Monday, February 1, 2016

"No Shopping January" is in the rear view mirror

Near the end of December 2015 I decided to approach the new year differently. Instead of setting goals as I usually do, I decided to set a different goal for each month of the year.

For January, I resolved to limit my spending to only the essentials- groceries, gas, household supplies and such. 

It was a little more difficult than I expected and for the very reason I thought it would easy. In December I had honed my shopping skills for the holiday season and a bit (!) of that shopping was for myself. I got into the habit of "one for her, one for me" and overbought. I assumed that all of that shopping would carry me through January. However, I found that I had created a habit that was difficult to break.

To ease the cold turkey effect, I set up a Pinterest board called "Not Today, I'm Just Looking."
If I saw something online that I liked or thought I needed to buy, I pinned it to the board. Kind of like putting something in the shopping cart and walking around the store for a while. Except that once I pinned it, it was gone from my mind. A few times during the month I visited the board and ended up deleting things that I realized I didn't really need. Kind of eye-opening, to say the least.

I almost made it through the month.  On the 27th realized I really needed some art supplies to be able to continue my design project. So I ordered $38 worth of pens, paper and other items. I suppose I could have waited a few days but I was on a roll.

Do I feel like I can return to the hog wild behavior of December now? No. Do I feel like a little trip to Marshalls is in  order? Perhaps.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


I love starting a new year. A clean slate. A fresh start. A time to think about setting goals. It's just what I love to do.  Similar to list making, there is something about written goal setting that I find very helpful.

For each month in 2016 I've set a goal in an area of self improvement. My hope is that after 30 days of focus I'll have some carryover into the next month.   For January I've decided to limit my buying to only essentials such as groceries, gas, etc. No spontaneous Amazon purchases. No "extra 25% off the sale price at Anthropologie."

Half way through the month and my "no buy except for the essentials" is going well. It helped to set up a Pinterest board that I named "Not today, I'm just looking." It's kind of like putting things in the shopping cart and walking around the store for a while. I'll admit that it helped coming off of December which was a big retail month. However, it's also a little more difficult having been in that buy buy mentality.

Future goals include reducing alcohol consumption (very specific); increasing creativity with gift-giving in mind; and daily meditation.

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 - A Blissful Blur

I've been thinking about the past year and how the various aspects of my life intersect. How one thing leads into another. How they sometimes seem disparate but really are one.

We started the year with the purchase of a condo in Los Angeles. Carl is on a seven year project to build a section of the city's light rail system and the commute from Redlands was difficult. We looked at quite a few possibilities before deciding on a one bedroom high rise in DTLA. 

Our search focused on a view of downtown.  This building provided exactly what we were looking for.
Night time view
We had fun furnishing the space. Its clean, minimal look is very different than our home in Redlands.
Plenty of space to stretch out.

Which brings me to yoga. I've maintained a pretty strong practice for the past five years. In September 2015,  I attended my first yoga retreat.

Asilomar- a beautiful setting in Central California.
Located right on the beach where we took early morning meditation walks
Led by my favorite yoga instructor, Daniel Head, this extraordinary group of yogis are also my friends.

Friendship and travel merged several more times during the past year.

We traveled to Paso Robles with Christi and Mark where we tasted wine and enjoyed some fabulous meals.
Later in the year we met up with friends Greg and Tina in Napa.

I took a solitary road trip to Tucson, AZ to visit Dave and Sabino.

In Tucson, I had a chance to reconnect with my cousin. She and her husband have opened a tavern named after my favorite uncle, Charles Bjorkman. Those of you who know me understand what a huge inspiration he was to me.
And speaking of inspiration, my friend Linda has been incredibly supportive of my creative life- going all the way back to my handmade greeting card line. She continues to inspire me to keep moving forward.

My creative life had many ups and downs over the past year. Family obligations took up a larger portion of my time as I assist my parents with doctor visits, etc.  I had a long dry spell that kind of frightened me.  I knew I'd get back into the studio and I eventually did.

Inspired by a book by Sibella Court, I typed a list of things I like.

I illustrated them and added quotes.
And then bound the illustrations in this book.

A line of denim jackets was a brand new idea for 2015.
I enjoyed a return to an earlier style of design- utilizing vintage textiles and graphics.

A line of mala jewelry inspired by my yoga practice.

Clearly, none of this would have been possible without the love and support of my family.

My son reminds me that goodness of heart and generosity are still possible in this world.

My daughter, Jessica, took on a new career in the real estate world while being an awesome mom and wife.  My grandson, Ethan, entered his sophomore year at the Orange County School of the Arts where he studies film and television.
My time with my youngest grandson, Max, reminds me of the importance of long slow walks.
Mom, 85 and Dad, 93 emanate love and companionship.
This guy makes it all possible- the creativity, the yoga, the travel. All of it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Holiday Trunk Show 2015

I've designed a new collection of mala-inspired jewelry from semi-precious stones and I can't wait to show them to you.  I've also been working on a small collection of tops, dresses and jackets- natural fabrics mixed with lots of color and vintage graphics. Very fun and wearable!

Holiday Trunk Show
Wednesday, December 2
2pm to 6pm
 1603 West Olive Avenue
Redlands, CA 

Here are a few photos of some of the finished work...and I'll be adding more over the next few weeks.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Designing again

...and feeling great about it.

I was in a slump for a while, not sure which direction to turn, and then something good happened.

I watched Iris- the documentary about Iris Apfel, the octogenarian New York fashionista. I fell in love with not only her fabulous personal style but her sharp wit and dry humor. Here is a woman who follows the beat of her own drummer and continues to enjoy the idea of fashion and dressing up on a daily basis. I was also quite taken with her husband, Carl, who just seemed to enjoy the ride. He lived to be over 100 years old, and I believe their relationship is what helped to sustain them both.

Her comments about contemporary designers who don't even know how to sew or drape made me laugh. How can a designer not know how to sew? I guess it's not uncommon. I was inspired to take the cover off of my 1955 Bernina and sort through my collection of textiles. And then I just started sewing.

The first two pieces were designed from vintage tablecloths. I'd been saving them for something but I wasn't sure what. I guess their time had come. Those led to several more tops and tunics that I designed from a mix of vintage textiles.  A friend commented on my Instagram post that they looked like "vintage Lorimarsha." She was right! I feel like I've come full circle and have returned to the style of clothing that I started with eight years ago.

We all go through different phases with our work and I love trying new ideas and working with different kinds of fabrics. But my heart belongs with vibrant vintage graphics and designing these new pieces brought a lot of joy.

I've also been working on new jewelry designs- still loving the natural gems but in larger size stones. I abandoned the sterling clasps for a stretchy slide-on style that is so easy to put on and take off.  The bracelets are of lapis lazuli, malachite, onyx, moonstones, African trade beads, jasper, carnelian and one of a kind Tibetan findings. They have a nice feel on the wrist.

I haven't decided yet whether to plan a trunk show or sell the pieces online. That's down the road. In the meantime, I am so happy to be back in the studio!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

We love LA

Carl and I bought a place in downtown LA in January and it has really enhanced our love for the city. He's there through the week and I visit one or two days a week.  It's a completely different experience than living in Redlands.  Small town vs. urban center- they're both winners.

We walk everywhere. It's a rare occasion that we can't walk or take public transportation to where we want to go. We're just a few blocks from the Fig & Metro station where we can hop on a train.  All of this walking helps justify the fabulous dinners at all of the great restaurants downtown. It seems like they're popping up on a daily basis.  Our favorites are Redbird, Faith & Flower, Church & State, 10e and Bottega Louie. There are also some classic bars for cocktails before or after dinner.  We especially like Seven Grand, the Library Bar at the Biltmore,  and The Varnish in the back of Cole's.

There's always something to do. Between all of the museums, galleries and public art there's no excuse to stay inside. LACMA, MOCA, The Getty, The Natural History Museum, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, The  Craft and Folk Art Museum, Armand name a few. The recently completed Grand Park, across the street from the Music Center is a great place to take the kids for a picnic.

I always have my camera handy. Here are a few recent pictures.

View from our condo
Nighttime view
Disney Concert Hall
Levitated Mass at LACMA
Rooftop bar at The Standard
Grand Central Market
The Bradbury Building exterior
Interior of the Bradbury Building
The Eastern Building
LA Central Library
View from the 17th floor pool deck facing west

Great floor for yoga!
Theatre district