Books on Deck: Beauty, Art, and an Aristocrat

More books on deck of wealthy, stylish people and crazy actresses of Hollywood’s golden age. Are you surprised?

This book coming out is like Christmas and my birthday combined. I had always wished for Karl to have a newsletter, and this is as close as it gets. No photos, sadly, but still has fun quotes. I follow his cat on Twitter… so, clearly I’m biased.

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I’m searching for this one to pick up, so far she gets married a lot, is a crappy mom, and the lawsuits are here, there, and everywhere. Only interesting thing so far is her relationship with designer Charles James.

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Poor thing, and she’s been on a no carb diet since the day she arrives in Hollywood and is suicidal (I would be if I couldn’t eat carbs anymore). I think she turns out okay in the end.

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Miss Barbara Hutton went on a diet at Miss Porter’s School (Gene also attended there) eating nothing but biscuits and coffee. That doesn’t sound half bad! I haven’t cracked this open yet, but this is a random fact I know for some reason.

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Excited to read this, a fellow CalArts alum who also paints in a way that isn’t preplanned. Of course, one who is not born a woman will automatically have a better art career than one who is.

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British aristocracy? Yes please! Especially after this interview. I’m glad this memoir only goes up to when she’s 24 or there about, as I don’t care about David Hicks very much.

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A lot of things I already knew, but so far, a few I didn’t. I quick read as I’m already half-way through it, but you know how I am about anything Joan Crawford. I love that it’s called a “divine feud”.

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Thanks Ohio City and Deering Vintage!

So very thrilled to have a full page of my art in The Plain Dealer !

And a big thanks to everyone who came to Deering Vintage last night! We sold a few things off the walls, but the work will remain up for a few weeks. We sold out of both catalogues, but if you would like to purchase them online, they are available here and here.

And don’t for get next Friday (the 13th!) at Deering is the big sale of The Sisters’ estate. Boy, did these women love to shop for designer brands! Don’t miss it for the accessories alone. It is also the Tremont Art Walk that night too, so get out!

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(Nina, 5×7″ oil on panel)

Chic, and Somewhat Literate

My cats are chewing the spines of my books — uncle Milkshake (RIP) pre-chewed many and so they think this ok — however, rather than deal with another book shelf that bows or is ugly, I’m trying to come up with some stacking solutions that look nice but are practical. And, you wouldn’t believe how many books I sold or gave away in our last move!

I was going to sort them by color, but then the subjects are all out of place and I’d like the widest and heaviest on the bottom. I’m always told I have the library of an “old queen”, or a Drag Queen.  I guess either suits me just fine! Make no mistake, I’ve forged many friendships thanks to my library.

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Yes, I have a Joan Crawford problem! (not pictured: the Joan Crawford paper doll book)

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Here is my profile on Goodreads.com if you would like to see my ratings.

I don’t like writing lengthy reviews of any sort, someone can pay me to do that! Not to mention, I’m not a huge fan of fiction.

Art and Fashion in Ohio City!

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Deering Vintage and Cooperative Press present a stylish evening of art, fashion, and vintage finds…with me!

Save the date: Friday, September 6th from 5pm to 8pm

This will be a mini art show as well as a signing of my book and my art catalog, “Ephemeral Antidotes”. Come shop, sip, and learn more about my upcoming fashion illustration classes that I’m, finally, doing for adults (starting October 1st, $75 for 4 weeks). And if you’ve ever been to Deering Vintage, you know the accessories alone are amazing!

View the Facebook invite here.

 

Group Art Show: The Dress Says It All

Opening on Friday, July 5th @ BAYarts is “The Dress Says It All” group show featuring myself, Christi Burchfield, Liz Maugans,  Judy Takacs Pendergast, Sara Curry and many more.

Here is my piece all framed, but you’ll have to see the show or buy a catalog to see the story I wrote for her…

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and here is one of my students this summer who copied it as part of her class assignment!

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Prints are available of her, too.

Trench Coats, Book Covers, and Portraits in L.A.

I am featured on The Style Letters, all about spring wardrobe choices  — it finally is looking like spring — and my love of trench coats. Also the story of my new Dolce & Gabbana trench.

My husband, Ben Vendetta, has his debut novel coming out later this year. He can’t decide on a cover, so he is asking people to vote for their favorite over here at the Elephant Stone site. It takes place in 1985 and there are slutty goths, stupid jocks, thrills, pills, and Bobby Gillespie! So based on that, go over and select your favorite design!

I couldn’t go, but family and friends took some photos from the reception at WWA Gallery for “Eye Candy” in L.A., the show is up now, so go check it! Cartwheel did a little recap as well.

See, no more sad posts about my health or videos of my family that make people cry (sorry about that).

Shoes*Socialites*Patrons*Gluttony: My Book List

Here are a list of some books I’ve enjoyed over the past year (there were plenty I didn’t care for) and thought they’d make good gifts for anyone interested in culture, art, vapid socialites, decor, history, and so forth.

The Louboutin monograph. Jesus! It’s huge, and covers all of his collections. It has a photo spread done by David Lynch, and is a piece of work itself. It weighs a ton!

If you can get a used copy of his full diaries, do it, but if you are a foodie and like history, this slim little book will do just fine. Mr. Pepys has a habit of over eating and being hungover quite often, it’s amazing he was able to do the amount of work he did!

Debra Shriver does what I wish I could do: lives part-time in New Orleans. This is a charming travel guide as much as it is a photographic journey through the restoration and decoration of her French Quarter home. There are some recipes in there, too!

A bit of a biography on Vreeland and all of her cohorts, and full layouts of Harper’s Bazaar they were scanned directly from the books.

A monster of a book with a brief bio of just about everyone! It is divided into categories like the old money, new money, patrons, artists, fashion designers, models, and so on. Famous photos, places they lived, and even scrap books.

Detailing the lives and rivalry between Karl Lagerfeld and Yves St. Laurent (although it goes into YSL a lot more), includes afterword and reaction from Kaaarl.

I bought this thinking it was a catalog for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This massive tome is a history of the wealthy collecting art and antiquities; but mostly those who built their own museums in America, and the process of acquiring: Huntington, Frick, Barnes, and so on.

Told by the current heir and holder of Knole, the largest great house in England. It goes into the history and geneology of this family and their circles; Samuel Pepys and Virginia Woolf make appearances among other famous scribes. Really it illustrates the decline of the British aristocracy, the problems primogeneture causes, and how holding on to a birthright is not a sustainable business.

Fashion Illustration at BAYarts in June

Remember to register your kids ages 9 and up for my fashion illustration class at BAYArts this June. You can register and get more info here. If you have girls that are into Project Runway, I recommend it. I’ve always been amazed at what some of my past students have done.

Learn fashion and garment illustration skills. Through drawing assignments and demonstrations, you will learn to create poses, render textiles and patterns, as well as create your own “collection”.
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You can view old and new illustrations of mine over on Pinterest. It’s been kind of fun doing new ones!

Fall Fashion Illustration Class

Open registration has begun for my Fashion Illustration class at Bay Arts on Tuesdays this fall. This is a 5 week course for ages 10 and up, so all you Cleveland area people with fashion forward kids who love to draw, well, this is for you. My last two classes got to capacity and then some, so be sure to register early! Fall collections are my favorite, so I may have a few new assignments for this session.

Portrait of a Roitfeld

I came across the blog I Want To Be A Roitfeld while I was going stir crazy, unable to move for almost 2 months in bed with nothing but a laptop, percocet, and a tube draining blood out of my thigh. I was so happy this blog existed! It was while Carine Roitfeld was still the head honcho at Vogue Paris and I loved that she had a passion for leopard print and minimalist living. One day I’ll have a clutter free apartment like hers — one day!

So I was delighted to be asked to contribute a small portrait of Carine for the blog this week. Taking a mental inventory of her look from her days with Tom Ford to more recent, I did a little oil on paper illustration that to me was boiled down her essence — leopard print included! I didn’t want to use a photo reference, so I tried as much as I could to draw her from memory. You can see it here.

In the meantime, Kellina de Boer’s blog has expanded to include other darlings of fashion like Emmanuelle Alt and Giovanna Battaglia!

By the way, the book Irreverent is available for pre-order, and is on my Amazon wish list (ahem, AHEM.)