L.A. STORIES::BEVERLY HILLS EDITION

Yesterday, around 6 p.m. I walked out my studio door on a mission to get some of those L.A. iconic images I mentioned I wanted-palm trees, sunshine yellow lemons against bright blue skies, bougainvillea, etc, etc. I had places in mind but when I got there I wasn’t feeling it. That happens, you bring out your camera with the best of intentions and you just don’t ‘feel’ it.  I drove by the Beverly Hills City Hall and parked. I wanted to get a photo of their beautiful exterior, but all my shots were horrendous.  As I was about to give up and go home, I decided to walk around the corner and was so glad I did. I saw rows and rows of lavender in full bloom, fountains standing sentimental at the front door, the water making that magical sound that always makes me want to go to the loo. The light had the perfect golden glow.  I shot with a lens that I bought at a garage sale last summer for a few bucks.  It was a little soft, but a nice wide angle and the bokeh was unreal.  I wondered why I didn’t play with it sooner. I think I will more often.

21 DAYS AND COUNTING…

 
I have given myself a little photography assignment these last days left here in the City of Angels. The assignment should work out well since Souvenir Foto School has just started. I’m having a blast with class, I always do, it’s the most ambitious session to date, our last chapter update to the virtual textbook brought our page count to 50 pages and we are only on week two!  Michelle P. my co-professor and myself gave ourselves a crash course in InDesign, before class started. You will never know how motivated you are until you decide to learn an Adobe program in 8 hours.  My self-imposed assignment is to take photographs of people and places I don’t want to forget in Los Angeles. Yes, the ocean will be on my list, Malibu of course. I want a few iconic palm tree lined street shots, I think that will call for a trip to Beverly Hills. While I am there, the City Hall building is quite stunning. There’s fuchsia bougainvillea spilling on to white stucco and lemon trees against bright blue skies to be captured . We haven’t even left and I am starting to feel all blubbery and nostalgic.  On the flip side my husband and I were looking at kayak and canoe rentals since there’s a lake about 20 minutes away from where we are looking to move (our temporary place until we find a house). I have never once taken a kayak out in Los Angeles, so I’m trying to keep focusing on all the upsides and that seems like a pretty good one. Do any of you live close enough to a lake to go kayaking or canoeing? Should I be afraid of leeches? I am already worried sick about mosquitoes!

MOVING SALE UPDATED!

I just added some more items to the sale and thought I would highlight these vintage shipping tags.  I bought a few boxes of them when an old timey stationery store in my neighborhood was closing. I never see them with the string attached and they are in near mint condition for being so old. It was one of those happy dance days. Well, now we are moving and I can’t have this many boxes of just tags taking up room on the moving truck so I am selling some of them! They are approx. 4.75″ x 2.38″  Hop on over to the sale to see more!

TIPS TO SELLING ON CRAIGSLIST

I haven’t been updating my virtual moving sale because I have been too busy selling items from Craigslist. I figured I would give you some tips on what I have learned. I suppose these little tips are only good stateside, but I am sure there has to be a Craigslist type site overseas, if not take the idea and run, make tons of money and remember your ol’ pal Miss B here.  The key to getting your items some interest/traffic:
  • Make sure that you include in the description the type of item you are selling. If it is a name brand include it in the title. 
  • Put the item for sale in the right category.  I was selling furniture, thus I put it in the furniture category. 
  • In your description include all the pertinent details, the dimensions, color, age, quality, etc. 
  • Include really great photographs.  You don’t need to be a great photographer to do this just make sure you shoot the object without a ton of distractions in the way, good light, a full body shot and a detail shot. The more photos the better. 
  • Price your items competitively (look and see what other people have priced the same type of item for). 
  • In your description make the note ‘if this is still up here, it’s still for sale’. This will avoid all those emails that start ‘is this still available?’
  • Once your item sells delete it from Craigslist. 
  • Make sure before your potential buyer comes over to have your item clean and ready to be sold. Fingerprints, dirt smudges, etc. could get people wanting to low ball you or worse turn around and not buy it.
  • Be careful!  I didn’t show anything without having my very muscular husband present.
  • Beware of scams, you can read about them on Craigslist.
I ended up selling my sofa, garden furniture, mirrors,  rugs, dishes, tables, lamps, etc. In two days, I was nearly sold out of everything!  My upstairs neighbor had tried to sell her furniture previously and had no bites (and she had awesome items!). If you are like me and don’t have the luxury of time, than take these tips and watch the emails come pouring in.

VOLUMINOUS FALSE FIBER LASHES MASCARA

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to discuss mascara. If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time you will inevitably come upon my latest mascara obsession. I am true to many a beauty product but I am an out right tart when it comes to mascara. One day I am in love the next I never want to see it again, fickle. I am a demanding mascara wearer, I have needs that must be met and I can always be coerced into trying the next best thing. The loyalty is just not there. My latest infatuation? L’Oreal’s Voluminous False Fiber lashes mascara. As you, Smarty Pants, may have inferred it gives you the look of false eyelashes. Will your lashes look like Gwen Stefani’s? I doubt it, those look truly false to me, but I am a mascara advertising cynic. Here’s the scoop I do think this is a great alternative to wearing false eyelashes, some of you are not like me and don’t/won’t take the time to attach individual false lashes at the corners of your eyes to have a doe-eyed look the next time you go to the grocery store. I love me some lashes, what can I say? I can be lazy though, that doesn’t mean I would dare go mascara-less, but I have been known to not wear my falsies. That’s where this mascara comes in handy. You definitely will need to work a little harder with it then your usual mascara, it dries fast and clumps because of the fiber additive going on, but that can be combed out and gosh darn does this mascara truly get you extra long lashes. I put on a couple coats and when my eyes are open my lashes almost hit my eyebrows. We’re talking looooong. I didn’t have trouble with it running or flaking, both things I won’t tolerate. It’s not for everyday errand running (unless you are me or a Kardashian). It’s a fun mascara, wear it when you have a couple extra seconds to get ready and you are around someone that can appreciate your effort (like your best friend).

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