Shareen Vintage is one of my absolute favorite vintage clothing stores in Los Angeles. It is located in a huge nondescript warehouse close to Chinatown with racks on racks on racks of incredible clothing, including mint condition and designer dresses from the 1950’s, 1960’s & 1970’s. If you are like me and live for vintage dresses, or are looking for a themed party dress – this is the place to shop! It has a “no boys allowed” policy which it is an ideal place to spend an afternoon playing dress-up with your girlfriends, but be prepared because there aren’t any actual changing rooms. Shareen Mitchell also has a line of bridal gowns, evening, and ready-to-wear pieces. On my most recent visit, I picked up the most beautiful, one-of-a kind magenta ball gowns that I can’t wait to wear to a holiday party this year.
Last weekend, I went on a weekend getaway in Carmel Valley for my friend’s 30th birthday. We stayed at the cutest cabin with about a dozen guests. I was in charge of breakfast on Saturday and knew I wanted to make a few quiches, but I also didn’t want to spend all morning in the kitchen preparing them for everyone so I prepped the fillings in advance and brought them with me to bake that day of. I highly recommend this route so you can sleep in and enjoy a few mimosas with a quick assembly and bake time! Here are my two favorite quiche recipes to make:
A top bucket list road trip to do in your lifetime is driving the Pacific Coast Highway along the central coast of California. The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the country. There are so many cute little towns you can stop on the way, along with breathtaking photo ops. Here is my adventure from Los Angeles:
Just east of the Salton Sea and about a hour and a half from Palm Springs is Salvation Mountain. Salvation Mountain is Leonard Knight’s tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: “God Is Love.” Salvation Mountain is like stepping into a Dr. Seuss story — if Dr. Seuss stories were set in a desert commune and surrounded by fancifully-painted messages about God.
Knight stayed in the area for nearly three decades building the mountain out of hay bales, adobe, and half a million gallons of paint.
Making a pumpkin pie from scratch may seem overwhelming, but it is pretty simple and the results and satisfaction are definitely worth it. This recipe is easy and uses fresh ingredients you can pick-up at the farmers market so you won’t be eating anything from a can. Also, I don’t use a lot of sugar like most other recipes, so it is a bit more on the savory side allowing the flavor of the pumpkin really infuse with the spices. Happy baking!
The Day of the Dead is the product of a unique mixture of multiple views. When the Spaniards colonized Mexico in the 16h century they began converting indigenous people to Catholicism. The original inhabitants of Mexico adopted the faith, but they retained many of their beliefs. One of the results of that mixing is the Day of the Dead. At the core of the tradition is the idea that the dead are allowed to return to Earth once a year. One of the key elements of revolves around ofrendas, or offerings, which are created through a visual display of altar-making and grave decorating.
This year, I wanted to build an altar to celebrate this beautiful holiday and tradition because it offers us the opportunity to celebrate the lives of those we love who have gone before us! Also, it was an opportunity to explore Olvera Street, “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” to collect fabrics, sugar skulls, and other artifacts to use as props for the altar.
I was extremely lucky to attend the AIGA Design Conference in New Orleans this year. The conference theme, “revival,” paralled with the Southern city since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city 10 years ago, but the intention and significance of the theme was more than that. I left feeling creative and curious, a feeling that I hadn’t felt since design school; a whole new perspective was revived within me.
The incredible identity, print and motion design for the conference by iamalwayshungry
“The most basic and fundamental job of a designer is to solve problems.”
When I wasn’t in the conference listening to design leaders speak about being fearless, embracing the risky, and feeding curiosity, I was out and about feeding off the energy New Orleans had to offer. I always felt that I was a Southern belle in a past life because of my love for it (and fried chicken), plus I have reoccurring vivid memories of living in a Southern city. No doubt, every time I travel to the South, I am swept away in a romantic dream world. Time stops. Senses liven and heighten. It all becomes familiar. My favorite part of the city is the uniqueness and individuality. Around every corner in New Orleans is a new detail to be noticed, a sound to be heard, and let’s not forget the most important, all the food and spices shouting from the rooftop to be smelled and tasted. I was literally in sensory overload mode the entire time. Check out some of my photo highlights:
Just over an hour away from Palm Springs, there is more magic to be found in the desert. Visit the Noah Purifoy Foundation set in Joshua Tree for it houses some creative outdoor artwork. Noah Purifoy’s “Outdoor Desert Art Museum” is 7.5 acres of open land displaying his assemblage sculptures, all created on-site between 1989 and 2004. The sculptures of found materials depict many political and civil issues making him one of the most profound, hard-working, and visual artists of his time. Also, the staff at the foundation is very friendly and knowledgable!
“I hope my work provides inspiration for a person to do today what they couldn’t do yesterday, no matter what it is. That’s art. That’s the fundamental creative process and it’s something that changes people and empowers them.”
Giant Rock in Landers is one of those extraterrestrial places to visit. Special electromagnetic forces and a vortex have drawn scientists, UFO specialists, and even regular folks like me to this remote place.
The soundbath at Integratron created by George Van Tassel is close to the cosmic Giant Rock. Integratron is a fusion of two of my favorite things: art and science. The historical structure is a resonant tabernacle and energy machine designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel. The lay lines underground intersect here, and the forces are magnified through the unique symmetrical dome-shaped chamber walls. Savasana is my absolute favorite yoga pose, and sound baths help me relax and quiet the mind, but this soundbath is truly a must to experience!
Where to eat: La Copine
For my 30th birthday, I wanted to have a special celebration in one of my favorite places, Palm Springs. The city is a time warp taking you back to mid-century modernism with sprinkles of desert magic. I am a designer so of course I’m attracted to all the bright colors and architectural wonders. I even scored some great deals on some vintage glass to add to my collection. Here are a few highlights from my #thisis30 weekend:
Where to have a dirty martini: Parker Palm Springs
Where to brunch: Workshop Palm Springs
Where to dine: eight4nine