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Whirlwinds

The husband and me silly-ing it up at a holiday party

The husband and me silly-ing it up at a holiday party this year

Why, hello there. Since last we spoke I’ve become a redhead, discovered an awesome recipe for flourless chocolate-chip cookies, and, oh yeah, been working on a damn cool TV show at NBC. It’s all been nothing short of a whirlwind, but, when I look back on the blurry big events of the last year, what stands out to me most is this: somewhere in between all the milestones, Los Angeles has started to feel more like home. LA is such a big, daunting city with no real center to speak of, but Jeremy and I have been taking it on day-by-day — renovating our house every chance we get and finding new pockets of this ocean-side desert that we love, while forever fine-tuning the way we balance our professional and personal lives. I just wanted to pop by to share these updates and say hello. Write at ya soon, darlings! -Coté

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Inspiring Tidbits, Movies and TV

Kubrick and the Craft

Stanley Kubrick's camera on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Stanley Kubrick’s camera on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Last week my husband arrived home from a lengthy Taiwan trip just in time for my birthday. We celebrated by playing hooky, eating ice cream along with all three meals, and attending the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit was beautifully curated (complete with red-carpeted floors in the gallery room that was devoted to “The Shining”), and my favorite part was getting to glimpse some of Kubrick’s earliest works and influences. It was particularly inspiring to me to see snapshots from his early career as a photojournalist, and to learn about how admittedly embarrassed he was of his first films…

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Art and Architecture

Street Femme

Street art by Becca in Beverly Hills, CA

Street art by Becca in Beverly Hills, CA

Street art tends to be a very masculine medium. Is this because women don’t like sneaking around in the dead of night with spray cans, because they prefer rebelling against the traditional art world in other ways, or because stuccoed walls and grimy lampposts simply lend themselves best to stark lines and male subject matter? I’m not sure what the answer is, and I had honestly never put much thought into this phenomenon until yesterday, when I spotted these ladies on the side of a building in Beverly Hills. I had been passing through an alleyway in the famous Rodeo Drive shopping district, and something about seeing these two paintings in the dumpster-filled underbelly of one of the most iconically female realms of our planet seemed so perfect and unique. There was dirty sewer water trickling down the concrete drive and the smell of chicken grease in the air, and I had a hunch that the scent of garbage and the fresh memory of Chanel shop windows were all a part of what the artist hoped people would experience when viewing her very feminine work. Although I cannot recreate the smells and sounds of that alleyway, I just couldn’t resist sharing these paintings with you…

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Inspiring Tidbits, Love

My Hero

Glimpse of the MTV Movie Awards set snapped backstage during a rehearsal (all those sleek, curving strips of light are my husband’s latest design)

Perhaps to some it seems as though I gush about how much I love my husband far too often, but from where I sit it feels like I don’t do it nearly enough. This week in particular is one in which I feel overwhelmed by a need to somehow show him just how much he means to me. I feebly attempted to do this the other night as we watched the MTV Movie Awards (a show that also happened to be debuting his latest lighting invention all over its stage), but anything that came out of my mouth fell short. The lights were blindingly beautiful and sleek after all, much like him – he makes every task (no matter how daunting) appear seamless and under control – and I now realize this is probably what I should have said to him amidst the distracting light show. He has undertaken so much over the past few months that it almost seems absurd when I write it all down: he’s designed a bunch of crazy lighting projects for MTV and countless concert tours (so, yeah, there’s that); he’s coordinated a massive home renovation (ripping up floors, staying up into the wee hours cutting counter tops and installing appliances, and completely redoing the drainage system in our yard); and he’s even managed to get our Austin house ready to sell (it goes on the market in mid June). I know it kills him that he can’t do even more, so I only wish he could see how amazing all the things are that he does and how deeply he enriches my life…

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Movies and TV

Better Than Bromance

A still from “Supporting Characters” (2012), shot by Richard P. Ulivella

I spent the weekend attending screenings at the United Film Festival in Los Angeles, and although I expected these past few days to feel like just another long string of artsy flicks and forced conversations I ended up being really impressed by the lineup and even seeing one movie that downright inspired me. This inspiring film is called “Supporting Characters,” and it’s a lovelorn comedy about two movie editors who are grappling to make sense of their own dating lives while working to finish a seemingly straightforward romance flick. The film’s two stars (Alex Karpovsky and Tarik Lowe) have a rare brand of chemistry with each other, and their discussions of love, sex, and friendship keep the audience laughing out loud at a fast clip. Not only does the charismatic acting and flawlessly paced editing of the film make it thoroughly entertaining, but the movie possesses a quality that I haven’t seen in a comedy (romantic, bromantic, or otherwise) in quite a few years: it has major heart…This is all to say, there is something so genuine about the characters’ quests for love and their missteps in the name of lust that makes the film oh-so refreshing, human, and real.

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Sweet Nothings

This Just In…

Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries fit for our latest celebration

I wanted to share a little spot of good news with you this evening, my darlings…About an hour ago my husband and I heard that our offer on the house was accepted, so we are indeed getting a new home. We are so ecstatic, and I’m sure I will be bubbly and distracted for many days yet to come. Cheers to you wherever you are on this fine evening, and thanks so much for sharing in this excitement with me! Leave a comment.

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Kitsch Fixes

Kitsch Fix #60: Rainbow Houses

Two most colorful houses in all of Burbank, CA, if not the entire world

What could be better than the patriotic house with a picket fence I showed you last week? How about the pink and pastel-green-yellow-orange-and-blue-striped house right next door? Yeah, that’s right, two families with similar decorating sensibilities and a proclivity for bold exterior paint jobs ended up buying houses right next to each other in the suburbs of Los Angeles, adding a cartoonish element to their otherwise-sedate neighborhood. I could go on forever about all the different reasons these houses are kitsch-tastic, but I think it’s best just to take in the photos and bask in awe of the fact that these two families somehow found each other…

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Kitsch Fixes

Kitsch Fix #59: Patriotic Picket Fences

Red-white-and-blue picket fence in Burbank, CA

While picket fences are often synonymous with sedate, suburban living, I have a hard time finding anything remotely sedate about this red-white-and-blue painted home (complete with color-coordinated picket fence), which I spotted just a few blocks away from where I live. This vibrant house is situated on a quaint street of Burbank that has a particularly suburban feel to it, so I can’t help wondering whether this striped home is a rebellion against suburban living or a full-on homage to American values and the middle-class lifestyle of yesteryear. In case this helps you form your own opinion, I should note that the lawn is covered in AstroTurf and the whole front yard is filled with immaculately pruned flowers. See for yourself and let me know what you think…

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Kitsch Fixes

Kitsch Fix #56: Pink Makes Everything Better

Pretty-in-pink neon sign for Phil’s Diner in North Hollywood, CA

I am a firm believer that a tuna melt, a good spin on a diner stool, and the color pink can make almost anything better. So, you can probably guess I was tickled magenta when I discovered a neighborhood eatery that’s shared this opinion with me since 1926. I am referring to none other than Phil’s Diner, which is housed in a tiny diner car, swathed in numerous coats of pink paint, and marked by lots of pink neon and a pink bicycle that’s ever-present at its entrance. Although the dining car’s interior abandons Phil’s signature color in favor of black-and-white tiles and red vinyl, I’m willing to forgive this oversight because of just how old-fashioned and fabulous the diner stools feel. Take a quick spin with me, my dears…

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