Giveaway: Semi-Precious Bracelet!

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Hello darling blog readers!

We love you.  We appreciate you.  We need more of you!  Make five of your friends sign up, have them leave a comment in this post giving you credit. i.e “Jess Young signed me up, and you rule!”  Voila, you win a beautiful semi-precious stone and leather bracelet.  You have one week, until midnight October 7th to get your five (or more!) friends and family members on our blog list.  Don’t forget to have them give you credit.  Winners will be announced Monday morning, via email and on our Facebook page (feel free to like us there too).


Much love,


Glasses: Past, Present, & Future

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Jack, Mia, Rose in their respective specs

“Letters, however small and indistinct, are seen enlarged and more clearly through a globe or glass filled with water,” said Seneca the Younger, tutor to Nero, Emperor of Rome.  They were pouring water to see two thousand years ago!  My biggest challenge when it comes to lenses is making a style choice.  Thank God for 2011!

Speaking of that Nero, he used an emerald to compensate for his short-sided vision.  He would hold up a chunk of emerald to watch gladiator games.  While that is fabulous and sexy, I think it might also be a little like falling down the rabbit hole.

Glasses, the way they are now with temples over the ears, are really a modern invention.  They began sometime around 1727.  When you think about it, that’s really not that long ago, especially compared to Nero (37-68 AD).  Today, 75% of adult Americans use corrective lenses, whether that’s at all times, when driving, or reading.  Did you know Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals?  Pretty cool, huh?

Both my husband and I wear glasses, and we passed down the (get-thee-to-an-optician) gene to all three of our children.  Honestly, they are not too happy about this; but tonight I will share with them about how I left my glasses at home today, how I can’t see a thing, and how grateful I am for the invention of glasses.

Our “readers” are handmade in Minneapolis by a lady who didn’t want to look like her mother.  Eyebobs are made “for the irreverent and slightly jaded.”  Be honest, is that you?  Because it’s me, and I absolutely love my orange Co-Conspirator’s.  I also love their name!

I am always inspired by the past.  I treasure my vintage finds, and I love using them as accents in clients’ homes.  It is for that end that I comb flea markets and estate sales most weekends; I am on the hunt!  I recently found these gorgeous vintage frames, fixed with Oliver Peoples lenses on one of my  hunt-and-gather missions.

Hope to see you (if I have my glasses on) soon!



Lookie at me in my vintage frames!  Get ’em at 3rd St!


Carried Away by the Ballet

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Gold Ballasox

Most girls want to be ballerinas.  Some of us are more clumsy than graceful, and we end up with beautiful Audrey Hepburn shoes and trips to The Nutcracker.  I happily fall into the second category.  I am not the most flexible grape in the bunch, but I love my new gold flats!

“Little Dancer of Fourteen Years” by Degas


It is (this) girl’s dream to go to the ballet.  I have been before, but it is always such a treat.  I am excited the Joffrey Ballet is coming to town in December.  We are planning a D.L. field trip with all the girls.  I will definitely keep you posted!

Ballet influences style in so many ways.  From SJP’s indelible tutu on Sex and the City to Van Cleef & Arpels’ stunning Diamond Dancer from their new collection, we all own or want something a little ballet.

Jane Aldridge

Who would have thought toe shoes could bridge countries?  Well, they did just that when the Cuban Ballet came to Los Angeles this summer.  It is the beginning of a dialogue.  Speaking of returning ballet companies, the Scottish Ballet is coming in October after twenty five years.  I wonder if they will be wearing kilts.


The Snake and the Goddess

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We all know about Adam and Eve’s Creation snake, but what about the ancient Pomo people’s underground snake prince who married one of their women and had children with her?  The children went back and forth between Earth and the underground.  Talk about joint custody!

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From Frames to Mirrors

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On one of my adventures in design hunting around the city, I found these two salvaged window frames.  They had stuck together through the years, the two of them, taken off a building somewhere over a hundred years ago.  I bought them, honestly, with no idea in mind for their use, but just knowing that one day, they would be perfect for something.

That day came when I was hired to update the look of a house in my neighborhood, which has a vintage meets industrial feel.  Although the room is already a good size, I knew that adding mirrors to the frames would open it up even more.  The result is a one of a kind showstopper that transformed the dining room into an interesting, yet functional living space.