Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010, Day 212

Another beautiful day! I am so enjoying this mild summer. This morning our nephew Hunter came over with a friend and went mountain bike riding with Gary and Graydon in Ahamanson Ranch. Elodie went horse-back riding so I enjoyed some quiet time reading the excellent book The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.

When they came home, the boys went swimming and Elodie went to a friend’s house. Gary and I took advantage by sneaking off to our favorite little Mexican restaurant in Agoura called Adobe Cantina.

I am wearing a beautiful little dress I bought from a sidewalk vendor on the Venice Boardwalk. We have no plans the rest of the day and evening and intend to enjoy every unscheduled moment.

Friday, July 30, 2010, Day 211

We’re staying in tonight, but if we were to go out, I might choose and old standby like this. I am wearing a Gucci dress I bought in San Francisco and a coat I bought for half off at Heidi Says on Fillmore. The shoes are Gina and I bought them at Ghost for their kitten heels to wear to our house-warming party in 2003. The purse is Asprey. I bought it in London and I love the way it has tiny “Asprey’s” embossed on it to give it texture. The pearls are vintage from Mureta’s on Fillmore.

This dress was the first piece of designer wear I ever remember buying from a shop with the same name. We were in San Francisco with Tony and Patty and Gary insisted I try it on. He took one look at me in it and turned to the salesclerk and said we’d take it. I’ve worn it many times, including to one MOCA Gala (honoring Robert Rauchenberg) and to my twentieth High School reunion.

Gary made Chilean sea bass tonight and Marilyn came over for dinner. We walked around the house and admired how pretty the gardens all look and generally enjoyed the beautiful evening.

Thursday, July 29, 2010, Day 210

I am wearing a great blouse by Stella McCartney I bought at Madison Gallery and a pair of “Pilcro and the Letterpress” shorts I bought at Anthropolgie in Virginia. The shoes are by Elisa Ferare* and I bought them from a little shop on Abbot Kinney in Venice. I would have never put this outfit together, but I am nearing the end of this project and am matching what’s left for maximum impact. I know I am repeating myself, but I love this project for exactly this reason and I will totally wear this again and again. I realize I have been “saving” this blouse for some crazy “special” occasion instead of enjoying it like I did today.

We had yoga in the morning at the house and I got my teeth cleaned. We went to the barbeque at the Community Center in the evening and I felt both comfortable and chic.

*Elisa Ferare (1944-2010). I would have never known she died except I wanted to be sure of the spelling of her name (the label inside the shoe is a bit worn) and Googled her.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010, Day 209

Here we have a lovely little dress Rachel bought me for my birthday two years ago.* It’s by Decolette, which is fitting since it’s very delicate and feminine. I almost feel naked in it and have to make sure that my behind is literally covered by the extra fabric which wraps around my backside. I’ve styled it with a pretty pin at the hip and my suede Frye boots.

This picture was taken in the little shopping center where we go for sushi. I am standing outside a shop called “Little Blue” where our niece Torie works and sells her amazing jewelry. In fact, I bought the necklace pictured just before this photo was taken and really think it completes the outfit.

*Again, love, LOVE this project as I’ve only worn this dress once before to the Hollywood Bowl with John and Rachel and forgot how pretty it is. Sometimes that happens and clothes will sit in my closet, unworn, for years. I will certainly wear this one again before another 209 days.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010, Day 208

I just can’t get over the beautiful weather we’ve been having! Today felt way more like spring than summer and it seemed an absolute waste to spend it inside. I invited the kids to have a picnic and Graydon took this picture of Elodie and me under the redwoods.

I am wearing one of my most favorite blouses by Armani Exchange and a pair of Vince shorts I bought at Fred Segal a long time ago. The orange Nikes are from somewhere in the Haight/Ashbury section of San Francisco.

Monday, July 26, 2010, Day 207

We stayed overnight at the hotel and woke up to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. After lolling around reading all morning, we laced up our tennis shoes and went for a long walk in the sand. Then we did a little more shopping before heading for home.

I am wearing one of my purchases from yesterday – this beautiful purple dress from Planet Blue. It is very silky and soft and I know it will be a favorite for years to come.

Sunday, July 25, 2010, Day 206

I couldn’t resist “wearing” my birthday suit today – which is (you guessed it!) my birthday. I am lying in same place in approximately the same position as when a lovely young woman named Alex Douziech came and painted my (nude) portrait last year. I had intended to take this picture in front of the actual portrait which is gorgeous and is hanging in my closet, but the lighting was all wrong. Gary suggested this re-creation and I think it is a much more successful shot.

Alex attends the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and has a very classical hand. She is extremely talented and I know will go far in her chosen field.

Gary took me shopping* in Malibu and then to the Malibu Beach Inn for massages. Some close friends joined us for dinner outside on hotel’s patio overlooking the ocean. It was a lovely evening and my best birthday ever.

*If you will note on January 1, I purposely left the rules a little open-ended and have added my birthday to the times when shopping is allowed and I’m glad I did. I never would have believed in January that I would still be at this is July!

Saturday, July 24, 2010, Day 205

Lynn planned a surprise party for Torie’s eighteenth birthday tonight complete with a Tarot card reader (me). I was originally going to wear the gypsy costume I wore last year when I read cards at Rachel’s Halloween party, but I thought it was a little juvenile and that eighteen-year-olds would be both not-impressed and maybe a little embarrassed by the woman in the big gypsy costume.*

Instead I wore this wonderful Ossie Clark gown I bought on sale at Madison Gallery. I wore it once before to the MOCA Fresh auction last year and it was fun to put it on again.

What’s a Tarot card reader without baubles or bangles so I piled on the jewelry, including many vintage pieces I bought at Mureta’s on Fillmore. I was going for a “Luisa Cassati” (see May 31) vibe with my hair and make-up and I think it came off well.

I read cards tonight for about ten teenagers. I love reading young people’s cards because they tend to be about what’s coming up rather than what is or what has happened. I think it’s very sweet that my first two customers were both boys. It was a very fun night and Torie was indeed surprised.

*As said costume is hanging in my closet, I’m sure I will pull it out since the dare is to “wear it all.”

Friday, July 23, 2010, Day 204

When I asked Elodie what kind of party she wanted this year, she said, “A fashion/swim party.” When I asked her what that meant, she said, “You know, like my friends and I can walk down a red carpet and have our pictures taken…” So that’s what we did and it was very cute. After a lot of swimming, Elodie and her friends got out of the pool and dolled themselves up with sunglasses, hats and accessories and “walked the red carpet” we rented from a party rental place. Gary and I took pictures of the girls as they took off down the runway. After a slow start, they all got really into it and each had several “outfit” changes.

I am wearing a pair of pink satin shorts* I bought half off at Belle Grey when it was in the Commons and an Angel tank top I bought at Lolita’s. The shoes are Dr. Scholl’s from Leap shoes.

*These shorts were originally bought two years ago for a “Pink Party” we hosted for our friend Molly Hall’s birthday. She loves pink and so everything from the cake to the decorations was pink and we encouraged all the guests to wear her favorite color. As the hostess, I of course had to also wear pink. Who knew I would have the opportunity to wear them again?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010, Day 203

Here we have an outfit I would also have never worn, but for this project and I really love it. I am wearing a long tunic by Kain I think I bought at Maxfield in Malibu and a pair of footless tights. The sandals are by Yin and I must have bought them somewhere. They’ve been sitting in my closet, unworn, for years. The necklaces are from Ariana in Malibu. This outfit is so comfortable. I know I will wear it again – and it won’t take me another 200 days to do it!

I am standing next to another great drawing by Yuval Pudik (see May 3). If you look close you can see my photographer (Gary) reflected in the piece.

Today is Elodie’s eighth birthday. She has grown into such a precious girl and we all love her very much.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010, Day 202

I am standing next to a miniature German shop, circa 1885 that I’ve filled with all of the tiny dolls and toys I’ve collected over the past twenty or so years. It’s nice to have them safe and sound and dust-free under the plexi-glass box.

I am wearing an Alexander Wang skirt I bought at Magnolia’s in Calabasas and a Dolce & Gabbana top I bought at the Cabazon outlets. The boots are Florentine & Baker and I bought them at Gimme Shoes on Fillmore.

My first and only time wearing this skirt was to the dinner before Hunter’s Bar Mitzvah over a year ago. I certainly would not have chosen to wear it again today if it wasn’t for this project. As you know, I’m nearing the end and must chose among what’s left and pair it with the most appropriate events. Today Marilyn and I met Judy for our annual birthday* lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in Thousand Oaks. Judy took one look at the skirt and said, “I love that skirt. You should wear it all the time.” Now I think I will.

*Judy's birthday is six days before mine. We’ve been celebrating this way and foregoing gifts for as long as I can remember and it’s the one day in the year I allow myself to share a piece of cheesecake without any guilt.

Tuesday, July 2010, Day 201

We met Adam Gross* at MOCA this evening for a private tour of their excellent Ashille Gorkey** exhibit. Mr. Gorkey was a Russian émigré who led an artistically prolific, but ultimately tragic life. His father came to America and left him behind to look after his mother who ended up dying in the Armenian genocide around the time of World War I. He never got over feeling like he failed to protect her and made numerous portraits of her over the course of many years.

When he finally made it to America, he set himself up as an art teacher while also teaching himself to paint. He purposefully copied many of the great European masters, including Cezanne, Monet, Matisse and Picasso in the hopes of finding his own style.

Unfortunately, right about the time he did, his studio burned down and the very next month he was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Two years later, saddled with a colostomy bag, he was in a car accident, badly injured his right hand and feared he’d never be able to paint again. Then his wife had an affair with his best friend, took their two young children and left him. He committed suicide by hanging, but left behind an enormous body of work, made even more amazing by the fact he died at the young age of forty-six.

It was truly incredible to see the progression of his pieces, from blatant copies to works which could hold their own against any of the other identified masters. This piece shows how he was ahead of his time, with his bold use of color and strong lines. Ironically, many people classify him as an abstract expressionist, but he actually made many painstaking “studies” before completing a final piece, refuting the emotion and impulsiveness that somewhat defines the term.

I love our special outings with Adam. There is no way Gary and I would come away with a fraction of the depth and meaning Adam brings when he leads us through exhibitions like this. Afterwards, we had dinner at WP24*** with Adam and Jeffrey Dietch, MOCA’s new director. What a great night!

I am wearing a dress by Proenza Scholer and some suede Frye boots. The necklace is vintage turquoise from Mureta’s on Fillmore.

*Adam and I share the same birthday, year and all.

**Ashille Gorkey, 1902-1948

***Wolfang Puck’s newest restaurant on the 24th floor of the Ritz Carlton building downtown. The food is Asian and the view is stunning.

Monday, July 19, 2010, Day 200

Wowie zowie – is it day 200 already?!? How long can I keep this up?

I am wearing a well-worn James Perse dress in which I never leave the house. I have the same one in white which you will probably see soon since I can’t keep this up forever.*

I am standing in front of our beautiful crepe myrtle tree which is just getting done with its show of pink blossoms for the year. The weather was exceptionally hot the past few days, but it is predicted to cool off this week.

*As you know, my original prediction of 100 days was followed by a second guesstimate of 180-200 days. I foresee at least another month of this, maybe two.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010, Day 199

Here I am with my two beautiful children jumping into our pool. After church, we saw Despicable Me (my new all time favorite kids movie) at the Commons and then came home for a swim. I am wearing a Kimchi Blue bathing suit I bought online from Urban Outfitter and reminds me of something Marilyn Monroe might have worn.

Saturday, July 17, 2010, Day 198

We took the kids to Paradise Cove this morning to celebrate Gary’s sister Judy’s birthday. It was nice to escape the heat for a bit and visit with family. In the evening, Gary grilled some vegetables and salmon and I made the pesto from basil in our garden.*

We had some friends over for dinner, including the artist Travis Collinson (see April 20) who was visiting from San Francisco. It was cooler by then and we were able to sit outside and enjoy the evening.

I am wearing a dress by Cherry Blossom and my trusty Frye boots.

*I don’t cook, but Barry Nelson taught me how to make excellent pesto, which doesn’t require “cooking,” only blending.

Friday, July 16, 2010, Day 197

I have on something of a “uniform” made up of a Prada blouse, See by Chloe shorts and a pair of Dries Van Noten shoes. It's become my “go-to” outfit when I visit art galleries or shop in the city, which is what I did today with Mark Cutler.

We ate lunch a Cecconi’s before picking up a beautiful photograph by David Schoerner and a little drawing by Edward Steiger from Paul Kopeikin’s gallery on Melrose. Then we went to Lead Apron, which carries hard-to-find and out of print art and fashion books, and did some shopping on Melrose Place.

I am standing in a little garden off of our dining room. The crepe myrtle tree in the corner blooms pink and is wrapped in little white tivoli lights all year. The marble Buddha was a birthday present from Gary when we were still living in the guest house.

Gary and I stayed home in the evening and watched Duplicity on DVD.

Thursday, July 15, 2010, Day 196

I am standing in a little bathroom down in our basement. It has a corner sink we salvaged from an old house on a property Gary was developing into an apartment building.* and vintage light fixtures from Dispela Antiques on La Brea. It reminded us of those tiny bathrooms you see in restaurants in France and we’ve filled it with paintings of women I found on Ebay and had framed.** You can tell most of the paintings were done by amateur artists and are quite charming.

I am wearing a James Perse t-shirt with an Inhabit skirt. The sandals are Azzedine Alaiia. The necklace is vintage from Mureta’s on Fillmore. The earrings were bought in a mall long, long ago, but remain favorites.

If you look closely, you can see my photographer (Graydon) in the mirror).

*Down in the Korea Town area of Los Angeles on a street called La Fayette Park Place, there used to be a row of stately homes. They were all torn down except for this one last hold out. It was severely neglected and surrounded by apartment buildings. We salvaged what we could, including a pair of beautiful wrought iron doors we used in our garden.

**This bathroom is appropriately known as the “ladies’ bathroom.”

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, Day 195

Gary and I went in to the city early today to check out the Emmet Gowin show at Marc Selwyn’s gallery before attending a fundraiser in the evening. Mr. Gowin is a photographer who explores man’s and nature’s influence on the Earth through aerial photography. Each photograph is so beautiful, depicting everything from ant hills mimicking a galaxy in space to a water treatment facility looking a lot like amoebas in a Petri dish.

The evening event was for the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND)* and was held at Eugenio Lopez’s house. Mr. Lopez is heir to the Jumex** fortune and a huge art collector. We’ve had the opportunity to visit his home on two previous occasions and looked forward to returning. He lives in a stunning mid-century house and his art collection is breath-taking. Our favorite pieces include a pharmacy cabinet by Damien Hirst and and a wall installation by Donald Judd. He had some new intriguing pieces we enjoyed seeing and ran into some good friends.

I am wearing a turquoise dress and feather belt I bought from Jerrell Scott (see March 27). The bag is vintage and I bought it at Past Perfect on Ventura Blvd. The shoes are silver Prada sandals. Gary looks very handsome in a Lanvin jacket we bought at Brown's in London (see April 5).

*LAND is a public art initiative committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art project, in Los Angeles and beyond. LAND supports dynamic and unconventional artistic practices and lesser-known or emerging artists.

**Jumex is the largest distributer of juice beverages in Mexico and South America. Mr. Lopez founded an amazing art complex in Mexico City and we visited there a few years ago with an art group.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010, Day 194

I am standing in the stairwell next to a great photograph by Frank Worth. Mr. Worth is known as one of the first celebrity photographers or “paparazzi”* and he caught this delicate moment between two of Hollywood’s leading ladies, Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds. It was just around the time Ms. Reynolds’ husband, Eddie Fisher, was leaving her for Ms. Taylor.** In the photograph, the brunette Ms. Taylor is shown in a revealing gown to have quite an amble bosom, while the blonde Ms. Reynolds is in a more subdued black dress wearing a delicate cross around her neck. The tension between the two is palpable. Devil and angel?

Directly behind me is a wonderful painting by Delia Brown of three women lounging on a sofa. Next to it is a terrific pencil drawing of those cell towers “disguised” as a tree you might see out on a highway by Jennifer Celio.

Jennifer had donated a similar piece to the Fresh auction at MOCA last year and I loved it immediately. I was bidding on it when Mark came up and said he loved it too. It happened to be his birthday the next week. What else could I do after that, but get it for him? Luckily, Jennifer had other cell towers and I was able to purchase a similar one for myself after the auction directly from her. When we invited her to our Holiday Party last year, she drove up all the way from Long Beach and was a hit at the party. She has a darling personality to match her incredible talent.

I am wearing a top by Splendid and a pair James Jeans shorts. The sandals are by Pedro Garcia and I bought them at a little shop on Abbot Kinney in Venice.

* The term paparrazi was famously coined by Frederico Fellini in his 1960 film classic, La Dolce Vita. It means "buzzing mosquitoes" in Italian.

**Of course all of the tabloids were reporting it as Ms. Taylor was stealing Ms. Reynolds’ husband.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010, Day 193

Here I am in a terry-cloth sweatshirt and shorts by Splendid. I go to a formal meditation class on Monday mornings, but I also try and sit out on my little porch and meditate by myself from time to time.

Today it was still cool in the morning, but you can tell the heat is on its way!