Saturday, January 10, 2009

I'd rather be here...

Sign up for a fab trip to the Azores here

Sunday, January 4, 2009

2009 - The list

We have a plethora of home improvement projects for 2009, here's the list.

1. Cement area on the side of driveway (currently a grassy knoll) and build a fence.
2. Cement side area of house (dogs are going to be so completely pissed off at us).
3. Start design plans for outdoor living space located in front yard.
4. Paint outside of house.
5. Peel ceiling in dining room.
6. Peel ceiling and paint extra bedroom.
7. Peel ceiling and paint our bedroom.
8. Plan(and start) bathroom renovation project.
9. Plan ( and start) Master bedroom/bath renovation project.
10. Purchase living room furniture.

#3 is the thorn in my side, I have scoured blogs, websites and landscape magazines leaving me frustrated. Thankfully, D and I both love the "Bali vacation location" look and we live in a climate that will be welcoming to most tropical plants.

If we even get one of the projects completed and pull ourselves away from the wii, I will feel extremely successful.

Wish us luck.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Looks what's turning 60

One of my fave places in L.A. and home to (the West Coast) City Bakery.

The Brentwood Country Mart opened on November 18, 1948. Designed by architect Rowland Crawford and built (in a mere six months) by the Baruch Corporation, the red-board structure evokes early American and English country marketplaces, with shops and stalls arranged around a central courtyard.

Intended as the West Side version of Los Angeles's famed Farmer's Market (at Fairfax and Third), the Brentwood Country Mart was even more ambitiously conceived as "a new type of all-in-one service center" with its 27 shops and stalls offering an impressive slate of products and services, from the everyday to the exotic.

A vigorous advertising campaign followed the opening, touting the market as an "innovation in modern merchandising," and establishing the sign of the golden ram as an emblem of quality and economy.

Simultaneously, celebrities were deployed to imbue its image with a glamorous cachet which, indeed, it soon possessed, as evidenced by its frequent mention in society columns as a favorite haunt of Hollywood stars. At the end of its first year, the Brentwood Country Mart was proclaimed a success in the local press, and the public invited to share in its first birthday celebration, with "entertainment galore and fun for everyone."

By 1950 it had become home to groups of Brownies, pharmacists, dancers, plant aficionados, and charities, which, in addition to regular meetings, held classes, exhibitions, rallies, fundraisers, parties, fashion shows, afternoon teas, and pet parades in the courtyard and auditorium. Within a few years, the number of community groups who utilized the Mart had swelled considerably (and now included the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, artists' and theatre groups, the Red Cross and the Cancer Society), as did the number of informal societies who adopted the patio as their "headquarters."

Often, the Brentwood Country Mart hosted special events for the community, particularly parties for children and teenagers that featured Santa Claus and (oddly enough) Bozo the Clown in the guise of the Easter Bunny (1951). The liveliness of the place led the Los Angeles Examiner (August 12, 1953) to observe that "the Brentwood Country Mart... is fast becoming a community center."
And because this community center is in Brentwood, the "regulars" included many luminaries. Joan Crawford, Betty Hutton, Robert and Dorothy Mitchum, Elizabeth Taylor, Burt Lancaster, Shirley Temple Black, and Greta and Gregory Peck, were mentioned in the press in connection with the Mart, among many others, including Olivia de Haviland, Edgar Bergen, Leslie Caron, June Haver, James Whitmore, Leo Carillo, JanePowell, and Marsha Willis. Many of these celebrities engaged in the philanthropic work for which the Mart was well known, and some of them simply shopped in their own neighborhood.
Existing establishments such as the Barber Shop, the Post Office and the Shoe Repair remain to provide exceptional service for the community – they are as popular and busy as ever. Reddi Chick offers the best rotisserie chicken and french fries in Los Angeles.

In today's world of mega-stores and mega-malls, the Brentwood Country Mart feels cozy, familiar and is a place where it is easy to shop. The Brentwood Country Mart is being renovated and restored by James S. Rosenfield and Daniel I. Bercu of JS Rosenfield & Co. JS Rosenfield & Co specializes in the preservations of unique Los Angeles environments. The firm is also responsible for the preservation of the historical Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The french

are just so beautiful, seriously - I don't think they make ugly people, EVAH.

After filming Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris," the actress Maria Schneider checked herself into an institution. After filming Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers," an incestuous tragedy with plenty of its own full-frontal nudity, the actress Eva Green became a Bond Girl. The best Bond girl ever, according to Entertainment Weekly. Despite her pitch-perfect English in that film, Green was raised in France (her mother is the actress Marlene Jobert) and she has labored intensely to lose her French accent since moving to England as a teenager. On that front, as well as many others, Green has continued to succeed: in the upcoming film "Cracks," she plays an instructor at an English boarding school. Also in theaters soon is "Franklyn," a dystopic noir co-starring Ewan McGregor in which Green plays a schizophrenic. Bertolucci once famously said that Green "is so beautiful it's indecent," but she is mightily talented too.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I love....

this perfume by Ed Hardy.