bolshoi 10 June, 2012

Ask and you shall receive and sometimes received BIG, in my case “Bolshoi” BIG. Just when I brought up being spontaneous, I managed to get 2 tickets to one of 5 sold-out performances of Swan Lake by Bolshoi Theater in LA … the night before the show. The newly-born spontaneity guru in me is having blast, the planner in me is terrified of me almost missing the one performance I was dying to see for a long time due to lack of organization and proper scheduling.

Needless to say, the performance was magnificent: immaculate techniques and out-of-worldly grace and elegance of the dancers; lavish costumes and, of course, the Music so powerful and consuming. Everything came together for a one in a life time experience.  Juxtaposition of love and  fate, beauty and passion, light and dark totally transfers you to a surreal world of imagination.

I give this one to the planner girl, I wish I had time to savor the anticipation a little bit more. May be one day (when I grow up:), I’ll actually get to experience this ultimate perfection of art on the home field, t.e. The Bolshoi Theater. After the remodel, it looks simply stunning. Quite an experience of its own.

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cannes edition 4 June, 2011

With the summer finally here, the vacation thoughts start creeping into the head whether you want it or not. And all of the latest Cannes-abomination doesn’t help at all. I flipped through the red carpet images (with the healthy dose of jealousy, I must say) and picked a few note-worthy looks. Now I know what to wear to the red carpet (when I finally get my invitation in the mail) – the deep blues! Long or short, they just bedazzle against the bright red!

…on the other hand, nude and pale colors work just as well if you have a proper sun-tan to pull it off. Ah, next year…for sure.

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oscar’s greenroom 26 February, 2011

I know you all are probably excited for the tomorrow’s Oscar show, so I decided to look behind the curtains into the Greenroom. Each year, AD selects a noted designer to transform a raw space into a backstage oasis for presenters and winners alike on Hollywood’s biggest night. This year, interior designer Michael S. Smith—who was appointed in 2010 by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House—is the man for the job.

And this is what we got…
I mean…really? Well, it’s well done traditional space, but we talking about HOLLYWOOD and OSCARS!
C’mon, step it up a notch! After flipping through previous installations, I wasn’t impressed either.
81st Annual Academy Awards Greenroom by Stephen Shadley, 2009
80th Annual Academy Awards Greenroom by Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Co, 2008
78th Annual Academy Awards Greenroom by Roy and Dorothy Christopher, 2006

So is it me or you’ve also expected something MORE…?

malibu wines 18 February, 2011

Still doubting whether or not should I disclose the best kept secret place in LA. I wish I could keep it all to myself. Malibu Wines winery is just perfect in all ways: it is a little quite place away from the hustle of the city, with live music on the weekends and delicious wine list. So we went there on yet another sunny California weekend (sorry East Coast for bragging), this time to celebrate my hubby’s B-day with a little picnic.

My favorite yellow truck, I would totally drive it if I lived in a countryside.

Since they sell only wine there, we brought some snacks and I set up a picnic table

Everybody loved my little newspaper pockets filled with popcorn, veggie chips, fruit and nuts.

We had such an amazing and relaxing time. Can’t wait for the rain to be over so we could go again.

Thanks to my dear friend for taking such lovely pictures. Great memories!


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