Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Single Man's Home

While watching A Single Man, being the architectural buff I am, I eyed the gorgeous house George called home. After a little googling I found out the home is by John Lautner and it just happens to be for sale (or recently not sure if it sold yet?). The home is very Frank Lloyd Wright-esqe (Lautner was his appreciate) and is just beautiful. Can I move in?

All images via Mossler & Doe

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Single Man

This weekend I finally caught up with the rest of the world and saw A Single Man. The movie starring Colin Firth follows the day after Firth's character, George, loses his partner of over 16 years. The movie is stream of consciousness thats allows the viewers to understand George's pain and moments of clarity.

A Single Man is Tom Ford's directoral debut but it feels like Ford has been directing for years, as every screen shot is like a spread in Vogue. Ford's attention to detail and composition makes the movie not only emotionally moving but physically.

Firth reminded me why he continues to enchant me. Every character he plays is complex and layered thanks to his subtle facial expressions and commitment to the characters. Firth's George is heartbreakingly sad but he excels when he shows his few moments of absolute clarity and joy.

The soundtrack is just another lovely layer to this film. The set of wonderful scores, mixed with 60s charms like Etta James and a hit of opera lifts the film up to a level of perfection.

I highly recommend watching A Single Man and falling in love with its nuances.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Sunny San Francisco

Our last stop on our journey was San Francisco.

We spent some time at the Ferry Building, which was just an architectural wonder, the building holds farmers markets and tons of amazing restaurants.

We of course did the Alcatraz tour but we decided to do the "night" tour, which was basically a sunset tour, but it was better because there were smaller crowds and gorgeous views.

We also saw the famous painted ladies, walked around the Haight district, did tons of shopping/browsing, and went the the Academy of Sciences (which I previously posted about here). The sea lions also made an appearance once again on this trip and were very vocal but lazy.

We rode a streetcar and saw the crookiest street, which became my favorite because of all of the hydrangeas.

I was once again lax in my picture taking so although we did a lot more this is all I have to show. The trip was a blast and San Francisco was so much fun!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Smoozing and Boozing in Sonoma

After the Redwoods it was definitely nice to head to wine country and have something more city than country/forest. Sonoma was just breathtaking. We started by walking around downtown Sonoma, filled with shops, restaurants and almost every store offering a wine tasting or selling something wine related.

After eating our packed lunch in the park, this day we should have just picked one of the yummie looking restaurants but we already had bought a lunch so we didn't want to waste it, we headed to a few wineries to look around and do some tastings.

Sonoma was a lot of fun but I think it would have been nice to spend another day there. Also I was a terrible picture taker there. Next up our last stop San Francisco..

Images of downtown via google