An evening of vintage gambling.
Brought to you by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.
The ADSLA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on the celebration and preservation of the architecture, art, music, dance, clothing and elegance of Art Deco.
The Avalon Ball in Catalina and the Queen Mary are two of the societies largest fundraising events. All proceeds go towards saving numerous deco buildings and host educational lectures and tours in and around LA.
Casino Moderne is the lastest fundraising event held at the Historical Los Angeles Athletic Club. Yet, another night of stepping back in time. Admission is good for entry, hors d'oeuvres, gambling chips, and if interested, a discounted room in the newly renovated rooms of the hotel.
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This year I became a certified Deva Stylist. I've been a hairstylist for some time. When I think that nothing more can be done...I hear about the Deva technique.
Their system is very unique. It's the highest consentration of botanically infused products out there and they do NOT use a comb when cutting the hair. Which makes sense. If you wear you hair curly all the time, why stretch out the curl? It just creates more frizz. There is absolutely no sulfates in their cleansing/conditiong agents. NONE! Cleansing is done with the product + friction. Sound crazy? Well maybe...all the curly girls and guys need to retrain the way they take care of their hair. The no sulfates plus botanical infusion creates moisture moisture moisture. Which equals NO FRIZZ. Go figure!
Deva is a whole new concept of soft natural curls.
I have wavy hair and notice a huge difference in moisture and anti frizz.
Capella Salon has the highest amount of certified Deva stylists in LA.
For more info on Deva care check out their youtube tutorial or go to www.devaconcepts.com
...Jeanettte Baity for Costume Design!
Congratulations to Jeanette for her achievements. Hair by Sandra D. 1960's dress from The Way We Wore.
The intention of this session is to lenghthen the back side line and to restore movement to the sacrum. I had to get reaquainted with my body a little bit more after session six. It didn't take long though. Afterwards, I felt like a well oiled machine! I now realize how sessions 4,5,and 6 should be done soon after each other.
Apparently session six, for most, is more relaxing. Hardly any movement is called for and you are laying on your stomach the whole time. For me...this was the most intense so far. I've heard people talk about "pain" while undergoing "rolfing" or Structural Integration (SI). It's not about the pain. It's about being and feeling like a new, well balanced body, free from pain. The amount of intensity I have felt during my sessions so far does not amount to how I'm feeling now...free! I'm experiencing ease of movement and better posture, especially with the sitting and standing movement exercises I try to remember on a daily basis. By the way, I'm getting a seat wedge for driving. I want to maintain comfort in my newly aligned structure ;) It keeps your body upright while driving. It's good for any and every seat...but I'm not going to be that anal and take it everywhere.
Today, about a week after session 6, I had a pretty good work out. Way more than I've had in months...and it felt wonderful. I did my work out with such ease. I was extremely impressed. I thought for sure I'd be out of breath and have some tightening somewhere in my body. But no! The rotation in all my joints were smooth. Especially in my hips, back, and shoulders.
More info about Structural Integration visit ramadavis.com
My dearest suitor took me to lunch at Cliftons Cafeteria in Downtown Los Angeles. It was our first time there. I've heard so much about this eatery and I was thrilled to check it out. Quite the place to dine in the 1930's and on.
Upon entry down a long hall in to the cafeteria I grab my tray to start off with a loooooooong line of desserts neatly displayed in their own individual cute white cup or bowl. Next were the little salads. Some more desserts and finally to the entrees. Actually after the entrees, the line ended with even more desserts, in case you didn't catch them earlier, before we hit the cashier. I had a wet roast beef, mashed potatos and a cucumber salad. He had the cod fish, mixed bean salad and we shared, my favorite, coconut cream pie.
I didn't realise how large this venue is. I mean massive. Four floors! The whole place is decored to make you feel like you are surrounded by large red woods. Who would've thought? A 20' waterfall cascades next to the three tiers of water front seating. A redwood church to have your own private service before or after lunch. You can rent out the third floor for private parties even.
Dining here is like dining in a catering museum. There are photos and memorabilia that documents the cafeteria throughout its history in LA . I wouldn't necessarilly come back for the food. I will be back with a group of friends for afternoon coffee/tea and dessert! ;)
This year was awsome at Viva. Not only did I have an ad in the program, I did some glamorous sets. (you'll find the photos on set of the week)
Here's a little bit about my experience...
Packing! Since we drove, I bacsically take everything I might possibly wear. There are at least two wardrobe changes a day. For me three, since I was working doing hair. Work, daytime and my after five outfit. That goes for lashes as well. This is one event where "there is no such thing as too much rouge", said by a dear friend whom I first went with back in 2002.
Daily events to expect are shopping. Vintage vendors new and used. Altough, not as many vintage as I remember. There were a lot more reproductions. Music and bands. Gambling of course. I try to win back what I spend on shopping. Most of the time it works! ;) Jive class, fashion show, car show, burlesque, and the tiki pool party.
There are so much more to the music and bands. I got to see Deke Dickerson, Chuck Berry and Wanda Jackson, just to name a few. Some fabulous burlesque performances, hot classic cars (in my car show outfit), and some fancy bathing suits at the madatory pool party. I jokingly say "mandaotry" because the weather was soooo windy! Everyone wants/needs to be there... see and be seen!
The highlight of this year were the people I met. I did some stylish hair and got to share a lot of compliments with men and women. The rockabilly scene, I guess with any scene for that matter, has a tendancy to be "too cool for school", but not this year. Or at least I didn't pay any attention to it. Excited for next year!
Session 5 focuses on connecting the upper body to the lower body through the pelvis (the psoas muscles (so-az). Talk about core. Not only do I feel like I have a new stride from my pelvic region, I have a new set of lower abs!
This session was intense and nothing like I've ever felt. To actually focus on lifting my leg from the psoas muscles is really cool. Being able to recognize these muscles gives a whole new meaning to movement through daily activity and especially exercise.
Today I learned that we are suppose to lift our leg through these psoas muscles and most of us usually use our quad muscles to do this. Walking around for the first time after session 5, I noticed more of a smooth sway in my hips and knees...
**break into song...knee bone connected to my thigh bone, my tjight bone connected to my hip bone, hip bone connected to my...stay tuned for session 6. ;)
I also notice that my whole legs and feet point forward when I walk. My legs stack up perfectly on my feet when I move. And of course the word of the session...Psoas! I definitely notice my psoas muscles are at work lifting my legs up to move with ease.
About the lower abs...with the work that is done to get to your psoas muscles, your abs look a bit more sculpted. You'll know what I mean once you get to this session. By the way, this session should be done soon after session 4. And also, make sure you have enough time after this session (5) to go for a short walk and try out your new lower half!
I'll be back to tell ouy about session 6 soon. Until then you can check out www.ramadavis.com for more info on SI.
Did I mention how I can feel how each session build on the one before? Well session four gave me new legs.
Still focusing on seperating the front from the back...this time on the legs. It's amazing what heels can do to your whole line. I am a huge fanatic of heels. And ladies, I highly recommend wearing flats to this session. I made the mistake of wearing not sooooo high heels and it felt foriegn walking out of the office. I immediately changed into a pair of flats I had in the car.
My posture feels even more in line. I have knee problems and, after completing this session, It already feels like something has been aleviated. It's hard to explain. There is a noticable difference in the way I walk and even the way my foot steps and rolls off the ground.
At the end of the session. Rama did some work on freeing up my vertabrae so that it would actually "roll" instead of just bending at my lower back. And of course, more movement excercises. How to properly sit from a standing position. I'm almost to the half way point of the series and I'm thrilled to experience such fulfilling changes in my body.
...A few days after this session, I notice my "old posture" was starting to feel more and more uncomfortable. Before session 5 I found it easier to adapt to my new upright posture. Still practicing my movement excercises.
For more information on SI visit www.ramadavis.com
During session three of SI, I saw and felt a huge difference in my body. I felt like I got new shoulders. My posture and stance feels upright. You can tell in the before and after photos. HUGE difference! These before and after photos were taken before and immediately after the session. Approximately a difference of one and a half hours.
This session focuses on seperating the front from the back. Not only did Rama do that, he put my shoulders back where they need to be, which allows my head to fit on my body better. My torso was lengthened, which I totally need. Session three is where I became more aware of how my structure and how it is compromised through repetitive daily movements.
Rama demonstrated for me movement excersises that involed how to properly stand up from a seated position. That was my homework...
A few days later, when I was at work, I noticed that I didn't have that normal tightening sensation in my back or shoulders while blowdrying. I can feel how each session builds on the one before.
For more information on Structural Integration (SI) visit www.ramadavis.com
I went in for my second session of Structural Integration (aka Rolfing). This session focuses on the part of the leg from below the knees to the feet. I must say..."I have new feet". I don't feel like I have new feet...I _actually _have _NEW_ feet!
I never thought about how much abuse my feet takes. Standing. Heels. Standing in heels all day.
I learned the fascia in our feet crystalize over time. This process gets rid of that build up. After an intense session, my lower leg and feet feel and look extremely relaxed! My toes even rest in a relaxed position when I'm standing or sitting. I highly recommend wearing flats for this session and a few days later.
It's interesting to see how relaxed the muscles in my feet look even when I have all my weight on them. When I stand, my feet are naturally more parallel instead of a slight "V" shape.
At first, it was awkward walking in my new feet. But now... I feel GROUNDED. In my Clark's, it feels like I'm walking on marshmellows.
I still love my heels though!
For more information on Structural Integration (SI) visit www.ramadavis.com