Monday, December 12, 2011

Sparkle and Shine - Warehouse District

Jill (from Those Ghosts) and I had yet another adventure last week. This time we explored the Warehouse District neighborhood just southeast of downtown. While it looks like we are in some forgotten section of the city, it's anything but! Manufacturing, food processing, cold storage and the like continue to thrive in the area. In the 1970's some crazy artists began to occupy the spaces. It was illegal to live in the buildings until 1981 when the "Artist in Residence" ordinance was passed.  Now everyone wants in on the act - living the lifestyle while driving up the prices. The neighborhood is now more commonly known as the Arts District and is slowly becoming gentrified.  Galleries and a few shops and restaurants bordering Little Tokyo are awaiting your discovery! Read about my first brush with this hood here and don't forget to check out Jill's take on our adventure! (And special thanks to her for doing such a great job playing my photographer)
 Many of the old warehouses are available as movie location rentals. I eased into the shoot wearing a Helmut Lang cashmere sweater over my sparkly number...

Aldo booties

These shoes work just as well for the Christmas season as they do Halloween
Then I pulled out all the stops! Vintage dress circa 1985





All hail Andy

When I bought this dress at the Rose Bowl Flea Market the lady who sold it to me asked me where I might wear such a sparkly dress. I told her I'd wear it to the supermarket or some such place. In other words - I think sequins are more unexpected and exciting at the market than a holiday party and are suitable year round... That's why I think this urban setting worked so well - the tension of opposites!  That said, we all love a little sparkle and shine at Christmas time...

Are you going to sparkle this season?




45 comments:

cloe said...

This dress is out of this world! Incredible photoshoot. You look stunning and the contrast with the grungy setting is awesome!

Samantha said...

Holy moly! Love those SHOES!!!!! Fantastic!

Sam
http://petitefemmejolie.blogspot.com

the nyanzi report said...

that dress is mesmerising. great backdrop too.

p.s. many thanks for the comment. i appreciate it.

Miss B said...

This is just incredible! I thought it was just a skirt originally! Until you revealed the amazing shoes and then more sparkles on the top! I love it! :)

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JazzyO said...

Amazing dress, what an eye you have. Looks FAB on you!

hautepinkpretty.com said...

that skirt is amazing!! Love it <3

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Amazing -- from your shimmering dress and outfit, to the whole neighborhood you chose to shoot in. I like the visual tension, as you describe it!

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lucylu. said...

Lovely skirt, it's so different! Gorgeous shoes too. :)


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Bravoe Runway said...

WOW...These Paillettes are absolutely gorgeous and the dress is from 1985????? WOW!

Underemployed said...

How utterly GORGEOUS is that dress?! Thank you for visiting my blog. And thank you for wearing that dress at the supermarket.

You made my day!

A BRIT GREEK said...

So loving the sparkles, how awesome? Thanks for stopping by!
x.o.x.o

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Jaki said...

That dress is fabulous! So sparkly and colourful. I love how it looks like you're about to pick up that guy in the sixth photo. Talk about coincidence! Haha.

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O said...

Love the outfits: super chic and fun at the same time!

Lady and Olga said...

This dress is amazing !!! :)

Olga
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Adele said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by to see me :) Your vintage dress is beyond gorgeous, love the colours! Would love to have you as a follower & I'm ahppy to follow back xoxo
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fashion and frank said...

Wow that dress is amazing you wear it well - i love a bit of xmas sparkle - just need to go there now xx

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Ola said...

wow! super!

Beauty Follower said...

Like the skirt!

Gawgus things... said...

I die for this dress!! OMG it's amazing :)
Emma xx
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Molliee said...

wowza these sparkes are fab!

Heather said...

AHHH! I love that dress! I love sequins!!!! I esp. love the BIG BRIGHT sequin on the skirt part! Such a fun dress!

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Emily said...

Wow!!!!! Is that a skirt or a dress? Either way, it's amazing!

-E
http://nosweatsallowed.blogspot.com

Pop Champagne said...

lovee your sparkles, the last picture is so cool btw with the rainbow on the wall and with your skirt!

Ashleigh Nicole said...

Pretty skirt!

xo Ashleigh

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chanel said...

I love these sparkles. I usually go towards neutral ones like black or gold but this is just SO fun!

xo chanel
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Shybiker said...

Amazing! What a colorful, artistic outfit. You found a perfect setting for it. Such a pleasure to look at.

And thanks for the childhood reminiscences. Fascinating stuff.

Clara Turbay said...

Great and modern ideas!

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Aurelia (A Pretty Life) said...

Gorgeous outfit, love the colours...!
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Tanvi said...

WOAH!!! That's a lot of sparkle but you look GREAT! :)

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Absolutely Mrs. K said...

OMG how fabulous is that, love love the combination with the sweater because the dress looks like a skirt, like the most amazing skirt ever

Cari-Jane Hakes said...

so much sparkle in one place! I am a total magpie for ALL of this - love both shoe choices - agreed the red was perfect for halloween and NOW too - great fashion maths. Off to go and make something sparkly of my own in the atelier!

Cari-Jane Hakes said...

so much sparkle in one place! I am a total magpie for ALL of this - love both shoe choices - agreed the red was perfect for halloween and NOW too - great fashion maths. Off to go and make something sparkly of my own in the atelier!

Katie's Bliss said...

Love that skirt! I'm a big fan of sequins!


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ChangeTheCut said...

although i am not fond of sparkly things, you really rocked this dress so much- you made me wanna buy one myself- even if i will never wear it!
hehehehe!
i really love how easily you pass from one style to another!
Chameleon- girl!
(i earned some extra points for the ''girl'' right??? )

stylecomb said...

Wow this dress is great! I love the photos with the black and white striped background.

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pinkmate said...

Such a fabulous dress!!!

Vanessa

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Bad Joan said...

Love your sparkly dress! Great images too!

GTBB,
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Elfena said...

OMG. You look incredible! What about following each other?

The serial shopper said...

Thanks for your nice comment and sorry that I'm answering you so late !!

I love your skirt !


xx
Meelena

www.TheSerialShopper.blogspot.com

paristempslibre said...

love your skirt aand photos
xxo

Constance said...

I looove those oics!!! the skirt plus the wall= Perfect!

Romi said...

Thank you for your comment! Excuse me, your blog is out of this world! I'm so glad I met you. I'm following. :)

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