Friday, November 28, 2008

thanksgiving in los angeles : a day in photos

:: thanksgiving breakfeast with holiday magazines.

:: out for a walk - glorious cloudy blue skies.

:: crowds at the grocery store.

:: apron from grandma.

:: pie from nana. my first solo pie-baking : success!

:: sunset - more gorgeous clouds.

:: giving thanks chez schwartz.

:: and one more slice of pie.

see more photos of my thanksgiving day in LA at lillieinthecity/ flickr.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

happy thanksgiving!

in my family, thanksgiving is all about the pies.
and today, i will be making a pie (or two) of my own!

:: images (top) from my mom and (bottom) from me

national day of listening

storycorps has declared the first annual national day of listening on friday, november 28.

each day this week, npr has been playing a story from a different person/place, and on friday, they will play stories throughout the day. this is a "call to action" for americans to take time on friday to sit down with someone you love, ask a question or two, and really listen. read more in this interview.

for today's story, george w. bush's sister doro interviewed the outgoing president and first lady about what they will miss about life in the whitehouse, and like most storycorps responses, the answers were surprisingly sweet.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

video: fifty people / one question

what do you wish for by the end of today?

Fifty People, One Question: New York from Crush & Lovely on Vimeo.

sweet potato & butternut squash soup

sweet potato & butternut squash soup from nytimes

art: patrick dougherty

Dougherty's works allude to nests, cocoons, hives, and lairs built by animals, as well as the manmade forms of huts, haystacks, and baskets, created by interweaving branches and twigs together. Many of his works look 'found' rather than made, as if they were created by the natural force of a tornado sweeping across the landscape. He intentionally tries for this effortless effect, as if his creations just fell or grew up naturally in their settings. - Linda Johnson, Curator

currently on view at the LA arborteum & botanical garden. (via lacma unframed)

also on view at wheaton college in norton, ma. and more photos available ihere.

:: image from orngejuglr

Monday, November 24, 2008

more advice

from nana...

you owe it to us all
to get on with what you're good at.

- w.h. auden (1907-1973)

i whole-heartedly agree.

sick days & comfort foods

i was home sick today and indulging in some much needed sleep and comfort foods. my non-medicinal cure-all's include: campbell's chicken noodle soup; stouffer's macaroni & cheese; and cold ginger ale. whether it's my stomach or my throat or my head that hurts, any combination of these make me start to feel better, take care of myself, and slow down.

:: campbell's soup by andy warhol

dahl fashion

charlie bucket stared around him in astonishment.
this was the craziest lift he had ever seen.

- charlie and the chocolate factory

british vogue had a roald-dahl-inspired photo shoot. love it.
at fashion week daily (via annplified)

:: image from british vogue

Sunday, November 23, 2008


work hard. play hard.
create something amazing.

- advice to sink in slowly

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

wish i was at: SMFA art sale

InsideOut: The Museum School Art Sale, November 19–23, 2008

For 28 years the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) has hosted the annual December Sale, an art sale and fundraiser for student scholarships. Featuring work by hundreds of established and emerging artists each year—including internationally known SMFA alumni and faculty, current students, and affiliated artists—the Sale has become the largest public art sale in New England... more info

School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 the fenway | boston, massachusetts

diy: geographic lampshade

think of your favorite place each time you turn on the light!
map lamp how-to via chez larsson

:: image from chez larsson

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

recipe roundup: autumn edition

recipes that are catching my eye now have taken a decidedly autumnal turn.

- banana cranberry bread from joy the baker
- roasted pears w. lemons, nuts & honey from apt therapy
- pilgrim's punch from!
- unfussy apple cake from 101cookbooks

hopefully i can test out some of these myself soon.
so many sweet ways to give thanks!

:: images by joy the baker [left] and faith hopler [right]

Monday, November 17, 2008

art: penelope dullaghan

artist to explore: penelope dullaghan
her prints are available in her shop.

penelope, please print this golden goldfish.
i want to take him home!

via stephanielevy

art history: woman drawing

young woman drawing, 1801 by marie-denise villers

i think of this picture unusually often. something in her look, the leveling gaze. i remember standing in front of this painting and considering it on more than one occasion during field trips in college. and now when i revisit it, i wonder, why? certainly pretty--mostly quiet and simple, almost plain. but there's something in that gaze that keeps making me remember. and so, worth sharing!

[ new series: art history / images & thoughts ]

Sunday, November 16, 2008

photo: blazing sunset

it's 90 degrees in november, the full glory and perennial curse of southern california on fierce display. devil winds, hill-hopping infernos, smoked mansions, torched trailers, barren freeways, and brilliant sunsets lingering in low-hanging canopies of burnt dreams. (latimes)

:: image from our kitchen window tonight, myflickr

Saturday, November 15, 2008

in the city: a visit to the nursery

hoshimoto nursery

1935 sawtelle blvd
los angeles, 90025

:: images from myflickr

Friday, November 14, 2008

shop: kiosk & americana

kiosk is an online/nyc shop that is "the antidote to over-design."

they offer products in geographically-themed colletions, and each item celebrates the simple, sometimes mundane, always well made, and surprisingly unique.

the latest collection explores americana, focusing on new england with lots of massachusetts in the mix.

i love necco wafers and balsa gliders.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

photo: all i want to be

another 20x200. think-make-think by clifton burt.

i really should have bought a print of this as soon as it posted--because now i'm very bummed that within hours they are sold out!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

photo: colorful but controlled

balloons by juliane eirich
--available at 20x200

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

quote: the power of art

in unsettling times like these,
it would do us good to look at art
and talk about it,
because of the power of art
to console and lift our spirits and
its ability to teach us a thing or two
about our imperfect nature.

- edward goldman for kcrw / please, mr. president, take us on a date

Monday, November 10, 2008

video: it's a new day

one more little e-celebration. watch this video & smile.

:: video by / dipdive

Sunday, November 9, 2008

tikkun olam

tikkun olam | repair the world

this keeps coming
up in my world in the past few weeks: work, news, movies.

one of the best things about judaism is called tikkun olam. it’s the idea that the world has been broken in pieces, and it’s up to us to gather them and put them back together.

- nick & norah's infinite playlist

Saturday, November 8, 2008

around town: artbites

another card picked up at the local coffee shop... artbites: cooking art history.
sounds like magic, huh? "think rachel ray meets sister wendy"


Friday, November 7, 2008

shop: terrarium, dwr

i still have a fixation with terrariums. simple little worlds.

available at dwr.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

a year of mornings

a recent addition to my book collection: a year of mornings: 3191 miles apart.

at the beginning of 2007, two friends started a photo blog, each sharing an image from their morning. one friend in portland, maine, the other in portland, oregon, 3191 miles apart. their photos capture quiet moments in the early day--and since they started, i've loved the moment in my day when i visit their website. (and along with many coworkers/friends, i started my own daily habit of using their photo pairs as my work&home computer's desktop background.)

now their morning photos have been published in this book.

and this year, they've continued the tradition with a year of evenings.

:: image from a year of mornings

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

a new day

"i have never been more hopeful." - president-elect obama

:: image from the boston globe

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


today is one of the most important political moments in modern history. so wherever you are, whoever you are, go to your local polling station and make your voice heard.

and after so many months (and so many years),
i think, i hope: our time is now.

from sooo many months ago, remember: yes we can.

:: images from [top] nikki mcclure and [bottom]

Monday, November 3, 2008

art: carleton watkins

recently saw dialogue among giants at the getty center.
carleton watkins and the rise of photography in california.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

in the city: silverlake salvage

a new-to-me LA discovery is silverlake salavage where i found an incredible collection of everything and the kitchen sink--old cabinets, tables and chairs, moldings, hardware, windows and doors, tubs, and on and on. the place is HUGE, and the collection endless and constantly changing.

i didn't come home with anything on my first visit (a bit overwhelmed by possibility), but i will definitely be heading back soon.

Silverlake Salvage
1085 Manzanita St.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
open daily, 11-6

:: images from myflickr

Saturday, November 1, 2008

welcome november

this is november in LA.

:: image from myflickr