milla jovovich campari calendar stone dress
Fashion, Film, Photography – I am mad for Milla Jovovich, and I call it Milla-Love.

Italy’s prestigious aperitif brand Campari releases a limited-edition, exclusive calendar starring a celebrity. For 2012, the brand invited Milla Jovovich. The photos were shot by French photographer Dimitri Daniloff. Entitled It’s the End of the World, Baby!, it draws inspiration from the ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012.


Skinny Jeans are Loosening Up

Are skinny jeans looking well… too Skinny?

Never would I have thought to utter such a phrase. Only 2 months ago, my friend Michelle and I swore fealty to the Throne of Skinny Jeans. She’s a fashionable shopaholic, such as yours-truly, and we vigorously agreed on two points:

Joe’s Jeans – Micro Flare. I love the playful fantasy of this ad.

  1. All our old bootcut jeans seem like monstrous bell-bottoms.
  2. The widest leg we’ll ever consider is a straight cut.

Flash forward a month, and I’m starting to get the itch that skinny jeans aren’t all that fabulous… Perhaps it’s the summer heat that makes me shudder the thought of pulling them on, but I know I’m not alone. Retailers are creating new cuts that are pulling away from the standard skinny, from Joe’s Jeans Micro-flare (shown here), to cowboy jeans, to the wide-leg trouser jean.

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90s style resurgence

Street fashion slowly sliding into ’90s territory. Floral dresses, Lilith Fair short hair cuts, higher wasted and ripped up jeans…
What’s next flannel shirts and Doc Martin Mary Janes?!
Woops! Looks like, but with a twist of course, couldn’t make it too obvious.
Le sigh….

90s enough to be nostalgic and modern enough so you won't notice you're wearing a 90s look - Doc Martin Style Mary Janes

20s Return!

Just bought a bitchin’ pair of shoes from bluefly

candela tokyo slip on oxford in gold leather.

They remind me of one of my favorite makeup jobs from Galliano’s 2010 Spring – Collection posted by Jamaica in her blog Oh Look That’s Lovely

Incidentally, she makes gorgeous, chic and non-toxic Hand Painted European Ceramic-ware

What also flashed in my mind the second I saw these darling golden shoes:

Dreamily walking along the boardwalk of a far reaching, wide flat beach in France, children running about with brightly colored pails brimming with mussels, sweet spring air swirling with the cleansing ocean brine, billowing my skirt and teasing the brim of my hat. I’m thinking Chanel at her beginnings, I’m thinking of the bright, beautiful beaches of my native country…

Love that they are “slip-ons”, but are nonetheless lace-up oxfords (that specifically come with no laces); and the named “Tokyo” creates irresistible combination of coolness!

Oh my golden little 20s/Frenchie/Tokyo shoes, we will have the greatest of aventures together. Hurry up and arrive!

Bird with ribbon collection

Gorgeous Weekend continues to Valetine’s Day

Unconventional to the end we spend most of V day with Matt. Walked all around the Franklin Community and Los Feliz, had a romantic anti-valentines lunch, bought a dress, read a book, had lots of tasty food!
Oh yes and how could I forget the Scientology protest across the street from Birds – Guy Fawkes masks, Xenu squid outfit and some woman screaming “They’re wearing those F$¥£ing masks again!”. Much to my dismay I couldn’t get a clear pic of him. Imagine Pirates of the Caribbean Davy Jones Squid Mask, and a sort of Papal Garment made up of sheets of Dianetics books. Priceless!

Anti-Valentine’s day brunch at Birds, complete with hanging ex-lover effigy, poison arrow cocktails and sinful chocolate fudgey cake.

My favorite boutique store $20 rack called Native next door furnished me with a darling shear navy dress, then on to sipping Bourgeois Pig iced tea and enjoying the protest at the celebrity center.

We catch up with Matt for the second leg off our Valentine’s Day and take a walk past the Max Senet studios near our home.

I read Yoshitaka Amano’s Mateki: The Magic Flute at Skylight Books, much to the ire of the clerk. I was so absorbed and it was so beautiful I hadn’t noticed his glaring.

D&G Madonna Ad Campaigne

I am desperately in love with the scene this picture evokes. This is Europe in a nutshell. Simple, fresh, artisanal, and screamingly chic.
D&G Madonna Style Watch article
My first impression of Madonna was that this photo aged her, but oh how I love it! love it! love it!
This is how to embrace your age and looking devastatingly chic!
D&G whipped out yet another fantastic mind stirring campaign.
As my favorite couture ad designer, Dolce & Gabanna jumped out from the pack of Italian designer ho-hum and went careening head-dress first onto my radar. The Knife Series blew me away and I was from then on hooked!

The First Two Week Round-up, give or take…


Beautiful day!– Even more fun than our fantastic new years eve!– Drinking mimosa’s and creating the Nameless Decade Deathpool
Creators: James, Sarah, Tanya, Troy.
While this sounds morbid, it was tons of fun – We even got the pizza guy in on it!*

New Years Resolution: Enjoy every minute!
Revel in each days awsomness
Remember everyday as if it was the most adventurous day of your life.

I was so inspired by how the characters “wrote” Dracula. Each strove to remember, verbatim, every moment and conversation. The years seem to get away from me, and bleed into each other. I want this year to be full, and I want to remember what happened or what I was thinking! That’s the inspiration of this blog.

*New Years Eve was spent with James (my Pi ), Robert, Tanya, Matt & Kim, Troy and Texan at Tikki Ti and Good Luck; then we cruised over to Jen & Justin’s house party for the Big Countdown (we went with the Dick Clark Clock) and James dipped me and gave me a passionate drunken kiss; and we put hats and masks on in all the wrong places and danced the night away!


Made it safely from behind the orange curtain.
Watched a lot of Satellite.
Terminator Salvation was pretty darn good! Sam Worthington is my new favorite action star.

Like Springtime, perfect and fresh. Lemony sun, delightfully warm, wind nuzzling like a lamb, flowers and branches bobbing, curtseying in the breeze.
There have been so many lovely Springtime days in the past few weeks. It’s only January, but my favorite season can’t come too early!


In the high middle ages, knights would gather at tournaments, dress up like Lancelot, Arthur and other chivalric romance characters and go about acting out those adventures.

*It’s amazing how similar human beings are to today’s human beings. Adventurous, playful and romantic.

Love the word: PROWESS

Christianity and Europe.

While listening to the early middle ages lectures, and currently the high middle ages I wonder how the world would be if Constantine had not converted to Christianity and thrust it onto the world stage as the primary European religion. Would our culture have been vastly different? Would The Western world be so poweful? Would I be happy? And would I realize that happiness is attainable?


The boug is flowering mightily! So beautiful and wintery with just bark and flowers.

A night of Assasin’s Creed II.
I love these nights of adventuring! This is one of the best games I have ever played!

The historical research that went into this game is remarkable! I’m learning all about the Italian renaissance: architecture, art and city planning to politics and religion, society and families of it’s time.

Courtesans and theives are my allys along with, most impressively, Leonardo Da Vinci.

The game developers did not stop at the citys for historical accuracy. My lectures on the middle ages describe EXACTLY what I am seeing in the country side: little fiefs with farms and manors dotting the countryside around fortified cities.

I love the broad scope of game play: both RPG and Action Adventure in one.
I build up my town and villa by investing in its businesses, people, infrastructure, etc and by purchasing works of art, weapons, armor. As the town does better, it makes more money and bankrolls my adventuring!

The training, tutorials and homebase of the game are very intuitive. I didn’t even realize that I had a home base or had been trained on something until the story mode craftily revealed it to me in the missions.

I am constantly being thrilled by the new missions, the places they take me, the spookiness, the variety of ways I can accomplish them. And of course the weaponry and wicked kill moves!

The mystery of the story is compelling as well. What is the “apple” of Eden?

How do the templar’s use it to gain power, what is their plan?

They must have built on top of the “weapon” motif of assasin’s creed I.

Whatever the case, just keep giving me more puzzles! More history! More art! More adventure!

Yes, I think this is my favorite game. (Zelda has always in the top spot, but Assasin’s creed II is actually almost there)

**Top Games!
Legend of Zelda: Ocorina of Time a
Assasin’s Creed II
Super Mario Bros Sunshine b
Little Big Planet
Oblivion: Elder Scrolls
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Tomb Raider
a. subset legend of zelda’s in order
b. subset of mario bros’ in order


A mob of teens in the starbucks this morning.
A quick investigation revealed that school was starting late. For a second, I wanted to experience teen-dom again, almost… But the idea of facing an intense and brutal social hierarchy again was sobering.

Getting excited about finances again. Woo-hoo finally!
Next week Thursday: find a good Roth IRA

Sugar-pusher goes Down! cookies and skittles? Oh come on!
We’ve got a bonafide sugar pusher in these parts.
Today I make my stand.
No. More. Candy.!!