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stop and smell the flowers, peek in the thrift store…

It’s our last day at the beach- we’re wistfully soaking the last hours in and trying not to cry. Along with everything else about beach livin’, I’m going to miss the flowers- gardenias most of all, they don’t grow in my climate and they smell so stinkin’ good {sigh} well here’s a brief catalog of flora and fauna blooming and looking festive on Beach Road:

Speaking of flowers- my girls and I ducked into a few thrift stores in San Juan Capistrano today and were rewarded threefold:

Striped silk pants for my 12 year old daughter, she’s going to rock them with a white tee and some Converse… show the 7th grade what’s what…

…and then learn how to wash fancy fabrics by hand- better get it over with now girl.
Found this sweater for $1 because of the holes, I was planning on cutting it up for parts anyway- perfect.

And the crowning victory find of the day- this bright pink velvet skirt with beaded panel and vertical stripes.

The bad part is that it’s a bit too small for me, (oh geez here we go again- right girls?) but I love it so much I might try a little harder to loose that last 10 lbs.- just so I can wear this skirt. It fits both of my daughters but they don’t have enough style or sophistication yet to like it (youth is wasted on the young). I think I’ll throw out a wear-it-to-school challenge and see how many compliments they get. Ahh, the details of the skirt… rad.

Pretty Ugly

The more I see the more I love of Italian artist Aldo Lanzini’s work. Brilliant master craftsman of thread, needles, ribbon and wool his creations are intriguing and nonsensical, a cacophony of color and creativity. When asked if he is an artist or a designer he states, “Definitions are always quite liquid. I use my needle as if I were a sculptor. I move instinctively and I don’t think about the design of my work: I create straight away. Needlework makes me think three- dimensionally: I start working on a little piece, than I stand in front of a mirror and I imagine the next step. Sure I have a vision, but I often change my mind when I’m midway. And what was supposed to be a dress turns out to be a jacket“.
Ushers at Missoni’s Spring/Summer 2011 show in Milan.

The work of Aldo Lanzini, among many others, is to be featured in a new book Pretty Ugly, a sampling of the “new ugly”, groundbreaking graphics, art and design coming out next month. A book about what it looks like when designers are out to break all the rules… what could be more intriguing?


I just picked up some wool from the local quilter focused fabric store. I’m going to be making Christmas gifts for friends this year. Handmade Christmas gifts are the best and why not out of wool?! I love this stuff, it feels so good and the colors are amazing. Here are some examples of the final product… wool Christmas trees.
wool Christmas trees