Saturday, March 27, 2010

Westweek Fever

This past week, I did something truly radical. I put down the needle and thread...

...and ventured out into the world of the living. And what a crazy and glamorous world it was.

The annual design event known as "Westweek" had descended upon Los Angeles, and a flurry of designers, bloggers, editors and executives were shopping, cavorting, and networking with an energy that seemed to invigorate the entire town.
(Max Beckmann, "Paris Society", 1931)

It's still a bit of a blur, but I'll try to recount as best I can.

There was dinner at the Chateau Marmont with the captivating Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic and too-amusing-for-words Christian May of Maison 21 which consisted mainly of peals of laughter and glasses of Prosecco.

There was a chic cocktail party at Almont Yard hosted by One Kings Lane where I met founder Ali Pincus, designer Nathan Turner, blogger Katie-d-i-d and visionaire Sean O'Mara of Royal Apothic. It ended up being one of those nights where you tell yourself you'll leave in twenty more minutes, and then suddenly it's almost midnight and you have to get up in six hours.
(photo via Velvet and Linen)

There was a keynote panel at the Pacific Design Center that was well-represented by stellar bloggers Ronda Carman of All the Best, Brad Ford of DesignTherapy and Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise LA.

There was breakfast at Cecconi's with Patricia Shackelford aka Mrs. Blandings, who arrived wearing a sleeveless Liberty dress from Target that clung to her like couture.
(Photo via Apartment Therapy)

There would have been more to tell but by that point, I had all the symptoms of "Westweek Fever", a well-known malady caused by overindulgence, sleeplessness and vocal fatigue. The only known cure for this affliction consists of lying prostrate on one's sofa like a Victorian invalid...

...and confining oneself to bad television...

...and a strict diet of proven restoratives.

I'm feeling much better now.

19 comments:

starcakeastrology.blogspot.com said...

That sounds so fun! Frozen bananas are the best!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Sounds like grand fun!

ALL THE BEST said...

It was so wonderful to finally meet in person!! However, it was all too brief!! I would LOVE to see you in Scotland this summer. Please keep me posted!

pve design said...

Oh to be a fly (or a monkey) on some wall there to see all the "biggies" at Westweek Fever.
Frozen Bananas, I am going apes!
pve

maison21 said...

to see you twice in one week was an even better treat than frozen bananas!

oxoxo-

c.

Helen James said...

What a great chance to meet and converse with such a bunch of talented and inspirational folk, sounds like you earned your respite along with chocolate banana's

Helen James said...

ps your embroidery is extraordinary....what a talented lady you are, wishing you such good luck with the show

Debra said...

That piece of embroidery is fabulous! You were all in such great company-must have been wonderful ~ all of those great, creative minds in one spot.

Lisa said...

I'm pea-green with envy! That sounded like so much fun.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Our breakfast was one of the highlights of the trip. CANNOT wait to see more about the up coming show.

Amanda said...

Great post! It made me laugh out loud! All the West Week festivities sound divine. I am definitely going to come next year. Reading everyone's fun stories makes me so sad to have missed it!

xx Amanda

European Girl said...

I am so jealous about frozen bananas! I love them so much, but they don't have it here where I live right now so... enjoy them for me!

Kathy G said...

Looks like I am not the only one watching bad TV...I must admit to secretly being entertained by those REAL housewives..just wish it had been proceeded by a fun filled week like yours. I am dying to see more embroideries!

Courtney said...

gahhhhh that embroidery has me going bananas!!!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

looks like fun! love frozen bananas.

Velvet and Linen said...

Sorry we missed each other!
It really was a great week. Hope we can meet in person some time soon!

xo
Brooke

Lisa said...

Your mention of Patricia Shackelford wearing the Liberty of London dress from Target was all I needed to get to Target ASAP. I think you're referring to the pink floral print (or maybe the the yellow print with matching coat). Whatever, I remember that dress being the first item I encountered at Target in Austin and I fell in love instantly. I've fondled it every visit but could never commit. Today I purchased it and I feel that it does fit like couture. (Doesn't hurt that the husband likes too). It's mine, all mine, tags removed. Thank you for the nudge :) (Bet Mrs. Blandings looked spectacular!!)

katiedid said...

Such fun to meet you in person! You are all I had imagined in all of the very best of ways!!!! I hope we can keep in touch and I can't WAIT to hear more about your show!!!

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