Friday, January 27, 2012

Day Trip

A couple weekends ago, hubs and I ventured up to the City of Angels. I had a gift certificate to All Saints, that cool store I posted about here a while back. Since I don’t know L.A. very well, I always end up on Robertson. It has a little string of shops, including Kitson, and The Ivy restaurant (a personal all-time favorite and in fact my blog banner is the mantel that is over the fireplace in the restaurant).
We had salads and relished the lovely interior. This place makes me so incredibly happy. I just sit there smiling.
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I love the hand painted dishes, and their incredible salads. Fresh everything, and served with warm bread and salted butter. So yummy.
Below is a mantel in one of the other rooms. It’s oh-so-French.  Every table has these gorgeous little teapot vases with garden roses and sweet peas. Beautiful.
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Then, we took a walk and saw this secret walkway – which lead to a very expensive shop. I did not venture in.
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One of my favorite designers…MARNI…though I own nary a piece. Their store window:
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Over a fence, I saw this awesome building. Don’t you love the windows?
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A fun day. Next time, I’ll get a city guide and chart a new course.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Nice Little Thought

Isn't it the truth, this little saying? You really can only take some things so far. And then, you just have to let it go. Not to say you shouldn't try hard to achieve things, but spinning aimlessly on a thought, a task, a request, or some other "thing" that continuously falls out of reach, or is simply blocked from you, is a thing to be released. Bye bye fleeting things; weigh me down no longer.

Of course, on the topic of trying, these words by Ira Glass are so true. For me, it's about painting and writing creatively. I've painted a little, and written creatively a little, but I have this feeling I'll be good at both once I really get going. Ira captures this sentiment in this little talk, encouraging creative types to keep going.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I am so happy that we have Monday off! Heaven. Somehow now that I'm in the full-time world, I appreciate these days off so much. Before, although my agenda was my own, I lost site of the preciousness of time.