Monday, September 12, 2011

There it is. Take it.


In 1913 William Mulholland spoke these five words at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. He was an Irish immigrant and self-taught engineer whose efforts to send thousands of gallons of water to what was then a chaparral-covered desert, helped to lay the foundation of one of the world's largest cities - LA.

  Marc Jacobs shoes
vintage dress; BCBG sweater; vintage brooch 

I think the words "There it is. Take it" have taken on new meaning for those of us who have come here from all over the world with a dream... Mine began simply enough - I was in love with a native of LA and wanted to build my life here with him. When it all fell apart what blossomed in it's place was a love affair with this city.

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I think it only fitting I wade into the Art Deco fountain memorializing Mr. Mulholland just as Anita Ekberg did in the Trevi Fountain in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (only heavy on the joyful and sans the sensual)! For my experiences in this beautiful city - despite all the struggle, disappointment, and adjustments - have come to embody "The Sweet Life".


(thank you to my sister Amy for playing photographer!)



The fountain, designed by Walter S. Clayberg, was completed in 1940 and declared a historical cultural monument in 1976. It's located just down the street from my apartment and near Mulholland's humble one room shack where he once lived as a penniless immigrant.


Anything is possible in this great city...


53 comments:

martilicious said...

you look great!! :)

Dale said...

Just found your blog and it's so unique. I think your take on LA is so cool and I like how you have a different spin on it. This photoshoot is so cool because it offers some history too and you look GREAT. I think the skirt, top and those heels are so unique. Following you now

xoDale
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cloe said...

Awesome post - I learned stuf I didn't know about L.A. and enjoyed the sublime photos.

Piksty said...

Thanks for following...I followed back.

Pistsy :-)

Cari-Jane Hakes said...

Great Post! Great great outfit! I love the sentiment - great words - I think the same could be said today of the internet - it's all there - just reach out and grab it!

Anne Chic and Geek said...

Wahou ! Je n'aurais jamais pensé que la Dolce Vita puisse trouver un lieu parfait de remake à LA...
Mais c'est toi qui me fascines, plus que la fontaine.
Ces chaussures, cette robe vintage, you look perfect !
Je ne connais de ta ville que ce que tu nous en racontes et j'apprécie de plus en plus la douceur de vivre dans la Cité des Anges, et la Californienne adorable qui nous fait visiter ;)
Bisous
Anne

AestheticJungle said...

love your shoes!
xx

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Kel said...

Absolutely stunning. Your outfit is all types of whimsical.

Love love.

Lots of love from Sydney,

x Kel

the spring awakening

ParisiannSkies said...

these images are amazing, especially the fountain ones. beautiful.

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Style Diaries said...

love the whole look, so classy.

Lady and Olga said...

OMG these pictures are breath taking !!!
J'adore la rouille sur l'énorme panneau California :)

xoxo

Olga
http://ladyandolga.blogspot.com

absolutelyfaaabulous said...

Sorry to hear re the relationship that did not work out.. but honey, you were too young anyway to settle down already. You look fab.. and yes, this city seems to suit you very well. xx

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The PvdH Journal said...

Hahaha such an incredible post (I've never actually 'swum' in a fountain before!).

I particularly love the print of your skirt with your platform shoes- so aesthetic!

Meekay said...

Great shoes!

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Vagrant-girl said...

Love your dress which I always want to try but I know I can't carry it well :D

Vagrantgirl
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Десислава Валентинова said...

Thank you for the comment - I didn't know that I look like an american :))
Cool pictures :))


Desislava
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Bravoe Runway said...

Thank you so much for the history behind one of my favorite cities! The fountain was gorgeous and your sister did an amazing job playing photographer! I also love the dress as well as the sequins cardigan! Tell me about dying when u saw the new saks shoe dept...omg! I wanted everything!

JazzyO said...

I have learned so much about our city from your blog. I LOVE IT, I feel the truth & emotion in your posts. BEAUTIFUL post...

Natalie

Alinka said...

Well your blog is great too, you have a beautiful style :)
Just followed you, follow each other?Kisses
Alinka
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Samantha said...

What a fabulous post! I really enjoyed this one. Love your outfit and those shoes!!!

Samantha
http://petitefemmejolie.blogspot.com

Viv said...

love that print on you.. that's pretty cool that you can go in the fountain haha!




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Carol said...

lovely outfit! those are amazing shoes!

thanks so much for the support and commenting! :) I'm now following you!

-Carol
http://declarationofcaptivation.blogspot.com/

Un Matcha Frappé , por favor said...

Wonderfull shoes! =)
love
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Life's a shoe said...

gorgeous dress, goes so well with the shoes. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, it totally made my day i only wish I could own all those designers shoes that I feature in my blog! Have a great day!

Leonie said...

Very pretty outfit! Nice pictures too, I like the one with the California sign.

Simply Elegant

akiko hiramatsu said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog!

Love the outfit! great style.^^
I will come back to look at this blog.

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Shybiker said...

Pretty dress and delightful heels. Plus, the backdrops are very attractive.

stylecomb said...

I'm always learning something new from you, I love it! I also love your shoes and dress!!

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LoveK said...

That dress is BANANAS! I love it...and the shoes are to die for...great style!
Love K
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CMA said...

awesome shoes
love this!
you've got a great blog, keep it up!

-COSMICaroline
www.COSMICaroline.com

Closet Hound said...

Your skirt is super cute, and I love the settings in which you took your pictures. So diversified

xo Sherrie
Closet Hound

Aggie602 said...

I love how you are so aware and how much love you have for your city it does have a charisma about it I love LA and my hunny is the opposite. I really like your look especially your shoes and the animated picture is def a plus. Oh the oink high heels that was me in the pic. lol.
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Bohemian vanity said...

Beautiful pictures ! I love your shoes ! xoxo

ediot said...

such beautiful and lovely photos girl
thanks for sharing
hope you're having a good week so far
x

princessglee said...

Great look! Great fountain! Where is it? Hollywood? Silverlake? Glendale-ish? Maybe Burbank? Would love to look at it up close or do a drive-by.

Erin Foltz said...

Hey hun! Yes the fountain in my picture is in los feliz (one of my absolute favorite area's!) its off franklin on Kenmore! Good eye :) Love your fountain pictures as well I must say! Cute outfit and looks like a fun day.

I will most definitely follow you :) Please do the same I have some great new fashion posts to inspire you!

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Bad Joan said...

Gorgeous images! Love your skirt!

GTBB,
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http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

Babe Jane said...

i love your heels :)

Pop Champagne said...

aww I love the print on your skirt! and your shoes go soo well with them

jill said...

This series is INCREDIBLE. I can't believe that skirt - it looks like something straight out of Art Deco LA - and where on earth is that California sign?
On a side note, your last comment was so sweet. I was smiling all day. I'm moving down to LA at the end of the month - we should meet up for coffee! I can't find your email anywhere, but mine is sjillbarry[at]gmail.com. Let me know if you're free!

Kristina said...
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il était une fois... said...

you look gorgeous! and that california sign is super rad! x

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Cylia said...

I love how you actually went into the water that's amazing! love your heels.

Kristina said...

My mother stopped by and left a comment under my name before (hence the double comments), but wow - I had to let you know that I LOVE your blog. I also love LA : ) Definitely following!

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goodbadnfab@gmail.com said...

As always, a great and unique post on our unique city!

It seems like you had a great time at FNO! We left Rodeo Dr. a bit early and opted for the Westfield Century City festivities--which was kind of a sleeper.

I'm attending New York Fashion Week and would love for you to check out my coverage (lots of insider exclusives and fashion moments)

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An asian fashion lawyer living and playing in LA, giving you an insider's peek into life in the fab lane

The Foolish Aesthete said...

What a great post -- outfit, photos, sentiment. I guess we can always find La Dolce Vita anywhere. We just have to dream it and live it.

ZombieLace said...

You look stunning in your vintage dress! I am really enjoying your blog, so many pretty clothes and interesting information!

Juliette said...

Beautiful pictures! I love LA so seeing pictures like these always make me smile :) thanks for sharing them!

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Constance said...

Awww I love this post! And i love those shoes!
Thanks so much for your comments Its such a pleasure to read you everytime!

pinkmate said...

definitely great outfit! love your skirt!

Vanessa

http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

ChangeTheCut said...

The fountain ''gif'' is so fun- but the picture of you in fronr of the sign tops it!
Killer Marc Jacobs shoes!

goodbadnfab said...

I love this post! It's charming, witting and oh-so fabulous!

I attended New York Fashion Week and would love for you to read my coverage!

goodbadnfab.blogspot.com
an Asian fashion lawyer living and playing in LA, giving you the insider's scoop on life in the fab lane!

Slender Sail said...

Shoes are too big and blocky for your delicate figure. They look like you're dragging them along and don't complement you.
Everything else - spot on...