I love the little breaks I get from the hustle and bustle of LA. A breath of fresh air if you will. Every other month I drive up the 395 to beautify the mountains in Mammoth Lakes, CA.
I style at Profiles salon, which is above the best second hand store in town and next to a brand new bowling alley and entertainment center (currently the talk of the town).
This is the view we have in the cozy three chair salon on the second floor. Being in there never feels like work. I'm surrounded by majestic beauty of nature.
Mammoth has so much to offer aside from the best skiing and snowboarding in California. There are great trails for hiking and biking, camping, fishing, boating, bird watching...the list goes on. The lakes are gorgeous. And there are lots of great eateries in town.
All of this is a 5 hour drive from LA, 8000 feet elevation and 15-20 degrees cooler. Thank you Mammoth for all that you have to offer!
Im trying something new this season. I find fall/winter to be a difficult season for me to dress. I live in LA where we have plenty of sunshine and not many chances to wear typical seasonal wear including warm coats. I will be, what I call, closet shopping. Going into the depths of my closet to find items I have not worn in a while and shopping for new items that I can add to my everyday looks.
I love a classic vintage look with lots of color. In the cooler seasons, my look completely changes. Here, I still have a classic inspired look. Sandals are ok to wear in the fall in LA. My top is a wool minidress paired with a vintage circle skirt. I brightened up this ensemble with a new giant purple necklace. I am loving this new necklace, as it's going to be a staple throughout the holidays. Now if I only had a colorful simple knit dress. Pants is a whole other story that does not work for me at the moment.
I have started a lookbook to get inspired and feedback on what others think. Click on the link above to check out what Iv'e come up with . Feel free to leave a comment or suggestions.
Diwali is a beautiful time of year. We light our lanterns to dispel the darkness of our ignorance. The light shows us our journey through life. We clean our homes, accounts, everything around us including our hearts. This is the festival of lights for the new year.
I remember going down to Artesia, CA for the celebration. A section of Pioneer Blvd is closed off with jewelry, clothing, and food vendors. What more can you ask for but good food, good shopping, and good music. Our favorite vegetarian spot to eat at is Udupi Palace. Oh do I love their simple masala dosa. This is a family friendly festival where everyone is in good spirits.
A night of mexican wrestling, burlesque, and comedy. You can't ask for more at Lucha Vavoom. Since 2002, Lucha has been putting on a most fantastic unique experience of entertainment.
It's been years since Iv'e gone. We ended up with ringside seats this Halloween. Everyone looked amazing in their costumes or decadent evening wear. I went as my version of Katrina (Grace Jones) from the 80's cult horror film Vamp. Heisenberg and his bag (lady friend) of blue crystal meth won the $250 costume contest.
Highlights aside from the obvious was the glow in the dark midget wrestling and thriller side show (not going to be pc about that one), pole burlesque, and Cassandro!
Lucha Vavoom happens around Valentines and Halloween. Can't wait for next year.
What a weekend! There were two major events this is weekend in LA. These events included two major street closures. Both of which I was able to participate in.
Saturday June 22, 2013 was the LA Culture Festival. A 2.5 mile parade down Hollywood Blvd stretching from Vermont to Cherokee. The parade is a collaboration of carnival festivities from Central and South America. It's basically 4-5 hours of dancing to soca music with a fantastic feathery carnival costume. At the end of the parade, there is a block party called " Carnival Village" featuring live music, authentic food, vendors, and of course more dancing. Last year was my first time supporting this event in LA. Now I will always support this event. It's just getting better every year!
Sunday June 23, 2013 was yet another Ciclavia event. This time it was 7 miles of the iconic Wilshire corridor that was closed to motorized vehicles and used for bicycles. This was a great way to view this historic part of LA. I got to appreciate the detail in the buildings as well as get to know (new to me) businesses in the area . We rode our bikes all day long. From Echo Park to LACMA to Little Tokyo. I got acquainted with tasty new places to eat in K-town (including 24 hour tofu restaurant and 24 hour coffee shop with wifi), had a picnic at Hancock Park overlooking the tar pits, and made a personalized bicycle license plate at the Pettersen Automotive Museum. These are just a few highlights. We did so much more while meeting up with other riders and friends throughout the day. I'm always looking forward to Ciclavia. The next event is October 6, 2013, The Heart of LA including Chinatown! See you there.
This beautiful intoxicating flower is one of my favorites. The night blooming Cereus (pronounced like "serious"). A type of tuberous cacti. When healthy, this plant has several flowers that will start to develop near late spring through early summer. Each flower will bloom for only one night! These past two nights are the beginning of many special nights to come. If we go out to dinner, we arrive home greeted by the strong sweet smell of these giant flowers. They are about 9" in diameter. Each stalk is covered with flowers that will all bloom on different nights. Sometimes I like to sit on my porch with a hot beverage and seriously enjoy the Cereus!
I put a side by side photo below of Monday night flowers and Tuesday night flowers. You'll notice the photo on the left has two flowers that are not open on the right. The photo on the right is of those closed two flowers "open". You can kind of see the flowers wilting in the background from the night before. I find them spectacular and breathtaking! They give me a big smile every time.
I've attached a quick time lapse video I found. Enjoy. :D
For many years we have taken our mom to the horse races at Hollywood Park for Mother's Day brunch. We love to dress up in our Sunday best...at the races.
First post is at 1:00 pm. Our day starts around 11:00 am, after mom goes to church. This gives us enough time to go for a round or two at the buffet and catch up on the jockeys and horses that will be racing. Typical conversation around this time is , "Who are we going to bet on?", right after, "I'm going to get one more cheesecake." There is usually a large group of us and we get to name one of the races. For that race, we are escorted down to the finish line where we can view the race up close. Afterwards we take a group photo. Sometimes with the winning horse, if there is time.
This year was extra special. After our race, our friends dad invited us to visit the Hollywood Park ranch. Friendly ranch cats greeted us, got to see and pet some of the horses, and of course play with Portia the goat (my favorite).
This is a full day of complete fun. Eating, betting, yelling/cheering, and more eating is very exhausting and well worth it. After several years of hearing the threat of Hollywood Park to close, this year was the final Mothers Day at the races. Needless to say our race name was, "WHERE ARE WE TAKING MOM NEXT YEAR?".
Taking a break from work with a spot of ginger tea and a good friend.
-Half thumb size piece of smashed ginger
-Half squeezed lime
-Full teaspoon honey
Talking photography, fashion, and technology.
I'm in the zone. It's been a long time since feeling this inspired. I attended the Avalon Ball this past weekend and had a grand time. When I got back to work, the salon had received a ton of upcoming hair events. I'm particular about which of these shows to go to, however, the 2012 Davines show seems fun. I checked out some of the photos from this past years' event, and wow! I'm truly inspired.
I've had every style you can possibly imagine. Super long (to the knees) to shaved. Bobbed, pixie cut, spiked, mohawked, shaved one side, shaved two sides, shaved all around, dread extensions, braid extensions, braid and dread extensions together, bangs, no bangs, betty bangs, the no bang bang, angled bangs, every shaped bangs, and don't get me started on colors. It has been done already. Even colors without a proper name.
I've been growing my hair with a similar color pattern for the past 10 years. And lately, I've been sporting this cool, long version, a symmetrical cut.
My new challenge is to combine long and short hairstyles.
The photo above is of me today. Nothing special. It was a bit windy. I will be documenting these fun changes. Starting tomorrow...Stay tuned!
An evening of vintage gambling.
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