Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
May you have the best year ever in 2009!

May you year be filled with joy, laughter, fun, good health, grand accomplishments, creativity, magic, love, prosperity, peace, ease, insight, style, adventure, new learning, fine dining, and good energy.

Friday, November 28, 2008

E X P A N S I O N


The conversation last night got my mind wandering, wondering. I lusted after expansion in my life, my mind; to add to my bank of experiences. I am still in that expansion desire cloud this morning. Consider this with me...IMAGES: Goggle images
STYLE: New, beyond, the next thing, creative
MS. SMART: I am hungry for more.
QUOTE: "Expand = To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of. To express at length or in detail; enlarge on. To open (something) up or out; spread out: The bird expanded its wings and flew off." and "A prerequisite to going any further, however, is the mere will to expand your mind. Coupled with this desire, an eager embracing of abstract thought will produce fruitful results." - from Expand Your Mind web site (linked below)
LINKS: The universe is infinite and 11 Ways to Expand Your Mind and Expand Your Mind

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Patterns

I am thinking leopard wallpaper. Perhaps just on one small wall.
I enjoy a clash or marriage of patterns. (Did that statement reveal my feelings on marriage?!?! hahaha) I have dining room red/gold/black tapestry brocade drapes. I believe the leopard accent will go nicely with it. I am also required by my own creative love nature to make part of my walls framed boxes aka french interior wall moulding style. My head is exploding with design possibilities. Ou, ah.
IMAGES: Goggle images
STYLE: French with bonus modern flair
MS. SMART: I have been thinking about one's home atmosphere. We design our homes to feel a certain way for us to live in. What does your home say about you? What feelings do I want to have as I step through my threshold? A home's interior is a combination of our personal style, taste, loves, comfortably arranged to create our own personal universe. Indeed.
QUOTE: "A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body." -Benjamin Franklin
Books: Bringing Paris Home and Unmistakeably French and The Paris Apartment
LINKS: Leopard wallpaper source and Anthropologie for clothes, decor and lovely ideas.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I love Chanel


I love Chanel - there I said it again.

Settle in, turn up the volume, and feast on this:
Spring Summer 2009 Chanel fashion show

Give in, be hynoptized.
Pretty girls, gorgeous detailed clothes, high style, delightful accents, fancy, swung chains and pearls, always pearls, rich textures, bows, winged shoes, the models faces almost smiling - cherub angels that they are, the music of now and not, all spun under the heaven of the Grand Palais in Paris.
IMAGES: Goggle images
STYLE: Elegant, there, together, very
MS. SMART: One day I will purchase a Chanel suit
QUOTE: "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." -Coco Chanel
LINKS: This cupcake girl did a very nice job with Coco Chanel notes and references another fantasy fashion show - check it wonderful images of Coco's Paris apartment, tidbits of info, luxe champagne metallic carousels of fashion - stuff that fancy dreams are made of.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Day of the Dead






I love this time of year!
I am going to experience the Day of the Dead event at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, this afternoon. Altars, food, music, performances, shrines, creepy, color, shopping, art, people, costumes, kick ass spooky fun day/night

IMAGES: Mine from last year's event
MS. SMART: Sometimes life just leads you places - I love that!
QUOTES: “Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” -Mark Twain
LINKS: Day of the Dead event at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and listen to this, Tarantella, seems fitting for this time of year

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Dining Room Dreaming...



I am thinking that leopard wallpaper would be fine to look at, live with, on a small wall in my dining room area. I want my dining room room fancy. Black chandelier, red chemise gold swirly pattern drapes and the leopard wall. Might go 2/3 wallpaper with crown moulding or full wall. First I was thinking of a stripe pattern, light gold background with thin red and black stripes.

I am totally loving crown mouldings. That whole French interior thing, ou la la.

IMAGES: From my online collection
STYLE: Fancy, fine, elegant, blended, future-past, smart
MS. SMART: I love the Parisian interior mood, design, balance, fullness, uniqueness.
LINKS: Hello ebay and crown mouldings and ceiling medallions and "Fancy Doors" and New Paris Interiors

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Random Shit



1. Judi Dench = good candidate for a female wizard

2. Downtown Detroit is a ghost town.
True story:
Several years back on a vacation to the motherland, I requested a tour through downtown Detroit. I love big cities and that whole skyscraper thing - grand, majestic, powerful, good kickin' energy. However, Detroit was not at home, empty buildings, blocks of empty buildings. Houses and buildings partially torn down, with hot pink and orange walls as art, abandoned. A.K.A. Ghost Town baby. From my mental photo, I can clearly see now what I witnessed that day, an empty block of boarded up forgotten skyscrapers and store fronts, with a single remaining enterprise still taking care of business - Fifi's Wig Hut. It was wood panels nailed over windows with a hand painted sign in black. It was awesome. Fifi was still fighting for Detroit, doing her bit to beautify it one wig at a time. (I love that story.)

3. Contacting companies about bad products or service.
Do you? Or do you suck it up? I have been known to send an evil email or letter from time to time as my hackles warrant. I just sent one to a previously great Mexican restaurant which I had a bad food experience with, food not up to par, Saturday night dinner disappointment. :(

4. Goats have rectangle pupils, it's weird.

5. As far as standard, store bought, candy bars go, Reese's peanut butter cups and Snickers are top on my list.

6. Are business cards dead? Are podcasts or facebook, the new business cards?

7. If you did something and no one you know would ever know that you did it, what would you do? We self-edit because of this or that. Hopefully your edits are not too many. Be free. Let your freak flag fly.

IMAGES: Some dude named Derek in Detroit - his images rock and goggle image search
STYLE: 7
MS. SMART: I had a good day today. Successful work stuff. Went to the dentist. 90-some degrees out. I feel like reading. I miss music and must hook up my stereo soon! I think next year I will travel to Venice, Italy. I love the smell of sweet flowers - honeysuckle, lilacs, tuberose, roses, jasmine, and hyacinths. My mind takes flight...
QUOTES: "Fly's in the buttermilk, Shoo, fly, shoo, Skip to my Lou, my darlin'" -"a popular partner stealing dance from America's frontier period" hee hee and "White collar conservative flashin down the street. Pointin their plastic finger at me, ha! Theyre hopin soon my kind will drop and die but uh. Im gonna wave my freak flag high, high!" -Jimi Hendrix
LINKS: Goat world, who knew? and weirdness and Freak Flag good art and friggin' awesome pancake tattoo and le grande dame' artiste Marita Liula

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Good Day

I had a good day.
I gave two presentations, Life Collage - Focus On You

1. Set a goal.
2. Make a plan to reach your goal.
3. Take the first step.
4. Keep going.
5. Success!

I had the chill relaxing, chakra balancing music going, a PowerPoint of goals (education, family, house, cycling group, cooking class, volunteering, big piles of money, Japan, Paris, Greenland, kids, airplane, scooter, puppy, weight loss, home remodeling, hugging a panda...), magazines, paper, glue sticks, markers, and scissors.












We talked about goals first then went into the collage making, then I held up each collage and had the person tell us about it.

It was fun.
Everyone's collage was unique.
We had giant posters, philosophers, greeting cards on different topics, dreams, ideas, goals, and plenty of self-expression.
My participants were all happy and had fun, focused on themselves, socialized, learned things about each other, relaxed, felt safe to share and went skipping off into the sunset.

It was a good day. I feel happy.

IMAGES: Mine and online
STYLE: Positive vibe, good direction, focused
MS. SMART: Do the Thing!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I love this! It resonates big with me right now in my life.
Promise Yourself:
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to everyone you meet.
To make all your friends feel there is something special in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry,
Too noble for anger,
Too strong for fear,
And too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
(From a friend's Tribe post)
LINKS: How to set goals and Goal stuff and Going back to work goals and Thoughts on goals and David Beckham goal

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fashion - Your Self-Expression Wrapper

Fashion excites me.
Love the collision of colors.
Moved by the textures puzzled together.
Enlightened with the flavors of black.
Your style as prologos*.
Self-expressed.

*The Greek prologos includes the modern meaning of prologue, but is of wider significance, embracing any kind of preface.












STORY: The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen
MS. SMART: Anthropologie - I am loving their stuff. So much style, fun, funky, great details, unique, Frenchness, lifestyle niceties, awesome shit! I wanna live there.
IMAGES: Assorted online searches
QUOTES: “I don't do fashion, I am fashion.” -Coco Chanel and “When in doubt, wear red.” -Bill Blass
LINKS: David Bowie FASHION and Style - a very fresh site and I've propped them before and have to prop them again, Kingdom of Fashion - go there now, fun fun British girls and Polyvore - it's loads of fun and Style - may you find and develop yours and self-expression anyone? Bueller?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Please Hold Handrail...



...the UFO's are coming.

Rumor has it that October 14, 2008 is the day when the aliens make themselves known to us!!! Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! You ready? Got your tin foil outfit together? Moon boots in tow? Light wave transmitter? ESP engaged at full volume? Hooked into ET, the Mothership Connection, Firefly, and Uranus?

What if they come? It will change how we think, live, forever. Cool!

What if they are bad and mean and want to eat us?

What if they are awesome, smart, funny, and filled with love for us?

Keep your head to the skies. Sweet Dreams.

IMAGES: online
QUOTE: "Live long and prosper" - Mr. Spock and "Well, all right! Starchild, Citizens of the Universe, Recording Angels. We have returned to claim the Pyramids. Partying on the Mothership. I am the Mothership Connection. Gettin' down in 3-D. Light year groovin' Well all right, if you hear any noise, it ain't nobody but me and the boys Gettin' down. Hit it fellas!" -PFunk All Stars Mothership Connection
LINKS: Above Top Secret and the Galactic Federation of Light and cast your vote, are they coming or not?!?!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

"The river has its destination"

Hopi Prophecy:
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, "This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate."

I love that thought!



SOURCE: About.com - About Astrology by Molly Hall
IMAGE: Goggle search
STYLE: Fate's fancy
MS. SMART: Your meditative place, the one you unwind to, the one you breathe deep to get there. That place, your solace, bubble, refreshment. You are still there. Only the thoughts you permit, or none at all, as you function on flow. The air - whole, cool, soothing. Nature penetrates. You focus to database this experience to resume later as a mental/spiritual rescue on a hot, racing, "holding handrail" day. You latch to this time, here, now, and store it - sight, sound, feel, sensation.
LINKS: Yosemite and Badlands - Riverside County, CA and wiki speed and this is a great list on trusting yourself.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fancy + Style + Culture

I dig fancy!
The sensual delight and special thrill of it.
Precious, refined items, style, yes style!
Brocades, lames, pearls, gold scrolls, ornate, details, black, wine, cocktails, travel, adventure, music, moldings, sequins, fine crafted leathers, lush velvets, silks so fine you can not feel them when you touch them, dark wood, intriguing color combination, fine china, hand etched crystal, placement, design, furniture, art, sensitive cheese plates, movement, facets, swirls of fabric, moods, museums, affairs, a cup of coffee, words, chandeliers, a life with fancy as companion internal and external...
Fancy couples with culture.
Ya with me?
IMAGES: Online - thank you
STYLE: Lush, provocative, inviting, fancy
MS. SMART: Style is so personal. What do you love? Embrace it, wear it, live it, be it out loud.
WORD: Taste = "the ability to notice, appreciate, and judge what is beautiful, appropriate, or harmonious, or what is excellent in art, music, decoration, clothing, etc." - yourdictionary.com
SOME FANCY I OWN: New York Interiors and Blue Journal and Bright Red Roses and Red Silk Chair and Dark Wood Four Poster Bed




Thursday, October 2, 2008

Life Is Good People

October 2nd, 80 degrees, Pasadena, CA.
So tonight, I worked till the lights went out, 7 PM and then walked home. I stopped off for lobster tacos and then to the drug store for more creepy Halloween lights for my balcony and decorations for worky - yeaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Life is good people.

How you living?

IMAGES: Online into Photoshop
STYLE: Urban hungry
MS. SMART QUOTE: "I feel like I am on vacation everyday living here."
EVENT: Art Night Pasadena - be shuttled to museums in a sea of cultural people all for free, Friday, October 10 - BE THERE!
LINKS: Home slice and the world famous lobster claw harmonica and Rock Lobster B52's and Salvador Dali's infamous phone