Spring Break day 4, Art Day (My Fantasy Day)

Wednesday was my day of total freedom to wander around and explore. My first stop was the museum at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, the school I wanted to go to after I graduated high school). On display was a exhibition of motion picture costumes including Alice in Wonderland, Shutter Island, Chronicles of Narnia, and True Grit. It was really quite special to see all of these beautiful costumes up close and personal, the details that go into them. They were all so intricate and fabulously constructed. The institute is located right in Downtown LA and has a beautiful park right in the courtyard that is a perfect example of public space being utilized in an urban landscape.

Fountain in the Grand Hope Park, Downtown LA

My next stop was a farmer’s market on Hollywood Blvd. Farmer’s market’s exist in Arizona too, but mostly take place during ungodly early hours on the weekends, when I am either at work, or just getting to sleep after being at work. This one was located on a hillside which made for some spectacular views. I got some jalapeno hummus and a strawberry banana muffin and went on my merry way.

View from the hillside

My next stop was the Gallery 825 on La Cienega Blvd. On display was the work of Susan Arena with her “Imaginary Homelands” Collection. The first piece that caught my eye was “Time of the Stars.” This piece features a woman with a long braid and a mournful look on her face with closed blue eyelids. She has little twinkles surrounding her. I like this piece because it has a certain feeling of home to it, like the collection says. It shows a woman in her homeland where she can be free to be mournful without the world seeing. “Mother of Sorrows” (2008, acrylic, fabric on found frame) was the next one, and actually the featured image that I had seen online while searching for a show to see. The image is haunting. It’s actually not something that I would want in my home, because it is downright depressing. But even so it has this intrigue about it. A veiled face of a woman with tears streaming down her face on top of a floral fabric background, this picture draws in the viewer just using the white eyes. This picture could be of any woman who feels enslaved or dominated by society and its demands on women. I like it, but I just wouldn’t want to look at it everyday. The third piece that is interesting to me is the “Girl with Tiara” (2010, acrylic, collage on canvas). The piggy nosed girl with a blank stare and a sorrowful gaze wearing her tiara with pride is something that makes me think of childhood, putting on princess outfits and prancing around as if the world is a perfect place. However her face shows the distinct feeling in the back of her head that this is the only time she will feel this way, before the world tears down all that hope of beauty queen stardom. This might be a depressing view on this piece, but that is what I see.

After the gallery, I continued in my journey to Santa Monica and Venice to take pictures. I stopped in 212 Pier, for an americano and use of the free wifi while I contemplated my next move and relaxed after driving for so long. This cafe is a fabulous little spot filled with books and an old Bohemia vibe. Off again to find a new parking space before my 2 hour limit was up, I drove down to Venice and parked just off the boardwalk in between some beautiful beach houses that I am consumed by jealously over. To one day be able to have a beach house in Venice, is my dream. I walked along the beach path all the way down to the infamous Venice Boardwalk, where food, cheap goods, and “Kush Doctors” line the sidewalk. People try to sell you their demos, dance and perform for tips, and the occasional hippie just wandering around. There are few places in this world where freedom of expression is welcomed with open arms, and Venice in one of the best to look at. The graffiti everywhere, the murals on nearly every building, wherever you turn there is something interesting to look at.

Calla Lily in the lot of some Venice Beach home

Little guy hanging out on his Venice porch

Purple flowers flow into the purple building

One day


Spring Break Day 1, 2, & 3

Well my vacation is off to an amazing start! The best feeling in the world is not having to work for 1 week! I kicked off spring break and vacation with a little dinner party and get together with the girls at Erin’s place in Phoenix. We (and by we, I mean she) made fish tacos with rice and beans. And dare I say it was delicious beyond reason. We drank wine and ate tacos and dished on all our recent scandals. Girls night doesn’t happen nearly enough.

The Girls

Mmm.. Cod and Tilapia

The first of 4 bottles of wine to be consumed that night, and the best.

Holy crap these were good tacos

I forgot to take pictures of the amazing organic chocolate chip cookies she baked afterward. Whoa, I ate like 4… 0r 9, who’s counting?

After sleeping for 2 and 1/2 hours I was up and packing for California in a flurry. I headed off with a cooler filled with Smucker’s Uncrustables and Sugar Free Red Bulls. After about 2 hours I was already completely sick of hearing myself sing, but I carried on belting out my jams nonetheless. 5 and 1/2 hours later I arrived in Long Beach where my friends live. We quickly readied ourselves in our fabulous cocktail attire and drove off to LA. We made a stop at the X Repertory Theatre where Logan is taking conservatory classes and I will be interning this summer. We said hi to everyone and we were off to the pilot taping for Tyger’s Aunt. We creeped along the Hollywood 101 and drove down Sunset looking for our destination. Finally we found wine bar Vintage Enoteca, now the challenge of finding parking. We didn’t partake in any of the wine but the food was amazing. I had a spicy tuna panini and Tyger had Ox-tail pasta. We were riding high on food. Not to mention the amazing variety of people to watch and all the people who showed up to help out with the pilot to mingle with. Everyone was super nice and we made friends to hang out with in the future. After hanging out for awhile it was time for the taping to start. Lisa (the star) is a hand analyst and she really knows her stuff. She started out analyzing everyone’s hands to find “love matches” to show her setting up. Mine didn’t match up with anyone’s but Tyger’s matched up with Willough’s. Their pairing wasn’t needed for the taping, however. But as were prepped to leave she did one last hand analyst of the four of us standing outside (Tyger, Will, Willough, and me.) Turns out that the curved lines on my hands mean that I like to enjoy the journey to the fullest. Couldn’t be more true.

Half way there!

On Tuesday, after catching up on my zzz’s and Tyger’s audition for a student film, we hit Huntington Beach. Stopping for amazing fish tacos at Wahoo’s, of course. So much good food so far! We hung out at the beach for awhile, the breeze picked up and made us cold so we hit the road back to Long Beach and stopped for frozen yogurt at Yogurtland in the Belmont Shore area. So far this has been an amazing trip and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store for me! It’s so amazing not having a plan and being here to just chillax.

Pier at Huntington Beach

Watching the surfers on a gorgeous day with awesome waves.