california design LACMA

We barely squeaked in some time to see LACMA's California Design exhibit during our trip to L.A. I mainly wanted to see it in order to check out the Eames' living room recreated inside the museum. All the contents of the living room were temporarily moved out of their Case Study house in order to do some renovations. The New York Times wrote an article on this project.

Unfortunately, taking photos of the Eames living room replica was not allowed. But it was a sight to behold. To my surprise, the living room featured a mash-up of various styles. It was more eclectic and cluttered than I imagined it would be. It was definitely modern in style, but I was also struck by how  warm and cozy the space seemed.

I did manage to get these pictures, which I took with my phone so please excuse the crappy quality. There was so much modern furniture to behold and drool over.

These lamps were to die for. Wish I could have whisked them off to our apartment!

The exhibit was not just about furniture or interior decor. It featured fashion and other areas of design. I really wish I could have lingered and soaked up the inspiration that was all around. We could only spare 45 minutes in there as we were between meetings with friends. California Design runs until June 3, 2012, so if you're in the area and appreciate good design, then go check it out!




Our trip down to Los Angeles was fast and furious as usual. I always enjoy going back to the place I grew up. It seems that I never have enough time to see all my relatives and friends. This time around the Dude and I were in Los Angeles proper for only two days so we were over-ambitious in our effort to see as many people as we could. The rest of the time we spent in the desert, in Palm Springs.

The catalyst for the trip was my best friend's son's first birthday. It was celebrated in the traditional Korean way and there was a huge spread of festive, symbolic food set out on the head table.


One thing I always look forward to when visiting SoCal is the food! I become a glutton and try to eat as much as I can of all the foods I miss.

My favourite bakery is Europane in Pasadena. We went there twice in one day! They have the best egg salad sandwich ever. And their lemon bar is divine. We also went to Fred 62 in Los Feliz for breakfast, and I ordered the Bearded Mr. Frenchy, which is french toast coated in cornflakes. Decadently delicious.

Griffith Observatory

randy's donuts

I took the Dude out to see a couple of L.A. landmarks: The Griffith Observatory and Randy's Donuts, both which have been used as backdrops in multiple films. The Dude, being a total nerd, really enjoyed the Observatory. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the views in spite of it being a very hazy day. We stopped by Randy's Donuts on the way to the airport; I couldn't leave L.A. without indulging in at least one donut (it's one of the foods I miss the most). It was the first time I had a donut from Randy's, and it was okay. I've had better elsewhere. I mainly wanted to take a picture there.

Of course, I had to do some design research during our trip. We checked out the California Design exhibit at LACMA ever so briefly (which I'll blog about later). And we stayed at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, which is known for their very cool decor (I'll also devote a separate blog post on it).

ace hotel swimming pool

It goes without saying, but we definitely enjoyed the toasty sunny climate in SoCal - a nice break from rainy, gloomy Vancouver. However, a downside was that the dry atmosphere made my vision more blurry than usual so the poor Dude, who hates driving, had to steer through L.A.'s perilous streets and freeways. We managed to return to Vancouver in one piece...and with our marriage intact.



Halloween is going to be here before you know it. Currently there are a couple of Halloween themed items in the LAX TO YVR shop. I only have one Halloween streamer left! And I'm participating in another giveaway this month! You can check out the details over at the Rikrak studio blog.

Also, both my shops will be closed October 14-19 as we'll be traveling down to Southern California. I'm especially looking forward to getting a bit of R&R in Palm Springs. I haven't been there in ages! Our family used to go there regularly when I was a kid. Can't wait to be in the desert again.

In other news, I've been very busy renovating our living room for the last month. I finally finished painting it in Benjamin Moore Simply White. I love this shade of white. It looks so clean and bright. We're also gradually acquiring new furniture for the space. Most of it is from IKEA, which I feel conflicted about, but whatevs. I'll get over it. Most of it is for my office space anyway. The last major  piece of furniture we have to get is a loveseat. We're seriously considering one from EQ3, but I've read so many negative reviews that I'm scared to purchase anything from that store. We shall see.

My vision is still not 100% after the laser eye surgery I got last month. Hence, I'm not blogging as much as I'd like because staring at a computer screen really irritates my eyes. I've been dealing with a perpetual headache ever since the surgery due to straining my eyes constantly, so it's really affected my productivity and energy level. Hopefully, my vision will be less blurry VERY SOON.

I'm going to try to take some decent pictures during our trip (in spite of my vision) so I can share with you all the great things I love about SoCal.



pear tart

There are four restaurants in Vancouver that I love to go to regularly. The food is consistently good whenever I dine at any of these establishments.

 1. Bob Likes Thai Food. The best Thai restaurant in the city. I always order the chicken fried rice. It's one of my favourite comfort foods.

 2. Lin. The Shanghai juice pork dumplings are a must. Hands down the best Chinese restaurant in the westside. The wait staff is not very attentive, but the food is so damn good that I put up with the bad service.

 3. Salade de Fruits. When I had the pear tart for dessert, it was, ahem, an orgasmic experience (see photo above). The menu is all in French, but the servers are very helpful in translating and making recommendations. Warning: cash only.

 4. La Taqueria. Finally a joint that serves up decent tacos. And all their meat is free-range to boot. I'm so happy that they opened a second location on Cambie and Broadway, which is a lot more accessible for me.



Mr. Tea and Lionel Richie

Every morning when I open the kitchen cabinet to grab a mug, I'm greeted by Lionel Richie. When I first saw this mug from Lenny Mud I knew I had to have it. I'm not even a fan of Lionel Richie. I don't know any of his music. But I just could not resist this mug for some reason. I also bought the Mr. Tea mug from the same shop because I used to be a huge A-Team fan.

This is the song "Hello" that inspired the mug.

I plan to sing it the next time we go to karaoke.