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January 2010

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Tune Time: Video Chain

Hey, friends, follow along for the music version of how my mind works. In a Six Degrees kind of way. Sorry, no Kevin Bacon. But what I’m lacking in Kevin Bacon I make up for in cool tunes. Now to get on with it …

I started out watching The Cold War Kids’ “Audience” video. All the water and boat scenes reminded me of Axl Rose jumping into the water in the bizarre but still awesome “Estranged” video.

Then, as Axl is hitching a ride with dolphins after jumping off that oil tanker, I’m reminded of The Strokes’ “You Only Live Once” video, in which the band is drenched in an oil-like substance. Gross.

Then, as I’m watching Julian Casablancas splash around with his spastic dance moves, I’m reminded of Faith No More’s “Epic.”

The end. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video chain, friends.

Link Love 01.27.10

A few months ago we went to the Natural History Museum, which aside from a few dinosaur fossils and the massive collection of precious gems (above) was the biggest letdown. More dinosaurs please. And fewer lame exhibits. Or maybe I should just go to New York to get my history on. Take note L.A. science nerds, the Big Apple has Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus.

And now for some missing links. Hahaha! I made a science joke!

A Gem in the Junk

Saved From the Junk Pile

My dad is planning to move soon. What this means is that when I was home for Christmas I spent an afternoon going through boxes to see what I would treasure versus what I would trash. Some things I learned: my junior high scrapbooks were seriously bizarre, including things such as clippings from Teen Beat, my handwriting analysis from the state fair and a receipt for a pair of Pepe jeans (couture du jour!) that apparently I had purchased by saving up my allowance.

The keepsakes from my high school boxes were equally baffling, but among the riffraff I uncovered this vintage Avon ring. I’m guessing from the 1970s? I’m not sure where I originally bought it. I’d venture that it was during my summer job at Goodwill. This job was awesome. I can’t even begin to tell you how many pairs of polyester bellbottoms I scored — yes, I was into the hippie revival of the mid-1990s. What’s that? There was no hippie revival? Well, er, in my mind there was.

Anyway, back to the ring. Definitely a keeper, yes?

Get Your Bunting On

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Bunting has been making a comeback, I’m sure you’ve noticed. Everywhere you turn there’s garland cut in inverted triangles in bright and festive colors staring you in the face, saying, “Hey, it’s a party! You can tell by my jolly design! I dare you not to dance, peasants!”

You’re smiling, right? That’s the bunting’s fault. It makes you do things like smile, dance and be happy.

And if you’re not nimble with your fingers (ahem) you can call on the crafty folks below to hook you up to your very own just-cause insta-party.

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Fashion Rewind: 500 Days of Summer

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You’re Summer Finn. Your favorite Beatle is Ringo Starr and you named your cat Bruce after Springsteen. You just got a job working as an assistant at a greeting card company. One night you go out for drinks and karaoke. One of your co-workers — Tom, the guy who listens to The Smiths — has the hots for you. You tell him you don’t believe in love. In fact, the only thing you’ve ever loved was your long dark hair. But, what’s the hurry, right? Might as well have fun. So you get involved. You go on dates to IKEA. You explore downtown L.A. together. But … he wants a commitment from you, so you’re pretty sure you’re going to have to break his heart. At least you’ll look cute doing it, with your light cotton dresses and classic aesthetic, not to mention that 1960s haircut Tom loves (or hates?) so much.

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And now for the obligatory dance number … this movie is highly recommended, by the way. I watched it when I was sick earlier this month, and it was definitely some good medicine.

The It List

Five things I’m lovin’ right now …

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Beatles lyrics on scratched-up records via Green Wedding Shoes.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s amazing Golden Globes gown.


Vampire Weekend. This entire album has been on repeat for a week.

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Heather Frazier’s entire house, especially the colorful vintage glass collection.

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Taking long, relaxing nighttime showers. I’ve been doing this all week, and the stress relief is nothing short of a miracle. Photo via NatalieErin.

Tune Time: Rainy Day Playlist

It Sometimes Rains in Southern California

It’s rainy season here in L.A., which means I’ve been forced to wear closed-toe non-suede shoes for the past few days and dart for cover (umbrella? what’s that? pshaw!). It amuses me that in high school I used to lace up my Doc Martens and purposefully jump into puddles. For fun. It was an odd era. The grungier the better, from our music to our shoes. Oh if my 15-year-old self could see me now, squeamish over getting the bottoms of my jeans wet.

Here are a few songs* for these soggy days.

Dressy Bessy – Who’d Stop the Rain
Beta Band – Dry the Rain
Led Zeppelin – Fool in the Rain

*Sorry; no Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam or Nirvana included.

Fashion Forward: Knotted Jewelry

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One night when our guests had departed and the night was winding down I stumbled upon a childhood favorite, “The Neverending Story,” and ended up watching it for the first time in my adult life. This movie really holds up, friends. It’s amazing, and dare I say even more poignant than when I was a child. At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy-duddy, they just don’t make them like this anymore. The entire tale is about fighting the “Nothing.” Now that’s deep!

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Do you remember the amulet Atreyu wore? AURYN, as it’s called, holds a lot of symbolism. According to Wiki’s info on the book, which is going on my bookshelf pronto, “the two snakes represent the dual nature of the two worlds, Fantastica and Reality, but also the twin nature of their mutual creation and destruction.” Ponder on that for a moment.

And now for the obvious: I’ve always wanted this necklace.

Until I can hunt down an artisan to craft me one, I’ve found similarities between AURYN and the jewelry below, most of which are some form of infinity knot or sailor’s knot. I think we can fight the Nothing with them, don’t you?

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