Give Us Money, We Are Pretty

Wow, I’ve been m.i.a. for over a month and this is what I come back with? Well yes. Hi. I am alive, I assure you. I’ve been in la la land. No literally dreaming of living in LA for like forever. I’ve been looking at jobs, houses, schools. Yes, dreaming, hoping and praying. We shall see if anything bites.

Sometimes I think about loosening my Sunshine+Design posts to be a bit more free, and include some random imagery like this. It caught my eye while I was looking at a job board of an ad agency based in LA. I have no idea what the context of this picture is. It’s disturbing and weird. Plus the look on those ladies’ faces is miserable. I love it for it’s bizarreness.

So yes, I’m here. If you ever want to talk about Los Angeles anything, I’m all ears. And if you’d like to see more gems like this picture, follow me on Pinterestisito!

Wuvy wuv kittens!
Katie

Chicks I love: Greta Gerwig

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Something we’ve all said a million times before, referring to what’s on TV, particularly paid channels like HBO: Nothing new (with the exception of Girls and VEEP), and it’s infuriating. Well, that constant repetition enabled me to see bits and pieces and then eventually the whole thing of the movie called Greenberg starring Ben Stiller and someone I’d never heard of before: Greta Gerwig, my latest girl-crush! The film is one of those slow moving stories of a complicated relationship between two people drawn together for not necessarily the right reasons. Stiller’s character has just gotten out of a mental institution for having a nervous breakdown, and Gerwig’s character is the assistant to Stiller’s brother whom he is house sitting for. Of course the movie features a very cool home in Los Angeles adding to the captivating scenery (cool interior shots + a badass backyard and pool — the type that you salivate to in shelter mags). But it’s Greta’s performance that I immediately fixated on, her character’s slightly dry personality, her real-seeming insecurity in her own skin, and admittance to failures in past relationships, all seemed so relatable that it made me want to be her friend in real life. If you haven’t seen it, you really should Netflix it or DVR it from HBO or whatever.

Scenes from Greenberg ^^^

I heard Greta Gerwig and the director of Greenberg, Noah Baumbach on NPR’s Fresh Air talking about the new film they co-wrote together with Baumbach directing and Gerwig starring in called Frances Ha (love the title). Both Gerwig and Baumbach (her actual boyfriend in real-life) admit to being die-heart Woody Allen fans. In fact, Greta recently starred in Allen’s latest film To Rome With Love, which I have yet to see. The story is of a young woman trying to make it in NYC as a dancer working through the ups-and-downs of her career, affording an apartment, and managing a complicated relationship with her dearest best friend. I believe it will be released to the independent theater downtown and I plan on seeing it then. Here’s the trailer. Do you think you’ll see it…?

Aquadettes: California, Synchronized Swimming, and Mary Jane

A short documentary on Margo Bauer, a seventy-five year old woman who participates in a Southern California synchronized swimming club called Aquadettes. Many of the members have arthritis, joint replacements, and other health challenges, but together they remain active in the pool — though Bauer admits, she needs a little something extra to get her through the day. The short film playfully shows Bauer’s peers practicing their routines, beaming in delight to a slow-mo swing tune. Their overly flamboyant costumes show what humor they have today and makes me pray I will be that cool and active when I’m that age. This film is a part of a series called California is a Place. With images of characteristic palm trees on SoCal streets, my heart swooned for the West. Click here to view.

Rapper Ice Cube loves Mid-Century Modern

Good morning world, my day has been made from learning about rapper, Ice Cube’s love of Mid-Century design. Particularly, Charles and Ray Eames. Ice Cube studied architectural drafting in trade school where he fell upon the Eames’ work. He explains in an interview with the Times about his love: “Back then, I didn’t know I was going to make money. So being that they put together a house in two days and used discarded materials — something about their style caught on. As I got older, I could equate it to sampling. I see that’s what we were doing, taking discarded records from the ’60s and ’70s and revamping them.” Killer.

You’ve got to watch this quicky video where Ice Cube seems completely at home in the Eames’ house. The video takes you on a tour of Ice Cubes’ favorite sites in Los Angeles and he comments that people think they know LA, and put it in a box: palm trees, sun and Hollywood. But they never actually see the city for how architecturally beautiful it really is. I couldn’t agree more. It’s a town that I always long to visit and am always sad to leave. Watch the video. It’s so good.

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For more info: Pacific Standard Time

Los Angeles+Mid-Century Modernism

I’ve been hit by a major west coast modernism bug. I am such a Design*Sponge fanatic but generally shy away from not re-blogging Grace and Co.’s post’s since it’s such an awesome and popular blog, but I just can’t help myself. The furnishings in this house are bloody incredible. It was black leather Papa Bear Arm Chair and the walnut and brass bed (last photo) that really caught my eye.


Check out those pillars seperating two rooms. To-die-for.

The couple that owns the house are Kate Rivinus, a designer/owner of the shop Egg2Cake and Adam Blackman who owns one half of the opulent furniture and fine good shop called Blackman Cruz. Clicking around, I checked out Blackman Cruz’s website (eye candy everywhere) and well, that explains the house—a designer and a furniture store owner combining their vision. Simply gorgeous.

Somewhere – the new Sofia Coppola movie

Sofia Coppola has written and directed a new movie starring Stephen Dorff and Elle (love that name) Fanning. The movie takes place in Los Angeles, about a single father’s relationship with his daughter. It’ll be in movie theaters starting on December 22nd.

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Watch the trailer. Music by Julian Casablancas.

People are afraid to merge on highways

Hello, Friends,
DC’s winter has been cold and snowy. Today the wind is forecasted to gust up to sixty mph! I’m dreaming of the trip Daryle and I took a year ago to Los Angeles. The temperature was in the 70s, the sky was blue, and the shopping on Melrose was fabulous.



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