Gallery Mondays: “Jeweled Toad”

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If you’ve seen my accessories collection, you’d know that I LOVE owls. I have an owl ring, several owl necklaces, an owl phone case…

The owl obsession is real.

So you can imagine back in fall 2015 while I was visiting the Getty Museum in Los Angeles how excited I got when I saw this adorable owl, part of the In Focus: Animalia exhibit.

A dye imbibition print, called “Jeweled Toad” is by Los Angeles based artist Hiro. The toad brooch was created by David Webb. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the original piece because there was no photography allowed in that particular exhibit, so the above photo is of promo poster outside of the hall. I have my ways.

Is it just me, or is this owl extra fluffy?! I just wanna reach out and ruffle its feathers!

I’d buy that toad brooch in a heartbeat (if it were affordable, and I doubt it is lol).

I just hope that brooch isn’t attached to the owl. That would be cruel.

Learn more about In Focus: Animalia here.

Gallery Mondays: ‘The Musicians’ Brawl’ by Georges de la Tour

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I saw this painting at Getty Museum while on vacation in California back in September. It’s starting to get pretty cold in New York so I’m missing that Cali weather again.

There’s a lot going on in French Baroque painter Georges de La Tour’s The Musicians’ Brawl. When I first saw it, I couldn’t help but laugh, not only at the subject of the painting but also at the note next to it from Getty Museum challenging visitors to strike a pose similar to one of the subjects in the painting.

The painting is supposedly depicting two musicians getting into a fight, one trying to squeeze a lemon in the other’s eye while three other men watch it all go down. The man about to encounter the fierce burning acidity of a lemon is blind, so that just makes the whole situation even more heartless. Also, the guy on the far left is the blind man’s guide. Isn’t he supposed to be helping instead of standing there with his jaw dropped?!

May the holiday bar fights begin?

Learn more about the painting here.

California Day 5: LA Traffic, Getty Museum & Bubble Tea

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I think you lost it in the Hollywood Hills …

– Hilary Duff

My mom decided we should try to go visit the Getty Museum again since we couldn’t get parking when we attempted to visit on day 2 of our trip.

I was surprised the traffic wasn’t awful on our first few days in California, but I suppose it was because of the holiday. As soon as the festivities were over, we had to endure the notoriously terrible traffic jams on the highway, especially since we were tourists that were too afraid to get stuck in the express carpool lane for fear of missing our exit on the GPS.

Our attempt to visit the Getty Museum was successful. The museum is located in the hills, so we had to take a tram from the parking lot to the museum after parking the car.

We ended up spending about 2 1/2 hours there looking at European art from the 16th and 17th centuries, strolling though the beautiful gardens, and viewing some animal photography.

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We accidentally ended up in the family room of the museum where we found this bed and some books on it.

Of course I couldn’t get enough of the gardens. It looked and smelled amazing!

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My mom and aunt underneath a floral arch in the gardens.

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On the way back to the hotel, my aunt realized that there was a bubble tea shop across the street from where we were staying in Montebello. I was so happy. You don’t understand how bad I wanted to find boba in California!

I got a mango flavored bubble tea that evening with my dinner. My day was made.

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Stay tuned for day 6 (the final day of my California adventure :/) tomorrow!