Monday, May 30, 2011

RIP


gil scott heron
april 1, 1949- may 27, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

3 day'er on the horizon

on the list of to do's:
a lil' bit of outdoor hangin'
a lil' bit of sippy sippin'
a lil' bit of bike ridin'
a lil' bit of celebratin'
a lot of chilaxin'
and maybe, just maybe a lil' sale if i can motivate
enjoy your 3 day'er too!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

los libros

back when reading rainbow was all the rage, i was addicted to levar burton's weekly picks of new books to sink my imagination into.  then came the scholastic book sales at school which i devoured.  reading was big in my home and continues to be. now i read reviews and take advice from people who's opinion and taste i respect. well some of them have been raving about a book or two.  i decided to give their recommendations a whirl and am now waiting for them to come in the mail:
(non-fiction)
amazon review: When Molly Wizenberg's father died of cancer, everyone told her to go easy on herself, to hold off on making any major decisions for a while. But when she tried going back to her apartment in Seattle and returning to graduate school, she knew it wasn't possible to resume life as though nothing had happened. So she went to Paris, a city that held vivid memories of a childhood trip with her father, of early morning walks on the cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter and the taste of her first pain au chocolat. She was supposed to be doing research for her dissertation, but more often, she found herself peering through the windows of chocolate shops, trekking across town to try a new pâtisserie, or tasting cheeses at outdoor markets, until one evening when she sat in the Luxembourg Gardens reading cookbooks until it was too dark to see, she realized that her heart was not in her studies but in the kitchen.


At first, it wasn't clear where this epiphany might lead. Like her long letters home describing the details of every meal and market, Molly's blog Orangette started out merely as a pleasant pastime. But it wasn't long before her writing and recipes developed an international following. Every week, devoted readers logged on to find out what Molly was cooking, eating, reading, and thinking, and it seemed she had finally found her passion. But the story wasn't over: one reader in particular, a curly-haired, food-loving composer from New York, found himself enchanted by the redhead in Seattle, and their email correspondence blossomed into a long-distance romance.

In A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Molly Wizenberg recounts a life with the kitchen at its center. From her mother's pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined. You won't be able to decide whether to curl up and sink into the story or to head straight to the market to fill your basket with ingredients for Cider-Glazed Salmon and Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots.

true story+ food/cooking+ travel= happy me

(non-fiction)
booklist review: So many illegal immigrants die in the desert Southwest of the U.S. that only notorious catastrophes make headlines. Urrea reconstructs one such incident in the Sonoran Desert, the ordeal of sun and thirst of two dozen men in May 2001, half of whom suffered excruciating deaths. They came from Vera Cruz; their so-called guide came from Guadalajara. Jesus Lopez Ramos was no master of orienteering, however, just an expendable bottom-feeder in the border's human-smuggling racket. Tracing their lives and the routes to the border, Urrea adopts a slangy, surreal style in which the desert landscape shimmers and distorts, while in desiccated border settlements criminals, officials, and vigilantes patrol for human cargo such as the men from Vera Cruz. The imaginative license Urrea takes, paralleling the laconic facts of the case that he incorporates into his narrative, produces a powerful, almost diabolical impression of the disaster and the exploitative conditions at the border. Urrea shows immigration policy on the human level.

true story+ us "underground" history= intrigued me


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

pinterest: fashion inspiration










i love fashion but often don't make the time for it....shopping for it that is.  i can spend ample time in a thrift store working the outer edge, aka housewares and furniture, but when it comes to the center (clothing) i loose interest and patience fast.  i've had more luck shopping and finding inspiration online that i can store in my memory bank for future use. well then i discovered pinterest and i'm been hooked.  for me, it's a one stop shop to store all of this nonsense like my wish lists, and visual ideas.  here's a little sample of some fashion finds i've come across lately. my personal board is located here. check it.
pinner for lifer.

Friday, May 13, 2011

it's true


hopefully i'll see you again soon sf. missing me some city action.....

i am los angeles


Jules Dervaes - I Am Los Angeles from I Am Los Angeles on Vimeo.

life has been SO busy lately.  between work, fun and starting up a new business, blogging has taken a serious backseat.  i have made a bit of time to read some new amazing blogs and watch some rad videos like this one from the i am los angeles project.

enjoy!