A card party in mid-Century Pasadena.

My friend Laura and I went to see Daniele at her new home in Pasadena today. Laura’s redecorating her own new house, so we were cruising along, looking for paint colors she liked. I was navigator. We cruised along, checking out the colors on Daniele’s street. We talked about what our dream houses looked like….

Kour Pour and his hot publicist.

I met Lyn Winter when she was at the Museum of Contemporary Art… working with Jeffrey Deitch.  She is a publicist who is herself an artist;  an intellectual, beautiful, thoughtful person.  I’m very impressed with her, as you might be able to tell. When Jeffrey went to New York — Lyn stayed here, where she’s the…

Retail therapy.

I was walking down Beverly Drive with Vin — I don’t remember what we were doing, but we had a few minutes to kill — when he noticed the store’s window. “Want go to in?” he asked.  There was a gray jacket that looked kind of cute, so I agreed. When Laura P. came to…

ADHD and focus.

I was not diagnosed with ADHD as a child.  Nobody even knew what it was. I got good grades, but I had to study hard.  Math was my downfall. but my friend Gregory McAllester tutored me through it. I needed to move — tennis, walking, jogging — and that helped quiet my brain.  I functioned fairly…

Bring Bring.

Karen Schmidt’s always got the best stationery. Maybe because she works at The Getty, or maybe because she has access to better printers… I’m not sure what it is, but I always looks forward to her missives. I smiled when I saw that she customized this notecard to make it a ‘Thank You’ card. She typed…

The Dakota.

I’ve always been curious about The Dakota.   Ever since John Lennon was murdered there, it seemed like a building of dark mystery. When Vin told me we were invited to a dinner party there — hosted by folks from a Board he’s on — I had to manage my expectations. For the record, it EXCEEDED my expectations……

Cooper Hewitt’s star Director.

I’ve always wanted to see the COOPER HEWITT Museum in New York. When Vin announced his Smithsonian National Board meeting featured a day at the museum — literally — I jumped. To my delight, Director Caroline Baumann walked our group around — while I mercilessly peppered her with all my free-associating about RISD artists who have works…

Shameless flattery will get you everywhere.

My mother’s a better ‘clip artist’ than I am — and she reads more profound magazines than I do… in this case, THE ECONOMIST. This says:  “CONTACTS ULTIMATELY MEAN CONTRACTS”. Other great quotes: * Networking is not just for the elites. * “Networking can be considered an investment that pays off in the future.” * “Abandon all…

Acknowledgement makes you want to give more…

I was on the phone yesterday with Kim from the Da Vinci Design School.  We were talking about the importance of “soft social skills” for kids whose parents may not have taught them how important it is to reach out & network as a way to build one’s brand.   I told Kim I believe…

One door closes…

This is the letter I got online today … and what prompted me to write Katie Stern, the Curator at an art gallery, a note expressing my regret. Dearest Friends and Collectors After a beautiful run of 3 1/2 years at Bergamot Station, we will be closing the Frostig Collection gallery on the 28th of…