January 5, 2011
One of my creative neighbors started this rad organization called “Burgers & Blankets”. On December 23rd, the charity group donated 99 burgers and 99 blankets to homeless people on skid row(guerrilla-style). Click here to join the group and see a video documenting the experience…
December 5, 2010
I can’t believe I actually made it to Clifton’s. I’ve been dying to go for years, but this weekend I actually made the trip. And what a trip it was! It kind of reminded me of my favorite tourist trap restaurant in Denver– Casa Bonita. No, South Park didn’t make up this famous Colorado treasure- “The Disneyland of Mexican Resturants”. It exists. Back to Clifton’s.
Here’s a bit of history from Wikipedia:
Clifton’s Cafeteria, once part of a chain of Clifton’s restaurants, is the oldest surviving cafeteria style eatery in Los Angeles, California, and the largest public cafeteria in the world.Founded in 1931 by Clifford Clinton, the name was created by combining the first half of “Clifford” and the last half of “Clinton” to produce the name “Clifton’s”.The design of the restaurants included exotic decor and facades that were “kitschy and theatrical”….
..The restaurant chain was noted for each facility having its own theme, and for helping out those who could not afford to pay. The owner never turned anyone away hungry and maintained a precedent known as “Clifton’s Golden Rule”.
Here’s a little photo tour of my visit:
Back lit photos
Raddest wallpaper ever.
Old School Highchair
Miniature chapel with push button sermon-meditation in a forest.
Faux exterior interior
Fun people watching!
The End. I’ll be back.
An Inside Look at Nathan Turner’s Pottery Barn Kids’ Halloween Carnival Benefiting Operation Smile …
October 24, 2010
He did it again! My boss, Nathan Turner, put on a beautiful AND fun party! I was there to help…but the concept was all his. My big contribution was the green-screen photo booth (which was a big hit.)
The Halloween party was put on by Pottery Barn Kids to benefit Operation Smile. The venue was a gorgeous private Residence. There were quite a few celebrities were in attendance and the turnout was fantastic!
Here’s Nathan dressed as Harry Potter:
And here I am as Hermoine:
Check out more photos I took of the party below:
All Halloween decorations from Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids.
Nathan had these custom quilts and pillows made for the event!
The backyard was completely transformed!
Those barrels were filled with candy! A trick-or-treater’s dream come true.
The craft area-adorable PB Kids table and chairs. This is where the pumpkins from the pumpkin patch were decorated.
PB Kids also provided a ton of fantastic costumes! They were perfect for the green screen photo booth.
More pumpkins from Melissas.
Part of the fruit/veggie buffet–berries also donated by Melissas.
Press! This brings back memories.
A cute boy enjoying the party.
That’s an adorable bucket of popcorn!
Fun times at the craft area!
There was also a mini petting zoo! It was quite a popular spot!
People were definitely having a blast….did I mention there was incredibly attractive caterer boys?
More kids having fun:
The DJ was Nathan’s co-host-Henry, a boy who was born with a cleft-pallet. He was born into a privileged family and wants to help less fortunate children all over the world get the surgery to correct the birth defect. He’s such an inspiration!
And now for some of the celebs in attendance:
Kyle MacGlachlan and son
Minnie Mortimer and her daughter Tuesday
Marcia Cross and Nathan
Mark Wahlberg and family
And my favorite photo –Mark Walhberg with the pumpkins his children decorated.
Thanks to everyone who made this party a huge success!
September 29, 2010
I had the privilege of attending the 2010 Artworks for the Cure, benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation (Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS research). It was a wonderful event put on by an amazing group of people.
(middle guitar designed by Brandon Boyd of Incubus)
While writing this blog entry, I decided to do some more research about the T.J. Martell Foundation. And what I found really hit home. From the website:
“It began with a promise from a father to his dying son….
In 1973, a high school student named T.J. Martell was battling leukemia. He asked his father, music industry executive Tony Martell, to raise a million dollars for cancer research so that “no one else will have to experience what I am going through.” Although he had no fundraising experience, Tony agreed.
Two years later, T.J. died at the age of nineteen, and as Tony explains today, “that put my promise in cement.” Soon after, Tony was joined by many of his musician friends like Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington to hold a fundraiser at Buddy Rich’s nightclub in New York. They raised $50,000 and the T.J. Martell Foundation was born.”
My dear cousin Melissa died of ovarian cancer at 21. And I have been very involved in charities that benefit research for ovarian/breast cancer since her death. Had I known about this charity earlier, I would have been involved years ago.
My friend’s family chaired the event this year. Here are some photos (mostly of the amazing art) from the Benefit:
Mister Cartoon (famous tattoo artist)
Stanley Donwood (associated with Radio Head’s “Hail to the Thief”)
More designed guitars
Charles le Brigand
KCRW’s Jason Bentley
Cool Coke bottle
Frank Charles Dante Minuto
The Bergamot Succulent Car
July 13, 2010
Here’s one Designer Tag Sale you don’t want to miss:
All items not sold will be donated to Charity.
*Interior Designers* Vanessa De Vargas of *Turquoise * Alie Waldman of *Alie Waldman Home Couture * Bridgid Coulter of *Bridgid Coulter Design * Brittany Stiles of *Brittany Stiles Interior Design * Christopher Gaona of *Christopher Gaona Design * Cozette Coffman of *Cozette Coffman Design * Hillary Thomas of *Hillary Thomas Designs * Jolene Ballard and Amanda Malson of *Domicile Interior Design * Kelly Van Patter of *Van Patter Designs * Kristen Hutchins of *Kristen Hutchins Design * Marcia Zia and Paul Priven of *Zia-Priven * Meredith Miller of *Sunday Land * Sabina Vavra of *Madison West Interiors * Sasha Emerson of *Sasha Emerson Design * Suzan Fellman of *Suzan Fellman Showroom* *Stores/Vendors* *Fyndes *(accessories, furniture, art) *27 Ground *(rugs, pillows) *Agnes & Hoss *(pillows, handbags, scarves, gifts) *Alex K. Mason *(fine art) *Carrie Burckle* (hand screen-printed table linens) *D. L. Rhein *(pillows, frames, rugs) *Ferrick Mason *(textiles, pillows) *Inheritance *(home goods, accessories) *Jardins En Fleur* (accessories) *Jiti Bedding* (bedding) *Jordan Cappella *(candles) *Krislyn Design *(decorative objects) *Nomad Style* (rugs, fabrics and accessories) *Pennyroyal Planters* (planters) *Rock Scissor Paper *(home accessories) A book signing by celebrity chef, caterer and lifestyle expert *Lulu Powers of her new top selling book "Lulu Powers from Food to Flowers.”* Mini-consultations and appraisals by designers including *Rachel Winokur*,* Stephanie Visser*,* Erin Marie Fernandez*,* Alicia Garey*,* Regina Victoria, Elizabeth Bomberger *and *Jessica Brende*. The designer tag sale also features: A silent auction, a raffle and entertainment including complimentary refreshments, light bites and a DJ. *Gift bags* are offered to the first thirty attendees including gift certificates, coupons, and other fun items. Any left-over designer inventory will be donated to a local charity. *Entry fee* is $10. Cash only; designers will not have credit card capabilities.
For more information please go to http://designertagsale-brentwood.blogspot.com
June 24, 2010
I came across this amazing toothbrush at Target. For less than $3, you can purchase a toothbrush made from recycled yogurt cups and other #5 plastics.
These toothbrushes are made by a company called Preserve Products. This company actually makes other personal care items, kitchen containers and dishware.
The packaging of the toothbrush also serves as a pre-paid return envelope–to recycle your used toothbrush when it’s time for a new one.
From the FAQ section on the website:
- “What do you do with the toothbrushes, tongue cleaners and razor handles that get returned to Recycline?
- We work with a company to grind down the returned products – bristles and all – into plastic lumber to be used for park benches, decks and other useful products.”
- Look for Preserve Products at Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
April 25, 2010
A friend recently told me about this amazing organization when I asked her about the whistle necklace she was wearing.
“Falling Whistles gives a small window into our world’s largest war. Originally just a journal written about boys sent to the frontlines of war armed with only a whistle, readers forwarded it with the same kind of urgency in which it was written and demanded to know –
what can we do?”
“The Falling Whistles campaign launched with a simple response – make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace in Congo. Read the story and buy the whistle. Proceeds go to rehabilitate and advocate for war-affected children. Share their story and speak up for them.
Together, we’ll become the voice of a growing coalition for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”*
If you live in Los Angeles, Falling Whistles will be at this Thursday’s Arts District Party.
*photos and text from http://www.fallingwhistles.com