i had endured the l.a. traffic just to see her - the iconic wrap dress exhibit by diane von furstenberg. Her show did make up for the one that alexander mcqueen did only in new york - savage beauty.
i still remember those wrap dresses worn by most of my high school teachers. Back then i did not care much about it or fashion for that matter. I just remember them being too ubiquitous but rather light and flowy and women loved wearing them almost everyday. Even my mom and aunt wore them!
as a design and fashion enthusiast my experience during my visit to the exhibit was a fashion sensory overload! Those patterns and colors still stand the test of time. Today, the wrap dress has become a classic staple for women of all career and the exhibit celebrates the defining moment that is diane von furstenberg.
i took the opportunity to showcase a green concept in the workplace - a vertical garden in the showroom. It was fashioned out of two hanging metal shoe racks. I did not have any single pair of shoe to use as props. The solution - re-merchandised succulent boxes sideways mimicking a living wall of greenery!
The Gingerbread House, A Children's Tale
Once upon a time in Cookieland there was a cookiedough father and mother named Tan-ta and Nan-ta. Nan-ta and Tan-ta had seven munchkins. One day Tan-ta went up to the silver sky to gather some sparkling stars.
"Uh oh!" Nan-ta said, "Who's going to build the gingerbread house?"
Then she called on her seven munchkins.
Here comes Emchkin bringing the floor for the gingerbread house.
Here comes Nonchkin bringing the door for the gingerbread house.
Here comes Ninchkin briniging the wall for the gingerbread house,
Here comes Donchkin bringing the window for the gingerbread house.
Here comes Menchkin bringing the roof for the gingerbread house.
Here comes Denchkin bringing the chimney for the gingerbread house.
Here comes Ronchkin bringing the fence for the gingerbread house.
All the seven munchkins have come to build the gingerbread house.
Up went the floor of the gingerbread house.
Up went the door of the gingerbread house.
Up went the wall of the gingerbread house.
Up went the window of the gingerbread house.
Up went the roof of the gingerbread house.
Up went the chimney of the gingerbread house.
Up went the fence of the gingerbread house.
All the seven munchkins have come hungry after they built the gingerbread house.
"Uh oh!" Nan-ta said, "What's going to feed my seven munchkins?"
Soon the sparkling stardusts from the silver sky started sprinkling on the roof of the gingerbread house.
Here comes Nan-ta with a big bowl of sweet yummy purple yam for the seven munchkins.
And they all eat happily ever after... in the gingerbread house!
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merry christmas to janis, trisha, j d,
sheila, cameron, rhoda, jonathan,
arianna, keiana and maya,
and to all the munchkins!
i was surprised to see some photographic exhibits at the japanese garden worthy of a fashion magazine front cover.
on my recent visit to the mingei, i came across one of the sculptures displayed on the pedestal. It pulled me like a magnet and came closer to it. I looked at it at every angle for a little while and the last thing i did was took a closer look at the name of the artist. Yoonchung Kim. I immediately remembered she was my ceramics professor back in college and whom i learned from the ancient method of japanese clay firing - the raku. I considered her as one of the best art teachers. Thank you professor Kim.