If you remember my blog post from July, I talked about how I took my first pottery class and was excited to go back to glaze what I made. I finally went a couple of weeks ago for the glazing process. It was cool and scary at the same time because with certain colors you never know how the pigments are going to react in the kiln. After a couple more weeks of waiting, the good people over at Firestick Pottery called and said the pieces were ready to pick up. So, here they are. My first handmade pottery pieces that I could not be happier with. The process and the experience was amazing. Seeing the transformation from raw overlooked materials to objects that can be used in a daily application is truly inspiring. The wheels start turning dreaming up what I’ll make next every time I put my jewelry in my artisan dish.
We took a mini road trip over the weekend to the Palm Springs adjacent Desert Hills premium shopping outlets, or simply better known as Cabazon. I haven’t been there in my adult years but always hear about the infamous Gucci outlet. Unlike the Camarillo outlet counterpart where you can only find 10-15 past season products in the store on a good day, here you can find a full selection of complete seasons at a crazy discounted price. Sounded too good to be true so I had to check it out for myself. Without doing any research upon our arrival I was mostly excited to hit the double ‘G’ adorned store but then walking through the layout I discovered that this outlet has EVERYTHING. Pretty much any high-end designer has a store there and even those somewhat under-the-radar brands such as James perse (who I aesthetically love) is nestled right next to Sandro. I couldn’t believe it. Then walking up to the Gooch my eyes shifted to the logo beside it that read, Saint Laurent. I didn’t even have to bother, I knew exactly where I was going first and I’m sure glad I did. Walking in, the sweetest girl, Ashley, took care of me and helped me find my new favorite pants. These striped wool pajama vibe lightweight jogger trouser things (originally $1,290 down to $350) were a must and the last pair in stock. Ashley got me a few pairs of denim that didn’t fit quite right so she went back to see what her little magical hands could find and appeared with the last pair of faded black DO2’s in a size 30 (Originally $750 down to $200). I tried them on and told Ashley that if we weren’t amidst a pandemic I would hug her. She told me to save it and that she’ll collect when it’s over. We hit a few others stores where my card took a beating but we ironically never even ended up going into Gucci. It’s okay, I think this is going to a be a frequent adventure.
My package from Adorama got delivered this morning and boy oh boy am I excited to start creating with the Sony ZV-1. I just took it for a little spin and I’m already in love with it for those good, but not quite cinematic, but still really good videos. I think the only thing I’m going to change out is the mini Rode mic and get their wireless GO version as the wind muff is a bit much for my liking. Plus it’s a little flimsy and I just want to be able to throw this setup in a bag and head out the door.
I didn’t get a chance to thrift last week so I decided to hit my favorite flea market on Sunday. With how crazy things are right now I try to be in and out super fast and only stop by the sellers that I’ve been building relationships with to avoid walking through the crowds. Overall I think it was a success considering I only spent maybe an hour there and about $60 in total. A lot of people always ask me how I go about finding things of value to sell, what to look for, where to go and most importantly.. how to photograph the products so they’re sure to sell for top dollar. I decided to order a vlogging camera so I can start bringing you with me to show you how I do it and what has always worked for me.
I’ve been going down a cinematic rabbit hole over the last couple of days and stumbled upon one of the most beautiful movie breakdowns I have ever seen. I don’t know why I have this innate desire to create stories lately but I hope to one day capture and express one as good as Richard Linklater did in his Before Trilogy .
I’ll be recording a Q+A episode for SS/OUNDWAVES® this week so please DM or email any questions you have. No topic is off the table. I look forward to reading and taking my time to thoroughly answer them in depth opposed to only being able to write a few lines when I do this through my IG stories.
I was astonished at the fact that I was able to find two 35mm film cameras, a Super 8 video camera and two mini vintage Gucci trunks all for $40 at the flea market yesterday. Perhaps this should be a weekly installment so it forces me to go every Sunday.
If you ever wanted to know my biggest fear and insecurity, its being in front of the camera – which is why I’m pretty impressed that I only experienced two meltdowns this morning while recording my first digital transmission.