I spent 5 days at the WPPI convention in Las Vegas, and besides partying like I never did in my twenties, and winning $60 on video poker, I went to classes every morning at 8am (!!!) and ended with classes at 8pm(!!!) with a trade show in between, as well as watching the print competition and then looking at all the winning artwork and writing down some favorites – that’s how I found Lisa Visser, who had the most amazing kids’ award winning photography . One of her photos that I saw u close was of a beautiful boy, hands up behind his head. So tonight, I asked Kyle if he would pose for me, and he did.
When I first moved to LA, I drove around with my friend, we went everywhere, Hollywood, the Canyons, the Valley, and then we went to the Beach. AS soon as we crossed the invisible border between LA and Santa Monica, I knew I had found the place I wanted to live. That’s a lie. There are so many beautiful, exciting, secret, and not so secret, places in Los Angeles that I would happily live at…it just works with my story, sort of. I did end up living in Santa Monica, I was even a waitress at beach side cafe, took Spanish at SMC and rode my bicycle around the own…and then I got married, and had kids and moved to the valley…(The funny thing is I had my kids at the hospital in, you guessed it, Santa Monica…LONG STORY…) and driving there from West LA with contractions 3 minutes apart…I did not love SM at that moment…) and you know how it is, we don’t got THERE, and they don’t come HERE….the 405 is the mother of all borders- you don’t need a passport, you need patience!
I love seeing how other people live and so does Oprah…and I have my own little Nate Berkus in my head, so be warned- If I am visiting your house, know that in my mind I am moving walls, changing furniture and adding some color to your living room …So when I got asked to shoot this condo for sale, my heart missed a beat, and while shooting it I was imagining my life as a single lady by the beach, with my modern, toy-free life…aaahhhh…thank god for our imagination… SO if you can still live in a one bedroom (beautiful) condo in Santa Monica….feel free to contact Stephanie at Step@BestSideoftheWestside.com
So if I lived here, this is what my life would look like…..
You might have gone bowling at Pinz in studio city, with your friends or with your 6 year old’s friends…or had Matza Ball soup at Jerry’s Deli, with your friends, or with your grandmother’s friends…but the REAL party is upstairs, at Guy’s North – a perfect modern, hip, happening, and whatever other definition there is for something really cool…TV screens, dim lights, hot music, great DJ, tattoos, fake eyelashes…and lots and lots of friends made for a fun fun night! Here are some of my favorites.
and if you made it this far and would like to see more, click on this slideshow – I think you’ll enjoy it!
If you were at the party and you want to see all the photos, and I mean ALL of them, you can go to this password protected site.
Some people think candy doesn’t affect kids..I’m here to tell you that it does! Big time…I’m also here to tell you that there’s nothing better than candy to get a kid out of a blue mood, to calm them on a plane, or make them clean up, and to support pediatric dentists around the world…but it sure makes for a fun fun fun party- so sweet! so yummy, so delicious in my tummy. Mia’s mom really brought Halloween back for one more day in January, and she had the most amazing candy decorations, inspired by the classic game of candy land. Even I couldn’t resist- and if you come to my studio one day, you’ll see my very own candy land bucket filled with…healthy stuff?!?! P-L-E-A-S-E.
Shellyann of www.wildaboutballoons.net made THE most amazing balloons I have EVER seen- and as allergic as I am to Latex, I really wanted one- they were just so fantastic!!!
You can view more images from this sweet party by clicking on the slideshow