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"Women have two weapons- cosmetics and tears."

Ear Candy: In An Indie Mood

I'm not sure if it's the gloomy weather, lack of sleep after seeing Inception, or just standard female mood swings, but lately I've been craving hazy, sentimental music that I can listen to on my ipod while slothing around my room. Sometimes a girl just needs a good (for no reason) cry, and since witnessing the for-no-reason cry is probably alarming to any guy, it's best to reserve this for the privacy of your room and the company of your ipod. Here's a playlist to enjoy just in case you might be having similar cravings. Please note, I know not all of these artists are "indie" but all of these songs have glimpses of raw and soothing emotion.

A Gray Indie Mix

1. Peacock Dance- Matt Kanelos and the Smooth Maria

2. Rambling Man- Laura Marling

3. Skinny Love- Bon Iver

4. As Much as You Lead- Lex Land 

5. I'm Forgetting Everyone- Basia Bulat 

6. Elizabeth- RuRu

7. Maybe- Janis Joplin

8. What You're Supposed to Do- Matt Kanelos and the Smooth Maria 

9. What He Wrote- Laura Marling

10. Be Be Your Love- Rachael Yamagata 

11. Go On- Basia Bulat

12. Forget About- Sibylle Baier

13. Sweet Disposition- The Temper Trap 

14. Duet- Rachael Yamagata

15. Let Him Fly- Patty Griffin 

16. Little Waltz- Basia Bulat 

17. Abbie Martin- Joshua James


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(Photo: Hudsalva)
"Some stories are true that never happened." -Elie Weisel


Hey, I'm Not Going To Judge You...

1. If you count butter as a calorie-free ingredient while cooking (hello, it's necessary- haven't you seen Julie and Julia?). 

2. If you put on just a touch of mascara before the gym because you know cute treadmill guy will be there (woman with false eyelashes on the elliptical- I am judging you). 

3. If you splurge on special, out-of-your-budget items every once and awhile (it's called coloring outside the lines- live a little Wells Fargo). 

4. If you think potty humor is hilarious (hey, everyone poops. Except girls.). 
5. If you consider your cell phone more of an appendage than an accessory.

6. If you buy the cheapest gas for your car and the most expensive shampoo for your hair (your engine doesn't need to be shiny and frizz-free).

7. If sometimes you only feel like shaving when you're expecting a visitor. 

8. If you enjoy top-shelf liquor and cheap eats (Veuve Clicquot and Kraft Mac and Cheese, party of 1). 

9. If your favorite part of baseball games is the beer... and tight baseball pants. 

10. If you instantly dislike anyone with mushy, personalized licence plates. 

Photo: Femme Tales

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        (Photo:  German postcard by Krüger. Photo: Bernard of Hollywood.)
"Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got, and fifty percent what people think you've got."- Sophia Loren


Pillow (S)Talk

For the past two months I have been a woman stalking pillows. On the hunt for the perfect bedding and the even-more-perfect pillows I've exhausted every option; upon seeing my friend's brand new apartment for the first time i was singularly consumed with the origin of her adorable mod throw pillows; mid makeout I asked a boy where exactly he got his simple and chic comforter. And as if the problem wasn't consuming enough, the search came to a crashing crescendo when I took to the internet.

Once on the web, one of my favorite blogs, Katie Armour's "The Neo-traditionalist,"exposed me to a favorite new site, The Well-Appointed House. The site is brimming with adorable graphic pillows and charming knit decorative pillows (many of which boast a dog-lover's theme). Below are some of my favorite finds on the site (oh, did I mention orange is my new favorite color?).

Pillows Range from $50-$300 at www.wellappointedhouse.com

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"Hear no evil, speak no evil - and you'll never be invited to a party." -Oscar Wilde


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"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."  -Marilyn Monroe

LA Bucket List

I've stumbled upon a gem of a blog, "Caroline on Crack" which focuses on two of my dearest loves: alcohol and food. Though, much to my dismay, the author Caroline says she is not actually on crack (false advertising, hello!), she does seem to drink a lot so I've taken to trusting her judgment on bar reviews. One post I particularly enjoyed included a list of "100 Things To Try in LA Before You Die."A few of the suggestions have been added to my LA bucket list as well.

1) Bowling and $4 cocktails at Shatto 39 Lanes

2) Live music at Spaceland
3) Vodbox at Nic’s Martini Lounge

4) Summer movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 

In addition to these boozy suggestions from Caroline, I've also been concocting my own list which includes the following:

1) Saturday night live music at the Getty.

(Image via meetup.com)

2) Sunday morning at the Fairfax Flea Market

3)Thursday afternoon at the Downtown LA Art Walk
(Image via World Topics)


White Hot... With Pop

I have a long-standing obsession with all white interiors (incredibly practical since I tend to eat lasagna on the couch with shoes on) and bright colors and recently have found myself drawn to the idea of marrying both styles. The images below have inspired my white-with-pops-of-color fetish to reach extreme levels. Now, if only I had a space to decorate... donations for the chic-apartment-in-the-works-fund happily accepted.

(Images via Belle Maison)

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(Photo: Sam Lévin)
"Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it." -Brigitte Bardot


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"A life lived in love will never be dull." -Leo Buscaglia


Style Spotlight: Lindsay's Jailbird Couture

Lindsay Lohan is set to begin serving her 90-day prison sentence in five short days and I've been thinking a lot about her well-being. Namely, what will she have to wear ? (gasp!) and will she look good in her uniform?

The jury's still out (pun intended) on whether inmates wear striped get-ups or bright orange jumpsuits (apparently retro striped jumpsuits are making a comeback because the orange scrubs have caused nurses to be mistaken for inmates... I'd like to see that) so I've checked into both options for Lindsay and it seems she's a fan of both styles (phew!).
Here's Miss Lohan sporting a marvelous orange scarf to cover up her long luscious (hair extensions) locks while shopping. Unfortunately for her, the color she once used to go "incognito" will now be used as a tool to find her if she attempts to escape. And, as US Weekly is reporting, Lindsay is trying to escape already- the magazine claims that the actress checked into rehab today (for the fourth time) in attempts to avoid her jail sentence.

If the rehab plea doesn't pan out for the starlet, it seems that her fake tanner might save the day! As seen below, Lohan is already so orange, she might not even need the uniform, her glow is radiant enough to mark her criminal status!
(Photo: thegloss.com)

And finally, just in case stripes have made an official comeback this fall season in the California slammers, Lohan is a seasoned pro in prison stripe style. She's been enjoying the look for quite some time now, as evidenced below.

(Photo: contact music)

(Photo: The Insider)
So bon voyage Lindsay! Just think, half the trouble with trips is planning what to wear, and they've got you covered! 

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"God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met." -Farrah Fawcett


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"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." -Robin Williams


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"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."  -Sam Keen

Summer Dinner Party- Al Fresco

                                  (Photo: Mypunchbowl)
There's something magical about sitting outside in the warm summer air and enjoying cocktails (and maybe a meal every once and again) with friends. With just a little lighting, pillows, throw blankets, and a killer playlist, summer bliss is within your reach. Here are some al fresco party pictures to inspire your inner hostess. 

                                   (Photo: Domino Magazine) 
                                                     (Photo: Belle Maison)

                                   (Photo: Design Wonderland)
Also, enjoy my personal summer party playlist- perfect for casual summer get-togethers.

Summer Sunset Playlist
1. Stir It Up- Bob Marley
2. Out of My Mind- John Mayer Trio
3. In the Summertime- Mungo Jerry
4. Three Little Birds- Boy Marley
5. Dear Mr. Fantasy- Traffic 
6. Don't Stop Loving Me Now- Floating Action 
7. California Stars- Billy Bragg and Wilco 
8. Hotel California- The Eagles 
9. Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison 
10. The Next Time Around- Little Joy 
11. Better Together- Jack Johnson 
12. Could You Be Loved- Bob Marley
13. Santeria- Sublime 
14. Tequila Sunrise- The Eagles
15. Daddy- The Maytals


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"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”-- Bertrand Russell


When in Austin,TX: Shop!

Last month I got the chance to visit my very close family friend Hailee Steinfeld on the set of her new movie "True Grit." At just thirteen Hailee is starring opposite Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in this Coen brothers flick due out in theaters Christmas Day. 

We spent most of our time on location with Hailee, mingling with Bridges and Damon, who are both as sweet as pie and as handsome as they look on screen. But in addition to sitting in director's chairs and eating more craft services than I can even describe, we also got to explore (essentially eat and drink our way through) Austin. I enjoyed the eclectic, lively vibe that pulses through the city: young people everywhere, ice cream stands next to upscale eateries, and some very friendly cowboys (hello y'all!).

        Austin by Night (photo: Jessica Hagy)

But most of all I could not get enough of the vintage stores that were all over the city. I have an overwhelming affection for vintage fashion- the 1960's and 70's especially- and dragged the crew to every vintage/thrift store I could get my swollen-from-the-amount-of-fried-food-we-ate hands on.

Two stores tickled my fancy in particular. First, Feathers Boutique (1700 B. Congress Ave)- an adorable little shop with fabulous prices and interesting and carefully selected pieces. There were a ton of great eighties finds and fun patterned rompers (which, despite many valiant efforts, just do not work on me). I picked up a sexy cut out cocktail dress and was also in awe of their collection of vintage Playboy magazines-- (all that hair! that's really all I have to say about that). The selection is organized and easy to manage so it's also a great store if you're not able to sift through jam-packed racks. They've also got a cute blog with store updates.

My second shopping crush was Mana Culture- a store with a gorgeous line of original necklaces, rings and earrings, most of which are hand-crafted and designed by Mana. I picked up some unique gold necklaces from Mana Culture at the local artist's market on Congress street but they also have a boutique at 2214 South 1st St and a website with some of their pieces. I recently fell in love with the "Selene" earrings (seen above) on the website. I'm a gold lover and these have an interesting, ethnic feel.


Happy (Almost) Birthday America

"All good things are wild, and free." 
- Henry David Thoreau


South African Style Inspiration

The World Cup has South Africa abuzz (literally- those vuvuzela's are driving me insane) but it's not just the soccer that's making a statement. Over at Tory Burch, South African style was the inspiration for last year's resort collection. While this year's line-up boasts more tie-dye than watercolor, I still can't resist the bold colors of this inspiration collage and the uber chic Iris Apfel makes me smile.