Thursday, September 3, 2009

LA Story

{1} Once upon a Friday, just before I left for home, Alice took the last northbound train into Union Station. The next morning morning she, Nikki and I quickly breakfasted at Apartment 10 and set out to do some touristy wandering in Beverly Hills. We walked Rodeo Drive from Little Santa Monica to Wilshire, finding ourselves among the crowds of Saturday sightseers, stopping before particularly pretty windows - ones with Tiffany diamonds, ivory gowns, and golden brocades.

{2} Early afternoon found us in the Miracle Mile district, walking about the third floor gallery of the Craft and Folk Art Museum. We were there to see an exhibition of artwork inspired by the shadow boxes of Joseph Cornell. The pieces by this artist were my favorite, but all afforded so many strange and lovely old things to look at - Victorian cards, butterflies under glass, vials and one cent postage stamps, match boxes, skeleton keys, bingo cards, tin birds, rusted sewing needles and a logo cut from a Western Union telegram.
{3} By the time daylight started to fade our party of four (now plus Brett), had enjoyed dinner from a picnic basket in the middle of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. All summer long, they host movie screenings on an open lawn, and this particular Saturday, Singin' in the Rain flickered before us.{4} We drove home via Sunset. Don't cities look their best at night? All the unsightly details whisked away in the twinkle of streetlights and marquees.
{5} Sunday brought my parents on the 12:15 train, we met them downtown, inside the cavernous waiting room at Union Station. Back at Apartment 10 a group of six sat down to a homemade lunch of cool salad, warm bread, and farfalle pasta and pesto. As delicious, merry and memorable a few hours as our sweltering little kitchen ever saw.
{6} Our aforementioned drive to Union Station was by way of the Fairfax flea market where I hurriedly purchased a box of thread and notions. After the lunch dishes were washed and dried I sat down to look more closely at my find: lots of wooden spools, a handful of paper bobbins, six thimbles, pink satin ribbon, a snippet of crocheted trim and a minty green case of needles.

19 comments:

iva yaneva said...

This is the cutest post ever! I love what you have done with the journal and your story is so cute :)

Ade said...

Your posts are always so magical! I love seeing your updates :-)

PaperPumpkin said...

This all sounds so wonderfully peaceful, quaint, old-fashioned and happy. Thanks for detailing your weekend so beautifully!

CandieAcidCupcake said...

those photos are amazing, i love love love that dress and you're right cities do look their best at night. Magical.

anji-jane said...

oh what a perfect find. x

insidethehemisphere said...

hi. love your post. i've been following your blog for sometime now and have enjoyed your reading about your projects and the places you've been. One question though, how do you make your photo collage? Do you use a particular software.

-m

chiaroscuro said...

Very beautiful photos, nicely done with the journal. I love it!

Skyye said...

Wow! You are so lucky!
I've been reading your blog for some time now...and I just thought I'd finally tell you how gorgeus it is.
x

Elise said...

Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

It's all perfect !

Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

Robin said...

does everything you touch just turn to gold? i feel like you could tell a story about giving a cat a bath and it would be magical. beautiful post.

Betty said...

This is one of the nicest and prettiest travel posts I've seen and read yet :)

koralee said...

You are so creative my dear...I love your blog so so much...lovely lovely post today!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Love the gown...so romantic!

Modern Crush said...

Oh yes, I did hear all about your weekend soiree from your dear friend and mine, Miss Alice. You see we work together and get to chat throughout the evenings, and so I got to hear all about these lovely outings. Everything is beautiful!

red food colouring said...

i love what you did with the notebook to tell the story of your day. so beautiful.

Anita said...

I love this post and the design of your notebook! How did you get this Moleskine look? Is it a scan? Is it a template? Thank you in advance from the Mediterranean Coast in Spain!

OdetteO said...

I love these. They remind me a little of LA descriptions in Francesca Lia Block's novels...
I wish there was an entire LA travel book styled this way (or for that matter, a travel guide to any other major city - it would make all the tourist sites seem so much more magical)

bomobob said...

I'm so knocked out by all these gorgeous photo montages you've done. I'm going to be spending a lot of time here. Thanks.

http://interior4homes.blogspot.com/ said...

great blog, stay cool. xx

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