Currently Obsessed With

It’s the first month of a new year!  2016 is here to stay so to speak!  Here are a few of my current obsessions.

Of course the life and art of David Bowie are awe inspiring, but I’m a little in love with their love story.  So sweet and so real.

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Current Obsessions 2016

 

 

 

 

Slim Aarons Photographs the Rich and The Richer

I am crazy for Slim Aarons.   Who, you might ask?  Slim Aarons was kind of the Truman Capote of photography.  He spent most of his time chilling with really rich socialites lounging around doing rich people stuff.  You know like hanging out at their olympic sized pools in Palm Beach or posing in front of their sprawling mansion while leaning against a Bently or Rolls or some such car.  Yes, it’s over the top, but it’s fascinating to look at at the .000001% in all their decadent glory.  The photos aren’t staged and are almost like snapshots that you and I grab on our phones, except they’re not like you and I.  Not. Even. Close.

I say that with no bitterness.  The photos are amazing.  They have a David Hockney painterly feel to them.  I love them in decor.  The rich vibrant colors of Florida, the Mediterranean and Switzerland are beautiful in any room.

I seriously want this one of CZ Guest.  You know, just hangin with the kid and the pups.  It’s perfection in every way!98714239328463a9a553764ac89347f2

 

Here is another shot of the Kaufman house in Palm Springs.  The house is a Richard Neutra.  That pant suit the blonde on the left is wearing is amazing.
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See what I mean?

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His photographs span pools, beaches and ski slopes.  Here are some of my favorites.

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Slim’s photos look fabulous in modern decor.  I have been seeing them all over the place.  They convey opulence, color and beauty.

Feast your eyes on these beautiful decors.10545e02167325758d2d3a7832a85cd3-1

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For links check out my Pinterest board called

Slim Aarons Photography

For more info on Slim Aarons check out these links.

Books by Slim Aarons

Bio of Slim Aarons

 

Welcome a New Year; Say Good-bye to an Old Year

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When I was a kid, often times I would spend New Year’s Eve with my grandpa Hank, or Hankie as I called him.  My parents usually were at a party, so my bachelor grandpa would hang out with me;  an only child.  Now, technically Hankie wasn’t my ‘real’ grandpa, rather a family friend who showed up at the hospital when my single (at the time) mom gave birth to me and had no ride home.

Hankie offered up his Buick, but not before he spied me through the glass while I lay in the nursery, unaware that one of my greatest teachers, supporters and loves was peering in at my scrunched little face.

As the years went by, he often baby sat me, while my mom and my step dad worked.  I had lots of afternoons listening to Vin Scully on the radio, while the delicious aroma of home-made stew wafted through the little house Hankie lived in.    He taught me how to pound a nail and saw a piece of wood. He bought me a little mouse (Charlie!) and built a fabulous hutch for him.   He taught me how to type…(67 words per minute!), he bought me National Geographic Society subscriptions and he taught me how to bowl.  I still have my custom bag, shoes and ball!  He was a crack bowler and had bowled numerous perfect games.

He smoked like a chimney, had grown up in abject poverty in Wisconsin and was one of twelve kids all relinquished to an orphanage because his father died and his mom couldn’t take care of all the kids.  He remained close with the siblings that were still alive, especially his one brother Esko.  Esko at some point came to live with Hankie and the three of us would often spend the weekends together, listening to baseball, cooking and feeding the squirrels.   Looking back, it is kind of weird that this little chubby girl was befriended by these two elderly bachelor brothers, but there ya go.

Hankie was in the Navy during WW2.  I wish I had been more curious about his service.  I just knew he was a soldier at one point.  I saw the pictures!!  At the end of his life, he ended up back in Fon du Lac Wisconsin.  Some of his siblings were still there.  He ha developed emphysema from years of smoking and working at Rocketdyne where he worked on the assembly line building space shuttles and airplanes.  He died in the VA hospital, but not before he got to see pictures of my first-born.  I wish I could have seen them together.  What a pair they would have been.

So, I started this post to reminisce about my New Years Eve tradition that I started with Hank and ended up writing small tribute to him.  I am very ADD, let’s face it.  Anyway the tradition goes that after eating a full meal and getting to stay up until midnight, we would watch Guy Lombardo play Auld Lang Syne  (I am really showing my age here!).  We would bang on pots and pans, but most important we would open the back door wide and open the front door wide.  We would stand at the front door and welcome in the new year, then run to the back door and say good bye to the old year.  I thought it was always fitting tribute to the past and the future.  I continue it until this day.

It just goes to show you that old acquaintances should not be forgot and Hankie was much more than an acquaintance.  He was a grandfather with a capital G.

 

Kathy’s Vintage in NoHo-One of My Favorite Shops in LA

One of my favorite spots in the city.  Check out Layers Los Angeles as they adventure into the depths of a revitalized North Hollywood!

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Kathy’s Vintage NoHo

 

Latest Obbsession-Downton Abbey

I get caught up in TV shows.  I have succumbed to a Netflix addiction.  I have not been a big TV watcher ever since Seinfeld went off the air, but we recently bought a ROKU device.  We get Netflix and Amazon which we stream through the internet.

So far I have binged watched Breaking Bad, Mad Men (my former favorite), Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire, The Americans, House of Cards and Ray Donovan.

And now…I have become obsessed with Downton Abbey.  Maggie Smith is Maggie Smith.   That’s all I need to say about that.

I do however have a lot to say about  the beautiful rooms in Highclere Castle, the home that plays Downton Abbey.

My favorite room is the light and beautiful sitting room.  One of hundreds probably.  I love the pink couches and the classic design and style.    That chandelier, those chairs, the moulding on the ceiling.  Wow.

Just beautiful.  So I’m off to watch Season Three….I can’t wait!

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Happy International Happiness Day!

Yes, happiness has it’s own special day, as it should.  In honor of this international holiday I thought I would post a song and video I have recently become obsessed with and trust me, when I get obsessed I’m like a little kid watching a Disney cartoon.  Over and over and over again.

The video is so heartwarming just watching normal people embracing life and happiness…oh and Magic Johnson is great too.

I’m not sure how long it’s been out, because I’m  not cool, but when I heard, it got downloaded ASAP.

It’s Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’ and the words are really profound.

My favorite verse because it’s so true!
Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don’t hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine
Yeah, no offense to you don’t waste your time
Here’s why

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Listen, enjoy and clap along!  More importantly,

BE HAPPY!