The Hoke House ie: The Cullen House!

I finally got to watch Breaking Dawn!…. I loved it…. It was really great and I can’t wait for breaking Dawn 2 to come out…..but to be honest what took all my breath away tonight was not Edward! It was his house….The Cullen house … Again!….I still can’t get over that house! I love everything about it. The entry foyer. The floor to ceiling windows. The fabulous furniture. I love all their art work including the artwork with the graduation caps.

The Cullen House is actually called ‘The Hoke House’. It was originally built by architect Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture as a ‘spec’ house!. (That basically means that it was built with the “hope” of finding a suitable buyer!).
After two days on the market, the house was purchased by the director of footwear design at Nike, John Hoke. Following a cover story in a northwest architecture publication, The Hoke’s were approached by a film location scout, a little film called Twilight… and well the rest is Hollywood History!
I love Bella’s reaction (in the 1st Twilight movie) when she first saw the house!
Edward Cullen: “What did you expect? Coffins, and dungeons and moats?”
Bella: “Um..not the moats.”

Shim Chung (沈淸) The Blind Man’s Daughter

Shim Chung was performed by Universal Ballet Of Korea.

Last night the girls and I went to watch the Ballet Shim Chung…. What can I say?… This ballet took my breath away!!! It is hands down THE BEST ballet I have ever seen! It had a new level of performance blending traditional sentiment and modern artistry into one. The main story line is about Shim Chung’s devotion to her blind father and how heaven is moved to restore his eyesight.

My Favorite Parts Were:

* The underwater video scenes were out of this world!… it was unexpected and felt like a             treat!

* Shim Chung and her father reuniting was one of the most touching scenes I have seen in a ballet!

* The fantasy undersea kingdom in Act 2 was a visual feast.

* The costumes were very beautiful and so was the design set.

Act I- Scene I: A fishing village:  

The curtain opens revealing the old, thatched cottage of Shim Hak-Kyu, the blind man. He is eagerly awaiting the birth of his first child. His new baby daughter Shim Chung is brought to him, but his joy soon turns to sorrow when the midwife informs him that his wife is dead. In the years that follow, the blind father supports his daughter by begging until Shim Chung herself takes over.

The village seems to feel responsible for her, and they give generously. One day, however, Shim Chung is so late returning home that her distraught father goes out in search of her. On his way to the village, he stumbles near the bridge and falls into the river. He is rescued by a Buddhist monk who tells him that he can regain his sight if he donates 300 sacks of rice to the temple. The father eagerly pledges the rice, only to regret his decision later when he remembers how poor he is. Shim Chung finally arrives home, and the worried father tells her what he has done. She reasures him not to worry, but is deeply concerned herself.

Soon a Captain of a ship and his sailors come to the village and offer a large sum of money for a maiden to be sacrificed to the Sea Dragon King during their voyage, to protect the ship from the sea. Shim Chung shocks the Captain by volunteering herself in order to fulfill her father’s pledge to the monk. She receives the money from the Captain, gives it to the monk, and begs him to purchase the 300 bags of rice and to pray for her father to regain his sight. Her father and the whole village weep bitterly when she departs with the Captain and his sailors.

Act I- Scene II: The deck of the ship: 

The Captain and his men take Shim Chung back to their ship. Three drunken sailors pursue Shim Chung and attack her, but the Captain stops and scolds them. He reminds them that if the seas become rough, she will be sacrificed, and he gives Shim Chung the white sacrificial dress. The Captain and his men rejoice when Shim Chung takes the dress and accepts her fate.

Later she finds a place on the deck to rest as evening falls. Night comes and she falls asleep. In a dream, the spirit of her father comes to comfort and strengthen her. Before the first rays of dawn, a storm breaks and wrecks the ship. Shim Chung prays and jumps into the sea.

 Act II: Under the sea:

After Shim Chung is found unconscious in the ocean , she is rescued and presented to the Sea Dragon King. He already knows about her voluntary sacrifice and has proclaimed her as great Daughter. As soon as she appears, the King is struck by her beauty, and he offers her gifts and invites her to join his son the Prince and celebrate with the creatures of the deep. A court entertainment is presented in Shim Chung’s honor, and Shim Chung wins the hearts of the entire court. But she seems troubled by something. The Sea Dragon King asks what she desires, and she explains that she is worried about her blind father, whom she left behind. The King tells her that any father’s heart would be moved by devotion such as hers, and agrees to let her return to the surface in a huge pink lotus flower.

Act III: Korean King’s Palace:

The Korean King and his ministers are gathered in the courtyard in front of a pond full of lotus flowers. It is time for the Korean King to marry, and the court ministers have been searching high and low to find just the right bride for him. Several candidates have been brought and presented to the King, but none of them seems just right.

Suddenly, as if by magic, a pink lotus flower appears in the palace garden. It opens, and a beautiful maiden steps out of the flower. The King asks her who she is and where she has come from. Shim Chung introduces herself, and explains that she is trying to find her blind father. The King offers to help, ordering his ministers to search the country and bring all the blind men to the palace. He invites Shim Chung into his palace to rest after her long voyage.

In the evening, Shim Chung hears music from the courtyard that reminds her of her childhood, and her father. She comes out to the veranda to listen more closely. Watching her, the King is moved by her pure heart and her beauty. As time passes, the King love for Shim Chung deepens, and he directs his court to make all the preparations for a royal wedding ceremony. As the day of the ceremony arrives, the blind men begin to arrive from around the country.

The new Queen meets each of them, only to be disappointed over and over. Her father is not among them. She is about to withdraw into the palace when one last blind man taps his way into the courtyard. When she turns toward him, his back is to her. Although afraid of being disappointed again, Shim Chung approaches him and turns him around. It is her father! At first he cannot believe that his beloved Shim Chung is alive, and he rejects the weeping Queen. After touching her face, however, he realizes it is truly Shim Chung. Overwhelmed with joy, he regains his sight. The court rejoices at the miraculous reunion and as the royal family greet people, the other blind men receive their sight as well. The King and Queen celebrate the wondrous occasion, Shim Chung father offers his blessing on her marriage, and all share in their joy.

Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Home

I love Aerin Lauder’s homes but her ski chalet in Aspen is by far my favorite….. it is a lesson in luxurious simplicity…..It’s cozy, very casual yet very chic….. imagine coming home after a long day of skiing and sit by that fire place and watch that amazing view…Heaven!

The house, which Lauder bought in 2009, was a relatively new build but her friend and interior designer Daniel Romualdez added a bit more character to it.“Aerin was very clear that she wanted a very simple house,” says Romualdez. “It’s really just a ski house, very informal, with an open kitchen so she can make breakfast for everyone and chat. She chose to avoid the billionaire neighborhoods like Red Mountain and go for something more local and low-key”.


The white sofas in the sitting room along with classic modern pieces such as Hans Wegner’s hoop chairs and George Nakashima’s angular wooden tables are my favorite.

Via Vogue.

Laughter Is The Best Cure

Today was one of those days!…. I had my son’s birthday party at home, and guess what theme it was!… it was a Messy birthday party theme!!!!! Nope not Messy the football player.. Messy as in “let’s make a mess”…..(more on that on a different post)… And just to give you an idea of what the after math of a messy party is !!!!

Yup I know what you are thinking and believe me I was thinking it too!!! …..Anyways to make a long story short a dear friend of mine told me that she was going to a stand up comedy show tonight and there might be seats still available…… so I thought what better way to relieve from all the stress of this long day other than laughter? … after all they do say that laughter is the best cure right? Right!

I’m glad that we went…. though now I feel that I need some sort of another cure!!! A spa treatment maybe?

Karl Lagerfeld + Carine Roitfeld = Chanel Book

Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld are collaborating on an upcoming book… A preview and a few details about the collaboration is in the November issue of V magazine.

The project, which is still being produced, revolves around the classic black Chanel tweed jacket. Lagerfeld has been shooting while Roitfeld has been styling a number of stylish women and men of different fields of life in order to show the many different ways this legendary jacket can be worn…… “This jacket is a vital and irrational impulse open to creativity and transformation,” Lagerfeld explains, adding “Especially in the hands of Carine Roitfeld”….. Can’t wait for the book to come out!….Here are 3 of my favorite images so far!

Via Chanel Book.