22 April, 2011

The Duchess Plans.

Whew!  At least that's over.  One work catastrophe marathon after another, and finally it's Friday, and a Good one.  Happy Easter and a belated Happy Passover.  (Happy, happy birthday to the Empress T, too.)

Now that the date is officially set for il matrimonio di Duchess e Senator, and certain other details are squared away (merci, Lady Hayes, for the cake tip!), the Duchess seeks a wedding invitation to perfectly encapsulate, on a tiny sheet of paper, all of the joie de vivre attendant to The Big Day.  Options are literally limitless. 

It would be nice if we could dispense with the old custom of a printed invite for the wedding, not (only) because they generally constitute a significant expense, but also because, with Paperless Post and all the rest of the online invitation companies finally offering adorable, glamorous, festive, and FREE designs, well, why waste all the paper?  Unfortunately the times don't move that quickly for most of us.   

Luckily it is possible to procure a wedding invitation, and a very nice one too, on 100% recycled paper.  The Duchess is adoring these designs by Orange County's Alethea and Ruth (available at Minted).  They are available, for only pennies more per invitation, on FSC-certified, 100% post-consumer waste paper manufactured with wind power.  What could be better than that?  Receiving one from the Duchess, but of course.   

SO cute, right?

Photographs courtesy of Alethea and Ruth.

18 April, 2011

16 April, 2011

The Duchess on Saturday.

Still working.  And this, though it is our first true taste of summer weekend (not warmth, but heat) and though exciting new art exhibits abound.

Too many to mention here, but one that cannot be missed is MOCA's "Art in the Streets" show, the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art.  It doesn't open to the public until tomorrow, but traffic is jammed around the Geffen Contemporary.  Artists participating in the show include Chaz Bojorquez, Craig Stecyk, Shepard Fairey, Neck Face, and the near-riot-inducing Bansky (go, Deitch, go).  The Duchess presents these really good shots of Banksy's work at MOCA from Arrested Motion:

Readers, you can sustain preparations for the MOCA show by paying a visit to Michael Kohn Gallery (Beverly Blvd. and Crescent Heights), who tonight opens an exhibit of the work of Venice Beach-based beat photographer Charles Brittin.  Brittin was a contemporary of beat leader Wallace Berman and gained entree to the 1950s art scene that grew around Berman, which he photographed, along with images of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. 

Images of Charles Brittin work courtesy of Michael Kohn Gallery

15 April, 2011

The Duchess on Friday.

Readers, all work and no play makes the Duchess a dull girl as we surely know by now.  Here's hoping she will emerge from her high-rise shell soon and take in a little bit of that 80 degree weather (clear skies!) we (well, you) are enjoying Los Angeles. 

Speaking of Los Angeles, textile designer/artist/woman of all trades Lulu deKwiatkowski's New York apartment was featured this morning on one of the Duchess's favorite columns, NYSD House (thanks Jeffrey Hirsch for the photos!).  She's selling this apartment in favor of full-time California living; she must be sad to part with it because it is so relaxed, inspired and lovely. 

11 April, 2011

The Duchess Can't Wait . . .

Los Angeles Antiques Show
April 13 - April 17, 2011

Yes, it is that time of year again -- no, not tax time, Antiques time!  The 16th Annual Los Angeles Antiques Show kicks off this Wednesday, April 13 at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Air Center with an opening night party benefiting P.S. ARTS (tickets available at http://www.losangelesantiquesshow.com/).  This year's show is co-chaired by Lauren Rebuffel of Habite, Robert Wilson of Downtown, and Patrick Dragonette of (le sigh) amazing Dragonette, Ltd

The Duchess can't wait to see this year's entrance tent, designed by Million Dollar Decorator Mary McDonald using fashions from vintage couture impresario Cameron Silver of Decades and DecadesTwo.  Other favorites exhibiting at the show are Reform Gallery of Los Angeles; Todd Merrill Antiques and Associates of New York; jewelers Craig Evan Small and Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd.; and Arader Galleries of San Francisco.  On Friday, April 15, the second annual DESIGN LA will be held at the Antiques Show, with a 1stdibs cocktail party hosted by Michael Bruno for industry professionals, followed by a roundtable on the design industry featuring Kathryn Ireland, Windsor Smith, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, and Campion Platt

The Antiques Show is presented by the Antique Dealers Association of California for the benefit of P.S. ARTS, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by bringing arts education to underserved public schools and their communities.  With support from the Antiques Show, P.S. ARTS curently provides more than 11,000 students attending 25 partner schools throughout central and southern California with comprehensive programs in visual arts, music and theater. 

Please head over to the Antiques Show this week or weekend (or better yet, both) and get an arts education for yourself while helping California's public schoolchildren do the same.  See you there! 

Photographs from www.losangelesantiquesshow.com

10 April, 2011

The Duchess Anticipates . . .

Mr. C Beverly Hills
(opening this Spring)

The Duchess was, at first, very excited to hear about the opening of the new Mr. C hotel in Beverly Hills, a vein of the Cipriani Hotel group (though not to be confused with the Hotel Cipriani in Venice).  Then, she spotted the fine print -- located at 1224 Beverwil Drive.  Hmm, not Beverly Hills.  Still a very nice neighborhood, but not convenient to much except a couple of Ralph's.  Of course, since LA is a driving town, this may not matter much, but Mr. C may want to consider lowering its advertised nightly room rates considering its "Post Office"-esque locale.  Starting at $429 per night?  Honey, the Duchess'll take the Montage

07 April, 2011

The Duchess Listens . . .

Songs in the Key of Duchess

Stevie Wonder, "Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday", My Cherie Amour
(at the gym; live for your enjoyment)

Joni Mitchell, "Coyote", Hejira
(driving to work to Joni and Jaco)

Robbie Dupree, "Steal Away", Robbie Dupree
(late night guilty pleasure)

Dire Straits, "Lady Writer", Communique
(loving at all times)

05 April, 2011

The Duchess Anticipates . . .

Kehinde Wiley
Roberts & Tilton
April 9 - May 28, 2011
5801 Washington Boulevard
Culver City

Artist Kehinde Wiley will speak at LACMA on Thursday, April 7 (Bing Theatre, Free, No Reservations) in advance of his show opening Saturday at Roberts & Tilton, The World Stage:  Israel.  The Duchess is desperate to see this show.

Kalkidan (from the World Stage Israel), 2011

03 April, 2011

The Duchess Works. . .

Kids!  Work!  Wedding!  Life! 

Sometimes it all just gets in the way.  The Duchess will be back soon!


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