Monday, June 29, 2009

Event Diary: CMA East Wing Unveiling and Summer Solstice Party

The Cleveland Museum of Art unveiled the renovation of its east wing—the modern art wing—while celebrating the summer solstice with different pricing for events at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. Of those options, the 10 p.m. event was the one most suitable for my budget, and it ended up being the most appropriate for my interests. The musician playing at that time, Dan Deacon, was one I could get into, playing electronic/party music. At the 10 p.m. event, the older crowd was still perusing the gallery, but there were enough young people to give it a hip, relaxed vibe.
I think the most surprising thing about the event was the fact that when I arrived, parking was free and I had to wait in line, because apparently over 2,000 people showed up to this event. (Way to go Cleveland!) Not only the amount, but also the range of people surprised me—old women wearing scarves, old men wearing suit jackets, young people wearing black framed glasses and converse high tops, as well as some decked out young women in J.Crew dresses and young men in boat shoes and Brooks Brothers button downs.
Apparently, walking around the art museum at night, looking cultured, while wearing your summer’s best, and drinking a cocktail appeals to Clevelanders more than I expected it to.
I quickly found my cocktail—the only way to survive an event solo—and set out for the East Wing.

Instead of being directed to the East Wing, however, I was pointed outside where a fireworks show was about to start and where Dan Deacon was playing in the courtyard. I looked at the stage, but it was empty. I heard music coming from somewhere, and saw Dan Deacon equipped with analog drum machines and vintage electronics completely submersed in a crowd of people jumping up and down to his music. It was funky, somewhat nerdy, like a video game or techno, but surprising and fun. As we waited for the fireworks show, Deacon engaged the crowd in a chant to the sky, asking it not to rain. In a perfectly orchestrated moment, the rain held off, and as the fireworks started, Deacon launched into his next song. 

I joined the circle of jumping people and got pushed into the center of the crowd, but could not even manage to take a picture of Deacon as everyone around me was going crazy.
Outside, the white marble walls, subtle lighting, and people in cocktail attire holding drinks mixed with dancing hipsters made it look more like a rooftop party in Manhattan than an art museum in Cleveland, and it made me want to stay until the party’s end at 2 a.m. The east wing seemed a little less interesting at this point, but curiosity and a need for a refill on my drink brought me back into the museum.
As soon as I stepped into the east wing I noticed that the design and layout, done by Rafael Viñoly, had been updated with an interesting piece of art strategically placed after every corner that made you more and more intrigued by what was in the room to follow. Shiny new flooring and deep blue and starch white walls contrasted each other. It had all of the artists a modern art gallery promises—Warhol, Picasso, Mattise, Pollock, Monet—but also new galleries dedicated to Cleveland artists and photography. A theme could be found in each room, making it easy to tie certain periods and artists together. My heart skipped a beat as I saw several of my favorite paintings arranged in new and different ways. As promised, the gallery provided more room to display more of the museum’s holdings. The event and the renovation should be considered a huge success.

Monday: Friday Movie

It's Monday and I am already thinking about Friday, so feast your eyes on Mr. Depp. He is so cool. If you receive Vanity Fair you have already seen his charming smile on the front cover and have possibly read the article on him and his new movie, Public Enemies.

(Photo via Vanity Fair)

Friday, June 26, 2009

The King of Pop

For all of you who choreographed dances to his hits like Thriller and Black or White (Shamon!) or have one or two of his more emotional ballads on your iPod like Will You Be There or Man in the Mirror, here is one of my favorite upbeat classics. Also, here is a little Cleveland history: Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Once as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1997 and then again in 2001 as a solo artist.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Trend analyzed: Preppy

Various fashion sources have been saying that preppy is here for another turn in the trend cycle. In some circles I believe it has never left. But what I have noticed, and I believe I formulated this idea after reading a column in GQ, which I can no longer locate, is that it has extended past the ivy leaguers and people of that stereotype and has now found itself on everyone from hipster to librarian in its wake. I don't know where those generalities came from. (Sorry, I am not trying to insult anyone.) And as this article from the New York Times points out it seems to have taken its course in Japan as well. In any case, once something becomes a trend, you can bet that it will be mass produced in stores, making it affordable and easy to acquire. Here is my polyvore creation of an affordable preppy look. It may not have as much zest as Take Ivy, but everyone has already seemed to put there own spin on it anyways.

NPR Story: Dressing up at work again

According to Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway, workers are dressing better at work to avoid getting the boot in these uncertain times. I am happy to say I have always followed the advice that you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have. But that doesn't mean that business casual should be completely thrown out the window. More importantly, I think people should dress appropriately for the situation. Some people just don't need to wear a suit to work everyday based on their profession. Kellaway blames the creative revolution in the workplace for the recently lax dress codes in offices. Listen to the NPR interview here.

(Photo via, Donna Karan Fall 2009)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A good follow

I want to share with you a blogger who I believe is a good one to follow. Maegan has good outfit posts and DIY projects, including this DIY Christian Louboutin Petal Sandal. Very creative.

Outfit inspiration

I don't know what the feeling is behind the photo. "I'm lost", "I'm confused", "I'm Italian", but I do know that I wish I could wear that dress everyday.

(Photo via Garance Dore)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fan of: Bill Cunningham

If you are a regular reader of the New York Times, especially the style section, you certainly know who Bill Cunningham is. He is the cheery looking man on a bicycle who photographs people. He loves people watching even more than I do. I was listening to his latest audio slideshow on the comfortable "American classic", the cardigan, and its appearances everywhere in New York City (his forecast is that it is here to stay through the fall and winter months), and I got curious. I searched the NYTimes Web site and found this article about how he got his start. I also found this picture of him, most likely at some event, taking pictures of the fashionable and important in New York. I just love his photographs and his interpretation of the trends. His audio slideshows are so charming.

Summer is here!

It is officially summer, made apparent by the fact that everything from my hair to my clothes feels frizzy. It is already about 70 degrees outside, and it is not even noon yet. The forecast says it will be reaching 80 degrees by 3 p.m.
How was your weekend? How was your father's day? I will be filling you in on the Summer Solstice party and the unveiling of the new East Wing at the Cleveland Museum of Art later on in the week. The peeps at the art museum really know how to throw a good party. Until then look at this cute dog.

(Photo via Elle Decor)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Enjoy your weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? I am taking it easy before the craziness begins in July (weddings, vacation, fourth of july celebrations, and my birthday of course!). I am going to settle in and watch the Graduate this weekend. I have never seen it from beginning to end.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cheap of the week: Colorful Pencil Skirt

This skirt is work appropriate for those of us in the creative industry. It is knee length so it's not too revealing, and it adds that nice pop of color. It is only $15.80 at Forever 21 and is 57% linen, 25% rayon, 18% cotton, lining 100% polyester. It is dry clean only. I would take it in yellow or orange.

Monday, June 15, 2009

This weekend

We put on our high heels and LBDs (except for the bride-to-be, who wore a sexy white cocktail dress) and went out for a night on the town. We started with dinner at East 4th's Zocalo, a trip to the Powerhouse Male Review, and ended the night on West 6th. The Velvet Tango Room's roof deck was especially refreshing in the summer air but packed to the brim.
It was my first bachelorette party as a bridesmaid, and I had a lot of questions about what people would bring as gifts. What do you usually give at a bachelorette party? I know lingerie or gag gifts are usually the way to go, but do you have a go-to that is fun and interesting? 

Friday, June 12, 2009

Global photographer

While perusing the 18th Annual Beachwood-Lyndhurst Art Festival at Legacy Village this past weekend, I came across some photography that really caught my eye. Under the name Zim Photography, this artist has been from the beachy coastline of Cape Cod to the ancient temples of Camdodia. Here are some of the shots.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer reading list

Lake with no name by Diane Wei Liang
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller

These are the books I would like to bring to the beach with me this summer. I love any kind of historical non-fiction, books on psychology, and any book that just sounds like an intriguing story. What are the books you'd like to read to this summer?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

J.Crew new arrivals review

One of my favorite things I saw from the new arrivals at J.Crew this time is this oxford tunic shirt. It seems so simple, but in my mind, it really dresses up a pair of shorts. It could carry into the fall with a pair of skinny jeans and achieves that casual/dressy look. At $59.50, I will hold off until the price goes down, but maybe looking at something so simple yet versatile is part of my new mind set to buy quality clothes over quantity and I should follow that instinct?

Pier W

My dear, dear Cleveland, there is one thing you don't have and that's an adequate amount of bars and restaurants lakeside.

In our eternal search for eateries along a body of water, we asked our friend, who is like google and a GPS combined, where we could eat lakeside. He told us about a place called Pier W in Lakewood. It's completely out of the way behind a high-rise apartment building, so if you didn't know about it, then you may never find it.

The restaurant is anchored into the side of a cliff reaching over the lake, so we couldn't have been closer to our holy grail. Windows that are almost floor to ceiling lined every wall. The interior is just as nice as the view, with white tablecloths and a flower at every table. Some parts kind of looked like a cruise ship. It had its moments of fake marble and a blue-lit bar, but besides that it looked very nice.

The fear I had going in was that because of its prime location, the food might not be set to as high a standard, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was.

I went with the pre-fixe menu and for $29.99 I got mussels in an amazing tomato and wine broth, a beef filet, and vanilla crème brûlée with fresh berries.

Everything was delicious, and I am definitely thinking about going back for the happy hour.

P.S. The roof of the restaurant serves as an observation deck to look out over the water. It's great for spotting boats.

Monday, June 8, 2009

This weekend

We rented the movie, Happy Go Lucky. I thought it was really cute and funny. Sally Hawkins is just plain....cute. 

Friday, June 5, 2009

Dinner and a Movie

We are seeing the Hangover this weekend and trying a new (for us) restaurant  in Tremont. I can't wait to see this, it looks absolutely hilarious. 

It's Friday!!!!

I am down with the mood of this image from the Spring catalogue of J.Crew. Especially the part about gelato and stilettos. I am sooo excited for the weekend!!—especially if the weather holds out. What are your plans?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Old time silver screen hunk

I just finished reading Breakfast at Tiffany's, and I can't stop thinking about George Peppard. He is my old time silver screen crush. It was fun to look at his IMDB page and read that he was also in Matlock and the A-Team. Go to my other blog for an Audrey-inspired look.

Meg Ryan loves the French shirt too!

Even our little Meggy Poo loves the French shirt. This looks very similar to the L.L. Bean one.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The French Shirt

Ok, so I have been pining for the French sailor shirt for such a long time, and I could never find one that looked right. I tried the obvious stores (Gap, Old Navy, J.Crew) just because I thought the striped shirt would be so easy to imitate and any kind of stripe is so hot right now. For some reason some of these stores thought it would be a good idea to modernize it with bright stripes. Blah! I hated the shirts I found. This L.L. Bean shirt for $34.50 is the closest imitation to the actual shirt and much more affordable and easy to obtain.

TV musings

I have to ask, has anyone been watching the bachelorette? I don’t usually watch these attempts at matchmaking, but my sister was watching it, and I decided to tune in. I didn’t know what I thought would happen when you put 16 men in a house together. I didn’t really expect there to be much drama like you see with the girls on the bachelor, backstabbing their way to the top. And at first it seemed that the men were just being men, even calling each other by nickname and fraternizing in the hot tub with their vodka tonics. But, then one of them (David?) freaks out because Juan has decided to take up his time with Jillian. The aftermath was hilarious. David rounded up the other guys to form some kind of mutiny against Juan. And I am pretty sure the term Cheese A** was thrown out there. Ridiculous. I was just wondering if anyone else had seen it and found it as amusing as I did. Also, did anyone watch Conan last night? It's too late for my bed time.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Houseboat!!!

After seeing this on A Cup of Jo, and reading some of the comments, I remembered my love of the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. I wonder who owns it. Apparently it was for sale last year for $2.5 million. I was so fascinated by a house on water when I first saw this movie as a child. I would love to own this house now. 

007 like you've never seen him before

This is just silly

The sequin dress

I'm not normally into the flashy, Cher/Vegas look, but I think a simple sequin dress looks more subtle at night, especially in the summer. 

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

Details: Banana Republic Sweater (Similar) / Gap Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Ten Thousand Villages Necklace Well, it's officially ...