Mother’s Day with Daphne’s California Greek

2PMS+k-DaphnesLogoWe open this Spring on Mother’s Day weekend and Daphne’s California Greek has graciously offered to help make our Mother’s Day show a little more special by offering our audience a taste of Daphne’s!

Daphne’s California Greek is a Southern California born and bred company. They are a company who believes in being your true authentic self and support education, physical, active lifestyles and are highly involved with the local art community. They are part of programs such as STAR education, which seeks to bring music and arts back into the public schools.

Daphne’s new music discovery program supports amazingly talented young musicians and provides a platform for them to share their music and their passion with a larger audience whether it’s in one of Daphne’s locations, online via Daphne’s free, streaming radio channel, or through exclusive concerts in venues near their restaurants.

We like all of that.

There are 54 locations here in Southern California… including one right down the street from The Lillian Theater in Hollywood. If you’ve never tried their California spin on some classic Mediterranean food, you should!
calofornia_grown
We look forward to sharing Daphne’s with you on Sunday, May 12 at our Mother’s Day Show!

Tickets are on sale now!

 

Dana

 

photo

Today Jessica and I went to the funeral services for Dana Collins Bell. Dana performed for us in Hollywood in 2011. She delivered an amazing performance which had the audience in awe of her. Truly Dana was a magnetic person.

Dana with her mom who came every show to watch her daughter perform.
Dana with her mom who came every show to watch her daughter perform.

Back in 2010 Dana called me one month prior to the show and said that the cancer had spread to her brain but that she was still going to perform. I could not believe her strength. Dana and I laughed over the phone over her story she was going to share.

Dana had very long legs and loved to wear heels, she looked amazing for a woman having chemo. One day a woman yelled at her in a parking lot that she shouldn’t be parking in the handicap space as it didn’t look like anything was wrong with her.

Dana proceeded to yank out her prosthetic breast, slam it onto the windshield of her car and say, lady you shouldn’t judge as you don’t know what people are going through.

Dana had helped hand out literature at some of our previous shows with a good girlfriend of hers, Lisa, for a moms club they were involved with called Moms Like Me. Jessica began hearing what Dana was going through and they bonded as Jessica had recently lost her own mother to breast cancer.

Jessica and I drove to Woodland Hills today to go to the Mormon church that Dana had been going to since she was a child. It was a really lovely funeral. The Bishop that led the funeral had known Dana since they were children. He said they used to play Barbies together.

Dana’s friend and family members spoke so eloquently of her.

Dana’s mother, Cela, whom looks so much like Dana, even mentioned Dana performing in the play. Because at the time I knew she was sick but Dana never let you know how sick or maybe her positive nature just made you think she was healthier then she was.

The Bishop wrapped up the funeral and said even though Dana had essentially been dealt a very hard deck of cards in life, she was determined to stay optimistic.

In the last six months of her life Dana made it to a Pat Benetar concert and a concert by Venice. She wanted the song “The Family Tree” by Venice played at her funeral and so it was.

Dana has amazed me. Last night we kept our kids up late, I let the youngest eat from a box of cookies as we had a little dance party. Dana’s friends had mentioned that kids loved being at her house because anything went. Last night I let a bit of that spirit into our home. I slow danced with my 2 year-old boy and that’s when I finally cried for Dana.

Dana leaves behind her three children, between the ages of 13 and 6. It is incomprehensible to me to have leave your children at such a young age. Dana’s mom told us Dana admitted to her just last month that she never thought she would actually die from breast cancer. Her mother said, that is how unwavering her positive outlook on life was because she battled breast cancer for 5 years while going through a divorce with three young kids.

65262_10151355287312974_404403765_n-1

There was a big wooden board with the a quote on in that really brought home what Dana stands for in my mind. It read:

Life is not about learning to survive the storm, but rather learning how to dance in the rain.

 

Ladies Night & The Time Beth Littleford Went on a Liquor Run For Us

Our opening night will be a Ladies Night. And no we don’t discriminate so men are allowed as always, it’s Hollywood baby, anything goes.

DSC_0227

It does mean that for $25 you will receive a complimentary glass of wine and you will go home with a goody bag. As those of you know we often come up with fabulous raffle prizes as well. Just know we will treat you right!

Opening night is Friday May 10th and we’ve already sold quite a few tickets for that evening. Showtime is at 8PM.

We will have a lot of wine as we will not make performer Beth Littleford go on a liquor run for us during the show.

Beth+Littleford+Victoria+Secret+Bombshells+VECT4mHGmJ1l

Which she has done before. Beth took off for Trader Joe’s on Santa Monica Blvd. and bought a bunch of wine, when she performed for us a few years back. She made it back in time to close out the show. Yes, Ms. Littleford is one cool lady indeed.

You can buy your ticket here.

 

Excuses We Give

Laura Tremaine
Laura Tremaine

LA mom and blogger, Laura Tremaine of Hollywood Housewife, just posted something on Twitter yesterday that got me to thinking about the way I talk about what I choose to do. Here is what she tweeted:

hollywood housewife @hollywoodhwife

It drives me crazy when women claim they don’t have time to read. Here are five moms who answer When Do You Read? http://bit.ly/TFHThX

I thought of how just this weekend I told my mother I don’t have time to read. But what I should have said is, I am choosing not to read right now. I choose to watch bad reality TV or documentaries with my husband at night.

I went to Laura’s blog and read her post and enjoyed this point she made:

Whenever the topic of books or book clubs come up, one of the most common refrains I hear from other women is “Oh, I don’t have time to read.” But what they usually mean is, “I don’t make it priority to read.” After all, we’re all busy. If you enjoy reading, that time can be found somewhere.

This has  got me to thinking that I need to start stating it that way. Everyone is busy and it is what we choose to focus on that gets done. Of course barring illness.

Turns out my mom left a book she just read and I picked it up and started reading it today. I do enjoy inspiration from fellow moms I must say.

PabLove Event in LA this Saturday

If you are looking for something to do with your children this Saturday in Los Angeles here is an event that also is put on for a good cause. You can read about the PabLove event here.

 

 

True Pablove
A Valentine’s Family Celebration

 

Saturday, February 9th, 2013
11am–3pm

Lot 613
Downtown Arts District
613 Imperial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
$60 per person advance
$70 per person at door

Unique Valentine-themed craft booths, live music,
silent auction, kids’ activities, and great food and beverages.

Please email info@pablove.org with questions about ticketing, sponsorships, and silent auction contributions.

The mission of The Pablove Foundation is to fund pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment, educate and empower cancer families, and improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, music and arts programs.

The Pablove Foundation is named after Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz, the son of Jo Ann Thrailkill and Jeff Castelaz and the little brother of Grady Gallagher. Pablo was six years old when he lost his valiant yearlong battle with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. Imbued with his spirit and inspired by his strength, Pablove is dedicated to the daily, global fight against childhood cancer and the suffering that comes in its wake.

pablo_beach_240px

We fight on in order to amplify one simple message: kids get cancer too.

http://youtu.be/U89o1LUEY8Y

Meet Julie Goldman, LA Interior Designer/Mom

As part of Expressing Motherhood’s interest in creative moms I interviewed Julie Goldman, a Los Angeles mom who is an interior designer. Julie also blogs on her site. She just did a great interview with Alyson Fox which you can read about here.

Adorable, New Orleans bred, Julie.
Adorable, New Orleans bred, Julie.

Julie launched her own company, J. Latter Design.

splash-logo

Having recently moved to a new home I didn’t know how to decorate it. My brain does not work that way. I’d buy one item, realize it didn’t work and then return it. Wasting lots of time. When I found out the Julie was a decorator I quickly emailed her, our kids went to school together. She’s been great working at the speed in which our wallet can afford and keeping it kid friendly.

Here is the interview:

Expressing Motherhood has been my creative outlet since becoming a mom. Was interior design always your creative focus? What is your background?

 

I have always been interested in making things – from crafts to food. Interior design provided the opportunity for me to explore and experiment with my environment. From painting to weaving to pottery, I get to work with all sorts of creative makers. My background is in art history and oddly, forensic science. I have always been interested in the process of making things that are visual, whether rugs or fingerprints.

 

IMG_1715-200x140

How has becoming a mom changed or molded your creativity?

 

How has it not?! From creatively managing my time to designing and re-designing our home to suit our current needs. We’ve gone through phases where everywhere I looked was teeny tiny baby clothes to teensy doll clothes. I get to do crafts and cook with my kids which I love. I think the biggest changes/challenges has been learning to enjoy the process, letting go of the mess we’re making and not focusing on the final product.

 

IMG_1406Edit2-200x140

How old are your girls? How many hours do you work a week?

 

My girls are 10 and 6 (and a half). I work a minimum of 20 hours a week including bookkeeping, marketing, billing, etc.

 

IMG_1520_1_2_tonemapped3-200x140

 When did you launch your business? How do you find clients? Besides me, at our kids’ school!

 

I launched my business in LA in 2000 or so, working first out of a small home boutique. Up until last year, I mostly acquired clients through personal referrals or word of mouth. Now that both kids are in school all day, I am able to spend some time focusing on marketing the business.

 

IMG_5665-200x140

How do you balance motherhood and work?

It is a constant juggling act. Having my own business allows me the flexibility I need to juggle trips to Target with the design center. I try to schedule certain days for certain activities like meetings (which usually require that I shower) and trips to the upholsterer (which don’t), some personal time to exercise and some required family stuff (grocery store, b-day gifts) but it never fails that any given day gets switched around. I am rarely able to work between 3-8 unless it is the two days a week I have a nanny. Then I am back at it after 8. It is the upside and downside to doing what you love.

DSC_0121-200x140

DSC_0145-200x140

 I bought some amazing hand tie dyed pillows from you, how did you make them and how did you get them into Harbinger?
IMG_4262

 

I’d been inspired a few months ago by painting on textiles. There is this trend of splatter paint and watercolors happening at the same time right now, sort of a modern 80’s redux. I am friends with the designers who own Harbinger, Joe Lucas and Parish Chilcoat. It is important to build a community of support no matter what industry you’re in and I really value my professional relationships – especially because I am working solo so much of the time.

Interior design is such a different field to me. What is your favorite part about it?

 

My favorite parts of interior design are two-fold. 1. Thrilling a client. Knowing that they are creating a home, raising their kids, relaxing, eating, creating memories in the spaces and that what I have provided for them really works for them and their lifestyle.  Giving them even more than they expected. 2. Working with vendors – from the painters to the metal smiths. These people are outstanding in their fields so watching them create, learning about their expertise and bringing my vision to reality is really satisfying.

IMG_4264

Creating a space for people, families in particular is so intimate. Did becoming a mom change your designing ways?

 

I think it made me really understand the practical side of things. I am not a ‘fancy’ person, but nothing is as hard on your furniture as a busy, growing child. So I think a great deal about storage solutions, durable fabrics and finishes and timelessness. I look for things to be versatile and long-lasting. A few years ago, I created a line of slipcovered beds and headboards that allow you to completely change the look of your space with a new cover. Many designers focus on paint to give a new look, but though inexpensive, painting is intrusive and a pain if you’re doing it yourself. With this idea, I could slip on a new cover and change my whole bedroom in a flash or re-use a daybed from a kid’s room in a home office without having to send it out for reupholstery.

Thanks Julie!