Sunday, February 27, 2011


Abroad to Afghanistan

We Met in India

India this Summer

Going on a Cruise

Going to Greece

A Batik Day


My Best Victorian

Silver Lake

Morocco by Day

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Stay tuned for more Bridal dresses this coming week from Tavin!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tavin Little Birds Press on LA Observed

down.jpgThursday night in Echo Park there were choices: two prominent "L.A." writers (I put L.A. in quotes because one of the writers lives in Mexico City, when he doesn't live here) reading at two different venues, four blocks apart -- Rachel Resnick and Daniel Hernandez. Talk about a cross-section.
Resnick was at Tavin, the chic, tiny boutique on EP Avenue -- it reminds me of a hummingbird -- which has a surprising and delightful reading series the shop's owner named "Little Birds." The clothing in Tavin often are tagged with literary musings written by Erin Tavin -- bits and pieces you can wear inside your head, whether you buy the garment or not. The audiences at Little Birds tend to be groovy and very well-dressed (one not guaranteeing the other), imported from fancier districts. If Anthony Trollope were alive, he'd write about it.
Meanwhile, at the same time as Resnick's reading, the bass was thumping over at the Echo, where the journal Slake threw a party for Daniel Hernandez, journalist, blogger, and now author of Down & Delirious in Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century.Hernandez's exceptional blog is called Intersections, and I have written about it before. In Intersections he writes about himself as a "native foreigner" in Mexico and as a foreign native in California.

I chose to attend Hernandez's party -- as a D.F. resident he was the more rare bird -- and stayed long enough to hear him read a few short passages from Down & Delirious, a book of "reported essays" that belong on a shelf with Joan Didion's White Album and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. With a daughter in elementary school, I don't relish staying out much later than 9, even when the club is filling with cool-looking people and bands are getting ready to play. I bought the book and went home, planning to call it a night. But I made the mistake -- or I had the good fortune -- to openDown & Delirious first. Into the night, and then again today, I could not put it down. I felt like I had gone to a place I had heard of in a dream. I also felt like a window had opened into the dilemma of so many of the Mexican-Americans with whom I share Los Angeles. It's also compelling reading, simply for some of its subject matter -- the fashion scenes in theDistrito Federal, the lawlessness, the fusion of Colonial and Indigenous cultures.
Today, when I checked in on the blog Intersections, I saw that one of the characters in the book, Cesar Arellano, was killed this week. He was a fashion blogger, and a preliminary news report said he may have been a victim of La Inseguridad, The Insecurity, which Hernandez writes about in a chapter that seemed to have little to do with Arellano. Intersections are not always a good thing.

Tavin Little Birds Reading Series is presented by Steffi Nelson and
 Erin Tavin  a monthly event held at Tavin Boutique

To view original LA Observed link click on :
 Intersections in Los Angeles - Chicken Corner

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Little Birds #5 at Tavin Boutique

Tavin Boutique
Erin and Nate at Little Birds

Warming up with wine..

Erin Tavin (the owner)

Erin reading her poems from the store tags

Steffi Nelson introducing the authors
Caroline Ryder reading from her short story " Michael and Melissa"

Rachel Resnick reading from her memoir "Love Junkie"

Tracy McMillan reading from her memoir " I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway"

 Caroline Ryder and Steffi Nelson

Steffi Nelson with author Tracy McMillan

Thanks to Nate for everything

The girls at the counter

The Crowd at Tavin Boutique



Fashionable Event: Tavin's Little Birds #5

A night to sit back, relax, and listen.

Tavin, the wondrous LA vintage boutique is getting even better and hosting their Little Birds #5 this Thursday, Feb. 17, 7-9pm. The readings begin at 7:30pm. Tavin is located at 1543 Echo Park Ave.

The event features author Tracy Macmillan as she reads from her very own memoir, "I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway". Sounds like a good read, or listen at that. Other stories and memoirs to be read by their authors include "Love Junkie", by Rachel Resnick and "Michael and Melissa", a short story by Caroline Ryder.How relaxing and wonderful does this sound? And we haven't even mentioned the the wine and chocolate that will be offered.

Hooray for bringing back nights of fun and well-written readings...and wine and chocolate, of course.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Tavin Presents Reading Series Little Birds #5

You are invited!

Come & enjoy an evening of literature, wine & chocolate!

Hope to see you there and Happy Valentine's Day. XOXO

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tavin at the Vintage Fashion Expo

Tavin Press from the Santa Monica Vintage Expo last weekend
Thanks Vanessa Escobar from

Tavin Boutique, 1543 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tavin Boutique, 1543 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Priscila’s pick from the Tavin collection.

Shop the look at

Shop the look at

Thank you to my super cute and fashion savy friend Priscila for joining me on this escapade. Been meaning to put up these photos since Sunday but hopeing that time has made your hearts grow fonder. Above photos are from the Santa Monica Vintage Expo which took place last weekend (2/5-2/6). Overall the show was a bit pricier than I had expected but lots of really nice peices if your wallets came prepared. My editor’s pick for favorite collection would have to be for a store called Tavin, located in Echo Park. Will definitely be stopping by that store in the near future! Vintage expo does take place 3 times a year for those interested, you can get more info here.