This poignant painting by Glenn Waggner is the latest acquisition into my art collection. Its title of “It was Time to Move On” is timely and appropriate … As of May 31, 2017, I have vacated my loft in the Arts District after 20 years (I’ve lived in Downtown Los Angeles even longer … since 1993!). I continue to divide my time between California and Texas, but have now officially relocated my business CauseConnect LLC to Houston. With the recent announcement of The Cheech Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry in Riverside where I will play a key role, the expansion of my work with long-time national clients such as Toyota and Target, and the significant changes in my beloved Arts District, IT WAS TIME. In this day and age, I can serve my clients wherever I am, and after three years of flying back and forth across two states, I decided having multiple residences and work spaces was too much. I can be mobile, nimble, flexible, and free.
And, as Glenn’s painting so eloquently conveys, “It was time to move on …”
On 5/13/05, I adopted this little guy — my first dog since I was a child — and he changed my life. It was because of Vatche that I took early-morning strolls of the streets in the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles, which led to my photography of my beloved neighborhood. On Saturday, 5/13/17 at 9:11am, my golden puppy placed his head in my lap for the last time, and crossed the rainbow bridge. Sweet dreams, my dearest Vatche.
Yum! I am not much of a “sweets” person, but when the heat is on, I do crave ice cream! So, lucky for me, during this recent wave of hotness, I made my way to the Salt & Straw ice cream truck conveniently parked down the street from my Arts District loft where it sits waiting until construction is completed on its upcoming 3rd Street retail location. Emily and Matt, the two scoopmasters staffing the truck when I got there, were delighted to let me taste the five flavors available that night. I’m typically a “chocolate only” kind of ice cream gal, so while I loved their version, I settled on one I was surprised I adored “oh so much” … Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate! What??!!!!?? My taste buds just went bonkers when I tried this one, so I happily left, slurping a massive scoop on a cone as I maneuvered the hot streets of L.A.
The impromptu breakdancing performance by Cafe Gratitude server and “bBoy” Timbo Slice @TimboTheTruth proves that adhering to a whole-foods, plant-based vegan lifestyle keeps you fit, healthy, and full of energy!
I absolutely adore the perfumed selection of coconut-soy candles with wood wicks made and sold exclusively by The Fenix LA. Starting in May, scent-designer extraordinaire Jack Frysztak also makes and sells shampoos and cleaning conditioners infused with his signature collection of custom fragrances (over 200!). All are available online through his website or at the Arts District Co-Op at 453 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013 (open Friday through Sunday 12-8pm until June 2, when the pop-up artisan marketplace opens six days a week).