At Home with Monsters

Happy Labor Day, everyone! Aren’t Monday holidays just the absolute best?

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Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to view Guillermo Del Toro’s exhibition, At Home With Monsters at LACMA. The exhibition runs through November 27, so I’d recommend viewing the exhibit before it’s too late. Tickets sell out quickly, so we reserved a time slot online in order to ensure that we’ll get in. LACMA members get in for free, but those who aren’t members must pay $25 for the special exhibition, which also includes general admission.

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The exhibition was held in the Art of Americas building, which is one one of my favorite spaces in LACMA. Previously, Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s was also exhibited in the space, so I loved seeing the varying ways that LACMA utilizes that space. At Home with Monsters was organized in winding pathways and smaller sectioned off rooms, almost as if you are walking through a maze-like home. If you looked through certain openings in the walls, you’d be able to see sculptures glancing back at you.

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The exhibition featured pieces from Guillermo Del Toro’s personal collection, sketches, costumes, and clips from his films, as well as pieces from LACMA’s collection. The artworks on view were all great; I really appreciated that many etchings from LACMA’s collection were put on display right alongside del Toro’s collection, such as Disney concept art, life sized figures of writers and horror characters, and other items. Displaying older etchings next to contemporary works allows audiences to view them in a completely new, and rather untraditional context. Some of the items that were brought over from del Toro’s Bleak House included a life-sized statue of Edgar Allan Poe reading.a gothic inspired chair, and life sized sculptures of Frankenstein and his Bride.

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While I enjoyed the exhibition – as much as I was able to see from it – I do believe that there were too many pieces to completely appreciate the exhibition from one visit. When viewing any museum or exhibition, one shouldn’t try to see everything the museum has to offer. Often times, people can get overwhelmed and quickly forget most of the things they saw. Instead, if guests pay attention to a few key pieces, the experience would seem more fulfilling.

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At Home With Monsters looked aesthetically pleasing, almost like trying to recreate a wunderkammer, Cabinet of Curiositywhich I genuinely appreciated. However, there was an overwhelming amount of artworks, comics, sculptures, costumes, and film clips,  most of which I felt like I missed out on. Not only was there an overabundance of pieces in the show, but the exhibit was overcrowded. While LACMA’s efforts at crowd control are undeniable, it was impossible to get to see certain pieces that I really wanted to.

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Lately, I feel as if LACMA  has become the Disneyland of museums. Featuring blockbuster exhibitions such as this are great ways of bringing in new audiences to see museums, but the overwhelming amount of pieces, combined with the number of people there to view the exhibit means that exhibitions are no longer for single day visits. Guests must now visit the exhibition more than once to firstly see the whole exhibit, let alone understand anything from it.

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I know I’ll definitely have to visit the exhibition again, but luckily I get to see it for free, because I can’t imagine having to pay $25 admission plus $12 parking every time I want to see an exhibition. Paying for museum admission is a bit strange to me, as I firmly believe that museums should be free and always open to the public for entertainment and education, but charging $25 is absolutely preposterous! But alas, what can we do! LACMA knows how to cash in on things that people want to see, and they’re really good at it.

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For this museum trip, I wore my Glamour Ghoul dress in black and white stripes, minus the peplum. Since I got the dress from the yardsale, it didn’t come with the detachable peplum. However, since I’m a fan of wiggle dresses, I have no problem wearing it as is without the peplum! I paired it with my burgundy coffin purse from Tatyana boutique and simple black heels.

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing
Purse: Tatyana
Shoes: Sidecca

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Palm Springs Art Museum

Happy Monday, lovely readers!

I’m so excited to finally publish this post on the Palm Springs Art Museum and the most perfect outfit for it by Le Bomb Shop!

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For those of you who know me, you know that I love Palm Springs. If I could choose someplace to live in the US aside from Los Angeles and a ghost town (yes, ghost towns are options for me), it would be Palm Springs. Sure, the heat can be unbearable, but I love the atmosphere! No trip to Palm Springs can be complete without a trip to the Palm Springs Art Museum.

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They have a wonderful collection of contemporary and modern art, Mesoamerican, Native American, and Arts of the West. Alongside the permanent collection, they also feature temporary and rotating exhibitions. The space itself is absolutely wonderful and includes some great contrasting  walls of natural stone, similar to that outside of the museum. They provide a very interesting blend of contemporary architecture and raw materials, reminiscent of the rocky mountains behind the beautiful museum.

During our trip, they were displaying Contemporary Glass and A Passionate Eye: The Weiner Family Collection. I am not too familiar with contemporary glass art, so I was thankful I had the opportunity to experience and learn more about glassmaking techniques through the exhibition.

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I was also very thrilled to experience artworks by so many modern artists I adore, including Alexander Calder, Jean Arp, Amedeo Modigliani, and numerous others. If I ever had the money to purchase artworks by art legends, this would be the collection I’d want to own.

The truth is, I can see works by these artists at other museums as well. They may not be the same artworks, but I can experience their works elsewhere. But what makes each of these exhibitions so special, aside from experiencing other works by these artists, is the curatorial choices behind them. In the case of the Weiner Family Collection, we must also pay attention to their collection methods as well, and the way that the artworks coexist with one another within the collection.

Every experience at a museum is unique to the individual and how you choose to experience the artworks.

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Louise Bourgeois, Spider II, 1995Bronze, Wall Piece, Edition 4/6

For my trip to the Palm Springs Art Museum, I chose to wear my Marilyn Monroe Pop Art skirt and the Norma Jean top from Le Bomb Shop. I was very inspired to wear something honoring Marilyn Monroe because she is such an important figure in Palm Springs. For the longest time, Palm Springs was home to a larger-than-life statue of Marilyn Monroe, by artist Seward Johnson, in her infamous white dress from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

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John Seward Johnson II, Forever Marilyn, 2011.

In addition, since we were going to an art museum, it was also perfect that the skirt was inspired by the famous Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol.

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Andy Warhol, Untited from Marilyn Monroe, 1967.

The skirt is super comfortable and includes a very thin lining underneath, which makes it perfect to wear in the Palm Springs heat. The material of the skirt is very lightweight and structured enough to wear without a petticoat. I knew I wouldn’t be able to wear layers of petticoats underneath my skirts at Palm Springs, so this was perfect to give me the fullness I desire in skirts without the layers of petticoats.

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The skirt is rather short. I’m 5’2″ with short legs but the skirt hits me at my knee. This is usually a little bit out of my comfort zone, but the style of the skirt gave the illusion of long legs. So, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU LE BOMB SHOP! To be honest, I actually loved this skirt so much I even got the comic book print, which reminded me of Roy Lichtenstein’s works.

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Now, the Norma Jean top is seriously out of my comfort zone. I don’t feel fully comfortable exposing my back because of my birthmark. However, when I saw it on Miss Lark Bahar, I was tempted to try it out! I purchased the black and I was hesitant to put it on at first. However, after experimenting with the millions of ways to wear it, I fell in love. I used my bullet bra pads with the top in order to feel a little more comfortable going out without a bra. It worked out perfectly and the style of the top helped give the illusion of a narrower waist. It’s a wonderful piece and I’m so glad I took the risk and bought it! You can always change the way you wear it, which means you pretty much get 5 or so different tops for the price of one! I keep experimenting with it and always finding new ways of wearing it. I really need this in so many more colors!

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I also paired the outfit with my Bettie Page heels and the 1922 Blood Red lipstick by Besame Cosmetics. You can’t ever go wrong with these two brands!

Outfit Details:
Top and skirt: Le Bomb Shop
Shoes: Bettie Page
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics

Dapper Day at LACMA

Happy Monday, lovely readers!

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Last Friday was Dapper Day at LACMA. Usually I prefer to stay home on Fridays. I usually get very lazy with hair, makeup, and outfits on Fridays so staying home is a great option. Although I considered skipping this Dapper Day event, I’m so glad I went. After all, I couldn’t miss out on a museum trip, free jazz, and seeing so many dapper ladies and gents!

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Dapper Day at LACMA was a full day event with docent led tours of Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015, picnic on LACMA’s lawn, followed by a jazz concert featuring Sasha’s Bloc. Unfortunately due to work I wasn’t able to make it to the docent-led tours of the exhibition, but I did have the opportunity to view the exhibition on my own later.

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Reigning Men featured men’s fashion from the eighteenth century to contemporary times, challenging the notion that fashion is “feminine.” The exhibition displayed historical pieces of fashion, such as a smoking suit, and the contemporary designer’s work who was inspired by the garment. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, among others, were displayed alongside historical pieces pulled out of LACMA’s own collection.

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The exhibition was quite comprehensive and divided into multiple sections, such as East/West cross-cultural influences, Uniforms, and standards of beauty and fashion for men. I loved that I had the opportunity to view the evolution of men’s fashion, especially since there isn’t as much attention put on the history of menswear. I’ve included some memorable pieces from the exhibition here for you to enjoy!

For this Dapper Day, I decided to wear one of my favorite vintage pieces. The dress is from late 50s/60s and made of Italian silk dupioni. It’s such a beautiful cut and has small roses across the bodies. I absolutely fell in love with the dress as soon as I saw it.

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I paired the dress with my silver Bettie Page shoes that I got off a Zulily sale. I’ve ordered from Zulily twice now and both times it’s been very successful. Bettie Page shoes are one of the most comfortable brands I own. To be honest, I don’t have any accessories to match this dress, but I’m on the hunt for them! I’m just glad I had these silver shoes in my closet because they’re the only light colored shoes I own.

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I don’t have a purse to match the dress either, so I just took a black purse from Pinup Couture, although ideally I’d have held a lucite purse if I could afford one.

Although my mis-matched purse was on my mind and I was quite exhausted, I still had a wonderful time. Sasha’s Bloc was great and we got a chance to try a couple of drinks specifically for the event.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage from Ghost Rabbits Vintage
Shoes: Bettie Page Shoes

 

 

Museum Mondays: the MONA

Happy Monday, and Happy Independence Day, America!

Since its museum Monday and Independence Day, I had a special visit to the Museum of Neon Art to see some great pieces of American neon and commercial history + a rather fitting outfit!

On Friday, to mark the beginning of the July 4th weekend, I decided to debut the brand new Renee dress in royal blue and head out to the Museum of Neon Art at their new, permanent location in Glendale, CA.

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I paired my Renee dress with my white and red Cosette petticoats from Malco Modes for a surprise pop of patriotism, put on my royal blue headband from Doll Me Up, Inc, a pair of red flats and my trusty Kate Spade purse in red.

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I had received my Renee dress a couple of days earlier. I absolutely love how the Renee looks on everyone, but I was self conscious because I had to bare some skin   Initially, I wasn’t comfortable at all. But since my man loved the dress so much, he convinced me to keep it. Honestly, I don’t think he’s ever loved a dress as much as he loved the Renee. Not that I need a mans approval, but this was the first time he paid so much attention to a day dress I got.

The dress is made from a beautiful cotton sateen, so it provides a luxurious look with a comfortable feel. There’s no need for a bra because there’s ample amount of padding. Depending on how you style the dress, it can completely fit the theme you’re going for. This was perfect as anIndependence Day Weekend kick off dress!

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Ideally, I match my outfit to the theme of the museum or a specific artwork the museum carries. So since I’d rather be in a potato sack than a neon outfit, I thought my “All American” look would match the aura of the vintage American neon signs the museum carries.

The Museum of Neon Art was established in 1981 but since then has had multiple locations. Its current location, I believe, is permanent. It’s so exciting that Glendale finally has a museum of its own – with the exception of the Brand Library and Arts Center, there was a definite lack in the arts.

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The museum is rather small, but they have done a wonderful job of preserving and displaying vintage neon signs. In addition to the vintage signs, MONA also exhibited the photographs of Instagram artists who, through social media, are preserving the historically significant neon signs all across the world. The wonderful docent at the museum told me they will also be featuring works by contemporary neon artists in order to show the history as well as the contemporary interpretations of neon art. This is fascinating to me – they not only preserve museum signs physically, but they do so digitally through the help of other artists and neon sign geeks.

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During my visit, three employees were working on restoring two signs, both of which I immediate recognized. The first was the Lanz neon sign from the 1950s Beverly Hills store front, and the second was the 1958 Bowl sign from Holiday Bowl in Crenshaw. I was absolutely thrilled to see Lanz and Holiday Bowl being restored because they’re both such iconic signs!

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In addition,  they had the 1928 Eagle Rock Public Library Sign, the Zodiac Room, Dale’s, and Papoo’s Hot Dog from 1949. Also in their collection but not yet on display is the one and only Brown Derby restaurant sign from the early 1930s. I’ll definitely be returning to see that legendary sign once it’s up! Fun fact: the Cobb Salad was invented at the Brown Derby!

Museum of Neon Art is definitely a gem. I asked about educational programming, [a girl can’t resist] and they did mention that they will be having workshops where you’ll learn how to create your own neon art. That is brilliant and I can’t wait to sign up!

So have a happy Fourth of July, everyone!

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing
Petticoats: Malco Modes
Head Scarf: Doll Me Up, Inc
Shoes: Baldi Shoes
Purse: Kate Spade, NY

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