Tuesday, October 5, 2010


The brass petal is moving.  Actually The Brass Petal is dead.  Died.  Cablooyee. 

 Here's the deal:  it is super hard to explain, pronounce and spell.  The whole 'i like brass and flowers' is kinda a weird reason to name your blog The Brass Petal.

SO please go to my new blog:

why yes, it is slightly pretentious, but it rolls of the tongue and needs no explaining when i'm meeting new people or in interviews, and it has my name in it, which is never a bad thing.

Again, i'm not saying that i have all the style advice ever, or that its my way or the freeway, 
but its my style.  take it or leave it.
(but please take it, c'mon).

You will have to resubscribe to the RSS feed and any other subscribing stuff.  And I have a new twitter:

And you probably missed the last 7 posts, so get up to date my friends.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Flea Market Find Mondays ish.

I've been traveling the last two sundays, so i actually haven't been to the flea market in two weeks.  I've been getting the shakes and taking my withdrawl rage out on Bearcat.  I'll snap at the smallest lack of purr or start weeping randomly.  

Poor thing doesn't understand what is ailing her mother.  I want to explain it to her, but there is a huge cat/human language barrier that no matter how hard we try, we can't seem to get over.  
but that's another story.

So Corbett and I went to South Bay on Saturday to check out Big Daddy Antiques, which was great in a way, but also every thing was the same expensive John Derian vibe.  I thought it was going to be a big junk store, but nope, kinda fancy pants.

So not wanting to waste a perfectly good day of shopping we headed to an antique mall even further south that wasn't awesome, but not terrible.  And determined to have something to blog about and to not have wasted 5 hours and a half a tank of gas i did find a few things after like 3 hours. 

Why yes, this is a brass tic tac toe set, of course.  It was $10, which is probably too much, but I kind of love it.  Not sure what i'll do with it, most certainly NOT play tic tac toe, but its my objet-du-jour.

'60's bar set.  I don't need, but I love.  $5 each.

Awesome little turquoise vase.  It's gonna look perf in my shelves, although a bit brighter than I normally go for.  It reminds me of this Amazing pottery:

Except decidedly cheaper at $25.

And every house and horse lover needs a wooden foot-thingy to put in her shelves.

It's pretty and rustic and natural and overpriced at $28, which I bought anyway.  

And then for future clients I bought these two things;

vintage green chalkboard, 18"  $12
and Hugo Guiness-y 1929 original car drawing $16 - perfect for a bachelors gallery wall, no?

It's pretty awesome.

Must run, doing my first series of holiday commercials today for HGTV.  Back in New York and shooting at a studio I used to style in for years.  Except this time i'm in the hair and makeup chair instead of schlepping and unpacking boxes all day.  

So weird.  And completely awesome. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

I do not look like Judith Light, thank you very much.

So Ian tells me often that i dress like Angela from Who's the Boss.  And then he goes off in Tony's bronxian accent, 'MO..na, JOna...tan..........SamAn........ta'.  Which is hilarious. 

But saying that I dress like Judith Light is not.

NO way. 

Except I just bought this dress which has shoulder pads  
(which i wore this week for the blogger lunch and the RUE party)
 It's by Joie and you can find it here.  Yes its slightly 80's, but not like this:

I always protest and say that I dress more 70's, less 80's and he says I dress like Angela circa '83 but still wearing her late '70's clothes. which i find quite specific,  and i don't totally understand.  and then i remind him that he is a straight man who wears rodeo pants and gold medallions.  everyday. 

So in my defense, here are my latest '70's inspired fashion pics.  not 80's, mind you, the 70's
Dsqared2 tennis blouse.  and can not find where to buy it for the life of me, so if anybody knows, please help me out.  I need this shirt.

Emersonmade bluebells.  These are on their way in the mail and that makes me very very very happy. 
Buy them here
I bought my first vintage coach purse when i was 16 and wore it for 5 years.  
I'm not a handbag chick, and i hate the branding aspect of them, but Coach did it so well in the 70's -just leather and the necessary hardware to keep it together.  
I still have the one that i rocked for years, but its pretty beat up. 
So last week in New York I bought this one:
Pure and simple design and function.  and with a bit of brass thrown in there.

And maybe i'll top it off with this shirt from etsy:

With either these vintage 70's frye boots (which i can't find) or these new ($100) wedges from Lucky:

Yep.  The 70's.  
I hope i proved my point, but pretty sure that I didn't.
Am I the only one that secretly wants to look like Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver?

sans the shirt-thing and the hat, but just the overall vibe, right?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Finally its announced...

Secrets from a Stylist has been picked up for 26 episodes!!!!!!
which is also my age.  
or was my age a few years ago.  whatever.

So my midnight post is dedicated to trying to find new houses to cast for the show.   If your grandparents need a restyling, if your brother-in-law needs a restyling, or anyone really that lives in LA that owns there own place needs a restyling by yours truly, please follow the directions below. 

Email casting@triconfilms.com

Here are the conditions:  You have to live in L.A. (if the house/people are so great I think we can travel to Orange County or within 30  miles of LA, but really ideally we are in LA)
You have to own your space.  I know. I'm a renter too and it would totally bum me out, but this is how it is will all these shows.

If you live in a duplex and are best friends with your landlord then you might be able to swing it, but apartment buildings with a bunch of other tenants create a lot of problems)

We will only be doing 1 room, not a whole house.

At this time we are not doing any bathrooms or kitchens, if that changes i'll let you know. It's not a reno show, its a style show and those are to costly and timely for production.

You will be on TV.
And your schedule has to be flexible as we shoot 6 days a week
 (you won't be on all 6, but will need to be available when necessary).

The bigger the personality, the better.

Oh and the room should be 15x20 or else amazing.  We  need big rooms.

In your email, include pictures of you/your family/your space and info on what your styles are and what you see for the space.  And don't be conservative with your personality, bring it.

Everyone that left a comment, just go ahead and email them to casting.  I'll try to get back to people, but I probably shoulda just waited 'til I had the proper email to post....but instead I had some sake and was really excited to tell all my virtual friends...

And remember - I want to do anyone.  woah...

You might think that your cousin that lives in LA has completely different style than me, but that's what we want.  As much I love doing all vintage-flea-markety-hipster, I want to do some traditional styles (shopping from flea markets, too, don't worry) or crazy minimal styles, anything that will make the show interesting week after week.

I can do any style tastefully - because every style can be beautiful when shopped correctly and when mixed properly.

Bring it.
and email


My best friends wedding.

I know.  So pretty if i do say so myself. The bride is one of my best friends, Nicole.  I helped her with the vision of her wedding because well.....i'm a bit controlling when it comes with anything flower or fashion oriented (and she's a big Nike exec with not too much time).  

The goal for the whole wedding was 'effortlessly beautiful' - no matching bridesmaid dresses or tight perfectly arranged flowers, but of course this doesn't happen exactly 'effortlessly.' 

Chelsea from Frolic executed the flower vision perfectly, she went beyond my expectations and styled them even better than i was hoping.   And all these gorgeous pictures are by Lisa Warninger

It's exactly what i pictured.  Each arrangement is different, totally random and looks like it was just plucked from the garden
The flowers were all in season dalia's, garden roses, and random wildflowers and greenery.  

We were at David Hill Winery outside Portland, with a big yellow country house and ridiculously pretty hills and vineyards.  

The stems on the bouquets were left uncovered and untrimmed - Chelsea just tied them up with ripped white linen strips and Nicole's was tied with a silk floral hot pink scarf that i've had for a while.  

And yes, those are blackberries - Chelsea's idea and right on.
This is a total testament of bloggers uniting over shared taste.  I knew that Chelsea has done flowers beautifully and has great taste when it came to styling. So instead of hiring a traditional florist - that might've no matter how much i stressed it - done things to perfectly, through Chelsea's blog (Frolic) I knew that she got the look.  

So sorry.  Post is coming.  just have conference calls all morning (and a crazy last few days).  

But the post might involve:
 My relationship with Nate Berkus, 
Meeting a ton of awesome bloggers the last couple days - people who i've read for years and love, 
or a wedding that i was just in.

Please come back later today.  
Por Favor.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wahoo!!! A New Magazines in the Hizouse. (with pictures of hizouses)

Ok so in case you are dead or otherwise, well, "working all day" and "not checking the blogs constantly", a new on-line shelter magazine launched yesterday. 

It's awesome.  Oh and look....huh, that's weird...what a coincidence....I have a story in it....styled and written by me.  I rarely read the articles in magazines myself, i'm a much better "picture reader" in general, but check it out if you are up to "words" and "sentences".

I use very few big words, i promise.   Unless you consider 'wallpaper' a big word.

I'm not gonna post the whole story on my blog, this is just the first two pages. 
(of 10 plus pages, and a  VIDEO) 
You must check it out by clicking here, starting on page 138.

In the story you get to see me hang out with some of my best friends:  Brian (he's the best of all my friends), our LA best friends Ian, Corbett, Leigh, and their best friends from Texas Anne and Andre, and our other great longtime friend Enver and his lovely lady Christine.  There were like 30 people in our teeny apartment with photo equipment, lights, food, fashion, makeup/hair everywhere.  Kinda a nightmare production-wise but nobody cared because it was super fun. 

Shot by the awesome David Tsay
Fiore beauty did our hair and makeup.
The Life Styled (hi, Catherine) put awesome clothes and jewelry on us.

So please check it out.  
And look at the whole magazine.  
My friend, Jen's company Ban-do has an alternate reality 80's party story that makes you want to eat sequins and shove cupcakes in your cupcake.

My secret mission in D.C. is almost finished.  
I ran into Jason Bourne. 

oh, and he also likes blue.
but he does not like princess sleeves. we talked. 


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