Monday, February 28, 2011

A Man's Life In Downtown LA

So this is Troy's place. Not really the whole place, but a lot of little places in the space that inspire visitors to stop and look or study. Troy has amassed a great collection of some special pieces over the years and the whole thing just comes together in a way that's so uniquely and personally him.

A Snap-On Cabinet which has a working lock.

My favorite detail of the cabinet.

Train horns! No joke.

An antique factory cart now used as a coffee table.

What would you call this? A hammering table? It's a pedestal table covered in fabric and stuffed with what felt like sand. Troy made it himself and uses it to, um, hammer and pound things on.

An anvil.
Because what industrial home space is complete without one? It probably serves some highly functional purpose too.

Spare parts and handle bars, because Troy is always working on his bikes.

One of his bikes in front of his canvas tent bedroom.

Troy's Birthday Party

Saturday night, one of my best friends Troy Morris hosted his own birthday party at his downtown loft. There was pizza, bourbon & beer, birthday cake and new friends, in an incredible industrial space (which is so awesome, but it deserves a post of its own. More on that later!).

Here's the birthday cake we brought from Daisy Mae Sweets & Treats!
A luscious Chocolate Sea Salt Cake (with caramel and fleur de sel).

Mr. W and the birthday boy relax and have a pre-party drink before the crowds arrive.

OK this is a sneak peek, but this industrial coffee grinder is just one of the beautiful elements in Troy's space.

Middle shelf (OK who put the Scotch Whisky on the Bourbon bar)?

Another beautiful vignette.

The beautiful Booker's Bourbon that Mr. W and I brought. This one knocked my socks off! Sweet, smooth and extremely warming.

The photo booth backdrop.
I thought I knew Troy so well, but he really surprised and amazed me with his artful approach to decorating. This is a beautiful installation.

Mr. W says "To the sweet burns of the trails gentlemen!"

Um. Not sure what look I'd call this, but check out at Shepard's ripped OBEY poster.

Troy looks so happy here. Makes me happy!

End of the night. Last of the pizza, which was excellent and from Toddy G's just up the street from Troy's. My favorite was the square Sicilian Cheese, but the Meat Jesus was pretty novel and carnivorous - and there some really great offerings from that relatively new pizza shop.

Happy Birthday Troy! Many more memories and adventures this year and in the future! XOXO

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pre-Mardi Gras Weekend

This year, I'm missing New Orleans. Last year, I spent about two weeks there and I loved it. I was really lucky!

Next week is Mardi Gras. I was telling some friends last night that I want to try my hand at a home made King Cake (brioche wreath filled with cream cheese and topped with sprinkles? Yes please!) and maybe a lovely Sazerac cocktail before Ash Wednesday rolls in.

On another note - but somewhat related to going big before next Wednesday, how awesome do these pancakes look?

They're confetti cake batter pancakes from How Sweet It Is! and just in time for National Pancake Week. XO

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lovely Locket

I've always been very enamored with the Victorians, in fact I went through a very morose/weird Emily Dickinson phase in high school and spoke in an English accent at home - which amused and befuddled my parents greatly.

Keeping close the pictures of loved ones (or locks of hair) is such a romantic thing, don't you think? I mean, we use photos as screen savers on our smartphones but it's not the same! Plus the secrecy of a locket makes it that much more meaningful.

These beautiful French enamel lockets from Beklina are a modern way to continue the tradition.

As is this Color Study II Locket from Verabel in Portland, OR.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Boho Luxe

I'm not really a long dress person these days, but I am into this printed silk dress from Issa - could be a really great dress to wear to those Spring weddings!

Paired with this Vena Cava wooden heel to take the boho look all the way.
Or these beautiful suede sandals from Maison Martin Margiela to take in the luxe direction.

These somewhat subdued suede earrings can go either way.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stylecaster's 50 Most Stylish

Beautiful outfits, beautifully photographed by Stefani Pappas. See the whole post HERE + a few of my favorites below.

I LOVE suspenders and plaid shirts.

The beautiful Peter Pan collar makes the whole outfit.

Soft pleats in a beautiful neutral color.

Femme fatale, period.

The bangs, the tight jeans, the low neckline. Hot, hot, hot.

This is the sort of thing I have in mind when I get ready in the morning.

Classic, with rock details. This lady is gorgeous with an attitude.

You can't get more American than a denim jacket, khakis and penny loafers.

The yellow pumps, kill it.

Poured Over

Lately, I've been going to FIX for my morning coffee.

I take that back.

I'll go when I'm treating myself. For the most part, I make my own and take it on the road in my pretentious Intelligentsia coffee tumbler.

BUT, I do love the way they grind the beans specifically for my order. Then they temper the hot water kettle before filling it with hot water for my coffee and prep the coffee filter with a first pass of hot water before filling it with grounds and pouring the hot water from the kettle. The whole process takes all of 2 - 3 minutes. Which is nice. It gives me a moment to savor life in my neighborhood and listen to ragtime, when they're playing it on the PA.

Read more about the pour-over method here. XOXO

While at FIX over the weekend, I ran into The Flashdance. He gave me a tip on another eastside place to try - Proof, he says their coffee is solid and bonus: they make all their baked goods in house.

Photo from the NY Times

Monday, February 21, 2011

Master Chart of Fashion Influence

Fall fashion week has come to a close. WSJ put out a nifty intearctive infograph to align the trends with specific collections. Which quadrant to you fall into? See more here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Random Snapshots

Thought I'd share some recent snapshots of my favorite people, er - roommates, around the house. XO

Le Mill next to our midcentury credenza (Melody in the background on her favorite spot).

Barren tree in our backyard against a blue, blue sky - from our deck.

My Mr. W. This is a very skater look for him, don't you think?

Nicky laughing hysterically and making me laugh (and my camera shake) in the process.

Melo napping on her other favorite spot (the sofa). This one makes is funny because she's dreaming with her tongue sticking out.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"I Do" Re-do?

Mr. W's going to roll his eyes! So I'll start by saying: I REALLY love the wedding dress I wore.

In a lot of ways, it was my dream dress for our big day. In fact, I'm trying to figure out how to wear it again (again, he rolls his eyes).

I'm a girl! I still love weddings and with all these new engagements happening around me (yippee!) - it makes me think about how I would do things differently. Would I go girly and romantic again, but with a fluffier gown? For those daydreams, Vera Wang's got a new line for David's Bridal and Anthropologie launched BHLDN on Valentine's Day.

Or would I go a simple, modern route and accessorize with high-impact pieces? I saw this dress from Proenza Schouler and went from there.

Fancify the simple frock with that beautiful Starlette Crown from Giant Dwarf
Spiked stilettos (Pik Pik Pik 120 by Christian Louboutin) are a statement all their own!