Thought for a lifetime

Einstein made the very important observation that " Imagination is more important than knowledge ".

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit

FIDM, 919 South Grand Ave, LA .
At the lovely Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising ( FIDM )
their gallery is currently exhibiting costumes from 22 movies released in 2014.

Hours are 10am-5pm Tuesdays thru Saturdays
The exhibit ends on April 26.
FREE admission :)

Every year for the past 22 years FIDM has not disappointed 
in the caliber and variety of the costumes from top grossing films.
This year continues the excellence with amazing costumes from
sci-fi fantasy to wonderfully historical.

All four films nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for 
best costumes are represented... 

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American Hustle; designer Michael Wilkinson

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The Invisible Woman; designer Michael O'Conner

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The Grandmaster; designer William Chang Suk Ping

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12 Years A Slave; designer Patricia Norris

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The Great Gatsby
Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Costume
designer Catherine Martin 

Catherine Martin accepting her Academy Award

Viewing the actual costumes is always very interesting.
Film is an edited illusion and reality is often different.
From the fabrics to the construction techniques to the size and stature ( or not ) of the actors
it is an enjoyable glimpse into movie magic.

And if you travel to LA for the
Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit
do not overlook a small gallery off the main exhibit…
this small gallery has a constantly revolving selection of items from
The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection

Currently 10 wedding gowns from the 19th-century are on display.
I've also seen 18th century hats and accessories, beaded party dresses from the 1920s
and it's always a pleasant surprise.

Desert display at Bottega Louie, 700 South Grand Ave, LA 90017

And I would be remiss if I did not divulge that two blocks from FIDM
is a culinary wonderland called
Bottega Louie

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Stretching your $$

$12.50 for four elastic bands at J Crew

These stretchy elastic bands that my girlies and I frequently wear on our wrists 
( and wear even more frequently in our hair ) 
are extremely popular AND extremely over-priced.

How over-priced became very clear when
I was wearing an elastic band while touring Britex Fabrics 
and the guide pointed out that the exact same elastic was for sale… 
$1.99 a yard.
I bought a yard each of four different colors
and each yard yielded 4 bands.

 I cut the elastic, 
girlie singed the edges so they would not fray,

and other girlie tied the ends into knots.

The missing bands are already on our wrists and hair

Within 5 minutes we had 16 stretchy elastic bands at a cost of 50 cents per band…
which still seems a little over-priced :)