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

SPONSORED/ UNPAID 

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!





Friday, March 17, 2017

#tbt Spring Break: NYC #MBsociallydriven

SPONSORED/ UNPAID 

The #MBsociallydriven phone app is still working, so I will keep feeding you 9 second slide shows!
Want to make your own? It works if you look at this post on your smart device and click through on this link: http://sociallydriven.mbusa.com/ YOU CAN USE IT FOR ANY US ZIP CODE! (I just tried it on my "home" town. OMG! What insanity have they unleashed in me?

Anyway, on the subject of FEEDING, in a New York 9 seconds:
Featured eateries:
Untitled at the Whitney, 99 Gansevoort Street (haven't eaten there, used solely for a Title image!)
Empire Biscuit, 198 Avenue A, btw 12th and 13th
Pizza Suprema, 413 8th Avenue, btw 31st and 32nd
William Greenberg, 1100 Madison Avenue, btw 82nd and 83 Street

Oh, New York, no many places to eat, so little time!

For the slide show, I used the most photogenic and easily accessible Flickr/Instagram images that I had on hand. Here are some additional spots that Severo and I like to haunt:

Breakfast:
Tops Diner (in NJ, but if you fly into Newark on a red eye...)
500 Passaic Avenue, Harrison, NJ 07029
Pies-n-Thighs, 166 S. 4th Street at the corner of Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211

Lunch:
[sorry, no food picture -- or are you relieved?]
Katz's (Severo's all time favorite)
Dinner:
Lobster Roll, Lobster Elote, Salad, Lobster Mac-n-Cheese
Red Hook Lobster Pound (check website for locations)
(Still looking for a photo) Grand Central Oyster BarGrand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St, Lower Level

Dessert:
ChikaLicious Desset Bar, 203 E. 10th St. btw 1st and 2nd
Here is a post devoted to it from my Dessert Safari blog.
Momofuko Milk Bar, "Crack Pie"
Wicked Chocolate and Fig Ice Cream
Jacques Torres, various locations
(I could go on and on -- check my Dessert Safari and Glutton's Progress blogs)
Linked this post up with Catherine's #saturdaysharelinkup

The City? The Beach? Where is your fantasy Spring Break?
Link and tell!




Friday, March 10, 2017

#tbt Spring Break: Austin, Texas #MBsociallydriven

SPONSORED/ UNPAID 

SXSW, Austin's mega-festival of Interactive, Film, Music, and Comedy runs March 10-19.
How convenient that it coincides with some Spring Breaks! 
St. Patrick's Day is always during the festival, so you can imagine the zoo that is 6th Street (where there are lots of clubs and bars). They block off the street, open containers are allowed, and it's mayhem.
My first foray to SXSW was with Severo in 1997. Here we are with Beatle Bob.
Beatle Bob for the win in pattern clashing. I look sedate in comparison. 
I could prattle on and on about my love for Austin.
Instead, here are some links to posts I've already written: on SpyGirl, on The Glutton's Progress, on Dessert Safari.

Austin was on the list of official Socially Driven cities, so here's the 9 second mini movie (don't blink):


(The components, also mini).
Legacy text about the #MBsociallydriven campaign:
So, what's YOUR version of [insert city name]?
If you live in or plan on visiting NYC, LA, Chicago, Austin, Miami, or Denver, Mercedes-Benz is inviting you to share your city in a simple and artistic way on Instagram. It's easy—you create a quick (but beautiful) animated album of 5 of your best geotagged photos and upload it to Instagram. Then, you share your album on your feed with the hashtag #MBsociallydriven—and your photos might be featured on the Mercedes-Benz website! Get busy, the deadline is March 5.
[OOPS. MISSED THE DEADLINE -- the app still works, though. Access it here from your smartphone].
MB suggests these guidelines:
Because this is a Mercedes-Benz brand initiative, please avoid posting the following types of photos (as much as we love them): competing car brands, celebrities, outdoor murals and graffiti, images that primarily focus on tattoos, advertising, and profanity.

I still have the link open for YOUR neighborhood slideshow over on my Los Angeles post.
If you don't have a smart device, a GIF builder is a good way to create a DIY slideshow.
I recently used Imgflip, it was easy.

The link-up here is for this month's #tbt: SPRING BREAK










Monday, March 6, 2017

#tbt Spring Break: Miami with #MBsociallydriven

SPONSORED/ UNPAID
This is about the time I was detoured off US1 in downtown Miami and found myself in the Arts District by total serendipity! I guess my internal Art GPS was functioning.

What was I doing in Miami?
I was driving around the US -- literally! (Read about it here).
One could say that my March 27 - May 27 road trip was a VERY long Spring Break.

So, it's April 6, 2014, 8:30am, I'm approaching downtown Miami and US1 is blocked off. Oh no!
(My #ontheedgeUS mission was to circumnavigate the US on interstates and US highways as close to the perimeter as I could get).
There's a bike thing going on.
What to do?

After a few stops and starts, and lots of looking at the phone map, I figured out a route back to US1.
But then I started seeing wildly painted buildings:
Maybe I wouldn't get the Cuban breakfast that I'd been craving since I'd awoken, but surely there would be a decent coffee place. Artists REQUIRE coffee.

Success.
I found Panther Coffee.
I got Iced Coffee and a slice of Spinach Quiche:
Yum!
(linking up with Catherine's #saturdaysharelinkup)
I sat outside and soaked up the ambiance.

At the same table, there was a older man discussing "business" with a teen and her mom.
A family pulled up, and approached him, he asked them to wait, "I'll be with you in ten minutes".
All very strange.

Meanwhile, next to the bathroom, Panther had a wall where anyone could clip invites or business cards.
I added some of my cards:
Later, as I was leaving, the puzzling machinations of the mysterious man were made manifest.
I saw him with the teen, camera in hand.
Ah. Fashion shoot in the Arts District.

Legacy text about the #MBsociallydriven campaign:
So, what's YOUR version of [insert city name]?
If you live in or plan on visiting NYC, LA, Chicago, Austin, Miami, or Denver, Mercedes-Benz is inviting you to share your city in a simple and artistic way on Instagram. It's easy—you create a quick (but beautiful) animated album of 5 of your best geotagged photos and upload it to Instagram. Then, you share your album on your feed with the hashtag #MBsociallydriven—and your photos might be featured on the Mercedes-Benz website! Get busy, the deadline is March 5.
[OOPS. MISSED THE DEADLINE -- the app still works, though. Access it here from your smartphone YOU CAN CREATE A SLIDE SHOW FOR ANY US ZIPCODE!].
MB suggests these guidelines:
Because this is a Mercedes-Benz brand initiative, please avoid posting the following types of photos (as much as we love them): competing car brands, celebrities, outdoor murals and graffiti, images that primarily focus on tattoos, advertising, and profanity.
[OOPS Graffiti. Fail.]

I still have the link open for YOUR neighborhood slideshow over on my Los Angeles post.
If you don't have a smart device, a GIF builder is a good way to create a DIY slideshow.
I recently used Imgflip, it was easy.

The link-up here is for this month's #tbt: SPRING BREAK






Sketching the Oscars!

The Oscars! The LA Times calls it "The Cinema Super Bowl".
This year, there was a crazy plot twist at the end, and Moonlight got lots of love.

I sketched!

Let's start from the beginning, on Sunday, February 26, 1:45pm:
[Argh! I rearranged the living room clutter to look less cluttered. Glad you can hardly see it!]
Control Central:
 iPad on Twitter (intel on gowns)
TV remote for muting and pausing
old iPhone on Instagram
laptop for name checking, IMDB, and other research
sketching equipment (I trace a croquis figure)
My first sketch was at 2:07, of the KTLA Red Carpet host Jessica Holmes.
Sparkly!
My last was of Meryl Streep at 8:10:

In-between, I made 23-1/2 sketches (one is unfinished).

[Made with Imgflip]

I did my scanning on a nice big scanner at Otis:

Did rough cleanup Sunday of all the finished images (to make the gif slideshow above),
and painted up Viola to include in my #MBsociallydriven 5-image video.
[The video was a Big Fail! I misspelled "Oscar", for starters. The overlaying text is white, and three of my sketches have white backgrounds. I wasted a lot of time on that, grrrrrrrr].

Anyhow, Viola still is pretty:


About that last Oscar Award plot twist involving Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty --
my pal Wendie had the best Facebook comment on it:
A big CONGRATULATIONS to the Moonlight team for winning best picture.

For your consideration, here's my #MBsociallydriven My Oscars 2017 [Fail]

Did you have a favorite Oscar gown? Which one should I color in next?