Artist Profile: Anne Jordan


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Anne Jordan grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and now currently resides in Los Angeles. Anne is a painter, a writer, and an actor. She recently launched her new website, and I had the privilege of getting a tour of her work space as well as a quick interview! Check it out below!

What made you want to become an artist?
I never thought "I want to be an artist." That's just who I am, who I've always been. But my mom was definitely an inspiration. She has a tremendous flair for design and taught me everything I know about color. And I also have three brothers who are very artistic. I've been surrounded by art my whole life

Who are some of your favorite artists?
I love David Hockney. One of my all-time favorite books is David Hockney: A Drawing Retrospective. It's his colored pencil drawings and I can't say exactly what it is I love about them, but they definitely do it for me. I have spent hours pouring over that book. I think all of his works are created with joy, and that's what I respond to. It just seems like he has fun when he draws and paints and that's the way it should be. I keep hoping I'll run into him at Whole Foods. I also like a lot of Alice Neel's stuff, and if you're familiar with her work, you'll know I stole her ultramarine lines. She lays in her paintings with ultramarine blue. Her paintings are very psychological. I get a kick out of the nude self-portrait she did when she was in her eighties. Her breasts are drooping down to her knees. Frida Kahlo's portraits inspire me too. I think she was very daring and honest. Plus, I just love those paper scrolls she used. Balthus is an interesting artist. He did some amazing things with color. Like he'd paint a girl's skin with a grayish tint and use bright colors for her clothes, and the clothes would seem almost to glow (because of the contrast).

What inspires you?
Bookstores. A great exhibit in a museum. Someone's face. A shady street. But mostly just feeling happy. Sometimes when it's a beautiful day and I'm feeling very alive and the feeling is almost too much, I'll think: I want to paint!

For all the Los Angeles artists out there - where do you buy your art supplies?
The Blue Rooster on Vermont. They're convenient, and everything is reasonably priced, especially the canvases. The people who work there are nice. But it's a small store, and sometimes they don't have what I need so then I make the trek to Pearl on La Cienega.

To check out some more of Anne's work, please visit her website at

Sweaty Sundays


Monday, June 29, 2009

Ok. It's official. I have a new obsession: here are the details!

What: Dance class called Sweaty Sunday's
Where: Foresight Studios in Silverlake - 3501 Sunset Blvd.
How Much: $10
Who: Coreagrapher Ryan Heffington
When: Classes are every Sunday at Noon or 1:30 PM.
What: Aerobic warm up's (think yogalaties style), choreographed dances to Michael Jackson tunes, and a lot of dancing. it. out! The music is a mix of 80s pop rock and new wave dance hits! Everyone was dressed up in leg warmers, pink tights, neon hats. This class reminded me exactly of the dance classes in CENTER STAGE and I would highly suggest it for anyone who likes to - just - DANCE!

Happy Monday!


Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I spent a lot of time listening to the new Regina Spektor C.D. I have always loved Regina but never like this. Her new album is incredible! Check out my favorite song here!

Children's Books


My very first friend is having a baby this summer and I am so excited! I have been trying to find the perfect gift to celebrate her new baby boy, when some friends gave me the best idea! A stack of my favorite children's book's from growing up. How sweet, right? Here are some of my favorite classic children's stories. What are some of yours?

East L.A. Photo Shoot


Friday, June 26, 2009

The lovely Ms. Phoebe Stockman came to visit me last weekend. It was her very first trip to Los Angeles and I took her for a long drive throughout east L.A. Phoebe is a junior at Wellesley college in MA, and a budding and incredibly talented photographer. Check out some of her L.A. pictures below and feel free to visit her website to check out more of her work!

Jenny, you're barely alive


Jenny Lewis is amazing, and if you don't know about her yet, than you need to! I won't bore you with lots o' literature about her, I'll just give you the facts you need to know. This one's for you, Jenny Lewis Virgins!

Jenny Lewis is the lead singer of the native Los Angeles indie band, Rilo Kiley, and also has two solo albums with collaborations with such well known artists as Elvis Costello, M. Ward, and Zooey Deschanel. You may have seen her first on screen as a child actress. She starred in one of my all-time favorite movies, TROOP BEVERLY HILLS as well as THE WIZARD and PLESANTVILLE. Her music is varied and incredible and I urge you to check out some of her stuff if you are in itching for some new tunes! I have suggested a beginner's play list below, with a mix of both her solo stuff and Rilo Kiley tunes. I hope you enjoy!

1. Rise up with fists!!!
2. Melt your heart
3. You are what you love
4. Handle me with care
5. Acid tongue
6. Trying my best to love you
7. See Fernando
8. The good that won't come out
9. Execution of all things * (favorite song)
10. With arms outstretched
11. More adventurous
12. A man/me/then Jim
13. Silver lining
14. Portions for foxes
15. I never
16. Emotional
17. Pictures of success
18. Breakin' up
19. Dreamworld
20. Close call

Lastly, if you care to a little live Jenny - check out this mash-up recording of her song " Carpetbagger". Please note Elvis Costello, Zooey D and Vanessa from Whispertown singing in the background, her fuchsia tights, etc. etc. Enjoy!

Hello, Cup Cake!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cupcakes are the perfect treat for any occasion. I enjoy grabbing them with friends, taking them on picnics, and making them for parties. I have always joked about creating my own Los Angeles Cupcake Map and then yesterday, I stumbled upon one!

The Great Los Angeles Cup Cake Map

The cupcake map is rather extensive (albeit awesome!), so here is a list of my own personal favorite cupcake joints around town. I tried to choose ones in different areas so your drive-time to cupcake heaven is minimal! Enjoy!

Hot Cakes (West L.A.)
Sprinkles Cupcakes (Beverly Hills)
Joan's on Third (West Hollywood)
Buttercake Bakery (Century City)
Vanilla Bake Shop (Santa Monica)
Bluebird Cafe (Culver City)
Cafe at the Vista (Los Feliz)
Lark Cake Shop (Silverlake)

Raining Jane


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Last night I had the privilege of being invited to one of my favorite L.A. venues, the The Hotel Cafe, to catch Raining Jane's last residency show.

Raining Jane is an all girl eclectic rock-folk band from California that have been touring for 10 years! The girls rocked out last night and even played a slow acoustic version of Pat Benetar's " Love is a Battlefield". I absolutely encourage you to check them out; the girls have a lot of heart and soul and their shows are just pure joy. Sara Bareilles, a close friend of RJ's, joined them for their last song and it was such a treat! I came home with some awesome free shwag including an adorable Raining Jane totebag! Check out their music here:

Time Traveler's Wife


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I saw this trailer last night and can't stop thinking about it! Rachel McAdams is one of my all time favorite actresses and I bought this book last night simply so I can read it before the movie comes out in August! It looks like the grown-up version of THE NOTEBOOK and I will be there opening day for sure!

Moodboard Monday


Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Monday, everyone! I had a very relaxing weekend cooking and unwinding with friends. The highlight of my weekend was having breakfast at my absolute favorite French restaurant in silverlake, Cafe Stella, that recently opened up for Sunday morning brunch. The Lemon Ricotta pancakes and the Cucumber Spritzer were both to die for! I also rediscovered my love for Kings of Convenience which was playing in the background at the Cafe. I sort of feel like this girl today!

MySpace Music Playlist at

Fabric of our Lives


How adorable is Zooey Deschanel in this cotton commercial? Word on the street is that she wrote the song herself. Tres Charming!

Happy Weekend!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Have the best time enjoying the first weekend of Summer and celebrating Father's Day! I'll be hitting up the silverlake farmer's market, riding the beachruiser and attempting to cook two huge homemade organic summer-inspired dinners for my guests! Enjoy yourselves!

500 DAYS OF SUMMER: Free treats this Sunday!


For the first day of summer this Sunday, June 21st in conjunction with 500 DAYS OF SUMMER we have teamed up with notable street vendors in cities across the country to hand out treats to the first 500 people to arrive at each location. Lucky individuals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles will have the chance to kick start their summer with 500 Days of Summer promotional giveaways and free samplings.

The L.A. and NYC listings are below and check out the link at the bottom of post to find out where to get free 500 DAYS OF SUMMER treats in your area!

Vendors participating in LA:
1.JUICE IT UP! (9am @ Studio City Farmers Market, 12051 Ventura Blvd, Studio City)
2.FIJI WATER (11am @ various Santa Monica beaches)
3.RED BULL (1pm @ 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica)
4.KOGI KOREAN BBQ (1pm @ Westwood Brewing Company, 1097 Glendon Ave, LA)
5.PINK’S HOT DOGS (2pm @ The Comedy Store, 8433 W. Sunset Blvd, LA)
6.COOL HAUS ICE CREAM TRUCK (2:30pm @ The Brig, 1515 Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice)
7.SPRINKLES CUPCAKES (3pm @ The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr, LA).

Vendors participating in NY:
(all giveaways at approx 12pm EST)
1.Cupcake Stop – 5th Ave. between 13th St and 14th Street
2.MUD TRUCK (2 trucks) – Sheridan Square - 7th Ave/West 4th Street, Astor Place - 4th Ave and 8th Street
3.TREATS TRUCK – Meatpacking District (on or near Ganesvoort or Washington Street)
4.WAFFLES and DINGES – Marcus Garvey Memorial Park / 125th St. Harlem
5.SHAKE SHACK – Madison Square Park and 77th Street/Columbus

More vendors, cities and locations at this link:

Los Angeles Weekend Round-Up!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

This weekend is the first official weekend of summer! (Yes, I didn't know that either!) I have many lovely guests coming into town this weekend, including Lily and Phoebe Stockman all the way from Joshua Tree, and my Huckins pal Ms. Liz Beedy! Here's what we'll be up to!

Thursday, June 18th SKATE: Down and Derby

What: Sort out your short shorts for a 1970s roller disco dance party with DJs, drinks, and $5 skate rentals.
Why: Free wheelie.
When: Thurs., 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., between Park Ave. & Montana St., Echo Park. For reduced admission, R.S.V.P. to

Saturday, June 20th: Saturdays Off the 405 - Chairlift playing at the Getty!

Fridays Off the 405 are now Saturdays Off the 405! Enjoy outdoor music and evening views of the city and drink in the refreshing summer exhibitions in a casual and spontaneous atmosphere. The evenings feature performances by your soon-to-be favorite bands, along with DJ sets to open and close the night. A cash bar is stocked with Getty-tinis and more, and the Garden Terrace Cafe offers sandwiches, salads, and other nibbles (both until 8:30 p.m.)

6:00–9:00 p.m. Kicking off the new night is Brooklyn-based trio Chairlift, said to be "just as at home in a David Lynch film as in the aisles of a supermarket." Chairlift's unique blend of synth-pop made their single "Bruises" a hit (you might have heard it in a recent iPod nano ad)

Saturday, June 20th: Cemetery Screening: The Graduate at Hollywood Forever

Bring dinner and drinks to coo-coo-ca-choo at Anne Bancroft's alpha cougar in the Mike Nichols classic.
One word: Plastics.
Sat 7:30p gates open, 9p film. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. (323-469-1181). $10.

Circus Love


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This is the most adorable wedding I've seen online! I think the circus idea is so original and adorable. Check out more pictures here!

If I were a rich girl


Let's face it, we're all pretty poor these days. I find it a continuous struggle to go out to any social gathering without being worried about the dent it will put in my pocket. Here are some fun weekday specials to keep you social while keeping your paws out of the piggy bank!

Mondays: Malo Cantina:$1 Taco Night

Tuesdays: Baskin Robbins: $1 Cone Night

Wednesdays: Lark Cupcake Shop: Free cupcake or coffee with any purchase

Thursdays: Bar Chloe: $4 Happy Hour Stella Artois'

Fridays: The Edison: Soup Kitchen Night: Free Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup with a depression priced drink

Pink Lemonade Spritzer


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Here is it! My very first recipe post. I thought I'd start off simple with a summer treat that is delicious and easy to make. I made this last week for my friends and it was a hit!

Pink Lemonade Spritzer Recipe
1/4 cup citron vodka
4 tbsp. pink-lemonade mix
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1 12-oz.can lemon-lime flavored soda
Pink sanding sugar for garnish
8 cups of crushed ice


Summer Threads


If I had my way, I'd dress as the girl version of Huck Finn every day during the summer! This would be my ideal summer outfit choice!

1. Haloed Eyelet Top ($29.95)

2. Astley Clarke Lucy Ring ($187)

3. AG Ex-Boyfriend Shorts ($185)

4. Red Converse Sneakers ($55.95)

Bando It!


Monday, June 15, 2009

I had been craving one of these amazing bando headbands for the longest time, when the lovely Bride to be Bree gave me one as a maid of honor present! I put this on for the dancing portion of the wedding and haven't been able to take it off since!

Here are some of my other favorites!

These are all hand-made with vintage jewelery and materials. I think they make very unique and lovely gifts!

Happy Weekend!


Friday, June 12, 2009

This weekend I'm off to throw my best friend from summer camp a surprise bachelorette party at the camp we grew up going to AND my favorite place in the world - Camp Huckins! (If you ever need a girls summer camp recommendation, look no further!) There will be a lot of smore eating, pontoon boat riding, skinny dipping and running around with sparklers! Have a great one!



Thursday, June 11, 2009

Polaroid Pictures are my absolute favorite. I try to bring my Polaroid camera wherever I go but sometimes it's just not practical to carry it around. I recently discovered the Poladroid website which allows you to take your normal digital pictures and turn them into Polaroids. It's really fun and easy to use and gives your everyday photo some extra pizazz!

* Helpful Hint: You can only download 10 Polaroids PER computer, so use them sparingly!

500 Days of Summer


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

OK folks, bare with me for a little shameless promotion! 500 DAYS OF SUMMER is a movie I spent 3 years working on and guess what? It's AWESOME. I feel really privileged to have worked on it from start to finish, and am so proud of all the people who turned it into what will hopefully be, the hit of the summer!

500 DAYS OF SUMMER opens in Los Angeles and New York City on July 17th with other cities quickly to follow. Check out the trailer below!

The Red Balloon


The Red Balloon was one of my all time favorite books as a child. The story is of a young boy who discovers a stray red balloon which seems to have a mind of its own on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the worlds harsh realities finally interfere. After the book became a huge success world-wide, the French author, Albert Lamorisse, wrote and directed the movie, Le Ballon Rouge, which came out in 1956.

It's a simple story but an incredibly magical and beautiful book and film. To this day, balloons continue to hold a special place in my heart!

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