I went to Los Angeles to relax, see the sights and visit my friend.
Southern California, where, even in January, the sun is out and exotic flowers are blooming.
Where lemon trees grow along the sidewalks and in the back yard shrubbery.
Deborah said, pick some to take home. I asked, which ones are ripe?
The yellow ones.
Magnolia trees! In bloom! So beautiful.
My friend lives close to the beach, just a short walk.
Even in the sun it was too cool for sun bathing. The beaches were pretty empty.
There were lots of people along the boardwalk but only a few ventured out onto the sand.
We spent the weekend going to lots of art shows and galleries.
My favorite? The “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way.” A wonderful show at the LA County Museum of Art.
So many different examples of mid century design.
Fabrics, like this cool one by Alvin Lustig called “Incantation”. 
Or the amazing garden gates designed by Claire Falkenstein for Peggy Guggenheim’s home/museum in Venice. This is the model.
…Venice, yes,….. so many reasons to go to Venice.
And this cool 1968 wooden chest by Mabel and Milon Hutchinson.
Clothes too! I love this 1942 skirt and jacket by Louella Ballerino.
I’d like to thank California, which helped to bring about our new, casual and relaxed lifestyle. Pants for women! Swimsuits you can keep on, just add a skirt and you’re good to go. Mix and match separates! Easy clothes for an easy life.
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