Shop the Block: Attitude!, 90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


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A bit like an upscale Melrose shop, Attitude! is a gem in the crown of Sierra Madre’s boutique shopping scene. The owners create many of their own designs and execute them in craftsman-like detail. Handbags, in particular, are a specialty here, from the offbeat to the glamorous to the everyday. Expect to pay a bit more for the high-quality of each piece, but know it’s an investment worthy of your hard-earned moolah.

90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 626-355-3929

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Design Revolution Road Show rolls through Art Center


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The Design Revolution Road Show that will be rolling through the Art Center College of Design campus on Monday has an agenda, and the 40 objects it’s bringing in tow help make a convincing case: good design solves problems.

There are solutions to first-world problems, like needing to sync your iPod with your workout. But there are also straws to purify polluted water as you drink it, sharp jewelry to punch would-be attackers and affordable, custom-fit eyeglasses that use liquid to bend light accordingly.

The photos are of Hippo Rollers, a water transport barrel for the developing world. The Hippo has a capacity of 24 gallons, and frees women and children from having to spend most of their days collecting water for their households.

The all-day exhibition takes place in a mobile, 1972 Airstream trailer, and visitors can experience, use and touch all of the products on display. In the evening, GOOD, Art Center’s Alumni Office and Designmatters present a celebration with food, drink, music, books and dialogue.

Monday, Feb. 8, noon-10 p.m., lecture at 1 p.m., evening reception at 6 p.m. Art Center College of Design at Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida St. designrevolutionroadshow.com

(Photos via Design Revolution Road Show)

You and a zombie, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

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Love. Zombies. They’re both infectious, and they’re both the subject of Gallery Nucleus’ Valentine’s art happening “Zombies in Love.”
It’s much ado about something dead. (Has the Jane Austen/zombie love affair already jumped the shark?)
Gallery organizers advise bringing your beloved to the exhibit, because true love doesn’t die — or un-die.
The opening reception will feature a volunteer zombie walk; arrive in your finest undead state for the sake of art. The zombified also are spared the $2 cover charge.
Paintings, sculptures and live performances will be showcased in the gallery, and zombie professionals from film and publishing will be signing their work, including Chris Lane, the Oakland illustrator who collaborated on “Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection.”
Opening Feb. 6, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Zombie walk at 6:20 p.m., starts at corner of Atlantic and Main St. Exhibit runs through Feb. 22. Gallery Nucleus, 210 E. Main St., Alhambra. 626-458-7477. gallerynucleus.com
(Photo via Gallery Nucleus)

Shop the Block: Old Focals, 45 W. Green St.


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Remember when your eyewear routine consisted of a trip to LensCrafters? (The horror!)
And then you discovered Old Focals, one of those Old Pasadena gems that’s so shiny and treasured even the L.A. crowd considers it worth the trip.
Owner Russell Campbell is a master of vintage frames, and he has a knack for matching his clients to a perfect pair of frames. (Kinda like an aura reading, but with glasses.)
Remember the last time you got an unsolicited compliment on your glasses? Well, you better get on that.
45 W. Green St., 626-793-7073, oldfocals.com


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(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Shop the block: Il Teatro, 54 S. De Lacey Ave.

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Skip the chaos of retail on Colorado Boulevard (you know, the hordes descending on H&M and Forever 21).

A little off the beaten path, but not too far, and directly across from the De Lacey parking garage is Il Teatro, which is not a shop for opera glasses, but rather an exquisite women’s clothing and accessories boutique.

Stock up on wardrobe staples or add some sparkle a la bohme to your special occasion.

You’ll do it all without busting through the budget you’d normally keep at those other warehouse-esque stores.

54 S. De Lacey Ave. 626-796-2313


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(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Shop the block: Onesipkim, 110 W. Green St.


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Onesipkim owner Kim Madolora’s wares speak boldly for themselves in a shop with clean design, gentle pops of color and spacial harmony.
You’ll find worthy picks from Rachel Pally, Ella Moss, Andrea Brueckner, Trovata and more.
110 W. Green St., Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m., 626-396-4926, onesipkim.com

(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)


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Shop the block: The Sofa Company, 100 W. Green St.

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The Sofa Company‘s Pasadena showroom is housed in the historical framework of the old Friend Paper Company building.

The mid-century modern design — with accordion-pleated roof and huge walls of glass — feels like an open invitation to plop down and put your feet up for a while.

And, if you like the seating arrangements enough, you can bring one home with you.

While you’re furniture shopping, pop into the Pappa Rich Korean pastry shop and cafe, new to the historic 1960s building. (It fills the vacancy left by the Daily Grind coffeehouse.)

100 W. Green St., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 888-778-7632, thesofaco.com

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(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Pop-up retro shop featuring Elisa B. and Wasabi jewelry disappears Jan. 10

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Fashion maven Elisa Bruley — that’s Elisa B., of course — teamed up with jewelry designer Jill Pearson to transform a 1,400-square-foot space into a retro winter pop-up shop.

The temporary store features new looks from Wasabi (Pearson’s line), repurposed vintage jewelry, collectibles and accessory lines. Some items are one-of-a-kind.

Pearson combines vintage costume jewelry with semi-precious stones, sterling silver and gold-filled chains.

More than two dozen pieces from her collection, culled from items at estate sales, thrift stores and the Rose Bowl Flea Market, are up for sale at the annex. (No word on how many are left.)

Pearson calls the space mid-century modern meets thrift-store chic.

24 Smith Alley, off One Colorado courtyard. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Through Jan. 10. (626) 793-7584


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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Scenes from the Phoenix Decorating Co. float barn

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Tomorrow from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. is the last chance to see up-close the floats before they make their official debut in the 2010 Rose Parade.

You’ll get to experience the floats as they undergo the final stages of preparation at the three staging areas. Watch as the last bits of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses and flowers are applied to the floats by pros and volunteers.

Admission costs $7 for any two visits (children under 5 are free). Pre-purchase tickets online.

Locations:

  • Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St.
  • Brookside Pavilion, Lot I, south side of Rose Bowl Stadium (disabled accessible)
  • Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave.

At the Expo Village in Lot I, special guests from the Renaissance Pleasure Faire will also entertain and hold workshops for doll and puppet making, wheat weaving, leather working and more.

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(Associated Press images: Volunteers work this week at Phoenix Decorating on the Trader Joe’s float, called “Look Ma — No Hands.”)

The making of a Rose Magazine ‘float’

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So you’ve seen the finished product. Here’s how we made our Rose Magazine page-o-flowers happen:

Here’s Stacey Wang working on the tiny rosebuds that comprised our logo.
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Here, Claudia Palma wrangles with the onion seeds we used for black text. We learned later from the pro builders that ground onion seed is a lot easier to work with.
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We purchased all our flowers in downtown L.A.’s flower district.
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The plan of action, like the sunlight, quickly faded into general guidelines.
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These purple orchids were my favorite flowers used in the design.
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SGVN Metro reporters Ryan and James graciously pitched in to finish off the thick band of yellow flowers.
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I think this is the point where we began to see the light. It was finally coming together (nevermind the letters scattered here and there).
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Spelling it out for the Rose Bowl teams.
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The green pom-pom flowers were really difficult to work with, but they had that dramatic pop of color that we ended up loving.
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That’s SGVN Night City Editor Kate Kealey, in red, finishing up the second yellow band.
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And the carnations — those huge swaths of white and red — were a wee bit difficult. They have ridiculously thick stems below each flower bud.
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Claudia finessing the last details before the late-night photo shoot. We wanted to capture the flowers on film before they started to wilt.
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A little hairspray makes the petals glitter under the hot lamps.
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(Photos by Evelyn Barge / Staff)