Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Olive Oyl x Moschino x Lularoe

Today's #COTDstyle Challenge is "POP ART MADNESS AND CRAZY BLACK!"
I immediately thought of my Moschino Boutique Olive Oyl scarf:
and my Lularoe leggings:
I bought the scarf around the same time that I got the "BOOM!" scarf.
I was imagining it bigger than what arrived in the mail.
I hung it up, and contemplated what to do with it (not a big wearer of small square scarves).
When I recently got the leggings, I immediately added them to the scarf display. They were instant friends.
But what to use as the transitional base to sew the scarf into?
I think it will be the confetti pattern behind Olive Oyl.
Stay tuned!
Pattern clashing. My m├ętier.

Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday
and Catherine's #IwillWearWhatILike
and Shelbee's On the Edge of the Week

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

iSpy at the Otis Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show 2017

Remember the fluevog print dress?
Here it is at the Step-and-Repeat:
[David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images] 
While David shot me, I sketched him:
This year I went to the afternoon rehearsal, then lurked with the photographers and sketched.
I think I drew 26 sketches!

Later on, I was captured by an Otis photographer posing with photographer Kai He:
His sketch turned out a bit more abstract:
Um, VERY abstract! He just wouldn't stand still!

One of the highlights of the evening was getting a selfie with my Otis classmate Chris Chang.
Chris designs the line Poesia in Shanghai, she mentored one of the Senior Class projects.
I hadn't seen her since we graduated umpteen years ago.
(A sketch of Chris and photos of the student work later).

Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fluevog Fever

April was a busy month.
Aside from the two day jobs (teaching 3 classes and 3 days of making print designs),
Enid and I created 30 new prints of Fluevog Shoes for two blog challenges.
See them all over on my Pattern Recognition blog and read about the challenges here.
Here are some. #fluevogpattern will take you to the collection on Instagram.
I also did another A-Z with images from my #dailytruck art series on my WordPress site.
[Yes, I'm trying to learn WordPress. It's not as hard as I thought.]
That was mostly pre-scheduled, so it was fairly easy. I even have enough extra images to do the same theme next year, if I so desire. Or will I finally be sick of trucks by then? I keep seeing their butts on the commute, that won't stop anytime soon.
Here is the ever-so-elusive X. I didn't see this one until 4/11/17.
Anyway. Back to the shoes.
Every May 15, there is a big celebration at Fluevog stores with giveaways and deep discounts.
I went for the first time last year, and it was really fun.
This year I'm going to meet up with Wookie's human, who is driving up from San Diego county.

A Fluevog print dress is necessary!
I have this on order and even put in an extra $10 for expedited shipping so that I could also wear it to the Otis Fashion Show pre-show activities. There will be photos.

Redbubble happens to be having another one of their flash sales today -- 20% off everything until 11:59 PDT. Here's the link to my shop (it's hard navigating to specific products -- leave me a comment if you need help finding something). The sale code is IWANT20
*I get a small commission from sales. Thanks for your support!

Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday
Shelbee's On the Edge of the Week
Catherine's #SaturdayShareLinkUp (thanks again Catherine for turning me on to Redbubble!)

Monday, April 24, 2017

A World of My Own

We interrupt our usual programming for some words from Severo:

Come one, come all!
Step into the famous East West Studios, where the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, and both Elvises have trod.

Behold Studio 1's massive 80 channel Neve board, originally commissioned for recording Michael Jackson's Thriller album.
(no actual knobs were touched in the taking of this photo)
What is that swirl of activity behind me, outside the inner sanctum?

It's a CD release/ listening party for this guy:
Derrick Anderson!
His first solo CD, "A World Of My Own" is a sparkly collection of pop gems.
[non-affiliate link to Amazon]
Oh look, SpyGirl even showed up:
There were a few Friends of Derrick there:
[image stolen from Jim Laspesa]
Fantastic fun, it was a 90-00's LA Pop scene reunion.
Congratulations to Derrick and thank you Jim for hosting such a fabulous bash.

We'll let Derrick have the [almost] last word:


Linking up with
Patti's Visible Monday
Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike
Shelbee's On the Edge of the Week


Monday, April 17, 2017

Taking a Bad Group Selfie, Take Two

Yes, it takes at least two to make a bad group selfie, and Silvana and I have been practicing.

The Poppy Reserve debacle you've seen.

Here are our other outings around LA's west side from the past week.
At the Getty:
[photo by Silvana]
Things got a bit blurry at McCabes, where we saw Thee Holy Brothers and Evie Sands:
Here we are yesterday, eating our very unfancy Easter lunch at Zankou:
Then we went to the Fowler Museum at UCLA, to see the exhibition of African Textiles.
Perhaps we became drunk on pattern joy...
The Fowler has an inner courtyard with a fountain. We cavorted.
Posing is hard, people!
Better, but terrible quality photo from the point and shoot. Its day of retirement looms.
Silvana wanted us with the fountain.
Lovely. But no fountain. [photo by Silvana]
There it is! [photo by Silvana]
I saved you the best/worst for last:
I call it "Fountain and Foreheads" [photo by Silvana]
I had so much fun with Silvana. She leaves returns home to Australia later this week.
I hope to see her again (IRL) soon!

Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday
Catherine's #saturdaysharelinkup

Sunday, April 9, 2017

How To Take a Bad Group Selfie

You can practice in a mirror:
Keep in mind, no mirrors at your destination!

Find a good background and gather your friends:
Poppies in background: check.
Ruth: check.
Where's Silvana?

Over there

OK then, here we all are!
Niiiiice photo, Silvana.

This was part one of my expedition to Lancaster with Silvana of @embellish-or-perish and Ruth.
For part two, we went to MOAH, to view shoes by Chris Francis (among other things).

Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday
Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike
Shelbee's Spread the Kindness

Thursday, April 6, 2017

#tbt Themeless Link

Post whatever you want this month, as long as it's something OLD.
I'm too busy working too many blog challenges and going to too many events to think up a themed linkup!
My walk down memory lane...

First blog, first post:

Second blog, second post:

Third blog, third post:

Fourth blog, fourth post:

Fifth blog, fifth post:
Sixth blog, sixth post:
Seventh blog, seventh post:
Enough, already!

Your turn:





Sunday, April 2, 2017

SpyGirl Meets #AdvancedStyle Gods and Goddesses

Goddess alert: Suzi, Louise (hostess with the mostest!), Barni, Gretchen 
Louise Green hosted a party in her beautiful Santa Monica home for visiting Advanced Stylista Silvana.

All I can say is WOW!

I met Mr. Advanced Style himself, Ari Seth Cohen:
Louise and Jeanne with the yummy array of treats:
I gave Silvana the turquoise tunic that Pao (Project Minima) had made me -- Silvana quickly changed into it, and doesn't she look glorious?
Pao, I think your tunic found the perfect canvas!
Double mirror selfie:
[Silvana took a better one]
As the golden hour approached, Ari jumped into action:
Gretchen, Suzi, Ari, Irene, Monster Truck
Silvana is here from Australia for about three weeks. On Tuesday, she, Ruth, and I are adventuring up to Lancaster to see the poppies and then the exhibition at MOAH. Stay tuned!

I want to again thank Louise and her husband Lawrence for opening up their home to us all.
It was an unforgettable experience!

Here are everyone's Instagram links:
Louise @louisegreenmillinery
Ari @advancedstyle
Silvana  @embellish_or_perish
Suzi @suziclick
Barni (private acct, so won't post link) 
Gretchen @schieldsg
Jeanne @littletreasuresvintage2
Irene @irene_coyazo

Speaking of links, I'm linking this up with Patti's Visible Monday,
Shelbee's Spread the Kindness
Catherine's #saturdayshare

Happy Sunday, everyone! 
I gotta go be Enid now, she's over on the Pattern Recognition blog this year.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

#tbt Spring Break: Around the US in 34 Days #MBsociallydriven

SPONSORED/ UNPAID 
Quick: 5 images that sum up a circumnavigation of the US. Is that even possible?
I chose the four EDGE corners of the contiguous 48 states.

On 3/26/2014, I embarked on a road trip art project to drive around the perimeter of the US. I planned to document it by time-lapse captures out the passenger side. [Which I did, but the footage makes me nauseous, and I still can't deal with it]. There were 34 days of actual driving the route, and an additional 28 days of social detours, including my 40th high school reunion:
We are all almost 60 in 2014, and we are looking good!
Along the way, I met up with some blogging friends:
Meet my good friend Blueberry Pie!
This was the evidence of my meet-up with Connie at Pannikin Coffee & Tea in Encinitas, CA.
She wrote about it better than I ever did!
Patti is represented by a sunset of her home town on the Florida coast.
Again, Patti said it better!
With Joyatri at Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge, MA.
Joyatri's writeup.
Linking up with Shelbee's On the Edge of the Week
Here I am after meeting up with Citizen Rosebud.
I'm wearing a purple scarf that she gave me and I'm posing with Seattle lilacs
(which I had been pursuing since the stay with my mom back in early May -- her's hadn't bloomed yet).
I'm sure Bella wrote about the meet-up, but I can't find it.
You can see my adventures in driving on my On the Edge blog (because why have one blog when you can have seven?)

In 2019, I'll have another school reunion to drive to.
(My high school is Emma Willard, in Troy, NY, a private girls' prep school).
This time, I plan to circumnavigate Canada (plus Alaska)!
(Just roughly plotted this. OMG, what am I thinking!!!!)
Do you take a vacation to see places or people or a combination of the two?
Link and tell!