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

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

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!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Downtown with Peggy Noland

Ruth and I rendezvoused at BOLD LA in downtown LA to attend a Savoir Collab featuring the creative force Peggy Noland.
We were a photographers' delight, but I have yet to see any images of us.
Isn't Ruth's hat AMAZING?
Savoir Collab founders Tamalin Srisook and Marta Stattmiller, flanking
moderator Harmonie of Pop Your Shop and Peggy Noland.
Peggy is wearing one of her own creations.
Harmonie's discussion with Peggy was fascinating. Peggy started out in Kansas City, MO with the storefront Peggy Noland. She has made a second home in LA and has opened the shop, Wacky Wacko, in Echo Park.
Ruth and I will be making a field trip there soon! It's located at 1361 Sunset Blvd.

I sketched the event:
The audience was a fun, eclectic bunch:
Savoir Collab's mission [pulled from their website]:
Starting this year, we will be hosting monthly events centered around empowering women through sharing our intentions, mindfulness leadership, health & wellness, stand up & speak, and harnessing the beauty of collaboration. In 2017, now more than ever, it is important for us to come together and elevate our voices. These events will be intimate, invite only gatherings of female professionals, trailblazers, and influencers in Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles and interested? Subscribe HERE for their email list.

Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday and Shelbee's Spread the Kindness

Thursday, March 23, 2017

#tbt Spring Break: Fripp Island, SC #MBsociallydriven


My mom takes an ultimate Spring Break -- every January, she leaves the "Lake Effect" Snow Belt of central upstate NY and "snowbirds" on Fripp Island, South Carolina until Easter-time.
-- You know it's coming... my 9 second #MBsociallydriven slide show:

Want to create your own mini slide show? It's made from geotagged Instagram images, US locations.
Click on THIS LINK while on your smart device, enter your zip code, choose five images from Instagram, et voila. 

I've had the pleasure of visiting Fripp a couple of times. Mom has a villa with beautiful wide sandy beach almost directly out her back door. Oh how I yearn to live with a view of the ocean!
If I had the time and energy, I'd add the time-lapse from this view. Maybe later...
Transport me here NOW!
Linking up with Shelbee's On the Edge of the Week linkup
and Catherine's #SaturdayShareLinkup
You're never too old for a Spring Break! Where do you want to be right now?
Link and tell!