Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sun worship in the desert

Following a couple of chilly weeks in LA, I packed a bag of bikinis and sundresses and ventured East for a weather forecast of 90+ degrees. We stayed the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, which lives up to the hype. The pool area and rooms have an unbelievably cool vibe and the poolside menu is appropriate. We also visited an old favorite of mine, The Living Desert, where we took $5 camel rides, and dragged ourselves through sweltering 100+ heat to see some of their incredibly interesting exhibits before heading towards the air conditioned Desert Hills Premium Outlets on our way back to reality. 

The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs:

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I love Genki Sudo:

...and their new video with honor to the Japanese tragedy:

We are all one.


A cabin should smell like pie and these pies from are amazing!

And while you're baking/eating pie you can listen to this cabin-y song:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pumped Up Kicks

Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks" from Foster The People on Vimeo.

Brunello Cucinelli

I struggled to narrow down my favorites by this Italian designer. They're such wearable, effortless basics with a gorgeous twist. You can feel the luxury of these garments in your hands; so much, it's surprising.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Turkish Delights


To me a cave hotel has a lot in common with a cabin. Creatively living in connection with nature.

Yigal Azrouel

I wish these could be hanging in my closet when I'm trying to get dressed in the morning!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


On the Edge: Classics from La Semaine de la critique 
March 18 - March 25
Conceived by the French Union of Film Critics in 1962, La Semaine de la critique (Critics' Week) runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival every May, and presents an eclectic showcase of first and second feature works. Highlights of the festival's most recent slate include Rubber, the directorial debut of electronic musician Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr. Oizo) about a car tire with destructive, ESP-like powers, the harrowing Afghan War documentary Armadillo and the Oscar-winning animated short Logorama, in which apocalypse rains down on a landscape entirely populated by brand-name mascots and corporate insignia. 
In honor of its 50th anniversary, LACMA highlights six films which made their debut at the Semaine. Hailing from four continents—Europe, North America, South America and Asia—they represent distinct characteristics of Semaine's selection over the years. Early works from filmmakers who have risen to international prominence: Jacques Audiard's streetwise thriller Regarde les hommes tomber starring Jean-Louis Tringtignant and Barbet Schroeder's hypnotic More, a portrait of hippie nihilism set amid the sun and sea of Ibiza and scored by Pink Floyd, and Gaspar Noé's hard-bitten I Stand Alone. And radical formal experiments: Straub/Huillet's sublimely austere anti-biopic Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach which is largely comprised of live, full-length performances of Bach's music, Hiroshi Teshigahara's psychedelic noirPitfall which crosses the existentialist-tinged surrealism of Alain Resnais with a potently modernist Toru Takemitsu score, and Paul Morrissey's Beckett-like underground classic Trash starring Joe Dellassandro as a strung-out junkie.

This series is presented with invaluable assistance from the French Film and TV Office, Los Angeles, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Our thanks to Anaïs Couette and Hélène Auclaire from the Semaine de la Critique; Jonathan Howell, New Yorker Films; Mike Thomas, Jour de Fete Films; Sarah Finklea and Brian Belevorac, Janus Films; Thomas Petit, Les Films du Losange; and Didier Haudepin, Bloody Mary Productions.

March 187:30 PM Regarde les hommes tomber
March 189:10 PM Pitfall
March 195:00 PM I Stand Alone
March 197:30 PM Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
March 257:30 PM More
March 259:40 PM Trash

Monday, March 14, 2011

priti neat

I'm a fan of Priti NYC. The actual spa is super cute and makes you feel like you aren't in a big city. Now I buy their nail polish remover online. It's amazing. I had stopped painting my nails because I hated the chemicals and felt like I could never get the smell of my conventional nail polish remover off. I'm happy the fun is back. I also recommend the nail polish in Venus. It's a subtle sparkle; appropriate for working adults.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

miniature vacation

A 16 second vacation; looking across the Pacific at Lanai from South Maui...

(Enjoy it while you can. South Maui has been rapidly spoiled by too many hotels. I, personally, do not support the Grand Wailea resort for this reason. They are too big and they have transformed a beach that used to be a beautiful secret into something that resembles Waikiki. I hope they will cancel their plans for expansion.)

Aurélie Bidermann

Feeling a little obsessed with this jewelry: