The Next Hollywood?

September 24, 2007 at 6:41 am (watch)

Sacramento has a small claim to fame this week: The Jane Austen Book Club, a new movie based on the book of the same name, is set in Sacramento. The weird thing? No shooting actually took place in Sacramento, and a bunch of SoCal locations stood in for my city. I read the book, and there was a small thrill in recognizing the settings like the ballroom of the central library, so it would have been cool to see Sacramento onscreen. But I guess I can see it it real life every day (when I’m home from school at least).


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September 24, 2007 at 6:26 am (watch)

Thanks to Meredith for telling me about the “Hipster Olympics.” This dig of/tribute to hipster kids takes place in Williamsburg, NY, which is where I lived last summer. The street sign they show is Bedford–the first stop the L line makes in Brooklyn. I lived four stops further, and the hipsters hadn’t encroached yet. It was still mostly cheap Chinese restaurants instead of boutiques, but I bet the area will look totally different in about two years.


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Dress me up

September 13, 2007 at 8:30 am (look)

Fashion week continues: here, for your viewing pleasure, are six dresses that I would buy immediately if I suddenly learned that a rich great aunt had died and left me a large inheritance. The first three are from Zac Posen and the next three are Monique Lhuillier. (I might only actually wear the Lhuillier ones but the Posens would look fantastic on display…)




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I’d be totally willing to fall on my face

September 11, 2007 at 10:39 pm (look)

…if I got to wear these shoes, from Marc Jacobs’ new collection.



Looking at this shoe, I have the same reaction as when I read Cosmicomics by Calvino: Most people approach the world as if it can only be how it is–the conventions in place come to feel like the only options–but Calvino writes like he’s never experienced (or been limited by) a day on earth–and Jacobs has undermined what a shoe is or how it is “supposed” to be.

Overall the collection was sort of “Ladies who Lunch” for the demented set, and there were a few gorgeously bonkers pieces. (In the first picture, note the awesome shoes in action, and also the waist-high slit…)



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And I though I was bad at geography

September 10, 2007 at 6:06 am (watch)

From the Miss Teen USA pageant about a week and a half ago. This brainiac got third runner-up. I hope her prize was an atlas.

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September 6, 2007 at 8:02 pm (look)

I love Gwen Stefani.  Anyone who knows me knows this.  What I don’t love, however, is how in half of her songs she plugs her fashion line, L.A.M.B.

(Sample lyrics from “Wind it Up”:

And the boys all look, but no, they can’t touch
But the girls want to know why the boys like us so much

They like the we dance, they like the way we work
They like that way that L.A.M.B. is going across my shirt)

Anyway, said fashion line had its 2008 Spring Ready to Wear show last night, on the opening night of New York Fashion Week (which goes from Sept. 5-18). In the crazy world of fashion, it hasn’t even cooled down for fall and we’re looking at what will be big for next spring. Unfortunately, in the crazy world of fashion, that big thing appears to be semi-sheer knee-highs:


Other than these socks (which show up in tons of Stefani’s looks), I liked the collection. It was mostly black and white with a few splashes of red, yellow and green and a real retro feel (like with the houndstooth above). Here’s a few more.




And here’s a pretty unflattering picture of Ms. Stefani at the end of the show, but I love that her son is wearing giant headphones or earmuffs or something.


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Hot hot heat

September 4, 2007 at 4:54 am (Uncategorized)

If you’re about to melt at Pomona, just be glad you’re not in Phoenix.


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September 4, 2007 at 4:41 am (look)

Sacramento has a lot of galleries, and about 98% of them feature landscapes in oil or pastel. Northern California is beautiful, but after a while all foothills and trees start to look alike.

Earlier in the summer I saw one of Diana Jahn‘s pastel landscapes at Solomon Dubnick, and the genre actually seemed fresh. She has a beautiful sense of color, she makes trees endlessly interesting, and I love the looseness of chalk pastel (she does oil too, but I prefer the pastels). It’s one of my favorite mediums, but it’s so messy and the dust gets everywhere–including your lungs. Apparently a famous-ish artist died years ago because of decades of inhaling chalk dust (but they weren’t famous enough for me to remember who they are).

Here are a few images from her website:





More chalk news: this past weekend in Sacramento was Chalk it Up!, a festival that benefits children’s art education. All the sidewalks in a local park are covered in drawings made with nothing but sidewalk chalk and water. Some of the results are amazing. When I was a kid, I drew some pretty sweet hopscotch…courts? games? boundaries? what the hell is the correct noun?…but nothing this cool. (Pictures are from last year’s event.)

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