Monday, June 29, 2009

ENJOYING LIFE IN LA, PART II

I still believe in the magic of this town. I don't know how else to explain everything that is going on. On Saturday I was asked to rehash some pretty heavy life experiences. At the end of it I was left feeling so grateful and enchanted. Life feels really good and strong right now. I cannot imagine all this happening in any other city. For all the times when it was painful before and I felt like LA might just toss me out, were leading up to now. I cannot wait to see where this train is going.

More as this adventure continues to unfold.


me and my crew from Nike

WELL PLAYED, ON SUNDAY!

ENJOYING LIFE IN LA, PART I








good


better




best!



* Hollywood Bowl, Janell Monae/Chaka Chan (filling in for Etta James)/Adele

CHARLIE EXPERIENCES DISTRESS, IN 2 SCENES





* the standard, downtown restroom

WEE WATER TAXI

SEE LIFE

Living in Los Angeles, the chance to see actual life is fleeting and generally you must go looking for it. Like say at sea!






dolphin backflip!

ON SATURDAY I FOUND OUT WHY THIS HAS BEEN AN OBSESSION FOR THE LAST WEEK



* this so makes me want to go back the great depression and sing in a river while hoisting a bottle of moonshine.

WEB OPS DOWN!

The office went down kind of hard today. We had a rear end collision, a sprained (hopefully) ankle and a cute guy who didn't call (ok, I stole that one from Advertising). Also a super interesting hallway conversation about Calvin Klein seamless undies being worth going broke over and 3 designers drooling over my gay husband (yes I was included and yes it was his cute guy who didn't call).

In other news I did find out that the office is gifting me a dress for my super secret event next month. Guess I didn't make out so badly.

xoxo, wee

NOT WHALES

video

* off the coast of Oxnard, CA

Friday, June 26, 2009

LIKE NO OTHER


slick.

FOREVER IN YOUR KINGDOM


and this is why

Michael Jackson: August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

SATURDAY SAILING WITH CHARLIE

How it started:

It's also wrong of me to admit that I had this album AND still know all the words... the shame... the shame...

What do ya got going on this weekend - wanna fu*k off an entire Sat. and drive to Ventura to kayak at some islands?

xo,
C

I like what you're thinking.

-Marlo


The kayaking went down hard (even after I got so excited that I ran around the office arms flailing, yelling double KAYAK!!) Actually the whole afternoon crashed and burned and culminated with 2 fancy new nick names in honor of our 1970's personas that were born later that night. But THAT is a whole other story. Holy run on sentence Batman.

We did however go sailing instead. Hello! It's whale watching season.




our merry schooner


Charlie's ready!






it was windy and perfect for inflating the sails






Charlie helps


Marlo enjoys the sitting portion






our camera shy Captain


bye boat!

* charter the Bill of Rights

IT'S LIKE CHRISTMAS IN JULY



* my life is kind of like this...as in "you tell her it's great, she's killed half of it."

Monday, June 22, 2009

SOUNDTRACK TO SATURDAY



* yo Charlie - thanks for the worst meal, ever.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

FORMER FACTORY


was a hat factory, now my bedroom

“You have the choice of living in something with character and historic charm, or you can settle for a traditional apartment with four flat walls.”


As the largest adaptive reuse endeavor in Los Angeles, this marks a pivotal moment in downtown’s effort to provide mixed-use, mixed-income housing. Over the past year a long waiting list has accumulated, as waves of prospective downtown-bound residents search for unique loft housing at reasonable rents. These renovated historic & industrial lofts range from 650 to 1,300 square feet.

As one of the only developers voluntarily including 20% affordable housing for the workforce community, he is confident in the neighborhood’s growth. “With eight separate buildings, our project has a critical mass that no other adaptive reuse project in the City of Los Angeles is able to offer.”

The first three buildings to open—the 714 Building, the 716 Building, and the 720/24 Building—will house a total of 44 different floor plans designed to make the best use of their space and high ceilings. “Offering diverse floor plans affords our tenants flexibility to fit their diverse needs,” explains Brad Gwinn, vice president of development.

The Start of the Fashion District

At the beginning of the 20th century Michael J. C, an Irish businessman, established the first garment and textile manufacturing buildings to accommodate the growing fashion industry in Los Angeles—the cornerstone of the Fashion District’s development.

Between 1911 and 1912, Architect Arthur Angel and contractor Carl Leonardt built C’s first four buildings: the 714 Building, the 716 Building, and the adjoined 720/24 Buildings.

The 714 Building, a five-story moderne structure, has a streamline fa├žade with fluted piers that echo between paired windows. The 716 Building, named after a former manufacturer’s rooftop sign, lies behind the 714 Building but can be identified by its wall-size steel grid windows which were designed for maximum light and ventilation. The 720/24 Building once had a very ornate facade which was altered to look more “modern” in the late ’50s. It has horizontal-rotating pivot windows facing the street and a new interior courtyard garden.

The buildings were designated as local historic monuments due to their social and architectural significance in the history of industrial Los Angeles. After renovation, the three-phased project will include 552 loft/condominiums, 100,000 square feet of retail space, a series of rooftop amenities, and a 400 foot-long courtyard/promenade.

“What it comes down to is this,” explained Weinstein to the Los Angeles Business Journal. “You have the choice of living in something with character and historic charm, or you can settle for a traditional apartment with four flat walls.”

LIVING SPACE AT NIGHT, DOWNTOWN LA

LIVING SPACE, DOWNTOWN LA




standing in the studio - yes I have a studio!

DAS VIEW

It feels like Europe here at night, with the soundtrack of NYC. I totally sleep with the windows open (advantages of living on the top floor) and I have never slept better. I need city noise.


from the balcony


out the window


city hall!

FIRST LOOK

entry view:



front door:



the long and short of it:





the bedroom:





the balcony:


yes you go out the window, that requires a chair to reach

kitchen and bath:










that bathtub is GIANT and stone

underneath:


a pocket park!

WELCOME PLANT BABIES!!

I love California's native plants. Now I am lucky enough to sport some even without a dirt patch!









* handmade gift from Mommy