Rolex released a special edition with a green sapphire crystal - just a touch of green at the edge of the face.

I love this watch! I'd love to get this for my Mr. W (he reminds me that as a new husband he's entitled to a watch from his wife), but with my renewed sense of "smart" spending this one's for the vision board. For now. XOXO

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sunrise Cycles

Last night, Troy invited Mr. W and I to view a cafe racer built by his friend Kosuke, proprietor of Sunrise Cycles. Sunrise is just down the street from where we live in Echo Park.

We loved his space as much as we loved his work! I boldly asked if I could take photos of his shop - I'm working on a project at the office which delves into the workshop lifestyle.

His space and his work is very inspiring - makes me consider a life apart from my desk. XOXO

Back wall - I was tempted to see what was upstairs, but because I had just met Kosuke, I didn't want to overstep my welcome. Next time! I love his collection of helmets!

A project in progress.

Even the tools looked like an installation.

Old school shop chest - reminds me of the Dewey Decimal system or an apothecary chest.

Metal shavings akin to my beloved pencil shavings.

A machinist's desk.

File cabinet and spare parts.

A service sign from an old Ford dealership in Hollywood.

Friday, November 5, 2010

EmersonMade: Apparel

It's already November and people are bundling up and thinking about Thanksgiving around the country, except for here. It's hitting the 80s and 90s. I feel like it's been warmer these days than this past summer! Sigh.

This still doesn't stop me from fawning over autumnal wear - like this new line from EmersonMade. Still a maker of cheerful fabric floral pins and boutonnieres, they've delved into classic coats and wardrobe staples such as...

I'm not sure I can wait for Fall to come around. Perspiration is a small price to pay to look chic! (Those flushed cheeks will be an added bonus, no blush needed!) XOXO

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Very Un-Halloween Weekend

Halloween is one of my favorite days! I usually spend all of October thinking about my costume, getting in some fall baking and trying out Autumnal supper recipes. Not this year. With a new job (yay!), a move and adjusting to a bit of a commute, this October flew by - this weekend was no exception.

I feel robbed of the costume experience, so Mr. W and I may just have to host a 1930s (that theme isn't going away any time soon) dress up party with a bathtub full of bourbon.

I was determined to at least get a pumpkin carved up (how else will kiddos know our house is giving out candy???). This took about 15 minutes, but I was still happy with the result. It's about the spirit afterall (the fantasma and enthusiasm types).

Hope your Halloween was amazing! XOXO