Miss Katie Lee

I saw the film DamNation tonight, a well done documentary on the removal of dams in the U.S. There were a few photographs featured in the film of activist Katie Lee and her time at Glen Canyon before the Glen Canyon Dam was built. The photos were beautiful and they really moved me, maybe because I recently spent so much time in the great outdoors and admiring the wonders of mother nature. So looking forward to hanging with friends in Big Sur this weekend. Have a good one.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Wanted to share another Netflix fave that I recently watched. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a thoughtful documentary about 85-year-old Jiro Ono, who is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. When asked how he runs a three Michelin Stars sushi restaurant, Jiro’s reply was “doing the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit”. He is a perfectionist.

To be completely honest with ya’ll, I feel I can be a lazy perfectionist at times, when I should just be a perfectionist and drop the lazy. I want to be a better designer, a better entrepreneur and a better person. Like his son, this is what Jiro has taught me…

Always look ahead and above yourself

Always try to improve on yourself

Always strive to elevate your craft

Onward we go.

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Happy

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A friend recently referred me to this documentary titled Happy and I was instantly intrigued. It popped up during a Netflix search and I watched it last night with total contentment. Yes, it’s a film about happiness, and well, it made me very happy to watch it. Above all else, I think happiness is what we all strive for and it’s a good doc to help remind us of how we can all achieve it. If everyone in the world channeled the message from Happy and The Big Lebowski we’d live in a pretty cool place.

p.s. I’m moving to Okinawa, Japan.

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Moonrise Kingdom

Dare I say this out loud, but I’ve been feeling a little burnt out on design lately. Maybe it’s all the paperwork and receipts piled up on my desk, the traveling, the low you feel after an awesome trip, or maybe I just need a little break. What did bring my spirits up was Moonrise Kingdom which I finally saw last weekend. Of course, I loved it. It was sweet, funny, and visually stimulating as Wes Anderson films usually are. It made me happy.

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Seriously? Seriously!

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I don’t even know where to begin with Drive…amazing film, amazing soundtrack, amazing Gosling, amazing scorpion jacket. And yes, I may be a little biased…

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Beginners

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I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I had all intentions of hittin’ up the local theatre this weekend, but plans fell through and I have a handful of movies that I still need to see. I did see Beginners a few weeks ago on a belated bday date with my good friend Mika Y and I can’t wait to see it again with the BF. I’m a fan of Mike Mills‘ work and this might be my favorite piece thus far.

And because I’ll take any opportunity to write about dogs (especially terriers), little Arthur was definitely a highlight of this film! I can’t even handle this right now…

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Midnight In Paris

I hope you’ve had the chance to go see Midnight in Paris because it has definitely been one of my favorite movies this summer. I know Woody Allen is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I have always loved the quirkiness and neuroticism of his films and books and this film does not disappoint. If I could only use one word to describe this film it would be “magical” because it truly is. Owen Wilson does a fantastic job and Marion Cotillard is captivating as always. The cinematography and set design are amazing and I’m still drooling over all of Marion Cotillard’s dresses.

Paris has always been one of those cities that I constantly fantasize about. Although I’ve only been to Paris once and was pretty much penniless at the time, the city still has a very special place in my heart. I hope to visit this amazing city again very soon as I plan to wear fabulous outfits, stuff my face with croissants and macaroons galore all while sitting in this eclectic Parisian apartment. “I love Paris in the springtime…”

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The King’s Speech

Yay for Best Picture!! I only saw it about a week ago just in time for the Oscars and had to share how in love I was with the set design. There were so many gorgeous backdrops, it was hard to tear myself away from all the amazing wallpapers! I’ve long been a fan of wallpaper and am so surprised about how many people still think it’s so old fashioned. Think that no more folks! There are so many gorgeous papers out today and something for everyone. Lionel’s (Geoffrey Rush) apartment is the perfect example of how you can mix different patterns and not feel like you are living in a bad trip. Love love love!!!

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Ms. Day

I’ve always had a special affinity for old movies. I remember spending my lazy days as a teeny bopper watching movies on AMC…I had for sure watched my fair share of movies/musicals starring Danny Kaye, Gene Kelly, Ms. Monroe, etc. The rom-coms of the late 1950s – early ’60s are probably my favorite (most likely because this is definitely the era I was supposed to live in) and one of my ultimate favorites is Pillow Talk. I pretty much loved all the rom-coms Ms. Doris Day starred in and you can’t really beat the Rock Hudson-Doris Day combo (even if he did bat for the other team). I recently watched Pillow Talk again, having not seen it in a million years, and now I love it even more because I never realized she was an interior decorator in it! Not only is the set design amaze, really, it is, but she’s a decorator! Sorry, I just love seeing characters that are designers (i.e. Grace of Will & Grace and hello, Designing Women?). I guess I’m a nerd that way.

So, quick synopsis…Jan (Ms. Day) and Brad (Mr. Hudson) have never met but share a party line. Every time Jan needs to use the phone, Brad is on the other end singing to one of his many lady friends. Like any good rom-com, they fight, they hate, there’s a little singing, there is some sort of misunderstanding or mistaken identity, a little revenge, then there is love. Perfection.

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It’s (Not That) Complicated

There was a lull in movies at our local cinema, so the bf and I decided to go see It’s Complicated for a night of mindless entertainment, and I have to say I was pleasantly entertained. Besides Alec Baldwin’s comedic acting, I was even more entertained by the set design…I can’t stop daydreaming about Meryl Streep’s house and kitchen! The kitchen itself is pretty subtle and understated, but it’s very bright and light, cozy and comforting. I want it! And can someone please open up a bakery just like Meryl’s in my neighborhood?? Please and thank you.

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