The day after a grueling ballet class with Joan Bayley, a Brit who used to dance for Balanchine, I decided to take yoga instead of my usual Sunday pointe class. I'm not much of a yoga fan (I miss the music that makes ballet such a joy), but I'm always willing to try a new class.
I discovered the Santa Monica Yoga studio, a cozy and colorful place with hardwood floors, where I met the above Buddha. They offer a great deal - a one-month unlimited classes package for new students for only $50, which I bought, so you may hear more about yoga on this blog in the coming weeks.
Less than a block away on Ocean Park Blvd, I found an amazing little store, Kultura, that carries used books and vintage dresses - it's like this place was made for me! I'll post more extensively about it soon.
Speaking of books, what have I been reading? I enjoyed the great Hermione Lee's essays on writing biographies, Virgina Woolf's Nose.
And right now, I'm reading D. J. Taylor's Bright Young People, an exploration the 1920's London where the gilded youth partied to the sound of jazz. The beautiful cover of the books is a photograph by Cecil Beaton, a Bright Young Thing in his own right and a forever genius.